Possible inside info as to why Bernie endorsed Hillary. =(

Bernie Sanders - The Endorsement with a radiation suit

Bernie Sanders – The Endorsement with a radiation suit

This is quote from Amy Hunter on Facebook about some inside information as to why Bernie endorsed Hillary. It is not substantiated yet, but it makes a lot of sense. Give it a read.

I’m relaying this not to smash anyone’s hope, just to give information so you can make your own informed decision. I belong to a group of “realists” about the election. I know we need to maintain hope that Bernie can be the nominee — I still have a glimmer but I want to keep my feet on the ground. I just thought Id share… take the information as you want. Seems realistic to me.

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“I’m posting this only as an *FYI* : I have it from a rather reliable source that the REASON why Bernie formally endorsed Hillary two weeks prior to the convention …. was because Senator Chuck Schumer had a private visit with Bernie about the matter. Schumer is very friendly with both Clinton -and- Bernie …. so the DNC sent Schumer to tell Bernie that if he did not at LEAST endorse her prior to the convention …. that the Democrats would remove him from the seven congressional committees of which he is currently a member. The Democrats had allowed [the former Independent Senator] Bernie Sanders to sit on those committees (instead of choosing a card-carrying Democrat to do so) because he DOES “caucus” WITH the Democrats in the Senate …. and for all practical purposes ACTS as a Democrat. BUT because Bernie is a very “frugal” type …. he didn’t want to officially BE a Democrat because the DNC requires their Party’s legislators to raise a LOT OF MONEY for them …. and Bernie didn’t want to be saddled with that extra responsibility. By comparison with Hillary Clinton …. she has raised $32 million for the DNC during 2015. BERNIE raised $1,000 for the DNC during 2015. So *there* you have it. And SO …. the DNC has come to view Bernie as a pariah and as an albatross around it’s neck ….. who has COST them a LOT of money because he challenged Hillary in the Primary …. and as a result of HIS candidacy — the DNC and the Clinton campaign had to spend a lot of money to ensure that SHE became the Party’s nominee had Bernie not run. They DESPISE him for that …. and HE is now bending over backwards to their desires that he not only endorse her — BUT that he will ALSO stump for her in her general election campaign leading up to November 8. THAT is the backstory to his endorsement of Hillary Clinton. There is NO covert master “PLAN”. It is what it IS. He was warned (thru Chuck Schumer) to either endorse her …. or else he was going to henceforth be excluded from serving on any congressional committees. And in Washington DC …. serving on congressional committees is considered a HUGE PRIVILEGE and an HONOR. It has the effect there of making a legislator a little extra “special” and influential. And it is SACRED to BERNIE. The Democrats KNOW that this is Bernie’s Achilles heel …. and they simply used it to their own advantage. And they have evidently SUCCEEDED. End of story.

The SURPLUS of donations he has raised during his campaign …. will be donated to the DNC *after* the convention. So just WAIT until THAT happens! IF y’all think that the remainder of his supporters will “lose their minds” over his formal endorsement of Clinton at her coronation in Philly …. just WAIT until they hear where THEIR CAMPAIGN DONATIONS ENDED UP GOING TO!

The word originally put out there was that Chuck Schumer had merely paid a little “truce” visit to Bernie to “mend fences” between the two camps because Schumer is a mutual friend of them both. But the actual *purpose* for Schumer’s visit with Bernie wasn’t as innocent as merely trying to “make nice” between Clinton and Bernie. It was a politically DIRTY maneuver.

Otherwise known as blackmail.

PS – My source on the details of this backstory …. is a guy who knows an “insider” in Washington DC — someone who is a well-connected journalist. The journalist had also told this guy that Trump’s choice for his VP was Mike Pence. And THAT “inside” information was shared TWO WEEKS BEFORE the formal announcement of Trump’s running mate was made. Therefore …. I now trust the accuracy of the backstory of Bernie’s endorsement of Clinton.”

Edit: Bernie Sanders threatened with loss of Senate committee position if he didn’t endorse Hillary

What have I done to help Bernie?

Together - Bernie Sanders

Together – Bernie Sanders

Here is a summary of the things I have done to try to help us all through Bernie Sanders and the movement he has inspired and awoken:

Party Registration

First, This I am not sure about. I do not think I have officially registered for the Democratic Party, although I may be on their roles. I have just contacted my local party leader to be sure, although I have been a member of the Green Party for a few years now.

Blogging

Second, First, I have written quite a few blog posts throughout this electoral cycle:

Contact the Democratic Party

Third, I have contacted the Democratic Party through their contact form and have sent them the text of my Letter to the Superdelegates and the text of my Why I will NOT vote for Hillary Clinton 2016 post.

Unsubscribe from the Democratic Party

Fourth, I have also, with the publish of my Open Letter to Elizabeth Warren, unsubscribed from any Democratic newsletters and politicians. I did not have any donations going there, but I made sure that I did not.

Contacting our Super Delegates

Fifth, I have used the Lobby Delegates’ Engage Delegates page and sent a link to my Letter to the Superdelegates of the Democratic Party to all of the superdelegates.

Sixth, I have downloaded the spreadsheet from Lobby Superdelegates which has much of their contact information and then I:

  • sent a mass email (~400) to all who had email addresses listed. The text of the letter was my Superdelegate Letter. About 100 bounced in one form or another. I have even engaged in some back-and-forth with one Clinton superdelegate.
  • tweeted a link of my Letter to the Superdelegate to each person that had a twitter account listed, which is a lot of tweets
  • started to post to each Facebook account that allowed me to until I was blocked (~14)

In all of this, I am hoping to get at least two solid points of contact with as many superdelegates as I can. I will continue with this trying to get as many as I can.

Preparing to Attend the Protests for the Democratic National Convention

Seventh, I got the OK from the wife to attend the protests at the convention, so I am working making those arrangements. Babysitting first, then everything else…

Well, I found out that tickets from Madison to Philly are about $800-$900 which is too much. I was expecting them to be about half as much. I would have spent almost my entire budget on just the plane tickets and nothing left for hotel or food, etc. Me sad panda. I was really excited about being able to be there and to be able to tell my daughter when she gets older that I was there, that I was a part of history.

What Have You Done?

I have done all of this for Bernie and for us.

What have you done?

How to Help Bernie now?

Bernie or Jill - The Nightmare Before #DemExit

Bernie or Jill – The Nightmare Before #DemExit

OK, Bernie peeps, if we are going to win this there is a lot to do. Here is a list of the things that you can do to help get Bernie into the White House:

  1. Unregister for the Democratic Party (#DemExit)
    • If you are registered as a democrat then unregister (unless you still have a primary left, which should be almost no one). They need to know that the ship is sinking with Hillary and we will not vote for her. You do not need to be registered to vote for any party in the general election #DemExit 
    • Here is a great post on Facebook on why this is important
  2. Inform the Democratic Party of Your Views
  3. Disengage and Unsubscribe from Democratic Party Media and Donations
    •  unsubscribe from mailing lists for Democratic Party and from those politicians that support Hillary
    • When you receive emails from the Democratic Party or politicians that support Hillary let them know that you are in no way going to vote for Hillary and are Bernie or Bust
      • see links to my blog posts below
    • If you have not already done so cancel your donations to the Democratic Party or to anyone who has supported Hillary
  4. Support the Green Party
    • hit all of the polls that have Hillary in them and vote Bernie (not a combined Hillary and Bernie image) or Jill, or other (not Tump). If we can get her to 15% in the national polls then she may be able to participate in the Presidential Debates which would be epic.
    • follow them on social media
    • send a donation to Jill Stein
    • if you are feeling really spunky, register as a Green too. I have been a Green for a few years now.
  5. Contact the Superdelegates
    • contact the superdelegates to let them know you are not voting for Hillary and why you are Bernie or Bust
  6. Support the Movement
    • send money to support Bernie’s superdelegates
      • (?need a link for that?)
    • send money and support for Bernicrats who are running for office
    • consider running for office for this is how the revolution will really happen – from the bottom up
      • you can do so through your local or state Green Party
      • our the new OurRevolution.org which was just released by the Sanders Institute
    • attend the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to ensure that your voice is heard
With Hillary’s poll numbers going down and starting to trail key swing-states the corrupt Democratic Party needs to know that their ship, which is full of holes, really is sinking and we are not going to help bail them out when we are sitting in a perfectly good boat, the USS Bernie Sanders, already.
 
here are my blog posts on these topics:

Letter to Superdelegates of the Democratic Party

Quote from my Letter to the Superdelegates of the Democratic Party

Quote from my Letter to the Superdelegates of the Democratic Party

Esteemed Superdelegate,

My name is Jim O’Neill and I am a father, husband, small business owner, home owner and a Navy Veteran who was a part of Desert Storm. Over my 42 years of life I have come to value the electoral process  and having a voice in our government. I had formerly voted for Obama twice, although times have changed and our country has not changed, and, by virtue of that, we have found ourselves over the last few decades falling so far behind other first-world countries. The tides are changing and we, as a country, are being left behind – a laughing stock on the world’s stage where we were once a shining beacon of freedom and democracy.

We are behind pretty much all other European countries in a wide variety of ways – poverty, rate of incarceration, police violence, electoral fraud and voter suppression, climate change, quality of education, civil rights, the war on drugs, converting to alternative energy, and energy independence. I can go on and on with listing the ways in which we trail, but what matters is what we do about it. Our only hope is that we have a candidate and a platform that they will stand behind to make the changes needed to correct these problems.

We cannot use the same people that created the problems and expect them to magically decide that the real solutions now finally sound good. We need change, not just incremental change, because our planet and our children do not have time for that. We need a principled and ethical candidate who will enact radical change and drive us forward to be able to begin to recover from decades of war and economic, social, and political stagnation.

