Thursday, November 25, 2021

walk-in souls, fools, angel twins and raising God's children

My "Can people lose their soul" post in an online spirituality forum generated a lot of discussion- here's a thread about walk-in souls, fools, angel twins and raising children:

Sand
I know you can have a swap soul here. Don’t know about loosing a soul.

Me
First I heard of swap soul, but I suppose it’s possible, since with God anything is possible.

Sand
Yes. Google search Walk-in in spirituality. I came across this term after a path reading that I got from a Psychic.

Me
Oh, I forgot about walk-ins. Haven’t heard that term in many years. It was kinda a rage of discussion for a little while. A soul in a human body is replaced by a different soul. Or joined by another soul? Two souls in one human body. When I get to my laptop, I’ll tell you a story.

Sand
Okay. Well the term is used for one soul fulfilling what was meant to and being replaced by another. This is obviously just my research and quite difficult to say its factual. But it does makes us think. Some people wake up from comas and don’t feel like themselves for awhile. That makes me wonder if they didn’t went through a soul swap? Don’t take it for a fact please! But apparently more people know about this and it’s a thing. :)

Me
As I said, it was talked about a lot, as I recall, in the early 1990s. It became popular for people to claim they were walk-ins, or a psychic told them they were a walk-in. It may well be factual.
However, what I wanted to say when I got to my laptop, now there, is a bit more complicated.
My first wife's and my infant son died of sudden infant death syndrome. As time passed, I realized he had opened our hearts and set us on our journey, and I had that put on a grave marker and placed on his unmarked grave. His death had left me in such shambles, that it was impossible for me to follow the course my father and his father had charted for me. I came to think that was why my son had died.
Anyway, many years passed, and I was having lots of experiences with other realms, some quite spectacular. I was not going out of my body as far as I knew, I was not using psychedelics, and never did nor have since. It seemed all of the other world stuff was coming to me, either to increase and enhance me, or it was parts of me that I had lost, forgotten, threw away or never even knew where there returning to me.
And, I was in a dark night of the soul, which had been forecast in a dream 2 years prior.
This poem leaped out of me one day:

Only fools rush in
where angels fear to tread,
But if there were no fools,
Who'd lead the angels?

Then, something HUGE and WONDERFUL FEELING started wriggling into me. I felt is physically and energetically and soulfully. It didn't hurt, but was a really tight fit. That went on about 2 weeks.
It was my habit to take a long walk every morning, regardless of the weather. This now was in April, it was a warm pleasant day. When I reached the turn around and go home point of the walk, the same walk I took each day, I realized angels were all around me. I felt their presence, heard:
"This thing coming into you is your angel twin. All people have an angel twin, and yours will spend the rest of your life with you."
I thought that was neat.
Then, I heard, "By the way, this is your son."
My knees buckled, tears filled my eyes, and I nearly collapsed to the ground.
Then, things got even more interesting. Not easier, but more interesting.
Some years later, I wondered if it actually was the soul of my son, or if it was Jesus, the Son of God, in the tradition in which I grew up but was being taken a bit beyond by the angels.
For what fool would have led the angels, but Jesus in the Gospels?

Sand
Uau! First of all let me tell you as a mother that I couldn’t even start to comprehend the pain of loosing a child and so i am grateful that you shared this. I battle everyday with darkest thoughts and loosing my son would break me to the soul. No doubt! So I actually needed to hear this. What you went through is a crazy ride. And you are still among us for specific reasons. And perhaps one of them is this. Sharing your story and me reading it now, on this precise moment of my life, it’s beyond what you even imagined or intended to. This makes me appreciate every little moment I have with my son.
Now regarding your twin angel. This is beautiful. I do believe that we all have a Guardian Angels and they are made of the same light Jesus was made. We are all connected by the creator. We are all part of each other. So yes i do believe you baby is and will continue your journey alongside with you. He is part of you as you are his. As Jesus is part of all of us. Pure love. <3
Thank you so much for your words.
You are a beautiful soul and I am positive that this story will be part of mine moving forward.
I needed to hear this :,)
Namaste 🙏

Me

I'm 79 now. Time, events, gravity, angels, demons, heartbreaks, failures, second, third, fourth chances, etc. have greatly influenced my perspectives. I don't have much to show of human achievements on this world, except my many and varying experiences, especially in the second half of my life, very different often very strange and certainly memorable experiences, good, bad, ugly and divine. I think now that we are custodians, or stewards, and children we bring into this world belong to God, not to us, and we have a sacred, splendid, honorable and often difficult task of doing all we can to help those children be who they truly are, and not who, or what, we want them to be. That is one serious soul alchemy journey, being a parent.

Sand
Yes. Absolutely agree with you on this. My son is special. He was identified as possibly being on some degree of autism. I honestly don’t see anything wrong with him. He just sees the world differently and he’s just very sensitive. So i am helping in all the ways i can to let him be whatever he wants to be :) Life changes when we become parents. Everything changes. Thank you for sharing your story :)
Big hug filled with love <3
Take care my friend

Me
Who can say? You could be a walk-in soul more able and suitable for your son. If there is a seasoned craniosacral therapist in your area, and if you feel led by the Spirit, take your son to that person. I once trained in and did that therapy, it is soft, deep, multi-dimensional and can be very helpful for children who are “different”.

