A Revolution Do-Over Is Required

Once upon a time, there was a land called New World.  The men and women who lived there for hundreds of years didn’t call it that.  They called it The Land, The Earth surface, Home, the Spirit Lands, and other names.  Each tribe or nation had their own view, their own lands, their own government, their own people.  When one tribe sought to take more than their share, which wasn’t very often, then they went to war to regain the balance.  Balance always returned.

Vikings from Norway traveled to Iceland, Greenland, and what are now provinces of Canada, moved down the coast and settled for a while, but Odin and Thor weren’t happy and they had so much trouble with the strange land that they returned home.  This was long before 1492 C.E., when Spain’s pirates (with royal letters of mark making them “privateers”) set sail to find other lands to conquer because they weren’t getting very far with England and France–and those two countries couldn’t stop warring with each other(and England with Scotland, Ireland, and Wales).  So while they were busy, the pirates set sail.  After a while, England, Portugal, and Italy joined them.

 

The mindset of these people was greed.  Sure, some of them may have been honest folk, but the religion of these people told them that the world was theirs to conquer and anyone who wasn’t like them was sub-human, not worthy of their own lives, their own governments.  They invaded Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

They murdered millions—people who already lived in the lands they invaded.  Most murders were through direct action.  Many died through indirect means, such as disease and starvation.  Many people were forced into slavery–and slavery was an industry.  An institution.  To do away with it meant a loss of income and they would not stand for that.

By the early 1700s, many “colonists” in North America had murdered, enslaved, and stole lands from, the indigenous peoples.  Many states south of Virginia refused to give up slavery, but since fighting men were needed, they were allowed to keep their slavery in return for joining the men who were determined to create a new nation.

There is an old adage that holds to be true:  Wars of independence are always followed by civil wars.  The reason is because the independence seekers are forced to accept compromises in order to win and those compromises are seeds that foment internal rebellion and self-destruction.  Those compromises weren’t really compromises.  They ultimatums and guns to the head.  In the case of the so-called United States of America, those compromises were about one thing:  slavery.  Or to put it more esoterically, Greed.

 

As the U.S. grew, greed killed off many more Indigenous Peoples and corralled the rest in ever-shrinking “sovereign” lands.  AKA, reservations.  When the U.S. government’s greed wanted more land, they violated their own word and stole it from the Native Americans.  The “Indians” didn’t–and still don’t–have militias or armies or weapons, so their rights were run over, their people slaughtered.  Meanwhile, the Indians’ sovereignty was thrown in their faces whenever they asked the U.S. government for money.

The U.S. government will steal your sovereign land and deny you the means to live well on that land.  It’s a catch-22, and purposely written that way in order to eventually kill you off and get the land “back”–land that was never theirs to begin with.  All Native American land is surrounded by U.S. land.  There is nowhere to go, no one to seek help from.  Our Native American brothers and sisters are living on borrowed time.

Now, why have we white people put up with this?

Because we’re concerned with our own measly lives.  We are concerned with making a living, having an income, feeding ourselves, housing ourselves, and clothing ourselves.  Many of us are side-tracked with wanting more.  Greed.  But we never get it and there’s a reason:

Our government is run by an oligarchy, not a democracy, and it’s been that way from day one.  The Founding Fathers were rich men, and although some of them died “poor”(Washington), they were still members of the gentry and given special status over so-called “simple” farmers and laborers.  What is now referred to as “workers”, and that name has a slavery connotation to it.

We are peons.  We are ruled by the rich.  They don’t give quarter.  They make us work for it while they reap the rewards that we should all share in and don’t.

When we try to bring balance, we are trod upon, lied to, and always forced to work against our own interests through means of parlor tricks, skullduggery, bald-faced lies, misdirection, and our own bigotries.

So America has limped along since the Civil War, grown little by little after WWI and WWII, and We the People allowed ourselves to conquered and indentured by our so-called leaders.  We gave them power and they ran with it, building it up and up and up until we looked around and found there was an immense inequality.

