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A Country of Laws, Not Justice!

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With the Elections Past, You May Have Been Thinking About Your “Rights”, About “Justice,” About Where This Country is Heading–You’re Disappointed, Maybe?

Are YOU Going to Vote? The Corporations and Special Interests in Washington Already Have. And Can You Guess Who Wins?

The World Is Your Mirror!

Well, let me help you: Despite what you have been led to believe, this is a country of laws, laws that can be interpreted (bent) by really anyone in power but mostly by judges you have elected, or worse still, who have been appointed by a politician. Yes, elected or appointed! I can’t think of any other country of note that has judges who run for office with the backing of a political party or are political appointments. Can you? Have you ever thought of what that means to you in terms of the justice you get, or how it affects your rights? You may think you elect them but have you chosen them? No! We’ve just gone through another embarassing presidential campaign and have been bombarded on television, radio, print media, even robocalls, all trying to influence the outcome of the presidential election, and in a couple of weeks we’ll be no better off–the politicians and the corporations will still be stealing your rights and running your life to hell! So wake up! Think about taking back your community, your country, your life!

So, back to the topic: A country of laws, not justice. Can you relate to that topic? Well, you’ll have some time to think about it because the article isn’t ready yet…stay tuned and check back later.

The first part of this multipart discussion will be about the myth of democracy and how the 1% suppresses the 99%, and it will be followed by a part on how corporations are running your community, your lives, and why they must be brought under control.

Now with more than 80,000 readers and growing every day both locally, nationally, and internationally, we can now start to make a significant difference. People are reading, people are thinking, people are acting. We are a force in that movement now.

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Posted by on November 5, 2012 in 2Luck.com, Abuse, Accountability, ACLU, All the Justice You Can Buy, American Civil Liberties Union, Anger, ARANY, Art Institutes International, B'ezrat Hashem, Besiyata Dishmaya, Burning the Constitution, Children of Dysfunctional Families, Civil Right Violation, Civil Rights, CJC, Coeymanazis, Coeymans, Conflict, Constitution, Corrupt Judge, Corrupt Justice, Corruption, Crime and Punishment, Crisis, DeLuca Public Affairs, Denial, Ethics and Morality, Formal Written Complaint, Freedom, Frustration, George Dardiani, Gerald Deluca, Greed, Greene County, Greg Teresi, Gregory Darlington, Gregory Teresi, Harold Warner, Hudson Valley, Hypocrisy, Incompetence, Intimidation, Investigation, Jerry "Dirty-Hands" Deluca, Jerry Deluca, Joan Ross, Joe Rotello, Joe Teresi, John J. Biscone, John Luckacovic, John Neri, John T. Biscone, John T. Bruno, Joseph C Rotello, Joseph C. Teresi, Joseph Farrell, Joseph Teresi, Judicial Ethics, Judicial Misconduct, Justice and Courts, Kangaroo Court, Law, Law Enforcement, Liberty, Liberty Weeping, Losers Club, Main Street Small Business Coalition, Mayor Bruno, Michael Biscone, Michael J. Biscone, Misinformation, Monitoring, MSSBC, New York State, New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct, New York State Unified Court System, NYCLU, NYS Assembly, NYS Senate, Office of the Attorney General, Paranoia, Pride, Ravena, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk, Ravena Village Attorney, Ravena Village Board, Ravena Village Justice, Responsibility, Retaliation, Retaliative Justice, Selkirk, Smalbany, Small Town, Stifling Freedom, Sucker Punch, Surveillance, Tainted Judge, Thomas E. Dolan, Tom Dolan, Topple the Tower, Tower of BS, Transparency, Uncategorized, Vindictive Justice, ב"ה, בס"ד, בסיעתא דשמיא, בעזרת השם

 

Open Letter to Interim Superintendent McCartney

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Welcome, Mr Superintendent, to the Troubled and Dysfunctional Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District!

Dear Dr McCartney:

We welcome you with open arms, although you’ll find most hearts and minds (what few functioning ones there are) in this district closed to anything new or positive, which might threaten the chronic stagnation here, and we would like to take this opportunity to offer some well-intentioned advice and provide some caveats.

