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Wednesday

Dream 19


 In last-nights dreams I dreamed of a gun I had with me.  The gun was more like a 1968 transistor radio I once had, but clearly had a "shoot" button.  In a conversation a few days ago I told a work acquaintance about a car accident I was in as a child and how my grandmother had pulled out her Derringer handgun out and pointed at the guy who had hit us.  I'm assuming that this was the reason for the gun in my dream last night, for I felt guilty about talking about this incident and how my grandmother had used racial slurs at the man in a Cadillac who hit us in the heart of Detroit.  Obviously, he wasn't blue-eyes Scandinavian -- I might have shot him, just kidding, Hockey joke.  

Grandma's Derringer

The other part about this dream is that a guy who I'm no longer friends with because he is a still a racist and refuses to stop using racial slurs around me, has convinced me in my dream to kill someone.  It's foggy, but the climax has me in a hotel room trying to escape without him seeing me.  In the corner of my eye I see my ex-friend taking someone to dinner as I walk away.  



As dreams happen, a woman steps up beside me and we are walking.  She peals away and I'm in a old brick building looking at a man entering us on a pole outside the window of the building opposite of us.  It's a crazy art showing.  The guy is talking but I'm not sure what he is saying.  To get a better look I crawl out the window on a ledge and then have to crawl like hell to get back in.  




"One night, I dreamed I was a buttterfly, fluttering here and there, content with my lot.  suddenly I awoke and I was Chuang-tzu again.  Who am I in reality?  A butterfly dreaming that I am Chuang-tzu, or Chuang-tzu dreaming he was a butterfly?"

                                        ~~ Chuang-tzu (a thousand years ago)



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Saturday

Blog Name Change


This Yellow Jacket French protest really should scare us all.  It's very similar to the Tea Party protest in the USA during Obama.  Mostly Angry White Men playing victims.  In France they are pretty much saying their Obama type leader (Emmanuel Macron: center-left) is out-of-touch with working (white) people.  They fear they are being left behind.  At least in France, however, they blame  banks and big-business along with the progressive movement.  


What is disturbing about this is it seems to be motivated by the same Russian melding that gave the USA Donald Trump and gave England, Brexit.  Extremes never imagined possible in free world are now everyday occurrences. Definitely not the will of the people.


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: a socialist!
The good news is, at least here in the USA -- since 9 of my readers are from Europe --  I'm seeing a liberal backlash that will be incredibly great (if I may use a little highbrow term Donald Trump likes to use about his man parts), hugely, incredibly great!  

What is so hugely great? you ask!  There is a new liberal voice on the horizon and it is here to stay.  Voices like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: a socialist, and Rashida Tlaib: a Muslim.  (Be still my beating heart).   And guess what, they are not sitting-pretty for the conservatives lies that have been pushing this country into Corporate Welfare Land since Ronald Reagan.

I'm so pumped about this that I'm changing the title to this blog LiberalBohemian.com. 

That's right, EstoricDaily.com is coming out of the closet and will be LiberalBohemian.com from now on.  

Oh, did I fail to mention that there is a socialist running for mayor of Dallas Texas!  

Take Back America For The People.

I now return you to your normal broadcasting. 

Friday

Go Nancy Go... Trump needs his diaper changed.

In his book “Worst Ideas Ever: a celebration of embarrassment,” Daniel Kline tells us that bad ideas stand out because anyone not involved in bringing them into being can look at them and know that a disaster looms.  He goes on to imagine the meeting room where someone stands up and says, “Eureka! I’ve got it.  Why don’t we get rid of our beloved product that outsells our rivals by huge amounts and completely change it?”



He was referring to the Coke-Cola move to do away with their product in the mid 80’s which as stupid as it sounds, they did!  

The question Kline goes on to ask is why didn’t anyone in the room of Coke executives stand up and laugh at the ridiculous idea instead of saying something like “Good thinking, Pepsi would never expect that we would take our most popular product off the market.  This strategy will really keep them guessing.”

And so, there you have my number one example of what is going on with Donald Trumps wall.  Everyone knows it isn't going to improve on anything.  That's why the Republicans didn't fund it for the two years that had everything (the congress, the senate, and presidency), and for Trump now to blame the Democrats is just plain right psycho city.  

