Try With All Your Might. Rock and Roll Will Not Die!

AmpersandQuest

 

 

If you have been following the #GamerGate hashtag online over the last two months you are probably familiar with both sides of the argument. Breifly, one side believes video games promote misogyny, violence, bigotry, and need to be changed and censored. The opposing view-point see’s video games in a much different light and believe they are forms of art that should not be censored by any means and offer a way to experience difficult human conditions without actually bringing harm to others. I find myself on the latter side but not just with video games. While #GamerGate might be the strategic front for now to criticize the views of a group known as “Social Justice Warriors” (SJW’s for short) it has come to my attention more than once that my favorite genre of music will definitely come under their harsh, unfair, biased, and unrealistic criticism. I will not sit idly by while they try to tear my favorite form of music expression to pieces and attempt to make it more politically correct. Rock and roll has faced this over and over again over the years and I for one believe it will survive the onslaught. 

 

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 The following is taken from Wikipedia. 

      “The second Milton Berle Show appearance came on June 5 at NBC’s Hollywood studio, amid another hectic tour. Berle persuaded the singer to leave his guitar backstage, advising, “Let ’em see you, son.”[104] During the performance, Presley abruptly halted an uptempo rendition of “Hound Dog” with a wave of his arm and launched into a slow, grinding version accentuated with energetic, exaggerated body movements.[104] Presley’s gyrations created a storm of controversy.[105] Television critics were outraged: Jack Gould of The New York Times wrote, “Mr. Presley has no discernible singing ability. … His phrasing, if it can be called that, consists of the stereotyped variations that go with a beginner’s aria in a bathtub. … His one specialty is an accented movement of the body … primarily identified with the repertoire of the blond bombshells of the burlesque runway.”[106] Ben Gross of the New York Daily News opined that popular music “has reached its lowest depths in the ‘grunt and groin’ antics of one Elvis Presley. … Elvis, who rotates his pelvis … gave an exhibition that was suggestive and vulgar, tinged with the kind of animalism that should be confined to dives and bordellos”.[107] Ed Sullivan, whose own variety show was the nation’s most popular, declared him “unfit for family viewing”.[108] To Presley’s displeasure, he soon found himself being referred to as “Elvis the Pelvis”, which he called “one of the most childish expressions I ever heard, comin’ from an adult.”[109]

 

    Elvis Presley may not be the most rock and roll of rock and roll however this famous example really highlights the points I will be making later on in the article. Please consider the ramifications and consequences if we listen to the same kind of concern, baiting, immaturity, and baseless accusations of the modern-day political correctness brigade infamously known now as Social Justice Warriors. 

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                         The following is taken from Loudwire.com

  •       http://loudwire.com/mastodon-brann-dailor-defends-twerk-heavy-the-motherload-video-sexist-allegations/

       “Ladies and gentlemen, there’s just no escaping from the phenomenon known as twerking. Even Mastodon took a tongue-in-cheek approach to rippling glutes in their new video for ‘The Motherload.’ In a new interview with Mastodon drummer / vocalist Brann Dailor, the musician explains the concept behind the video and addresses the sexist criticism that videos featuring twerking receive.”

               It will be tempting to dismiss the comparison by pointing out that the criticisms of Elvis came from a different time and that Mastadon’s criticism is that of female dancers being sexually objectified. To me however these observations only serve to highlight how much more ridiculous, immature, and biased it is to criticize women on 2014 the same way people criticized Elvis in 1957. In both cases I have to wonder what in the world are these people so afraid of? Is society at large so easily offended and afraid of sexuality that even dance moves send them in a fluttering tizzy of emotional weakness? If men and women are equal then why is it offensive for one to shake their hips and not the other? 

               If my love of the rock and roll/metal genre has taught me anything it’s that nothing is off-limits. The main reason I love it so much is that it constantly pushes the envelope and the artist involved are constantly exploring hot button issues in order to provoke a reaction that raises eye brows and hopefully gets people to think twice about their preconceived notions.  I admit that I am not the biggest fan of Mastadon nor do I find the video particularly interesting save for the parody of early 90’s heavy metal music videos which I find a bit humorous. That does not grant me a right to even attempt to censor them, tell them they are sexist, and try to tear them down in any way. Sure, you have all the right in the world to make such criticism but in doing so you open yourself up to retort. My retort is that you are simply being entirely too sensitive. The girls in this video are not forced to dance in front of the camera in provocative ways. In fact, I think it’s rather demeaning of you to label them as victims when in fact they have found a job they enjoy doing. Who are you to pass judgement on them? 

                          What would have happened to the music industry if we as a society would have taken such accusatory, baseless, and immature criticisms to heart? Would Elvis Presley have gone on to set the world on fire with his provocative style? It is my opinion that if we do not stand up to the political correctness brigades of the world that we will end up in a joyless ride where you have to constantly watch what you say, enjoy, do, listen to, watch, or are otherwise entertained by. It is exactly this kind of blatant censorship which I fear most and would simply refuse to live and put up with. Rock and Roll/Metal music serves a very important purpose in this department. The more PC is pushed, the harder these bands should rock out. The more they are labeled and blamed for societies problems the more provocative the lyrics should become until finally something gives and the PC Nazi’s of the world grow up and realize the jokes on them and give up on their ridiculous quest to Nerf the world. 

There are even more examples of rock music coming under fire and being blamed for ills in the world (I will provide more below). It seems that every time something bad happens in the world we will quickly divert responsibility away from the perpetrator and on to the kind of music they enjoyed, games they played, books they read, or movies they watched. Why? It’s a simple question that the SJW movement wants to answer by saying things like, “Just because you don’t think you’re affected by media doesn’t mean you aren’t. In fact, it probably means you are the most affected.” Anita Sarkeesian said something very similar to this in one of her Tropes vs Women videos and I have to demand actual proof of this baseless accusation. I am defending rock music here because for me it has served as a very healthy outlet and allowed me to explore the darker half of my psyche without actually having to express it and take it out on others. This art form doesn’t just explore the dark but very creatively creates a light at the end of a very difficult tunnel for millions of fans world-wide. To imagine anyone trying to take this away by failing to make a valid criticism of it just because they are too sensitive to understand what rock and roll/metal is all about is beyond asinine. To these people I recommend just turning off and avoiding media that makes you feel so mad and sensitive. The rest of us are just fine and aren’t out to hurt you. Leave us alone and stop trying to ruin OUR fun and OUR hobbies.   

 

 

List of Society Blaming Rock for Violence

  • The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” & Manson Family Murders
  • Ozzy Osbourne’s “Suicide Solution” & Teen Suicide
  • Judas Priest’s “Better by You, Better Than Me” & Suicide Pact
  • AC/DC’s “Night Prowler” & Serial Killer Richard Ramirez
  • Marilyn Manson & Columbine’s killers

                        I advise my readers to do google searches of this list and would ask that you consider the consequences of demanding artist censor themselves just because bad things happen in the world. What sort of legacy will we leave behind if we are the generation that chose to leave behind the tradition of free expression? Do you really want to be remembered in history for going along with an ideology that demands you not explore yourself through the safety of art? Is there any good reason why we should close our minds, hide our eyes, and close our ears every time someone creates something that offends our sensibilities? My accusation of you if you have already is that you are of a weak mind and speaking from a place of fear and ignorance. Your message is not the only one that needs be heard and understood. So while you are free to criticize all you want it really stops there if you are unwilling to go and create your own art, messages, and content for others with a like mind to enjoy. If you simply refuse to put in the effort to create and build an audience then I’m afraid your complaints fall on deaf ears because all you’re ultimately doing is complaining constantly that the creative people of the world didn’t make something that pleases your every last desire. 

