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JOIN R.A. REPUBLICANS ANNONYMOUS

I think it’s about time someone from the Republican campaign just took the time to lay it all out there. Just tell the people what is up with what Republicans believe. I’m not Karl Rove or anything, but I think it ought to come from Mitt Romney himself and P.D.Q. Here’s what I would say if I were him.

Hello, my name is Mitt, and I’m a rich man. I’m standing before you and I admit it. Yes, my name is Mitt and I AM a rich man. I’ll own it.

There is certainly a lot of discussion out there about being rich or poor. That people who are rich will always be rich and that poor people will always be poor. Rich people do nothing for anybody but themselves and poor people can do nothing for themselves. Is that how you see it? Funny, I always thought America was about poor people who thought they could be rich if they really wanted to be and then did. America is where we break through those glass ceilings and say nothing is always the way it is.

Let me tell you about two sons I know. They both worked for Dell Computers way back before Dell was DELL. One man’s father was a middle to upper income earner, a CFO, while the other’s father came from Mexico as a migrant worker picking watermelons. One day these sons tell their fathers to invest in Dell because they see customized computers as the future.  So the dads do this, each father taking what they think they can spend on the investment. Now you might imagine the migrant worker invested less than the wealthier CFO, but we’ll never know for sure. He was unable to speak much English and had no idea what a Dell computer was until his son started working there. Some years later, the CFO father grew “un-enchanted” with the computer company and decided to cash out of his slow if not motionless investment. The migrant worker dad on the other hand, out of love and respect for his son, faithfully kept what little money he had in Dell despite his poor means. He just worked harder to make ends meet. A couple years later, Dell Computers turned the whole technology market on its head. Stock price for this company skyrocketed and then split… then split again. The migrant watermelon picker was now a multi-millionaire and the CFO dad was just as moderately wealthy as he always was. In America, both had equal opportunity to be extremely wealthy despite their backgrounds. There was no insider trading- just faith in a good business.

In America, poor people can become rich people and rich people can become poor people. There is no guarantee; there is only the right of pursuit. Now if you take the right of pursuit away, by telling people there is no chance so why pursuit…all you do is guarantee that most people will try less to succeed and try less to pursuit great things. I pursued great things, became rich and now that allows me to help you, uninhibited by my background. I heard a citizen say the other day, to a reporter, “Well Mitt is rich. Why would he want to bother with such a hard job as the President?” And the answer to that is because I can. And I can do this without having to be tempted by corruption. No one could ever pay me enough to do harm to my country. There isn’t one thing I need or want in my life more than the opportunity to save this country from ruin.

There are people in charge right now that clearly have no idea what they are doing. The polls show we agree we are not heading in the right direction. I understand the Obama Administration’s pride and why they are so frustrated by this failure. They had a revolutionary plan. Unfortunately, it’s not a working plan. It never was. It has failed because they don’t want to admit when they are wrong and they don’t want help. Have you ever seen this show called Kitchen Nightmare’s with a chef by the name of Gordon Ramsey? This guy comes in and tells the restaurant owners either that their kitchen is filthy, they are spending too much money, or too little money on good produce, their behavior towards their employees and customers need to change, the food sucks or all of the above. In each case the restaurant is going bankrupt, the owners are in debt up to their ears, they’re about to lose their home because that’s tied to the restaurant too, but still… because they had such great plans for the restaurant and it was their “dream” they don’t want to listen. They get angry. They get violent. They literally hate this guy Ramsey because they think he’s all high and mighty. They think he couldn’t possibly understand where they are coming from, the whole bit. He comes in, gives them all these alternative options. He makes changes to the menu and the decor. Overnight he makes real physical changes and helps change their attitudes whether they will admit it will work or not and then faithfully waits to see what happens. Suddenly everyone likes the food and surprise, the business grows. The families end up naming their children after Gordon and all live happily ever after. Now Gordon Ramsey isn’t an American citizen, so he can’t be nominated for President, so don’t even try it! Now here’s the thing. He goes back six months later to check on them and those owners who decided to be stubborn and go back to their old way and not listen to the expert went under. Those who refused to try and trust someone they thought was “out of touch” with them, lost out big time. Never to be recovered.

I don’t want that to be America. I am rich because I’m good at business and we need to change the way we do business in America. Forgive me for saying this but the majority of America’s problems right now are about money. We need the poor and the rich working together in America like we used to. Now those who have the money are literally unable to use it. People cannot get the loans they need. Workers cannot get paid. The way America used to do business is no longer possible because of the way the current administration chooses to run it. I’ll say it again. They don’t know what they are doing. People don’t want to do business with us anymore, in other words, people are going to stop coming to our restaurant if we don’t get it functioning as a modern, fresh and comfortable place to be.