Judgement Matters

I have written at length about the many problems with Hillary Clinton as a candidate in my blog post:

http://www.arionshome.com/2015/09/17/voting-hillary-clinton-2016/

… although if you choose not to read my really long post let me leave you with one quote which can summarize it – the TLDR; version if you will:

“If you take nothing from this writing, then please take the following: Why would you vote for someone who has been on the wrong side of so many issues and has had to “evolve” her stance on almost every issue to be on the right (DOMA, gay marriage, Iraq War, NAFTA, Patriot Act) or is still wrong (Glass-Steagall, GMOs, fracking), when you can vote for the person who has been consistently right for the last 30+ years.”

As another example of this – you will find that for almost every bad decision that America has made in the past 30+ years there is a video (or picture) of Bernie Sanders trying to stop it. In contrast, you will find video, transcripts or pictures of Hillary voting for or supporting these bad decisions in the few years she has been able to. In the end, judgement matters and this is what is really going to matter to the world and our children’s future, and is the only way to bring about real change.

The potential legacy for Hillary as a president will very likely mirror her current decision making pattern and history in government. It will be a stream of bad decision, apologies, scandals, and ‘Oh, crap! I was wrong!’ moments. Is that what you really want for the future of our country, for our children, for our businesses and workers – ‘Oh, crap! I was wrong!’ or would it be more prudent to choose someone whose lone words have been consistently quite prophetic and historically on the right side of the issues? Why choose the person who has been consistently wrong when you can choose the person who has been consistently right?

Trust and Favorability

Even with Elizabeth Warren’s endorsement and Bernie’s endorsement as a sacrifice to his candidacy so he could get non-binding platform concessions we do not trust Hillary at all as her dismal trustworthy numbers well show. She has a record-breaking low for a trustworthy rating  which is even lower than Trump’s if that tells you anything. This is also true for her favorability rating. For Sanders, the reverse is true in both cases. He tops all of the candidates – seen as the most favorable and trustworthy of all of the candidates. These two factors combined with her ever dwindling small lead over Trump, or being behind in some key states now, does not bode well for Hillary’s electoral performance especially when everyone is allowed to vote for their preferred candidate in the General Election, and even more so when you take into account how independents will vote as I will cover in the next section.

Polls show that Bernie Sanders would absolutely destroy Donald Trump or anyone else in a fair election by 10% or more. Hillary, in contrast, because of her marred reputation and all of the scandals has a good chance to lose versus Donald or any other candidate. Keep in mind that in the previous primaries she lost to Obama twice. The American people have already said ‘NO!’ to her twice already, although now, strangely, under questionable circumstances and amidst stream of electoral fraud, voter suppression, collusion, and money laundering allegations, the numbers seem to show that she has almost achieved the nomination, but her potential win would not ever be a real win. =(  One study points to a 1 in 77 billion chance that Hillary actually won the nomination in a way that did not include widespread and systemic electoral fraud. Even if we reduce their numbers by several orders of magnitude to compensate for potential errors – a 1 in 77 million or even a 1 in 7 million chance she won without fraud is not a good number to have hanging over this potentially historic election. A win without cheating is not a win. It is a steal and this fact will hang over her presidency and will greatly affect how other countries see her – an usurper and someone whose word cannot be trusted along with her government.

The Democratic platform is non-binding so the Democratic Party can tell us and Bernie Sanders whatever we want to hear, but they do not need to have any intention of truly following through with it. We cannot trust Hillary Clinton or the current Democratic Party as we have seen with her political history and the current shenanigans performed by the Democratic Party to ensure that Hillary is elected. She has already started to pivot to the center on some issues and is already changing her stance to show us that her word changes with the moment. There have plenty of studies and lawsuits to go around to show that she could not have won the primary without systemic and widespread  electoral fraud, suppression and collusion. Because of all of this we do not trust either of Hillary or the Democratic Party to be honest and to follow-through with the concessions that Bernie has arranged for if Hillary is president.

There was a study that showed that congress does not care what the people think, that they serve the corporations and their interests, and Hillary is the embodiment of that. She has taken too much money from corporations and foreign countries while Bernie has not. Bernie is only beholden to the people whereas Hillary is beholden to her donors. We need a candidate that we the people can trust, that the world leaders can trust, and one that represents the people. Bernie is that candidate. He is the only candidate.

Bernie or Bust and the Independent Voting Block

The Bernie or Bust movement is real. In a poll I posted on Facebook following Bernie’s endorsement of Hillary, Berners chose Jill Stein 5-1 over writing-in Bernie Sanders (or any other option) if he does not win the nomination. I know you may have been fed some false numbers about 90% of Bernie supporters will support her, but that is just mainstream media trying to keep you superdelegates and other Hillary supporters under control. She will get some of us, but not anywhere near what those deceptive propaganda articles say. At most, and from what I have seen from our polls and from social media sites, I could see her getting maybe 20-30% of us, which will not be enough for her to even come close to winning. To think otherwise is to not understand the Bernie or Bust movement and what has motivated us. Many of us, because we are tired of electoral fraud, voter suppression, and corporate ownership of our government will either write-in Bernie, vote for Jill Stein, or any other candidate but Hillary. Now that we are awake we could not in good conscience vote for Hillary because she is part of the problem and is truly the lesser of two evils, but still an electoral evil. Our single electoral voice, our children, and our country deserve better than that.

Us, as independents and the largest voting block (~ 40% of the electorate), are saying NO to Hillary and her legacy of harmful decisions and the corrupt practices of the Democratic Party.  We want change. If you want to win this election you will need to give us change or we will go elsewhere with our votes. This is not a threat. This merely a fact. This is what will come to pass for we are Bernie or Bust. For too long have we had to vote our fears. Now that we are awake we will no longer vote our fears or for the lesser (or greater) of two evils. We shall vote our hopes and values which do not in any way lie with Hillary. Bernie is our champion. Bernie speaks for us. Bernie is our leader. Bernie is the future. Hillary is the past that we wish we could shove under the bed to be able to forget about it.

Bernie has, at one point, won an election with 70%+ of the votes and that is only possible by winning cross-party and independent votes. Hillary cannot and has not ever come close to doing that in the way that Bernie has. He can get conservatives, moderates and liberals to vote for him unlike anyone else in history due to his prophetic view and principled career. These are the traits of a leader and this is what our country needs to move forward and fix the many problems plaguing our country. If you really want to keep the Republicans from winning the White House and from choosing the next few Supreme Court Justices then there is only one real answer that will get independents to vote en masse for a Democratic candidate and that is with Bernie Sanders.

In Closing

I know if that if you are a superdelegate that currently supports Hillary Clinton that my words may fall on deaf ears, but please at least consider my above words and take a moment to read my above blog post. When you are at the National Convention please consider voting for Bernie Sanders and his uncanny ability to be on the right side of the issues, who has great ratings, and massive support from independents. He really is our only hope and the only way to truly court independent voters of all stripes, and even some conservative voters. He has the principles and the plan to help right our slowly sinking freak-show; or because independents will not vote for her, we will see the Republican candidate, whoever they end up nominating, in the White House. The choice is yours -Bernie or a Republican as lepresident

Thank you for your time and you consideration,

Good luck at the convention.

Yours truly,

Jim O’Neill

Wisconsin

Bernie’s Endorsement of Hillary Clinton and the Real Beginning of the Revolution

Quote from my post titled 'Bernie's Endorsement of Hillary Clinton and the Real Beginning of the Revolution'

Quote from my post titled ‘Bernie’s Endorsement of Hillary Clinton and the Real Beginning of the Revolution’

To all of my fellow Berners out there – I know we all feel a soul-crushing sorrow with Bernie’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton yesterday (Tue, 12 July 2016) at a rally In New Hampshire.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/11/politics/hillary-clinton-bernie-sanders/index.html

Rage Against…

We felt the stabbing knife of betrayal when Elizabeth Warren betrayed her progressive values to vehemently endorse Hillary and never endorsing Bernie like she should have as I mentioned in my Open Letter to Elizabeth Warren. Now Bernie has endorsed Hillary Clinton too. Yes, he has endorsed her. None of us like to say it. None of us want to admit it. We really want to pretend that it never happened like a horrible nightmare. These two moments are too much to handle in such a short time period. Two of the most seemingly progressive icons failing to live up to our dreams. With the absolute sickening and acrid taste of swallowed vomit in our mouths, we realize that this really happened. A bitter taste to accent the anger, betrayal, and loss we are feeling, like we may have been living n lie, like the yellow brick road really led to a prison camp for tortured unicorns. I feel it too – deep in the roiling pit of my stomach, a torturous knot signaling there is no hope left for anything but despair. Abandon all hope ye who pass this point….but, please do not despair quite yet. I know it may not seem like it, but there is much more to come. This may sound trite, but this really is the beginning if you are willing to embrace it. Bernie has slogged on for 30+ years, so please hold on a few moments longer while I try to explain. We need to start embracing a much longer view than just one electoral cycle, than just one presidency.

We all love Bernie, so please do not turn on him for he has had to endure much over the last year or so, and even through the last 40 years of his service to humanity, to enact what change he was able to accomplish. Do not lose hope. Do not rage against him. Thank him for all that he has done – for awakening us – for giving us hope – for raising awareness of the issues and being prophetic to the truth – for unleashing and informing our slumbering rage. We need to thank him for trying to fix whatever he could while slogging through the treacherous, filthy and betrayal laden trenches of the corporate owned Democratic Party which absolutely despises everything we stand for. We also need to thank him for successfully moving the Democratic Party’s platform far to the left from where it was near the horrendously corporate center. He is only one man in a den of thieves, but together we helped him to make these changes. He could not have done that without us. We could not have done it without him.

Bernie Sanders, the Amendment King

What follows is quite a bit of speculation on my part, but what is super-important to remember is that Bernie is known as the Amendment King for a reason and I think that this is required to understand what is going on here. We also need to remember that he said that this is not about the presidency or even winning elections. This whole movement and his candidacy is about the policies, which is something that I think we were not really prepared for. I think, as much as I hate to admit it, that his endorsement of Hillary exemplifies this sentiment. He may have been willing to deal a blow to his immediate candidacy to get a more progressive Democratic platform – getting the platform amended which, for him, is the point of what his candidacy was really about. I know we all want to see him in the presidency. I do too. My daughter deserves that. The world deserves to see President Bernie Sanders and the glory which would come of it, but to him, I believe, getting the platform and policies changed may be more important, especially in light of the tremendous amount of corrupt forces arrayed against him in this election.

