Monday, May 20, 2013

The Problem With Republican Talking Points

I am going to repeat myself again today out of frustration and maybe someone new will hear me, finally. This is the problem I see with the Republican talking points. They think they are so superior that they make themselves obvious as to how misguided stupid that they really are. Saying that they are misguided or misinformed is too kind now. I know better. I am not going to be kind. This sucks. Dick Cheney is trying to attack the president as if he has any credibility, after sending us to war in Iraq because of his old grievances with Saddam Hussein, based on the lies that A) Saddam was responsible for the 9/11 attack at the WTC and B) that Saddam was in possession of materials needed to build atomic bombs. We all know now, if we have been paying attention, that this was a definite LIE and that they had the intention of going to war and invading seven countries in 5 years before the attack ever happened. Anyone who doesn't believe this needs to watch this video:

This is the situation. They lie and repeat the lie. That is called "propagating" an idea. That is the heart of the word "propaganda". To all Republicans, I have some definitions that you need to know.


1) fact [fakt]
noun
1. something that actually exists; reality; truth:Your fears have no basis in fact.
2. something known to exist or to have happened:Space travel is now a fact.
3. a truth known by actual experience or observation; something known to be true:Scientists gather facts about plant growth.

2) fab·ri·ca·tion [fab-ri-key-shuhn]
noun
1. the act or process of fabricating; manufacture.
2. something fabricated, especially an untruthful statement: His account of the robbery is a complete fabrication.
Synonyms
2. See fiction.

Okay, Republicans, do you see the difference?  WE DO!  I have tried to excuse your petty arguments by telling myself you were misinformed but given facts that refute your arguments and prove them to be what is synonymous with "fabrication" the word "fiction", then, it's simply a matter of either you are lying or stupid, you decide which it is. 
We are all tired of your "manufactured" crises that you try to say is a "scandal worse than Watergate", which have all been proved to be wrong and another fabrication. 
Repeating a lie doesn't make it true. Calling it a "talking point" doesn't make it true, it's still not the truth. And on the off chance that you are just stupid and haven't actually self deluded yourself into believing your own fabrications, then, you need to sit down and shut the fuck up because no one wants to hear you lie, again, and act confident about what you are saying. Lying while acting confident doesn't make your lie any more valid.
Now, one more time, if you actually are this stupid, then, I have a quote from you which I will repeat again. Please read it and understand what it signifies.
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 though our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." Isaac Asimov
That includes rich white people, including the ones with manners and wearing expensive clothing that attend a religious organization's meetings. 
Those of you who are so afraid that the world we live in isn't going to become "Leave it to Beaver" land, where everyone is white and lives in a two story house with a mom who is perfect and a dad who is wealthy and principles that are just common sense with no violence or anger that ever becomes obvious, and the biggest problems their kids face is how to treat other kids who might not be as smart as they are and there are no gangs, drug problems, suicide, or crime, then you are delusional. 
Some people confuse that with the words "in denial". I will explain the difference. 
Being in denial is when you see a problem and say to yourself, "I don't want to face that", and turn away, refusing to see anything that makes you uncomfortable. 
Being delusional is when you look at a problem and don't see it as a problem. You believe that you can make it work for you without having to suffer the consequences that everyone else faces. Never going to happen! Give it up!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Fellowship and Spiritual Connection


I am touched by something today that I don't want to describe in finite terms. The fact that people have gotten together in groups to feel a thing that we can only describe as "FELLOWSHIP" for as long as man has existed, shows that power and energy that connects us all. I dare you to walk into a Pentecostal Church during a high point in their fellowship, a room full of monks chanting (no matter what faith), to stand in an 12 step meeting at the end while there is a couple thousand people together in prayer to their higher power, or just two people who love each other, you can TRY not to feel something but I think anything outside of being like a deer in the forest, you are going to feel that connection between all of us. If you ever go to a place in nature that is awesome and can't help but feel a force that makes you wonder how we could possibly want to destroy nature and our environment, then you have felt the force in that part of the equation.

If you don't feel anything and don't understand any of what I am talking about then, in my opinion, there has to be something dead inside you. I feel actual sympathy and pity for people like that. My story is of the awakening of the heart and mind of someone who tried to kill those feelings for half their life and is spending the other half trying to get them back. All of us want something, no matter what our life might lead us to, called "happiness" which sounds all too simple but comes in time with something we didn't expect called "peace".

When I say peace, I don't just mean an end to war, I mean inner peace that most of us find scarcely often because we commit to trying to find it in other means other than looking inside ourselves and that is the end of the journey. I myself can only find it in bits and pieces at this point as I am rarely as spiritually based as I would like to be. To be honest with myself and other, I have to admit that I have "concerns" that I seem to find more important at times. I have come to understand that some Americans strive for and are compelled to desire a path that takes them away from any form of inner peace, because they are greedy, selfish, indoctrinated in covetous behavior, or believe that they have to have "things" to be happy.

