Ugly as Dorian Gray

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I would like to know why tax-payers money is being used so the President can go to Mar-a-Lago almost every weekend since the Inauguration & members of his family can go to Aspen or other locations – for business and pleasure – at the people’s expense.

Mar-a-lago (Not a Complete View)

A Partial Inside View of Mar-a-lago

A Partial Inside View of Mar-a-lago

Local businesses & residents have to endure a total disruption to their lives and livelihoods, with incomes suffering and even identities being called into question when they are returning to their private homes. Not to mention the strain put on the cities of New York and Palm Beach. It costs approximately $3 Million per weekend at Mar-a-Lago. Five visits so far equals approximately $15 Million. Add that to the costs to the nation of securing Trump Tower and you’re talking approximately $100 million from the national treasury to allow him and his family to live in the opulent luxury to which they were accustomed. And he’s only been president for 2 months. The total costs of Mira-a-lago & Aspen & other jaunts down the road are inestimable.

A Partial View of Trump’s Penthouse in Trump Tower NYC

A Partial View of Trump’s Penthouse in Trump Tower NYC

Who knows exactly how much the Trump-family bilking of the National Treasury will cost us, the tax payers, to cover all these unnecessary expenses for the continued future of this presidency. The White House is a palatial residence. Camp David is there for Presidents to go to relax. And to meet with other heads of state. He is the President & not meant to live in gold-plated luxury. Living his high life when he turns around and rips up all the programs that help the less fortunate is shameful. If he refuses to use the residence and security provided all previous presidents, then we should, as a Country, send him a bill for all these added expenses. I would also include New York City’s expenses to maintain protection for Trump Towers which the President has not been using. Of course, it would make sense for his wife to move with their son to the White House & be protected.  It’s the polite thing to do – they’re not the only people who call Trump Tower home. And I am sure there are great schools in the Washington D.C. area. Maybe a charter school is available.

Aspen is described as the quintessential American ski town

Luxurious architecture in Aspen during the climes of winter

Since the President obviously wants to destroy the public schools & all other, non-defense departments of the government, it might do his son good to associate with children from more honest, moral backgrounds. They might be able to teach him lessons his father never will. The games Bannon & the President are playing are not as invisible as they might think. Just leave the White House & stop ripping off the people you promised to help if you were elected. Oh, that’s right: in actuality you didn’t win the election. The Electoral College is obsolete & your Presidency is nothing more than a joke. I am waiting for you to leave voluntarily before you are found out and tried for treason. And I would like you to know we know you lie all the time & then spin the lies about your lies, trying to cause a disoriented sense of reality. You are not fooling anyone. Soon the despotic emperor will be seen for what he is: in place of his new clothes, there will be nothing but his small-handed, naked self. Ugly as Dorian Gray’s portrait in the attic.

Camp David with outside swimming pool during the frost of winter

Camp David Aerial View

President Clinton at Camp David talking with Matt Damon & Ben Affleck – A viewing party for film Goodwill Hunting – Hilary – Robin Williams & other members of the Cast & Crew

John F. Kennedy with John Jr. & Caroline on her pony walking grounds at Camp David

Camp David was Good enough for John F. Kennedy and his family, why Not-My-President? Is it not opulent enough for you? Maybe you need to take a visit with Nature. It might just clear your mind and enable you to see the world with a keener eye. OMG! I must be losing my mind. Who do I think I am talking to?

Shawn MacKenzie

A COLD UNFEELING NON-EMPATHETIC CRUEL HEARTLESS POOR-EXCUSE FOR ANYONE HUMAN. HUMANS ARE ANIMALS & HE DOESN’T LIKE ANIMALS SO MUCH. LOGIC LEADS ME TO THE CONCLUSION HE DOESN’T LIKE HUMANS MUCH EITHER. – j.kiley

Are There No Heroes?

