[Or how to deal with the unwanted attention of parasites]

Godzilla Government blog has been around for years. This blog has successfully influenced people to think bigger than themselves, than machines, and what is conventionally expected.

Godzilla, after taking a City and ruining things back into balance, retreats into the sea to recharge, to eat massive quantities of radioactive waste and/or seafood. I too have been known to hibernate anything: causes, blogs, campaigns or art projects. I do this to successfully develop new concepts to lead to productive outcomes.

So here is what is going to happen. I will set aside mirth at Twitter and this blog for a time to produce different work, books. Godzilla Government will be around, just not as actively for many months to come. I am overcoming long beset difficulties. The road is cleared for a productive haul.

I love the freedom this blog has given me to maul modern structures, like the English language.  Godzilla government will always set its design to free others.  I cannot guarantee later reports won’t unpack some sort of mayhem and critical mass damage in the process.  Godzilla government blog has had moments for play and for charm the same way grown adults will buy action figures and run around in capes like 7 year olds.  It’s also the runoff for all sentiments going afoul of practical understanding.

I’m so happy about Godzilla because he has been: blasted with radioactive waste, hit with acid, shot with bullets, attacked by man-made mechs, poisoned, bombed and tripped up.  He still gets up like a champion and lays waste to defeat his chosen enemy. He doesn’t trouble himself with the terrified little men who don’t understand his goals. He’s a big guy. He has to go big because that’s who he is.  He’s a survivor.  He leaves the wreck behind. People get to rebuild in his wake, begin again fresh.  That has value.

I think of Kathmandu at the peak of the world being left to ruin by seismic destruction. The quake has certain meaning to me. It caused me to consider that deeper meaning will find its way out. If needed change is not accommodated by peaceful means with regular decompression outlets, then life allows for hard reckless destruction, repressed to terrible momentum, later leading to mass violence and death. This victimizes everyone in its path; even the best, highest and most spiritually centered of us all.  [Of course, we gave help to rebuild.]

Our society often lacks the humility which allows for small decompressing changes to take place. This is why you see periodic riots in American cities and gun violence in Middle Schools. Little Plutonian men & women try on massive crowns of leadership. When the find they are too small to fit into the crown and how heavy it is, they opt for a wearable imitation. From the base of an enormous ego, they continue to present the public with service which only accommodates their actual, not their projected, size. The service is then too small for public benefit. So they alienate themselves from the purpose of public service and mass leadership. They present the public with a hollow non-controversial fabrication for show and then ask for more endorsement of this kind of progress.  It’s all they can manage.

Much of the public wants a “bigger” person in office to do what they often can really do themselves.  If the small man you elected does nothing for you from a gigantic office, with means of public money, you should realize you are on your own.  You have better luck guaranteeing personal results on your own than depending on someone small, weak and likely paranoid. If a leader makes Godzilla sized promises and seems like a really big guy who can handle it all, have a back up plan.  Politicians will more likely use and take. They may even demand an apology from you for not giving more. That’s not really the way it’s supposed to go.

Try flipping the script. Tell the politicians, bureaucrats, or propped up “elite” cutouts whatever they want to hear and then do whatever you need to do put your needs first.

We all have a purpose here on planet earth. Let’s presume it has nothing to do with feeding parasites. If a tick had latched onto a body part, you would unapologetically go get a lighter to burn its ass until it let go. Then you would extract it from your body and dispose of it. You wouldn’t make your life’s work sustaining and promoting the tick or justifying it’s need for your blood when all it does is … suck. The moment you realize the actual purpose of a government body is to suck, give due diligence to rid yourself of the parasite.

That will require you to do something that others won’t do for you, though.

Act like a grown up. Be brave, think and then act responsibly.

See you eventually.  Thank you for reading Godzilla Government.

Sheila Dean

Someone has to say it.  This week I briefly endured the undiscernable excuse of “war coverage” on national TV channels.  I also watched Governor Rick Perry preaching to room of New Hampshire Republicans how the American people seem to deserve and are somehow entitled, by birthright or by God, to march into a sovereign nation like Afghanistan, Pakistan or Iraq. They want to continue bombing raids and drone campaigns; which separate civilians from their lives, their families and their livelihoods.

I think empathicaly in these instances what it might feel like to be an American citizen making a living to suddenly be struck by a drone, losing all I had, including family because someone was “inspired” by entitlement rhetoric. I can’t think of one reason in the world why I would harm anyone in these countries.  Nor can I think of any adequate, qualified reason why we are in the middle east bombing, terrorizing and destabilizing entire governments inconvenient to “national security interests”.  I was never given a solid excuse, and I’m an American citizen.

Can you imagine looking into the eyes of a Pakistani and telling them how helpless you feel to stop the American government from bombing their country? Can you imagine facing someone from Afghanistan, looking them in the eyes and telling them you did nothing to stop careless arbitrary hellfire campaigns?  They don’t want to look into your impotent face. They don’t want your crying confusion. They want the bombs to stop.

MORALITY & SECULAR CIVIL GOVERNANCE

I think Republican political morality is make believe. Democratic indignation over repressed “others” is precisely hollow and fraudulent. Both serve themselves at the taxpayers table, getting issues lost trying to hang onto power that isn’t power. Political partisans use the ancient art of religious identification & represented “greater good” to recruit for their cause centers. They use ideals to justify culling unconditional loyalty of those whose power they depend on, until they are no longer useful.

Remember when they lied to you? That was the moment when your interests were discarded. The lesson is to not entertain vanity or tolerate its escalation by people who love secular power more than the divinity of life.

Secular political agitators easily dispatch the most inconvenient of the 10 commandments related to the semitic religions: Thou shall not kill, Thou shall not covet and Thou shall not steal.

If you believe you are so divinely entitled by “God” to to escalate a war conflict you may as well be marauding Vikings at sack.  No one will hail Amen at Gov Perry’s secular preaching of US defense of pork troughs unless they are Lockheed Martin or people who are bottomless pits of sheer fear and insecurity.  They go hand in hand.  One feeds the other.  They go to the same church. (What church is that?) The Communal Divine Right of Meddle Eastern Poison. Their doctrine is endless gaping hole of war pits and dead bodies. They make mistakes all the time, crowning themselves in the place of God to take the lives and property of others. They show the world the antithesis of spiritual leadership.

For this reason, I have a new-old idea, keep civil interests objective and separate from religious hysteria.  Political magnets aren’t qualified holy men. They don’t use religion for anything other than making themselves a war for conquest of stuff that doesn’t belong to them.  ISIS is mimicking a model that is tried and true by ancient institution of governance.  They get themselves an angry army, covered in religion and go on the take. It is not different from other governments.

I can’t even say the American economy benefits from our wars’ take home sack. The US government won’t let the oil market fail. So they make the ancient world a degraded squalor for bombs, intrigues and bloodlust so they can make themselves as fat and insane as Roman Emperors.  We Americans do not get much anything out of that deal, except receipts and mutilated soldiers covered in Middle Eastern dirt.  I don’t even think God is getting anything out of it.

