INTERNAL PEACE: LIFE RESIDUALS & FAITH IN A HIGHER POWER

The road is long
With many winding turns
That leads us to,
Who knows where
Who knows where

But I’m strong
Strong enough to carry him
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother
So on we go

His welfare is of my concern
No burden is he to bear
We’ll get there

For I know
He would not encumber me
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother

If I’m laden at all
I’m laden with sadness
That everyone’s heart
Isn’t filled with the gladness
Of love for one another

It’s a long, long road
From which there is no return
While we’re on the way to there
Why not share
-“He Ain’t Heavy… He’s My Brother” by Bobby Scott and Bob Russell also performed by the Hollies & Neil Diamond.

WHO AM I?

So who am I? This is me below:

Chris London in the City

I may not in fact be everyone’s cup of tea. Some of you have been gracious enough to remind me of that fact. I acknowledge, accept and deal with that and welcome you to continue to do so.  It is not really that dramatic for me at all.   Go ahead, knock yourself out. You see, there was a time when I cared enormously what people who truly had no impact or meaning in my life, may have actually thought of me until I considered how bizarre that was. I may have even worried what their opinion of me might be. That is no longer the case. After all I am not running for political office, even though there are times that given the state of our leadership (See: e.g., Christine Quinn, the Speaker of the NY City Council and wannabe Mayor of New York City) I do not feel any less qualified. I just do not always have the time to worry how I may be perceived when I am trying to have an impact on this world before the clock runs out and I am six feet under in a box or better yet, my ashes are scattered at sea or fed to my enemies in a stuffing in a meal at Thanksgiving. Yes, I am that twisted that could it so be arranged, I just might authorize it. So beware or maybe don’t be so aware. But that does not mean I do not care about the fate of humanity or want to contribute to a better reality than the one which presently exists for all of us. It is precisely the point that I do.

WHAT AM I? AND WHY AM I….THIS WAY?

Fact is that I do not compose my thoughts, express my opinions verbally, to friends, family or foes or in blog posts online from the perspective of what might garner me more fans, followers or acceptance or even to gain gain intellectual recognition from the so called chattering class; whether they are people I do or do not know. I am less consumed with packaging my prose in nifty little packages for Random House. We live in a crazy era where people who can’t read or write get book deals. And I wonder, who the phuck is buying them other than people who cannot read or write themselves.  Ok I diverge and exaggerate…somewhat.  But the bottom line is that I am not down with finding a creative way to bullshit the public in order to sell a book to people who cannot read or care to get enlightened. Nor am I truly arrogant enough to believe that my form of enlightenment is what they need.  In a prior era, getting a book deal meant something. More often, especially now, I communicate, and perhaps it is even more arrogant to think this way, to change how certain people examine truth, justice (and the American way), the existing reality or the paradigm we are currently living in. Perhaps I am delusional to think that my purpose is to, on a small level, help shape the flow or spread of information or thought on certain subjects or correct flawed narratives in our culture, many of which actually mask the truth and preclude societal evolution. And sometimes or even often, it is pointing the finger to where or with whom greater truth may lay. Maybe they should know the basis for my evolving belief system; if they care to that is. Validating other authorities and those who claim to be authorities is an underlying passion of mine after all and I cannot help being that way.

PEACE FLOWS

I am at peace with who I am, where I came from, the course my life has taken, the challenges I have overcome and those which still stand in my way to becoming and being what I am destined to be.  I know it is a process and there is still work to be done. Yet, I also recognize that I have the power of the German, Austrian, Italian-American blood of a working class mother who grew up in Chelsea who was a devoted Catholic (Hail St. Columba Church!) and yet not limited by Catholic teachings entirely.  She was a student of the flows of this universe, very much in touch with good and evil, so eminently aware of what was required to transform and move forward.  She was a survivor; the more she was hit with, the stronger and more determined she became.  Rarely did she complain and that amazed me because her path was never easy.  Maybe it is because of her upbringing and that the source of inspiration was  parents who worked for the railroad and ‘the telephone company’ (when there was only 1) who raised a household of young women who came to love and nurture people and god’s furry little creatures more than anyone I have ever known.   Then there was my father;  a man who came to New York City, already a worldly and educated young man who loved books, classical music, studying history and the works of historic craftsman. He mastered languages with ease and the NY Times Crossword puzzle as if it were a simple game of checkers. He was a humble but proud man, a foreign man with a mastery of the English language far superior to many natural born Americans. This man was the best mentor and tutor a child could ever have in a father. He was imbibed with a simple greatness, an intellectual but not an elitist; but rather a man who identified more with the life of the every man.  My father’s humility is that despite his learned pedigree that would have made him quite comfortable sitting in a room full of intellectuals serving as a resource and inspiration, and that he was an engineer’s engineer, with the full respect of his peers, what he enjoyed most was  conversation and companionship of regular working people. ‘My good man’ he would often greet his friends. Or smiling on a warm summer day in Far Rockaway or even Jones Beach, looking out at the ocean, he would remind everyone “it is simply good to be alive, is it not?” He did not explain the manners of a gentleman to me or why he instinctively gave up his seat on the subway to the elderly, he displayed them in every aspect of his interactions with people and you simply learned. It was the essence of his being. It was an amazing thing to behold as it is to even reflect on now.

