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Trained Monkeys

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Hidden Message

The Wizard of Oz is a favored movie of many child-hoods.

In fact, it was a must-watch in my family until just recently, when we discovered that we were sick to death of it!!

"Harrrr, rrufffff"-- Cowardly Lion.

But, did we really get the meaning of it?

I'm sure we all knew of sweet, innocent Dorothy, and the mean, wicked witch...but what exactly was this about?:"It's always best to start at the beginning -- and all you do is follow the Yellow Brick Road."--Glinda the Good Witch

Yellow Brick Road, and Ruby Red Slippers...magic slippers, at that. IF Dorothy could remember the magic formula--she was on her way home...

And IF she could over-come the obstacles in her way: she would conquer her fears.

Joy in Life!

unconditional love

unconditional love

Age Old Enemy

The main obstacles in her way are the Trained Monkeys; those awful, deranged, smirking, gibbering employees of the Wicked Witch.

Chattering all the time, snickering at Dorothy and her growing circle of friends: Whose human qualities have been lost, somehow to be regained.....

THIS is the point of trying to stop them.

The goal of the Trained Monkeys is to prevent Dorothy and her friends from finding their former glory.

For, once they find it, they will realize that the Wicked Witch-- with all her powers of magic and delusion, is no match for an honest, open heart.

Devilish Players

Now, here is where the subterfuge comes in.

The job of the monkeys, then and now, is to prevent humans from reclaiming their wonderously awesome heritage of Love, Home and Family.

Wicked Witch, it seems, has to BUY her family, and her love.

>>> Her home, by the way, is quite awsome<<<

Castle of Doom

appears insurmountable

appears insurmountable

Beauty Can Deceive

illusions blind and put to sleep

illusions blind and put to sleep

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Don't Be Fooled

The tricks of the Wicked Witch are to send fear and confusion; to make Dorothy--and us, forget our unique human Divinity and place in the Universe.

The ultimate destination: Emerald City, is where we find the true meaning of life, by cutting through the illusion.

See My Power?



Sympathy For the Devil

I try and envision it from the point of view of the Monkeys....getting paid to do someone else's dirty work....

Now where is the pride and dignity in that?

Think of all the time and energy spent, simply following the instructons of a mad woman, doing as they are told.

Perhaps driven by the fear of loss of income, or even worse....death.

On a certain level, I can feel sorry for them: The brainless stooges who work for the Dark Side.

But on another level, I want to slap them silly--tell them to wake up!

Their destiny is being led by another: their hopes and dreams constrained by the lure of easy money.

Step Right Up!

beware the know-it-all

beware the know-it-all

Modern Day Barkers

Lest one think the Trained Monkeys exist only in the Wizard of, my friends, we are saturated with them here, in the political spheres of these United States of America.

It's not necessarily only politics where the monkeys thrive: It's religion and social issues as well.

But--their main thrust of illusion is in the political realm.

They work for those who seduce with platitudes and promises.....Follow their Yellow Brick Road, and you will reach nirvana: freedom and independence and riches beyond your wildest dreams.

The problem with this road, however, is that the bricks are tarnished and slippery; tread upon by those who seek to denigrate, not uplift.

Passengered by salesmen and carnival barkers, hawking their phony goods, which in their case, is the envisioned future of this great country we call home.

Trust in Yourself

you have the power

you have the power

We Create Our Own Destiny

They'll tell you all kinds of things to distract you from what you really need: a Heart, some Courage and a Brain.

They'll tell you your home is going to be attacked: To strike fear.

They'll tell you you're house is dirty: To make you ashamed.

And they'll tell you your freedom is worth selling out for Gold.

Now, here is where Glinda's words come in......Go back to the beginning:

Remember who you are: A kind, caring person, living in a kind, caring nation.

Your treasures were built with the courage and intelligence it took to make it here.

The only way you can hold on to them is through love.

Don't listen to the Flying Monkeys.

Follow your own way home.


This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2013 Leslie McCowen


Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on October 24, 2021:

Lol, like clockwork….

Texas goes after same sex marriage……

As with abortion……what possible business is it of gvt to decide who can and can’t get married?

And Btw, a Texas woman had an ectopic pregnancy, needed an emergency abortion, and couldn’t get help anywhere in Texas. She had to drive twelve hours to New Mexico, and she could have died.

So much for freedom, liberty and justice for Texas women. Next comes Texas gays.

Second class citizens…..but everyone is created equal right?


Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on October 20, 2021:

“Tuesday: The military gets an extra $10 billion added to its $725 billion budget after ending a war.

Wednesday: The $9 billion-a-year plan for free community college is cut from the budget.”

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on October 11, 2021:

The derp state.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on October 10, 2021:

Imagine, this guy has power over you.

Think you’d feel “free”?