FEAR GOD

People of faith understand that the Afghanis, Iraqis and other helpless civilians want God to save them from arbitrary firepower into their homes. They need God’s peace to help them survive the pain of losing home, family and basic security. They need the American people to be released from the shroud of ignorance of what is done both in their name and the name of God. They need American “help” to help escort themselves and their military heap right onto a jumbo jet back to whence they came. They need an intervention from real God, not the pale presuming, incompetent presence recklessly inserted into their lives.

There is one other commandment that is being overlooked, “Thou shall not take the Lord’s name in vain”.

When you kill and steal and lie and covet what is not yours against innocent poor people in nations far away in God’s name, you have baited God in the worst way.  You can only skate on such credit as insanity for so long.  Then God will show up.

You may fear God much more than falling into the hands of US soldiers or political machinery. If so, may God have mercy on all Americans for the poorly chosen rhetoric used to position us as whole for war in the Middle East.

I think sometime ago there was an idea.  The idea was that there would be a catastrophic end to civilization and ultimate devastation that wipes out all intelligent life on the planet.  That is the essence of an apocalypse.

Why do we need an apocalypse? Why are we so attached to this idea?  Whose interest does global devastation serve?

There are a wide diversity of doomsday cults on every continent on the planet.  Every culture in the world is aware that life as they know it could end in overwhelming deadly and uncontrollable catastrophe to “cleanse” the earth.  Obviously, it keeps people engaged in a point of unreachable futility to hold pause on commitments to long term pursuits of peace in their lives. Again, I ask you who benefits from the chronic hair pulling and hand wringing over the End of Days?

Young religious people.  Young religious people are some of the most socially confined people on the earth.  They are also inwardly devastated and hopeless about their future in the shackles of a society heaping endless conditions on the reserve of their humanity.  What is supposed to be their salvation and their gate to spiritual purity is so far away from the degradation of human early living the short-change solution is to blow it all up so God can start all over. That’s the only way it will make sense.  They need the salvation for their lives now.  They need deliverance from evil now. They’re so desperate to get it they will blow up this whole goddamn world. They’ve somehow been shorted on the redemption promised by their faith on the timeframe that their humanity requires.

They have not yet reached the peak of the spiritual refining process; which necessarily requires the shedding the conditions of uncaring and unvested people from places of authority in their lives. People like their peers, strangers, institutional authorities, and even their parents.  There’s really no place in their lives where they can catch their breath, exhale or breath in their own reason for being here on this earth.  Youth is a treasure.  However, it is also a bane for people who have been raised their entire lives with 5 swords hanging over their head for not delivering precisely on conditions of principles that don’t necessarily serve their personal interest. Society condemns them no matter what they do.

Think of all those pastors kids.  Children who are brutes, who are committed to evil, understand if they are in charge of the magic tricks, the theft, the illusion of authority and visceral demonstrations of power they will not be subject to another and will rule others.  However, they never achieve rule of themselves in any positively formed fashion. Their spiritual growth is forever stunted because they never let the process of an insult go or because they learned how to devalue life before they learned the value of their own humanity as a consequence of not being run by others.  Their forked path is free criminal or someone’s prisoner. Not much of a choice once your already committed.  They need the apocalypse to end their sentence without it being their fault necessarily.

Children raised in strict religious households are perfect actors, soldiers and when necessary obedient slaves and dogs.  They need a reprieve.  They don’t need to join a nationalist cause to blow up the planet.  They need a different experience.

If you want to defeat a group like ISIS, go to that perfect student from a strict religious household and offer them a tour of foreign environments relatively free from war conflict.  They need to see he exhibit of humanity in process without all of the leverages, conditions and communications filters put out there for them. They just need to see what kind of life is possible without the conditions and demands on them.

Perhaps then they could imagine a peaceful life, a full life, without the hopeless precipitation of an apocalypse.  The consequences of letting them being led down such a merciless path is signing someone’s death warrant, either their own or someone else’s.  Give them an escape valve.

 It might be time to get our people and our stuff back from Americanized Nazi’s.

I noticed today how much better I would feel about working with local offices if I was merely spared the indignity of their recording my every interaction.  They can’t seem to perform the most rudimentary of actions without fear of being strung up for allowing a potential terrorist an opportunity.  Most of these offices are required to behave towards the public like everyone is a potential terrorist. Everyone they know is a potential terrorist. It’s still just Bob the plumber, and their Mom, but try telling that to the “federal authorities”.

They are equipped with meta tracking software; which pushes them to the discomfort of being inappropriate towards the majority of the public.  I use the word inappropriate because not every orifice of our society should be retrofitted for the National Security aperture. It occurred to me these local officials feel as bored down upon, if not more, as we do.  Due to the nearly inexhaustible demands of the National Security state they are urged to document every jot and tittle of every person’s movement in their immediate society or else.

I think one of the most glaring examples of where excesses of militarized status interferes with local life is our education system.  Children growing up in America are already firmly challenged in their ability to trust themselves and trust others. Their job is to recognize their responsibility to perform in their roles at learning institutions.  However, when the rules are arbitrarily administrated at the end of a gun by SROs, it takes a whole different tone.  If a permanent record is scribbled down in their National Security chart, you get the idea children can’t necessarily be who they are. A mark for throwing a ball when they should have tossed it or turning their head to the right or left against the unspoken wishes of a demoralized teacher.  Zero tolerance of what?  Children? For the crime of existing and being compelled to come to a school?  There are now crimes that aren’t crimes! We all get a vague feeling that we did something wrong.  That is certainly intentional.

The National Security state seems to be creating a subtier of crime where none existed so a certain segment of their employees have data to move around. We now worry about rules that are manufactured to coerce us into doing what the security state wants when no law exists to substantiate their claims. So don’t be surprised when someone with a gun and a security badge shows up and demands that you do something they have no right to ask you to do. They might try to refuse us the right to be where we are doing things that are clearly normal without a need to qualify it with a law.

The DNI expects too much from the innocent. The DoD does not respect the heiros of their charge to protect their citizens from enemies foreign and domestic.  When an agency abuses their potential and invents rules to rob, kill and demoralize otherwise productive decent citizens they become a self-defeating prospect for their own existence. It makes you quite curious about what is going on inside their closed doors.

I suspect, for living with someone who was used by the clandestine state for civil service, they are routinely terrorized and interrogated for the most nominal things and are themselves afraid to look to the right or the left for the paranoia of their bosses.  So I would say we lost the War on Terror before we ever took up arms to make it someone elses issue.  Our government committs acts of terrorism upon themselves every single day as Standard Operating Procedure.

