Saturday, December 29, 2012

Happiness is a Warm Gun (bang, bang, shoot, shoot.......)

  "Happiness is a Warm Gun" from "Seekthestrainge.com 

"Happiness is a Warm Gun" from "Seekthestrange.com   

In 1967 John Lennon pinned a song that became a rock and roll classic -  released in 1968, as a part of the double album, "The Beatles," commonly known as "The White Album," came the words in all the Doo Wop splendor the Beatles could muster...
Happiness is a warm gun ( bang bang shoot shoot )
Happiness is a warm gun, yes it is (bang bang shoot shoot)
When I hold you in my arms (oh yes)
When I feel my finger on your trigger (oh yes)
I know nobody can do me no harm
Because happiness is a warm gun, momma 
Happiness is a warm gun -Yes it is.
Happiness is a warm, yes it is... Gun! 
Well don't ya know that happiness is a warm gun, momma? (yeah) 
Happiness (bang bang shoot shoot) 
Well don't you know that happiness (happiness) is a warm gun, (is a warm gun, yeah).
Now many people love to throw this song away as the rambling love song to shooting smack but John Lennon didn't like rig works.  As a needle-phobe, he snorted H.

John Lennon discussed the song in multiple interviews from 1968 to 1980 ....

From his 1971 interview with Jann Wenner, "Rolling Stone".
“Happiness is a Warm Gun” is a nice song. Oh, I like that one of my best, I had forgotten about that. Oh, I love it. I think it’s a beautiful song. I like all the different things that are happening in it. Like “God,” I had put together some three sections of different songs, it was meant to be— it seemed to run through all the different kinds of rock music. 
It wasn’t about “H” at all. “Lucy In The Sky” with diamonds which I swear to God, or swear to Mao, or to anybody you like, I had no idea spelled L.S.D.— and “Happiness”— George Martin had a book on guns which he had told me about— I can’t remember— or I think he showed me a cover of a magazine that said “Happiness Is A Warm Gun.” It was a gun magazine, that’s it: I read it, thought it was a fantastic, insane thing to say. A warm gun means that you just shot something.
Rolling Stone issues # 74 & 75  (21 Jan & 4 Feb, 1971) John Lennon: The Rolling Stone Interview by founding editor Jann S. Wenner Part One: The Working Class Hero Part Two: Life With The Lions

The song title came from a gun magazine title read in America...An article with  the banner headline "Happiness is a Warm Gun".

I would LOVE to be able to verify this story just one more time but , unfortunately John Lennon, author, song-writer, singer, musician, father, husband, activist, human, met his unseemly and untimely death at the hands of a "deranged" American with an easy-to-obtain hand gun.

I am sure many  question Lennon's story.  I mean, really, how believable is it that any publication would actually publish a story with the headline, "Happiness is a Warm Gun."  He must have been lying, right?

My husband (sometimes known as Rock Cosmos) - besides being one of the more peaceful, loving and cosmic touched individuals I have had the honor of meeting - is a gun owner.

In fact, he owns 2 hand guns -  Secured and locked away; not within 100 feet of a bullet unless and until he is at a range, fully protected and assured to be out of "range" of others.  They are used solely for the purpose of target practice.

Rock holds no silly delusions of needing them for "protection" or  because they are his "right" to own.   They are a tool - albeit, a dangerous tool but no more than a tool - that he has the "privilege" of using for the purpose of skill.  As one ages, one's skills soften and eye hand coordination is often lost.  Target practice is one way to help maintain that  skill - for the Rock, it becomes the Zen...a meditation.  One centers ones mind, body and being in order to make a single shot into a dot.   No pretense of needing or even desiring concealed carry; no collecting or hoarding; no delusions of grandeur - no swagger; no ignorant rhetoric.

When he purchased his first gun, he got on the "list" for the NRA and for, what appears to be, every gun manufacturer and promoter on the planet - Robocalls at every election asking for contributions and support of only GOP candidates supporting "conservative" and  "family" values;  Calls and literature for campaigns to fight  "Obama's attempt to take away our guns;"  Calls from the NRA directly (or representatives thereof, usually little old ladies calling to discuss the evils of the leftist attempts to destroy our Constitution);  Calls from the Tea Party in Texas (love those)  trying to gain support for "True the Vote;"  Brochures, letters, mailers cards of all types advertising grips to ammo to accessories;  Letters, mailers, cards, applications, promotions for every gun show, gun expo, hunting promotion,  and gun/arms institution on the planet - even holiday cards from the NRA..

Yesterday,  Rock received the following in a letter offering him a Holiday "gift"..A subscription to "Guns Magazine" for only $9.98.  It appears the rhetoric of gun magazine publications has not changed since 1967...
"WARNING: Reading GUNS magazine regularly may cause your guns to speak."

"WARNING: Reading GUNS magazine regularly may cause your guns to speak." 

The full text:
Sometimes, some guns speak to us. I've heard it many times. There is an ephemeral connection that can't be explained scientifically.  No one else can hear it, but it is there.  For a gun to speak to someone the listener has to be true "gun people."  People who use guns just as a tool don't hear them speak.  I'd venture most hunters don't hear guns speak.  A gun that's stored away in a closet for all but a week or two a year doesn't talk to its owner, nor does one that sits in a night stand drawer for home defense purposes.  Guns only speak to avid shooters.
 I was visiting with a reader at a match not long ago, but deep in my brain I mush have heard, "Hey you. Look over here."  When I swiveled my head to the right about 20 yards away my eyes spotted a Lone Star Rifle Company reproduction Rolling Block .45-70  with color case hardened action and beautiful wood complete with checkering.  There was a "For Sale" sign on it   I said to the reader, "Hold that thought."  One look at the rifle and its price tag was enough.  I slapped the owner with the money so hard it almost bowled him over.  While I was shelling out the greenbacks I could here that rifle whispering.  "Atta-boy big guy!  You and me are going to win some matches together."
What I determined is some guns come and some guns go.  Many may not even be remembered   But when one speaks I listen.
I do note that the author of this little piece has little knowledge of punctuation, spelling or homonyms,  leading me to deduce that, either, writing is not his  forte, or, he is a post-Reagan era graduate from an American institution of "higher learning."   The writing speaks to the same insanity, expressed in that title read by John Lennon, inspiring  his song title and lyric in 1967 ....

