Makin’ Happy

You are in this world for yourself. To be where you need to be in order to learn what you need to learn. For Yourself.
Teach yourself to stop sweating the clowns lording over us. When they continue on their reincarnated way (if you believe that reincarnation is in play), some will be living lives of emotionally crippled crossing guards or eating out of dumpsters..so..
Understand they need to do what they need to do and let us do likewise. Stay clear of them, if you can, mind the rules. If they do rear up their ugly and intimidating faces, keep your courage. It isn’t the most Pollyanna thing I’ve said, but I swear some of them thrive off of the very panic we get thrown into.
Don’t feed that.

Me? Today? I made this video.

I enjoyed every head bobbing minute. I used more stock footage than I thought I would, but just browsing the amazing amount of talent out there was a pleasure within itself.

These visual playgrounds were courtesy of Adobe Stock and IStockphoto: Getty Images.
You can find the song on DJ Mark Farina’s 1998 compilation album “Mushroom Jazz 2”
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One Day

In 1987, I remember hearing about a desperate fight for an old woman who was going to lose her home. Her landlord’s (Donald Trump) ruthlessness was being reported on the airwaves at the time.
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Watching Hilary and her buddy Trump in their presidential debate performance the other night, I recalled that incident.


That’s before the sound of “Pff!” left my lips, while he was laying it on thick about caring about the plight in African American  communities.
One can appreciate the extra efforts to assure us that we’re ‘still’ an important factor.

It’s just time that they laid down the ‘scripts’. It’s gotten beyond insulting-with “illegal scandals” going unanswered for and the soap opera theatrics included.

The moment we got this Affordable Care Act

 under our Christmas tree- with barely any one  decent enough to pretend about being bothered to read it..
And when this National Defense Authorization Act ( Indefinite Detention)
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came flying through the air to backhand us in the face..
That’s when it was confirmed to me- We don’t matter in the decision process of lawgiving. Not a bit.
While we’re busy tearing each other apart over the worn out race, sex and class fires they are stoking, the sneaks march on- securing padlocks on our health choices, education, housing and damned near all else.
It’s okay.
One day, without violent intention or pathetically hopeless force, we’ll cease supplying the light by which these weeds grow- our collective blind faith and gullibility.
We’ll finally teach our children that they are more sophisticated than what the media machine is “reporting” they “are”.
Despite my disdain for The Established Church, I hold faith that timeless wisdom will be embraced with solid understanding. We will be honoring words -having more to do with “God” living within each one of us and nothing to do with being at the mercy of crude and unimpressive bullies…
Psalm 40:4
How blessed is the man who has made the LORD his trust, And has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood.
“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”
-Buddha
When we narrow our eyes in mature suspicion..not leave them wide open in simple wonder over how “important” our rulers must be.
When we cease acting like the animals they are ready to “deal with” at a moment’s notice.
When we politely, firmly push back the free heaping helpings of worthless muck they offer in the name of “pleasure and protection.”
When our shoulders are squared up in confidence, not hunched over with constant self doubt and fear.
That’s the One Day I am confident will come. When our classless and greedy carnival performers are rendered impotent.

The Most Shameful Laws

 

Now.. laws concerning what we do within our sex lives.
The most insulting laws to survive into a modern society.  The most egregious law being entrapment- where a man finds himself punished because  he would have or could have knocked the kneecaps off of our pristine civilization by committing the action he was thinking about.
Other “woulda-coulda” piles include drug laws and traffic laws. I suspect that I will address these subsets at a later date. I will start with the sexual laws, which I find most loathsome. Running a close second is the rage I feel when I see human beings’ names printed for the gawking, nosy neighbors. Neighbors who would die on their feet if their own loved one were involved.

