Trump Never Forgets

So we are deep into the first year of a Presidency that I thought would never happen. I believe my words were that we were not collectively stupid enough to allow it.  I was wrong and the stupidity and the selfishness and the pettiness of this Presidency is astounding. He revels in crowd size and thinks even flood victims gather because he is there… “what a turnout”.

I thought about why after criticizing Obama on vacation time, his followers don’t mind that he takes more time off in multiples and spends more money than any previous President. Why they don’t mind that even as he does spend the money they were so concerned about during the Obama Presidency like a drunken sailor, he is actually spending that money on his own resorts and self dealing in the most transparent way possible.

I wonder how any thinking person, after criticizing his predecessor over the use of executive orders, could set records on using executive orders to get things done, or as is the case with this particular President, to get them undone. The answer is that he does not care what anything looks like, or actually is. He acts as a child does, with nothing in mind but the immediate gratification which the act brings. Oh, and vindictiveness which guides him when all else fails.

This moment, in 2011 guides much of what he has done, and why he is undoing anything he possibly can which points back to President Obama. Trump NEVER forgets a slight. He still talks about the size of his hands. He still talks about the size of his “win”. He still talks about the size of his crowd at the inauguration, and Hurricane Harvey…

I know he still thinks of this moment, and he is the first POTUS to skip this dinner.

2011 Whitehouse Correspondents dinner

A normal person would have taken to that stage and returned fire with better comedy, if that was possible. They did roast him good. Note that he was the only one not laughing. I wonder if he will ever attend this dinner in the future, as President or after the fact. Which could be sooner than his blind followers hope.

This was the moment he thought about as he went after health care, undid protections of national wilderness areas, revoked protections for children of immigrants and trans gendered soldiers. He is trying to erase the legacy of his predecessor and the racists who love him and would, even if he shot someone in the middle of 5th avenue, have no problem with that. He is petty and foolish, selfish and bigoted, and his treatment of anyone who is not rich white and male is abhorrent. To paraphrase Re. Hunter, he may be an asshole, but he’s their asshole… Well they can keep him. Or, at the least, they can have him back when Mueller is done with him.

Media Bias

So I promised to write and then took some time off. I hope the picture makes up for it. I have been exploring Alaska with my friend Ralph since the 4th. Its been a great trip, but much has happened in the last week or so. I am going to do something I don’t usually do and that is complain about media bias, but the true media bias that exists not some imagined liberal bias.

The true bias of the main stream media, and by that I mean the established media, like the Washington Post and the newer outlets like CNN, which is much more prone to this because they are TV news. If the bias was truly towards liberal ideas things in this country would be in better shape and liberals would win elections, but sadly, its not. It is a bias towards sensationalism because everything is based on ratings. Ratings don’t have as much to do with content as much as they do with entertainment value. That is why they will have some idiot mouthpiece on the “other side” of every story whether there is another side or not. More to come on that.

Earlier this week we heard the battle of words bubbling over the top between a self absorbed insecure and inexperienced head of state, whose only real concern is for his own power and only goal is to gain international respect, and Kim Jong Un. We were told that we may be on the brink of World War III because of the taunting that was going on between these two saber rattling crazy people who seemed willing to start a war over who was the toughest talker. Some of the talking heads were really quite concerned, and there was discussion over whether Trump had painted himself into a corner by talking about fire and fury. And he may have. Now he may have to back down which he is not going to be any good at (be honest) or start a war just to not back down. This is not a choice we want this President making.

Then, like from out of nowhere the focus turned to Charlottesville, VA where we had a bunch of white supremacists including neo nazis and the KKK having a rally. Yes, a KKK rally with swastika flag carrying American “patriots” ready to take our country back and fulfill the promises of Donald Trump, according to David Duke, undoubtedly the most famous KKK member in modern times. I won’t get into why there should be anybody in the KKK “in modern times” because, well I just can’t. For a bit of historical reference, the KKK never controlled our country and the closest the Nazi party has come was when George H.W. Bush’s father Prescott attempted a coup to install a Nazi like government in the US and was ratted out by a general officer who’s name escapes me, but, I digress…

Counter protesters showed up which is good because we need the other side of that story for sure. Now, I don’t want to be biased in my views but the Nazis came to party. They were wearing body armour and helmets etc. Violence broke out between the groups which they were obviously anticipating and a guy who had driven in from Ohio, because there evidently aren’t enough Nazis in Virginia, drove a car into the counter protesters injuring 19 people an killing one of them before he fled the scene.