BEING THERE & SIMPLY BEING: Getting There is Not About Scheduling An Arrival Time But Rather About the Character of the Journey and the Lessons Learned

There is an Art to Living regardless of whether you consider yourself an artist or creative spirit or have great wealth or financial resources to live a Lux Life in high style. Many have interesting and extraordinarily stylish lives and because of what I do, maybe I have taken a peek here and there into their otherwise fabulous world.  But, I do not begrudge their success or what they have accumulated.  So even if I look around and am cognizant of all those who may have accumulated more assets, find themselves in a superior financial position or have massive real estate holdings and over all wealth, and other benefits or advantages that I may not, I simply do not want to be anyone else or go through my life with blessings not earned by me fairly or bestowed on me. And this is true,  even if some folks may value those more than the ones I inherited or earned in my own way.  I do not ever want to go through this life in their shoes or being anyone other than the son of Virginia and Octavio. You see there are only four of us and that is a rare enough club for me. And this is true no matter how fascinating it may be to stand in the shoes or be endowed with whatever gifts, attributes and/or material and non material possessions that some so called elite folks may have at their disposal. I have one thing that nobody else has. You are NOT me.

The reality is that most people regardless of how much or little they have always can find a use to want more. My goal is simple, motivated by truly amazing parents who never took the time to pat themselves on the back or gain recognition for the lives that they led and inspired. There are times when the light goes on and I find myself in an intellectual, emotional or verbal groove, just flowing like a river or like a refined automotive, firing on all cylinders taking in all that is around me like a sponge, aware of what is about to happen next or even weeks from now as a result of this moment I am in, and it is at that point I feel Virginia Bernadette Saunig and Octavio Augustus Caesar Mejia Medina’s blood flowing through my veins,  flooding my mind with useful oxygen making me more lucid and appreciative of what it is I do have.   I am them and they are me living breathing, thinking and changing. Hence, all I want is to live up to what they want me to be which I sense is to simply evolve to be a better version of myself. Because, if I can evolve to be a better version of myself, regardless of where I am or end up, then in my estimation, my life has been a success, whether I die alone or in the company of loved ones. This is further true even if I would have done certain things differently had I the opportunity to go through life again and relive those experiences and times with greater wisdom or foresight.

Mid life has brought me to a more calm, comfortable and secure place, even if I am perhaps a less visually appealing man in some people’s eyes (i.e., younger women ;-) than I was when I was in the prime of the youth of my adulthood. Here and and now, the wisdom gained from years of experience, of success and failure, of triumph and defeat, from loving and losing, from having the spotlight and from being ignored, from becoming less and more of what I once aspired to has made me a more earnest man, more cognizant of my core truth.  The reason perhaps, is that way back when (whenever it was no longer matters), I did not see life, my station or my ultimate destination in the same way as I do now. I was more preoccupied with scheduling a departure and arrival time than I was with the character of my journey.

SPIRITUALITY

Spiritual is a phrase sometimes used rather flippantly by some folks. Spiritual has a more broad meaning to me, especially today or now given an increasing overall awareness of and the fuller array of enlightened spiritual guides, healers and healing modalities available to help us evolve,  address and treat the illness created by or inherent in modern life. A spiritual person is one who is willing to look outside or beyond traditional or taught mainstream belief systems in recognition of the interconnectedness of all living beings and planetary life in general. The spiritual person is one who comes to recognize that in all we do both positive and negative in our own lives we impact the lives of others. A spiritual person is thus far less interested in zero sum games and wants to see fewer losers emanating from their progress and human progress in general.  So yes it begins first with a turn inward and a commitment towards being a better version of one self. This requires engaging in more holistic practices with regards to their physical, emotional and mental health and well being. A healthier individual operating thoughtfully will create fewer negative externalities as a result of their living but likewise may also have a more positive energy flow to proactively impact the people and places they interact with in this ecosystem of ours. You look inward before turning outward to create a more positive individual who has less of a negative impact on other living things on this planet. So given the foregoing, I would consider myself one attempting to live a more spiritual existence.

MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES

There is a famous Chinese proverb that states ‘May you live in interesting times’ and we can argue whether it is a blessing or a curse much like the one ‘May you come to the attention of those in authority’ but for now in the present we live in, it is a statement of fact and a reality we must deal with. These are quite interesting, challenging, confusing and perhaps even strange and particularly unsettling times. Everyone you meet may have challenges you are unaware of, a past that did not include you and maybe even a different learning curve and trajectory in life. You cannot help but to take people as you find them. Should you choose to engage, may I recommend that you be a positive force, or not a force at all, to those who may come to shape or impact you and your life.  If you do so, I can promise you only that time will take care of whatever you are supposed to be to each other on this journey of life.  Make your interactions meaningful. Value people. Engage yourself and leave those you associate with on an interim, short term or long term basis in life whether on a personal, emotional, intellectual or business level, in a better place than when you found them.  You do all this with one proviso, a recognition that a negative externality of a malfunctioning society is spiritual disease in the population itself, dysfunctional semi-functioning people. In a society that is so sick, it almost seems to be the new normal, a world rigged with human booby traps ready to take you down into the cavernous abyss of human existence; a veritable living hell.

ZERO SUM GAMES & PLAYERS: LIFE’S POTHOLES POSING AS PIT STOPS

You must be aware to steer away from zero sum games and those who are playing them.  This is one of the biggest lessons that I had to learn rather painfully in the past year. There are infected, broken and dispirited souls who are too wrapped up in their misery, self absorbed in the melodrama of their perceived plight in this life, deluded and locked down in their bunkers of lies, planted in front of the television or idiot box 24/7 and otherwise too foregone to hear the alarm bells going off.  They have developed such an overall distaste for humanity to see that their life has already lost any import or meaning. Such people are dangerous because they can bring about complete devastation to your life. They have nothing so they have nothing to lose.  Like vampires who thrive on blood of their victims, they gain an interim thrill and fuel their misery by bringing havoc and pandemonium to your otherwise peaceful and semi-happy existence.  They won’t be happy or have a break from their never ending bout of misery until they extract a pound of flesh and subtract from the spirit of someone who is otherwise content. Why you ask? Their spirit is so poisoned and mind so demented that they rationalize that happy people OWE them something. They cannot see that first and foremost their salvation lies not in polluting the spiritual lives of others but in unplugging from the anxiety culture or culture of distraction and getting help for themselves.  Such people must disengage and reform their lives on their own or with the assistance of medical and spiritual professionals.  The best you can do as a concerned citizen is to offer to take them to an addiction or depression specialist or other psychiatric professional, a healer, Alcoholics Anonymous or simply leave them be and get out of their field of view.  Know you are in harms way if through some odd sense of compassion you linger and engage too long.

The story is a common one. You may say wake up one day to find in your evolutionary path, an individual with an obsessive personality disorder who you truly had not given much thought to, even though they once lingered on your every word and claimed to be ‘your biggest fan’ and/or  had repeatedly said stuff like: “I love you Chris London, you are the most important thing in this world to me”, and “I know your mother would have wanted me to look out for you”,  while you were thinking to yourself:  ”I don’t even really know you and you certainly do not know me,  you never met my mother and what the hell are you talking about anyway?”  But instead of rolling your eyes or ridiculing this person, you try to be graceful and polite and  somewhat humor his or her delusions ’cause you saw the movie Misery and also Single White Female. And  without encouraging too much this sort of obsession/insanity, you offer up a half smile and a nod, because you simply want to  go on about your day not fully realizing the danger you are in.  Capische? Are you feeling me? You may want to think you are off the hook but you know better or at least should know better because this person has absolutely nothing else to focus on in life, except you. And then  shortly thereafter, you almost could have timed it, “your biggest fan” emails,  rings your cell phone and comments anonymously on your blog pretending to be someone else and then this same actual person who once praised your Elements of Style later also says to your face  ” don’t quite your day job, you can’t write and could use a Strunk & White”.  Sybil assumes that  you will think that these “three people” who all chimed in a similar fashion means that you now have an anti-fan club. Before you can think ooh wow cool some people know me enough to hate me for my writings whether it is because they suck or because your controversial doesn’t really matter.  And the funny thing is you knew that was coming.   Why you ask do I know this?  It is simple.

You live in crazy land long enough you begin thinking like its inhabitants.

MOVING FORWARD – GASING UP AT THE RIGHT PIT STOPS

Take me home to your religion for the night
Let me touch you
Teach me how to see your vision through my eyes
Turn the pages
Tell my story, let me face another day
Safe embraces, I feel it comin’ now
My captain’s on his way.

