Greetings fellow Americans! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything on here. So I’m here to review the first episode of AHS: Cult. I enjoyed last season immensely especially after the hum-drum Hotel season. However, this looks to be a crazy and wonderful season. Straight from the beginning, Ryan Murphy hits hard with the extremes of both sides of the political spectrum and how they reacted in regards to Trumps ascendancy to the Presidency. You see two Left leaning folks freak out. Ally (Sarah Paulson) breaks down as the news of the Trump win with a string expletives that I’m sure resounded within many election watchers. And also within the same scene, we see a Hillary supporter start bashing Jill Stein supporters. I’ve experienced this just recently, so the wounds are still fresh with Hillary supporters. The other Left leaning person is Winter (Billie Lourd) as she is watching the horror of the Trump win unfold, she comments on “What was wrong with CNN for not giving us a trigger warning before they announced the results?”. Finally we have alt-Right crazyman Kai (Evan Peters) having a figurative orgasm over the Trump win. In my humble opinion, these are great caricatures of the divisive environment our country is embroiled in and I think a dramatic look at these issues needs to occur. I commend Ryan Murphy for this season.
Now certain articles such as Rolling Stones article complains about the cartoon quality of the characters of this season. I think the cartoonish quality is quite on par with how the two extremes are these days. Both the Left and the Right have become circus clowns on a murderous spree against opposing ideas and free speech. Look at the recent spate of White Supremacists and ANTIFA clashes. These are the clowns that want to destroy freedom for the sake of their own agenda. These are the clowns parading as human beings when they are acting like the stereotype that is imposed upon them. So to have the characters in AHS: Cult as not human beings, but cartoons is not too far from the truth. I’m sure both sides will hate this season as it progresses because it provides a mirror onto their antics and their extremism, but seriously America needs this and they need it bad because our extremism is becoming our downfall. Our extremism is destroying the United States from within and if we don’t take a long, painful look at ourselves we’re going to become the next Nazi Germany/ Soviet Russia or worse Khmer Rouge Cambodia. You can’t simply act out on your extremist views without having someone provide your ugly reflection back into your face.
Rolling Stone ends their article with this, “The country is sick, yes, but not in the way Trump – or Cult – seems to believe it is.” It’s not simply a belief, but an observation made by those who aren’t entirely extreme. Extremists are the minority in this country, but they are receiving the most views on social media, in the news and everywhere else. Those of us who don’t abide by any specific political ideology, those of us in the center, and those of us who are simply apathetic aren’t represented proportionally. AHS: Cult is that representation of the views of those who aren’t extreme. It’s what we see on the news and on social media. So, if you’re offended by how AHS: Cult portrays your side of the aisle, ask Ryan Murphy to provide trigger warnings prior to each episode.
Being half-Hispanic and a proud Asatruar, this problem with white nationalists perverting our religion for their ridiculous racist nonsense needs to be taken on in every arena presented to us. Not only does it pervert our religion, but it spills over into the mainstream media that enjoys anything that will present an uptick in ratings. This is one of those things that generates hype and thus a negative image. It is up to us to fight this with all of our being in honor of our Gods.
My father comes from a small South American country and we have had our run ins with racists who wanted us out of their town. We stayed in said town and never left. Caving into fear only elevates those doing the attacking, whether physical or verbal, onto a faux horse of superiority. Thankfully, the attacks my family endured were verbal and lasted a few months. Once they realized we weren’t going anywhere they backed off. Unfortunately for others, this is not the case. We got lucky.
There is an unfortunate tie-in with Asatru that even I fell for: you had to be of Nordic blood. One day, many years ago, I made an oath to our Gods that if I discovered I had Nordic blood I would convert to the faith of Asatru. At the time I had followed a more eclectic pagan faith drawing from many faiths that included Buddhism (which Buddhism is still an aspect of my faith today). A few weeks passed by and my mother (who is of a Northern European heritage mixed with some distant Native American) was doing our family tree and we discovered that we had Swedish ancestors who came to America in the 1700’s. Since it was an oath made to the Gods, I honored my oath and have been Asatruar since then. Today, I cringe at such an oath, but when you make an oath to the Gods no matter how lame it may seem, you honor it. Unfortunately, at the time there weren’t many Asatru groups to choose from especially AFA being the main one to do research from. Now there’s TAC (The Asatru Community), which is a universalist Asatru group which has no racist dogma. It’s straight forward Asatru that is presented in a way that doesn’t dissuade you from practicing the religion or even being open about it.
