I’m a Good German …

“Be excellent to eachother … or else”, or so says Docudharma. Seems that it applies more liberally to some than others, but such is life, right? I’ll do my best below, but if I deserve the “or else”, then “or else” it shall be …

Over the past couple of days, me and the other 250,000+ protestors here in PR who have been participating in peaceful civil disobedience, have been scathingly referred to as Nazis, Socialists, Communists, Anarchists, Fascists, Chavistas, Terrorists, Unpatriotic, Dangerous to our Way of Life, as well as the more friendly, Worthless and Laughable, ad nauseum … and these relentless screeds by the far right administration and their 30% +/- dead-enders mean … absolutely nothing! Doesn’t even get a rise out of me more than a laugh or two … what else do they have but to hurl insults, attacking and distracting with scary language … anything to stamp out the growing clamour againt this callous administration.

But when someone on the left, supposedly one of the good guys, someone I’ve read for years … when someone here starts going all Godwin on me … well, let’s just say it’s produced a bit more than a rise … and then came his immediate ex cathedra, and just the inherent arrogance and authoritarianism of even using such a phrase … even in jest – which it wasn’t – was enough for me. I’ve stewed and chewed it over for a few days, dialed back my anger … tried to find my better angels … closed my eyes and just started typing. A couple of hours and around 5,000 words later … this is what came out.

Then a little bit more editing and deleting, as best I could, any really over-the-top or angry rhetoric, and a bit of formatting and here we are. In any case, it’s been a great catharsis for me … a few may agree with my perspective, I suspect many more will not. And that’s ok. I’m not here to impress, but to express. I’ve also tried to express myself in my own quirky, sometimes funny way, at least to me … but there’s really nothing funny about it.

After all’s said and done it’s a bit of a read, I apoligize in advance for its’ length … so if you’re not into spending / wasting 15 or 20 minutes, or would prefer a lighter essay on this fine Sunday, then this probably isn’t for you. Thanks for clicking over anyways … hope to see you around if I’m allowed back in … you can all cast your vote in the poll at the end.

So … back to what’s been gnawing at me … oh yeah …

I’m a good German … well, at least that’s what I’ve been told by someone “important” around these parts … and before it slips my mind, I’m also a torture apologist coward, too! I know, it’s ridiculously redundant, aside from being utter bullshit. But what the hell … I’m a good German, and I can endure whatever oh so impassioned redundancies as well as the next good German! Besides, if the Pope says so, I guess I should really, really take it to heart, right?

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Now … I’m pretty new over here … so we can move right along past the “well, that’s obvious, who the hell do you think you are, mr. highest UID on the block?” … but I’ve really enjoyed what has become my daily hour or two participating in a relaxed, open, and for the most part, respectful atmosphere. I’ve really come to look forward to it, and find myself checking in over here more and more as time permits. After a few years hanging out at la gran naranja, finding this place was a breath of much needed fresh air.

I’d been thinking about writing something short and sweet, just to introduce myself … don’t get me wrong … I’m nobody special or important, I’m not a writer or a reporter, I have no “inside connections” with the “powers that be” on earth or in the proverbial heavens … I’m not a lobbyist or paid political activist, nor do I participate online to change or save anyone – from themselves or anyone else.

I’m just a regular mo who really likes this place. I spend my limited time here reading some of the essays, trying to engage in conversation, learning whatever I can, donating what little extra money I have to anyone I believe deserves it, when I can afford it … and getting to know others in a way that’s practically impossible in the packed beyond capacity orange stadium. For the most part, I only let out a shout from the nose-bleed seats over there whenever time permitted … but with a quickness it became clear that it wasn’t worth the rise in blood pressure I increasingly experienced, witnessing the blind followers, the predictable ass kissers and the total and unapologetic smack downs of any kind of constructive criticisms … that was then, and this is now …

Because, lo and behold … one of my attempts at dialogue here unwittingly introduced me to the Pope himself … wow, someone I’ve seen around plenty of times over the years at the big orange … and though only a couple of very short sentences emerged from my keyboard, with his great and inspired insight he pierced right into the depths of my heart and mind, crowning me as a coward! … good German! … torture apologist! among so many other heart warming words of welcome that are too ridiculous to mention … and just like that, I had my motivation to finally write an essay … Who says the Pope can’t inspire?