(As a side, Rock says his guns never speak to him,  don't sing and definitely don't hum.)

The scary part, for me, is that there are people who buy this crap - who live and breathe this crap.  Who buy the magazines, the look, the spiel, the swagger and the belief their guns talk to them;  That a gun needs to be loved and caressed  and carried; That they need to be "protected" by it though it is no "protection"; That they have to "defend" themselves yet there is no enemy other than the one they create in their head or the few who may push others into becoming a threat by their attitude, anger and anti-social acting out;  That a gun is their right - and not just one but entire arsenals.

And "Guns Magazine" promotes a culture of fascination with things that kill...

"Gun Magazine"  "Gun of the Month Giveaway" for March 2012 - was an Adcor Defensee Semi-automatic .223/5.56 mm with a capacity of 30. a 34.5-38.25" 7.6 lb rifle with scope, body armor, binoculars, bi-pod and 9 3/4" knife...all for that lucky winner!

"Gun Magazine" "Gun of the Month Giveaway"  for March 2012 - was an Adcor Defensee Semi-automatic .223/5.56 mm with a capacity of 30. a 34.5-38.25" 7.6 lb rifle with scope, body armor, binoculars, bi-pod and 9 3/4" knife...all for that lucky winner!

Well, Mr. Lennon...You nailed it well in 1967...  

In the US, for many, the delusion of  happiness is promoted by the insanity espoused by the "Guns Magazine" publishers, the LaPierres, the Hestons (as in Charlton) and the makers of those WMDs all playing to the depravity of a society's underbelly.

Their marketing works for the immature and the willfully ignorant; the ideologue and the alienated grasping for anything to gain some illusion of control and power.  They encourage the zeitgeist of fear and impotence by offering up a poor substitute then encourage its use as a defense against imaginary "others".....

Ideologues united under a bloody banner of exceptionalism that we, as a nation, have embraced.


Besides "Guns Magazine," we have a few others of note - specifically promoted on the internet by Ammoland.....

Sunday, December 23, 2012

May the Light Within You Shine With-Out

The Kwan Yin...Blessed Mother, protector and holder of the lotus
Kuan Yin, Quan'Am (Vietnam), Kannon (Japan), and Kanin (Bali), She is the embodiment of compassionate loving kindness. As the Bodhisattva of Compassion, She hears the cries of all beings. Quan Yin enjoys a strong resonance with the Christian Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and the Tibetan goddess Tara.

Born of a ray of pure white light............................

When I was a small child, I had vivid dreams.  Whenever I was ill, or scared or in need, I would dream imagery so powerful that it either made those feelings more horrific or soothed me to a calm. 
When I was a child - alienated and lost, I would dream of a hand that held a flower and from that flower a beautiful woman sat peacefully. 

That image stayed with me now for over 50 years and  has always, ALWAYS, been my image for peace and ease.  She protected me, taught me, led me - this being, I imagined, sitting on my head or on my heart or on my shoulder to speak to me and tell me the truth behind those with whom I interacted. 

When I was a child, I was honored to live and visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum and felt drawn, always to the temple within and a statue of a woman sitting on a rock.  I would sit at her feet staring up at the mother, the priestess, the goddess with peace and beauty within.  As I grew older and hung at Volker Fountain with the alienated of Kansas City, I would visit the statue whenever possible and sit at her feet - it was not until I was in my mid-teens that I read the words that held nothing of the beauty I saw, the peace I felt, but the name struck and stuck.....Guanyin .

Guanyin of the Southern Sea (Nanhai Guanyin), 11th-12th century Liao Dynasty (907-1125). Wood with multiple layers of paint. Height: 95 inches (241.3 cm). Purchase: Nelson Trust,
The Nelson-Atkins Museum

Guanyin (Chinese: 觀音; pinyin: guān yīn; Wade-Giles: kuan-yin) is the bodhisattva associated with compassion as venerated by East Asian Buddhists, usually as a female. Guanyin is short for Guanshi'yin (觀世音, pinyin: guānshì yīn, Wade-Giles: kuan-shih yin) which means "Observing the Sounds (or Cries) of the World".

Now to be sure, I call myself of no religion - I am no Christian or any other of the Book; I am no Hindu, no Buddhist, no Taoist...

For all those have become too rigid for my child-like being.  I tend to go with Universal Pantheist when asked though it does not begin to describe the light within that reflects the light of all the cosmos. 

The Kuan, Kwan, Quan is always within and with - out.  She has "got my back" and is "on my back" (usually when I lose my way)

My hope for all during this time of death to life, rebirth and renewal - the Solstice and Saturnalia, Sanheim and every other name thrown on that time of year when we become so dark but, hopefully, move towards the light, is to touch that light within and bring it forth to shine - the brilliance of the Cosmos

Merry Christmas, Happy Solstice

And Hope for the NEW Year

I bow to your true self and to the light of the Cosmos within and with-out us all....


Sunday, December 16, 2012

"A Message For Humanity" - Party at Ground Zero Part Deux (or part "DUH")

Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin - actor, writer, producer, comedian, and genius - was run out of the US with accusations of  "being a Communist"  1950's.

He was a rich man, a man with a popular international  voice,  and a threat for his political stance - he stood on the left in an era that brought a drunken  paranoid,  named McCarthy, into power creating HUAC (House Unamerican Activites Committee) and the persecution of anyone from Unionizers to Socialists; from Jew to European under the guise of catching "Communists".

One of the most powerful pieces of Chaplin's Career was "The Great Dictator " -  released in 1940, the comedy-drama film was one of Chaplin's first "talking" films (though "Talkies" were released with the creation of 'The Jazz Singer" in 1927 and became popular in the 1930's, Chaplin continued the "silent" medium for his work until 1940).

As star, writer, producer, composer and director of the film, Chaplin made the film a powerful political statement on the times -  Europe's WWII and the fascism of  Mussolini, Hitler and Franco.  

Enough said on the history of the man, for his genius and his words carry across the generations - his message never more powerful, poignant and cutting than it is today...........

The following film is Chaplin doing The Little Dictator's speech from his film.  The video contains the imagery of today with Chaplin's powerful message.

