Pope Calls for Global REVOLUTION!!

Pope Francis has called for a global revolution to save and fix the earth and the global “perverse” economy!!  If you’re thinking he is calling for an armed revolt think again.  The Pope is calling for a global CULTURAL REVOLUTION in order to correct the world’s “structurally perverse” economic system by which the rich exploit the poor to no end and with the result being the wholesale turning of our planet into an “immense pile of filth.”  Amen to that!!

Pope Francis

Pope Francis

The Pope stated his position in the latest Papal Manifesto aimed at spurring that highly CORRUPT body known as the UN into taking action in the areas of climate change, domestic politics, and everyday life in general.  Regarding climate change the Pope blames it on an unfair, fossil fuel based industrial model that he says harms the poor the most.  In the manifesto he urges ALL PEOPLE of ALL FAITHS or NO faith to experience an awakening to save God’s creation for our future generations.

What the Pope’s Manifesto is, is essentially an indictment against the global Fascist Corporatists and those who like to claim there’s nothing wrong with our global climate.  Pope Francis said that half-way measures simply delay the looming disaster on a global scale.  He said we need to “redefine” our “notion of progress.”  The manifesto is the first Papal encyclical on the environment.  It is being hailed as a game changer in getting people to think about our impact on the environment and our global economic system which is nothing short of a system of exploitation of the poor and working classes.  Of course the Corporatist fossil fuel energy system was quick to criticize the manifesto saying that “energy is the essential building block of the modern world.”  Sadly, I think they’ve missed the point as usual. What is being called for is NOT the elimination of energy and the throwing back of the human race into the Stone Age but a revamping of what we use to produce energy such as changing from fossil fuels to energies like solar, water, wind, etc.  Also being called for is a redistribution of wealth and an end to the rich exploiting the poor and working classes at every turn. Continue reading

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El Exorcismo de Mejico! — The Exorcism of Mexico!

With all of the violence, murder, death, and drug running I guess people grow desperate and conclude that anything is worth a try to rid their fair country of such evils.  And that, apparently, is what Mexico has concluded and in the latest bid to rid their country of such evils they’ve resorted to a NATIONAL EXORCISM!

demon1The question is can an entire nation become infested with demons?  Some say yes while others think the notion is ridiculous but for people like Catholic Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniquez, the Archbishop Emeritus of Guadalajara, the suspicion that an entire nation can become invested with demons is NO JOKE.  Seems the Archbishop Emeritus conducted a national exorcism behind closed doors last month which is the first ever in Mexico’s history, apparently. But the Archbishop Emeritus was not alone.  He was assisted by Archbishop Jesus Carlos Cabrero of San Luis Potosi along with a small group of priests and lay people.  And assisting in the national exorcism was Father Jose Antonio Fortea who is a Spanish demonologist and exorcist.

The national exorcism of Mexico took place on the 20th of last month (May) in a cathedral in Mexico and it was not published beforehand in order to avoid any misguided interpretations about the ritual.  Fr Fortea believes that the more sin increases in a country, the more it leaves people “open” to demonic temptation.  He also noted the increase of witchcraft and Satanism in the country which he believes opens the door for dark forces to manifest in the world. Fr Fortea is not the first to before a mass exorcism.  St Francis once exorcised the entire Italian city of Arezzo.  He cautioned that things in Mexico will not change right away and he noted one exorcism does not drive out all demons in a country.

Now before you go to thinking this is all poppy-cock, think again.  I’ve seen plenty of people in my life that I’m pretty sure have been possessed by something, but an entire nation?  And Mexico the 2nd largest Catholic country on the planet?  Frankly, I’ve never considered it but I know one thing and that is this………..

MOST of the time when we go lookin’ for demons…….

we need NOT look any further than the HUMAN RACE!!

Humans are capable of doing horrendous things and we see these things committed by human beings daily in our news.  Are these people possessed?  Maybe but that’s a topic for another later post perhaps.

I see this Exorcismo Magno as one more act of desperation of the Mexican people, frankly, to rid their country of the crime, violence, drug cartels, and corruption that runs all the way from the local dog catcher up to the high offices of the federal government.  The Mexican people, like many other people in many other countries, are tired of the SOS, greed, and government corruption that today seems to permeate our institutions on a massive and unprecedented scale in every land.  When people grow desperate they’ll resort to just about anything.   Even Exorcismo Magno!