Many active duty, reservists, former and current military dependents recognize patterns of militarism and on-base protocols. They know there is a difference between military life and civilian life.  They know when there is scope creep of operational security when it is applied to civilian networks. Unfortunately, this whole of the United States is being treated like one giant military base, by a handful of agencies.  For the sake of argument, it will not be legal if someone from the National Security blog patrol reads this and decides to correct us all tomorrow, saying, this whole of the United States, is in fact, declared to them a military base. Your person and property now their assets. Resistance is futile. Give up now and it will go easier on you?

That violates the 3rd Amendment in the US bill of Rights.

Now it’s a weird feeling to consider US martial forces occupying their own country, because your grocery store and the mall are not PXs. Surprisingly, for pointing out agenda potential of this I will be shouted at from three different directions the same message, “Be grateful for your security!!”  No. No, because I don’t feel safe.  Why don’t I feel safe?

I don’t feel safe because there are enforcement authorities behaving as if there is a war going on when there is none. Militarists are inserting their agenda into the most benign areas of my life without a discussion, or consent of the governed. I feel as if they are going to continue to barge into my life, my computer and my home to take what is mine so they will have it and I will be left without it.  That is a distinct feeling of insecurity.  So you can’t expect a ‘Thank You’ for undoing what securities were legitimate to expand the range of a military base, illegitmately at that.

The majority of us are not enrolled in any sort of military convention.  We don’t rely on military networks.  We don’t think we are in a war. People selling T-shirts on the beach are not in any kind of war in America.  I’m not at war with anyone. However, when a nation’s military leadership decides you are in a war, unless diverse diplomats and a lawfare army shows up to challenge that assertion, you are, unfortunately, in a war. It’s coming to you.

THE PROBLEM OF UNDECLARED WAR ON US SOIL BY US MILITARY

We cannot reasonably be expected to take military orders when we are not soldiers. There is no kinetic war on US soil, except for what may be maufactured on paper secretly by “experts”.  If they intend to spread the cause of war to us, The People, by way of an offensive to take what is yours to make it theirs, they will start with your dependencies: the safety of your family, your economic flows and your communications networks.  First, they must gather intelligence.

Let’s start with the martial takeover of your Internet interactions. That seems to be the least bloodless.  They have digital eyes quartered in every online store you visit. Daily, they rummage through your mail and listen to your phone calls. It’s not because they need the Intel.  It’s so you will feel owned, intimdated and demoralized.  If you cease to use conventions they spy on, then it’s a temporary win for your peace of mind. It won’t stop their intent.

ALL OUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US ALREADY

I see a problem. It’s not the usual problem other people see with this scenario. It’s the problem that US government networks are themselves compelled to do unnatural and abusive things against the commission of their oath to serve The People.  So the guilt for them is tremendously corrosive. They are forced hands. You can’t expect a whole lot of reason from within. The standard for US military compliance is austerely absolute, even among themselves.  For instance, “Lay down and do not resist,” was rape prevention advice in literature given to their own soldiers working amongst each other.

They are not given good excuses to do things against the US people.  They are urged to comply or face firing, or worse, jail time for refusing a military command.  What’s weirder than threatening a civil servant or a civilian for disobeying a military order when they are not a soldier, with an indefinite sentence in a brig?  This military always behaves as if there is absolutely no one who will defend them if they refuse the US military whatever it is they demand. It’s just not true. That’s a lie. The whole premise is a lie.  It’s a tactical mind game. They mean to defeat you mentally, to minimize your grounded right of refusal, when and if they show up to take what is yours or take you away.

The POTUS can scribble out and sign off 5 EO’s tomorrow; which defy the 3rd Amendment. Every single one will be shut down in a legitimate court.  Militarists have to resort to threatening you, Normal Guy, with a military court system and the peril of being submerged their seemingly bottomless dark state. To the credit of the legitimate courts, we have no small numbers of people who need not comply with an undeclared war on American soil.  They can walk away a free American and not worry about the use of force. They just have to know they can.

Do they still argue that the military MAY disappear anyone in broad daylight? Yes. The NDAA 2012 and the NDRP are still being contested in the courts.

There are definitely people in the press who lick the hands of the military and eat their table scraps because they’re “into power”. They will print propaganda as news; which is legally fake, but seems as real as any Hollywood set. On their propaganda sets they get their cast of expert actors to shake down scapegoats like criminal crash test dummies in courts, to make all the children fearful they are next. This military may take a few more “examples” to shock you with the absoluteness of their propaganda power. They may kill the victim in front of you, and say, “You’re next, if you say anything!”  Sounds a lot like, “Lay down and don’t resist,” to me.

If so, just know that’s their in-house literature. It doesn’t apply to you. Walk away. You’re not a soldier. You’re not in a war on your own land. If you can’t walk away, it’s because you work there.

What is this whole scenario about?  Fear. Intimidation. Power.

Why is this chicanery being levied onto us?  We didn’t think enough of our armed service members and civil servants to place more limits on interagency abuses when we had the chance.  It didn’t get this way overnight. However, it might have had something to do with the fact that we brought over thousands of defeated Nazis, to continue their worst crimes against humanity while the ink was still wet on Truman’s National Security Act.  If a lot of today’s spy complex looks like Nazi policy to you, there’s a good reason for that.

What do we do?  Refuse to be afraid. Don’t submit to unauthorized military force in strange areas of your life like your police departments and your schools.  Support agency watchdogs and get them private legal and physical protection when confronting abuses. Get behind legal contests to those who want to gather endless military intelligence on US citizens as potential targets. Repeal the NDAA indefinite detention clauses. Don’t pick fights you can’t win. Stay out of their prison cages.

Don’t share your mind with cowards who already forfeited their rights. You know who they are. They’re the ones who gave up before there was even a fight. They always believe you should give away your rights to serve the ones in power, just like they do. They obey whoever without much explanation, as long as they are in power. They don’t stand up for anyone. They always suck at defending rights. They act a lot like Adrian Llamo, who turned out PFC Manning for true public service. If this were 1775, they would be milquetoast crown loyalists cowering in their basements, while patriots were out their getting their asses handed to them and dying. The go-alongs-to-get-alongs get inherited into every population. Surprisingly, the only way to piss them off is commit the blasphemy of refusing the powerful what they want, because they believe they have to comply, even when they don’t! There will always be people like that. So don’t share and politely acknowledge their impotent advice without event of argument.

NO GOOD DEED UNPUNISHED

If you’re not a soldier, you shouldn’t get suckered into a fake, undeclared unending war on American assets. The State might try to pick a fight with you in 2015, because they’re used to winning over Americans. They’re very used to “winning” over the bureaucrats and other people they’re legally allowed to terrorize all day long in their ranks.  Those are, in fact, the people who are legally compelled to comply with their demands. They are told frequently how they are government property because they have a GS prefix on their HR documents or they signed up for the armed or clandestine forces.  It’s the lie they spread around like scat to mark their territory.

I feel very sorry how things went for them.  It’s very sad the way they surrendered their blood, DNA, fingerprints and every iota of privacy and sacred boundary in their life to perform public service. No good deed went unpunished.