What follows is not something I have verified, but have I have heard from quite a few sources – I think this also has to do with being able to speak at the Democratic Convention. He has to have been willing to support the other candidates throughout the process in order to maintain his superdelegate status in order to speak at or attend the convention. Also, since she is so far ahead in delegates and superdelegates we need to also understand that there are no concession speeches given by the loser, so if he does lose and wanted to speak and did not support her then he would not have the chance to speak at the convention. Again, this is about having the chance to speak to sway some more people, to pull them to our side, to have our voice heard as much as possible.  There is a lot of internal party politics going on here that is affecting what he is doing and it is not just what he wants to do, but some of it is what he is required to do in order to keep moving forward, to keep having the opportunity to make changes.

What the Future Holds

Hopefully, Bernie’s long-term view and plans may have out-played them. We will only know for sure as the next few weeks or so unfolds. Please do not #DemExit until a day or two after the convention, because then we will know the truth as to who is the real nominee and to what his plans for the future of our movement may be. In a campaign email yesterday he said that he is creating a successor organization and I think this is really what is going to matter for the movement and what will guide us going forward with or without him as president. Since he has repeatedly said that he is really concentrated on transforming the Democratic Party from within and from the description below it does not really appear to be a new political party, which is what we desperately need, but more of an organization that helps to promote and work with progressive candidates and get them into office:

“In the coming weeks, I will be announcing the creation of successor organizations to carry on the struggle that we have been a part of these past 15 months. I hope you will continue to be involved in fighting to transform America. Our goal will be to advance the progressive agenda that we believe in and to elect like-minded candidates at the federal, state and local levels who are committed to accomplishing our goals.”

Keep in mind also that he has neither suspended his campaign nor released his delegates as of yet, so there is quite a bit more to come at the convention. There are also massive protests and a rally arranged for the convention too. Please, take the time to show up in Philadelphia to let the establishment that even though Bernie has endorsed Hillary, which I think has been required for platform concessions, that we are even more angry now, that we stand behind Bernie and what he stands for, that we will take nothing less than real change, that we will not compromise or accept false promises, that our movement is not really about Bernie, but it is about the policies. The Democratic Establishment needs to hear the zealous roar of “Bernie, Bernie, Bernie” ringing over the gates and fences and through the convention to know that we are not defeated or done, that they have not ended these pesky populist social-democrat Bernicrats, that our movement has just begun.

A key part of the future is the new organization from the newsletter is to help to support progressive candidates. This is important for our future work. If we are serious about fixing everything that is broken by enacting electoral reform, single payer health care, tuition-free university, and opposing the reprehensible TPP then it has to be done from the inside out – from the local to the state and federal levels, for it will not be done with the current establishment politicians. This electoral season has seen a flood of Bernicrats running for office and this is amazing. Some long standing establishment Democrats and Republicans risk being unseated this cycle and this needs to happen for real change to occur. If you have a Bernicrat running locally then please send them money and spread the word about them and your support for them. This is truly how change will be won, from the bottom up with a flood of new progressive candidates. Remember what Bernie Sanders has done in Vermont. Once Bernie was just a lone voice, a single mayor of a small town in Vermont, and now he is a long- serving congressman for what is one of the most progressive states in the Union. This is our path. This is where we need to work to make change permanent and to show the people that it can be done and that it works. We need progressive candidates to run in all local, state and federal elections to be that change that we want to see.

We have to be THE champions now. We have to be OUR champions. We have to be HIS champions. Once the Democratic National Convention has finished, assuming he is not the nominee, then it will be up to us to carry the torch from there. Yes, the Democratic National Convention is not over yet and the Superdelegates have not technically voted. I have very, very slight hopes that, perhaps by some miracle that he will get the nomination, especially with a new round of looking at Hillary’s lies and perjury with her email server scandal. I am not holding my breath for this especially with his endorsement and the collusion that is happening, but it is a sliver of hope which I still carry with me. This is, hopefully, the beginning and not the end. It can be if you do not give up hope.

In closing

I will also report the unconfirmed rumors that he has qualified to be on each state’s ballots in such a way that he could run as an independent. I really do not expect him to do so as I mentioned in my Open Letter to Bernie Sanders. He is too principled for that, so please do not hope for it. I would love to see a Sanders/Stein Green ticket in any form, which would absolutely annihilate anyone who opposed them, but I cannot see that ever happening. Me sad panda. =(

Do not focus your rage against our beloved Bernie. Keep you rage aimed at the corporate-owned establishment Democrats that have never ever considered giving Bernie a fair chance while having to engage in voter suppression, electoral fraud, collusion, money laundering, and corruption to have a chance at beating him. If they did not do this then Bernie would have crushed Hillary. Keep your rage focused and sharp for it is this rage against the corporate owned politicians and our corrupt electoral process that is needed to force it to change. We need you to be angry so you will keep pressure on your representatives, so you will run for office, so you will protest and raise the alarm when the corruptions that are happening in congress and other governmental places. We the people need to hold our government responsible and this will be possible only if we are united together. We will need your rage for what is to come, to demand that change happens on our terms and not theirs. We must be united as progressives otherwise we lose our power. If we lose our power to make change then they win and our children and the world will lose. We cannot let those who are willing to lie, cheat, and steal from the democratic process and our people to live fat lives while the 99% suffer.

Most of us Bernie supporters are #BernieOrBust, so following the convention we may be left with a difficult decision. Do we vote for Jill Stein, write-in Bernie Sanders, or something else? I have previously posted a poll on Facebook asking just that question and that has turned out to be votes for Jill Stein @ 5-1. Where do we carry our movement? Should we rally around Jill Stein and the Green Party or should we unite under the newly formed United Progressive Party? An email from Bernie’s campaign has alluded to a new organization to carry the movement’s torch. Perhaps we should wait until we receive the email with details about this. In either case, we will need to decide both questions quickly – by a few days after the end of the Democratic National Convention so we can charge forth and try to have our voices heard through the establishment’s continued suppression, so that they know that we will not give up, that we will not go quietly into that dark night, that the dragon of the American people has risen from its slumber and nothing will be the same again.

For we are Bernicrats and we are legion.

#DemExit #BernieOrBust #Sanders2016 #StillSanders #UnitedUnderBernie

#JillNotHill #NeverHillary #CrookedHillary #LiarLiarPantsuitOnFire

Open Letter to Bernie Sanders

Quote from my post titled 'An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders'

Quote from my post titled ‘An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders’

 

Dear Bernie Sanders,

I know you feel battered and bruised with the mainstream media ignoring you and warring against you while giving plenty of free and biased coverage to Trump and Clinton. I know that it is frustrating and that it seems hopeless when the Democratic Party is willing to subvert the electoral process and the will of the people by engaging in electoral fraud, voter suppression, money laundering, and collusion all to force their corporate candidate, Hillary Clinton, upon on us. I know you feel sorrow when those who you thought were your allies stood back and watched you as you were constantly attacked while taking the road less well traveled, when they also used to accompany you there, and then betrayed you and their supposed progressive values.

After President Obama and Senator Warren both endorsed Hillary I could see the wear, the tiredness, and the look of defeat in your face. I was so deeply outraged at Senator Warren’s betrayal that I wrote an Open Letter to Elizabeth Warren to express my disappointment and sadness and to help express this sentiment for many of our progressive brothers and sisters of the revolution.

http://www.arionshome.com/2016/06/10/open-letter-elizabeth-warren/

We see everything you have had to endure while standing up for us and for real change. Have no fear and realize that you are not alone, because while you walk that lonely and dusty road we are there in the trees, on the curb, and by the side of the road cheering you on. Do not lose hope. Do not give up. Do not waiver.  We need you. The world needs you, because you speak the truth and because you don’t just talk the talk like Clinton and most other politicians, but because you also walk the walk which is the first time I have seen this in my lifetime.  You have the strength and bravery to be that lone voice gruffly barking out in the dark of night against all of the stupid things that this country has tried to do over the last 30 years. You alone have had the courage, principles, and foresight to speak the truth, to speak for us, to speak for the world. History shows that you were right and that Hillary and everyone else were horribly wrong.

You have proven for the first time in history that corporate money is not needed to fund elections and that a person of principle and foresight can run for president and the people would flock to them. You have proven that the people want real change. We need you to be strong. We need you to be angry and fiery. Mess up your hair, get a balloon, or whatever it is that you need to do because you are the rallying call our country needs to fix our broken electoral system, health care system, foreign policy and everything else that the corporations have broken for their benefit, causing the American people and the people around the world to pay for it with the blood and tears of the innocent. We need your roar to echo through the halls of Congress to cower the establishment to let them know that we will not stand for it and the end of their corruption is nigh.

Endorsing Clinton

I know that I do not need to tell you that Hillary Clinton is a poor candidate with a deplorable record ranging from voting for the Iraq War, supporting the Defense of Marriage Act, betraying the Children’s Defense Fund who she worked for by voting for the Welfare Reform Bill, to the selling of fracking and the TPP throughout the world. She is not liberal or progressive at all. She just tries to play one on TV to appeal to the yearning progressive masses to win their votes. I have written a massive article titled I will NOT be voting for Hillary 2016 that goes over many of her horrible decisions and her orchestrated and inauthentic flip-flopping to pander for votes. The sad thing is I could have updated my post weekly with all of the things that are wrong with her as a candidate.

http://www.arionshome.com/2015/09/17/voting-hillary-clinton-2016/

Unfortunately, I have run into too many Clinton supporters who do not care about how horrible she is as a candidate and only care about and concentrate on the very small amount of good they can find. They blindly back her not caring about her many disastrous decisions and votes, or not knowing or caring about the issues and how these have destroyed the lives of the innocent. They do not realize that judgment matters. That her judgment has been so wrong that with almost everything she has done she has had to flip-flop and apologize for to finally be on the right side. In desperation, they try to rationalize voting for a horrendous candidate by resorting to the harms of gender identity politics . =(

I expect that when the Democratic Party shows that it does not care about winning the election or the future of this country by anointing Hillary that you will also endorse her, because you are a man of principle and you essentially said you would. Your latest words from Vermont sadly seem to point this way too. I will ask you to not do this, please. You know that if the Democratic Convention chooses her that you will get nothing from her or the party – no real concessions or real change, because then you will have no leverage or power to make demands. You will just get their coforting words and platitudes to keep you silent and to ensure that you do not run as a third party. You know that she and the Democratic Party cannot be trusted for they are owned by their corporate masters and you are an affront to their very existence and power.

