Thursday, October 27, 2011

City Issues Me Citation While I'm Covering Occupy Fort Myers Protest




(Covering the protest tonight I received a citation and this Dixie cup)

By Carl-John X Veraja

No government ought to be without censors & where the press is free, no one ever will.
Thomas Jefferson, letter to George Washington, September 9, 1792

Right now, I'm very pressed for time. I need to get up in a few hours and drive to North Carolina and help a family member move. Therefore, I can not give the time to this article that it deserves at the moment.  But just a few pertinent things.

Just when I thought that freedom meant something, I was ticketed $130 while covering a protest in Fort Myers, Florida. Just a few hours ago.

Apparently, freedom means you can't do what the constitution says you can do. I had to find this out by actually trying to cover a protest.

I was there because I had word the police may try to evict the protesters that evening.

I'm no lawyer but here's a citation for you:
In Lovell v. City of Griffin, 303 U.S. 444 (1938), Chief Justice Hughes defined the press as, "every sort of publication which affords a vehicle of information and opinion." (source Wikipedia)

Not to give anyone ideas.

Since I was there with the express purpose of writing for this blog, told the officers that was my intention, and even offered to leave why would I be issued a citation for being present?

Of course, the officers were just following orders.  This travesty is originating from the city.  The first thing we were told by the police when they arrived is that they didn't want to discuss the constitution.
Since I am strapped for time I'm going to let some videos I shot for my YouTube Channel tell the rest of the story below.

However, I want to state that I'm shocked and outraged.  Not only is the city trampling our rights IMHO (and by extension yours) but the local newspaper, the News-Press is tuning out Occupy Fort Myers' side of the story.

It was written they chose not to purchase insurance while I've heard from several sources in Occupy Fort Myers that they were unable to do so.  They couldn't locate an insurance company that would write them a policy until they were enabled by the local NAACP which policy will become active today from what I was told.

I see no reason to disbelieve them.  At the first meeting I attended, I saw that Occupy Fort Myers was very careful to assemble a team in to make sure they had their bases covered legally.  And they have lawyers advising them.

In the meanwhile, I stayed to see the police response and that's when all the Occupiers were told their presence would cause them to receive citations whether or not they agreed to leave.

Observe

City Issues Me Citation While I'm Covering Occupy Fort Myers Protest







By Carl-John X Veraja

(Covering the protest tonight I received a citation and this Dixie cup)
No government ought to be without censors & where the press is free, no one ever will.
Thomas Jefferson, letter to George Washington, September 9, 1792
Right now, I'm very pressed for time. I need to get up in a few hours and drive to North Carolina and help a family member move. Therefore, I can not give the time to this article that it deserves at the moment.  But just a few pertinent things.
Just when I thought that freedom meant something, I was ticketed $130 while covering a protest in Fort Myers, Florida. Just a few hours ago.
Apparently, freedom means you can't do what the constitution says you can do. I had to find this out by actually trying to cover a protest.
I was there because I had word the police may try to evict the protesters that evening.
I'm no lawyer but here's a citation for you:
In Lovell v. City of Griffin, 303 U.S. 444 (1938), Chief Justice Hughes defined the press as, "every sort of publication which affords a vehicle of information and opinion." (source Wikipedia)
Not to give anyone ideas.
Since I was there with the express purpose of writing for this blog, told the officers that was my intention, and even offered to leave why would I be issued a citation for being present?
Of course, the officers were just following orders.  This travesty is originating from the city.  The first thing we were told by the police when they arrived is that they didn't want to discuss the constitution.
Since I am strapped for time I'm going to let some videos I shot for my YouTube Channel tell the rest of the story below.
However, I want to state that I'm shocked and outraged.  Not only is the city trampling our rights IMHO (and by extension yours) but the local newspaper, the News-Press is tuning out Occupy Fort Myers' side of the story.
It was written they chose not to purchase insurance while I've heard from several sources in Occupy Fort Myers that they were unable to do so.  They couldn't locate an insurance company that would write them a policy until they were enabled by the local NAACP which policy will become active today from what I was told.
I see no reason to disbelieve them.  At the first meeting I attended, I saw that Occupy Fort Myers was very careful to assemble a team in to make sure they had their bases covered legally.  And they have lawyers advising them.
In the meanwhile, I stayed to see the police response and that's when all the Occupiers were told their presence would cause them to receive citations whether or not they agreed to leave.
Observe

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Overslept Through All Newsworthy Events


Like a Bridge Over Bubbling Water

 

So, after descending into a drunken orgy of socialism and atheism, I woke up in the late afternoon and realized I'd slept through the story I wanted to cover.  I only woke up because I heard this blaring noise that I soon realized was probably a symptom of years of punk rock abuse.
Then, it was deadly silent outside.
I decided to make a pot of coffee.  Blood poured from the faucet.  I wondered if there was fluoride in it.
Oh well, there's always caffeine pills.  I popped several and turned on the television.
Screaming and flames issued from the screen.  It grated on me.  I decided I'd rather listen to Throbbing Gristle, which I had on vinyl.
I went outside to take a walk.  There were footprints that didn't appear to be quite human crossing my lawn. A set of an obese woman's clothes right by the mailbox of my obese woman neighbor?  Or should I think thin-challenged?  Must monitor my thoughts better in the future.
Occasionally, a smoking bird carcass fell from a sky which appeared to be a bit bloodshot.
When I got back to my house, I checked my mail.  I'd gotten a book from Amazon.com.  Subsets of the Christ Myth Deconstructed for the Amusement of the Mocking Atheist.  Oh boy, oh boy.
This shadow passed over me and I heard wings flapping.  Oh yea, didn't that guy, Harold Camping, say something about the rapture occurring today?  Or was that yesterday?  Maybe there was some rational cognate of the Apocalypse that had occurred.  I would think about that later.  I mean, why rush?  It's not like death is coming like a thief in the night or anything.  And I had a lot of reading to do.
Probably the next phase of evolution had occurred where certain people spontaneously developed the ability to teleport opening a wormhole to another dimension where flappy, scaly beings dwelt who had now traded places with them.  Perhaps I could learn theirlanguage.  Well, I'd leave a slice of pizza that was cut into an equilateral triangle on my front stoop in order to show both friendliness and that I was intelligent life.
It was always nice to meet foreigners.
I wondered about the blood, red sky and dead birds.  Maybe my senses were adjusting to the intrusion of a new dimension and I was seeing things from an alternative universe that were always there but I had tuned out in order to be in agreement with a residual reality that had now worn off since so many people had made the quantum leap to another sphere.  Or maybe I had made a quantum leap and left everyone else behind?  Yes, that made more sense.  I always thought I had an edge over the ordinary man.  Here I was spanning space and time, and yet I was still receiving my Amazon.com orders.  Truly this was another of the best of all possible worlds.
There better be beef jerky.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Further Action Tonight at Centennial Park


UPDATE: At 8 PM there was a general assembly. There will be another on Saturday, October 22, noon at Centennial Park and possibly a march. Come prepared.
3 news vans were camped out along with campers.
4 lawyers working on behalf of Occupy Fort Myers.
A second camp at the old courthouse will be erected.
As of 10:45 PM on Oct. 21 it did not appear that police were issuing further citations.--

original story follows
Just when you think you have all kinds of rights you get charged for peacefully assembling.