 

ROCK AND ROLL WILL NOT DIE AND I HOPE IT ROCKS YOU OUT OF YOUR SOCKS! 

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“Activisimist” Movements: The Unavoidable Hypocrisy of Modern Culture (Warning for the sensitive, Profane Language Within!)

AmpersandQuest

I have always considered myself a humanist for my own reasons. No self-proclaimed humanist was ever able to teach me why, I just found myself attached to the ideologies behind humanism. It’s not for secular reasons or because a bunch of hipster activist told me I should be one. I am one despite those people. I am one because I believe in humanity to improve and progress through a lot of hard work. Not so that the government can grant everyone privileges and screw over everyone else just because they’re in the majority.

 

It seems in this “modern civilized world” it is not enough to be a decent human being, no, you have to be a part of this kind of “ism” or a certain type of “ist” in order to fit in. These “movements” are taking what was such a beautifully simple notion of goodwill towards men and have spun it into their own unique perceptions and delusions of how best to operate one self in a world wrought with war, political cesspools, a crumbling economy, and do gooders trying to get in everyone else’s business. They will point their filthy fingers at everything and everyone other than themselves and will never look in the mirror to see how they’ve duped themselves into believing that if they just scream loud enough, the world will listen and change. In other words, these people love to complain.

 

I am humanist because fuck you. What I mean to say is that I as an individual strive to better myself. I am part of a society of other humans so I have had to learn to go along to get along to a certain degree but the reason for this word press being written is to point out that society at large is stepping all over itself to prove to themselves that they are these gleaming and shining examples of morality. But we all know we are imperfect and typically shit headed towards one another. Yet we find ourselves involved with groups of people proclaiming to have the answer to solve all the worlds ills. Myself included, so don’t misunderstand me. I include myself in this article because I actually realize I have a lot of work to do on myself and I do it every day. I can’t say the same for others though. For others, mediocrity is just fine.

 

This same harsh “fuck you” goes to anyone who belongs to any of the following groups, Republicans, Democrats, Feminist, Libertarians, Anarcho Capitalist, Anarcho Socialist, Socialist, Communist, Jihadist, Christians, Muslims, Men’s Rights Activist, and many many others so if I left you out, fuck you too. Do you want to know why? Because while there are exceptional people within each community who I want to be friends with and would love to be around, there are always those extreme people who take the idea way too far and go way out of their way to not just exclude others from even the slightest conversation but will actively seek to bring harm to anyone outside that community. This is the problem I have with every single one of these “ismist”. They subvert themselves by proclaiming peace but it’s at a cost. They are not at all peaceful once they start lobbying for laws to be passed in order to limit the behaviors of those who disagree with them. Granted some are much less inclined to do so than others so I am not exactly painting with broad strokes here. I recognize good, better, and best.

 

I realize right about now I sound completely hypocritical and I agree, but how can this be avoided? How can we live in society with all these special interest, all just as annoying as the next, and not at some point put your head out of your ass and remember who you really are? Humanism to me does not mean I think all humans deserve special treatment. To me, it means, we’re all a bunch of dip shits for thinking that some little group we were a part of at some point was going to make a difference by complaining about some oppressor at large until someone paid attention to us. Never once providing a working solution or internalizing our own faults and communicating to others that sometimes the bullshit that happens to us in life is our own damn fault.  Perhaps then I am not a humanist, perhaps then I am just an individual who is sick of movements.  In any case I have been a part of several movements in my life time and never once did I feel fulfilled. Just a brief encounter with inspiring ideas at first which quickly succumb to in fighting, finger-pointing, and complaining. It’s rather disgusting.

 

I see all these disappointed faces all the time. You’re in a movement, things are going well, then reality sets in and people tailspin into denial, self-pity, and loathing of their brethren.  Did you really believe you were going to make a difference? So disappointing isn’t it? You were fooled by a guru into believing in something abstract and unrealistic and at first their were positive results because you were excited about something. It gave you positive energy and something to believe in while you continued to your ultimate destiny. But eventually, you had questions about what you were doing. Just as an atheist questions God or an Anarchist questions Government YOU question this community you’re a part of.

 

But you deny it don’t you? Anything to belong. Anything to maintain this near narcissistic shell  that you are good because your people are good. That you could never ever be a shit head and neither could your activist friends. Ha! Wake up fools, you live on an ancient rock, it’s been alive for billions of years and will probably outlive our species. And the reason it will is because you are so narcissistic that you actually believe we will kill the Earth before it kills humanity. You honestly truly believe that what you are doing is truly good and right and correct meanwhile you make enemies at every turn. Bring harm to those who disagree and in turn those shit heads you piss off come back and attack you.

 

I am Humanist because I think humanity has such great potential to be truly exceptional and good. But I see what we’ve become and i am sick! If it’s not cleared by your board members, internet gurus, or political party you will not even think about doing it. It’s disgusting to think that I used to be the same way but I met others who showed me another way. These people didn’t kiss my ass and tell me pretty lies. They said, “FUCK YOU, GROW UP, MOVE ON.”

 

These men to be a little more specific are part of an online culture called “the manospehere” and I realize I am being hypocritical but it simply cannot be avoided in this culture of ours.  Because there is no way around it I must find a way to compromise my position without being a complete piece of shit so here it is. My brand of Humanism is called Pinnaclism and you can read all about it here. https://verbosepeak.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/pinnaclism/

 

Within the confines of that article are what represent to me a set of ideals that constitute a way of life. I no longer want to be another follower in a group that represents the interest of people who at one point had the same idea I had. I want to be a leader in something new, unique, and truly revolutionary. I realize this means dire consequences should anyone out there take my ideas seriously but honestly, it’s a short life and I’m sick of following dishonest people who have their own agendas and use people’s best qualities against them in order to galvanize and quarter off a market of meat heads who will worship them and hang on to every word they say without question. I’m sick of the guru’s and the ism-ist of modern culture and desire a return to what makes human beings so damn amazing. Honesty, honor, hard work, self-responsibility, and ingenuity. I saying this I am not going to blow smoke up anyone’s ass and pretend I am a shining example to be followed at this point. But the fact that I recognize my shit headed behaviors and seek to change them is something people should follow.  I want others to read my words here and rip them apart and give me feedback, positive and negative feedback because if I’m perfectly honest right now everything I’ve written here feels absurd. I feel there is something underneath it all though which is tried and true.

 

Does anyone out there have anything to add? I would absolutely love to hear what others think about this. I wrote this article with a lot of anger and after re-reading and writing it I found many inconsistencies with my arguments but I still feel underneath it all is an undiscovered truth about humanity that we should all example. Please let me hear what you think and take care folks!

Pinnaclism

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Pinnaclism is my idea of looking at the vastly superior ideas from any given political or social movement and combining them under one umbrella. When those ideas compete with one another, we should lean towards the more ideal conditions and compromise those ideas which are not in our best interest by accepting the faults of that idea and allowing new and innovative ideas to take their place. This will require a high degree of intellectual honesty and also the ability to let go of preconceived notions once it has become apparent that one idea is inferior to the other.

This is a new term that I have come up with and in my opinion is the only solution to an authoritarian state where violence is deemed required to spread ideology. Pinnaclism still allows freedom of expression, thought, and allows us all to have our positions without the threat of violence. However once put to the test on the market or public arena and adjusting to the reality of the situation, it will become necessary to allow the winning idea to flourish . This requires a very active participation from individuals on a personal basis where we all seek to improve ourselves one step and one day at a time. Where problems exist, people must bring their ideas to the table, even if faulty, it will create a ground by which another can apply the benefit of hindsight and fill in the gaps. This process should repeat until ultimately the economic or social situation is solved to the satisfaction of those individuals involved.

