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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Are Loyalty Oaths Next?!

Loyal - "unswerving in allegiance: such as (a) faithful in allegiance to one's lawful sovereign or government were loyal to the king (b) faithful to a private person to whom faithfulness is due a loyal husband (c) faithful to a cause, ideal, custom, institution, or product a loyal churchgoer loyal to the party of their forebears (d) showing loyalty a loyal friend"

A fundamental, foundational question we all must ask ourselves: What are you loyal to?

One gets the sense that we we all soon be required to submit "loyalty oaths." Seems our "current President" expects unbridled loyalty from all his various boot-licking lackeys.

And it seems he is a man, a shabby excuse of a man, who is only loyal to himself. 

We usually expect something better, something more lofty: loyalty to the "rule of law," loyalty to the Constitution, loyalty to the State, the People, loyalty to something high-minded and noble.

This is a different time. 

And what of me? I'm loyal to a vision of creative freedom: art, love, grace, beauty, inspiration, music, poetry, and an inbred rebelliousness. As the song says: "I'd rather be a free man in my grave, than living as a puppet or a slave..."

Still, give me liberty and life, sweet life...

Monday, July 24, 2017

They are Messing with Our Minds!

Facts. What are facts? 

1. A thing that is known or proved to be true.
2. Information used as evidence or as part of a report or news article.

You know, facts do still matter. There are not conservative facts. Or liberal facts. Republican facts. Democratic facts.

There are just plain, simple facts. Things known or proved to be true. Maybe sometimes it takes a bit of work to get to the facts. It pays to dig for the facts. It pays to stick to the true. 

Helps keep us on the straight and narrow. Keep your eyes peeled for the facts. Don't believe the lies, the spin, the misinformation.

Stick with the facts. Those crazy, malevolent, twisted people are messing with our minds!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Powerful, Beautiful, Therapeutic!


I started the day listening to "On Being" with Krista Tippett this morning. She interviewed the Buddhist Monk Matthieu Ricard, "The Happiest Man in the World." The conversation was like taking a morning bath in the most powerful, beautiful, therapeutic healing waters on the planet. Yes, take a listen, highly recommended.

Science and Buddhism find common ground. And we all benefit. I mean, I won't try sum up the episode, best for you to listen for yourself, but lots of things "ring a bell," for me.  Our brains are plastic, we can always be learning, how we act, and what we do, is a dance with reality, and our brains are always learning, responding, changing. Meditation is our doorway. Happiness is a skill that can be nurtured and trained.

We are all interdependent now. And if we are to continue to evolve, and survive as a species, altruism and compassion for all of our fellow sentient beings is absolutely essential. 

Listen. Learn. Love.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

A Rare Good Night's Sleep!

A rare good night's sleep. Deep. Refreshing. Doesn't happen often enough. Kind of takes the edge off. There is a well of relaxedness that resides under the surface. Nice to find yourself dipping into it.

Unlike the night before. 

The neighbors decided to have a Tequila Party. A Thursday evening Tequila Party. It kind of went off the rails. Neighbors #2 and #3 getting all liquored up. Things got dicey when #3  brought the grill out to barbecue at 11:00 p.m. Maybe a bit late to grill up a boatload of chicken? Loud conversation and then a disagreement. #2 had a fit and started throwing around cans of beer. 

#3 and #2 got into an over-loaded shouting match. Not sure what it was all about, but two very pissed off women raising bloody hell. The cops came a couple times. That was eventful. Kind of put a damper on the restful sleep idea for Thursday night.

Friday night, all quiet on the western front. Maybe licking wounds, counting up the slights and insults? Living in close proximity to other folks.  Makes for interesting times.

Friday, July 21, 2017

We are at the Precipice...

Josh Marshall at TPM has been a fantastic resource on the Russian Asset/Dupe in the White House story. An excellent, clear-headed writer. He knows all the ins and outs of this saga. This is where we are now, at the precipice (emphasis provided by me) ...

"Trump is in many ways his own worst accuser. Anyone who’s been in business for decades would not welcome a searching legal scrutiny of years of business. Most people, certainly in Trump’s line of work, aren’t totally clean. And a determined prosecutor can often find technical infractions that in the normal course of things would never be an issue. So no one would like this. But Trump is willing to run the most unimaginable political and even criminal risks to block even the beginnings of a serious probe into his business history and the 2016 election. We are far, far past the point where there is any credible reason to doubt that President Trump is hiding major and broad-ranging wrongdoing. No mix of ego, inexperience, embarrassment or anything else can explain his behavior. It just can’t. He’s hiding bad acts. And the country is likely heading toward a major constitutional and political crisis because Trump is signaling that he will not allow the normal course of the law to apply to him – a challenge which puts the entire edifice of democratic government under threat."


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Days of Bafflement & Wonder

Days of bafflement and wonder. 

More walking. Less talking. That has been my modus operandi the last few days. Taking the world in through my senses five, and maybe, just possibly a sixth or seventh I don't know about too.

Clarity is front and center. I see clearly. But some of what I see looks like madness - Hurly Burly, Toil and Trouble.

It's the human thing x 7.5 Billion (and counting). That is a lot of "needing, wanting, grasping." A seething, throbbing ball of confusion.

Maybe it has always been so. There are just many so more of us right this moment. Just in my paltry, infitesimal life-span, the population has increased by nearly 5 billion people. That's some serious propagating. "Be fruitful and multiply." We have taken to that command with supreme gusto.

Think about the collective energy of the planet. The collective consciousness of all those billions of human beings. No wonder we spend lots of time wondering...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

"No other staff were present for the discussion."

I know we are all getting a bit numb and punchy from the onslaught of news and bombshells coming out of Washington D.C. 

Still, I almost fell off my chair yesterday when I read the news that Trump and Putin had 2nd hour-long meeting at the G20 Summit on July 7. Trump alone with Putin. No one else in the conversation, except Putin's translator.

"No other staff were present for the discussion."

WTF! I mean, come on! This is just freaking stunning. Blatant. It sure looks like the Russian Dupe was checking in with his Handler.

Talk about chutzpah! To do this at a Global Meeting. To think that no one would report back to the U.S. Press. God knows what was discussed but "making America great again," was probably not priority one.

