Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Recommendation for readers, young and old.

I've recently talked to a few people who don't read fiction.

That eliminates the following wordsmiths

Charly Dickins
James Fenimoore Cooper
Edgar Allen Poe
Rudyard Kipling
Agatha Christie
Louis L'Amour
John Grisham
Dean Koontz
Kurt Vonnegut
Jimmy Lee Burke
Bobby Lewis Stevenson
Johnny Steinbeck
Ernie Hemingway
Tommy Wolfe
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Elmore Leonard
Stevie King
Jack London
James Michener
and
on
and
on
and
on.

Of all the above listed authors (and there are hundreds of more names that could and should be added to the list) I want to highly encourage an excursion into the world of
LOUIS L'AMOUR

The development of the Western United States before, during, and after the Civil War is one of the most intriguing periods in our history.

Generally people's knowledge of the West has been obtained through the art of Cinema and early television....which means John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Gunsmoke, Bonanza and the 1993 Tombstone film probably constitute most people's know how of how the West was developed.

Yeah...it reads know how of how.....deal with it.

Mr. L'Amour bio reads as follows:

Louis Dearborn L'Amour (/ˈli ləˈmʊr/; March 22 1908 –June 10 1988) was an American novelist and short story writer. His books consisted primarily of Western novels (though he called his work 'frontier stories'); however, he also wrote historical fiction (The Walking Drum), science fiction (The Haunted Mesa), non-fiction (Frontier), as well as poetry and short-story collections. Many of his stories were made into films and John Wayne once made the dubious assertion that L'Amour was the most interesting man in the world. L'Amour's books remain popular and most have gone through multiple printings. At the time of his death almost all of his 105 existing works (89 novels, 14 short-story collections, and two full-length works of nonfiction) were still in print, and he was considered "one of the world's most popular writers".[1][2]

His research into the time period is extensive and his naming of characters is unequaled.  For example
I just finished reading The Cherokee Trail and the hero's name is....Temple Boone.

The stories are generally 4 to 5 hour reads and I suggest reading every word and put your speed reading abilities on hold.

Take a break from present day social and political happenings....flop down in your easy chair, put your feet up, grab some green tea, dim the lights and be ready to envision yourself traveling to an unknown land with people whose entire existence was based on starting a new life while encountering other people who had lived on the continent for thousands of years.

We know how things turned out but we quite often forget or don't care how the process unfolded.

Well researched historic fiction is a genre that should not be overlooked.
And nobody does the genre of how the West evolved better
than
Louis L'Amour.

It will take your mind off of how the GOP is attempting to rewrite the future of America...if only for a few hours at a time.

Michael Timothy McAlevey







Wednesday, November 8, 2017

November 8 2017

One year since America chose a new direction.  Hopefully the direction changes soon....like during mid-term elections.
Maybe even sooner.
From my words
to
God's ears.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Baseball and a lifetime memory

Dear Sean,
     I'm pretty sure we attended Dodger games after the opening day of the 1988 World Series but for obvious reasons that game will always have a unique place in my memory bank and of course....my heart.

   

    You had just completed your first year in the Majors of Santa Monica Little League and as a 10 year old you held your own and displayed your talents against 11 and 12 year olds.  The Dodgers had returned to the World Series for the first time since winning the whole thing in 1981. We were very fortunate to be given two seats in the last row of the right field pavilion.  It would turn out that the right field pavilion would be immortalized every time video's would replay the infamous Kirk Gibson home run.  I've watched the replay at least a few hundred times since 1988 and every time I know that you and I are jumping up and down and high-fiving each other and everyone around us.  It was an epic moment for baseball and continues to be regarded as one of the greatest moments in World Series history.  Of course it becomes a moment in our history that will never be extinguished....along with every moment we shared in the 15 years 10 months and 3 days of your physical reality.

You wrote a paper for your English class as a freshman at Loyola entitled "It's never over until the 54th out" and I didn't actually discover the paper until sometime later in the summer of 1994.....which turns out to be the year that no World Series was played because of a contract squabble between owners and players.  The fact that the baseball season was shortened and no World Series played made perfect sense to me after what had happened on February 3rd 1994.   To be honest I hadn't even followed baseball that year for the first time since I was 12 years old.   Life was testing me in areas that had very little to do with sociological distractions, such as sports and politics.