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on October 07, 2021:

“DNC hacker Guccifer 2.0 is reportedly a member of Russian military intelligence”

“More evidence ties alleged DNC hacker Guccifer 2.0 to Russian intelligence”


A user named colorfulone posted this stuff everyday during the 2016 campaign.

She went from despising Trump, to worshipping him. Very odd.

I’m not crazy… are. *wink*

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on October 07, 2021:

Hi darkone, as I call her. She was posting guccifer 2 every day here during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Sandi Bachom:

“I've been following the MAGAs for 4 years. At one Trump rally in Milwaukee a QAnon guy said he got into it through 4 Chan AND Guccifer 2.0 and yes I have that on camera.”

Guy on horseback drastically changed his views on trump, started shilling for him, has since removed all hubs and disappeared.

I just knew there is shady shit going on here.

It’s Maga central……why?

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on October 04, 2021:

Oh poor martyr Ashley Babbitt….NOT.

“Among the thousands of responses was an angry tweet from a 35-year-old air force veteran in San Diego.

“No the fuck you will not!” Ashli Babbitt replied to Harris. “No masks, no you, no Biden the kid raper, no vaccines...sit your fraudulent ass down…we the ppl bitch!”

Babbitt’s Twitter account shows a woman deeply engaged for months with a conspiracy theory that painted Democratic lawmakers as evil pedophiles.

Her social media also showed posts skeptical of masks and public health measures. She had responded with fury to an alert in early December that California public health officials were reinstating a stay-at-home order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, which was surging in southern California: “This is that commie bullshit.”

On Twitter, Babbitt had been sharing messages urging people like herself to take action, with messages like: “Your government doesn’t fear you anymore. That needs to change. ASAP.”

Babbitt also had a history of confrontational behavior. In 2016, she was charged with reckless endangerment, dangerous driving and malicious property damage in Maryland, but she was later acquitted, according to court records. A former girlfriend of Babbitt’s husband wrote in the application for a protection order against Babbitt that Babbitt had followed her in a car and rear-ended her three times, multiple news outlets reported.

“She was screaming at me and verbally threatening,” the complaint states.


Sounds to me like a violent person full of rage. And, an enemy combatant of the Jan 6 insurrection against the USG.

Live by the sword, die by the sword.

“The mob was going to come through the door; there was a lot of members and staff that were in danger at the time,” the Oklahoma Republican congressman Markwayne Mullin said, according to Fox News.

He defended the police officer’s decision to shoot Babbitt: “His actions will be judged in a lot of different ways moving forward, but his actions I believe saved people’s lives even more. Unfortunately, it did take one, though.”

“If you feel like you gave the majority of your life to your country and you’re not being listened to, that is a hard pill to swallow. That’s why she was upset.”



Like what? She didn’t want to wear a mask? She believed Qanon, so she’s justified?

Not a chance in hell.

So, what should women do whose rights are being taken away by republicans?

Storm their offices with intent to kill?

Are you frikkin nuts?

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on October 03, 2021:

Leonard Leo is CNP AND Federalist Society. He’s big power. But we never hear “Leo wants to chip people and created the virus so people will die”, do we?

Like Tupac said years ago…..”If the Illuminat is so secret, how come you know about them?”

Then again, maybe they now think they have cover to actually come out of the shadows?

“Big protest in D.C. on January 6th,” Mr. Trump tweeted on Dec. 19. “Be there, will be wild!”

Roger Stone, protected by Oath Keepers, Jan 6

“You know I’m a Zionist, right?”

Why did he feel the need to say that? C’mon…..”Judeo Christian” rule is what they’re after.

Zionist+ Nazi= White, Bible god rule. IMO. What don’t you get?

Russian Orthodox Church is in league with Putin, too.

Anyway….I think it’s funny to see big bad lefties blamed for everything. For god sakes…..where are your eyeballs?

What “leftist” sits at the head of any gvt seeking to seize power over the world?

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on October 02, 2021:

“Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to let billionaires buy up all major media and then consolidate and then curate a more billionaire friendly “news.”



Here we are with the narrative, “progressives are stopping the bills”…..“Manchin and Synema are stopping the bills”……

Finally, Jen Psaki stated the obvious. “Why don’t you ask republicans why they won’t vote for it? McCarthy is whipping them against it.”

Why don’t they ask them for once?

Progressives are right. If they don’t push it now, it will be gone forever. And, 95% of dems in congress, the president, and most of America want it.

Why doesn’t media ever ask why we are beholden to this minority? Know why?

Because the wealthy media owners like their tax cuts, that’s why.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on September 29, 2021:

“Dianna Ploss, of anti vaxx group Stand Up Massachusetts, ranted against the Massachusetts Republican Party for not being receptive to her group's concerns.

"The Republicans in Massachusetts cannot be trusted!" she fumed. "Charlie Baker is an agent of the Chinese Communist Party... trust no one!"