It is so obvious that this man is not working for us. This is really happening... wow. I mean, holy shite!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Finally Reality has a Way of Biting You in the Ass!

Whataboutism is killing us.

"Whataboutism is a propaganda technique formerly used by the Soviet Union in its dealings with the Western world, and subsequently used as a form of propaganda in post-Soviet Russia.[1][2][3] When criticisms were leveled at the Soviet Union, the Soviet response would be "What about..." followed by an event in the Western world.[4][5][6] It is a case of tu quoque (appeal to hypocrisy), a logical fallacy that attempts to discredit an opponent's position by charging them with hypocrisy without directly refuting or disproving their argument.[7][8][9]"

Try having a conversation with a Trumper. It is nearly impossible. You will immediately go down the rabbit hole of whataboutism.

My answer is always, "don't take the bait." Always debate your point. Don't be distracted by shouts of "Hillary!" "Obama!" Or "Liberal!"

Keep your eyes on the prize. And what is the prize? Knowledge. Intelligence. Facts. Truth. I still live in the world of facts and truth. How Old World!

Our current President and his supporters live in the land of post-fact, post-truth, where emotion and personal belief rule.

I don't think it's sustainable. Finally reality has a way of biting you in the ass.

Monday, July 17, 2017

"How to Talk to Your Teen About Colluding with Russia" - McSweeny's

Raising children is difficult. How do I know? I don't actually have any children. Haven't raised any myself, but, I was a child, the oldest of four. We were like a little lawless gang. I was the leader. I look back now and wonder how our parents made it through fairly intact.

Anyway, I can imagine raising children today is super-difficult. I don't envy today's parents. Every child today is walking around with a little device with the power of a supercomputer, connected to a global network. Lots of potential for trouble.

For instance, parents have to worry about things my folks never had to worry about. This week's hot topic: How to Talk to Your Teen About Colluding with Russia. You are thinking Donald Sr. probably wishes he had this special talk with Donald Jr. earlier in the game. A word to wise, you should probably read the whole thing...

"Even the best-behaved teen is likely to encounter a situation where he or she is tempted to collude with Russia. Unfortunately for parents, a teen’s natural tendency to test the limits of independence can often manifest itself in his or her exchanging sensitive information with Russian emissaries for material or other rewards. If not constructively addressed during adolescence, colluding with Russia can have much more serious consequences in adulthood."

And...

"Remember, any effort you make now to address your teen’s colluding with Russia is like an investment in their future. The last thing any parent wants is for the behavior to carry into adulthood when it can seriously hurt the parent as well as the child!"

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Digging a Hole. Beyond Logic. Beyond Rationality.

Republicans who support the current occupant of the White House are digging themselves into a deep hole. Beyond logic. Beyond rationality. There is some weird tribal loyalty going on. Loyalty to a deeply Malevolent and Disturbed Individual who clearly is not working for the betterment of the country. A Russian Asset lying his ass off at the drop of a hat.

Republicans are also aligning themselves with Vladimir Putin, a corrupt, anti-democratic, anti-religion, anti-free press, quasi-dictator. He is the leader of a hostile foreign power. Why? Seems Republicans just can't admit they made a terrible blunder by voting for the guy they voted for. Their hatred for that Democratic Woman, is greater than their love for their country.

And just who and what are the Republicans aligning themselves with? The horror. The horror.



Saturday, July 15, 2017

"The News is Real, the President is Fake." - Stephen King

Of course, some of us jumped to the conclusion way early. We are a bit ahead of the evidence. Ahead of the game. We are seeing the pieces of the puzzle fall into place and we know what the picture is, even if some of the pieces aren't on the table. We are just waiting for the evidence and the rest of the world to catch up.

There is a Russian/Dupe/Asset/Spy in the Oval Office. He's kind of the Swiss Army Knife of badness.

How did he get there? With some help from bad actors, dumb luck, bravado, stupidity, bad-blood, hubris. It all unfolded before our eyes. We kept doubting the story. What seemed impossible, became possible.

Now it is all unraveling. Unfolding. We have been hood-winked. We thought that America had stumbled into electing a Grotesque Fool, but he is not only a Grotesque Fool, he is an active Russian Asset, who was assisted by Putin's corrupt regime.

Did he really think he'd get away with it? 

Probably yes. Although maybe he didn't really think he'd get the job. He really did just bluff his way in, and then there was no turning back. Our Dupe was in so deep, after a lifetime of swimming in shit, he didn't and doesn't know shit from Shinola! Bad actors did what bad actors do. They acted badly.

An ex-CIA Officer explains how the Russians compromised the President:  "To me, it's clear that Russian intelligence has been involved with Donald Trump for years. I also believe it's clear, though it's harder to establish, that Donald Trump actively sought that involvement and has consented to it at some point.

It also seems certain that Trump is uncontrollable and would not ever consider himself a spy, but many spies don't consider themselves spies and often don't even know that they're spies. And intelligence services couldn’t care less about that."

Evil or Stupid? Both!

The mountain of lies is crumbling before our eyes. On a daily, an hourly basis. It is a bit awe-inspiring. Kind of a horror-show. Let's pass it over to Stephen King, horror-writer extraordinaire to sum it up in one simple, cogent Tweet: "The News is Real, the President is Fake."

Friday, July 14, 2017

All-Purpose!

I have found a new all-purpose answer for pretty much any topic consuming me, or for any situation in which I find myself. I thought as a public service I should share it with you all. Maybe you will find it useful in your life too...

Here goes:

"I am sure there is a perfectly simple and logical explanation... but at the moment, I have no idea what it is..."

Thursday, July 13, 2017

"Ride the Storm and Direct the Whirlwind!"

Don't you just love it when they pull those old "Founding Fathers" out to make a point? No. Me neither. But still there is wisdom in some of those old corpses: Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, etc.

And then of course there's that very dead, but very hot, of the moment, Broadway-smash, hip-hop Superstar Alexander Hamilton. And what does old, decrepit, big-time dead Hamilton have to say to us this morning? This seems so spot-on it's a bit eerie.

Love the language, those old-timers all seemed so much more literate: "flattering prejudices," "shelter in the arms of monarchy for repose and security."