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Posted by on October 22, 2012 in 2Luck.com, Abuse, Accountability, Albany Schenectady BOCES, Alice Whalen, Betsy Smith, Bill McFerran, Bob Ross, BOCES, Bottle Blitz, Bray Engel, Brenda Biance Pommakoy, Brian Bailey, Bridget Engelhardt, Bully Teacher, Bullying, Burning the Constitution, Cathy Deluca, Cathy's Coeymanazi Clucks Club, Child Abuse, Coercion, Coeymanazis, Coeymans, Conflict, Conflict of Interest, Conspiracy, Corruption, Crime and Punishment, Darcy Hunter, Denial, Donna Leput Hommel, Double Dipping, Dr Alan McCartney, Edward "Teddy" Reville, Edward Reville, Eleanor Oldham, Elizabeth Smith, Elsie Proper Croteau, Endangering a Minor, Failing Schools, Frustration, Gary Van DerZee, Gerald Deluca, Graduation Rates, Greed, Greene County, Hakim Jones, Harassment, Howard "Bray" Engel, Hudson Valley, Hypocrisy, Ignorance, Interim Superintendent, Intimidation, Investigation, Irresponsibility, James Latter, James Latter II, Jeff Lukens, Jeff Stambaugh, Jennifer Houck, Jerry "Dirty-Hands" Deluca, Jerry Deluca, Jerry Perrine, Joan Ross, John B. King, John Luckacovic, John T. Bruno, Josephine O'Connor, Lorraine Misuraca, Marlene McTigue, Matt "the Mutt", Matt Miller, Michael Biscone, Michael Huber, Michael J. Biscone, Michelle Waldenmaier Koeppel, Mike Varney, Misconduct, Misinformation, Mismanagement, Money Laundering, Monitoring, Moose Misuraca, New Baltimore, New York, New York State Education Department, NYS Assembly, NYS Senate, NYSED, Office of the Attorney General, Open Letter, Pam Black, Paranoia, Pervert Teacher, R J DEsposito, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk Central School District, RCS Board of Education, RCS Bottle Blitz, RCS School Superintendant, RCS Teachers Association, Ron Racey, SABIC Innovative Plastics, Sarah Berchtold Engel, Selkirk, Smalbany, Small Town, Student Abuse, Student Endangerment, Sucker Punch, Teacher Misconduct, Teachers Association, Teddy Reville, Thomas E. Dolan, Tom Dolan, Tracey Traver, Transparency, Wild Spending, Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

 

No Public Inputs or Notice! Village Board Minutes Confirm!

We’ve Just Received The Village of Ravena’s Response to our Demand for Documents and It Appears that The Village of Ravena is Pulling Another Fast-One on Residents!

Village of Ravena Retaliating Against the RCS Community Library?

We Were Very Specific in Our Demand for Copies of Public Notices, Hearings, and Minutes and Public Comments, Both For and Against the Ravena Fitness Center, and the Names of Trustees Who Voted For and Against Spending $50-100,000 on Used Fitness Equipment.The Village of Ravena Provided only the Minutes of the Village board meeting of September 18, 2012, and was unable to provide any other documents relating to our request. What does this mean? It means that the Village of Ravena was given the opportunity to save its butt and show that it acted in good faith with the public’s trust and that it did its business in an open and transparent way, safeguaring the common good. But did the elected village trustees do that? NO!In fact, the only documents that the Village of Ravena was able to provide in response to the clearly worded request for documents was, as mentioned above, the minutes of the September 18, 2012, Ravena village board meeting, and an excuse for not being able to produce any public notices, minutes of hearings, public comments, etc. The excuse reads, “Denied: Public Notice, Hearings, Votes” Why? “Record of which this agency (the Village of Ravena) is legal custodian cannot be found.” Translation: The village of Ravena would normally have those documents but they don’t exist. What this means: The village of Ravena, the trustees of the Village of Ravena, never made any Public Notices, never held any Hearings, and never opened the question of the Fitness Center or the Spending of $50-100,000 on used fitness equipment. The trustees and mayor of Ravena apparently didn’t think the public, the voters had to know anything about the secret meetings held behind closed doors.

