One does not rule a country for over forty years without having a colossal ego, intense personal confidence, and the ability to adjust to situations. Muammar Gaddafi accomplished what few in his oppressive Libyan culture ever could even dream of executing. From his days of sleeping in a mosque during the week and then walking twenty miles home for the weekends as a young child to becoming a force in influencing events throughout the world and being labeled as the: King of Kings, he had overcome numerous assassination attempts, pressure from powerful foreign leaders, and changing world events. He knew power and how to keep it.
No St. Cenk, No Peace
Know St. Cenk, Know Peace
It does appear that not so Young Turk, Cenk Uygur has the same complaints as Simple Sarah when discussing the lamestream media. He is determined about not taking his not getting a permanent MSNBC spot lightly. He is making the rounds to crow about how his criticism of President Obama was the reason for not getting to be a television star. It's okay Cenk, Huffington Post still loves you and Beck came out in support of you. You and Simple Sarah play the victim card in very similar ways. Oh, did I offend his followers by that last statement? I only did so because I wish for his success. Does one dare criticize one of the progressive movement's chosen people? Even when he acts like a pimpled-faced sophomore that got turned down by the cheer queen for a date to the Homecoming Dance? I imagine so, for it is taking on a treasured taboo. But what the hell, let's go have some fun. Not like I haven't been called everything on the Internets before this day.
The demented chain-smoking, serial killer admiring, Christian mocking, humanity hating, verbose crazed writer and supposed philosopher Ayn Rand's sick influence continues to pollute our everyday world in head-shaking ways. It isn't bad enough that her unhinged views are introduced each year into our public schools via essay contests sponsored by the Ayn Rand Institute, a vile right-wing propaganda hate center. Why these books are allowed in our public schools is a good question to ask school boards. I find it fascinating that the Ayn Rand Institute is a non-profit (503 c) agency which is a hilarious contradiction to those in the know about her naïve free-market rants presented in her books, essays and Objectivism bullshit philosophy. The big, bad free market dolts are a non-profit? Oh, it is all too much for a rational mind to comprehend.
Our national and most individual state economies are in rough shape and people are desperately searching for ways to save money. States have prisons to run, schools to fund, police to protect and serve as well as health care costs dealing with both physical and mental health issues. Since mental health clients have traditionally been some of the most often neglected, and ignored they are one of the first populations picked to have services and key programs eliminated. I am a traveling psycho-social rehabilitation mental health counselor in the state of Idaho. The state has announced plans to totally eliminate the psycho-social rehabilitation program. This move would be pure insanity. Here is why.
I am writing this in hopes of persuading some of my fellow lefties that President Obama has done numerous, progressive things which are improving human's lives. To illustrate my contention, I am going to share observations from my life that takes events from the abstract to the concrete. Some details could help. I am a traveling mental health counselor in a red-neck state, Idaho, in private business that is dependent on Medicaid funds. I have seven male clients dealing with the challenge of schizophrenia. I have two boys ages, twenty and twenty-two. Three of my clients are Native Americans, two from the Nez Perce tribe and one from the Coeur d'Alene tribe. Two of them use wheelchairs to get around. Let's start there.
This post is for all those who have an elderly parent or maybe a special friend that is moving toward the end of their life.
They are playing a game. They are playing at not playing a game. If I show them I see they are, I shall break the rules and they will punish me. I must play their game, of not seeing I see the game--R.D. Laing
But not today. Today I break the rules of the game.
I ran into Bobby's elderly mother who I had not seen for over 25 years at the local grocery store. She called over to me and we greeted each other and chatted for a few moments. As she slowly moved away, I thought there is a casualty of another stupid war who will never be recognized or acknowledged. She took her son's death very hard as he was her only boy. I went home with this in mind and was surfing around on Stumbleupon and the first video up was Amy Goodwin of Democracy Now fame giving a 30 minute speech on how our media is filtering the news to brainwash us all about the war. They had even gotten to me-an old hippie war protester, and I got all wound up. I went on walk near the river and got this intense memory of the time Bobby got hot in the second half of a basketball game forty years ago. He made one shot after another and I kept feeding him. Boom! He made another. Swish! he banked in another from an impossible angle. I saw that smile, with the gap in the front two teeth. I hadn't thought of my childhood friend in detail for many, many years. I went home and wrote the diary.
The grand kids were all in the living room watching Scoopy Doo Laugh Olympics when a commercial came on asking for donations to African orphans, with sad music and graphic pictures of suffering. Grandma sprinted over to the television to turn the channel. "Why do they show this stuff on television?' she asked to nobody in particular. That's us folks. We can't be bothered with anything unpleasant,and our Big Brother media, now controlled by only five major corporations, "protects" us by focusing on a dazzling loop of distractions from O.J. trials to John Edwards affairs to the latest Simple Sarah Palin crap. We fall for it and we should all be ashamed. Especially me. I should know better.
Now that Barack is President-man that feels good to say-I am hoping that we can do something about the millions suffering from various forms of mental illness that wander our streets in every major city and most small towns. The public scorns them, judges them falsely but mostly ignores them. These lost souls could be helped with some simple health care reform that would allow them to be diagnosed, medicated and surrounded by a good health team. I am looking forward to getting health care myself but getting help for the millions of mentally ill is what I look forward to the most about health care reform. This diary shares some short stories about Tom, a man who deals with the challenges of paranoid schizophrenia daily.
Simple Sarah Palin studied in Moscow and the Mainstream Media seems asleep to this revelation. It is up to me to report this startling fact.
I am a mental health counselor specializing in schizophrenia. It seems to me that a case can be made that many Christians today believe in ways that one could and should question their mental health. We underestimate the power and numbers of these poor scared souls who follow cultish, irrational and Anti-American End of Times Christian leaders who do not share core American values and beliefs. For some reason it is taboo to even talk about this subject without being branded as "intolerant" or full of hate. So this subject stays hidden and political policies are pushed on all of us by End of Times true believers
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