This can be done on a large-scale without coercion or violence though I believe in and still  see the need for very strong defensive violence as detractors from this idea will preemptively strike and lash out at those of us trying to make improvements to our world. That said, through the use of ideologies such as voluntary free trade and association, charities, and many other economic and social options available to all of us at any given moment, we can avoid unwarranted violence more often than not. As a result violence will become less of a problem as time pushes forward. Actions taken by individuals that threaten the existence of others must be met with cold intelligence and brute force. Once on display, parties involved are open to public scrutiny and free press where the violence and coercion are observed in a very public way. If two individuals or collective of individuals seek war with another or among themselves they would be immediately held accountable by social and market forces which seek to render their aggression obsolete by providing similar and superior results that should persuade more people than not to both hold up private agreements and share among each other without the use of violence.

Perhaps in this way, we can eventually find the root causes of aggressive authority in our world and in the interest of the survival of our species dig and cut those roots once and for all, ridding ourselves of an evolutionary weakness and replace it with genuine authority who would have all the resources and reasons available to them to sustain a peaceful social order. I ask you the reader to understand that this does not mean pacifism. In all actuality it means this new social order has the ability to render unjustified violence completely and totally obsolete by having the resources to do so constantly being upgraded through voluntary free trade which will always seek to protect itself from outside illegitimate threats of violence on itself and those who benefit from it.

Try to imagine the possibilities and corrections you can make to my idea and run with it to the next person who works with you peacefully to create new realities, the idea is to allow this process to continue and grow into a new society based on real information and the accepting of new proposals in order to reach a peaceful end to all situations. For the overwhelming majority of time violence will not be necessary and as a result new innovations will only arise faster and better as time pushes forward uninterrupted by those among us who do not have the strength and peace of mind to build and maintain a society we can all enjoy and benefit from. In that case, it will not be an unfortunate turn of events to see these overly aggressive authoritarian forces eliminated from the scene and will also allow new innovations in dealing with these forces more and more peacefully with each passing year. Imagine being able to stop a killer without killing them and simultaneously benefiting from their labor and rehabilitating them and their would be victims to allow a much more prosperous situation to occur. The outright hedonist will not be able to bring about their anarchy on the backs of every living soul of which they would take pleasure in harming, rather, every living soul has an opportunity to present the hedonist with a choice. Responsible freedom or seclusion from freedom. 

I strongly desire all forms of criticism for this article. Whether you completely hate, moderately hate, moderately love, or completely love what I’ve put forward please leave a comment below. This is not meant to be a populist movement by any means, it is a means to an end that discourages such action but rather is an open door to any and all dissent and acceptance. That being said, both dissent and acceptance of this idea taken to extremities that result in massive demonstrations that seek to harm other’s interest will not be tolerated by myself. My goal isn’t to create a monster.  I want this to become the absolute most ideal way of looking at the world so it will require myself at times to be corrected and I completely accept that responsibility. So, if you believe you can improve or even disprove these ideas please do not be shy. It will only strengthen the idea either way and as a label it will survive any and all adjustments to the philosophy as it is meant to consistently be improved upon.

Being Right When the Status Quo is Wrong

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I suppose most people would label me with titles like Libertarian, Anarchist, Independent, or even simply a lunatic. However, I’ve come to discover that there has never been or ever will there be a single word anyone could use to describe me. So when reading the title of this post, please do not assume things about me without first considering the content of the entire article and message I am attempting to convey to the world in this little corner of the internet.

I want to take you back on a journey of about 50 years. For those of you who grew up in the 60’s and 70’s may recall standing up to the government on many many issues. Civil Rights, The Vietnam War, Watergate, JFK, MLK, Kent State, and other people and events that helped shape this period in American History all happened because of one centrally planned and organized cartel of men and women who apparently, we have granted the authority to write rules down on pieces of paper, and enforce those rules through a fully armed and trained military/police forces. I often wonder, what was it that caused all of these people to stand up to the government? What sparked the notion that no one has the right to use force against others to get them to behave a certain way? Perhaps a more relevant question pertaining to this is, what happened to that spark? Why did millions of people lock arms in protest and defeat authoritarians hand over fist back then? Yet today, even suggesting you should do such a thing ensures you to be compartmentalized into a box with a label on it that says “Conspiracy Theorist Nut Job”. Curious question is it not?

Even myself, an individual who is happy to question the reality around me, finds myself speechless when I should be speaking up. I know there is no good justification for this and that it is morally wrong, yet, more often than not I simply stand there, knowing things aren’t right and feel trapped by my own fear and insecurity. I think this largely has to do with the majority of people who simply want to live their life oblivious to the ill’s of the world and vicariously through the portrayals of heroes in Hollywood movies. While I too live in a blissful manner and watch movies and enjoy the tales being told, I think I at least do manage to provide some thought-provoking and challenging ideas to those around me. I at least attempt to help push along this idea that humanity should be free of force and coercion and that some day, this kind of revolution will take place.

The thrust of this article is to point out the few human beings through history who have taken a much stronger stance against authoritarian ideologies and made great and even the ultimate sacrifices in doing so. I find that whether or not I agree with all of these people politically, I can at least understand them, and even appreciate their bravery in taking a stand for what they feel was right. I am going to refrain from providing specific examples to avoid making you think I believe in one thing or another and also because if you’re reading this, you probably have a really good idea of the people I am referring to. Instead, this is just to point out that when you take a stand against an aggressive authoritarian, often, you will have to give up much of your life or even be killed for doing so.

When the entire world bows down to a single ideology and believes that forcing everyone else to adhere to that idea is justified, it is considered a rebellious and dangerous act. While that may be true, I think it’s important to point out that the danger is not coming from the protester, the violence isn’t being forced upon the authoritarian, but rather the authoritarian is using force to ensure 100% loyalty and adherence to his or her rules. Rebelling against this dangerous ideology is not an act of terror as the majority of society will probably tell you, it is an action made once one realizes the only way to really be free is to challenge that forced unity and collective blind support. History is riddled with these figures that rise up against the authority of the time and end up in horrible situations just because they had a different idea of how human beings should live among one another. Ask yourselves, how highly can you really think about any political ideology that must force those who disagree into compliance? If it’s that great of an idea, shouldn’t persuasion be enough? I understand that when it actually is a good idea and a rebel uses violence to get their way that defensive violence is necessary. That however, is not what I’m attempting to convey to you.

I think a good example is Marijuana users. If they inhale the smoke from Marijuana when it’s illegal they will be thrown into a cage, violently. Yet, there hasn’t ever been a significant case where someone has over dosed due to the use of the drug nor has the simple act of indulging in the smoking of Marijuana ever produced a victim. Have people made poor decisions as result of Marijuana, probably, but that shouldn’t muddle the entire culture and market place surrounding the drug. Yet, if you dare even try it once and get caught, you and all your friends will end up in jail and with a horrible drug charge on your records. The government may even kill you if the police who are used to enforce the laws upon you are trigger happy psychopaths as we all to often see in the news any more.

When you know you are right about something that contradicts the status quo of government, your life becomes a danger to any authority who thrives of the laws you are breaking, even if those laws are totally unjustified. People have been beaten, jailed, or even killed for doing things that produced no theft, violence against others, or property damage. There are laws, it seems, simply for the sake of having laws at times and I find this to be a tragic situation where the powerful and wealthy benefit from their dominance over the rest of humanity, almost as if they simply enjoy controlling others with their police forces. Almost as if they get a sense of joy from it. This should be alarming to people out there, but I fear apathy greatly outweighs any justifiable concern people may have as most people simply want to be left alone.