Click for One example of this heartless practice
Let’s consider the worn out and flimsy  arguments for this intrusive, destructive overreach.
-The existence of forced sex slavery.
-Prevention of STDs being transmitted to unsuspecting spouses from a stray partner who frequents the hooker dept. on Main.
-The large number of sex workers being abused as young children.
-A substantial number of sex workers being drug addicts or self abusers.
-Potential beatings and abuse from sex work agents (pimps) and/or Johns (my father, your husband, our brothers)

I  trust that I laid out the most common justifications for our systematic tearing apart of other human beings lives. Here go my two cents.
Forced sex slavery–  It’s an age old practice. Like slapping wives if they get “too lippy”, often by drunk husbands. We already have laws in place to deal with the violence concerning forced sex slavery. There are kidnapping laws. There are assault laws. Attempted murder, endangerment of minors, etc. It’s all there. Find the victim and shovel all the punishment you and god can afford to give the perpetrator. Heck, if caught in the act, I would fully support beating the ever living line of descendants out of him.
On the flip side (of my deep sarcasm, mind you) to make all things safe and equal, why stop with sex law legislation? Let’s carry the oversight further. Let it prevent other potentially dangerous circumstances. We can start by penalizing young ladies for dating the wrong type of man. I mean, there’s a good chance that she may unknowingly find an alcoholic fist in her face one day if she marries him. Wouldn’t it be so much better to prevent this at the earliest stages? So may ills in the world, so little prickish laws.
STDs brought home“So, you’d rather he screwed a co-worker or a family member for free? Is that it?”
Needless to say, my saying this  has never been too popular with the ladies. I will continue to say it as long as I have to suffer Mrs. Huff-n- Stuff start in on the evils of prostitution and why good men should continue to get legally torn wide open for doing what they wish to do as grown and free human beings.
To pretend it’s prostitutes where the greatest risks run is a bit ignorant.

Look at it like so:
In terms of dining, the unspoken rule is that you’re bound to experience a higher level of service at a restaurant. More smiles and individualized attention than, let’s say, Mama cooking your dinner in the kitchen. You know, professional butt kissing kind of cordiality in hopes of a better tip. Even the kitchens are required to be more sanitary. They have an interest in maintaining a good reputation. One too many complaints of unsanitary conditions and a few folks’ incomes are on the line. Chances are more likely that one would pick up a pesky cold bug from the unregulated home kitchen.
Most of us can not even afford to eat out, dears. I would suggest keeping an eye on the kitchens your wily spouse can waltz into, free of charge; co-workers, neighbors, your sisters, etc. Let’s stop pretending that wild eyed jealousy is not the seed of our fury, rather than the chance of securing STDs.
It is “Do you love her?!” and “What did she do that I didn’t?!!”  that can be heard screamed in homes across this world when secrets come out. Not ” When was the last time this tramp had her annual gynecological check-up?!!” or “Sweet god, PLEASE tell me she was clean!!”
Concerning those who earn their hard earned livings with THEIR bodies and the abuse they suffer as children-lumping in the substance abuse along with it.
You know what other establishments are rife with childhood and chemical abuse?
The Church. Any War.
Two institutions that aren’t being dissolved in any foreseeable future.
How splendid, if we would have dealt with the molestation of countless thousands of children (courtesy of the Church) with the same iron fisted determination as with prostitution. The lives we could have saved-the lifelong nightmares prevented.

Click for Long history of sexual child abuse by “holy” men
Imagine, sending in short statured undercover agents to act as children seeking priestly guidance. As soon as the priest takes the “child” by the hand to head somewhere to pray, the doors to the church getting kicked in. With several hundred years history of child rapes, if we were a society  diligent enough to automatically suspect the nature of priests. .leaving nothing to chance. That would be something wouldn’t it?
Because of the frequency of wars being waged and centuries engaged in these business ventures of horror, I doubt the sex industry can claim a greater number of drug and alcohol addicted souls. Young men sentenced to live, lifelong, with images of their comrades faces getting blown off. How ignorant of us- to ignore the addictions of generations of men escaping the psychic pain of war, while we hyper focus on a common byproduct of, frankly, more pleasurable pursuits. Children murdered and raped in foreign lands in the hellish atmosphere of war, that seems to figure in the equation as well, if one wishes to remark further on the sad topic of child abuse.
If only we focused our self righteous and preventative energies to preventing those atrocities. Imagine the miraculous improvements with those developments, hm?
It is and will remain nothing but an inexcusable  embarrassment as we continue rounding up men up for doing what men wish to do. Good men who work their fingers to the bone, feed their families and hurt no one. Men who weren’t blessed with superstar looks and have better things to accomplish than to primp and preen for the often pathetic dating pool. We should hang our beastly heads very low over ignoring men who have committed suicide because of the  humiliation suffered from their name being displayed in  local newspapers.