They are telling you that by doing things right, what the Republicans think is right, that it will put hard working minorities “back in chains.” There is no skin color of the Republican Party. Anyone who says there is, is backwards. They want you to look backwards too. Doing it over and over and over again is intolerable. The hatemongering has got to stop! If you took us all and stuck us in a blender we’d be a very nice shade of brown. Our expertise, our experience, our love for our country and the great things about it has no class status. “Wise men profit more by fools, than fools by wise men; for wise men avoid the mistakes of fools, but fools do not imitate the good examples of wise men.” – CATO THE ELDER, c. 200 B.C. If you don’t want to work with rich people you’re missing out. If you don’t want to work with poor people, you’re missing out. Great educations come from working with both. That is why America has for centuries been so ahead of the curve. Our tolerance of each other, our abilities to make our differences work for us, make us smarter.

As people have actually tried to disrupt the harmony and our strides with civil rights, making us stop to question whether we should continue to keep working together, our country has become stagnate and numb. But here’s the trick. It’s only on the surface. The real truth about this whole campaign thing is that under all this media coverage of class warfare and anger, we are real people. We are a real country. We don’t hate each other. We’re angry because we feel we can’t make a difference in our financial status or communities. Opportunity has literally been snatched from our grasp. Because of fear, doors- as in opportunity, as well as the real doors to our homes and businesses… like our favorite restaurants are literally closing every day.

Speaking of closing doors. There is something I would really like to stop and that’s the bold face lies being told by those working for the Democratic Party to confuse you about the Republican policy. Republicans don’t hate gay people and we don’t have an ongoing war against women. We will not make it our focus to repeal gay marriage. Nor will we make it our focus to repeal Roe v. Wade. Furthermore, in case you were curious, none of our policies make the environment more polluted or the globe warmer either.

If that’s what you are afraid of, then you aren’t living in the real world. That’s where the Republicans and I live. I’m going to be real honest with you right now. So listen up. Our focus is saving the economy right now. Without an economy, we can’t do jack. That’s just the way it is. All the smart cars and healthcare in the world won’t save us if our economy collapses. This is what Republicans stand for right now. We will fix this problem carefully and methodically. To do this, despite popular belief, Republicans will not throw Granny off a cliff. I don’t even know how those actors got that wheelchair with granny up there. No, seriously. In fact, we only plan to cut spending on Medicaid by 3% compared to what Obama wants to spend. That’s hardly reducing grandma to eating cat food. In fact, once we get rid of Obamacare we can put the 716 billion Obama’s plan steals from seniors back in the Medicare pot. Another fact is that if we continue with Obama’s healthcare plan, Medicare for seniors will be completely insolvent in 12 years.

The model we are looking at for offering everyone a healthcare choice is doing better in use than we ever anticipated. It has cost 43% less than what we thought it would cost to implement and young people get to choose whether they want Medicare run by the government or get the equivalent of that cost to use towards a private insurance of their choice. This will drive the cost down with the good old’ American way. Competition. Competition means choice for everyone. Competition, in case you were wondering, isn’t the same as fighting each other.

If we can hold onto our thoughtless blurts of disgust and spontaneous angry reactions to the little stuff for just a while, we find we aren’t that upset after all. When we don’t waste the time responding to every word each other say with anger, we listen to the other guy a little more and understand where they are coming from a little bit better. Americans don’t ask each other whether we are rich or poor when we are fighting for our country. It’s not our style. We may not agree, but a compromise can surely be explored a lot easier on that safer frontier.

We built this country together. It seems like we haven’t built anything in a long time. That’s what it feels like. I know we can build a great future together. Would you rather let the government say they’ll come up with something to help you out and you don’t need to worry about what it is or what it costs? Or would you rather be involved by learning from and working with your countrymen to build something you believe in? I know, in fact I will guarantee you, as a successful business man who honestly cares about each and every one of you, if we all work harder, if we all work harder on working together we’ll all be a lot richer.

Stand with me. Support me and the other Republicans in your state. Don’t let them close more doors on opportunity. Let’s make more doors of opportunity! Thank you and God Bless America.

Okay, so I’m not as good as Mitt would be. I’m just sayin’.

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Lying Beyond the Trend and Changing Our Cultural Conscience

Do you even know what a lie is anymore? Of, course you do. Really?

Did you know the most important part of a lie isn’t the lie itself? Is it the motive? I mean what’s the first thing your mama asked you when she caught you in a lie? “Why did you lie to me?” Maybe it’s the effect of the lie.

We lie to ourselves and others lie to us because we reinforce on a daily, maybe even hourly basis, that lying is an acceptable way of communicating. This is Pseudos.

Why is Pseudos in particular so dangerous? What happens because of Pseudos?

#1: When we lie to ourselves it sets us up as victims.

#2: When others lie to us we are taken advantage of like victims.

This becomes the perfect psychological weapon.

