Emma And The Angels

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With presents gone, Emma settled beneath the Christmas tree to be comfy with the angels.

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Another cat has removed most of the ornaments one at a time, starting first with the Santa’s.

Happy New Year!

America Falling Through The Memory Hole

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America Falling Through The Memory Hole

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Last night, Christmas night, there was much dog barking at what seemed like quite regular intervals, of approx 10 min spans.  This had the feel of those times the “illegals” come by our neighborhood; when the Border Patrol seems absent.  For some time I was aware of this holiday window or opening.

It was once full moons that were favored for borderland last step migration.  Now oddly it seems new moons, but holidays were the next most noticeable time.  Sunday nights were running times as well.  These may be kinds of holes folks can fall through into America; seemingly unnoticed openings.

{Dec 25 2009 ice crystal}


This post is about other falling through’s as well; each Americans own story, own history, where yours and my narratives are scripted empirically before us, sometimes in a silence of selfhood, where important to us occasions and events might go on unnoticed by those others in or around the world. Where does what matters begin or end in your consciousness?

We see a phenomenal world, an astounding sunset, a different surprising occurence or achievement, even the most mundane thing can suddenly bloom into ravenous reflection if we look deep into the life right in front and around us.  Yet sharing these joys are another matter.  Who wants to hear everything of our lives? Who truly knows who you are, when you may have unanswered questions yourself of what you have been and where you are running, walking or falling to?

For those of us a bit more alienated at times in our lives; the idea of our story, may be written down as if right to another’s face for posterity. They are in our hearts as we speak; for family in some other state, or a future one of our own, but what if these waiting for connections to be never materialize?

Stories are taped, digitized, rendering a kind of documented experience toward a future goal.  One’s intention which may or may not exist one day. Our self narration, then, takes on shadows of existential attraction and void in search of that other shore.

I had taped exciting thunderstorms in Tucson with my nephews and niece in mind. I wanted to share my excitement and lifelong interest in the weather.  I narrated the scenes through the house; from front door to back.  Hail, continuous lightning, driving rain, street and wash flooding were gleefully recorded. I tried to capture the storms impressiveness, its extreme of nature. It was in a way, a way of saying; my life is exciting at times with these interest.

Construction projects at home and work, flower gardens at home; I thought family was the audience besides my partner then, who did not seem all to excited about some of my interest.  She had her own.  So the receptacle I created for the interest expression identified with me were my family.  I presumed they would be interested, but they seemed to be; not so much.

In effect then, I had projected something of my life into a theoretical vessel which now seemed open at the bottom.  Tapes of these exist, most of which I have never watched myself. Their future may be a dumpster when I die. Some aspect of my life fell through my erroneous expectation, a hole of projection, only me noticing as what I thought was significant went by with all its thrill and inspiration seemingly just mine.  Here, the Internet came along, and now with self publishing another vessel appeared, but of unknown dimension and use.  A new opening seemed to be the world itself.

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I this digital age, residuals of a life may be left behind, but who will be seeking them?  This is a great unknown, but I believe it will be of use for any who wish to recreate what it was like in a period.  Never has so much of so many been available to reconstruct the Zeitgeist and persona of a period as has now been made possible and available. I am always interested in other cultures and times of humanity’s and earths past, as I expect someone might will someday wonder into your residual self stored on molecular artifacts and see a bit of gold.

The hole Americans such as I, and perhaps the modern worlds citizens as well, may fall into, is a virtual world of our individual and collective narrative. Two years of blogging now has shown me that people are much more interested overall, from my blog experience, in popular culture and events, and not particularly cultural/political/psychological analysis, my poetry and writing, or otherwise my outlook on the world.  Just a few do.

Mid-afternoon Christmas moon

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Luckily, the intrinsic value of a human being is not actually in their popularity, but the honor and integrity in which their life is dedicated to their ideals as they flow into the practical world.

Do I examine my life or just keep my head down in “the flow”?  The flow can be a peaceful place to be immersed in, few if any questions, or an ideology or theology handed over by the experts to direct my life.  The flow can also keep one submerge so long they are drowned in it; no longer knowing the dimensions of their true self.  Am I rely what I am told I am?  What do I know of my inside and its pure and valid relationship with everything else, not just the stream I am in?

These seem to be the kinds of thoughts that fall through the Internet’s holes.   Where they land, if they land, statistics do not necessarily know.  I have trust and faith in my passion for Truth; that I must challenge my confidence most, and look to myself for my criticisms of others. For a while at least, I also have some blog space remaining to put up the visuals of the world around me.

My life experiences a wonderous reality; one challenged profoundly by ignorance and perhaps equally by its corollary of context poor knowledge.  It appears essential to question who we are and where we are going.  Are my doings sustainable or is my posterity one in which my actions are the ones that seal earths and humanity’s fate?

