GOP DIABOLICS IN PLAY

Photography by Stony River/AU

Photography by Stony River/AU


The GOP fueled by the erratic Tea Party rose to power in 2010 based on
repetitious lies. The promises that they said were their priorities were fictitious.
They swept in countless GOP governors to do the work of taking away rights, services
& sustenance to the families over the which they exerted control in a plethera of states.

In a bizarre campaign promise contradiction, they led with their social agenda. Trying
to destroy unions, women’s rights & college education. All of this done in the name of
Christian values. They are false Christians, not having understood the Beatitudes.

They are so full of hate for President Obama that they have sold their souls in the hating.
It is written, “But he that hateth his brother, is in darkness, and walketh in darkness and
knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness has blinded his eyes.” I John 1:11

Imagine denying a woman the right to choose, forcing her to have a baby, then denying
her the assistance she may need to feed and provide for her child. This will happen if GOP
governors are given “block medicaid funds.” Corrupt governors will just give the money to
their rich donors. How will these children of “rape & incest’ be fed?

Imagine the super rich fortified in their mansions with an arsenal of weapons to shoot any
hungry, roaming masses that have become their victims. Shall we see massive death in
America? Shall we see the middle class homeless? Shall we witness snipers in the ivory
towers of the rich shooting down hungry protesting people? The GOP/Tea Party future
for America is sick and dark.

How long shall the blinded stay blind? How long shall the racist hate, voting against his
own interest? What baby boomer does not have elderly parents on medicare, in assisted
living or nursing homes? These middle-agers will have to pay for the medical care of their
parents who have paid into the social security system their whole lives & got cheated
on medicare to give tax breaks to the rich.

Be afraid. Be very afraid if the GOP have their way. Children, women of reproductive age,
college students, baby boomers & the elderly have to let go of their “fear of a black man”
and begin to see the alternative for what it is: guaranted increase in income for the rich and
for the politicians that make it possible. Heaven help us all, for despair & death is on the
doorstep in America.

Alice Parris

MY CAREER AS A PSYCHIATRIC NURSE IN ARIZONA

Alice Parris-Arizona State Hospital

Alice Parris-Arizona State Hospital

I spent sixteen years of my twenty-five year nursing career as a Psychiatric
Nurse. In Arizona, they call it Behavioral Health. I worked in private facilities
for adolescents, where they had a private chef, to registry work with adults-
also in private Behavioral Health facilities, to the Arizona State Hospital where
I worked on all of its Forensic Units. I spent more time in Geriatric Forensic and
Adolescent Forensic than I spent with adults. Any call-offs by scheduled Registered
Nurses could mean that any nurse could be floated to any unit at anytime.

When I first went to the State Hospital, as a registry nurse, I admit that I
was terrified by the looks in the eyes of the patients. We would describe it
as “looking off.” I spent my first day grateful to be in the medication room
preparing medications and not on the floor being terrified. Patients would cue
up to receive scheduled medications at a door at the med room which had a top
that could open, while the bottom of the door was locked. This was to prevent the
possibility of a newly admitted patient from charging at the medication nurse.
A staff member stood beside the patient to help identify them, many or most had
removed their admission wrist bands.

I cannot describe the first few minutes of that first day, starting with the
sound of doors being locked behind me. Fear welled up inside of me. By the end
of the first day, I had been chased around the unit by a new patient (who had
been in and out of physical restraints all day.) New patients were not stabilized
on their medications and staff did not know their “cuing behaviors.” Cuing behaviors
are predictable movements within certain patients that would proceed an attack on
other patients or staff member-such as pacing, increased verbal assaults, facial
expressions. As a medication nurse, the faster a nurse could draw up IM medications,
the safer the staff would be. Staff would dislike a “slow nurse” who put them at risk.