However, they need to realize, I am not them. They don’t get to surrender my boundaries and my rights for me because they did. That’s not fair to Americans who are sure to prevail in other destinies other than government service.

The US National Security State does not really have the right to treat citizens like government serfs. The truth I can tell today is they never really had the right to treat one single American citizen like their property. They never had they right to compel soldiers to break their oath to this public or Geneva human rights conventions. I guess I can draw the line today. Maybe you will too.

You may not be their employee. However, now you might know what it’s like to work for the government these days.  It’s filled with Nazi exploits and Nazi enforced dark corporations who export hushed up Nazi policy. They want America to be one big Nazi farm in exchange for some clandestine stuff we can never know about.  The only way you can truly know if you’re dealing with an Americanized Nazi, is when they tell you precisely how your Bill of Rights do not matter and then tell you that you are a terrorist, if you choose to resist them.

All the space junk and military technology on this planet cannot give me my Liberty. I have to get that myself. However, I do know as Americans we can take our people and our stuff back from Nazis.  We’re proven.

You can call their bluff.

That’s the truth.

EDITORS NOTE: There are a few things I feel much less graceful and bold about writing these days. One is comprehensive policy for an entire nation.  So as far as it benefits the reader, my limited ability to comprehensively interpret the 2015 SOTU speech has been prepared for you below.  

The following speech text was pulled from the pages of the Washington Post.  They performed due diligence on fact claim basis of this speech due to the hype-treatment given this speech prior to broadcast. The follow-up articles printed there are diverse in both data & criticism.  To enter “SOTU”in their search bar is worthwhile time spent.  I find that worth a read and a smile before perusing this fragment of an offering.

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[SOTU 2015 INTERPRETATION IN PROGRESS]

I believe in a smarter kind of American leadership. We lead best when we combine military power with strong diplomacy; when we leverage our power with coalition building; when we don’t let our fears blind us to the opportunities that this new century presents.

That’s exactly what we’re doing right now, and around the globe, it is making a difference.

First, we stand united with people around the world who’ve been targeted by terrorists, from a school in Pakistan to the streets of Paris.

We will continue…

(APPLAUSE)

… to hunt down terrorists and dismantle their networks, and we reserve the right to act unilaterally, as we have done relentlessly since I took office, to take out terrorists who pose a direct threat to us and our allies.

TRANSLATION

[Terrorism is working to escalate a global hegemony. I will relentlessly dispatch indirect combat of our allies in the name of fighting a terrorist threat.]

(APPLAUSE)

At the same time, we’ve learned some costly lessons over the last 13 years.

Instead of Americans patrolling the valleys of Afghanistan, we’ve trained their security forces, who’ve now taken the lead, and we’ve honored our troops’ sacrifice by supporting that country’s first democratic transition.

TRANSLATION 

[At enormous costs to the American taxpayer, we’ve successfully injected enough of Western influence in Afghanistan’s political heirarchy to sit back and wait.] 

Instead of sending large ground forces overseas, we’re partnering with nations from South Asia to North Africa to deny safe haven to terrorists who threaten America.

In Iraq and Syria, American leadership, including our military power, is stopping ISIL’s advance. Instead of getting dragged into another ground war in the Middle East, we are leading a broad coalition, including Arab nations, to degrade and ultimately destroy this terrorist group.

TRANSLATION 

[No need to send large amounts of troops to South Asia and North Africa, we’ve got bases there already.  We are about to mount a ground war against ISIL.  We already have corporate sponsors!]

(APPLAUSE)

We’re also supporting a moderate opposition in Syria that can help us in this effort and assisting people everywhere who stand up to the bankrupt ideology of violent extremism.

Now, this effort will take time. It will require focus. But we will succeed. And tonight, I call on this Congress to show the world that we are united in this mission by passing a resolution to authorize the use of force against ISIL.

TRANSLATION

[Congress will demonstrate that the Middle East is not finished with US intervention by passing a bill to start another war with the Islamic Sate.]

(APPLAUSE)

We need that authority.

TRANSLATION

[It will go ahead with or without Congressional approval in the end.]

Second, we are demonstrating the power of American strength and diplomacy. We’re upholding the principle that bigger nations can’t bully the small by opposing Russian aggression and supporting Ukraine’s democracy, and reassuring our NATO allies.

TRANSLATION 

[Second, thank’s to John Kerry, we’re donning a very nice velvet glove over the lead fist given to us by NATO more frequently. The going narrative is that Russia is too big, they’re a bully to Ukraine and they should have stayed out of liasons between the EU & Ukraine.  We’ll continue to use this distraction to make gains on oil and in Asia.]

(APPLAUSE)

Last year, as we were doing the hard work of imposing sanctions along with our allies, as we were reinforcing our presence with the frontline states, Mr. Putin’s aggression, it was suggested, was a masterful display of strategy and strength. That’s what I heard from some folks. Well, today, it is America that stands strong and united with our allies, while Russia is isolated, with its economy in tatters.

That’s how America leads: not with bluster, but with persistent, steady resolve.

TRANSLATION

[Last year we went along with Europe to reinforce the old saw of NATO conventions to tip the margins of economic destabilization towards Russia.  We viewed their grab on Ukraine’s beachfront property as good reason as any to endorse the conflict.  Burn in hell, Putin, you arrogant prick! That’s what you get for threatening our co-operative stakes in Asia and the oil markets!]

(APPLAUSE)

In Cuba, we are ending a policy…

(APPLAUSE)

…that was long past its expiration date.

(APPLAUSE)

When what you’re doing doesn’t work for 50 years, it’s time to try something new.

(APPLAUSE)

And our shift in Cuba policy has the potential to end a legacy of mistrust in our hemisphere and removes the phony excuse for restrictions in Cuba, stands up for democratic values and extends the hand of friendship to the Cuban people.

And this year, Congress should begin the work of ending the embargo.

TRANSLATION

[We came to cease strife w/ Cuba.  I think we had to admit their human rights record is about on par with our own, due to GITMO. So what’s the point of the stupid embargo anyway?] 

(APPLAUSE)

As — as his Holiness, Pope Francis, has said, diplomacy is the work of small steps. These small steps have added up to new hope for the future in Cuba.

And after years in prison, we are overjoyed that Alan Gross is back where he belongs…

(APPLAUSE)

Welcome home, Alan. We’re glad you’re here.

(APPLAUSE)

Our diplomacy is at work with respect to Iran, where, for the first time in a decade, we’ve halted the progress of its nuclear program and reduced its stockpile of nuclear material.

TRANSLATION 

[Diplomacy rules.  Iran has chosen trade over the nuclear option for the moment.]

Between now and this spring, we have a chance to negotiate a comprehensive agreement that prevents a nuclear-armed Iran, secures America and our allies, including Israel, while avoiding yet another Middle East conflict.

TRANSLATION

[Between now and spring, I willl introduce a foreign policy and national security agenda with enough sponsored force to subdue the rest of American liberty conventions on the back of doing something we probably can’t do; which is stop nuclear development in Iran forever.  Isreal will continue to twist our balls and we will continue to make high pitched noise in the direction of Iran.]

