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Why I Call Myself Pol Pot

In November of 2012 I tried to film an arrest, and got arrested myself. I was charged with interfering with an investigation, possession of nature-consuming paraphernalia, riding my bicycle on a sidewalk, not having a headlight on my bicycle, and, of course, resisting arrest.

I took it to trial and was found guilty of all charges - $2200 in fines - all municipal charges. The fines were reduced to a mere $1700 and change.

On April 10 I had to go back to court to explain why I hadn't payed anything on the fines. The honorable whats-his-face asked me if I had any money for him and I said no.

He asked me how many jobs I'd applied for since my conviction. I stammered. He said "Approximately?" so I replied "Approximately? Zero!" He said "You're going to jail."

While in the paddywagon I popped a harmonica out of my pocket and played a couple dirges in G on the short trip to the hoosegow. Woulda smoked a cigarette too but decided not to cause that didn't work out so well last time.

My paperwork said the sentence was 34 days but this was crossed out by his honor and replaced with a handwritten '10 days.' Also, the charges were crossed out and 'contempt of court' was written in.

We all know what happened from April 15-20 of this year. Learning about and watching the MSM coverage of the Boston bombings from jail, with no access to the truth, was eye-opening in itself, and I've already posted about that.

More importantly to myself personally, I was able to read The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr. http://www.amazon.com/The-Autobiography-Martin-Luther-King/d... in which was described King's voyage to India where he met Gandhi.

While in India he learned about 'Satyagraha' which is an Indian word that means 'Power of Love, Power of Truth.'

'Satya' means 'love' in this particular Indian dialect. 'Satya' also means truth. There is literally no distinction between love and truth in their language.

'Agraha' means power. It may be easier to remember this by thinking about the word 'aggression' which is what I did. Not an exact correlation as the words are not related, and not an accurate one either as aggression isn't power really at all, though possibly temporarily...

This 'satyagraha' concept came early in the book - page 29 if memory serves - but I kept turning back to it as I read through the rest of the text. It kept sticking in my brain - I must have reread that paragraph a hundred times in just a few days. Could it be that simple? Is love really truth?

Ultimately, on 4-20 of this year I was released from jail, handing this great book over to another inmate who was excited to read about MLK. I'd decided to look for another copy to own for myself if it came along but I knew that if this never happened I'd still have learned the ultimate lesson it had to offer, the lesson that Martin Luther King Jr. considered his greatest lesson - that love is truth and both have power.

To honor this lesson in my own small way I, Chris Cudnoski, humbly take the name POL POT - Power Of Love, Power Of Truth.

And that's all I have to say.

Oh, wait, one more thing - notice the light reflection in my glasses in my profile pic. The reason why there is only one reflection in two lenses is because one of the lenses popped out when I was being wrestled to the ground. Luckily the lost lense was from my good eye so I haven't needed to replace it in nearly a year now. I can see fine without it. Plus it's a good conversation starter :)

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Michael Nystrom's picture

So I have to ask...

What would Pol Pot think of POL POT?

Would he even understand it?

Maybe the guy thought he was practicing it, too.

He most certainly did not practice ahimsa

(On the other hand, others here would surely say the same of me.)

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And with that Powerful Chris, I bid you goodnight.
I must tend to my other challenges.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

He thought he was doing the right thing each step of the way.

When he burned all the rice fields, when he outlawed fishing personal possessions, when he buried thousands of people alive, he must have thought it was a good idea or he wouldn't have done it.

Clearly someone here was insane. But was it Saloth Sar - aka Pol Pot, or was it the millions of people he corralled, curtailed, and starved to death because of one man's order?

Pandacentricism will be our downfall.

That'll take some daytime sober reflection to answer.

stay tuned.

Pandacentricism will be our downfall.

Michael Nystrom's picture

I look forward to it

And that is no joke.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

Okay - I read up on Pol Pot on wikipedia...

first the source of the name:
"He took the name "brother number one" and declared his nom de guerre Pol Pot. This derives from Politique potentielle, the French equivalent of a phrase supposedly coined for him by the Chinese leadership. An alternative version of the origin of Pol Pot's name is from Philip Short, who states that Saloth Sar announced that he was adopting the name in July 1970 and suspects that it is derived from pol: “the Pols were royal slaves, an aboriginal people,” and that “Pot” was simply a “euphonic monosyllable” that he liked."