Introducing…the cultural conscience…

We all have our own sense of needing to achieve. Some of us have higher levels of achievement than others do, but what keeps the achievers reaching for higher goals? Why don’t they become satisfied after one achievement? Maybe it is because, with achievement there comes rewards. We actively, like all animals, try to make the correct decisions and react in the way that will bring us rewards.

Comparing animals such as dogs or horses to humans in personality is one way we can judge if there are any ulterior motives unique to humans. Bear with me. This makes perfect sense, not only because many of us today, consider our pets to be people too, but because going by the five-criteria of personhood, given by the philosopher Mary Anne Warren, in many ways animals actually are people too. To be a person one must meet at least two of the following criteria: “consciousness, self-awareness, has self-actuated motivation, the ability to reason (solve complex problems) and have the ability to communicate.”

Most animals are self-aware, some can solve complex problems, they can communicate, and they are conscious and have self- actuated motivation. Additionally, we have the same basic motivations. Such as, a need for love and belonging, a need for sex, a need for food, water and shelter, a need for safety and security, and finally a need to make the correct decisions. In a rat, that might mean choosing to walk along the phone line instead of crossing the busy street to get home safe. He is rewarded every time he makes it home and punished at every close call on the road. He learns to survive by rewards and punishments. Yet some animals experience much more out of this operant conditioning. A dog not only learns to survive in his master’s home, but also learns to play and receive love and affection. The dog has not merely survived, but actually achieved something some humans never do.

My point is this: if behavior is primarily geared toward making the correct decisions and moving toward achievement in all kinds of people, why do humans lie? What causes our behavior to differ from all other animals in that we tend to partake in a sort of anti-achievement behavior, by lying? Every human does it. What person would admit he or she farted in the elevator? You are the only one who acts like you didn’t do it, so of course, everyone knows it’s you. From then on, everyone calls you stinky and you are humiliated- the most common form of self-defeatism. To humiliate is “to reduce one’s dignity or pride to a lower position” (Webster’s Dictionary). Humans are the only species who do this to themselves. Carl Rogers would say no one can make you feel put down or make you feel like you don’t belong but you. You would never see a dog refuse a bowl of ice cream because he was afraid of gaining weight.

So, what is it, then? Why do we make these semi-automatic decisions that are in the opposite of our basic interests? Besides our language capability, what makes us different from other animals, so much so that we have to tell lies? We have social pressures like nobody on Earth! That’s what makes us different! We have to be smart, we have to be brave, we have to be funny, we have to be rich, we have to be beautiful and we have to face humiliation every day. But why do we have to feel humiliated therefore causing some humans to tell little white lies almost automatically, and almost daily. You wouldn’t see a dog lying to another dog about whether he had food on his nose or not. The other dog would just lick it off, with neither of the dogs feeling humiliated.

In most cases of the individual, whether or not the told and believed lies do damage to others is not as important, because ultimately, it is a self-defeating behavior that brings more harm to the self than anyone else involved. This is mostly due to what I call the spider web theory. It is when strings of inaccurate responses, become a burden on the mind as it is constantly working on untangling it. (Your brain naturally works to keep the lies straight without you getting caught, so to speak.) Most don’t admit they lie on a regular basis to themselves or anyone else. This is in itself a form of Pseudos. They think, if anything, the lying is a symptom or way to deal with all of their other problems. They don’t see lying as the root of them, so it continues.

And consciously or not, this constant burden on the mind causes people not to sleep well, causing stress and illness, they tend to be more forgetful and they misplace things more often. They, more importantly tend to lose the trust of friends more often. They don’t realize that the lying is the root of much of the unhappiness and stress in their lives. As Bandura reports, there is something called “TRIADIC RECIPROCAL DETERMINISM”, meaning the world and a person’s behavior cause each other. “People do not simply react to environmental events; they actively create their own environments and act to change them.” I hate to sound like an old fogy, but it really seems that with progress we have literally lost touch with what’s important in life. We’re all busy spinning and untangling our webs. Sooner or later those little individual webs are going to get tangled with each other and we’ll all be stuck in one huge web of frustration and confusion.

That huge tangled web of frustration and confusion is our cultural conscience out of control.

So, are we really “losing touch” as society becomes more modernized? Can we help it? Do we have the skills to choose to be honest, caring people? Well, that takes self-discipline which ironically is taught to us by someone else. (Typically, it’s our parents.) Now you’re saying, discipline? My parents? Ha! Let me just say, I’m with you. With the absence of discipline in general in our society we can clearly see the environment we are creating just by watching reality television. These people are freaks of nature… but then there are a lot of them.

Could it be as Karen Horney suggests? We envy justifiable qualities we find in our culture and we can’t help but feel anxious about achieving them. Perfect relationships, power, recognition and prestige. Or can we overcome, like Carl Rogers says? That no one can make us feel inferior except for ourselves?

