June 26, 2022

When I was much younger I used to look at other countries and say that they were ahead of us in understanding morality. Then came the sixties and we caught up to them. This week we went backward in women’s rights and raised the threat level to civil rights. We are no longer the world’s leader in Democracy but are heading towards an Orwellington form of government. Our Supreme court is no longer the unbiased interpreter of our constitution but rather a biased dismantler of Democracy. This court was never meant to be a political tool of political or ideological groups. They are giving the Republican radicals an excuse to not just reinterpret but to rewrite the Constitution, starting with the Bill of Rights. These people are ready to use force to bring about their view of how we live. They are not the Communists we’ve feared for years they are our neighbors. The people we’ve invited into our houses and broke bread with. These are now the greatest threat to our way of life. Those who sit around and do nothing, because they don’t want to rock your boat, should look at history. That is precisely what the German people did until it was too late and they woke up with Nazis at their doors. This is the ANCIENT ONE and ANTONIA saying wake up before it’s too late from Medellin, Colombia.

I knew the history associated with Juneteenth but not the specifics of it, and for that I am sorry. I blame that and the fact that I didn’t know it was a holiday while living in Colombia. The news I get is somewhat watered down a little. I read stories based on headlines and if the headline doesn’t grab me I move on. I know that’s no excuse but it’s the only one I got. When they were talking about the 19th down here it was Father’s day they were referring to. They had to move that day because of the Presidential election, it is now June 26. The election also contributed to my ignorance as it consumes the news down here. I know with all the bullshit going on and the rise of racist Politicians in the US people are worried and I think they should be. I think parents should turn around and look at their kids and realize they may never get to vote in a free election. They should let their kids see Orwell’s 1984 and the Handmaid’s tale. People of color, Latinos, and Native Americans could face something worse than Segregation and women could start losing all their hard-won rights. It won’t happen overnight but if it does we sit around and say how did this happen or more correctly how did we let this happen because this won’t happen because of some attack from outside this will happen because we thought it never would. Antonia and I hope all our friends, no matter their race or skin color, have a wonderful Father’s Day and do all they can to protect their futures. This is THE ANCIENT ONE and ANTONIA saying CIAO from Medellin, Colombia.

Every Sunday I sit at this computer and say I can finally get away from writing about Trump and something appears in the news to change that. This week they started the public hearings about Jan. 6. All it did was bring back memories of the OJ Simpson trial. You remember. What I remember most about that was his Lawyer Johnny Cockrin saying in an interview that is wasn’t rich he would have been convicted in weeks. I took this to mean that the average person doesn’t stand a chance of getting real justice because real justice is expensive or to put it more simply MONEY TALKS BULLSHIT WALKS. People want to compare this to Watergate, this is much worse. Donald Trump deserves to be in jail not just for what he did on Jan 6 but for his business dealings as well. He has made politics not about a government for the people an by the people but rather white vs color and male dominance vs famine rights. If by chance he does get near indictment he’ll probably run to Russia, North Korea, or some other home for despots. He showed the world our bad side. Russia, for years, has waited, as did we with them, for us to tear ourselves apart, it would appear that the wait might be over. They have rared him as the worse President ever, yet there’s a better than 50-50 chance he could be elected in 2024. I guess with these hearings going on I’ll be stuck writing about politics for the summer. Maybe we’ll get lucky and Americans will wake up and end this mess, but I won’t hold my breath. This is THE ANCIENT ONE and his best friend ANTONIA saying CIAO from Medellin, Colombia.

If you’ve read any of my stuff on gun control you know I have a couple of problems with what’s out there. I really don’t want to ban guns but I do need a reason why people need 15, 20, 50, or more capacity magazines. I was a member of a rifle team in high school and an expert in the National Guard. We didn’t have all the automatic weapons available now, we actually had to see what we were shooting at. I’ve always thought that the Marine Sniper motto One shot One kill worked pretty well if you were a hunter. I don’t own guns anymore because quite frankly going out to shoot with a guy who has a 25-round mag in his rifle scares the shit out of me. They limit the number of rounds you can have in a shotgun in New Jersey and no one complains, but if you say you can’t have 30 rounds in your rifle people get crazy. When I ask why they need that many bullets to go hunting or target shooting they don’t have any kind of answer that makes sense. There is at least one legal gun for every person living in the US. Now tell me this has nothing to do with the increase in mass shootings. We have one of these at least once a week. Are street gangs to blame for all the gun violence? Sometimes, it has become increasingly more about people with extreme views and unstable minds. Who do we blame for this? It’s all of us. We can’t sit back and expect our politicians or law enforcement people to do it all. First of all, politicians are only interested in staying in office with their cushy little jobs. The police are not just overwhelmed but we have restricted them as to what they can, and can’t do. Those restrictions are needed so are new laws with greater penalties. People are going to have to choose what’s more important their 2nd amendment rights or the lives of their kids. This has been brought to you by THE ANCIENT ONE and ANTONIA CIAO from Medellin, Colombia.