Sunday 25th February 2018

smarter than me

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I don’t very often think anyone is smarter than me. But, these teenage survivors of the recent Florida assault weapon slaughter are a big exception to that. These kids are mindful of the state of the world and how it works. They are thoughtful, eloquent and able. They make me ashamed of my own education and abilities. They have obviously had some advantages in life, one of which is clearly a progressive school system. All of the ones I have heard speak, clearly have superior minds and education. I envy the start they have had in life, and I admire them. Expect some Congress members, Senators and maybe a President out of this group. You heard it here first.

In only about ten days these kids have the NRA playing defense. They have forced Trump to at least blather some measure of support for gun control, not that what Trump says one day is any predictor of his actions the next. But Trump obviously fears these kids.

They have embarrassed a major international bank, First National of America,  to end a 10 year campaign of boosting NRA by issuing an NRA credit card. That support of NRA ended the day after the Parkland “kids” appeared in the CNN Town Hall.

They have made Senator Marco Rubio publicly back off from his strict NRA script, and embarrassed the hell out of Rubio on national TV for taking HEAPS of NRA money.

In less than two weeks, their newly born anti assault weapon campaign has scared the GOP enough that Trump, Limbaugh and the FOX News guys are attacking these kids.  When FOX News attacks you, you know you have done something significant and correct.

In only ten days, these kids have raised $4 million dollars to take their fight to the NRA. They are going after NRA in every state and in Washington, DC. We have had lots of mass slaughter in schools and elsewhere in this country with military weapons. Every incident has created some resistance to the financially powerful gun manufacturers. But, always before now, the NRA has owned enough politicians to stifle the public outcry. I predict this time is going to be different.  I think we are going to see some history made now, in a positive way. I salute these teenage American heroes.

Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

 

 

 

 

SORROWS OF SATAN

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Yes, I believe in God. I’m old, and I’ve seen a lot of things, that would make it difficult to not believe in God. The universe is seemingly endless, even though my pea brain can’t really even grasp the concept of infinite vastness. The earth is large and holds many miraculous sights. The seas are deep and mysterious and still mostly unexplored. Man creates technological marvels at a dizzying pace.  All of that argues for a creator of some sort.

Who am I, with my tarnished little flea bite of a soul and my pitiful little joke of an intellect to argue against what I see before me? I don’t do it. There is something beyond my understanding going on, and what the Hell could it be other than God?

Basically, I concede, that there is a God, and that it is not me.

That’s not much, but its enough to build my religion on. My religious practice is to make my mind stop chattering, (you might call that meditation) and then just listen for messages from the creator. I may be deceiving myself, that I am hearing the creator’s voice. It is possible, that I may be just picking up some  stray radio signals from old Jack Bennie radio programs. But, authentic or not, it makes me feel better to do this listening, and I feel like I learn some valuable ideas.

Here are SOME of the ideas, I think, I have learned by just tuning out my own brain chatter and listening.

  1. Human life is universal, we are all part of one large network, we need one another
  2. We are unequivocally the keepers of our brothers and sisters
  3. Selfish is counter productive, if you are selfish, you harm your soul
  4. True joy is found in relieving the suffering of a fellow creature.
  5. True joy is found in humility, arrogance is a poison to our souls
  6. It should go without even mentioning, that killing except in direct self defense, stealing, and infidelity, sexual or otherwise, are very bad ideas. If you practice any of these bad acts, it will come back to bite you in the ass, either now or later, and you will without fail suffer great misery for it.

That is pretty much my religion, and it feeds my spiritual needs. I ask you to note, that I have created my religion without embracing guns, racism, homophobia, or hatred or fear of anyone, no matter how different, they are from me.

I will also mention, that while I am NOT recruiting for my religion, if you did decide to join, you will NEVER be asked to give me money. That is a first principle of my church. Absolutely no donations accepted EVER. I think I have a better program on that point than either Franklin Graham or the Pope. I will never accept your money, not today, not next year, not ever.

Also, my religion is on line, has no scheduled services, and therefore won’t interfere with spending your Sundays with family and friends. You can golfing or go fishing or take the kiddos to the playground, without a speck of guilt.   🙂

Here is a book, I recently read and found inspiring. THE SORROWS OF SATAN

Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

 

 

 

Gun Poverty

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Here is an often overlooked fact about guns and gun violence. Guns don’t just slaughter innocent people, they also destroy families in other ways.

If you live in rural Red State southern Indiana, you can look around you and see families with children in ragged clothes, living in trailers or shacks, while the father of the family is showing off thousands of dollars worth of semi automatic high caliber rifles and hand guns. I call this gun poverty, and it is caused by the huge political “campaign gifts” paid out to Hoosier politicians by the gun manufacturers, who profit off of this obscenity.

