THE 3 STOOGES

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Welcome to an Arizona “sitcom” combining the best of … The Three Stooges, The Sopranos and the Keystone Cops

Starring … Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley, who each loves to play games and each loves being in the spotlight.

And each of them enjoys puffing up in a manner of … Dirty Harry … to utter … “go ahead, make my day” …or uttering one of those immortal lines from the … Godfather … “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse” …

But for my money these three more aptly portray … the 3 Stooges … playing Larry, we have Don Stapley, as Curley we have Andrew Thomas and as Moe, Joe Arpaio. While their antics are at times and in the moment sometimes humorous they are fundamentally the fumblers and bunglers of their alter egos, coupled with the Keystone Cops of being totally perplexed as to the reality or gravity of the situation they are creating.

It matters not to any of these three as they are each hell bent on gamesmanship and proving to each other I am Hill of the Hill … I’m the boss, so there, take that. And all the while the meek, timid, blind, deaf and dumb citizens of Maricopa County watch afraid to just stand up to each of them and sayENOUGH OF THIS CRAP there is work to be done and if you are not prepared to do it immediately, then YOU’RE FIRED.

What the Hell are we waiting for … they work for us … we do not work for them

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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

…“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world…indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” … Margaret Mead

… “they must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority” … G. Massey, Egyptologist

… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …
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And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.

Respectfully submitted,

OUR LEGACY TO AMERICA’S YOUTH

PANEL: TEST ALL TEENS FOR DEPRESSION … shouts this headline article in the 30 March 09 issue of the Az Republic. Does this headline scream out to you as it does to me…?

THROUGH A DIFFERENT LENS … Assuming for a moment this reputed influential medical panel is only 50% correct what message is being sent to us and in turn might we ask what message are we delivering to America’s youth…? If as estimated at least 6% of US teenage (under 20) population is clinically depressed … which is about 19 million of the estimated 310 million Americans, is this not a significant number…? And moreover, are these not the future leaders of our nation…? What action did “we” take which provided the impetus for such an epidemic…? Or do “we” summarily close our eyes, become deaf and dumb and pass responsibility solely to them…? I mean they’re teenager so they are expected to be wild, woolly, difficult, troubling, troubled, hormonally charged and finding it difficult to cope with a world over which they feel they have little or no input.

Are “we” not accountable and responsible for providing an environment in which at the very least they are not depressed…? Might they be depressed because the consistent message we send, psychologically charged and techno-wrapped, to them 24/7 is to do as I say not as I do…? We preach about accepting responsibility and to be accountable for their actions, while we summarily daily take action to pass accountability and responsibility for all of our action to our environment forward to generations yet unborn…? We consistently chastise them should they stray from the straight and narrow engage in lying, cheating, stealing, maiming of other others, while we daily reward those captains of industry whose empires were made by walking with their hobnail boots over the backs of others all the while treating them inhumanely, stealing their health, lying about the air they breath and the water they drink…?

And the education we provide is that deemed politically correct and appropriate by for-profit corporate America, who for the last 40 years has consistently engaged in a deliberate “dumbing-down” eliminating their curiosity, denying their right to challenge, desensitizing them to accept without provocation unilaterally invading a sovereign nation whose people have taken no overt or direct war-like actions against the USA…? Where the captains of industry each fly their own corporate jets to a government hearing where on bend and knee they seek “bail-out” funds from us, for the depressing state they allowed their business to decline solely under their watch…? Where because, money has become the mothers-milk of politics, state politicians balance their state budget’s on the back of education by raising tuition, while cutting classes, by severing after-school care for working mothers, by eliminating what many came to see as “safety-net” of day-care and pre-natal and other health related functions, while making sure the budget supports their junkets to DC and other locales for their precious conventions, seminars and other social gatherings..?

With this as the mere tip of the iceberg, would you not be a bit depressed to be summarily shut out of having a “real” hand in directing an environment being prepared to be handed to them…? I don’t know about you, but you’re damn right I would be depressed.

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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

…“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world…indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” … Margaret Mead

… “they must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority” … G. Massey, Egyptologist

… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …
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And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.

