Author's Note: Doctors don't know how many strokes my overwhelmed body has survived from compounded crimes forced on all my personal property -- including it and on my readily-verifiable authentic identity as an individual human being and American citizen by birthplace and ancestry -- by arrogantly unapologetic Virginia-bred/based slime. Apparently this is an everyday level of abuse most Southerners are accustomed to experiencing and witnessing without taking exception, personally and/or publically. I feel very sorry for them (and off and on for myself for ever being in the dementedly vicious vicinity of their reach). In consequence from that exceptionally-prolonged victimization and its deleteriously rippling effects, I have concluded personally and publically in favor of cautious adjudication and administration of the Death Penalty for unusually heinous crimes against humanity -- as, hopefully, a deterrent example to others tempted toward similar behavioral and mental trails and in recognition that we are unable to ameliorate the implacable source of some Evils which must be returned as malconformed instead to their maker.
To recap: I lived and worked as a self-supporting adult Virginia taxpayer/citizen/voter throughout three decades [30 (thirty) years 1969-1998], admirably and honorably in and for the "commonwealth (including with the Criminal Division of its Attorney General's Office)," responsibly purchased and furnished and maintained four houses [Richmond, NE Arlington, riverside Luray (2)] and three landlots [Luray (2), Lovingston] there, earned and paid for a high honors (summa cum laude in Psychology, VCU 1978)
degree from its state university, created and owned managerially three popularly successful small businesses [Luray 1986-1996] there, earned and maintained in my name alone outstandingly excellent local and inter/national credit, including three mortgages, and market investments, and have been test-designated and class-tracked as cross-acumen "gifted" since grade school through profitably successful international conglomerate software engineering employment as an adult. And in its first murkily questionable sneak-attack opportunity at the outset of "The Internet Revolution," it near-fatally kidnapped, raped and mugged me with widely-witnessed quiescent criminal complicity from Richmond to Nashville to Washington D.C. at every level and nookery. I'm fascinated to live to comprehend, hopefully, that seemingly-unprecedented USA phenomenon -- as a multiplicitous macro-consequence of which our sorrowful nation is now viewed, in fact and actuality, with dismissively contemptuous condolence by many globally as a "third world country" -- and to learn its true source more extensively. Meanwhile, Beijing nor Abu Dabai nor Moscow appear to have a "Marshall Plan" on the drawing board for us.
I ended up in the American South accidentally, not by conscious choice, following a Florida marriage nearly fifty years (half a century) past to a displaced East Tennessean [lifeguard at my grandparents' condo-pool] who returned to finish his East Tennessee State University degree in athletic coaching/teaching. At seventy years of age, I'd leave the region now, but the filthily criminal and legendarily psychopathological South has multiply and medically-uncorrectibly disabled, crippled and near-bankrupted me by catastrophically-compounded and taxpayer-funded and officially sanctioned-and-abetted frauds, and numerous other crimes -- that's the kind of place it is still, as too often documented historically, under its "unpleasant" covers. Providentially I've ended up in an exceptionally outstanding oasis ("promised land" for a native Bostonian with a Maine island-nurtured love of country nature) -- Jonesborough Tennessee.
Unwittingly, I've learned more, unavoidably and completely unignorably, "up close and personal" than I ever consciously chose or desired about the globally-documented Southern "mores" substituted regularly and historically with casual nonchalance for defensibly arguable morality by profiteering celebrants of mass bigotry and usurious exploitation. Generationally-debased mothers tolerate by complicit witness for personal socio-economic survival reasons sexual and other violently physical harm to their children. Officials, and other residents, frequently are functionally unable to pass the sanity bar of being able to distinguish right from wrong, criminal from victim, or comprehend demonstrably the significant gravity of that impotence.
Alcohol and other drug abuse, using and marketing, complicate to dangerous exaggeration Southern dysfunctions spread virally from intimate to communal relationships.
