Ugly as Dorian Gray

‘maggie the cat’

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

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Remembering All Lost to Terrorism

For All of Us Who Are Different – Who Do Not Fit [ I know I keep changing – Couldn’t possibly comply] – Please Stop Trying to Destroy Us – We No Longer Will Be Invisible and Quiet Ever Again – Stop Trying to Make Us Live by Rules that Shouldn’t Exist [it’s an extensive list] – Stop Trying to Attack & Kill Us – Being Different Is Exceptional – We Are Different – Brilliant! – Viva la Différence! – kiley

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SLITHERING
by kiley

We look for reasons
Where there are none

We categorize people
When it makes no difference

Not one thing makes someone kill
They are not mentally ill

Violence is a whole different thing
It isn’t one chime with one single ring

A soul makes a deal with rules
Others forced to join him on his kill

Innocents must die as a sacrifice
To drown out the demons in his heart

Hatred overpowers what’s living inside him
It satisfies – it justifies

His consciousness is abandoned
Voices from the dark occupy him now

‘Kill the infidels – kill the faggots
Kill the aliens corrupting the world’

Feeding his kingdom with blood sacrifice
Cleansing his world with destruction and hate

The killer obsessed – filled with hatred building
His eyes only see a cry for the slaughter

When he’s done with what he’s done
It’s time to exit – by bullets or bombs exploding

Stealing answers – secreting away the motives
Leaving behind bloody red pieces – a bizarre puzzle

We need revelation’s purpose
Hoping for visions – the clarity of secrets

Writing stories – organizing pieces
It’s what we think should be done

Gradually closing down the nightmares
Ignoring awareness – that others will come

Different locations – unknown and random
One crushing blow follows another

Inside Time – the future waits
The unpredictable guaranteed it will happen again

Invisible the next creepy crawling creature
Slithering from out of any shadow

© kiley 16
Lesbian in Solidarity

Posting on ‘the secret keeper’ simultaneously

Censorship For Word Placement

WORDS SUCH AS: Free, Download, Pharma, Key, Xanax, Viagra for Women, Hypoactive Female Sexuality Desire Disorder. Cure is Orgasm. I am supposedly advertising rather than seeing the words in there sentence structure. I WOULD DEFINITELY CALL THIS CENSORSHIP AND BLACK LISTING. This is just the smallest part of what Google is doing. And I wonder specifically if it is not Government Sanctioned. I HAVE BEEN CENSORED THEREBY SHUTTING ME UP. WHO IS GOING TO ENTER A SITE THAT HAS BEEN RED PAGED. AND CALLED A DECEPTIVE SITE AHEAD. DANGEROUS. APPROACH AT YOUR OWN RISK. – kiley aka the secret keeper

word placement does not censorship make

Appearing on ‘Off the Rails – Track 451’

Google Censorship

It has come to our attention here at Off the Rails, that one of our contributors, Jennifer Kiley, is having her blog censored by Google/Chrome.

Trying to access her blog the other day, we were met, out of the blue, by a “Stop: Dangerous Site Ahead” warning which blocked access. After much research and hair-pulling, Jennifer discovered that Google was cherry-picking words from her blogs, words related to psychiatric conditions and drugs and big pharma, to human sexuality, and what might be considered radical politics, etc, even words and phrases taken totally out of context in poems, for Christ’s sake!

To all who believe in the first amendment and freedom of expression, beware! You could be next. Time to fight back.

Big Brother Google is watching.

 

Remember, Remember….

The 5th of November.

Tis Guy Fawkes Day, once more. A day whose meaning has been muddled by popular culture through the years, notably Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s graphic novel, V for Vendetta and the 2005 anti-fascist film it inspired. G8yHZyP

The hack-anarchists over at Anonymous picked up the banner (and mask) and a modern anti-tyranny, liberal-leaning legend was born.

But how do these representations stack up against the historical Mr. Fawkes?

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My first introduction to Guy Fawkes was when I was 8 years old and we were living in Devon for a year. I knew little of the history then, but certainly enjoyed the fireworks and bonfires – what kid would not? It was only later, as my fascination with history grew, that I looked beyond the sparkling festivities to the story beneath.

Guy Fawkes – aka Guido Fawkes, aka John Johnson – was a Catholic at a time when being Catholic in England was not easy. The Church of England was less than a century old and anti-Papist feeling was still running high. Catholics were still being imprisoned, having their lands confiscated, and worse. It was the 17th century, after all.

After fighting with Spain against his king, James I, and country, Fawkes fell in with a group of provincial Catholics who were convinced the only thing to do was to bring down the government and restore Catholic supremacy across the land. King, ministers, Parliament, the whole shebang, had to go. Thus was launched the ill-fated Gunpowder Plot. Because of his years in the military, the cabal put Guy in charge of the powder.The_Gunpowder_Plot_Conspirators,_1605_from_NPG

So it was that on the 5th of November, 16o5, Fawkes was caught guarding kegs of explosives beneath the Houses of Parliament. Following a seriously enhanced interrogation, he gave up his fellow conspirators, and, in the gruesome fashion of the day, all were executed for High Treason.

So, the question remains, was he a hero or a religious zealot? Were he and his fellow plotters striking a blow against a royal tyrant or looking to unleash anarchy on their homeland? While James I wasn’t a perfect monarch, there had certainly been greater despots before and since. And, aside from their religious convictions, one would be hard pressed to find a cohesive political motivation for the plotters’ actions. They simply wanted to replace the authority of a lawful monarch with that of the Pope, without regard for the loss of life or social upheaval. Religious wars are like that no matter what the age or faiths. Hmmm. In the end,  it can be said that the attempted assasination of the King gave James a period of good will he might otherwise not have had. Certainly, in full, the poem we know of the day is pro-James/anit-Guy.

THE FIFTH of NOVEMBER

    Remember, remember!
    The fifth of November,
    The Gunpowder treason and plot;
    I know of no reason
    Why the Gunpowder treason
    Should ever be forgot!
    Guy Fawkes and his companions
    Did the scheme contrive,
    To blow the King and Parliament
    All up alive.
    Threescore barrels, laid below,
    To prove old England’s overthrow.
    But, by God’s providence, him they catch,
    With a dark lantern, lighting a match!
    A stick and a stake
    For King James’s sake!
    If you won’t give me one,
    I’ll take two,
    The better for me,
    And the worse for you.
    A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,
    A penn’orth of cheese to choke him,
    A pint of beer to wash it down,
    And a jolly good fire to burn him.
    Holloa, boys! holloa, boys! make the bells ring!
    Holloa, boys! holloa boys! God save the King!

In terms of modern politics and those who have latched onto Guy Fawkes as a symbol, in the United States the fundamentalist “religious liberty” types seem to have more in common with him than any liberal faction. After all, they believe their religous faith trumps anyone else’s rights, regardless what the law and Constitution say. They would likely be shocked by this link. But then again, over here ignorance often leads people to get their history wrong. Just look at the Tea Party. Never let something like history or facts get in the way of a little good old fashion demagoguery. God knows the current flock of GOP presidential candidates don’t.

For myself, I must admit to having a bit of a soft spot in my heart for the traitor Fawkes. And, being anti-totalitarian to my core, I am especially fond of his Fawkes-as-V incarnation. Is it historical, no. But it is good storytelling. And that – along with fireworks and rousing overtures – will always appeal to the rebelious 8-year-old lingering inside me.

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WTF Moments…

…to make your head spin.

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Just about every time I turn on the news or read the paper, people – especially individuals who aspire to be President and their minions! – are saying such batshit insane things that I wonder if I have inadvertantly stepped into an Alice-In-Wonderland universe.

Every so often, I will post a few WTF gems here for head scratching, shits-and-giggles, and a little enlightenment.

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“We’re gonna get the wall built…and Mexico’s gonna pay for the wall. And they’re gonna be happy about it…because the cost of the wall is peanuts compared to the kind of money they’re making. Mexico is becoming the new China.”  Donald Trump

  • Is it just me, or has DT been reading a little too much Mario Puzo lately? Aside from the utter ignorance this displays about the global economy, making our neighbors an offer they can’t refuse is neither presidential or neighborly. (I promise to limit DT references in the future.)

“It’s really questionable whether they [Supreme Court] have the constitutional authority to do that [rule on marriage equality].”    Mat Staver – attorney for Kim Davis.

  • Yes, actually that is exactly what SCOTUS’s authority is, as any 4th grader (and even Fox News) knows. Fox doesn’t often contradict its extreme guests, but this statement from a member of the bar actually gave them pause. Is there hope for Fox? Probably not, but they at least called this one right.

“…no one is buying the ‘Denali is what the Alaskans have called it for years’ line. I’ve never called the mountain Denali and neither does anyone I know.” Bristol Palin

  • Obviously she knows the wrong people. Denali is the original Athabaskan name of the mountain and the Alaskan Legislature requested the Federal Government change the name from McKinley to Denali way back in 1975. Not a vast left-wing, Obama conspiracy despite what the Palins might think.

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“The [Supreme] Court has many opinions, but they are not law.”   Michael Peroutka (R), Anne Arundel Country, MD councilman.

  • Umm, yes, they are. Perhaps we need civics tests for those who run for office – weed out some of the ignorance.

“We were fully transparent and deceived no one.”   George Tenet on the CIA’s torture program.

  • Yeah, right. And Donald Trump can make you a great deal on some swampland in Georgia.

“Kim Davis in federal custody removed all doubts about the criminalization of Christianity in this country.”  Mike Huckabee, contender for GOP presidential nomination.

  • It simply means that she was held in contempt of court from refusing to follow a judge’s order, the law of the land, and the legal obligations of her office. This has nothing to do with religion. Nothing at all.

“As we stand here today, you can end this nuclear program today. All you do is deliver bombs on the nuclear hardware. We’re not talking about bombing shopping centers and killing innocent kids in Iran. We’re talking about taking out weapons of death. That’s the nuclear hardware….We know where it is. Go take it out, and it’s end of story, move onto something else. That’ll get the attention of these thugs in the Middle East.”  Michele Bachmann, former GOP Congresswoman from Minnesota.

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  • Serious ‘End of Days’ delusional thinking. Another reason separation of church and state is imperative. This woman makes me embarrassed to be from Stillwater. A lovely town, btw.