Friday, July 22, 2016

Would the Buddha SURF? (video)

Seth Auberon, Dhr. Seven, Pat Macpherson, Wisdom Quarterly; Vans; Visit Huntington Beach
Vans US Open of Surfing (, Huntington Beach, July 23
Southern California heat wave in full swing as summer "sizzles" on the west coast

Is it okay to yellow the water in the sewer if it is going out to sea?

SURF CITY, USA - Would the Buddha surf? What is "surfing," paddling out on a board or plank and riding the waves, going with the flow, attaining balance on a restless sea of turmoil and surprises?

Fat Budai (Hotei)
If that is the definition, then it seems obvious he would. But what if "surfing" is taken to mean what it has become in practice -- a sport for BURN OUTS smoking pot, staring at girls, breathing with your mouth, and saying "dude" as an all-purpose exclamation --  he would not.

Prince Siddhartha might have, but not the Buddha. Anyone who thinks so must be thinking of "Fat Happy Budai" from the local Chinese restaurant, who isn't a buddha at all.

Budai is a jolly bodhisattva, a chubby monk who used to give out candy to kids from a big sack he lugged around like an Asian Santa.

The sort of balance one practices in the body can often also be achieved with a skateboard or through martial arts.

(Redd Kross) The SoCal punk classic ditty "Burn Out"

I'm not the Buddha; I'm Budai.
But to gain it in the mind/heart, something more thoroughgoing is needed.  The Buddha advised two kinds of meditation to achieve it, serenity (samatha) and insight (vipassana).

Whereas serenity settles the heart/mind, insight purifies it through the intrinsic liberating power of wisdom.

There is something sublime and addictive about playing with the planet as it sloshes its frothy brine onto shore. Kids in Hawaii are addicted to their sport and can spend all day everyday on the waves, as many Westerners have come to find out.

Outrage in Buddhist Burma (NBC/TDB)
The Whole Earth Catalog once had an edition long ago entitled "Would the Buddha use Headphones?" The purpose of the question was to sell commercial goods and promote spiritual materialism under the guise of Eastern philosophy, but it was in jest.

The Buddha would not have liked being branded for the sake of increasing sales of anything. His mission, and ours, is promoting freedom -- liberation from samsara and suffering  and the realization of enlightenment and nirvana in this very life.
2 million gallons of SEWAGE spill onto LA/OC beaches
Raw sewage is still flowing from a broken pipeline in downtown Los Angeles -- and it's spilling down the L.A. River into the ocean near Long Beach [and also Seal Beach on  its way south to Huntington Beach or "Surf City USA"]. Roughly 2.4 million gallons has spewed into the water since Monday afternoon. All beaches in the Long Beach area are shut down until at least Thursday. More
The marketing geniuses over in beautiful Huntington Beach were not satisfied with their famous trope, suing to keep it off other city's marquees, so satisfied that they got a new one. in  Huntington Beach starts Saturday July 23, 2016. Don't mind the smell.

People got sick at Pyramid Lake, LA County, before the state reported toxic algae bloom. Could it have been avoided? (

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

COMBAT: Kung Fu vs. MMA (video)

Pfc. Sandoval, Seth Auberon, Wisdom Quarterly; Hacker Tech E; ADTV; History Films

Buddhist Shaolin monks of China developed a Zen (Ch'an) practice and self-defense moves. Meditation disciplines the mind, cools the heart (emotions) so that what one gains in the process is precision. Rather than attacking, one controls the fight. There is no need to "repel" an attacker only to go with the flow and redirect the energy back upon the assailant. The yin-yang works like magic so that the attacker brings him/herself down with the least amount of effort and disturbance by the defender. With strength like this in the first place, one can easily avoid conflict to begin with.

Shaolin kung fu is among the oldest institutionalized styles of Chinese martial arts. It originated and was developed in the Buddhist Shaolin temple in Henan Province, China.