Hey, my high power
The world is spinnin’, but I’m not afraid
Yeah, give me the power It’s the beginnin’, the beginnin’ of another day.
-Higher Power by Boston

You reach for the ‘high power’ both from within and from without. You are not afraid because “my captain’s on his way.” And when he arrives, your spirit is once again filled with renewed confidence that all will once again be fine.  Deep down you still know and believe in the quintessential truth that when more people in your path win as a result of your engagement with them, and I mean win in a healthy way where you do not LOSE (and please make note of that distinction)  you will continue to find more victories and residuals of victory up ahead.  The lesson you learned on the way to completing your journey was a valuable one:  If you make the wrong pit stop, get back in and keep moving, even if you need refueling, oiling or changing spark plugs, don’t let this crew tinker with your engine, your wheels and especially not your energy source. Better to run on fumes and perhaps fuel up down the road, than to fuel up on exhaust in an airtight garage and die of carbon monoxide poisoning.

A version of this blog was first published earlier this year by me on Facebook.

NEW YORK’S LGBT COMMUNITY TO QUINN: “DON’T WANT NO PAPER GANGSTA”

‘QUINNBERG’ STONEWALLED: LGBT Democrats in Her Own District (Chelsea & West Village) Lead Grassroots Uprising Against Her.

Don’t want no PAPER GANGSTA
Won’t sign away my life to
Someone whose got the flavor
But don’t have no follow through
Don’t want no PAPER GANGSTA
Wont sign no monkey papers
I don’t do funny business
Not interested in fakers
Don’t want no PAPER GANGSTA
-Lady Gaga

On Wednesday, March 20, 2013 the official  LGBT Mayoral Forum for the 2013 Democratic Primary at Baruch College’s Mason Hall on East 23rd Street was sponsored by leading local  LGBT organizations. Sponsoring organizations included:  Gay City News, Stonewall Democrats of NY, Gay & Lesbian Independent Democrats, Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, and Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens for the official LGBT Mayoral Forum for the 2013 Democratic Primary. and their membership gathered at Baruch College’s Mason Hall for the LGBT Mayoral Forum for the 2013 Democratic Primary.

Quinn, an out lesbian and master of identity politics, who represents Chelsea and the West Village and considered by many to be the front runner, in the company of what some might presume to be her base, did not walk away with the debate, perhaps for many of the reasons eloquently outlined by Alec Baldwin earlier this week in a piece entitled ‘The Mighty Quinnberg’ wherein he exposed Quinn as a political charlatan.   That in an of itself is a newsworthy development.  As reported on NY1, Quinn took hits inside the forum for some of her unpopular positions on sick leave and the term extension  from the candidates challenging her, including especially Bill de Blasio and Bill Thompson. Likewise the growing grassroots opposition to Quinn had a powerful presence outside the debate.

The NY Daily News reported that: “Christine Quinn booed by LGBT groups during forum for Democratic mayoral candidates”.  As noted by the publishers of the citizen activists on the Defeat Christine Quinn Facebook page:

“Even though Quinn has distributed 10X more discretionary funds to her own LGBT-heavy district than to the rest of the City (which is in greater need), the community booed her at a Mayoral forum hosted by the City’s gay democratic clubs.”

Back in the day, when Christine Quinn was more an urban Norma Rae building her street cred as a progressive activist for the working middle class on issues of affordable housing  and LGBT rights, few would have thought that the candidate who has since morphed into Larry the Cable Guy just trying to git r done for her developer sponsors, would face an uprising of this nature from within her base. To many it was inconceivable. Welcome to 2013 where Quinn is at risk of losing the endorsements of both Democratic Clubs in her own district of Chelsea. (See: Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club / Chelsea Reform Democratic Club)

The question becomes, how much erosion of support can Quinn withstand within the LGBT Community and still have a viable campaign or at least remain the front runner? Or will the power of Quinn’s identity politics and the culture of distraction preclude the wider citizen body and voter population from absorbing the full nature, depth and extent of the earnest intellectual basis for the revolt against Quinn within the engaged elements in her community and the democratic party in general? Only time will tell what the future holds in store for the Speaker of the City Council but at this juncture, she might be content to run out the clock on her opponents to preclude any one candidate from gaining material traction and the anti-Quinn vote from coalescing around one anti-Quinn candidate rather than being splintered among her challengers.

ALEC BALDWIN EXPOSES “THE MIGHTY QUINNBERG”

CLAIMS INSIDER ELITIST POSING AS POPULIST IS A DECEPTION & NOT QUALIFIED TO LEAD NEW YORK CITY

REAL New Yorker – ALEC BALDWIN penned a “must read” in the Huffington Post on the MIGHTY QUINNBERG – a fraudulent to the core shape-shifting political opportunist and pseudo middle class warrior; one who has been accused by those in her own party of violating the public trust and too often betraying the citizens of this city.

In the HuffPo piece, Baldwin who had previous and rather eloquently pointed out Quinn’s untrustworthy, duplicitous and self serving nature and overall problematic character went a step further today dissecting with precision the hollow polluted soul of a blatant political opportunist in Christine Quinn. While I heartily recommend a full reading of Baldwin’s piece, because so much is notable, his opening is worthy of review:

“How do I convey this without offending the gay community, or women who are supportive of more women in politics, or those who believe that Michael Bloomberg was a great mayor for New York? It may be impossible, but here goes.