It could also be that we all have Horney’s “neurotic needs” to some extent. All ten of them in fact. (And that’s Karen Horney’s neurotic needs not horny neurotic needs, for all you perverts out there.) I’d list them and their explanations here, but that’s a whole ‘nother book. The most important of which, to all of us, is that we never lose our status. Many will lie no matter what the cost in order to preserve this status. And this is where Homey and I agree.

Most of us are terrified of being humiliated. Some of us, to the point where it doesn’t even register that telling the truth would cause far less anxiety, than what we will later experience from the constant avoidance of such humiliation. Like I said before, our technology allows us to avoid this much easier almost completely, but as Bandura relays, the avoidance of such pain can lead to illness caused by stress or worse, could lead to psychopathology. In fact, George Kelly believes we don’t naturally respond to the environment truthfully in order to avoid pain, but to maximize our understanding of our accurate, true view of the world.

So, why do we complicate the world with silly little white lies? I theorize, that if we are feeling weak against the many pressures of the world, our judgment, in our process of Self-Regulation, becomes overridden by the “Cultural Conscience” and we respond in a behavior that pushes us almost automatically, in the way of making a response based on cultural and social influences. It’s like a defense mechanism, a filter in the preconscious mind, that other animals have no concept of, but that we use like instinct in order to avoid more social pressure.

I have a good friend who tried to make his point with this quote that something about how cuttlefish change their appearance to camouflage themselves from predators and are they lying because they do this? Let me just say that the people I’m talking about are so confused that if they were lying to do something so humble as protect themselves from predators their equivalent answer to disguising themselves would be pink camouflage and designer sunglasses. They want to be hidden but not “too hidden” if you know what I mean.


Introduction to Pseudos 101

In the old days you could look at a person’s face and tell they were lying to you. That’s where we get the old phrase “look me in the eye and tell me you’re not lying.” Because we used to feel bad about telling a lie to someone’s face. Now days our culture has learned that little secret and we simply use it to lie better. For example, the other day my daughter was four, almost five. She is telling a story. She’s very talented with her words and she makes up fun little imaginative stories (like her mama).  But whenever she gets to a subject that’s maybe inappropriate, for example she says something to the effect of, I had a little friend named Jane and she died.  I usually tell her that it’s not nice to talk about someone who died.  I said, “That’s not really a fun story.  How about we tell about a happy story?”   And she says, “No mommy it’s not a story.  It’s the truth.”  In the back of my mind I’m thinking, Dear Lord my child is about to say she sees dead people.  So I take a deep breath and I tell her I know for a fact that she doesn’t know anyone at her school that died the other day and because of that fact I know she’s not telling the truth. But the scariest part was that at this time she gets very adamant that there was a person by this name and that it was her friend who died and it was at school, huff, huff, huff.   She was so convincing about her fictional story I became worried that she was developing a skill that makes lying not any different in her book then telling a story she just wished was the truth or even something as innocent as letting her very vivid imagination take over.

When I confronted her more sternly about the lie she became even more adamant and probably worried I guess more about the consequences of what she had said rather than the fact that she was telling me something that wasn’t true with a lot more conviction than I was comfortable with.  She could’ve been telling me that there was a purple rhinoceros at her school making cookies and it wouldn’t have made a difference.  The way that she looked at me and then started crying in her boldface lie made me pause. What can you do? Honestly. Your angel, poo-bear, little baby, wonderful girl is telling a story like Stephen King which is both inspiring and admiral but at the same time the conviction behind it is questionable. Either it’s entertaining to her or something far more manipulative. Either way I want to make sure she knows what manipulative language like lies do.

That got me thinking about what a friend had told me when I first started writing Pseudos 101. He told me “Well, if were talking about false and lies, you may have to define truth.” I thought, oh crap. I wasn’t a philosophy major.  Why the hell would anyone want to study that?  Anything attempting to tell people what is the absolute truth is completely subjective and I believe personal to each individual. How am I to ever convince people of what they believe is the truth?  Who does that? My beliefs will never be more than just a story to them.  Even the definition of evangelical in the Bible means simply share your story.  It does not mean try to convince people your truth is the only truth there is.  See, Jesus knew that cake wouldn’t bake.

People are always going to know what they know in their heart to believe based on their own perceptions. We are a conglomeration of prejudices. We hear what we want to hear. We want what we want.  We need what we need and we believe what we want to believe. Wars have been waged since man was able to throw his own poop over what each of them believe is the truth.   I think my frustration of defining truth for the world is therefore warranted.

What it comes down to is that many think a simple twist of words is hardly something to make a fuss over.  We all just occasionally want to have something sound a little better than it really is or look a little better than it really is so we can get a little ahead.  We’re just trying to keep up with everyone else.  However there is cause to be really worried about lying becoming so common in our marketing, in our government and our judicial system.  Not to put too fine a point on it, the way lawyers win cases and the way clients who are on trial conduct themselves morally speaking is becoming deplorable in many instances. That’s just one example.  Our culture is in danger of changing the basic instincts we have about what is really dangerous to us.

