A Conversation With America
2002    2008   

For the Love of the World
Book 1



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For the Love of the World Book II  Creating the Future Where the New World Begins

Some of God's Warriors
Calling All Hippies, Angels & Viet Nam Era Vets

I took you guys seriously. Ever heard of the Aquarian Conspiracy? Are you a "pirate"? Did you enjoy "In Watermelon Sugar" or... This chapter's for people like you. I didn't act like you, but I was paying attention


Let the words that I write and speak be heard throughout the world, to all nations and all people, for the sake of all beings, and may the joy and love of the Father be felt in all, that his plan for your love and joy be fulfilled on earth, as it is in heaven. May you hear these words and know them to be true, in your heart, in your mind, and in the world forevermore.

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Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Cat Stevens - Where Do The Children Play

A few years back, I wrote and recorded something for Yahoo forum called "Turn Your Back On Bush" regarding some of the "culture shock" similarities of the  assassination of Pres. John F. Kennedy and the attacks of September 11, 2001.  (See Also: bluediam.gif (123 bytes) My Talks with John Fitzgerald Kennedy)

It seemed to me, at the time, given the variety of groups I was listening to and chatting with, that I had the opportunity to bridge something of a generation gap between some young people with good minds, a little disillusioned with the government, and an older generation that had dealt with things like the Military Industrial Complex, war profiteering, the draft, as well as veterans deserving the best care available, the respect of the public and government, and so many other issues that people became aware of back then, things the government was up to that truly marked the government's, not the citizens', most marked slide down the slippery slope to corruption and corporate control since the founding of this country, the United States.

When I broadcast my report about the assassination of Pres. Kennedy, I did it because if there's anything I know that makes America great, it's never forgetting the heritage, the struggles, the visions and goals as well as the aspirations we all share and have shared as individuals and as a nation for more than 200 hundred years.

To forget that heritage in the face of "responding to the world that's coming at you" is no different than Congress having a truth commission, and then calling it "done", only to cover the lies and crimes that really happened because, as they always say, "America can't take another scandal".

That's part of what I want to talk to you about. The United States, and many nations and peoples, can not stand another scandal and expect to sustain the ideals of freedom and liberty, as expressed in the founding of the United States, as well as in the Bible which fully expresses the intent of God's will in this world, which is to provide a world of liberty sourced by love, community, creative expression and true administration and fulfillment of the needs of the people, animals, beings of all kinds, and the planet itself.

You guys taught me a lot about that kind of stuff in a worldly way. In ways about what it is to live life inside of a "reality" created by power structures and greedy people, and in providing ways of thinking that altered our consciousness to that of more equality. I believe that when I think of the conversations I've had with Viet Nam and Iraq War vets, musicians and artists, feminists, ethnic groups living under conditions and circumstances that I couldn't imagine having the fortitude to tolerate...

When I say "you guys", I want you to know who I'm talking to. Yes, I am talking to women too. I'm talking to the people the Bible says are the ones who are supposed to pass the heritage and mores of a culture, a society and a world on to younger people, not to preserve "the old days", but so that young people understand what was fought for, what is of true value and to understand the ways that leadership can get off track, and what and how citizens must do to return nations, and cultures, back to its rightful roots and ways.

In the case of a nation, it's up to the older generation to pass on what young people need to know to understand what this nation was founded for and stands for, without the perversions and distortions inflicted upon what is the real American Dream, altered for the purposes of politicians and financiers, intentionally or not.

Let me put it this way: I was born in 1955. My brother (actually step-brother) is 9 years older than me. We shared a bedroom. He introduced me to groups like Chicago, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Peter Paul and Mary, Led Zep, Judy Collins, Bread, he gave me my first copy of Abbey Road and also got me a numbered copy of the White Album. We didn't talk politics much.

But, even he was trying to teach me something. He claimed he was a pacifist. But he constantly built intricate model boats, like the U.S.S. Constitution, and then put them in the horse's water trough and threw firecrackers at them until they sank.

I'd always think, that's weird,  going to all that trouble and expense to build it, and then destroying it. It was only a month ago or so that I realized he was saying the same thing about the U.S. military... in a way.