Respectfully submitted,

“TIPPING POINTS” = DISCLOSURE

. ….Among Climate Scientists, a Dispute Over “Tipping Points … March 29, 2009 …THE NEW YORK TIMES … By ANDREW C. REVKIN … excerpted … The language was apocalyptic. Last month, a leading climate scientist warned that Earth’s rising temperatures were poised to set off irreversible disasters if steps were not taken quickly to stop global warming. ..“The climate is nearing tipping points,” … “If we do not change course, we’ll hand our children a situation that is out of their control.” … But the idea that the planet is nearing tipping points — thresholds at which change suddenly becomes unstoppable — has driven a wedge between scientists who otherwise share deep concerns about the implications of a human-warmed climate. … Environmentalists and some climate experts are increasingly warning of impending tipping points in their efforts to stir public concern. The term confers a sense of immediacy and menace to potential threats from a warming climate — dangers that otherwise might seem too distant for people to worry about. …But other scientists say there is little hard evidence to back up specific predictions of catastrophe. They worry that the use of the term “tipping point” can be misleading and could backfire, fueling criticism of alarmism and threatening public support for reducing greenhouse gas emissions….

A VIEW THROUGH A DIFFENT LENS …While I understand a scientific or dispute based on logic over “tipping points” what continues to astound me is a fundamental disbelief that as a result of our “actions” the health of mankind and the resources necessary to support life on this planet are severely and unquestioningly compromised, where life as we understand it could terminate quickly and unexpectedly. Should one choose to read this as some form of dooms-day epitaph that is not the intent…? One only needs to review, especially for us living in the wild and wooly west and southwest USA, at the ruins of civilizations long since departed which is being traced to an unrealistic and over use of the natural resources consistently available to sustain a culture.

When is a magic “tipping point” reached, I do not claim to have that knowledge, nor the ability to achieve its magical determination. Why are we so fixated on isolating a point certain in time when around us daily abounds information and data evidencing a severe imbalance…?

One can argue incessantly about what these imbalances are, who or what are the root causes and who or what are to blame. But for what purpose…? That they exist should be sufficient for us to want to find a solution to eliminate further exacerbation of their proliferation.

“Tipping point” has, like so many other words in the vocabulary we use, been turned into propaganda designed to hasten us to achieving a decision carefully orchestrated and manipulated by those pulling our puppet strings. Words like clean air, safe water, green environment and mother earth have become toys of corporate for-profit interests skillfully camouflaged and techno-treated to goad us into taking actions often contrary to our long term best interests.

The “tipping point” for me … is when “we” – that’s you and me – find the individual internal resolve to get off our butts and clearly voice … NO MORE. Though initially the … no more … may appear at first blush to be woefully different as we each give voice, very shortly, we will discover common ground, common points of agreement providing the staging for us to demand full, open, honest DISCLOSURE especially from all those in government, academia and any form of business.

Lack of full, open, honest disclosure masks, veils, camouflages all “tipping point” denying them the illumination they require to be seen. When DISCLOSURE prevails … “tipping points” … can become self-evident.

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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

…“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world…indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” … Margaret Mead

… “they must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority” … G. Massey, Egyptologist

… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …
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And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.

Respectfully submitted,

NO COMMENT, wink, wink

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NO COMMENT … wink, wink … it’s a game and though most everyone knows it, we still choose to fall prey to its deviousness. Why…?

Most, though certainly not all no comment … remarks … are but triggers, signals, smoke screens, devices deliberately sent out reeking with a latent message.

The game instantly understood is to be the first to decipherer the alleged hidden gem and purposefully as yet undisclosed political or social nugget.

And being able to attach some veiled, cloaked, dark, particularly sinister aspect and WOW have you got a story to tell and a most willing voyeur audience anxious to hear and see it unfold. The more tawdry, the better, and allowing it to unfold in an almost excruciating painfully slow manner, though driving everyone crazy, the greater the level of growing anxiety and expectation of a tumultuous climax on the part of this anxious voyeur audience.

When queried we often remark our abhorrence to this “no comment” nonsense while secretly delighting in the growing hysterics and theatrics, a virtual shark like feeding frenzy and “we” are, there, avidly watching it unfold.