So maybe we shouldn’t worry about what each other think is the truth. Maybe that plan is moot.   And then it hit me.  The definition of truth is whatever isn’t false. What we should be worried about is how we from this point on, decipher what is false.  Like I said our culture is getting wise to how they manipulate people. We are getting so wise to how we manipulate each other that it almost seems like an instinctive type of survival. And so really what this book is about is helping you identify what is probably false information.  If people are getting better at lying then people need to also get better at deciphering lying. Learn to recognize it and learn to stay out of its reach.

Artificiality is specifically a problem because we are becoming more and more saturated in our society by things that are false.  Let’s say, anything that is artificial applies to whatever we think of as false in a physical nature or a philosophical manner.  At the same time what we consider true in nature because we can feel it, affects what we philosophically feel is true.  And we, instead of getting in touch with nature, we are tending to be more often surrounded by environments that are less natural and less concrete to our understanding of what is really real.  I guess a good metaphor for this would be how when our 36th President L.B.J. was so entrenched in what you can only imagine is Washington DC’s level of manipulative pressure and how he used to have to escape, literally escape, to the rural countryside in Texas.  This is where he claims several times that he felt more in the “real world” than anywhere else.  I think he was more in touch with who he really was and his true purpose when was immersed in that wholesome Texas environment.  He felt he could come back to the real world when he was in the country and not in D.C. because of this very argument that we can be oversaturated with artificiality.  Hence, this is why we need to learn how to protect ourselves from that environment and thus the creation of Pseudos 101.


Survival of the Fattest Heads

The base of the Liberal secularist philosophy seems to depict the belief that nothing cataclysmic will ever happen. Please don’t confuse this with their hissy-fit over global warming.  Global warming is not an eminent cataclysm that will end all life as we know it.  It’s a marketing theme.  These people thrive on bleeding heart stories and pessimism, but have the gall to call a conservative who speaks out passionately about America going to hell in a handbasket, over-reacting.  They truly believe if something so bad and destructive were to happen, and if it couldn’t be taken care of on the spot with money, they submit to the “we are all f-ed anyway” philosophy.  Well, that’s just a brilliant plan!

Do you know that there is a new term for people like me?  Yes, I just heard it.  There’s actually a new reality show coming out about people like me.  Shows how quick on the uptake I am.  I’m called a “Prepper.”  Yes, that’s short for preparer.  You know, as in someone who prepares for the America as we know it to collapse.  We are a closet-bound bunch, for the most part.  Because, A. The term “survivalist” has a lot of negative stereotypes attached to it these days and B. we don’t want your punk ass showing up at our farm looking for food because you were too stupid and too proud to PREPARE for yourself.  Not lazy, just too proud.  Well, if you know me, you know I’m not too proud to tell you you’re stupid.  I’m used to taking that kind of humiliating action.  So here it is.

Go ahead!  Live for the moment and don’t worry about the consequences of the future.  It’s not a stretch to think a lot of people live based on what they see in movies.  I’m guilty of this in some ideological respects but I’m talking about the sheer imitation of people’s behavior in movies.  Isn’t it funny how you never see anyone in the movies wearing a seatbelt?  I hate to call a director irresponsible for such a minor detail in the scheme of making a whole movie and all.  And maybe it’s just me but, I just want to say, don’t they know they are portraying the message over and over again that it is unnecessary to wear your seatbelt and that it also makes you look uncool.  Of course they do, because that’s what they think.  I think that would be an interesting poll question for Hollywood people.  “Do you wear your seatbelt?”   (Seriously, please wear a seatbelt even if the people in the movies don’t.)  I kid you not, I still hear the argument that if you were to get in a bad accident, you wouldn’t be able to get out in a hurry.  Like they’re Indiana Jones or something; headed for the Grand Canyon.  Uh, on a road that takes two minutes to go fifty feet maybe that’s how physics rule in Hollywood.  Come on.  Squish your boobs in the name of safety!   Let me let you in on a little secret of real physics.  If you’re in a bad accident and not wearing your seatbelt, they’re going to have to hose your ass out of the car.  This is a fitting metephore for what happens when Democrats in congress try and tweak the rules and pass something that should never have passed regardless of what precedent that sets for the future use of the Constitution’s flexibility.  Either they don’t know or don’t care.  Both are highly likely.