I also believe that some people mistake the feeling of fellowship and a kind of mob rule or hysteria as being touched by God. I have done that before and self deluded myself into all sorts of fixed beliefs that I had to let go of. I can't talk about them openly in public because they are common and saying they are what they are disturbs people who are still self deluded. Yours is not my journey so I can only say you have to look inside yourself to see if that is what you are doing. I can only speak of my own life and feelings. It is easy to get caught up in that feeling/connection with a group of people and mistake it's origin and actual content. Some things like that I am grateful for because at times in my life being deluded might have been the only reason I survived and tried to continue and persevered. Losing one's attachments is a frightening thing for most people. I might not have survived without them at one time but as has been pointed out to me along the way, they were survival skills that I no longer need.

There are some people in the United States that I believe are self deluded into believing that reality can be a matter of perception. Selfish desire can be relieved by non-selfish perception. But facts are facts and they aren't open to interpretation or likes or dislikes, opinions, or fantasies of "how we would like things to be" based on fear and tribal indoctrination. Some scholars and clergy will tell us that we must let go of these things but we find ourselves too full of other options, at least in our minds, that we ignore the forest because we are fixated on the
good fortune of one of it's trees. The world is too vast and plentiful to allow any persons or groups of people to claim ownership to all of it. That would be like one bird or flock of waterfowl trying to claim territorial rights to the lake that they are all swimming on. They simply enjoy what is before them and learn to peacefully coexist.

There are claims of territories in nature but once they are decided, their territories don't grow to claim all of the land they exist in. Some people just will never understand that and to them, I feel a lack of understanding because they completely lack the compassion it takes to see that someone else has needs just like they do that are unalienable human rights. That means they are denying their own intelligence the credit it deserves in being able to learn to feel good about giving to another human being.

Our country guides our thoughts and dreams today as it goes through a large upheaval in trust. Some is manufactured and some is real. Whenever anyone starts a sentence out with the words, "What if..." then, I know the rest of it is conjecture and most likely not a researched fact. Let me be clear on that one word. As per the dictionary, a fact is defined as
"...
noun
1. something that actually exists; reality; truth:
2. something known to exist or to have happened:
3. a truth known by actual experience or observation; something known to be true: ..."

As I said, NOT left up to YOUR or MY interpretation or wishes, comfort zone, or beliefs. They just are. Anything else is plain wrong. And anything you think you know and are not sure of and when examining it, we realize that we don't remember when or where we started believing that, we realize that THAT is a view to which we are attached and probably really never needed.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

My Reply From Senator Jeff Flake

Hey, readers. I have one thing to say to preface this notification. I am completely surprised. I have written to all of the Republican Senators through their website contact pages whenever they did something that made me confused or I thought they were wrong about something. Everytime I get a form letter almost automatically sent back that doesn't address the problem at all.
Recently I wrote a letter to Jeff Flake, the new U.S. Congressman from Arizona, who took over after Jon Kyl resigned. I received a thoughtfully written elaborate reply explaining his reasoning that I really appreciated. This is what he said, "...Dear Mr. Walker:
      Thank you for contacting me about gun control legislation.  
      In the wake of the tragic December 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) introduced S. 649 on March 21, 2013. I voted in favor of debating this legislation because I believe we are well served by having the debate. However, I did not support the amendment by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) expanding background checks, largely because the definition of commercial sales was too broad and included private transactions that it purported to exclude. Further, the amendment did not address the serious issue of guns getting into the hands of the mentally ill. I also did not support amendments banning assault weapons or restricting magazines.
      I support the Second Amendment, and I do not believe our society needs more laws restricting legal gun ownership. What we really need is to do a better job of keeping guns out of the hands of those who should not have them, while ensuring that those who break existing laws are fully prosecuted. Thus, I support strengthening the existing background check system in order to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.
      For this reason, I cosponsored S. 480 with Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Mark Begich (D-AK), and Bill Pryor (D-AR), which would assist states and federal agencies in providing mental health records to the federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) by clarifying which records should be included. Our bill was included in an amendment proposed by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), S.AMDT. 724, which I cosponsored. S.AMDT. 724 is a more effective response to gun violence. In addition to broadening background checks to include all those adjudicated to be dangerously mentally ill, our proposal also creates penalties for gun trafficking, straw purchasing, and increases penalties for criminals attempting to circumvent the background check system. It also provides new tools and resources for prosecutions of firearm crimes. Senator Manchin's proposal did not include all of these provisions to combat gun violence. Fifty-two senators supported S.AMDT. 724, including nine Democrats. Unfortunately, it needed sixty votes to pass.  
      Thank you again for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to do so again in the future. I also encourage you to visit my website, which may be found at flake.senate.gov/

Sincerely,

JEFF FLAKE
United States Senator 

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Wow, I actually understand what he is saying and agree somewhat. He didn't just say, "Screw Gun Control and Background Checks," he actually has a plan of his own, which addresses the problem as well. Anyone reading this, please contact me at arizonamildman@live.com if you have a response and see something I missed that you would like to add as a comment.