So for my second post here (actually I’ve been chewing on this for a few days, and it was going to be my first essay … but real life stuff like organizing and marches and general strikes kinda got in the way) … and I really had to weigh whether it was even worth the effort to say anything at all … hell, everyone knows that in whatever situation we might find ourselves in, it’s always much safer to just keep silent and stay safely below the radar … and even this newbie has seen enough to know that nothing I say will ever affect anything the Pope says or does … he’ll always have plenty of folks behind him, patting him on the back no matter what …

But speaking out when the urge really hits me finally won out, as it always does … consequences be damned. And even though the Pope promoted my General Strike essay yesterday, my first here, and I gave him the obligatory shout of thanks for doing so … I ultimately decided I would plow ahead and not pass up the opportunity afforded me by his holiness to finally introduce myself as candidly as possible, and respond to his kind and compassionate pronouncements …

So, here it goes … umm, I’m kinda shy … errr …

Hello everyone, I’m Bobby … and I’m a good German.

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Polly … I’m in danger girl

Well, you already know I was christened Roberto Miguél de la família Sánchez by my now deceased parents may they rest in peace … but what you almost lost a few feathers over, sweet Polly, is that I was quite unceremoniously re-christened Rupert Michel of the Third Reich by Pope ek the First himself! So in honor of that proud occasion, I put together this short note of deep appreciation for the kind consideration of taking time out of his tremendously busy online schedule to address this mere commoner personally …

My most esteemed Grand Poom Bah,

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With deepest appreciation, Bobby

Now where was I? … oh yeah, a brief glimpse into the life of this good German … and I’d also like to include, if I may, a long distance hug and some long overdue first aid supplies for Miep … due to quite a violent electronic beating at the holy bat wielding hands of the Grand Poom Bah himself. And after introducing myself, I have a few questions for his holiness, rhetorical of course … that is, if anything his holiness decrees can actually be questioned or even whispered by such an unworthy layperson such as myself …

Well, getting on with it … besides being a really good German, I need to admit up front that I’m also a good bit tired, too. You see … for me, each near sleepless day has become something of a determined, caffeine-induced continuation of the day before. And to dispel any invincible master race misconceptions, even a good German gets tired …

So how does the day of this good German usually get started? Well … my first pot of espresso gets started at 4:30am, and then after a quick shower and a couple of double shots, I let the dogs out, and then kneel in front of my altar and chant for an hour or so … just as I’ve been doing for around 24 years … you know … so that I can really get in touch with my inner good German. You see, this good German is a Nichiren Buddhist, and though some may wrongly believe my inspiration comes from Mein Kampf, what I secretly cherish is the Lotus Sutra and the teachings of a radical monk who always seemed to be getting himself into trouble by speaking out … attempted beheadings, multiple exiles, that sorta thing … all due to his persistent remonstrations against the government and propagation of what the majority in his day considered heresies … I guess that was a big no no in 13th century feudal Japan …

After morning gongyo, that’s where I recite portions of the Lotus Sutra in good German Sanskrit after chanting for an hour or so, I’m off to get started on my daily chores before my better half gets up … taking care of our 19 rescued dogs and 5 cats … my morning mucking and feeding and everything else that goes along with taking care of my 3 horses (with one on the way) and 6 goats (with 4 on the way) … and this should have been a dead give-away even to me – everyone knows that good Germans just love their animals. Especially those wonderful shepherds… perhaps I should get a couple just so that I can keep up my good German creds for the Pope

Once my morning four-legged family chores are taken care of, usually around 9am or so, it’s time to make another pot of espresso and scramble up a few eggs for my partner who’s usually stirring around the house by then … on good days. And after cleaning up the breakfast dishes it’s time for this good German to try and make a few deutsche marks …

I spend about 6 hours a day mixing up a couple of birthday cakes or tres leches when I have orders, baking a cappuccino or chocolate cheesecake or two, a few cheese, guava or coconut flans, a couple of lemon and pistachio pound cakes, and the occasional anniversary, wedding or quinceañera cake … so I’m always ready with a good recipe or ten if the Pope so decrees

