Fiscal Cliff

Doing Coast to Coast brought a lot of conservative readers to this blog. I want to clarify for you that I was raised in a conservative family, in a conservative neighborhood and I am married to a man whose parents are also conservatives. When I’m talking about Republicans I am not talking about people who are the voter class – I’m talking about the leadership class. It’s my experience that people are people and when given the hard truth do the right thing no matter what label they may take on when they go into a voting booth.

I know Republican voters believe in hard work and personal responsibility – so do liberal people – the big difference is liberal/progressives believe there are some people who can’t pull themselves up by their own bootstraps not because they are lazy, but because circumstances are too great and overwhelming to do so alone. I would really encourage everyone to watch the Ken Burns documentaries on PBS about the dust bowl. The dust bowl happened in a very maverick part of the country – where people believe in personal responsibility and were and still are very hard-working and believe in contributing to society. However the scope of the problem (and seriously just look at pictures and you’ll see how enormously devastating this ecological disaster was year after year for about a decade) was just too enormous for any one family no matter how big their extended family. It was as if every other day a major hurricane or tornado devastated the region – this went on for a decade. These dust storms were miles high and would drop 3 feet of earth over everything making all farming impossible. It was so enormous that the storms actually dropped earth from Kansas and Oklahoma in Washington DC and New York City. The government stepped in to save lives – children and elderly people were dying of “dust pneumonia.” The story is almost too much to bear but I suggest people take a look at this because the parallels of the Great Depression and our situation with the Great Recession are enormous.

So for those who think I want only blessings for people of like mind that is more than insulting it’s insane. However I am equally insulted when we have Republican politicians who want to take away benefits to Veterans, raise the age of social security, take money and medicare away from the elderly and make the middle class pay an extra 2000 a year in taxes when they are struggling like never before. All so the wealthy one percent (who pay less than anyone else in taxes) can keep their tax breaks. It’s disgusting.

The SIN of AVARICE and GREED are at the heart of these ideals. These are not Christian values and they are not Spiritual values which is why I am against them – that is why I take issue with these spiritual diseases that I see as eating away at the fabric of our world. These evils have somehow (in the past 30 or so years) turned from being society’s seeing Greed as despicable  and shameful to a virtue.

Well, I want to remind everyone GREED IS NOT A VIRTUE! In no religious text and on no spiritual path is GREED considered anything but one of the roots of EVIL  And what we have seen during the Bush jr. years was a ramping up of this disease to the point where we the average American tax payers are being asked to pick up the tab for the frat party on Wall Street. Lots of people got rich scamming the middle class and the poor. And now we are being asked AGAIN to pay for IT! TWICE – seriously how is that good for anyone? Except the shameful few.

So now onto my prediction about the fiscal cliff.  Democrats will stay firm and there will be a period of inaction until Republicans are forced to go ahead with the program. Republicans will come to realize if they stick to their guns there will be civil unrest and if they keep with their ridiculous “plans” they will not just be killing their future careers, but putting the nail in the coffin of their party for years to come. Which honestly I do not want to happen.

Democracy needs a viable two party system – but Republicans are making a huge mistake playing to the one percent and then using trickery to try and cover their tracks. The cat is out of the bag now and continuing on this path is suicidal for their party. This will have a long-term effect on the political system and will put them into the position of being a very small minority party for years to come. My compliment to them presently for at least honestly showing their hand instead of hiding behind the BS “Trickle Down Economics,” stuff. At least they are clearly showing that they have no compassion for people who were either born after 1960 or born into families without an express lane to Harvard or Yale.

The biggest disgrace in my opinion is starting two wars, destroying hundreds of thousands of lives, forever injuring those who served along with their families not to mention the highest cost – all the people who had to die for what? Both our troops and all the innocent civilians caught in the crossfire of the Bush/Cheney oil grab that turned into a reckless pointless war which the Bush/Cheney administration lied us into.

All of us whether we want to admit it or not actually rely on systems to help us evolve whether that is the family system, the educational system or in the worst case scenarios people who are forced to take help from the government. No one wants to be in that position despite the propaganda of “welfare queens,” welfare has been reformed so that people can’t stay on it for any length of time. Not to mention if you have ever known anyone who has had to take government assistance (which includes social security, disability, medicare, food stamps, unemployment) they do it because they need to generally they aren’t proud of it. Many people are embarrassed about having to use food stamps, or get help of any kind.

