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Monday

We are all pagans in the end.

Walpurgis Night derives from an ancient Teutonic holiday when the arrival of spring was celebrated with nocturnal bonfires.  In Germany, birch boughs are placed on doors to protect homes from sorcery.  Fires and torches of rosemary and juniper are lit, and according to legend, witches may be seen riding broomsticks across the sky.

What's this got to do with you and me?

Our roots baby, that's all I'm trying to show you here is that our roots are a natural religion, one that doesn't need a Jesus or Mohammad to get us into ever-after.  A truth bigger than god Himself, a truth that doesn't discriminate on color of skin.  A truth that frees us of the church lie!   For, I totally believe with all my piss, shit, and honey, that before we can go forward as a people, we have to go back to our garlic-in -the-doorway past, before the scene of the crime, dancing in circles, holding hands, waving wands....

We are all pagans in the end.

                                    From the Dreams of Eso Terry 

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It is widely believed that Christianity spread because it was a great idea desperately needed in a wold devoid of hope and faith.  Indeed, the myth says that Christianity was such a great idea that it caught on like wildfire in a lost world barren of spiritual enlightenment and crying out "like a voice in the wilderness."  It is further maintained that Christianity spread because of the "martyrdom" of its adherents, which purportedly so impressed a number of the early Church fathers that they cast off their Pagan roots to join the "true faith."  In reality, Christianity was a new and surprising concept, and the impression of the ancient world given in this story is incorrect, as the ancient cultures possessed every bit of wisdom, righteousness and practically everything else found in Christianity.

Like so much else about Christianity, the claims of its rapid spread are largely mythical.  In reality, in some places it took many blood-soaked centuries before its opponents and their lineage had been sufficiently slaughtered so the Christianity could usurp the reigning ideology.  Pagan Europeans and others fought it tooth and nail, in an epic and heroic effort to maintain their own cultures and autonomy, in the face of an onslaught by those whom the Pagans views as "idiots" and "bigots."

The people didn't willingly give up the faith of their ancestors, which they considered essential to the proper functioning of the earth's cycles.  They had their own hope of immortality and their own ethic, in many ways a kinder ethic than that of Christianity, which was imposed on them by force.  Justinian obtained 70,000 conversions in Asia Minor by methods that were so cruel that the subject populations eventually adopted Islam in order to rid themselves of the rigors of Christian rule.  As a rule, heathen folk resisted Christianity as long as they could, even after their rulers had gone over to the new faith for its material rewards....
The Christian Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold, Acharya S
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Dalai Damn It!

If frantic activity is aimed at satisfying one's personal ambitions, and if in the process one exhausts oneself and ruins one's health, this is tantamount to destroying oneself for nothing.
Daily Advice from the Heart, Dalai Lama

Friday

Kennedy Secret Society Speech, why today?

On this day in 1773 the British Parliament passes the Tea Act, giving the East India Company a monopoly on the American tea trade.  Seeing this as another example of taxation tyranny, colonist later organized the Boston Tea Party--an early act of defiance in the American independence movement.

Another act of defiance happened on this day in 1961 when president John F Kennedy warned us of a "Secret Society" that wants to control things behind the scenes.   Isn't it ironic that he gave this speech to the Newspaper Publishers Association in New York city?  Why did he give this to the press?  Whatever the reason, there is no doubt that our free press is under an assault with the likes of Hate Radio Lies, Fox Right-Wing News, and Donald Trump calling anything he doesn't agree with as "fake news" and 30's of the voting public agreeing with him.   The Republicans know they have been playing with fire since the days when Rush Limbaugh was allowed to get away with all the lies and hate and then Fox News slanting everything to make them look like Angels and Democrats, Devils.  At first, these lying bastards were funny, but now they have us chasing our own tails wondering what is true.   If there is a Secret Society, isn't that the way they want it?

I for one still believe truth will come, and hopefully soon.