However, you have things like white supremacists killing in the name of our religion that the media loves to run amok with. It’s a hard read, but you need to if you care about our faith and about the Gods. You can not cower in fear of what the words might say. How can we combat this ignorance? We must educate those who feel our religion is a bastion for racism that it is not a racist religion and it should not be judged as such because of the actions of the few who supposedly hold similar beliefs in the Gods. Perhaps by presenting a missive to each media outlet who reports these heinous actions, by those who supposedly follow our faith, we can attempt to posit our side of the story.
Racists are ignorant, that is a fact. Just think, if racists actually believed in the Gods, then they would know that in essence Thor is a “biracial” God since he is of Aesir and Jotnar blood. That’s why I don’t believe there is a modicum of faith in the Gods in concerns to racists. It’s all about politics and whenever a political agenda mixes with a religion it becomes a perverted form of that religion that lacks in any substance. It becomes a darkened shell with no soul. All you have to do is peruse through history to see this and even today with extremist Islam. It’s not about true faith, but rather about expanding a political agenda.
Our duty as Asatruar is to educate the public about our faith and allow them the opportunity to hear our side, our beliefs and present an example that Asatruar is for everyone and not just those of Nordic or Northern European blood. Odin isn’t called the All-Father for nothing and that is something each person needs to realize. We may be laughed at and ridiculed by many as a “racist religion” or as a “comic book religion”, but how we conduct ourselves as Asatruar and as human beings will start to erode away those ignorantly derived labels. We must never cower away from adversity, we must always confront it head on. That is the Asatru Way of Life.
For a long time, I’ve always considered myself a very optimistic person, giving those selected to the position of the American Presidency the chance to prove themselves as a competent leader. For the first 100 days of Trump I did just that. “Nah, he’s not that radical, he’s a real estate mogul wanting to play leader. He won’t do anything.” Well, how wrong I was proven sure struck down my optimism with
healthy dose of the reality pill.
From the gutting of the EPA and the regulations against pollution to allowing basically any state wishing to make a hefty profit to mine resources off of what was Federally protected lands to the recent push through of the American Healthcare Act yesterday through the House of Representatives. This is by far a recipe for disaster. Not only does it further divide our country along political lines, but it also makes look weak. “Weak?! You’re kidding me, right?” No, I’m not. It’s true along the same reasons why Obama helped destabilize our country into an awkward morass of divisions. This whole Us vs. US thing that politicians do to the average American is simply a play for power. If the people are consistently divided, then politicians can do whatever they want.
So when you have riot on a certain campus ( looking at you Berkley), you feed the antagonism of the political elite (which includes Trump, Pence, Clinton and yes Bernie Sanders). This is what they want! They want us to fight as they sit in their cozy homes watching the plebians fight among themselves. To them, our fighting each other is akin to Americans obsession with reality shows. However, all of this faux rage is just that, it’s fake because if it were genuine it would last longer and actually provide a platform of change. Instead, it divides further and makes the rift between all Americans bigger than the rift in the huge ice shelf about to break off Antarctica. I will state that there are some well-meaning folks in both camps that want to see this country in a better state, but the radicals appropriate the message of peace and unity into an antithetical statement of violence, hatred and fascistic tendencies. Both the Left and the Right are to blame for this. They are both increasingly shifting to fascism. Red fascism (communism) is no different than Right Wing fascism (Alt-Right). It all leads to violence and hate.