During the 1,500 years of its development, Shaolin kung fu became one of the largest schools of kung fu. The name Shaolin is also used as a brand for the so-called external styles of kung fu. Many styles in southern and northern China use the name Shaolin.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Buck Moon: Midsummer Night's Dream (video)

Dhr. Seven, Amber Larson, Crystal Quintero, Wisdom Quarterly; MIT; Rose Theatre Kingston
Tonight is the Buck Moon, a bright ball in the midsummer night's sky. Before a 6:00 am sunrise Wed., the full moon was still up over rare clear, chemtrail-free sky in Los Angeles.
Devi or fairy (Dairy of Moon)
Is it midsummer yet, time for a dream of woodland devas as Shakespeare imagined?

Buddhists observe the four phases of the moon (Chandra, Luna) in the ancient fashion the Buddha advised: keep the uposatha, the "lunar observance" replete with eight precepts.

In ancient times, people would gather at the monastic residences (viharas) and remain the whole day and night, taking one meal in the morning and listening to a sutra and meditating, often the whole night long.

This still happens in some Theravada Buddhist countries like Burma, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. It is in Asia what later came to be celebrated as the "Sabbath" day in the West, the idea of setting aside Sundays for religious exercises instead of moon-days for spiritual exertions.

Golden Buddha with protector dragons or nagas (Polo D/
What is the proper observance? Day to day Buddhists keep the Five Precepts (to abstain from taking what is not given: life, property, sexual license; perjury, intoxication occasioning heedlessness). On the four moon-days three additional precepts are observed: to abstain from distractions -- using high beds and seats, singing dancing music and distracting shows and adornments, and eating after the appointed times. Here are Eight Precepts in detail.

 Why would anyone abstain from something that could be fun? Like why be celibate or fast for four days a month? There are higher, more subtle, more sublime things humans aspire to, if not in this life surely in the next. Until one lets go of these fetters, cravings, and attachments, one will not have access or even a clear vision of what those other better things are.

There are 24 days of having all the fun we can handle. If we set only four days aside to dedicate ourselves to the practice, that is what makes us "lay Buddhists." Monastics dedicate all 28 days (a month has four weeks, 4x7=28, each with a lunar phase, quarter moons, new, and full). Now today times are such that we can't be bothered with a weekly self-discipline or sadhana, so we settle for at least observing the full moon.

Midsummer Night's Dream

This is the Buck Moon, a time when deer begin to sprout horn, at least the young bucks. Four hundred years ago in a forest outside ancient Athens, there was a Puck, a mischievous sprite, who went around making merry at human expense.

This gave rise to Shakespeare's most popular play, A Midsummer Night's Dream:

A Midsummer Night's Dream
William Shakespeare (; Rose Theatre Kingston

SCENE I. A wood near Athens.