Last night, October 20, citations were issued to Occupiers at Centennial Park in Fort Myers at $130 each  and at some cost to the taxpayer as well.

I spoke to some people who were there the next day.  As usual, they were incredibly confused, incoherent people who had no idea why they were even there other than the fact that they were spoiled, brainwashed tyrannical socialists and possibly demon-possessed (sarcasm: I can do that, I'm a blogger)...


When did you decide to camp out here?

Lee Rocco:  I decided I wanted to camp down here months ago.  But it wasn't until Occupy Wall Street that I really got excited, waking up about what was going on.

What attracted you to the Movement?Gosh, everything.  The fact that the majority of people who really didn't know what happened to them finally realizing what's going and they're willing to stand.  I'm not a spokesman for the group but I feel like many here that they're getting educated about what's going and becoming part of a movement that hopefully will change things.

How do you feel about the citations that have been issued?

Oh, Mickey Mouse B-------.  I wasn't surprised that got citations issued here in this part of Florida because I think it's politics.  The campers will win.  It's bigger than Fort Myers.  It'll get resolved legally. But I wasn't surprised because this area here in general is very harsh on the weak and the poor.  Just go to a courthouse and see what goes on in there.  This is just an example, what they did here.  I don't think it's going to work because it will make people stronger.

11 years I worked here as a real estate agent and made a great living.  And now I'm 61 in a couple of weeks and I can't even get a job as a part time minimum wage dishwasher.  Partially because of my age.

You mentioned you had an apartment for use of the occupiers?
We got a 2 bathroom apartment.  We encourage people to come down. That's what we can offer.  If I had million dollars we'd offer money.  I going to offer to help in any way I can.




Why do you want to be a part of this?

Gary Lang:  In a nutshell because I'm sick of the golden rule.  Those with the gold make the rules.
Would you be willing to take a citation to camp here?
Well, I didn't last night.  It's not that I don't have the money or that's I'm afraid of a citation or arrest because I've been arrested at demonstrations before back in the day.  I don't want to do it for nothing.  We've already kind of won legally because of the law suit being filed and a pending injunction so I didn't see a point to paying $130.  I'm not staying here I have a place to live.
The issues we want to address have to be addressed at a national level.  It's a national problem.  Money in politics is not just a local problem.  Corporate personhood is not just a local problem.   It has to be done way up the food chain.  My own personal belief is if we can accomplish that everything else can flow from that.  If we have true representative democracy that is accountable to the people that isn't beholden to big business.  That they don't have to raise money or any of that other crap that they have to do now then I'm perfectly ok with any decision that gets made on a purely democratic basis.  I can live with majority rules.  What I can't live with is one million dollars equals one million votes.
I don't believe corporations are people.  Corporations don't have the right to free speech.  They are entities.  They're money-making entities.  They're not evil, they are amoral.  They exist to create profit and they're nothing wrong with that but bestowing personhood on them and saying they are subject to the same to the same first amendment rights that we are is ludicrous.
 

(Michelle Meyer received a citation from police night before)


Why do you want to be here?

Because corporations shouldn't have a bigger say in public policy than the actual people and I think that when the movement first started I thought it was really cool that people could unify over something that they  believe in and this is something that's been needing to be changed for a long time now.

In your lifetime do you think things have been changing for the worse?

Yes.  But I didn't really follow politics until I was 14.

What triggered you to follow politics?

Actually, punk music.  Like Anti-Flag.  The name is kind of controversial but it's saying don't be just a nationalist, we are unified.  Not because you're against the country but you're against saying your country is against another country.  You can be patriotic but not to the point that we're better than you let's get in a war.

Michelle was camped out since the previous Saturday in between working. 




You just came here from California?

Eddie Castro:   I came here a week ago.  I was living in California for 27 years.

When did work run out?
Last year, in October, was the last day I worked.  October 31st, last year.

I am right there with them (his relatives) and they are giving me a place, but it's not my home.  I don't have a home.

Why did you want to be a I part of this?

I know there are a lot of people in trouble in the United States.  Whatever is in my hands, I'm going to do it.  I believe it's not right.  If I got to come in here, I guess a little work to express something is wrong in the United States.  When I came (from Nicaragua) I had no trouble to get work.

You believe there is less opportunity now than when you came to America in 1984?

I don't believe that, I am sure of that.


While I interviewed these people 3 news vans had arrived.  They told me to come back at 8 PM tonight to observe further action.  If you're there, I will appear.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pep Talk for Negative People


