President Trump Never Disappoints

15 Jun

One thing was certain after the 2016 campaign and election was over:  Donald Trump would become the most entertaining president of American history.  His legacy would be riddled with humorous moments.  Comedians everywhere would rejoice.  There would be no surprises, because he would be predictable in this aspect:  He would provide a fresh round of jokes daily.

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Today’s joke is the Qatar debacle.  First, our amateur POTUS publicly stated “the nation of Qatar historically has been, unfortunately, a funder of terrorism at a very high level,” then turned around and sold them $12 Billion in weapons.

Moments like these cause great anticipation for late night shows for the 60% who disapprove of this amateur in office, who quietly smile and wonder about the self acclaimed “deplorables”… Embarrassed much?

The Real American Horror Story is a Lack of Vision

10 Dec

Nothing speaks more clearly of the real American horror story than the lukewarm election of a spoiled brat. More than 90,000,000 registered voters amplified the disturbed sounds of silence, while 62,793,872 gambled on the fantasies of a liar, and 65,432,202 voted for someone with a clue.

 Supposedly this election was about the economy. Let’s clarify one certainty for former factory workers in the USA: jobs that have been replaced by automation will never come back. If you are among that demographic, you need to move on. You need to use all the resources available in your community to help you find a new occupation. Factory jobs are not coming back. Your jobs are gone. They did not go to Asia and South America, they went to robots. They went to robots because too many workers were injured by repetitive motion and dangerous occupations. You cannot compete with robots; they’re safer and more efficient.

Displaced workers in America are looking in the wrong places for help. What you need is a society and leadership that progresses toward Gene Roddenberry’s vision. Notice in Star Trek that there is no money at all. All basic needs are met. It’s a non issue.

“…the problem isn’t the problem; the problem is how you approach the problem.” -George Theakos, MMA Trainer

The fact is that the natural resources available to us on Earth can support billions of human beings quite comfortably. We have the technology to grow plenty of food for everyone. We have the means to provide clean water to everyone. We have the know-how and materials to supply everyone with electricity and plumbing. The only thing that has been missing is motive.

Motive is missing not merely because people cling to the comfort of familiar things. Motive is missing because too many people are in the dark.

America can be a shining city on a hill, but not by demagogue. The real American horror story can be rewritten. It can be a real thriller. It can have a satisfying ending that ignites anticipation of a great series. What we need is light.

Where does one find light? In higher education. Knowledge is power.

Instead of staring at your dead occupation and clinging to an old familiar way of providing for your family, invest your time in free education. It surrounds you. Learn how to use the internet. Go to a library. Call your local elected officials and demand occupational rehabilitation programs. Free tutorials exist everywhere online. Stop treating alternative occupations as if they are inaccessible when the truth is you have been unwilling to adapt. Stop being a zombie. Prove that you are alive and well–show some creativity, flexibility, and pride in being willing to own your thoughts and change your approach to solving your problems. As a dear friend of mine teaches, “More often than not, the problem isn’t the problem; the problem is how you approach the problem.”

Conclusion: the real American horror story is a lack of vision.

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#NotMyPresident – What That Means For Me

16 Nov

To CNN and anyone else who says that #NotMyPresident is the same as saying not my Constitution, I respectfully disagree and the debate ends there for me.  I have said my two cents and there is nothing you can say that will persuade me otherwise.

As I stated on my Twitter page, which is CalexitCarma @HigherNatures, “I am voting for #Calexit.  If you attack me for exercising my freedom, I will block you.  If you want to know why, reply to this tweet.”  So far, inquiries have been civil.

Now, what #NotMyPresident means for me is this and only this:

  • I will treat him with the same level of respect and give him as much a chance as those who despised, did not trust, feared, ridiculed, and organized against Barack Obama.
  • I will, in every peaceful and legal means available, mutilate his name and castrate his character every time he does something I strongly disagree with or that I simply do not like.
  • I will, in every peaceful and legal means available, dissent and organize boycotts, walkouts that target businesses that A) remain silent on matters of equal rights, or B) act or speak directly against equal rights.
  • I will be vigilant and defend the rights of other members of the human race regardless of skin, birth station, faith or ability.
  • I will invest my funds in bonds that help the states where the majority of voters made it a “blue” state.
  • I will encourage others to dissent peacefully and legally in every way that I have described above.
  • I will fly my state flag at all times.
  • I will donate my time, energy, and charitable dollars in ways that promote education and political activism in favor of humanity.
  • I will stay informed about this administration by researching through Ecosia, Google or Yahoo, and I will not give any traffic to a news site that has failed to report facts and only facts.  The pundits and pollsters who failed me are hereby treated as the failures they are and should be fired.
  • I will refer to FactCheck.org because their “About Us” indicates they stand for what I believe is good and trustworthy:  scientific data.
  • I will follow the money trail to determine who demonstrates an agenda to greedily dominate the U.S.A. and I will inform others of facts.

As I have always done, I will continue to strive to be a joy to work with, as I have always respected others regardless of skin, birth station, faith or ability.  This is who I am and nothing and no one can take it from me.