Woah! So republicans are commies, too! Now that’s a switch.

Poor Charlie…..he sort of knows what it’s like to be a democrat in a way…..maga has been on his case, ever since he acknowledged Covid is real.

Yeah, all the hate talk radio guys around here call him King Charles. Imagine that. A Republican businessman, and they call him King Charles. You can imagine what they call Biden.

I will never forgive them for ruining talk radio, lowering the brain trust of America and helping dumpster man trump foment an insurrection.

Spoiled, entitled, dumb. That’s maga Massachusetts.

Am I too mean? Awwww, just ask dementia Joe with his sippy cup.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on September 26, 2021:

Omg, I want one!

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on September 14, 2021:

“What is even more dangerous than this election disinformation by Republicans is the ongoing operation by Bannon and others in the Republican party to fill key election related positions with radicals w the goal of having elections not certified.”


You have to understand what you’re dealing with. These people have no morals, no sense of fairness and decency……they only want power, and to keep it forever.

You cannot play nice with them. It’s not in their dna. Viper blood….it’s ancient.

Remember, it means “one full of malice.”


Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on September 12, 2021:

Elizabeth Meade, MD:

“One of our social workers just came to me almost in tears because of all the pregnant women in our ICUs, dying, losing their babies, having emergency c-sections at 24 or 26 or 28 weeks in a desperate attempt to at least save the baby. It’s all too much. Get vaccinated please.“

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on August 20, 2021:

“DC Bomb Threat Suspect Expressed Belief in Trump Reinstatement Conspiracy Theory”

Compassion for that? Like hell. He’s a seditionist.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on August 08, 2021:

Wing nuts worried about China…cause their media tells them to be.

And yet…..they scoff at the war Russia has waged on us.

Could it be because Russia is white Christian, and China is not?

That’s what I think. Racism is underneath it all.

Thinks about it….who do you side with always? White people! No matter what they do.

It’s pretty transparent to me.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on August 05, 2021:

“I don't know why you are trying to rubbish the UK for doing the very thing that you've always wanted to see happen”

Because it doesn’t fit the agenda hes been sent here to spread. Imo

First, there was Wikileaks and guccifer 2. Now Qanon.—-

Given free reign on hubpages forums, while they ban liberals for 90 days at a pop.

One day, we will find out sites were paid to allow this degeneracy. Imo. In fact, I think they can’t BE on the internet without paying dues to the tighty righty overlords.

The fact trump is free and still pushing the Nazi lie…..tells you all you need to know.

All these top Nazis who tried to overthrow our elected gubmint are still free.

Yet………they gonna get Cuomo, aren’t they?

Pretty easy to see who the overlords are.

How’s that for conspiracy? Lanon

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on August 04, 2021:

Maga, in a nutshell:

“Elise Stefanik is calling for Cuomo to be arrested while she travels around the country with Matt Gaetz, an accused pedophile and sex trafficker.”


They can’t seriously want you to think they care about sexual harassment by politicians?

They voted for a man who admitted to grabbing women’s private parts, and has 27+ Sexual assault complaints against him!

C’mon.....people are not that stupid, are they?

Also, presidents can now request help from foreign adversaries in a political campaign,

And have their kids working at the White House, despite being denied security clearance.

Are they serious right now?

Are they comatose, or what?

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on July 30, 2021:

Jennifer Rubin:

“Imagine if one of the snowflakes - don't tell me to wear a mask/get a lifesaving shot - was told, sorry, but you get to spend the next 9 mos throwing up, back pains, sleeping poorly, hormonal swings, etc. because the govt. is mandating you complete your pregnancy. It is insane.“


Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on July 25, 2021:

A Robert Mercer production:

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on July 23, 2021:

Lol! Don’t get his Irish up!

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on July 22, 2021:

While maga blames Pelosi for the insurrection, the truth is coming at ya:

“In DC the Guard is subordinate to the President, then the Sec of Defense (Miller), then the Sec of the Army, then the Sgt at Arms. This is the ONLY way they were able to stall the DCNG all day.”

Trumpco. Deal with it, crybabies.

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on July 20, 2021:

What is with maga women calling Biden a racist?

Are they saying Obama picked a racist to be his veep?


You white women think you know more what a racist is then a black man?

God, the arrogance!

Leslie McCowen (author) from Cape Cod, USA on July 18, 2021:

Yes, it’s deliberate. By people who want Americans to die.

David Frum:

“The euphemistic term "vaccine hesitancy" is becoming seriously misleading. It is value-neutral, even carries a faint connotation of deliberation and thoughtfulness. But that's not what has happened with the COVID vaccines. Anti-vax feeling in the US was induced, incited.

Had the US continued to vaccinate in the summer at the same rate as in the spring, the US would be near herd immunity by now. It took a lot of work by powerful people and institutions to prevent that outcome. It didn't just *happen.* It was *done.*