There is a song by Rush that I believe outlines what I’m on about here called Closer to the Heart. Give it a listen and read the lyrics while you listen to it. It may do a better job trying to convey the message I’m trying to type out here for you and if so, then great. I hope to help others come to this message in any way I can other than force and coercion. I want to be the opposite of that and I think most people actually feel this way deep down. Seeing the way people are treated for actually acting on this practically though, it is understandable why people’s apathy mostly outweighs any desire to make a real positive change in the world. This however needs to erode as time pushes forward and the next generation comes up. Ask yourself, when will this world of ours stop bombing the crap out of each other? When will this world of ours see a superior level of peace and prosperity that the world has never enjoyed before? I have this belief that this is inevitable but also that if we don’t approach it with the proper line of sight, the cost of this happening will almost be far to great to consider. The choice is yours.

Thank you for the read!

Scott D. Vogler

Music Review: Kyuss Blues for the Kyuss Fan; Devil’s Advocate (Part 2 of 3)

I have thought about this particular case a lot since it’s happened. I know one of the reasons why is because I just absolutely love Kyuss’ music. Anything that tarnishes the awesome music they produced makes me feel a bit angry at those responsible and I have an emotional reaction to it. This part of the 3 part article is to install a sense of contrast. Perhaps I am wrong for feeling the way I do in some ways and I believe in challenging yourself in order to understand yourself better. To know why you feel the way you feel and to learn whether or not your initial reaction to a situation is a factually correct reaction to have. This case, as a whole, provides a lot of very important lessons one can use in other areas of life and for that reason, I chose to go into great detail and write a blog entry about the case in order to both share the story and also hopefully grow my understanding of ideas like “intellectual property”.

When this case first hit the web, my initial reaction was to throw my anger towards Josh Homme and Scott Reeder. That anger has the potential to be misappropriated because as Josh and Scott point out, Brandt and John filed papers as well, to claim ownership over the name sake Kyuss. This goes against my idea of intellectual property as well so why should I just be angry with Josh and Scott? After thinking about this further I’ve discovered I now feel quite differently about everything that happened. I find myself dividing that initial frustration unto Brandt and John as well. Why do they all believe that they should own Kyuss? Don’t they remember the excitement that came with writing and performing those songs? Has their successes and failures in life lead them to forget what it was like to be a fan of your favorite rock and roll band? Is it no longer about the fun, joy, and challenge of creating something special with their given talents in order to embrace the cold confines of financial security and ownership of ideas? Looking at the picture below, it makes me realize that at one time all these guys were friends, band mates, and colleagues. Somewhere along the line, something must have happened between them that lead to all this. That said, maybe, just maybe, something else can happen to lead to another fully fleshed out Kyuss project down the road. Though I’m not getting my hopes up.

Perhaps then there is an alternative way for someone like myself to view such a tragic situation such as this. I don’t have to like that Kyuss is no longer going to ever exist or perform any of their classics or create anything new for audiences to enjoy and pay for. It’s all about the money to all of these men when it comes to Kyuss it seems. Though I did appreciate being able to see Kyuss Lives! for the last time and I appreciate the effort of continuing Kyuss by Brandt and John I find I must place some blame on them as well for not trying to work harder with Josh and Scott on finding a private resolution to this situation. While I still disagree with Josh and Scott’s lawsuit, I can say now that I understand why they did what they did. I just wish everyone involved could have found an agreement and not ruined one of the greatest unknown 90’s hidden gem of a band that has inspired me for quite a long time now.

What’s done is done however, the past is the past for a reason. From here on, I will find myself enjoying Kyuss for the epic band they were, the songs for the classics they are, and also all of these musicians career’s as they continue to write their stories with Vista Chino and Queens of the Stoneage.  I must admit though that my frustration with Josh and Scott lead me to pre-maturely boycott the release of Queens of the Stoneage’s …Like Clockwork. Perhaps it is time for me to let the past be the past and press play on the present so that I can enjoy what I know will be a quality effort from Josh Homme with Queens of the Stoneage.

So, at the end of my frustration with this story, I find myself fine with the squabble between the former band mates. I see now that it is their failure to find an agreement that lead to this situation, not that my ideals are failed. I keep thinking back to Wizards of the Coast and their Dungeons and Dragons character. They must have heard about this story by now and still, no news of a major lawsuit against any one of the former members of Kyuss for reaping the rewards of being in a band with the name of a character which they indeed created for their monetary interest. Perhaps then there still are good people who just love to have a good time, share ideas freely, and let each other benefit from one another without putting up barriers and walls to divide ourselves from one another. The Devil’s Advocate has failed to persuade me that I had everything all wrong. That I should just forget about my principles, that the right things happened here, and that I am just being too critical or overly sensitive. Obviously, music and art mean much more to me than the average person. These things have an obvious and much welcome impact on my life and I am not ashamed to admit that. That is why I cared so much about this case.

Now that I feel I’ve explained this as much as I possibly could in two parts, it is time to do the review of the album. The next part of this series is going to focus specifically and only on the album Blues for the Red Sun by Kyuss. There will but no mention of any of this behind the scenes drama and will be strictly about the albums qualities and why I love it so much. I hope that by the time you read this article in full you would have already listened to the entire album and understand why it is a tragedy that Kyuss can no longer exist no matter what anyone says or thinks or feels.

And now, Blues for the Red Sun

Please come back for the 3rd and final installment! 

You Only Hear What You Want To!

Ampersand Daily2Sometimes in life I run into situations where I find myself unable to easily accept the situation going on around me. All of which happens on a small personal scale, local scale, and even larger national or global scale. I’ve been told that I only hear what I want to several times by several people and I have to admit that sometimes this is true. Though I don’t celebrate this fact, I know it to be a true weakness not only of myself but by humanity in general. I always try to look at things from different perspectives and I thought this “catch phrase” would be an interesting idea to explore in some detail through my word press.

First of all, I question whether or not this behavior is always a bad thing or a weakness. Sometimes, what you want to hear, is probably the ideal outcome of the situation you find yourself in. In a world so ruthless and unforgiving, I’m sure many human beings have begged and wished for a better situation in life. Is it not that desire which sometimes pulls us through difficult times and tough situations? The idea that you can over come and the imagination of your goals being accomplished can give you the positive energy you need to get through. Only hearing what you want to hear in these terms to me simply means you want to maintain a good thing in your life and keep it a healthy part of what you’re trying to achieve with your life. This though, is not why you hear people saying “You only hear want you want to.”

The reason you usually hear someone saying “you only hear what you want to” is when you are being stubborn on an issue and unable to process difficult information without making an ass out of yourself. This is when you get in an argument over politics or sometime more simple like who should clean the living room. I would say that most of the time, only hearing what you want to hear only has it’s downsides because you are incapable of allowing communication to take place between yourself and another which in turn ruins any chance of a productive and  healthy outcome. The real honest truth is often very difficult to hear and often interferes with our plans, but avoiding the truth is often more dangerous and risky than it is to face it head on and accept the challenge of that situation.

I think it comes down to a healthy regulation of one’s ego to over come this situation where you simply aren’t going to listen to anyone’s advice. Remember that you alone will never always be right about certain things. The people in your life who love you and would look after you no matter what are there to help you, don’t forget that. We live in a world of endless distractions and ways to escape reality, don’t allow that, no matter how entertaining, to get between you and significant others in your life. This doesn’t mean simply give up on your ideas and beliefs, but it does mean adapting to the reality going on around you in a way that benefits not only yourself, but those around you as well.