You see, after my restaurant finally went belly-up in January of this year (still can’t figure out where all my customers went … what recession?), and my once financially secure and stress-free balance sheet existence came to an abrupt end … I’ve just had to do whatever it takes to maintain some sort of hold-my-head-up, pay-my-bills life … find and then keep a new roof over our heads, keep food on the table and in the bowls and buckets, gas in the truck … I suspect a few of you guys know the drill all too well … ’cause during these no-good-job-to-be-found times me and so many others are living through, and being the good German that I am and all … I just gotta do whatever it takes.

A few of my old customers, good Germans of course, have been just great by regularly ordering my desserts. Hard times or not, folks are still celebrating special occasions, so every time I can get someone to order from me and not take the quick and easy and chemically laced Wal-Mart / Sam’s / Costco route, then it’s a win for the home team. Then I haul my not ordered confections down the mountain and into town a couple of times a week, hitting the office buildings where I have a few friends so I don’t get run off for ‘solicitation’, and I go back and forth between the truck and elevators for a few hours until my goods are sold …

And if it wasn’t obvious before now … us good Germans really love to bake us up some cakes, and decorate them, too … and then market our goods out of the trunks of our good German cars… wait, scratch the good German car part … past but not quite forgotten life intruding … then again, a well-used Toyota with balding tires that I obtained by bartering with one of my final activities at the restaurant … well it could be code for German as well… I’ll have to check with the Pope so I can keep my head straight… well, going in the right direction at least

For the most part, the rest of my days are spent calling on fellow Buddhist members in my area, planning our weekly discussion meetings my partner and I host here at the house … going out to the barn and playing my trumpet for awhile … getting a short nap in when I can … and the rest of my afternoon I spend dropping in on a few of my neighbors – I try to stay in touch with my neighbors here on the mountain every day … sorta my own community outreach thingy. But I’ve been especially busy over the past few weeks. You see, this cowardly good German has been organizing and reaching out to my friends and neighbors to make sure we’ll all be ok once our General Strike and continued civil disobedience gets underway here in PR …

Things like making sure we all have enough food and water, checking out our electric generators that haven’t been used much over the past few years (I guess I should offer a shout of thanks to the Pope for no hurricanes) and making sure we all have enough gas to run them … making sure we all have enough dog and cat and even bunny food for our pets, my partner driving a few of our senior neighbors to the pharmacy to refill prescriptions, and me organizing transportation for those of us that really want to keep marching in the ongoing daily protests against our local clusterfuck of a right wing, trickle down, “give me privatization or give me death” administration …

Our civil disobedience will continue until the governor reverses course … and no one’s predicting how long it will take – a few days, weeks, months? He says he was hired to do a job, and he’s gonna do it – no matter what the people say … well, Mr. Decider … thanks for finally being honest and letting us all know who you really work for … and it sure as hell ain’t us! But we always knew this, didn’t we?

I can’t help but be excited … it brings me back 8 short years ago and participating in day after day after day of massive peaceful protests, which eventually lit a fire under so many supporters stateside into joining us as we took on the vaunted US MIC and their republican tools … especially Oklahoma’s Inhofe and Virginia’s Warner. The island organizers, of which I wasn’t a part, did an incredible job of uniting everyone here of all political parties, which successfully led to getting the Navy and their use of our sister island, Vieques, as a live-fire practice range from hell. ¡Ni Una Bomba Más! Not One More Bomb …

Then again, maybe that’s just crazy ass Puerto Ricans, and this good German, of course, who continues to stand with family, friends, neighbors and strangers in the streets, speaking out and actually confronting “power” … but, what the hell do we know about effective, sustained civil disobedience? …

Sure do wish we woulda had the Pope back then to help us organize … teaching us the finer art of internet rants and online quick n click, no effort needed petitions … or my personal favorite, that much used community building papal technique of firing off electronic explosive devices from deep within his Vatican compound … what the fuck could we have been thinking? It’s not like the intertoobz were non-existent back then… We wouldn’t have had to get all hot and wet and bothered by marching or striking or camping out on the live-fire beaches of Vieques during blistering heat and the inevitable downpours that seem to bless our tropical island … yeah, it rained a lot during those 300 continuous days of peaceful protests in the streets

Now, I don’t believe our civil disobedience will have to last anywhere near 300 days … but even if it does, so be it. Whatever it takes … at least that’s what this good German believes. And like all good Germans, we really like to get up close and personal with our dear leaders, telling those that are unwilling or unable to actually represent the interests of the people who elected them ….