One day I looked in the mirror and I said, this guy's got problems. Why are you so negative? Why don't you lighten up? You've got everything going for you? Why don't you do something about it? When are you gonna make your mark? When are you gonna fall in love? When are you gonna get a job?  Aren't those things that people do?  I mean, you got no gratitude. You're an ingrate.
You're always looking to change things outside of yourself and never looking inwards. Didn't you hear ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country?
Well, I asked my country what I can do for it and it said work for minimum wage, vote Republican, pray and die before retirement. My country said never leave the house and just stay out of our way. It said we've got a great loan for you that you'll never repay to help fill you with useless knowledge. My country murmured violent promises every time I ask for accountability and corporations demanded their rights when I wondered why I was paying a rich guy, who just robbed me with governmental complicity, a giant bonus. My country debated war while I asked for alternatives to the gas pump. My country piss for me in this cup and stop asking for handouts. What have you been doing outside the workplace? We can fire you for having an opinion. Your employer controls your very being, don't you know that? Who told you you were naked? When you're naked can you tell how the food has been affecting your body? The genetically modified, fungicidal, insecticidal food? Time and toxins aren't doing you any favors.  If you think the word union one more time that part of your brain will burst and you will only be able to sputter:  The Nazi says Jeeeewwww.
Perhaps I should start eating all raw, organic food and live off grid? I could pump my own electricity by hand, have an orchard, grow vegetables, farm fish and raise ostriches. Maybe I could move to Colorado and work at a medical marijuana clinic? Perhaps I could walk into my local Wal-Mart and try to get the greeter to join a union? Better yet, I'll hang out in the Bank of America and ask customers why they would contribute to this financial monstrosity. I demand satisfaction. I'll go to churches and boo preachers. I will put stickers on gas pumps demanding alternative energy or with photos from Abu Ghraib. I will join the Occupiers and invest in the rhetoric of dissent.
Yes. I will do all these things. Someday. But, right now, I'm not leaving the house. It's brutal out there. They'll be charging people to use roads or get police protection soon. Everyone will have to buy police insurance and if you're robbed, raped or vandalized your rates will go through the roof. Although my house is in foreclosure I'm not leaving. I'll squat it out for years. They're not coming. And if they do, I'll go down with my ship and pray for a sinkhole.
Soon, no one will be able to afford to go to jail. In Polk County, Florida they're charging inmates for underwear, railroading atheists and no one in jail can play basketball. I used to want to get locked up, just for the free underwear and basketball.  Now, my options are narrowing. I thought the road to Heaven was narrow but the road to the American nightmare is even slimmer. In Arizona, they keep illegal immigrants locked up as long as possible in private jails to bilk tax payers, and we pay oil companies to help them make a bigger profit off of us while they wreck our environment. But the gun industry is doing great thanks to the unreasoning conservative fear of a black President who is dutifully selling weapons to countries we might later need to attack pre-emptively. The top 1% of the population is buying elections, and I can't wait to work for inadequate pay and lousy benefits in order to make rich people richer.  I want to flip burgers happily for God and country while chewing on pharmaceuticals.
Oh wait, this was a pep talk wasn't it?  I'm so ADD. Ok, so the bright side is (flash of light)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Reality is Just Kidding





Reality is Just Kidding


Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.


Mark Twain


By Carl-John X Veraja


Conspiracy theories and religions are both interesting perhaps more for what they reveal about the believers than about the beliefs.  So, why do people become subject to beliefs that don’t necessarily jive with reality?


Well, maybe we should first define reality for the purpose of this article. I am going to go on the assumption that there’s a real world outside of my senses, my mind and self.  This seems reasonable to me because the explanation that everything is generated by the self seems overly elaborate given the fact that laws govern the perceived universe rather consistently despite my desires.  Logically, you can insist that we can never fully prove that we aren’t just butterflies dreaming that we’re human beings, but this not only opens the door to all manner of equally absurd theories, like reality is a computer simulation or a trance state, etc, and it’s just much simpler to say reality is.  This calls for responsibility: the parakeet I forgot to feed before my trip is dead when I get home.  Perceptions also are governed by certain laws, and unless your mind has been seriously altered, other similar minds are getting more or less the same show.  Possibly my green is your red,  but that doesn’t really change the fact that we’ll both always point to the same thing and call it red until one of us eats certain fungi or has a brain stroke.
Some people will object to this thinking.  That is because they are possessed by the demon of metaphysics.  Don’t question it.


I’m constantly in the process of revising what I think I know and looking into all sets of ideas no matter how they’ve been pre-labeled.  I once operated on the theory that you could only debunk something completely by buying into it.  However, if you try this, make sure you have an exit strategy because deprogramming is a difficult and painful process.  It’s possible to give in to your own brainwashing with the help of others.  So, I no longer operate on that theory.  See, I’m learning.


It seems to me that conspiracy theories are to certain leftists what fundamentalist Christianity is to many right wingers. Of course, it’s not that neat a dichotomy, but both are faith-based phenomenon. The fundies have a paranoid suspicion that there is an unseen authority that we had best do our utmost to follow the dictates of (and that “bad” people are in denial of), and the left wing conspiracy adherents have a feeling there is some hideous authoritarian scam attempting to encroach on our freedoms, the scope, complexity and efficiency of which puts Hitler’s daydreams of a new world order to shame.


There is an explanation for these phenomena that I’ve recently been introduced to by psychiatrist Andy Thomson, M.D.  It’s called hyperactive agency detection.  Basically, we evolved this tendency to intuit that there is an intelligence or intelligent agency behind events prior to actually investigating them.  His example is that we might think a shadow is a thief, but we rarely think a thief is a shadow.  This helped our ancestors survive because of the better safe than sorry principle.  If something goes bump in the night, you are more likely to survive if you assume it might be a threat.  However, you are often going to be wrong.


I don’t doubt that there is an undue influence of big business in our lives and in our government. But does a small group of bankers basically run everything, controlling every aspect of the federal government and every government on Earth, all of which is just a big show to make people imagine they are being properly governed, and that there are heroes and enemies who actually are mere actors on a stage?  Was 9/11 just a Hollywood production along with the moon landings?  According to some of these voices, the Bilderberg Group is the true world government and consists of soulless, evil “lizard” people, possibly aliens, who have built underground bunkers in which they plan to reside while setting off neutron bombs to wipe out most of humanity, so they’ll get lots of juicy real estate for themselves, where they can writhe around on heaps of treasures they’ll guard like dragons.


Marijuana and hemp also spring conspiracy theories, possibly through their psychoactive action.  Legalizing marijuana, for many of the same reasons prohibition of alcohol was ended, could be a good idea. Illegal marijuana just makes criminals rich and criminalizes otherwise potentially productive citizens.  I think it should be legalized, and I hate the effect of smoking or eating marijuana.  Just because I think it should be legalized doesn’t mean I think it will cure all of mankind’s ills.  I’m not quite convinced that it would put big oil out of business while dressing us, reversing global warming and heralding the next golden age, though it may do some of these things to a degree. I think there also may be something to the idea that the government fears it as something that distracts from the capitalist work ethic, but I also know many hardworking potheads.


Global warming has been termed a conspiracy theory.  I don’t believe global warming is the result of a conspiracy of scientists for an instant. That conception is the result of actual action (not so secret) among right wing politicians, the right wing media and big business, who have in fact established think tanks that hire out hack scientists to suggest unscientific findings. The goal is to paint all scientists as mere profiteers and distract from themselves, the actual profiteers, and this sways an astonishing number of people who don’t believe in global warming or evolution who continue to vote. Scientists rely on evidence and, although their ideas change, growth in understanding over time is always the result of evidence and investigation and never the result of hatching baseless theories because of a rigorous system of peer review. In all likelihood, 97 percent of climate scientists don’t believe that global warming has a man made source just because they’re just trying to milk the system.   However, a good point is raised here.  They probably are under funded.


