Big Party, Small Change: Baby, We Were Born to Run...the Empire
I understand there's a big party going on in Washington this week, where hundreds of thousands of people are gathering to celebrate Bob Gates' retention as Pentagon chief. I mean, that is what this shindig is all about, isn't it? Hope and.... continuity?
We've got Bush's man still driving the war machine, we've got Bush's generals still waging the "War on Terror" all over the world. We've got a president who is eager to spend his "political capital" on slashing "entitlements," because everyone must sacrifice, everybody's "going to have to have some skin in this game" -- everyone, that is, except for the president's Wall Street backers, who are about to receive yet another tranche of billions of taxpayer dollars in what they are now calling openly -- and rightly -- "opportunity funding." We've got a president honoring homophobic right-wing preachers who urge their followers to imitate the mindless zeal of Nazis and Bolsheviks in doing "whatever it takes" to establish Christianist dominion. We've got a president whose education chief believes in turning over the teaching of America's children to corporations -- and the military. We've even got a president who follows Dick Cheney's "good advice" on interrogating Terror War captives.
It seems like the only place you can find "change" in Washington these days is in the cup of a street beggar, left homeless and jobless in the great bankrupting of the nation by Wall Street and the war machine.
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Ten thousand National Guardsmen, 7,500 active-duty soldiers, 25,000 cops from "99 federal, state and local law-enforcement agencies." A city "honeycombed" with "communication command centers" spying on supposedly free Americans with 5,265 surveillance cameras. And, as if we aren’t already up to our eyeballs in goons, an entire brigade of the US Army on call. The cost for this hyperbolic hysteria? Hundreds of millions at a time when many taxpayers can’t scrape together the next month’s mortgage. All for an inauguration that has attracted no "specific threats."
"Critics" contend that this is overkill. Go figure.
The piranhas swarming the security food-chain beg to differ. After all, they aren’t squandering their own money to guard against every conceivable threat, whether it’s a discarded cigarette igniting Obama’s hot air or the Almighty hurling a meteorite at DC’s massed mountebanks. Michael Chertoff, large intestine at the Department of Homeland Security, pompously assured CNN, "We are literally going to be watching this every minute between now and the conclusion of events on the 20th." Having turned Washington into an armed camp, this twit added, "You don't want to make this like an armed camp because it spoils the event itself."
Who's who in the Obama cabinet
Internal securityPresident-elect Obama has assembled a cabinet drawn from the upper echelons of American society and the right wing of the Democratic Party. The right-wing character of the Obama nominees is described by the media under the approving labels of "centrist," "moderate," and—most of all—"pragmatic." This terminology signifies that the incoming Obama team consists entirely of individuals who pass muster with the corporate financial aristocracy.
more -Tom Eley at wsws.org
Exposing Obama's 'Public Service' Agenda
As we await the hoopla of Obama’s swearing in, we are bombarded with even more Jewish-occupied media propaganda. We are being told that Obama wants all Americans to volunteer for public service. “We can’t allow any idle hands,” Obama is quoted as saying. “Everybody’s got to be involved.”
“We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”
“People of all ages, stations, and skills will be asked to serve. I will set a goal for all American middle and high school students to perform 50 hours of service a year, and for all college students to perform 100 hours of service a year.”
“We propose universal civilian service for every young American. Under this plan, all Americans between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five will be asked to serve their country by going through three months of basic training and civil defense preparation.”
It was Aldous Huxley who said that an efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the political bosses and their army of managers make a population of slaves “love their servitude.” And Obama’s ministry of propaganda, the Jewish-occupied press, is fulfilling their task of making us all “volunteers” for Obama’s fascist agenda…
more - Nathanael Kapner
Poverty wages for day laborers recruited for inauguration
The inauguration festivities for Barack Obama are estimated to cost as much as $150 million. Just under a third of this tab will be covered by the influence-peddling donations of the wealthy. The bulk of the costs will fall on the general tax-paying population, which faces rapidly increasing unemployment and sharp declines in income.
In the non-stop coverage of the numerous celebrations taking place in Washington, the media has generally failed to note what makes them function—the huge temporary workforce hired for the meetings, brunches, concerts, nighttime galas, and mass outdoor events.
Pay: $7.55 an hour
Job Duties: trash pickup / horse manure pickup (no joke!)
more -Jeff Lassahn at wsws.org
Bush Commutes 2 Border Agents' Sentences
President Bush on Monday commuted the sentences of two former Border Patrol agents imprisoned for shooting a Mexican drug smuggler, but he was preparing to leave office without granting clemency to any better-known figures or government officials who could face liability over administration policies.
