Monday, August 17, 2015

Donald Trump... Straight Outta Compton...

Everybody wanna be bad.

About twenty or thirty years ago
(20-30?! ?shut up!), the youts decided that gangsta and jersey and vulgar and fear and violence and pride and BADASS was a nice, feel-good, top-o-the-foodchain kinda thang.
According to sociologist Jackson Katz, young black males
sampled attitude and behavior from east coast organized crime stereotypes,
 young white males borrowed from young black males,
young women played along in order to be cool.

And while there have been thousands of books written about police brutality, black on black crime, poverty and disenfranchisement, self-determination, affirmative action, the way of nonviolence, hate and love...
the kids continue to follow the lead of the [vapid,  filthy   corrupt greedy manipulative, ultra violent] media, embracing much that is in-your-face, lewd, nasty, proud, badass.
In fact,
 media that are NOT depraved and revolting are impugned as weak, puritan, and hopelessly old fashioned....
and transcend all 
such attempts to categorize...)

OK back to Compton...

Those connected with the aging NWA, no doubt at least partially prompted by current affairs, have released a biopic recounting some of the issues around the badass scene that came outta a very dangerous place to live out on the west coast.

The movie has opened to generally positive reviews. It was full of humor, and the poignancy and politics and music notwithstanding, there was more laughter than any resentful anger at the showing i attended; (i cannot understand the need for increased police presence at theatres after the show, as some newspapers reported)...
The attitude represented in the flick has over time, to a certain depth, gone mainstream.

It struck me after the movie, that Donald Trump has captured and displayed the attitude of many who are tied into talkin' strong, being bad, taking no prisoners, and calling fools, fools. There are certainly enough people in the 12 to 65 year-old range to give him the leads reported in all the polls.

Insofar as Republicans go, those voters have been tricked, lied to, shanghaied and bamboozled election after election.
No matter what they vote their people in to do, when the politicians get to the Big Party they are shorn of their locks, they lose all courage, and they lick the Delilah boots that they are shown.

On the Democrat side, the party line has become indistinguishable from flat out socialism with some communistic toppings. Fine if it's what you want; for many democrats it is NOT their father's party and
 they are remembering all the things in the 60's and 70's that were very important to them being kicked to the curb and treated like garbage....(free speech, anyone)?

The elite in Washington, democrats and republicans, no longer care about what the population thinks; they no longer answer to the people. If they toe the correct line and lick the correct boots they are protected by the media, no matter how hypocritically they act or how hard they betray their constituents. If they do not bow, kiss and vote correctly, they are marginalized into nonexistence or destroyed.


To the kids, he straight outta compton....

Hoes, bitches, money, power, winners, losers, the GAME....

George Will, in his column, Trump is a Counterfeit Republican, states
"...Because the actual Donald Trump is wealthy, he can turn himself into an unprecedentedly and incorrigibly vulgar presidential candidate. It is his right to use his riches as he pleases. His squalid performance and its coarsening of civic life are costs of freedom that an open society must be prepared to pay...."

Prepared to pay?!

we are reaping what has been sown.

Jus sayin

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sociopaths, Animal Abuse, Michael Vick and Our Own Hearts: Part III (Bump)

Studying animal abuse is a good way (horrifying and enlightening) to explore the dynamics of the sociopath.
(Part II of this discussion is here;  
 Part I is here.)
see the healing of Gypsy,
 the dog in the pic below, HERE

I would like to state clearly that not Every high sociopathic individual is an animal abuser.
Some might even appear to be animal lovers- either

a) because having animals clearly works to show folks how "nice" you are, including as a "babe magnet" -[ ]- and

b) because the dog or cat can provide a good "partner" in self pity, someone to be consoled by, to listen to the complaints, who never argues back. Everything is on your terms. No dog or cat will point out your logic flaws and selfish ways. They actually seem to agree with everything you say! Dang, dude, you are sooo right!

c) sometimes, a high-sociopathic individual will see their relationship with an animal as a source of pride; or they are wise enough to see that being cruel to animals will Out them.

