Tuesday, September 27, 2016

CV Side Walk (sic)

It's surprising what you find 'discarded' on the sidewalk. I will somehow refuse to refrain from commenting... (misspelling is intentional)

Where is van Golf when you really need him?

EMDR is an acronym for a psychotherapeutic technique called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Think "A Clockwork Orange.".


I can't see the forest for the trees... or NOT!

Socialization or Socialism? Let's call the whole thing off.

We will cross that bridge when we come to it.

Did somebody say: "Psychology Today?"

Let me be Frank: "How's the family?"

What??? No follow-up appointment? If a doctor tells you that you MIGHT benefit from a few hours of counseling, he doesn't mean a series of first-time free-bees! These are screening and evaluation sessions ONLY. Psychological counseling (a.k.a. behavior modification) can take a dozen sessions with the SAME licensed clinical psychologist (or whatever) to bring about CHANGE in your behavior or perception. It all starts with the "R" word. You must accept RESPONSIBILITY for the consequences of your own actions. Lighting a candle or ringing a bell will not cut the mustard! Whoever discarded these cards was likely experiencing "real" pain (or the perception of pain) and then refusing to take the next step - reflective thinking. (remember, I am a Jung man...)

Two barbers. No waiting. With two offices, she must be beside herself!

Again! No follow-up appointment means no change - or opportunity for improvement. BTW not ALL counseling leads to improvement, watch "The Sixth Sense" again (but remember, it's only Hollywood). Every story has a tacky ending!

Along with some of her clients, some of the stories must be getting rather OLD! Let's call them archetypes!

Give all you troubles to Jesus - and your money to the church (or NOT). I refer to yet another branch of psychology as: "remove one crutch and replace it with another one." Somewhere, you must learn to walk on your own. I call it "Grow up!" psychology. Even in Haywards.

Even here, there is no follow up! Intervention (in grief, anger, or compulsions) require a SERIES of baby steps before you learn to walk on your own. Fred Astaire did not learn to tap dance in a day!

As an aside, "Having discovered the existence of the reactive mind and its engrams, L. Ron Hubbard developed very precise techniques to address it. These techniques can effectively “erase” the contents of the reactive mind and eliminate the ability of such recordings to affect the person without his conscious knowledge." ... I dunno...

Now, let's talk VALUE. And let's talk about real, authentic, genuine, tangible redemption!

P.S. as the fortunate* recipient of terminal cancer, I know whereof I speak! Forget the M.S., I got it in Hayward! The only HARD choice is whether to take another breath (at the very end) or not. The rest is commentary. *not all fortune is good fortune. Consult with a south-pointing soup spoon for details. or NOT!

Besides, you KNOW you are getting old when your list of doctors exceeds your list of surviving high school classmates!

All that urology is responding to the metastatic prostate cancer...

Don't O.D. on the D.O. folks, they track the progress of bone cancer rather well and tell you when it is unsafe to play rugby!

One doctor summed it up very well in just two words: "Too late!"

Oh yeah? Wait, and see.

Endorsement: Meditation can be an effective alternative to Hydrocone (Norco) and other Opium-based pain killers. However, it may take years of practice to achieve the desired results so don't wait for severe pain to start before taking your practice more seriously.

Back in 2011, when I had my chest cracked open and a heart valve replaced, the very DAY that I got out of the ICU, I was able to stop taking pain-killers. SERIOUSLY! Some said I had a very HIGH tolerance for pain. Not always so... 3 or 4 ER visits taught me otherwise - without wisdom, wise guy.

too many phone scams

Every now and again I get a robo-call from some scam or another.

you know the drill... "they" claim to be some authority (like the voice of the irs or the voice of god)

"They" tell you to settle up by buying a pre-paid Visa, Master Card, or gift card - like a "Gift to God" card.

You know what a steaming heap of manure ALL of this is...

I tell 'em "Don't mess wit me, I gots the 3003rd avitar of Krishna looking out for me from the top of the mountain!"


'nuff sed

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

you're despicable, that's what you are

There are some folks in the world that are so 'unpleasant' that you just want to avoid them!

Thank whatever gods may be that you are NOT in the music business like Airplane, Credence Clearwater, or Back Street Boys.

Tonight, news hit that Lou Pearlman, creator of the Backstreet Boys... passed away in jail, serving a sentence for a massive ponzi scheme – one that had affected Back Street Boys directly. "And the truth is… that we don’t know how to feel." [why feel anything?]

In fact: Don't feel anything! When a Bill Graham or a Saul Zaentz or a Lou Pearlman dies, there is not a wet eye in the house. They are now what they always were - NOTHING.

These "promoters" primarily promote themselves. The TAKE the talents (and assets) of others and pay pennies on the dollar for them.

If they are SELLING IT, it's gold. If they are BUYING IT, it's crap and you are just lucky to be their over-worked, under-paid, 'rent-a-slave.'

I'm not selling a book or suggesting one.

I am saying that there are a LOT of very unpleasant people in the music business - regardless of those with talent. The least talented are blood-sucking vampires and, except for the late-night movie, deserve no more than an "oh well..." (the next day it snowed)

A dog can be loved but some folks just can't cut the mustard.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Most Corrupt Presidents in U.S. History

1. Ulysses S. Grant, Republican, (1869-1877) was elected as a war hero—the Northern General who’d defeated the South in the Civil War.

As money and land grants were given to railroad companies in the West, it was discovered that members of Congress were bribed to vote in the interests of the Union Pacific Railroad. In the Whiskey Ring Scandal, a group of distillers and tax officers defrauded the U.S. Treasury out of revenue tax on whiskey.

In a time of money-grubbing self-interest, no constituency went less served than the former slaves over whom the Civil War had been fought.