Currently, A Country Rag Incorporated directs its non-profit 501(C)(3) learning, educational and promotional activities
only toward East Tennessee, especially Jonesborough, and northern reaches of the Appalachian [Mountain Empire] range.
"Higher Law & Divine Justice: The Impotent Zombie Junk-Out"
by Jeannette Harris
Most of the American South is pagan, not Judeo-Christian. The God of Israel (and Jesus) never "had any truck" with slavery (remember Egypt, Jerusalem, Masada, and the occupying Roman forces?) or its rotten fruit/s (e.g. pirated plantation remnants). Jesus, and his kin and disciples, is an honorably skilled and industriously laboring Semite raised in/adhering to Judaic traditions/culture/spirituality.
There is a parallel analogy to the [Confederate] South's attitudes toward Africans, whose labors and land also were stolen for the unrecompensed aggrandisement of mostly male "whites," and it is a fundamental ally of the seldom-prosecuted, never-audited and never-taxed Roman Catholic Church, Inc. (in its various current manifestations, including "born again Christian" and Episcopal).
Fascism's Third Reich was "The Final Solution" hoped for by the Roman Catholic "Church," (Inc.) for its historically-obfuscated usurpation of the Jew's religion, Holy Books, Messiah, God, Spirit, and real property for the expansionist, exploitative enrichment of Gentiles (mostly male). The USA was founded by [pilgrim] Protestants seeking freedom from Roman Catholic Church dogma and hierarchical control, mentally and materially. The accurate recording, remembrance of history is fright/threatenening to those whose power and profit depend on self-servingly distorted disinformation and dissemblance.
There is no salvation from/in worshipping, however confusedly, Roman gods.
Due to structural and systemic devastations wrought throughout the Confederate American Civil War they sought, instigated and started and amidst misconceived subsequent Union-provided Reconstruction to its bereftly bankrupt brethren and borders, those Southerners considered now to be mid-to-upper class are necessarily -- with a few delightfully notable exceptions -- nouveau riche with those stereotypically attendant attitudes and activities.
If the Shenandoah and Virginia and others elsewhere choose to accept and follow advice, counsel, instruction and/or direction from individuals they know experientially to be criminal, that is exercising the FreeWill given us by the God of Abraham, Jesus et al to distinguish and partake of Good or Evil, False or True ("Ripe" or rotten).
In that sense, the Garden of Eden is every day/minute/hour on our blue planet spinning through God's fathomless universe.
If gentiles like "born again" Texan George W. Bush deeply wish to hasten the Second Coming for themselves, they might start by taking those painful steps of atonement centuries overdue to Jews and their Messiah, and their God of Abraham and David and Israel, and to Jesus and the rest of his extended fam:
apologize for massacreing the earliest Jewish Christians, which may have substantially delayed the Second Coming for 2000 years or so, and for torture/murdering Jesus, which deed necesitated a "Second Coming" in the first place, and for co-opting without fair attribution or compensation their history and religion, heroes and heroines, sages and potentates;
return all Jewish properties stolen by armed seizure, including lands;
fund compensation monetarily to Jewish families victimized during Third Reich atrocities and other genocidal holocausts over two millenia for their criminally demolished lives, health and income wealth.
Or send them a handwritten Christmas card because it's the easiest and cheapest thing to do.
Speciously vacuous and vapidly vain postures of self-righteous proselityzing and/or further victimizing of God's Chosen People are unlikely to soften spiritually any holy hearts toward materially tight-fisted and self-insentient non-semitic hypocrites that "talk the talk" for superficially transient earthly gain while fearing to "walk the walk" for eternally immortal ascendance.