Sad example of one desperate man

Another soul..age 75

How do we have the nerve to punish a man for seeking out his private pleasure with money he has earned and choosing to do with HIS body parts as he wishes? It’s disgusting. Truly. It is. Are we THAT hung up with a bloodthirsty need to mangle those who get caught for things we secretly get away with?
It’s a practice that is about as ridiculous as legislation on whether a person wipes side to side or front to back, while going to the bathroom. Can you imagine the firestorm of protest if that were to happen; If some authoritarian committee felt it had it “up to here” with diseases that stem from improper hygiene? I would expect the heavens to burst wide open with the force of our shouts of outrage.
Then again, here we are. .putting up with some insane notion of our private body parts being regulated by other humans, without barely a peep.

As if living our lives as bought and paid for property was a sick obligation of some sort.

 

A Long Rant on Illegitimate Laws

A legitimate law or rule is timeless. If it has merit today, it will have merit tomorrow.
An illegitimate law means something one minute, is worthless the next.
A law broken means a person is being punished for breaking it. Punishments cause discomfort on varying levels-from being made to take a time out to the death penalty. To suffer everlasting damage from a law that’s no longer in existence is one of life’s sickest cruelties.
I  pray that we become  brave enough to cease being victim to illegitimate laws and the illegitimate lawmakers who dream them up.
It would be a first and most important step to reclaiming self ownership.
What a horror-the realization of some left crippled by punishment. When they look up and see others making their way through life unharmed, indulging in the same “infractions” they themselves were maimed over.
We justify many laws in the name of maintaining ‘civilization’. We don’t tend to argue against the laws seemingly meant to prevent harm to ourselves or others. When it’s our time to ‘pay’, we take our punishments and hobble on without much to say about them. No matter what is taken from or done to us, we seek solace by remembering why the law was established in the first place. If no solace is found , then there’s encouragement from the rest of the herd. If you happen to forget what is right, your neighbor will remember for you.
A law should only exist if it is relevant to each and every day of each and every year, for each and every individual.
A good example would be the laws on killing other human beings without just cause.
Bad examples? It would take too long to lay them all out. I’ll just tackle a law of censorship for now.
Once upon a time, the words we were allowed to say and actions allowed to enact, in media, were highly regulated. We had fictional married couples sleeping in separate bedrooms. If the couple were kissing on the same bed, one foot had to be on the floor. Women weren’t allowed to show their navel, on screen, if their bare midriff made an appearance. As silly as it may seem to us now, that’s how it was. It was  for the “greater good”. There was some kind of notion of not wishing to infect the young, or grown adults for that matter, with salacious thoughts. We wished to consider ourselves better than animals. So, many of us came to accept the “logic” of such law.
Click here for Hays Code censorship
Unless you’re a time traveler, you’re aware that things have changed drastically. I watched the return of a fall TV show recently. Within the first fifteen minutes there was:
-A young daughter giggling about a gift wrapped box of condoms given to her by her mother’s best friend. A wisecrack about small condoms was made and all were chuckling over the unspoken insinuations. I’m sure the image of small penises drifted through the audience minds-making many of them smirk as well.
-chunks of horse feces were shown to plop to the ground as a “funny” response to a character whispering into its ear.