Nonetheless, the thing is, I was old enough to observe lots of things going on, but I didn't understand them. Like Bob Dylan. I liked his music, but I didn't understand why he was considered revolutionary. Knowing what I know now, I listened to this song last night.

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Bob Dylan - Subterranean Homesick Blues

When he used to say, don't trust anyone over thirty, I thought the age of thirty, not the degree of Free Masonry. Maybe he was. bluediam.gif (123 bytes) Pres. John Kennedy wasn't though.

It's like this: when the moratorium came along, I was going to it because I thought it was about calling an end to the protests for a while. Thank goodness someone took me aside and explained it. I only came to understand the Gulf of Tonkin incident a couple of years ago.

Do you understand what I'm saying? The same tactics the government used to get us into Viet Nam and other wars have been used to get us into war with Iraq and Afghanistan and more. It's not the soldiers' fault for being brave enough to put it on the line for their country.

Since the same sort of thing was done to take us to war in Iraq an Afghanistan, I thought it would be good to jog your memories so you'd realize it's happening all over again, except at a much greater and more deadly level. It's your job to realize it and explain it to others so they can put an end to it - again.

It's not about being hippies or activists or extremists. It's about people knowing the truth. Remembering what it felt like back then when someone told you something that made you realize what was really going on, despite what was being portrayed in the press.

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Arlo Guthrie - Pause of Mr Claus

Back in those days - in the 60's - I was living in Santa Cruz, where the hippie movement actually began, before it became about drugs and sex. I understood a little about why the people at Berkeley were upset, but I couldn't figure out why the "Peace Guys" were causing so much violence. Why were they bombing the Bank of America, of all things? And, why was the government being so harsh on draft resisters, especially conscientious objectors, who were required to serve anyway in supporting positions?

I remember back in 1973, I became eligible for the draft. My number was 150. That meant I would have been drafted, if the lottery had not been cancelled that year.

I figured I was 4-F, even though the Navy was trying to recruit me for the Armed Forces Radio Network in Germany. I wanted to register as a conscientious objector, but the guy at the draft board told me, for some reason, that it wouldn't be a good idea, and basically wouldn't allow me to sign the paper work until I agreed with him. I figured since I was 4-F, it wouldn't matter anyway. And I had no idea what the government did to people who opposed the war system.

It turns out, it was the right decision anyway because, as much as I dislike war, I do believe there are times and causes worth fighting for. I simply pray there aren't good reasons for it. But, in truth, it means that I am not qualified to be a real conscientious objector as it is defined. And my only real objection was a fraudulent, illegal war in South East Asia.

Still, to this day, I'd fight for my country and more... for good, honest reasons.

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Grand Funk Railroad - Good Singin Good Playin - 1976

I don't want to bring up bad memories, start a new hippie movement, stir up racial or gender issues  and I certainly don't want to encourage violence in the streets or give certain governmental agencies an excuse to infiltrate and incriminate more people than they did back then... and like they're doing now.

It might seem like bringing all this up would cause civil unrest and divisiveness amongst all of us citizens. I want to assure you that what I want to do is remind all of you, my older brothers and sisters, of how important it is for us to "never forget" - never forget lots of things, the methods governments use to suppress people, strip us of our liberties covertly as was done with the Patriot Act,  and use the media and pretty speeches full of promises they know they'll never keep in order to later affirm their fixed elections and covert agendas.

I wish all this wasn't true History does repeat itself. It's not always just because of the course of human events or errors made and lessons we can learn. Most often, people benefit from other people's hardship and domination somehow.

The more things change, the more they remain the same. And that's why I'm challenging you to be teachers, historians with young people. They need to know.

Just like we used to say, what kind of world will we leave them? Is that what we really want to do to our children, after asking the question of our leaders and elders? Was it - is it - really naive to think that we have a responsibility to leave the world in better shape than when we came into it? Especially when it's possible, you know it, even if you don't know what to do.