Currently, I’m a student in college studying for a Biology degree. However, my story doesn’t end simply there. I’m also a polytheistic pagan. Yeah, you read that right, I’m a STEM student who believes in a multitude of Gods and no I don’t find either conflicting with each other. Science is the study of the natural world and the physical laws that go along with it. Gods on the other hand are supernatural and are outside the realm of what science can perceive. So, science can not prove nor disprove the existence of the Gods, it’s simply based on the premise of faith and anecdotal evidence that, to me at least, the Gods exist. I do not speak for anyone else involved in the science field nor for any other pagans out there. This is solely my beliefs.
Now, lets get to what I’m really writing about. As many people know there’s going to be a country wide March for Science this Saturday. This is very very very very VERY important since we have an anti-science government in power in the US of A. They deny climate change specifically, which has been proven conclusively with over a thousand peer reviewed paper on the subject. The science behind climate change is literally being tossed out the window by the Trump Administration and being replaced with anti-science nonsense that is wholly backed by companies mainly in the fossil industries. Really, that shouldn’t be too surprising in the least. What else do you expect from a businessman? I believe it’s important that everyone get out, everyone who gives a damn about our planet whether you are pagan, atheist, agnostic or even Christian (you guys actually have some verses in the Bible that states pollution is shunned b your Gods), should be out there marching with scientists. There is an app for Android devices called March for Science that will help find you the nearest march. It’s for Free so there should be no reason not to download this app.
Science is the only forward for our species. The quest for knowledge, especially among pagans, is paramount. Odin sacrificed Himself for knowledge of the Runes and ultimately his eye for wisdom. Perhaps we all should be like Odin except without the dramatics of self sacrifice of body parts, but rather sacrificing our time in our lives to devote to obtaining new knowledge no matter how daunting it may seem. In the the end, the knowledge gained through hard work and research is far more fulfilling.
So I hope that the march will be successful in forcing the Trump Administration to avert its ridiculous war on science and that soon scientists will be running for public office to exact change from within. Hel, maybe once I get my degree, do some time in a lab, I’ll run for public office one day. We’ll see.
Brightest Blessings to all out there and have a great Yggdrasil Day (Earth Day)!!
Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away? – Ripley (Aliens, 1986)
Unfortunately, this is a question I ask myself everyday since after the Election. The more I see how Trump supporters are outing themselves for the misled minions of a mutant Cheeto with a toupee, the more I wonder how far has the national IQ dropped. People, Idiocracy wasn’t supposed to be a documentary of what is to come, but rather a funny movie. No longer is it funny. It’s depressing because the very aspects of the culture of Idiocracy is becoming more prevalent these days than ever before. Trumps election to the head seat of the United States just proves how close we are to an Idiocratic dystopia.
I leave you, my wonderful readers, with this example of anti-science rhetoric we will most likely have to deal with for four years. Buckle up, it’s going to be one hell of a ride!
It’s always funny to see Christians talk about persecution especially when they were last persecuted around 300 CE. Afterwards, they were the ones rampaging and persecuting against pagans for centuries. Now, they’re pulling the victim card while stating that “we need to get back to our Christian roots with Christian public school education.” Sorry to say, but theocracies don’t work out as they plan. Instead of providing Heaven on Earth, it becomes Hell on Earth when people believe they are doing “Gods” work. YOu can’t state you are for liberty and freedom while calling for the 10 Commandments to be the rule of the land. Commandment #1 especially puts a halt on that whole idea of freedom and liberty. If people aren’t given the right to believe in one God, many Gods or no Gods, then you don’t have freedom, you have tyranny.
Wild Bill for America is the prime example of one of those supposedly freedom loving Americans who deep down want a theocracy even though he denies such. When you vociferously call for Christian “education” in public schools and want the 10 Commandments to be the law of the land, I believe that’s proof enough of wanting a Christian theocracy in charge of our country.
With the ascendancy of the Trump Presidency, we ought to be vigilant about what takes place in the United States. How far will Trump pander to the evangelicals who helped him into power? If he wants to retain his position in American politics, it’s not inconceivable that Trump will do what it takes to keep his power. So, it’s up to us Americans to make sure that the swing to extremism doesn’t occur.