Corruption in Mexico is well known.  It runs from the local level all the way to the federal level.  But, it you think Mexico is the only country with such distinction you couldn’t be more WRONG!  Almost every other nation on this planet is in the same boat!  Sadly, we are increasingly living in a Fascist Corporatist World, in which, the international corporations literally OWN our governments and they use them to do THEIR bidding.  And the people? I believe the general attitude in that circle is “to hell with the people!”

Honestly, in reading about the Exorcismo Magno in Mexico I’d say what we may be in need of is a PLANETARY EXORCISM!!  Hey it can’t hurt can it?

We may be living in an increasingly Fascist Corporatist World but we are also increasingly living in a world in which the common working man and woman have had ENOUGH!  We down here on Main Street on on to the game the Corporatists are playing.  It’s called the Game of Unbridled GREED!  And, sadly, we down here on Main Street know that WE are the ones paying the ultimate price for that diabolical game!!  Civil unrest and public outcry are mounting and I believe that is a GOOD THING.  People need to speak out!  People need to expose the corruption and evil that is going on!  We The People of Planet Earth DO NOT want to live in a consumer driven, greed ridden, Fascist Corporatist global empire…PERIOD!!!!!

So I started out reading about the exorcism of Mexico as a skeptic taking it all tongue and cheek.  But now?  I’m not so skeptical, frankly.  What if the Exorcismo Magno works?  Even if just a little.  Even if it begins to break that YOKE that has been put around the necks of the common people by the Corporatists!!  And that’s what’s important isn’t it? Being FREE!  Free from being the pawns of the Corporatists whose only goal in life appears to be to amass massive amounts of money at our expense no matter what the cost for us down here on Main Street.  Free from their unbridled and, frankly, purely EVIL GREED that has, in fact, ALREADY driven them INSANE.  Most people I know DO NOT want to live in a world in which humanity is reduced to mere consumer machines.  MOST people I know want to live in a world or REAL HUMANITY, in which, EVERYONE is valued and respected as HUMAN BEINGS first and foremost.

So I end up glad that the clerics in Mexico performed a national exorcism and I encourage them to GO BIGGER.  Do a GLOBAL EXORCISM because it sure as hell can’t hurt!  Now, where’s that damned holy water I got yesterday?

Source:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/catholicnews/2015/06/what-happens-when-an-entire-country-becomes-infested-with-demons/

 

MLK — A Time to Break Silence

On 4 April 1967 Dr Martin Luther King gave his first major public address regarding the war in Vietnam.  The address was delivered to laity and clergy at Riverside Church in NYC.  Sadly, he delivered this address only one year prior to his assassination.  In the address, commonly known as “Beyond Vietnam,” Dr King spoke out harshly against the war.  Many civil rights leaders at the time condemned him for his comments as they thought his comments would hurt their cause.  His words angered President Lyndon B. Johnson at the time to the point that Johnson revoked an invitation to the White House for Dr King.  MLK once said, “The calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak.  We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but WE MUST SPEAK.”

MLKDr King began his address by pointing to statements made by an organization of clergy and laymen concerned about the war.  He referenced one statement in particular which said, “A time comes when silence is betrayal.”  Dr King said that time had come for us in relation to the war in Vietnam but it is just as applicable today in light of the present state of our nation.  The silence of the masses of Americans has come to betrayal!  No longer can we afford to be silent as we watch the Corporatist pillage our nation economically and in terms of basic human rights!  We The People MUST break our silence and SPEAK OUT in an effort to end this wholesale destruction of our nation and our society for the sake of PROFIT for the FEW!  Many of us wish to THINK we are “patriotic” but just how patriotic is it to be silent when you sit and watch the destruction of America and American society?  That’s NOT patriotic at all.  That’s BETRAYAL!  And that is exactly what Dr King was talking about because that is what many Americans were doing in the days of the Vietnam War.