There is no expedient "easy way out," no bargain-rate shortcut through that "narrow gate."
graphic above: "The Tree of Life and Ark of the Covenant"
"37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." -- Jesus,
"On the Couch with The Metastatic Autoimmune Psychoses"
by Jeannette Harris
Analytically -- since this is my field of scholastic and clinical, and experiential, expertise -- I believe that most "white" American Southerners externalize (materialize) the individually interior spiritual and ethical conflicts they're born somewhat inescapably into by location, geographic and ecological and atmospheric, and by personal history, genetic and genealogical and eventual, relevant to morally indefensible and unrestituted thefts (exponentially and multi-dimensionally, including slavery, to establish/enhance their own carnal luxury and leisure) and that they displace that discomfort without cognizant awareness or real possibility of individual or familial or communal psychic (mental and emotional) resolution by attacking representatives of the "body politic" (e.g. Yankees) not so afflicted.
In this sense, the Confederacy is nothing but an organized and militarized criminal gang (cartel) for the furtherance of a complex of sins called "War" -- like the warrior cults of the bellicosely expansionist Roman Empire historically -- that are prosecutably and punitively recognized as crimes in peacetime civil societies.
Confederates cannot really separate themselves bodily from those aspects of themselves (including their biological and behavioral history, which includes considerable inter-racial mating and breeding) they find unpleasantly unappealing -- any more than they can create a geological isthmus (by radioactively-contaminating "nukes," politically or otherwise) of theft and slave/master-afflicted Southern states. As inner-tormented Virginian Thomas Jefferson once observed "slavery is a monstrous Evil to the owner as well as to the owned."
In other words, the racial demarkation "white" is not the physics of "white," nor is it Pure Light.
The phrase "civil war" is an inner/self-contradictory oxymoron linguistically and a glittering "deep structure" (Chomsky) clue to the true and actual underlying psychological "issue" of psychotic impossibility where words have mattered.
"Milking The Cash Cow or Laying Down The Law: A Way With Words"
by Jeannette Harris
Raised in New England homes where the spirit and letter of the laws of God and man were referenced regularly in dutifully devotional detail with respectful reverence educated through my grandmother's father, a popularly successful Denver attorney, entrepreneur, investor, and Freemason, I've been [sometimes speechlessly] astounded through recent decades of pseudo-legal hubris-imbued abrogations and casually malicious mispresentations and delusional distortions, lay to accredited.
If we think of government, analogically and/or actually, as composed of and functioning as divorce lawyers that don't really want the two parties they purportedly represent to reconcile or to agree on anything, including a clearly workable settlement, because there's no "shell game" money in any of that for the parasitically nonproductive attorneys in attendance, present and future..... we will recognize that, in the main, they are (from lobbyist to legislator to office aide to judge) manipulatively cynical warmongers and corrupted war profiteers intent on inciting endless "civil wars" everywhere at every level and within every dimension of life and health on earth for their own personal power and material profit, exclusively, and to the ruin and wreck of truly representative government and of the majority of resident worker/taxpayer/citizens.
The ignition and continual stoking of mindless rage is essential to the propagation of reactive behaviorial emotions that constitute War. Interestingly, Mohatmas Ghandi, outstandingly, was a highly-trained and well-educated barrister who understood "the game" and the extreme pacifist measures needed to end and win it for the right and the good, the just and the fair.
Legal "professionals" (frequently referenced as "hired guns," meaning "mercenary soldiers" in the service of any paying protagonist) of this era don't enter their careers out of love for the law in the way/s musicians join bands or orchestras in devotional affection for music, but rather out of cynically corrupt contention for personal profit and power to which the artificial "practice of law" is but a vehicle.
Our only real hope and practical prayer is that they will caringly and intelligently and soberly recognize they they and their progeny through the generations to follow must exist necessarily also in the increasingly fragile and unpleasantly fractious worlds they thus create.
Decades back, we had Problems which implied that there would be Resolutions; now we have Issues instead which, like noxious weeds that continually reseed themselves or as artesian wells, endlessly spawn remunerative "makework" for the attorneys that dug and continue to tap into them.