Speaking of only hearing what you want to, if you like this article, I have other philosophical articles that relate to politics, religion, and even pop culture. This blog is intended to speak my mind on a plethora of different topics and try to consider all kinds of different perspectives. There are a couple of music review articles on the way and also am working on my first movie review. I’m always working on new articles and want to truly be a daily source of new information, but have found it difficult to keep up. If you aren’t a fan of one of my articles, like this one, please check out my other articles. You may find yourself enjoying a topic you may never have considered before. That is my goal here, to get people to start being curious about the world again so they CAN start hearing good news, the things they WANT to hear coming true. I want to be part of anything that helps that process for even one person on the planet.

Thank you for reading!

Scott D. Vogler

Music Review, Kyuss; Blues for Queens and of the Red Stone Age Sun; Part 1 of 3

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I will provide the track name, number, length, and a link to the lyrics for each song followed by my review of each song. My favorite site for looking up song lyrics is http://www.songmeanings.net/ so if possible I will use their site almost exclusively. Also, I recommend using Spotify to listen to these songs as you read through the review. https://www.spotify.com/us/for-music/ If you do not want to use Spotify visit YouTube and look for the songs on there. http://www.youtube.com/

I realize my interpretations are not going to match that of the creators or of every body out there, hell maybe not anyone out there. But that’s not what this is all about. I am doing this because I love art and inspiration and blogging. Not to insult anyone or ruin anybody’s day out there so please, if you feel I have insulted you in any way through my interpretations please let me know as kindly as you can conceive how I might change the way I’m looking at a song or film or even just a piece of art work. This is about being open and communicating well with others in a positive manner. Not personal agenda’s.

Lastly, I find that often lyrics listed in the albums inserts and album art are sometimes different from what is actually presented on the song itself. I strongly recommend reviewing the lyrics on Song Meanings and attempting to edit where necessary. This is the first part of a two page review. The reason I have chosen to divide it into two articles is because there is a controversial story to be shared about this band, it’s members, and it’s “intellectual property.” My wordpress page is for both entertainment and also to talk about more serious dilemma’s in the world that I feel are important to talk about. This whole scenario I am going to attempt to tell fits perfectly into the mission of this wordpress and consider this to be one of my more passionate pieces to date. I am not here to offend anyone, but if my opinions do offend you, please share the reasons, I am not closed minded to criticism in any way, so please do share your thoughts below. This albums holds a special place in my heart, along with most of Kyuss’ library. They are not a perfect band, they are not that uber success story that everyone loves to hear about. In fact, just lately, former members sued each other and fought legally for rights to the bands name and music. It is a tragedy in Rock and Roll that breaks my heart. I had the pleasure of seeing the second effort of this bands wonderful premise, straight forward, yet extremely unique blend of stoner rock and what I always felt was a strong mixture of 90’s and 50’s rock. Under the name and guise of the title Kyuss Lives! comprised of three of the four original members and two replacement members, the band toured Europe and the United States playing old Kyuss tracks for fans across the world. This was brought to a halt once they tried to gain the rights to the name “Kyuss” and two former band mates brought a civil suit against Kyuss Lives for copyright infringement.  This band eventually spawned to more successful project of the lead guitarist, Josh Homme, named Queens of the Stone Age, of whom I consider myself a fan of as well. However, the lawsuit has me angry with Mr. Homme at the moment and I do not feel obliged to buy the latest release, even though I want to. For this to happen to two of my favorite bands breaks my heart. Let’s get names out of the way, this is going to be a long, perhaps segmented music review because of my love for this kind of music, and also because of the important legal matters involved. It is perhaps not a unique situation all together, but it does have a bit of notoriety behind it so I feel obliged, being a big fan, to say my two cents here on my WordPress blog. Here is a list of both original cast of musicians Kyuss and of Kyuss Lives! so we can understand who, what, when and where what a little bit better. Each name will lead you to a wikipedia page about each musician.  Kyuss  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyuss) 1987-1995

Kyuss Lives! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyuss_Lives!)

2010-Current
I saw Kyuss Lives! in Chicago at The Vic on December 2nd 2011. In March of 2012, Josh Homme and Scott Reeder filed a lawsuit naming his former band mates as the defendants. The lawsuit was filed in federal court under the charge of “trademark infringement and consumer fraud by Kyuss Lives!”  
This is what Josh Homme had to say in a press release. 

“It sucks. To think we went to a meeting in January solely to help them with their request to continue Kyuss Lives! With open arms, we made every attempt to help them continue Kyuss Lives! respectfully. Only to discover while they looked us in the eye, Kyuss Lives! management and band had filed federal documents in 2011 in an attempt to steal the name Kyuss. This is desperately what we were trying to avoid. It’s a sad day for us and for John – but most of all for the fans. What a needless mess.”– Josh Homme

 

Scott Reeder made this post on his facebook page to comment on the situation as well. “Maaaaaaan, I’ve been called every foul name in the book, and all I did was make a choice to stand up to defend and retain small rights that I should be able to keep sacred and unhindered for the rest of my life and beyond. I didn’t have much of a choice: lose all of the rights in two weeks, or keep them forever. I didn’t choose to be in this situation at all — I was forced to react very quickly with a looming deadline, and it’s been rough. I saw people bitterly divided over this stupid stuff… crazy. But the overwhelming support from friends and family was very much appreciated and needed. Thank you.” -Scott Reeder

Kyuss from Dungeons and Dragons game.

Kyuss; D&D Character

http://www.canonfire.com/wiki/index.php?title=Kyuss

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Disciple of Kyuss; D&D Character.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyuss_(Greyhawk)

The above pictures and links are there to provide the fact that it was not Josh Homme who invented the name Kyuss, not even a little bit. So I have to ask myself, why didn’t the “true owners” of this character, name, and likeness not come forward when Kyuss was first formed to begin with? All I have to go on is a theory, but I imagine that certain people view sharing ideas and information differently than others. I have heard a lot of fans say that just because Josh Homme and Scott Reeder didn’t have to sue, doesn’t mean they should just let the members of Kyuss Lives walk all over them. That said, it still remains they could have chosen to let this go in favor of a friendship, for the fans sake, and also for the survival of a band that is beloved by many people. Allowing something you worked really hard on to continue to live on with your former band mates and friends to me would seem to please most people I know, especially considering the level of success Josh has gained for himself with Queens of the Stoneage. It’s easy to take the route where just because it’s legal, means he could and should have sued, but I honestly believe everything would have been much better if Josh Homme would have let this go and let his former work continue to live on. He should consider the fact that Wizards of the Coast nor Hasbro gave him any legal trouble when Kyuss first hit the scene. He and his band mates were able to create music that inspired a whole bunch of people based on a characters name that was lifted from a campaign in the table top game of Dungeons and Dragons. To me, this is hypocritical of him to sue.

Brandt Bjork had this to say in an interview with Rolling Stone.

“In the summer of 1987, I started a band with my best friend, Chris Cockrell. This band would ultimately become Kyuss. Kyuss was a name I found in a Dungeons and Dragons book called Fiend Folio. Kyuss is a big part of my life as a musician, and when someone asks me formal questions about Kyuss, or wants to discuss the band casually, I can’t help having a point of view that is naturally inherited by someone who is the original founding member.”