In the end, I hope that when you see this all play out before you that you will not give in and endorse her. Do not ask us to vote for her for she has definitely not earned it. Do not ask us to vote for our fears and not our values as we demand, as you have given us the courage to do.  Do not ask us to vote for the lesser of two evils when we can and will vote for only you, the greater good. Your principles and this independent grassroots and progressive movement will die if you endorse Hillary or ask us to vote for her. This will be your and our ultimate defeat and their ultimate victory – the defeat of a truly grassroots movement and a truly progressive candidate,  a candidate and movement of and for the people which rejects the corruption that poisons our country.

New Progressive Party

It is laughable that Hillary and the Democratic Party say that they want to “unite the party” when they have done every corrupt thing that they can think of to subvert the will of the people to ensure that Hillary wins because she could not win in an honest election. They show that they really do not care about democracy and do understand our movement or what appeals to us. I know they want us to just fall in line and support Hillary like good ill-informed sheeple, but that is not who we are or why we rally behind you, Bernie. Ignorantly they believe that we are willing to settle for no change, for a government controlled by their corporate masters. I would rather vote for what I want and lose it than vote for what I do not want and get it. We are the Revolution and we will not fall in line and support any form of evil, whether the lesser or the greater!!

With the sad trend of politics in this country moving year after year farther and farther to the right we have the far right represented in current Republican Party which is infected by the Tea Party, the center is represented by current corporatist Democratic Party, and now we need a truly left leaning progressive party. We need you to work with whoever to create a third party that will speak for and represent progressives whether it is the Green Party, the newly forming United Progressive Party, or whoever. We need this. You need this. The world needs this! Please do not allow your principles to stop you from truly igniting and supporting a movement that can unite the progressives and carry your dream, our dream, forward with you. Our voice needs to be heard. Our voice needs to be represented because it is not at all represented in Congress or as a viable political party today. We do not have a real chance to be heard or to demand change. The world needs a third progressive party in the United States as a part of your extensive legacy.

Please do not let the movement that you have captured and inspired to lose hope or die by endorsing Hillary for we independents and progressives are Bernie or Bust and will never vote for her. To endorse her, in the end, is to not only endorse and accept the fraud, voter suppression, collusion, and money laundering that the Democratic Party has perpetrated without punishment, but it will also be a vote for Trump, for you are the only candidate who can beat him or any pathetic excuse for a Republic candidate that is put forth.

In Closing

You are OUR voice. You are OUR leader. You are the voice of the Progressive Revolution! Hillary is the voice for the corrupt centrist Democratic Party who desires naught but to do the bidding of their warmongering corporate masters. There is a reason that we are Bernie or Bust and that is because no one else represents us and inspires us like you do. Your campaign and candidacy is the clarion call to real and honest change, to principled leadership. You are the sole voice of the unheard progressive masses who have longed for a candidate to speak to our hearts. Many of us thought Obama was that candidate with all of that talk of hope and change, but we were wrong.  Obama did inspire us, but you have done so much more. You have awakened us from a despondent torpor that we did not even know we were in and have lit a fire in our hearts and souls like no other has done before.

Stay strong, Bernie, because we need you, America needs you, the world needs you. Walk proudly forward through the rest of the electoral process and into the convention for you are the only real hope to beat the Republicans and bring real change.  They are terrified of you and the movement that has formed around you. They are terrified of the power that you now possess. You are who the people have truly chosen and the Democratic Party is going to lie, scream, and lash out so that they can keep things the same for their corporate masters and so they can keep their power and money.  You are the only candidate the truly cares for and represents not only the people of America, but also for the people of the world. We will accept no one else – only Bernie Sanders. We, the people of the Revolution, are proudly Bernie or Bust!!

With great love and respect,

Bernie or Bust,

James O’Neill

#BernieOrBust  #Sanders2016 #FeelTheBern #StillSanders

#JillNotHill #HillNo #ToneDownForWhat

Open Letter to Elizabeth Warren

A quote from my post titled 'An Open Letter to Elizabeth Warren'

A quote from my post titled ‘An Open Letter to Elizabeth Warren’

Senator Warren,

I am a father, husband, small business owner, home owner and a Navy Veteran who was a part of Desert Storm. Over my 42 years of life and experience I have come to value the electoral process and have an understanding as to how important, powerful and corrupt the process is. I had formerly voted for Obama twice, but have since transitioned over to the Green Party because I wanted real change.

This Electoral Cycle

My emotions swelled this election cycle because my hope for our country’s future, my daughter’s future, and the world was truly embodied in two people – Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. These two principled progressives who form the rallying cry of the progressive movement in the Congress trying fight-by-fight to hold the corrupt system and politicians accountable. I am sickened to know that I was wrong in this to instill my hope in BOTH of you.

I expected Obama’s endorsement of Hillary since he had also sold out quite a while ago, which was shown horrendously when he supported and still supports the TPP (and other things). You have NOT endorsed Hillary because she is the right candidate, a principled candidate with the right positions. She is not a better candidate than Bernie Sanders – not by an order of magnitude. She is worse in pretty much every way. Perhaps, the most important way is that she is worse is because of her judgement (or lack thereof). She has had to apologize or flip-flop to be on the right side of almost all of the issues and to be on the right side of history. In stark contrast to her – for almost every stupid decision that America has made in the last 30 years there is a video of Bernie Sanders who was sometimes the sole voice trying to prevent it. What more reason do you really need to say NO to Hillary and YES to Bernie? Judgment matters. Judgement prevents the problems, saves lives, and does not create them so that we have to apologize later with many lives destroyed in its wake. I have felt so strongly about how bad a candidate Hillary is that I wrote a massive post titled ‘Why I am NOT voting for Hillary 2016” where I even have your very important Bill Moyers interview linked and this interview has formed a cornerstone to my view of Hillary and her politics.

http://www.arionshome.com/2015/09/17/voting-hillary-clinton-2016/

What does this portend for Hillary’s future potential presidency? It will be soiled and mired by a string of flat-yet-expected apologies where history will see her for what she is – corrupt, and with broken moral compass, and  unable to see the right side of the issues . How much will Americans and the world at large suffer because of her inability to see the right answers to the issues that face us even though Bernie Sanders has shown himself to be uncannily prophetic? You are endorsing a woman with bad judgement and whose only response to destroying people’s lives is “I am sorry. I was wrong. Vote for me anyhow because I am a woman and because I am not Trump!!” That is her only real selling point. She is not Donald Trump and that is a sad, sad statement.

Your Endorsement of Hillary

When I had heard that you were going to endorse Hillary I became sick to my stomach. I felt betrayed, confused, and disillusioned. I barely had the stomach to watch your endorsement on Rachel Maddow.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVxQ9B4pVWk

You have decided to support Hillary for one really sad reason – out of fear – the fear of a Donald Trump presidency. You have sold the American people out. You have sold yourself out. You have sold out the democratic process by supporting her and the party that has chosen to subvert the democratic process through voter suppression, money laundering , collusion, and electoral fraud. She will lose to Donald Trump (or whoever their candidate ends up being). She will lose because the Democratic Party and their corporate owners betrayed the people and engaged in horrible and despicable acts to force a heinously incompetent and corporate candidate upon us. Hillary is a candidate who listens to the corporations and not the people as she has well proven.

In case you and the Democratic Party have not noticed the tides of history have changed. We may not have the anger or gumption that many Europeans have, but we are angry. We no longer want corruption and corporate control. We want real justice and true change for the people and you said ‘NO’ to that when you endorsed Hillary. You said yes to more of the same. It makes me sad to say that you will end up joining Hillary to be on the wrong side of history when she eventually loses. The Bernie or Bust movement is a clarion call to the world, to the establishment, to the corruption found in our government that we have had enough, that we are done. Things will change even if you do not see it, but I know you see it. I know you know it. I know that for whatever reason you have sold yourself to the control of the corrupt Democratic Party and their corporate owners, and have betrayed your values and principles poisoning your potential legacy. This saddens me greatly because you are better than this, at least, I thought you were.

You have made the same mistake that the American people have been trained to make by the mainstream media and the corporate owned and reinforced two-party system. They want you to vote your fears and not your values, for in this we are all easier to control.  I made that mistake in 2012 when I wanted to vote for Jill Stein, but I let fear force me to vote for Obama so that Romney would not win. I stayed up all night watching the votes come in with my stomach roiling, especially since Romney took an early lead. I will never do that again. I will never again vote my fears. I will be brave. I will have my voice truly heard. I will have my vote count. I will vote my conscience. It seems that you do not have the same courage in the electoral process that you have in fighting big banks. I expected better of you, Senator, Warren.  I really, really did. You were a hero of mine. You are not a villain to me yet, but I do pity you and how you really must feel inside doing this despicable act for whatever misguided  reasons you have.

