new day

Friends, I believe our days of feeling outrage over the injustices we see in the world must come to an end.

It makes us feel good to blow off steam, yet what does it really accomplish but make us seem—and feel—impotent? We waste our energy getting angry over this or that latest abuse of power and what does it accomplish? Nothing.

This morning I looked at some of the comments to yesterday’s news about Jordan Brown and it seems to me we are being unrealistic. We are expecting unlikely things from our system of government, justice, economics, etc. We will always be disappointed as long as we believe that life should be fair. It isn’t.

The only way life will be fair is if we make it so in our own lives.

We have made a mess of things by granting power to people like Anthony Weiner and Tom Corbett, and then we compound our error by expecting them to do the right things with the power we give them. They won’t because they can’t. They are morally deficient human beings.

We make a mess of things by calling in the police or child protective services to solve our domestic problems, and we compound our error by expecting that the intrusion of external power into our family lives will magically fix things that are wrong. But it never makes anything better and usually only makes things worse. They, too, are morally deficient human beings.

I happen to think that judges like Dominick Motto and Rex Reed—and prosecutors like John Bongivengo, Anthony Krastek and Dan Hampton—are as crooked as a dog’s hind leg. But the issue is not them but us as long as we defer to their power. They are morally deficient.

So who can you trust to do the right things? Who can you expect to exercise wisdom and creativity in the face of the massive stupidity we see in the world? Who will save us from the pervasive evil in the world?

Look in the mirror. The only person you can trust is you.

We human beings are sovereign creatures endowed by the Universe with the freedom to choose in every moment of our daily lives. We forget this. We defer to authority. We do what we’re told. We go along with an imperfect world in so many unnecessary ways and squander countless opportunities for satisfaction and happiness.

It’s time to take back the power we have given away and accept personal responsibility. It is not a matter of armed insurrection, but of personal attitude through which we take control over the things in our lives that we can affect. It is not a matter of defying authority, but denying it power wherever and whenever we can.

It is a matter of living our lives in a new way, first in our own hearts and deeds, then in our own families, and then in our communities, and maybe after that in the nation.

I am not advocating anarchy or chaos, but a return to Universal Law. Unlike the US tax code, for example, which runs 17,000 pages and contains a mind boggling 5.5 million words (three times the length of the Bible), Universal Law is simple enough to hold in your head. You can remember it every moment of every day.

You can literally count its precepts with the fingers on one hand. It consists of only five words representing five absolute moral values. If you follow it, you will always know the power of the Universe is behind you and that things will work out in the end—maybe not as you’d like or expect, but as God intends. It is a distillation of all the teachings of the world’s major religions and the principles upon which all just laws are based.

You don’t need to take it to the streets and demonstrate. You don’t need to circulate petitions that will be ignored. You can adopt it and follow it quietly, faithfully, in your own life, beginning today. If enough people do the same, there will be an invisible revolution that can overcome the tyranny of the few who enslave us with their laws and brute force.

Experiment with it today and see how it can change your day.


Groove of the Day

Listen to the Ramones performing “I Fought the Law”


13 Responses to “new day”

  1. 1 heidi
    June 9, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Amen to that:)

  2. June 9, 2011 at 11:37 am

    After reading yesterday’s blog, I was terribly mad.

    I was so mad that I felt I could not write a comment, because how ever I started my train of thoughts … it would end by recommending lending some of Mister Obama’s killer drones and make an end with these perpetrators in black robes. I’m serious. Those were my thoughts.

    According to America’s moral standards of bending or sidestepping national and international law, this would be an easy enough to justify case. And if not – who cares? Judges don’t, prosecutors don’t, and the morons who elect those robe fillings into their offices and watch, as kids are being crippled for life, do not care tenfold.

    Sorry for being sarcastic … or was ? Basically, I was just depicting the naked truth there…

    I would not, on the other hand, belittle the power of petitions.

    Remember the case of Clint McCance last October, the Arkansaw schoolboard vice president, who made terrible and disgusting remarks in his Facebook about gay teens who committed suicide? Within three days, there were more than 100,000 signatures, plus the media being on the case, and Mr McCance (I’m inclined to call him Cancer, because he IS an ulcer on legs!) was so much in hot water that he, after a pitiful appearance on “AnderonCooper 360°”
    (see the interview here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dag7dEYc-SA
    and here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aNqm1ceHU4&feature=watch_response )
    he resigned three days later, and his resignation was accepted by the school board without the slightest resistance, due to the massive uproar this case had stirred.

    The “Do adult crime, serve adult time” is something so abhorrent that I cannot understand why it was not abolished five minutes after that weird bill had passed. American justice? Holy cow …

    I think Unicef and Amnesty International should be on that, combined with a massive research campaign on all the strategies of those crooked robe fillers who do nothing to serve justice. Based on all the cases that you work on, Dan, there is so much mental C4 involved … Measured on how any new report I read blows my mind, it should be enough to throw Earth out of it’s rotation course round the sun.