Everyone wants to be independent and we must remember that if we are to be a “Christian Nation,” as is the herald of the Republican party, then we must actually posses those Christian values. If you have any doubts about what they are just ask yourself, “Would Jesus walk past a poor distraught person without helping him? Would Jesus want to rob the poor to give to the wealthy?” No. That’s the answer. If you are a Christian I can’t see how the current Republican plutocratic platform in any way conforms to your values. Either the Republican leadership needs to change or those who are staying loyal to a party they once believed in need to take a closer look at what is actual and factual and see if it squares with their real values. I contend it does not.

I do not think that 98% of Republican voters would vote that way if all the facts were broken down without the incendiary rhetoric that is used to make the leadership appear to be in the same camp as the good people who vote for them.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Yule and anything and every other holiday I am forgetting or don’t know about – Have a great holiday season.

Many blessing to all,

Denise

Fiscal Cliff

BREAKING STORY: Proof of Voter Fraud Here in LA County

My husband went to vote today and found out he was sent an absentee ballot in the mail. We are registered Democrats. And of course I’m a political liberal who is also a psychic who runs this blog, as you all know.

Turns out we were both put down as absentee voters without our doing. I went through a pile of mail and found my ballot. I plan on taking it to the polling place and talking to them about this. I actually will take it up with the State government and the media who will do nothing about it. So I plan on taking video of poll workers and posting it on Youtube later if need be.

My husband was told that this had been happening all day – he wasn’t alone. Here in California it seems many of us Democrats were turned into absentee voters so our votes won’t be counted for another 8-10 days.

I saw some voter fraud in 2000 here in CA but nothing like this. I can’t believe the dirty tricks the Republicans have stooped, too. Why don’t they just have an open coup so we have a chance to fight them face to face? I know because they’re a bunch of old feeble Plutocrats.

This two faced sneaky slimy behavior is reprehensible. We are SUPPOSED TO BE A DEMOCRACY unless of course you’re a Democrat then you don’t count. In essence what the Republican party here in America has become is not just a facimile of Facism.

It is Fascism.

It is absolutely the merger of CORPORATE INTERESTS with the GOVERNMENT – google quotes about what Fascism means by way of the main dude Mussolini.

Are we on the verge of a revolution? Our forefathers gave us 2nd amendment rights in case a faction inside the government went rogue. Is that what our country is coming, too?

Perhaps all the psychics who saw Obama being murdered if he were elected last time around were seeing a metaphor. Perhaps he will be the last American president elected by the people. He is ruling over a divided nation just as Abraham Lincoln did, the division is the same with different details – it is a war of the wealthy on the poor and middle-class. The plutocrats are getting down and dirty to rape our country.

If I’m this outraged one can only imagine how bad it will get.

VOTE!!!!!!!!

Let’s start with that. It is imperative now! And those of you who don’t take part in the process – start! Because if this gets any further out of control we will see some real violence here at home.

Denise

BREAKING STORY: Proof of Voter Fraud Here in LA County

James Holmes Chart and Some Predictions

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Of course I don’t have his time of birth but I found the evil subhuman who murdered 12 innocent people and ruined about 70 people’s lives. Interesting there are more Sanitarians (and next their opposite Geminis) in jail than any other sign. This is saying a lot as Sagittarius is the luckiest sign in the zodiac so if one gets caught they have probably been on a dark path for a very long time – this is both their curse and their “luck.” And it is often why you will find Sanitarians to be the most skeptical of all signs because they are sort of ignored by the Universe in a way, like children who act out for attention from their parents – Sags will do this but get no supernatural or divine intervention. This is because it is their lesson in this life to do good without being forced or coerced into doing it like many of us are. There are many amazing and truly angelic and great Sanitarians – those who channel their gifts in beautiful ways that make this world a better place. Nothing in a chart will make someone a killer or evil – it wil only reveal what sort of evil they will do if they choose that path. Our free will is in how we utilize our gifts and limitations. Our fate is the road map that determines the guidelines and gifts which we are given. Somewhere between the two we live our lives.

Firstly I’d like to make the point that Holmes was NOT a GENIUS nor was he “brilliant” as I’ve heard him described. He was well educated and because of that probably had an above average intelligence. His mercury was conjunct the Sun which is thought to actually be both a sign of intelligence and ruination of intelligence – or being burned up by the sun. So while he may have been academically intelligent all other types of intelligence would have been limited especially emotional intelligence. He also had Uranus near his Saturn and Sun so while he could have potentially had a great career in research and new technology – even neuroscience and perhaps could have (if he had a different soul) developed that into genius – again it is close enough to the Sun to be considered ruined by Vedic astrology – meaning both Saturn and Uranus were afflicted by their proximity to the Sun.