The Speech:



“The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. And no official of my Administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know. For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence--on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed. Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed-- and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the First (emphasized) Amendment-- the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution-- not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and sentimental, not to simply "give the public what it wants"--but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold educate and sometimes even anger public opinion. This means greater coverage and analysis of international news-- for it is no longer far away and foreign but close at hand and local. It means greater attention to improved understanding of the news as well as improved transmission. And it means, finally, that government at all levels, must meet its obligation to provide you with the fullest possible information outside the narrowest limits of national security... And so it is to the printing press--to the recorder of mans deeds, the keeper of his conscience, the courier of his news-- that we look for strength and assistance, confident that with your help man will be what he was born to be: free and independent.”










Funny, or is it?  That on this date in 1898, Albert J. Beveridge ("Beveridge the Brilliant") gave his famous speech stating that the US should go to war with anyone we wanted to in the pursuit of profits.  On this very same day in 1927,  he died.

So who was this masked-man anyway?  Well, he was a prominent Imperialist of his day.   He also campaigned for a new Navy that was designed not to protect the US, but to take over other countries that weren’t white because he truly believed that people-of-color were inferior.  In 1901, Beveridge became chairman of the senate committee on territories, in which he argued against statehood for New Mexico and Arizona because they contained too large a population of Hispanics and Native Americans, who Beveridge believed were ungovernable.








Thursday

April 26 Shakespeare Baptized Day




Yeah!  It is April 26th, finally! That special day of the year when Christians like me celebrate Shakespeare's Christening.  That's right folks, there are real records showing that William Shakespeare was christened on this day in 1564.   To date, however, the question still remains:  did the guy who was christened this day in 1564 really write all those fabulous plays?   Seems highly unlikely since the Shakespeare I speak-ith of was of humble ordinary means, yet, seemed to have a keen in-site into the world of the upper 1% of his day.  This is to say, that he was not only in command of great English for his time, he also knew the inner-workings of the royal court, and had traveled to a number of foreign countries of which he wrote?

Most scholars and smarties like me, agree that the Shakespeare we know was probably paid handsomely to keep his mouth shut while someone else used his name in writing the great works, but whoever could this have been? Was it:

Sir Francis Bacon: This eminent philosopher and statesman and attorney to the Queen?

Earl of Oxford: Edward de Vere, the seventeenth Earl of Oxford, an aristocrat and educated Elizabethan gentleman, as well as a sought-after patron of the arts?

Christopher Marlowe: a highly talented playwright and, as a contemporary of Shakespeare, was in the right place at the right time to have written the works?

So, which man-about-town was it?  Well, how about this: it wasn’t a man... What?... but a woman.  As painful as it is for men to believe this, a woman is the most likely suspect given the fact that any man would have gained by revealing his identify, but a woman, burned to the stake for being a witch.

The woman I speak of is Amelia Bessano Lanier, a coverso (clandestine Jew) and illegitimate daughter of an Italian born, Elizabethan court musician.

Along with the family theatrical background, Lanier was also a known mistress of a cousin of Queen Elizabeth I and so knew the inner-circle of the Queen’s court.

Conversely, in The Taming of The Shrew, there are characters named Alfonso (her husbands name) and Baptista (her late father’s name.

Yes, another male lie.

Marlowe or Shakespeare?


On this day in 1986, an explosion and fire at the No. 4 reactor of Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine resulted in a nuclear meltdown sending radioactivity into the atmosphere.  Considered the worse meltdown to date, the town of Chernobyl is still a ghost town.  The Russian government lied to the people in the area stating that the damage was minimal.   It wasn’t.

Meanwhile, on that same day in 1986 another meltdown was occurring on the other side of the world as Arnold Schwarzenegger marries television journalist Maria Shriver, niece of President John F. Kennedy, in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

And on this day in 1936: 7000 unemployed joined in a mass demonstration to pressure legislators to provide a relief program for the many jobless around the country; the government’s answer?  Send in the police, they’re communist!

Some were, but not all.  Some were socialist and others, just unemployed workers who had had enough of a system that abused their labor for the top 1% to live as they pleased with no acknowledgment that their good-fortune was built on the backs of the working class.  This group was known as the Poor People’s Allegiance.  It scared the shit out of the rich bastards too and had to be stopped.  The poor people were demanding their share of the pie.