Hating Nikolas Cruz is not going to stop gun violence. Voting out politicians who are paid off by the NRA will.

Ron Nesler posting from New Harmony Indiana

GOP Puppy

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I served eight years active duty in the US Army, with fifteen months of that in a combat unit in Vietnam. Those are my credentials for an opinion on military rifles. The AR military weapons are designed for only one purpose, and that one purpose is to kill human beings.  The AR’s are military rifles. They are not made for hunting, and they are not made for playing games. They are specifically designed for killing human beings.

State Sen Jim Tomes of Wadesville tells me, these AR military rifles are needed by all Americans. Sen Tomes gives two reasons for this:  #1 Protection from crime.  #2 for use in overthrowing the federal government, when Sen Tomes and his “patriot” friends think that is necessary.

If you think I am making this up, call Sen Tomes and ask him. He is not bashful about his opinions, and his phone number is 812 985

Those two misguided points are the whole GOP argument for protecting gun manufacturers from civil suits and criminal charges.  And, for taking an obscene amount of money from the gun manufacturers.  Ask US Senator Todd Young and Congressman Larry Bucshon how much money they have taken from gun manufacturers through the NRA. I think you would be shocked.

In my opinion, if you want to protect yourself from government tyranny, you should read a history book and educate yourself. And, if you want to protect yourself from crime, you should double the minimum wage and pass Medicare coverage for all. Nobody benefits from the spread of military weapons EXCEPT those who sell military weapons.

If, you think, an armed rebellion against the US government, is part of the legitimate political process, you are a sick puppy.

 

Ron Nesler posting from New Harmony, Indiana

Turkey reproduction

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Can you connect the dots connecting the recent Wall Street tumble to our war spending and Trump’s Border Wall?

Everything the Republicans DO, (think war spending) is done on borrowed money. Trump’s stupid border wall will be built on borrowed money. The federal government borrows money by selling BONDS. When the government goes too wild on spending, they have to raise the interest rates on the bonds they sell in order to make the bonds MORE ATTRACTIVE to investors. As the interest rates on the bonds go higher, investors pull their money out of the stock market, and put it into high interest government bonds, which are a Hell of a lot safer than the stock market is. Then what you see is just what is happening NOW. As investors take their money out of the stock market and put into safer high interest government bonds, the stock market falls dramatically.

Come back next week, and I will explain how turkeys reproduce little turkeys.

Fine pizza or an exploding head?

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Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

I enjoy long winter time bouts of depression and despair as much as anybody. But, I try to do all things in reasonable moderation. This past two weeks, I have had a front row seat watching corporate and government vultures picking the bones of the weak and powerless. That always puts me in a funk. Greed and bullying are two of the most depressing things I know of.

And, then to top it off, a friend, one of my favorite people on the planet, a good and witty and generous person, cashed in her chips at 46 with a massive heart attack.  I could just sit down and cry. Or twist off and break things. Or, verbally abuse some richly deserving selfish asshole.

But, I have decided to pass on all of those proven stress relievers and just order a huge take out thin crust Pizza with everything, plus extra Anchovies, from Dimaggio’s Pizza in Mt Vernon, and then sit around all evening eating pizza and washing it down with a couple of bottles of Spanish lemonade with real cane sugar, that I have squirreled away for just such a time as this.

If, you are a selfish, low rent asshole, and I do not in any way abuse you, in the next 24 hours, you can say thank you to my magnificent self restraint, DiMaggio’s Pizza and the lemonade produced by those wily Spaniards.

May all selfish, greedy, self serving sissies kiss my rosy red working class ass.

Ron Nesler New Harmony, Indiana

 

 

A poker tip

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Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

I love poker, because the game of Poker doesn’t care, who your Daddy was. Poker is a great bastion of  meritocracy.

I am a pretty good poker player. Ask the little group of New Harmony Indiana Trump supporters, who tried valiantly but unsuccessfully for six years to pluck me like a chicken at the poker table. I sent those self anointed geniuses home kicking their lunch buckets and mumbling to themselves.

I know a lot about poker, and I am not selfish about giving out poker tips to anyone. Here is a free tip, right now:

If you find yourself at a poker table bemoaning the unfair nature of the universe, it is time to seek your entertainment in a different venue for awhile. Because you, sir or madame, are steaming like an 1830’s locomotive, and will get your butt kicked by cooler heads. Trust me on this. Been there, done that and paid the tariff.