Christine Quinn is not qualified to be mayor of New York.

Quinn basically had a deal with Bloomberg that he would support her and, as such, is clearly presenting herself now as pro-business, while walking and talking her way across the five boroughs as a populist.”

As a New Yorker by birth who has had ups and downs in this metropolis, I regard Alec Baldwin’s words herein as gospel. Forget the caricature of the man stalked on the streets of this city by paparazzi. He gets it.  Baldwin knows what New York City needs:

As the pendulum inevitably swings again, New York needs a mayor who is three things: one who truly possesses middle class values (whether they be middle class or not), one who is uncompromising in their integrity and one who can genuinely stoke the ineffable spirit that defines New York. A spirit of diversity that says come as you are. A spirit of community that says all for one and one for all, yet encouraging an opinionated, muscular individuality. A great New Yorker once told me “If you are truly one in a million, there are seven other people like you in this town. You can form a club.”

Truth told, it is REAL New Yorkers like Baldwin, Donny Moss, Cynthia Nixon, Tom Allon (who dropped out of the mayors race today) who have and continue to expand the character of the debate by highlighting issues that matter most to New Yorkers and in many cases exposing Quinn for the political charlatan that she is, who are truly heroic.

QUINN’S “WALK-and-’TAWK’” TOUR OF THE FIVE BOROUGHS

You need look no further than Quinn’s announcement of her candidacy for Mayor which she  kicked-off with a well orchestrated tour of New York City for evidence of the not so subtle deception.

In the clearly rehearsed and scripted announcement and roll out of her candidacy which can be seen above, the Glen Gove, Long Island product chose to hammer it home with an over emphasis on the slang pronunciation of ‘talk’ as ‘TAWK’.  It simply rubbed me the wrong way.  The more I reflected on this not so subtle con,  the more I found it offensive, especially because it did not reflect her true style of speaking.  All I could think was that the hustle of the Outer Boroughs is on like Donkey Kong in this walking and talking tour of the city (contrived perhaps to mimic Hillary Clinton’s listening tour of the Empire State before running for Senator); and that this elitist posing as a populist was willing to do anything she could to somehow illustrate that she was just like us, or at least the caricature of us that she and others like her have formed. We aren’t buying it.

As a citizen of New York City who grew up in the Outer Boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn and who was teased mercilessly during my freshmen year of college at Boston University for my “funny accent”  – some called me ‘Brooklyn’ even though I spent more of my life in Queens – I took offense at Christine Quinn’s clear attempt to trade on a caricature or cliché of the manner those of us from the Outer Boroughs speak and sound and pronounce the word ‘talk’.

Does NYC really want a leader who thinks she needs to dumb down and disparage us in order to appeal to us? Quinn has in effect acknowledged that she sees REAL New Yorkers, especially those of us in the Outer Boroughs outside Manhattan Society’s cocktail circuit as lesser, hence the basis for this type of low ball appeal. This is not how she “TALKS” but this is yet more proof of the character of a political charlatan; someone trying so hard to seem like she is just like us but who is so clearly not. She even felt the need to get rid of her METS Cap and become a Yankees fan to chase votes in the Bronx.  How much of a ‘REAL’ New Yorker can Quinn truly be with maneuvers like that? REAL New Yorkers who care about the Future of New York City do not deserve this kind of cheap hustle from a political chameleon.

MEDIA COVERAGE OF ALEC BALDWIN’S POST

MY PRIOR POSTS:

The Future of NY (Perspective)

NEWTOWN MASSACRE: ‘Gun Control’ Alone Is Not the Magic Bullet

SOCIETAL SAFETY: Will Come From Greater Peace, Understanding & Love

The ‘Methodical Massacre’ at Sandy Hook Elementary School has struck a chord deeply within the American psyche about the state of our nation.  Many Americans, across a wide spectrum or demographic groups, including with those who are far removed from the horrific tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. Perhaps, it is because beyond the loss of so many precious young lives in Connecticut, the gruesome details of Adam Lanza’s premeditated attack on school children and teachers illustrates how still vulnerable still are many Americans to random acts of violence by our fellow citizens; citizens in many cases who operate in the shadows of American life – even in sheltered communities,  either suffering from diagnosed or un-diagnosed mental illness or assorted other psychopathic or sociopathic personality disorders and for whom quite often there is also a lack of proper treatment or supervision. By the time we learn of the  true danger to society of these ‘ticking time bombs’, often it is too late.