The former agents, Jose A. Compean and Ignacio Ramos, will be freed from federal prison in less than two months as a result of Mr. Bush’s commutation, cutting short prison terms that were due to run at least eight more years.
more - New York Times
The Gaza Coup Continues
Barely a day after the Terrorist State began a “unilateral” cessation of its latest convenient genocide in Gaza, acting Palestinian president, Fatah’s Mahmoud Abbas, suddenly — unilaterally — called for ”unity” with rival party Hamas. So, after years of colluding with the Terrorist State against Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, effectively preventing Palestinian self-determination, and refusing to be part of a government that houses Hamas, the man known as Khanzir Abu Mazen is now claiming readiness and willingness to reconcile. This, coming hot on the heels of his second major collusion in the Israeli-U.S. attempt to overthrow the democratically elected majority party of the Palestinian Parliament.
*************posting led me here. As I keep saying, Zionism has destroyed American progressive politics. I wonder when progressive 'anti-Semitism' - the norm of progressive thinking in the first half of the 20th century until it was sidelined by the Holocaust - will return.
The smarter revisionists are finally starting to realize that revisionism is the best gift World Jewry has ever received (in a similar vein, I never believed the Mossad killed Haider, their best friend in all of Europe: no real threat to World Jewry, but a constant source of propaganda). Meanwhile, the responsibility-to-protect crowd (Samantha Power, Michael Ignatieff) - considered by people like me to be stooges for World Jewry - have gone missing (or worse, in the case of Ignatieff) on Gaza.
Liberal Media Echo White House 9/11 Talking Points
Buzzflash is a liberal news site that accepts no advertising and prides itself on being an unadulterated alternative to the whorish mainstream media. It pulls no punches in exposing the mind-boggling awfulness of the current administration— with one major exception. Like almost every other liberal outlet, it gives the Bush administration a free pass on 9/11.
The position of BuzzFlash, AlterNet, The Huffington Post, Daily Kos, The Nation, The Progressive and many other liberal outlets seems to be:
“Bush and Cheney stole the 2000 and 2004 elections and are in office illegitimately. They lied shamelessly to get us into illegal wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, resulting in the death and injury of millions of innocents. They are torturing prisoners at Gitmo in violation of the Geneva Conventions. They have decimated the Constitution, abolished habeas corpus, and are in the process of instituting a police state. They directed the Justice Dept. to fire US attorneys who were not considered “good Bushies,” and then covered it up by flatly refusing to submit to Congressional oversight. They have spied on Americans illegally, reading our emails and listening to our phone calls without a court warrant. They let Americans die like rats in the streets of New Orleans and then lied about rebuilding the Gulf coast after Katrina.
“They’re evil. They are devils straight from the bowels of hell. But would they kill US citizens and blame it on Osama bin Laden to create a pretext for war to steal oil in the Middle East? Don’t be ridiculous. They may demonstrate all the wisdom and compassion of Attila the Hun, but surely they wouldn’t murder their ‘own people’ in cold blood. Only wacky conspiracy theorists think that. Certainly not solid, well-established liberal publications like us. Don’t lump us with them.”
The PR efforts of the CIA and Pentagon have been enormously successful. They have convinced most Americans, and even many journalists, that only lunatic fringe nutcases doubt the official story about 9/11. The PR campaign around 9/11 has been so vast and so complete that even those who have doubts are reluctant to voice them, for fear of losing their credibility and being branded a voice lowered to a whisper “conspiracy theorist.”
more - Sheila Casey via Facts Not Fairies
A special few of those propaganda distributors who won't be missed (including some who have been gone awhile): :
- Scott Burns, former Deputy Director, ONDCP
- Andrea Barthwell, former Deputy Director, ONDCP
- "Dr." David Murray, former Policy Analyst, ONDCP
- Bertha Madras, former Deputy Director, ONDCP
- Karen Tandy, former DEA Administrator
Drug War Rant
Why Did Israel Stop (and Did They)?
It would be nice to think of Gaza heralding the end of Israel warring. But world jewry with Israel will perpetuate the hate of an outsider. Currently Iran. Just the way it used to be for the communists. If we no longer had to hate an outsider we would be questioning our own lords and masters.
What bogeyman to demonise will Obama be presented with? Bin Laden and Saddam are forgotten. Will a rogue group present us with a 9/11 or a Mumbai, and will they do it real soon? Today? This week? Got to keep the tempo up. It won’t wash.
Amid dust and death, a family's story speaks for the terror of war
48 members of the Samouni family were killed in one day when Israel's battle with Hamas suddenly centred on their homesmore - Guardian UK
Law and Ethics - A Great Divorce?
Just because one has the legal right to do something, though, doesn't make it the ethically right thing to do.
When we speak of "rights" and "property" and such, we are only talking in terms of a legalistic framework – a libertarian or even stateless legal framework as the case may be. The non-aggression axiom works perfectly fine as an ethical guideline for complex human behavior and social interaction. But as with anything else, when you try to codify it into formulaic law, well, there are lots of situations in life that don't go “by the book.” Laws don't think. Laws are words on a piece of paper. Laws put the complexity of human life in terms of sin and punishment. Laws can be worked around if you are savvy enough. An act may be "illegal" even if it doesn't violate property rights or harm anyone, but a practice may be perfectly "legal" while actually causing significant harm to others (direct or indirect aggression) as well as a lack of concern for social disruption. This often seems to be the case within existing statist law.