Posted by Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

Torturing language

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Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

People my age can remember a time in America when the word tolerance was about inclusion. Not so anymore. The evangelicals have hijacked the word tolerance for their own use.  When they speak of tolerance, they are talking about how much evil they will accept to get their way on abortion. Donald Trump is a moral leper, but evangelicals embraced him, evil and all, because they thought, Trump would help them inflict their superstitions about abortion on poor women.

And, yes, I DO mean poor women, because regardless of what Trump and the 700 Club folks do,  wealthy women will ALWAYS have access to safe abortion. The harm is inflicted on poor and working class women only.

Ron Nesler New Harmony, Indiana

Jesus just told me

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Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

Jesus just told me, if you see your sisters and brothers living in a shit hole, you should give them a hand up, not a kick in the teeth. He said, I should pass this along to Republican Christian Evangelicals.

Ron Nesler posting from New Harmony, Indiana

What manner of beast is Ron?

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What manner of beast is Ron? And, why?

I am often asked, what manner of beast are you, Ron? And, why are you that way?

I am a human creature who hates all bullies, because as a child, I was bullied by a group of older boys.  I am a person who loathes war, because, I served in a war.  I object to rich people picking the bones of the poor, because I have been poor and hungry.  I don’t abide cruelty to helpless prisoners, because I have been shackled and locked up and helpless myself.  I don’t tolerate phony religions used as political weapons, because I have been on a lifetime spiritual quest. I don’t respect lazy people with all advantages, who fail to educate themselves, because I have struggled all my life to educate myself.

I believe that all of us have a built in moral compass, that tells us right from wrong. I believe, that each of us must be our own spiritual guide, because I have unsuccessfully tried finding anyone else to lead the way. I believe in charity and sharing and giving weaker people a hand up, because that is what my moral compass tells me is right. I believe that, when we lie, we defile and weaken ourselves, because I have wounded myself this way. I believe we each have a great responsibility to speak out loud and clear against evil and greed,  because if we don’t, who in the Hell will?

Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

In defense of Jesus

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NOTE TO RADICAL CHRISTIANS: It’s your right to try to improve your own lot by harming weaker people such as immigrant children, I grant you that. But, don’t insult Jesus by dragging his name into it. Every racist, homophobic, for profit money grubber in America wants to enlist the name of Jesus to support their evil.

It doesn’t wash. If you read every word that is attributed to Jesus, nowhere did he exhort people to harm one another. And, you never know, he may be watching you! If, I were Jesus, I would sue the socks off of the radical right for defamation of character. And, maybe flog the bastards, like he did the bankers in the temple.

Turn your sound on  JESUS WAS A CAPRICORN

Ron Nesler in defense of Jesus from New Harmony, Indiana

Fire and Furry Hugely Covfefe

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Ron Nesler New Harmony Indiana

I just finished reading Michael Wolff’s book FIRE and FURY. I take away from it, that being recklessly disorganized and running their arrogant mouths at every opportunity has bitten Trump and his family in the ass. Trump is his own worst enemy. No big surprises there.

And, he never intended to be elected. No one around him thought he could be elected. On election night 2016 Kelly Anne Conway, Bannon, et all hoped only, that Trump wouldn’t be completely humiliated, and thus reflect badly on their work on his campaign.  Trump’s own often stated desire was to become the most famous person on the planet by losing. And, then to spend the rest of his life being fawned over as a  “consultant” on FOX News.  I repeat, that was his stated plan. And, Trump is just as unhappy being president, as we are in having him. He hates it, because it has constraints and limits.

I also take away from it, what I have long suspected, that Trump either can’t or won’t read. And, that he takes in what information he has from watching cable news 10 hours per day. The book also lays out very clearly, that Trump has zero ideological leanings. His opinions are based on what the last person who spoke to him said.  He is not a Republican. He could of just as easily have ran as a Democrat, a Libertarian, a Socialist, a Whig, an American Nazi, a Communist or a guinea fowl. He does not have and does not desire any political ideology.

Trump is 100% motivated by a childlike craving for attention and approval. He wants to be liked and admired. In the book it is revealed that Trump’s own family, cabinet and advisers know this about him. None of them view him as fit for office or even as a functional human being. His family and staff make a full time effort to manage his irrational mood swings. Some of them do it for personal gain. Some of them do it, because they have a sincere patriotic desire to prevent him from destroying the nation.

Trump is a walking talking Constitutional Crisis. He is an accidental, minority president. A fluke of our system. A cosmic joke and an insoluble riddle. He presents our nation with an existential crisis of proportions not seen since our US Civil War. There are no effective provisions in either law or constitution for dealing with the emergency he presents. Left unchecked, he is destroying our government. But, to stop him, may require suspending the Constitution. There are no easy, safe ways out of this.

Ron Nesler New Harmony, Indiana