And we wonder where it came from.

It came from us.  We gave power to representatives–people who were elected to represent our interests.  But we let them squander it away.  We let them build their own fortunes while they robbed us of our own.  They made promises and broke them.

Why are all politicians scorned?  Because we know them to be liars.  But we *made them* politicians.  Why are we suddenly scornful?  Because we’re lazy good-for-nothing slackers, that’s why.  We refuse to do the hard work of keeping them on their toes.  We think, “Okay, you’re elected, now do a good job.”

Except most of them won’t.  They are in it for the money, not your welfare.  In order to keep getting rich, they sell you lies.  They take advantage of your beliefs, your bigotries, your prejudices, and in return, they’ll fuck you over so fast it’ll make your head spin.

Every election cycle, we choose people to represent us and believe them when they tell us what we need.  We give up our rights to make our own choices by letting them make them for us.  And to get there, they feed us lies.  When they’ve won, in return for our loyalty, they sell us to the highest bidder.

Why have we allowed that?  Why have we buried our heads in the sand?

We’ve become so preoccupied with our own bigoted views that we have ignored the sickness that surrounds us.  We have no power until we stand up and put a stop to it.  We’re treated like peasants.  We’re told who to hate, who to love, who give our blood to, and when to die.  We’re told behave and be controlled.  By police.  By the military.  By corruption.

We let this happen.

The entire system is corrupt.  It isn’t just about who sits in the Oval Office.  It’s about who sit in our state capitals and our local town councils and who provides law and order and for what purpose.  It doesn’t matter if we go to church or synagogue or mosque.  It no longer matters if we believe we’re the land of the free and the home of the brave.  Because it’s a lie.

We have no control, no say in what happens to us.  No say in what our leaders do to others outside our country.  Our military and our genius has been turned over to people who have evil intentions.  All for greed.  All for power.  America is no longer the land of opportunity or of freedom.  It now stands for blood and horror.

Go anywhere outside the United States and you will find a country that has been screwed over by our politicians.  You will find a country that has been threatened.  You will find a country that has been bombed.  You will find citizens who have been raped and murdered.  And guess what?  You will find the Same Thing Here.  What do you think has been going on in rural towns?  What do you think has been happening to Native Americans?  What do you think will happen to you?

Do you even care?  Do you even have a soul?

We have to snap out of our force-fed bigotry.  The only way out of this corruption we’ve allowed to happen is to start another revolution and that will only happen if we get involved.  That will only happen if we sacrifice our peace, our comfort, and our apathy.  We can’t be complacent any more.

Oath of Office

A 2009 publication written by Jonathan L. Rudd, J.D., an FBI Academy Legal Instructor:

Oath of Office: A Solemn Promise

every aspect of an officer’s job touches that area where the authority of government and the liberty of the individual meet. Arrests, searches and seizures, investigative detentions, eyewitness identification, interrogations—all of these everyday law enforcement tasks, and more, are governed by the Federal Constitution. Under their own constitutions, the States may provide greater protections to their people; but by virtue of the Due Process Clause of the 14th amendment, they cannot provide less.

 

The Oath:

I [name] do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

 

This oath isn’t just for Presidents, heads of office, or law enforcement.  It’s also what every member of the military has to take at the conclusion of their basic training.  It’s an oath *I* took when I completed basic training in the Army in January 1980.


 

It is obvious, judging by the plethora of unjust and blatantly illegal behaviors performed by all members of law enforcement, including the FBI, that law enforcement academies of instruction no longer teach their recruits the rule of law.

Example:  A kidnapping/rape victim was re-assaulted repeatedly by law enforcement when she was kidnapped (held against her will; she wasn’t arrested) and forced to occupy a cell next to her rapist and sit next to him during transports to court.  Why?  Law enforcement’s excuse was that she became “combative” during her “prep” for court and they feared she’d refuse to show up for court.

