If I’d lived my life by what others were thinkin’, the heart inside me would’ve died

I was just too stubborn to ever be governed by enforced insanity

Someone had to reach for the risin’ star, I guess it was up to me

"Up to Me" by Bob Dylan)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

"No individual raindrop considers itself responsible for a flood."
Andrew Jackson

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The WHO: Punk Meets the Godfather

The Punk Meets the Godfather

You declared you would be three inches taller
You only became what we made you
Thought you were chasing a destiny calling
You only earned what we gave you
You fell and cried as our people were starving
Now you know that we blame you
You tried to walk on the trail we were carving
Now you know that we framed you

I'm the guy in the sky
Flying high Flashing eyes
No surprise I told lies
I'm the punk in the gutter
I'm the new president
But I grew and I bent
Don't you know? don't it show?
I'm the punk with the stutter
My my my my my mmmm my my my

GGGGG-g-g-g-g generation

We tried to speak between lines of oration
You could only repeat what we told you
Your axe belongs to a dying nation
They don't know that we own you
You're watching movies trying to find the feelers
You only see what we show you
We're the slaves of the phony leaders
Breathe the air we have blown you

I'm the guy etc.

I have to be careful not to preach
I can't pretend that I can teach
And yet I've lived your future out
By pounding stages like a clown
And on the dance floor broken glass
The bloody faces slowly pass
The broken seats in empty rows
It all belongs to me you know

You declared etc.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Wormwood-Absinthe (Mugwort) RE: Revelation chapter 8

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Who's to say that the proximal cause of the toxic waters is not fracking? (The ultimate cause is the angel-wormwood).

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Mom Protests Fracking Near School in MArs, PA

The Crunchkin take on Fracking has been made clear before---but I wish to state that Fracking is corrupt, illegal, anti-nature, based on falsely derived scientific principles and is just plain stupid.

a)Corrupt because it took a false governor (Tom Corbett) who is no friend to Pennsylvania to get fracking into the Keystone State.
b)illegal-because it does not meet the minimum standards of the--- Clean air and water act which was bypassed in the Cheney Loophole of '05.
c)Fracking is a direct violation of nature---
d)there are no studies which demonstrate that fracking is safe in any respect, and the so-called scientists who endorse it have done so for reasons of collusion and are shills.
e) companies like Rex Energy are shameful and so full of wanton greed, that they can invest millions of dollars into an apocalyptic undertaking winner take all without any ethical or moral consideration for the citizens rights.
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Revelation Chapter 8:
10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as if it were a lamp, and it fell upon a third part of the rivers and upon the fountains of waters;
11 and the name of the star is called Wormwood. And a third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter.

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Doobie Brothers Live- 1977

The first concert I ever saw---The Doobie Brothers at the War Memorial in Johnstown, PA---Taking it to the Streets Tour.

Charlie Daniels was the opening act!

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Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Truthdig Debate: Sam Harris vs. Chris Hedges

I find this a crucial debate.  What is most crucial is the angle taken at the origin of ethics. I agree with Chris Hedges account that ethics has its origin in prophetic tradition in monotheism.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Hymn to Broken Idols

Another look at an epic from a decade ago...

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Clean Cut Kid lyrics w/vidlink