Don’t let anyone tell you you’re paranoid or crazy for being safe or prepared for bad things to happen.  If there is anything you learn from this book, I hope it is this.  Ever hear, “luck favors the prepared”?  The message of today towards preppers like me is more like,  “What are you?  A survivalist or something?  Good luck with that.”  Whatever happened to the romanticism of a “little survival place in the woods”?  Now if you call yourself a “survivalist” or just happen to own a gun, (a big one), you’re a gun toting’, right-wing, white-surpremist, domestic-terrorist, communalist, seclusionist, fundamentalist, f-your-sister red-neck, Bible beater.  I once invited all my gal pals to take part in the ladies’ night special at the local indoor gun range.  I immediately got a Facebook retort referring me to a guns and violence awareness website.  Tisk-tisk on me for suggesting such a horridly violent pastime!  Who knew surviving or competition was a bad thing?  It’s not like I said it was Happy Hour and then shooting with .45 calliber weapons!  Geez.  They totally don’t let you do that.

The liberal secularist philosophy says that the modern mode of thought is the only intelligent thought there is.  Let me tell you what they’re worried about surviving.  They learned about the age of reason in History and I guess were tapped out after that.  Is that when they started teaching about Henry Marx?  Anyway what you may not have paid attention to because it takes a lot of boring patience to learn, is that there have been intelligent people for thousands of years.  Not just recently with the invention of the “smart phone.”  Contrary to popular belief, smart people don’t just occur with the advancement of technology.  Still, liberal secularists think History and following the laws written by people three hundred years ago (much less a couple thousand years ago) no longer apply to the world of today.  They think they know better than those old conservative fogies from so long ago.  They believe conservativism is outdated and totally uncool.  “A waste of time.”  “Not living in reality.” Those are just a couple of things I hear most often by those living hour to hour.  “I just got a tattoo for $10!” That’s another one I hear a lot.

I think of it kind of like how a teenager thinks.  I can see how living day to day instead can be very exciting and free feeling, but it’s not freedom.  You know that “falling feels like flying, even for a little while …” Crazy Heart. I can certainly respect that philosophy some days.  I’m a wife and a mother and it’s hard having to make important decisions every single day, all day long.  Whether or not I choose to pay attention to what my kids are up to at any given moment can mean life or death for my toddlers.  There’s no pressure on earth that can beat that.

Having things taken care of for you like welfare and free healthcare is also not freedom.  It’s a death sentence.  The more you let someone take care of the needs that you are capable of doing yourself only leads you to become reliant upon and subservient to them.  In this case, once the government starts feeding you and giving you free healthcare, treating you like the zoo animal you’ve become; is that when you are really going start working harder?  Is that going to make it easier to speak out against your government and/or zookeepers?  In both instances the answer historically has been a big fat NO!  We work harder when the benefits are as great or greater than the work we put in.  No one will work harder if no extra is given for doing so.  And if the government were to control say, everything like healthcare, the financial sectors, the automobile industry, the media and education we wouldn’t have a single word to say, would we?

But here we are at the crossroads.  We have to choose a Republican to lead us through the dark.  An old addege about the blind leading the blind comes to mind, however, we can no longer let the Pseudos message rein that conservatives are just poking fun at powerful liberal people.  This complaint from the average quiet American is more than just a yapping response to the insolent left.  We are hanging by a thread.  This is about handing the decision about our entire ability to control ourselves.  Are you ready to say you are the old lady who has fallen and can’t get up?  Are you ready for the liberal Democrats to hand you your new nolife alert button to wear around your neck?  Don’t worry, it will be intimately involved with all you do, go where ever you go and it’s waterproof!  It sounds and looks like the most popular thing to do.

No! Wake up, Matilda!  Obama wants to put you in a retirement home no matter how spry you think you are!  Cut medicare?  Why do that when their just going to make the whole damn thing medicare!  Give everybody the prune plan!  So, your only 25; don’t you want to live in an old folks home and have them feed you and tell you when to eat your meds?  Why would we voluntarily do this?  Has half the country already lost their minds?  Well…


Why “Normal People” Are Crazy and You’re a Goddamn Hero

This book isn’t about being perfect.  It’s about noticing faults in our reasoning and at least trying to do something about it instead of embracing your faults like they’re a brand new bag of Cheetoes.  Upon having some of my friends read this in advance, I found that some of them didn’t make it very far through the book before they accused me of writing about them. Rest assured I didn’t write this book about anyone I currently hang out with. Of course, if you are reading this and we no longer hang out, that may be another situation.  If this book makes you feel bad about yourself please don’t let it get you down.  Let it turn into inner rage so that the next time you see someone or something that is contrary to what you know you should really be like you can act on it.  Favorite psychologists like Carl Jung called it transference, I believe.  The things that bother you most about other people, the things that really make you freak out, those are usually things that you do and can’t admit to doing; which you feel bad about.  You can’t fix yourself so you try to fix others by griping at them all the time about it.  That’s the whole point.   That’s what I want you to do.  Hey Carl Jung would probably not approve, it being counter intuitive and all, but so what.  Let’s use our psychological weaknesses for good for once.  If you’re reading this book it means you give a damn which is about 100% more than about 50% of our country. If anything, this is a tribute to all who venture to tell the truth most of the time and when it counts the most.