There’re no guarantees that negotiations will succeed, and I keep all options on the table to prevent a nuclear Iran. But new sanctions passed by this Congress at this moment in time will all but guarantee that diplomacy fails, alienating America from its allies, making it harder to maintain sanctions and ensuring that Iran starts up its nuclear program again. It doesn’t make sense. That is why I will veto any new sanctions bill that threatens to undo this progress.

TRANSLATION

[There’s no guarantees this will get through, but we must be out there making noises.  At least new sanctions on the table will delay the enormous pain to our private parts.  I will veto anything that puts this deference tactic at risk.]
(APPLAUSE)
The American people expect us to only go to war as a last resort, and I intend to stay true to that wisdom.

TRANSLATION
[The war has finally paid off the large resort investors.  We can relax now.]
Third, we’re looking beyond the issues that have consumed us in the past to shape the coming century.

TRANSLATION 

[We’re using the largesse afforded to us by trillions of debt to keep malleable the confines of tomorrow.]
No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade

secrets, or invade the privacy of American families, especially our kids.

TRANSLATION 

[We intend to outflank or assimilate the network capability of any foreign nation, using any hacker to sustain our economic espionage and the invasion of privacy of American families, not withstanding the kids. Sorry.]
(APPLAUSE)
But we are making sure our government integrates intelligence to combat cyber threats, just as we have done to combat terrorism. And tonight, I urge this Congress to finally pass the legislation we need to better meet the evolving threat of cyber-attacks, combat identity theft, and protect our children’s information. That should be a bipartisan effort.

TRANSLATION

[To combat cyberthreats & terrorism we have simply integrated the two to receive the same treatment under the law. If we can rely on Congress to respond to the success of  post 9-11 threat-leverage, we can continue to collect dragnet surveillance and sponsor our own terror acts using the reach of normal cyber criminals afflicting the marketplace.  That should get bipartisan approval.]
(APPLAUSE)
You know, if we don’t act, we’ll leave our nation and our economy vulnerable. If we do, we can continue to protect the technologies that have unleashed untold opportunities for people around the globe.

In West Africa, our troops, our scientists, our doctors, our nurses and healthcare workers are rolling back Ebola, saving countless lives and stopping the spread of disease.

(APPLAUSE)

I could not be prouder of them, and I thank this Congress for your bipartisan support of their efforts.

But the job is not yet done, and the world needs to use this lesson to build a more effective global effort to prevent the spread of future pandemics, invest in smart development and eradicate extreme poverty.

In the Asia Pacific, we are modernizing alliances while making sure that other nations play by the rules in how they trade, how they resolve maritime disputes, how they participate in meeting common international challenges like nonproliferation and disaster relief.

TRANSLATION 

[I was astonished that Congress acted in congenial interest to a global healthcare threat. Perhaps the shiftless can be motivated afterall.

Since death and pandemic destruction is so useful to unify the work of the Congress, we will use that motivation to invest in a more globalized reach for universal health determinations.  Using a platform of pandemic treatment access we will leverage economic deprivation and plague threats to get the pivot direction we want from Asia.]

And no challenge, no challenge, poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.

(APPLAUSE)

2014 was the planet’s warmest year on record.

Now, one year doesn’t make a trend, but this does: 14 of the 15 warmest years on record have all fallen in the first 15 years of this century.

I’ve heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they’re not scientists, that we don’t have enough information to act. Well, I’m not a scientist either. But you know what? I know a lot of really good scientists at NASA and at NOAA and at our major universities, and the best scientists in the world are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate, and if we don’t act forcefully, we’ll continue to see rising oceans, longer, hotter heat waves, dangerous droughts and floods, and massive disruptions that can trigger greater migration and conflict and hunger around the globe. The Pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security. We should act like it.

TRANSLATION 

[I’ve heard members of the DOE and congressional environmental caucuses dodge the evidence saying science is no reason to influence public policy.  While I am not a man of science, the ones consulting the administration indicate our actions influence public policy.  As a matter of the universal force of our negligence, we’ll continue to see rising oceans, longer, hotter heat waves, dangerous droughts and floods, and massive disruptions that can trigger greater migration and conflict and hunger around the globe.  The Pentagon thinks its a readymade crisis we can capitalize upon.]

(APPLAUSE)

That’s why, over the past six years, we’ve done more than ever to combat climate change, from the way we produce energy, to the way we use it. That’s why we’ve set aside more public lands and waters than any administration in history. And that’s why I will not let this Congress endanger the health of our children by turning back the clock on our efforts. I am determined to make sure American leadership drives international action.

TRANSLATION

[That’s why over the last six years we’ve hemmed & hawed over climate change due to the way we poduce energy and use it.  That’s why we’ve been more flexible with the use of public lands and waters than any other administration in history. That’s why I will not work with Congress to do anything more than finish the Healthcare website. I am determined to show those public workers who’s the boss!] 

(APPLAUSE)
In Beijing, we made a historic announcement: the United States will double the pace at which we cut carbon pollution, and China committed, for the first time, to limiting their emissions. And because the world’s two largest economies came together, other nations are now stepping up, and offering hope that, this year, the world will finally reach an agreement to protect the one planet we’ve got.

TRANSLATION

[China seems to be competetive with us as carbon polluters.  We are in a race to beat regulators on a compromise on pollutant practices.  We know where they get their oil [Russia]. So we are working on a plan to turn down the tap.] 

And There’s one last pillar of our leadership, and that’s the example of our values.

[WHITE NOISE INTERRUPTION]

As Americans, we respect human dignity, even when we’re threatened, which is why I’ve prohibited torture, and worked to make sure our use of new technology like drones is properly constrained.

TRANSLATION 

[As Americans we are always threatened.  Torture is prohibited on lawful documents we let you see due to FOIA.  Legal process has not caught up with drone technology, our caucuses will continue foot dragging until the public ties our hands over foreign and domestic practices {both torture & drone use}.]

(APPLAUSE)

It’s why we speak out against the deplorable anti-Semitism that has resurfaced in certain parts of the world.

TRANSLATION

[Isreal has us currently by the balls and we must move in the direction in which they are twisted.  Just understand there is some resistance over this. We do not like it. It is very unpleasant.]

(APPLAUSE)
It’s why we continue to reject offensive stereotypes of Muslims, the vast majority of whom share our commitment to peace. That’s why we defend free speech and advocate for political prisoners and condemn the persecution of women or religious minorities or people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

We do these things not only because they are the right thing to do…
TRANSLATION

[It’s why we continue to target Muslim communities for religious and ethnic profiling. We are unsure they share our committment to unilateral economic sabotage of markets & currencies independent of our dominance.  So we will stand aside and allow the supression of investigative foreign reporting, the persecution of women, religious minorities and LGBT in other nations.]