Chaos could break out at any time, over anything. When one patient “blew” it was
like the popping of popcorn; others would follow suit. Soon a “riot” would have
broken out on a unit. One of the jobs of the floor staff was to monitor for cuing
behavior and when observed, notify the charge nurse or med nurse so an oral liquid
form of the medication could be offered to the patient. If the patient refused, it
would more than likely lead to a “show-down” and sadly, physicians orders for a
Seclusion and Restraint would be issued for the patient, so that they could receive
their medications IM. Seclusions and Restraints follow strict safety guidelines for
the patients: continuous monitoring of vital signs, bathroom needs and a re-assessment
for compliance every two hours. Remember at a state facility, if compliant per
verbal agreement, the patients were allowed back into the general population. Many
of these patients had already had a brush with the law or community and were determined
to be a danger to themselves or to others. Some were petitioned and some were court
ordered until “competency” could be established (if facing legal charges.) Some patients
could not understand the charges against them and had to be prepared to go before a judge
by virtue of role-play undertaken by professionals.

Malingerers, who had broken the law, but were there to avoid “real jail” were easily
weeded out by behaviors. Occassionally, a patient had become so “institutionalized,”
that they were terrified of leaving a “step-down” unit and going into a monitored
living environment outside of the high metal fences and barbed wire. Such a patient
could easily try to “cheek” their medication as to allow the fullness of their mental
illness to resurface. By “cheeking” I mean not swallowing their medication-hiding them
in the mouth, until they could “stock-pile” it.( which in itself is dangerous should
the patient decide to try an attempt at suicide.) Not taking medication would lead to
the de-stabilization of the patient. Erratic behavior and violence were not far behind.
There was a protocol to ensure that patients could not “cheek” their meds. Every now and
again, a patient would “outfox” the staff, anyway. Every shift that a mental health
professional stepped onto the floor of a Forensic Unit was an act of courage and bravery.

It is needful to make a distinction between “non seriously mentally ill” and “seriously
mentally ill.” Also, to make a distinction between someone with suicidal ideation versus
homicidal ideation. “Non seriously mentally ill” could be cyclothymic, bipolar along with
personality disorders. Also, poor impulse control, poor insight in various combinations.
Seriously mentally ill, could cover the gamut: sociopaths (antisocial personality disorders)
with homicidal ideation, Paranoid Schizophrenia; a combination of diagnosises rendering them
incapable of holding down a job. I believe that many homeless in Arizona are mentally
ill. They fell through the “criteria-cracks.” They were too ill to get out of the relentless sun in the summer where dozens yearly would die from heat stroke. The summer before I left Arizona, the good citizens went around to the homeless passing out bottles of water. I often wondered why emergency lodging was not provided for these people, for the water would run out. They looked too shabby or scary to hang out in the air-conditioned mall. They would more than likely be chased away by mall security for frightening the shoppers and ruining their spending day.

While the conversation ensues about guns and the mentally ill, it is my belief that people who display poor impulse control, who hate & fear are just as dangerous as the seriously mentally ill, in a “perfect storm. It is my concern that people who are not knowledgeable about the differing degrees of mental illness do not put everybody into one lump. There are “Patient’s Rights” to consider. The mentally ill have these rights, as well they should. In Arizona, there is petitioning process available. I suspect that those who observed Jared’s behavior were afraid of him. They would be afraid to petition him, even his parents were probably justifiably afraid of him. They would not want the repercussions of having petitioned him not knowing what he might do when he came out. Most of the community probably recognized the possibility that he had “homicidal ideation.” Police can be called in to pick up and take to an assessment facility those who need mental health services but are not willing to seek them on their own.The criteria in Arizona is “danger to self or danger to others.” Someone could have called the police anonymously to ask them to monitor a person behaving strangely within their neighborhood or community.