Jesus Has a Lame Haircut

Our culture is being conditioned to make individuals want to be part of a mob.  Everywhere you go it’s “keep up with everyone whatever you’re doing wherever you are…as long as it’s not Fox News”.  It sometimes seems as if you’re not a part of a mob you’re not a part of anything.  You’re alone.  Is this not the truth?  Of course it is.  It is the truth they use to lie to you… to lead you astray.  This is the definition of Pseudos.  The other part of the truth that is unmentioned is that it is okay to be alone. People who produce and cultivate Pseudos conveniently leave that out.  They dismiss the thought that you might just think better alone.  You must confer with the group or you will surely fail.  The problem with that is knowing deep down that in reality we are ultimately on our own.  We will all face that final frontier alone, so why depend on a collective Hollywood society (of all things) for your deepest self-preserving questions?  Does the group want to save you or itself… ultimately?  Therein lies the truth that I speak of.  If you don’t have the balls to find out the mysteries of life for yourself, I guess you don’t deserve to know the truth.

I know that there are several reasons why people don’t seek to know the truth for themselves; especially when it comes to figuring out the most difficult or mysterious people on earth.  However I tend to think the top two reasons are: #1 pride and coming in a close second would be laziness.  Depending on who you are these positions may be reversed, but for the most part, I think people decide they are too afraid, too removed, too angry, too intelligent or too dumb to figure out complicated things like Christianity, for example.  According to our historical records, Jesus is the most famous person on earth.  Almost everyone on the planet has heard His name at least once.  So why doesn’t everyone want to find out for themselves who this guy was/is?  We see a new cute guy on American Idol and half the country fires up their smart phone or computer to get the full bio.  We can’t wait for every little detail to come out with the star’s wants and likes.  We not so secretly hope we will run into him someday and he will want and like us.

Hmm, I wonder why someone would think so hard about one particular celebrity whether we like them or not and choose not to do any if at all research on Jesus?

No, I’m just kidding.  I don’t wonder.  I know.  The guy on American idol is easy to get.  I don’t mean necessarily, in the promiscuous manner.  I mean, the truth about themselves that it is put out for you to consume is only skin deep.  They can’t and won’t let you know the real, complicated, weak, sometimes confused, them.  Once you become a celebrity, the real person that’s kept secret is all you have left.  Most don’t even have that anymore.  What they put out for you is all for you.  It’s fun.  It’s juicy.  It’s couture.

My point is that Jesus seems to be one of these people that more people should look into for their own self-preservation even if at this time it doesn’t “float your boat”.  If you don’t like what you find out, that’s one thing.  But if you never even crack a Bible, ask a true Christian or watch a documentary about Jesus on the History Channel, who are you to say you know anything about anything?  Everyone knows about Jesus’s name you don’t want to know for yourself why that is?  Well, I doubt you will muster up the desire because Jesus had a lame haircut.  You more than wanted to know why people thought Justin Bieber was worth a damn.  That’s why you watched that awesome, totally unedited, truthful depiction of his life and got your Bieber or sadly a Biebett haircut.  Maybe you think Jesus is passé and that was something people were in to in the 60’s.  Just look at their haircuts.  I’ll have you know, that in the revelations part of the Bible, Jesus is a tattooed Fabio looking stud.  Riding a horse and wielding a huge weapon no less.  Ladies, you know what I’m talking about. Wink. Wink.

Look, it’s all about perspective.  Oprah is a very gernerous soul.  She wants to take care of everybody.  I’m sure she would if she could too.  Oprah thinks there are lots of ways to believe in God and therefore you can go to Heaven if you just pick one.  What was that?  Hey, everyone the Oprah network has made it easier than ever to get into Heaven.  Oprah’s Heaven.

Yes, I have to agree the experience is different for everyone, but the only way to get to God’s house is to understand what he did for you.  Oprah is so giving, she wants everyone to go to Heaven, but I guess she also believes not everyone is capable of liking what they hear.  She wants everyone to like what she says, so she does not tell you what you really need to do.  She believes in Jesus, but for you, that’s different.  She says it’s okay if you don’t want to say the name Jesus and still get into Heaven.  Really? That’s like going to someone’s home for a spectacular dinner, not acknowledging how nice the dinner was and expecting desert.

According to the Bible and other historical references we have concluded that the whole reason crazy humans will be allowed into Heaven is because of how Jesus made man and God understand each other.  Everything, even aside from all the miracles, everything He did that we consider realistic, or in other words would cause you to believe the human Jesus existed, has been proven to be true.  If that’s true and even some of the things that were not so realistic like huge, unfathomable battles were archaeologically proven to have happened, maybe there are some truths we haven’t proven true but are.