It is not required of her to show up for court.  She can be video-conferenced in order to fulfill the requirement that the accused can face their accuser.  She can sign affidavits.  She can request to appear separately on the grounds that she fears for her life.

She doesn’t need to be Pollyanna.  She doesn’t need to act like a “good girl”.  She’s justifiably upset and has the right to behave however she sees fit as long as she’s not breaking any laws.  During “Prep” for court, attorneys or law enforcement (it should be attorneys only) will “grill” the plaintiff, preparing her for cross-examination.  During this “Prep”, the victim will get upset and angry.  The officers who said she was “combative” deliberately ignored the fact that “Practice” cross-examinations are hard on witnesses/victims, knowing full well that the “practice” is intended to get the witness/victim used to the adversarial attack-dog style of questioning by defense lawyers.  Many rape victims suffer from PTSD and verbal attacks can trigger emotional defensiveness and an emergency desire to protect yourself.  They often become “combative”.  It’s *normal*.

Police and Prosecutors involved in this case were either willfully ignorant of the rights of the witness/victim, did not care about the emotional stability of the witness/victim, or both.  They failed this woman by not supplying her with an attorney who has her back and will step in when prosecutorial “prep” ignores her emotional stability.  Hell, when they simply lack common decency.

Examples:  100s of instances of people of color have been shot by police for invalid reasons.

Example:  100s of instances where people of Latino heritage have had their 4th, 5th, 6th, and 14th amendment protections violated by city/county/state/federal police as well as law enforcement members of Immigration and “Customs” Enforcement.

In order to carry out the law, police must abide by their oaths, but even after this “reminder” publication was released in 2009, they have frequently violated this oath.  Indeed, police academies across the country seem to have dropped the requirements for teaching recruits about the Constitution and how law enforcement must abide by it.  Instead, they have become lawless vigilantes and bullies.

This Is What You Voted For, Trump Fans

Trump promised to protect the sick and the poor. He lied.

Uninsured ranks still to grow by tens of millions under latest House health-care bill, CBO says

CBO: House Obamacare repeal bill would leave 23 million more uninsured

23 Million Fewer People Would Have Coverage Under Obamacare Repeal Bill, CBO Confirms

You voted to kill a lot of people, Trump voter.

This is not hyperbole.  You will take away our healthcare.  You will take away our homes.  You will take away our Social Security Disability.

This will lead to death.  DEATH.

TRUMP LIED.  YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN THIS?  WHY DIDN’T YOU?  WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?

2018 SPENDING BILL (not Obamacare repeal only):

Remove Obamacare
Massive cuts to Medicaid
Massive cuts to Social Security and Social Security Disability
Massive cuts to HUD
Massive tax breaks to the rich

THIS IS WHAT WE GET, TRUMP VOTER

If this goes through, I AM SCREWED. I will be without state health insurance and will have to rely on the VA, which is shit coverage because I never served during wartime. I will lose my apartment because a) they’ll take away housing vouchers, and b) they’ll take away my Social Security Disability. I will be homeless and without healthcare. Thanks, Trump Voter.

FUCK. YOU.

Mueller is a Fake Special Counsel

From POLITICO.COM:  DOJ: Firm’s work for Trump family won’t impede Mueller probe

“The firm said Mueller did not work for any members of the Trump family.”

THEY’RE LYING.  And they’re wrong.  Mueller resigned from a firm–whose clients were Jared and Ivanka–so he could take the Special Counsel job.  He is, according to the law, bound by attorney/client privilege FOR LIFE and therefore can’t touch anything involving current and former clients of that firm.  Namely, the Trump/Kushner family.

It doesn’t matter if Mueller worked with them or not.  The firm did.  What is writ for one lawyer automatically affects everyone else.  This applies to all lawyers even when the Trumps and Kushners are no longer clients.