It is my hope that this blog will help America not to further stigmatize people who have already been stigmatized. Americans always seem to need a new underdog to kick-about. I hear the words, “nuts” and “crazies” bandied about. It is NOT OKAY! Rather use the terms “disturbed” or “seriously mentally ill.” Talk about “suicidal or homocidal ideation.” I pray that the people who are seeking a solution, find an effective, compassionate way to deal with mental illness as it relates to gun ownership. We do not need any more cruelty in our minds or our conversations. We do not need those in need of our help to
be hiding fearfully in the shadows. We do not need the seriously mentally ill to feel paranoid about being discussed in a perceived “threatening” way. This might prove counterproductive. All of the seriously mentally ill are not in “the system.” Our civility in this specific matter, itself, could save lives.

Alice Parris

MEDIA POWER

WILL THE REAL BABYLONIAN SOOTHSAYERS PLEASE STAND  UP?

Who has the greatest power in all the world? Who can make a prince rakish and cause a princess to fall to her knees? Who is greatly feared by politicians, celebrities, and leaders? Who can overtly or subliminally penetrate your day -time thoughts with images that produce hellish nightmares?. Who can show us limbless soldiers and skeletons popping out of coffins upon a sea of murky misery without concern; oblivious to the power of these images to instantly de-range the mind? Who can judge the famous prior to a court hearing and declare them guilty? Who can isolate and marginalize segments of our society with a few words and a few images?

I am sure that by now you know who can make a president a person of loathing no matter what he truly believes. The media can do these things because we have allowed them to. We are afraid of them. They wield the power to make or break anyone, anytime, anywhere. The media have become the soothsayers of our times. Very few question their prognostications after the pundits have extrapolated and peddled their latest books. We are convinced by the “sincere” news commentator who is ready to put on his boxing gloves and fight any and every body who does not conform to his sense of morality. (All the while shamelessly hawking t-shirts and books.)

The worst culprits of all are the paparazzi. Who really killed Princes Diana? Who makes celebrities wish that they were anonymous and even homeless? Who has turned talented and naturally attractive people into “gods and goddesses” by virtue of their beautiful photographs? Being an idol in this day and age is a very risky thing. Idols are falling. Who is bringing them down? The very same people who built them up. Why are so many people afraid of these stalkers? They peddle celebrities; causing them to have to have numerous bodyguards to protect them from the people that have been whipped into a frenzy because of the latest photos of them. Oh, how they love to see the big star have a public melt-down. Bleary-eyed, teary-eyed stars are visible in a half a dozen magazines, when all regular people want to do is to buy some groceries. Are we dealing with seared consciences at large and in charge?

The question is not why the media has unbridled power, but rather why has the average Joe puts up with it? Why haven’t a sea of diverse people risen up and said, “enough is enough. If you do not have any new news, then stop barraging us with the same old news clips 24/7.” This of course, will not happen. All of these things are driven by mammon. Brow- beating the famous pays well. What will bring change? My prediction is that the predictions of the Babylonian Soothsayers shall fail: the idols are falling like Dagon, before the living God.

Published at www.aliceparris.com. Written in 2005; its truth not diminished in time.

CURRENT REPUBLICAN AGENDA

Republicans do not engage in overblown statements because they are ‘psycho.’  These are deliberate inflammatory remarks whereby they can use ‘freedom of speech’ to mask their overt ‘hate speech.’ There is a method to their madness. They are using tried and true hypnotic techniques disguised as slogans and distortions to dismantle the minds of people who are not in the habit of thinking for themselves. It is their hope that with their constant litanies of hate speech, that they can get some ‘un-hinged’ people to further cross the line into breaking serious laws.  Why would the Republicans, Conservatives, Tea Party Movement, KKK and Neo-Nazi groups want this? So that they can say, “We told you so. We told you that our ‘freedom of speech’ would be hindered under Obama. We told you that our freedoms would be curtailed.”  It is a crime to engage in hate speech and act upon it, yet they act like they do not know this. What drivel! They know this all too well. How many lawyers, huh?