Enter, from opposite sides, a Fairy, and PUCK
How now, spirit! whither wander you?
Over hill, over dale,
Through bush, through brier,
Over park, over pale,
Through flood, through fire,
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon's sphere;
And I serve the fairy queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green.
The cowslips tall her pensioners be:
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favors,
In those freckles live their savors:
I must go seek some dewdrops here
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.
Farewell, thou lob of spirits; I'll be gone:
Our queen and all our elves come here anon.
The king doth keep his revels here tonight:
Take heed the queen come not within his sight;
For Oberon is passing fell and wrath,
Because that she as her attendant hath
A lovely boy, stolen from an Indian king;
She never had so sweet a changeling;
And jealous Oberon would have the child
Knight of his train, to trace the forests wild;
But she perforce withholds the loved boy,
Crowns him with flowers and makes him all her joy:
And now they never meet in grove or green,
By fountain clear, or spangled starlight sheen,
But, they do square, that all their elves for fear
Creep into acorn-cups and hide them there.
Either I mistake your shape and making quite,
Or else you are that shrewd and knavish sprite
Call'd Robin Goodfellow: are not you he
That frights the maidens of the villagery;
Skim milk, and sometimes labor in the quern
And bootless make the breathless housewife churn;
And sometime make the drink to bear no barm;
Mislead night-wanderers, laughing at their harm?
Those that Hobgoblin call you and sweet Puck,
You do their work, and they shall have good luck:
Are not you he?
Thou speak'st aright;
I am that merry wanderer of the night.
I jest to Oberon and make him smile
When I a fat and bean-fed horse beguile,
Neighing in likeness of a filly foal:
And sometime lurk I in a gossip's bowl,
In very likeness of a roasted crab,
And when she drinks, against her lips I bob
And on her wither'd dewlap pour the ale.
The wisest aunt, telling the saddest tale,
Sometime for three-foot stool mistaketh me;
Then slip I from her bum, down topples she,
And 'tailor' cries, and falls into a cough;
And then the whole quire hold their hips and laugh,
And waxen in their mirth and neeze and swear
A merrier hour was never wasted there.
But, room, fairy! here comes Oberon.
And here my mistress. Would that he were gone!
Enter, from one side, OBERON, with his train; from the other, TITANIA, with hers More
Fig at 7th: Downtown Los Angeles Festival 2016 ( FM)

    LA Sheriff will be sentenced to prison (audio)

    Take Two; Pfc. Sandoval, Pat Macpherson; CC Liu, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
    Where's the outrage for bad actors in top policing positions? (

    Hypocrite: concealing truth; see Lee Baca.
    On Monday a Federal Judge Percy Anderson has rejected a settled plea deal for retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. The deal would have called for the former sheriff to serve anywhere from zero to six months in prison just for lying to investigators in connection with an FBI probe into the county jail system. So what is Baca's next step? What are his legal options? How many more charges will be brought against him now that his insider's deal has been taken away? Take Two's Alex Cohen talks about it with Prof. Stanley Goldman from Loyola Law School. More + AUDIO

    If we can't trust the police, we must place our trust in the courts. If we can't depend on the courts, we have to take to the streets in protest. Others take it further than mere demonstrating. It is good that this judge has restored some faith.

    When criminals police civilians
    Wisdom Quarterly (COMMENTARY)
    Co-conspirator Undersheriff Paul Tanaka
    We previously reported that the Sheriff was going to jail, pleading guilty in a sweetheart deal to spend fewer than six months actually locked up for a career full of crimes and misdemeanors.

    His fall guy was the criminal undersheriff Paul Tanaka, second in command, who ordered deputies at the LA Men's Jail to beat prisoners and deprive them of their civil liberties. He was recently sentenced to five years in prison because he was so arrogant that he refused any deal that would damage his reputation, pension, or standing among underlings who looked up to him as the man who protected their official misconduct.

    73643 full
    Criminal Sheriff (Ken Scarboro/KPCC)
    Twenty-one corrupt members of the department, 9 directly involved, have already been sentenced in relation to an FBI sting operation. Refusing to lose face, Tanaka took the stand in his own defense and when he saw that his cover story was getting him nowhere, changed his tune and ratted out former LA Sheriff Lee Baca, his boss. Tanaka claims Baca knew about everything that was going on and tacitly approved. Baca was a very hands on type manager and it was preposterous to believe that all of his department was raging out of control as he sat oblivious above it all collecting nearly $300,000 annual salary. His pension today is about $260,000 today.

    We abuse people, Baca covers for us
    And his attorneys claim his very "early stage Alzheimer's" should mean he serves zero days in jail or state prison. But yesterday a federal judge threw out the sweet deal corrupt insider prosecutors had arranged and agreed to. The judge says such a light sentence "trivializes" the seriousness of Baca's crimes under color of uniform. It's one thing for ordinary citizens to break the law.