Some of this almost seems like PROPHECY

 Alexander Hamilton - 1792

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

"A Seething Cauldron of Intrigue and Backstabbing..."

Oh, yes. We have talked about karma in the past. What is karma?   

"If you sow evil, you will reap evil in the form of suffering. And if you sow goodness, you will reap goodness in the form of inner joy. Every action, every thought, brings about its own corresponding rewards. Human suffering is not a sign of God’s anger with mankind. It is a sign, rather, of man’s ignorance of the divine law."

Yeah. Something like that! Why is karma on my mind this morning? 

"The White House is Not a Good Place To Be Right Now:"

"The White House is a seething cauldron of intrigue and backstabbing..."

"Circular firing squad..."

"President fumes against his enemies….senior aides circle one another with suspicion….President Trump…hidden from public view….enraged that the Russia cloud still hangs over his presidency….public relations disaster….infighting often seems like a core cultural value….have begun what could be an extensive campaign to try to discredit some of the journalists who have been reporting on the matter….research the reporters’ previous work, in some cases going back years."

What to say or think about all of this? Those folks in the White House are a grade A, super-hideous collection of beings. It's been apparent for quite awhile. All this present turmoil is pretty amazing, and, must say, couldn't happen to a more deserving group of people! Karma! It is awe-inspiring, and terror inducing. Be careful what you sow people!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Big-Time Story - No Doubt!

Hey you know, this Russian Hacking/Dupe in the White House story is quite the firecracker of a tale. I do feel sort of like an amateur sleuth. I pore over the day to day drip of stories. Big time reporting going on, a wild cast of characters. I do think it is the political story of our lives. 

Some of us are totally engaged in this story. It's a little maddening to be so deep into every little detail. I guess it's just another weird obsession. But big things are at stake, and I do think a Presidency hangs in the balance. I know I am way ahead of the story. Lots more to come, but it is a real story, a real humdinger of a story with themes of treason, collusion, corruption, money-laundering, obstruction of justice, etc. Big-time story, indeed!

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Authentic Life!

You want to live an authentic life. "Being what it is claimed to be; genuine." There are many ways to short-circuit the genuine: To lie, to deny, to wear a mask. And sometimes wearing masks can be fun, and may actually be essential.

Living life to it's fullest. Living a real life, unfiltered. How to do it? What to know, what to let go? What protections do you need? When do you put down the shield, the barriers, and let it all flow?

How to be sensitive, feeling, and open, without being totally crushed, maimed or destroyed? It's a day to day thing, right?!

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Am I a Genuine Buddhist?

Tossing and turning in an early morning half-sleep. Sleeping, but not sleeping, aware of thoughts streaming thru my consciousness, most of them upsetting: unresolved problems, old unhealed wounds, a greatest hits collection of past failures, worries, doubts, regrets. Better to get up and make the coffee.

Fresh-brewed coffee in hand I take a short walk with my furry companions in the morning sunshine. The day is teeming with life. Little creatures running thru the gardens, across lawns, scurrying, rummaging for something good and nourishing.

There are large, white Buddha-head sculptures, in our neighborhood, the Buddha-head seems to be emerging from the ground, half a head, protruding into our world, unbidden, but not unwelcome. These heads can be found in parks, gardens, bike paths  throughout our town. I always assumed, without really thinking,"art project," but this morning I take the Buddha as Emerging Buddha.

I really see the Buddha. He looms up into my consciousness, and overwhelms me. Yes, Art, and Buddha-consciousness.

Funny. I wonder how many genuine Buddhists there are in this town. I wonder to myself, "Am I a genuine Buddhist?" There is something noble, and peaceful about the Buddha-head. It is a silent witness, an unmoving presence. It demands nothing, but opens a door to my open mind. A glimpse of a cool, healing, compassionate 
silence and strength.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Alienated!

I am feeling quite alienated from the present moment. Disconnected. Disappointed. Disjointed. I have  a distinct feeling that my fellow beings are losing their shit. Goes against my usual sunny demeanor. Maybe there are just too many of us. All pulling in different directions. There is a darkness in us that never dissipates. What to do? Carry on and see what the next moment brings.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Terribly, Terribly Wrong...

Something is terribly wrong with the leadership of our country. Seriously. 



Thursday, July 06, 2017

Fear & Loathing Redux!

Of course, it's the guy in the passenger seat "driving" the car... this... is... not... normal!


Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Asset Visits His Handler!



Let's be clear. Clarity is essential. Make no mistake. The upcoming meeting between the US President and Vladimir Putin is not a welcome development.

We will be watching a Russian Dupe and Asset, meeting with his Big Daddy Handler. You wonder what Putin will demand from his Compromised Puppet.

Let's think clearly here. This is not normal. Not right. Not good. We can only hope and pray that the rule of law back in good old USA brings this show to an early close.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

We Need a Strong, Beautiful, Wonderful Woman to Save Us!


We unplugged and went to the movies yesterday. We sat down in our theater seats and gave ourselves up to the movie gods. A classic "popcorn movie." We skipped the popcorn. 

Turns out my favorite, (I didn't know), Superhero, (by miles), is Wonder Woman - a young, beautiful, uncommonly strong, woman who comes from an island of Amazons, the daughter of Zeus, who is enticed to come to save humanity. 

And what of the humans she comes to save? We are pathetic, stupid, flea-ridden, badly-dressed, ill-mannered, prejudiced, out of shape, cowardly, selfish, conflicted, violent, and undeserving of any care or the help from a god. 

But help us she does. Why? Love?! It seems like a paltry thing, and a bit of a stretch, but it sounds good, right?!

Actually, I think she really enjoys kicking-ass. If you have amazing superpowers, and you look good in short pants, you want be sure you do the thing you are supposed to do. And she does. Beautifully, gracefully. It's all brilliant.

And it's a nice fantasy. What if a powerful, benevolent woman could come a save us in this moment of dire difficulty? That would be cool, for sure.

Monday, July 03, 2017

He is Not Worthy!

Thinking about tomorrow, July 4th 2017...

Our current President, makes you sort of question the whole enterprise. WTF? Don't think our "founding fathers" envisioned such a man running the country... the day to day drip of information is baffling, infuriating, embarrassing...