They are inciting violence, hatred as well as  naming targets 24/7. They are creating their own ticking ‘time bombs.’ When there is an act dastardly enough for any of their leaders to be investigated, they will say, “See, we told you that it was just a matter of time. We told you that our freedom of speech would eventually be in jeopardy. Now, do you believe us?” “Who is with us?” This is their real purpose for talking like the psychotic. It is to induce psychosis in those who are already in this state of mind. It is to goad and give license for the sociopath, psychopath, homocidal maniac, arsonist, vandalist and anarchist to act. It is that simple. They are desperatly wanting to be right… about something…about anything at this point of a complete political rout. I say, that when they have pushed the masses over the edge into serious criminal activities,  go after the Dr. Frankensteins!

Alice Parris

JUST HOW STUPID IS OBAMA OPPOSITION?

It is quite clear that the GOP & friends are united in their opposition against every move that President Obama makes. They are so vehement,  so vitriolic in their vocal opposition that they have boxed themselves into a corner. The collective intelligence quotients of the opposition is decidedly low. They have not understood the human condition nor have they understood the human psyche. They think that just pushing the “no” button across the board is a wise move. It is not. It is unadulterously stupid. It squanders any available “capital” or  “leverage” needed to make gains for their own constituencies. Following Sarah Palin (the party -splitter) is stupid. Every time Dick Cheney opens his mouth, he sets the GOP back light years. The “new and improved” Cheney, Liz, speaks with the same forked-tongue as her father. Where are the truly viable leaders of the GOP?

President Obama came into the office with an agenda of inclusiveness. The “sore-loser” Republicans decided to fall upon their own swords rather than to congratulate the winner. They decided to become the gathering-place for the disgruntled by “naysaying” anything that President Obama said. The Progressives were also dismayed because President Obama could not complete their “to-do” list instantly; a funky pile of wormy problems awaited his arrival at the Oval office.  How could anyone not  understood that when he took a step to the right, he was under attack, if he moved to the left, he was under attack, if he stayed to the center, he was under attack. Where, now, would be his motivation to extend that hand; his motivation to accommodate the fickle supporter? When big things are on the table, the malcontented would have lost their leverage, by virtue of their multitude of “nays.”

As a staunch supporter of President Obama, I find it to be sickening at how very wishy-washy the media can be in the name of “fair & balanced” reporting. I am not even speaking about Fox because Fox News is an anti-news outlet.The others take their cues from soothsayers and paid-for polls. They lack vision. Day after day, a parade of pundits are rolled out because someone in the media believes that they have “the answers.” The fickle are ready to throw the President under the bus with the exhalation of every breath. Most of the pundits who are paraded, have books to peddle while they participate in a game called  “guess-damn-ation.” The media should be in the “bookie” business; because they are the ones laying out the odds, according to their inside “tips.”

Who cares if the Independents blow with the wind? Who cares if the elephants just stand still, who cares if Sarah Palin divides the party-exiling the GOP into “the wilderness?” What is going to make the difference is the young people, of every color. The young people are going to prevail. How dare the GOP ramble about their concern for the debt of future generations, when it is they who have steered all of us into this economic ditch? How dare the GOP open their mouths with an “answer” when they really don’t give a fig about the youth of this country! The voting-age youth understand who has their backs. The Hispanics are very well aware of who was giving Justice Sonia Sotomayor a hard time, even when her qualifications were superior to that of her “peers.” Those who are surviving by virtue of their extended unemployment checks know who has their backs. Women, who now have equal pay, know who has their backs. The sum total of all those who have experienced grace at the hand of President Barack Obama, know who has their backs. An elephant either stands or falls. Standing for “no” regardless of ever-changing circumstances, will cause the elephant to fall.

Alice Parris

REALITY CHECKS FOR REALITY TELEVISION

After spending the past year with my twenty-seven year old daughter and her friends, I have been shown where to find the  most hilarious moments on cable. By far, Reality Television rates at the top of the dysfunction food-chain and is by definition a panacea for the chronically bored to death.  I have noticed a recurrent pattern with the numerous shows that I have watched. I can see what makes for “great” reality moments and what makes a show less than exciting.