Why the hell do you think the corrupt Sessions-run DOJ hired this prick in the first goddamn case?

The only way for justice to be done is when the next President is a Progressive, and Bernie Sanders, and installed in the White House in January 2021.

Until then, get ready for four years of complete bullshit and a huge waste of taxpayer dollars.

 

Amendment Suggestion Regarding Political Salaries

Missouri lawmakers just took raises away from minimum wage workers

Cities within Missouri raised the minimum wage.  The state legislature has finally been able to veto it and everyone who makes the current raised minimum will now go back to $7.70/hr.  They’ve all just been given a pay cut.

This should be illegal.

Suggestion for inbound Democrats in Congress:  When you get the majority, find your fucking backbones and institute a new unbreakable rule, even making it an amendment:

“All politicians, either in office or retired, are hereby prohibited from earning a salary that is higher than the federal and pertinent states’ minimum wage.”

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Take away their fucking government Single Payer Healthcare, too . . .

 

“Those that work against their constituents’ constitutional right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness will have their government healthcare plan revoked until they meet the minimum standards for serving the people.”

American Gods’ “Head Full of Snow” Gay Scene

I was practically squeeing when they went true to form (detailing the book, as is proper).  Neil Gaiman is one of the producers and I’m glad he’s there to have influence over telling the story according to the source, “American Gods”, which was a spellbinding, if confusing at times, book.  Hopefully Starz won’t interfere when the goddamn anti-gay shitheels come a-knocking and complainin’.

They showed the Muslim man getting it on with the Djinn.  Accurately.  I was so chuffed by this, I can’t tell ya.  Sure, I’m a woman, and I’m straight, but in my book, if one man’s good, two are better.  I love gay stories, gay porn, and I write it in fanfic because I just love two men (or three) together.  So to see it played out accurately on the TV show (admittedly STARZ b/c it couldn’t have been done on frickin’ network TV, even if they shaded the dicks on display) was simply charming.

Now, while I was watching, I’m imagining all the homophobes having conniption fits.  Turning it off, covering their eyes, whatever.

Ohhh, boo hoo.  Did it ever once occur to you that gay men have been having to endure straight sex onscreen for over 60 years and they’ve been a million times’ better than you at putting up with it?  Oh, and just to give you something else to think about, consider this stupidity:

Two men play gay men on the big screen and suddenly, you think they’re gay or they’re worth disparaging.  But two gay men play straight men on the big screen and that’s okay?  What, are they suddenly straight for doing that?  No. How many gay and lesbian actors were on Queer As Folk or The L-Word?  Less than half.  Does that mean that those straight men went gay?  Ask them and you’ll get the same dumbfounded looks of confusion you’d get if you asked a man who played a serial killer if he’s now out there killing people.  Actors.  Get it?  They’re ACTORS.

So, consider that the two actors who played those roles of salesman and Djinn don’t have to be gay or straight to play those roles.  They’re ACTORS.  And while you’re at it, consider for a moment that if gay porn were “okay” for women to watch, and by okay I mean by the members of porn-watching society, as a whole, then you men wouldn’t get so pissed off about straight women not wanting to watch the lesbian porn that you find so hot just before you have sex.  You’d be grateful she wasn’t asking you watch the gay porn.

And WTF does gay porn or straight porn have to do with the minute amount of soft porn we saw in the episode?  Sex.  It’s all about the sex.  Two men.  Muslim and Djinn.  Wow, how scary.  The homophobes and Islamophobes must be having repression porn flashbacks.

Trying to Correct the Uncorrectible

There’s this pastor (Protestant: evangelical Christian) who has decided that gays aren’t evil.

Upworthy’s A pastor shares the exact moment he changed his mind about the LGBTQ community.

While Ryan hadn’t been hostile toward the LGBTQ community before, now he admits his lack of attention to the subject helped create a culture of fear surrounding homosexuality and the church.