Jódete, ‘Pa FueraFuck You, Get Out!

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You see, dear Pope … this sometimes foul-mouthed, but good-natured good German believes that the only way to slowly, but surely, combat the rampant evil in this world – and yes, that even includes torture among so many other evils – is to get out of my comfy chair, get out of my comfy house, step out of my ‘comfy zone’ and get on with the not-so-comfy task of doing right by my neighbors and the actual community in which this good German lives … right where I am … right now. I don’t know what it’s gonna take for my fellow stateside citizens to actually decide they’ve had enough and take matters into their own hands … it’s almost as if they’ve forgotten what civil disobedience is … I can only shake my head in bewildermet, ’cause I’ve got plenty to do right here where I am …

Stepping out of my comfort zone may not be sexy … nor will it earn me the prized ponies and anonymous adulation that his holiness appears to thrive on – this good German prefers my real life ponies and our rides through our real life countryside, anyways – but what does seem to be effective is doing my best to create an extended family with those within my community … creating bonds of the heart with my neighbors … making friends even with those who I know don’t share my beliefs or passions … anyways, that’s what this good German believes …

And this good German also believes in taking the fight against injustice where it belongs – directly and loudly to our elected officials who actually have the ways and means to wield the “power” we’ve placed in their hands … and don’t get me wrong, phone calls and all are ok, even lots of phone calls if that’s the best you can muster … but having the villagers at the palace gates, so to speak, sorta makes our ‘shouting louder’ actually heard and much more difficult to ignore by those that most need to hear it … just sayin’

And, Pope … doing good, at least to this good German, does not include taking to my keyboard and proudly, enthusiastically, hasta con ganas beating to a bloody pulp anyone with even a perceived difference of opinion … especially with words that would actually start a fight and have the Pope or anyone else uttering them eating chiclets in my real world … but what the hell … you’re the Pope, and aren’t subject to that bothersome “be excellent” mantra,right?

Anyway, to begin wrapping up this ‘day in the life’ of this good German, and I’ve been waiting to slip this in hopefully unnoticed towards the end … don’t want the old Pope having a conniption and going all opus dei on my ass … but … I have this little pink triangle sewn very discreetly into the lining of my SS uniform … I guess that would make me a self-hating good German? … but a good fucking German, nonetheless!

You see, one of the main reasons for my sleepless nights not only has to do with enjoying a few hours of quiet time, or searching within for a way through these interesting times I find myself in … but also caring for my partner of 18+ years … he’s been living with HIV since a few years before we met, 1986 to be exact … and this past year has been pretty hard on him … and it’s always worse at night.

After so many good years of good health despite the virus, he had a bout of shingles this past March and his health took a definite turn for the worse. Knock on wood, his heart and determination remain as expansive as ever and he’s still around fighting to see another day. His new meds are having a positive effect, but they haven’t done much for his frequent nightmares … or constantly calling out – whether it’s just for water, or to empty his piss jug, or more often than not, he just wants a hug so this good German can let him know it’s gonna be alright …

I just can’t shake the overwhelming sense of responsibility in my gut … his doc as well as his psychologist says the shingles were brought on by stress … and I’m kinda going out on a limb here by guessing that the stress of me having no choice left but to finally close our restaurant … earning ourselves a couple of hundred thousand in debt … losing our houses both in Tennessee and here in PR to foreclosures, as well as my F-150 and his Mercedes getting repossessed … then trying to find a place for us and all of our rescued animals without any money or credit left to speak of … well, I guess it was a bit stressful … and our financial debacle precipitating said stress falls squarely in my lap. I decided to keep going beyond the point of no return. I’m the one who clung stubbornly to hope beyond hope … believing with all my heart that things would somehow turn around if I could just hold on for one more day … and pray just a bit harder. And an oops, sorry just doesn’t cut it … not by any stretch of the imagination. I’m responsible. Completely. So I had my work cut out for me …