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Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk [Very Personal] Musings

Warning: If you are a student or a minor, please leave this page NOW or get your parent to supervise your visit!

This Is Going to be a Plainer Posting than You’re Used To. The Reason May Be the Lackluster Subject or Because the Individuals Simply Defy Description, They’re So Bizarre and Scary.

This one’s for you, Cupcake!

They’re the Coeymanazis, the Women and Eunuchs of
Cathy Deluca’s Coeymanazi Cupcake Club a.k.a.
“Save the Arts at RCS”
(the Arts of Deception and Hypocrisy) and
“RCS Sports Association”
(Where Anything or Anyone is ‘Fair Game’!)

Whalen offers toxic apples!

RCS Board of Education Teachers Clique Deceit: And as for Alice Whalen’s big mouth: Alice, for all you have to say, didn’t YOU review all of the applications submitted for the business manager (you were all confusing the numbers at the meeting)? So wouldn’t you have also had the opportunity to have reviewed the applications for interim superintendent, too? If so, did you? That’s not what we heard from you, Alice. And unless the RCS board of education website is not up-to-date, Jeff Luckens chairs the personnel committee, and Howard Engel and Edward Reville are the other two members. So what’s the beef, people, you’re all bitching about the selection but YOU run the committee, Engel, Reville must have reviewed the applications or should have, and Whalen could have reviewed all of the applications! So SHUT UP you deceitful dregs!

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Posted by on October 12, 2012 in 2Luck.com, Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families, Albany Schenectady BOCES, Alice Whalen, Amy Bartlett, Art Institutes International, Ashley Anne Irwin, Barbara McMullen, Betsy Smith, Bill Bailey, Bill McFerran, Bob Ross, BOCES, Bottle Blitz, Bray Engel, Brenda Biance Pommakoy, Brian Bailey, Bridget Engelhardt, Cathy Deluca, Cathy's Coeymanazi Clucks Club, Child Abuse, Children of Dysfunctional Families, Clucks Club, Coercion, Coeymanazis, Coeymans, Coeymans Losers Club, Darcy Hunter, David Bartlett, Deceit, Diane Malecki, Don Persico, Donna Leput Hommel, Double Dipping, Edward "Teddy" Reville, Edward Reville, Eleanor Oldham, Election Fraud, Elizabeth Smith, Elsie Proper Croteau, Extramarital Affairs, Frustration, Gary Van DerZee, Gerald Deluca, Greene County, H Andres Jimenez Uribe, Howard "Bray" Engel, Hudson Valley, Hypocrisy, Ignorance, Immorality, Incompetence, indifference to the safety and welfare of a child, Intimidation, James Latter, James Latter II, Jeanette Smith Borger, Jeff Lukens, Jeff Stambaugh, Jennifer Houck, Jerry "Dirty-Hands" Deluca, Jerry Deluca, Jerry Perrine, Joan Ross, Joe Tracey, John B. King, John Luckacovic, Joseph Edward Tracey, Josephine O'Connor, Josephine P. Dority née Biscone, Kathleen Ryan Gill, Lorraine Misuraca, Low Self-Esteem, Marlene McTigue, Matt "the Mutt", Matt Miller, Melanie Lekocevic, Michael J. Biscone, Michelle Waldenmaier Koeppel, Mike Varney, Misconduct, Misinformation, Moose Misuraca, Morbid Obesity, Nancy Biscone-Warner, Nancy Warner, Negligent Parents, New Baltimore, New York, New York State, New York State Education Department, NYS Assembly, NYS Senate, NYSED, Paranoia, Parent Negligence, Pieter B. Coeymans PTO, R J DEsposito, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk Central School District, RCS Board of Education, RCS Bottle Blitz, RCS School Superintendant, RCS Teachers Association, Retaliation, Ron Racey, Sarah Berchtold Engel, Self-Gratification, Selkirk, Smalbany, Student Abuse, Sucker Punch, Suni Martinez Swann, Tax Evasion, Teacher on Student Bullying, Teddy Reville, Thomas E. Dolan, Tom Dolan, Tracey Traver, Trailer Trash, Trollettes, Uncategorized, Voting Fraud