I think he would have appreciated the sentiment and said so, before chopping my head off and tossing me in a mass grave.

The dude was loony tunes for sure.

p.s. thanks for the all-caps trick you pulled off there - hope you learned something useful from the effort.

Pandacentricism will be our downfall.

Bravo, +1.Btw, me and smudge

Bravo, +1.

Btw, me and Smudge Pot, two of your biggest fans and bitterest rivals, were discussing in chat why you changed your name to Pol Pot, just before you posted the answer.

It's surely a sign.

Michael Nystrom's picture

What a curious way to describe him.

biggest fan & bitterest rival.

I wonder if that is how Brady feels about Manning (both of them).

The Broncos are dominant this year. Dominant like the Pats were in years past.

And the guys on the Sports HUB, 98.5FM were just trashing the Broncos. I thought it was funny.

I admire the Broncos. November 24th, they're coming to NE.

In 2007, I was rooting against them. I'm tempted to root against them again, for Belechick's bonehead move with Welker. I want to root for Welker. But he's on the other team!

Stream of consciousness ramblings on your curious twist of words.

Surely this too is a sign.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

Aye. Well, the three of us


Well, the three of us regularly post satirical pieces and there is some mutual admiration and faux rivalry, I suppose.
Strange to see sports talk on DP, and refreshing, that was bold of you. Now you're gonna be branded as an MSM drone.
I guess we all need a departure from the strained over seriousness sometimes, that's why the humor helps.
To be in a constant state of readiness, all stressors activated, signals going off with the fight or flight impulse, a suspended animination, on the cusp of the imminent revolution that never comes, that can take a lot out of a fella.
But yah, at exactly 50 past the hour, check the chat history, myself and one esteemed Smudge Pot, before numerous witnessed, discussed why a known and loved personage as chris cudonski would change to an unknown name and restart his career anew, like the Gold power ranger, and suddenly along the sidebar, running up like a flag being hoisted up the pole, comes the answer. A streak of brilliance in the night, the warm voice of a returned friend long absent.

I'd been up for about 35 hours

and completely missed that it was Chris. And since the jail thing, well I haven't even been singing for people. There's this shadow that came with me and I gotta figure out how to shake it off. The ship is in your hands gentlemen. But just as I'm foibled, you guys are hitting full stride. Some of the best stuff I've seen.

Bill that one on Obama offering limited aid to Kenya mall shooters was probably the best one any of us have done. But getting us to laugh at ourselves? That's always been my prize.

Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Aye Aye

Yes, I'm rather proud of myself, showing great courage by mentioning the NFL on the Daily Paul.

Maybe that should be a new column - NFL on DP. Or maybe DP on NFL.

What do you guys think? I think I need some offensive line. Otherwise they're going to sack me, like they sack anyone else here for stepping out of line.

Sports here? Noooooooo! Good grief they'll scream bloody murder. This is the Daily Paul.

A streak of brilliance in the night, the warm voice of a returned friend long absent.

Ah. Indeed.

Go Pats! I don't know how we're going to keep doing it without receivers or tight ends, or Tim Tebow, but GodAlmighty at this point I can't believe we're 3-0.

Won the first two games by a total of 5 points. No lie.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

I don't watch NFL, just high school and college.

It just looks so steroided up....if that's a word. I don't know anything about the teams except their names and only go to the high school games and if lucky and get tickets to a UT game.

But it would probably be a popular column here.

Football is not an enumerated right.

I now consider football to be part of the greater dialog. Fair game is it were. But it won't be.

The DP is a full-contact sport. Now we're getting helmets and shoulder pads.

I'm in.

Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.

I now realize...

"A streak of brilliance in the night, the warm voice of a returned friend long absent".

I now realize that even temporary loss of direction should be understood when you love and appreciate someone, lol. Thank you for being you Sir.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.


Why don't you go to some other website where you would be more appreciated.


I love

a dry sense of humor. That was great!

O.P.O.G.G. - Fighting the attempted devolution of the rEVOLution
Ron Paul 2012...and beyond

That's awesome. Didn't even know the chat was still there.

I turned it off forever ago because it slowed my system down. I thought it had been removed actually as that had been the conversation in what, January?

