by Colonel Edwin Gridle
Tonight Myrtle and I watched a documentary about Gary Leon Ridgway, a serial killer who killed perhaps as many as 90 young women during the 1980′s & 1990′s. After he was caught in 2001, he was asked by a psychotherapist whether he thought there was something missing from his personality that would explain his abberant behavior. He responded that he lacked “that affection thing,” by which he meant that he had no feelings of love or concern for anyone- not his family and certainly not his victims.
No, I’m not a psychiatrist but even I know Gary Ridgway fit the classic definition of a “sociopath”. A sociopath has no feeling of moral responsibility or conscience because they do not empathize with other people. Deep-down they care nothing for other living beings and certainly never “put themself into someone else’s shoes.” Therefore, this type of sickie can commit the most heinous acts against humans or animals and never flinch, never feel remorse. A normal person could never torture or kill 1 person, let alone 90, because they would identify too much with the victim’s pain & perhaps even the pain of the victim’s family.
I came across another sociopath today: Jim Bunning, Republican Senator from Kentucky. The man whom Democrats have allowed to single-handedly block the extension of unemployment for over 1 million jobless Americans suffering through the economic depression. Senator Bunning suddenly cares so much about our nation’s multi-trillion-dollar debt that he now loudly insists upon drawing the line on more spending, in much the same way as one would close the barn door after the horse has run off…and the barn has burned-down. So without even a word (or thought) of concern for once-hardworking citizens who are depending on unemployment benefits to hang onto their lives, the good Senator tells the Wimp-o-crats “tough sh-t” about passing the bill. Nope, no remorse rattling around in this sickie’s noggin, just anger that the Senate debate interfered with more important matters: “I have missed the Kentucky-South Carolina game that started at 9:00,” he complained, “and it’s the only redeeming chance we had to beat South Carolina since they’re the only team that has beat Kentucky this year.
If we delved into Senator Bunning’s past would we find that, like many other sociopaths, he had a childhood fondness for torturing small animals before he stepped-up to harming humans?
If only Senator Bunning and his lack of feelings was a rarity, but far,far from it! In recent decades the United States is overrun with sociopathic sickies in the highest positions of authority, where they have done widespread harm –looting the Savings & Loans, outsourcing jobs, stealing retirement pensions, lying us into wars. All the while the perpetrators of these crimes show no guilt, no compassion for their victims and no concern for the damage done to our society.
Our descendants, when they study our era of history, will wonder why we allowed power to be wielded by the obviously dangerously mentally-ill. I believe that within the next twenty years, our nation will come to its senses and assure that sociopaths such as the ones who run A.I.G., General Motors, and the Supreme Court get the psychological treatment they so badly need. One thing is for certain: the future survival & well-being of our country necessitates that the sickies be banned from positions of power.
My first car, back in 1975, was a four-year-old Toyota. So this week I learned with dismay that now Toyota has joined its American auto company-cousins in caring more about the short-term bottom line than it does its reputation, quality, or even, ultimately, its customers’ safety. In a way I suppose it is comforting to see that people, especially Capitalists, are alike all over the globe.This is very probably a signpost (pun intended!) of the company’s skid (pun intended!) into mediocracy. They are on the road (pun intended!) to be passed (again, pun intended!) by some car-maker from China or maybe India, who will care about customers like, at one time, Ford or Volkswagen or Toyota used-to.
I am convinced that, if I knew the mathematics and put in the investigative time, I could quantify the point at which organizations – be they industries, charities, churches, governments – grow to reach a critical mass where they no longer give a rat's derriere about their clients. When that point is reached, the vision shifts from making/doing the product/service better & reaping a fair profit to squeezing, chiseling, bamboozling, and maybe killing in order to maximize short-term profits by any means necessary.
That is how Ford could decide saving a few bucks was an acceptable exchange for roasting some unlucky Pinto drivers, the Christian church could throw-in with the power structure by selling-out the poor, and the Red Cross could collect billions of dollars for “disaster relief” and then spend relatively little of the money on the victims.
Over a hundred years ago, Oscar Wilde labelled a cynic as a person “who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing.” But, as brilliant as Mr. Wilde was, I respectfully disagree. For I myself have become a cynic, scornful & negative. As much as I have tried to resist the transformation, I have developed a knee-jerk reaction which causes me to assume our “leaders” will follow whatever course of action is most hurtful and destructive to ordinary people. I am scornful because I do know the “value” of what truly matters in life and that our “leaders” no longer care enough to do the right thing.