Dr King went on to say that the mission to speak out is a “most difficult one.”  He said, “Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government’s policy…”.  Sadly, in America today we have an increasing system of Corporatism in which and through which government that is suppose to represent the people is used, instead, to do the bidding of the corporations.  Government policy is becoming more and more bent towards the corporations and less and less towards the common American living on Main Street.  We all know this because it is a truth within us that eats at us many times but, yet, we are reluctant to speak out, stand up, and oppose just as Dr King pointed out.  He went on to note that the human spirit does not move without “great difficulty against all the apathy of conformist thought…”.  Again, his words rang true and still ring true today.  We Americans have become a reluctant people.  A people perhaps with too much comfort and certainly a people with far too much apathy.  Instead, conformist thought is embraced because we have deemed it too risky, too difficult, to speak out and oppose the greedy Corporatists who now own and control our nation.  Sadly, conformism has never gotten a people anywhere worthy.  In fact, conformism has usually ended with the end of a people and the end of a nation.  Our spirits have been dulled and even quenched by our entertainments and we have become far to concerned about our cell phones and to less concerned about the plight of our fellow human being and our children! Is it any wonder Americans are so apathetic and lethargic to the issues that REALLY matter?  Not really.   Continue reading

What do Democratic Socialists want?

Democratic Socialists want a government and economy that benefits all and just not an elite few.  They also want a government that protects its citizens human rights, advances their standard of living,  promotes equality, and plans for the welfare of future generations by reducing the effects of climate change.  Below are a few things Democratic Socialists stand for in more detail:

Guaranteed Housing — Government should ensure that no one is homeless by providing the basic essentials of housing.  Local governments in the US that have paid to have their homeless housed have found that it is far more cost effective than simply leaving them on the streets.

Universal Health Care — Health care should be a human right!  Although Obamacare is a start it is not a final product.  Some, such as myself and Sen Bernie Sanders, advocate for a single payer system.  Eventually what needs to happen is Medicare being extended to every American as it is a system already in place.

Free education — Some countries like Finland pay the tuition for their students and pay them a monthly stipend for their living expenses.  Such countries are investing in their youth and ensuring that when they graduate they do not have massive amounts of needless debt.  Why is America not doing this?  Why is America not investing in its youth? We SHOULD want our citizens to be intelligent and we SHOULD have a robust education system.  Education should be free for Americans!

Transportation — All Americans should have access to transportation.  This does NOT mean giving every American a new car.  What it does mean is enlarging our public transit systems across this nation so that all Americans have access to them.

Guaranteed Employment — Anyone wanting to work should be able to find a job.  Workers should have the right to be treated with respect not as serfs.  They should also have the right to unionize and bargain on their own behalf for their betterment.  America should have a system of employment which benefits our society and the worker at the same time rather than primarily benefiting the elite few and making them evermore richer.  Our current employment structure simply allows the worker to survive while others (the owners) reap the profits.

Universal Income — every American should be guaranteed basic income and be encouraged to work at a job to supplement this income.

Climate Change — climate change is not a question but a REALITY!  We see the signs all around us in our changing environment.  For far too long big industry has polluted our environment and it’s time they be forced to be responsible!  New technologies MUST not only be developed but MUST be employed that are more climate friendly. This change should have been made long, long ago but wasn’t because big industry only saw PROFIT and to hell with the poisoning of our planet!  It’s time they be held to account and FORCED TO CHANGE!

Finally, the motto of COMMUNISM is “from each according to their ability, to each according to their need.”  That is NOT the motto of DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM, however!

The motto of DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM is:

“from each according to their ability, to each according to their contribution.”

 

Source:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/06/07/1389039/-Bernie-Sanders-is-a-democratic-socialist-but-what-does-that-term-mean

 

Sanders Calls for Political REVOLUTION !!!!!

Commentary by Rob Lorez—

Vermont Senator and 2016 presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders speaking at John Hopkins University today called for a Political Revolution across America.  During the Q&A session one student from Finland revealed that his government does not only pay his college tuition but also his living expenses and Sanders replied that he liked that concept.  Sanders has previously advocated for free tuition in the US for American students.  Sanders then asked the group why something like this isn’t happening in the US.  He said that it was time the US invest in our youth and something along these lines would be a good start.

