A blood soaked Arthur IS RISING

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I am an elf in the attic making mind toys with sharp edges; an educated writer who gets good reviews, who you can read for free in the rough form of first drafts on the web, or purchase in a book form.
The best soldier does not attack. The superior fighter succeeds without violence. The greatest conqueror wins without struggle. The most successful manager leads without dictating. This is intelligent non aggressiveness. This is called the mastery of men.


Welcome to you, I am John Scott Ridgway, Novelist, Poet, Blogger, Radio and TV writer and actor... five books, also paint in oils and acrylics. I am poet warrior of sorts, a non violent radical, personally, though understanding of those who choose other paths IN THE EIGHTY PLUS COUNTRIES AT LAST COUNT THAT came in this blog ...

The predicted revolutions in the USA and around the would are going to

be violent in the next twenty years, is what the CIA says. I want them to stay peaceful, which is the only way to win this struggle between haves and have nots. They have more guns, we have more people,, and they include the mothers and sisters and brothers of the people they will ask to fight us.... I think they underestimate the police.

NEVER ACCEPT APPEASEMENT OVER JUSTICE. By any means necessary is the reality. . . the USA can be spared stupid wars, but other countries. . . need different solutions. . .

The number of Countries that have come in to have a look at this blog humbles me. Thank you very much.



PROFESSIONALS, HOPEFULLY, like the police, military, etc...

understanding that violence is sometimes needed

does not mean I like anything about the sound

of fists hitting faces

Boxing is too much for me

make me feel like I am watching

dog fights with toothless pitbulls

"I am an artist first, and a politician second," as John Lennon said.

My intentions are to stop the violence from entering into

revolutionary wars

the CIA


will break out in the next twenty years all over the

world, including here...

But Ill tell ya,

if there is not some redistribution of

wealth here there and everywhere




My intentions is to keep these protests peaceful

so we can win

without bloodshed

Total War for Total Peace

Never incites violence

or destroys property

you should be able

to go to protests with strollers and babies

parents feeling as safe as the police

Now, poetry...

I am too far out into the battlefield to retreat. This CHARGE is win or die...


A blood soaked Arthur has risen

be aware

be very aware

total war
for total peace
is being fought

THERE will be many ways to die
and only one to live
give and give and give
until the worlds downtrodden and oppressed
can begin to forgive
before things get bloody and ruthless
My Peace sign shot full of holes
and my reason ignored
drowned out by the roar of machine guns

You cannot break the golden rule
all the time and not expect
consequences from nature

we will fight for our right to thrive as well
we do not accept your sentence
to poverty so you can earn more
by shipping the factory off to China

nothing this mindgame in america can do to us
can destroy this thing inside that yearns for freedom
enough to die in the name of JUSTICE
generation after generation
from time

No more hyper-reality FOR US. We have already spent too long in an oasis of belief where nothing is wrong, folks... Now, we must face this was all a mirage... and try like hell to get out of this desert... or resolve ourself to the fact that we will leave our children to starve in the barren sands.

There are better ways to defeat an enemy than an outright fight, especially if you are vastly outnumbered, like the Elite. MSM PSY-WAR allows them to control our actions through our thoughts, and basically stop our FORCE from activating. I am not saying we should fight just because we can win, I am just saying we should fight before we lose, if no other option is left us.... because a world is at stake.

  • You are a spark in dry timber, stopped from becoming a roaring flame
    They SET UP LAWS THAT ALLOW THEM TO STEAL. MURDER. BRAINWASH THEIR CRITICS. We must begin to feel challenged now to stop them. Or WE WILL LOSE EVERYTHING. PERIOD. THE SKY, OTHER SPECIES, OUR WATER... OUR MINDS. No more hyper-reality for us... too long in that oasis where nothing is wrong folks... we must face this is all a mirage.
    • OUR LACK OF RESOLVE TO CHANGE OUR WORLD MUST PUZZLE THE GODS THEMSELVES.... how can we be this collectively dum? And if we are....then the brains will be looked to as potential saviors.... when all too often they are just psocyo-paths and stooges and scared folks under the gun who are ALLOWED to CON EVERYONE... FOR THE GOOD OF A

A cruel slap woke me to the PAIN
at the moment of birth;
My first cry was NO
buried in unintelligible screams.
I am a man now.
Now I catch your hand and break all the fingers.

the promise

You must be whoever the enemy fears the least
or fears the most.

No other position is saf

da general

Welcome to the spark that inflames TOTAL WAR FOR TOTAL PEACE.

I am too far out into the battlefield to retreat. This CHARGE is win or die...