Doesn't really make sense that past events have led directly to this train-wreck of a man, but this is the sad reality of our present circumstances. Let's not let one man taint the whole thing. Maybe it's best to turn away, to think of other things, the man who embodies our nation is not worthy...

MAUREEN DOWD in the NYT: “Cruella de Trump”: “The 71-year-old president’s pathological inability to let go of slights; his strongman reflex to be the aggressor and bite back like a cornered animal, without regard for societal norms; his lack of self-awareness about the power he commands and the proportionality of his responses; his grotesque hunger for flattery and taste for Tony Soprano tactics; his Pravda partnership with David Pecker, the head honcho at The National Enquirer, which has been giving Trump the Il Duce treatment while sliming his political opponents, the ‘Morning Joe’ anchors and Megyn Kelly -- these are all matters that should alarm men and women equally.

“Trump has moved his shallow kiddie wading pool of gossip and ridicule from Trump Tower to the White House, where it is so outlandishly out of place that it often feels like we have a Page Six reporter as our president. … Before he got to D.C., Trump was used to media that could be bought, sold and bartered with. He is not built for this hostile environment and it shows in his deteriorating psychological state. Even though he’s in the safest space of all, he’s not in a safe space.” http://nyti.ms/2tye4rz

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Modern Day Presidential = Buffoon!

Ha, ha, ha. What a buffoon...

The loud, fat guy currently in the Oval Office tweeted this:

"My use of social media is not Presidential - it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL. Make America Great Again"

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Respect?! Nope!

Dignity - "The state or quality of being worthy of honour or respect."

Yes, well, there were some people who were thinking the loud, fat guy would "rise to the dignity of the office." Nope. Not even fucking close...


Friday, June 30, 2017

Stupid Burning Questions!

I'm not even gonna "Google" it. Fuck the Oracle. My burning questions will have to just hang in the air, or reside in this blog, like a little cloud of unknowing...

Do Human Beings Enjoy Being Stupid?

Is Being Stupid Entertainment for these Stupid Beings?

Is there some kind of Evolutionary Advantage to Willful Stupidity?

You may be wondering why I am asking these questions. But really?! Come on! And well, I suppose, (as an essentially stupid person would surmise), we already know the answers.

Another thing that I was mulling over yesterday... take alcohol and drug use out of our lives and much of what consumes Human Beings seems so ridiculous!

Think of all the cultural pursuits of the Human Being and subtract  alcohol and drug abuse. Most of what we do day to day would be intolerable.

Those who choose sobriety, (it is a radical choice), find themselves in another land far far away from center of the Human Herd. Sober Strangers in a Strangely Stupefied Land.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

A Stress Test?!

Maybe this is all just a stress test? In this case the patient is the U.S. Democracy? A test of all of our major institutions. You'd think multiple choice or an essay would be better, less, well, stressful. But stress test it is...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Being Optimistic Seems Sort of Radical.

Optimistic: "hoping or believing that good things will happen in the future." Yes! Why not?!

It may seem a bit naive: "(of a person or action) showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgement"

But maybe that "lack" can be useful. Let's say the "glass is half full, not half empty." 

As they say, "Perception is unique to every individual and is simply one's interpretation of reality."

Being optimistic seems sort of radical and out of step these days.

And those "interpretations" can get us into trouble. You hope to see the world with clear eyes. You want to listen to reality at all times. Still... I say... lean forward, and to the light.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

World Contempt!

They don't love us any more. The rest of the world. All those other countries out there. Maybe that's how our new President likes it. World Contempt!

According to Pew Research, only two countries have a more favorable impression of us from our last President to our current one. Israel, and, of course, Russia. Everyone else? They are reeling from the disaster that is the new America!


Monday, June 26, 2017

We are All Nancy Drew Now!

I have a good friend who is grouchy - easily annoyed and complaining. She's been grouchy since November 2016. Our new President has not made America Great Again, but he has made my good friend very grouchy. He has also captured our brains. It's not good, not fair, not a good use of a brain, but as Kurt Vonnegut wrote often in "Slaughterhouse Five," - "So it goes."

Anyway, Josh Marshall over at Talking Point Memo is one the finest brains in America that has been completely obsessed with the story of our last election. TPM's new Investigative Team starts business today. And just what will they be investigating? The story of our time. We still all want to know the answers to these questions...

1. What did Russia do during the 2016 election?

2. Why did Russia seek to elect Donald Trump?

3. Was Trump an unwitting beneficiary or did Russia’s help grow out of a relationship with the Russian government or Russian nationals in which President Trump or his close associates were active participants? Did Trump or his close associates have inside knowledge of Russian subversion campaign? Put most broadly, if Russia conspired to subvert the 2016 election, was Trump or his close associates party to that conspiracy?

4. What is the nature of President Trump’s current relationship with Russia?

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Age of Snark!

Snarky:  (of a person, words, or a mood) sharply critical; cutting; snide.
‘the kid who makes snarky remarks in class’


Right. We live in the Age of Snark. We are all so critical, cutting, snide. I think our Smart Phones feed this snarkiness, which is a sort of a corroded snakiness too.

It is so easy, to sit back on our couches (in our underwear), surf the known Universe, and snark on every little thing in our timeline. Especially snark on things we know very little about. Snarkiness and Unknowingness go well together.

We are all so childish. Biting. Cynical. As Marshall McLuhan once remarked "the medium is the message." In my lifetime we've gone from the TV to the PC to the Smart Phone.

In the olden days we used to sit in our living rooms and yell at, or shoot bullets at, the TV. It was sort of private thing, or if not alone, only your closest friends and family members were in the club. Now it all spills out online for all the world to see.

We used to sit stupefied in front of the TV, our twirling eyeballs taking it all in. Now we are in a dialogue with everything floating over and thru us. And we are getting expert at snark. It is a grand snark culture.

Can you build an economy on snark? Can you keep a Democracy in the Age of Snark? Can you live a full, well-rounded life snarking off? Me thinks probably not.

Maybe our only hope is to once in awhile to put the smart phone down. To do something with all our heart and soul. Fully engage in something. Give it our all. Fill ourselves up so there is no room for snark.

The radical rebellious pose: Be engaged. Love. Live. Devote yourself fully to everything you do. Always be onto the next thing. There is no time for snark, life is too short. The clock is always ticking...