Granted, I can’t completely disprove some of these conspiracy theories in the same way I can’t completely disprove the Immaculate Conception, but I’ve accepted the idea that you don’t need to provide evidence something didn’t happen. It’s the other way around.


I’m not going to accept claims that even sources independent of corporate control don’t accept when they have a rigorous research model. There may be something to such claims, they’re more likely than a pastor making a lame person to leap, but I’m not going to buy into them just because they are backed by convictions, earned as they might be by hardship, disappointment, alienation and being exploited.  Those are actual phenomenon, but the conjecture that arises in response to them must be assayed in the same way as any scientific theory: testing and demonstration and peer review.


There are many conspiracy theories I’d like to buy into.  I’d like to, but then I might as well accept an endless array of unsubstantiated claims.  Then, I’ll have to practice speaking in tongues and praying for the end of droughts.   This seems to get lots of donations from big business…so maybe I should seriously consider that.



Monday, October 17, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Must be Stopped at All Costs


 (Coming soon to a school zone near you)


The Demagogue


I'm against democracy and I vote. - local Tea Party chair


As heathen, communist mobs flood the streets demanding that successful, hard-working Americans simply hand over wealth to these lazy malcontents, I am filled with the peace of knowing that our lord Jesus is on my side and guiding my hand as I create this manuscript the truth which I suspect will eat a hole through the confused Satanic garble of these crazed, so-called citizens who should really, if anything, be viewed as fun targets for water cannons, batons and tear gas delighting home-owning Christian families.


Viewing that sentence I just wrote I am assured that the Holy Spirit is speaking through me because I would never come up with something like that on my own, praise be to Heaven from which such thoughts derive.  It is the Lord alone who gives the power of discernment whereby we clearly see the working of the Devil in those asking for equality, fairness, peace and environmental protections.  He came not to bring peace but to bring a sword and our Founding Fathers, Christians to a man, did not create a democracy but a republic in order that men could grow rich by any means necessary for the end of richness justifies the means whereby it is gained.  So, if a man grows rich even by making a profit on the suffering of others, God bless him, let there be no exceptions in the general rule of the free market (for freedom is not free and must be paid for out of pocket).  Should a chain of hospitals turn over a huge tract of money on providing necessary services to those with terminal illnesses know this, that all suffering is but a test to see if a man can hold close to his faith in the most trying of times, such as when he is losing limbs and getting a gigantic hospital bill and his wife is sleeping with the doctor.  A true Christian, even under such conditions, still knows that the lord is The Lord and that knowledge and total adherence to the belief therein is the only means by which his eternal reward shall be merited.  Then, and only then, will he receive the pleasure of watching souls burned, tortured, lost and terrified for all eternity in Hell while he eats chips and floats in ecstasy on the right hand of our Father.

That being said, the Occupy movement threatens the American way of life while at the same time the Lord is all-powerful and on our side and we must therefore make post haste to take immediate and terrible action against these rapacious upstarts.  He who loves his life will lose it, sayeth the Lord, and he who loves a job, health care, or public financing of elections may and very well should lose his citizenship in this country before losing his citizenship in that eternal country, yes, beyond the pale of this meticulously illusory world that certain people are investing way too much energy into changing.


The status quo, as ordained by our Founders, must not be upset.  One nation under God can not become one nation under democracy or under the rabble.  Especially when the rabble includes women who like to go about exposing the nakedness of their torsos brazenly.  Think of the effect this will have on your daughters should this behavior become to be perceived as the norm, cool or "sweet."  Real men love Jesus not scantily clad women.


Consider the effect these ingrates might have should voters start to heed their insane message of turning the American system of economic justice upside-down where the trickle-down effect becomes a shake-down of the great Americans who keep our country free from an excess of Mexicans and medical marijuana.  In fact, if they have their way, medical marijuana will be forced on your children in public schools while they are brainwashed into atheism.


We are on the verge, brothers and sisters, of potentially seeing a Republican in the White House who understands that the Christian faith was intended to hold dominion over all the institutions of the United States, democratic and otherwise.  Only when social security and medicare become faith-based instruments can we feel truly free of the tyranny of entitlements and social safety nets that fall on us like actual nets, trapping us into a worldwide conspiracy of tyrannical, socialist uprising that these protests truly represent as they derive from mere material obsessions.


The time has come to write your congressmen, support your local corporation and church, and purchase the weapon of your choice.  We are seeing the dividing lines drawn between God's people and ghastly spirit of ponzi-scheming hordes. 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

"Doctor Jesus: The Great Physician" Remembered





 (Just Pray)


"Doctor Jesus: The Great Physician" ran briefly until it was banned as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Here are some highlights for its underground Christian fans.  His name be praised forever.  And ever.  And ever.  Etc.


Doctor Jesus, E01: The prognosis for a 10-year-old girl with bone cancer at St. Vincent's is death and time is running out. They need Doctor Jesus. But Dr. Jesus is out gallivanting in Manhattan's bar and drug scene. Finally, Sister Reegus finds him passed out in a whorehouse. After a guilt trip, he saves the girl but then ducks an intervention after promising to return to AA...

Doctor Jesus, E02: "Sorry, Jesus, it's too late. We can't serve you anymore and that 20 dollar bill turned into a loaf of bread." "Why hath thou forsaken me?" Dr. Jesus yelps, smashing his glass. A massive bouncer seizes him. "Ok, your holiness, you're outta here." His God-powers are inactive after sinning until a virgin is stoned by Muslims. "I'll be back. Thou shalt not 86 the Lord your God!" Jesus screams as he is cast into the outer darkness of Alphabet City...

Doctor Jesus, E03: "And now something for the great physician," Dr. J. says, shoving the IV into his nail hole. He falls on the floor, writhing around. "Oh, man, what a rush." "Dr. Jesus!" chides Sister Reegus. "I just pulled this man's brain tumor out through his eye socket and turned it into a trout. Fuck off, bitch." "Every time you sin, you temporarily lose your powers and put lives in jeopardy." "So? They'll appreciate the afterlife better," Jesus quips.

Doctor Jesus, E04: Sister Reegus finally gets Jesus into AA. He starts his inventory--Resentment: Blasphemed against. Cause: People don't believe in me. Affects my: self-esteem, existence, pride. Where was I to blame: Told people thou shalt not kill. Also, said kill unbelievers, witches, homosexuals, disobedient children and fornicators. Said I'm good all the time and yet let children get raped and burned alive and allow them to starve to death...