 

Times Union Editorial: “We’re glad, finally, to report that there seems to be more discontent than ever in Ravena, Coeymans and Selkirk…”

“We’re glad, finally, to report that there seems to be more discontent than ever in Ravena, Coeymans and Selkirk”*

(*Statement in a recent Albany Times Union editorial)

Filthy Rags
Another Times Union Editorial

A recent Times Useless (a.k.a. Albany Times Union, a newspaper owned by the Hearst Corporation) editorial sounds like it’s dictated by Alice Whalen or Howard Engel: “We’re glad, finally, to report that there seems to be more discontent than ever in Ravena, Coeymans and Selkirk…” But to cover its ass legally, the editorial expressly uses the word “opinion” to protect itself from possible liability and lawsuits.

Or, maybe the Times Useless knows what’s best for the RCS community and district. Maybe the Times Useless should vote for all of us and maybe that will save our useless butts. Yeah! Let’s all ask the Times Useless editor to vote for all of us. That will solve all of our problems and we’ll finally get some positive press out of that useless rag! (I don’t really think that’s a great idea.)

Now, think, good readers: When can you remember the Times Useless ever writing something fair, balanced, decent about the RCS community or the RCS school district? The Times Useless enjoys what is called Schadenfreude (pronounced: shadenfroyde), the delight in another’s bad luck or suffering. Is that the best the Times Useless can serve up about our community? There are two possibilities that come to mind when I read something as slanted and biased as the Times Useless editorial:

  1. Either the editorial was written by someone who has no knowledge of the community and the district, an outsider in other words. If that is the case, the editorial in the TU rag is totally unreliable, is the product of ignorance and simplemindedness, calculated only to victimize a suffering community and to make money by scandalizing us.
  2. Or the editorial was written by someone being fed the false facts and what to write. Someone or some group in our RCS community is providing the TU rag with misinformation about the community. In that case, the rag is totally unreliable and is a mere tool of some shadowy crook using it to manipulate public opinion against the RCS community and district. But what’s to gain by destroying the dignity of our community and embarrassing the good, hard-working majority by writing such garbage? Who knows? Christ Jesus was innocent but was sold for 30 pieces of silver…what’s the price of selling out the RCS community and blaming the innocent?  Evil does work in bizarre ways to accomplish its purposes, though.

The bottom line is: There are traitors in our midst and there are sheeple who believe them (including the Times Useless). But isn’t it great to know we have the support and the compassion of the Times Union to encourage us in our moments of challenge and in the negotiation and decision-making process? Isn’t it great to know that the local rag is so happy at what it seems to think is our continuing descent to despair? Thank you! Times Union for your kind observations. It’s good to know you’re there for your neighbors! Scumbag rag!

The unsigned editorial then continues to describe the RCS school district’s operation as “school district’s follies.”