With so much fire in his chart his internal desire was for ATTENTION. His Leo moon is often an indicator of someone with narcissistic tendencies especially in his case where it makes a GRAND FIRE TRINE to his Moon and his Jupiter. Grand fire trines are often seen in the charts of serial killers and mass murderers – they have such an intense desire to be noticed and admired that if this isn’t channeled into the arts in terms of performance it usually sours into a festering burning coal of hatred that consumes the person – they believe they are so special and can’t understand why no one else can see how awesome they are. He also has another deadly give away that he’d one day go into murdering for attention Mars conjunct Pluto in Scorpio – both are made more intense by their connection to one another and of course Pluto is at home in Scorpio. He held a grudge – forever – and violence was his only way to be important, have power over other people and take out his anger on “the world” which didn’t acknowledge his specialness.

So much fire in a chart can be very destructive unless properly channeled. The fact that he had so much Sagittarius in his chart and didn’t go to Yale, Harvard, Berkley, Oxford or some other extraordinary school (or into the military where his desire to be a warrior could have been channeled positively) shows that he worked hard to do well in his academics, he was fond of research and being in his own world.

This guy has very few hard aspects – meaning his life was generally much easier than the average person which is part of the reason he never learned compassion. His biggest issue was his inability to connect with women and having a strange fantasy based relationship with them in general which led to disappointment when he had to deal with real women because as it turned out they were human too, not something he was interested in. His family was very likely pretty normal. His mother and father got along. He may have had an odd relationship with his sister or a rivalry with her (or some other important long term female in his life) but that’s about as bad as it would have gotten for this kid who had everything available to him. His biggest misfortune was entering the job market during a depression. And of course someone as amazing as he was (in his mind) was completely humiliated by actually having to work a regular old job at a fast food joint.

I heard one survivor say they felt sorry for Holmes. I do not. I would caution anyone to do so. This is not a person who had a terrible life – this is someone with an average life and who was gifted with many opportunities – things didin’t work out how he expected (wah-wah, everyone has this happen to them and they don’t murder people because of it) and he killed innocent people because he is a vein, idiotic narcissist.

One thing I have found when working on cases of serial killers and people of this guys ilke are how very different they are than one would expect. One would expect an intense passion – intense hatred or anger or something, but interestingly they have none of that – they are like robots. They are cold – calculated and in fact hard to track because they leave no emotion behind to follow which is why I have to go through the victim to find them. They feel nothing for anyone other than themselves. They are wired in a way were they have absolutely no ability to feel for anyone but themselves. I would say they probably don’t really even have a clue what love is – even for their own families, no matter how much love they were given – the closest thing to it would be attachment.

They are remarkable only in that they manage to pass as “normal.” Truly they are anything, but normal. The reason they are so unmemorable and make no connections with other human beings is because they don’t have the same internal emotional life that other human beings do. They are often described as mousy, unremarkable, almost invisible.

However they do seem to want to be worshipped and in control – have power over other people which is confounding when one considers the contradiction there is in not caring for anyone other than the self and yet desiring acceptance, adulation, attention and love from other people.

I have to note here what many astrologers have pointed out – the grand trine and it’s relationship to criminal behavior. I have seen this myself. And full disclosure I also have a grand trine but it is in water and part of a kite formation. Grand trines are a gift of ease from past lives however their negative side (and this is a big negative) is that energy circulates like a needle on a record player that wears a groove in the soul of the person. It’s not easy for people with grand trines to get out of the mindset, the feeling, the thought process or the rage they maybe experiencing. From my research almost all the criminals with grand trines had them in either fire or air, sometimes earth but I haven’t come across any in water – that’s because a person with a grand water trine is more likely to kill himself (Kurt Cobain had this configuration) than someone else. It’s common for people who have a grand water trine to have an overabundance of compassion, psychic ability and sensitivity. Grand water trines are often  (in my experience) seen in people who are exceptionally psychic or exceptionally creative or both. This is the only real exception to the grand trine that I’ve noticed and it was easy for me to do research on this because I was born during a period of about three months when three major planets aligned in a grand water trine – along with Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, myself, a fellow gifted psychic (the best I ever trained and good enough to have become a celebrity if she had wished) she was also a musician and visual artist like myself. She also had a lot of emotional problems and suffered from depression. These are just a handful of those who I’ve seen with the grand water trine – and always it is highly creative at the very least and most dangerous to the person who has it not to others.

But back to Holmes – his chart reads like a very one dimensional person. There wasn’t much to this guy which is perhaps why he had no interior emotional life, no friends, and nothing much to give the world except a reminder of a sick culture built on narcissism and a desire to be famous for 15 minutes even if that means killing to get the fix.