As we head out of 2012 – after a year that brought a divisive political season and slaughters in movie theaters, houses of worship and of babies in a grade school; After screeching rhetoric, criminal acts of betrayal to the people of America by politicians and major corporations,  and the corporatization of our former Democratic Republic, I will end on a note of hope.  The hope that, if we are willing, if we take the initiative and seize our power, we can effect change – For that change must come if we ever are to be truly free.

Party at Ground Zero - ”A Message for All Humanity”…………………………

Special thanks and SOLIDARITY!   Global Citizen's United (and Samantha Appleseed)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

OK - Is it time YET? Can we FINALLY discuss Guns?

("Money"........ Pink Floyd's 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon. Written by Roger Waters, Money lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group)

With the horrific news feeding from Connecticut, I have to ask...IS it finally time to talk about what no one is willing to discuss?

There is NO reason for manufacturer's in this nation to be making millions of dollars off the slaughter of children; no reason for a gun show to be allowed to sell anything they want to anyone, no questions asked; no reason for an organization like the NRA to exist.

The gun and munitions manufacturers of this nation and other nations are pouring every kind of munition they can create on the streets of the US. 
The guns found in the possession of the man who committed the murders in Connecticut - Glock and a Sig Sauer, both pistols, and a .223-caliber Bushmaster rifle (like that shown above)

There are very few laws on the books to control the flood and those that are on the books, are made with loopholes so big, an armored vehicle could drive through.  In most states, gun shows are permitted "free for alls":

Plop down the money and buy nearly anything without so much as a glance up. Who cares if you are another OKC bomber wanna-be, crazed anti-politico who wants to shoot up the parking lot of a local grocery or a college kid gone mad deciding he needs to be the latest master villain to take out a movie theater, right? 

Coming from Colorado (hey, we excel in mass murders - from Columbine to Aurora)  where one has an immediate check at a gun shop (and even that does not account for all those criminal actions committed by individuals who got records "expunged" ) but NOT at a gun show (and let's not forget internet sales - the guy who slaughtered in Aurora bought from shows and internet for an arsenal of guns, ammunition and bomb-making materials with instructions). 

I don't blame it all on the immature, the personality challenged and the paranoid ideologues.  I can lay blame on the dealers and on the manufacturers of guns...............


..................that can be changed into an automatic human killing machine with huge clips after a changed screw or simple spring to be obscene (and instructions on how to do so actually given out at gun shows)  - Guns that have no use but mass killing of humans; weapons for no purpose other than ultimate destruction; munitions so powerful that it can disfigure anyone in a radius of 10 feet have NO purpose except to slaughter and play to the anti-social paranoia promoted by those who make money off the slaughter and fear.  

It is all about the money - blood, death and destruction pays very well 

"Money, it's a hit
Don't give me that
Do goody good bullshit "

("Money"........ Pink Floyd's 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon. Written by Roger Waters, Money lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group)

The fear mongering mixed with promoted childish testosteroned genital replacement, on top of outright hate,  encouraged by the NRA and their owners is psychopathic - and it sells. 

FEAR begets fear and it soon begets violence.

AND THAT is what the NRA and manufacturers count on.................

"Hu Huh! I was in the right!"
"Yes, absolutely in the right!"
"I certainly was in the right!"
"You was definitely in the right. That geezer was cruising for a bruising!"
"Why does anyone do anything?"
"I don't know, I was really drunk at the time!"
"I was just telling him, he couldn't get into number 2. He was asking
Why he wasn't coming up on freely, after I was yelling and
Screaming and telling him why he wasn't coming up on freely.
It came as a heavy blow, but we sorted the matter out"
("Money"........ Pink Floyd's 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon. Written by Roger Waters, Money lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Party at Ground Zero – This is The End (Gonna Party Like it’s 2012…Mayan Calendar Style)

From the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City
Maya mask
OK…Are you ready for it?

End of the world – all comin’ fast.

You have 17 more shopping days until the whole thing is gone…

Did you hear?

Of COURSE you heard!

The Mayan Calendar says the whole planet is gonna be destroyed December 21, 2012….
(or not......)  

From the Dresden Codex 
(not really from Dresden - stolen and put in Dresden
 and not really "The Codex" but part of one of three known 
and one of hundreds originally
...until the Spanish went on their book burning tour)

In the typical American Capitalist media mode – no wing nutty, psychotic-deluded conspiracy theory is too inane for this form of over-the-top “journalistic” prostitution. The people who brought Sarah Palin to TV and  old-fashioned polygamy to prime-time   made wealthy stars out of over-achieving octamoms and made up, blatant, dumbed down bullshit to spin as history to the masses, now  brings us the perpetual whine of destruction.

Or, at least, that is the “spin” promoted on the Discovery Family of channels from History to H2 to Discovery to Science ... Besides the wingnuttery of "Doomsday Bunkers" ..(bringing fame to paranoid narcissists and ideologues in a Discovery vs Murdock competition against like-minded "Doomsday Preppers") and the schlock history of "Ancient Aliens", we have "Nostradamus Decoded", "Nostradamus 2012", "The Lost Book of Nostradamus", "Nostradamus", "Nostradamus Chronicles", "Doomsday Prophets", "The Nostradamus Files", "The Nostradamus Effect", "Exploring Nostradamus", "Nostradamus , "The History Channel : Apocalypse the Book of Revelation", "Armageddon Exploring the Doomsday Myth", "Doomsday 2012 : The End of the World", "The History Channel End of Days Prophecy","Countdown to Apocalypse (a multi-part series on the Mayan Calendar, the Doomsday prophecies, Armageddon and the bible.....)

Never one to be outdone, Rupert adds "Countdown to Apocalypse" (run Sunday night on NatGeo opposite The History Channel's "Countdown to Armageddon"), then "Evacuate Earth" as he led into the Monday night extravaganza round-down of back to back Doom and Gloomsday of "Doomsday: Book of Revelations", "The Mayan Apocalypse 2012", rinse, repeat, rinse, repeat with more and more doom and destruction from outside, inside, and all around.........

ALL cashing in big (hey...A Holiday special!  You can buy any and all the DVDs and Videos for 1/2 price through Christmas!! Better hurry...I am sure the sale will be void after Doomsday, December 21, 2012, when the "Mayan's predict :the destruction of the planet"  Or not).