I also used to greatly support Rachel Maddow  who was one of the few remaining progressive voices in the news before she also betrayed us by selling out to the establishment. Now you, one of the few people I respected in politics, have done the same. You have betrayed not only yourself and everything you have fought for, but also all of those true progressives who saw you and Bernie Sanders as our last hope for real change. That hope in us has almost been snuffed out, not only with you selling out and supporting Hillary who is the woman who stands for everything you have been fighting against, but also by not endorsing Bernie Sanders early on when he really, really needed it. You had that chance to turn the tides to make a real difference, to change the world, to be a part of a really, really historic moment, but you chose cowardice instead. I do not know if Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Establishment has some dirt on you or if you have really been playing progressives as the fools for so many years, but what you have done is unforgivable.  It is like you have completely forgotten the sort of corrupt politician she is. One to which you yourself have brought to light by your interview with Bill Moyers. It seems somewhat convenient that you have forgotten this.

As I am sure you are well aware Hillary has not really changed since then. She is still corrupt and flip-flops when it is politically expedient. She is not a politician that is guided by principles and by what is best for the people. She is guided by money, power, and a ruthless desire to be president – nothing else. We thought that you were also guided by principles like Bernie Sanders, but it seems like we were wrong. You have betrayed everything you have ever stood for and are now cavorting with the enemy. When the going got tough you folded like a sheet.

In Closing

We progressives had feared this possibility of you endorsing Hillary or running with her to try to “unite the party” to try to mitigate how much progressives revile Hillary and do not want to vote for her. We feared this moment that you would show a sign of weakness, a loss of principles, and it has come to pass. I never could have imagined that you would do this for I thought better of you. It is hard to unite a party when most of us who vote for Bernie are Independents and some Democrats, and with Independents being the largest voting block your support will end up backfiring. We do not want Hillary. We do not want Trump. We want a truly progressive candidate like Bernie Sanders or Jill Stein.

With the “Democratic” Party engaging in voter suppression, money laundering as well electoral fraud and corruption for Hillary Clinton and her campaign how can our dreams of real change not be completely crushed? When one of our cherished progressive icons says ‘Yes, I support this icon of corruption and power. This is what I want.‘ and we are supposed to accept this and fall in line? The hope for my daughter’s future has just been ransacked and sold out. I cannot say that I have not truly considered moving to Norway or Sweden before, but your betrayal of your progressive values has made me consider it again because the future for this country and the world just became much, much bleaker. Collectively we just witnessed the death of a progressive icon – Elizabeth Warren.

You had my respect. You had my support. You were one of my personal heroes, someone who gave me hope. Now, you are a sad sign of the insidious toll that corruption and fear can take on a politician, even one as formerly principled as yourself.  I know the following will not mean much to you at all, especially because I am not a constituent of Massachusetts, but I have unfriended you on Facebook, unfollowed you on Twitter, and I have unsubscribed myself from your newsletter. You have lost me. You have lost my support. Mrs. Warren, I really, really hope you find your way before it is too late.

Sincerely,

James O’Neill

#WhyWarrenWhy #WarrenFear  #ValuesNotFear #WarrenBetrayal

#HillNo #BernieOrBust #StillSanders #Sanders2016

Polyamory, Jealousy, and the Eight Walls of Intimacy

Note: This post will be a sort of a part of a 2-part follow-up to my post on Understanding and Managing Jealousy:

If you have not read the other two articles then please take a look.

Jealousy, that horrible Green-Eyed Monster that can tear apart relationships, can rear its ugly head enough in monogamous relationships, but in an open or polyamorous relationships there are a tremendous amount of opportunities where jealousy can surface and cause problems if you are not prepared. The more we understand jealousy the better we will be able to tame this destructive beast. Please also take a look at my other articles on Jealousy to explore this further.

The Eight Walls of Intimacy

I envision there are 8 basic walls (categories of intimacy) that a person may encounter when jealousy, fear, and insecurities can really rear its ugly head. For some of you, depending on where you are at in your journey, these walls can be made of teddy bears and rainbows bringing us joy and candy, but for others, though, a wall can be made of a thousand pounds of tetanus-laden spiked bricks and wounded badgers which rise up to tear you and your loved ones apart.

Each person and each relationship is going to be different, but below are the eight walls I have identified that we may run into when our partners desire intimacy, are intimate, or show intimacy with others. Six of the walls are general categories of actions, and two are specific significant actions whose potential emotional response may be large enough to warrant its own listing. You might arrange them different for you, but I tried to put the walls in the order of least likely to most likely to trigger a jealous reaction. Some specific actions may be categorized differently for you than it is for others, or might be categorized under several of the walls for different reasons, but this should be good enough to start the conversation.

  1. Interest in Another – showing or expressing interest in another person
  2. Non-Sexual Physical Intimacy – holding hands, hugging, kissing, cuddling, petting
  3. Intellectual Intimacy – having deep conversations, sharing a hobby or other interest in common, have aligned philosophical, political, or religious views, etc…
  4. Emotional Intimacy – the way that your partner looks at another, desiring and being excited to see another person, having or desiring a deep emotional connection with another
  5. The “L” Bomb – saying that you love someone else too
  6. Sexual Intimacy – sexual thoughts or having sex with another
  7. Commitment – entangling finances or living conditions, etc; bringing the partner over to family events,
  8. Children – wanting to have children with another, having their children play together, spending time or taking care of the other’s children

Jealousy Severity Rating (JSR)

In the table below I have the 8 Walls listed with a rating scale (0-5) for the Jealousy Severity Rating, and a section for Partner Notes. You could even create subcategories to show that certain aspects are better or worse for you like: non-sexual physical intimacy does not phase you, with the exception of kissing which is something that you may consider very intimate, and seeing your partner kiss another brings out a fresh batch of negative emotions.

Here is a PDF version of this: Jealousy Severity Rating Worksheet

Walls of Intimacy Jealousy Severity Rating (JSR) Partner Notes
0 1 2 3 4 5
1 Interest in Another
2 Non-Sexual Physical Intimacy
3 Intellectual Intimacy
4 Emotional Intimacy
5 The “L” Bomb
6 Sexual Intimacy
7 Commitment
8 Children

Jealousy Severity Rating

JSR name description notes
 0  no reaction no negative emotions are brought up, sunshine and rainbows good for you – compersive feelings are what it is all about
 1 light jealous reaction wibbling, you notice it and may be able to tell it to go away; you may be aware of what is happening and why perhaps some more self reflection is in order and perhaps consider a future talk with your partner about this
 2 mild jealous reaction some negative emotions arise are creating stress and some conflict with you and/or your partners this is a good time to start a conversation with you partner as well as healthy dose of self reflection time
 3 definite jealous reaction definite negative emotions arise: anger, sadness, feelings of loss or neglect and create definite conflict therapist most likely needed, partner conversation needed
 4 strong jealous reaction crying, rabid fears run amok, feeling despondent, questioning relationships and partner choices therapist definitely needed
 5 overwhelming jealousy hysterical crying, serious thoughts of divorce or breaking up, potential thoughts of suicide therapist definitely needed

Exploratory Exercises:

  • assign a Jealousy Severity Rating (JSR) to each Wall with 5 being the most severe reaction
  • create sub-categories or list specific triggers that are significant for you and list their JSR
  • rearrange these in the order from least to most likely to induce an attack of a negative emotion
  • share this with your partners along with notes of their triggers and for ways they can provide reassurance and support to help you combat or deal with it
  • your partners can do these exercises for themselves too
  • each partner can fill this out for how they believe these areas may affect their individual partners as a sort of a check. We may not think a specific or category or trigger affects us, but others may see that it does and this can start a conversation

The Implied Monogamous Relationship Agreement (IMRA)

Note: This post will be a sort of a part of a 2-part follow-up to my post on Understanding and Managing Jealousy:

If you have not read the other two articles then please take a look.

Introduction

To get the most out of this article you will have to closely examine your past and present monogamous relationships as well as your thoughts, assumptions, and expectations in relationships to see the truth in what I am presenting. This process may be challenging for some. Keep in mind, also, that this is written in broad and sweeping terms.

This article is written from the stand point of an American in a westernized culture where monogamy is the norm and other relationships are not allowed and/or are punished. The only acceptable or even acknowledged relationship structure here is monogamy.

All relationships have a relationship agreement which governs what actions are acceptable or not – monogamy is no exception, although most do not even know that it exists or that this is a thing. The first rule of monogamy, like the Fight Club, is to not talk about the Implied Monogamous Relationship Agreement (IMRA) or even acknowledge its existence.

The IMRA is something that we are taught from birth. It is ingrained and indoctrinated into us as children. It is a fact of life and no other relationship formations can even be contemplated or considered, because the rules for all relationships are already set in stone for you before you were even born, and they are to be a visceral and intrinsic part of your worldview, understanding of life, and the way you interact with people. Its rules and your acceptance of them is implied and expected by everyone as a matter of course. To violate these rules is to court disaster from society at large.

Our culture supports, enforces, and perpetuates the existence of monogamy and its relationship agreement through books, movies, music, religion, laws, and our societal expectations of relationships. Understanding that the IMRA exists can help us to understand our thoughts, emotions and desires, to manage and understand jealousy better, and to better understand relationships dynamics.

As a note – a lot of this is perpetuated and reinforced by 2 harmful ideas: the Starvation Model of Love and the One True Love Myth. If you have not heard of these then please look them up. Perhaps I will write up a short post on this as well.

Contents of the Implied Monogamous Relationship Agreement

The IMRA manifests as a series of Exclusivity Clauses (EC) which effectively state that your partner will have exclusive access to you in the following major areas of life:

  1. Social
  2. Intellectual
  3. Emotional
  4. Sexual
  5. Financial
  6. Parental

I will talk about the individual EC’s a bit more below. In my forthcoming article that talks about the ‘Eight Walls of Intimacy’ you will see how these EC’s map to the Eight Walls – hint: they map pretty closely. Certain specific life moments may have significant overlap in several areas. Flirting is a good example of this, since it could hit on sexual, social, and intellectual or emotional areas, depending on the person or the situation.

For the following discussions I am going to assume that we are talking about a person who is in some form of a committed monogamous relationship (i.e. married or dating exclusively).