Ironically a recent fictional piece I’d written and registered had a drop out medical student as a serial killer. Within a month of writing the piece I also met a woman who fit the description of the lead character (half-African American and a Jewish mother.) Her father was actually from the same city I mentioned in the piece. In the story she uses an “Ordinary Superhero” as cover for her work fighting the demonic. The drop out doctor was actually possessed by a demon – from looking at pictures of Holmes I am pretty sure he was possessed by a demonic force as well.

And even though I am not a member of any organized religion I do believe there is evil in this world. I am not of the opinion that everything is love and light. I do believe we are in a fight now – a fight for the earth – for humanity’s evolution and against the darkness. This is the very reason I want to train people to utilize their own psychic abilities for good – sometimes we have to fight for the light we can’t just visualize it. If we could there would be no Hitler, no Stalin, no Darfur, no slaughter of the Native Americans, no Middle-Ages, no warlords and no war. Unfortunately, there is so much darkness and I have decided to stop reporting on the future outbreaks of it because by the time I see them they are trains that can not be stopped. I will only report those that have a chance of being turned around for the better.

It’s vitally important now that everyone work on being a light in this darkness. The more light we have the more assured we are of moving in the right direction – where we can come together and solve the bigger problems we face that threaten the future of our species.

Oh, and again 2012, December 21st – don’t sweat it.

I am very matter-of-fact and believe humanity is as good as it is evil.  Just want to throw that out there for those of you who want me to be all love and light. I’m not. I embrace the darkness within me so that I can face it and keep it at bay. I found that psychics who didn’t are often very passive aggressive and inaccurate. We, like the Universe we live in, are all things – the important part is that we choose to serve the greater good and be good people.

I want to give my condolences to everyone who went through that tragedy in Aurora  – not just the people who crossed over and their families. I literally feel your pain and am very distraught for all of you. May this tragedy be an incident not a defining moment and may GOD’s grace transition you from your grief, guilt, pain and anger toward your true mission on this earth. My heart and love goes out to you. You are in my prayers.

Many blessings,

Denise

James Holmes Chart and Some Predictions

OK, I had to cut out for a while to figure out this series of very disturbing information. I don’t like giving or being the bearer of bad news however the state of the world leaves me no choice.

Several weeks, perhaps a month now or more I was sitting at my computer writing at night when I saw (out of the corner of my eye a white ghostly being) I looked up at it. It was female. Her face was up against the glass of my living room window. She was all in white, with long white hair and the face of a skeleton. Yes, I was freaked out. I’ve grown accustomed to bizarre things, God knows I have seen and experienced first hand lots of very frightening and bizarre things (which is why I tell people being psychic is as much of a burden and a trauma as it is a “gift”) but this, I had never seen before. The only thing I could liken it to was, being in New Orleans a few months before Katrina (we went there because I told my husband it was going to be swept away by a hurricane) and seeing people walking around the city with skulls for heads. And when I would look at them and expect to have the illusion go away –  it wouldn’t. That and the overwhelming feeling of water rushing through there had me terrified. So I don’t take the skull face lightly. It is definitely a harbinger of death and why it came in the form of a female and was plastered to my window had me worried about my own family, etc.

I asked the spirit what she was about, why she had come (of course I didn’t invite her in for tea or anything. Most spirits can not get into my house due to the extensive psychic protection I do on a regular basis). She told me a few things that came true – negative things but it didn’t feel like everything. So within a few nights I had a dream about Mexico. Long story short I knew when I woke that they were in deep trouble – a major political event was going to be occurring and we were going to feel its effect, it would spill over in various ways across the boarder and potentially open up the gates to a number of things which you could imagine, famine, Al Queda and very evil people who are now doing very bad things down there.  I told an acquaintance of mine (who was from Mexico) about my dream of a revolution brewing down there and she confirmed she had heard this from people there. Of course here in the US we are not informed about anything going on past Angelina Jolie’s boobs, especially in Los Angeles.

I am worried that a nuke of some kind (maybe a dirty bomb) could be smuggled across the southern boarder, through the network of people hooked up to very dark things. I don’t want to get to specific because that isn’t what’s important and I feel it could endanger more people. The main thing is our government and we the people can’t take our eyes off of what is going on down there and we have to realize we are going to be dragged into their conflict if we ignore it. Enough said.  A few nights ago I saw a piece on the local news about a cult where they worshipped a female figure with a skull head – Santa Muerta – she is what I saw. I had no knowledge of this cult or even her existence until the experience followed by the news story a few days later.

