Friday, September 23, 2016

The Two Biggest Con Artists in American History - Charles Ponzi and Donald Trump


The way Donald Trump fondles cash in his foundations/charities is little different than the way Charles Ponzi would have handled cash in his criminal enterprise of a century ago.

The only difference between Donald and Charles is an army of lawyers to threaten silence in his (DT’s) victims and those same lawyers to diffuse or disassemble all the controlled Ponzi scams which most of Donald’s major investments have been over the years spread out, a P.T. Barnum PR show of success based ultimately on failures.  After he is elected, he pardons himself and we are all screwed. 

Ponzi collapsed under the weight of tens of thousands of suckers wising up at some point. Madoff dealt with and operated on a mission statement of stiffing a relative handful of extremely rich people with egos who could not think that they were not brilliant investors. Madoff collapsed because of external market pressures and cash flow.

Donald has dozens of projects all going at once all funding one another out of each other’s pockets until markets change or chumps buy in at the top end of His Market etc.  Controlled Ponzi economics like an implosion of virtual buildings all going off on schedules and all the cash debris being hauled off to various bankruptcy courts, public and private. “I’ll settle – pay you 10% on the dollar”. “I paid you too much.” Meaning the cash flow is dry this month. He is a junk dealer dealing in the waste and economic failure of others – his investors or donors or charity victims.  

And duplicity of the media is framing this all as normal politics and or normal economics. Pure Propaganda in a controlled state. 



Saturday, September 17, 2016

Rev. George Chalmers Richmond 1870-1938 -- Deposed Voice of Social Conscience at the end of the Gilded Age of Greed


[​IMG] Public Ledger 8 June 1915

This discovery of a remarkable Christian preacher, an Episcopalian most of the time, came when I posted an image of poor children playing in a cleared away precious space of ancient gravestones in a churchyard in lower Kensington, home to the poor then, for use as a playground. 

The local newspaper and many local newspapers were out to shame the city in spending more in taxes on public space, and along with other social engineers who were pushing for decent playing spots for children outside of Dickensian school buildings designed without schoolyards and the need in general for neighborhoods to have more breathing room (clean air) to relieve the general squalor of their lives.  

There are pictures of the city putting playgrounds under railroad viaducts around this time among other places to illustrate the needs and lack of living space in the teeming slums of Philly at the beginning of the twentieth century. The long term solution, a temporary fix was to dig up the bones of many ancient county graveyards in the 1950s and 1960s for living space in the inner city for playgrounds, supermarkets and parking lots at Universities, Temple in particular.

Back on the topic of the image of children playing in an unidentified playground - I posted on a Philly history forum and a native to the area as a youth questioned its exact location, which took a little bit of discussion and research among some forum members to determine that the labeling of the address not totally accurate and that the actual space was behind the St. John’s P.E. Church of the Northern Liberties there. 

Northern Liberties is the old legal geographic title, like “Badlands” (no law or order) north of the official Philadelphia city limits within the then unincorporated in contrast to a present day united city of Philadelphia County. It was there that the famous Know Nothing riots and or anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant riots in the 1840s took place.

An aside on history, those riots took place because the various public entities north of the city had no police force. That the local county deputy of the Northern Liberties called on Philadelphia City to send in cops to help with the social unrest, but the Northern Liberties had not paid its bill from the City for the last round of police aid, the City refused without pay and go, and thus a famous page of American and Philadelphia history gets labeled as anti-Catholic because a few Catholic churches got burned down in the riots along with a lot of other secular domestic real estate etc.

Image of the graveyard below.

 Graveyard - 3rd and Brown - Public Ledger 2 June 1917

Well one of the posters ran in what at first looked like a crackpot eccentric rector of this era who on his diaspora away from so-called east coast civilization managed to stir up a hornets nest in Politics in Wyoming with his bizarre attitudes of social justice in the gospels attributed to the ancient preacher Jesus. And this forum member posted an article from the NYT archives. 

Apparently, Rev. Richmond had quite a following having once  been posted as a cleric in NYC among other places in his long and varied career. He seemed to be one of those truth tellers or prophets that Christianity no longer has any need of in the present modern day Wharton Global Spreadsheet corporate set up of global religion for profit Inc.

Upon further research, a good man, a real man, a mensch in the pulpit was got rid of by Bishop Rhinelander of the Pennsylvania Diocese as payback by Richmond’s many local and national rich enemies in exchange for Rhinelander's recent crony appointment to that office. (Thirty silver dimes?)