It took awhile, but out of this protest we eventually got the Wealth Tax Act and Social Security Act as a way to push back on the Commie Bastards looking for a true representative government.  Today the Republicans would have you believe that this Social Security Act was forced down on the people from a liberal government.  The truth is, sheeples, the Social Securty Act was a bottom up benefit we had to fight for, and the only reason the “liberal” government gave it to us was to protect the top 1% from the Socialist movement the people were demanding.

There’s nothing liberal about this country.   Let them keep using our name in vain for they will be getting a real “liberal” government to counteract their Right Wing Lies made to keep us down.  It’s coming to a head and the big zit is about to pop.   The two-conservative-party system is coming to an end and this leftist punk can’t wait.

Dr. TVBoogie







Wednesday

Crosswords and Cross worlds

It's funny how when something is put into thought, it becomes accessible to us all.   Take for instance WWII and the Crossword Panic of May 1944.  The Allied Forces were planning the liberation of France by landing in Normandy.  The operation was called "Operation Overlord."  Top Secret.   So, you can imagine how nuts the British secret service were when they noticed that crossword puzzles printed in the Daily Telegraph newspaper contained a surprisingly large number of words that were code-names relating to the coming invasion.  The answers to two clues were "Utah" and "Omaha"-- names that had been given to beaches in Normandy where American troops were to disembark.   Shortly afterwards, crosswords were published containing the answers "Mulberry," the code-name for the floating harbor, and "Neptune," a code-name for naval support.

At first, security agents were tempted to dismiss the whole matter as coincidence, but when a clue was given referring to a "Big-Wig," with the answer "Overlord," they began to worry that the crossword was somehow being used to warn the Germans.  Two officers were duly dispatched to interview the crossword compiler--a fifty-four-year-old teacher name Lenard Dawe.  After some close questioning, the agents became convinced that Dawe had no knowledge of the impending landings, and that his clues and their answers had indeed been a series of strange coincidence.

On this day in 1945, Soviet and American troops met at the River Elbe cutting Germany in two.  WWII was over and the Cold War had begun. 

Lenard Dawe
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On 25 April 1001, the count of Aviemore, tired after a day of hunting, decided to spend the night in a rustic hut.  In the middle of the night he was awakened by servants and friends frightened by strange flashes, who urged the hunters to flee with them, fearing a forest fire.  He decided not to run away with his companions but to cautiously study the strange phenomenon.  Heading for the place where the flashes came from, the Count realized that there was no fire or burning trees, but a strange light.  Among the flashes he saw a beautiful lady, whom he took to be the Virgin Mary.

A farmer named Nicholas, nicknamed Strazzacappa, who was going to work, saw the vision as well and reportedly heard a request from the apparition for a place of worship to be erected there.  The case received publicity and a small chapel built at the spot became a center of pilgrimage.  After a few years the Verginiani, led by William of Vercelli, settled there.  When they merged with the Cistercians, the now famous monastery passed to the care of these monks.  The church was elevated to the dignity of basilica by Pope Paul VI on 31 May 1978.


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Debunked:   Woman Farmer seen in Spain is Not Donald Trump! 

 

Or, is she?....



Sunday

Michele Bachmann: Carbon Dioxide denier and the roaches!

Ishtar
The festival of Ishtar, goddess of love, sexuality, and fertility, took place in ancient Babylonia on this day.  Offerings were made to the goddess to promote healthy and fruitfulness.


Earth Day has been celebrated on this date since the early 70's.  It is a day dedicated to Gaia -- the planet, not the internet TV station with Regina Meredith.  Earth Day is real, no matter what the Right Wing Lunatics want you to believe.   At last count, the Academies of Science from 80 countries plus many scientific organizations that study climate science, around 95% of active climate researchers actively publishing climate papers endorse the consensus position that Climate Change is Real.

Still the deniers are out there, as on this day in April of 2009, Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota delivered this message from the House of Representatives:

"As a matter of fact, carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful!   But there isn't one study that can be produced that shows carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.  There isn't one study because carbon dioxide is not a harmful gas--it is a harmless gas.  Carbon dioxide is natural.  It is not harmful.  It is part of earth's life cycle."