Jill Stein for President, some Libertarian for either Senate or House, and for local government I wrote in Aleister Crowley, Ragnar Lodbrock and myself. I kept true to my plan of NOT voting for ANY of the Kleptocrat party or commonly known individually as the Democrat and Republican parties.
Of course, there will plenty of people saying that I wasted my vote today. No, I didn’t. I voted based on my conscience rather than the rehashed nonsense of voting for the “lesser of two evils”. If more people surpassed that mentality, we would have more Third Parties in seats of government today. However, the Republicans and Democrats work in tandem to make sure that Third Party voices, such as Jill Stein, be drowned out. In fact, both Obama and Romney in 2012 both had NOTHING to say when Jill Stein was arrested for demanding that she be able to debate the Kleptocrats. She has that right as do ALL Third Parties have that right to debate the Kleptocrats on the issues at hand. This is why real change will never occur until people in this country change their mindset from lesser of two evils to Third Parties can create that change.
So come 2020, we’ll see if more people wake up instead of slumber peacefully ignoring the Kleptocrats stranglehold on power in the United States. The more ignorant people remain, the longer the hold on power is. Unfortunately, my optimism 8 years ago has waned. Now, pessimism reigns supreme as I watch people debase themselves with classless acts like booing a candidate they dislike on their way to vote to out and out violence or threats there of. Maybe, just maybe I’ll pleasantly surprised, but I’m not counting on it.
May the Gods keep our country peaceful during this heated time.
What a joke this election turned into. It became a clash of oligarchical titans spewing venom into each others faces as opposed telling us why we should vote for them. Instead, it has been an admittance by each person that they are horrible people, but a vote in their favor would be better than a vote for the bigger of two evils. I personally don’t support either one of these people. My vote tomorrow will go to Jill Stein of the Green Party. I’d rather rather vote with my conscience rather than for “the lesser of two evils” which, in my humble opinion, are the same type of evil we strive daily to stay away from.
Trump (Herr Drumpf)
What’s wrong with this picture? Why it’s Trump and the Clintons together at Trumps wedding in 2005. For people so diametrically opposed to each other the Clintons sure had no problems hamming it up with Trump. If we can condemn Donald Rumsfelds picture with Saddam Hussein, then we can apply the same logic here. These two are playing a game with the American people and no matter who wins, this country is in trouble.
Sure, you say, that picture proves nothing other than that wealthy hang out with each other a lot. However, on May of 2015, Bill Clinton phoned Donald Trump and stated this:
Clinton encouraged Trump’s efforts to play a larger role in the Republican Party and offered his own views of the political landscape.
Moreover, Trump has donated plenty of times to the Clintons and their foundation. If that shit don’t reek, well you’re aren’t smelling hard enough.
More evidence that Trump is nothing more than a shill to pave the way for Hillary is that Liberal billionaire, George Soros, has helped Donald Trump.
Donald Trump has lined up three New York hedge funds, including money from billionaire George Soros, to invest $160 million in his Chicago skyscraper
Once again, someone so diametrically opposed to Trump has in some way been involved with Trump, but the powers that be want you forget about all of that. The so-called Conservatives who support Trump are those who will also responsible for putting Hillary into power.
I seriously don’t need to go into the specifics as to why Hillary is unfit for Presidency. Benghazi, email mishandling, the sabotaging of Bernie Sanders campaign, the scandals with the Clinton Foundation (you know that one I just told you Donald Trump donated to) and many other probable scandals.
And where does this end up? Well this picture sums up it up perfectly. At what point in our nations history do we stop voting for “the lesser evil” and actually become brave enough to vote for a third party candidate. I’m tired of the same two parties with the same solutions for everything being elected, so for the first time since I’ve been a voter I’m voting straight third party and if there happens to be no third party candidate then I’m writing in a name, namely Ragnar Lodbrock. A viking can do better in politics than these two false hopes running currently. They have nothing to offer the American people, but as I always say, when the shit hits the fan in this country and one of these useless piles of garbage runs this country into the ground, you get what you voted for. You gave in to the shit slinging and even participated in it by puffing your chest out and saying you know better. Well, no one knows a damn thing. If you did, you’d vote third party.
Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka 2016 for President!