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/kyuss-lives-respond-to-josh-homme-scott-reeders-lawsuit-20120521#ixzz2XyikRlGM 

Before moving on I’d just like to say that I admire all of these musicians for their extremely creative and talented attributes. Their music, even their side projects, have inspired me to learn more about music in general and have even helped me get through tough situations by providing me with amazing music to inspire the best in me to come out and shine, like all good music should do. I realize my opinions don’t really hold sway over the situation, but I think it’s important to share our opinions openly so despite having the unpopular opinion here, I side with Kyuss Lives! in this situation. Mostly due to the fact that they at one time were all friends and if I were in Josh Homme’s shoes I would be happy to let my old band mates and friends use the name Kyuss and even claim it as their own. Simply because they were there from the beginning too, they helped create the project and made it into the band all the fans still love today. I would have been happy to know that something I was heavily involved with was going to see new light and perhaps have a second chance to take off. I realize there are monetary concerns here, but sometimes money shouldn’t be what’s important. Again, this is just my opinion on how I believe I might have handled the situation. Considering both Josh and Scott both enjoy very much alive music careers, especially Josh with Queens of the Stoneage being as popular as they are. This should have been a situation where he could sit back and enjoy the fact that his creativity has allowed his friends to enjoy the benefits of working with him on something that many fans still hold on to. 
Obviously I have a biased opinion on this because I really just love Kyuss, the band, and am sad that the project simply cannot continue because of money. I’m not sure how I would react if I were Josh Homme in this situation, perhaps the same way, perhaps not. I understand that Brandt Bjork and John Garcia attempted to claim ownership of the name “Kyuss” as well, and I think that’s just as wrong as Josh suing them for it, but at least Brandt acknowledges where the name actually comes from in his interview with Rolling Stone. Josh to me, along with Scott Reeder, seem to have done this simply because they could. It’s not as if John Garcia and Brandt Bjork weren’t there from the very beginning or anything like, this isn’t a perfect stranger coming along and stealing material right out from under Josh and Scott. It’s as if I’m supposed to forget that John and Brandt had EVERYTHING to do with Kyuss as a band becoming a reality. Josh and Scott definitely played their part, Josh more so than perhaps anyone else which is why I say, if I were him, I would have been more than happy to let Brandt and John continue to play old Kyuss songs under the name Kyuss and generating a buzz for the band as they continue on to make new albums. I know the objection to my argument is obviously that Brandt and John filed for ownership over the name, but like I said
I realize by now this is old news, but it presents me an opportunity to express a concern I have about intellectual property while also reviewing one of the best rock albums from the 90’s that I feel not enough people have heard. When listening to this album, please ask yourself, if you think it is of high quality. Should anyone own an idea? More specifically, should anyone, myself included, be allowed to force others to pay them for using an idea that either resembles their or is a direct copy of their idea? I think force in any situation is bad and that if you have to use it, your ideas are wrong to begin with. But that is just my humble opinion and you did not come here to read a bunch of band drama, or maybe you did, nevertheless this part of the article has run it’s course and I feel it is time to start the actual album review. Which you will find in Part 2 as soon as it’s finished. 

We are not done here!

Devil’s Advocate:

I am writing this into this article because after some serious thinking, there is another angle to be considered here. I have a strong emotional connection to Kyuss which could blind me from anything outside of allowing the project to continue unobstructed. That is why I have added this section to the article, to provide a train of thought that contrast what I personally want and gives Josh Homme and Scott Reeder my benefit of doubt. They claim that John and Brandt tried to file for ownership over the name Kyuss. If that is the case I have to send some negativity towards John and Brandt because of how I feel about intellectual property. Again, why didn’t the originators of the name Kyuss, at Wizards of the Coast ever sue anyone when Kyuss the band gained their popularity in the early and mid-90’s? This goes back into what I said previously that perhaps some people in this world view things differently, what a surprise right?

Please come back for part 2 if you are interested in hearing an alternative view point that perhaps contrast what I’ve said here. 
Thank you for reading! 

Don’t Let the World Divide Your Love

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I am a young man who’s lived most of his life questioning authority and have lived contrary to popular culture. I do this because the idea of just going along to get along does not sit well with me so in turn I find different ways to do things that most people just do the way everyone else does it. While I enjoy this life style and am proud of how I am not easily herded into a single group or way to think about the world, this life style does not come without it’s down sides. If you are still in school or just starting out in life, this article is for you.

Take it from a guy who just lost the love of his life due to how I’ve chosen to live and deal with the world around me. She is the sweetest and most beautiful girl in the world to me and I treated her as such. She even told me that I was the best boyfriend she’s ever had and that I should be treated like a prince. However, that did not stop her from leaving me. I let my opinions and stances on the world get in between us. I allowed this mess of a system we all live in get the best of me and I lost the most precious person in my entire life because of it.

This is going to be short and sweet because all I really have to say here is that if you fancy yourself revolting against the status quo, standing up to authority, and questioning everything, just remember, others may not understand where you are coming from. People in your life may have little to no experience in dealing with the raw emotions that come along with living this kind of life and will not tolerate your outrageous views for very long.

It is a dangerous thing to know you are right when everyone around you is insisting you are just a lunatic on the fringe of society who doesn’t deserve love or attention. It is dangerous for the same reason it is dangerous to walk into a Ku Klux Klan rally and telling the members they are all dead wrong about their beliefs and that they should be more accepting of other than white people.  It is dangerous, most of all, because people will react violently in order to protect their identity within society and how that’s formed them into the person they are. This is covered in loose detail in the film The Matrix represented by a woman in a red dress distracting the main character and allows the agent of the machines to eliminate the hero. The message here is do not let life distract you from what is truly important. 6/4/2013

On an upbeat note, my girlfriend has returned to me. She believes she understands me much better now and while she doesn’t agree with a lot of what I say, she see’s that my intentions are pure and wants to help me find a better way to approach society without faltering so easily to the kinds of distractions I mentioned in the previous paragraph. I cannot begin to tell you the level of power this makes me feel. It is the closest to unstoppable I’ve ever felt and it’s all because of the undying love of a beautiful woman that I am willing to take a second look at myself and the world around me and find a better way to live my life.

In closing I just hope this article can help just one person figure something out to ignite the spark in their life that leads them to more freedom and happiness. I want others to learn from my errors, not complain and whine about how rough life is only to get attention, no, I want others to see the mistakes I’ve made and realize they do not have to make the same mistakes I did. Many will see these mistakes and scoff, and more power to them, I’m glad they aren’t foolish like me, but I know something they don’t. They too will fall from grace and they too will have to face themselves and their loved one’s with an open heart and mind and realize there is always room for improvement. 6/15/2013

 

Thank you for reading! 🙂

 

 

Scott D. Vogler

 

Armed Carry in Washington D.C. on July 4th: Adam Kokesh

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Time to set the precedent. Adam Kokesh, an internet blogger, youtuber, and pod-cast host has made plans to have an armed march in Washington D.C. on July 4th. From the moment I heard Adam speak, I knew he was an agent of massive change for our society, whether good or bad. I respect this man for the courage he displays and for always doing exactly as he stated he would do. Though do not mistake my respect for Adam to be full-fledged undying loyalty to him or everything he’s ever said. I do not believe he expects such accolades from any one individual either. I believe his motives are pure and good, that he simply wants to set the precedent that having a loaded weapon on you does not mean you are harmful, dangerous, or a criminal to be treated like an animal and locked in a cage and pumped full of psychotropic drugs. I’d like to try and discuss alternatives to both the current mainstream view on guns and also contrast a few of Adam’s points with my own, hopefully fulfilling the needs of both points of view while avoiding violent conflict but also reaching a higher understanding on self defense, personal liberty, and self ownership without the desire to control or manipulate others with force, fraud, or coercion. Of course no single idea is perfect, but that is why we share them so freely, to communicate with others who may agree or disagree with your assessments and help define a better path for both minds to interact with the world through peaceful interactions with those around them. This is important for both sides of the argument to remember as July 4th approaches. My biggest question is will this march be peaceful? I don’t believe Adam wants there to be any violence, but at the same time I realize he thinks the government will resort to violence and force if their rules are confronted. Adam realizes that in order to assert his belief that he has the right to carry a loaded weapon where ever he wants, he has to risk his life and freedom to do so and that is his main point. He shouldn’t have to be so afraid of doing something so simple and so openly to peacefully demonstrate the idea of owning a weapon but using restraint and learning self defense. Adam doesn’t want to use his weapons as a means of force and preemptive dominance over others, his desires, in my opinion, probably weigh in more along the lines of self defense and as a hobby at the shooting range or even for hunting.