Nonetheless, after I finally got us all settled in the new, much more humble place and the animals all safe and happy, he was bouncing back pretty well until his colonoscopy a couple of weeks ago. The test revealed he had a mass that shouldn’t have been there. Thankfully both biopsies came back benign, but the doc still wants to check him in, run more tests and then remove the intruder … but any kind of hospital visit has him oer the edge stressed-out again, frightened, and still refusing to submit himself to any kind of operation … but hey, he’s a good German, too, and together us good Germans will just have to do what we have to do … of course his doc and psychologist are raising holy hell with him, and I guess dragging him kicking and screaming is always an option … but since the biopsies were benign, I’ll give him a little bit more time to figure things out for himself … but not much more time …

And getting back to the bright side, being the eternally optimistic good German that I am, at least I still have one good ‘customer’ who really appreciates my skills in the kitchen, so preparing dinner and supper are things this good German also really likes to do. Then after cleaning up the dinner dishes, feeding and letting out the dogs and a couple of very vocal if-you-don’t-open-this-damn-door-right-now cats, we both kneel in front of our altar and together end this part of the day just as mine began … chanting and then offering evening gongyo … sorta builds good German character, or so I’ve been told.

After my partner heads to bed with a good many of our dogs and cats – just gotta see it to believe it – my personal “quiet time” finally descends … no matter how many people I encounter in my daily life, or how my friends and neighbors or animals I have … this is my time when I’m completely alone … alone with my own thoughts and plans and dreams … and I cherish it. No fretting … no ‘oh woe is me’ bullshit … and I’d much rather cut short my sleep than ever do without this time… no matter how tired I get.

When alone, I read a lot, especially the letters of Nichiren again and again, or the works of T’ien t’ai … and even more than reading I love listening to some of my favorites … Shostakovich, Mussorgsky, Stravinsky … you see, this good German actually prefers the Russian masters … and of course salsa … old school, new school, any school. Soy salsero, or cocólo as my Abuelita sometimes not so affectionately called me … she always said salsa was like listening to sex … and boy how she disliked salsa – almost as much as she disliked any and all politicians. So she lovingly introduced me to her favorites … boleros and danzas … and I still love to listen to them, almost as much as I love and miss her.

And even after all these years I’m still a drum corps nut … can never get enough … my collection starts with the 1978 championships, the first albums I ever bought with my yard-cutting money… and fulfilled a childhood dream by finally getting to march and perform in the mid eighties … and my collection goes right up through today … yeah, I’m still a drum corps nut … those kids are beyond amazing.

While listening to whatever I’m listening to, and when I’m not reading, I’m usually online checking my email for any responses to the hundreds of résumés I’ve fired off, or chatting with my sister in Tennessee for a while if she happens to be around … and then I invariably hit the home button on my browser and see what’s going on over here on DD. You see, I changed my home page from la gran naranja about a month ago … haven’t missed it a bit … and only visit there when someone over here suggests that I just have to see the latest b.s. being pushed by one or another of the rabid gangs … nah … I haven’t missed it one bit – just as I’m sure the gaggle over there hasn’t missed me … it’s just not important in the bigger scheme of things … not important at all.

And once I just can’t keep my eyes open, I try to get a bit of sleep … until my alarm goes off again at 4:15 … and this good German’s day begins anew. At the very least, I hope you all agree – I’m one hell of a good German!