“Rev. George Chalmers Richmond Had Been Rector of Old St. John's Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, for six years, when in December, 1914, he was presented for trial ordered by Bishop Philip M. Rhinelander on fourteen charges .Ten of These related to matters connected with Mr. Richmond's conduct of the pastorate of St. John's, and four had to do with private and public criticism of Bishop Rhinelander in regard to His lack of interest in the Gospel Adapting to modern social and industrial problems .The great fact to be Noted is this, the man who originated the charges and engineered the presentment - Francis A. Lewis - was the Bishop's private counsel.Not a single member of Mr. Richmond's parish signed the presentment, and not a single member of any adjoining parish had anything to do with Bringing on the trial.In November, 1915, a verdict was rendered, the triers finding Mr. Richmond "guilty" on charges Those Relating to His criticism of the Bishop, but acquitting him on all the others.Also it might be Stated That the laymen who signed the presentment were personal friends of Francis A. Lewis, and testified on the stand That they signed at his request, without reading the original charges.Mr. Richmond was suspended from priestly functions for one year.Hardly had a verdict in the first trial Been given When Bishop Rhinelander (Francis A. Lewis being His private counsel) allowed Mr. Richmond to be presented for a second time trial on 140 charges, Which later were reduced to 126, Involving 46 issues of fact.Some of These charges were exceedingly foolish…”

Here some newspaper research etc. on this deposed cleric of Philly of ancient times at the tail end of the then age of greed in the fading before WWI, Gilded Age.


Rev. George Chalmers Richmond Attacks Mayor Reyburn - Syracuse NY Post Standard 14 March 1910


Rev. George Chalmers Richmond Attacks Decadence of Gould - Drexel Wedding NYC - Niagra Falls Gazette April 1910

Niagra Falls Gazette 25 April 1910


Famous Sayings - Rev. George Chalmers Richmond - Brooklyn Daily Eagle 12 Aug 1911


Rev. George Chalmers Richmond Attacks Racial Killing in Coatesville Pa. - Phila. Inquirer 21 August 1911



Rev. George Chalmers Richmond's View of Remarriage after Divorce - John Jacob Astor IV - Mechanicville NY Saturday Evening Mercury 16 Sept 1911






Rev. George Chalmers Richmond 1870 -1938 -- Yale Alumni Obituary Record 1937-1938


Friday, September 9, 2016

On American Patriotism in Times of War and Times of Peace

On American Patriotism in Times of War and Times of Peace

“Wars and rumors of war” is a phrase from the Greek Testament. It is related to passages that speak of people wanted to predict the future. On in the case of the Christian cult in post-Temple Jerusalem, the need to predict the end of the world is something that fakes and or mimics a sense of control.

Perhaps if you know the end date, you can make arrangements with your personal or financial affairs. Such is the case of men, mostly young who go off to fight in war.

The sense that you can deal with making arrangements, making a last will and testament, or give away treasured personal items to endeared ones, or say deep goodbyes to family and friends are part of that sense of what many people want in terms of dealing with their very real mortality.

Dying suddenly and unpredictably is a pain in the butt so to speak.
Trouble is that in the original passage about knowing about the end of time, is that you do not have much advantage to a sense of control if everybody is going to bite the dust at the same time.

People in general if they know they only had a few hours or few days left would go of their everyday manners and normal behaviors and just go crazy. Try and say goodbye to grandma if she is off to Las Vegas for one last party thing before the big bang at the end of life – all life.

Trouble is that in the sometimes confused logic of the religionist testaments, with one breath it describes man wanting to predict the end, and in the next breath reaffirms that even their divine messiah knows not the time or hour of human demise.

Yet all the telly-vangelist preachers do their cafeteria smorgasbord pick and choose religious calorie gems from the food-spiritual food case in order to market their product, to make their spiel, sell their particular brand of snake oil. Bottom line in business is little different in the religionist god-business.

There has also been something like forty odd years of the Christian religionists preaching the end of the world in the year 2000 C.E.. Sixteen years later, the religionists are still waiting for their Jesus to return. When I say their Jesus, I have my own definition of Jesus and his teachings that I subscribe to as a Cultural Christian.

But without doing any deep discussion about the standard religious stuff, I wish to talk about what I see as the secular level of beliefs, hardly a religion or dogma, but religious like glue none the less to bind the community in a democracy.

In olden days there was a local town square in small town America and a local town square as contained in a larger urban or city environment. One that town square would likely be a church. That church would have been the original church built in all likelihood a farming community. The church was probably would have been along a road, the main road, and over time, that church would likely be positioned at the intersection of two or more roads, the center point of interest in the community.

The one thing that has united the United States since the War of 1812 is the American Flag.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Penn State to Honor Joe Paterno at Special Bugger a Boy Day at September 17 Football Day.

Penn State to Honor Joe Paterno at Special Bugger a Boy Day at September 17 Football Day.

I grew up in the Pennsylvania mind cult that judged you as weird if you did not worship Joe Paterno at Penn State. While Joe as a child Rapist Enabler can be sainted in the Roman Catholic church like another child rapist enabler Saint Pope John Paul II, I somehow draw the Church/State deciding line in the sand and hope the evil Karma of Sandusky and Paterno visits, attaches itself to every cheer at this satanic inspired secular sports ritual event subsidized indirectly by the taxpayers’ dime in Pennsylvania.

Penn State will honor former head football coach Joe Paterno before a home game against Temple on Sept. 17, the school’s athletic department announced Thursday.

The celebration is meant to mark the 50th anniversary of the first game Paterno coached at Penn State. The press release containing the announcement, which was first spotted by a Penn State news website and then reported by Sports Illustrated, did not provide details on what the ceremony will include.