More importantly, we all need to wake up again and realize that the same people and regimes that benefited long ago by MIC - Military Industrial Complex - concerns after the Korean War are the same as those who seek to dominate the world through the military auspices of NATO, primarily the forces of the United States at a cost borne by U.S. Citizens, and the United Nations, which has for all intents and purposes been hijacked.

Most importantly, we all need to wake up again, look beyond the convenient headlines, and start listening to people who know the truth and are willing to tell it, for the good of those who will speak of you as a fool and a radical at first, and then as a citizen standing in solidarity for the visions and liberty we were told were inalienable rights. That we demand once again.

And it's time to let those who have corrupted our way of life that we will not tolerate one more scandal.

And we're not talking about exposition of scandals. I mean, it's time to draw the line in the sand and say, we will not allow you to get away with one more scandalous act.

It's time say, we, the citizens, own this nation, and we will no longer tolerate vampires in our government, vampires controlling our economy and vampires sending people to war and causing famine and nuclear contamination and massive death and destruction so that the people who consider themselves kings, gods and idols can get richer and control more people, as they play with our lives like we were nothing more than the pawns in a game of monopoly.

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Doobie Brothers - Listen To The Music

So, I'm asking you to remember, I'm asking you to explain to young people what's being lost, what's being given, how the government used us and lied to us back then, and how it's the same as what's going on today.

The media and politicians often comment, and use to their advantage, the idea that Americans have a short memory, and that even the most sociopathic and traitorous acts of people in authority can be overcome by waiting a while, then "spinning" the story or glossing it over, or simply ignore it altogether when the issues are brought up.

Let's prove to these history revisionists that our memories aren't so short after all. And that despite the chemical weapons used against us, even the best paraquat won't harm our memories that much.

Back in about 1972, I became a DJ at the High School I graduated from from, Arcata High School, in Humboldt County California, the city that was the first to adopt an ordinance against the Patriot Act (I'm proud to say), and I learned to communicate through music.. remember, that was back in the old days when DJ's got to pick and mix their own music.

When the music was the voice of a generation speaking in song, with many themes based on God's will and expressing the values of Christianity.

So, I'm going to use the music, and some of my memories, to try to jog your memory into remembering how important the truth is, and how important it is for young people, who will inherit this mess, to know the truth, to see corruption when they see it, and how important it is to tell those who have crossed the line

Tell the government:

We're not going to tolerate another scandal.

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Phil Collins - Testify - 04 - Don't Get Me Started

Furthermore, I want you to discover, as I have, that the best advice I ever got was from the Doobie Brothers, to listen to the music, because there's a whole lot of God's angels, servants, playing music with lyrics that, if you actually listen to them in the perspective of world events and the ways of God, you'll hear and remember all the things that are part of you, things that actually do make America great, and important lessons that will renew your memory, vision and desire for the real American Dream, which just happens to be the foundation for the Kingdom of God, which I'm certain you'll come to understand more fully as time goes on.

But listen to the music, remember, and then share. Share what you know about the Aesopian of songs like Subterranean Homesick Blues, the code talk or underlying messages only people who are informed would understand. It's actually nothing secretive or subversive, but it is like the Bible: once you understand the words and the context, it tells a much different and bigger story than you thought existed.

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Animals - Sky Pilot I used to listen to this on the radio back in around 1968. I'd always liked the Animals, and I liked this song, though I didn't really understand it. I thought it was just about a chaplain blessing people before they went off to fight. And I never heard this extended version back then. It startled me. I had no idea that these so called "hippie" musicians - made out to look like a bunch of drug addicts and immoral people - were actually singing songs about serving God and discussing ethical and moral principles. I never thought of it like that.

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Loggins & Messina - House At Pooh Corner The first time I heard this, it was a video of Woodstock. I always liked Loggins & Messina.. but there they are at Woodstock. An interesting mix. If this is supposed to be a raucous hippie, peace protest kind of thing, it's interesting that they're playing children's music. :}

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Simon & Garfunkel - Silent Night 7 o'clock News - I remember hearing this the first time, at Christmas after it first came out, and all I could do is look down and feel sad. These days, we call protestors in the streets of Tehran reformers and the government of Iran oppressive, while the media of the United States calls legal protestors exercising freedom of assembly an freedom of speech rights here potential homegrown terrorists, anarchists, extremists and the government uses military weapons and batons to silence them. Does anyone see the hypocrisy? Does it remind you of the 60's at all?