In a piece entitled, “I am Adam Lanza’s Mother”, another mother explains the frightening scenario that perhaps many mothers across America are facing in the attempt to control mentally ill children who may some day pose a risk to the rest of us:

“No one wants to send a 13-year old genius who loves Harry Potter and his snuggle animal collection to jail. But our society, with its stigma on mental illness and its broken healthcare system, does not provide us with other options. Then another tortured soul shoots up a fast food restaurant. A mall. A kindergarten classroom. And we wring our hands and say, “Something must be done.”

I agree that something must be done. It’s time for a meaningful, nation-wide conversation about mental health. That’s the only way our nation can ever truly heal.”

You have to wonder whether Nancy Lanza,  “A mother, a Gun Enthusiast and the First Victim” of her son Adam Lanza, were she alive today, might think differently about housing such an extensive gun collection in her home with a son who allegedly suffered from Asperger  syndrome and perhaps other forms of mental illness, and a self destructive personality disorder.

We owe it to those families who lost their children as well as the family and friends of Victoria Soto, a heroic young teacher, who along with several other teachers and educational professionals died shielding their students from certain death,  not to tarnish the legacy of these heroic individuals or cause their survivors to suffer the further indignity of having to listen to any of us pontificate platitudes or offer faux solutions that provide political cover but not meaningful change. We need to evolve beyond entrenched political positions whether they take the form of  NRA sloganeering or anti-NRA campaigns and ‘put reason back in America’s gun debate’. Otherwise we do a disservice to those who died,  those who survive them and the future generations we place at risk. The true lunacy beyond the acts of maniacal gunman Adam Lanza in Connecticut is that what happened at Sandy Hook can happen anywhere at almost any time in America. That is what is truly horrifying.

SOCIETAL BREAKDOWN: FUELING MORE LOVING SPREES vs. KILLING SPREES

What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals—and yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me— nor woman neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so.

-Hamlet, William Shakespeare

And yet even so:

How dare they try to end this beauty?
How dare they try to end this beauty?

-Hair the Musical

We kill too much in America. Too many Americans die as a byproduct of ‘random acts of violence’. But are they truly so random given our present societal values, discourse, understanding and treatment of mental illness?  The statistics bear out that more Americans are killed from the use of handguns than any other civilized country on the planet. How do we get America to put down the guns? Surely, we need more loving sprees vs. killing sprees. It is really that simple and yet it is still even more complex to get there. And I do not say that to make light of the situation or to be humorous.

Despite the nobility, the reason, the grace, and the beauty of man, much like Hamlet, I too cannot be delighted. The real question is how do we prevent more of our citizens from going on killing sprees? Few reasonable people would argue that we need to love more and kill less. That is a fact but how do we create or facilitate that reality? Is gun control the magic bullet or is it merely one component of a complex and multi-pronged societal solution to the increasing violence, disconnect and breakdown in civil society? How do we stop other mass murderers like Adam Lanza from emerging at the wrong time from the confines of America’s wealthiest suburban communities? How many other ticking time bombs are out there?

If we choose to recognize and accept that that the solution to preventing more massacres of our young and innocent like that at Newtown Elementary School, is a complex multifaceted one, then ultimately that will be the beginning to fortifying our society and enhancing the security of our citizens. There is no doubt that once we decide to grasp the breadth and complexity of the problem, it will be an exhaustive process to come up with the proper formula or prescription for the proper treatment of certain societal ills which undermine our security.

We may not get it right immediately but we ought to never stop trying. In my estimation, thoughtful restrictions on gun ownership, use and display are merely one component of the solution to secure the safety of many Americans who are actually right now quite vulnerable to the kind of tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. We owe the victims and their families an earnest dialogue on this issue that leads to thoughtful and creative solutions on several fronts.

GUN CONTROL: Is Not the Only Answer

Cause it’s a bittersweet symphony, this life
Trying to make ends meet
Trying to find some money then you die
I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places
where all the veins meet yeah

You know I can’t change, I can’t change
I can’t change, I can’t change
But I’m here in my mind
I am here in my mind
And I’m a million different people
from one day to the next
I can’t change my mind
No, no, no, no, no

-Bittersweet Symphony, The Verve by Richard Ashcroft (but unfairly credited to the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger & Keith Richards – for their utterly bullshit legal maneuvers to claim rights to and royalties from this song)

I do not own a gun. I do not want a gun. Yes, perhaps maybe I want to shoot one in a controlled environment with proper training and supervision at a private gun range or rifle range. I had the experience of doing so at Summer Camp on Cape Cod back in the 1970’s even though I was actually quite a terrible shot. Archery on their other hand was more my thing, perhaps because the simple bow and arrow conjured up more romantic ideas of a bygone era. I diverge. Truth is that I recognize that even if I owned a gun, chances are it might prove to be a greater danger to me than to anyone else.