    I simply can’t see anymore how your efforts, and the efforts of those who work together with you, can move more than pebbles in those cases where rocks and more rocks keep crashing down on kids, thrown light handedly by judges, and block the path for any sensitive and intelligent and compassionate thought.

    Bur please don’t misunderstand me – what you and your affiliates do is so important, and I respect it so much – but I think of killer drones more and more often when I see how much ignorant power is there on the other side, where the robes are black, the brains are filled with malevolence and where hearts are stones on which and drop of compassion just bounces off.

    Since I have been introduced to the case of Paul Henry at the end of April 2010, I have waited for some severe blow to go down in this case against police, prosecutors and judges who act like they are out of their mind. Nothing was happening. And why not? Because no one called the troops in.

    Dan, I am sick and tired of knowing that a boy is in detention for =>> two years <<= now, and *for nothing*, and with nothing going. I know you are too. But a "We'll see" could never be enough for me. It's the SYSTEM that needs to be shaken to the core and un-twisted, because you are fighting the Hydra's many heads there … each of them has a kid / a teen / a young adult in their fangs and bites and chews their victim relentlessly … and if you actually manage to chop off one head, by making a small victory, there will be two of them re-growing.

    Because the base is rotten. And this is where you must strike. And do so in addition to all the wonderful work you do for Paul Henry and Jordan and all the others.

    Seriously – call in the troops. Leave out the killer drones for now (don't omit the thought completely, though …) but, for the heck of Christ (or whoever's shift it is up there right now): Bring in the media. Anderson Cooper, Ellen de Generes, Whoopi Goldberg, Keith Olberman, Oprah! Feed Unicef and amnesty international with those cases you work on. Launch a petition, and do so with the assistance and the combined media force of the just mentioned … add more names if you want to.

    Bring in the troops, to take care of the rotten core, while you do all your best to keep those alive who are being grinded by the millstones of the so called justice you have going on there. You do the case work … but have others fight for you on the front you can't reach.



    • June 9, 2011 at 11:59 am

      Michael, you get your wish for a petition as soon as it’s expressed, thanks to our friend Melissa Higgins. Here are two links to the petition.

      Here is the facebook link:

      Here is a link to the petition site itself:

      Now Michael, I must remind you of something very important. You speak of bringing in killer drones, but it is the government itself that controls them. Huge concentration camps have already been set up by FEMA to house thousands of citizens in the event of insurrection. The National Guard has already been federalized. Local police have been militarized. How far do you honestly think an insurrection can take us to where we want to be?

      No, Michael, if we are to accomplish what we desire, the battlefield must be redefined in ways that the authorities cannot dominate or even understand. This is why I suggest that we foment a moral revolution and begin fighting it in our own lives and homes. Only if we are morally superior to our adversaries will be have any hope of prevailing.

      Now, as to pebbles and boulders… I agree with you that boulders need to be moved, and I am working to organize such a capability. However, achieving such capacity will take a long time and, in the meantime, there are individual kids who are suffering today. The pebbles I can move today seem like boulders to those kids, and I am content to help in practical, do-able ways while continuing to work toward a bigger vision.

      If ever there is to be realized that larger vision, there needs to be some mortar to glue together all of us little stones… and that is Universal Law and Morality.

      So sign the petition and get your friends to do so. But don’t forget the glue that will bind us together into a formidable force.

      And, oh yes, just so you know we’re working along the lines you suggest… two days ago Paul Henry was interviewed by MSNBC for a program that will air in the fall. So who knows? Maybe Oprah or Ellen will notice.

      Every snowball starts small. We only notice when it gets big.

      • June 9, 2011 at 3:36 pm

        Yesyesyes – the killer drone thought is of course only symbolic. I am no militant person, I did my civil service back when I was 18 from conviction, and I could not hurt a fly. Hmm, well … okay, let’s exclude flies from this.

        Thanks for passing me that petition. I signed it, and will try to publicize it to the best of my abilities.

        As for the MSNBC interview: I hope that indeed sheds lots of light on Paul Henry’s case, and on the injustice done with the outrageous “Do adult crime, serve adult crime” and what comes from it.

        The fact that airs only in fall wrenches my heart, though – Paul has been in jail for how long now? A year? Even a bit more, and here’s to three more months … yes, I know I am impatient. But I stand to it. Kids being in jail for one year, or two years like Jordan, and for basically nothing – sorry, but this thought makes me nauseous. Hope the broadcast does not get canceled, still.