[That’s the way it is.] 
(APPLAUSE)

… but because ultimately, they make us safer.

TRANSLATION: [..because it keeps the winners we pick safe from the rest of you.]

(APPLAUSE)

As Americans, we have a profound commitment to justice. So it makes no sense to spend $3 million per prisoner to keep open a prison that the world condemns and terrorists use to recruit.

TRANSLATION

[The American justice system has been compromised. We will continue to develop and sustain an efficient public-private prison system to house miscreant journalists, migrant slaves, systemic resisters and FBI informants turned over for processing.  The world condemns us.]

(APPLAUSE)

Since I’ve been president, we’ve worked responsibly to cut the population of Gitmo in half. Now it is time to finish the job, and I will not relent in my determination to shut it down. It is not who we are.

[Pressures to concede to codes of legal conduct have been relentless.  We were forced to purge the GITMO facility of over half of it’s human stock for paralell human experimentation.  We are being compelled to release the remainder of uncharged prisoners under legal duress.  National Intelligence will not be criminalized for their roles until shut down is complete.  This is who we have become.]

(APPLAUSE)

It’s time to close Gitmo.

TRANSLATION 

[It’s time to close GITMO, but there are still barriers to shuttering bases of torture around the world because we need the data.]
(APPLAUSE)
As Americans, we cherish our civil liberties, and we need to uphold that commitment if we want maximum cooperation from other countries and industry in our fight against terrorist networks. So while some have moved on from the debates over our surveillance programs, I have not. As promised, our intelligence agencies have worked hard, with the recommendations of privacy advocates to increase transparency and build more safeguards against potential abuse.

TRANSLATION

[ It is not yet clear to me that Americans value their civil liberty.  Nevertheless we will impose contrary virtues to those of our settled establishement on other nations to terrorize their networks.  While many have been brow beaten into submission and jailed over national security leaks, I retain my freedom.  As we have done in the past, our Intelligence apertures will continue to pave over the reccommendations of privacy advocates and eliminate civilian human rights conventions to perfect the potential for abuse at our discretion.] 

And next month, we’ll issue a report on how we’re keeping our promise to keep our country safe while strengthening privacy.

TRANSLATION 

[And in February, we will have the data if the successive global shakedown is really worth all the trouble to inform on the US taxpayer.]  

Looking to the future instead of the past, making sure we match our power with diplomacy and use force wisely. Building coalitions to meet new challenges and opportunities. Leading always with the example of our values. That’s what makes us exceptional. That’s what keeps us strong. And that’s why we have to keep striving to hold ourselves to the highest of standards: our own.

[WHITE NOISE]

You know, just over a decade ago, I gave a speech in Boston where I said there wasn’t a liberal America, or a conservative America; a black America or a white America, but a United States of America.

I said this because I had seen it in my own life, in a nation that gave someone like me a chance; because I grew up in Hawaii, a melting pot of races and customs; because I made Illinois my home, a state of small towns, rich farmland, and one of the world’s great cities; a microcosm of the country where Democrats and Republicans and Independents, good people of every ethnicity and every faith, share certain bedrock values.

Over the past six years, the pundits have pointed out more than once that my presidency hasn’t delivered on this vision. How ironic, they say, that our politics seems more divided than ever. It’s held up as proof not just of my own flaws, of which there are many, but also as proof that the vision itself is misguided, naive, that there are too many people in this town who actually benefit from partisanship and gridlock for us to ever do anything about it.

TRANSLATION 

[Rudimentary commissions from team playing in Congress has kept us all employed as public officials, regardless of the people who seated us here.  So as as long as its working out, let’s keep it going.]

I know how tempting such cynicism may be. But I still think the cynics are wrong.

I still believe that we are one people. I still believe that together…

(APPLAUSE)

…we can do great things, even when the odds are long.

TRANSLATION 

[The cynics have got us one the run, but retain some optimism for the totality of our momentum.]

(APPLAUSE)

I believe this because over and over in my six years in office, I have seen America at its best. I’ve seen the hopeful faces of young graduates from New York to California; and our newest officers at West Point, Annapolis, Colorado Springs, and New London. I’ve mourned with grieving families in Tucson and Newtown; in Boston, and West Texas, and West Virginia. I’ve watched Americans beat back adversity from the Gulf Coast to the Great Plains; from Midwest assembly lines to the Mid-Atlantic seaboard.

I’ve seen something like gay marriage go from a wedge issue used to drive us apart to a story of freedom across our country, a civil right now legal…

(APPLAUSE)

…in states that seven in ten Americans call home.

TRANSLATION

[I’d like to thank the Americans who sponsored Air Force One’s travel accommodations on my speaking circuits. NOW AT LEAST SOME GAY FOLKS CAN GET TO THE ALTAR! CAN I GET AN AMEN IN HERE?]

(APPLAUSE)

So I know the good, and optimistic, and big-hearted generosity of the American people who, every day, live the idea that we are our brother’s keeper, and our sister’s keeper. And I know they expect those of us who serve here to set a better example.

So the question for those of us here tonight is how we, all of us, can better reflect America’s hopes. I’ve served in Congress with many of you. I know many of you well. There are a lot of good people here, on both sides of the aisle.

TRANSLATION 

[ As soon as they shut off this microphone, you fools know we are headed to the gridlock championship. GAME ON BITCHES.]

And many of you have told me that this isn’t what you signed up for — arguing past each other on cable shows, the constant fundraising, always looking over your shoulder at how the base will react to every decision.

Imagine if we broke out of these tired old patterns. Imagine if we did something different.

Understand, a better politics isn’t one where Democrats abandon their agenda or Republicans simply embrace mine; a better politics is one where we appeal to each other’s basic decency instead of our basest fears.

A better politics is one where we debate without demonizing each other, where we talk issues and values and principles and facts, rather than “gotcha” moments or trivial gaffes or fake controversies that have nothing to do with people’s daily lives.

TRANSLATION 

[ Yeah. I see you clapping and smiling now.  I’ve got some people waiting on you in the alley on the way out. I’M IN YOUR PHONES!  YOU CAN NEVER ESCAPE MEEEE!]

(APPLAUSE)

A politics…

(APPLAUSE)

A better politics is one where we spend less time drowning in dark money for ads that pull us into the gutter, and spend more time lifting young people up with a sense of purpose and possibility, asking them to join in the great mission of building America.

If we’re going to have arguments, let’s have arguments. But let’s make them debates worthy of this body and worthy of this country.

We still may not agree on a woman’s right to choose, but surely, we can agree it’s a good thing that teen pregnancies and abortions are nearing all-time lows, and that every woman should have access to the health care that she needs.

TRANSLATION

[Expectations and approval ratings are low for a reason. At the end of the day we can agree on one thing, sisters really *are* doing it for themselves.]

(APPLAUSE)

Yes, passions still fly on immigration, but surely we can all see something of ourselves in the striving young student, and agree that no one benefits when a hardworking mom is snatched from her child, and that it’s possible to shape a law that upholds our tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. I’ve talked to Republicans and Democrats about that. That’s something that we can share.