I was very busy learning about non-physical reality and trying to understand why the Universe had decided to attack the very core of my existence. 

I've created many various artistic and literary answers, whether or not they are valid is entirely up to the audience, and I am somewhat content to report that many of those answers make sense and allow me to continue believing in a Universe that is dominated by love and particle expansion while at the same time displaying an abundant amount of chaos and decay.

But for this letter I want to remember the shirt incident as we arrived for the first game of the 1988 World Series.  (If you save the picture and then zoom in you can read what Sean's shirt says. Sean is the only one standing in the above picture)

As we drove up the road to go into the stadium there was a guy hawking tye-dyed tee-shirts that said....Fuck Oakland on the front.  The price $10. We went into the parking lot and as we got out of the car you said, "Dad, I really want one of those shirts."  My answer was, "I'm not about to drive all way back there" and you said, "give me the 10 and I'll run and be back in a flash."  Since you were an extremely fast young man it seems like you did it in record time.  I don't remember waiting very long for you to return. You waited until we got to our seats before you put the shirt on and to this day I'm not sure if you wore it throughout the entire game or not.  All I know is the Dodgers fucked Oakland big time in that game and throughout the series that only last five games.

Coaching you and watching you play baseball over the next five years is easily one of the great memories of my life.  It's a memory that is only tarnished by the fact that we can't physically chat about not only those moments but all the other moments we shared as Father and Son.

Watching you develop your baseball IQ was really enjoyable for me and to be honest I was usually coaching the team but you as an individual were the glue that held the team together.  

I realize how talented you were as an artist and as a writer but I always understood that those two things would simply improve as you got older.  I didn't know how far you could go in the baseball world because no one can predict the outcome of a 12, 13, 14 or 15 year old baseball player unless they have names like Bryce Harper and Clayton Kershaw. Most of the 750 players in the major leagues 
get there through extreme hard work and predicting how much work an 18 year old wants to spend to improving their baseball skills is almost impossible.

But you were a natural and your motion was always correct and you never really tried that hard because the talent was just there.  I think you were starting to realize what it might take but of course the Universe had another plan.

And since the mysteries of the Universe will always far out number the known realities I'm not unsure that you aren't appearing in this World Series as some explosive 23 year old stud.

It would make sense on so many levels....and I defy anyone to prove that reincarnation isn't a reality.

My awareness of physical reality and my belief in non-physical reality allow me to view the first Dodger World Series experience in 29 years in a 
new
and
exciting
way

IT'S A QUANTUM EXPERIENCE AND I'M DIGGING EVERY SINGLE MOMENT
and every baseball game I've watched since your first year in T-Ball at the age of six has included thoughts of you
I'm just
once more
overwhelmed
by
the love
I have for the game of baseball
and
of course
that
is
all
because
of
you.

I love you son
and thanks for bringing the Dodgers back into the 
big show.

I don't expect a victory but neither did you or I expect to see a limping number 23 approach the plate in the 9th inning with two outs trailing 4-3 on October 15th 1988 and create a moment that will live forever in the annals of baseball history.

Love
Dad







Saturday, October 21, 2017

Neo-Illumination #19

When I try to understand the essence of the Republican party I always seem to get to a point where there is one huge aspect that seems to be missing.

Understanding a group ideology isn't very easy to do so one must start with attempting to understand a single individual.

Understanding a single individuals actions can prove to be extremely hard...especially if those actions seems to be missing certain ingredients.

So therefore, while I dance around this problem, it becomes clear that trying to summarize Republican behavior is extremely difficult because something is missing.

AND once more I return to a Neo-Illumination that explains what might be missing.

                NEO-ILLUMINATION #19

UTILIZE THE ESSENCE
OF
LOVE
IN ALL
OF
ITS POSSIBILITIES
AND
TRY
TO
SPEAK THE TRUTH

                                BASED ON
                                        PRIORITIES

SOMEWHERE, SOMETIME, SOMEHOW
THE LOVE
WE ALL POSSESS
MUST
COME INTO PLAY
AND
START
TO
DOMINATE OUR
LIFE
STORIES

the Republican Party appears to have a limited capacity for stretching their personal emotional algorithms that allow them to include others not immediately attached to their own tribes.

Their priorities are limited to personal realities
and
if Neo-Illumination #19 has any reality then 
truly what seems to be missing
is
a
wider and much broader
form
of

LOVE
or a strange interpretation of
priorities

The question that probably needs to be answered before the our species moves to the next stage of human evolution.