Over time, however, selfish individuals will out.
I once lived next door to a big young good-looking sociopath, probably had an IQ of about 94, just a smidge below the average of 100. I encouraged our neighbor-relationship in order to observe. I will tell you more later re: the troubles and how to exit this type of relationship. Do not try this at homeIn grad school (clinical psych) my focus of study was on the impact of high-sociopathic individuals on the family and the culture. So i called it homework.

This Guy decided he wanted to have a Manx cat, (a tailless variety of cat) because it would make him seem cool. Way cooler than a "regular" cat. His words. Pain alert:
So one day i came home
 and found he had obtained a small black kitten.
 It was Not a Manx.
He had "made it a Manx" by "getting rid of the tail." He did that by using a door. You know, by closing a door a certain way to use it as a Sort of Severing Device.
So, to the babes-to-be, here was a guy who was so sensitive and cool he had a little cat he "loved."
I have little doubt that later he probably told his visitors, "Yeah, he was wounded when i got him. Needed a place to live. He was all busted up; i took care of him..."

I would also state that not all animal abusers are necessarily full-spectrum high-sociopaths. While probably most are, some animal abusers may have other disorders more specific to delusions or psychotic problems, or even showing the effects of socio-cultural learning and expectation factors.

So, returning to the more general discussion: Let the beginning of the obvious structure be:

  • Life is Good.
  • Living Things "Like" to Be Alive.
(or to the soulless evolutionary purists [SEP] out there: Living Things Seem to Behave in Ways that Improve Their chances of Staying Not Dead)
(SEP says, When the mom jumps in front of the car, pushing the child out of the way at the last minute, giving her life to save the baby, that is "explainable" by suggesting that her soulless non-eternal self just "wants" to make sure her genes get passed "along" what, not sure...Huh?)

  • Living Creatures Try Not to Get Dead.

  • We do things during our lives to "please ourselves" -- to make life worthwhile, to meet our ends and goals, whatever they might be.

So, for some [Rick]  it is to find a way to grow hard red wheat in a scorched land of famine.
For some
it is to get as much Gold as possible, and Jewels and Treasure!
For some it is to find a way to get them little malarians to stop sticking they tiny probes into us! thanks bill gates
For some it is to get many people to like or act like they like us, or to buy us things, or to talk nicely about us.
For some it is not to get bored.
For some it is to get other humans to do whatever they are told to do.
For some it is to get control of as much material and personal energy and resources as possible, always growing in influence and power.
 For some it is to feel, once again, as prized as one did when stepdad came into the room really late and was nice, and said nice things; Even though there was pain; there was attention.

For some
    it is not to feel as little and powerless as one did when dad ridiculed and smacked them.
For those
   it is to get big enough and strong enough and Bad Enough that finally, the scared and scarred little hurt one inside, who was not prized and praised by dad, who was belittled and mocked and kicked around like a broken chair, who was wired to get love but only got disgust, and there is that Fear again--i need to get smart enough and quick enough and sharp enough that no one will ever fool or hurt or scare me again.
But one thing is for sure--i will not be the one getting fooled; no one will trick me, i will not be played; i will always be one step ahead. I will be the Player. I will be the one who knows what's going on; I will Not Be the Fool. I will be the one in control. I will have the power. I will win the game.

Once, maybe if someone listened, took over, made things right... once maybe if there had been goodness and justice instead of pain and trickery...

Now my wisdom is my ability to never ever give in again. i will always be a step ahead. i will always know that all is false and so i will be false first.
Trust is Excised Out of Me.

And we
who want to love and ease pain,
we who want to feel good
 by making Others feel good:
We are seduced into Pity and the False Hope of change.