How many of you believe in Davy Crockett?  Without looking it up, please.  How many of you “believe” in Davy Crockett?  Sounds silly doesn’t it.  I guess I should say do you know of Davy Crockett’s existence if that is all I simply mean to ask.  Hmm, that sounds lame too, but the questions are the same.  Of course I “believe” in Davy Crockett’s existence because I understand and know a lot about his story.  I even know of a little perfect town he founded called Honey Grove, Texas.  Will it change your belief system if said I believe he was involved in a tragic yet miraculous battle that among other actions caused a loyalty among men that would forever be unbroken and unshaken by the fear of death?

Now, I ask again.  Do you believe in Jesus?  Do you say no because you know nothing about his story even if you know of his existence?   I understand we can all act weird when it comes to talking to someone we are really in love with.  This includes God.  We have too much pride to admit we don’t know much truth about Jesus so we simply say we don’t believe or don’t have to “believe”.  We say if God really loves us back, he wouldn’t make us have to do something as trivial as acknowledging His son, Jesus.  Hmm, is that how we treat people we love?  We don’t acknowledge their pride and joy because ours is more important?

I “believe” in order to know the truth, what we have to do is quite the contrary.  I think we all have a good chance at surviving whatever comes our way the more we all seek the truth instead of settling for what the group does.  This is especially true when it comes to knowing about the most famous person who ever lived among us and having something nice to say about Him when we meet his dad.  It’s just the polite thing to do really.


And Justice for All

Have you ever thought about the significance of making people swear on the Bible when they take an oath of office or testify in a court of law?  If it’s not the whole truth, it’s not the truth.  That’s why there is still one place we say that, in court.  So help us, God.  So, help you, Casey Anthony.   I mean, we all know most guilty people get up on the stand and say whatever it takes to keep themselves out of prison, especially those with a history of pathological lying.  Who can blame them?  If there was ever a time to use their Olympic level training in lying, it would be when they accidentally or not accidentally killed their child.  But here’s the rub.  They set up the tradition of being under oath to God during the testimony of a witness for a reason.  It was not to intimidate the judged, for surely they knew not all criminals would believe in God, it was to insure final
justice just in case the human fallibility factor caused an incorrect verdict.

The oath itself is like a call to God to make him officially a witness to the testimony.   When you swear on a Bible, you are officially saying to God you are not lying.  When most people believed in God, this oath was enough to make a jury or judge believe a person. Not so anymore,
right.  I’m here to remind you, all of you who have great hate in your heart for Casey Anthony, for all of you who wish you could take justice into your own hands, if you truly believe in God, let your heart not throw up.  You should know she will be tried again when she dies by someone who knows how to dispense justice. There are certain sins that will not be forgiven.  Among those few sins, I believe, one is when you testify to the truth in front of your peers in regards to a crime against humanity.  Of course, I have no proof.  Just like at the end of “Oh God, You Devil” there was no evidence that God was there in the courtroom, but everyone knew the truth.  It was up to each individual to decide for themselves what they saw/heard.  (Kind of like what a jury is supposed to do.)

I submit to you that you can have faith whenever our justice system fails us like we think it did on Tuesday.  Those of us who commit the
unforgivable sin of lying to God directly in front of our fellow humans, especially after having beyond a reasonable doubt something to do with killing one of them, will go to hell in a hand basket.  I don’t wish that on anyone; not even Miss Anthony.  But that’s the beauty of having faith.  I don’t have to dispense justice in this case.  It’s not my job.  You might say a Christian believes in forgiveness for everyone.  This is true, but it is not necessarily the belief of God.  Those who want forgiveness and believe, get forgiveness.  Most of these unforgivable crimes against humanity are not done by people who would ever think to ask forgiveness from God because they do not believe in anyone but themselves, so it works out.  Broken souls will go where broken souls belong…eventually.  Whether the jury can detect the truth and do justice or not for the wronged in the courtroom becomes secondary.  Once that sworn oath is taken, the believers know that God is being contracted to judge that oath taker and that really, it is the only justice that matters in the end.

The truth is …the government lies, the left lies, and the right lies.  Of, course.  We knew that. The only truth you need to worry about is that you are stuck in the middle and it’s your job to decipher what is right and what is wrong for you.  You shouldn’t need anyone to tell you what is right and what is wrong.  You need to be able to do it for yourself in an honestly valid manner.  You need to take every opportunity and every right that you have to decipher this truth for yourself.

In this country you have the freedom to choose or not to choose.  We can choose not to buy things like books and movies from murderers.  We
have the right to listen to our instincts instead of lawyers.  It is time to say goodbye to mistrust and misguided trust and say hello to a faith in our conservative traditions and logic we already have hopefully permanently interwoven into the major foundations of this great country.

Pseudos lesson: The Pseudos that is being passed on to the population is that there is no judgment day.  There will never be a time when they will be held responsible for the things they get away with on this earth.  Whatever you can get away with is now serving as the moral limit because that is what the Pseudos message is effectively conveying to people who want, more than anything, to get away with as much sin and avoid as much pain as humanly possible.