No, the cynic is heartbroken to realize that certain things are, indeed, very valuable but they will likely be ignored in favor of greed and egotism. Instead, it is the fat-cat Capitalist who knows “the price of everything” (the bottom line) and does not understand the worth of things like making sure people have jobs so they can live, feed and house their families, build a nation where human beings thrive and the environment is respected. They apparently don’t even see the importantance of drivers being able to trust their automobiles. Those things matter greatly. And if governments, businesses, or churches don’t help provide those things to citizens then what good are they?
If you want a class war, don’t go after the poor.
The rich bankrupted this country.
And a terrific human being.
On his 81st birthday, Bob Moore, owner of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods gave the multi-million-dollar company to his employees.
by Reverend Hothoneywater, D.D.
Tiger Woods held a press conference today. And finally he’s learned to give the misty-eyed, choked-voice performance we’ve come to demand from our public idols who’ve shown they have feet-of-clay. I’m sure the heel and his corporate sponsors hoped to soon get back to building his lucrative “brand.” His mother was there and that is nice. But there was a fly in the ointment: His wife wasn’t at the event. I would think our national sense of closure demands she publicly forgive her hubby. Oh well perhaps she’ll do it later on some prime time tv interview show.
“Love-child” fatherer and all around heel John Edwards is still hanging in there, newswise. According to the tabloid and internet headlines he’s either beating-up his wife Elizabeth, he’s asked his mistress to marry him, he’s given his mistress a big diamond ring, I even saw a funny article claiming John and Tiger Woods are going to release a duets album. All I can say is: “Thank you, dear Lord, that John Edwards didn’t get elected President (even though I agreeed with most of his political rhetoric). Because the Puritans would now have us mired in in an unimaginable impeachment mess.”
Terry Hoskins, who isn’t near as famous or rich as Tiger or John Edwards, is from my neck of the woods (Dayton, Ohio). His story got some coverage when he bulldozed his house instead of letting a bank take it away. Terry got in a legal dispute with his brother which caused the IRS to put a lein on Terry’s carpet store. Because of the carpet store trouble, the bank saw an opportunity for profit and foreclosed on Terry’s house even though he had never missed a payment. This was because the house was “cross-collateralized” with the carpet store. Terry’s house was valued at $350,000 and he owed $160,000 to the bank. He says he had a buyer who would have bought the house for $170,000 but the bank wouldn’t let him sell because they said they will get more than that when they auction-off the house (did I mention that he hadn’t missed a payment?) He finally got so fed-up that he knocked the house down and says he may do the same thing with the carpet store. Do I understand his frustration? I help poor and middle-class people every day who are endlessly worked-over by the system. So yes I do.
Joseph Stack has briefly gained noteriety as the guy who flipped his wig and crashed a private plane into an IRS office building in Austin, Texas. Like Terry Hoskins (above) it appears he felt worked over by the system until he cracked. He was irrational and it’s tragic that he thought the solution was killing himself and 2 people in the target building and potentially many others. He left a last statement detailing what he felt drove him to this final act. Don’t let the spinmeisters tell you what he said. Read it yourself. Because I’m seeing opinions in the mainstream media and the web that attempt to spin him into…
a tax-hating teabagger – because he says the tax code is pretty much incomprehensible. (well, isn’t it?) and that the tax laws favor the rich and corrupt (well, don’t they?)
a commie – because he has quotes Karl Marx (although not admiringly) and takes some jabs at Capitalism and points out that the rich and well connected including the Church feed at the trough while ordinary people get screwed (do you doubt the truth of that?)
anti-government – because he felt America’s politicians didn’t care anything about an ordinary person like him and never pass laws that help ordinary people (do you think they do? If you do then give me an example from the last 30 years).
Joseph Andrew Stack – because it makes him sound scarier like Lee Harvey Oswald, James Earl Ray, and other unbalanced murderers?
Stack like many of our citizens got beat-up by a system that – as George Carlin once put it – “threw them overboard thirty f—ing years ago.” Finally, he came unglued and killed people. He said he hoped his destructive act cause the American zombies to wake up and revolt. But it looks like the issues he tried to raise will be lost amid the government and corporate frenzie to pass the blame and whip us into fear so we’ll protect them from harm while they plunder us.
The Bible tells us, “As a dog returns to its vomit, so does a fool return to his folly.” (Proverbs 26:11) I don’t know whether you have ever witnessed the disgusting canine behavior of re-eating what was moments before regurgitated. But it puts me in mind of our foolish nation. The lessons of national fairness and compassion toward the elderly, children, laborers, the weak and downtrodden all are being forgotten. We are distracted by trivial events and misdirected into blaming the victims of an unworkable system. And so America revives the hateful meanness that we once rejected because it didn’t work.