Another point, to see whether or not authorities will tolerate people standing in formation with loaded rifles on their backs. So far, the police have said that the only one’s allowed to have guns are the police. ““Passing into the District of Columbia with loaded firearms is a violation of the law and we’ll have to treat it as such,” – Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier said to http://www.wjla.com/blogs/news-talk/2013/05/q-a-with-d-c-police-chief-cathy-lanier-18750.html. Ultimately this means the government official and law enforcement agent is claiming the monopoly on carrying a weapon openly and publicly. In the same breath, they are claiming you as an individual have no right to do so in any capacity. Even if you never harmed a single person, you would be considered and treated like a criminal for merely having a gun on you in public. If the police of Washington D.C. choose to end this with violence and show their true colors I can only hope that it will help others realize the kind of world we are living in and have a change of heart about what governments role should and can possibly be. I would prefer a world in which we are free of bully’s and egotistical men and women gaining larger than life sums of wealth and power and controlling through force, fraud, and coercion all the rest of their minions and the common people who inhabit the planet. I wish I could turn on my television and see a real world of innovation and constant positive growth and change in our species. I feel that we are close to such and event taking place but I also believe things have to take place before this does happen. 

 

 If we see this break out into violence on our TV screens, it will more than likely come from paranoid authoritarians who lust for control and power over those who are defying their arbitrary rules and regulations that have nothing to do with peace or equality for anyone. Hopefully people will see that harming anyone here means initiating force, not defense. The history that is unfolding is that either we are free people who can do what we want as long as we don’t hurt anyone or we are not free and have to submit to and be afraid of our government as we are threatened with violence if we do not comply with their orders. As biased as I may have become towards government, I do realize there are some really good intentions at play within the halls of congress, the white house, and other government buildings, however, I believe these people do not understand that for every rule they come up with, people will have to needlessly suffer because of it. It is a function of the state to assert itself on every major issue through the use of public displays of force and dominance. When said so bluntly I realize it makes everyone cringe but that is merely a reaction to the tyranny that exist because of government, not in spite of it.  I share Adam’s sentiment that no one individual or group of individuals have a monopoly on defense, gun ownership, or violence. In my opinion it is immoral to coerce or violate physically the natural right of another human being to live in peace and prevent them from interacting with fellow human beings the world over. Claiming such power over others is a sign to me that the person or persons have not considered or have very little concern for their own freedom or safety. Also, this authoritarian mind-set has time and time again showed up in human history and overtly rejected every single time. However, the tragedy here is that people often forget the lessons of history and choose to justify this unwarranted authority by creating a moral high ground which does not exist in reality. In their mind, because of the legitimate services that government can provide its people, it is okay to violate people’s privacy, monetary situation, personal freedom, and even take life from individuals who stand up to them. To be more blunt, it’s okay to mug the banker walking down the street in order to feed the homeless man in the alleyway. I reject this notion outright. Wouldn’t it be better, if you really cared, to talk to the homeless man, convince him to go with you and donate your time to helping them get back on their feet? Wouldn’t it be easier to help them find a part-time job? When does it become clear to “the authoritarian” that using guns to take care of people often has a greater long-term negative consequence than the short-term benefits of welfare? When does it become clear that it would be much easier to help these people without force, fraud, or coercion? What if the threat of violence and coercion that exist in our current system simply didn’t exist in the first place? After all, isn’t it this situation which causes people to become homeless in the first place? All of the lies, violence, and other misdeeds perpetrated by those in power all add up in lending a hand to human suffering and those very same people are trying to convince me that I have no right to defend myself and be armed. That to me says that there are some people in the world who merely believe they have some superior right to do and say as they please while the rest of us have to grovel and bow down to their rulings. In the end, no matter how well intended a law is, if it violates my ability to peacefully interact and live among other people, I reject it out right and with all of my heart.

 

This armed march in Washington D.C. on July 4th is going to create a new situation. It’s going to cause both sides of this debate to be brutally honest with one another and it’s about time. Either we will find out that we are all indeed free to do and say as we please without hurting anyone else or we are not. It’s not uncommon for such a thing to take place, however, this time it has a lot of weight due to the massive amount of legislation to restrict gun ownership in America. We have been told two things from gun control advocates. The first is that gun control is necessary. The second is that they claim they do not want to take everyone’s guns. To me, the second claim must be exposed for the lie it is. What Adam’s protest is going to do is cause this authoritarian mind-set to come clean with the world on their real stances and intentions. If the government opens fire on these protesters and starts arresting people it will prove that some people do not have the mental strength or capacity to handle being in the presence of a non-government individual being armed. It will prove that all these people can see is the gun and not the human being carrying it. They will prove that they are not for gun control, but rather the control of people who own guns. They will prove this to the world by using guns to enforce their rules on others. In that light, this march is much less a protest on gun control and much more about standing up to unjust authority. It is about addressing the problems presented to independent individuals by authority figures who claim the monopoly on gun ownership. It is about laying it all on the line and starting a revolution of the mind about what it means to be armed, to be a free human being, and questioning the legitimacy of governments role in our daily lives. This is being done to show the world how the United States Government will treat its people. It will go down in history as an important mile stone event. One where either we show this government that we will not be victims of their unjust authority. That we will live in peace and harmony, armed or not, with one another with the goal of prosperity and more freedom for more people around the world. Or, on the other hand, we could see a disaster unfolding. Will the government use violence to quell this revolutionary act of defiance? If so, will it set a new precedent in the hearts and minds of the masses about what is acceptable behavior from our government? What if the government starts shooting people, will people then realize how wrong it is to preemptively attack people who’ve harmed nobody? I have a disgusting feeling that something similar to the latter will occur and a giant “I told you so” campaign will grip the barely beating heart of this anti-political liberty movement and strike it down with fear and violence. That being said, I will not be swayed by terrorist who will do anything they have to do in order to keep their false power. I realize these people rely on the fact that human life is fragile and use that psychology to dominate the hearts and minds of every last individual on planet earth. It’s time to set the precedent. Either we water this tree of liberty with pure, clean, and refreshing water or it will be watered with the blood of the victims of government violence and coercion. The choice is clear.

I realize a large segment of people experience a certain level of fear and discomfort surrounding the ownership of a fire arm, much more the openly carrying of a loaded weapon in Washington D.C. must seem absolutely insane to many of you out there. Consider this though, you support a government which has all the latest surveillance technology, the latest weapons, the latest and greatest in policing technology, and a whole army of enforcers. Why are you so afraid of a few thousand people simply wanting to prove whether or not their own government will use violence against them for exercising a right supposedly guaranteed by The Constitution? Adam Kokesh has several times as of the writing of this sentence that he wants a peaceful protest where the police escort is there to ensure a safe situation. If violence happens on July 4th it will be because of the paranoid authoritarians who cannot allow any kind of questions arise about them. Scott D. Vogler

The Best In the Universe: Unveiling the Big Dirty Secret

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I realize that most people would prefer me to simply not open my mouth nor my mind to that which should not be. Realizing this, however, only strengthens my resolve to do so. It’s an old adage that when you need something most is when others are trying to take it from you. In this case, I feel others would silence me if not for their basic humanity, a humanity which I realize I am taking advantage of. I am glad there is this competition to be the nicest person with the most friends and the most money and success in life because it allows me to introduce my grains of truth into the collective consciousness of my fellow human beings without much fear of physical retaliation. Though, judging by the many amounts of criticism I receive for saying what I say, I notice that much of it has nothing to do with my words, but rather a few choice ideas I have that challenge their beliefs. This brings me great concern because in my life, when I have been victim of violence or even observed violence, it arose from ignorance and frustration on the offenders part by not being able to put more than a few words together to have an argument in a civilized manner. Lashing out in a childish rage towards he or she who said something so offensive, so perverse, so naughty that they just had to physically harm them. For myself, I myself will not take physical confrontation lightly, though I am the first to turn the other cheek, I also will not hesitate in defending myself, but for me, it is a thousand times more satisfying to have a black eye and a smart ass smile on my face than it is to lower myself to physical violence. This is merely on a personal level however, the far greater threat is that this violence also manifest in the halls of government and big business. Ignoring this fact will lead to the demise of our species, I know I am beginning sound like a know-it-all, however, I am convinced that no one can sway my opinion on these issues without first holding me and my entire family hostage.