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Intuition is a Thorny Subject!

Intuition: an ability to understand or know something without needing to think about it or use reason to discover it, or a feeling that shows this ability:

[ U ] You should trust your intuition in making your decision.
[ C ] Hank’s intuitions were right.

Intuition is a thorny subject. Do you trust your intuition? Or are you always second guessing? When is your intuition right or wrong? When does it lead you astray? When does it just confirm your own prejudices? When does it lead you off the cliff? When does it guide you to the light? When does it reveal the secret machinations of the Universe?

I don't know... but... I may have an inkling... maybe we call it a hunch?

Friday, June 23, 2017

A Brutal Bill!

Healthcare in America. What a mess. We are all just one catastrophe from catastrophe! Except, I suppose, the seriously wealthy ones. Of course, even they have to face the grim face of disease, accident, and death.

But if you are wealthy, you can, and will, get the best medical care known to man. And really if you are wealthy why should you possibly give a farthing for anyone else? 

And the party you support really is out to punish anyone not lucky enough to be wealthy. To understand the latest "healthcare bill" you must understand really it's just a "tax-cut for the wealthy."

It punishes everyone not wealthy. Krugman delves into the details here. It's a brutal bill, a brutal way of living & thinking & governing. What of the poor, the children of the poor, the sick, the old, anyone without? 

Eschaton puts it this way: "But Republicans don't think poor people should have health care. They think people who get sick should die if they can't pay for treatment. Sure it's "the free market" (to some degree, nothing in our health care system is really "the free market"), but only in the sense that if you can't pay you don't get to buy the product. Fair enough for Maseratis, but in this case the product is "living."

We are a better country than this, by miles. Wonder when we will all decide to live up to our own ideals? Universal, single-payer healthcare anyone?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Silence in the Midst of Babel!

Sometimes, nothing to say, nothing to do, seems so right...

Silence -
1. Complete absence of sound.
1.1 The fact or state of abstaining from speech.
1.2 The avoidance of mentioning or discussing something.
1.3 A short appointed period of time during which people stand still and do not speak as a sign of respect for a dead person or group of people.

That's appealing. Especially in our present 24/7

Tower of Babel -

1. And the whole world had one language and one speech.
2. And it happened that as they moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.
3. They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar.
4. And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
5. But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.
6. And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.
7. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”
8. So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city.
9. Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.

Wow. If this story is true, "the Lord" has some serious explaining to do...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Reality & Pain!

Hope for the best. Expect the worst. Always envision the best case scenario, and plan for everything to fall to shit. Be strong. Resilient. Be ready to improvise, to think out of the box, to try new things.

Let reality and pain be teachers. They are relentless phenomena. Unforgiving. Always there, dangling over you. Don't let them get you down. It's just the way of the world. Try to navigate with intelligence, grace, and compassion. These are the best tools available to us.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Cheeky Monkeys!

People. Holy Shite. Can't live with them. Can't live without them. Let's just say, they are complicated. The Human Herd. You read things, see things, hear things about Human Beings and you just can't get your head around the scope of the topic. Humans can do amazing, wonderful things, but often they fall short, sink to the lowest of the low. It's not just what they can do, sometimes what they do is what they can get away with. Cheeky Monkeys. Some days you just don't want to be a member of a club like that. Clever. Deceptive. Double-Dealing. Liars. Cheaters. Crooks. Murderers. Bad actors. You name it. Every bad deed in the book. All part of the Human repertoire. Just pick up a newspaper. It's all there. Every day. I don't want to get all Misanthropic this morning, I realize, I am just part of the herd too. I have hope for myself and my other Human Beings, but if you are in the Human frame of mind, disappointment is always front and center.

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Highest Calling!

Looking for the good guys, and gals. Looking to those folks with integrity, honesty, compassion. Looking for the superheroes amongst us, the bodhisattvas*... looking in the mirror, thinking does this guy have the right stuff? 

You aspire, hope to be, a good guy, a cool guy, someone who walks the walk, and talks the talk. That's pretty much the highest calling. Sounds simple, easy, but it's not - to live with heart and soul and always "do the right thing" - takes a bit of work, soul-searching, putting your own "feet to the fire." 

Sometimes it seems you don't know what's right, or not - how to act, what to do - but maybe that's an evasion. Be honest with yourself. That's a start. Then try to be honest with others.  Move forward... with a smile and love in your heart...and maybe don't judge too harshly, yourself, or others, show compassion. It's not easy being a human being. We are both unique and common. Everything and nothing in the bigger scheme. It's a weird position to be in.

*Regarding the question “What is a bodhisattva?” you could also define a bodhisattva as one who acts as a true adult. That is, most people in the world act like children. The word dainin means “true adult” or “bodhisattva.” Today most people who are called adults are only pseudoadults. Physically they grow up and become adult but spiritually too many people never mature to adulthood. They don’t behave as adults in their daily lives. A bodhisattva is one who sees the world through adult eyes and whose actions are the actions of a true adult. That is really what a bodhisattva is.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

A Refreshing Sleep.

A refreshing sleep. That would be nice. What if you woke up and you were younger, taller, sexier, cooler, smarter, more satisfied, more intelligent, more courageous, more adventurous, more compassionate, brimming with enthusiasm, and full of great, world-changing ideas. That would be nice. Last night's sleep wasn't quite that refreshing.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Easy to Be Engulfed in Flame Too!

I get the impression, from my lonely outpost, that the crazy, trapped rat, is gonna do something crazy. He will burn down the house. He realizes that he's under investigation, and he knows he's guilty as sin. The White House is crawling with lawyers. The lawyers are lawyering up too. It's complicated. And we are watching a meltdown of epic proportions. And a more crazed, disloyal, disreputable, less honorable or decent crew you could not imagine. Even pirates and thieves have more integrity. Honor among thieves, don't you know.

But if you are an ignorant bully, who has bullied his way through life, all his life, without ever having to face the consequences, well, when the consequences come knocking at your door, all hell will break loose. We are getting to that all hell breaking loose phase. It came quickly, amazingly. But now we are here. No idea where the hell this goes. The crazed rat is capable of pretty much anything. I suppose he could end up backing down, going easy, pretending that really, really he is a winner, not a loser, but then again, he is so ignorant it's not unimaginable that he sets himself on fire right before our very eyes.

