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.

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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?

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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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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

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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ACCEPTING DIFFERENCE

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by ‘maggie the cat’

Those who are so concerned about what others are doing in their life, and then condemn them if they are different, show a lack of compassion for the individual and the ever aspiring enlightenment of the universe. “They” lack the warmth to truly know the Goddess or God. I can’t imagine a Higher Power who would support a bigot, homophobe, racist, violent, repulsive person who wants to see the destruction of the world, secretly or openly supporting the total obliteration of the Middle East so “They” can ascend in the Rapture.

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Apocalypse by Vasnetsov ‘Attention Deficit Delirium’

Some may say what I have just written is silly but on the contrary, it is quite serious and why the Tea Party and Right-wing Republicans do not support something so peaceful as the Deal President Obama made, with the help of Kerry and others, with Iran, to end their capability to create nuclear weapons. It is why they support the barbaric actions of Israel over the Palestinians. They want the strife to get so out of hand, that the bombs will be used and the area with be totally destroyed. It is part of Revelations and the end of time. Only those who are faithful to Jesus as their Savior with be called up to Heaven.

This is bizarre thinking but I respect the rules in the Constitution everyone has the rights to their beliefs. But actively encouraging and supporting the destruction of a people and their countries b/c of ulterior motives goes beyond believes. It effects everyone in the world if a world who has bombs uses those bombs to settle permanently a dispute that could just as easily, with patience and time, eventually be resolved. But those who don’t want the resolution are dangerous to us all.

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Where Intolerance Leads – Atom Bombs Explode

Using your beliefs for hate and intolerance is not what the signers of the Constitution meant by separating Church and State. Beliefs are meant to be practiced individually or in a consenting group but it should never be used to force ideas onto others who do not believe in the same manner. There is room for all that people believe. We all just need to learn acceptance.

I cannot leave Kim Davis out of this discussion. She is a bully filled overflowing with Intolerance and she was using her job to be a tyrant; to strike down a Supreme Court Ruling of Legalizing Marriage for same-sex couples and giving them Equality and the Pursuit of Happiness. What right does she have to deny anyone a marriage license. It was her job. She was placed in jail b/c she refused to follow a court order. And when she was released stating she would follow the court’s ruling. She continued to find ways to make the marriage licenses invalid by altering them with the words: BY ORDER OF THE COURT. To me that is flaunting her beliefs once again and knowingly invalidating the Marriage Licenses that were issued.

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Kim Davis won’t issue same-sex marriage licenses-they violate the sanctity of MARRIAGE

What makes people hate? Or to show intolerance and become bullies, wielding power to prevent people from having their own happiness. Does Kim Davis get pleasure out of interfering with the lives of Gay LGBT men and women, by denying them (us) their (our) rights, whatever they may be. Who is this person and where does she get the gall to be so self-righteous?

Kim Davis so wanted a prize for her belligerent, bigoted, and uncharitable behavior, she dumped her membership in the Democratic Party and became one of those Republicans we have to watch out for. She felt the Democrats no longer represent her. Of course we don’t. We as Democrats try to be fair and care about everyone, not like those who condemn and sometimes kill those who are different and live their difference openly. Too many lives have been lost due to murders by bigoted homophobic racist bullies.

The award Kim Davis is to receive is “The Cost of Discipleship Award”, and it is coming from the Family Research Council. FRC is considered a Hate Group, Pro-Life and Anti-Gay. They are Fundamental Extremists to the core.

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Remembering Matthew Shepherd

There are almost no more closets. LGBTQI are burning their closets. tearing them down. We are proud of our difference. Some may hide, with good reason, there are so many Kim Davis’ in the world who don’t just deny same-sex marriage but murder anyone who is different, especially if they fall under the category of sexual preference that is other than heterosexual. “LGBTQI are here, we’re Queer. Get over it.”

Gay-Pride Parade

Gay Pride Parade

And get over all the other differences in the world, like someone following a different religion, being from a different country, having a different skin color, speaking a different language, speaking out against injustice, being a women (this is about violence and the inequality women are subjected to constantly), not having money, having way too much money (this needs some alterations), what job we do, how smart we are, being an artist, not being beautiful, being beautiful, being large, being small, being short, being disabled, being any color but white, being white and thinking that makes you superior (you’re not), not being perfect, being mentally challenged… A list that is endless. Accepting Difference is the way and the path toward peace.

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Peace Symbol In Many Faiths

Let go of the Hate and Fear that Difference is going to do you harm or those who are different are out to harm you or will infect you with some alien disease from outer space. Not accepting Difference is where the Harm begins and festers. Grow in awareness and accept the Differences in Everyone. Filling up with Love and Compassion is a Good Way to Be and to Live. –  ‘maggie the cat’

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Rainbow in Hawaii

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See the world…

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds.
See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”

…Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Ever get the feeling that humanity is careening off the rails? That fancy and fiction, witches and wizards, even dragons, are but pale shadows before the daily ignorance, injustice, and insanity swirling round us?

In this country alone, listening to the Republican candidates for president is like stepping back in history to Berlin, 1933. A reality-show star thinks he can rule the nation because, well, trust him, he’s rich, he’s great, and he’ll raise Douglas McArthur from the grave to fight WW III and sort all those pesky international messes. A neurosurgeon – who you think would know better – doesn’t believe in evolution. Anyone who is not white is suspect and lives in fear simply for looking cross-eyed at the wrong policeman. Women are considered incapable of making decision about their own bodies. Thousands of lives lost to gun violence are nothing compared to an antiquated second amendmant that did not account for a standing army or automatic weapons. And the separation of church and state has been so turned on its head that, if some had their way, we would be living in a fundamentalist theocracy. (Irony is lost on the extreme right.)

These are but a few of the vile bothers of the world that rend the spirit and hurt the teeth.

This space stands against them. All.

With rants and raves, reflections and rhetoric, in word and image, we aim to see the world as it is, not as the blind would have us see it. To make a small dent in our corner of the universe. To follow Ray Bradbury’s charge:

“do your own bit of saving, and if you drown,
at least die knowing you were heading for shore.”

Hope you will join us.

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