We may go at it in campaign season, but surely we can agree that the right to vote is sacred…

(APPLAUSE)

…that it’s being denied to too many; and that, on this 50th anniversary of the great march from Selma to Montgomery and the passage of the Voting Rights Act, we can come together, Democrats and Republicans, to make voting easier for every single American.

TRANSLATION 

[ We’re politicians. And I will still fight every one of you for 2 of those votes. I will over promise and under deliver every single time if I can get one moderate Republican to vote for my policies when its time to go to the polls. EVEN IF I AM NOT RUNNING. Did you hear me?]

(APPLAUSE)

We may have different takes on the events of Ferguson and New York. But surely we can understand a father who fears his son can’t walk home without being harassed. And surely we can understand the wife who won’t rest until the police officer she married walks through the front door at the end of his shift.

TRANSLATION 

[ You can disagree about the events at Ferguson. You can be sure of one thing, no one is safe while the cops are  militarized.]

(APPLAUSE)

And surely we can agree it’s a good thing that for the first time in 40 years, the crime rate and the incarceration rate have come down together, and use that as a starting point for Democrats and Republicans, community leaders and law enforcement, to reform America’s criminal justice system so that it protects and serves all of us.

TRANSLATION 

[The prisons are chock full of Americans and wannabe Americans.]

(APPLAUSE)

That’s a better politics. That’s how we start rebuilding trust. That’s how we move this country forward. That’s what the American people want. That’s what they deserve. I have no more campaigns to run. My only agenda…

(LAUGHTER)

(APPLAUSE)

I know, because I won both of them.

(APPLAUSE)

(LAUGHTER)

My only agenda for the next two years is the same as the one I’ve had since the day I swore an oath on the steps of this Capitol: to do what I believe is best for America.

If you share the broad vision I outlined tonight, I ask you to join me in the work at hand. If you disagree with parts of it, I hope you’ll at least work with me where you do agree.

TRANSLATION 

[ Agree or disagree, your cooperation is required to push back terms of an oath to the US Constitution. I will continue to for more of a global politic in spite of sovereign nationalists.  Your investment is mandatory at this time.]

Editor’s note:  I dedicate this satire piece to the staff at Charlie Hebdo and mundane American life for peaceful Muslims.  May the dignity of your every day life be restored to normal levels of organized chaos, including: billing, arguing with your staff attorney, sandwich orders, what kind of fabric to get for your nieces wedding invitations etc. etc.

PITTSBURGH – A man known only as, Mike, recruited three friends at close of business yesterday to launch a private security contracting company specialized to guard media companies deemed at risk for terrorist attacks.

The 32-year-old Pennsylvania native stated his reasons for developing the company were diverse.

“The reason you open any private security company is to provide specialty security services  in the marketplace.  The reason why I’m opening a private security company is to keep the National Security State from getting any ideas about planting martial forces inside places who make the funnies I read,” said Mike.

Mike expressed further concerns about the proliferation of TSA reaching into people’s pants, DHS running X-ray vans into schools & neighborhoods, CIA abuses and NSA mass surveillance.

“The way I see it, these National Security guys can’t get anything right these days. I wouldn’t let them hold my wife’s handbag.  I know local businessmen have the right to defend themselves with a revolver from the local reprobates. Those frenchies couldn’t do that. If you’ve ever watched these news nerds working, they don’t look up from their computers. They don’t wear guns. They need security!”

The burgeoning security contractor hopes to approach a variety of media clients who have been threatened by what Mike calls, “deranged cult members bent on killing members of the media.”  He hopes to fill a need where he believes government security priorities might not act or abuse their role with the media.

“Yeah, terrorists seem to only become terrorists after they’ve killed a few people and been arrested, but not before,” says Mike.

Phil McWonkerstein, a former CUNY professor and private National Security data analyst, affirmed this trend. After wiping beads of threat-sweat from his balding head, he indicated while FBI and other National Security agencies possess the data on the movements of known terrorists, and everyone else in the known world with a mobile device, their priorities have been a successive let down. This was attributed to FBI attempts to recruit & develop homegrown terrorists themselves to maintain informant quotas and the Obama administration’s shortsighted work to arm unstable rebels in transient Middle Eastern conflicts.

“Mike has a great idea for a marketable enterprise. He could save a lot of lives, of not just satire cartoonists. Legitimate media members need security support from crazed Islamic State fundamentalist cult members who we armed six months ago in Syria.. now! It’s sad that we stand to manufacture domestic terrorists in order to scrub up a budget to fight them. Before ISIL, fundamentalists coudn’t get here on their own dime. They’re proven to kill western journalists.

It’s a really dangerous time to be a journalist. Hey, remember that Rolling Stone journalist who “wrecked” his car after sending DoD Chief Alexander’s career up the river? He could have used an extra pair of eyes to watch out for him.”

Mike’s business, who is in process of being registered tomorrow, has yet to release a formal name.  That hasn’t stopped him from staffing up and looking for customers.

“We’ve got plenty of great, amped people coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan who, frankly, are still looking to fight terrorists. Let’s get them on the payroll and keep National  Security out of the media business. We got this.”

Mike will be primarily advertising on radio to reach his target talent pool. According to Mike, “None of them read the actual newspapers, but they will look at the funnies!”

At the close of the interview, Mike offered this news agency his services for a reduced introductory rate.

After showing our editor a critical cartoon of ISIL Islamic leader we ran after last year’s beheadings, Mike was given a spontaneous closed-door appointment.  No further details were available at press time about the close of a security contract bid.

Lessons filed between the plant world and the Twitterverse

I have a neighborhood. In that neighborhood, I found a live oak plant growing from an old dead stump at the beginning of the Summer. I also found a strange blight around the base of some of the leaves. I knew it was a problem for the plant. I did nothing because I did nothing. I forgot and thought about what to do and did nothing. I knew one day cedar oil would kill the blight. I forgot about the plant. I walked by the plant maybe another 20 times this Summer while it grew and grew and suffered with the blight. Amid my many forgettings the plant continued to grow and suffer with the blight. I continued to know what to do and did nothing.

One day this Summer I was given a tomato plant free of charge when I took in my aloe plants for diagnoses at the local nursery. Just because I have plants does not mean I always know what to do and when to do it and how to do it. I knew something was wrong with my aloes. I took them to the nursery. My aloes are doing much better today due to heeding the nursery’s good advice. As a result of the visit, I was given an organic tomato plant. The nursery believed that I cared about my plants and would care about this plant.

I planted the tomato plant in my neighbors back yard. She is an elderly single woman who lives alone. The gardener cleared out all of the weeds leaving her backyard garden area with nothing much to look at except dirt and shrubs. She gave welcoming consent to plant the tomato vine there. I planted the vine and left it to God’s caretaking over several weeks.