THE ELVES ATTIC is stories, poetry, essay's, peculiar events in my life . . . oil painting, articles.

Your patience for bearing with me on my first drafts is a much appreciated kindness. Your worldwide interest is my muse . . .Lately I have been writing a book called Gangsta General x, about a revolutionary in the USA, who is fighting to keep the revolt peaceful as things spin out of control in the states after a famine gets the populace hungry enough to change their society once and for all....

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Thank you.


how my opinions change

fears du jour chisel the words the in the web

i was reading through my old entries, from 2008, and remembering how much I was convinced that we were wrong to be fighting in Iraq when the Taliban was our real target.  I was much more sure that we were in some ways right to battle fundamentalist, terroristic extremists on their land, before they are allowed to carry out their dream strikes against us.  I still believe they have to be taken very seriously, but I am much less convinced that the solution is going to be our military on the ground.  I guess you roll the dice, wonder who is right?  The fearful or military minded who say that this Al Queda army is going to go to war with us no matter what, so we might as well fight now, rather than later...  or those who say put down the guns before you talk.   Get the troops out, let the countries work out their problems -- give them money and exprts.

I was pretty much resigned that Bush would not end the wars.  I wanted that for awhile, people were pushing it...  but I also wanted to know that the Taliban was not going to just wait us out and take over when we left Afghanistan, or leave the country of Iraq in ruins.  Not to mention the whole terrorists over there talking about wanting to blow up Washington D.C....  So no peace came.  The fighting went on.  I wanted to believe that people were dying for a reason, not some chaos...  for ideals, not the military industrial complex and the oil companies.  We went to war because 9-11 felt like Pearl Harbor to a lot of people.    We wanted blood for blood... or as is the american way, we wanted a few gallons for every drop they spilled.

Now they are again asking for more troops.  The civilians do not want them there.  And our soldiers are depressed, killing themselves, and just all around fatigued;  if we want to improve their moral, we should tell them day they are going to get to leave the war zone.  Pakistan has army enough to take care of the Taliban, now that the recent spat of suicide bombings have rallied them against the terrorists.  Before this they were seen as heroes, but now that the 'chickens have come home to roost,' the population realizes the hells they have brought to life by romanticizing war and jihad.

I have somehow gone full circle in the last few years.  I have watched the rise of the Taliban with horror, really, and was glad when we went after the terrorists there.  I have wanted to see Saddam Hussein tried for his sins against humanity since i first learned about the guy. I did not think we should invade the country at the time, though I surely wanted to see the politics there change.   I don't believe we were fundamentally wrong about doing what we wanted to do.  Iraq under a nut-case serial killer with nukes was something we had to try to stop at almost any cost.  Then we found out most of that was a lie, though the mindset of the hawks was that sooner or later, this guy will get them, even if he does not have them now.

Now I read over these old entries and am a bit frightened by my certainty.  I grew up in a world that taught me that sometimes you have to fight... I still believe this.  We have this thing, this army, that can basically try to do good, and defend us around the world... a tremendous tool that sets us apart from almost every other nation.    When you use this tool, though, sometimes it is like black magic, you may get what you want, but it will exact a cost....  we put our curse on the Taliban, mix the spell with dead of our young, the dollars out of our pockets....  the healthcare and the schools...  An army.  A ten edged sword that cuts in unexpected places.

I am glad that we are protected by what is maybe the finest armed forces in the world.  They should ideally be on the forefronts of freedom;  the fundamentalist madness they are fighting in Afganistan alarms the hell out of me.  I imagine that happening here and think I would welcome the fucking Calvary coming in.  In afganistan and Iraq and probably pakistan, the populations are war weary, stressed, and scrambling to hold on in a war zone;  anyone who offers them stability is going to get customers, even the Taliban.    We have brought the fucking wrath of God down on these people.   It has lasted too long and they want something else.

Some people become so convinced that what they want is attainable, that they work themselves to death for an idle dream that never comes true.  Sad facts.  Most fail.  Success is not the norm.

I so want to paint this picture of war in glorious colors, get all treacle over the flags --  for the sake of fallen soldiers, you hate to say war is totally pointless and wrong.   That kind of attitude is unrealistic in the USA.   We have an army and we use it when we feel we have to.  I have benefited from the armed forces of america, as has most everyone in the states.  They have certainly been ill used at times, as all armies are.  I feel for them tremendously.  The young faces always make me think how little of life i had seen when I was their age.  19 years old.  20 and pregnant with her first kid.  Honored by the high schools they just left.  You get to thinking that nothing happening in the middle east is worth this parade of corpses.