This is a show which dedicated a good portion of a past episode on the term  “Truffle Butter”. Being closer to fifty than fifteen, I went online to see what the online Urban Dictionary had to say to clear up my confusion. I was stunned. My shock came from realizing that a subject so disgusting  could be considered remotely appropriate for an audience of ‘civilized’ human beings. Civilized human beings casually sharing this show with their children, on top of it all.
Before we get into a playground scuffle over my being invited to change channels, I will clarify that I do not condone censorship. I will, however, have something to say about parents who claim their children see no such things on a regular basis with them. This show was nominated for a Best New Show award in recent time..in a TEENS choice award ceremony. With or without us, they have been and are consuming the vilest of the vile. It’s a fact. But. That’s not the issue.
Years ago, people lost jobs, were judged and ostracized for failing to respect the morality laws of iron fisted regulations. Those who simply voiced support for artistic freedom could find themselves living uncomfortable lives at the mercy of the self righteous mob known as general society.
Now…we have depictions of oral sex, masturbation and close ups of glistening sex toys rolling off of beds..on the basic cable. Cuss words with more muscle than the formerly scandalous “Damn” are flowing free and frequent on nearly all shows. In  bigger screen movies, shots such as a close up of feces being wiped from a bare human posterior? Not a problem. The propping of “used” female sanitary items, the bobbing action of a young girls head below the groaning yaw of a lover? It’s “all good” in this society of “mature and realistic adults”.Life is Life, I realize it isn’t pretty all of the time.. if at all. My disgust boils hottest over our hypocrisy. Parents muttering over what their “babies” are being exposed to, in school at the mercy of “irresponsible” teachers. The social media witch-hunts we engage in when someone says something homophobic or allegedly bigoted. Blood vessels burst with folk screaming about how we are affecting our young with the words we speak at home. Yet, crude behavior like adult women (reality show style) cackling in public about carrying vibrators inside of them, we’re supposed to think has no affect on children trying to grow into decent human beings? We’re demonized for smoking around our children or for mistakenly saying the word “Oriental” instead of “Asian”, in our home. However, the message of oral sex being so casual of an act that it isn’t considered “real sex”…lol…that’s perfectly AOK to get out there to our young daughters?

Come on, now.
What changed in the short amount of years between strict enforcement and the current free styling? Did we wake up one morning and decide that the “greater good” of installing morals and etiquette was a worthless endeavor? If that is the case, what were all of those former laws for? Daughters who died in back alley abortions, because they failed to abide by the messages of who and how they were supposed to be and behave. What about them? Husbands who lost their income due to allegedly unpatriotic views spoken at a company dinner. Do we have some kind of financial reparation set aside for their families who were flung into the abyss of poverty (often for ever onward)? Of course not. People are punished, people are forgotten and we continue making our way through a never-ending river of crap legislation.
If it is a law born from the fickle tide of a popular culture, it’s illegitimate.
If the original reason for instituting it is based solely on the will of whoever has the biggest mouth at the time, it’s illegitimate.
The moral habits of passed generations are no longer relevant. Yet, the institution of rule makers remain to continue lording over us with ever-changing sets of rules. It’s as wrong and as ridiculous as anything can be. To even suggest certain laws are necessary for our well being, when they do not exist long enough to be taught from one generation to the other, seems like a twisted game. A game with no obvious purpose other than to better control us. Like we were pets or farm animals.
In closing this long rant of mine, laying aside the censorship theme, I present the case of President Richard Nixon Click here for Nixon’s impeachment and the executions of the Rosenbergs.
They are drops in an ocean of our history of severe punishments from often hypocritical and eventually ignored laws.
While they had broken important laws, no one can deny that similar laws-on deeper levels-are committed in front of our faces constantly. They are met with barely more response than  panel discussions and us grumbling at our TV or computer screens.
Blessed be the day we free ourselves from the illegitimate and petty laws that aren’t worth a damn. Better yet, blessed be the day we cease making them in the first damned place.