Doctor Jesus, E05: Jesus' sponsor get frustrated. "Look, Jesus, you've got to turn over your problems to a Higher Power. It can be anything. It can be a door knob. As long as it's not you." "WTF? I made the door knob. I'm not going to pray to a door knob. That's just stupid." "Well, your best thinking got you here. Maybe you should consider taking suggestions." "Fuck you, my best thinking got us all here." "Your ego is going to kill you, Jesus." "Hello. I can't die."

Dr. Jesus, E06 : "So, when you sin how are you forgiven then?" Marshall asks Jesus after another relapse. "Well, a virgin has to die," Jesus says. "That's why I invented Islam. They are so radically anti-female that they often kill a virgin thinking she's a ho-bag. Next, I'm going to get Perry elected. He loves executing the innocent. He's going to make this country so pro-life they'll execute women for killing the unborn by not having sex. Then, I'll be able to drink with impunity."

Dr. Jesus, E07: "Ha ha, you're eating my sponsor," said Jesus. "What?" asked Rhoda. "I turned him into fava beans and nice Chianti." "You sick fuck." "It puts the sponsor in its mouth, hahaha!" "Jesus, I'm going to be sick." "Oh, chill out, bitch. It's real fava beans and Chianti. I'm God, ok? Everything I do is perfect, good and just. Now, bend over that couch, would you?"

Dr. Jesus, E08: "Look, Jesus, I don't think things are working out. You make crazy excuses for your behavior. You're just not the guy I met before the Second Coming," said Rhoda. "What. That was before I was beset with temptation on Earth. Do you know what a drag it was in Heaven? 2000 years of getting worshipped?'  'You've got serious issues," she insisted, heading for the door, "Good bye."  "Nobody understands me," Jesus wailed, gnashing his teeth.    

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Occupy Fort Myers Carries Out March






(Drew Scott Gearing up the Crowd)


 

In a show of solidarity with the worldwide Occupy movement, hundreds showed up today at Centennial Park to march to various financial and government sites in downtown Fort Myers.
Before the march I spoke to a marcher who preferred anonymity.
"The top 1 percent have no problems being heard in Washington but, other people, their opinion doesn't seem to matter.  People don't have enough money, who can't afford to buy a congressman can't make their needs known.  There's thing we can do to improve the economy and create jobs but they're not willing to do it because they want to score points."
It was splendid Florida weather as organizer Drew Scott informed the gathered, diverse crowd that Governor Rick Scott claimed to not understand why these protests were happening.
The crowd booed and one bystander said, "He knows exactly why we're doing this."
The marchers headed out of the park, proceeding toward the Bank of America.  The line of marchers soon revealed itself to be over 6 blocks long and chanted: "Hey hey, ho ho, corporate greed has got to go."
The crowd settled briefly before the Bank of America.  Among them was Joann Finney.
"The main thing is to end the corruption," she said, "so, we're pretty sick of the corruption."


(Priscilla Nolan)







I spoke to Bill Davis next, a senior gentleman with a wide sign with several points on it.
"Citzens United drives me crazy, is grossly unfair," said Bill Davis, "quite possibly illegal.  The Supreme Court should be overturned by constitutional amendment on that issue."
Was President Obama being responsive to this movement?
"I'm convinced he is," said Davis.  "He has got to walk such a fine line.  He has to be very conscious of not seeming to tilt too far to the left.  These parades remind me of when I was a college student when we were protesting the Vietnam War.  It's a really touchy issue.  Obama's got to be very worried about his base and his chances of being re-elected.  What would happen if he didn't get elected?  What if Romney or, worse yet, Bachmann or Perry?  That's completely insane."


Police made an appearance.
Many young people were also at the protest.
"I need a job and no one's hiring," said Priscilla Nolan (above), "the economy is sh*t.  I think this will make a difference.  I think we can get their attention."
The chant changed to: "This is what democracy looks like."
They did not linger for long at the Bank of America and the next stop was to be the Wells Fargo.  The marchers snaked down First Street.
The chant became: "They got bailed out, we got sold out."
"Basically, larceny committed on a grand scale with the complicity of the government," said another anonymous marcher.  "Where public funds became corporate funds and the corporations continued to act as if they had no accountability or responsibility whatsoever to the American people and in fact proceeded to hasten the rate of foreclosures across the nation."
As they approached Wells Fargo the chant became: "It's not about money it's about change."



Thelma Smith, 53, had responsibility in mind.
"I wanted to be here to encourage my children to be active in politics," said Smith, "to realize votes count and that when you're united in a cause you can make a difference here in America."



The marchers came up Main Street.
As we turned the corner, Bill Davis was resting on a bench.
"I've got two bad knees and a bad heart," he said.
As we turned a corner, there was the sound of sirens and someone said, "If they want to arrest us they'll need a very large paddy wagon."


The noise seemed to be coming from a bullhorn as there was another gathering at City Hall.



Christy Jones, 24, had multiple concerns.
"I'm coming out here because we are part of the 99 percent," said Jones, "and I need healthcare and I've got a lot of problems of my own and I've been turned down by many doctors because I don't have healthcare.  I'm here for everyone else out here without jobs, without homes.  We give all our money to these corporations and we're left without nothing.  We want to show them that we're fed up and we want something done."
What would she like to see happen with healthcare?
"Anything.  I'm not saying I want free health care for all," said Jones, "but I definitely want something done to where if I have a preexisting condition it doesn't matter.  That I can buy healthcare if I want to.  I'm not asking for something for free I'm asking for something I can purchase at a reasonable price."
Single payer healthcare was taken off the table early on in negotiations that lead to the
Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.





As they walked up Second Street toward the county jail, a blunt Ro Boggs was eager to speak.
"I'm kinda sick and tired of getting screwed over in this country," said Boggs.  "We have a great country of people.  We have sucky people that are leading this place and robbing everybody blind.  We're gonna end up like Cuba pretty soon if we don't watch what we're doing.  I'm passionate about this.  I'm also an employee of the Lee County school system.  I'm a union vice president.  I want to make changes or you and me and my children and my grand kids are gonna be screwed and that's it."
The tough times seem to be bringing families closer.
"You see I have 3 sons," said Boggs. "33 to 22 years old.  They are making barely enough money to survive.  They will never own a home.  The banks got bailed out, gave all this money to free it up and my kids still can't have a house.  If it wasn't for my job a lot of them would not eat sometimes.  They cut all kinds of benefits for them."
The chant became: "The people united can never be divided."
At the jail the crowd remained in high spirits and police presence was limited.  The marchers continued to be courteous, avoiding blocking traffic.
At this point, the march went onto Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and then turned back toward Centennial Park.
On Main Street, I created a bit of chaos when I jay walked and a large segment of marchers followed me.
There were no acts of vandalism or threatening behavior that I witnessed.
As the crowd came back into Centennial Park they were greeted by a drumming circle.