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And now on to giving a shout to a new friend …

Miep, I’m so sorry for your recent episode with the virtual domestic violence you experienced at the hands of his holiness … and though I possess no papal directive to speak on his behalf, wouldn’t want to even if I could … I’m truly sorry. You haven’t been around quite as much since then, especially after his ex cathedra. I wish I could give you hug and soothe your bruises, especially it having been your birthday. Though I believe, having only taken a glimpse of your character, anonymously and from a very long distance … your commitment to the homeless, and the suffering of those in prison, I can tell you without reservation that you’ve really touched my heart. I suspect your beating may have affected others much more than you … but of course, I could be wrong. But what’s not a question in my mind is that the Pope certainly felt no remorse … he actually seemed to rejoice in it … now there’s a shocker! Well, not so shocking really …

Perhaps he was just nostalgic for his once oft-used orange frock … maybe he just had a bad day, or let his king of the hill demeanor get the best of him … who the fuck knows? But, then again, I can’t really expect much from any kind of Pope … whether self-proclaimed or of the white smoke variety.

And hey, Pope … Big Cheese … Grand Poom Bah … it’s not a matter of whether or not torture has taken place in our names – the entire fucking world knows that our government has orchestrated, implemented and condoned torture for decades – and continues to condone and cover-up torture and the crimes of war criminals … what’s your point? Screaming it louder into an echo chamber accomplishes what exactly?

What exactly do you expect to happen from another public disclosure, beyond their eventual admittance in a court of law which happens to be the case, of any new 8×10 glossies that you seem to be salivating over compared to what did, or more specifically did not, occur with the pictures that have already been released?

Do you believe more and better online rants or another online petition will make any difference at all in the court of public opinion? Do you think these efforts will change even one mind or affect the actions of anyone in D.C. or Langley?

What exactly do you expect from your online mostly anonymous, sometimes adoring public, besides ponies? And if you can grant me one tiny papal favor, please try to avoid answers that hint at blind faith in your ‘leadership’ on the torture issue … you see, I’m more of a results oriented good German … and I tend to shy away from wasting my time whenever possible …

And finally, and to me most importantly … have you, with an equal gusto as you’ve so courageously shown on the anonymous tubes, publically, as in – in person – consistently wielded your rhetorical bat against any elected officials, justice department appointees, CIA, contract or military personnel who actually do have blood on their hands? … or do you reserve such passionate, consistent courage for the anonymous online community member or two who happens to cross your path?

When I actually see you, and your loyal following taking it to the streets and making the evening news, actually taking the fight where it belongs … then I’ll give ya a huge Hell Yeah! I’ll even find a way to get on the next flight off the island and link arms with ya and fight till the bitter end. Until that time, if or when that time ever comes … I guess I’ll keep doing what I’m doing, and I’m sure you’ll keep doing whatever it is that you do, however reluctantly … and more power to ya…

Am I off base, being disrespectful, or have I misjudged your character or your efforts? I don’t know … I tend to call it as I see it. If you do feel that way, Pope … grab one of those bejeweled papal mirrors you have lying around the palace and take a good long look … ’cause you don’t know me either …

End of rhetorical questions … in the spirit of good clean meta fun, of course!

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In conclusion … and please forgive me, everyone, for this being so long … once I got started I just didn’t stop …

If anything I’ve written here causes me to get banned, if I’ve crossed the line of not being excellent to another, or what I’ve essayed makes others here think less of me … then so be it. I’m not here to request, nor offer apologies, I’m also not here to break windows or torch the place. I hold no grudges, I’m not making demands, I have no manifesto, hidden agendas or any such nonsense. People are free to be who they are and say what they want to say … including me, imagine that … and I’m beyond clear that I’m not responsible for anyone’s karma but my own … I’m only responsible for my own reactions to another’s karma – for good or for worse. My causes, my effects. No guilt, no excuses.

And speaking of banishment … you see … as a member of the Soka Gakkai, a real live Grand Poom Bah … former High Priest, Nikken Abe … very much the one time and very real “Pope” of my faith as a Nichiren Buddhist … excommunicated all 12+ million lay members around the world one fine November day, and proceeded to give in to his inner authoritarian by arrogantly claiming that we could only attain ‘buddhahood’ by following him – the self-proclaimed reincarnation of the True Buddha or some such shit – and demanding that we stop following our Sensei and the organization that actually introduced us to our practice – not a local Buddhist priest anywhere around these parts far as I can see … never has been. What a funny little guy that Nikken is! Completely whacked … but oh so funny!

