The Late Great Kevin Gilbert

Dedicated to both John Bush (George) and John Ellis (Jeb). See your brother, John.

You will understand one day. This is part of a larger work called the Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. Listen to the whole thing sometime.

Letter to Jeb Bush

You didn’t vote for torture, other than by enabling your brother. I don’t know what you do down there in Florida, but I know your kids have had some drug problems. Maybe you should listen to me and people like me when we try to explain that cannabis would get your kids (and yourself) off of more dangerous drugs (which includes alcohol).

But I saw you were in my old home town recently, and you weren’t too popular with the locals, so the media reported that you hid in a closet. For some reason you thought that was terribly embarassing and felt the need to reassure the public that it was not a closet, it was a boiler room, or some other kind of small water-closet-type hiding place.

Stop being ashamed of yourself and say you love men, because you do. And you love women too. So there’s no problem here. Just love the one you’re with.

I think you’ve got a lot to get off your chest.

Christopher Shays

NottHead says,

There is no right or wrong, but there are consequences.

This is true, depending on how you define your terms. The problem of language is always the lack of identity between the words and the things described. The problem of fundamentalism is imagining that there is such an identity. Words represent, they stand for, they are not themselves real phenomena.

Still the idea of right and wrong exists as a metaphor for that which you will be glad to have done and that which you will be sorry for. Torture is something you will be sorry for, when you understand that you have done it to yourself. Pointing this out is important, as apparently some people do not yet understand it, and need to have it explained at least once so they will learn the appropriate lesson.

Torture is wrong in this sense, it is a mistake. It is hurtful to everyone, not just the person or people who are directly made to suffer it. It does nothing of good except for the lesson it imparts not to go further down a path which you see before you. Do not support those things if you do not want to be sorry.

But Christopher Shays, a Republican member of congress who voted for torture, has hidden his face in the sand and claims that what any reasonable person knows is torture can be viewed instead as just an,

“outrageous, outrageous involvement of National Guard troops from (Maryland) who were involved in a sex ring and they took pictures of soldiers who were naked.”

Not torture.

Let’s look at some things that he thinks are not torture,

a. (U) Breaking chemical lights and pouring the phosphoric liquid on detainees;

b. (U) Threatening detainees with a charged 9mm pistol;

c. (U) Pouring cold water on naked detainees;

d. (U) Beating detainees with a broom handle and a chair;

e. (U) Threatening male detainees with rape;

f. (U) Allowing a military police guard to stitch the wound of a detainee who was injured after being slammed against the wall in his cell;

g. (U) Sodomizing a detainee with a chemical light and perhaps a broom stick.

h. (U) Using military working dogs to frighten and intimidate detainees with threats of attack, and in one instance actually biting a detainee.

Not torture? I’m sure it did give the torturers a sexual thrill. I wouldn’t be surprised if it made Christopher Shays feel all gooey inside, too. But let’s be honest here. This is torture and no amount of sexual gratification by the perpetrators is justified by the suffering imposed, nor will it be pleasing to the torturers when they understand this.

Digby has more.

Hat-tip to Shakes.

Rules for being human

Shamelessly copied from Writings on the Wall by NottHead. 

You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it’s the only thing you are sure to keep for the rest of your life. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called, “Life on Planet Earth.”

There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of experimentation. “Failures” are as much a part of the process as “Success.” A lesson is repeated until it is learned. It is presented to you in various forms until you learn it – then you can go on to the next lesson.

If you don’t learn easy lessons, they get harder. External problems are a precise reflection of your internal state. When you clear inner obstructions, your outside world changes. Pain is how the universe gets your attention. You will know you’ve learned a lesson when your actions change. Wisdom is practice. A little of something is better than a lot of nothing.

There is no better place to be than “here.” When your “there” becomes a “here” you will simply obtain another “there” that again looks better than “here.” Others are only mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another unless it reflects something you love or hate in yourself.

Your life is up to you. Life provides the canvas; you do the painting. Take charge of your life – or someone else will. You always get what your want. Your subconscious rightfully determines what energies, experiences, and people you attract – therefore, the only foolproof way to know what you want is to see what you have.

There is no right or wrong, but there are consequences. Moralizing doesn’t help. Judgments only hold the patterns in place. Just do your best. Your answers lie inside you. Children need guidance from others; as we mature, we trust our hearts, where the Laws of Spirit are written. You know more than you heard or read or been told. All you need to do is to look, listen, and trust. You will forget all this.

You can remember any time you wish.

Let’s be friends now

We heal, together.


Arab-Israeli joint conference for peace

Finally, an approach that gets all sides to sit down and smoke the peace pipe together in Jerusalem on October 25. Because the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

More from Cannabis News.

What we need now is some audience participation

Two pictures of of Ed Rosenthal


Parade of angels


We need not fear fear itself. We have exactly as much fear as we need in order to be careful. Nor should we make one another more fearful than we need to be. All is as it has to be for us to do what we must now do. The United States of America is on probation.

This means more than just the government, this is everyone who is in a position to do anything at all. You have to fix this now or you will lose it. Do you understand?

Speak up now, and do not fear when you do so, but speak in the proper places to protect yourself if it makes you more fearless. Speak with conviction, concern and certainty about your core beliefs. Learn how to relate to one another and to become friends, not merely acquaintances. For it cannot be every person for him or herself now, we must do this together or we would fail — we shall not fail.

And I am learning to do these things too, so I am not making a commandment from on high, but speaking what I am experiencing and hoping to share. Please be friends, and let the past be remembered for a time in order that it can be understood and forgiven. Return, dull care and it will become love.

They desecrate America

Hat-tip to Donna Woodka.

They say the opposite of what they mean

The Republicans and their right-wing cohorts like Dinesh D’Souza have been making noise about excluding good liberals from the public discourse, under the guise of promoting the opposite, pseudo-liberals like Joseph Lieberman, who is pro-war and pro-torture.

Joseph Lieberman voted for torture in the senate. This was a war crime in my estimation, but Joseph is entitled to his defense at trial. He is now running as a Republican in all-but-name in Connecticut against the Democratic candidate, Ned Lamont. Joseph Lieberman is not a good liberal.

But Dinesh would exclude from the discussion anyone to Joseph’s political left, anyone, that is, who really believes in the “liberal nonsense” that Dinesh wants to keep out, the idea that we can have peace and freedom, and worship God as we choose. Good liberals.