A 22 year old artist, Daniel Quina, saw hope.
"There's so much propaganda," said Quina.  "So many lies.  Our generation uses the internet and we know how to find and spread information.  Our generation is bigger than the baby boomer generation and we have that power to change things."
Some tents were set up on the grounds and several people were ready to camp out and test the limits of their rights.


One of them was Jeremy Walker, 36.
"I think that the main theme that I seem to recognize throughout the movement that I affiliate with," said Walker, "is the growing inequality of wealth between the top 1% and the rest of us...I think it's a very difficult thing to ask of our leaders to kind of bite the hand that feeds them and cut off their own gravy train."
He believed election reform was also a common theme among movement members.
"All agree there needs to be a systemic overhaul of the system that's in place," Walker said.



Another attendee, Ernie Colby, repeated several themes, like a need to stop corruption and election reform which would include public funding of campaigns.
"The Supreme Court is saying that money is speech now," said Colby.  "It's preposterous.  It's just worse and worse and I just hope this is something that catches on in many cities.  There's been many of fine song written about power to the people if it finally happens I'd like to see that.  It's going to take voter registration because that's the only thing these people understand."
The one political candidate he was aware of making a showing was Jim Roach.
"The thing that's killing us right now is debt," said Colby.  "Especially government debt and that's causing a lot of stagnation.  But you'll notice if you look at the curve of our debt it's rising exponentially and whether or not there's a Republican or a Democratic administration makes no difference the debt is growing the same."
A circle formed and the bullhorn was given to anyone who wanted to share their point of view.  One speaker made an interesting reference to Aesop's fable of The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs.  It is the story of greed so untamed that the goose's owner was not happy with just the eggs that were laid but cuts the goose open to get to the eggs inside.
"We are that goose," said the speaker.

Occupy Fort Myers Carries Out March





(Drew Scott Gearing up the Crowd)
In a show of solidarity with the worldwide Occupy movement, hundreds showed up today at Centennial Park to march to various financial and government sites in downtown Fort Myers.
Before the march I spoke to a marcher who preferred anonymity.
"The top 1 percent have no problems being heard in Washington but, other people, their opinion doesn't seem to matter.  People don't have enough money, who can't afford to buy a congressman can't make their needs known.  There's thing we can do to improve the economy and create jobs but they're not willing to do it because they want to score points."
It was splendid Florida weather as organizer Drew Scott informed the gathered, diverse crowd that Governor Rick Scott claimed to not understand why these protests were happening.
The crowd booed and one bystander said, "He knows exactly why we're doing this."
The marchers headed out of the park, proceeding toward the Bank of America.  The line of marchers soon revealed itself to be over 6 blocks long and chanted: "Hey hey, ho ho, corporate greed has got to go."
The crowd settled briefly before the Bank of America.  Among them was Joann Finney.
"The main thing is to end the corruption," she said, "so, we're pretty sick of the corruption."

(Priscilla Nolan)
I spoke to Bill Davis next, a senior gentleman with a wide sign with several points on it.
"Citzens United drives me crazy, is grossly unfair," said Bill Davis, "quite possibly illegal.  The Supreme Court should be overturned by constitutional amendment on that issue."
Was President Obama being responsive to this movement?
"I'm convinced he is," said Davis.  "He has got to walk such a fine line.  He has to be very conscious of not seeming to tilt too far to the left.  These parades remind me of when I was a college student when we were protesting the Vietnam War.  It's a really touchy issue.  Obama's got to be very worried about his base and his chances of being re-elected.  What would happen if he didn't get elected?  What if Romney or, worse yet, Bachmann or Perry?  That's completely insane."


Police made an appearance.
Many young people were also at the protest.
"I need a job and no one's hiring," said Priscilla Nolan (above), "the economy is sh*t.  I think this will make a difference.  I think we can get their attention."
The chant changed to: "This is what democracy looks like."
They did not linger for long at the Bank of America and the next stop was to be the Wells Fargo.  The marchers snaked down First Street.
The chant became: "They got bailed out, we got sold out."
"Basically, larceny committed on a grand scale with the complicity of the government," said another anonymous marcher.  "Where public funds became corporate funds and the corporations continued to act as if they had no accountability or responsibility whatsoever to the American people and in fact proceeded to hasten the rate of foreclosures across the nation."
As they approached Wells Fargo the chant became: "It's not about money it's about change."

Thelma Smith, 53, had responsibility in mind.
"I wanted to be here to encourage my children to be active in politics," said Smith, "to realize votes count and that when you're united in a cause you can make a difference here in America."

The marchers came up Main Street.
As we turned the corner, Bill Davis was resting on a bench.
"I've got two bad knees and a bad heart," he said.
As we turned a corner, there was the sound of sirens and someone said, "If they want to arrest us they'll need a very large paddy wagon."


The noise seemed to be coming from a bullhorn as there was another gathering at City Hall.

Christy Jones, 24, had multiple concerns.
"I'm coming out here because we are part of the 99 percent," said Jones, "and I need healthcare and I've got a lot of problems of my own and I've been turned down by many doctors because I don't have healthcare.  I'm here for everyone else out here without jobs, without homes.  We give all our money to these corporations and we're left without nothing.  We want to show them that we're fed up and we want something done."
What would she like to see happen with healthcare?
"Anything.  I'm not saying I want free health care for all," said Jones, "but I definitely want something done to where if I have a preexisting condition it doesn't matter.  That I can buy healthcare if I want to.  I'm not asking for something for free I'm asking for something I can purchase at a reasonable price."
Single payer healthcare was taken off the table early on in negotiations that lead to the
Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

As they walked up Second Street toward the county jail, a blunt Ro Boggs was eager to speak.
"I'm kinda sick and tired of getting screwed over in this country," said Boggs.  "We have a great country of people.  We have sucky people that are leading this place and robbing everybody blind.  We're gonna end up like Cuba pretty soon if we don't watch what we're doing.  I'm passionate about this.  I'm also an employee of the Lee County school system.  I'm a union vice president.  I want to make changes or you and me and my children and my grand kids are gonna be screwed and that's it."
The tough times seem to be bringing families closer.
"You see I have 3 sons," said Boggs. "33 to 22 years old.  They are making barely enough money to survive.  They will never own a home.  The banks got bailed out, gave all this money to free it up and my kids still can't have a house.  If it wasn't for my job a lot of them would not eat sometimes.  They cut all kinds of benefits for them."
The chant became: "The people united can never be divided."
At the jail the crowd remained in high spirits and police presence was limited.  The marchers continued to be courteous, avoiding blocking traffic.
At this point, the march went onto Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and then turned back toward Centennial Park.
On Main Street, I created a bit of chaos when I jay walked and a large segment of marchers followed me.
There were no acts of vandalism or threatening behavior that I witnessed.
As the crowd came back into Centennial Park they were greeted by a drumming circle.