Anyone too close to the empty suit better look out... easy to be engulfed in flame too...

Friday, June 16, 2017

Morning Musical Question...

Those Dead Singer's voices haunting me this morning...

Ian Curtis tells me: "Heart and Soul, one must burn..."

Jason Molina tells me: "The Heart is a risky fuel to burn..."

What's a Lonely Pilgrim to do? Damn the torpedoes, Burn that Heart and Soul for all they are Worth!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

"Zero to Obstruction in 5 Months!" - Josh Marshall


Much our lives are bounded by "unreason." The cycle of birth and death. The inhumanity of man against man. Racism. Misogyny. Random acts of violence. Suicide bombings. Mass shootings. Floods, pestilence, hurricanes. The rain of frogs!

So it's unlikely, gratifying & satisfying when reason (for once) wins the day. A story takes a satisfactory turn. The gods smile down upon us. A good deed is rewarded. Man saves the baby. The good guys win. A cooling shower in the midst of the blaze.

So yes, I must say I was "tickled pink" when I heard the news: the President is under investigation for Obstruction of Justice. It seems so right. So inevitable. The man has been shooting for this kind of achievement his whole life. Not an easy thing to do: "Zero to Obstruction in 5 Months."

Astonishing. It is a "super-human" kind of achievement, takes a special combination of personal/spiritual corruption, a decided self-absorption, and an uncommon, determined idiocy. 

I may be getting ahead of the story, but sometimes Truth, Justice, Reason, The Rule of Law gets the upper hand. Sometimes the good guys and girls really do win! Got my fingers crossed!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Yes!

Yes!

I mean, of course, my beloved Dalai Lama preaches peace, tolerance and non-violence, but can we make an exception for Wonder Woman?!


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

He is not sensible, honest or reasonable.

What will he do next?

What he always does. Lash out. Lie. Lash out. Lie again. He is a bully. It has served him well. He is shameless. It's his Superpower.

The Special Prosecutor is breathing down his neck. The Jaws of the Law are chomping at his heels. Will he fire the Special Prosecutor? Why would he fire the Special Prosecutor? Because he's guilty, of course. The world waits with bated breath. It would be so like the man to do what no sensible, honest, reasonable man would do.

But he is not sensible, honest or reasonable. So who knows what he will do? Expect a political apocalypse...

Monday, June 12, 2017

A JLB Kind of Day...

Without going into the details (I will leave that to your imagination), it was a Jorge Luis Borges kind of day yesterday...

"Let us admit what all idealists admit: the hallucinatory nature of the world."

And... 

"Death (or its illusion) makes men precious and pathetic. They are moving because of their phantom condition; every act they execute may be their last, there is not a face that is not on the verge of dissolving like a face in a dream. Everything among the mortals has the value of the irretrievable and the perilous."

And...

Centuries of centuries, and only in the present do things happen; countless men in the air, on the face of the earth and the sea, and all that really is happening is happening to me....

Sunday, June 11, 2017

There are Simple Truths, Harsh Realities, Things We Can't Really Wish Away!

Reality will bite you in the ass...

We are all experts in denial. Who knows, maybe in order for us to lead a happy existence we need a dose of denial in our lives, but that strategy has it's limits.

You can float on a cloud of lies for awhile. You can convince yourself you defy gravity. You can tune out voices of reason or choose to ignore Science, spin & bluff your way out of tight squeezes.

Still, there are simple truths, harsh realities, things we can't really wish away. Ultimately too much denial will lead you over the cliff, it's a long way down, and there is sure to be a whole lot of pain when you reach the bottom.


Saturday, June 10, 2017

But really, I mean, hell, well, god help us all...

A musical interlude...



This last week I listened to Black Sabbath's first album, recorded in 1970, once each morning. It has been my soundtrack for the "Comey Week," the week when it was confirmed that our 45th President is under a Counter Intelligence Investigation as well as a Criminal Investigation. Exciting times.

For some reason Ozzie Osbourne has been my guiding voice & light this week. I have never been a Black Sabbath fan. When I was a youngster, Black Sabbath was the band for the "bad" kids, you know those kids who always wore black, took Quaaludes , ate glass, tortured cats and opened pop bottles with their teeth. I was always a bit scared of those kids, kept my distance. I stuck to the Beatles and the Stones. The heaviest I ever got was listening to Led Zeppelin. Seemed like a better wavelength to ride.

Funny. I recently bought Sabbath's debut album at the used CD store. I now think it's absolutely fantastic. It speaks to me in ways I never thought possible. And it seems right for these dark times. Of course the band is phenomenal, great heavy guitar, a solid drums/bass combo, a bit of blues, a bit of jazz, a bit of that dark druggy, heavy r&r thing that seems just so, so right. The record holds together. All these many years (47 years) later. Classic. 

And I love in the title song where Ozzie calls out "Oh no, no, please God help me." That line totally resonates with me on so many levels. I have been saying the same thing this week. Ozzie far back in the mists of time, reaching forward to touch me now. And yes, I too think, "God help me."

But really, I mean, hell, well, god help us all...

Friday, June 09, 2017

Stunning, Devastating & Persuasive!


Yes. I don't care what anyone else says. Yesterday's testimony from ex-FBI Director James Comey was stunning, devastating and persuasive. Comey told the world that he believes our President is clearly and unequivocally a liar. And when the President declares "total and complete vindication," well, you can take it to the bank, that that is a load of complete and total bull-crap! "This will not stand!"



Thursday, June 08, 2017

How long will these folks pretend, deny, enable, make excuses for, and lie for this poor excuse of a human being?

Yes, America in Crisis. It's obvious for all to see. Except of course for the enablers, the collaborators, the deniers, the quislings. And there are lots of them. Pretty much most of the GOP, and the tight cadre of scoundrels in the White House - the boot-lickers, the water-carriers, those who would corrupt themselves for a Malevolent Floundering Moron.

How long? How long will these folks pretend, deny, enable, make excuses for, and lie for this poor excuse of a human being? It's an ugly embarrassing spectacle. It's one thing to be the Malevolent Floundering Moron, we can expect him to be defiant to the bitter end, but it's everyone else around him who you really marvel at. How can they do it? How long can they hold out? How far and deep are they willing to corrupt themselves?