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Thanksgiving Day minority reports from angel slaves

wild turkey

Yesterday's It is very easy for people to lose part or all of their soul to something else - consider Donald Trump, MAGAs and most Republicans brought several responses that we cannot lose our soul, to which I responded in various ways. Then came this response, which I thought was dead on:

The Lizard Wizard
I had bet my soul on a ping pong match with a friend. Yes, you can lose your soul.

Me 
I agree. 
I suppose if it is our soul, we can do whatever we please with it. When we leave this life, if not already, we find out how what we did with our soul went, or if there is any way to get our soul back, if we sold it to the Devil, like Dr. Faust did. 
Quite a few times after someone made an absolute statement on a something important, I asked that person, "Do you bet your life and your soul on what you just said?" I recall one person looked like he had been electrocuted and he jumped up out of the chair in which he was sitting and ran away, leaving behind his briefcase, which he did not later return to fetch. A few times someone answered, Yes, and I said, "So be it, you will be reminded of that bet sooner or later." Some people held silent. Others said they did not bet their life and their soul on anything. Some said their life and their soul was not theirs to bet. 
A number of times have I said I bet my life and my soul on something I am saying. Or, I already bet my life and my soul on something I had said or done. I feel most days that my life and my soul are on the line in something I am currently engaging, and that's why I try very hard to stay in sync with my angel training and ongoing guidance from them in dreams and in quirky seldom pleasant sensations in my body when I have crossed a line I should not have crossed, or have missed something I should have seen or caught. 
Exorcist priests, such as the Jesuit Father Malachi Martin was, well know when they undertake an exorcism, they are the demonic entity's target, the possessed is the demonic entity's bait, and if they mess up, they will become possessed, and then they will spend their short time remaining alive trying to save their soul, or not. I approach every angel-assignment in human affairs with that in the back of my mind. 
When I see photos of Donald Trump standing in front of wild-eyed cheering people at MAGA rallies, when I see photos and film clips of the January 6 rioters, when I watch Republicans on TV bowing to Trump, when I see Republicans holding silent over things they darn well know Trump did, which were terribly wrong, when I see a photo of Trump hold up a Bible in front of the Capitol and a church marquee, I remember photos of seas of Germans heling Hitler. 
I don't know what happened to Hitler in the afterlife, does anyone know? 
So far, the door has remained open for Lucifer and that one's legions to return to God, but will that door always remain open? 
In the Gospels, Jesus had some words to say about the Devil, and Jesus had some dealings with demons and he said, if a demon is cast out, it goes away and finds seven worse demons and returns into the person from whom it was cast out, and the person then is worse off than before the first demon was cast out. I wonder how exorcist priests reconcile what they do with that passage in the Gospels? 
I was not trained in casting out demons. I was trained in facing the Devil in myself, and in incrementally returning to God and incrementally making myself lest hospital for demons. Even as the more progress I made, the more I was attacked. Most of the attacks were internal. A few were against my physical body. A fairly recent attack tried to remove me from space and time, and when that didn't happen, to exterminate my soul. But for shielding by angels, I suppose I would have been a goner more times than I care to try to imagine.

On a parallel front, I have a friend about half my age, who steadily reports being visited and told things by angels known in the Bible, when he is awake, and in visions, and in dreams when he is asleep. He emailed me twice yesterday, first about what Melchizedek had showed him about nuclear power, and then what he thinks about turkeys. Bon appetit!

1st email
Melchizedek visited me in a dream. Clarified the Russia issue.
Showed me to find this: 
 
I didn't remember specifically but you told this to the guy from Australia:
My friend reported a while back that he was taken by Melchizedek to the Russian artic, where there was a nuclear facility that had some difficulty and Russia was covering it up. Melchizedek said escaped nuclear radiation affects other dimensions adversely, and affects the planet in ways that could lead to nuclear winter or melt down of the planet's core.  
 
Then the following was shown and explained:
It was Chernobyl. Melchizedek showed me Chernobyl in the Ukraine. The facility has a concrete pad under it, he showed it deteriorating, and then the only place it can go is the core. That was why they used all the concrete in the USSR at the time.
Melchizedek said all reactors would eventually end this way, needing to be capped like Chernobyl, needing to be excavated from beneath(you say track hoe I say excavator and Melchizedek said we were dummies if we argued over the semantics of earth removal equipment). Once excavated from beneath then they need to have concrete reinforced pads underneath. Eventually in the future, all the pads will deteriorate.
The most immediate danger is that if an aquifer if below a nuclear plant, the aquifer becomes pressurized hydrogen gas- from evaporating the water under pressure of the soil. That alone would explode and be devastating. Just from the gas needing to vent over such a huge surface area, the other thing is hydrogen gas is extremely unstable, compressed it could undergo fusion and the nuclear plant would create in effect an H-bomb- far more devastating than anything we ever tested in history.
If mankind survives that or lucks out with no aquifer- the core of reactors continues to melt down. 
 