Did you notice I stopped talking about North Korea and the brinksmanship that was about to bring on World War III? Yeah… we didn’t start the week or even this article with Charlottesville. All of the sudden that didn’t matter any more because we had reporters on a scene that could get violent again any moment. More entertainment value. That’s the bias. Lets keep going though. Live violence trumps nuclear war I guess.

Trumpo came out to denounce the violence (that was actually a typo but I liked it so I left it) but once again, he went off script and blew it. On purpose. At first I didn’t really know if the talking heads were being fair. He denounced the violence on “many sides” but failed to call it what it was; a hate crime by white supremacists. It did create a false equivalency between those who were demonstrating for the right to hate and intimidate people and killed a woman in the process, and those who were there to say that’s no what we do here in America, and didn’t kill anyone. It was a mistake but were they reading too much into it? I don’t like Trump. The majority of us don’t. I thought this might be just his normal ham handed bullshit, but it wasn’t.

I saw some additional video where he was asked by reporters specific questions about the support he gets from these Nazis and the KKK and he turned around to go back to the mic. Then he said, they want me to sign the bill over there. He refused to denounce them, the violence or white supremacy in general again after the bill signing. These people are his base. He needs them so he had to leave it blank and let his staff fill that blank later. “Of course when he denounced violence he meant Nazis and the KKK as well…” That was their line, but the Nazis knew the message. They stated so on their sites. He kept their support. Nice job.

So, not only do we have a Nazi problem IN THIS COUNTRY after spending blood and treasure in WWII defeating them. Adolph as a name was ruined forever but these guys think he was right. If that is not scary enough, our president is their hero. He knows it and uses it, which is either a political manipulation and he does not believe what they believe but is using them, or he does share those views and he is actually more of a Nazi than a Republican. He lies to the country daily, so your guess is as good as mine.

Oh, and I hope he does not start a war today (nuclear or otherwise) no matter what Kim does. I think at his core he is a bully and a pussy but this is a war he will send others to die in, so again your guess is as good as mine.DSC05336

And the Beat Goes On

It has been a long time since I have written, which is weird because I do consider myself a writer. Much has changed in the intervening time and I won’t bother going into most of it, but this has been a banner year. I am still at Presidio, the job I had just started when I stopped posting to this blog. I bought my dream home in the mountains, finalized my divorce and I now have a girlfriend, whose company I really enjoy. So why now? Why am I back to this blog?

We as a country and a people are a confusing lot and I want to address that. I have stayed apolitical with my writings here and tried to simply write about life’s lessons and the growth of consciousness towards Spirit. The problem with staying away from politics, as many spiritual people do, is that then our influence in that most important area is not felt. Politics can be icky and we don’t like it. That means that the selfless and spiritual people of the world cede that area of life to the non spiritual and selfish. I do not think every person involved in politics lacks a spiritual bent, but many with that inclination do avoid the subject.

What the world, and this country need more than anything else at this juncture is to have that selfless influence in these political decisions and policies. Staying away from this subject is not an option because it drives society forward, or backward as the case may be. We have, through this political process put in place at the top of our hierarchy one of the most selfish self absorbed and histrionic people to hold that office. This is not a good thing and it took me and many of you quite by surprise. I had been posting many articles to my personal facebook page, and still avoided doing so on my Rev. Doug facebook page, but I still found that many of my friends were supporters of his and in some cases were hurt by some of the things I posted.

Now I have decided that, while this blog will still be dedicated to its original intent, that I will be posting things that will be directly related to politics and the spiritual implications and causes of what is going on, as I see it. My facebook page will still be personal but I have already selectively been posting political commentary there as well.

I am not a reporter, but I don’t believe that people who get a journalism degree are all out there to try to lie to us and push a liberal agenda. I do believe that TV news can be biased in favor of sensationalism and that to a degree, that distorts the truth. There is not really merit on both sides of every situation and the insistance on a panel that profers both sides legitimises bullshit. Oh, I will also be writing in a somewhat frank manner which is more like I speak. I may have forgotten to say that.

When 97% of all scientists say the earth is warming, and the most important factor is carbon emissions, I think it distorts the truth of the matter to enpanel three people on each side of the arguement. When all 17 of our intelligence agencies say that Russia medled in our election through various means, I don’t think we need to hire a bunch of talking heads to tell us that they didn’t. The intelligence community has had its failings, and it is not an exact science. The favorite line is that they missed the WMDs in Iraq but Bush II had the info he liked stovepiped past all controls directly to him so he could re-inforce his views on the matter because he wanted to invade. Our current President would no doubt do the same. He makes up half of his statistics on the spot.