Well, being the good German that I am, together with my fellow brother and sisters in faith, we turned to the East, raised our hands with middle fingers firmly and proudly extended, and sent a collective ‘Fuck You’ to the delusional High Priest and his corrupt priesthood. Then we proudly declared that wonderful day, November 29, 1991, our Day of Spiritual Liberation! … our very own Independence Day! … and joyfully, with no regrets, have never looked back …

So, forgive me if I won’t be even slightly impressed if another ex cathedra emerges from the confines of yet another Pope’s anonymous head temple’s bunker that exiles or excommunicates this poor mo …

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But I would like to give praise where praise is due … and agree wholeheartedly with one of your recent papal meta proclamations … “I am not Magnifico”

For me, you could have also substituted, Estupéndo, Fantástico, or Orgásmico … my bi-lingual inner good German really got a kick outa that one, Pope … though I am sad to see Magnifico go, just as I stumbled through the door … just as I’ve been sad to see Miep step back a bit, or sad to see anyone leave … decreasing numbers sorta defeats the purpose of any kind of coalition building, don’tcha think? nah, you’re not magnificent … at least not to me.

So, Pope ek the First … I humbly pray that you forgive me for not kneeling and kissing your ring as you’re apparently accustomed to … although I have been known to get on my knees on more personally satisfying occasions  =P …

What I can do, your holiness, is make this meager effort to give you my back … bend slightly forward … all the better so you can kiss this newly arrived layperson’s ass … all in good fun, of course … just as I’m sure your Linda Blair impersonation was all just in good clean meta fun, huh Pope?

¡Ni Una Bomba Más! … and to hell with real life or online violence and bullies – no matter who, how passionate they seem to be, or how many loyal subjects they have … this good German’s not impressed in the least with anyone who holds even a perceived position of responsibility causing harm.

So happy 5,000,000 DD … and may the next 5 be overflowing with a bit more mutual respect, openness, friendship, sense of community and calls to action that actually lead to positive results for all … even if I’m not around to celebrate with ya!

Sorry I have to cut this short … I’ve got some phonecalls to make … or something like that…

and just so everyone knows, I’ll abide by the poll results below. If you’d like to ask me to leave for speaking out in this way, then, please choose option 1 … and so it will be … no hard feelings or grudges ever on my part. I just needed to get what I wrote off my chest.

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  1. Knight of the Fifth Veil and rider of the Apocalyptic horse.  Sort of maybe the first Jedi warrior of goodness and light seeking to bring truth to the masses.  Either that or I’m a candidate no psychiatrist could ever de-program.

    Ich bin ein auslander in “my” own country.  Financial status and family ties prevents emmigration otherwise I would be gone.

    Global de-population via swine vaccine is well underway so not much of anything else means anything at all.  Have fun and enjoy these last of days best you can.

  2. but I sure would like it those some of those at the top of the heap here would show the way as far as “being excellent to eachother”.

    Bobby

  3. in the short term, I’m not convinced that taking to the streets will produce the change we want to see.  

    The protests of the Vietnam War era were satisfying enough, and actually received some news media coverage (remember, Faux Noose was not a player back then).  Today, the MSM will provide no coverage, unless one participant (an outlier or someone planted by the opposition), participates in some destructive act, like breaking a store window, and count on it, that will be the only aspect of the protest that will be covered…over and over and over and over.  It will matter not that the one miscreant only represents one out of tens of thousands of people.  

    These forums can serve as a wonderful source for informing ourselves, ranting in relatively safe environment, building a community of sorts (after all, where else would a DD member go in a place like Muskogee, OK to find like-minded citizens?), and will hopefully be able to better understand some of what is occurring in our world (even if it isn’t pleasant) in such a manner that we can make some sense out of it.

    Perhaps our greatest hope is that find a way to counter the constant propaganda directed to the masses by the Corporate Mainstream News Media (MSM).  We cannot afford (at least I can’t) to purchase a competing network.  So what can we do?

    Do you have a few friends or relatives who may be sitting on the fence politically, or even someone who stubbornly adheres to the Faux News religion?  Do you ever discuss these issues with them?  Doing so in a calm, respectful, objective manner will help to ensure that you do not turn off your listener to your message before you even start.  Whenever such a person suffers one of the many adverse effects of the ruling oligarchy in our once great nation, you have an opportunity to educate and provide that friend/family member with an alternative prism through which to interpret the baffling world around them.