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Ohio -  The quintessential example of using military troops to patrol civilian populations, even if there is no intent to fire or attack, but just as a show of force, against citizens legally exercising their constitutional rights when the authority of the government is challenged. Let us never forget. After all, people in the Obama administration were part of the government and intel agencies back then, too.

Universal Church of the Kingdom of GodJanis Joplin - Me and Bobby Mcgee With the way things are going, requiring payments in order to be allowed to live, actual freedom will not exist.

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth I think everyone can identify with the idea of looking around, seeing what's going on, being confused. It just doesn't make sense.

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Edwin Starr - War Edwin Starr died just before the Iraq War. I don't think any song ever said it better, in a more direct and understandable way.

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Melanie - Lay Down (Candles in the Rain) - Capturing the essence of the community and values who gathered together to speak and be heard with one voice

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Leon Russell - Leon Russell - 12 - Masters Of War (Old Masters) I'd never heard this until 2002 or so. I finally figured out what those hippies and Pres. Eisenhower were talking about. Like John Denver said, "though I'd be a poorer man if I'd never seen an eagle fly"... was it a bird, or a jet fighter?

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Tom Clay - What the World Needs Now - Remember this? This song was as much about healing and grieving as it was about honoring great people. Why do the good die young?

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Temptations - Ball Of Confusion - The Tower of Babble continues to confuse us into acquiescence. Someday, I'll tell you why this song is incredibly relevant now... after I see the dentist.. again.. somewhere.. if the Department of Homeland Security will allow it.

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Marvin Gaye - What's Going On The first time I heard this album, I thought it was great. One of my sisters, 6 years older than me, got up crying, left and went home when "Who Will Save The Children" came on. I didn't understand what was going on at all.

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Paul Hardcastle - 19 How the government "spends" our young people and nations.

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Rico Youngblood - Alternative Anthems - 10 - Mr Eisenhower A guy from back in my hometown of Santa Cruz has an album out.. vheck him out. He gave me this CD in 2008 (7)? at the Alternative Media Conference in Santa Cruz, which I was proud to attend.


Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Prince - Musicology - 11 - Dear Mr Man I've written so many letters to Congress and more. All that seems to happen is that my psyops and surveillance get worse. Tell me THAT doesn't sound like the 60's.

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Cat Stevens - Father & Son Someday, I hope to find out what this song means to Cat Stevens. I first heard it back in 1972, sitting on the stage of Arcata High School with Cara Lee Barnes, wondering what this song meant. Now, for me it's more like a song explaining what I need to know now to understand why there are things I need to do, situations I must face, and the scope of their importance, even though I didn't understand why long ago. Now, it's like having gotten a letter from my father, some 40 years after his death, that arrived exactly when He wanted it delivered and proving once again that His mysterious ways somehow work. And it was important for me to know these things. My apologies to him: He was banned form the U.S. after I featured Peace Train as a theme song for the site. I'll explain that to him later.


These 3 songs changed my perspective a great deal.

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God John Lennon - Working Class Hero

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Jackson Browne - Naked Ride Home - 03 - Casino Nation

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Pink Floyd - Delicate Sound of Thunder (Dis - 07 - On the Turning Away


Forget the names, forget the faces, consider the messages.