Before we dive in we have to create/define one word here as it will be used for our purposes so I do not have to repeat a large phrase each time:

person-gender:  a person of a gender that is appropriate for you as a potential romantic interest (i.e if you are a heterosexual woman then that gender would be male). This is typically applies to situations outside the work environment, but could apply there – each person, relationship, and situation is different.

Social Exclusivity

Social Exclusivity points to only spending time with your partner and no other person-gender – not for lunch (especially if they are very attractive), not chatting on Facebook, not flirting with, not going to a convention or concert with. Your primary social partner is your exclusive partner in all things not work related and anyone else is infringing in that space.

Intellectual Exclusivity

Intellectual Exclusivity points to not finding other person-gender interesting or having interests in common (and wanting to share it with them) especially if your partner does not share it in common with you; not having deep conversations about life, politics, religion, or philosophy, etc.

Emotional Exclusivity

Emotional Exclusivity points to only having romantic or other feelings of desire for your partner and no other person-gender – not still caring for your ex’s or even still carrying a flame for them or a previous love, not falling in love with or being attracted to someone else, not having a close friendship that is closer than an acquaintance or distant friend.

Sexual Exclusivity

Sexual Exclusivity points to having sex with and only sexual thoughts for your partner and not finding other person-gender attractive or thinking about them sexually, not looking at porn, not admitting that they are pretty or are in great shape, not pointing out great things about them, since you should have eyes for only your partner.

Financial Exclusivity

Financial exclusivity points to not spending money on other person-gender – not gifts, surprise parties, trips, etc. All money should be spent only on your partner.

Parental Exclusivity

Parental Exclusivity points to only wanting to have children with your partner, not thinking about wanting kids with partner-gender or what your children might look like. Obviously, there are some exceptions when you already have kids with someone else, but the other rules still basically apply to them too.

Electoral Corruption and Collusion For Hillary 2016

It really saddens me to have to write this post and to think that I may have to update this as the election season continues. As an addition to my previous post titled ‘Why I am NOT voting for Hillary Clinton in 2016‘ and the ‘Electoral Corruption and Collusion‘ section of that post for this season I am adding this post to keep up with everything that Hillary and the Democratic Party are doing to try to ensure that Hillary wins, and to subvert the electoral process and the will of the American people.

As a Progressive having voted for Obama for the last 2 elections and having joined the Green Party after the last presidential election I have had the false notion that Democrats were above the Republican ideals of democracy, which includes cheating and voter suppression. This caucus for the Democratic candidate is rigged to try to ensure that Hillary is crowned queen, and the Democratic Party is not even trying to stay neutral to ensure that the will of the voters are heard. I am deeply saddened with what is happening because  I expect better from liberals.

Iowa Caucus

This is the first time I have cared about or even watched a caucus. I stayed up until 11::30pm refreshing the results on my screen watching as the difference between Hillary and Bernie flutter between 0.2 and 0.3%. It was stressful and nail-biting. I finally went to bed when I could not stay up any longer, and when I awoke tired and anxiety ridden in the morning, I was greeted with posts about electoral fraud and collusion. Here are the things that have gone wrong with the Iowa Caucuses:

  • not enough Democratic Party staffers were available to correctly count and manage caucuses
  • some caucus precinct staffers were paid Clinton staffers
  • some precincts were awarded to Clinton by statistically improbable coin tosses (winning all 6)
  • not actually counting votes and making numbers up
  • violating caucus procedures
  • Clinton’s premature declaration of a win even when margins are razor thin and all votes have not been counted
It is easier to commit voter fraud if precincts are not properly staffed. It is also easier to sway the results and the process to one candidate or the other if paid staffers from one candidate are apart of the precinct staff. With all of this happening this makes a good case for getting rid of the caucus process and just having a primary election.  It is sad to think that the United States may need election monitors to ensure a fair and honest election especially among democrats. How far have we fallen? Unfortunately, this may be the only way that Hillary can win. Without the corruption and fraud, I think Bernie would have won by 0.5- 0.75%.
Here are some links that cover these iniquities:

General Fraud

Coin Tossing

End of Night

#ShowTheVotes

Why I am NOT voting for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

A quote from my post titled "Why I am NOT voting for Hillary Clinton 2016"

A quote from my post titled “Why I am NOT voting for Hillary Clinton 2016”

This is a follow-up to my Facebook post which covers much of the same, but here I am going to flesh it out a bit more, clean it up, and possibly even support it with sources and research too, as I am want to do. =) I am planning on also following this up with a post on specifically why Bernie Sanders has my vote, so that this is a bit more clear, and not just a ‘I do not like Hillary!‘ vote. I assure you that this was not the case. I was excited, if not giddy, when I heard that Bernie was considering running for office and had not really considered Hillary’s platform or what I thought of her until recently, after someone added me to a Facebook group that changed to a Hillary 2016 Group, and then things started to get a little awkward and annoying for all involved. Then I got banned from the group. My consideration for Hillary as a candidate and her campaign comes as a fallout from that Facebook situation.

The Basic Information on Hillary Clinton

First, here are some basic links about Hillary Rodham Clinton (HRC) if you do not know much about her:

Here is a list of her ‘political’ positions (‘political’: since not everyone would consider First Lady as an official political position) :

dates position notes
1993-2001 First Lady marrried to President Bill Clinton
2001-2009 Senator of New York Senate Career
2009-2013 Secretary of State Secretary of State Career

Second, although some may find this statement debateable (?Republicans?), let me say that I acknowledge that Hillary has definitely done some good things. Just by virtue of her being a democrat alone means that she has done some good things for our country. Below is a link that has an ‘incomplete’ list of some of her accomplishments in her time in the government. I am sure there is more, but this list should get you started. The links above in this section can lead you to more of what she has done while in office.

Here’s A List Of Hillary Clinton’s Accomplishments, So Quit Saying She Doesn’t Have Any (Addicting Info).

I will not go over her entire career here, since it is beyond the scope of this post and is beyond my capability, but the list is there for you to peruse like: working for women, children, and the climate. Please do take the moment to take a look . All three of these areas that she has worked for are good, however…

The Woman For President Conundrum

Believe me, I would really, really, really love to follow voting for our first African-American president by also voting for the first woman president in our history, so we can join the rest of the first-world progressive countries, but she is definitely not worthy of that position in our collective history. She wants to be the next Elizabeth Warren, but Hillary is not close to being as authentic, progressive and dogged as Elizabeth Warren has been for the people of this country and against political and corporate corruption.

Some people will vote for Hillary just because she is a woman and a democrat and that is about the only thought that they may have put into it or it will be their primary determining factor, but that will not be me. I will agree, even for me, the fact that she is a woman is a very attractive point. In general, I think the world would be much better off if there were a crap-load more women holding high offices, especially in our government, however, of course, there is much more to a candidate’s ability to hold office and do what is right beyond their “gender”.

To make my point further about the gender issue and my vote I want you to consider my following stance: If Elizabeth Warren was running, and Sanders was not, then Warren would definitely have my vote since they have similar messages and stances on issues. If it were both Sanders or Warren who were competing, and since they have very similar stances on issues, then I might vote for Warren because she is a woman, although it would be a tough process of working through where they are different enough on the issues to make a difference; but hell yea, lets finally bring a woman into Oval Office, a woman who is definitely worthy of this historic position – Warren 2024 (after 8 years of Sanders)!!

Below is a video titled The Caleb Bonham Show: Students Support Hillary Clinton Because She is a Woman that shows that some college students are thinking of voting for her just because she is a woman so you can at least see that this attitude is out there and not just me postulating:

Social Liberal While Centrist Everywhere Else

For those of you who are yearning for a truly progressive candidate you will find that looking to Hillary is not going to truly satisfy you and will leave you wanting for much more. She is not a true progressive. She tends to be quite liberal when it comes to social issues like women, children, and poverty, which is great, but she is very much a centrist democrat by looking at her record and her words regaurding war, the economy and trade, energy, and Wall Street. Here is an article that goes over it lightly: The Vast Ideological Gap Between Hillary Clinton and Supporters of Bernie Sanders.

She pays lip service to those things which echoes a rising desire for populist ideology, especially since Bernie has started running, and I do believe, that she actually cares about some of those issues, but there is a reason there is meme about Hillary’s position being whatever Bernie’s position is as stated two weeks ago. Here is a Saturday Night Live skit which is a mock ad of Hillary Clinton which makes fun of how her stances are changing to become more like Bernie’s:

Her ultimate political position is all about politics and getting the votes. She has changed her position on some issues due to the election season and the shift of the electoral climate. Now that she knows that she is unable successfully pander to and realistically make herself out to be a truly progressive candidate she has recently declared as much to differentiate herself from the very progressive and populist candidate Bernie Sanders.

“You know, I get accused of being kind of moderate and center,” Clinton told the audience at a Women for Hillary event in Ohio. “I plead guilty.”

Hillary Clinton, speech on Sep 2016 in Columbus, OH

She soundly supports Monsanto and Genetically Modified Organism (GMO)s, the private prison industry, the fracking industry, the Keystone XL pipeline, Wall Street greed, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and is a war hawk to top it all off. She was against gay marriage, the Iraq War, Wall Street regulation, and the Patriot Act until it was not politically expedient to do so. I do not trust her at all and to where the winds of change (and money) may possibly pull her, especially with her Centrist leanings.

Here is an article ‘Why This Socialist Feminist Is Not Voting for Hillary‘ that is a good read.

Changing Values

I whole-heartedly support people changing therir views based on new experiences and information. This is should be the standard for everyone, although this is not the case for many politicians. For her what I see is her changing her views based mostly on poltics, electoral pandering, and catering to the flow of money into her electoral ambitions, and to top it off she has been quite wrong on many issues which is why she needs to backtrack and change her position. It is definitely better to not have to say you are sorry and change your mind when people’s lives and the economy is at stake.