It comes down to having a good mix of mental illnesses and personality disorders within the pool of contestants. This will always produce the unexpected at any time. Take two or three bipolars with various degrees of mood swings; not swinging at the same time. Add contestants with ADD, ADHD( poor impulse control), borderline personalities, narcissists, fragile personalities and strong antisocial personalities, then you are going to have fireworks! If you look at the dysfunction of one of the most highly watched shows, “I love New York,” you will find your dysfunction primarily in the personality of the  “prize.”  You add a controlling mother, who could possibly be any combination of the mental/personality disorders,  then, you won’t need as many competitors who randomly “act out” in order to have the consistant weekly level of drama required for addictive-watching by millions.

Have you noticed the many random melt-downs? Have you noticed the defined arch-enemies?  Have you noticed the chief manipulators and their crews? Have you noticed how many times “friends” have been “thrown under the bus” in the name of competition? If it were a psychiatric ward,  not a televised competition, then there would be consequences for not only acts of violence, but for a myriad of manipulations that are associated with these disorders. What the television industry has done is to successfully put “mental patients” together in a fishbowl (in the name of competition) and let them all “do their thing.” This is proving to be a very lucrative venture.

What you do not see are the consequences of rejection that create a “downward spiral” in the personalities that really do want love or the “prize”, once they are bounced from the program. There should be on-staff clinical psychologists to assess people who are painfully expelled at the notorious “expulsion ceremonies.”  Who follows these people to make sure that they don’t fall into a depression that could result in “suicidal ideation” being acted upon? Who is to keep the promiscuous bipolar, who has a history of early sexual abuse, from engaging in even more dangerous sexual behaviors once expelled? Who is going to follow-up on the young man who hates his mother and has been publically rejected,  perhaps ridiculed by a “female figure” from beginning a life of psychopathic violence towards women? Who will watch out for a fledgeling “black-widow” in the making?

One thing can be said. If the producers of these shows did some digging into the pasts of the contestants, there would be no shows at all. There would always be red flags. There would be liability as prevelant as the drama.  Most of the young people on the reality shows have not yet been diagnosed. They are self-medicated by booze while on set, and may be on drugs when living their regular lives.  Just think about the tragic outcome of,  “Megan Wants A Millionaire.” The young man to whom Megan was most physically attracted was the suspect of a “manhunt” for the alleged mutilation/murder of his wife. This story ended up in Canada, where the millionaire contestant committed suicide. If any of these contestants had been given a personality profile, there might  have been a red flag by the deceased contestant’s name. What would have happened if Megan fell in love with this man and they spent a great deal of time together after filming? What if she began to exhibit the same type of behaviors that could have driven him to  alleged heinous behavior? What would be the liability for the creators/producers of this reality show? It has been pulled from television, now, due to the high profile nature of this case. Only those who filmed the show (and their intimates) know who Megan chose to be “her millionaire.” A reunion show? Not a chance!

 It is not enough to ask someone in their twenties if they have ever had a felony. It is not enough to have a urine-test for substances. It is not enough to ask someone if they have ever had homocidal or suicidal thoughts. They will lie, take herb/cleaners for urine drug screens, and present well. What contestant who wants love or money is going to admit to hearing voices, or having homicidal/ suicidal thoughts? What will be the scrutiny from now on upon these reckless forays into the “crazy-making” fishbowls known as “Reality Television?”  Somewhere quality risk management needs to be implemented immediately; not to rob the show of its excitement but to protect the contestants from themselves and others during and after the tapings.