It is important to stand up to tyranny. Those who choose the tyrant’s path are nothing more than cowards and bullies. No more. It is a more than appropriate message for all to heed. Times are changing. And change is not always a good thing. Only when change leads to better circumstances does it deserve to be brought forward to thrive. The US leaders are killing with their changes and must be stopped. Are there no heroes left to stand up to bullies who want nothing more than to destroy what is good and thriving. They must go now. They were never meant to have power. Their weakness will take over their minds and destruction will be their own. – j.kiley 2017

I Woke Up

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steampunk art

I Woke Up
By Jameson Fitzpatrick

and it was political.
I made coffee and the coffee was political.
I took a shower and the water was.
I walked down the street in short shorts and a Bob Mizer tank top
and they were political, the walking and the shorts and the beefcake
silkscreen of the man posing in a G-string. I forgot my sunglasses
and later, on the train, that was political,
when I studied every handsome man in the car.
Who I thought was handsome was political.
I went to work at the university and everything was
very obviously political, the department and the institution.
All the cigarettes I smoked between classes were political,
where I threw them when I was through.
I was blond and it was political.
So was the difference between “blond” and “blonde.”
I had long hair and it was political. I shaved my head and it was.
That I didn’t know how to grieve when another person was killed in America
was political, and it was political when America killed another person,
who they were and what color and gender and who I am in relation.
I couldn’t think about it for too long without feeling a helplessness
like childhood. I was a child and it was political, being a boy
who was bad at it. I couldn’t catch and so the ball became political.
My mother read to me almost every night
and the conditions that enabled her to do so were political.
That my father’s money was new was political, that it was proving something.
Someone called me faggot and it was political.
I called myself a faggot and it was political.
How difficult my life felt relative to how difficult it was
was political. I thought I could become a writer
and it was political that I could imagine it.
I thought I was not a political poet and still
my imagination was political.
It had been, this whole time I was asleep.

Source: Poetry (January 2017)

Jameson Fitzgerald © Jacques Servin

Jameson Fitzpatrick © Jacques Servin

 

 

Jameson Fitzpatrick teaches Writing at New York University(NYU) in New York City

Election Anxiety | What’s Ahead

‘How Understanding Depression Helped Me Through Election Anxiety’
| Review by kiley
Article on Bipolar Advantage Blog

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scary face behind the curtain – by kiley 17

The title intrigued me. No fear – the article is simply written and some is about understanding the Bipolar-IN-Order state of being. Working on mood changes in a beneficial way. No one is perfect so it is a continual process to work toward my goals. Increasing my self awareness is essential. As I state No one is perfect but I am identifying when something is at too high an intensity level. I make a valiant effort to lower the intensity. Sometimes by my partner just saying Stop [I do hear Stop in my own head – not as perfect a method]. Not pretending its easy is important to remember. Patience and letting go into a Zen state – calm state is extremely important to achieve.

The part of the article that pertains to a great many of us who feel Election Anxiety [a major issue at present] and the imaginings of this writer [me]- how I have reached many fantasy levels in my dealings with Election Anxiety. It is a regular discussion in our home – election results – that is. My partner and I banter our thoughts as though in a tennis match. She feels the same about what we are saying regarding the Election Results but we express it in our own way. I imagine most of us think of ways beyond legalities of how to solve a problem like . . . (I even Hate saying his name – it gives me the creeps). When the thoughts of our upcoming future create overwhelming FEAR and ANXIETY – I start using Magic Thinking [it makes me feel better momentarily – but then I keep having to come up with more reasons the Inauguration will never happen]. Does it raise the level of Intensity in a manic state or draw one into a depression or sometimes into the in-between state. Either way there are methods in sorting out and letting go of the pressure.

This post on Bipolar Advantage regarding Election Anxiety is more than just for those who are Bipolar. The message reaches across all who are concerned with the insanity surrounding us in the political arena; and how do we go about living our lives unaware of why we feel such FEAR – F.E.A.R. = (False Evidence Appearing Real).

Spend a few moments and read this article. It may help you find some answers or at least temporary solutions needing repeating.

For Complete Article Click on LINK – it will take you there.