First, we know the 4 billion Trump is asking for is a drop-in-the-bucket of what it would take to build a wall.  At best estimates it's more like 50 billion, that is, if you can get not-union Mexican labor to do it.  Union labor, i.e., a living-wage labor force would double the price.  So, this down-payment fight Trump has shutdown the government over is a sign the guy has totally lost his faculties.  

Second, the wall will not stop people from coming.  They will climb over it, swim out to sea, get locked up in the back of trucks, and use fake id's as they do now.  Not to mention, dig under it:



Wealthy business owners want cheap labor and that is the reason.  Once they are held accountable it stops.  Even in his Wall talk Trump admits that he will let cheap labor in after his wall.  

The wall is not an answer.  More money for better border-security is, and that is what the Democrats have offered, and now Donald Trump doesn't know what to do with his rattle.  He has been called on his bullshit. 



I for one did not support the idea of Nancy Pelosi as speaker.  I was still pissed at her for selling out to President Bush and giving him unlimited war rights when she was speaker of the house last time.  Seems she has learned her lesson.  

Go Nancy go!


I expect Trump will be in the fetal position before long thanks to the bad-advice he is taking from the Right Wing Talk Nuts who know as much about governing as I do blogging.   


On another note, here is what America saw when Pelosi gave her rebuttal to Trump after his Prime Time Television Infomercial last week.  








Here's what Trump saw:

 



"Get me Rush Limbaugh now, my diaper is wet."

~~ Radio-Head Evens

Wednesday

Young Jung in Love. Ain't going to happen.

From the hermitage I strolled on up the hill, lost in my thoughts, and 
was just turning to descend when from the left the slender figure of a 
young girl appeared. She wore the local costume, had a pretty face, 
and greeted me with friendly blue eyes. As though it were the most 
natural thing, in the world we descended into the valley together. 
She was about my own age. Since I knew no other girls except my 
cousins, I felt rather embarrassed and did not know how to talk to 
her. So I began hesitantly explaining that I was here for a couple of 
days on holiday, that I was at the Gymnasium in Basel and later 
wanted to study at the university. While I was talking, a strange 
feeling of fatefulness crept over me. "She has appeared just at this 
moment," I thought to myself, "and she walks along with me as 
naturally as if we belonged together? I glanced sideways at her and 
saw an expression of mingled shyness and admiration in her face, 
which embarrassed me and somehow pierced me. Can it be 
possible, I wondered, that this is fate? Is my meeting her mere 
chance? A peasant girl—could it possibly be? She is a Catholic, but 
perhaps her priest is the very one with whom my father has made 
friends? She has no idea who I am. I certainly couldn't talk to her 
about Schopenhauer and the negation of the Will, could I? Yet she 
doesn't seem in any way sinister. Perhaps her Priest is not one of 
those Jesuits skulking about in black robes. 

But I cannot tell her, either, that my father is a Protestant clergyman. 
That might frighten or offend her. And to talk about philosophy, or 
about the devil, who is more important than Faust even though 
Goethe made such a simpleton of him--that is quite out of the 
question. She still dwells in the distant land of innocence, but I have 
plunged into reality, into the splendor and cruelty of creation. How 
can she endure to hear about that? An impenetrable wall stands 
between us. There is not and cannot be any relationship. 

Sad at heart, I retreated into myself and turned the conversation to 
less dangerous topics. 

Tuesday

Ghost of John A McCausland

Apollo And The Python is a painting by Cornelis de Vos
Ah, yes, January 22, twin two's, in Ancient Greece, this day was dedicated to the Sun god, Apollo.  It was believed that for anyone who carried his emblem, good luck, light, and truth would follow.  The nine Greek goddesses of inspiration who watch over musicians, poets, and artists are also honored on this day with the celebration of the Festival of the Muses.
The Tarot card awarded this day is the 22nd card of the Major Arcana: The Fool.  The Fool, who in several versions is shown blithely stepping over the edge of a cliff.  Some interpretations picture him as a foolish man who has given up his reason, others a highly spiritualized being free of material considerations.  The highly evolved Fool has followed life's path, experienced its lessons and become one with his/her own vision. 