Update:  Michele Bachmann is so evil, in 2012 she applied for a Swiss citizenship.   Yeah, another patriotic Republican Congressperson who's true interest in US politics is to confuse the truth for her own personal gain, and then take the money and run to a Climate Conscious Country.   Also worth noting, Bachmann runs a Christian Organization who was under investigation for stealing email addresses so she could mass-market parents with more Eco lies.

And again I have to ask you my dear Republican friends:  Is this really the government you want?   If so, why don't you and Michele suck the tailpipe of a Mercedes for just five-minutes and tell me carbon dioxide is safe?

Michele Bachmann: Carbon Dioxide denier.
Happy Earth Day Everyone!   Their days are numbered.   Truth is coming and they don't like it.   We are turning on the light on their lies and they are running like roaches.

You Talking To Me!


Thursday

Two Men Arrested at Starbucks were arrogant.

Okay, you heard about the story, two black men arrested for no reason at all in Philadelphia while sitting in a Starbucks without ordering a twelve-dollar coffee.  Yes, it's bad, probably racist, and a sign of the black man-and-woman's struggle in this country for equality.

If you read my blog, you know I'm a liberal, open minded guy who usually supports the less fortunate of us all, the only problem I have with these guys is they went into a Starbucks and sat without ordering anything!   I could never do that, shit, when in New York I usually end up buying at least 3 or 4 coffees I don't really need just to use a clean Starbucks bathroom.  Nothing in life is free, especially a city Starbucks.

I wasn't there so don't really know, but the guys said they were waiting on some people for a business meeting.  Okay, fine, buy a f88king pastry or bottle of water at least.   What makes you think you are entitled to a free seat in a restaurant? It's not a public space, it's a private restaurant.

Sorry, guys, I just have to call it as I see it.  

The Two Arrogant Men Who Think They Don't Have To PayFor A Seat At A Starbucks.
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From the journal of Esther Hill Hawks, April 19th, 1865

School was hardly open this morning before Mr. Hurley came in and told me that President Lincoln had been assassinated....Several of the large girls who are in classes taught by the white southern teachers, came to me, weeping bitterly and begged to be taken out of classes.  I let them go home at the same time and must watch my teachers for any expression of disloyalty.  The greatest gloom pervades the city....Minute guns have been firing nearly ever since the news came; flags are at half mast.  The colored people express their sorrow and sense of loss in many cases, with sobs and loud lamentations! No native whites are seen anywhere on the streets....For me, I am beginning to be strong in the "fatalistic theory." His work was accomplished and he is removed.  I will not doubt but God has other men and means, to finish what is yet undone!

So, who was Esther Hill Hawks, you ask?

She was unable to serve as an Army Surgeon because of her gender and so educated newly freed slaves on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. After the war, she established Florida's first interracial school, but in January 1869 her new schoolhouse was torched; she returned to New England to practice medicine.

Esther Hill Hawks

Tuesday

Chariot Festival of the Rain or Golden Shower?


In the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal, an annual religious event called the Chariot Festival of the Rain God begins on this day.  it is dedicated to Machendrana, the ancient and powerful Indian god of rain.  For the current US President, this "shower" festivals happens when he is in a Russia hotel with nothing to do and is called a "golden shower."

We're all pagans baby, especially our Golden Shower President.

What?  I'm just saying....

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And again, another asteroid just pops up out of nowhere to scare the hell out of us.   Some say it's because our asteroid-finding equipment is better than ever.   I call bull shit.   There is more debris than ever headed our way and our leaders are telling us not to look up but to look at well the 1% are enjoying their tax cuts.  Shit, they're not paying for anything, accept a seat on the space craft being designed by the Space X program, which, in case you missed in an earlier post, is being designed to take a large group of 1%-ers up in space long enough to survive a dinosaur killing asteroid.

But you don't care, you've got your donuts and ESPN.    You're doing alright.


A 150-Foot Asteroid Flew Alarmingly Close to Earth Just Hours After Being Spotted

 The asteroid, named Asteroid 2018 GE3, was closest to Earth at around 2.41 a.m. ET on April 15 when it was spotted about 119,500 miles away, EarthSky.org reports. That’s closer than the moon, which orbits Earth at an average distance of 238,900 miles. GE3 also passed close to the moon later that morning on its journey around the sun.