In their 1971 song, “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” The Who sang about a hippie revolution that shifts the political spectrum so far into the liberal zone that “the party on the left is now the party on the right.” Alas, the passing decades have brought us a future exactly the opposite, as this piece by MeMeMeMeMe on the DailyKos website shows. Those excepts from the 1956 Republican party platform prove that Republicans of a bygone era were sensible, compassionate, and sane – all qualities lost in the downhill slide from Nixon (or actually, Goldwater) to Palin.
They come out firmly for protection of workers, support for the United Nations, expansion of Social Security & unemployment benefits, even a Constitutional Amendment to guarantee equal rights for women. Holy Moley! The Republicans of 1956 would be tarred and feathered and then rode out of town on a rail if they showed up in Republicanville of 2010!
And just think: these were the “conservatives.” The Democrats were even more liberal than them. And America was just about as strong and prosperous as it ever was before or since.
Afghan civilians were killed by mis-guided NATO rockets while American forces fought to take over the town of Marjah. The linked article says the deaths will be “a blow to NATO and Afghan efforts to win the support of residents in the Marjah area.” Gosh, do you think so?
I’m ashamed to admit this. But back in the mid-1990′s, in what seems now like someone else’s lifetime, I had a great job and money to spare to invest. In one of the financial magazines (I think it was Forbes) I read an article that said the U.S. had, for years, wanted to build a pipeline across Afghanistan so as to move Russian oil to port for shipment. What stood in the way was the Taliban government who would not let it happen. Well, I figured America’s oil company criminals would find a way to clear that obstacle, so I went out and bought stock in a few of the oil companies named in that article (Conoco was one of them). So I was completely unsurprised when the U.S. found a pretense to invade Afghanistan, remove the uncooperative Taliban, and occupy the country for the next gazillion years.
Unfortunately for my wallet, I had to sell the stocks long before 9/11 because I was downsized from my good job & needed immediate cash to survive. Besides, nowadays I could never countenance playing such games with peoples’ lives, especially after I learned first-hand that the rich & powerful can just as easily play with my life too.
My deepest sympathy & regrets to the Afghan people. America has truly become a monster.
When, as a child, I was difficult to deal with, my mum used to tell me, “you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.”
I was reminded of her wise words when, this morning, I saw this excellent essay by Numerian on the agonist website. Apparently, the bankers feel hurt by the public’s nasty attitude toward them and they are now in a huff, so they are striking back in their pain the only way they know how: by refusing to lend the money that keeps our economy going.
Ater I read it, I broke-down sobbing. Yes! Yes, I have been a cad! I thought only of myself, and the millions of unemployed, and those who lost their homes, and people who lost their retirement funds, and the record number of victims bankrupted, but I never considered the pain the bankers are going through. They feel neglected and unloved; that’s why they have turned-away from us. Well, I for one, am turning-over a new leaf. No more calling them ‘banksters,” no more making obscene gestures when I pass a bank, and most importantly- absolutely no more angry demands for more banking regulation. Perhaps, as Numerian advises, I shall send my beloved banker a Valentine card.
Here, once again is the link to a Facebook group calling for drug testing the corporate fat cats. Visit & join if you are inclined.
A movement is growing on Facebook. This controversial fan group has 2 million members and grows every minute. The issue is a well known one, and one that may hit home for many of us. The subject is welfare, and this Facebook group declares that every single welfare recipient should be drug tested before they receive their benefits. As the site so aptly states, the individuals in this group want real change. Or, as they say it, “No more crackheads living off our hard earned money.”
If you are interested in having your faith in humanity shook to the point of almost no return, go ahead and join this group and try to talk some logic into the members. I joined after seeing that several of my Facebook “friends” had joined. When I requested some sort of explanation from those I know as to WHY in the WORLD they would support something like this, I was met with silence. So, I headed in, unprepared for the extreme levels of bigotry, racism, elitism, and all over rampant HATRED that this Facebook group breeds.
The first things you will see on the wall are members declaring “I have to take a drug test for my job! So should they! After all, I go to work everyday, and all they do is sit on their lazy ass.” This is by far the most popular battle cry. Even if you try to explain that “No. You do not HAVE to take a drug test either. You CHOSE your place of employment. A welfare recipient cannot go to ANOTHER government for help” they still deny it. Just because they allowed their own rights to be stomped on by an employer everyone should, I suppose.
Now Pippilotta, you may say, isn’t mandatory drug testing against our great Constitution? Haha, of COURSE it is. But when did we, as Americans, let a petty thing like the Constitution get in the way of our love of repressing the weak? If you bring up this silly Constitutional issue on this Facebook page, you will be met with disdain, twisted quotes by the Founding Fathers, and above all else, people claiming that “Duh! We can just change the Constitution to allow it.” Overall, you get the impression from most of these people that the bottom line is: the Constitution does not apply to poor people. Period.