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John A. McCausland
On this day in 1927, the second-to-last surviving Confederate general of the American Civil War, John A. McCausland, dies in Mason, West Virginia, an unreconstructed Rebel to the end.

Nicknamed “Tiger John,” McCausland was born to Irish immigrants in 1836 in St. Louis, Missouri,and moved to Virginia as an adolescent. He attended the Virginia Military Institute and graduated in 1857. When the Civil War began, he organized an artillery regiment and formed the 36th Virginia from the western part of the state. McCausland spent most of the war in the mountainous region of western Virginia. On May 9, 1864,he distinguished himself at the Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain. For the victory, he was promoted to brigadier general.


Two bold actions defined McCausland’s career. First, in June 1864, he drove a larger Union force commanded by General David Hunter from Lynchburg, Virginia, earning him the city’s gratitude. He then joined General Jubal Early’s invasion of Maryland in July. Early dispatched McCausland and his cavalry to Hagerstown to exact a $200,000 ransom from city officials. McCausland rode into Hagerstown and delivered his hand-written note to authorities. However, due to a mathematical error, only $20,000 was secured. McCausland then moved on to Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and pulled his second notorious feat–he tried to extort more than $500,000 from Chambersburg officials, and burned the city when he did not receive the money.


McCausland joined General Robert E. Lee for the Confederates’ last desperate attempt to escape in early 1865. He broke through the Union lines near Appomattox, Virginia, and surrendered later at Charleston, West Virginia, after many Rebels had laid down their arms. After the war, McCausland, facing an indictment for the burning of Chambersburg, fled to Canada, Britain, and then Mexico. He returned to the U.S. in the late 1860s after being told he would not be prosecuted for his war crimes. He settled on a farm in West Virginia and lived as a recluse for the rest of his life, stubbornly defending the Confederate cause. McCausland died 13 months before Felix Robertson, the last surviving Confederate general.

McCausland, also a decedent of the Scottish bloodline of the same name (excerpt from wvculture.org):

The name McCausland or McAuslane, as it was called in an early day, is not unknown in ancient Scotch and Irish history. In the days of Wallace and Bruce the McAuslanes lived on the shores of beautiful Loch Lomond in the highlands of Scotland, where they flourished and acted well their part in the bloody local wars of the times. They fought for Malcolm II, who gave them lands and a coat of arms as well.

Most of the McCauslands of Tyrone and Londonderry are descended from Baron McAuslane, who with his two sons, migrated to Ireland from the parish of Luss in the latter part of the reign of King James I. The elder son of Baron McAuslane was the father of Colonel Robert McCausland who had estates in the parish of Cappagh in Tyrone County.

Alexander McCausland, one of the descendants of Colonel Robert, married his cousin Elizabeth Kyle, the daughter of William Kyle who was knighted Sir William the Belt for gallantry and rewarded by land grants in Tyrone, Ireland.

Because of threats of Catholic enemies, Alexander, a Protestant, sold his lands about 1800 for $1,400. He then embarked with his family for America. With his wife and eleven children he landed at Baltimore; then proceeding by wagon to Staunton, Virginia, he joined his relatives, the Kyles. One of Alexander's sons, John, married a cousin, Harriet Kyle Price, a widow who was the daughter of William Kyle and Sarah Stevens Kyle.

(end of excerpt)
McCausland's House "Grape Hill"
Today, the old soul can still be reached in many haunted locations.   Most notably, the house he built in West Virginia called "Grape Hill" for the numerous grape trees on it at the time of conception.  As noted in "American's Most Haunted," visitors to the house get "A sense of being watched and phantom footsteps that follow you everywhere...."  There are others, most notably the one from Chevy Chase, Maryland, on a street of one of McCausland's battles:  children hear a man whispering, "Wait For Me."  The local believe it is the ghost of McCausland.

Booo!

Saturday

Making sense of the Trump Age is easy.


The Great Ages are at Work!  That's right, the good-old-fashion, hippy-dippy, Age of Aquarius is here and the oppressive Piscean Age is a going.  We've seen this change coming for awhile now, actually, some scholars believe as far back as the independence of the USA and French Revolutions, perhaps, but the truth is there is no exact starting or ending points to the ages; hence: we have today's overlapping old-way/new-way mess.  