One thing is certain.  To not question will have the effect of not caring. What one person does is not irrelevant. It is all humanity ever is; the cumulative effects of what one person does.

This is said near the end of 2009

Yesterdays photo; The cat and the Christmas tree.

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What I Don’t Need For Christmas

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Christmas No Wish List


I do not need an I-phone or anything like it.

Never had nor required a new car, so forget about it.

I have no need for computer games.  No thanks.

Not wanting any wine, beer or other liquor. Sorry.

Please, no sport tickets or any pop performers. Thanks.

I will not be Tweeting, so not wanting any of those.

Not text messaging as well, and I’m glad for that.


But if anyone would like to give me WordPress gifts, I’d take them like a greedy blank.

But I will give you The Moon this Christmas Eve

I did give myself a new little canon camera which I took this moon shot from tonight.

We’re getting ready right now to see old Christmas Shows we see every year.

It looks like I can tweet or type right here on WordPress!  Who knew?

Have some Happy Holidays you all.

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Late December Skyscapes In The Southwest US

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Late December Skyscapes In The Southwest US

-A schizophrenic tree?

-More on my nature blog below-

Colors Of Arizona

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Taxing Away Your Freedom!!! ; NOT!

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WHY CUTTING TAXES, AS A POLITICAL POSITION MANDATE, IS ACTUALLY CUTTING INTO FREEDOM

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–WONDER HOW “CONSERVATIVE” SURFACE POLITICAL SHELL GAMES ARE ACTUALLY GAMING YOUR RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES AWAY?

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From Truthout, an article about the relationships between taxes and freedom. Not the same as the “tax and spend liberals” ruse used by the well off to fool the less that tax money is money going to waste, being spent!  Other libertarians may see the tax notion as government interference in your freedom to do what you wish with your money;

THIS IGNORES THAT IN DEMOCRACIES WE ARE WHO INVEST IN SOCIETY WITH OUR TAX; EDUCATION, HEALTH, INFRASTRUCTURE, etc. THE KING, CORPORATION OR CHURCH IS NOT GOING TO THAT FOR US.

Again, this, liberty is all about me, interpretation of ones freedom as an abstract self contained absolute, ignores the whole context each life is in, and their always present interrelationships.  Pretending they are not there, or far away and abstract, able to be ignored if one wills for ones own “advance” is situationally seductive. That is opportunism at work at the expense of the Whole, while possibly loudly pretending to be defending Life, Liberty and Happiness.  Nice “individualistic” illusion, just false.

Ah—How little we may understand The Commons of Life.  Our lives context is a  Whole Thing, not just what is in my or your head, nor what would provide some stress relief for me while ignoring the greater context.

Unfortunately, the right is loaded with cognitive dissonance abatement platforms, packed with confirmation bias and disdain for objective information not fitting their ideological prism, or more accurately; prison.

Tax man, the democratic way.

More Taxes = More Democracy

by: Christian Chavagneux, Alternatives Économiques

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And the story goes on; Indoctrinate the faithful to separatist thinking. Folks believe they are defending the individuals freedom, for that is how the Appearance Reality’s formatted premise is rendered over and over.

Most all conservatism is truly old world, and no fan of Democracy or Liberty, but if it can trick the faithful followers into thinking they are right and true, well then; what is actually right and true will likely seem dishonest or deceitful.

Consensus Reality’s that permeate the conservative communities, are a collective agreement of some sort, that some thing or issue is true, not that it is actually true. It is not to be questioned without shame or threats of ostracism and alienation fears.  Their “truth” is declared true,  not to be questioned, so loyalty to a cause of ideology is presented and the ultimate good.  Questioners are to be attacked as being against the good as defined by subjective conservative thought parameters.  They have a perfect defense and offense; it is called ignorance, and it is butressed by shame and fear of alienation.

The pivot points of perception frame the individuals identity to its tagged values, be they real or imagined.  This creates the same effect for an ideology, where reason and rationalization are indistinguishable to the indoctrinated.

If the we of We The People are seduced to opportunistic conceptualizations of noble abstractions like Freedom, Liberty, happiness, Rights, and on, we side with separation over union.

In Democracy, We The People are the government.

Under the emerging corporate and theocratic inclined ideological matrix becoming the perceptual Zeitgeist in some circles;  A church/corporate/government, may develop with its propensity to delete Freedom and Liberty it finds not good for fixing its control.

Democracy gets demeaned from pulpits and propaganda outlets. To some extent this already happens with politicians targeting groups to deny voting “rights”. For examples of what the next government by and for the church/corporate theocratic state might look like after the big bad government is defeated; the Taliban, The Nazis, or The Communist are what were asking for.