 

 

Friday



Good morning, reading Trump’s mind is getting so easy.  No wonder Russia wanted him president.  Look for him to fire someone today.   Why?  Because the day is Friday the 13th?   No.  But, because on this day in history, if you believe such things: After a 33-hour bombardment by Confederate cannons, Union forces surrender Fort Sumter in South Carolina’s Charleston Harbor.  The first engagement of the war ended in Rebel victory.  The surrender concluded a standoff that began with South Carolina’s secession from the Union on December 20, 1860.

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FBI comey's book is almost here folks!  And what a tail he has to tell.   Here's an except (I paraphrase):  When Donald Trump first met with me, he tried to convince me that the "golden shower" rumors were not true.  “It never happened,” said Trump.  “I never let that woman pee on me in that bed.  Melanie needs to know this.”

Echk, does anyone really doubt this is true.

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Finally, enjoy Friday the 13th, it's a great day for a day dream.



From the 1890s, a number of English language sources relate the "unlucky" thirteen to an idea that at the Last Supper, Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus, was the 13th to sIt at the table dressed in woman clothing . 


Boo!

Saturday

Tax cuts for the top 1% and corporate greed will soon put the US back in the dark ages.   How?  Let’s start here, our Space Program.  Once a great Government Funded and Operated program.  I mean, shit, we put a man on the moon while Russia was still pealing bananas (I like mixed metaphors, they’re funny).  That was the sixties when the top 1% still paid their fair share of the tax burden; before they decided it would be better to circle their wagons in a gated communities fed by private tollways and let the masses who’s backs they built their wealth on, fend for ourselves.  Which we did for awhile thanks to YouTube, but as Nasim Najafi Aghdam just pointed out and went ballistic in doing so, you can’t make a living on YouTube anymore cooking salads and jumping around in tights, so you actually have to get a real job and unless you’re the fortunate few who are in good standings with a 1% approved access-card accessible company, you will have to work at least three jobs either delivering food to the 1%, picking up their trash from their doorstep since they no longer want to pay taxes for public sanitation, or Uber — of course, the Uber option will soon be over as soon as they can figure out a way not to have their cars drive themselves.   At that point, they will have us where they want us: poverty peasants ready to enlist in a war to make them richer and get us some form of medical care.



Sounds harsh you say?  Consider this, after the success of the NASA flights in the Church 60’s and 70’s, the Republicans told you over and over that No Government was good government — unless it is protecting the life of a sperm, but I digress.  So, they started privatizing everything for profit, including our space program.  So, we have this 1% who claims to be an idealist, Elon Musk, with his own space program funded by the 1% who are planning their escape to a new planet after they totally destroy this one with fracking — dynamite holes aren’t only going down, they go sideways, upways, and you don’t have a clue what they are doing to our planet, they do, but they have their escape plan.... But wait, there is one problem with their plan: The other governments still paying their taxes to fund a government space program.  That’s right, while we are figuring out how to make a profitable Space Program for the 1% in charge, Russia and China are building a non-profitable space program for a soon to be Outer Space War.  According to a recent article in Politico, the U.S. is years behind China and Russia from under-funding.   The main concern is GPS jamming which could be used in a trade war... what, trade war?  Yes, Trade War!

So, you’ve bought into the no government is good government and elected profit seekers over good statesmen and woman to keep the top 1% happy and we’ll all be able to live a good life sniffing through their trash: wrong!  And keep letting them destroy good government over Racist, Religious, Coporate nuts who really believe this country will do fine as long as the top 1% don’t have to pay for your roads or trash pickup! News Flash: soon we won’t have a democracy, what we will have is a Puttin to tell us when to eat, shit, and piss after his faux election.

Think about it: no satellite, no iPhone.

Wake up, a greedy corporations is not the government of the people, a socialistic democracy is the only way we all get through this.

But you don’t care, you have your donuts for breakfast and chic-fil-a for dinner: you gots it good, why vote?