The clock is ticking. We are watching folks shed every last drop of their dignity & integrity in their service to this clueless bully. It's a dirty, stinking business. It's funny too. In a gallows humor kind of way. It's painful to watch human beings act this way. What a shameful spectacle. Who knew the depths of depravity and deniability of our fellow Americans.

They are like the "pod people," the Zombies, the mindless, brainless wonders. But it's even more amazing because we know they do have minds, they do have brains, but they have chosen to use them so thoughtlessly and carelessly, without any shame or sense of responsibility. Baffling. Strange. Sad. Ridiculous. America in Crisis. 

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Glued to the TV!

Most people have real jobs, more important things to do with their lives.

We all have heard that sitting around watching Cable TV all day  will turn your mind to mush. Yes, indeed. It's true!

“Alone in the White House in recent days, President Trump — frustrated and defiant — has been spoiling for a fight, according to his confidants and associates. Glued even more than usual to the cable news shows that blare from the televisions in his private living quarters, or from the 60-inch flat screen he had installed in his cramped study off the Oval Office, he has fumed about ‘fake news.’ Trump has seethed as his agenda has stalled in Congress and the courts. He has chafed against the pleas for caution from his lawyers and political advisers, tweeting whatever he wants, whenever he wants.”

Fake News. Not fake. Ha! Malevolent Floundering Moron Writ Large!

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Take Your Pick!

As Josh Marshall would have it: "Clearly a  Floundering Moron."

Although...

I would amend it or embellish it a bit to: "Clearly a Malevolent Floundering Moron."

Monday, June 05, 2017

How Not to Be Decent!

There is a lesson for all of us in this debacle; the human catastrophe of Little Baby Man. All the sins, all the bad thoughts, all the bad acts, all the ignorance, depravity, bad will, and bad blood seem to gather and pool in one man's empty head.

If you want to learn to be a decent human being, take note. Watch Little Baby Man closely. He is an illustration of how not to be decent!

Looking for guidance, for advice, for a good role model? A good word? Never mind. Look somewhere else. This Pustule of Ego (see previous post) has nothing to offer us. 

Terror in London? Our thoughts are with the people of the UK. Our hearts go out to London. Ignore the old man in his bathrobe tweeting his stream of bile, piss and shit.

Zero. Void. Nothing.

Little Baby Man is just a seething ball of pitiable nothingness. How low will he go? How much human decency is he willing to burn?  Looks like there are no bounds, no limits, no borders or filters. It is an ugly, awe-inducing spectacle, unmatched, ungraspable.

If we pay attention, it is only to understand how not to conduct a life...

Sunday, June 04, 2017

"A Pustule of Ego" Plunges into the Dungheap!

The ascendancy of our Presidential Idiot, our petulant, malevolent, Little Baby Man has unleashed a torrent of words. So many words. So many think-pieces. A lot more thought than the man deserves. He doesn't deserve one thought-bubble, one brain-cell, one pixel. He is a nothing, a loser, a void, a nasty, empty-headed cipher, an over-blown ego that has blotted out the sun.

There is a long list of great writers who have tackled the subject of this Little Baby Man over the last few months. Add Rebecca Solnit to the list. Check out "The Loneliness of Donald Trump." I just love to read words from a writer who knows what they are up to. Rebecca knows what she's up to.  The last paragraph is a perfect kick to the guts...

"The man in the white house sits, naked and obscene, a pustule of ego, in the harsh light, a man whose grasp exceeded his understanding, because his understanding was dulled by indulgence. He must know somewhere below the surface he skates on that he has destroyed his image, and like Dorian Gray before him, will be devoured by his own corrosion in due time too. One way or another this will kill him, though he may drag down millions with him. One way or another, he knows he has stepped off a cliff, pronounced himself king of the air, and is in freefall. Another dungheap awaits his landing; the dung is all his; when he plunges into it he will be, at last, a self-made man." - Rebecca Solnit

Saturday, June 03, 2017

A Secret Garden


We all need a secret garden. A private space, to get away from the hubbub and hurly-burly. I am really good at exiting the day to day; with music, books, long walks, grand and fabulous thought-trains.

Lately, in my musical space, I have been spending obsessive amounts of time close-listening to Joy Division, based in Manchester, England, 1976-1980. Three records - the two full studio releases Unknown Pleasures, and Closer, as well as a collection of singles & b-sides released in 1988.

Of course, I've also read books by Peter Hook, Bernard Sumner and Debbie Curtis. And seen the fabulous movie 24 Hour Party People. So I am well-steeped in the myths and realities of Manchester, the death of Ian Curtis, the growing legend of his band.

The music stands on it's own. And it pays to close-listen. I never grow tired of listening. The music continues to intrigue and haunt me. It's dark, moody, atmospheric, important. For sure.  I do believe the band never made a false move artistically. They were doomed and fated to a short window to make music, but the music they made is truly extraordinary.  As their brilliant, mad-man Producer Martin Hannett called it: "adult gothic music."

Joy Division's records exist in a special place. A secret garden. Hermetically-sealed off from the rest of the world, sort of like brilliant, monochrome butterflies captured and preserved under glass.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Gratuitous Bullshit!

The Petulant Little Baby Man pulls the USA out of the Paris Climate Accords. Just an act of gratuitous bullshit. You know he is doing it for no good reason. There is no good reason to do it. Just a finger in the eye to intelligent, responsible citizens all over the world.

Why did he do it? He is a Petulant Little Baby Man. Throwing a fit.

I was not surprised. But surprisingly, I found myself spinning in a cloud of angst and pissed-off-ness. I hate when "unreason" wins. And this is a perfect example of unreason winning. Of course, it's a complete loser's move. Bad politics. Bad economics. Just plain stupidity in action.

Add it to the list of "crimes" perpetrated by this immense fraud of a human being.

Criticism of his ridiculous decision came from concerned citizens all over the world. Love this one...


Thursday, June 01, 2017

I Fear a War of Attrition...

I do fear that Little Baby Man will burn down the house. He doesn't care about anyone but him. As the screws tighten what will he do? Hit and thrash and lie, and lie, and lie. And he will appeal to his base, which is about as base as a base can be.