        As for Oprah and Ellen and Anderson Cooper: Everyone can submit suggestions for stories and cases that should be on the show. Sadly Oprah took her leave from daytime TV, if I’m not mistaken. But here are three links for the other two I mentioned here, where you can suggest topics:

        The Ellen Show

        Anderson Cooper (new show, premiers on September 12th 2011)
        (make it clear on the beginning of the text that you want to suggest a topic)

        Anderson Cooper360°
        (make it clear on the beginning of the text that you want to suggest a topic)

        And here’s one more:

        Keith Olberman goes on air with a new show called “Countdown” on June 20th. The website
        does not have any contact forms etc., but you might keep that one in mind, too, and check in once the show is online.

        The more people suggest the same topic, the bigger the chance is that it does not drown in the mass of submissions those broadcasts get every day.


      • June 9, 2011 at 4:52 pm

        Don’t get your hopes up too high about this broadcast shedding new light on Paul Henry’s story. Our only purpose for the interview was to get Paul Henry’s image and character out there and get people interested in learning more about his plight. By fall there will be more news happening around his case, so people’s interest will be rewarded.

        Right now there is little that we want to tell or say. We have not yet even finalized our legal strategy for the appeal because we are waiting for the Kosciusko County Court to provide complete transcripts of the sentencing hearing. They have provided an incomplete file. We have had to file a motion with the appellate court to order the Kosciusko County Court Clerk to do this in a timely manner–and a judge’s order was issued in our favor. But all of this has taken extra time. It drags things out.

        But here is how I look at it. Our situation right now is that Paul Henry is in for 30 years. Even if it takes us a year or more to win his freedom, that is less than 30. In the meantime, we do our best to protect him and help him get the most good that he can from his present circumstances, and that is going well.

  3. 6 Wolfgang
    June 9, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    here is some interesting to read


  4. 7 Jeanne
    June 9, 2011 at 4:33 pm


    So true of today’s journal. JORDAN IS LEARNING A GOOD EDUCATION ABOUT THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM. Sadly, it really is a “ME” world. Thank God we joined together to create an “US”. We have proof in numbers and the longer they hold Jordan, the more people learn about the case. This is benefiting little Jordan as the initial exposure was so damaging and unfair. Change cannot occur when things are silenced.

    I am still praying for “just one person” to come out from hiding and end this case. Will it be Judge Motto? nah. ? Will it be Attorney Krasteck? nah. ? He likes himself too much. Will it be Tom Corbett? nah. ? He has laryngitis. Will it be Michael Moore? ……………………………………………………………………………………dunno.

  5. 8 abram
    June 9, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    I agree with everyone and Dan your right. However, an injustice burns a hole right to my soul. I feel words must be spoken to register dissatisfaction. I also agree whole heartedly with those five words – Loyalty, Love, Unselfishness, Purity & Honesty – nothing more is required. I’d rather be part of the solution than part of the problem but I am not a sheep.

    ‘Adult time for adult crime’ is an oxymoron – children aren’t culpable for many of the situations they end up in and many of these parricides seem to be self defense pure and simple, yet a bill like this creates culpability of children automatically. I’m thinking if we feel so outraged and that we are but a small sample of the outrage maybe it’s time, Michael, to have ‘Adult time for adult crime’ rescinded – maybe we should work towards that goal.

    • June 9, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      abram, as there is no “Like” button here (not a real loss,though), let me thank you personally for speaking out “maybe it’s time, Michael, to have ‘Adult time for adult crime’ rescinded – maybe we should work towards that goal.” Wholeheartedly greed!


      • June 10, 2011 at 10:49 am


        Starting a day or so ago, the blog comment form changed, and my text is now dark over dark in both the response and the info (name/email) boxes. This makes it nearly impossible to read/edit my response/submission. Don’t know if I alone am experiencing this, but have it on my personal and work computers and smart phone.

        Anyway, I was thinking of this scriptural reference in relation to yesterday’s blog post. I would encourage your readers to think about how this applies to them, the kids, and their visions of what our society and justice systems should be, and then as you point out, take responsible, peaceful action to make such goals reality.

        “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Phil 4:8


  6. 11 Gloria
    June 10, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    quoted by juvenilejustice: The judicial system is getting ever closer to jumping the shark. A FIVE YEAR OLD GIRL in Kansas City may be facing murder charges in the drowning of a toddler. I’m not sure how a five year old can form the mens rea to be charged, but I wouldn’t be surprised. Unbelievable doesn’t even begin to describe this…


    If this doesn’t ope American peoples eyes about how evil the judicial system is becoming, that only means that america is completely lost. Let’s see adult crime adult time, what will be next, asking for life maybe? adult prison, isolation or general population? This is really despicable.

    whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Phil 4:8

    I do really try Matt, I really do but then something like this comes out. sorry 😦

    • 12 matt
      June 10, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      You are certainly not alone in that, Gloria. I have a darker view of mankind than many, if not most, but as Dan has asked, I wil try to acknowledge those things worthy of my attention and help as I am able. I cannot change the world, but I can change myself.

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