This group doesn’t stop at the drug testing, either. I have seen mandatory sterilization advocated almost every time I am in this group. One woman was saying that females should have a mandatory “tubal” before receiving her “WIC” benefits. They support mandatory birth control. As in, a woman would have to get a depo provera shot before receiving benefits. What in the world is wrong with these people? I suppose the “if you can’t feed ‘em don’t breed em” thing was popularized recently by South Carolina’s Leutenant Govenor Andre Bauer comparing the poor to stray animals. We would think that an outrageous and heartless statement would be looked upon with disgust by the general public. At least I know when I heard about it I wanted to punch his face. However, apparently his comments rang true enough for a number of people that they are very fond of quoting it in this Facebook group.
Another very popular wall post in the Drug Tests for Welfare group is what I like to call the “Fairy Tale of the Welfare Queen.” All of these stories go the same way. “I had just gotten done working my fingers to the bone at my 9-5, when a poor person/welfare receipient/drug user (if you are one of these things, you are the other) pulled up in their Cadillac Escalade and piled their 12 kids into Wal-Mart. They were dressed in the best finery and were adorned with gold jewelery and designer purses. They proceeded to fill up their cart with nothing but lobster, steak, and soda pop. I can barely afford a gallon of milk because the welfare program is bleeding my paycheck dry!”
This is the part that I think is the absolute saddest. In fact, the “Welfare Queen Fairy Tale” spawned a catchphrase with opponents of the group: “Don’t you hate how rich poor people are?”
The people in this Facebook group are consumed with rage at welfare recipients. They assume that they are all good for nothing drug users, who don’t work and sit at home all day, staring at their big screens and shooting dope. But even if they ARE that (which I am NOT for one moment even suggesting that they are) what about that life is worth the brainpower that it takes to ENVY it. So what if they drive a nice car? Carry a designer purse? WHO CARES? Are our lives really that void of meaning and are we so addicted to meaningless consumer products that we DARE be jealous of someone scrapes by with almost nothing?
I have been on welfare since my daughter was born. I am not a drug “user.” I do not sit at home all day on my ass. I work and I go to school and I am determined to be better than I am. Does everyone who receives welfare have this drive? No. But I’m almost damned certain that the MAJORITY of them would rather not be on welfare and legitimately want a better life for themselves. There is absolutely no reason that everyone who needs help from this nation should be treated like a criminal.
ESPECIALLY since research has already proved that “Welfare recipients are no more likely to use drugs than the rest of the population.”
Our society has sunk to the point where ideas that flourish in this group are acceptable in mainstream society and this is absolutely sickening. Since when, did we as an American Democracy, accept the following ideas:
*FORCING a fellow citizen to pee in a cup in order to receive food stamps to allow his family to survive.
*FORCING a woman to go on birth control/get her tubes tied/be sterilized
*ALLOWING a family to starve if they “refuse to work.” (This idea is also used for when the parent fails the drug test.) One man actually told me that America needs to get back in touch with the “Jamestown [colony] Mentality.
*HATING the weakest people in our society because we incorrectly blame them for the ruin and destruction of our nation.
*SHAMING those who need help into feeling like a common beggar when they go to the welfare office to receive help.
*RESTRICTING what a person can and cannot purchase food wise.
Some other ideas worth of note are: Poor people should not be allowed to have phones. They should not be allowed to have a car.
I realize that I’ve moved around from topic to topic, but even thinking about this group gets me bent out of shape. I know that its the internet, and taking it too seriously isn’t a good idea, but the people and their ideas aren’t going to stop at the computer. The fact that there are people out there, who would rather see me starve to death than give me three cents from their paycheck……..it’s just mindboggling.
Who are we now? We’re at war with one another. Those of us at the bottom of the ladder fight with each other like stray dogs, while those at the top throw us their scraps and cackle right in our faces. People need to WAKE UP. The poor are not what’s robbing this country. A “welfare momma” won’t “steal” as much from our system IN A LIFETIME as the the corporate war mongers who in 2009 alone, made $23 billion in bonuses. With this money we could send 460,000 to Harvard, buy insurance for 1.7 million families.
We’re not saying it’s appropriate for people to not be awarded for hard work, but when you’ve got people in this country making that kind of money, while others go to bed hungry and sleep on park benches something is wrong.
The elite have taught us to blame the country’s economic woes and distresses on the working poor. They want it that way, cus GUESS WHAT? If we start placing the blame on them, WE MIGHT WANT A PIECE OF THEIR PRECIOUS PIE. We might actually start demanding that taxpaying citizens be given a decent living wage, health insurance, and other privileges reserved only for the dangerously wealthy.
I’m not even providing a link for the Drug Test group, because personally, I don’t feel like advertising their sickness. I just warn you, if you feel like going in and seeing what it’s all about, you will not like what you see.