Friday

Spring Love

April 6th, 1199, the warrior king Richard I, "the Lionhearted," didn't meet his end in battle, as might have been expected, but on a day relatively free of hostilities, as he casually walked around the perimeter of a castle in Châlus, France, without armor.  Suddenly, a young man fired his crossbow from a parapet above, striking the king in the shoulder.  Though the shot wasn't immediately fatal, the wound became gangrenous and Richard soon realized he was dying.  It was then, according to a number of contemporary chronicles, that the king did something entirely unexpected: He had the young man who had shot him summoned to his room where he immediately... forgave him.

Unfortunately, the kings followers didn't think forgiving the guy was a good idea and so, flayed him alive.
All of this, I might add, on a beautiful day in France, one where the people held a Boat Festival commemorating the return of spring.  Still, to this day, children celebrate this day by making a wish and then launching a miniature boat into the estuaries of the Mozelle River.  Each boat holds a burning candle and symbolizes sailing on the "sea of life."  Anyone finding a boat may also make a wish while bringing it to the shore.

And with Spring in the air, I leave with this message of love:

Generally, the way we label other people and things as good or bad, handsome or ugly, is determined by desire and craving.  We call good what we like and bad what we dislike.  These are inventions of our own minds.  If beauty actually existed in objects themselves, we would all be irresistibly attracted by the same people and things.
                                                                                                                             Dalai Lama
        



Thursday

Talking About April 5

Pocahontas

 
April 5, what a day indeed.   As coincidence would have it, on this day in 1614, in colonial Virginia, Pocahontas marries Jamestown tobacco planter John Rolfe, and by doing so, ensured peace with the Native Americans because Pocahontas' dad was the leader of most of the tribes in the area.  I guess you could say Rolfe married up.   Fast forward to the year 1758, on this same day! What? Really, on this same day in Pennsylvania teenager Mary Jemison is kidnapped by Native Americans from her family's farm and spends the rest of her life with the Senecas nation.   She eventually wrote a best selling biography about her captive history and it became a huge hit and was sold at all the feed stores.  


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On this day in 1794, French revolutionary leader Georges Jacques Danton is executed by guillotine for standing up to the wealthy 1% bastards running the show back then (The Monarchy).  Renowned for his satire, he said things like "The kings of Europe would dare challenge us? We throw them the head of a king!" at the execution of Louis XVI.

Before his own execution, Danton said: "Be sure you show the mob my head.  It will be a long time ere they see its likes again."

Danton was a man, yes, a big man.  Just look at his mugshot:

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On this day in China and Japan, people celebrate the festival of Kwan Yin, goddess of compassion, healing, mercy, and forgiveness. Offerings of incense and violet-colored candles are places on Kwan Yin's altar, along with rolled-up petitions for healing and protection that have been written by her supplicants on pieces of rice paper.
      

Tuesday

Spiritual Enlightened/Truth Seeker opposed to religious idiots!

Wow, on this, the anniversary of the day that their Lord and Savior parted the Red Sea to let the Israelite's flee Egypt, I get to tell you about another great religious experience happening today brought to us by the soon to be assassinated, Pope Frances.

First, about the parting of the Red Sea to let the Israelite's escape Egypt; it supposedly happened on this day in 1312 B.C. (21 Nissan, 2448).

I'm so sorry I used the word "assassinated" and "Pope" in the same post, but as I told you a few weeks ago, Pope Francis has pissed off a lot of radical Christians around the world by asking Christians and Muslim's to build "A New Civilization of Peace."  What!  Yes, he's telling the extremist on both sides to cool their jets.  Duck for your life!
 I wasn't there, but I imagine everyone on the podium with Pope Francis ducked for cover when he said that for fear of another church shooting.   I mean, nothing scares me more than radical Christians and I'm not even black!  Take for instance the Polish church leader who actually threatened the Pope's life over the "Christian and Muslim" statement.  Ouch!  Compare this with the Dalai Lama coming out a few years ago and saying he was the end of the line for Dalai Lama's and wouldn't be reincarnated into the next Dalai Lama: sure seems like times are a-changing.

And so just today, Pope Francis has come out and denied the existence of hell.  What!  He is really sounding like one of us now:  A Spiritual Enlightened/Truth Seeker opposed to religious idiots! (Say that with a cracker in your mouth).  Still, I wouldn't get close to him in a Dallas motorcade.