I will not be gentle here, especially with that particular person. I don’t know why I have avoided saying his name but I’m finding it fun and this is my blog, so there. He has made an average of between 4 and 5 misstatements or outright lies per day for 6 months. Politifact rates his statements as true just 5% of the time and mostly true just 12% more. That means that over 80% of the time we are dealing with half truths at best from what is supposed to be a straight talker. That doesn’t fly.

The Republican party seems to be blinded by the possibility of a rubber stamp on any selfish thing they want to do, so we are lucky they cant get out of their own way and do anything because he would sign anything he got a chance to sign, other than sanctions against the Russian government which he took days to sign.

Politics is not the only thing I will post here and I promise not to go a year and a half before I write again. For instance, I am in an airport right now waiting for a flight to anchorage for some backpacking and I will undoubtedly fond things I want to share about that trip. I just refuse to stay out of the fray anymore.

The Boston Marathon Bomber in Civilian Court… and GMO’s?

So it wasn’t that long ago that president Obama decided to take a terrorist named Suleiman Abu Gaith to civilian court rather than invoke the failed Military Tribunals which despite being created many years ago have barely been tried. This drew strong attacks by Senators Lindsay Graham and Kelly Aoyotte among others despite the success rate of these trials. In fact hundreds of terror suspects were run through the civilian court system by the Bush administration without a word of complaint from Graham, but then, this is President Obama so it must be wrong.

Anyone who stood behind the idea that American Law Enforcement is not up to the task of finding and prosecuting these kinds of crimes (and that is what they are) should feel a little hesitant of pushing that argument after seeing the results of the last weeks activity in Boston. 6 days after a seemingly un-stoppable crime, one suspect is dead and the other in custody. Its not a good idea to mess with the FBI and the host of other agencies who worked together with the people of Boston to get these guys.

This country has a good government with high capabilities to take on the biggest problems and threats in the world. I am tired of the government bashing that I hear which is simply a tactic being used to get more of what we do together as a nation placed into the hands of private companies for a profit. The problems we do have are created by the people who want government to be incompetent. Money corrupts and lots of money corrupts absolutely… We have turned our prison system into a profit center and guess what? we have more people in prison than anywhere else on earth and simultaneously call our country the land of the free.

We have a for-profit health care system and not only are we sicker than some third world countries, we pay more for our health care too. We have created an industry out of what used to be farmland to feed the world and now they are growing corn with pest asides built in; that is what is meant by the sterile “GMO” label. They are growing something called BH right into corn and soy which makes a bug’s belly explode when he eats it. mmmmmmm… good.

Our elections are the easiest example of where we go wrong. We don’t care what his record is or what his ideas are, we vote for the guy who spends the most money almost every time. That is why encumbancy is so high in this country. We have even subcontracted our military to Blackwater and their ilk. You want to know why we blew more money in Iraq then we did in WWII? Black water employees make a 4-5 times what our military men and women do, and handily, do not have to conform to the universal code of military justice even though they get the many of the same protections. Take the money and profit motives out and we can see how competent we can be.

We need a government for when things like Boston and 911 happen. We can’t spend all of our time stripping things like FEMA of their abilities or firing cops so we don’t have to raise taxes on rich people. We have a progressive tax code for a reason. A rich person doesn’t feel it when his registration (another govt. fee or tax) is due for his car. They don’t spend every dime on essentials and have to give up heat for food on a bad month. They survived much higher burdens in the past and they are capable of handling them now. The poor and middle class families have been bled. That is why the recovery is slow. People drive this economy. If we want a good economy, we have to take care of the people. Give the middle class guy a tax break and he will spend it on something he was doing without. He puts it back in the economy. The rich man takes it out by banking it. He wont “create” a job until their is a demand for his products and that happens when we are all doing better.

We are all tied together and the government is an expression of our collective will (or the lack thereof) just like the government of every other country on earth. If this is the greatest of them, than we should see a benefit in that because we are collectively our government. Of the people by the people and for the people, right? What happened to that?

One Solitary Life – The Christ Epoch… is here

christ-epoch-cover1Well, Its done. I just signed off the galley for the last book in the One Solitary Life series, authored by my father Anthony J. Fisichella. It took him 10 years to write and it took 4 years and 10 days after he passed for me to complete this for him. The work itself is not finished because it has become my own. I will be doing whatever I can to make people aware of these teachings for the rest of my life, and by no means will it be limited to my fathers teachings. He never laid claim to this as anything he created. We all simply create our interpretation of these kinds of teachings and if we are able to help people understand better by that interpretation it has value. I can say it had value for me but only you can decide whether it is valuable to you.