– kiley

Posting Simultaneously on ‘the secret keeper’

Remembering John Lennon 💔

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John Lennon – Instant Karma (We All Shine On)

Today, Thursday 8th December 2016, is the unfortunate Anniversary of John Lennon’s Assassination. It happened around 10:50 p.m. (EST) on 8 December 1980, as John Lennon and Yoko Ono returned to their New York apartment in the Dakota. Mark David Chapman shot Lennon in the back four times in the archway of the building. Lennon was taken to the emergency room of the nearby Roosevelt Hospital. John Lennon was pronounced dead on arrival at 11:00 p.m. (EST). Earlier that evening, Lennon had autographed a copy of Double Fantasy for Chapman.

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'maggie the cat'

‘maggie the cat’

I decided to simultaneously post on ‘Off the Rails – Track 451’, and ‘the secret keeper’, on the 8th of December, to show a solidarity for John Lennon as the Artist, Writer, Song Writer, Poet, Philosopher, and the remarkable Being we were blessed to experience in our life times and all who will continue to remember him. maggie-the-cat-paw-print1Last year, 2015, John would have been 75. I wonder what John Lennon would have gone on to create if Chapman had never been born.

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John Lennon 1980

John Lennon – Stand By Me

Simultaneously posting on ‘the secret keeper’ on 8th December 2016

Shoulders: Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Story

Meryl Streep is the narrator of this emotionally powerful short film.

Meryl Streep Speaking @ DNC for HRC

Meryl Streep Speaking @ DNC for HRC

To prepare, here are some of Meryl Streep’s remarks at the DNC Convention 2016:

“Nearly 100 years after women got the vote, you people have made history, and you’re gonna make history again in November. Because Hillary Clinton will be our first woman president.

And she will be a great president, and she will be the first in a long line of women. And men. Who serve with grit and grace. She’ll be the first, but she won’t be the last.

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Maggie the Cat – Roars & Purrs

I must confess I have the Bern, but after listening and watching President Barack Obama speak at the DNC on Wednesday night 27th July 2016, His fire and the best speech I have ever heard him give or anyone give, not since Lincoln has a President spoke so fine. Barack has the effectiveness to help one evaluate just what is IMPORTANT. Bernie will still be our Senator from Vermont, and will help Hillary when asked and I am sure and hopeful she will work with Bernie toward continuing the revolution he started. I know now we who supported him have to look to Hillary Clinton to lead us in the future after the Obamas vacate the White House. It is imperative our future President needs desperately to be Hillary Clinton. She needs to be our leader and the leader for the Free world.

Watch this video; find Obama’s speech and listen carefully; observe the demagogue DT; think about what you want the future of the USA and the world to be. Do you want it to be free and moving forward creating beneficial change for the USA and the world? Or do you want to eat FEAR every moment knowing DT holds the codes to a Nuclear Holocaust in his tiny hands? It doesn’t matter to Trump. He probably has a luxurious bunker waiting, and the workers probably weren’t paid to build it. DT wants you to be on the edge of oblivion so he can do what? Absolutely Nothing. He has no plans. He wants the adulations not the work. In place of being the nominee for the ‘Republicans;’ he instead should be arrested for all the laws he’s broken and the fraud he’s committed; the incitement to riot; and for anything he has ever done to steal from the vulnerable and his insults to all who are not a member of his perfectly ugly club. He really thinks he’s above it all. I think it’s time to show him he is no more or less, maybe less, than the rest of us. It’s time for him to stop. Shut the F up and quietly slip back into the primordial slime he slithered out of.

Let’s move away from the Gila Monster with his poisonous aspects and true stories of sexually assaulting unsuspecting women while casting it aside as ‘locker room talk’. Girls and woman have been perceived by predators as easy prey for most of our lives. We are objects in the eyes of DT and the men like him. They must cease or be arrested and imprisoned for the prisons they place the women they assault and objectify. So lets move on. Enough of Dork The Orc. Now on to something productive.

Senator Bernie Sanders and Secretary Hillary Clinton worked out the most Progressive Platform of any potential President to use to further change for good so all will benefit in all areas. I want to see the change initiated. Only Hillary Clinton will follow through to help the USA and the world become a more just place in which to live and thrive.

There were things said last night at the DNC [Convention] not known before about Hillary. In the short film ‘Shoulders,’ we find out about a life where encouragement for females was a ‘GOOD’ word. And she has and does so much good for the world, especially for the world’s women and children. She has strengthened and encouraged them to claim their right to be who they want to be and helps them to attain their goals. She will continue to do this.