The Pisces age began around 1 AD.  That's right, the year of our Lord and Savior, or should I say, Baby Jesus. A lot has been written about the precepts of Christianity and its Piscean Fish Symbol.  I'm not going to go into that here, instead I'll refer you to the works of Manly P Hall, and say that there can be no disputing that the last 2000 years have been dominated by the Christian Faiths.  


The Age of Aquarius is believed to be from the years 2100 to 4,400.  That is to say, by the year 2100 there will be no remnants of the Piscean Age left.  In his book "Signs of the Times," Ray Grasse calls the time we are in "between acts."  And it is this "Between Acts" that has given us the Nationalism and Despotism of Donald Trump who is trying to keep us from going forward by turning back the hands of time and "Making America Great Again." Truth is, it wasn't greater then than it is now, just more Piscean, and I have news for those supporting this backlash on human consciousness: it ain't going to happen.  We are going Aquarius with or without you and there is nothing any of us can do about it; the same forces that ushered in the Baby Jesus are now ushering in a more enlightened world.  As the 1960's song by the 5th Dimension called "Aquarius/Let The Sun Shin In" says: 

Harmony and understanding
Sympathy and trust abounding
No more falsehoods or derisions
Golden living dreams of visions
Mystic crystal revelation
And the mind's true liberation
Aquarius....
 
The concept of the Great Ages is based on a phenomenon astronomers call the precession of the equinoxes.  On the first day of spring each year, referred to by astronomers as the vernal equinox, day and night are equally balanced.  For astrologers, this yearly occurrence has long held great importance as a time of balance and new beginnings, when the proverbial "crack between worlds" has opened and humanity is more receptive to the inflow of cosmic energies from the universe.  


 Each year this occurs, the sun is superimposed against a particular constellation within the band of stars located along its path through the year, what astronomers call the ecliptic.  Because of the slow wobble of the Earth's axis over time, this vernal point is gradually shifting in its position through the sky, moving through the constellations at the slow rate of one degree roughly every seventy-two years.  On average, it takes a little over 2100 years for this vernal point to traverse a single constellation, a period that comprises a single Great Age.  Over the course of nearly 26,000 years, it completes a full circuit of the sky, giving rise to what is called a Great Year.  

Returning to Grasse's book "Sign of the Times," he writes: At its worst, the Piscean Age was an era of religious intolerance, when large populations were expected to show unquestioning allegiance to a monolithic belief system, as exhibited in much of Christianity and Islam during this time... As the last sign in the zodiac (determined by the sun's counter-clockwise movement), Pisces is that final stage in the soul's evolution where the boundaries of personality have begun to dissolve and the soul merges with the cosmic ocean of existence." 


Now juxtapose this with the terms most used for the Age of Aquarius: Freedom, Humanitarianism, and Idealism, and you see the problem with this Trump Age and his followers: They in shock.  They fear this upgrading of the collective intelligence.  They fear that if they don't reject it, they will become extinct. They are fighting it with every bone in their bodies.  This is why they are trying to suppress the vote and appoint Men Behaving Badly judges to the supreme court, as well as buying up all the news and information sources they can.  They really think they can stop progress.  

They can't, and somewhere inside themselves must know:

 When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars


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Keller with Dog--very groovy!


I don't give a damn about semi radicals...
This is not a time of gentleness.  
It is not a time of lukewarm beginnings.  It is a time for open speech and fearless thinking. 

                                                                                                            ~~ Helen Keller



Friday

Letter to March For Life peeps.

You're not, but it's a nice sign. 

The March For Life people will be out in the streets today and I meditated this morning sending them love and hoping they will find the truth and peace they seek.  The fact that abortion is a really bad thing that no one ever wants to undertake is a truth.  The fact that the government they have been seeking to end abortion has let them down is also a truth to be reckoned with as well.   They had the President, Congress, Senate, and Supreme Court stacked in their favor and still didn't get abortion outlawed.  Maybe now they will wake up and realize that outlawing abortion is not the people's will and as long as we have a democracy then it won't happen.  But, if they get their dictatorship going then it could happen.  