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Posted by on October 12, 2012 in Adultery, Albany Schenectady BOCES, Alice Whalen, Amy Bartlett, Ashley Anne Irwin, Bad Role Model, Barbara McMullen, Betsy Smith, Bill Bailey, Bill McFerran, BOCES, Bottle Blitz, Bray Engel, Brenda Biance Pommakoy, Brian Bailey, Bridget Engelhardt, Bullying, Cathy Deluca, Cathy's Coeymanazi Clucks Club, Child Abuse, Clowns, Coercion, Coeymanazis, Coeymans, Conflict of Interest, Corruption, Crooks, David Bartlett, Deceit, Denial, Diane Malecki, Donna Leput Hommel, Double Dipping, Edward "Teddy" Reville, Edward Reville, Eleanor Oldham, Election Fraud, Elizabeth Smith, Endangering a Minor, Extramarital Affairs, Frustration, Gary Van DerZee, Gerald Deluca, Greene County, Hakim Jones, Harassment, Howard "Bray" Engel, Hudson Valley, Hypocrisy, Ignorance, Incompetence, Incompetent School Principal, indifference to the safety and welfare of a child, Investigation, Irregularities, Voting, James Latter, James Latter II, Jeff Stambaugh, Jerry "Dirty-Hands" Deluca, Jerry Deluca, Joan Ross, John B. King, John Luckacovic, Josephine O'Connor, Lies, Lorraine Misuraca, Marlene McTigue, Matt "the Mutt", Melanie Lekocevic, Michael J. Biscone, Michelle Waldenmaier Koeppel, Mike Varney, Misinformation, Money Laundering, Monitoring, Moose Misuraca, Nancy Biscone-Warner, Nancy Warner, Negligent Parents, New Baltimore, New York, New York State, New York State Education Department, Newspaper Bullying, NYS Assembly, NYS Senate, NYSED, Office of the Attorney General, Pam Black, Parent Teachers Organization, Perp Patrol, Pieter B. Coeymans PTO, Poll Misconduct, PTO, Pulp Fiction Journalism, R J DEsposito, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk Central School District, RCS Board of Education, RCS Bottle Blitz, RCS School Board, RCS School Superintendant, RCS Sports Association, RCS Teachers Association, Ron Racey, Sarah Berchtold Engel, Selkirk, Shame On You, Sign Vandalism, Smalbany, Small Town, Sour Grapes, Student Abuse, Student Endangerment, Sucker Punch, Teacher Misconduct, Teacher on Student Bullying, Teachers Association, Teddy Reville, Thomas E. Dolan, Times Useless, Tom Dolan, Tracey Traver, Transparency, Vote NO!, Voting Fraud, Voting Irregularities

 

Elizabeth “Betsy” R. Smith a.k.a. Superintendent Double-Talk

Mr James Latter Recently Informed the Community that The Superintendent of Schools ‘Does Not have to Answer Residents’ Questions.’

Well, Mr Latter, Although You Were Out of Order and Very Wrong to Have Written that, You’ll Be Pleased to Know that RCS Central School District Superintendent Elizabeth R. Smith Doesn’t Answer Residents’ Questions.

She Just Double-talks Them to Oblivion!

Well, That’s Being Too Fair, Actually, She’s Apparently Dyslexic … We’ve already Established That She’s Illiterate (see our article,  The RCS District RFP Is an Embarassment and a Sham!) but We Now Think She Has a Much More Serious Problem: Indifference!

But she did little when she was in the job, now she’s given her notice–after she’s padded her retirement checks with the $140,000 salary she’s ending with–and so she can wait it out another month or two, she’s a shorttimer now. She’ll leave the mess for the next crook who gets hired to the position.

We covered the illicit, delinquent, and illegal conduct of the RCS athletics coaches when they asked students to sell raffle tickets on behalf of the RCS Sports Association (see our article, Raffle, Anyone?). It was clear in that article that there was serious misconduct going on right under Brian Bailey’s and Elizabeth Smith’s noses!  We also published Superintendent Smith’s idiotic response (rather, refusal to respond) to that situation, as well in our article, No Response From District Office, Ms. Smith. It gets worse, still, because when we published our article on our suspicion of illegal money transactions at the National Bank of Coxsackie by the RCS Sports Association, there was still no action taken (see our article More Money Questions…Who’s Cashing the Checks?)

No Answers, Betsy?

So, even after all of that scandalous misconduct, we are still asking why the RCS district offices, the Superintendent, especially, and the Board of Education, too, have not addressed these concerns and put their foot down squarely on the culprits’ necks?!? We’re still asking WHO? is the RCS Sports Association, WHAT? are they doing having the coaches hand out raffle tickets to students to sell, and HOW MUCH? the RCS Bottle Blitz is paying to use school facilities!

We recently obtained a copy of a letter request addressed to Superintendent Elizabeth “Betsy” R. Smith, dated September 11, 2012 and received at the District Offices on September 12, 2012, in which a concerned resident requests information regarding the action taken against the RCS athletics coaches who writes:


“Could you please advise me of the action taken with the coaches that told the students to sell raffle tickets? It is my understanding that this is illegal and the students again were placed in a situtation that gave them no recourse except to do what they were told for fear of reprisal. Also, who is collecting this money, and who and what will these funds be used for? Many community members are very concerned that inappropriate behavior on the part of our teachers/coaches continues and feel it is essential that administration take immediate, legal action against any and all staff who continue to disregard policy and law further damaging the welfare of the students as well as this district’s reputation.
[Name Redacted]


The letter is very clear in that the writer asks specific questions:

  1. What is the action taken with the coaches who unlawfully told students to sell raffle tickets?
  2. Who is collecting the money?
  3. For whom and for what will the funds be used?
  4. The question is also asked impliedly “What action the administration is going to take against any and all staff who disregard policy and law, endangering students and damaging the district’s reputation?”