Are personal priorities more important than species priorities?

That might be the defining difference between the two main political parties in our country.....and it could apply to the global situations concerning both political and religious entities that seem so widely divided on so many different core values.

The more I study and learn about Quantum realities the more convinced I become that 
political and religious solutions will not be solved by groups who don't look beyond their immediate and personal interests.

That's a HUGE
DUH!

I started out trying to understand the mind of the Republican Party and 
ended up
with a bigger 
issue.

Mind Jazz really is the perfect title for my blog and once more I must thank Jack Neworth of the Santa Monica Daily Press for coming up with that name 12 years ago.

And yes folks.....The DODGERS are back in the World Series.....and in the next few days I will explain why that is important
to
the Universe....and maybe not so important
to
you
and
you
and
you

but REALLY important to
YOU
and 

YOU
and
especially
YOU!

Michael Timothy McAlevey






Thursday, October 12, 2017

Fake News Spin

Now that the President thinks NBC should lose their broadcasting rights because of reporting fake news I think it's time to remind people what fake news is.

Misdirection, turn aside, divert, deflect, draw away, avert, switch, sidetrack, branch off, distract, preoccupy, divaricate and of course the big one.....LIE....and yes, maybe hallucinate should be included.

These are simply a few words that describe why fake news is created.  Of course often times fake news is created simply to increase readership or viewership.

Alex Jones is a prime example of someone who just does it for the publicity and then later ends up in court apologizing while in the meantime thousands of people have repeated his bullshit and urban legends are born.

Our President has used name calling and ridiculous allegations since he first started running for the office.  I'm also going to guess that throughout his business career he has made up stuff to further his personal coffers.  An extensive research into his business dealings will most likely result in many people not being a big fan....such as the people who enrolled in his pretend college.

Remember this is the guy who said he wrote a book who actually didn't write the book, Art of a Deal.

The only story that I wish was fake news 
happened on November 9 2016 

The newspaper headline read

TRUMP WINS ELECTION. 

The entire first 9 months of this administration has been so weird
that fake news seems
normal.

So many ways to spin the truth and so many more ways to spin a lie.

It really does get confusing and explains why people don't pay attention and it really explains how someone like Donald Trump can get elected President of the United States.

The entire situation seems like a huge FAKE NEWS SPIN.

Ouch!




Tuesday, October 10, 2017

I'm pretty sure the guy heading our country is insane

And being sure means it's just time for some change of pace


And this will be the first of many...hopefully

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

I'm sure he makes some people happy and content but there's a missing ingredient.....

When our President gives an important speech, at an important location, as was the case yesterday at the United Nations, there are obviously millions of people in this country that say "BRAVO, LET IT RIP, TELL IT LIKE IT IS, SHOW THOSE BASTARDS THAT WE CAN'T BE PUSHED AROUND."

Imagine how well George Patton and President "Biff" would have bonded.

Let's get back to people who cheered his speech at the UN.  Like I said there is a sizable amount of people who like everything he says and does, but the simple fact is THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY WHO CAN'T STAND ANYTHING HE SAYS.

I can't speak for anyone but myself, but listening to "Biff" give a speech is like listening to a bad performance in a not very good movie directed by a first time director who just finished High School.

AND THE FACT IS....EVEN IF YOU LIKE THINGS HE SAYS, IN YOUR HEART YOU KNOW HE SHOULDN'T BE SAYING WHAT HE SAYS.

HE'S F**KING PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND HE SOUNDS LIKE THE DIPSHIT FROM NORTH KOREA.

HAS HE NEVER LOOKED UP THE WORD 
                                                                DIGNIFIED?

And maybe that explains why he had a successful campaign.
Does he think his golden chairs and golden banisters and golden toilets are an acceptable sign of dignity?
I listen to him and think of people like Nero and the guy who ran the gas station outside of Tupelo, Mississippi in 1958.
(sorry Miss, but you've had some issues over the years....but you did give us Elvis so that warrants an apology)

Do his supporters care about dignity?  
Perhaps they simply needed someone who doesn't process the concept of dignity.

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES MUST HAVE DIGNITY

If that statement is wrong then I truly have been completely fooled by every single President in my life time.