In the initial dream it was an artic surrounding, because, no easy way to put this- Ukraine is an artic biome for part of the year- it snows like fuck and gets fucking cold.
He jogged my memory. 
 
2nd email
What Thanksgiving means to me.
Thanksgiving makes me think of Wild Turkeys. Wild Turkeys tear hell out of gardens, are worse than crows for stealing seed and ruining a garden. If you kill the bastards, they are hell to pluck, and even worse! Those razor sharp barbs on the back of their feet that will stick you like a switch blade. If you do pluck the bastards, enjoy a broken tooth on lead or steel shot because you can NEVER GET ALL THAT SHIT OUT. If by some miracle that you do indeed get the all the shot out, congratulations. You're still going to break a tooth if you are lucky, a jaw if you're not- those birds are so tough you might as well chew kevlar.

What else does Thanksgiving bring to mind ?
It is a Ritualistic Celebration of the Success of Manifest Destiny and Consumerism: It is a Big Pat on the Back to the White Man for stolen land and infected blankets, slavery, war, treating immigrants and minorities like shit, and the all consuming drive to line pockets with FILTHY LUCRE. It is a realization of everything that the American Dream IS NOT supposed to be. Proof ? Thanksgiving is followed by Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Yay ! Can I get an Amen?

*looks around nervously* Who are these men and why are they chasing me with those uncomfortable looking coats? *runs like hell* 
 
Me
Kapow!!! And to think Benjamin Franklin wanted them to be the national bird.

Friend
And Ben Franklin was a deist Masonic, womanizing, slave- owning white man who if he were alive today... Would probably be a MAGA.
Empty Shelves Ben....

Me:
I told some liberal white people the other day, if Pocahontas had her head screwed on right, she and her tribe would have killed the white immigrants as soon as they stepped off the boat and saved the real Americans a whole heap of grief. The liberal white people agreed.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

It is very easy for people to lose part or all of their soul to something else - consider Donald Trump, MAGAs and most Republicans

I reposted yesterday's How many Republicans still have souls? into an online spirituality group. There were several replies, then came this reply:

Hey, thanks for contributing to /r/spirituality. Unfortunately, your post was removed as it violates our rules: We reserve the right to remove posts that serve no purpose to spiritual development. Such as conspiracy theories, "anyone felt that?" generic posts, encouraging bad behavior, etc. Please read the sidebar before posting again. If you have questions or concerns, please [message the moderators through modmail]. Thank you!

I was able to capture the earlier replies.

Luminus
All of them 
 
Hermit 
Fixating on division will never bring contentment There are good Republicans; there are bad Republicans; there are neutral Republicans. Politics shows how ugly people are. I’d rather focus on the shit we all have in common

Powerful
People do not have a separate soul. People are unconscious. This means they do not know what they are or what they do. We are all an extension of god no matter what we believe or how we behave.

bex
All of them have souls. If there are people walking this earth that are not deluded in some way you could probably count them on one hand.

RuFuckingWidMe
Everyone has a soul no matter what belief or Political stance they have.

MoonBass
Not much use bringing in political parties and affiliations into spiritual matters, especially given the political culture of the USA.

WorldNewsLies
How many dichotomies wind up in bloodshed? 
 
Ricks
Politicians in general do not have souls

Me, in retrospect:

Every human being has a soul, regardless of what he/she thinks, believes, says, does or does not do. A soul existed before it became a human, and it exists afterward. A soul emanated out of what I grew up calling God. A soul has many experiences on this world and elsewhere. A soul is hardly confined to its human body, but it resides with/in it during a lifetime, unless ...

Unless something happens to change that ...

The horrible black night I experienced for 16 months in 1997-98 began with detachment of my soul from the rest of me, the human. I felt it happen in stages. Each stage was absolutely terrifying and lasted about one minute. it happened 4 times in one day. Like I was in a giant earthquake, but it was inside of me. I felt great the next day. When I woke the following day, I felt as if half of my brain had died, or had had a stroke. I could still think okay, but I was under a great depressive weight in my mind and being. It was terrifying and there was nothing I could do about it. I had only three dreams during that time, which left me hoping God had not abandoned me completely. A good friend, who had worked for my father's company, had several dreams during that time, which indicated I was not in as bad of shape as I felt. 

The black night began to lift after I separated from the woman I then was with. Before the separation, her back had gone out. A chiropractor was no help. Muscle relaxants were no help. A neurosurgeon told her to stay in bed, under traction. I waited on her hand and foot. She left the bed only to use the toilet and bathe. About two weeks of that, she screamed one day, "What's wrong with my back?!!!?" I felt terrible for her, and helpless. I sat on the edge of the bed and said, "I think we don't suit each other; it's nobody's fault." She said she thought I was right. The next day, her back was normal. As if nothing had happened. 

My dreams returned. Angels began resurrecting me, so to speak, from the black night. The resurrection had many phases. Each phase was very rough. Then, one night I was told my soul would be reattached, and that took the rest of the night, as I felt weird stuff happening inside me and saw surreal images in my dreams. Then, came more resurrecting, also very rough. Then, came very rough training in discernment of spirits, in myself, in other people, and in spirit. I very definitely met the Devil inside of me. It was no fun, and sometimes it was terrifying.