The questions are pretty clear, aren’t they? You’d expect the Superintendent of schools to be able to read and understand such simple language, wouldn’t you? After all, it’s clear English, and it’s really quite clear and plainly stated, isn’t it?

But the question is nagging: Why doesn’t Superintendent Smith simply answer the questions? She simply refuses to answer our questions or those posed by residents! Why is that, we wonder!?! So, here’s your Superintendent of Schools, Ms Elizabeth “Betsy” R. Smith‘s “answer” to the resident’s written questions:


Thank you for your letter, which I opened today.  [Name Redacted] delivered it to me after our Building, Grounds and Transportation meeting yesterday.   All RCS coaches of fall sports were notified of the law restricting raffle ticket sales to adults 18 and over. 

“Community Organizations and Parent-Teacher Organizations may conduct fund raisers and raffles.  Those organizations can be contacted for information about their fund raisers.

Regards,
“Betsy”


Am I missing something, or what? “Thank you…[Name Redacted] delivered the letter…All RCS coaches…were notified of the law restricting raffle ticket sales to adults 18 and over.” What about the coaches distributing the tickets to students and telling them to sell them? Did you miss that Betsy? Didn’t you understand the question, Betsy? Need your eyes examined, Betsy?

Wot Duhn’t U Understand, Ms Smith?

“Community Organizations and Parent-Teacher Organizations may conduct fund raisers and raffles.” Duh! So what, Betsy? Who cares?
Those organizations can be contacted for information about their fund raisers.” What in hell are you blathering about, Betsy? Have you lost your mind? Who cares? Answer the damned questions, why don’t you?!?

So parents, residents, community members, on September 18, 2012, at the very next board of education meeting, we urge you to press Ms Smith for a more detailed, responsive answer to these questions we’ve raised in our article about the raffle ticket sales (see Raffle, Anyone?), Smith’s command of the English language, and the progress made in getting the required documentation from the RCS Sports Association that verifies their legality.

Who’s Cleaning Up the Money?

We will also be interested in parents, residents, taxpayers, and community members pressing Ms Smith and the Board of Education to know how much the RCS Bottle Blitz was charged for the use of the high school cafeteria on September 14th. As an outside program not affiliated with the RCS school district and not a registered organization of any kind, the RCS Bottle Blitz would be subject to hourly charges for the use of the school property, just like the community sports clubs are being charged. We need to know, How much? Who’s paying for opening and closing the building, the insurance, the utilities, the clean-up, etc.?

Superintendent Smith’s Legacy to the RCS Central School District
(+ A Couple of Lawsuits)

So, Superintendent Smith, we have just one last question for you: If YOU, the Superintendent of Schools for this RCS central school district, can’t read and comprehend simple English in a short letter asking very clear and concise questions for the purpose of answering them just as plainly and concisely, how do you intend to convince parents, taxpayers of this district that they are getting what they think they’re paying for.

Also, will you please now answer the questions the resident asked in the above letter. Thank you!

It’s Those Voices In James Latter’s and Elizabeth Smith’s Heads that Are Causing
All the Problems!

The Editor

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This Article is Different from Most You Will Read On This Blog. It’s Angry and It’s a Morality Lesson, Too!

When’s the Last Time You Looked at Yourself, Deeply?

WHY???

Morality and ethics are things we used to learn at home from grandparents and parents, on the street from public servant role models (police, firemen, etc.), at school, in church. Now we pack our grandparents off to the nursing home, our public servants are thugs, sluts and thieves and our teachers aren’t much better, and who, really, goes to church anymore and who can really say they know anything about their religion or denomination, too? We’re in a very pitiful state as far as our morality and character are concerned, and our ethics is even worse, and our culture toxic.