A 22 year old artist, Daniel Quina, saw hope.
"There's so much propaganda," said Quina.  "So many lies.  Our generation uses the internet and we know how to find and spread information.  Our generation is bigger than the baby boomer generation and we have that power to change things."
Some tents were set up on the grounds and several people were ready to camp out and test the limits of their rights.

One of them was Jeremy Walker, 36.
"I think that the main theme that I seem to recognize throughout the movement that I affiliate with," said Walker, "is the growing inequality of wealth between the top 1% and the rest of us...I think it's a very difficult thing to ask of our leaders to kind of bite the hand that feeds them and cut off their own gravy train."
He believed election reform was also a common theme among movement members.
"All agree there needs to be a systemic overhaul of the system that's in place," Walker said.



Another attendee, Ernie Colby, repeated several themes, like a need to stop corruption and election reform which would include public funding of campaigns.
"The Supreme Court is saying that money is speech now," said Colby.  "It's preposterous.  It's just worse and worse and I just hope this is something that catches on in many cities.  There's been many of fine song written about power to the people if it finally happens I'd like to see that.  It's going to take voter registration because that's the only thing these people understand."
The one political candidate he was aware of making a showing was Jim Roach.
"The thing that's killing us right now is debt," said Colby.  "Especially government debt and that's causing a lot of stagnation.  But you'll notice if you look at the curve of our debt it's rising exponentially and whether or not there's a Republican or a Democratic administration makes no difference the debt is growing the same."
A circle formed and the bullhorn was given to anyone who wanted to share their point of view.  One speaker made an interesting reference to Aesop's fable of The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs.  It is the story of greed so untamed that the goose's owner was not happy with just the eggs that were laid but cuts the goose open to get to the eggs inside.
"We are that goose," said the speaker.

Occupy Fort Myers Carries Out March





(Drew Scott Gearing up the Crowd)
In a show of solidarity with the worldwide Occupy movement, hundreds showed up today at Centennial Park to march to various financial and government sites in downtown Fort Myers.
Before the march I spoke to a marcher who preferred anonymity.
"The top 1 percent have no problems being heard in Washington but, other people, their opinion doesn't seem to matter.  People don't have enough money, who can't afford to buy a congressman can't make their needs known.  There's thing we can do to improve the economy and create jobs but they're not willing to do it because they want to score points."
It was splendid Florida weather as organizer Drew Scott informed the gathered, diverse crowd that Governor Rick Scott claimed to not understand why these protests were happening.
The crowd booed and one bystander said, "He knows exactly why we're doing this."
The marchers headed out of the park, proceeding toward the Bank of America.  The line of marchers soon revealed itself to be over 6 blocks long and chanted: "Hey hey, ho ho, corporate greed has got to go."
The crowd settled briefly before the Bank of America.  Among them was Joann Finney.
"The main thing is to end the corruption," she said, "so, we're pretty sick of the corruption."

(Priscilla Nolan)
I spoke to Bill Davis next, a senior gentleman with a wide sign with several points on it.
"Citzens United drives me crazy, is grossly unfair," said Bill Davis, "quite possibly illegal.  The Supreme Court should be overturned by constitutional amendment on that issue."
Was President Obama being responsive to this movement?
"I'm convinced he is," said Davis.  "He has got to walk such a fine line.  He has to be very conscious of not seeming to tilt too far to the left.  These parades remind me of when I was a college student when we were protesting the Vietnam War.  It's a really touchy issue.  Obama's got to be very worried about his base and his chances of being re-elected.  What would happen if he didn't get elected?  What if Romney or, worse yet, Bachmann or Perry?  That's completely insane."


Police made an appearance.
Many young people were also at the protest.
"I need a job and no one's hiring," said Priscilla Nolan (above), "the economy is sh*t.  I think this will make a difference.  I think we can get their attention."
The chant changed to: "This is what democracy looks like."
They did not linger for long at the Bank of America and the next stop was to be the Wells Fargo.  The marchers snaked down First Street.
The chant became: "They got bailed out, we got sold out."
"Basically, larceny committed on a grand scale with the complicity of the government," said another anonymous marcher.  "Where public funds became corporate funds and the corporations continued to act as if they had no accountability or responsibility whatsoever to the American people and in fact proceeded to hasten the rate of foreclosures across the nation."
As they approached Wells Fargo the chant became: "It's not about money it's about change."

Thelma Smith, 53, had responsibility in mind.
"I wanted to be here to encourage my children to be active in politics," said Smith, "to realize votes count and that when you're united in a cause you can make a difference here in America."

The marchers came up Main Street.
As we turned the corner, Bill Davis was resting on a bench.
"I've got two bad knees and a bad heart," he said.
As we turned a corner, there was the sound of sirens and someone said, "If they want to arrest us they'll need a very large paddy wagon."


The noise seemed to be coming from a bullhorn as there was another gathering at City Hall.

Christy Jones, 24, had multiple concerns.
"I'm coming out here because we are part of the 99 percent," said Jones, "and I need healthcare and I've got a lot of problems of my own and I've been turned down by many doctors because I don't have healthcare.  I'm here for everyone else out here without jobs, without homes.  We give all our money to these corporations and we're left without nothing.  We want to show them that we're fed up and we want something done."
What would she like to see happen with healthcare?
"Anything.  I'm not saying I want free health care for all," said Jones, "but I definitely want something done to where if I have a preexisting condition it doesn't matter.  That I can buy healthcare if I want to.  I'm not asking for something for free I'm asking for something I can purchase at a reasonable price."
Single payer healthcare was taken off the table early on in negotiations that lead to the
Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

As they walked up Second Street toward the county jail, a blunt Ro Boggs was eager to speak.
"I'm kinda sick and tired of getting screwed over in this country," said Boggs.  "We have a great country of people.  We have sucky people that are leading this place and robbing everybody blind.  We're gonna end up like Cuba pretty soon if we don't watch what we're doing.  I'm passionate about this.  I'm also an employee of the Lee County school system.  I'm a union vice president.  I want to make changes or you and me and my children and my grand kids are gonna be screwed and that's it."
The tough times seem to be bringing families closer.
"You see I have 3 sons," said Boggs. "33 to 22 years old.  They are making barely enough money to survive.  They will never own a home.  The banks got bailed out, gave all this money to free it up and my kids still can't have a house.  If it wasn't for my job a lot of them would not eat sometimes.  They cut all kinds of benefits for them."
The chant became: "The people united can never be divided."
At the jail the crowd remained in high spirits and police presence was limited.  The marchers continued to be courteous, avoiding blocking traffic.
At this point, the march went onto Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and then turned back toward Centennial Park.
On Main Street, I created a bit of chaos when I jay walked and a large segment of marchers followed me.
There were no acts of vandalism or threatening behavior that I witnessed.
As the crowd came back into Centennial Park they were greeted by a drumming circle.