Production upon production; Rehashed; Reorganized: Cut and pasted: and re-edited ruminations repeated, re-run and rotated through the Discovery and NewsCorp “family” of networks.

Documentaries, “docu-dramas”, movies, “specials”, promoted and hyped; repeated and re-regurgitated, in film and in print; pulling experts (or hucksters promoted as experts) mixed with bona fide educators and just a smattering of science in a way only those media moguls dare to do –

One hour, two hours, three hours or sequentially run hour after hour............

The Mayans and their Calendar and Codices (with the obligatory nods to Nostradamus and the Hopi “Blue Star”); Nostradamus (with obligatory nods to the Hopi “Blue Star” and the Mayan calendar), then the Hopi “Blue Star” Prophecy (with obligatory nods to the Mayan Calendar and Codices and Nostradamus) are trotted out interspersed with more on the Apocalypse, end of times discussion in the bible and predictions made on mass extinctions by comets, asteroids, Planet X OR Super Volcanoes, Mega-Quakes, Super Tsunami and ALL with obligatory nods to Nostradamus and the Hopi "Blue Star”, the Mayan Calendar….
Well, you get the picture…

Fear sells as does Magical Thinking – religions, fantasy based ideologies and just plain social psychosis.....

The Black and White - Fear vs Faith - Us vs Them split seems to be growing and those media capitalists will shamelessly...gleefully take advantage of the zeitgeist and wring it for every penny.

 Looking for the Party?

There is, most definitely, a search for the party happening...Where, when, what - how do I get there ( hire a limo, a cab, a Hansom?  Appoint a designated driver?)?

What to wear and who else has been invited?

One wonders just how many people are taking this seriously and looking for the party.....

Outside Denver, we have the Surefire Community 

From their website:

Our Communities

Surefire Living provides your family a safe and effective place one community at a time. We are currently reserving space for our East Coast location, Rocky Mountain Location and private Co Op locations Nationwide. Contact us today for a consult We offer
  • Natural and Man-Made Structures that are secure and fortified
  • Highly trained security defense teams in place 24-7
  • Healthy food, greenhouses, livestock, and protected water
  • Personal food storage and medical supplies customized for your needs
  • Medical facility with medical professionals, to include Doctors with surgical experience, Midwives, Dentist, and related medical staff
  • Schools, church, employment, and good times
  • Free training for firearm, survival and self-reliance training, before threats or alerts have taken place
  • Protection from Nuclear war, economic disaster/collapse, solar flares, geomagnetic storms, EMP/HEMP related threats/attacks, volcanic ash, natural events, and super cell storms
  • Surefire is equipped with multiple alternative locations, fully stocked and equipped in case of a threat/attack
  • Members are allowed to use cabins for vacations

There is no other secure community that can ensure your family's protection, good health, while supporting personal and spiritual growth…

Listen to one of our Podcast on National Prep Station
And a second  page from their website:

Surefire Living Lottery of Fate...

Surefire living is holding a lottery for 100 special families and kids who live on the streets. This is a very special lottery and incredible opportunity.

We will be hand selecting families (up to 100 families per community) that have a burning desire and are seeking a special place like Surefire community. All applicants will summit a written or video essay telling us about them and their family. We want everyone to feel that they have a chance, because they do. Each essay will be reviewed, pondered and prayed about. Those that are meant to be selected will be. This is a Lottery of FATE... Lottery opened May 1st, 2012, will end Dec 20th, 2012

Enter the lottery of Fate NOW!

They actually are merging the Mayan Calendar delusion with a smattering of Black Hole freak out and Imaginary Planet (Nibiru) -anxiety (as a side - we were to have collided November 21, 2012...OOPS.  Guess they got that wrong, too).
Then there is Utah (always good isolationist  desert madness in Deseret):
The Preparedness Pro all sounds innocuous enough until one reads in... Need a Bunker?   As reported in Boing-Boing and the Huffington Post, this little starter unit, outside Orem, is perfect for the coming Apocalypse... set to protect and if it doesn't work, go Guerrilla Al-Qaeda style within the nearby caves... Your own country and no Gub'mint interference to bother you!  And its all BLM - Bureau of Land Management -  land (guess the owner didn't quite think that through)
But for the  epitome of Doomsday Prepper Capitalism meets Doomsday paranoia....

Vivos - "It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark"

Production and development now in  three areas of the US (Indiana, Nebraska, and "The Rockies")  and home based in Del Mar, CA  - Where the Surfers, wealthy developers, Bing Crosby's horse racing and the "beautiful people"  join in what was once a quaint beach community  (Only a l little over 4100 people live in that eroded beach community).  A town who has its own history of hucksters from major psychic hotline scams to large coke dealers to investment scams (J David and the Golden Girl, the former mayor of Del Mar, with her buddy Roger Hedgecock, then mayor of San Diego and now RWNJ media darlin', scammed and Ponzied their way into conviction back in the 80's) - Yes, where the "turf meets the surf at old Del Mar"


But those Bunkers aren't in quaint downtown Del Mar....

Originally, one had to go to Barstow - hot, desert, and deserted Barstow, where Robert Vicino (the "founding father" of Terra Vivos) started digging

The World’s First Everything-Proof Underground Luxury Community (only $5000 down)
Then moved it to the three new locations.

Looks like a great opportunity - And he promises to protect the lucky members from all the apocalyptic disasters - Bio-War, anarchy and terrorism to super Tsunamis, super volcanoes, earthquakes, Nibiru or Planet X, comet collisions, the shifting of the poles and electro-magnetic pulse and destruction, solar flares.... 

"The Thirteenth Bak'tun" 
will be finished (on) Four Ahaw, 
the Third of K'ank'in. ? will occur. (It will be)
the descent(?) of the Nine Support (?) God(s) to the ?." have to be in the select group chosen from member/applicants...