Then came further trials, tests and work assignments, in which I ongoing engaged people and their souls and spirits of which they were not aware, which were influencing them. The engagements were human. I did not travel around in spirit realms like traditional shamans do. I engaged everything in 3-D, when I was awake, and in my dreams, when I was asleep. During my sleep, I received instructions in dreams regarding what I was engaging when I was awake. I was advised for or against this and that action. I was corrected, sometimes sharply, when I missed the mark in human time. Some of the corrections were terrifying. That still happens,

As part of that process, I was steered into local politics where I then lived. I ran many times for local office as an Independent. I participated in lots of candidate forums. I often was interviewed by local media. I blogged daily about all of it. My perspective and what I said in public forums was always different from other candidates. I was totally out of the box on everything. I was the "minority report". I came away from all of it with the view that politics is really screwed up and political parties are secular religions that can be likened to cults.  

So, it was from that history and experience that I published yesterday's How many Republicans still have souls? post at this blog.

For it is very easy for a person to lose part or all of his/her soul to something else. 

In Nazi Germany, Adolph Hitler and his top aides knowingly made deals with a powerful demon, which enhanced them and that's how they gained so much power in Germany at that time, coupled with the demon infiltrating the masses and most Germans. For making a conscious deal with the demon, Hitler and his top aides gave their souls to that demon, and how that went for then in the afterlife, your guess is as good as mine. As for the German masses, and the German military, their deal with the devil was more subtle, as they did not know about the demon, but they got into lockstep, in the main, with Hitler and his top aides, thus with the demon. They became infiltrated by the demon, and the rest of their human lives was a struggle to reclaim their soul, or not reclaim it. How it went for the in the afterlife, your guess is as good as mine.

I matters not today what news media or social media or blogs or whatever people follow online or on TV or radio on in church or wherever. There are oceans of evidence that, in the main, Donald Trump has taken over the Republican Party, if not formally, then de facto. Look at how Republicans vote in Congress. Look at how Republicans hold forth on FOX News. Look at how Republican candidates, in the main, hold forth. Look at how MAGAs hold forth. Look at how Republicans who are not MAGAs, in the main, hold forth on social media. 

Donald Trump has infiltrated most Republicans and all MAGAs, and what has infiltrated Donald Trump is gaining increasing purchase and traction in those Republicans, whether they realize it or not. The MAGAs are far more deeply infiltrated by what has taken up residence in Donald Trump. Thus, are all of their souls infiltrated and taken over by that something, whether they know it or not. They all will learn about in the afterlife, if they don't get woken up to it in this life. As for how that goes for them, your guess is as good as mine.

This is above has nothing to do with the Democrats, who have their own very serious spiritual challenges. This above has to do with the very grave similarity between what happened in Germany to what now is happening in America. People who delve into spirituality should know about such things, but it has been my experience that few do. Church people should know about such things, but it seems most of them don't.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

How many Republicans still have souls?

A good friend, Republican, U.S. Army Special Forces combat veteran, told me the January 6 Capitol rioters all should have been shot dead. This Independent thought the instigators of the riot, starting at the top with Donald Trump, also should be shot dead, for attempting a coup - Treason.

Meanwhile, from American Historian Heather Cox Richardson's November 22, 2021 letter:

Frank Figliuzzi, the former assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI, tweeted that of 32,315 pro-Rittenhouse hashtag tweets from November 19–20, 29,609 had disabled geolocation. Of them, 17,701 were listed as “foreign,” and most of those were in Russia, China, and the EU.

Plenty of Americans are along for the authoritarian ride, too. A story by David A. Fahrenthold, Josh Dawsey, Isaac Stanley-Becker, and Shayna Jacobs in the Washington Post today reveals that the Republican National Committee (RNC) is using party funds to pay some of former president Donald Trump’s legal bills. Allies of RNC chair Ronna McDaniel note that since Trump is the biggest draw the party has for fundraising, it is important to cultivate his goodwill.

This dumps the RNC into the January 6 insurrection mess by aligning the party’s central organization with Trump.

That mess is deepening. Today the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol issued five new subpoenas to people involved in planning the rallies in Washington, D.C., on January 6 and the subsequent march to the Capitol.

The subpoenas went to Dustin Stockton and Jennifer Lawrence, who organized the “Women for America First” rally, and Trump spokesperson Taylor Budowich, who called for a social media blitz. Another subpoena went to Roger Stone, who pushed the rally and raised money for it, and who hired members of the right-wing Oath Keepers, several of whom were at the riot, as personal bodyguards. Right-wing newscaster Alex Jones got one, too; he helped to organize the rallies, spoke at the one held January 5, and claimed to have provided 80% of the funding for the January 6 rally.

Committee chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said: “We need to know who organized, planned, paid for, and received funds related to those events, as well as what communications organizers had with officials in the White House and Congress.”