    It is a whole other thing for corrupt officials to destroy confidence in policing, to encourage abuses and promote felonies among the very people hired and paid to protect the public. Baca should face no less than five years in prison, like his undersheriff who go off lightly given all the crimes he committed, and presumably much longer given the gravity of his actions and position. Why is he receiving such a handsome pension when he was a criminal at the helm?

    Black Lives Matters shuns alliance of The Game and LAPD Chief Beck (KPCC/SCPR)
    LAPD decides its murders are justified (KFI)
    He is an admitted "liar" and needs to face the justice he was so eager to dole out over his long career now defamed by being found out. This is a most unexpected turn in the land of "politics as usual." And cries are getting louder to throw out our other resident criminal, LAPD Chief Charles Beck. These official seem to think their main task is protecting their employees from ever facing consequences for beating, abusing, raping, and murdering Angelenos they come in contact with.

    All of these high crimes come about from contact on the streets as well as the jail system, often just a temporary detention center for innocent people awaiting trial and not serving any sentence whatsoever, filled to overcapacity by the LAPD and run by the LA County Sheriff's Department.

    Monday, July 18, 2016

    Thich Nhat Hanh: Handling Trauma (audio)

    The Vietnamese Zen master, whom Martin Luther King Jr. nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, is a voice of power and wisdom in this time of tumult in the world. visited Thich Nhat Hanh at a retreat attended by police officers and other members of the criminal justice system; they offer stark gentle wisdom for finding buoyancy and “being peace” in a world of conflict, anger, and violence. More

    Chanting OM for sanity (video)

    OM Chanting ➤ 432Hz & 528Hz Miracle Tones | Boost Positive Energy - Deep Healing
    PowerThoughts Meditation Club Om chanting that lasts 8 hours @ 432hz 528hz Solfeggio healing tones combined with Brainwave music and nature sounds. This audio was designed to shower listeners with headphones in a vibrational energy healing from these powerful frequencies of the universe, used by ancient civilizations for deep healing and spiritual growth.

    The primordial sound, the sound the universe makes, is OM. Science has agreed with the therapeutic, psychological, and spiritual benefits to be derived from chanting OM:
    1. Helps reduce stress
    2. Boosts positive energy
    3. Improves concentration
    4. Sets mood
    5. Strengthens spinal cord
    6. Helps detoxify body
    7. Takes care of heart
    8. Helps digestive system
    9. Helps sleep.
    10. Helps control of feelings
    11. Gets rid of negativity
    432Hz: Tunes us to the heartbeat of our planet. Listening to 432Hz music resonates inside the body, releasing emotional blockages and expanding consciousness. Allows us to tune into the knowledge of the universe all around us in a more intuitive way.

    528Hz: Miracle Solfeggio 528 Hz. can be used for relaxation, deep meditation, and healing. According to Dr. Leonard Horowitz, 528 Hertz is a frequency that is central to the “musical mathematical matrix of creation.”

    More than any sound previously discovered, the “LOVE Frequency” resonates at the heart of everything. It connects heart and spiritual essence with the spiraling reality of heaven and earth.

    The love frequency is the “miracle” note of the original Solfeggio musical scale. Independently confirmed by researchers, these core creative frequencies were used by ancient priestesses/priests and healers in advanced civilizations to manifest miracles and produce blessings.

    Math scientist Victor Showell describes 528 as fundamental to the ancient Pi, Phi, and the Golden Mean evident throughout natural design. Vic Showell and John Stuart Reid (a pioneer in acoustic research and cymatic measurements) have proven that 528 is essential to the sacred geometry of circles and spirals consistent with DNA structuring and hydrosonic restructuring.

    528 resolves to a 6, the icon for physical manifestation. That is, 5+2+8=15; and 1+5=6 (using Pythagorean math). The symbol “6” reflects the “spiraling down from heaven into the wholeness of earth.” In fact, the Love Frequency can be fundamental to broadcasting all matter and energy into reality according to the laws of physics.