  • Gay Marriage: At one time she was steadfastly for the Defense of Marriage Act (DoMA) and against Gay Marriage, and then, as recently as 2013, she has had a change of heart while she was conveniently mulling a 2016 presidential run and after Gay Marriage was definitely going to be a national thing.
  • War and Security: She voted for the Patriot Act and the Iraq War and, following the horrible repercussions of these votes, she has said that she regrets these votes.
  • Wall Street: She was a chief advocate for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and now is suddenly against it,while she has historically voted for most Trade Agreements which have harmed American workers. She seems to against it to be following the populist tides here too. Was against tightening bankruptcy laws and then she was for it.

Some links which talk about her flip-flopping:

This video sums it up pretty well as far as her many, many flip-flops. Take a look:

Hillary Lying for 13 Straight Minutes (You Tube) – another video on her flippity-floppityness

Her voting Record and Stances

My words from above were all well and good to say, but lets back this up her actual voting record, her history, and her self-reported stance on the issues where she has been very wrong. You can find voting and stance info on the sites listed above.

Here is an article that goes over the 32 times where Hillary and Bernie were opposed to each other in the Senate: The Senate Votes That Divided Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Here is a video showing their differences ‘Bernie Sanders & Hillary Clinton Over The Years: Then vs. Now‘.

issue Hillary Bernie notes and links
issue Hillary Bernie notes and links
War and Borders
Iraq War y n
Patriot Act (2001) y n
Patriot Act (2006 reauthorization) n n
National Defense Authorization ACt (NDAA) (indefinite detention of prisoners of war) y n
Mexico Border Fence (2006) y n
Civil Rights
Clemency for Snowden n y
Against Gay Rights y < 2013 n
Support Gay Rights y 2013 y
Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) (1996) y n
Marijuana Legalization n y
Labeling GMO’s n y
Trade and Wall Street
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) y n
Glass-Steagall n y
Repeal of Glass-Steagall (1999) y n
  • for repeal when she was in congress
Bailing Out Wall Street (TARP) y n
Criminal Justice Reform
Private Prison Industry y n
Death Penalty y n
Energy
Keystone XL Pipeline y n
Fracking y n
Offshore Drilling y n

Electoral Corruption and Collusion

Democratic Primary Debates

I am going to tell you what is happening for the Democratic Primary Debates and why things are wrong and, if Hillary is taking part in any of this or knows of it and has not spoken out against it, would be a serious problem for she would be trying to circumvent the democratic process by trying to prevent America from getting real exposure to all of the candidates and to allow them to make an informed decision resulting in having a candidate thrust upon them which has been set forth by the party’s biased and unethical internal politics.

Debate Schedule Limiting: First, we seem have the lowest number of sanctioned debates which is itself a little fishy, but not necessarily so, unless… The chair of the Democratic National Party, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was Hillary’s 2008 campaign chair, is arbitrarily setting the debate schedule to serverly limit the number of debates so that she can protect Hillary and her strong name recognition by mimimizing Bernie Sanders’ exposure to the public which would help his flagging national name recognition. This is especially important for Hillary’s campaign in light of her greatly falling poll numbers and Bernie’s rising numbers. Limiting the debates will limit her fall and his rise in the polls protecting her campaign to the disadvatnage of all other democratic candidates.

Party SanctionedPrimary Debates
Election Year Dem Rep
1980 6
1984 11
1988 22 7
1992 12
1996 7
2000 9 13
2004 15
2008 25 21
2012 20
2016 6 12 *

Barred from Extra-Party Debates: Second, typically the number of debates is not as serious a concern, since the candidates were welcome to attend other debates outside the specifically party sanctioned ones. However, this time around she will bar anyone from the party’s sanctioned debates if they participate in any debates besides the six that the party has specifically set up, which harms all other candidates and greatly benefits Hillary due to her great name recognition and limiting the access to other public debates by the other candidates. Again this is done to give an advantage to Hillary by reducing any face time that other candidates could possibly have by participating in extra-party debates to which Bernie seems to be quite inclined to do. It also gives the Republicans the upper-hand when it comes to exposure to the public, which is going to end up a critcal problem since the republicans have at least twice as many debates scheduled and, therefore,  twice as much exposeure to the public’s eyes and ears.

Unusual Dates for Debates: The first debate takes place after the New York date for voters to register as Democrat in order to vote for him in the primary, so those who vote there will not have seen a primary debate with all of the candidates who will be on the primary ballot, which greatly favors Clinton. The second debate in November is on a Saturday which has 10 million less viewers than other days. Ther third date in December is on the Saturday before Christmas which is a huge shopping day. The fourth debate in January is on the same day as an NFL divisional playoff day, which is one of the 10 highest viewed shows during the year. Another debate is scheduled on a Saturday before the Christmas holiday. The dates are not set so that they are conducive to people watching and to have a chance to for people to make an educated vote.

Other Electoral Corruption

Super Pacs

This may seem strange here since there is nothing illegal about Super Pacs, however Hillary has Super Pacs behind her with the prison industry, banks, Monsanto, and Wall Street raising money for her. That there should tell you something about where her policies will lay. As a man true to his beliefs, Bernie is not accepting any corporate money at all, and is only excepting money from the people, for who he represents. Hillary has supported and amendment to get corporate money out of politics, but is still accepting their money and their influence. She is talking the talk, but is not walking the walk here, while Bernie is.

In Closing

Hillary Clinton represents much of what is wrong with our electoral politics and is apart of a rich dynasty which is very disconnected from the people and our middle class concerns. Bernie has stuck to his views for his 50+ years in office, and he has been right, while Hillary is changing as her need for votes requires. Hillary is very much apart of, and representative of, our country’s historical and steady movement towards the right, by being strongly centrist on non-social issues. It shows us how far we have fallen when we say that Bernie appears radical when he echoes era Eisenhower Republican values. In a political climate where greed and hate are viable and popular political ideologies while taking care of the vulnerable and the environment, working towards peace, and being truly fiscally responsible isn’t.

There is a reason why Hillary’s poll numbers are going steadily down and Bernie’s are steadily going up. He has even surpassed her in quite a few polls as the people hear his message and are becoming tired of Hillary’s questionable voting record and way too practiced and political answers. Once the debates really start people’s minds will change drastically as they hear Bernie’s message and look at his record, especially when compared to hers, and when they look to where her money comes from – corporations and her Super Pacs. His money comes from the people and only the people. He does not take money from corporations and does not want any corporate money and stands steadfastly against their influence. He has always been this way – for the people.

Change will only really happen with a real progressive like Bernie Sanders, who cannot be bought, and has had a consistent message for over 30 years as a mayor, governor and now senator. He is the only way to truly move our country forward and to catch up with the rest of the first world countries to which we are distinctly behind. Bernie Sanders is a thousand times the candidate than Hillary is and a million times the candidate that any Republican has been for the last 30 years. He has been consistently for the people, works with integrity and transparency, and has gained tremendous amount of bipartisan support which is the only way he could have won and election with 71% of the votes. He has been corruption and controversy free and is the only candidate that will bring true change to our country.

If you take nothing from this writing, then please take the following: Why would you vote for someone who has been on the wrong side of so many issues and has had to evolve her stance on issues to be on the right (DOMA, gay marriage, the Iraq War and Patriot Act) or is still wrong (Glass-Steagall, GMO’s), when you can vote for the person who has been consistently right for the last 30 years.

Not her. Not now. Not ever. Just NO!!

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In 2006 I thought was a Centrist. Not Now.

So, in 2006 when I was just starting to get into politics and religion I took the Political Compass quiz to find out where I stood and I blogged about it, since it was also news to me. I found myself, where the x and y axis met, just to the left and down. Keep in mind I have no idea what that meant, not that I do now, but then I was just getting into the religious, political and electoral worlds which I never ever cared about before then.

Now, 9 years later, and having become active during California’s Proposition 8 trials in challenging right-wing nut-jobs, writing activist articles for my blog, joining a UU church, voting, joining the Green Party, and reading everything from evolutionary psychology and biology, Revolutionary War history, philosophy, theology, Christian history and theology, Near Eastern Archaeology, divine feminine studies, linguistics, and having joined the micronation of the Republic of Talossa, my views have changed quite a bit. I find myself quite a bit away from my uninformed self. Once you start to really care about justice and how the government treats others how you think about the world really changes.

2015 Political Compass Results [economic left: -7.8,Social Libertarian -5.23]

2015 Political Compass Results

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I am a guest on Episode 8 of the Storium Arc Podcast!!

I am a member of the Storium Arc podcast team for the Storium game (@FreeXenon), although I only help a little in the background mostly, but I had the wonderful chance to be a guest on the show last week as we were recording Episode 8, in which we discuss character creation. I am in a game or two with one of the hosts named Justin (@Twisted_Gnome) and he thought that my view point as a player might be interesting for people to hear.

Now, this was my first time on podcast and I was really nervous about it. I spent time beforehand to write up a script that would cover the parts that I thought I knew I was going to have to speak on, but it never quite came out that way. I never ever looked at what I had written down, although it was fresh’ish in my mind. I felt like a hot, hot mess, so, as a method of some level of redemption, or at least to make myself feel better, I am posting my script here to translate my borderline incoherence below, also keep in mind I have posted links to everything  mentioned here at the bottom of this post.

My Introduction

Hello everyone, my name is Jim O’Neill and I go by Free Xenon on Storium,  and just about everywhere else on the web. That is Xenon with an ‘X’.

I have been playing role playing games for about 25 years starting with Dungeons and Dragons First Edition and then Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth editions. I have also played Alternity, a smidge of Rifts, Shadowrun, Marvel, GRUPS, Vampire, and then a bit of Star Wars, which is what my gaming group is playing now.

As far a writing is concerned, Role Playing Games were my primary gateway drug, and then blogging was a close second. In the years I have been playing RPGs there have been many, many character histories and narratives written, however in the last 5 or so years they have been getting more complex and larger, much to my DM’s chagrin.