Two days ago, Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), who sits on the committee, told CNN that many of the people they’ve interviewed so far—more than 200—have been Trump officials who testified voluntarily and wanted to be subpoenaed for “cover.”

In Washington, D.C., today, at a hearing for one of those charged in the riot at the Capitol that day, U.S. District Court Judge Carl Nichols, a Trump appointee, sought to define what it means to interfere with an official federal government proceeding. About a third of those charged in the attack on the Capitol have been charged with this crime, which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison. Nichols asked a prosecutor today whether calling “Vice President Pence to seek to have him adjudge the certification in a particular way” would be obstruction.

That’s a key question.

Trump’s influence took some hits today. Sean Parnell, the Trump-backed candidate for Pennsylvania senator, suspended his campaign after losing a custody battle with his ex-wife. She accused him of physical and emotional abuse of her and their children.

Today, conservative columnist Max Boot called out Republican lawmakers for “fomenting violent extremism” and noted that “they have also become hostage to the extremists in their ranks” because they fear for their safety should they stand up to the Trump loyalists. Right-wing extremists have threatened the lives of the 13 Republicans who voted for the bipartisan infrastructure bill.

Two long-standing Fox News Channel contributors, Steve Hayes and Jonah Goldberg, quit the enterprise today over Tucker Carlson’s three-part series Patriot Purge. That series, they wrote, “is presented in the style of an exposé, a hard-hitting piece of investigative journalism. In reality, it is a collection of incoherent conspiracy-mongering, riddled with factual inaccuracies, half-truths, deceptive imagery, and damning omissions.”

They say they could no longer work at the Fox News Channel because “we sincerely believe that all people of good will and good judgment—regardless of their ideological or partisan commitments—can agree that a cavalier and even contemptuous attitude toward facts, truth-seeking, and truth-telling, lies at the heart of so much that plagues our country.”

And Kyle Rittenhouse, whom a jury acquitted Friday of all charges connected with the shooting deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz, is fighting with the “Fightback Foundation” organized by “Stop the Steal” lawyer Lin Wood over the $2 million bail posted for Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse’s lawyers say the money was raised for their client and thus should be his; Wood contends that he raised the money (although apparently not all of it) and thus it should go to his organization.

A number of Republican governors are facing primary challengers backed by Trump, and according to the Wall Street Journal, former vice president Mike Pence told the Republican Governors’ Association this week that he would be supporting incumbent Republican governors rather than Trump-backed challengers. Trump spokesperson Budowich—now under subpoena—responded, “Just like in cycles previous, successful Republican candidates must earn the support of President Donald J. Trump.”

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Monday, November 22, 2021

Confederacy of Idiots: Kyle Rittenhouse case

After publishing The Republican Party should change its national and spiritual creed to: In guns we trust yesterday, I saw in my iPhone an article in which Kyle Rittenhouse's lawyer ripped Donald Trump, Donald Trump, Jr. and prominent Republicans to shreds for trying to capitalize on the acquittal of his young client. 

Independent UK News 

Alex Woodward
New York
November 21, 2021 

Kyle Rittenhouse attorney 'did not approve' of Fox News documentary crew 

A defense attorney for Kyle Rittenhouse has criticised Republican lawmakers looking to “profit” from his client’s “celebrity” after he was acquitted in a closely watched double homicide trial.
“There’s a lot of people trying to profit on this, and I don’t think people should,” Mark Richards told Insider after a jury found Mr Rittenhouse not guilty of killing two men and injuring another in the aftermath of police brutality protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year.
At least three Republican members of Congress have suggested they want Mr Rittenhouse as an intern. North Carolina congressman Madison Cawthorn – who also told his followers to “be armed, be dangerous, and be moral” – offered the teenager an internship via Instagram story.
Arizona congressman Paul Gosar said on Twitter that he would arm-wrestle Florida congressman Matt Gaetz for “dibs” on Mr Rittenhouse as his intern. Mr Gaetz told conservative cable network Newsmax that his office “may reach out to him and see if he’d be interested in helping the country in additional ways”.
“They’re raising money on it and you have all these Republican congressmen saying, ‘Come work for me.’ ... They want to trade on his celebrity and I think it’s disgusting,” Mr Richards told Insider.
The case, and its outcome, have exposed deep partisan divides on issues related to the Second Amendment and whether it was appropriate for a teenager to arm himself against a racial justice upheaval.
Prominent right-wing figures and news personalities have come to his defense, while civil rights groups and Democratic officials have argued that the case underscores failures in the criminal justice system.
Former president Donald Trump celebrated his acquittal, and his son Donald Trump Jr tweeted, and then deleted, an offer from a gun rights organisation to send Mr Rittenhouse an AR-15-style rifle, along with a card in “support of Kyle”.
Mr Richards called Mr Trump Jr “an idiot”.
“He’s an idiot. I don’t have to expand on that because it speaks for itself,” he told Insider.
Mr Rittenhouse’s attorneys successfully argued to jurors that their client fired his AR-15-style rifle to protect himself in self-defense against a violent mob that chased after him on 25 August, 2020.
During an appearance on CNN on Friday, Mr Richards said he believes “too many people run around with guns in our society”.
“I represent a lot of people who have legal conceal carry permits who get into it, they pull the gun and there’s problems from there, whether they’re under the influence of alcohol or they use it to threaten somebody,” he told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “I wish our society wasn’t perceived as being so dangerous that people needed to arm themselves.”
Mr Richards – who was initially hired by Mr Rittenhouse’s previous attorneys, including election fraud conspiracy theorist Lin Wood – told the Associated Press that he did not join the case as “somebody to go off on a crusade”.
“They wanted to use Kyle for a cause and something that I think was inappropriate – and I don’t represent causes. I represent clients,” he said.