    The Brainwave music used is designed to get one into a meditative state of mind. The vibrations of the sound of OM are said to have extreme healing effects on the body and mind.

    Republican Unconventional Coverage (Colbert)

    Stephen Colbert (Access Hollywood); Pat Macpherson, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly

    Future First Lady Ivanka Trump, Gov. Pence, Orange Donny, junior, and so on (AP)
    Stephen Colbert has volunteered as tribute. The "Late Show" host channels "The Hunger [for Power] Games" for his Republican National Convention Coverage this week in Cleveland, and jokes with Access Hollywood's Scott Evans about why he needs a "hazmat suit" around Donald Trump.

    News of the world: RNC kicks off (video)

    Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now; Crystal Quintero, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly
    As the Republican National Convention opens today here in Cleveland, Ohio, Democracy Now! looks at the protests in the street. There go our freedoms. The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Secret Service have reportedly knocked on the doors of dozens of Cleveland activists, demanding to know if they are organizing protests at the Republican National Convention.

    Law enforcement agents have reportedly also made phone calls to relatives, neighbors, and places of employment, asking about the activists’ whereabouts. Many of the activists say they have no involvement in the RNC protests and are being targeted for their prior work with the local chapter of Black Lives Matter and the Occupy Wall Street movement.

    On Sunday, Democracy Now!'s Deena Guzder and Elizabeth Press spoke to activists Robin Adelmann and Samuel Carpenter, who say they were targeted by the FBI. Democracy Now! also sat down with the NAACP's Michael Nelson and National Lawyers Guild’s Jocelyn Rosnick. More

    Thursday, July 14, 2016

    Science: Who is the most beautiful? (sutra)

    Emily Hodgkin (Mail Online, July 14, 2016); Amber Larson, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly
    Android, Android in my hand, who is fairest in all the land? (
    The symmetry of Amber Heard
    Amber Heard [until recently Johnny Depp's wife] has the most beautiful face in the world, according to science -- followed by Kim Kardashian [who has perfect brows] and Kate Moss (who has a perfect forehead).
    • Johnny Depp's estranged [and possibly beaten] wife has the most beautiful face in the world.
    • Kim Kardashian came second according to scientific face mapping.
    • Kate Moss was third and had the perfect forehead.
    • Ancient Greeks claimed there was a "Golden Ratio" [Fibonacci series as the proportions for the most pleasing symmetry] for physical perfection.
    Johnny Depp's estranged wife is the most beautiful woman in the world, according to facial mapping.

    The Buddha's beauty
    Amber Heard's face was found to be 91.85 per cent accurate to the Greek Golden Ratio of Beauty Phi -- which for thousands of years was thought to hold the secret formula of perfection.

    Using the theory, computer mapping technology also found that Kim Kardashian had perfect eyebrows, Scarlett Johansson came out on top for her eyes, Rihanna's face shape was deemed the most beautiful, while Emily Ratajkowski's lips and Kate Moss's forehead were also praised. More 

    Rihanna, who is of mixed race from Barbados, was in Nice for "terror" attack (IH).
    Does science suffer from implicit bias?
    1. Amber Heard 91.85%
    2. Kim Kardashian 91.39%
    3. Kate Moss 91.06%
    4. Emily Ratajkowski 90.8%
    5. Kendall Jenner 90.18%
    6. Helen Mirren 89.93%
    7. Scarlett Johansson 89.82%
    8. Selena Gomez 89.57%
    9. Marilyn Monroe 89.41%
    10. Jennifer Lawrence 89.24
    SUTRA: Giving and Gaining Beauty
    Ven. Thanissaro (trans) Bhojana Sutta: "A Meal" (AN 5.37) edited by Wisdom Quarterly
    Maitreya Future-Buddha statue outside Diskit Monastery, Himalayas (itisemriarticles)
    "In giving a meal [dana, a generous act usually in support of a recluse's spiritual exertions as a sannyasin or Buddhist wandering ascetic or monastic], the donor gives five things to the recipient. What are those five?