Then you have to wonder...  what is worth a parade of corpses?  What is worth torture, extraordinary renditions, the patriot act and the loss of even the illusion of privacy and civil liberties?    We are much better at destroying governments than we are building new ones.  Afghanistan is now run by a man who is surrounded by the kind of corruption you almost expect in a war zone, and uses it to stay in power by stealing elections.   A lot of people in Iraq and Afganistan were happy when we first got there... but after all these years, they are going, "Fucking eh, we thought it was bad then...  but this shit is worse."
The Afgani's want us out, polls say.  Iraqi's, too.   I guess that brings us to the question of what are our objectives there now?   We still want to kill Al Qaeda, the primary target from all those years ago, but is that even necessary now?  Would the countries find peace and stability, if not justice, if we left right now?  Would this look like Somalia?  Would our idealogical enemies declare victory?  Are there really any winners here at all?

Only the future will tell us what we have achieved in the middle east. Almost every politician in the states voted for these wars.  We almost have to believe, collectively, that they have achieved something, that we got... something... for all that blood, besides just a bloodthirsty sense of revenge.  An elaborate response to the 911 attackers, orchestrated by a bunch of oil related politicians who saw it as, among other things, one hopes, a chance to get a government in Iraq that would let us get our hands on some their oil money.   This is what a lot of Iraqi's and Taliban believe.   I hate to think of some idealistic soldier getting shot in the head by a sniper who thinks they are there for the oil.

No good way to say I was wrong, no good way to say I was right.  Truth only works in limited spheres.  I can say that I was right for these reasons, and wrong for those...  both arguments as convincing and true as the other.

I met a soldier once who told me that the reason the first bush pulled the troops out of Iraq without taking Baghdad during the first invasion, was because they believed that Saddam had nukes, and would use them if they tried to take him down.  I wonder if that is the real reason they backed off?  I doubt it.  But that is what they feared, and perhaps why we stopped?  Who can say what would have happened if we had not gone to war?   Would we have suffered more terrorist attacks?  Would Saddam have gotten a nuke and decided to invade someone else, thinking no one was going to risk getting nuked to stop him?  Almost certainly we would have been hit by more terrorists.

Anytime you fight, you risk an escalation of the conflict.  You have  to then reevaluate the situation, ask  yourself if this is the battle you intended, and if not, should you back off and try something else less costly.  Right now, we are battling two foes that we did not think we would have to, at first... The Taliban, it seemed, were pretty much crushed in Afganistan, or at least fleeing to another country.  Saddam was gone.  Okay, so who are we fighting now?  People who have come in since the war escalated.  New fighters.  People who are either ordered by their warlords or provoked by religious passion or driven by monetary concerns.

This is not the war my mind signed on for when I wrote about winning over pre-scientifica-head-in-the-assica.  Now, our presence is a recruiting tool for extremists.  Every civilian causality a poster child for our enemies.

Don't we have a moral obligation to bring people into the light of the scientific 20th century with our wondrous new liberal ethics, women's issues, etc...  sounds stupid but there is nothing wrong with that.  Except the age old wisdom about people hating armed missionaries.  On principal, mind you...  just more folks telling you what to do and giving you no choice in the matter  - that does not involve getting shot or imprisoned.

What if the politicians refuse to stop the war?  What then?  Will they again be able to convince the population that we are in a winnable conflict, with true objectives we can achieve?  What if we just stop believing them?  What if we say...

Okay, enough is enough...  we have as a people tried to put the best face on this war out of necessity, out of respect for the dead  and wounded, as well as sometimes a sense of purpose, to stop terrorism and tyranny.  I don't know how people could live with themselves otherwise.  I pity the people who think their children are dying in complete vain over there.  I pray that isn't true.  To me, they died for something...  even if that was just a youthful, romantic need to do something important with their lives, that has to be enough.

They say soldiers fight mostly for the people in their small units, not for the over-all conflict.  Maybe those small skirmishes where they fought for just staying alive is the only battle some vet's will think they were fighting?  Surely, some come home and say get the troops out.... for all kinds of reasons.

I really thought Obama would mean peace.  I wrote in here, when bush had a year and a half to go, that I was glad Bush was there to fight the Taliban at least, but I would be much happier when Peace followed up... which I meant to be Obama.    I was kind to Bush that day, and pretended he wanted Peace as much as I did.   But I knew, no matter what I wrote, they were not going to stop the war because of some stoned blogger in Chicago.  Of course, I wrote all that when I believed no one was reading me.  An impulse that rose up in me after i had that first seizure and the mysterious coma.... everything was becoming intensely mystical for me, but at heart there was just old plain realism.  Between Obama who did not vote for the war, and Bush, it was pretty easy to see who was most likely to end the war.

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