Sure, sign up for "free", then they go through each applicant to cull the lucky mark:
"The Vivos Selection Committee evaluates each member applicant's profile for determination and candidacy of their membership. Vivos then looks for those individuals who may best contribute to each Vivos shelter community, for the greatest chance of long-term survival of the entire group. Each candidate is reviewed based upon a number of criteria and psychographic information, including: their profession, education, expertise, skills, benefit to the Vivos community, proximity to a Vivos location, current health, and desired family or group ownership. Vivos then selects certain candidates and extends them an invitation to purchase an interest in a specific Vivos shelter closest to their home area. Those candidates are then provided the Vivos reservation agreement to make a reservation for one or more co-ownership interests in a Vivos shelter. Due to the cohabitation of owners, a rigorous screening process is necessary, however, discrimination of any sort is not be allowed or tolerated, nor a means of qualification, including that based on age, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, national origin or sexual orientation."
Only $35,000 per person in Nebraska; $50,000 in Indiana and $35,000 per child; and the Rockies....
General member co-ownership is priced at $35,000 per personPrivate Suites for 4 people at $85,000 per person, complete with all food, fuel, clothing, water, medical facilities, supplies, furnishings, and of course security systems.  There is no comparison of a hardened and virtually indestructible Vivos shelter to the flimsy fiberglass, retrofitted "drain pipe" and "container" storm shelters now being sold to unwary buyers.  Those structures are NOT built to withstand the predicted catastrophic forces that Vivos is prepared for.
CHEAP!  And, your money won't be worth anything anyway.  Robert Vicino says so! What a nice guy to take it all off your hands!

Of course, one wonders what Robert will do with all those worthless pieces of paper after the planetary destruction....

Guys, guys, the Mayan Calendar does not predict the "end of the world" or the "end of time", it is the end of a cycle and it starts another...JUST like we consider the end of an era, an end of any historic period...a change from one to another.

A 26,000 year cycle - using astronomy and mathematics (I know, how could these ignorant savages know this without alien help, right).  They tracked patterns in the sky and used it to predict eclipses, weather and seasons.  They calculated the orbit of the planet and the relationships to celestial bodies.  Their mathematics rivaled ours.......

They were writing on paper before Europeans knew how to make it.

By the time the Europeans found them, their great civilization was in decline.

If one read actual scientific research, anthropological studies of the people or even spoke to Mayan descendants - yep,  there are REAL Mayans among us -  one would understand that the meaning is not for destruction but, to many of the people, it means a realization for many ...TO realize...

In fact, take a trip to Antigua, where many Mayan descendants live and one might be shocked to find out that many probably don't know what the fuck, the December 2012 Mayan Prophecy is all about...More crazy Americans and Europeans.

If one learns anything from the Mayans, it could be that all great civilizations peak then decline - like the Greeks, the Romans, the Egyptians, the Persians, the Babylonians, the Phoenicians, the Ottomans, the French, the Dutch, the Spanish, the British, The Mayans and the Americans.

War and over consumption; hubris and greed...Their fate was assured.

The "End of the World" - It is all part of the zeitgeist now.

After years of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (that came shortly after the war in VietNam that came shortly after the war in Korea and WWII which was just an extension of WWI), brought about with the zeal of a mad hatter and his joker nightmare called Cheney - they used propaganda (that good old Neo-Con "Noble Lie and Pious Fool" philosophy) that created fear of anyone brown, middle eastern and Muslim.

Islamophobia has become so prevalent, its time to add it to the DSM V.

There appears to be a constant imagined threat of the destruction of the US from the outside that it is tearing her apart from the inside.

This is not a recent thing but it appears to be rising, full throttle, to a crescendo and that awareness is being played upon by those Media Whores...

 Party at Ground Zero - Surprise, you were already here! (or "Oh that magic feeling...nowhere to go")

It is written in a Christian book of stories,  that a man called Yehoshua or Yosua  (or Jesus or Emmanuel to many) said, "............The kingdom of heaven is at hand....."

It is said that, the Buddha stated that he had "gained" nothing from his "enlightenment".....since his "enlightenment" was  realized, not attained. (There we are again.. "to realize")

Fritz Perls, unwitting and unwilling "Guru" of the "60's Counterculture" stated there is no past, there is no future...all there is is the "Here and Now"

Teachers and prophets; philosophers and wise ones throughout the history of humanity that have all said the same or very similar things.

The kingdom  of heaven is at hand; can be realized; and can only be in the Here and Now.
That state of grace; that universal comprehension and all knowing One enveloped in peace and tranquility is only here and not there, only now and not then...

No Black and White, No Fear vs Faith; No us vs them... That all melts away - there is no "Black" for that is the absorption of all color.  There is no "White" for that is the reflection of all color; there is no "Us" and there is no "Them" for "WE" are all the One (All together now) - to understand this is to eliminate all fear and to create only faith in "We" the One. 

"My God, She's Full of Stars"
Celeste 2012

So, from the Cosmic Surfer and her friends - LIVE like it's 2012, Realize, BE...for tomorrow may never come and if it does, you can do it all again, for tomorrow may never come......

Saturday, November 17, 2012

"Remember Remember the 6th of November" - Thanking Anonymous for helping to save the people's voice

As reported on Wonkette, yesterday, November 16, 2012, and picked up by Thom Hartmann on air, the story of Karl Rove and his perpetual Rat-Fucking machine is one that should go down in history.

At least, the day the "Rat-Fucker"  (That is Rove's term as described from his youthful days at the knee of Mentor Donald Segretti , working for CREEP, gaming and manipulating the election to get Nixon re-elected in 1972)  got it turned back on him and was made to eat the criminal act he was trying to commit. Stealing the vote...again.

Watching the behavior of Karl on FOX, election night, one is left with a sense that there was more to it than the over-zealous belief that Romney had a chance to win with the people.  That Rove was actually waiting for the "tide to turn" in Ohio and the 11th hour full "Hail Mary" to pull Romney's ass out of the fire.  He acted like he was the proverbial "cat who caught the canary" - He just "KNEW" it was a sure thing; a done deal; a win for Romney...

Forget reality; Forget that Romney held nothing but palpable and blatant disdain for everyone not him - from young to old, poor and middle class; red, yellow, black and brown; Immigrant to natural born citizen....