Is that what you really want?  How about this, instead of bringing our democracy down and giving us a dictatorship that goes against the will of the majority, you agree to never have an abortion.  Call me stupid but I think your god will be very happy with you.  

Finally, I do honor your right to protest and wish you peace in your endeavors.  Good luck.  I'm sorry Democracy isn't working for you.  

Dr TV Boogie 

Thursday

Fox News Advertisers Beware!


Democracy has no more persistent or insidious foe than the money.  

There, I said it.  When Dante got to the God of Riches in his famous journey, he said: "Here we found Wealth, the great enemy." 

The Bible too has made it clear that the rich aren't welcome in heaven.  In Matthew 6:24:  “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money."  

The list goes on and on, for instance in Proverbs 17:5:  "Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished." 

But the verse that gets me most from the Bible about the rich bastards is Proverb 22:26:  "Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty."

Yes, that last proverb explains why the world is sinking faster than a sixteenth-century independent woman out for a solo swim in Salem Massachusetts baptismal lake.  


 And why do we do nothing about it?  Our free-press is now a corporate sponsored commercial giving equal time to extreme viewpoints made to destroy us for the benefit of the rich. 

Fox News and the Extreme Right like to blame the left, and of course the left takes it personally and so goes in a corner and cries.  Meanwhile, the USA is tanking: The Rich Are Getting Rich and The Poor Are Getting Fucked.  That's our Democracy without representation.   

If the press were doing its job, we would know that tax-cuts for the rich at the expense of the poor is the problem.  Period.  Instead, we hear nothing of this from the main press.  They are too busy telling us the Rain In Spain Falls Mainly on The Plan. 

Demand more, stop buying the products advertised on Fox News.  It's our only hope.

"The truth seems to be that democracy has only one marked advantage over other governments:  Publicity and the force of Public Opinion.  so long as Ministers can be interrogated in an assembly, so long as the press is free to call attention to alleged scandals and require explanations from persons suspected of an improper use of money or improper submission to its influences, so long will the people be at least warned of the dangers that threaten them.  If they refuse to take the warning they are already untrue to the duties that freedom prescribes."

~~ Lord Bryce "Modern Democracies" (1921)

 Here's a quick list:


The Revolution is Now!  Get off your ass and safe our country before it is too late. 

PS., anyone want to buy a Toyota?  How'd they get on there!

~~ Dr TV Boogie


Wednesday

Tower over January 16th


The 16th card of the Major Arcana is The Tower, which in one version of the Tarot shows both a king falling from a lightning-struck tower and the builder of this tower being killed by a blow to the head.  The Tower symbolizes the impermanence of not only physical structures but also of relationships or vocations in our lives. 
Ennis Cosby

 On this day in 1997, Ennis Cosby, the only son of comedian Bill Cosby was murder on a Los Angeles street robbery.  Cosby was in Los Angeles in January 1997, while on winter break from his classes at Columbia University.  In the early hours of January 16, 1997, he was visiting friends in Los Angeles and driving north on Interstate 405 through the Sepulveda Pass when, at approximately 1 a.m., he pulled off the freeway onto Skirball Center Drive to fix a flat tire. He called a friend, Stephanie Crane, who drove to meet him; she parked behind him to light the area with her headlights while Cosby changed the tire. She later testified that a man came to her window and told her, "Open the door or I'll kill you." Frightened, Crane drove away but after approximately 50 feet (15 m) turned her car around and came back. She saw a man running away and found Cosby lying on the ground in a pool of blood next to the driver's side of his dark green Mercedes-Benz. He had been shot in the head. It appeared robbery was a motive, but Cosby was still wearing a Rolex watch and had three $20 bills in his pocket.


Bill Cosby

 In 2015 on this day, Bill Cosby is released from a lucrative NBC contract due to allegations of sexual assault.  The allegations had been out there for years, but only now out in the public.   Since this time we find that Cosby had a long history of sexual assault on woman from his position in life.   Most victims said that they knew they wouldn't be believed if they came out with what had happened to them.


Creepy Trump and It's Funny Bush

 In 2005, Donald Trump admitted to the same privileges in life that Cosby felt entitled to.  "I just start kissing [beautiful women]. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait," Trump said to Billy Bush (yes, a relative to the presidents) not realizing his mic was being recorded.   "You can do anything. … Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything."