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Michael Jackson - Earth Song

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Joni Mitchell - Woodstock

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Beatles - Revolution 9

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Thunderclap Newman - Something In The Air

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Santana Featuring Eric Clapton - The Calling

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Ambrosia - Make Us All Aware

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God George Harrison - Brainwashed - 12 - Brainwashed

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Teach Your Children

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Tower Of Power - Bump City - 09 - Of The Earth

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God James Taylor - Flag - 01 - Company Man

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Ambrosia - Somewhere I've Never Traveled - Harvey

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God James Taylor - October Road - 03 - On The 4th Of July


A Changed Subject

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Billy Preston - That's the Way God Planned It - Every  once in a while you meet someone with an aura or a charisma, and you can't quite put your finger on it. I'm convinced Billy Preston was an angel. He asked me if I'd ever heard of any of his Gospel music. I wasn't aware he had any gospel albums. His hit single at the time, with Syreeta Wright, was Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Billy Preston - Late At Night - 204 - With You I'm Born Again . This was before Ambrosia's managers told me about how Christian rock artists had some songs with lyrics that could be about worldy life, or about Christianity, depending on how you listened to the words. About a year ago, I looked at all the albums I have of his, and realized that at least half of his music is faith oriented. More proof that I just don't get left drift. But I'll always remember him talking about the Beatles, saying "Yeah, we were real tight back in '62. I was the fifth Beatle". After reviewing his work with them, from the incredible synthesizer work on Abbey Road to his keyboard work on the Let It Be album and "Get Back", it's easy to tell that, one way or another, he was. But all that's another story.... bluediam.gif (123 bytes) I Talked To An Angel

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Angel Station - B04 - Resurrection (And no, I don't want to sue the Pope, and we're not doing the socks)

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Bob Dylan - Slow Train Coming - 09 - When He Returns

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Bee Gees - Children of the World

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Leon Russell - Leon Russell - Prince Of Peace

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Beatles - Abbey Road CD - Come Together

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Eric Clapton - Change The World

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Grand Funk Railroad - I'm Your Captain

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Sting - Ten Summoner's Tales - 11 - Epilogue (Nothing 'Bout Me) Back when the Police came out with their first album, I laughed alot about the fact that it was Sting and the Police on IRS Records... now I listen to this cut, and consider it a composite profile of myself and some things some bad people are up to. You have no idea how true this song is for me. After listening to some of their other songs, now knowing Stewart Copeland's dad was in the OSS, Gordon Lightfoot's song Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Sundown which also relates to that talk I put together for the Turn Your Back on Bush forum... I can't help but wonder if it might have had something to do with why the A&M AR department called 15 minutes before their press conference to tell me I was no longer invited. A&M has always been so nice to me, before and since.

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Jewel - Pieces of You - 14 - Amen Imagine showing up for a party and nobody believes you were invited - at your own house.

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Deja Vu But the circumstances seem very familiar...

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Todd Rundgren - Adventures In Utopia - Caravan I was thinking about leading a caravan across the United States to the reflecting pool but decided to wait until some people started talking to me before making any big plans :} I like Moses a lot. I understand why God does too.


What God had in mind

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Marvin Gaye - What's Going On - 10 - God Is Love

Universal Church of the Kingdom of GodElton John - Love Song


What To Do, Now That You Know

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God James Taylor - October Road - 04 - Whenever You're Ready

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Charles Rehn - In the End

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Staple Singers - Respect Yourself

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Rod Stewart - People Get Ready

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Seals and Crofts - The Longest Road - A05 - One Planet, One People Please

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Bruce Hornsby & the Range - Scenes From the South Side - B03 - Defenders of the Flag

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Earth, Wind & Fire - In The Name Of Love - 06 - Revolution

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Various artists - Hold Your Ground - Vol. 1 - 06 - Bill Bourne - The House

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Daniel Nahmod - One Power - 01 - One Power

Coming Soon: Brand New Day

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Anne Murray - A Love Song I remember back when Obama and the DNC were about to do the convention in Denver, and Focus on Family prayed for a "Rain of Biblical proportions". I write to them and offered to attend, since the German way to pronounce my name is "rain".  I'd been trying to figure out how to work an Anne Murray song into what I was saying, and came across this song. I just couldn't resist, given that the American pronunciation of my last name is like "wren".

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Donovan - Hurdy Gurdy Man

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Kenny Loggins - It's About Time - 01 - It's About Time


Bonus Tracks:

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Barry McGuire - Eve Of Destruction

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restaurant

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God Iron Butterfly - In A Gadda Da Vida_single



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