My journey into writing really began after I was helping one of our players who was a high school student and son of one of the other players. I was working with him on his character history, since we were intertwining our histories. At one point he came to me with his character history and I was inspired by it so I rewrote it for him. It turned out to be 10k words long and I finished it in 3 days, so about 3.3k words per day. I was completely shocked when I saw that I had written 10k words. I began to ask myself if I could write a book and this was really the beginning to my serious look into writing. I have also participated in National Novel Writing Month 2 years ago (2013) with a Sci-Fi A-Team sort of thing. You can read my posts on this experience under the posts with the NaNoWriMo tag. I am currently, more off than on, attempting to work on a fantasy series.

I have also been blogging or had a website for about 15 years, so I have had a lot of experience just writing my thoughts out on the web covering mostly religion and politics.

I am current playing in 7 games, but all of them have hit that wall, where everything has slowed down a lot. Maybe one post per week or two. I generally prefer sci-fi and fantasy games.

So, yea, that is me in a nutshell, more nut than shell, that is. =)

Character Creation Process

  1. The Hunt
    • Hunt through the Browse Games Listing or, on occasion, I will look at the Looking for Players thread, until I find one that piques my interest
  2. Cardic Inspiration
    • Once I find one that I like I will click through to the character creation cards and see what they are about and see if there is something there that inspires me. If I do find some inspiration then I start will look at the cards more closely and start to assemble a potential character, personality, and history in my mind.
    • Here I also tend to spend some time reading the current characters too, to see where I can fit in or fill a hole.
    • Once I am done experiencing and selecting the cards and I have a character percolating in my mind, it is time to get serious.
  3. Character Creation Preparation in MS One Note
    • Now, if any of you out there have not used MS OneNote and you play RPGs or are a writer please go to download it, NOW. No, seriously stop, what you are doing right now, pause this seriously kickass  podcast, and go to download it. We’ll wait. tick tick tick tick
    • Ok, once I have OneNote open I create a copy my game template pages which contains (link below):
      • a page to copy the game description, a character submission template
      • character profile page
      • a section for writing my posts
      • as well as providing a space to record any research I need to do about the world. This space was especially important for a Mass Effect and Start Wars game I was in.
  4. Character Submission Template
    • In One Note I open the Character Submission template which is the page that I will post to the game’s character page,  and then I fill that out. (link below)
    • This has info like: my post times and time zone at the top; and then the character’s: name, gender, race, faction, height, weight, etc
    • Once I have that filled out then I will work on writing the character history
    • At some point during this process sometimes during the Cardic Inspiriation of the Character Submission Template phase I start to look for images for my character, and for me, frankly, this is the hardest part of character creation – trying to find the image to reflects that character and the cards I have in my mind. I have honestly scrapped a few too many characters due to not being able to find the right images to go along with the character and cards in my mind, which is really, really annoying.
    • Once the history and the rest of the template is done’ish and I have adjusted my cards as needed I will finally submit the character
  5. Character Profile
    • Once the Submission Template is done I go on to the last major step which is to fill out the Character Profile (link below). Now, I have posted my Character Profile to a Storium forum thread under the Player Advice Forum. This Character Profile is something I have put together from trying to put together a Character Profile for characters found in the fantasy series I am attempting to work on, but this is modified a bit just for Storium characters.
  6. Revisit the Character History and Cards
    • Once the Character Profile is done I will generally revisit the published Character History and the Cards to make any changes or corrections as needed based on revelations that the process of putting together the character profile has revealed.

Links

Images for Cards: at some point during this process sometimes during the Cardic Inspiriation of the Character Submission Template phase I start to look for images for my character, and for me, frankly, this is the hardest part of character creation – trying to find the image to reflects that character and the cards I have in my mind. I have honestly scrapped a character due ot not being able to find the right images to go along with the character and cards in my mind which is really, really annoying.

Flash-Fiction – “Kin Slayer’s First Breath” (~ 680 words, fantasy)

As the king’s honor guard roughly dragged Tradion out of his lightless dungeon cell by his heavy black iron chains, his left cheek bled profusely and he limped from the horrendous beating the guards had just delivered him for having the temerity to ask for water. They were once his friends and comrades-at-arms, as was the now deceased Prince, for whom he was accused of murdering. It started three days ago with bystanders yelling, screaming, and pointing at him with his blood-soaked blade and the Crowned Price lying dead at his feet in a pool of blood. He did not know how it all happened and now he is being led to the market for a public hanging.

The black hooded hangman bore the stench of unwashed peasantry and spilled cheap ale as he roughly dragged Tradion up to the noose in the center of the market before a whole crowd of people – beggars, nobles, peasants, soldiers, and slaves, his manacles cut into his wrist and drew some blood which dripped slowly to the wooden platform. People came from miles around to watch his hanging, the hanging of the man who killed the Crown Prince. The Chamberlain read the charges against him before he was to be hanged until dead. Tradion was strangely at peace with what was about to befall and he did not know why. He said a quick prayer to the gods above and then to his cousin the Crown Prince, and then waited for inevitable.

They fitted the noose around his head and pulled it tight around his neck. He looked around, not sure if this was even real, and then the floor dropped out from under him, the noose snapped tight and the pressure on his neck was unbearable, his eyes bulged as he struggled to breathe. His legs shook for a few moments and then he exhaled for the last time as the last sound he heard was the loud crack of his neck. The crowd yelled and screamed rejoicing that justice was victorious this day.

On a hill overlooking the market area were two hooded individuals who had watched the death of the traitorous dog, Tradion.  The much larger of the two men abruptly arched his back and took in a deep mechanical sounding breath, and then his head snapped from side to side like he was confused or panicked, or looking for something that was about to attack him. The other man pulled up his hood a bit revealing the concerned face of Crown Prince. He adjusted wove his staff forming arcane runs in the air and then looked cautiously to his large panicking companion.

After a moment the Prince said ‘Will you ever forgive me, Tradion.’  The Prince’s companion, fully a head larger and with the broad shoulders of a soldier, pulled up his hood with hands that bore metal plates and some bronze colored rotating gears. The Crowned Prince looked upon face made of a steel plate mimicking Tradion’s face, bronze colored gears could be seen peaking out from underneath the sides of the faceplate which ended  at the line following the cheekbones down to the chin. A quiet mechanical whirring could be heard emanating from within his new mechanical form.

A gruff and mechanical voice answered “Next time you will be the one to die, CUZ.” Tradion shook his head and snorted, and then lifted and flexed his arms trying to get used to who this new mechanical body felt.

“The King and Queen would never let me nor any of our knights undertake such a mission, so it is up to us my brother. We will need you at your best for the battle to come, for the Lords of Dathnar do not sleep.”  The Prince smiled, for Tradion was still in there… somewhere. His cousin’ spirit was tethered to this mechanical shell by the powerful magics he himself had worked over many long months or preparation. They both reared their horses and galloped full speed due north toward the Dathnari Mountains where destiny waited.

Flash Fiction: “Callie” (~ 700 words, modern)

Trigger Warning: rape, murder, women, children, serial killer, prison, capital punishment

They sat there in the sterile white visitation room, a thick ceiling-to-floor glass wall separated them as a large red digital timer on the wall counted down from fifteen minutes, second-by second. The fluorescent ceiling light cast a sickly white light over both of them as one of the ballasts buzzed and was the only thing to break the cold silence. He looked at the floor. She could only hope that he could not look at her due to a deep soul wrenching shame that he felt for all that he had done to those innocent women and their families. Five minutes left and she was growing fearful and impatient that she would never get closure. She needed closure and so did her husband. They both deserved it. Who was she kidding? His victims and their families deserved closure from him more than she did.

The man finally grunted out his first heavily accented words to her in his harsh and gravelly voice:  “I’ve wronged many in dis life. I’ve done some tings. Some dat I regret. But, what has me sit’n here in dese chains isn’t one’o  dem.”  Her heart beat faster and faster as she resisted the overwhelming urge to flee when their eyes met for the first time.  His dark brown eyes started to peruse her toned feminine form like a predator before its meal. She was a mother of three that he never would have hesitated to pull into the back of a van to violate horribly while she would have screamed and screamed, and then leave her for dead along a highway somewhere, her eyes opened wide in terror and desperation staring off into eternity.

She saw it in his cold and remorseless eyes. She could feel it. She could feel all of the horrible things he was imagining he would do to her, which sent a shiver down her spine. Melanie shifted uncomfortably in her chair as he carnally undressed and assaulted her with his eyes.  Her hands felt cold and clammy, and were white from gripping her seat tightly when she knew he was thinking of where he would have left her violated body for the crows. She had never felt so dirty and worthless in all her life, like a piece of unwanted and infected meat, and she wanted to run out of that cold room, but she stayed.

Every night since she braved looking at the numerous reports and bloody pictures two weeks ago that recounted the bloody end of his victims – soccer moms, college students, goth girls, a construction worker, an exotic dancer, and even a nun – she has bolted upright in a cold sweat each night screaming after reliving the bloody deaths of his victims in her dreams.  The news clippings read to her like they had been taken straight from a horror movie. They left her speechless. She did not understand him or anything he had done, least of all why he would kill another serial killer so brutally, smashing in his skull until there was nothing but as crimson paste remaining. She just wanted to know why. Why he did it?

She pulled her eyes away from his carnal gaze, cleared her throat and then weakly said, almost whispering “After raping and murdering thirty-three innocent women over the last ten years, why did you let yourself get caught? Why did you kill him?

Did you do it for what he did to my little Callie?“.

Just saying the words gave her a small sense of closure, for she had come here and was brave enough to say those words, and he heard them, which was more than many whose families suffered such horrible fates received.

She felt it when he looked down to the ground again, his stare was palpable, had a powerful and filthy predatory weight to it. He grunted.“Wimmin folk can struggle’n fight. Chil’en can’t. Met him on a street and we wuz talk’n. Told me what he’d done. Was dead ‘fore he could finish speak’n ‘er name.” He grunted again. Tears streamed down her face leaving black trails on her cheeks as the guard walked in and escorted him to the last few moments of his life.