The only problem I have with this, is that the same preachers who came out saying Bill Clinton was unfit for presidency because of his "consensual" sex-act with an intern during his presidency (Monica Lewinsky),  is that the loud-mouth preachers with no real spiritual connection to anything other than the might dollar, have turned the other way for Donald Trump.

If there is a Christian hell, how do they not see themselves there?

Moving on....

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John and Yoko Outside Dakotas
On this day in 1981, John Lennon, famous singer from the rock group known as The Beatles, topped  the American music charts with his prophetic song titled "Starting Over."  John Lennon had been assassinated a mouth earlier outside his Dakota apartment, and believed in reincarnation.  So plan on seeing him back soon, probably someone born either on December 8th or 9th of 1980.   Conversely, the same apartment complex that the satanic 1968 film "Rosemary's Baby" was to have taken place in and some scenes were shot, was the same Dakota building that John Lennon died in front of heading back to his apartment.   Roman Polanski shot that film before his wife, Sharon Tate (and her unborn baby) was murdered by the Charles Manson idiots.   Sharon Tate's first film was "Eye Of The Devil."  Sharon Tate's mother (Doris Gwendolyn Tate) was born on this day in 1924, and after Sharon's death was influential in the amendment of California laws relating to the victims of violent crime, which would be considered in the 1997 murder of Ennis Cosby. 
Also worth noting is that on the day Lennon was assassinated, he and Yoko had tickets to see David Bowie performing the Broadway version of The Elephant Man.  Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman also had tickets for that show and also had David Bowie on his list of things to do that day.... Sharon Tate was born in Dallas and Mark David Chapman was born in Fort Worth.... 


On this day in 1971, the prosecutors in the murder trial of Charles Manson rest their case; seven days later Manson would be sentenced to life.  

And the madness continues....

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Tuesday

Trump Madness is a shit hole.

So with all this Trump Crazy coming out, I want to send you back to my post from a year ago when I wrote about Trump calling undocumented people from other countries as people coming from "shit-hole countries."   I warned you then it would get bad, and it is.  The guy is having a breakdown and the media is loving it. 
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Although he is backtracking now, well, strike that: he is outwardly lying to us again about something he said, the facts are in and Donald Trump did say,

 “Why are we having all these people from shit-hole countries come here?” 

He said it and even the Republicans who were there are admitting it.  Sir Donald ?Trump was talking about Haiti, El Salvador, and the African countries.

The press seems to be surprised by this,  and I'm thinking, this is the same guy who called  John McCain, a US war hero, an idiot for having been captured as a POW in the Vietnam War; then Trump was quoted as saying he rapes woman at will because of his position in life; and finally, made fun of a reporter with a physical handicap.

Calling Haiti a "Shit Hole" is nothing.   We're just getting started.   Wait till his mental sickness really becomes noticeable.   Then it won't be so funny, will it!
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Sunday

Apparently way back on May 9th, 1958, a television series titled Trackdown ran an episode with a crook named "Trump" who wanted to build a wall in a western town to save the city.  No shit.  On this CBS news clip the talking heads are skeptical; they think it might be a digital fake.  To me, them thinking the similarities from a 1958 creative project and Donald Trump's stupid wall is weird, is weird.  Why are they shocked?  Weird coincidences like this happens all the time with the creative process.  For instance, on 9-11-01, the film Donnie Darko was set to be released but pulled after terrorist flew jets into the World Trade Towers in New York.  The film Donnie Darko begins with an aircraft engine crashing through the ceiling of Donnie's bedroom with no explanation ever given. 


In a creative writing class I once took the professor talked about The Ether and Collective Consciousness -- don't worry, she didn't talk that nonsense to the other paying students, only to me in a private conversation I cornered her into -- she told me that creative thoughts do float through the world and if we don't use them someone else will.  "No Shit," I said -- which I thought might be the  reason I got a C+ in that class, not my bad-ass gramma'.  

This has happened so often with fiction it shouldn't be a shock to anyone: 

*In his 1994 book "Debt of Honor," Tom Clancy describes a 9-11 type of incident pretty accurately. 