Alice Parris

ABOUT DEATH THREATS AGAINST OBAMA & VIOLENCE AGAINST SUPPORTERS

What this election has done is to push cowardly racism to the surface of our society. This has been a dirty little secret submerged underground by those in power and uneducated bigots, alike. The only glimpse that we have gotten to see, since the Civil Rights Movement, have been isolated cases and an occassional surreal visual on the Jerry Springer show. Nevertheless, the recruiting going on with the Aryan Nation/white supremacist groups has hit an all time high with the election of President Obama. Those who threaten are obviously unaware that the same measures used to detect the presence of terrorist activities within the United States, will flush them out, as well.

Lately, there has been the tragic case of a woman who drove from Oklahoma to join a “wannabe” KKK initiation ceremony ninety miles north of New Orleans. When she changed her mind in the middle of this ceremony, she was killed, her possessions burned and she was dumped along the side of the road with bungling brush to cover her. It was quickly discovered that this group (who recruited this young woman from the internet) was not a part of the infamous KKK. It was just a group of angry, uneducated racists who were itching for violence against blacks. If this is what they do to potential recruits, how dare they call their mandate “a God-given right?”  It is absurd.

Sarah Palin has blood upon her hands, yet she is still being courted and followed. I’ll bet that she is losing more sleep over the $150,000.00 worth of clothes purchased by the RNC than she is about the $150,000.00 worth of guns bought at one store in Tennessee the day after the election. Governor Sarah Palin, while plowing through the lower forty-eight, stirred up the darkest elements of fear in people who were afraid of change-they liked things just the way they were (before the economic bottom fell out.) Nevermind, the country had been sacked by the greedy, leaving only the needy to fend for themselves. Nevermind, the entire global economy had been destabilized under a Republican administration.

What was needed was a “scapegoat.” I believe that the “white is right” crowd will act out upon blacks, because ninety-five percent of blacks stood for hours to vote because they could! These Aryan nation/white supremacist groups were already getting geared up because of the perceived “illegal immigration” threat. Now that there is a President-elect Obama, they have their fuel for violence against all non-white citizens whom they feel might have voted for President-elect Obama.

I just read an article which expressed the frustration of these groups who claimed to have built this country and were not going to sit by and let it go to the blacks. News flash: the soil of this country was fertilized by the blood of the many extinct Native American tribes that existed here for centuries before Europeans came and was built up by the hands of black slaves. Even the White House had to do with the working hands of slaves. Threatening young black children, vandalizing and desecrating the property of black families and random violence cannot change this. Now is the season for the back of racism to be broken in the earth. The religious spirits who hide an agenda of racism will be exposed for what they are.

Those who are on talk show radio who malign President-elect Obama will begin to experience personal losses. Those who use the media to continue to divide and not reconcile will be left by a world more concerned with staving off food shortages, than picking on a race or group of people due to ethnicity or religion.  Bigotry has got to stop. All hate groups who are recruiting will be caught by the authorities. Isolated acts of violence will be investigated to a satisfactory conclusion.  The expression, “the South shall rise again” will not ring true.  Subterranean racists groups who have been flushed out by this election shall find themselves being prosecuted in a courts of law. It does not bode well, for violent bigotry. The days of unprosecuted white-hooded sheet-fests are over.

It is written: “…the first shall be last and the last shall be first…” All of the Catholic Churches who refuse communion to those who voted for Obama should have been more active over the past thirty years since Roe vs. Wade. There were many who could have worked tirelessly to get it overturned. Where was this policy when President Bill Clinton was in office and pro-choice? I never heard that those who chose to expose or ignore  priest-pedophellia could not receive Communion. This is just a smokescreen for fear and hatred. Fear is not of faith, therefore not of God. One who hates has the spirit of murder, according to the Word. What Bible are these people reading?  The spirit of error has been released upon the earth. Those in the pews should do well to read the Bible for themselves and not depend on the Pastor to interpret for them. Who is to say that the pastor is not a “flawed vessel?”

This next statement is a prophetic decree: “…accursed are the works of darkness…” and “…this affliction shall not arise a second time…” I will stand upon my decree from the Word of God against any random, demonic activity dressed up as righteousness in the earth.

Alice Parris