Sunday, May 5, 2013

Warning About Having Sympathy for the Devil


My warning to liberal thinking people who possess critical thinking is that you can't have sympathy for the devil without getting yourself f**ked over on a regular basis by said devil. Evil has no place in your life and it isn't out there somewhere, waiting to invade your body or mind. It is in the people who do evil things.

Some of them can sound really sane and reasonable, almost like normal people. Any humane, compassionate, caring human being with an ounce of morality can see there isn't much difference between greedy selfish self centered egomaniacs who don't care what you think and conservative politicians who think backwards and try to lie to us about it. They can't help themselves because they think that is the only way. They are the same ones who think they need to change their messaging (lie to your face more convincingly) instead of changing their policies to fit the very public they have been elected to serve.

My message to Democratic Party Members / Liberals is that you can't have sympathy for the devil. You have been raised to believe some things that Republicans / Conservatives want you to think because they realize they have become irrelevant. They also know that liberals have been taught to believe that being "fair and democratic" are positive qualities that they see as a weakness.

REMEMBER THIS WARNING: Some Democrats or liberal types think that being progressive and liberal thinking means that they have to allow right and wrong to somehow BOTH be correct. This is ignorant. They want people who are wrong to have an equal voice. I think the quote by Isaac Assimov applies best here. He said, "...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 though our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.' "

I don't want to see people who want to act without compassion for others and living on greed and a hunger for the power that corrupts in office. They need to change, not revitalize their party. They have allied themselves with the worst of the United States' racists, homophobics, crackpots, and the nation's stupidest non-thinking people who lack critical thinking and are delusional enough to believe despite being told repeatedly that they are wrong that nothing they do is incorrect,
displaying stupidity as a banner like it is something to be proud of. BEING WRONG started losing them elections ever since Eisenhower and the only way they could win was to cheat and lie about their real intentions. Unlimited greed and a hunger for power that corrupts is the watchword of the modern GOP, devoid of any compassion or intelligence.

Conservatives go on and on about how they have a right to their opinion. They are using the word "opinion" as if it means the same thing as "fact". Here is the difference: An opinion is defined as "...a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty." A fact is "...a truth known by actual experience or observation; something known to be true."  They are NOT the same thing but people who try to confuse the public, like political pundits and disinformationalists (propagandists, and there are plenty of those out there, like Fox News) want you to believe that reality is a matter of opinion, and that anything that isn't what they label as conservative (which is merely incorrect or wrong) is a valid "opinion" while talking about facts, and that facts which are known to the entire universe as being correct, are merely a "liberal opinion".

Here is the one thing you have to remember. REALITY DOES NOT HAVE A LIBERAL BIAS.

One thing that you will find to be consistently true for almost every conservative, is that they believe their authority figures (religious and political leaders) are always right and when you are raised from birth believing that as long as you listen to certain people that you already have all the answers you will ever need and that you are always right - then, you don't learn how to think and lead others in progressive endeavors, you only know how to memorize and follow. No matter what you think you know about them, you will find that conservatives that "SAY" that they agree with you about being compassionate and caring about their fellow man is correct - while voting for people who live on greed and power. That is saying one thing and doing another. Their leaders are the same type of politicians who wrote the declaration of independence saying that all men are created equal while owning slaves. All of their main policies are consistently proven to be wrong and instead of admitting their flaws, they think being wrong harder and more often will make a difference and somehow make their incorrect principles and policies work and "somehow" become right, maybe, someday (WTF?). The people who tell you that they are "moderate" conservatives, are telling you that they are only "partially" backwards, which isn't correct or proper way to get
things done, so who cares? That is like saying that they are only a "little bit" insane. Delusional is delusional, not in denial. Let me explain the difference. Denial is when you see a problem and don't want to face it. Delusion is when you look at a problem and don't see it as a problem, you see it as a solution, something you can work with and make work "for you" if you just manage it well. NOT!
Those who try to tell you that they are "moderate" are either lying or delusional to believe that they are correct while going backwards only half the time. That is why they wrote the song lyrics "Sympathy for the devil...". There is no one that thinks being evil, at all, EVER is a good idea and people who say they are wrong only some of the time aren't progressive and intelligent rational people, they are delusional enough to believe they are only partly stupid or evil. If that makes sense to you then you are delusional, also.