Paul Krassner’s School of Mental Fatigue

FILE-This July 10, 2012, file photo shows Occupy Eugene member Emily Semple, right, smiling as she is placed under arrest by Federal Police after she refused to leave the outdoor plaza at the Federal Courthouse in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Chris Pietsch, File)

Charles Manson is escorted on his way back to jail after court arraignment in Los Angeles, Ca., Dec. 22, 1969. (AP Photo)

I learned something from my Mortal Enemy, Alley Falkyrie: her hero, Paul Krassner, is dead! I also learned that Alley attended the Holmstead School in New Jersey that caters to students, or, children who suffer from ‘School Fatigue’. This school is located near Parsippanny Hills high school that Alley also attended. MONEY magazine has written about this town, and several times it was named a very desirable place to live. It ranked around No.14. Long ago I figured out Alley came from money and prestige, and a place where certain folks want to live and gather together. Does Parsi have a homeless problem? How about a Witch problem?

Last night, on our local news, I saw three news items that I had to blog about.

  1. The outrageous drug and homeless problem in San Francisco.
  2.  The Eugene City Council passing a resolution put forth by Emily Semple
  3.  High School students get a Bill passed to allow ‘Mental Health Days’.
  4.  Paul Krassner – dies!

I added No.4 to show how these stories are related.

STOP THE PRESSES!

I have been priming my pen in order to cut Councilperson Semple a new asshole, but, I just learned she voted AGAINST her own Bill! You go girl! My God! Brave Beatrice depressed the shit out of me last night. I talked with a healthcare person about going back into therapy. I actually threw in The Radical Towel with the Paul’s sick chick embroidered on it. I was having a nervous breakdown! I am thinking about joining a Pagan Monestary for the Magically Fatigued.

“Doc! The radical magic is being sucked dry by you know who!”

Every real crazy person in the world can recall where they were and what they were doing when they read Paul’s account of LBJ fucking the exit wound of our Dead Kennedy. Tomorrow, the Democrats will bring their Star onto their stage to explain once again, that our President has – fucked everyone in the neck!

“The Realist’s most famous article was one Mr. Krassner wrote portraying Lyndon B. Johnson as sexually penetrating a bullet wound in John F. Kennedy’s neck while accompanying the assassinated president’s body back to Washington on Air Force One. The headline of the article was “The Parts That Were Left Out of the Kennedy Book,” and it claimed — falsely — to be material that had been removed from William Manchester’s book “The Death of a President.”

“People across the country believed — if only for a moment — that an act of presidential necrophilia had taken place,” Mr. Krassner told an interviewer in 1995. “The imagery was so shocking, it broke through the notion that the war in Vietnam was being conducted by sane men.”

https://www.insider.com/oregon-students-mental-health-days-2019-7

The question that popped in my neck, was, how old was Alley when she read Krassner, and was she at Holmstead suffering from ‘School Fatigue’ when she got her Radical Cherry popped? In Krassner’s article, where Alley is mentioned, there are attacks upon the Christian-right by a Wiccan High Priestess. Emily was the Pagan Slug Queen of Eugene. After she got arrested, a radical attorney stepped forth, and won a famous Free Speech case that altered Eugene forever. It empowered the homeless. What I am wondering, did some of Emily’s old Wiccan Hags call her up after they saw her on the news? Did Alley scream;

“What in the fuck are you doing?”

Eugene might be the official home of Harry Potter, who suffers from ‘School Phobia and Fatigue!

“Turn on! Tune in! And – DROP OUT!”

My view of Alley has softened, because she was sincere when she said Paul was her hero. The three of us are self-publishers, and thus in need of honest feedback. Much of our time is spent wondering if we are insane. Why bother? Back then, we few, wondered why Paul was putting us on. Why bother? We may not be able to help ourselves. I suggested this to the woman who is going to get me some – real help! I complained that they keep sending me to a therapist who knows nothing abut the creative mind – when they said they did!