So the theme of this blog is a quote from a beloved teacher, model, human being, St. Francis of Assisi, who is said to have taught, “If you have people who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have people who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” (Patron Saint of Ecology, 1181-1226) If you think about that statement, it should switch on some lights…somewhere.

It’s very true, though, when you think about it. If you tend to treat things, animate or inanimate, sensate or insensate, traditions or customs, without respect, love, compassion, sensitivity you’re very likely to treat other people and other living things the same way. And you know what? Generally, that disrespect and lack of compassion is just how you feel about yourself, we are told. Low self-esteem, low self-respect is usually reflected outward onto others, the world, people, creatures of all types.

This weekend, I visited the Iroquois festival at the Iroquois Museum in Cobleskill. There I enoyed demonstrations of Native American survival techniques, examined artifacts, viewed artworks, and learned a lot about the culture of the Iroquois Confederacy a “republic” of six nations.  The Iroquois call themselves the “Haudenosaunee“, which means “People of the Longhouse,” or more accurately, “They Are Building a Long House.” They were politically sophisticated and tolerant, had a highly developed culture and religious system. They were matriarchal, a woman was head of the clan and picked the chief, and they were matrilineal, you took your mothers clan name and belonged to her clan.

What’s a North American native culture to do with a 13th century Italian saint? Well, they both stressed oneness with nature and creation, respect of others, the necessity of a positive compassionate relationship with all of creation for survival. Something we have lost touch with today and are so much the poorer as human beings and as members of creation.

 After that elevating exhilarating experience, I found myself traveling down Rt 9W, just a mile or so before the entrance to the NYS Thruway when I saw something that was simultaneously horrific, saddening, ugly, and overall upsetting. In fact, it pissed me off really badly; it made me very regretful of humanity with its many flaws! It was the very image of what human beings have become today, and I decided I would share the sight and my thoughts with you on this blog.

Was this YOU, or someone you know?
It’s plain SICKO!

There they were, three beautiful animals, less than perhaps 50-100 feet from each other, along the roadside, DEAD! Not killed weeks or even days apart but merely hours, judging by the condition of the corpses. (The picture shows only one; the other two are just down the road where the cars are.) Now I’ve seen death in so many ways in my career and just wandering the world but sometimes the way it happens to be presented just hits you in a certain way. This was a revelation, a shocking revelation of what human beings have become: Humanity has become a cosmic-plague, a malignancy injuring, maiming and killing creation. But we’re worse than a mindless virus, because we claim to have a spark of divinity, freedom of will, intelligence, gifts that should make us a force for good, not a dark cloud of evil. These creatures, all of them young and healthy before being killed, were killed by humans in their machines and apparently by humans who had not a whit of concern or sense of responsibility for their actions nor any sense of compassion or responsibility. Like so many of you out there.

Yes, you are a restless bunch. Can’t stand still for long, have to move, gotta rush to get nowhere, gotta have that new toy but can’t reason Why? The commercials tell us to rush, we need IT now! And you respond by rushing and buying it. How’s that make you feel? A bit depersonalized, taken advantage of? Less than the person you’d like to be. Does it make you feel angry to be abused by businesses, industry, government, others? Are you angry? Are you taking it out on the world. I’d guess yes, from where I’m observing. And it’s happened to you so insidiously, that you haven’t even noticed, have you?

Now take a step back and look at yourself. Now look at your children, if you’ve taken the time to produce any, or ever had the notion of sharing your life with anyone but your iPhone and your Twitter or FaceBook cyberfriends. Are you constantly checking whether someone wants to message you, needs you to exist? Have you tried leaving the cellphone or the iPhone home and taking a walk…alone? What do you see? Do you like it? (Probably not.)