Yes, just like Pope Francis I'm looking forward to the future when we are all enlightened, living in peace without our divisive gods.   And why is this?  Well, if we don't go forward, we will go backwards.  Need I remind you that on this day in 1692,  in Salem, Christians accused Sarah Cloyce of witchcraft.  I checked in all the registers, and will tell you: she was no witch.   But now, in the Salem Town journals, it's a different story: apparently, while Benjamin Gould was sleeping, the form of Sarah Cloyce visited him.  This encounter left Gould with such a pain in his foot he could not force a shoe on it for two or three days thereafter... all because of the witch!
The Salem Witch Trials, Roach, Marilynne

Sarah Cloyce House
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Don't forget that this day, April 3rd, in ancient Rome, the goddess Persephone's (Isis) annual return from the Underworld, allowing the Earth to bloom again, was celebrated each year.  Yes, Persephone Is Risen!
Persephone as I remember her.
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fake news, fachist news, e.i.e.i.o


A Local TV Station Says It Defied It's Conservative Parent Company And Refused To Air A Message About Fake News 

  

The same people who give you fake news (Fox News among the most prevalent), are also giving you the remedy for it: fascist news.   What is fascist news?  Glad you asked....

Nazis propaganda in its purest form can be best defined by the famous (and ultra-conservative) French writer, Gustave Le Bon and his 1895 book tiltle The Crow: A Study of the Popular Mind.  In this book, Bon theorizes that there is a "magnetic influence given out by the crowd that tranmutes every individual's behaviour until it becomes governed by the group mind, over his/hers own.”

What's that mean for you and me?   Simple: programming!   
This is to say, that no matter what our basic instincts of love and kindness might be,  if we're told the opposite long enough, we'll believe it to be true.  Bon points out in his book that the group mind is controlled through "suggestion."  This means, if you're in a room of lefty-liberal-gays (with traditional values), you'll start seeing things their way.  Conversly, if you're put in a room long enough with right-wing-nuts (without traditional values), you'll start watching Fox News and thinking it's Fair and Balanced.  The problem today, as it has been since Jane Fonda was equated to a Commie, is the Neo-Cons have controlled the media for the last generation and have become especially adapt at telling you they're not the ones who have been in control and therefore, are not the blame for anything, ever!   It’s the liberals.  Truth is, we have Never, Ever, had any resemblance of a liberal anything in this country.  The few rights and benefits we have yanked away from the top 1% such as Social Security and NON-PROFITABLE Freeways, which they consider Liberal, are nothing more than the Right To Be Free of Want as the framers of our constitution intended. 

Yes, they have controlled our politics through media and by calling the media Liberal, and it has worked so well, they have pushed Radical Alt-Right nonscense into mainstream politics and you’re left wondering why you don’t understand those nice people from church who are now chanting “Lock Her Up” while telling you a Billionaire Slick-Willy From The East Coast is going to make us great again. And where did they learn this?

You guessed, the facsist societies of the 30's which included amongst others:  Germany, Italy, and Spain.  These regimes knew that if you repeated a a hate-lie enough, group think would obey.   And so, the masses went against their natural insticts of seeing the similiarities in each other, such as, two-eyes, a nose, mouth, red blood, etc., to Jew!  Black! Muslim! Jap! etc. 

It's the same today, the media, which when it does tell a turth like:  Donald Trump is the first President in US history who won't show his taxes?  Is called fake.  And you've heard it so much you actually believe it.   When what is really, really, sad is, why?   Why would you let anyone run our country with secrets like that?   Espeically a greedy billionaire with Russian Business connections?   

Wake up people, stop buying the group think.   Demand truth.  

Before it’s too late.







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On this day in 1968, Martn Luther King, Jr. was shot to death at a motel in Memphis, Tennessee.  A single shot fired by James Earl Ray from about 200 feet away struck King in the neck.  He was 39 years old.


 

Monday

Reagan Destroyed the Middle Class and made you homeless. There, I said it.

The old Pagan custom of "carrying death away" is carried out in certain regions of Germany on this day.  In celebration of Winter's demise, special straw dolls are burned in sacred bonfires or "drowned" in sacred wells.