Revelations 8:1 --
En toen Het het zevende zegel geopend had, werd er een stilzwijgen in den hemel, omtrent van een half uur. (Dutch) And when he opened the seventh seal, there followed a silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. (English Revised)
Kaj kiam li malfermis la sepan sigelon, farigxis silento en la cxielo por cxirkaux duono de horo. (Esperanto) Et quand il eut ouvert le septième sceau, il se fit un silence au ciel d'environ une demie-heure. (French)
Und als es das siebte Siegel öffnete, entstand ein Schweigen in dem Himmel bei einer halben Stunde. καί ὅταν ἀνοίγω ὁ σφραγίς ὁ ἕβδομος γίνομαι σιγή ἐν ὁ οὐρανός ὡς ἡμίωριον (Greek)
Lè ti Mouton an kase setièm sele a, pandan yon demi (1/2) lè de tan, ou pa t' tande okenn bri nan sièl la. (Haitian Creole) E quando l’Agnello ebbe aperto il settimo suggello, si fece silenzio nel cielo per circa lo spazio di mezz’ora. (Italian)
Kad atdarīja septīto zīmogu, kādu pusstundu debesīs iestājās klusums. (Latvian)
A i tana wahanga i te whitu o nga hiri, kahore he aha i rangona i te rangi me te mea kotahi te hawhe haora. (Maori) И когда Он снял седьмую печать, сделалось безмолвие на небе, как бы на полчаса. (Russian)
Y cuando él abrió el séptimo sello, fue hecho silencio en el cielo como por media hora. (Spanish) Na Mwanakondoo alipouvunja mhuri wa saba, kukawa kimya mbinguni kwa muda wa nusu saa. (Swahili)
Och när Lammet bröt det sjunde inseglet, uppstod i himmelen en tystnad, som varade vid pass en halv timme. (Swedish) At nang buksan niya ang ikapitong tatak, ay nagkaroon ng katahimikan sa langit na may kalahating oras. (Tagalog)
"O Thou, the One from whom
breath enters being in
all radiant forms.
O Parent of the universe, from your
deep interior comes the next wave
of shining life.
O fruitful, nurturing Life-giver!
Your sound rings everywhere
throughout the cosmos.
Father-Mother who births Unity,
You vibrate life into form
in each new instant."
-- Jesus, "The Lord's Prayer" translated from the Aramaic Gospels, Abwoon d'bashmaya, by Neil Douglas-Klotz
"Apostleship (church development), Artistic Creativity, Counseling, Craftsmanship, Deliverance (from spiritual oppression), Discernment (of God's will), Evangelism, Giving, Faith, Healing, Helping (assisting) Leaders, Hospitality, Knowledge, Interpretation, Leadership, Mercy, Miracles, Missionary Work, Music, Organization, Prayer, Prophecy, Service, Shepherding, Suffering, Singleness (celibacy), Teaching, Tongues, Voluntary Poverty, and Wisdom"
-- Chuck Griffin, pastor of Fairview United Methodist Church, Jonesborough, in "Spiritual Trails," Herald & Tribune 10/27/09, listing the 30 spiritual gifts as taken from NCD NCD discipleship resources
"In the spring of 1908 members of the Fairview community, inspired by the sermon of Rev. Richard Walker, met in the local Quaker Church envisioning another church in which to worship God. They formed a board of trustees who later purchased an adjacent acre of land for thirty-five dollars. With enthusiasm and prayer, with donations of money, materials, and labor, a building was finished in early 1909. Rev. James Robinette of First Methodist Church in Johnson City refused to complete the dedication service and dismiss the people until the remaining debt of two-hundred and fifty-dollars was resolved. The congregation responded with amounts of twenty-five, ten, and two-fifty until only twenty-five dollars was needed. At his request for small pledges, donors began waving one dollar bills all over the church. This collection totaled twenty-six dollars. Pointing to the back of the sanctuary, Rev. Robinette directed: 'Younder is a cracked lamp bowl, go buy a new one, and we will dedicate this beautiful building as the Fairview Methodist Episcopal Church.' The early Vision was fulfilled." -- door plate describing Church founding