Everybody wants to know why he couldn’t adjust
Adjust to what, a dream that bust?
He was a clean-cut kid
But they made a killer out of him
That’s what they did
They said what’s up is down, they said what isn’t is
They put ideas in his head he thought were his
He was a clean-cut kid
But they made a killer out of him
That’s what they did
He was on the baseball team, he was in the marching band
When he was ten years old he had a watermelon stand
He was a clean-cut kid
But they made a killer out of him
That’s what they did
He went to church on Sunday, he was a Boy Scout
For his friends he would turn his pockets inside out
He was a clean-cut kid
But they made a killer out of him
That’s what they did
They said, “Listen boy, you’re just a pup”
They sent him to a napalm health spa to shape up
They gave him dope to smoke, drinks and pills
A jeep to drive, blood to spill
They said “Congratulations, you got what it takes”
They sent him back into the rat race without any brakes
He was a clean-cut kid
But they made a killer out of him
That’s what they did
He bought the American dream but it put him in debt
The only game he could play was Russian roulette
He drank Coca-Cola, he was eating Wonder Bread
Ate Burger Kings, he was well fed
He went to Hollywood to see Peter O’Toole
He stole a Rolls-Royce and drove it in a swimming pool
They took a clean-cut kid
And they made a killer out of him
That’s what they did
He could’ve sold insurance, owned a restaurant or bar
Could’ve been an accountant or a tennis star
He was wearing boxing gloves, took a dive one day
Off the Golden Gate Bridge into China Bay
His mama walks the floor, his daddy weeps and moans
They gotta sleep together in a home they don’t own
They took a clean-cut kid
And they made a killer out of him
That’s what they did
Well, everybody’s asking why he couldn’t adjust
All he ever wanted was somebody to trust
They took his head and turned it inside out
He never did know what it was all about
He had a steady job, he joined the choir
He never did plan to walk the high wire
They took a clean-cut kid
And they made a killer out of him
That’s what they did

Monday, July 06, 2015

Fracking In Pristine Pennsylvania Forests Above Bellwood Reservoir on State Game Lands #158

Click here for Blogsite Researching Impact of Fracking in PA State Game Lands

These fracking operations are visible via Satellite images (google Maps)---find your location, zoom in and once you are focused as close as possible click back to the 'road view' and you can see a network of roads through the state game lands which lead to cul-de-sacs of either slurry ponds (massive crater sites where the earth has been clear cut and then gouged miles wide). Then click back to the satellite site which marks roadways with a translucent white line and you can see that many dirtroads are similarly outlined with the white translucent highlight, though unnumbered.
These may later be road sites but at the present time reveal a lattice network of mining. clearcutting, fracking platforms and actual fracking sites.

I applaud Chris Grant's research work and I see how prudently he is pursuing his research. However, prudence or intelligent caution seems to have little foothold in the Harrisburg---State Game Lands Authority---Corporate Fracking Axis of wanton environmental destruction on an apocalyptic scale, in the hills and streams of Pennsylvania with a complete disregard for the ecosystem and all forms of life, pursued with obsessive, military style strategy and hidden from the citizens eyes.

If one uses common sense and their eyes, starting with the Google satellite views and then confirm these by hiking or biking into these sites, you will be shocked to such great wastelands that resemble a lunar landscape, these very lands and waters which were once the pride of our commonwealth and still are for me, a lover of these wilds. However, the apathy of the citizens is astounding and in particular those men and women who claim to respect the gamelands, who claim to be authentic gamesmen.

Click here for link to political efforts to violate the sovereign citizen rights to the commonwealth wildlife commons

I wanted to show the actual photos of these ghastly, desolate wastelands hidden in the lush forests beyond the reach of the citizens' eyes where only the dirtroads and footpaths lead, however, as I have discovered these very roads are being locked down and entry to many of these sites is Verboten. Nonetheless I have made some treks inland and been shocked and horrified what I found there. Furthermore, I have also led others there and hence have testimonies which can be corroborated by eyewitnesses.

Since we live in a land where "death don't have no mercy" truth seems to be irrelevant and the commons and wilds are being sold to the highest bidders---Texas rangers, unsavory corporations such as Halliburton, whose corruption is well known in the Iraq war thanks to their lying chiefs and the Cheney Loophole.

Finally, I would like to note that the Bellwood Reservoir is being drained as we speak as reported in the Altoona Mirror on June 22nd Click Here forAltoona Mirror Article
Here I want to identify another "axis": The Altoona Water Authority---The Frackers and The Mirror in another potential collusion. All I can say as a concerned citizen is that their activities are being monitored---and that their unrighteous deeds offend the God, the Creator. How these men and women who are complicit or are profiting in any manner from these exploitative efforts can call themselves christian, or Godfearing or how they can even consider themselves as citizens of this great commonwealth baffles me to no end. You take the thing you love and then you pumped it full of toxic waste---ignorance unchecked since Genghis the Khan, and thugs in the government. How can you say you love God and yet utterly waste His verdant Kingdom?