Forget that Romney insulted large swaths of the populace with every speech and  nearly every act - Attacking the 47%, attacking women's rights; promoting war and blood shed; promising huge bucks to the Military Industrial Complex and to his crony capitalist rapists on Wall Street; Forget the lies and twisted joke of the GOP Convention;  forget that Romney was a proven incompetent boob - Rove just KNEW that the people were going to sing for Romney in a "big surprise" election turn.

Millions of dollars spent with Karl  as chosen leader, throwing money around, buying up time, space and internet troll - buying anything that wasn't nailed down.  Promises to donors of a "sure thing"; even allowing Romney to walk out on election night without considering the need for a concession speech. Fireworks at the ready, party band playing and tuning up for "Hail to the Chief ; The Red, The White Horse,  and The Blue all at the "ready" and the shot just about to be squeezed off - The GOP's shot at the heart of any remaining belief in the soul of the American people.

WHO the FUCK does that?

In the past 3 elections, the data used to predict a winner has been shown faulty. There was a time when  "exit polls" (taken on the ground with interviews of actual voters as they LEAVE the polls) have always, always predicted outcome. In 2000 and 2004, they proved to be faulty.

New questions arose on just what could predict an election since all predictions were turned into "a failure to read the people"  Bush loss, but he "won".

It was chalked up to the genius of "Bush's Brain" - Karl Rove....but was it genius?

In the book, " Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power", written by Craig Unger, the author discusses Karl's fall from grace in 2007, when he was nearly indicted and pushed from the White House into, what some believed,  to be a life-time ban from politics but he came back with the installment of the Citizen's United decision by Bush's Supreme Court and with the ability to pull big donations and support from the most avid and powerful monsters infesting the top "1%" - the wealthiest  of the nation.   Rove's ground game of money and power is outlined there but it isn't just money and Citizen's United....

In an interview with "Harper's", September, 3, 2012, Mr. Unger was asked about the book including the section on a  little company called "SmarTech"  and Mr. Rove's connections.

From that interview and article:
 A large part of your book focuses on a computer-services company, based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, called SmarTech. You note that after SmarTech began serving Ohio’s electoral returns at 11:14 p.m. on election night in 2004, inexplicable anomalies began to flood the vote totals—all of which favored George W. Bush. The company also appears repeatedly in your book as the inner sanctum of G.O.P. voting-technology strategies, and as the host of servers on which Karl Rove’s mysteriously vanishing emails were stored. Yet when you asked Rove about SmarTech, he insisted he “had no idea who it was.” What do you think of Rove’s denial, and why do you devote so much of your book to the company?

When I repeated the question to Rove, his response morphed into a classic Watergate-like non-denial denial in which he claimed to be “so many layers removed” from such operations that he didn’t “recall” the company. Whatever the state of his memory, Rove’s relationship to SmarTech is emblematic of how he operates: with no fingerprints, via entities that serve his interests in extraordinary ways even though he has no visible ties to them.

This company went through a bankruptcy, changes in ownership, and several different names before emerging as SmarTech. But much of its initial funding came through Mercer Reynolds and Bill DeWitt, who were important to George W. Bush’s personal and political finances. They bailed him out of financial trouble in the oil industry. DeWitt provided the entrée for Bush to invest in the Texas Rangers baseball team—the most lucrative deal of his life. And Reynolds raised well over $200 million for the party in 2004. After its birth as a start-up typical of the late Nineties dotcom boom, the company was transformed, thanks to Reynolds and DeWitt, into a political operation serving the Republican Party, the Bushes, and dozens of conservative groups.

In other words, Rove says he’s never heard of a company that was started by key backers and that hosted websites for George W. Bush, the Bush–Cheney transition team, dozens of prominent Republican politicians and political action committees, the Republican National Committee—and even Rove’s own emails.

As to its importance, there’s no reason why conservative groups should not have sophisticated technology. But SmarTech has done much more than that. Through one of its clients, GovTech, SmarTech hosted sites for the House Judiciary Committee, the House Intelligence Committee, and other nonpartisan governmental agencies. An important firewall had been breached—a highly partisan Republican company had gained sensitive information regarding the electoral process and national security.

This conflict of interest was most evident when SmarTech became the “failover” site for Ohio’s returns in 2004. The anomalous returns that came in after SmarTech’s servers kicked in have never been explained, and have fueled suspicions that the election was stolen. Americans deserve a full explanation, but key information has repeatedly vanished. Ultimately, a key potential witness, Mike Connell, died in a solo plane crash.

Finally, there are the missing emails. When White House staffers write emails as part of their work for the president, those emails are subject to the Presidential Records Act. Legally, they belong to the public at large, not to the president or his staffers. But Rove and more than eighty other White House staffers had their emails hosted on a Republican National Committee account that resided on SmarTech servers. Those emails triggered interest among investigators probing both the Valerie Plame affair and the U.S. attorneys scandal, but it later emerged that more than 5 million related emails had mysteriously gone missing. Later, in 2009, it was announced that as many as 22 million emails had been deleted. I wouldn’t be surprised if they contained some of the greatest secrets of the Bush-Cheney-Rove years, but I fear we will never find them.

The proverbial smoking gun?

Karl had his Supreme Court, next came the House of Representatives - taken in 2010 with the assist of the Koch boys and their controlled and funded marketing team, the Tea Party, -  with the election of some of the most inbred and insane paranoid  "Right-ists,"  I have seen in my nearly 60 year lifetime.  We found Louis "The  Muslim Brotherhood has taken over the WH" Gohmert, Michelle "God told me to run for president" Bachmann (retaining her seat and getting more insane with every passing second), Joe Walsh, Rand Paul, Mike "I don't know whether Barack Obama was born in the United States of America. I don't know that. But I do know this, that in his heart,  He's not an American. He's just not an American."  Coffman, Todd Akin, Allen West  and the rest of the virtual Holiday Fruit and Nut ring of the "Tea Party Caucus."

Over the past 2 years, Karl started pulling in money into his SuperPAC, running commercial spots and creating a convoluted macrame of donors and PAC funds - cross donating and laundering -  as he pushed an agenda  for control, of not just the House, but now setting his sites on the Senate and the White House - wanting to score the Trifecta of power over the United States and he would use anything...ANYTHING at his disposal.

Well it appears that some honest souls with a knack for code, found the synapse of  "Bush's Brain"

On October 22, 2012, Anonymous released the following message....