Still Vague as Ever

What’s with the constant call to action on awareness and empathy re: ADHD, ASPERGERS and various other disorders?
We can’t even agree on whether cases of autism are actually increasing or whether tech has allowed for increased reporting.
As a dual diagnosed autistic myself, I find myself thinking on this more as  labels are shuffled, seemingly willy nilly-further confusing issues of origin and “treatment.” The “experts” conclusions no less vague than twenty years ago.
Aside from not knowing the cause of ASD or the length of existence, there’s been little to no addressing of the issue of adult ADHD. Most of the attention has been on our children, despite it being a well-known fact that ASD is passed on genetically. To me, that means the gorilla has been “hiding” in the room quite a while longer than what we’ve been led to believe (panic over). That is, if it’s not merely a very normal and very evident set of conditions we’ve managed to live with, all throughout our ever blessed evolution..
From alarmist suspicion over vaccines to citizens being harassed into “acting/thinking right” about these disorders and their ‘sufferers’, we’ve expended too much energy for the raggedy table scraps we have gotten.
One brings attention to an issue for one of a few reasons-
To produce more of it, if it’s good, with the help of those listening to the information.
To eliminate it, if it’s bad. Also, with the help of those who mind the hoopla.
To provide funding, shelter, research, tools…there’s a lot of reasons to bring all sorts of news to the forefront of our minds.
There’s very little I can see being done, besides lip service and flashing of stats over two decades, concerning this “epidemic” of diagnoses.
The following link is CDC’s general addressing of what is now a mega sized disease with several, formally independent, diseases lumped together.
One giant net..with too many holes as far as I’m concerned.
Ayn Rand laid out a prophetic quote, once upon a time.. It concerned potential manipulation by malevolent authority  in order to keep tighter reins on us.
“There’s no way to rule innocent men.
The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals.
Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them.
One declares so many things to be a crime
that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.”
We’ve already allowed unforgivable perversions of our laws to ‘imprison’ us.
It doesn’t take much of a stretch to imagine what will happen to us if we continue to allow illegitimate authorities to define what “normal mentalities” are.
Can you imagine? If just enough of us of us are found to be “mentally deficient”?
Imagine the remaining decisions we won’t be allowed to make. Even the strongest confidences will disintegrate, plagued by what’s “wrong” with us. What pride or dignity isn’t killed off as we’re forced to live under rules meant for criminals, will be finished off as we drown in a collective pool of self doubt, being beat over the head on how we “don’t think or act right.”

Lounge Story 2

 I’ll be lucky if I run into one other person, who knows yet another person who has heard this album “Lounge Story 2”.

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CD available here

With pockets of bad popular taste infecting our society (you know it’s the truth), countless numbers of excellent albums, books and movies don’t quite make it to the majority population. It’s a shame, but certainly nothing to lose sleep over.

After all, we are blessed with ample opportunity to make up the difference by sharing them amongst the countless unknown online…like I’ll be doing with the following videos-a few fantastically chic favorites from the album “Lounge Story 2”

 

Cat Sense?

 

I’m allergic to their spittle and they look as if they’re up to no good twenty five hours a day. Correction, they are up to no good.

I have a few reasons why I don’t care for cats that much.

However, just because I don’t like them  doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the role they have played as one of mankind’s favorite animals.

Sometimes, I’ve even been struck by a poetic thought over how the terms “elegant” and “alluring” must have been created just for the cat.
I’d never insult anyone for being a cat lover. As a matter of fact, we have a couple of them in the family. I’d sooner throw myself in front of something very large and very fast than deny my child the furry beat of his heart. The cats are well loved.
Occasionally, I’m amused with things like those “all knowing” looks on their faces.
I  think about throwing together  a story about a  cat being smart enough to understand something really simple. Something like knowing that someone voicing an opinion is not an invitation to mock, challenge or berate him or her because of it. A simple common sense understanding, this cat would have,  about all humans being allowed to voice their opinions and thoughts without punishment. Or humiliation. Or fear of any sort.
It would make an interesting tale, to say the least-if a cat knew stuff like that.
I can’t think of much else that would be more interesting, at this moment.

Well, other than the day we finally understand and honor that fact, for ourselves . Now that would be something.

Really love the Memory

“Ooooh oooh wheeeee,

I really love the memory

Of how they sang…yah Yah

The joy they brang”

Yes, it’s to the melody of “Boy from New York City.”. A song I have not ceased humming since age twelve-the time of this video and when my adoration for The Manhattan Transfer began.


 

MM MMMM..hotter than ever with THE best cover of “Route 66”

Be prepared to place your hands tight upon your face. If you appreciate the significance of  them having had the honor to have sang with, then living, legend Ella Fitzgerald..your cheeks may fly clean off of your face, you may end up smiling that much.

 

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