Smudge's comment in the mod box prompted me to finally post this thread about my alter-ego polpot identity that had been brewing since my jail stay and discovery of satyagraha in the MLK book.

Rivalry? I say this: Everyone in the NFL (including my beloved for more reasons than one Green Bay Packers) ultimately works for the same team - the NFL. So with us. Divisions come and go but ultimately we're all on the same side, right?

But thanks for pointing out that there is a rivalry. I will destroy you.


Pandacentricism will be our downfall.

It's a luxury in this world

It's a luxury in this world, which few can afford, to have enemies.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Oh, this is fun


The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

Two words - Aaron Rogers.

Two more words:

Enough Said.

Pandacentricism will be our downfall.

Were you to say that

Out here in Seattle - you might need to say a little more;)

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It's all about...


ok maybe not so much, so far this year

Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?

Michael Nystrom's picture

Two big disappointments

RGIII and Kappernick (or however you spell his name).

'Nuff said.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts
Michael Nystrom's picture

Now I remember

I remember hearing parts of this story. Thank you for putting it all together for me again.

You're a recent joinee - relatively speaking. In the 51,000 range. What year was that? We're pushing 60,000 now, but registration is basically closed now. The only people who want to climb on this ship at this stage seem to be spammers and trolls.


But that part about MLK. That rang a bell. My old girlfriend told me about that. Ahimsa was the term that she said he used, and as a result, adopted herself. Ahimsa - To do no harm.

This was a great book:

Dreamer, by Charles Johnson. Johnson was a professor at the UW (Washington, not Wisconsin) when I was out in Seattle. I saw him speak at the University Bookstore. He's a meditator.

He told the story of his first time - somehow he read about it, when he was like 14, and he tried it. And he liked it! So he kept on doing it, and he said that in this sea of chaos, he has no idea how he'd survive if he didn't have that ability - to go back to the Void, to the Source from time to time.

- - - - - -

Power of Love, Power of Truth. It is so beautiful. But for me, it also brings up memories of Pol Pot...

Oh, I get it.

I'm going to go do a little reading, scarecrow.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

I was with you in the beginning...

I read my first Daily Paul threads back in '08, around the time I traveled with a small group down to Ames Iowa to watch the doctor speak. I didn't join up though because I'm really committed to my online forums - you're my second after www.biodiesel.infopop.cc , and because I was also busy recovering from a house fire that claimed most of my then book collection, of which the only title I truly miss is http://www.amazon.com/The-Mad-World-William-Gaines/dp/081840... The MAD World Of William M Gaines.

This post has been at the back of, and most other points in my mind since April, but Smudge's comment in the mod box forced me to finally put it out there. Thanks, Smudge!

I decided to join because I was distributing RP info door-to-door with my then dtd job and I thought others should know what I knew about dtd protocol. Who knew?

my very first DP post:

Pandacentricism will be our downfall.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Wow - look at you


Still activating?

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

more like - not shying away.

my dad liked to save up his energy so he could use it to punch bigger holes in walls.

I like to save up my energy for when it really counts (in real life) then let them have it and hard. To a point and up to the point where someone suggests they are going to call the cops at which point I will say 'hey - it's just politics - I'm leaving now.'

But for the last 3 or 4 years it hasn't even gotten near this point because I learned that these one-on-one discussions don't even amount to anything regardless of how the conversation goes, it's much more effective to keep that energy bottled up and release it in more effective ways.

My usual response to the idiots I encounter IRL is "hey - I think you're wrong but let's go our separate ways, you think I'm an idiot and likewise, yada yada, rock and roll bro" then make my exit.

Pandacentricism will be our downfall.

Power of Love, Power of Truth

People Opposing Tyranny

Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?

Wouldn't mind so much if the mods allowed capitalization

of the POL POT in the title...

either way - love you DP, and I say that 3 days out from the last time I've seen good green...

Pandacentricism will be our downfall.

Michael Nystrom's picture

"Well, I try my best to be just as I am

But everybody wants you, to be just like them."

That is what your sig-line reminded me of.

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Yeah, the no caps thing. That is a hard filter to perfect. There are so many exceptions.


And there basically is no override. I can't even go override it for you. Every once in a while I'm frustrated by it, too.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts