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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Human Evolution: The Next Phase.

Along with the Age of Aquarius; its new paradigm for health, wealth and love; will come a newly evolved human.

They are the Homo-Sapien Spiritualis species. They will be far superior to Homo-Sapien Sapien in psychic abilities, intelligence, compassion, nobility, courage, and understanding; as well as, in the Arts and Sciences.

We live in a world of polarities; day and night, man and woman, positive and negative.

Light and darkness need each other. They are a balance.

When the spirituality encoded into the human DNA begins to evolve there will be a strong pulling force.

Those who realize what is occurring and participate in the evolution will merge seamlessly with each other, the planet, the universe and the heavens... the ethereal Homo Spiritualis will be birthed.

However, those that are immersed in the bondage of dogma will resist the pull of the spirituality.

Since the force is coming from within the DNA, they will not be able to stop the change from happening.

The force will be so strong their very being will be torn apart until they eventually are forced to release the bondage of self and dogma and transcend to our next evolutionary phase.

The proof already exists. Research Indigo and Crystal children. The newest evolutionarily advanced humans already are among us. They are being born by the thousands.

The rest of us will have to put forth focus, cooperation and effort between all members of the living and sentient planet Earth to allow the release of the abilities needed to transcend to Homo Spiritualis.

It is coming. It will happen.

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

15 Year Recovery Birthday

Fifteen years ago, as of midnight tonight, I was homeless and living on the streets with nothing more than the clothes I was wearing.

I hadn't had a bath or clean clothes in 2 weeks, food in 3 days or slept longer than an hour in months. I was strung out, hopeless and pathetic. For 3 years I had been living on the streets in different cities; Las Vegas, San Diego and Phoenix, doing whatever I had to do to survive one more day so I could use again.

I had no dignity, no self respect, no hope. I had forgotten the most basic things such as how to bathe, how to carry on a coherent conversation or how to do anything other than survive on an animal level.

Tomorrow is my 15 years clean. I fell into Narcotics Anonymous by accident and never left.

To my friends in recovery, thank you for saving my life.

To my non-recovery friends, thank you for being yourselves and for accepting me as I am into your lives.

I love you all.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The return trip home FROM HELL!

I am home at last after the Return Trip From Hell yesterday.

I had what was supposed to be a 1 hour 20 minute layover in Minneapolis, that turned into a 5 1/2 hour layover due to local weather, one of 2 runways being shut down and the weather in San Francisco. Of that 5 1/2 hours, 90 minutes were spent sardined into the airplane and waiting at the end of the runway with the engines turned off waiting for the weather in San Francisco.

I had intended to get Amtrak out of Richmond at 3:48, but missed that one due to the layover. The next train I should have been able to get was the 7:15... except Amtrak CANCELLED the train. The next train was due at 8:42PM ... which didn't actually arrive until 10:10PM because it was broke down in San Jose and which broke down for another 10 minutes between Suison (sp?) and Davis.

I spent 3 hours in the Richmond Amtrak station waiting for a train home. If you have ever been to that station you know there is nowhere safe to go nearby and nothing but concrete or steel benches to sit on.

When I finally got on the train, it had been over 12 hours since I had eaten and I was forced to eat Amtrak food.

I arrived in Sacramento at 11:48... which was 20 minutes AFTER the last light rail left the Amtrak station.After a $15 cab ride home I finally arrived at 12:10 which was a full 7 hours later than I should have.

Some of the things I learned on my visit to Washington, DC.

Some of the things I have learned from my trip to Washington DC:

1. People there are surprisingly friendly... with the exception of the female Transit drivers who would as soon rip your throat out as answer a question about the transit system.
(a) The locals if they discover you are from out of town will warn you to stay out of the SW area of DC.
(b) Listen to them.

2. If you stay in the State Plaza Hotel almost everything is a $6 cab ride away. If they are further away you can use the Metro which is only a $3.50 cab to the nearest station.

3. Wear orthotic inserts in your shoes because you will walk A LOT. Even if they are the most comfortable shoes on the planet... BUY INSERTS!

4. There is literally a Starbucks on every corner.

5. Every crosswalk with a traffic light has a countdown timer.
(a). Pedestrians are open season even if you have the green walk signal.
(b) It is an absolute NECESSITY to be clear of the crosswalk BEFORE the countdown timer reaches 0!
(c) It is perfectably acceptable to jaywalk if there is no oncoming traffic.
(d) Be prepared to jump out of the way when jaywalking... or for that matter any time you are crossing a street.

6. Drivers in DC are VERY impatient. If you drive, and do not know where your horn button is, learn because you WILL need it.
(a) The car horn is the local musical instrument of choice.
(b) Car horns are heard 24/7 in DC.

7. The majority of the people will RUN down the escalator to the Metro even if they have 4 minutes to wait for the next train.
(a) When using the escalators stand to the right if you are not walking because they will say something to you.
(b) If you don't stand on the right EVERYONE knows you are a tourist.
(c) If you do not stand to the right you risk being accidently (??) pushed to the right so they can pass.

8. Pay the $5 for the rechargeable Metro plastic card and start with $30 of fares on it. The initial cost will be $35, but you can recharge it at any metro stop and ALL transit in DC accepts the card.
(a) This will save you precious seconds during high traffic times because you just touch the card to the turnstile instead of waiting in line to buy a ticket and then waiting the few for the turnstile to accept and return the ticket.
(b) If you carry a wallet, place the card in your wallet and then all you need do is touch that side of your wallet to the turnstile thus removing the necessity of trying to get it in and out of the wallet. This also gives the appearance that you are not a tourist.... that is assuming you adhere to 6a above.

9. When entering the train stand clear of the doors because exiting passengers have the right of way and insist on taking it.
(a) If you don’t stand clear of the doors and allow people to exit, you may cause people to miss the train and then you are in deep shit!
(b) If you do cause people to miss the train, then offer to throw yourself in front of the next one to atone!

10. If you travel in October carry a backpack with a change of clothes because the weather may change from sunny and hot to cold and cloudy within hours. On cloudy days carry a compact umbrella or some other rain deterrent.

11. Did I mention orthotic inserts even if you have comfortable shoes?

12. Don’t be afraid to ask directions from transit folks or from fellow travelers. They will answer them.
(a) This does NOT apply to the female transit drivers as mentioned above.
(b) Don’t be surprised if they will actually walk you to some point to be sure you are headed the right way.
(c) Apparently DC transit is occasionally confusing even to those that live or work there.

13. Allow PLENTY of time to see the sites because you will undoubtedly discover others nearby while on your way to one of them that will cause a detour.

14. When visiting the National Archives, THEY ARE DEAD SERIOUS ABOUT NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY!!! They warn you multiple times in advance of allowing admittance to the area. They will give ONE (1) person in the entire huge room ONE (1) warning. If ANYONE else flashes again they will FORCIBLY AND NOT NICELY escort them from the building... not the room... the entire building.
(a) I am not the one they escorted from the building because after they escorted the other guy out I was afraid to even use my camera.
(b) Don’t be in between the person they escort and the exit to the building.

15. When visiting the Tomb of the Unknowns be sure you time your visit to be on the hour and watch the changing of the guard. I would advise the 5:00 P.M. one because that is the last public viewing of the day. After 5:00 P.M. the entire area around this tomb becomes a military high security no access area and they tell you in no uncertain terms to leave.
(a) Get there early to get a good place at the top of the stairs to take pictures because they REQUIRE everyone to stand and BE ABSOLUTELY SILENT while the ceremony is happening. (b) Bring Kleenex. It is a VERY solemn and respectful event.

16. If The President is making any outdoor appearance at The White House, go visit somewhere else because security goes up to the paranoid level and you won’t get within 2 miles of the place. I know this because the day I first tried to see The White House was the day Obama was accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in The Rose Garden.
(a) If the security is at this level DO NOT attempt to approach the Secret Service, DC police, the SWAT members or any other law enforcement person to ask ANY question.
(b) If someone else approaches these people, turn and walk swiftly ANYWHERE else besides there.

17. Did I mention orthotic inserts even if you have comfortable shoes? 18. ONLY Washington DC cabs can by law take you places within DC. Cabs that are from Virginia or Maryland can ONLY take you to destinations in the respective states and DC cabs cannot by law take you to destinations in either Virginia or Maryland.
(a) Some cabs are NOT plainly marked.
(b) It is mandatory for taxi passengers to wear a seat belt. There is a sign in the cab and the driver will NOT remind you.
(c) If the police see you without your seat belt it is a $50 fine to you and the cab driver does not get fined.

19. Use the transit system because it will save you a LOT of walking qnd there is virtually nowhere you cannot get to.
(a) If you rent a car plan on spending a lot of time trying to park it.
(b) If you rent a car plan on spending a lot of money to park it if you use public parking lots.
(c) If you rent a car and plan on staying in the DC area, local Virginia are or local Maryland area, then you are nuts!!