So can it all get so much worse? Yes it can. 

You hope for swift justice. But that's probably unlikely. Expect a long, slow grind. A war of attrition. That's more likely. But I do think Little Baby Man is in way over his head, he has made way too many enemies, and he has a long history of illegality around him.

The system needs a major cleanse. There are still good people alive in the land armed with truth and honesty and integrity. Yes, there are, I promise.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

He's Tweeting Gibberish Now!

Ha! The Little Baby Man is now tweeting gibberish. You wonder if he zonked out mid-tweet? He is becoming/has become a source of great amusement. Yes, it's scary, and sad, (tragic really), that he has the job he has, but at the same time he is becoming a fount of ridiculousness.

I see him as "dead man walking." He is a political train-wreck. His Presidency is in full-on zombie-mode. The Feds are coming and Little Baby Man and his team are heading to the mattresses. Just like good mobsters always do.

But you know this particular mobster brings a whole kit-bag of absurdities with him. I expect more hilarity, more crazed tweets, more rage at "fake news." But the Feds are coming. No doubt. Our Little Baby Man is in the hot seat, and it's just going to get hotter and hotter.

Wonder if he makes it thru the Summer?!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Cool But Sullied!

Well, yes, of course, the Little Baby Man is a complete disaster, and when he met with European Leaders he was a total embarrassment. His first foreign trip was ridiculous. And it's obvious, that he is Putin's Boy for sure.

Little Baby Man does not represent America. No way. We are better than that by miles. So yes, we now look to Germany & France & England to lead the Free World. America is stumbling with a Complete Stumblebum at the helm.

Of course, we still have our technology, creativity, productivity & seething, wanting, grasping, all-consuming, Pop Culture. America is still cool. Cool but sullied.

But something tells me this is all only temporary... one can only hope, and count the days, the hours, the minutes until Little Baby Man gets what he so richly deserves...

Monday, May 29, 2017

Money + Arrogance + Ignorance + Unlimited Corruption = Downfall.


Let's get back to basics. What's going on? So many weird, kooky, contradictory stories floating around. Let's keep it simple. It's about the Do Re Mi. Money. Right?! Of course.

A really not very smart guy lucked into a big job in the USA, with help from a pretty smart, brutal, murderous, corrupt guy from another country. 

The really not very smart guy, really, really thinks he's really, really smart. He decided he would use the USA as his own personal piggy bank, and create a nice little feedback loop with the brutal, corrupt guy.

The really not very smart guy actually thought he could pull this off.  Looks like that was a major, fucking miscalculation. The really not very smart guy figured we were all clueless idiots. We aren't.  The really not very smart guy really stepped into it this time.

Like I've said before, it will not end well for this really not very smart guy. And his fall, his total disgrace, his years in prison, will be very much earned. Karma, baby!

The above illustration from Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo kind of encapsulates the little, fucked-up scheme. Money + Arrogance + Ignorance + Unlimited Corruption = Downfall.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Who is Basically a Shithead!

Looks like Jared Kushner, the President's son in law, is in a heap of trouble. I mean I think it's safe to characterize his activity in the White House as baffling, confusing and probably criminal. I don't think it's a good idea to set up a secret channel of communication with a hostile foreign power. And to lie about it, and to hide the fact, makes it all look pretty sinister.

Can't wait until the Special Counsel delves into the facts of the case.

And just what kind of man is Jared Kushner? Let's check in with someone who worked for him. Is that fair? Is life fair? This is just one person's impression of the guy, and not sure how accurate, but I do love the plain speaking...

Just before the election, Kahlon described her former boss on Facebook thusly: 

“We’re talking about a guy who isn’t particularly bright or hard-working, doesn’t actually know anything, has bought his way into everything ever (with money he got from his criminal father), who is deeply insecure and obsessed with fame (you don’t buy the NYO, marry Ivanka Trump, or constantly talk about the phone calls you get from celebrities if it’s in your nature to ‘shun the spotlight’), and who is basically a shithead.”

Does the son in law remind you of anyone?

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Useful Definitions for Current Events!

Considering recent events. I mean the continuous stream of amazing stories coming from The Washington Post, The New York Times, Reuters, CNN, NBC and a few others. I think it's time we go back to basics. Definitions.  It might be a good idea to brush up a bit, knowing this shit might come in handy as things continue to unfold in Washington D.C.

Definitions:

Neopotism:  favoritism (as in appointment to a job) based on kinship

Corruption: dishonest or illegal behavior especially by powerful people (such as government officials or police officers)

Collusion: agreement, esp. in secret for an illegal or dishonest reason

Hostile Foreign Power: a foreign government or any component thereof, whether or not recognized by the United States

Espionage: the practice of spying or using spies to obtain information about the plans and activities especially of a foreign government or a competing company

Treason: the betrayal of a trust, the offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance

Obstruction of Justice: the crime or act of willfully interfering with the process of justice and law especially by influencing, threatening, harming, or impeding a witness, potential witness, juror, or judicial or legal officer or by furnishing false information in or otherwise impeding an investigation or legal process

Money Launderingthe process of transforming the profits of crime and corruption into ostensibly 'legitimate' assets

High Crimes & Misdemeanors: allegations of misconduct peculiar to officials, such as perjury of oath, abuse of authority, bribery, intimidation, misuse of assets, failure to supervise, dereliction of duty, unbecoming conduct, and refusal to obey a lawful order. Offenses by officials also include ordinary crimes, but perhaps with different standards of proof and punishment than for nonofficials, on the grounds that more is expected of officials by their oaths of office.

Fucking Moron: an insult that is used when someone is being really stupid and moronic.

Indictment: a formal written statement framed by a prosecuting authority and found by a jury (such as a grand jury) charging a person with an offense

Subpoena: a writ commanding a person designated in it to appear in court under a penalty for failure 

Cop a Plea: to plead guilty for a lesser crime.

Rat out: to reveal incriminating or embarrassing information about (someone), especially to a person inauthority

Impeach: to charge with a crime or misdemeanor; specifically : to charge (a public official) before a competent tribunal with misconduct in office  c : to remove from office especially for misconduct

Rot in Prison: to stay in prison for a very long time

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