This once practicing attorney was amazed that there was a lawyer who was so candid. 

I forwarded the Independent article to a friend, who had reported last week having a huge sense of dread, and after the acquittal had texted me:

I know where that sense of dread came from.../the one that permeated  everything. Leaving a sense of Everything being Not Alright. The Rittenhouse verdict is the beginning of  a red wave consuming America. I am passing this along from TPTB [The Powers that Be - Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Melchizedek Khamael]

When I spoke with my friend this morning, he said he wondered if Rittenhouse's lawyer will ever get around to publicly saying his young client was an idiot to cross state lines and be at the protest carrying a loaded military knock-off rifle?

I said I thought that would not happen, it would be out of protocol for a lawyer to say such about his client. But, if I had represented Rittenhouse, I would have said just that. However, the fact is, Rittenhouse was there, he was armed with the rifle, and people did chase him and try to take the rifle away from him, and he shot them, and what in the fuck were those idiots thinking? They were fanatics. 

My friend said he had wondered the same thing.

I told my friend about an INSIDER article I had seen last night:

Lin Wood says he'll sue Rittenhouse's lawyer for calling him an 'idiot' for how he initially handled the case 

Sarah Al-Arshani

Sun, November 21, 2021 
 
Attorney Lin Wood said he'll sue Mark Richards, Kyle Rittenhouse's attorney, after he called him an "idiot" on CNN on Friday, Newsweek reported.
In an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Richards said he and Wood "went head-to-head" and Wood would probably sue him. He said Wood was an "idiot" for letting Rittenhouse talk to The Washington Post while he was charged with homicide.
Richards said he was concerned that Wood and attorney John Pierce were "basically trying to I think whore this kid for money, for their own causes."
"They kept him in Illinois to fight an extradition that was unwinnable cause they were raising tons of money on him," Richards said.
Richards served as Rittenhouse's attorney when he was found not guilty on all five charges brought against him on Friday.
Newsweek reported that Wood sent Richards a letter on Saturday blaming Pierce for allowing Rittenhouse to talk to the Post. Wood said he was not the criminal attorney on the case and was only hired to handle defamation.
"You publicly stated in an interview on CNN that I was an idiot. False, I am not," Wood wrote in the letter.
Wood said Richards should be "ashamed of denigrating" him and his organization's legal effort to help Rittenhouse.
"Demand is hereby made that you immediately retract and correct your false accusations against me. If you do not do so, I will prove that you are right on one point you made on CNN — I will sue you," Wood wrote.
Richards told Insider he hasn't seen Wood's letter yet but said he stands by what he told Cuomo and it was his opinion.
"I don't care what his letter says. What I said was truthful," Richards told Insider.
Insider could not reach Wood at the time of publication.

The truth is not defamation. So, was Wood and idiot for letting Rittenhouse speak to the Washington Post? I can't say, because I don't know what the Post published of what Rittenhouse told the Post. Whatever it was, it did not get Rittenhouse convicted. So, that works against Woods being an idiot? 

In all events, if Wood sues Richards for defamation, is the burden of proof on Woods to prove he was not an idiot for letting Rittenhouse speak with the post? Or, is the burden on Richards to prove Wood was an idiot? 

Where I attended law school, the burden is on Richardson to prove Wood was an idiot.

But then, is calling someone an idiot, defamation? Is that any different from calling someone stupid, or a moron, or an imbecile? 

Well, I suppose a lawyer would view as defamation being called an idiot for how he handled a client charged with murder case. 

I can imagine Richardson will have lawyers testify Wood was an idiot, and Wood then will have lawyers testify he was not an idiot, and the case will be known in the annals of legal history as Idiot v. Idiot.

Meanwhile, will Donald Trump, Jr. sue Richards for calling him an idiot? 

sloanbashinsky@yahoo.com


Sunday, November 21, 2021

The Republican Party should change its national and spiritual creed to: In guns we trust


From American Historian Heather Cox Richardson's November 19 newsletter, this link will open the full newsletter,  https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/november-19-2021. My and another reader's thoughts bring up the rear.

This afternoon, a jury in Kenosha, Wisconsin, found Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty of intentional homicide, reckless homicide, and attempted intentional homicide in the killing of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and in the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz, 27. Rittenhouse shot the three men with an assault rifle on August 25, 2020. Then 17, he traveled from his home in Antioch, Illinois, to Kenosha to, he later said, protect businesses there that he thought were under threat from those gathered to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by law enforcement officers. 
The defense presented evidence that the men Rittenhouse killed made him afraid for his life. Wisconsin permits deadly force if a person reasonably believes they are in imminent danger of great bodily harm. 
The case has national implications. Although protesting is a constitutional right protected by the First Amendment, members of the right wing hailed Rittenhouse as a hero who righteously took up arms against protesters they insist are dangerous to America. Immediately, the white nationalist, neo-Nazi website VDARE reversed victim and offender, tweeting: “Kyle Rittenhouse is the hero we’ve been waiting for throughout the turbulent summer of 2020, where a Black Lives Matter/Antifa/Bolshevik revolution has our country on the brink of total chaos.” 
With Rittenhouse’s acquittal, we learned that Fox News Channel personality Tucker Carlson had a film crew creating a documentary about Rittenhouse during the trial. Carlson will interview Rittenhouse on Monday night.
Even more ominous than the public praise of Rittenhouse, Republican lawmakers also celebrated his acquittal, inviting a young man without any qualifications other than involvement in a deadly shooting of protesters to accept a position in our government. Former president Trump sent out a fund-raising email, cheering the acquittal and claiming the trial was “nothing more than a WITCH HUNT from the Radical Left,” who “want to PUNISH law-abiding citizens, including a CHILD, like Kyle Rittenhouse, for doing nothing more than following the LAW.” 
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) cheered that Rittenhouse is one of the “good guys” who “help, protect, and defend.” Representatives Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), and Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) all publicly offered Rittenhouse a congressional internship. Cawthorn told followers that Rittenhouse was not guilty and told them to “be armed, be dangerous, and be moral.”

Sloan Bashinsky
The Rittenhouse verdict means anyone can tote the same kind of loaded gun at any public demonstration in Wisconsin, and shoot anyone who tries to take the gun away, and that wonderful virus will spread like wildfire into every state in the Union, regardless of what those states' laws say. The Rittenhouse verdict opened the doors of Hell wide. I wonder if the Democrats and Independents are buying every gun and bullet they can find? Perhaps they should hire John Wick to advise them?
    
Sandy Lewis
Stores are sold out. Guns and ammo, bare. Don’t carry. Don’t dare. Don’t go there. Panic rules. Rittenhouse went looking for trouble. His mother? Of course. White Trash are illiterate out there. Everywhere. We have concealed permits. Our county judge said carry. I’m sure he does. What’s the point?
 

https://www.amazon.com/White-Trash-400-Year-History-America/dp/0143129678/ref=nodl_

Sloan Bashinsky
I recall being put in Facebook jail for using the term, "white trash". Long before that, I concluded politically correct is a terminal spiritual disease. I belong to no political party and was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. When I grew up, the Democrats were the white trash party in Alabama. Now, it's the Republicans, in the main. Not all Republicans in Alabama like what they see going on in white trash America, but few of them are willing to go public about how they feel. Thus, they are complicit in their silence. I imagine there are very few Republicans and their MAGA cousins in Alabama, and in America, who do not attend church regularly and think they are saved by Jesus Christ. I wonder if they even once will wonder how their beloved Savior feels about the Rittenhouse verdict? The now established courts of Caesar right in Wisconsin to bear guns designed for only one purpose, to kill human beings, at public protests? They should change their national and spiritual creed to, "In Guns We Trust."

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Saturday, November 20, 2021

Two paths: having a spiritual teacher or being captured by God

Two paths: having a spiritual teacher or being captured by God

After I figured out that practicing law was not working, nor was anything else, I moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in early 1986. Hoping. Things. Would. Get. Better. What happened, however, was it got a whole lot different and better took on an entirely new meaning, after I prayed to God to help me, I didn't want to die, failed. Almost as an afterthought, I offered my life to human service.

About ten days later, what I much later came understand were Jesus and Archangel Michael woke me up in the wee hours and said I would be pushed to my limits, but I had asked for it and they were going to give it to me. I then was jolted three times by spiritual lighting and Jesus and Michael dissolved.

Seemingly arranged events then led to me moving to Boulder, Colorado, from which I sometimes drove down to Santa Fe for a visit.

I vividly recall one such trip to see a couple I had met during an earlier trip to Jimez, situated on a back road from Albuquerque to Los Alamos. The woman in that couple was a massage therapist, New Age energy healer. The man was into Zen and chop wood, carry water. They were to drive from Jimez to Santa Fe, to have dinner with me and my then wife.

For something to do that afternoon, I went to St. Francis’ Cathedral on the town square. I read an inscription out front, that Francis was the patron saint of New Mexico. How could I have lived in Santa Fe for most of two years and not known that? I entered the church, sat in a pew in the beautiful nave, and was taken over by something enormous. My heart cracked open. I wept and heaved openly. It went on quite a while. 

Leaving the cathedral, I read St. Francis’ prayer again, displayed in a marquis outside the church.