Attics of my Life by the Grateful Dead---Great Choral Arrangement

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

To the cadres of political science elite: I Give you a New Tool for Analysis of 21st Century Cultural Life---Perestroika!

Restructuring (Perestroika) of U.S. Government as Consequence of 9/11

Ironic that the US government followed the Soviet lead with governmental perestroika. Gorbachev's initial move was economic, however the first phase of US. post 9/11 perestroika was the blueprint laid out in the Official Report on 9/11 (doubly ironic---their task was to legitimate the claims made about the 9.11 event, instead the bulk of the text is a clearly written blueprint for the restructuring of US military command, executive powers, and realignment of all governmental hierarchies!)

At any rate the initial move of perestroika was in the US government and only in 2007 did the banking gurus "re-structure" the United States economy in correlation with the the massive alignment re-structuring begun before,during and after 9/11.

The additional spheres of re-alignment are being revealed as we speak--Summer 2015. What or who is the author of the protocol to which the apparatchiks march is not clear, yet it IS clear that there are marching orders and a clear direction of leadership, being played out in conjunction with US leaders and global corporate players, etc... Whomever are bonded under the great banner of Babylon worldwide mammon religion---see origin of $---see also the GREAT SEAL, the seal on the back of the dollar bill, look at Google News any day, etc....

Theodore H. White: On the Fraud and Lies at the heart of American Media

Friday, May 29, 2015

Lyrics to Eagles' Last Resort

She came from Providence, the one in Rhode Island
Where the old world shadows hang heavy in the air.
She packed her hopes and dreams like a refugee,
Just as her father came across the sea.

She heard about a place people were smilin',
They spoke about the red man's way, how they loved the land.
And they came from everywhere to the Great Divide
Seeking a place to stand or a place to hide.

Down in the crowded bars out for a good time,
Can't wait to tell you all what it's like up there.
And they called it paradise, I don't know why.
Somebody laid the mountains low while the town got high.

Then the chilly winds blew down across the desert,
Through the canyons of the coast to the Malibu
Where the pretty people play hungry for power
To light their neon way and give them things to do.

Some rich man came and raped the land, nobody caught 'em,
Put up a bunch of earthly boxes and Jesus People bought 'em
And they called it paradise, the place to be,
They watched the hazy sun sinking in the sea.

You can leave it all behind and sail to Lahaina
Just like the missionaries did so many years ago.
They even brought a neon sign 'Jesus is Coming',
Brought the white man's burden down, brought the white man's reign.

Who will provide the grand design, what is yours and what is mine?
Cause there is no more new frontier, we have got to make it here.
We satisfy our endless needs and justify our bloody deeds
In the name of destiny and in the name of God.

And you can see them there on Sunday morning
Stand up and sing about what it's like up there.
They called it paradise, I don't know why.
You call some place paradise, kissing it goodbye. 

It is an important and elegiac song, being the last song on the album Hotel California and effectively the last statement by the band and reflects on the end of the American dream of the frontier. Critic William Ruhlmann said of it that it "sketches a broad, pessimistic history of America that borders on nihilism."[1] Author James Perone says that it ties "all the previous songs [from Hotel California] together in this final reflection of the dark side of California Life."[2] He notes, for example, how the song lyrics contrast the beauty of the California desert with ugly suburban houses and ultimately progresses to criticize the concept of manifest destiny, on which American expansion to California was partially based.[2] He regards the key lyric to be the line "They call it paradise; I don't know why," noting the emphasis given to it by the resignation of Henley's voice and by the falling melody.[2] Perone does criticize the use of synthesizer on the song instead of actual string instruments, which he feels sounds artificial.[2] To Eagles' biographer Marc Eliot, "The Last Resort" tells "the story of a nation's self-destruction and physical decay told as metaphor for personal creative burnout."[3]
(source: Wikipedia)