*In Edgar Allen Poe's (be still my beating heart) story 
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, sir Poe writes about a shipwreck where they are left without food and so draw straws to have one person sacrifice his body for dinner.  Sure as shit, twenty years later this really happens and in court hearings we find out that the cabin boys name Richard Parker, just as in Poe's story.  

* In 1898, Morgan Robertson's novella Futility describes an "unsinkable" ship called the Titan, which hits an iceberg, sinks, and doesn't have enough life preservers for everyone.  Of course, in 1912 this really happens with the Titanic. 

I could go on, but won't since my creative writing teacher told me that day -- just before calling security to escort me out of the building -- things should always be presented in 3's.   

I will add, however, in closing what I believe this all means:  The Gods Are Watching And Laughing Their Fucking Heads Off!

Here's that complete program written about a con man named Trump who wants to build a wall in 1958.

~~ Dr TV Boogie

Saturday

Today's Failures Began With Ronald Reagan. Period!


The world is a mess, no doubt about it.  Why?  It's obvious, our government capitalistic government is failing. 

FDR, Franklin D Roosevelt, the president Republicans called a threat to our capitalist government actually sustained it until today, but the greedy/wealthy tax-cuts, corporation rights over people rights, and deregulation has again put our country at risk,

The Great Depression during FDR's time saw a liberal cry from the Left which put Communism, Socialism, and outright Anarchy on the table.   People were hungry, out of work, and out of hope.  The capitalistic society had failed to create enough jobs for everyone.  FDR saw this and instead of letting the capitalistic system work as it is designed to -- that is, let the weak die in the streets and the strong grow richer, i.e., profits over weakness -- FDR put a band-aid the size of Denver on it, by having the government create the jobs capitalism couldn't, and creating a safety net for the working-person who had no chance of making it without a little help.

History shows that this "band-aid" helped tremendously with creating the middle-class of the 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's; but then, came the ending we are up against today which started in the 80's.  That's when the slash-and-cut Republican politics of today came into being with president Ronald Reagan.  He cut taxes for the rich and cut social programs for the poor.  The one that most amazed me at the time was unemployment for veterans.  That's right, the Vets.  When I got out of the Navy in 1980, I was allowed to draw unemployment until I found a job.   I think I got one check before I got a job and I'm certain it helped. Those behind me weren't so fortunate:  Reagan  said something like, "The serviceman has quit his job and so does not deserve unemployment."   This is only one small example of where his meanness began, but a big one.  Of course, Reagan went on to salute the flag and say he supported the veterans, but he obviously didn't.  Reagan also cut funding to state hospitals and after that I saw for the first time, a homeless person on the side of the road asking for money in Dallas.  No shit.  It was a big deal.  People were outraged.  The police began arresting them and for awhile, but after a few years we all accepted it. 





The thought at the time was: This was America God Damn-it!  There's no homeless in America!

There is now.


Am I the only one who gets the irony here?  Make America More Bankrupt again?

The Policies of Ronald Reagan that we take for granted today:  big debt and tax cuts for the wealthy, was a new thing in the 80's.  They said it would "trickle down" and create wealth for all and the US debt would go down from it.  I was a young lad of 24 at the time and decided I would give it a chance and see what happened.  I mean, if it fails we can always go back to the way it was before, can't we?




What I didn't realize is that not only would that debt never go away, by the end of Reagan's president we would have a financial crises that made everything worse.  That was the first financial crises in my lifetime and it was called the S&L crisis.  Before Reagan there was a thing called a Savings and Loan -- watch that great old Jimmy Steward film "It's A Wonderful Life."   Jimmy Steward ran a Savings and Loan and the greedy town banker couldn't wait to take it over to own everything and have people living in his slums.  Reagan's deregulation of the S&L industry allowed them to fail.  By accident?  Today I wonder.  Seems they might have been targeted by the big banks.   Regardless, deregulation caused it, and we all new it.



Jimmy Steward standing up to greedy banker?  Not in today's America! 

Another thing happened around the time of Reagan.  It was the deregulation of the media.  It allowed big business to buy up all the newspapers and television stations.  Maybe this is why Reagan was never held accountable for this mess he created, his wealthy tax cuts for the top 1% and no accountability for the corporations. 