The ‘Methodical Massacre’ at Sandy Hook Elementary School in all of its gruesome, disturbing detail illustrates how still vulnerable are wide segments of society to random acts of violence of private citizens who become unhinged in the quiet privacy of their suburban homes.  I would love to believe that tighter gun control laws alone would make us all safer from maniacal acts of the mentally deranged, including the types of mass shootings in the United States in recent years.  Some thoughtful restrictions, waiting periods and background checks certainly can be constructive, including qualifications as well as to whom should be allowed to purchase and own semi-automatic and pump action shotguns or what amounts to an assault weapon, more suited for military operations. Yet, I simply do not believe that better, tighter or stricter gun control laws or banning ‘killer weapons’ entirely will magically make us all safer. Instead, I think at best they will make us marginally safer in certain instances. And in others, it might make us more vulnerable, akin to sitting prey to criminals who will always be able to find a way to obtain guns and powerful assault weapons in an underground black market.

Instead we should strive to create the kind of civility, respect and equity in society that would lead to fewer people losing their cookies and engaging in these random acts of lunacy. And where that is not possible, greater manned security may be required. And even then that may not be enough. It will not be easy. It may even be a never ending project for an advanced society or one that hopes to evolve beyond the madness to fortify itself to strike the right balance between societal safety, individual rights, security and privacy.   I wish it were so easy to make the rest of us safe from the random break downs in civility and the deranged souls, minds and spirits of men who become undone,  but it is far more complicated. It is just as important in these times that thoughtful people not allow society to reach for  simple answers to complex problems. We must respect human life and dignity. Any time even one child is taken from a parent, it is a horrible loss and deeply saddening. And that loss deserves thoughtful introspection and solutions crafted by serious people; not band-aids that only leave us unprepared at risk for more of the same in the future. Consider the viewpoint of one commentator who says that ‘It’s Time to Hate Mass Murder and the “Liberal” and “Conservative” Idiots Who Help It Happen’:

We now have the perfect formula for horror: cut mental health funding, cut education in the arts and everything else that builds empathy and the human spirit, worship a military industrial imperial “culture” of violence sold as “defense,” desensitize our young men with violent porn, abandon all gun regulation, accept irony and cynicism as entertainment and “higher education” and then teach unstable young men to shoot and to glorify violence all round.

The Newtown Massacre ought to get us to finally commit affirmatively and deeply to our own evolution as a people, not to protect one political viewpoint or another. Our survival and the advancement of our society requires an affirmation that we need not just a new beginning but also the recognition and acceptance that it shall be a never ending process. We must, however, never give up on striving towards achieving a more rewarding and secure way of life for all of our citizens, even the downtrodden and mentally ill. In the end, happy, loving, secure and completely sane people do not kill other people, regardless of whether they own guns.

THE ROMNEY CON’S LAST STAND IN OHIO: GOVERNOR KASICH SAYS “OHIO IS IN THE BAG”

CLOSING ON DECEPTION: Claims to Romney Momentum, Lead in Polls, Romney Supported Auto Bailout and that “Ohio is in the bag” for Romney – GOP PSYOPS


Willard Romney Familiarity Contempt

ROMNEY LEAD: A Myth?

The Romney Con of America is in full force and effect in battleground Ohio.    ‘The Great White Hope’ is doubling and tripling down on deception spreading misinformation, lies and fear about President Obama  in an effort to churn out the angry white vote and low information voters.  Whether Romney’s Mythmentum is a ‘white lie’ in an attempt to build a narrative of inevitability in the final eight days as the election draws to a close or an expression of prophecy from the Mormon’s White Horse is not certain but is contrary to the existing evidence. Nevertheless,  hopefully, a majority of Americans learn the truth before it is too late. Even the Boston Globe would not endorse Mitt Romney nor would the Salt Lake Tribune in Utah, a Mormon stronghold where Romney has all the advantages, even despite his China Pin-Drome where memorabilia manufactured in China for the games in Salt Lake bore his likeness. Buzzfeed reported: “As head of the Salt Lake Olympics Mitt Romney became the first Olympic executive to approve a series of commemorative pins in his likeness.” It seems the Mittster has always been rather obsessed with myth building and burnishing his legacy as a savior.

Romney’s lead in the polls is contrary to leading authorities: NY Times: 538 blog -Nate Silver’s Political Calculus, the Cook Political Report & Reuters/Ipsos.   Notably, Reuters reports that ‘voters most battered by the economy still favor President Obama’. As New York Magazine reports ‘Romney Says He’s Winning – It’s a Bluff’. Romney momentum narrative is not grounded in fact.