It will probably be two weeks or so before I hold it in my hands but the book is done. An idea fostered in my fathers mind and nurtured in his heart for over 40 years. The book that became a trilogy out of the necessity of clarity. This is what he set out to write, the story of Jesus as interpreted by an esoteric mind. The mind of a metaphysician focused on understanding the hidden meaning behind the greatest story ever told. Not great because it is about Jesus, or The Christ (a distinction you will understand after reading the book) but because it is about each and every one of us.

My father always maintained that the story in The New Testament is true, even if it was to be proven beyond a doubt that Jesus never lived. Think about that. Even if the central character is proven fictional the story in its symbolic interpretation is unchanged. That is one of the things that make scripture timeless.

Dr. Annie Bessant said in her book Esoteric Christianity (this is a paraphrase because now I can’t find it) “Christianity is an ocean into who’s shallows a child could wade, with depths that would drown a giant”. If the New Testament is really just a historical account, its not a very good one. it contradicts itself and skips around leaving huge holes. If its seen as the hero’s journey and something we can aspire to… If its really about you and I… If it is a single view of a universal truth which is told and retold throughout the religious teachings of the world… WOW

My dad spent his life teaching this. He did a presentation on this whole subject a couple of years before he died that we were lucky enough to have recorded. It was two hours long and covers much of what the One Solitary Life Trilogy is about. Its listed on Higher-Ground.com and there is a link below. If anyone would like a jump on things. Get the CDs and if you do it before the book is released I will send you book III for free.

http://www.higher-ground.com/audio_one_solitary_life.html

Its Alive!

Well after almost six months of planning shopping for a designer writing content and waiting, the new website is up and running. We threw the switch Yesterday. Its not perfect and there are a link or two that will lead to a dead end but its up and I am thrilled.

We used David Frith of Wycombe Web Works and judge for yourself, but I think he did an excellent job. You can view our videos, download or listen to audio clips. There are Articles from the newsletter and an archive of everything we’ve written. You can read excerpts of the “One Solitary Life” books and we will be including audio clips from the Well of Wisdom series as soon as we can.

We even have a place where you can ask a question, and we’ll answer every one of them according to the Ancient Wisdom teachings.

We have sections for metaphysics and meditation along with healthy living and success principals. If there is something you would like to see, tell us and we’ll do our best.

I hope you enjoy it and come back often or just sign up for the newsletter.

The link is http://www.Higher-Ground.com

ISSSEEM Conference

Hi all,

I haven’t posted in a while but its time. I was reluctant to put anything up until people had a chance to find and  watch the Crestone Movie.  Things are popping again and  I have to get back to business.  I took a week off to take my daughter to Vegas to check out UNLV. We did a campus tour that I videoed (is that as word?) and I will post it to my you-tube channel asap. I did a pretty cool video of the Freemont street experience too just for kicks…

Liz and I are getting ready for our next adventure. She will be out later this month and we will try to do the recording we didn’t get to last time. Then we are attending the ISSSEEM conference. Its the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energy and Energy Medicine and it should be fascinating. I will be bringing the camera and Liz is trying to get as many interviews as possible set up with the presenters. This is the 18th annual event for them and it focuses on the intent of the healer. Anyone who knows me knows how strongly I feel about intent in every situation.

My dad used to tell a story about it. He always said, its not what you do, its what you do… I’ll let the story explain. A Samurai warrior arrives at his temple to find his teacher murdered and vows to avenge this unjust killing as his dharma, or sacred duty. He follows this man for two years always seeming just a step behind. Finally he has the murderer trapped in an alley and raises his sword to kill him. In a last act of defiance the murderer spits in his face. The Samurai puts his sword away and turns to leave. The murderer is confused and yells at him.. That’s it? You follow me for years keeping me on the run and in fear for my life and now you just walk away? What is going on? The Samurai turns and says simply, I got angry.

What was a sacred duty would have at that moment become murder because he would have struck this man down in a fit of rage. The intent defines the action.

After the Conference Liz ands I w3ill go back to Crestone. We will start at the Haidakhandi Ashram for a couple of days and then i will be coming home. We will catch up with the friends we made and check in on the drilling situation. Liz will be staying there for a few weeks of retreat starting at The Nada Hermitage, a carmelite Monastary we featured in the video. Then she will be going to the Temple of consciousness and I believe she has at least one other stop.

I will be interviewing her before and after her retreat so that should be really interesting, just seeing the change after a month of living a completely different lifestyle.

Also, I know I have been saying this but the new website for Higher-Ground.com is almost done. I have been checking it at my webmasters site and the content is building. Its totally exciting and I can’t wait until you can all see it.