 

This article is about taking off the proverbial gloves and getting you to think about me what you should be thinking about yourself. You might think, “this guys full of it!” but am I really? Or am I saying what you’ve wanted to say your whole life but simply could not muster the courage to do so? When you do finally break out of that trance and have the trained eyes of fear all around you staring back at you with confused anger and hatred  let me know how you feel then and let me know if you think it’s me who’s full of it or all of those confused dumbfounded dip-shits who would have you hanged if only they could get away with it.

 

“You’re just a nut-job conspiracy theorist, no one will listen to you!” Obviously no one will, since you haven’t and you obviously don’t care because you had to tell me how crazy I am right? This very thought has ran across my mind so many times I cannot even begin to imagine the number. However, striking a nerve with you is the least of my concerns, yet paramount in solving the worlds problems. What’s with that fear anyways, are you afraid that perhaps not all is well in the world? Are you worried that your little delusions could come crumbling down all around you? Don’t be afraid my friend, for now you will see what others can not see. This world, built on the backs of bruised and bloodied corpses, lies, and money will not deceive you any longer. That pain you feel is merely fear leaving your body and mind. All of your sins will only make you stronger as you transcend the walls that you have built around you to protect you from this old rocks mean and twisted ways. Now you will know the bliss that lives here. Now you will know the harmony that exist when you don’t have to ask permission for every little thing.  Now you will know what choice means, now you will know what freedom means, now and only now will you know what it means to be alive for no longer will you play the deer in headlights that bullies want you to be.

 

I ask you to rise, not for me, definitely not for anyone else, but for yourself and by yourself. Bathe in the glory that is your life and break free from any chains that bind you to suffering. Stop pushing it away my friend, stop dancing around the bush, and stop allowing the violence around you by simply not involving yourself in it. Do not walk away from the fear, but face the damn thing in the hairy eye-ball and transcend it. Be what you were born to be, not an American, not a European, not an African, and certainly not a “citizen of the world”. But an ugly, bold-faced, defiant, strong, and passionate living entity with powers beyond their comprehension. You should feel a fire in your belly as you rise from the ashes of your former slave self. Only now will you understand what it means to love, have compassion, and wish well upon others around you.

 

You are not part of any collective, you are not a “citizen of the world” you are not bound to the boarders of your country. You are the single best human being in the universe. No one ever told you that because they were never told that. This FACT was hidden from you on purpose because of jealousy, anger, frustration, and fear. Any time it becomes self-evident to you, your training kicks in. Your ego tells you to sit back down, get back behind those walls, shut up, and keep your eyes down. You are told that you can find happiness in slavery, so just accept what all the monolithic organizations tell you to think. I am here to persuade you to otherwise. I am here to tell you that you, not me, or anyone else is the best in the world, nay, the universe. But I will also warn you that this does not grant you the ability to bring harm on others. This does only one thing for you and it’s an important thing. You will shine as a beacon of hope to those around you. Hope that humanity is more than grunts, blood, sweat, and tears. You will be the evidence that humanity is something much stronger than mere words on paper or belief. You are the eyes, ears, and voice of greatness. The big dirty secret in this world, is that people are good. Not only good, but the ultimate example of greatness in the Universe. Come all challengers to this idea and watch them fall one by one. Yes, I believe this and in you. Who am I for you to care? Someone who realized this before you did, push aside my arrogance and prove me wrong if you dare but be prepared for the depths and horror that is humanity chained to a concrete floor begging for death.

There are no laws that can hold you down nor any religion that can define you. Only ideas based in reality and self evident truth’s that you choose to live by. Being afraid to embrace this is a flaw you must transcend so allow me to indulge you to do just that. Let’s take this to the ultimate level of morality. I am telling you are free to do what ever you see fit with your life. The most common excuse I hear to not live in a world free of government or religion is “we can’t just let murderers run free!” Well, I have to laugh in the face of such an obscene suggestion because not only do we allow them to run amok, they are in charge. Not only are they in charge, but they realized what I’m trying to teach you long ago and are taking advantage of your ignorance and poisoning you with apathy. Not everyone is a murderer and most people realize that the only reason we can be friends with one another is that we want each other to be alive, we know that it is better to get along with each other because it benefits us to have support through hard times and to succeed professionally, in a family, or among friends. You do not need a law to make you realize this. The excuse that murderers would just get away with it and criminals would take over is very silly considering the amount of crime and murder that we are currently supposed to bow down to in the form of government and the church. This is a moral decision to stand up to these bullies and transcend the fear you have of letting go of their protection racket.

I’m going to ask you to do just a little research for yourself and look up the term “Democide”. It is a statistic which represents the amount of deaths caused directly or indirectly by governments around the world. After you see the numbers for yourself, please ask yourself why violence exist. Why does murder happen? Is it just a flaw in human nature? I believe it is a flaw but ultimately a flaw created by the idea that just a few people could rule over and “run” entire populations of people in imaginary boarders created by bankers, politicians, and mercenaries. Denying the conspiracy at this point to me is a waste of time. Many would have you believe that there is no such thing as a conspiracy at all, but I have to beg the question, if there is no such thing as a conspiracy then why has humanity chosen to define it’s meaning? Why is it that it is so difficult for many to accept the fact that people come together and plot out destruction and plans to dominate others. It’s called being greedy folks and it is not some mystical idea that you should fear. It is what enslaves humanity though. It is what keeps people in fear and in their little compartmentalized box. It is what makes straight people different from gay people, black people different from white people, Americans different from Mexicans, and so on and so forth. I hear talk about equality from so many people but these same people when then turn right around and claim some kind of moral high ground and the ability to use force on others who might not agree with them on certain issues. Many times, they won’t even do it themselves but would rather pay taxes and hire men with guns to lock people in a cage.

There is only one remedy for this situation that doesn’t lead to humanities extinction. It is the hope that many of you out there will in your billions of expressions and individual ways will realize who and what they are. If you decide you are just a hopeless murderer then by all rights, go join your brethren in the halls of government and big business. Go ahead and disappoint yourself and everyone around you by becoming everything wrong with the world. Go forth and die knowing you caused unspeakable pain, death, and suffering with all your good intentions. But if you realize you are above that please don’t hold back. Shine brighter than everyone else around you by being everything you are and more. Grow my friend into a Jedi Knight to inspire others around you to do the same. Join the many who see the worlds problems and want to solve those problems peacefully and without coercion. Humanity no longer needs to steal, kill, and torture itself to reach it’s goals. The only opposition to my idea is that of lies, violence, and more theft. Supporting the old, mean, and violent regimes of the past is no longer a valid opinion, but a tragic example of fear and brain washing. The choice is yours.