Here’s a link I found about her once I found out who she was and it made too much sense: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Muerte

Sorry to deliver such scary news but I felt I was given it to pass it along as best I could. Pray for humanity, pray for our evolvement and pray for the earth. We need to get on the right path and save ourselves soon or things will get much worse in a few years.

Many blessings,

Denise

Answering a Reader…

Sineade wrote:

Interesting post Denise and Tina. I’m especially interested in getting your opinion on if you think the internet enhances ones psychic ability or disables it? I feel that people are becoming increasingly psychic and intuitive and I wonder if we will ever reach a point, where everyone just becomes psychic and it becomes a normal ability.

Also on another side note. Do you recommend any books or practices to enhance ones intuition?

I do think people are becoming more psychic. Or at least more open to it. I believe this is due in part to new technologies, more people with access to capturing types of technology – such as video, audio and photo equipment. It has also become OK to share ones experience, people are not just written off as crazy and more people are acknowledging their own brushes with the supernatural as information gets out there about what to look for.

If 2012 is going to be a marker of anything positive, it will be that we are more awakened. There is some very interesting moves technologically that are bringing us closer to opening ourselves up to understanding what is beyond our 5 senses. Some of them have to do with using a sense to trigger other senses, some are theoretical like string theory. All of the breakthroughs science is engaged in are actually prove out the vastness of our multiverse and supporting the notion of an animating force of which we are all a part.

I personally believe this is exactly what God is. It was always my supposition and actually I was literally kicked out of my high school English class – a Great Books style class, when the teacher asked the question, “Is there a God?” My answer to her was perhaps for those who believe there is the experience of God and for those who do not their isn’t. I was going to go on to say that it was my belief that the Universe or God is eternal, without beginning or end and we were all a part of it, some unaware, others conscious when she said, “Either you’re pregnant or you’re not.” My response to this was, “How can you apply physical rules to a supernatural being?” And that was it for me. I was literally told to speak to her after class and not allowed back. I don’t think she’d ever had a student give her an answer that was quantum before. This was many years before quantum theory was really mainstream and I hadn’t even heard of it, and I was a geek who read science magazines and astronomy textbooks, so…

Anyway back to my point, God is not just in the heavens, in a spiritual home/heaven we go back to, but also in all things – all things, like an artist who leaves His/Her mark (I believe God is genderless) on all things, on the very quarks and electrons that make everything possible and I also believe all sentient beings have eternal souls and it is that eternal soul which is a piece of God thrown out (at our choosing) so we may learn, grow and individuate in other words evolve.  At that point we know (but don’t really understand like a that a child) that with this choice will come suffering, despair, pain, love, joy, ecstasy and everything in the middle, yet when we make that decision it is just intellectual we haven’t experienced any of it yet, and that is why we decide to incarnate, to experience all of this – the darkness and light, good and evil so we may find who we are among all the many colors and shades of creation.

As far as getting in touch with your psychic ability there is something that I really want to caution anyone who is interested in exploring this realm about. It is actually a theme I’ve heard repeated now over and over in weird places which is why I bring it up because for me, much of this was dealt with many years ago and I sometimes forget how intense the awakening process is. I experienced it throughout my childhood and young adult life and still continue to do so however I have learned ways to control the worst of it. One quote I heard went something like this, “When one gets closer to God one gets closer to the Devil,” or something like that. What this means is when you open to the divine, within it lies both negative and positive energy. God is neither “good,” nor “evil” God is energy. I believe God at the core of connection, the Creator aspect of God is divine pure love, however in order for us to learn we needed a binary system. And their is a destroyer aspect, some call it the Devil – others yin and yang.

God or our universe was set up with oppositions, light and dark, good and evil, black and white. There are demonic forces without a doubt. I’ve had my run ins with them. They are very frightening. They do not respond to traditional religious spiritual paths, meaning they will not go away by asking for help from Jesus or getting a priest to bless one’s home. The only way to keep them at bay while one is opening to the light is to learn (very rigorously) psychic protection and the best there is, is the lesser pentagram ritual which I have written about on this website. You have to be in control and you must be the one to exorcise them, no one else can really do this for you. It is part of the path, the choosing, facing one’s fears, one’s demons and you must rise above them and cast them out. No other force can do this for you except you can keep them away with the lesser pentagram ritual. I can tell you that as soon as I learned it and performed the ritual in my mind every night before I went to sleep, I have never had another demonic encounter. Even spirits stay outside my home. I often go outside to talk to people who are trying to get a hold of me because the force of this protection is so intense that even benign spirits of people who have passed on can not enter if there is anything less than absolute purity which of course no human being possesses even on the other side.  One has to invite those spirits of ancestors in, sometimes they can come in to protect one, but mostly they don’t disturb the circle. I would first learn this protection before anything else and do the lesser pentagram (just search my site for the words and info, I also have a link to someone doing it on u-tube, you can probably find others who do it as well). And then start with meditation.