This is what “real” life for us has become and we get to watch it “live” on TV.

NO COMMENT …

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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

…“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world…indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” … Margaret Mead

… “they must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority” … G. Massey, Egyptologist

… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …
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And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.

Respectfully submitted,

Yea, we want to know

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…LET’S GET STARTED…! THE PEOPLE CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR WHAT THEY’RE THINKING … the caption of this cartoon, an interesting aside on how “we” get information which becomes – truth – in America.

When queried, many of us, voice how we despise “Nosey Polls, Inc” and their ilk, but when published – “we” – including moi, make us of this information as if it were manna from heaven and attached in many cases the same level of belief.

Why is that, when most of us are aware of the myriad of pitfalls in the preparation, implementation and evaluation of the data gathered as result of these polls…? It has been written by others with minds and credentials vastly more appropriate than my own, the outcome to most all polls are known in advance and the questions are posed to prove the outcome. Is this fraud, I don’t know, but I doubt it is deliberate, it is merely a function of how the human mind operates. You are certainly free to hold a quite different perspective I am not here to challenge it.

I am here to say, “we” like to know that “we” or more appropriately – I – am not out there all by my lose some, alone, isolated, a one-man-band. There is comfort knowing others, even a few, share my view, idea, perspective and it can serve as a motivator to strive to induce others to embrace my point of view. Few human beings can for any extended length of time go it alone and choose a path which purposefully isolates them from others, especially on a social communicative level.

So it might be stated we strive to learn and know what others are “thinking” as this knowing permits us to find and determine where our “tribe” is located and seek entry into that tribe as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Yea, like the “no comment” game, though we often mouth our displeasure we seek it out as it provides a tangible aspect of meaning to our lives.

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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

…“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world…indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” … Margaret Mead

… “they must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority” … G. Massey, Egyptologist

… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …
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And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.

Respectfully submitted,

REMOVING OBSTACLES

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It may well be a fair question to pose whether Americans in 2009 have lost their reputed ingenuity and tenacity to find a way over, under, around, removing, jumping over whatever barricade or obstacle we encounter.

It might be that “we” are becoming aware the barricades and obstacles in our path are largely of our own creation and that finding a way to maneuver about them requires reaching out and asking for assistance. Our history, especially in the West, is to go it alone, as did Marshal Will Cane in HIGH NOON. To find that to remove the barricades and obstacles we created, requiring us to seek help can in itself become a barricade or obstacle we need to successfully address…?

The era that “we” can go it alone, need no one, is, if not over, then coming to an ending, ushering in an era where to remove barricades and obstacles requires reaching out embracing and honoring others.

This requires us to be open and willing to embrace a new paradigm, not easily achieved.

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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

…“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world…indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” … Margaret Mead

… “they must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority” … G. Massey, Egyptologist

… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …
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And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.

Respectfully submitted,

BEING MORE ON-LINE THAN IN REAL LIFE

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Without question we can become “anything” we choose projecting an internet persona often quite at odds to that which we project in “real” life. Why is that…?

Why do we feel the need to be something in one dimension that we are afraid to be in another…? It may be cloaked in the feeling there is “safety” making claims in one dimension that are felt are more easily verified in another. Yet, I believe most people are aware there is truly little security on the internet, the illusion, yes, the reality being means and methods exist to enable anyone track one on the internet with relative ease.

I wonder at times if the internet persona some choose is but a reflection of an aspect of youth we each long for, those carefree times of make-believe, saving the damsel in distress, championing a cause, riding in on the silver laden saddle and flashing sword on a white-steed to slay the dragon and save the day.

Might it be the real you is the one you project on the internet … ?
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… People should never be afraid of their government, government should always be afraid of the people …

…“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world…indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” … Margaret Mead

… “they must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority” … G. Massey, Egyptologist

… “Everyone has the right to clean and accessible water, adequate for the health and well-being of the individual and family, and no one shall be deprived of such access or quality of water due to individual economic circumstances” …
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And let me be even a bit bolder, I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue with any audience in Arizona where open full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.

Respectfully submitted,

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