 Do I hold Ronald Reagan responsible?  Not really.  I mean, I'm sure if he was alive today he would say something like, "Look, we tried, it was wrong.  Let's move on and get it right."  I say this because when the rubber-hit-the-road and the Slash-and-Cut-Nuts wanted to privatize social security,  Reagan said "No."   That's right, the things they wanted him to do would have to fall to another:  Bill Clinton, the new American Left: Republican Light. 

So there you have it boys-and-girls.  No political spin.  No name calling.  No catchy phrases.  Just what I saw first hand.  Don't let them tell you differently:  I was there.

~~ Dr TV Boogie

Friday

Jan 11th and pineapples


On this day in 1964 or our lord, The US administration officially links smoking tobacco with ill health.   Boy was big-tobacco pissed too.   The findings actually came out of the Kennedy administration but was enacted under LBJ.


Funny to think, but during the Fist and Second World Wars cigarettes had actually been given to service men and woman as they were seen as an essential supply.  At that time in history 80 percent of adults smoked in most countries, and tobacco was viewed as a mild form of medication -- a pick-me-up and stress reliever for the common person.  Somehow, the enormous number of deaths due to smoking-related diseases, such as emphysema and lung cancer, were either overlooked or simply not connected with smoking.  Besides, the world had other things to worry about; not least the tens of millions lost in warfare.

So, I asked the question: What are we overlooking today or not connecting as we did then?...  Hmmm, could it be: GLOBAL WARMING.  I'm just saying....

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The 11th card of the Major Arcana is Justice, a serene seated woman holding the scales in one hand and a sword in the other.  She reminds us of the order of the universe and that balance and harmony will be maintained in our lives as long as we continue on our path.  the positive aspects of this card are integrity, fairness, honesty and discipline; the negative aspects are low initiative, impersonality, fear of innovation and grievances.

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On this day in 1813, Pineapples are planted in Hawaii for the first time.

On this day in 1935, Amelia Earhart backed pineapples aboard her plain and departed Wheeler Field in Honolulu on the first solo flight from Hawaii to North America.

On this day in 1915,  Hint Inc, maker of all-natural unsweetened essence water, rings in a healthy start to the New Year with the launch of their new flavor profile, Pineapple.

Honolulu Sheriff Duke Kahanamoku shares a pineapple with Amelia Earhart, January 2, 1935 at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.






On this day in 2017,  California which has long been suffering through a strong, multi-year drought, is finally beginning to see some much needed relief as a result of a recent series of storms that are part of a weather pattern known as the “Pineapple Express.”

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George Templeton Strong

 And finally, in honor of another glorious day, I've added the journal entry of George Templeton Strong from this day way back in the year 1860 who recorded events of the day from an upper-class New Yorker uneasy with democracy. 



 "News today of a fearful tragedy at Lawrence, Massachusetts, one of the wholesale murders commonly known in newspaper literature as accident or catastrophe.  A huge factory, long notoriously insecure and ill-built, requiring to be patched and bandaged up with iron plates and braces to stand the introduction of its machinery, suddenly collapsed into a heap of ruins yesterday afternoon without the smallest provocation.  Some five or six hundred operatives went down with it -- young girls and woman mostly....Of course nobody will be hanged.  Somebody has murdered about two hundred people, many of them with hideous torture, in order to save money, but society has no avenging gibbet for the respectable millionaire and homicide.  Of course not.  He did not want to or mean to do the massacre; on the whole, he would have preferred to let these people live....He did not compel these poor girls and children to enter his accursed man-trap....It was a matter of contract between capital and labor; they were to receive cash payments for their services.  No doubt the legal representatives of those who have perished will be duly paid the fractional part of their week's wages up to the date when they became incapacitated by crushing or combustion, as the case may be, from rendering futher service.  Very probably the wealthy and liberal proprietor will add (in deserving cases) a gratuity to defray funeral charges.  It becomes us to prate about the horrors of slavery! What Southern capitalist trifles with the lives of his operatives as do our philanthropes of the North?"

                                                                                              
                                                                                   -- George Templeton Strong (1860)


Thanks For Being!

Thanks For Being!