A 22 year old artist, Daniel Quina, saw hope.
"There's so much propaganda," said Quina.  "So many lies.  Our generation uses the internet and we know how to find and spread information.  Our generation is bigger than the baby boomer generation and we have that power to change things."
Some tents were set up on the grounds and several people were ready to camp out and test the limits of their rights.

One of them was Jeremy Walker, 36.
"I think that the main theme that I seem to recognize throughout the movement that I affiliate with," said Walker, "is the growing inequality of wealth between the top 1% and the rest of us...I think it's a very difficult thing to ask of our leaders to kind of bite the hand that feeds them and cut off their own gravy train."
He believed election reform was also a common theme among movement members.
"All agree there needs to be a systemic overhaul of the system that's in place," Walker said.



Another attendee, Ernie Colby, repeated several themes, like a need to stop corruption and election reform which would include public funding of campaigns.
"The Supreme Court is saying that money is speech now," said Colby.  "It's preposterous.  It's just worse and worse and I just hope this is something that catches on in many cities.  There's been many of fine song written about power to the people if it finally happens I'd like to see that.  It's going to take voter registration because that's the only thing these people understand."
The one political candidate he was aware of making a showing was Jim Roach.
"The thing that's killing us right now is debt," said Colby.  "Especially government debt and that's causing a lot of stagnation.  But you'll notice if you look at the curve of our debt it's rising exponentially and whether or not there's a Republican or a Democratic administration makes no difference the debt is growing the same."
A circle formed and the bullhorn was given to anyone who wanted to share their point of view.  One speaker made an interesting reference to Aesop's fable of The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs.  It is the story of greed so untamed that the goose's owner was not happy with just the eggs that were laid but cuts the goose open to get to the eggs inside.
"We are that goose," said the speaker.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Solutions Abound for Country's Problems (Yeshua)


There doesn't that feel better?

Written by The Demagogue

The American Dream, though potentially as robust as it ever was, is being stultified by laziness, entitlements, immigrants, regulations, condoms, carbon feet and especially by minimum wage. Worse yet, the carbon feet are harmless and need to stop wiping themselves before walking into the door of God's great harvest for multi-national corporate dominion as prefigured in the person of Jesus.

Recently, a wave of protests have swept the nation in which the greed of the wealthiest Americans is being touted as an issue for this still great but currently slightly challenged to put food on the plate nation. What is being largely ignored is the greed of the 99 percent. Obviously, they want more for themselves which is the very definition of greed!  And the greed is the root of all evil. They are like people who want to throw the first stone but are already infected with the supposed sin that they are condemning. If they were without greed they could criticize the wealthiest Americans if they were in fact greedy and not just successful hard-workers and herein lies the potential for the salvation of these dangerous malcontents.
The 99ers think the problem is too much corporate power and financial institutions that can speculate with savings and loans but, au contraire Mr. and Mrs. Socialist, the solution is corporate power. The power of corporations to take the Earth and its creatures and the labor of it teeming masses with no access to birth control for its own use as the Bible commanded (Genesis 1:28) in order to create gooey and glistening mountains of yummy wealth. For faith alone can move and/or make mountains. It can also blow the tops off of them in order to harvest the energy and job needs of the 99 percent all of whom would have access to modern utilities if they'd just pack it in and go home and take any job while eating delicious apple pies (which are really cheap and piping hot at McDonald's, one of our sponsors).

As usual, as is often the case with peoples lacking in spiritual direction, the 99ers have made the age old mistake of looking at the faults of the successful Americans while ignoring the defects that lie within themselves. It is an age old spiritual axiom that if something disturbs you there is something wrong with you.



And just what is it that is wrong with the 99ers?  Why are they wasting all this time exposed to the elements when they could be filling out job applications?  Well, suffice it to say it's not all their fault.  The problem is generational and stems from a hideous history of organized labor which has long since turned the beautiful animal of unrestrained capitalism into a Frankenstein's monster/vampire/cyborg that is resuscitated by government interventions, feeds off of social safety nets, creates jobs in the wrong countries and has replaced its once brawny, manly limbs with effete, sun-starved citizens hooked on social networking softwares trapped in their own homes envisioning hysterical utopias, unrest and mass actions and condemning themselves to eternal hellfire in the process.

In a word, its time to the get rid of the minimum wage.  Minimum wage does nothing but push potentially honest, patriotic jobs overseas where our future enemies enrich themselves because the government cripples corporate interests by destroying the potentially rich market of cheap domestic labor.  If people were only willing (and perhaps many of them are but the government simply won't acknowledge it) to work 16 hours a day in challenging environments for 12 cents an hour why there'd be no unemployment at all.  And, with no unemployment, there'd be little time for idleness, the workshop of Satan, which gives imaginations the wherewithal to envision no hospital bills, pensions, speeding trains of Hell-harvested souls and other ghastly specters of socialism.
Ultimately, let's face it, what matter is it if you gain the whole world, most of which can't even be mined presently (it has a thick metallic center) if you lose your immortal soul?  If 200 billion galaxies are spread out in the skies above you and billions of cells are keeping you alive then of course God would enable you to achieve immortal life simply by keeping your belief in one idea alive in your mind.  The idea that God killed himself and raised himself from the dead to make up for the fact that you like to sleep around.  Friends, the government is not the answer.  Jesus is.  Worry not .  Just shut up and do your job (or look for one).
That being said, its time for the government, organized labor and the teeming mobs yearning to get overpaid to get out of the way and allow Mother Corporation to do the dirty work of rolling up her massive, machinated sleeves (which when closely examined reveal fractal landscapes of Hieronymus Bosch's forgotten daydreams, ah, beauteousness) and sweeping the noise of democratic tyranny from the good earth.

Go home, get a job, losers, or get hosed off the streets, beaten and locked upJesus loves you.