She will continue to work for veterans and for everyone in the USA and the world, trying to bring the world together. To bring people up from the poverty level. Create jobs for the USA and spread the wealth throughout the world. Watch out 1%ers, your time has come to pay your full dues and back ones too. You will no longer be exempt.

This is the most Beautiful. Sweet. Amazing story of women showing the way to grow in the best way possible and to attain the freedom and recognition we deserve. We are as capable as men. We can do anything men can do. Women can be leaders. Women can be President of the United States of America. With Hillary Rodham Clinton in the White House, I feel we shall see change to follow what Barack Obama has already accomplished even though he was constantly being thwarted by a poor excuse for Republicans I have ever witnessed. The party of Lincoln would be ashamed to be associated with what they have become. What the present day excuse for Republicans is should just disappear into oblivion along with their con artist candidate, and never be heard from again. One can only hope.

We are heading into a new world. The election in November 2016 for the Presidency and for other essential members of the Congress, State and Federal, the Judges, the Sheriffs, and all other representatives. We need to VOTE. THIS ELECTION IS THE ELECTION WHICH WILL AFFECT WHO IS CHOSEN FOR THE SUPREME COURT. It is IMPORTANT who will name them. It’s a matter of human rights, women rights, LGBT rights, shutting down private prisons, free college tuition for state colleges; releasing those incarcerated who should be released for lack of committing any crime. So much more is at stake. FREEDOM FROM FEAR IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST AND RULING OUR OWN LIVES AND HAVING THE FREEDOM TO DO SO.

This is a story. A film which shows how a life is born and directions are taken leading to a special moment that will continue on hopefully in the direction many would like to see it go.

The Bern made this happen for me and many enthusiastic others. It is all part of the revolution. It lives on in us all who fight peacefully for the rights to LIFE, LIBERTY and the PURSUIT of HAPPINESS. We ALL MATTER and even if the Republicans won’t say it: #BLACKLIVES MATTER…I want to add #WOMENSLIVES MATTER. . .And thank you to all the Men who helped all women. Without your help we wouldn’t be where we are now. You supported our Power to be Strong and to move forward toward Equality.”

When you Watch this video, think of the following words:

“We say thank you to all the women who would not take no for an answer: You dreamers and schemers, you rabble rousers and hell raisers, you petticoat abolitionists, you chain-smoking pants wearing exhibitionists, you educators, agitators and aviators, you risk-takers, you rule breakers, you unlikely heroes.”maggie-the-cat-paw-print

And now for the Short Film. Be prepared to be moved. Hillary Rodham Clinton is much more than we ever knew she was. She doesn’t beat her own drum, so we need to do it for her. – Maggie the Cat

FOR FULL EFFECT OPEN VIDEOS TO FULL SCREEN. VOLUME UP ON ‘OUR FIGHT SONG’ IT REALLY ROCKS..

Shoulders: Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Story
from Harry Thomason

An added treat, the song performed first at the DNC Convention titled: ‘Our Fight Song’… If the video on Hillary Rodham Clinton doesn’t get you than I am sure listening and watching ‘Our Fight Song’ will move you into a motion of excitement beyond your wildest Dreams. Be prepared to FLY.

Democratic National Convention – Our Fight Song
[a capella – all sounds are from performers]

“Fight Song,” produced by Elizabeth Banks, Bruce Cohen and Mike Thompkins, features actors, musicians and supporters singing their support for Hillary Clinton to Rachel Platten’s Fight Song. The a cappella video is inspired by the Pitch Perfect films, which are produced by Banks.

Will be posting at a later date on ‘the secret keeper’ & ‘Off the Rails – Track 451’ , a blog I share with my partner. The words and story need to be spread. It is important to take these images and song to your heart and feel it in your soul. Everything depends on change. We need it now. Filled with HOPE and absent from FEAR. Hillary Rodham Clinton is our Hope.

Written by a Bernie Sanders supporter and a Vermonter since 1977. Checked the bias at the door.

Originally Posted on Expats Post on August 1, 2016