One must clear the mind and have control of the mind to tell what is one’s own thought from what one is receiving from elsewhere. It’s a rigorous process of keeping notes often of dreams, patterns, and finding ones own spiritual metaphorical language. It’s worth it. However it is a life long process, many lifetimes long, one that we all will eventually engage in if we are to awaken. I’m just warning you that as you open yourself up, you open yourself up to everything; love, pain, suffering, healing, anger, the dying earth’s energy. It’s not always easy to deal with. I believe this is why I have always had many health problems as this energy overwhelms me at times.

Any type of clearing the mind sort of meditation is the first step. Then find what things you are attracted to. Have you always been fascinated by Buddhism? Or by a statue of Hanuman you saw in a museum? Or perhaps Diana or Jesus, Mohammad, whatever your calling. These are the deepest recesses of your past life work and it’s best to work with the system or pathway you have already been on for many lifetimes. Just find the place in that system that best fits you. Or perhaps you are like me and all those religions call to you in different ways. Well, you can take what you need from them and navigate as best you can through many paths. I think though starting out, it is best to have one path you dedicate yourself to entirely and learn that before opening to other things. I’m not saying one should ever dismiss anything, just commit to one thing so you can find your center and go from there.

Hope that helps.

Best wishes,

Denise

Answering a Reader…

The Mosque Debate… Dr. Laura & Sarah Palin

Being of Jewish origin during the revival of the Nazi movement the whole Mosque debate stirs up great emotion for me. When I was a 3 year old my mother put me in a cooking class at the local JCC (Jewish Community Center – which is very much the same as this proposed center which will be primarily a community center with Muslim religious affiliations) and while I was taking the class there the Nazis actually lit a bomb at that center. Luckily, no one died. However this act of terrorism took me out of my connection to my roots and made my mother fearful of having me and my brother participating in our culture of origin.

I actually lived in the area where the Nazis in the 70s marched through, a mini-series of the event was called “Skokie.” The same polarization that exists now between the Muslims and the Tea-Bagger McShaggers, are the same sort of people who participated in the anti-Semitism I experienced as a child against the Jews in the Chicago area where I grew up. Those idiot Nazis where actually given a permit to have a rally and parade through Skokie (an entirely Jewish area of Chicago at the time.) However, back then, during my childhood it appeared we as Americans knew what our forefathers had fought and died for – the rights that are part of our constitution. The 2 great wars were but a couple of generations away and we seemed generally to tolerate one another in a way we don’t anymore. Those who were the Nazis back then were marginalized and given no power and were the butt of people’s scorn and jokes – there’s actually a reference in the Blues Brothers movie which sums up the general feeling people had for those sorts of intolerant jerks, it goes something like, “Nazis, I hate Nazis” and they run the Nazis parading on a bridge off and into the water.

We have always had those who were scared sick of the “pinkos,” or the anarchists, the witches or whatever other version of silliness people felt threatened by. This mentality leads to the believe that all people who participate in the Muslim religion – a giant organized religion (1 of the 3 largest in the world) are all terrorists. It’s as stupid as thinking  Catholics are equivalent to all Christians, and they are all evil tortures due to the abhorrent and evil deeds done during the Spanish Inquisition by the Catholics (who killed about 25% of all women during the middle-ages, serious genocide there.) If one were to say that would be beyond absurd, yet it seems to be the mantra of the extreme right. All organized religions have different sects and operate under a generic umbrella.

Christianity for example can be preached to by someone who has no formal education about the bible and has been ordained through the mail, drinks poison and lets snakes bite him while talking in tongues oppose that style with a Christian who sits tidily in a row of austere wooden benches and is preached to by a minister (with a doctorates degree in religious studies) about the abstract meaning of some remote passage of the bible. Those are pretty different experiences of the “same” religion. The same could be said of the orthodox or Hasidic Jewish people compared to those who uphold the religion as more of a cultural experience and/or are reformed Jews.

I personally am not fond of any sort of religious zealotry no matter what color or shape it comes in, as it always seems to include violence – the natural antithesis of spirituality.  I believe the enemy of any religious or spiritual system is intolerance of others belief systems as this leads to hatred, violence and ultimately away from God.