“They don’t even bother to google a few artists and read abut them on Wikipedia. Who we know is important!”

An hour later I am reading of Alley’s encounter with Paul. I felt for her. I now own empathy for her. Then, I read this;

Those with a history of behavior-management problems benefit from small classes which minimize disruption and threat to teacher control. Inappropriate outbursts are either avoided or dealt with immediately and less emotionally. Those with a history of defiance toward authority figures work with teachers who redirect their energies toward positive career-related goals in order to minimize their manipulative attitudes. They encourage their social and academic progress as well.”

I realized I was reading Paul Krassner’s – TOMB STONE! Paul was a child progidy. So was I, and I assume Alley exhibited a talent when quite young, such as rapid-fire thinking and talking that ran circles around all her teachers!

“SHUT UP – ALREADY!”

“Krassner was a child violin prodigy and was the youngest person ever to play Carnegie Hall, in 1939 at age six.[3] His parents were Jewish,[4][5] but Krassner chose to be firmly secular, considering religion “organised superstition.”[6] He majored in journalism at Baruch College (then a branch of the City College of New York) and began performing as a comedian under the name Paul Maul.”

Alas I have found the real Alley, and the real me! The three of us own – mental illness problems! We defy being controlled! Alley read her school brochure – then headed west to Keseyville to practice her skills on us! She manipulated the fuck out of us. Her outbursts – are famous! Her attack on my newspaper-blog was part of Alley’s mental illness. She can not tolerate a Bad Report Card. I dare say no one dare give her one – but me!

You got to laugh!

Paul is just now checking into the Oaks Motel.

To be continued.

https://rosamondpress.com/2019/07/02/philip-roth-now-at-the-oaks-motel-2/

John Presco

https://www.thenation.com/article/life-among-neo-pagans/

https://kval.com/news/nation-world/san-francisco-and-seattle-a-tale-of-two-cities-mired-in-a-homeless-crisis

https://www.klcc.org/post/eugene-adopts-resolution-denouncing-white-supremacy

Oregon will allow students to take “mental health days” just as they would sick days, thanks to a new law high school students championed across the state.

It’s not coddling. The students behind the measure say it’s meant to change the stigma around mental health in a state that has some of the highest suicide rates in the US. Mental health experts say it is one of the first state laws to explicitly instruct schools to treat mental health and physical health equally, and it comes at a time when educators are increasingly considering the emotional health of students. Utah passed a similar law last year.

Gov. Kate Brown signed Oregon’s bill into law last month. High school students came up with the idea at a leadership camp last summer, according to CNN.

“The Growing Dangers of American Theocracy” by Phyllis Curott, First Amendment lawyer, Wiccan High Priestess, author of The Love Spell: An Erotic Memoir of Spiritual Awakening: She warned of the Christian right’s stealth desire for achieving “biblical law” that would require the death penalty for blasphemy, adultery, homosexuality and witchcraft. Already, teenage witches are expelled from school; Pagans in the military are harassed by religious fundamentalists; there have been public burnings of Harry Potter books; a Wiccan couple is challenging a court order that they must protect their 9-year-old son from “non-mainstream religious beliefs and rituals.”

Curott, named by Jane magazine as one of the Ten Gutsiest Women of the Year, told me that, according to her contacts, “Evangelical groups have been meeting with major chains to ‘advise’ them on marketing to their community, pointing out that Christian bestsellers like the Left Behind series, make the stores more dollars per square inch of shelf space than Wiccan, feminist or psychology books, and also that their community won’t come to those stores unless they’re not offended by what’s being shelved in the stores and unless they’re ‘made to feel welcome.’ The two groups I heard were spearheading the effort were Assembly of God and the Philadelphia Church. Pagans are in danger of becoming the new Jews in a culture that is increasingly fascist, however that fact may be obscured by being wrapped in red, white and blue bunting and religious platitudes.”