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Exodus from Social Media Flame Wars

10 Nov

On Tuesday night before any news show would call the election, when it was still too close to call in most battleground states, when it was becoming rapidly apparent that something was very wrong with this picture… that is when the exodus from social media began. News reports indicate that Stephen King is among the many who are abandoning Facebook, Twitter and other inflammatory sites. Before any of this, I deactivated my Facebook and Twitter accounts on Tuesday night and, seeing the stock market falling, I went to Fidelity Investments site and placed orders to move all of my 401(k) and IRA investments from stocks to bonds. All I can do now is stop the bleeding.

Many Americans cannot stomach any more of the nonsense.  It is an exercise in madness to continue to discuss, debate, refute, post facts… we are now living in Trumpland.  It is nauseating, and for some of us, we simply cannot bear the chatter.

We thought we could make a difference.  We thought we could share factual information and persuade Millenials and Bernie supporters that Hillary was the best choice and only qualified candidate.  Now it’s too late.  The GOP has the power.  The Supreme Court will be conservative for years to come.  They won.  We lost.

The exodus is happening because millions of sane people cannot stomach this debate to continue for four more years.  We fully thought it would be settled on Tuesday night.  We were ready to sympathize.  Now, there is no sympathy for us.  Only gloating by followers of a male chauvinist pig.  America put a pedophile in power.  It is the most shameful thing that has ever happened in this country.  An admitted groper, a man who has a long history of abusing power, will receive the nuclear codes in three months, and there is nothing, not one thing, we can legally do about it.

So we get back to work, live our lives, in our states.  For me, I hang my head in shame, no longer will I identify as an American.  I am a Californian.peace-and-independence

  • Edit Nov 14:  I joined the California National Party and will vote Yes on the Calexit referendum on the 2019 Spring ballot.

 

A Vow of Sisterhood

26 Oct

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In the spirit of loving one another as we are moved by the divine to perfect, I vow to my sisters here and now and for the future:

  • I will stand with you, shoulder to shoulder, and defend your right to be you, to do you, and to have you.
  • I will protect and defend your human rights regardless of differences.
  • I will treat you with respect and dignity regardless of  differences.
  • I will admit my failures and mistakes, and forgive yours.
  • I will seek to understand your differences and empathize with your experience and perspective.
  • I will do my best to help you grow spiritually and intellectually.
  • I will seek to compassionately inform you when I believe you or saying or doing things that are unwise or likely to cause harm to you and your loved ones.
  • I will honor your autonomy by refraining from manipulation when I utterly disagree with your choices.
  • I will rejoice in your faith and trust that your relationship with the divine–no matter how much our interpretations or valuations seem to be opposed–I will defend your right and freedom to worship, so long as you equally respect others’ rights and freedoms.
  • I will continue to nurture the attitudes of peacemakers who, like Jesus the greatest peacemaker, preached love, humility, grace, mercy, wisdom, and the golden rule of treating others as we would have others treat us–to judge not because none of us wants to be judged.
  • I promise that when I stumble (and I will because I am no better than any other human being) that I will own my mess, clean it up, and carry on as your sister.

The same goes for my brothers.

Everyone is my brother and my sister, no matter who you voted.

And for the record, I am not religious at all, but I will relentlessly defend others’ rights to their beliefs even when I think those beliefs are potentially harmful superstitions.  I would rather die than deny another human being their rights and freedoms.`

Donald J. Trump, you’re fired!

21 Oct

I often think Donald Trump is trying to lose. I used to watch The Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice, and a couple of years ago I might have thought he was a viable candidate. But he is atrocious as a public speaker and if he has a diplomatic brain cell, it’s been killed by all the bologna he eats.  He’s shocked me so many times over the past year or so, starting with his sore-loser low-blow behavior when sponsors pulled support and he was fired by NBC, and it’s gotten worse every week.

It seems as if when alone with his thoughts he must be trying to figure out a way to get out of this and still have a brand worth anything.  What could he possibly say thatyou-re-fired-rubber-stamp-43311040 will ensure he loses–he does not act like someone who really wants to be POTUS.

I think he’s terrified of the job. He seems to be sabotaging his campaign. If an apprentice candidate behaved the way he has, he would have fired himself long ago!

 

Improving America’s Police Force

26 Sep

After a grueling two weeks as Juror #6 in the civil suit Banta v. Walnut Creek et al, there is a lot to say about what went wrong that led to the unnecessary fatal shots to young Anthony Banta.  The jury was only asked to judge if the second volley of shots fired by Sgt. Sugrue and Officer Ezard were excessive use of deadly force.

First, thoughts about the jury.  Eight people were selected.  I don’t know why we did not have twelve, and there were no alternatives.  We assumed it was agreed to by both parties, and our focus was on the single issue put before us.  The jury selection process was excellent, in my opinion, though this is the first time I have ever been through the process.  A group of 40 to 50 people were screened.