If I were the people who were starting the community center however my fear would be that some horrible zealot would do what happened to my JCC back in the early 70s in some sort of bizarre retaliation for 9/11 – despite the fact that there is NO relationship. This property isn’t actually even that close to the actual site, the whole thing is just a bunch of right-wing racist, fascist scare tactics and we as Americans should stand against this disgusting behavior of the far right nut jobbers.

It’s really getting old our tolerance for allowing these idiots to have such a huge cultural impact on our America. Their America resembles Nazi Germany and if I could build a time machine and send them back there, I’d do it. They seem to think the past was where the glory days lie. I think they’d find that it was really not too glorious, especially for the moronic women of the right who would find their collective voice of stupidity silenced, relegated to the jobs that perhaps befit them best, being home makers and child bearers and nothing more. I think this is where Dr. Laura (Dr. of physical education that is) should be, she should go back to being a mean gym teacher and practice the BS she preaches. Why are we listening to what she has to say? Or the narcissistic, quitter Sarah Palin?  After all they have lady parts which make them inferior according to the line they supposedly tow.

One can not be a patriarchal woman of power without being a hypocrite and a moron, both of which disqualify them for giving advice. Oh, and Dr. Laura is Jewish and I doubt very much she’d like it if someone repeated the word Kike repeated over and over again at her while the other person pretended that they didn’t understand the difference between trying to take the piss out of a word by those who are called that name and those who say those words with hatred and violence in the context of a history of murderous hatred. And if she doesn’t get that, I just feel sorry for her inferior intellect.

We all know Dr. Laura is a “morally inferior person” (by her standards) who yells at other people for her own perceived weaknesses – being that she’s had at least one known affair while married and has herself been divorced and I believe has been estranged from her mother and has done everything she has railed on against on her show while presenting herself as if she were an expert on morality and a trained psychologist. She is a despicable human being whom I’m happy to see leave the public specter.

But going back to the debate about the community center several blocks away from ground zero. If I were in the position of running that organization my main concern would be for the people who would be serviced by my organization. Frankly, I would be worried about their safety which is ironically a form of terrorism! And I would point this out in the public sphere, explaining in the most rudimentary way how the right-wing crazies are stirring the hatred pot and are in effect doing the very thing we were supposed to be against – terrorism.

The right-wing are trying to block people’s rights like gay marriage, blocking this community center and taking federal law into their hands in Arizona illegally – kind of like having to wear a star of David on your outfit at all times, and countless other insane and uncompassionate policies, including trying to make it seem like “taking back America” is anything more than an anachronism for having only white presidents, or the evil thing of trying to disallow a person’s right to citizenship when they were born on this soil.

And where were all these right-wing fruit cakes when the boarders were opened and they could exploit the truck loads of illegal immigrants, creating a new slave class? Oh, yeah they were all for that. They’ve used propaganda, hatred, racism and all the awful things we supposedly have fought for, and turned it back around onto other innocent people.

Who is going to use that community center? Primarily children and are they expected to be responsible for what some idiot zealot did before they were even born? We have to stop the madness of grouping human beings together as a unit based on color, creed or religion – because we are all individuals – isn’t THAT the AMERICAN WAY? And how can one fight for pulling oneself up by their own bootstraps if we can’t even agree that we are individuals with the potential to think, feel and move apart from our class, race, color, creed or religious affiliation? It’s all just so insane and ridiculous.

I ask only this – When will we evolve into human beings? Because right now those who show no tolerance or empathy are nothing more than shadow people.

May the light prevail through our darkness,

Denise

The Mosque Debate… Dr. Laura & Sarah Palin

I’ve Been Thinking…

The quandary the left always finds itself in is the one touched upon in the last post. We are a group of independent spirits who believe in the rights of all and who honor ask that humanity honor the individual. We don’t expect everyone to agree with us and we don’t force people to do so with weapons. By nature we are desirous of peace and have compassion for other beings. We are the meek in the biblical statement: And the meek shall inherit the earth.

Although most of us are secular we show a greater morality, one born of compassion and love for our fellow man. We don’t need to tear down others to feel better.

Wow, it would seem we are the Christians following the path of Christ which by the way was his message. He didn’t tell people to worship him. And we are being martyred by the right wing who play on fear, anger, hatred and the darkness of men’s hearts. This is a dangerous game they play. But they don’t care. That’s the whole point, they don’t care about other people. “I’ve got mine, screw you,” should be their catch phrase.

So how do we fight them? How can we retain our ideals (which President Obama represents) and not be bullied and allowed to move the agenda of caring for each other forward?