Program Description:
Holmstead students between the ages of 13 and 18 in grades 8 through 12 possess high intellectual potential but have been unable to achieve successfully in traditional school settings. Each is classified as a result of a diagnostic profile prepared by the sending district child study team.

Holmstead School provides an educational and therapeutic atmosphere, which emphasizes innovative and flexible education for bright adolescents who need to be challenged in order to change their motivation and performance. Students at Holmstead find both academic success and behavioral growth.

Typical Holmstead students include those with a history of ‘school phobia.’ These students have had erratic attendance in the past, causing gaps in their academic and social progress. Students with a history of learning problems excel in this low-pressure atmosphere provided by caring, insightful professionals where the emphasis is placed on the needs of the student, rather than on the demands of the curriculum. Those with a history of behavior-management problems benefit from small classes which minimize disruption and threat to teacher control. Inappropriate outbursts are either avoided or dealt with immediately and less emotionally. Those with a history of defiance toward authority figures work with teachers who redirect their energies toward positive career-related goals in order to minimize their manipulative attitudes. They encourage their social and academic progress as well.

Therapeutic intervention on the part of highly-skilled psychologists, social workers and a student assistance counselor enables Holmstead students to participate in individual psychotherapy and group counseling. The staff includes male and female clinicians who afford students the opportunity to work with the professional with whom he/she relates most comfortably and productively. Sessions uphold confidentiality in order to build trust. A parent support group, facilitated by Holmstead therapists, addresses issues of concern regarding adolescent interaction with family, peers, school and the community.

Marissa Garcia speaks about the need for a resolution condemning white supremacy in Eugene.
Credit Melorie Begay

The Eugene City Council narrowly passed a resolution condemning white nationalism and alt-right activities and groups. The final vote was 4 to 3.

Among those in opposition were councilors Betty Taylor, Mike Clark, and Emily Semple.

Semple, a member of the Human Rights Commission introduced the resolution. But she changed her stance after Councilor Clark openly questioned the language of denouncing a “belief.”

“My problem with that is a different council one day, made up of different people, made up of people with different beliefs and we’re saying this is the official belief. The city of Eugene, that we condemn people who hold this belief,” Clark said.

Semple then withdrew her support for the resolution. Clark said he’s not comfortable with taking away the right of others to hold their own beliefs. His attempt to amend the resolution to remove the wording was voted down.

The vote comes after 2 letters were sent by over 30 organizations and business calling for the city to denounce white supremacy. Both letters acknowledged Eugene as an “open and welcoming city,” but called for stronger political condemnation of white supremacy and bigotry.

It also asked for better recognition of historical racism, including the presence of the Ku Klux Klan.

“Words really can help people feel safer if they see a commitment from the city to protecting them and creating safe spaces so that families aren’t living in fear,” said Marissa Garcia. She represented Huerto de la Familia and the Latinx Alliance of Lane County at a press conference Monday morning. Both organizations signed the letter along with 24 other groups.

Garcia said people often think resolutions are just words, but for marginalized communities, it can have significant weight.

“Families can focus on preserving their culture and spending time with their families and not having to worry about whether if they go out in public they’ll be safe,” Garcia said.

Both Mayor Vinis and Councilor Emily Semple were present during the press conference Monday morning. Mayor Vinis told KLCC that in addition to condemning white supremacy, the resolution embraces the history of minorities, peoples of color, the LGBTQ community and people from various religions.

“One of the actions is calling on the city to move forward and create a narrative [to] improve the historical record about the contributions of minorities within our community,” Vinis said.

A separate letter was signed by 11 local businesses in support of the resolution. The letter says businesses owned by women, people of color, and immigrants have been the targets of neo-Nazi graffiti and harassment.

At least one of the businesses that signed onto the letter had their storefront vandalized on June 12, when multiple Swastikas were found spray-painted on downtown businesses, sidewalks, and benches. No arrests have been made in connection with the graffiti.

 

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