Oh, Sweetie! If only i give you enough love, you will change!!!

little red riding hood

Next: how does Forced Dog Fighting fit into this,

HERE  is one summary of facts introduced at the trial: Here is the Lately deceased Senator Robert Byrd's Speech after the Vick Expose--so impassioned, with rising anger that it was all the YouTube rage at the time.
The lengthier version HERE.



Saturday, July 11, 2015

Humility is a Shield, Even a Sword: The Tao, Meekness, and Jesus Christ

God is in an electron, a quark?

cover and attribution at end of post

In the book 365 Tao Daily Meditations*, a great book given to me by a mentor some years ago, i recently read the above and was struck by how much it reminded me of King Herod and Jesus Christ.

In studying the history of Christianity, some remark that the Christ, Jesus, was missed by many because of the humility of Christ. The people of the time were expecting as the Messiah, one with power and Glory. Big Power! Big Materialistic Effects! Overturn Regimes! Bring a giant army!
But in fact, the regime He was overturning was that of selfishness, materialism, blindness to the spirit. So the abject humility of a baby in a feeding trough for animals was too much. The poor, such as shepherds, and the wise, such as the Three Travellers from the East, had no problem recognizing the Creator in the guise of a child. Some strange mystery was unfolding. Some sacred sacrifice was being arranged.

Humility is a great virtue to ponder. Jesus before Herod is the ultimate.

One writer (click here) speaks at length about this event:
"...(3) Luke says that Herod questioned Jesus with many words “but He answered Him nothing” (Lk. 23:9). This silence raises a question. Why was our Lord willing to speak to Pilate and tell him about the nature and purpose of His kingdom but not willing to speak even one word to Herod Antipas? There are a number of reasons why the Savior refused to speak..."

Some mystics write that
every gift or word or grace that Jesus could have continued to give Herod only damned him further.
That is, to continue to give him opportunity to spit, as it were, in the face of his Loving Creator was only to add to his later misery. (e.g., Mary of Agreda)
As the Season for Nonviolence is about to begin, I have been pondering Humility and how it turns the anger, rage, pettiness in another into softer feelings.


 (1) The Herod of which Luke speaks is Herod Antipas, the son of Herod the Great who attempted to murder Christ by having all the male children two years old and under slain in Bethlehem (Mt. 2:1-18). After the death of Herod the Great his kingdom was divided by Augustus and ruled by three of his surviving sons. Archelaus was given the southern area of Herod’s kingdom which included Judea, Samaria and Idumea. Philip was placed over the area of Decapolis, a sparsely populated region that encompassed the eastern section of Herod’s kingdom. Antipas had authority over the northernmost region which included the provinces of Galilee and Perea. In A.D. 6 Archelaus (Herod’s eldest son) was deposed because of his incompetence, severe tyranny and cruelty and was banished to Vienna in Gaul. Therefore, while Antipas and Philip retained their territories, “Archelaus’ domains were reduced to a province under the rule of prefects or procurators.”

Christ Pictures HERE and HERE

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Friday, June 12, 2015

(Fashion or famine?)...Shoes giving you a blister? Wrong Pizza delivered? Try Famine, redux.

Bumping this up, from four years ago, 
to cheer a friend... ]
Here is the American Experience offering, on the unspeakable famine in Russia -- the worst natural disaster in Europe since the Black Plague in the Middle Ages. Five million Russians died.-- (Lenin afraid weapons would be smugggled in with food.. Hoover just wanted to feed the millions starving to death...)
The phtos are too gruesome to post.

One survivor testifies that he still remembers the taste of american corn and condensed milk. Hoover insisted the russian govt buy wheat to plant to end the famine. An interesting Muslim side story is in the film.

film preview:
Watch the full episode. See more American Experience.

So, buck up my friends. Your car is in the shop, your clothes are out of fashion, and your eating habits have given you a muffin top.

but then
Here's the high fashion
among those at the top
 if the above is too depressing:

"Does this make my
head look stupid?..."