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hank Marvin plays Beatles

Johnny B. Goode

Spriritual Retreats at St. Vincent's Archabbey

Yesterday I returned from my self-guided silent retreat at ST. Vincent's---what a rich experience I had! The retreat was 'silent' but I must admit I did not do well with silence---and was talking up a storm. I am reflecting upon this wondrous mystical experience and the profundity of the Benedictine community, their intensity and earnestness in seeking God, and the excellent direction I received. Thanks to Brother Hugh Lester, retreatmaster, Fr. Robert, spiritual director and all of the fellow retreatants who contributed to this much needed time to get away from the day to day workings of the world and to chant with the monks and enter into the mystical, sacramental life of the church! Thanks be to God!

Summer Retreats at St. Vincent's

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Kaligon the Dragon (Dennis Blalock, painter)

"Damn it Pete, Your God is too SMALL" (Dennis Blalock, April 2004)

The Dimensionless Challenge!

How big is Your God---so big that the bigness empties into tinyness? I say, it's not big enough. How about tinier than peering into a Higgs-Boson field and seeing the dimmest visible flickering of energy or light? My friend, I say, that is not small enough!

Bob (Robert Archer Smith) solves this challenge with a wave of the hand: "The universe is dimensionless."

"Dimensionless?" I ask.

"Yes, as the apostle Paul tells us:

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. St. Paul to Romans 8:36-37

"He's so far out the only way out is in..." (Paul McCartney, "The Man on the Flaming Pie")

Monday, April 13, 2015

In my mind, one of the best!

Lido Shuffle 1977

"you gotta have a jones for this, a jones for that...
runnin' with the joneses just ain't where it's at."

Boz Scaggs live 2004

Thursday, April 02, 2015

CIA Apparatchik Discredits a Founding Father

CIA Disclosure concerning Ben Franklin is a Good Example of Orwellian Purging of History

Nice job GUYS of throwing revisionary spin on a previously published scenario ! An "undisclosed" CIA insider analyst (unnamed) reveals a so-called document with no publication date and an "unrevealed author" which vilifies the Founding Father.  Was this article perhaps cobbled together by a comittee, or anonymous scriptor or is it a contemporary fabrication? All that is clear is that the so-called history is disclosed from a "black box" which ensures that it cannot be scrutinized by peer review.

 Directorate of Operations Doc. (b)3(c)

This communique coming from the agency whose modus operandi is to sacrifice liberty for security 24/7---has never grasped Franklin's famous adage: "Those who would sacrifice liberty for security will have neither."
I would keep my bets on the man of integrity rather than the anonymous disclosure of this soviet-style directorate communique.
Franklin himself was aware of Izard and Lee's accusations and in regard to such dirt slinging calmly remarked: "...[S]pots of dirt thrown upon my character I suffered while fresh to remain; I did not choose to spread by endeavoring to remove them, but relied on the vulgar adage that they would all rub off when they were dry (Fisher 1898, p.298)."

It is not difficult to conclude that the direction of the spin reveals two tendencies: a)a tendency to discredit Franklin and b)a tendency to project a contemporary connotation of 'security' in a historical sense. The framing that this document reveals suggests the date of the document and the clue or give-away is the hyper-emphasis on projecting so-called "sloppy security epithet"  upon Franklin which indirectly legitimates the actual modus operandi of this so-called intelligence agency disclosure.  

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Listening To Steely Dan's AJA LP Day Two

More adventures in memory:

"I got the News"---what a wild beat---every bit of it is shimmering perfection! How little of this could be grasped to my worried teen mind in 1977, yet I heard it all. My memory tells me so even as I hear it now. Where have all of these years flown? The late Soviet days, the 21st century grid being seeded in Washington, the super-city infancy, along route 70 to Dulles. Or Howard Johnson's fried clam dinners along the turnpike to the Schuylkill expressway and over the Walt Whitman bridge into Jersey. The 88 Olds' complimentary 8 track tape with "Ruby (don't take your love to town)" and Simon and Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson".