Sunday, February 10, 2008

Happiness is Singular

I have found out that no one or nothing can make another person happy. People make themselves happy. Others lessen or intensify the way a person already feels. If you are lucky, you will encounter a person that reminds you of the good things that are inside of you. Just don't fall intro the trap of believing that you are responsible for someone else's happiness. Some people are just content with a life of misery and or confusion. If you have met someone or are involved with someone, a fundamental truth that you must embrace is that you cannot control their happiness. This may sound like old news but it all depends on the context in which you look at it. If you have ever told yourself a phrase that sounds like this, "Maybe he/she will be happy if I....."; then you should re-read the first line. To quote NFL coach Dennis Green, most people "are who we thought they were", personality-wise. A miserable person is just that; as miserable person. The reasons why they are miserable, or whether or not they even know they are miserable is a completely different post. All you can do productively in the lives of someone like that is to make their lives less miserable. You can't remove the misery. You can just lessen it. If you're in this position, I hope that's enough for you. It wouldn't be for me. But that's just my opinion though, and who the hell am I?

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Clinton Conspiracy

I'm as big of a Conspiracy Theory fan as the next guy, but when I received this e-mail, I thought that there is no way that this could be true and not talked about during an year where Hillary Clinton is running. If it's true, it is really creepy. If it's not true. Let’s pretend it is and see how creeped out we can get. If anyone wants to check it out and post their findings, that's cool too. I like conspiracy theories but not enough to spend time researching their validity. It keeps life mysterious and interesting. But that's just my opinion though, and who the hell am I?

Clinton Conspiracy

1.-James McDougal - Clinton 's convicted Whitewater partner died of an apparent heart attack, while in solitary confinement. He was a key witness in Ken Starr's investigation.

2 -Mary Mahoney - A former White House intern was murdered July 1997 at a Starbucks Coffee Shop in Georgetown. The murder happened just after she was to go public with her story of sexual harassment in the White House.

3- Vince Foster - Former White House counselor and colleague of Hillary Clinton at Little Rock’s Rose Law firm. Died of a gunshot wound to the head, ruled a suicide

4- Ron Brown - Secretary of Commerce and former DNC Chairman. Reported to have died by impact in a plane crash. A pathologist close to the investigation reported that there was a hole in the top of Brown's skull resembling a gunshot wound. At the time of his death Brown was being investigated, and spoke publicly of his willingness to cut a deal with prosecutors. The rest of the people on the plane also died. A few days later the air Traffic controller committed suicide.

5- C. Victor Raiser II - Raiser, a major player in the Clinton fundraising organization died in a private plane crash in July 1992

6-Paul Tulley - Democratic National Committee Political Director found dead in a hotel room in Little Rock , September 1992. Described by Clinton as a "dear friend and trusted advisor".

7-Ed Willey - Clinton fund raiser, found dead November 1993 deep in the woods in VA of a gunshot wound to the head. Ruled a suicide. Ed Willey died on the same day his wife KathleenWilley claimed Bill Clinton groped her in the oval office in the White House. Ed Willey was involved in several Clinton fund raising events.

8-Jerry Parks -Head of Clinton’s gubernatorial security team in Little Rock. Gunned down in his car at a deserted intersection outside Little Rock. Park's son said his father was building a dossier on Clinton. He allegedly threatened to reveal this information. After he died the files were mysteriously removed from his house.

9-James Bunch - Died from a gunshot suicide. It was reported that he had a "Black Book" of people which contained names of influential people who visited prostitutes in Texas and Arkansas.

10-James Wilson - Was found dead in May 1993 from an apparent hanging suicide. He was reported to have ties to Whitewater.

11-Kathy Ferguson- Ex-wife of Arkansas Trooper Danny Ferguson, was found dead in May 1994, in her living room with a gunshot to her head. It was ruled a suicide even though there were several packed suitcases, as if she were going somewhere. Danny Ferguson was a co-defendant along with Bill Clinton in the Paula Jones lawsuit. Kathy Ferguson was a possible corroborating witness for Paula Jones.

12-Bill Shelton - Arkansas State Trooper and fiancé of Kathy Ferguson. Critical of the suicide ruling of his fiancé, he was found dead in June, 1994 of a gunshot wound also ruled a suicide at the grave site of his fiancé.

13-Gandy Baugh - Attorney for Clinton’s friend Dan Lassater, died by jumping out a window of a tall building January, 1994. His client was a convicted drug distributor.

14-Florence Martin - Accountant & subcontractor for the CIA, was related to the Barry Seal Mean Airport drug smuggling case. He died of three gunshot wounds.

15- Suzanne Coleman - Reportedly had an affair with Clinton when he was Arkansas Attorney General. Died of a gunshot wound to the back of the head, ruled a suicide. Was pregnant at the time of her death.

16-Paula Grober - Clinton’s speech interpreter for the deaf from 1978 until her death December 9, 1992. She died in a one car accident.

17-Danny Casolaro - Investigative reporter. Investigating Mean Airport and Arkansas Development Finance Authority. He slit his wrists, apparently, in the middle of his investigation.

18-Paul Wilcher - Attorney investigating corruption at Mena Airport with Casolaro and the 1980 "October Surprise" was found dead on a toilet June 22, 1993 in his Washington , DC apartment. Had delivered a report to Janet Reno 3 weeks before his death.

19-Jon Parnell Walker - White water investigator for Resolution Trust Corp. Jumped to his death from his Arlington, Virginia apartment balcony August 15, 1993. He was investigating the Morgan Guaranty scandal.

20-Barbara Wise - Commerce Department staffer. Worked closely with Ron Brown and John Huang. Cause of death unknown. Died November 29, 1996. Her bruised, nude body was found locked in her office at the Department of Commerce.

21-Charles Meissner -Assistant Secretary of Commerce who gave John Huang special security clearance, died shortly thereafter in a small plane crash.

22-Dr. Stanley Heard - Chairman of the National Chiropractic Health Care Advisory Committee died with his attorney Steve Dickson in a small plane crash. Dr. Heard, in addition to serving on Clinton’s advisory council personally treated Clinton’s mother, stepfather and brother.

23-Barry Seal -Drug running pilot out of Mena Arkansas, death was no accident.

24-Johnny Lawhorn Jr. - Mechanic, found a check made out to Bill Clinton in the trunk of a car left at his repair shop. He was found dead after his car had hit a utility pole.

25-Stanley Huggins - Investigated Madison Guaranty. His death was reported suicide and his report was never released.

26- Hershell Friday - Attorney and Clinton fund raiser died March 1, 1994 when his plane exploded.

27-Kevin Ives & Don Henry - Known as "The boys on the track" case. Reports say the boys may have stumbled upon the Mena Arkansas airport drug operation. A controversial case, the initial report of death said, due to falling asleep on railroad tracks. Later reports claim the 2 boys had been slain before being placed on the tracks. Many linked to the case died before their testimony could come before a Grand Jury.


28-Keith Coney - Died when his motorcycle slammed into the back of a truck, 7/88.

29-Keith McMaskle - Died stabbed 113 times, Nov, 1988

30-Gregory Collins - Died from a gunshot wound January 1989.

31-Jeff Rhodes - He was shot, mutilated and found burned in a trash dump in April 1989.

32-James Milan - Found decapitated. However, the Coroner ruled his death was due to "natural causes".

33-Jordan Kettleson - Was found shot to death in the front seat of his pickup truck in June 1990.
34-Richard Winters - A suspect in the Ives / Henry deaths. He was killed in a set-up robbery July 1989.


35 -Major William S. Barkley Jr.

36-Captain Scott J. Reynolds

37-Sgt. Brian Hanley

38-Sgt. Tim Sabel

39-Major General William Robertson

40-Col. William Densberger

41-Col. Robert Kelly

42-Spec. Gary Rhodes

43-Steve Willis

44-Robert Williams

45-Conway LeBleu

46-Todd McKeehan

Monday, February 4, 2008

AFC, huh?