And on November 12th, the following letter was sent to the Velvet Revolution from “The Protectors,”...

So, Anonymous...WE the People owe you our gratitude,  Again, you have put yourself and your abilities on the line to assure the people  have a voice...

Whether we use it or not is for us to decide but helping us to keep the ability to make that decision is what you continue to protect.

Like you have done in Oakland, In NYC, in Washington and on Wall Street; In Poland; In Egypt and in Libya...Like you have done in Syria and NOW for the people of Gaza ..You prove to have our backs and for that I am truly, truly grateful.

Cross-Posted from FreakOutNation

Friday, November 2, 2012

More Romney Rubbish – One line at a time

If we needed more proof that Mitt is out of touch, his comments at a recent campaign event in Ohio will fill the bill.

On October 30, at what was billed to be a “storm relief event" in Kettering, Ohio, Mitt asserts he knows all about cleaning up after a record breaking hurricane in the Northeast as he compares the clean up and relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy to the clean  up of  a football field covered with “rubbish and paper goods” after the big game - just how could Mitt deal with such a horrific challenge?
“The person who was responsible for organizing the effort said, 'Just line up along the yard lines,'" the candidate said. "'You go between the goal line and the 10-yard line. And the next person, between 10 and 20, and then just walk through and do your lane. And if everybody cleans their line, why, we’ll be able to get the job done.'"

Really, Mitt?  I mean REALLY, MITT?

******Of course, I guess he forgot all about the football field clean up story the next time he was confronted with a football field left in a mess.  The Land O’Lakes’ football field in Florida which the campaign rented for a rally.  His campaign left it in a mess and even damaged the goal posts - to the off key tune of $34,000 in damage....but I digress

Our story of Mitt and the Kettering event doesn't stop there.

The event was hurriedly changed to a  “storm relief” event, and attendees were asked to bring non-perishable foods and other items for those affected by the storm.

The press was treated to a visual of long white tables to one side of  James S. Trent Arena.  All piled with flashlights, batteries, diapers, toothbrushes, mini-deodorants, fleece blankets, cereal, toilet paper and canned goods.

Great, right?

As reported by Buzzfeed and picked up by Rachel Maddow, "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell and  ThinkProgress, the event was not exactly as it appeared to be.

Some of those "donations" were, in part, not donations from attendees but part of the  props.

$5,000 in Romney "$bucks$" and a local Wal-Mart

As reported by Buzzfeed:

The plan was for supporters to bring hurricane relief supplies to the event and then deliver the bags of canned goods, packages of diapers, and cases of water bottles to the candidate, who would be perched behind a table along with a slew of volunteers and his Ohio right-hand man, Senator Rob Portman. To complete the project and photo op, Romney would lead his crew in carrying the goods out of the gymnasium and into the Penske rental truck parked outside.

But the last-minute nature of the call for donations left some in the campaign concerned that they would end up with an empty truck. So the night before the event, campaign aides went to a local Wal-Mart and spent $5,000 on granola bars, canned food, and diapers to put on display while they waited for donations to come in, according to one staffer. (The campaign confirmed that it "did donate supplies to the relief effort," but would not specify how much it spent.)
After Romney's speechifying with stories of football fields and experienced clean up, he went to shake some hands....

As reported by Buzzfeed:

As supporters lined up to greet the candidate, a young volunteer in a Romney/Ryan T-shirt stood near the tables, his hands cupped around his mouth, shouting, "You need a donation to get in line!"

Empty-handed supporters pled for entrance, with one woman asking, "What if we dropped off our donations up front?"

The volunteer gestured toward a pile of groceries conveniently stacked near the candidate. "Just grab something," he said.
Two teenage boys retrieved a jar of peanut butter each, and got in line. When it was their turn, they handed their "donations" to Romney. He took them, smiled, and offered an earnest "Thank you."

Yep, it appears part of the Romney Kettering event was staged to look like everyone brought donations; to appear that all  jumped in to pitch in --  in order to save the nation without FEMA, government or those pesky relief efforts that have saved millions of people (well, we won't count GW and Heckovajob Brownie" during Katrina or daddy Bush and Hurricane Andrew in 1992)

So, while President Obama spent the last few days actually BEING "presidential".  A Obama was doing his job - directing relief efforts, talking to governors and mayors, touring disaster zones, meeting with Governor Christie from New Jersey and speaking with the victims of  Hurricane Sandy's fury - we find Mitt, once again, proving all show and no substance....

More rubbish one line at a time.

Special thanks to YouTube's  SalonASW for posting the video.

Cross posted on  FreakOutNation

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

With the 2012 Election looming: The Question is - What is "Presidential"?

In the past few days, we have been treated to a litany of speeches and sound bytes... lies and gaffes but the image of president will all come down to one thing...

So just what is presidential?

That is the question we must ask ourselves.  What is a leader of this nation supposed to be?

One who spins bald faced lies and uses them repeatedly in commercials?


Even Chrysler calls Romney out on his outright lie as reported here.

OR is it someone like we see here? The candidate as President – cancelling speeches and appearances; stopping his campaigning in order to act. Who spends his remaining week before elections with the people.


Do we support the candidate Romney who refuses to answer for his statements on FEMA?  The one who sets up a "photo op" at the last minute with a quick "support" effort (supporting Romney's  "LOOK at ME!" "aren't-I-a-caring-humanitarian-afterall" effort) in Ohio?  A photo op hastily put together in an attempt to counter "Mitt the would-be FEMA destroyer" and to show Mitt as a "humanitarian".

Mitt even refuses to address his comments - his stance on dismantling FEMA the only program that actually organizes and offers immediate assistance for the people on a national scale.
OR do we support the candidate that works a time of crisis, so that even his greatest detractors give praise?


We can wrangle and kvetch, bluster and brag all we want - we can complain that we aren't pulling in big bucks after 4 years of trial with a tanked economy just barely...barely keeping its head above water with a Congress stacking the odds against the people.
BUT, for my money, I know who I would want covering my back.

It isn't the bravado and the nonsense;  It isn't someone who has no experience in national and international affairs ; it isn't the guy who flip-flops on every position and will say ANYTHING in order to get a vote; It isn't the guy that shouts fire in a theater (going to Ohio and claiming Chrysler is moving to China when the people are JUST starting to get a sense of security back).