Ommmmmmmmmm....
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I hate to be the one to pull this out, but in today's news, Oklahoma teachers are going on strike.   Why?  Well, just like what is happening in Arizona, tax-cuts for the rich are finally trickling down to like they are suppose to:  kill all the social programs and don't even think about asking the wealthy Toll-Drivers to pay for your schools or roads, they have their own.

Now, we all know -- even most wealthy people who know they should be paying more -- we are finally seeing the truth behind the Republican politics which have been in control of just about everything for the last 20 years.  Oh, there was Bill Clinton, Mr Republican Light, in there, and Obama, both of whom had to deal with majority Republican Senate and Congresses most of their terms.  So the Republicans have giving us this economy of a Donald Trump butt-crack spread between the wealthy 1% and the rest of us.  Soon, we will be Mexico or India, two countries without a middle class, people either living in mansions or boxes.  In my lifetime I have seen it happening.  I do blame Ronald Reagan for starting this mess.  He's the one who ran up the highest government debt ever, and then turned around and blamed it on unwed mothers.  Under his administration I saw a lot, but here are the two most pronounced in my memory:
1. When Reagan was elected, I had just gotten out of the Navy -- yes, I served so I can write this to expose the Republican sickness that is destroying our progress.  I had an honorable discharge and so  was allowed to draw unemployment until I found work.  This measly benefit that resulted into one of Nancy Reagan's meals for the month, allowed me a few months to find a decent clerk job.   Shortly after this, I saw Ronald Reagan say, "US Military men and woman who have served their term, should not be allowed unemployment since they have left their jobs.

Yeah, Ronnie, support the troops why don't you -- ass whole!

2.  With his tax-cuts and war spending -- during peace time -- Reagan also decided that the US Government shouldn't be sending money to states to fund their loony-bens.  "It's a waste of tax-payers money," he said, and you bought it.  The truth is those tax-cuts that caused the serge of homeless people who were just put out on the streets without medications, was to give Exxon and Mobile Oil healthy tax breaks as well as research money -- yes, your tax dollars were sent to Exxon to help them find oil wells and improve their profits at the expense of inner-city school children getting sneakers.

It's common knowledge to the Republicans that Reagan's philosophy was to run up the debt so high we would have to cut all social programs, especially that drives them nuts because it means you don't have to get on your knees and beg them for a coin when they walk past: social security.
This Slash-and-Cut policy was halted when George Bush Senior realized the disaster the country was headed for and said, "Read My Lips, No New Taxes."   Then he went on and raised taxes to give social security a few more years.  His son, however, would be the great-Satan in delivering tax-cuts through the largest war spending in history -- including WWII.  By the end of George Bush's second term we had the greatest depression since the first one and all he had to do is sit back and watch as the economy fell apart and could be rebuilt like the Republicans want: no safety net for anyone and guns for us all to kill each other with fighting over the trash they left outside their gated communities.  Fortunately for us all, the second George Bush was a pretty clueless guy, or might even have had a heart, and instead of letting it all crash like the plan called for, he bailed out the failing banks long enough to hand the mess over to the first black president in US history.
Fast forward to today, the debt is so crazy no one even talks about it.  It's like your drunk uncle who comes over for Christmas and you sit him in the backroom with a bottle of gin to keep him hidden from everyone else.   More tax cuts, more wealth for those lucky enough to have been born into it, and less social stuff for you and me.  That's the way it is boys-and-girls in God's country.

Finally, I watched an old Bing Crosby moving last night and in it he sang a freedom song for the Forth-of-July.   The lyrics were typical, "Land of the Free...." etc.   But also in there was one line I think we all should think about on this 150th day before our next Forth of July:  Freedom of Want!  That's right, along with freedom of religion and speech, he sang: Freedom of Want!  And well boys-and-girls, that is a right we have and should demand.  And if it means that rich baster driving around town in a car worth the life wages of a hotel maid needs to be confronted, confront him/her.  Tell them to cut-the-shit, give a little more you ass-whole.
It's either them or us and they no it.   If we wake up and demand more we will get it, but not a dime more until we do.   Maybe it is time we started talking about the S word.

-- Eso Terry the Video Bohemian yikes again

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