As you all probably know, I am a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan. As you also may have noticed, I have been particularly quiet since making my prediction of a Dallas vs. San Diego Super Bowl. After treatment and meds for depression, I have decided to break my self imposed football silence. I would love to talk about the AFC's "so-called" dominance of the NFL. The AFC has been pretty good over the last few years but their reign is coming to an end. My only real beef wit the AFC is that they house the Pittsburgh Steelers, and they act as if they are so much better than the NFC (which houses the Cowboys). They were talking like the NFC was the JVs. Now all that talk should be ended. With Super Bowl XLII, we saw the third best team in the "weaker" division, man-handle the best team in the AFC. A team that some were calling "the best team ever assembled", with "the greatest quarterback to ever play the position". I'm just glad that the shift of power is beginning, because the NFC needs to get a few more rings, now that having 5 isn't so special anymore. But that's just my opinion though, and who the hell am I?

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Uncle Murda

I have to write about another phenomenon in Hip-Hop that has me a bit unnerved. There is a new up and coming rapper that is forcing rap music to take a few steps back. His name is Uncle Murda. He is signed to Def Jam and is linked to the Roca-fella family. My problems with the MC are obvious.
1.) His name is Uncle Murda and he is one of those MCs who pride themselves on being, and keeping it, real. He was a well know and documented trigger man/ stick-up kid before picking up the mic. Of the few tracks and mixtapes that I have heard from him, he doesn't shy away from the topic of killing and often says how willing he is to do it.

2.) He is always talking about how he "really did shoot niggas" or how he'll "kill a muthafucka like it is nothing".

3.) He recently got shot in his head and lived. I have no problem with that. Afterwards he released a track entitled, "Hard To Kill" ,where he talks about how he got shot in the head. There was no regret or talk of being on the wrong path or anything to sway a person from going that route. In fact, he says the phrase, "I got shot in the head" at least 10 times. Sounds a little glamorization to me.

He is an amazingly talented MC but I'm not sure if this is the path NWA, Ice Cube, or Ice T expected gangsta to head in. Maybe I'm just an old guy venting about young cats, or maybe I'm just too far detached from the streets; but this doesn't sit right with me. But that's just my opinion though, and who the hell am I?

The Five Precepts

You all know how I feel about religion, but I saw this and thought that it was really cool. This could be a wonderful replacement or fill-in for those who can't quite stomach the Ten Commandments. These are connected to the Buddhist religion.

The Five Precepts

1. Abstain from taking life.

2. Abstain from taking that which is not given.

3. Abstain from misconduct done in lust.

4. Abstain from lying.

5. Abstain from all forms of intoxication.

I like them. It seems as though, these can be used to build a firm foundation of life. But that's just my opinion though, and who the hell am I?

The Artist formerly known as......

I have been getting a little down about my current work situation and it has had me in a little of a stagnant funk. As I was trying to get myself out of it, I learned another way to positively manipulate myself and the situation. When I think of, myself, my job, and the work I do; I refer to it as the Art. When someone asks me what I do, I respond that I practice the Art of Counseling or teach the Art of Productive Communication. I also explain that I am trying to learn to master the Art. It helps. The conversation that it strikes up is usually very interesting. Instead of instantly getting their personal editorial on whether or not counseling works, or if it ever has helped anyone; you engage people to find out what that Artistic side of it is and how you do it. This will not only work for me or my profession, I believe it will work for several others also. So, here is my assignment: what ever your job, career, or profession is; find a way to work Art into the description. If you are a janitor, you practice/master the Art of Structural Hygiene. If you are a police officer, you practice/master the Art of Protective Service. If you are a cashier, you practice/master the Art of Treasury Management. I only suggest do this if you need a little self esteem jump start, or you are struggling with a job that you love. It helps when you are in a rut. This doesn't work well if your job directly and/or purposefully hurts others, though.

There is a certain luxury and unspoken individualism granted to Artists and I think it is time to extend that courtesy to any and all. I guarantee that there are some of you who are reading this right now and are thinking of how ridiculous this seems. You have made a different choice. You do not choose to be Artists. Instead you have chosen to be Critics. I guess wherever there is Art there will be Criticism of that Art. If you have chosen to be a Critic, I hope it was an educated and well thought out choice. If you have chosen to be an Artist, remember that the great Artists never really listened to Critics anyway. But that's just my opinion though, and who the hell am I?
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