20. If there is any public demonstration or event happening at either The Capitol or the White House, (and there are a lot of both) get your transit card filled or buy your passes long before the event is scheduled. If you buy the plastic rechargeable transit card you will be VERY grateful that you did.

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Sunday, February 01, 2009

The banks are screwing us to get through the credit crisis they created!

    Within the last 3 months, I have had almost all of my credit card companies' contact me telling me they are doing 2 things:

  1. They are lowering my credit limit to just barely cover the balance.
  2. They are raising my interest rate or changing it from a fixed to a variable interest rate.

I have to tell you this surprised me because I do not have a single "late" on my credit report, have never made a late payment, I pay more than the minimum payment and I have never gone over my credit limit. In other words I am a good customer with a great credit history. In addition I have been doing business with some of these companies for over a decade.

Bank of America didn't even give me a written notice that they were changing the terms of my loans until AFTER they had already done so. After waiting on hold for 1 hour and 32 minutes to talk to someone at BofA, I was told that the reason they have done this is because they reviewed my credit report and feel that I have too much available credit. They are concerned that I won't be able to pay all of my creditors.

What a bunch of BS! By changing my interest rate from a 7.99% fixed to a variable rate the interest rate is now 15.99%! The minimum payment has more than tripled! I have higher monthly payments and less credit available. My credit score took a 125 point drop because now all of my accounts are close to the limits because they have lowered the limits! Before they lowered my limits I was less than 50% on every account.

After they have taken billions of dollars in bailouts from MY tax money, they are now screwing me AGAIN! The government is now considering passing legislation to make these actions illegal but unless they make it retroactive I am still screwed!

Now at this point because they have screwed me, I am no longer able to make the payments on my credit cards and still put gas in the car, pay my car payments and insurance, pay my utilities and buy food. I have looked at my expenses for ways to cut back so as to afford to make the credit card payments and there is not near enough there to make a significant difference.

I do not own a home so I can't refinance to pay off the credit cards. Even if I did own a home, my credit score has tanked as a result of the lowered credit limits so I wouldn't even qualify for a loan. This leaves me only 2 options:

  1. File bankruptcy and reaffirm my car.
  2. Not pay the single largest creditor which will free up $685 a month. This just happens to be BofA! J It would of course go on my credit report, but my credit is already screwed and having a single account in collections seems to be better than a bankruptcy.

In case you didn't know, bankers run this country and do not give a damn about you or me. The only thing they care about is making money and do not care who suffers as long as there is a profit. The recent bailout of Wall Street and the banks are proof. The Federal Reserve is the largest privately owned bank in THE WORLD and they are in control of our country. We are getting screwed and can't do anything about it.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Queers United: Queer Buycott - Campbell's Soup

Queers United: Queer Buycott - Campbell's Soup

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Not that anyone is actually paying any attention to this blog, but I posted a YouTube video that I think was pretty good. Check it out at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qxa7PjMuEBk

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

American Revolution History as told by me!

Between the late 1600's and the Declaration of Independence in 1776, our forefathers grew tired of the mistreatment by England. The British government was completely controlled by the domineering, prejudiced, discriminatory and hateful Church of England.

Well we didn't really like that much so we started peaceful demonstrations, protests and started civil disobedience tactics. This pissed off the British so they sent troops to America to put us in check. We said “Look man this shit ain't going to cut it. We hate your oppressive Church and your government and we ain't paying you shit. Get out of our country!” Then in 1773 we threw a shitload of tea into the harbor. Needless to say that didn't go over well with the British so in 1774 they closed the Port of Boston and made up a bunch more repressive laws that really pissed us off.

In 1775 we had enough and kicked their ass in the Battles of Lexington, Fort Ticonderoga and Concord, the first battles of the war. Later that same year the British were really embarrassed that such a small band of rebels could make them look so bad and so they sent reinforcements and REALLY kicked our asses good at the Battle of Bunker Hill, which really didn't happen at Bunker Hill it was just called that because of the bunkers we built on Breed's Hill. The British lost 1,150 men, out of 2,500 engaged, and 92 officers but won the battle.

In 1776 we said "This really sucks!" and drafted the Declaration of Independence. We sent that to the King and said "Look here King we're not giving up without a fight so can't we all just get along? You give us independence and we will sell you stuff that you need and we will both make a butt load of money!" The King laughed at us and told our delegation to get out. We snuck out the back door and down the alley cause the King was beside himself with being pissed off and tried to kill our delegates. Since we were better at sneaking than his guys were we got away. That really put his panties in a wad so he sent more troops to America and really started f-ing with us hard.

After we got our butts handed to us on a platter at Bunker Hill, we told this guy George Washington to come over here and take charge of these troops and let's kick some British butt! Well he didn't do so well at first and lost the Battle of Long Island and the white wigs ended up with New York.

Then George had a vision or something and said “Hey I got an idea! Let's sneak across the Delaware when they ain't looking and take New Jersey!" Now Americans were good at sneaking so that's what we did and won the Battles of Trenton and Princeton!

So in 1777 the British decided it was time we stopped making them look like pussies and they kicked our ass again and took Philadelphia. Our Continental Congress saw em coming and skedaddled outta Pennsylvania just in time. Well we said "Oh Yeah? Watch this!" and took back New York at Saratoga. For the rest of the year we traded victories and defeats with them and George's army was really whittled down by winter and harsh conditions from 17,000 to just a few hundred. There was a mutiny and he had to hang a couple to keep the rest in line. After winter he got a bunch more troops and had about 10,000.

Now all this time the French had been watching what was going on and were still trying to trade with us in the back door, but the British started f-ing with them too. In 1778 we got another bright idea and said “Hey France, come help us with these bastards and we can trade stuff you need and we can both make a butt load of money... oh and you can kick the shit outta the British!" Now that sounded real good to the French and they went to their trading partners the Spanish and got them on board too. Then we REALLY started giving the tea totalers hemorrhoids!

We decided to give the British one more try at peace and sent a delegation to the King offering him to quit kicking his ass if he would grant us independence and a few other things we wanted. The English Parliament was seeing how much money the war was costing and how bad they were starting to look in front of the rest of the world so they put the thumb on the King and said "Take their offer man!"

Well the King didn't like being told what to do so he told the American delegation that they could have all the other stuff they wanted but not independence. We pointed our fingers at our asses as we walked out the door and then ran like Hell back to America so they couldn't catch us. Then they beat the Hell out of us at Savannah, Georgia in late 1778. Then for good measure in 1780 took Charleston South Carolina and got control of the South.

In 1781 we finally got our shit together with the French and the Spanish, got a little help from the Dutch and the Russians and some others and took back North, South Carolina and Georgia. This is about when the Loyalists in America, (those people who were Americans but sympathetic to the British), looked around and thought "Wow this isn't the way we had envisioned this!" They decided to get out of Dodge while the getting was good and about 100,000 of them headed north to Canada.

The year of 1781 saw the final major military episode of the American Revolution. The French and American forces over a vast region of North America and the West Indies: a French army in Rhode Island under the comte de Rochambeau, an American army outside New York City under Gen. George Washington, an assortment of American regulars and militia in Virginia under the Marquis de Lafayette, a small French naval squadron at Newport under the comte de Barras, and a formidable French fleet in the West Indies under the comte de Grasse who together kicked major simultaneous ass. Seeing he was going to die, General Cornwallis and the British surrendered at Yorktown. There were a few other small battles and we didn’t lose any more so they mostly just surrendered or stole our sneaking tricks and went to Canada in the night.

Well in 1783 we sauntered over to the King and said "Give us our Independence now or we are going to have France invade England and make you eat Foi Gras!" Since they were already fighting on several other fronts against us, the French, the Spanish and every other country that could put together an army and wanted a piece of the King's ass, he finally gave in and gave us independence and the other stuff too.

Well this kinda pissed off France and they were upset because we made an agreement with the British without checking with the French first. So America fresh off of a victory at the King of England’s place said; "You saw what we did to them do you really want us to get Spain and the rest of the already pissed off world and come to France and kick your ass and force you to eat hamburgers?" Well they didn't want that so they looked at each other and said "Hey let them have their country and we will go and have our own revolution and get rid of that snooty King of France!" So we signed the Treaty of Paris with the French and the British and with Spain and the French went and had the French Revolution.

Now in 1787 the Constitution of the United States was signed by the delegates of the Constitutional Convention but not all of the founding fathers were happy with it. Ben Franklin and a few of his buddies formed the Anti Federalists and started protesting and threatening another war because the original Constitution looked too much like the government they had just gotten rid off. For the next 2 years they and the Federalists talked, argued, fought and got drunk together and eventually agreed that they needed to add The Bill of Rights and the original 10 Amendments(that started out as 12) to the Constitution.

