Thursday, October 28, 2010

Please Forgive Me Allen Ginsberg

In honor of an independent film titled after Allen Ginsberg's infamous poem "Howl", I have written the following. This is for you Tacoma and nation.


I see the disturbed minds not necessarily of my generation destroying the election by a lack of needed therapy, medications, and rehab,
Dragging themselves with no regard for others through the streets of Tacoma and this nation at all hours in an angry state,
Devil like ambitions aching for a cure for what ails them with no real certainty as to what that might actually be,
With three-ringed binders containing dribble about our prosecutor's office not caring about the strangulation of women,
Beck baring all about his past consumption of alcohol and current obsession with rage at the machine like horror tactics,
Tea partiers with a terrible sense of grammar and spelling and mostly pale like the lily white founders of this fine nation,
Who continally get busted in some discussion perhaps about the Constitution and the separation of church and state,
Of which they know nothing and yet know plenty about once casting spells on others for reasons unfathomable,
Giving horrible speeches in places Martin Luther King once stood as if they are cloaked in his much needed and absent compassion,
Attack ads abundant in times when teenagers burn cigarette holes into sidewalks and talk cynically about a future job at Walmart,
Some still raising their collective voices above the fray to say, "Yes We Can!" countering Boehner's
"Hell No You Can't" -Alison Whiteman

Uh, Mr. LaRouche, Have You Considered An Anti-Psychotic?

The thing that scares me the most about this article is how LaRouche fails to see that he himself is completely insane. -Alison Whiteman

Sodom and Gomorrah knocking at the door!
by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

We have entered the breakdown phase of "the promised world-wide breakdown-crisis." As is usual for such qualities of relatively exceptional, and more or less global social circumstances, the onset of such a specific type of crisis prompts wild-eyed reactions throughout populations, probably now the world-wide population, which people will tend to read, mistakenly, as personal aberrations of individuals or very small groups, but which are, in fact, only expressions of mass phenomena, such as global mass phenomena. These are the legendary effects which arrive in the guise of wild-eyed reactions by individuals, reactions which seem to some as sudden eruptions of insanity-like behavior by individuals or small groups, but are, in fact, global phenomena of a type which strike under conditions of the outbreak of some form of "new dark age."

In such cases, it is often necessary to treat the aberrant behavior of individuals or small groups as if that behavior were specific to the individual, or small group, but which are actually localized expressions of more or less global mass-phenomena.

The first rule of sane behavior in such an exceptional mass development, is not to lose one's head, not to presume that the genesis of the aberrant phenomena is that of an individual, or small group, when, in fact, it is an integral part of what has come into being as a mass social phenomenon of something approaching, or actually reaching the state of a mass, purely global effect. The individual aberrations are to be considered, primarily, as a mass phenomenon, akin to a global storm of exceptionally great force.

The fear such developments bring to the local grouping must be recogenized as being essentially just that. The local phenomenon in itself will cause behavior in which the victims of the tumult will tend to seize hysterically on aberrant forms of behavior which react to the global storm as if it were a local effect with specifically local cases, rather than merely appearing to some as an effect with specifically local causes, when, in fact, it is a more or less global phenomenon with global causes and global effects.

For example, in such cases, look for the situation in which, in an awesomely quieted moment, there is a rising incidence of essentially inexplicable local "freak-outs" by a speckling of cases of isolated small groups or individuals. The weather of that moment is awesomely quiet, except for the seemingly isolated cases of the grip of a madness like banshee shrieks and sudden homicidal outbreaks by isolated individuals or among small groups. This is the nature of the presently onrushing global storm which is affecting individual cases in this special sort of pattern.

In such situations as this present one, there are no actually individual causes of the pattern of crises of persons; there are personal aberrations which occur as products of a more or less global social phenomenon.

In such situations, a period of isolated mass effects which begins as individual behavioral anomalies with touches of madness, builds up into something akin to the presently ongoing mass-strike process in France. Then, a rising storm which takes over society as in the height of the rising tide of terror in Summer 1789 France.

As the coming week now approaches, the outbursts of individual or localized incidents of lunacy, as that of U.S. President Obama, do, in fact, reflect latent factors of approaching mass-insanity, but they are not significant for their aspect as isolated developments; they are already the mass effects of onrushing general madness. They must be recognized as, and treated as mass-insanity; do not make the potentially fatal mistake of interpreting what are actually mass effects, for a mere incidence of local insanity.

Think of a pandemic like that sweeping through widening regions of Haiti now. A pattern of analogous social forms of a spreading storm of mass-insanity, is now emerging around the planet. The pattern already resembles the pattern of mass behavior during the onset of the mass- death phenomena of Europe's Fourteenth Century, as in Hieronymous Bosch's "Garden of Earthly Delights."