    "One gives life, beauty, happiness, strength, and quick-wittedness. Having given life, one gains a share of long life, either human or divine [when this karma bears fruit opportunistically].

    "Having given beauty, one gains a share of beauty, either human or divine. Having given happiness, one gains a share of happiness, either human or divine. Having given strength, one has a share in strength, either human or divine. Having given quick-wittedness, one gains a share of quick-wittedness, either human or divine. In giving a meal, the donor gives these five things to the recipient."

    The prudent person giving life, strength, beauty, quick-wittedness -- the wise person, a giver of happiness -- attains happiness. Having given life, strength, beauty, happiness, and quick-wittedness, one gains long life and status wherever one re-arises [is reborn].

        The Theravada Buddhist nuns of California

        Ayya Tathaloka (; Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly
        Invitation/program: Sept. 2016-2017: 2600 Year Anniversary of Bhikkhuni Sangha
        July 16 and 17, 2016: Friends and Supporters Welcome to Opening Blessings of New Dhammadharini Bhikkhuni Monastery

        Letter from Ayya Tathaloka
        Letter from Ayya Tathaaloka Bhikkhuni
        Mural from Wat Pho Buddhist temple, Thailand. (Ven. Anandajoti Bhikkhu)

        All dear Venerables and Dhamma Friends,
        Warm greetings of mettā for the Chinese Lunar New Year. I have emerged from my period of secluded winter retreat a few days ago, refreshed and most grateful and appreciative for the excellence of this opportunity in this life.
        I have some important news to share with you. Many of you know me as something of a historian or “her-storian” of our Bhikkhunī Sangha. This is historical – in our lifetimes.
        This coming year, from the 2016 September full moon to the 2017 September full moon, is the 2600-year Anniversary of our worldwide Buddhist Nuns' Order (Bhikkhunī Sangha).
        This is according to Theravāda/Pāli text tradition counting, which includes three factors: (1) the Thai Theravāda Buddhist Era calendar, together with (2) the traditional Sri Lankan Theravāda commemorative date of Bhikkhunī Sangha’s founding (Nikini Poya/September full moon), plus (3) the year of founding of Bhikkhuni Sangha found in the Pali-text Canonical Khuddaka Nikāya Therī Apadāna, five years after the founding of the Bhikkhu Sangha.

        Tuesday, July 12, 2016

        Shakespeare LIVE! RSC to Laemmle's (July 13); Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly
        (Picturehouse) Shakespeare Live! From the RSC Official Cinema Trailer
        PicturehouseShakespeare Live! From The RSC is a unique two-hour event marking the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.

        Hosted by David Tennant on Shakespeare’s birthday, and screened live from Stratford-upon-Avon, this star-studded show celebrates Shakespeare’s plays and their enduring influence on music, dance, opera, musical theatre, and comedy.

        RSC Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, is assembling a once-in-a-lifetime cast that includes:
        • Benedict Cumberbatch
        • Dame Judi Dench
        • Helen Mirren
        • Sir Ian McKellen
        • John Lithgow
        • Rufus Wainwright
        • Joseph Fiennes
        • Henry Goodman
        • David Suchet
        • Meera Syal
        • Sanjeev Bhaskar
        • Al Murray
        • Alison Moyet
        • Noma Dumezweni
        • Ian Bostridge
        • Tim Minchin
        • Paapa Essiedu
        • Pippa Nixon
        • Alexandra Gilbreath
        • Akala (Hip Hop Shakespeare)
        • The Royal Ballet
        • English National Opera (ENO)
        • The Orchestra of the Swan and
        • Birmingham Royal Ballet
        Twelfth Night and many other great plays!
        to perform in a unique tribute to the genius and influence of the world’s greatest playwright and storyteller [who used the pen name "Shakespeare," a real life actor who could not write, but in reality was the 17th Earl of Oxford Edward De Vere].
        From the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, hosts David Tennant and Catherine Tate are joined by a host of stars for this once-in-a-lifetime event. This unmissable show the features many performances along with The Royal Ballet and the English National Opera. Together, they mark the life and work of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of the his death. This unique event celebrates the Bard’s extraordinary legacy and his enduring influence on all performance art forms – from opera to jazz, dance to musical and is quite simply a must-see. 
        It will premiere on July 13th at four Laemmle's theaters: Claremont 5, Monica Film Center, Playhouse 7 Pasadena, and Town Center 5. More