In 1789 everybody was on the same page and the Constitution of the United States was ratified by 9 of the then 13 States and became effective. Now today, 219 years later in the year 2008, we are fighting the same domineering church. Different names but the same oppression against minorities.

“Hey you guys! Remember the first revolution? Want us to do it again?” This time we can call it the Rainbow Revolution!

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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Gulf Coast looting and Lawlessness

Gulf Coast looting and lawlessness is spreading.

The devastation and destruction along the Gulf Coast is horrible and unbelievably massive. My heart goes out to those caught in the middle of the fury of the Earth.

I have read the stories of the rampant lawlessness and looting in New Orleans and other areas and it gives me furiously to think about why people react that way.

  • If this type of disaster was Nationwide instead of focused in a relatively small area would this type of behavior also be Nationwide?

  • New Orleans had close to a half million people evacuated and the news reports indicate only those who were economically or physically incapable of evacuation were left in the city. That is except for those foolhardy souls who stayed to try and “weather the storm”.

  • Who are these people that have started acting like uncivilized animals running amok robbing, looting and killing?

  • Are these the people that society has chosen to ignore? Are these the homeless, the addicted, economically unfortunates and the fools that have no other choice than to loot and rob to survive?

  • Is this the criminal portion of society that chose to stay behind and take advantage of a horrible situation?

  • Our past experiences with storms and other natural disasters of this magnitude have shown that violence, looting and other criminal behavior has a tendency to spring up at these times. Why did President Bush not have the National Guard already on station or at least enroute immediately after the storm passed to help keep control of the city and help the victims of the tragedy instead of waiting 3 days to mobilize a response?

  • According to the news reports, until immediately before this storm made landfall it was a Category 5 hurricane packing sustained winds in the area of 175 mph. If not for the miraculous puff of dry air that hit the leading edge of the storm just prior to it striking the Gulf Coast that caused the winds to drop to 145 mph and nudged the storm off of a direct hit on New Orleans the devastation would have been much, much worse. They knew enough to evacuate the city days prior to landfall so why weren’t the entire resources of the country already on the move? Why did they wait? Rescue and emergency crews could have already been standing by inland so the response times would have been quicker.
The City of New Orleans is now being totally evacuated. The authorities have said that it may be 2 months before they allow the evacuees back into the city because of the almost total devastation. They say it will take a month AFTER the levee breaks are repaired just to pump the water out of the city. The relief effort and supplies are just now beginning to arrive. Where are these people going to stay? Who is going to feed and house them? Where are the medical facilities to treat the injuries going to come from? What if the area of devastation was wider and involved many more lives?

For me the most frightening part of this disaster is this: What if this had been a terrorist attack instead of a natural disaster? What if this type of devastation and destruction involved several major cities in the United States instead of just a few? What if this had been another event we knew was coming such as a strike by an extraterrestrial object such as a comet or asteroid? Would we be prepared?

If our Government is so unprepared for a storm they saw coming and KNEW it was going to be destructive, how well prepared are they to handle a much more widespread amount of destruction that can be caused by a terrorist attack or other UNEXPECTED event?

It seems to me that we should learn a lot from this experience:

  • We should learn that we ARE NOT as prepared as our Government would lead us to believe and that we have a long way to go to get there.

  • We should learn that the fury of the Earth is no match for us, but we can be better prepared in the future.

  • We should learn that there will always be that segment of our society that will become uncivilized and criminal during these catastrophic events and that we need to better prepare for these actions as well.

Hopefully this event will galvanize a response by the people who call this country home to demand some long needed changes take place. I hope we as a nation do not have to experience this type of event or one of a larger magnitude to learn the vital lesson that we ARE NOT PREPARED.    

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Judge says he will determine for the Jury what is pornographic.

I read this article at http://www.washblade.com/thelatest/thelatest.cfm?blog_id=2087 and was disturbed more by what the judge had to say to the jury than about the story itself.

I quote the disturbing part of the article:

“Potential jurors Wednesday had qualms about perhaps being asked to watch part of the tape, and the judge said he would help jurors decide what was obscene.
Jurors told lawyers and Circuit Judge Charles Clawson that they might have trouble setting aside their personal views of what is obscene. Clawson said he would instruct the panel on what constitutes obscenity.”

So my question is this… If the judge is going to decide what is or is not pornographic, why have a jury? If a juror is disturbed by the context and content of the case, why not get another juror?

Having Judges deciding the facts in a case is a dangerous precedent to set no matter what the case is about.

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