As a screaming liberal and pragmatist, I have to say, that when it comes to decisive and humanitarian response;  When it comes to quick thinking and setting priorities for the people, there is only one candidate in the race and one candidate who is the clear choice.

I am throwing behind the guy who is "presidential".


cross posted from FreakOutNation

Monday, October 29, 2012

The GOP Clown Car isn't so funny (Just another day in Paradise)

"Let them eat cake!" Tour
brought to you by the 1% of the 1% who own their despicable asses...(Pluto, jump, can do it....JUMP!)

The GOP Clown Car - no breaks, no hands, no soul.............

And it will careen off the edge taking us (not just the US but the entirety of the planet's 1st and 2nd worlders) with it.

We have come way to close in the past but pulled back in the nick of time as 2 wheels went off the craggy cliff at the edge of the abyss.

Sadly, it appears too many of us still get our kicks with childish thrill-seeking - the Rosenbaumians, the anti-Keynsians, the short term-memoried, the logic challenged. That portion of America's underbelly that cares little for that which they refuse to acknowledge.

The fearful, the willfully ignorant and the conscience deprived - Today's GOP

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Romney spins the Neo-Con “Noble Lie”

"...those in power must invent noble lies and pious frauds to keep the people in the stupor for which they are supremely fit.." (Leo Strauss and the Grand Inquisitor by Shadia B. Drury)

As evidenced this week in the latest Romney lie made viral, Mitt Romney proves, again, to have no moral center nor respect for the American people. He proves, again, that the Neo-conservative method of gaining power is his campaign, He proves again he will stop at nothing - no lie too big, too small, too outrageous to be used in order to commit the on-going agenda to promote the plutocracy and destroy the middle class.

 From the video of his speech:

Mitt Romney Campaign Rally in Defiance, OH - October 25 2012 - The Big Lie - Chrysler Jeep moving to China - YouTube22
He gets handed a lie and runs with it then surrounds it with pandering bullshit ("There are good Democrats who love this country....."  implying that Obama is what? A "bad Democrat" that doesn't?), ruminating incoherency, and more spin than the front wheel of Lance Armstrong's bike.

 This isn't new for Mitt, nor for Paul Ryan, his boy toy running mate.  Romney was caught in the 2nd debate with his lie about Obama's comments on Benghazi....

Mitt, apparently, pays attention to talking points more than reality. In the Rose garden...


 and again in Golden, CO,  the following day...


While Ryan  offered  6 full bore whoppers during his address to the GOP body at the convention...


 From the ThinkProgress article:

  Here are the most glaring lies from his speech:

1. “A downgraded America.” Ryan blamed the president for the nation’s credit downgrade in August 2011 after Republicans threatened to allow the government to default on its debt for the first time in history. But the ratings agency explicitly blamed “Republicans saying that they refuse to accept any tax increases as part of a larger deal.”
2. “More debt than any other president before him, and more than all the troubled governments of Europe combined.” Romney has made the almost identical claim, that Obama has amassed more debt “as almost all of the other presidents combined.” But their math doesn’t add up: when Obama took office, the national debt was $10.626 trillion. It has increased to slightly above $15 trillion.

3. Shuttered General Motors plant is “one more broken promise.” Ryan described a GM plant that closed down in his hometown, Janesville, Wisconsin, and blamed Obama for breaking his promise to keep the plant open when he visited during his campaign. But Obama never made that promise, and the plant shut down in December 2008, before Obama even took office.

4. Obama “did exactly nothing” on Bowles-Simpson. Ryan said, “He created a bipartisan debt commission. They came back with an urgent report. He thanked them, sent them on their way, and then did exactly nothing.” In fact, Ryan was instrumental in sabotaging the commission, leading the other House Republicans in voting against the plan.

5. “$716 billion, funneled out of Medicare by President Obama.” Ryan’s favorite lie is a deliberate distortion of Obamacare’s savings from eliminating inefficiencies. Furthermore, Ryan’s own plan for Medicare includes these savings. Romney has vowed to restore these cuts, which would render the trust fund insolvent 8 years ahead of schedule.

6. “The greatest of all responsibilities is that of the strong to protect the weak.” Ryan closed the speech with an invocation of social responsibility, saying, “The truest measure of any society is how it treats those who cannot defend or care for themselves.” However, numerous clergy members have condemned Ryan’s budget plan as “cruel,” and “an immoral disaster” because of its devastating cuts in social programs the poor and sick rely on. Meanwhile, Ryan would give ultra-rich individuals and corporations $3 trillion in tax breaks.
Then there is the "binders full of women"  debacle as Romney tried, during the 2nd debate,  to spin the facts of MassGAP and the women's organizations that actually did all the leg work creating the binders that were to go to whomever won that gubernatorial election (the Huffington Post joined, The Washington Post as well as Salon in reporting the statements of MassGAP and the women who actually were involved in the real process of locating educated and qualified women for positions in the new administration - both before and after the election)...

The 20% across the board tax cut that now isn't...

The Obama cut production of oil lie...

I have to ask, are voters really buying this bullshit?  Apparently some are - those voters who imagine themselves to be in the magical 53% that Romney held out in his more than obvious contempt towards America.  They might be surprised to find out Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney care as much about them as the crap scraped off their shoes after walking through an Iowa stock barn....  Maybe less.

Mitt has been caught in lie after lie, rewriting history and  his positions, in every speech made, interview shown and all along the campaign trail.  Romney hasn't made a statement that he hasn't changed; seen a fact that he hasn't ignored nor heard a lie that he doesn't promote.  To be honest, I suspect it isn't all Mitt. he just isn't that smart but he does have his advisers from the Bush neo-conning years.

Sadly, critical thinking seems to get lost while the appeal to hostility and fear  has become the prime objective.  In the media, on the stage or when given a venue of any kind,  Romney and Ryan, like Sarah Palin before them, and Bush and Cheney (with a Rove chaser) before them insure that  facts are ignored, history rewritten, lies promoted and frauds perpetrated ...

Whatever it takes to best scare the fuck out of people in order to gain and maintain power at all costs.

Because that, after all, is the goal of the "Noble Lie"