        Activate Healing Power, Cleanse Energy

        PowerThoughts Meditation ClubLet's activate our spiritual power and cleanse ourselves and our world of destructive energy, after recent tragedies like good B.S. selling out to lesser of two evils Hillary.

        If we use Solfeggio frequencies 528Hz and 852Hz together with theta brainwaves, Native American drums, and stunning footage of nature, perhaps we can let our mind, body, and spirit (prana) reconnect and unite on a deep healing level.

        This journey can be powerful and hypnotic in every sense. The music is tuned to 528Hz. This frequency encourages us to restore human consciousness to its full power and potential. Why? It is because it has been found that 528Hz resonates at the heart of the sun (as recorded by NASA scientists).

        Sunbeams (reiki or sun chi), rainbows, flowers, green grass, and even the buzzing of bees vibrates at 528Hz. Nature in balance vibrates at 528Hz. It is the frequency of life itself.

        Bernie supporters get burned (video)

        Editors, Wisdom Quarterly (EDITORIAL), July 12, 2016
        O, Lord, what have I done? I repent backing this schmuck, I can't make it better (AP).
        "Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in a world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it."
        - David Beckham

        I finally sold out my ideals.
        At one time we could "feel the Bern," now we're just burned. Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders betrays loyal supporters and backs H. R. Clinton.

        Will you be voting for the establishment candidate after all? H-ll no! We're not voting for that lying criminal.

        There is an excellent alternative candidate who has been right all along, the Green Party's Dr. Jill Stein. (We will even gladly support independent candidate and government whistleblower Andrew Basiago).

        And to think we trusted the FBI of all people might do the right thing and indict her!

        You'll get over it, Oldie. Sign the contract.
        These are the same people who brought us co-intelpro and atrocities outside the country in war zones, which is beyond their mandate and the purview of the CIA, who happily engages in atrocities all the time. Then we thought a career politician, Sen. Sanders, would actually do the right thing and lead a revolution?

        We are as burned by the promise of an "alternative" when there's nothing alternative about a man who knows Clinton is a liar, a criminal, a hypocrite, a backer of Kissinger's war crimes and outlook on the world, and dedicated to crooked politics yet he says "she's far and away the best" candidate? What, farther and more away than GOP straw man candidate D. J. Trump? That's not exactly a high bar to surmount.

        Choosing the "lesser of two evils" is choosing evil, and we're not interested in playing that RepubloCrat game anymore. In an case, Trump is the lesser evil!

        Our nearly openly gay Pres. B. S. Obama.
        We need real change, not the fake change promised by the PR firms that ran the Obama campaign. Obama is the best leader we never had, certainly the best speaker, which makes him all the more a tragic disappointment that was never going to do anything but serve his earliest backers on Wall Street and the clandestine community.

        Clinton openly supports the military-industrial complex, that marriage of corporations and the U.S. Dept. of War, whereas Obama went along then led the charge after getting elected by promising to end wars, close prisons, and stopping U.S. war crimes.
        (RT) Lawsuit just filed to STOP certification of CA Primary election!
        "Far and away the best": Sanders finally endorses Clinton
        I don't want to talk about it. It's done now.
        PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire - With hugs and handshakes, Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton for president today [July 12, 2016] and emphatically told his supporters their "political revolution" must now turn to electing his [crooked, establishment] Democratic former rival. More