The Zionist Plan and US Military Intelligence.
According to the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion (LATEST EVIDENCE ON THE VERACITY OF THIS REMARKABLE DOCUMENT), the Zionist plan is to:
Destroy all financial stability.
Increase economic depressions to the extent of bringing a general world bankruptcy.
Stop the wheels of industry.
Make bonds, stocks and paper money worthless.
Accumulate all the gold of the world in the hands of a certain few people thus withdrawing tremendous capital from circulation.
At a given hour close all the exchanges, withdraw all credits and cause general panic."
A declassified US Military Intelligence document (The Power And Aims Of International Jewry.) from 1919 suggests the Protocols Of Zion were taken very seriously by US intelligence.
According to the document:
"Some of the important events which have occurred since 1897 have fulfilled in a striking manner the predictions and aims expressed in the Protocols themselves...
"The coming of a world war is predicted which the Jews are to secretly promote.
"The creation of the chaos of Bolshevism is described as to be worked out by Jews all over the world as a step towards Jewish world dominion."
more - aangirfan
Left Anticommunism: the unkindest cut
In the United States, for over a hundred years, the ruling interests tirelessly propagated anticommunism among the populace, until it became more like a religious orthodoxy than a political analysis. During the Cold War, the anticommunist ideological framework could transform any data about existing communist societies into hostile evidence.
more - Michael Parenti at The Greanville Journal
In Praise of Paul Blart
It's funny, 'cause it's true: Paul Blart, the unarmed mall security guard hero of the new film, is a more suitable exemplar of the "protect and serve" ethic than the government's armed enforcement agents.
When tyrants rule, jesters often boldly tell truths that falter on the lips of fear-plagued philosophers. Perhaps this explains why, amid the consolidation of a totalitarian Homeland Security State, it fell to Kevin James, gifted comic actor, mixed martial arts fan, and cinematic role model for economy-sized American men, to put into play the notion that we would be better off doing away with government police forces outright, and entrusting security to private citizens and entrepreneurs.
more - Will Grigg
"What have we done to them, oh God?"
I say put yourself in Palestinian shoes for two minutes. Go look at some pictures, watch some videos, read some stories, and be a human being. Then you can be an American. And after that, if you still want to, you can support Israel. But I will never. I am beyond horrified, and I refuse to apologize for my humanity.
Some Gazans speak privately of their anger at Hamas, blaming the Islamist movement that rules the small territory for dragging them into this conflict. But by far the larger majority are speaking now of their bitter anger at Israel and their deep resentment at the apathy of the Arab world and the rest of the international community, which failed to halt the destruction and the killing.
"We blame everyone," said Ibrahim Samouni, 45, who lost his wife and four of his sons in the killings at Zeitoun. "We need everyone to look at us and see what has happened here. We are not resistance fighters. We are ordinary people."
Only 95 of those killed were resistance fighters.
Nearly 6,000 Gazans have been injured in the attacks.
more - Press TV
**************Compact fluorescent light bulbs are filling home and office environments with dangerous electromagnetic pollution, causing devastating health effects on some people. Neurologists are increasingly taking notice of the headaches and migraines being reported by people exposed to compact fluorescent light bulbs.
t's not only the fact that they cause headaches and skin problems, it's also the fact that they contain mercury vapor, which is highly toxic to the nervous system if inhaled. (Unless you're a conventional dentist, of course, who absurdly believes mercury isn't harmful to the human body.)
So what should you do in your home? Don't buy compact fluorescent light bulbs! Buy LED lights and you'll earn back the entire cost of the lights in just a couple of years due to savings on electricity expenditures. If you can't afford LEDs, stick with regular incandescent light bulbs until a better solution comes along. They aren't the best thing for the environment, but neither are mercury-containing CFL light bulbs, almost none of which are properly disposed of anyway.
more - Mike Adams at Natural News
Sderot - An Egg for an Egg
A klog is mir! We just received news that a a direct hit was made by a quasam rocket on a chicken coop in Sderot yesterday.
Oy gevalt, at least ten chickens have been diagnosed with panic symptoms, and there are rumours of an acute shortage of chicken soup in southern Israel for the next twelve hours.
Chicken against Zionism called today for an end to the violence. They published their collective cluck on Hens Sans Frontiers, the official voice of Chickens for Peace.
The Deputy of British Chickens is calling on chickens around the world to unite against hamasnik terror, and Boychick Greenstein of the Independant Chicken Voice and Brighton Unemployed Layers Centre has called for a world-wide strike on egg production.
Sderot shall not burn! An egg for an egg!
United against minor injuries
A klog is mir — Woe is me.