Remember this: Mass effects require mass remedies; these are no times for ordinary "social workers."

Monday, October 25, 2010

Hello! Planned Parenthood Does Not Perform Abortions!

I don't know why I would try to have a civil and sane conversation with this group. I only got to ask one question before I was nearly shoved off the sidewalk. I asked one question: "Have you ever adopted a child?" I did not get to ask other imperative questions like the group's stance about abortion if a woman is a victim of rape or incest. I also didn't get to point out their protest in front of Tacoma's Planned Parenthood, an organization that does not perform abortions, makes no sense at all. -Alison Whiteman

Thursday, October 21, 2010

It's Very Hard To Be Funny About This Topic

My partner Jay told me a story today about my family I had never heard. Apparently my father's cousin had a pacemaker put in his heart. The pacemaker then malfunctioned while he was at a bar and knocked him clear off the barstool. Now that's funny, but this is where the funny part ends.

Twice in one year my sister-in-law has had heart attacks. Her problem is congenital. She had her first heart surgery when she was merely twelve years old. My mother told me once my sister-in-law thought no one would want to marry her because she had scars on her chest. Well, my brother obviously did not care about that at all. They married quite young. They were nineteen year old college students at Colorado State University when they got married and they are married to this day. They are now fifty years old, which makes all of us old come to think of it.

Kerry and Michael, my sister-in-law and brother, adopted four children. All of the children have had challenges, especially the two girls. They adopted two sisters who had incredibly challenging childhood histories. The boys, also brothers, arrived to Mike and Kerry so traumatized they hid food under their mattresses because they thought they'd run out. It took some time for them to realize they had plenty of food with Mike and Kerry.

The girls are now in their twenties. One lives in a group home now, but the other is still with my family because the state of Colorado has cut all funding for group home placements. It's not an issue of not loving my niece, it's just that my family is tired. On the ballot not too long ago was a request to raise a tax some tiny amount to help get more group home funding. But Colorado voters turned it down. It seems people with disabilities still get the shaft in this country despite the slight amount of progress we have made.

Now my sister-in-law has a bad heart. But obviously has a good heart to have taken on four children the way she has. She is also an occupational therapist by training. My brother is a professional writer. Last Thanksgiving during our annual Colorado visit Jay had an upset stomach after our meal. Kerry whipped out an herbal remedy right out of her purse for him. She's very nurturing that way. It strikes me as odd that the kindest people on the planet seem to consistently get stricken with the worst challenges. It's a very strange and unfair world we live in. Kerry, Michael and all of my nieces and nephews are in our prayers. -Alison Whiteman

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

WTF? Is He Talking About?

Just when I think I might be the most insane person I know, along comes LaRouche. I don't know how I got on his e-mail list, but there I am. Read this and help me figure out what he is saying. Or fix yourself and nice drink and forget about it. Life is hard enough. It begins below:

In the aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the U.S. Congress seriously took up the issue of Presidential succession and the process by which a sitting President could be removed from office, on the basis of incapacity to serve, due to physical or mental illness.

The U.S. Constitution was vague on the precise issue of succession and incapacity, and on several prior occasions, it led to potential crisis. In 1841, when President William Henry Harrison died in office, his Vice President, John Tyler, assumed the Presidency, even though the Constitution only provided for the Vice President to be "Acting President." When President Woodrow Wilson had a mental breakdown (widely attributed to a stroke) 18 months before his term expired, the First Lady and key White House advisors ran the country, without ever officially acknowledging that the President was incapacitated.

In 1963, Senators Estes Kefauver and Kenneth Keating proposed a Constititutional amendment, to authorize the Congress to legislate Presidential succession and rules for removing a President from office for incapacity. That effort was blocked out of fear that Congress could abuse the power. However, on Jan. 1, 1965, Senator Birch Bayh and Representative Emanuel Cellar introduced a Constitutional amendment, spelling out the procedures for succession and for determination of a President's incapacity. The amendment passed both Houses of Congress on July 6, 1965, and was sent to the states for ratification. On February 10, 1967, the required 38 states ratified the amendment.

The relevant section, dealing with Presidential incapacity, read as follows:

Section 4. Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.

On two occasions, there was serious consideration of invoking Section 4: On March 30, 1981, when President Ronald Reagan was shot by would-be assassin John Hinckley, there was brief consideration of invoking Section 4, and an ad hoc group of close Presidential advisors, at Reagan's bedside, following his surgery, concluded that he was mentally fit to remain in office. In 1987, when Donald Regan was replaced by Howard Baker as President Reagan's Chief of Staff, Baker was urged to make a determination whether Reagan was still mentally sharp enough to serve out his term. After an initial White House meeting between the President and the new staff, Baker concluded that President Reagan was perfectly capable of continuing as President.

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