Even Bush Jr. had a moral compass when it came to displaying dignity because his father was extremely dignified.

YOU CAN HAVE POLITICAL DIFFERENCES AND STILL RESPECT THE PERSON 
IF
THEY
DISPLAY
DIGNITY

Quite often when I'm having a heated political confrontation with someone, either on line or in person, I completely lose any dignity that I might posses and within a short time the situation has been reduced to either rumble or I've failed to make the point that was intended.

But I'm not the leader of the most powerful country in the world.

WHAT IS PRESIDENT "BIFFS" POINT?

We had to listen to a year and a half of him telling us that America was not great anymore and that he would make "America Great Again."

Now he steps in front of the United Nations and reminds the world that we are the top of the food chain and we will do whatever we want anytime and anywhere we want.

That's what an asshole bully says to the skinny kid as he kicks his ass all over the school yard.

The difference between Donald J. Trump
and
Barack H. Obama
is
so
obvious
and
the
word
is
DIGNITY

Now one thing that really bothers me is that there is a political sense of decorum that generally resides at the highest office in our land and how other countries and other leaders react when that political decorum is absent........can be a problem.   

If you operate a country that is being challenged on almost every level of modern day sociological and economic development and the biggest and the most secure country in the world sounds like a vigilante from a TV western in the late 50's...you just might say......F**K IT!

And one last thought.....if you have studied history and you run a country that is at odds with the US and eventually it leads to a major confrontation, then after we destroy you we will help you reconstruct your new future.

Check with Germany
Check with Japan

Hopefully there isn't some major history Professor who has the kid's ear in North Korea.

By the way have you noticed that 
Kim Jong un
seems
to 
also
lack

DIGNITY!

Michael Timothy McAlevey












Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Since he's already running for 2020

The 2020 election has begun.  

President "Biff" filed his reelection papers the day after he took office so it's time to get busy.

The best slogan I've heard so far for the other "team" is.......

NEVER TRUMP

It's obviously too late to reverse the last election, even though he seems to be trying his very best to make sure the first term doesn't run its course, so I'm thinking we should add a small word to the above phrase.

NEVER TRUMP again!  
And we apply it to any type of person with any slight assemblage to "Biff."

This is one of the shortest articles I've ever written and I could go on and on but let's just allow the
NEVER TRUMP again!
slogan
sink
in
and
hopefully
take
hold.




Thursday, September 7, 2017

We need voices and this is one of the greats.....the new Dolly












Truly one of the great female singers
and
almost
the 
new
Dolly
but as you already know
there's only
one
DOLLY

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Harvey, North Korea and Mrs.Biff

Watching the First Lady walk off the airplane with President Biff, as they landed in Houston, made me feel slightly queasy.

She was dressed like she was attending an afternoon outing in Palm Beach.

I'm sure they told her about Harvey and what level of disaster had hit the area.

I'm thinking Biff told her to dress casual because everyone in America would be watching them exit the plane...and her answer was, "oh you mean with a Versasce blouse and Michael Kors pants?"

His answer was....."stay away from that Kors crap....they are having financial problems......go with the Armani pants and the Tom Ford sunglasses sweetpea."

"Oh you are so good with style lambie pie."

"Perception my honey bunch....it's all about perception."

"Should we be worried about going to Texas.....I heard it didn't work out for that other handsome President who flew into Dallas.'

"Aw shucks baby doll.....these are the people that got me elected."

Just then one of the remaining aides runs up to Biff and tells him North Korea just launched another missile over Japan.

Biff waits a few minutes and then says......"Japan caused a lot of problems awhile back....maybe this will force them to lower their prices on the Lexus....and besides they keep dumping all that radioactive water into the ocean and it just gets in the current and goes straight to California.....OH WAIT A MINUTE.....on second thought send them a thank you note."
As for North Korea....how many missiles could they possibly have?
They have to be running low."

And then Mrs. Biff chimes in...."Unless China keeps replenishing their stockpile."

And our esteem leader turns to his wife and says......."Honey, I'd appreciate it if you stayed out of my business.....I don't want to fire you, but I will if I have to.  There are millions and millions of women who would take your place in a heartbeat, now go fetch me a martini with two olives."

"Yes dear."

AND THE BEAT GOES ON.

By the way...it can and probably will get
weirder
and
weirder
and
weirder

Michael Timothy McAlevey