I checked on the plant periodically. I came back this week to find the plant had dropped a tomato, lost a tomato, grew a foot and had contracted the nasty blight I had recognized from the live oak. I created a cedar oil medicine to kill the blight and added it to a spray bottle. I pruned away dying leaves and treated the tomato plant. I then took the small tomato fruit and presented it to my neighbor as a gift. She accepted the gift.

I asked her if she wanted to look after the plant with some cedar oil because it had contracted a blight. She declined, adding that she was a retired master gardener and that she no longer wanted the responsibility. I replied saying that perhaps it was time to receive fruits from gardens she did not cultivate. She asked me if I wanted to share the tomato with her. I also declined. We traded gracious smiles and ended the conversation on the acknowledgement of a certain relationship to responsibility to community growth and community blight. Each of us were playing a respective role as Earth custodian.

As I had the medicine prepared, I decided to treat the small live oak; which had suffered with the blight all Summer. I hosed the resilient branches with the cedar solution. At that moment, it dawned on me that perhaps if I had cared for this plant the blight would not have spread to my tomato plant. On my walk back, I saw a gigantic Holly plant covered in the blight. Apparently, the blight did not discriminate between plant breeds. I sprayed the blighted tree in patches unsure of what good I might do because the Holly tree had quite a prolific blight affliction. I sprayed the tree and evaluated the difference between a healthy leaf and the blighted ones. It was a matter to consider in context of accountability, labor and the magnitude of a treatment job. I was inadequate to the task, but I also did far more than others.

As I walked back, the words of my boyfriend rang in my skull like a gong, “There’s a point where this stuff does not take care of you. You need to take care of yourself.” Of course, he wasn’t talking about these neighborhood plants. He was talking about my first-responder method of jumping into media activism and other grasping conflicts.

Of course, this week it was the conflagration of the Ferguson drama of excessive force, media manipulation and the arbitrary detention of reporters. The week before that was the transition shader moving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to one of genocidal mania. All the while, the American foreign policy snake is coming full circle to chomp on its own rattler of a return to war in Iraq. I did not watch Jim Foley’s snuff film because it was a snuff film. The deaths of NASCAR drivers, comedians, unarmed black children and journalists seem to float on media streams like some notion understood; all is not okay in the world.

A SIMPLE CONVERSATION

At times in my life, I too have been scared and bullied by incompetent and murderous idiots. I know the American military does not feel normal or safe unless they are nearby. They cannot be sustained without them. To be temporarily frightened from your wits is not a crime. However, if a gun is pointed at you, try to stay in the moment.

It concerns the result of a simple conversation.

“I CAN KILL YOU RIGHT NOW!” says idiot with a gun.

“Yes. Yes, you can, but no one is asking you to do that,” says the smart man with a desire to live.

If the idiot doesn’t really have a plan, you usually remain alive. Don’t dare bait your luck because an angry idiot will shoot you. They just need an instruction. Be nice to the guy with the gun. It’s a way to survive. If you can’t say anything nice, don’t speak.

My government does the work of terrorists for them. Next-gen warthogs demand applause for sitting around in US military combat surplus hand-me-downs, just like the snuff producers at ISIL productions. They both want my fear because they don’t have my interest at heart. If you take the surplus away they will still be what they are. They just won’t present a wrecking ball to the peace and civility of their hometowns.

I’m not a very malleable asset for US militarized interests. I am not terrified by actual terrorists. The terrorists have failed miserably in that department. So there is no sense of interest. I won’t beg to go to war. So instead of conceding to attrition, they want to stoke endless conflicts against the consent of people like me. They threaten to label me, another American, a terrorist for not agreeing with their war inflated wallets and the mass surveillance.

This nation state is in a fragile place of hysterical acceptance. We live in a global totalitarian regime emerging from a cocoon of sleepy “freedom” rhetoric. Extreme statists are happy: someone is in charge, the no’s are absolute, all the decisions are made for them and they are okay with the results so long as they are infantilized by the State. Anarchists are happy because the small window is finally open for them to make their ivory tower point; that all government leads to mass dysfunction or slavery. This happens before they set sail as pirate mercantilists in the black market. Partisans are happy because the chaos will legitmize craven street fights for power in previously rhetorical for-and-against pluralistic conflicts. The angels and demons of global special interests and non-profits are losing their minds because they are sliding straight down the 90-degree angles and can’t pull each other down quick enough. Gangs and the mentally ill are having fun watching it. Normal people, heads up or heads down, still have to go get the groceries, get the kids to bed and pay the bills on time to keep the lights on. It’s all some version of doing what we already do but in a state of world hemorrhaging dysphoria.

I’m someone who is not unlike others who understand when the need for help exceeds both the capacity and the ability to care for the surge of those needs. What it requires is often not what I render. There are plenty of people who don’t have the instincts I do. There are plenty of people who have better instincts than I do, who choose to do nothing. I have also proven I am able to do nothing and be uninvested. Yet, if I do nothing it does not help and the suffering continues. Criticism is survivable. To live with the fact I did nothing when help was needed, is not a life lived well. So I choose to help anyway. Not because of a generic moralistic quell or dogmatic reflexive religious creed; which are both fine as moral motivations to do justice. I help because I prefer the situation bettered and believe I can make it so by taking action.

In such a time, we have to accept one thing at a time, choosing the fights carefully. For instance, the blight was there. It spread  from the wind and some misunderstanding of a relationship to responsibility or neglect. Treating the blight took me 20 minutes. It didn’t hurt me. I helped the plants get well with tree medicine. I am okay. In fact, I learned more from plant care than I did from hundreds of hours of media consumption over the same time span. Let’s compare the lessons learned from two productive yields of community involvement.

Here’s what I learned from plant care.

I think about those trees and the growing things. Children and people are like growing things. They continue to grow. They continue to suffer unless you help them and make them better. Get help when you run into problems. Take good advice. If a blight crops up, don’t ignore it. If you know what to do, find some time to make things better. Present the fruit of your doings to elders, whose lives rely on what God grows for them at this point in their lives. They can share what they know if you have time. Take some responsibility on if it won’t kill you. Do something about the blights in your life or they will spread big.

Here’s what I learned from the Twitterverse.

There is confirmation of what I already know. There is false advertising in government packaging. I’m not alone in being a non-consensual constituent to unelected governance. The lights are coming on in all the darkened little houses online. US military presence is not on the scene to protect your Bill of Rights. We are not in agreement about what to do about it. I am only one of many grown from families coerced with militarized thinking and militarized force as “THE ONLY WAY”. US militarization is not the only way to make life worthwhile in America. To assert your interests encourages other’s hearts & minds.

Here are some thoughts of my own.

Be nice to yourself and others. You can help someone see things differently. Sometimes all you need is someone to show you what’s right in front of you as a kindness. We are all in some strange sense exactly where we need to be. Take good care of yourself to be force of responsible good in the world. You can balance the fulcrum so you and others are okay.

It is simple but not easy to balance the fulcrum to “okay”.