You hide the elderly and deny the naturalness of aging, you hasten the dying process in the ill but deny death, enjoy wanton and unprotected lust and then spread disease or kill the unborn and then preach chastity (for a frank discussion of abortion and the culture of death see my article: OPINION: Abortion Issues), you hurry to get nowhere special and when you get there you can’t wait to get to the next stop, you do most of what you do not knowing (or caring) why we’re doing it and just do it to get it off the list, you rush through every minute of the day without appreciating it or being in the moment even once and then whine that the day’s gone by already (whose fault is that?), you complicate your life with concrete things and lose the connection with the mysteries of life and can’t even visualize much less think in terms of concepts or the abstract. You eat three times more than you should, weigh at least 25% more than you should, but then complain that portions are small and that you’re overweight and unhappy with your body image. And you’re angry, fuming. Anger is ugly and does ugly things! Worse still, you deny you’re angry!

One of the ugly things your anger causes you to do is harm the helpless and the innocent, including the weak, the poor, the elderly, the young, and you do it verbally, physically, socially, psychologicaly, because it makes you feel powerful, empowered. But you’re just a common bully. And that’s where my concern for the morality of these developments comes into the discussion. The more you do a behaviour, the more it becomes habit, the more habitual it becomes, the more it becomes your character; your inner voice, your conscience, is a product of all of that. Your good-bad, right-wrong decisions are your morality, and what you do, how you live is your ethics. You are how you live. Are you afraid yet? You should be.

Our entire culture has become toxic.

Back to the Iroquois and the once great Native Americans. Look at what the European-now-American culture has done to them and how we’ve accomplished it: Invasion, cheating and dishonesty, eradication by the use of superior weapons and technology, importation of disease, import of an alien culture that is incompatible with centuries of tradition, disrespect for the native culture, forcing alien forms of government on the people, robbing them of their culture, their ethnic pride, their values, and then abandoning them to decline, disease, social degradation, and ultimately disappearance. In other words, we strip them of their dignity just as we strip all of creation of its dignity. And we do this for the worst of reasons and for short-term satisfaction and gain, imposing permanent damage and destruction, and move on to the next victims. Just like locusts devouring one field after another; simply destruction to feed our own perverse drives. Nothing’s changed over the past 300 years; we’re still doing it in other parts of the world. Admit itl, fix it, stop denying it!

BEFORE

Look at that face! You buy stuffed toys for your children because it’s so, well, cute, actually beatiful. Then you load your bloated or emaciated body into your gas-guzzler and run down two or three of the real things! What does that tell you about you? The three dead young raccoons were symbolic of what you’ve become: insensitive, self-serving, unrepentent, uncaring, black holes sucking up everything, destroying it and giving nothing in return. It’s sad, isn’t it?

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What really makes me kind of giddy in a sense is that most of you have no connection with anything really, you’ve created a world of dualities for yourself: you and everyone else, America and the rest of the world, the 1% and the 99%, the good people and the Jews and Muslims, the church-going Christian in church and the church-going Christian out of church. That’s just to name a few of the dualities you’ve set up to make yourself acceptable. You’re so one-dimensional you need to create dimensions outside of yourself. And still you pray, you attend worship, you read the bible, etc. and you learn nothing, your life is still…emptyness. You’ve become what you say you hate: hypocrites. Too bad!

People, there’s got to be an Aha! moment somewhere in all of this. That moment where you have that certain revelation, that conversion moment where you say to yourself, “What the f**k am I doing? Where the f**k am I? Where the f**k am I going?” Are you getting closer to climaxing in this orgiastic frenzy of, for lack of a better expression, sin against nature?

Take a moment and look in the mirror. What do you see? Now, peel away that surface and what’s under there? Can you really live with that? Do you want to continue living with that zombie under your skin?

The World Is Your Mirror.

Yes! The world is your mirror. It’s what you’ve become and what reflects back on you. You are individually and collectively responsible. We used to talk about duties and obligations but nobody liked that; those words sounded like someone else was pulling the strings and you were all simply being told by big brother what to do (it’s still happening but you’ve convinced yourself it’s not–still living the lie): Do this! Don’t do that! You must…! Now we talk about responsibility and following your conscience…what conscience? How responsible are you for what’s going on around you? If you feel you’re responsible have you done anything to correct the wrongs and the evil around you? Or are you irresponsible?

Stop Hurting US! Please!
The Editor

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