Under Warren Harding, Republican, (1921-1923) the highest tariffs in history were passed as was an immigration restriction law. (The Yellow Peril)

The Teapot Dome Scandal resulted in Harding’s Secretary of the Interior, Albert Fall, resigning from the cabinet, being convicted for his role in the affair, and serving nine months in prison.

Harding’s long-time friend and political benefactor, Attorney General Harry Daugherty, also resigned due to a scandal involving graft.

The Harding administration saw much scandal for its 2 ½ years. The President died in San Francisco after contracting the Spanish Flu. His wife returned immediately to Washington, D.C., and burned all of his papers.

Richard M. Nixon, Republican, (1969-1974) was the only American President to resign, for his role in covering up a burglary by agents of his re-election committee. The Watergate Affair was a direct result of Nixon's psycosis.

Nixon's reputation for "Dirty Tricks" went back to his first run for Congress in 1946, when he had anonymous phone bankers call registered Democrats and ask, "Did you know that Jerry Voorhis (his opponent) is a communist?"

Year's later, "Nixon's brain" Murray Chotiner would mentor "Bush's Brain" Karl Rove.

George W. Bush, Republican, (2001-2009) came to office through a Supreme Court decision. Most Americans know how narrow the vote was in Florida, but not why.

Five months before the election, George Bush’s brother, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, had 57,700 people purged from the voter rolls. As it turns out, over 90% of the voters on the hit list were overwhelmingly Democratic, including many blacks and Hispanics. Had these citizens not been prevented from voting, Al Gore would have been elected President of the United States.

Bush, in an interview during the campaign, could not identify leaders of major countries. But savvy political handler Karl Rove knew that Bush's style could make up for his deficit of substance with Republican voters. Rove groomed Bush’s image as a Washington outsider, born again Christian, and down home cowboy. Bush was afraid of horses.

The year before the 2000 election, Bush purchased a horse ranch in Crawford, Texas. Although no actual ranching ever went on there, the President rode his mountain bike around the property. He liked his "ranch" so much that he spent a greater percentage of his time on vacation than any previous President in American history.

While at the ranch on a six week vacation in August, 2001, he received a memo entitled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” He did nothing and 9/11 followed. For several days after the attacks, when U.S. air space was still closed, Bush authorized special flights back to Saudi Arabia for Osama bin Laden's relatives, "for their safety." The White House then vigorously fought creation of the 9-11 commission. With 14 of the 18 hijackers from Saudi Arabia, the Bush administration redacted multiple pages of the commission's report on Saudi involvement in the attack.

Four years later, while on another extended vacation at the "ranch," Bush was briefed on the destruction about to be unleashed on the Gulf Coast by Hurricane Katrina. In the meeting, Bush asked no questions. He then flew to California to raise money for Republican candidates.

The man he left in charge as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Michael Brown, could not manage the disaster. The only thing he'd managed before the FEMA job was Arabian horse shows.

Other Bush scandals include: the secret meetings of Cheney’s “Energy Council,” followed by systematic weakening of America's environmental laws and staffing of the EPA and other agencies with industry insiders, the attempt to dismantle Social Security, the dumbing down of American education through No Child Left Behind, an inherited budget surplus turned into record deficit, the torture of prisoners and loss of American goodwill overseas.

With another tainted election and 'voting irregularities' in 2004, the arrest of White House appointees for assorted crimes, the mistreatment of returning war veterans at Walter Reed and other hospitals, and for his grand finale, a leading role in the collapse of the economy through its aggressive deregulation, historians may well judge the Bush scandals as more extensive than any that disgraced Grant, Harding, or Nixon, due to their sheer scale.

George W. Bush is famous for his attachment to a painting which he acquired after becoming a born again Christian. It's by W.H.D. Koerner and is entitled "A Charge to Keep." Bush was so taken by it, that he took the painting's name for his own official autobiography.

The artist, W.H.D. Koerner, executed it to illustrate a Western short story entitled "The Slipper Tongue," published in The Saturday Evening Post in 1916. The story is about a smooth-talking horse thief who is caught, and then escapes a lynch mob in the Sand Hills of Nebraska. The illustration depicts the thief fleeing his captors.

So, it makes perfect political sense that another thief would run as a Republican this time!

This is a chance for the Republicans to make it 5 out of 5!

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Day of the Druids

When I was younger, eclipse meant "emitter-couples logic in pico-seconds."

Well, a lot of folks don't got no fetchin' up so they think every bump in the road announces the "end times."

So sis and I decided to go rupture "the Rapture Ready" by putting on a full Buddhist whwnt while wearing hooded Druid Robes on Oregon!

"Therefore, O Sariputra, anyone seeking self-realization of Prajnaparamita, the Transcendent Truth, the Truth that spans the troubled ocean of life and death: that safely carries all seekers to the undiscovered country, from whose bourn* no traveler returns must listen to the Mantra, the Great, Mysterious Mantra: O'om gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate, bodhi, svah!"

Remember: "Anything that cannot be rationally explained can be irrationally explained. And little exceeds the irrational belief systems of the fundamentalists within the Abrahamic traditions (e.g. Ultra-orthodox Jews, Xtians, and Mohammadians).

If you want to join in the festivities, choose either Baker City or Ontario Oregon. Both are very inconvenient to get to - plan a five day journey with a three night stay.

There are a variety of options, but plan on spending $1,000! Hotel, rent-a-car, air fare, inconvenience, and micro-brew (in Baker City).

Here are some suggestions - BOOK EARLY!

Tell 'em "Spud" sent you. (Spud is slang for potato as in Idaho).

How long can we "keep them in the dark?" Just wait, and see!