Whether we like it or not the crazies are right about one thing – we do live in a predominetly Judeo-Christian culture. It was after all Christian religious zealots who founded this place and their desire for religious freedom really meant the brand of crazy Christian zealotry you found yourself most attracted to. Just as they had slaves working in their field they gave long detailed speeches on the meaning of equality and freedom for all (meaning white men).  It is only through the compassion and higher minded idealists like Lincoln that our society moved forward and sadly, Lincoln paid with his life.

In the Christian tradition there is no spiritual warrior despite the invented version by way of Evangelic Christianity. Goodness, (represented by Christ) holiness and God (represented here on earth by Christ) choose self-sacrifice over gathering a militia and fighting the Romans or any such military option. It’s not the Jews or the Romans who murder Christ but the Christians who follow Christ’s command to not intervene, hide him or fight for him. Just as the Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, taken peacefully by the merciless Nazis. The Jews choose the path of kindness and disbelief. The level of evil was unimaginable. And I believe we are in a similar situation. I don’t think people realize the level of evil that seeks to oppose and destroy this world. The root of this evil is greed and selfishness. It is so deeply rooted in American culture and revered by those who identify with the right that it has become the shadow self of our culture and it has been leading us down the path of total self-destruction for the past 30 years. Fighting this trickster is difficult because on that side the only law is really the law of black magic so aptly stated by Aleister Crowley (I know some think he’s gray, but this law is the line that takes one to the dark side): Thou will is the whole of the law. Meaning one can do anything to anyone in anyway if they want to. The only thing that matters is the individuals own will. One could say Karl Rove and Dick Cheney are the best example of this ideology in action. It’s the whole, “The ends justify the means,” philosophy we as school children had come to understand as wrong, because it is wrong. But this notion, which has always been embraced by the dark side, Hitler, Pol Pot, Karl Rove, Dick Cheney (how many innocent Iraqi people have died during this war? We don’t even count them in our tallies which is horrifying), is a bully pulpupit one that leads to a bloody trail. How many of us protested the war in Iraq? I know here in Los Angeles I was at protests that had literally over a million people, bigger than any protest I’d ever seen, yet it was barely reported at the time. And if the media said there were a million people in New York double or triple that amount, which would be more accurate from my years of protesting and seeing how the media reports on the Lefts agendas to do horrible things like stop wars and eliminate Apartheid.

I personally would have no compunction about fighting these people hard and taking the chance to my own health. I’ve been knocked down by police at Anti-Apartheid protests and seen angry mobs loose control while being in the frightening middle of it. But I’m a parent now and it’s not fair to my daughter that I should have to put my life on the line to protect her rights as a human being.

So back to the central question of how to fight the darkness. Besides meditation, logic and being active in letting your Representatives know how you feel. I think we need to rethink the Christian paradigm. In ancient cultures there was always the way of the warrior, one who fought to protect his/her people and honor. There was no judgment made about who one was fighting, it wasn’t about having God on ones side (although I’m sure they prayed all the same) it was about very simple things like protecting resources so ones people didn’t starve, protecting women and children and elderly people from being slaughtered by an invading army.

But this path of the spiritual warrior was really over by the time of the Roman Empire which instead of acting in defense, took on the strategy of conquering everyone and making them Romans. In other words they took an offensive position as defense to their empire which is the model for all empires, ours included. But these empires collapse eventually, Portugal, Spain, Italy, England no longer can afford this stategy like a giant crazed amoeba absorbing everything in its wake until it bursts, this strategy wastes the resources of its people and often the lives of many soldiers and expands to the point of sustainability until it fractures and falls to pieces. Does this sound familiar to you? Yes, we’re there.

So how can one fight the evil bullies of this world without becoming one? This is the eternal quandary which has fractured and divided the left and given tremendous power to the right for years. Their unifying platform is self-interest at any expense. Ours is not so easily defined other than: Equality, justice and compassion for all beings. The later can be, and is, not just broad but interpreted in many ways with many factions fighting for equality and justice, asking for compassion and help for the less fortunate. Everyone on our side has a passion for one particular cause or another as there are so many ways people step on others.

The only answer I can think of is to not engage with the darkness, to do what’s right and fair allow the world to see how much better things are when goodness and compassion prevail and allow the self-serving to realize the sky didn’t fall and perhaps Medicaid and Medicare (government programs many of them use) really aren’t so bad. I mean Reagan talked the same nonsense about it being socialism, even communism back in the 60s and I think most people at this point would say he sounded like a paranoid nut job at that point (in retrospect.)

Best wishes,

Denise

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