ON AUTO BAILOUT: Romney Campaign’s Attempt to De-Fraud America’s Heartland

“Mitt Romney has so little economic patriotism that even his money needs a passport.” -Former Ohio Governor, Ted Strickland

In November of 2008, Mitt Romney famously penned an Op-Ed piece in the NY Times entitled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” but then in his debate back tracked stating “saying I would let Detroit go bankrupt is the height of silliness.” But most commentators recognize that Romney’s plan would have resulted in a Chapter 7 liquidation of major auto manufacturers and not a managed restructuring under Chapter 11 with federal financing that preserved the supply chain and greater equity in the industry. Americans have a right to question Romney’s economic patriotism for his duplicity and complete lack of sincerity.

Republican Harry Wilson, Former US Auto Task Force Adviser, has broken free from the Romney deception in his willingness to acknowledge openly that ‘Romney’s Auto Bailout Claim is ‘Simply Not True’. As stated in the Nation, quoting Wilson backing away from Romney’s claims about his position on the bailout:

The Detroit News endorsed Romney recently—an endorsement cited in Romney’s ad—but still branded his bailout philosophy “wrongheadedness,” and made the same point Wilson did: “Romney suggested government-backed loans to keep the companies afloat post bankruptcy. What GM and Chrysler needed were bridge loans to get them through the process, and the private markets were unwilling to provide them.” The Romney ad, of course, omits this condemnation.

See also: Daily Kos: Republican Harry Wilson: “What Romney says about auto bailout is not true.” | The Nation: Republican Harry Wilson Says Romney’s Auto Bailout Claim Is ‘Simply Not True’ | Bloomberg: Harry Wilson Interview Excerpt on Necessity of Auto Bailout.

IN OHIO: ROMNEY EXPANDS ON HIS BIG LIE ON AUTO BAILOUT IN GAMBIT TO DECEIVE CHRYSLER WORKERS

The Romney Con, in a ‘deceptive, desperate gambit for Ohio’, went a step further than lying about support of Obama’s auto bailout by attempting to perpetrate a complete and total FRAUD on American auto workers. Stoking fear in Obama’s blue collar Ohio coalition, Romney told ‘a false scare story in Ohio’ alleging that Jeep/Chrysler was planning to move production to China.

Romney Lying Scumbag

See also: New Romney ad misleads on auto bailoutRomney Jeep Ad Continues To Provoke ControversyWP: The Morning Plum: Romney’s false scare story in Ohio | Daily Kos: Romney, losing Ohio, tells his biggest lie |  TNR: A Desperate, Deceptive Gambit for Romney in OhioThe Romney Campaign’s Big Ohio Lie Has Its Own Commercial NowWP: Calling Romney’s lie what it is: A lie | Mothers Jones: Mitt Romney Gets Desperate in Ohio |  Collapse – Obama for America TV Ad

HACKING DEMOCRACY: “Ohio is in the Bag” – Again?

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FACT:  The Romney family has a personal ownership interest (through the investment firms Solamere and H.I.G. Capital) in Hart Intercivic, which owns, maintains, programs and will tabulate alleged votes on machines in the critical swing states of Ohio, Florida, Virginia and Colorado. Despite an almost total blackout from the corporate media and various official disclaimers, the election could be decided on Hart machines producing “vote counts” with little connection to how 18 million people actually voted. (Source: The Free Press, October 26, 2012: Why Romney has already won this election, unless….)

Ohioans have by now have come to realize that Republican Governor John Kasich is no ‘Plain Dealer’ but simply just another cheap shill for the Plutocratcy, one who benefits from favorable employment statistics because President Obama (and his policies) saved Ohio and less from his own magnificent leadership.  Governor John Kasich’s words that “Romney has Ohio in the bag”on Meet the Press are quite troubling given the history of electoral fraud including the hacking the vote in Ohio, rigged voting machines combined with Romney/Priebus crime syndicate ties to electoral fraud in 2011-2012 election cycle,  and the Romney ownership/controlling interest in the company which owns the voting machines which will tabulate votes in the key battleground state of Ohio, among others.  This ought to be viewed as a warning to forces on the ground and the media that there is an earnest effort to push Romney across the finish line with deception if necessary. But it may also be part of a greater overall voter suppression effort that includes destruction of voter registration forms, restriction of voting hours and an effort to drive down democratic registration and voter turnout. As postured by another commentator ‘Romney [is] willing to win without honor’. Ohioans should not be fooled and continue to vote early whenever possible and come out in droves for Obama on election day without being deterred by more Republican Psyops.

The bottom line is that Mitt Romney does not exhibit the honesty, integrity and character to lead America, not just through the Frankenstorm where he would have dismantled FEMA, but to move this nation Forward through uncharted waters. He has ‘a truthfulness problem’.  Trust matters. This is why I expect that voters in Ohio and other battleground states will in the end turn away from the Romney Con and the Great White Hope’s attempt to fool low information voters and others lured by deployment of race baiting surrogates and continued use of racist code language.