    Have you written a particularly good essay that describes current circumstances in a manner that is clear, compelling and understandable?  Or have you read an article that sheds a new light on the matters of the day that fosters a new understanding of our current peril?  Do you keep this to yourself?  Do you allow such a message to remain only within this immediate community?  

    Or do you forward such information to friends and relatives, along with an explanatory note, inviting their response to your writings and constructive dialogue (rather than deluging their inbox with canned messages)?  

    For every one of us posting on Docudharma, there is a circle of friends/family/acquaintances who are looking to make better sense of our baffling world.  If we each can help to enlighten several other individuals (over time, remember patience is paramount), the impact of those on Docudharma can be magnified manyfold.  

    Perhaps this is the direction we should consider pursuing.

    Any other thoughts on this matter?

  4. They had families and children and considered themselves normal, indeed admirable.

    But they were blind to the actions of their government, indeed they denied and defended it.

    Until they were forced to look at the ovens.

    The United States Tortures People.

    To Death.

    Our soldiers, on orders from our government, took chemical light sticks and used them to anally rape children in front of their parents.

    We have pictures of this, and thousands of others of acts equally despicable and widespread that the government conceals.

    Why?  To protect our troops?

    No.  To conceal the crimes so the guilty will go unpunished, an act that in itself is a violation of our Constitution and our international treaty obligations.

    Everyone who participates in this crime is an accessory after the fact and is equally guilty as the grunt with the chem stick who at least has the benefit of being able to claim that “they were only following orders.”

    Sound like Nuremberg yet to you?

    This specifically includes Barack Obama and members of his National Security establishment and Department of Justice.

    And his sycophant Obamabot brownshirts who can’t bring themselves to believe their plaster saint is anything but a paragon of progressive thought and action are as delusional as any Glenn Beck inspired Teabagger.

    Stick around if you want you thin skinned troll.  I’ll be happy to insult you some more until I get bored of the sport, which shouldn’t take long since you are such a mental midget and I don’t really find much amusement in beating up the handicapped.

    • RiaD on October 19, 2009 at 2:26 am

    i wish you had made your poll multi-choice as i’d really love to have that recipe!

    i envy you your life in the most perfect place on earth.

    we had our one true vacation to your beautiful islands, & spent fifteen fabulous days! & fourteen star-filled nights! in heaven there. we almost sold everything to move there. it was a very near thing! & we still talk about doing just that.

    my one & only bumper sticker says: i ♥ culebra

    & i do. for in my heart i am a tropical person!

    i understand exactly where you’re coming from.

    there have been ‘flame wars’ here before where people ‘in charge’ (more than 1) were either not excellent or did not speak up when others were not excellent (& imnsfho should have) many left at that time, never to return 🙁

    i had to leave for awhile myself, because of this behaviour. & i do not participate here much any more…. because i’m never sure when things will blow up over a word or phrase i may use that doesn’t sit right in others minds. & like you, i often “call ’em like i see ’em”.

    it is very hard, i’ve found, to say in pixels what, in real life, comes so easily. the lack of facial expressions & hand movements are sometimes detrimental to having productive conversation. people read into others words feelings, emotions that often are not there!

    i have found no sure way of combating this. one can only try to explain what they meant… but often to no avail.

    feel free to write me. my e-dress is in my profile.

  5. I’m a bit disillusioned lately with these political blogs, not necessarily this one as much, certainly DK.  The divide among citizens in this country as a whole seems totally insurmountable when you look at the divides of people supposedly on the same side.  We all know the “divide and conquer” thing, and know it applies in this country relative to right versus left.  But are we falling for more subtle forms of that strategy within our own ranks?  It would appear so.    

    • Inky99 on October 19, 2009 at 6:33 am

    Let’s not turn this into DK, shall we?

    I checked this out to see why it had over 90 comments.  Now I know, and I’m sorry I wasted my time on it.

    • Inky99 on October 19, 2009 at 7:32 am

    This is a sad day for this site.    

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