Sanders also told the group that it’s time people get involved in this country including getting involved in politics even though it might be not cool to do so.  He joked about the evil consequences of places like Finland and Denmark and their “European Socialism” and received laughs from the crowd.  Participants also asked Sanders about his stance on paid maternity leave (he supports it), foreign policy (he was a leader in opposing the war in Iraq), the federal minimum wage (he says it should be $15 p/hr), and other issues.  During the meeting Sanders described himself as “just a regular person who happens to be a senator.”

Sanders is actually a socialist but he caucuses with the Democrats and is seeking the 2016 Democratic nomination for POTUS.  He is tagged as an independent.  His form of socialism is less intellectual and more populist.  He cites the major issue facing the US as the “grotesque level of income and wealth inequality.”  He has often advocated a redistribution of wealth and stated that there is something fundamentally wrong when the top 1/10th percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 99%.  At the session today Sanders said, “There is something profoundly wrong when 99% of all new income generated in this country goes to the top 1% today.”

Sanders holds to the view that gross wealth inequality has corrupted American culture and society and also our government and politics.  He said, however, we don’t talk about these issues because the people (corporations) who “own the country” don’t want us to.  He also noted the recent SCOTUS Citizens United decision removing campaign donation limits  as one of the worst decisions in American history.  He says that decision has opened the floodgates for moneyed interest in politics.  In other words, the one with the most money (campaign contributions) wins the election!

Sanders did not attack front-runner Hillary Clinton in today’s session and, in fact, has not attacked her policies directly.  Clinton is part of the 1%, however, and she is raising money for her presidential campaign on Wall Street and other large contributors.  Clinton is just another Corporatist who, frankly, couldn’t care less about the common American down on Main Street.  Yes, it would be good to have a woman POTUS but Hillary is NOT the one in my opinion!

During today’s session Sanders said, “What I’ve called for in this campaign is what I call a POLITICAL REVOLUTION.”  He told participants they must go into their “heart of hearts” and look around at the state of the country today and recall all those who have died in our history trying to protect American democracy.  He said, then you must ask, “Are you content with where we are right now?”

Politics has become BIG MONEY even more so than in the past.  America has become a Corporatist state which is moving us to become a Fascist Police State.  But this should not surprise any of us as the current people and corporations that own this nation are the SAME who financed Adolf Hitler more or less including the Bush clan et al.

President Barack Obama promised “Change” but he’s delivered very little.  What he’s given us is a HIGHLY watered down form of Democratic Socialism and he’s disappointed almost everyone who voted for him both elections.  He said there was something “fundamentally” wrong in America and politics and he promised not to listen to the corporate lobbyist and have a highly transparent administration.  Yet, he’s delivered just the opposite!  American politics is more corrupt than ever!  What is fundamentally wrong in this country is EXACTLY what Senator Sanders says about wealth inequality.  The few own everything while the masses own NOTHING!  That’s why growing numbers of Americans feel like they are mere SERFS and their voices are NOT heard on Capital Hill any longer! Further, we really don’t invest in our youth in this country because if we did we’d be doing the same thing Finland and other countries are doing by giving our youth FREE EDUCATION, student stipends, and ensuring that when they graduate from college they do NOT have a massive amount of debt due to student loans.

Sanders may not win the election but my hope is that he can begin a conversation in this country that will lead of a political revolution PEACEFULLY.  Hopefully, he will push Clinton more to the left and out of her current centrist position so everyone will see clearly that she is, in fact, just another Corporatist financed by big money with no real concern for the masses on Wall Street.

 

Source:
http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/sanders-calls-political-revolution_963850.html

America’s Rise to Socialism

The status quo is NOT working for growing numbers of Americans today and although “socialism” has been a bad word for many Americans that’s beginning to change as the economy continues to decline and as the gap between rich and poor continues to widen.  More and more Americans are finding that they are not in the upper classes but in the working poor lower classes.  More and more Americans are increasingly upset by the unbridled greed that seems to control this country.  And more and more Americans are finding out that the “American Dream” is a myth for them!

Socialism has always been equated with such nations as the former Soviet Union but what the Soviets had going on was NOT democratic socialism.  I call their form of government “Sovietism.”  What they had going on was a virtual police state and that’s not what Democratic Socialism stands for nor advocates at all.

Yesterday Senator Bernie Sanders who has thrown his hat into the 2016 presidential election appeared in Iowa.  Overflow crowds showed up to hear him speak in Ames, Davenport, and Kensett.  Sanders said that Americans are tired of the status quo, the overwhelming greed in this country, and established politics.  “People want a movement,” Sanders said, “to be part of a movement that takes on the billionaire class.”  He went on to say that we have a “..handful of people in this country with enormous economic and political power who are getting it all.”  Sanders may not win the nomination or election but he is already putting the pressure on front-runner Hillary Clinton causing her to begin to shift from the middle to the left.

Sanders wants a redistribution of income, an increase in social security benefits, in-state college tuition abolished, and a single payer national health care insurance like that found in Canada or the UK.  He also wants government to reign in the rich and powerful especially the corporations.  These are all socialist ideas as Sanders is a socialist who runs as an independent and caucuses with the democratic party.  Front-runner Hillary Clinton is a CORPORATIST and a GLOBALIST plain and simple!  She’s part of that 1% rich and powerful and she is NOT what working Americans are looking for in the next POTUS.   Continue reading

Trash Obamcare? BAD Idea!

The SCOTUS is set to rule in the next few weeks on a suit brought about by Republicans claiming that language in the Affordable Healthcare Act authorizing government subsidies for people who can’t afford health insurance applies only to states that have set up their own insurance exchanges.  Most states have not set up these exchanges so they rely on healthcare.gov.  If the Supreme Court rules in favor of Republicans then millions of people in this country will lose their health insurance as government subsidies will only then be given to people who live in states that have set up their own exchanges.  Where would such a ruling put us?  BACK TO SQUARE ONE!

Millions would lose their health insurance and unable to afford it they would simply do without and have none.  This would put us right back to where we were in this nation prior to the passage of the ACA at which time millions of people in this nation were uninsured and health care costs were skyrocketing along with health insurance premiums. Once again these people would use Emergency Rooms and Urgent Care centers as their primary medical care and they would not be able to pay.  Someone has to pick up the cost and that cost would be picked up by the US taxpayer, again!  ER’s cannot refuse to treat someone with or without insurance.  They are obliged under law to provide any and all care necessary to stabilize the individual.  YOU would pay for that!

Obamacare isn’t perfect and President Obama stated such at the time of the passage of the ACA.  But it is a starting point and it’s better than no starting point at all which is what we had prior to Obamacare.  Republicans think they are helping the American taxpayer but, in fact, if the court rules in their favor they will be hurting the American taxpayer as we would have to pick up the tab for those who can’t afford health insurance, yes again.  Something tells me that House Republicans are ignoring this glaring fact as I don’t believe they are actually that ignorant.

Once again we have the “haves” setting up a conflict with the “have-nots” which, sadly, is so typical in American society.  Oh yes, I know all of the thinking and myths like “welfare is a crutch,” or “get a job, ” blah, blah, blah.  Talk is fine but where’s the action?  And btw do we as a society not have an obligation to help those that are less fortunate?  As Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, etc do we not have a moral and religious obligation to help the poor, widowed, and fatherless?  Sadly, many religious people simply wear their religion on their shirt sleeves and only follow its teachings when it suits them.  But that is NOT what a true believer does!  A true believer (someone who really is going the Heaven) knows they have an obligation to help the less fortunate and they put that obligation into ACTION by helping them not ignoring them or not by making their plight and suffering worse!

No matter what their circumstances we CANNOT and MUST NOT go back and allow the poor and working poor to be uninsured.  We have an obligation to help them and help them improve their life circumstance.  But that can’t happen if we are continuously setting up conflict between those who “have” and those who “have not.”  There is, in FACT, a growing ABYSS between those two groups of people in America and some day that divide is going to cave in and all hell is going to break loose in this nation.  It’s just a matter of time.  Is that what we desire?  Do we wish to see civil unrest in this country on a scale never imagined?  Do we wish to see our nation and our people break apart and at each others throats?  Frankly, I do NOT think that is what MOST Americans want at all.

I often hear Obamacare referred to as “socialist medicine.”  So be it call it what you want.  It’s been needed for a long, long time!  A little bit of socialism never hurt anybody especially when it actually helps the less fortunate and compels us to carry out our moral and religious obligations!  I would urge the court to rule AGAINST House Republicans because if they don’t they are going to put this country back to square one with MILLIONS OF UNINSURED AGAIN!