Throughout the trial we were instructed not to discuss the case with each other or anyone else.  To my knowledge, all of us obeyed the rules.  Until the moment jury deliberation began, the only comments we had were about the jury selection experience and our thankfulness that this judge seemed to be very good – he kept the trial moving forward with minimal redundancy.  Attorneys for both parties were repeatedly told to move on when witnesses had already been asked and had answered questions more than once in different ways, and he was fair and respectful about correcting questions when the questions posed were convoluted.

As to why we the jury were only allowed to decide on the second volley of shots, I cannot speak for others, but I was very dissatisfied about that.  A lot of things went wrong that night, and I believe with all my heart Anthony’s death could have and should have been prevented.

None of us believed that Anthony lunged toward the officers.  At most, he tried to get up, after the first volley shattered his right femur and injured his left shoulder.  Was there time for the officers to regroup and try a different tactic to safely take him into custody?  Yes, there was.  The only reason that the feather came down on the scale for the defendants (the two officers who fired the second volley) was because it was more probably true that the officers believed two victims upstairs might be bleeding to death after they were engaged in a struggle and the line went dead (the call to 911 was disconnected).

The only evidence that the officers might have known the two people upstairs were okay, was that the dispatcher had said, before they entered the unit, “suspect is known to them, his name is Anthony.”

We learned that Anthony was 5 feet 5 inches according to the Coroner’s Report, and approximately 130 pounds.  He was petite.

I was never convinced that the four officers who responded to the 911 call were forthcoming about their memories of that night.  All four gave a different version of events and there were a lot of “I don’t recall” answers.  The excuse for that was, as it always is, that it all happened very fast and they had a lot of adrenalin in their systems.  But let me interject here, because I have been through traumatic events when my life was in immediate danger and everything happened very fast, and for me, forty years later, every detail is as clear as if it happened yesterday.  So I don’t buy “I don’t recall” and I do not believe that they told the whole truth and nothing but the truth.  As a juror, it is my right and my duty to decide whether or not a witness is telling the truth.  So I am stating for the record, I did not and do not believe the officers told the whole truth and nothing but the truth.  I hope that puts the fear of Karma in them.  We all reap what we sow.  There is a justice system that no one can escape forever.

Why, then, did I vote to excuse them for the second volley of shots?  Because there was no evidence or testimony proving that they knew going in that the two people upstairs were okay.  If they did know that they were okay, there was no reason to rush.  One of the expert witnesses, Roger Clark, testified that in his experience (and he has a lot) the officers could have and should have put some distance between themselves and the suspect, that they did have time and were morally and legally obligated to re-assess the situation and try a less lethal way of disarming the young man.  As he described it, “Distance plus cover equals time.”  There were four handguns ready to fire, was it really necessary to shoot?  In my judgment, having heard all the testimony and having looked at the forensic evidence, it was not.

As I stated in my blog immediately after the verdict, the only reason I conceded that it was reasonable is that it seemed more probably true that they believed the two people upstairs could be bleeding to death.

There were four officers who entered the apartment and crowded at the bottom of the stairs with four guns pointed at one little man with a big knife.  I will grant them that it was scary.  I will grant them that a big knife can be thrown and can maim you.  But why did all four of them crowd at the bottom with guns ready to fire?  Was that necessary?  Shouldn’t the commander, Sgt. Sugrue, tell one of them to try to find out if the people upstairs were bleeding or okay?

One of the officers was trained in psychology and crisis intervention tactics.  Instead of practicing her training, she and Sgt. Sugrue yelled repeatedly at the suspect, who was obviously not in touch with reality.  I believe that Sgt. Sugrue reacted to the suspect as an “intruder on drugs”.  If I am to believe every word out of his mouth, it never occurred to him that the suspect might be deaf or having a mental breakdown.

Sgt. Sugrue described Anthony’s appearance as “zombie like” and “crazy” eyes and said it was the scariest thing he had ever seen, even in horror movies.  Note that he spent time in Iraq and had other military experience.  I sincerely doubt that this little guy’s “crazy” eyes is the scariest thing he’s ever seen.  I suggest he has PTSD and should be required to learn how to manage it better.  From what I saw and heard while he was on the witness stand, being a patrol officer on the graveyard shift is probably not the best use of his skills and bravery.

Long story short, I am very disappointed in the way this whole situation was bungled, from the moment the 911 call was received to the way the officers failed to diffuse the crisis.  I am writing this because I want to see improvements across the country in the mandatory training and procedure guidelines for handling a mental health crisis.  What happened to Anthony Banta could happen to any of us, any young adult, any teenager.  Our peace officers must be better trained and better equipped.  How about tranquilizer darts?  They work for tigers and bears!

I hope that the four officers who confronted Anthony Banta’s “crazy” eyes will take it upon themselves to get trained better and practice situations dealing with someone who may be having a mental breakdown.  I also hope that the dispatcher(s) who failed to relay vital information to the officers will learn to listen and communicate better.  The word “sleepwalking” was never mentioned, though it was one of the first things the 911 caller reported, “Anthony is sleepwalking again.”

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