Lord make me an instrument of your peace 

Where there is hatred let me sow love 

Where there is injury, pardon 

Where there is doubt, faith

 Where there is despair, hope 

Where there is darkness, light 

And where there is sadness, joy

O divine master grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console 

to be understood as to understand 

To be loved as to love 

For it is in giving that we receive 

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned 

And it's in dying that we are born to eternal life 

Amen

Over dinner that night, I told my Jimez friends a little about what had happened in the Cathedral. They said a Sufi teacher was in Santa Fe, and they were going to see him the next morning. Would I like to join them? 

Sure. After breakfast the next morning, I went back into St. Francis’ cathedral. Whatever was there the day before, was still there. More weeping and heaving.

I left the church and walked toward the rendezvous point where my friends would pick me. I realized angels were around me. I heard in my mind, “Stay on your toes, something interesting is going to happen, and don’t mess it up like you did another time.” I remembered a time I had messed up something important that came to me from the spirit world. 

My friends arrived. I got into the backseat and off we went to a Santa Fe suburb where the Sufi was staying in the home of one of his American students.

After parking the car out front, we went to the front door and knocked. A white American woman opened the door into a mostly bare living room, with sitting cushions along the walls. She told us to have a seat, and asked for our first names, which we provided. She walked toward the back of the home. 

We three sat down and heard the woman speaking in a foreign language. We heard a man respond in a foreign language. We heard our names. The woman returned to the living room, said, “He wants to see Sloan first.”

My friends seemed somewhat startled. I shrugged, got up and followed the woman into a room where sat on a cushion a white-bearded man much older than my nearly 50 years. The woman introduced me to the Sufi and him to me, in English and the foreign language. Then, she translated what he said to me and I said back to him, as follows. 

He asked why I had come to see him? 

I said I wasn’t sure, a married couple, who were friends of mine and were his students, had invited me. 

He asked what I knew about Sufism?

 While I knew a good bit about Sufism for a white guy from Alabama, my mind went blank. 

He said Sufism is the way of the heart. 

I said I actually knew that but had been unable to speak. 

I was ever thinking about the alert that something interesting was going to happen. 

He said I had come so he could teach me about Sufism and God. 

I said I knew quite a few people who had lit up when they met their spiritual teacher. They wept, had goosebumps. 

The Sufi said not to measure myself by other people. I agreed, thanked him. The Sufi said plumbers, carpenters and electricians have a human teacher to learn those trades. Likewise, a person needs a human spiritual teacher to learn about God. 

I related what had happened to me the day before, and again that morning, in St. Francis’ cathedral. 

The Sufi said God opened my heart in the cathedral and sent me to him, the Sufi, to be taught the way of the heart and about God. I said I was not sure about that. What about St. Francis?

The Sufi said he did not know who was Francis’ spiritual teacher. 

I said, Francis had no spiritual teacher. God came directly to him. 

In that moment, a presence appeared in our midst. Tears filled my eyes, goosebumps covered my arms, back and neck.

Seeing the Sufi was aware of the presence. I looked at him, showed him my arms, said, “You see?” 

Silence. 

I thanked the Sufi. 

He said I should thank God, not him.  

I said, Yes, that was correct. I thanked God, told the Sufi I had gotten what I had come for, and he had people waiting, who needed to see him. 

I rose to leave, said, “God be with you.” The Sufi said the same to me. 

I went into the kitchen, where I found my friends. I was trembling. The woman put her hands on me, energy work, trying to calm me down. I told her, please don’t, she would mess it up. I said I needed to leave, could they take me back into town? They said, OK. 

I felt badly that I had pulled them away from seeing the Sufi, but I felt something really important had happened, which might be more important than them seeing the Sufi. 

Over lunch, for which I paid, I told the couple what had happened when I was with the Sufi. I expected them to get it. They didn’t get it. They said they were worried about me. I wondered how that was possible?  

I had a number of later interactions with the couple. Then, they broke up. He eventually ended up in Boulder. I took him to Boulder Creek one day, and taught him a soul alchemy ritual the angels had given to me not long before. 

Basically, the ritual consisted of him closing his eyes and asking God, or whatever, to be shown what he needed to see right then. To wait, until something showed up. 

He waited a good while longer than most people had waited, whom I had taught the ritual. 

Then, something showed up. He was elated. He had never had anything like that happen.  

I told him to stick with it and to ask if there was anything else he needed to be shown? 

Something came, which seemed to be a symbolic catalyst, or spirit medicine, for what he first was shown. 

He remained elated, and yet seemed mystified.

I said he had opened a door, and he could use that ritual anytime he wished, or not, but things were going to change for him. 

He left Boulder not long after that. I don’t know how it then went for him or for his former lady. I don’t remember if I taught her the soul alchemy ritual. Perhaps I did. I taught it to quite a few people in Boulder. 

Back then, and later, as I was turned upside down and every which a way but loose in many ways by spirit forces that had captured me, and by other forces, I had a really hard time being St. Francis’ prayer. I still have a really hard time being that prayer. 

It looks to me that Francis was fast-tracked through death and rebirth, and then God put him to work that greatly impacted the Roman Catholic Church and that part of Christendom. 

I was not fast-tracked. Or, if I was, I fell off the tracks a bunch of times and had to be picked up and put back on them, still in progress.

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