Yes.  Just what some conservatives are always calling the Obama administration–socialist nazis, becomes the self described freedom fighters end game.

Preemptive conceptual tagging to frame the debate to the absurd via historical reference, while enabling the forces of fear and paranoia to stimulate the very impulses that lead to authoritarian and totalitarian elite control. Reality perception gets reversed for the best of intention, all stimulated by righteous demagogues.

This is why it is essential on the right, to have people faith based and not based on objectively verifiable true reality.  The ideological or ontological spin can then steal faithful minds in any direction by merely assembling a “connected dots” semblance of logic or reason.

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Some Quotes from a philosopher on elements of the issues at stake.

The essence of the Liberal outlook lies not in what opinions are held, but in how they are held: instead of being held dogmatically, they are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment.

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A stupid man’s report of what a clever man says is never accurate because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.

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Although profit is essentially a private tax, unlike government taxation in a Democracy, private tax hold no accountability to The Commons, and will likely demean all reference to greater responsibilities in a culture, by attaching all manner of ad-hominem condemnation to justify the private rationalization.

Democracy will then likely have a political party or parties dedicated to propaganda designed to enhance the identity interest of the have’s, and demote the identities of those without. This helps compartmentalized individual identity interest, while deriding the identity interest in others.

The tax that constructs the backbone of We The Peoples living context becomes seen as taking from the self and giving to the undeserving.  This does not mean that government is always right.  This is why we vote, but if we do not understand what the whole role of government is or must be to manifest ‘Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness’, we will undermine Democracy and Freedom while proclaiming them our cause.

The result of dividing and conquering perception of society, is a perception controled consciousness that “sees” others as not deserving of support, particularly support forced upon the individual via governments public tax.  Now Democracy itself is attacked while it can be claimed to be being defended.

Liberty is attacked from other angles, sometimes called “wedge issues”,  where the individual is encouraged to see isolated from context behavior as being the fault of liberalism, when liberalism created Democracy and respect for individual rights.  Again, all why these very abstractions are being alleged to be being defended by the wedge issue.

Demagoguery is relied upon because it works for those whose confirmation bias has been so inclined.  This is how lie and misstatement work even when later found to be actually untrue; confirmation bias remains reinforced by emotional loading of the weight of reason.  The power of propaganda is in it’s suscptable audiences perceptual bias, which has no real need for truth or accurate context.

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A Dark Side Of The Moon Christmas Reflection

The Edge Of Reason

A fingernail moon

Drifts across December’s sky

Gone is the overwhelming sun

Its dream a reflection

Here shines an edge of moons day

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Here below

Christmas shoppers think;

Who needs what?

What will mean the right thing?

Will light shine from this gift?

How much can I afford?

When will enough be enough?

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Out seeking abundance for someone else

It may seem easier to spend

Than on ourselves

The thoughts are prescient

Stores filled with seekers

The internet slow as snowfall

A moon never turning

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Ideas of lack and meaning

Mix with anticipation and giving

This moon will set as always

Its travels over and around your earth

Covering all who look above

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Heaven

There you are in infinite sky

Or are you in us

Still infinite?

Not eclipsed by buying

Undaunted by wishing

Clear and conscious if seen

Circling in rendezvous reception;

Upon introspection and extrapolation

From inside out

From all about and around our lives

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Air passing through these hands

Between eyes and moon

Touched only by Presence

That missing side of heaven

Silently shining with you

Amidst the dark side

Of wanting

And wonderment does grow

Waxing in its void filled manger;

Who darkened Christmas?

A child beckoning to civilization, now object

Who made birth into a material show and tell

Not one of Spirit free and unadorned?

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Here an eternal child emerges

Each day facing us certain as this moon

We see or do not see much of this consistency

Know when to look toward eternity

Born for the reasons of Love

Naked in a manger

Honest with Light

In the dark of cold night.

{Photo Of Dec 18 2009 Moon}


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Christmas Christians Say No To Canadians?

No Canadians For You This Christmas!!!

I received this in an e-mail.  It does put forward the staggering contradictions and cherry picking that goes on in the blind “conservative” Bible following opportunism rampant these days.
I trust they know not what they do.

Subject: Can I own a Canadian?


Why Can’t I Own a Canadian?
October 2002


Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a radio personality who dispenses advice to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22 and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following is an open letter to Dr. Laura penned by a east coast resident, which was posted on the Internet. It’s funny, as well as informative:


Dear Dr. Laura:
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them:


When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord – Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?



-I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?


I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness – Lev.15:19- 24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.


Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?


I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination – Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this?


Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?


Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?


I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?


My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? – Lev.24:10-16. Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)


I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.
Your devoted fan,
Jim


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Why Can’t I Own a Canadian?

Why can’t I own Canadians? I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death.

No Canadians for you this Christmas!

Probably all sold out.