Since Ryan announced that EastLake would be an open and affirming church, hundreds of people have left the church. But Ryan stands by his decision.

“I don’t care if the Bible says, ‘Gay people suck,’” he says. “I have lots of things I disagree with about the Bible.”

Note: hundreds of people have left over relaxing view of LGBTQ people. Aren’t they supposed to “love everyone” because “Jesus” told them to?  Of course not. Because “he” never “said” that.

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Anyways, while his opinion of gays has changed, Pastor Meeks still believes gay people will go to hell.  He’s just decided to be nicer about it so they’ll follow his god’s laws.  Those laws that say:  here’s how to hate and fear everyone who isn’t you, here’s what you eat, here’s when to eat it, here’s what to wear and how to make it, here’s what to grow and and how to grow it, here’s how to slaughter animals to a specific god and for a variety of reasons, and here are all the animals and people you have to hate.

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The shitheels writing the Books of Moses while pretending to be Moses were seriously fucked up dudes.  Why am I saying “dudes”?  Because there are four different sources to those books of Moses (documents called “J”, “E”, “P”, and “D”) and those people writing them did so several hundred years after those so-called events happened and they wrote different versions of the same events.

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Regardless, we still the problem in believing in a book that has cost MILLIONS of lives, and that’s a low number, especially if you take seriously all the tribes that “Israel” slaughtered for no other reason than a) they had nothing better to do/felt threatened for no good reason, or b) this so-called god told them to do it. That so-called god of the Old Testament murdered millions by flooding the entire planet because he suddenly got a bug up his ass for those millions not worshipping him. Well, if he was really a GOD, then he simply could have changed everyone’s minds instead of pointlessly slaughtering them. Which goes to show you how spectacularly fictional the Old Testament is.
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Humans have this need to make sense and meaning out of their lives and basic Pagan religion is the result.  On the other hand, “Religions” based on the Pentateuch/Torah/Qu’ran/New Testament are based on books whose authors were nothing more than authoritarian nutjobs equal to Jim Jones.
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Buddha is the exception, but combine Buddhism with authoritarian regimes (pre-1960s China, Far East countries like Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, etc., ancient Japan) and voila, murder. Hinduism is an offshoot of Buddhism (determined by archaeological study of migration patterns) which turned into a polytheistic religion, but Mahatma Gandhi was forced to fight for the right to live independent lives and the reason that happened was due to British colonialism, and other countries pulled the same shit due to an authoritarian belief which centered on following the “corrected” Bible, which “told” them to convert every single non-believer.

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(I should also add that “Pagan”, Hindu, and Buddhist “religions” don’t feel the need to “convert” non-Pagans/Hindus/Buddhists.)

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Currently, we in the U.S. have factions who are ready, willing, and able to slaughter tens of thousands of lives (particularly black and gay) and they “blame” (my word) their need to do this because the Bible tells them to do it. Well, pardon me, but …


a) Christians have nothing whatsoever to do with the Old Testament so whomever they’re following to justify killing gays, it isn’t Jesus.
b) Christians are confused because they don’t know who to worship: Jesus or Yahweh/Elohim/Jehovah. In order to call yourself a Christian, you HAVE TO pick Jesus.
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Every single book in the Bible/Torah/Qu’ran is vehemently anti-woman. To single out half the human race for slavery and oppression is a heinous act and deserves no respect. Period.

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So while this pastor aims to be a bit more egalitarian toward his fellow humans, he still follows a book that subscribes to murder, rape, and slavery.  I’d admire him more if he chose to be an atheist in order to treat everyone as he would like to be treated.

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Lastly, does my being Wiccan say I’m a hypocrite?  No.  What I believe is for me alone.  I despise those who oppress and enslave and murder and I try not to do the same to others.  Does that mean that my “goddess” is no more real than the authoritarian male gods?  Yes.  She is simply my interpretation of nature, which rules all.  And you cannot deny that nature rules us all without looking like a complete moron.