Don’t Worry, Funny Money Will Go On

I see a lot of chit chat about a so-called “fiscal cliff”. Oh come on…even someone with a lukewarm IQ can figure this out. At the last minute, some silly deal will be ironed out and everyone will praise and bow down to our fearless leader and whatever some republican of the week. The media will inevitably fawn over the incredible bipartisan leadership exhibited by our slavemasters. I tend to ignore journalism memes; when I hear fiscal cliff, I want to throw up. We are way past the cliff and in the quicksand by now. The federal reserve and their puppet politicians control everything now. Not that I am conceding, mind you. I will fight until death. Things seem rather dire right now, but I refuse to live on my knees.

They are able to effectively control via fear. Too bad I have too much of that pesky Viking blood in me, eh?

The police state is ratcheting up. Alas, this is what the American populace seems to want, so who am I to argue? Drones, wiretapping, intimidation, fear, senseless wars and “operations”, high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, economic warfare, public schools…this will be your demise, although you might not realize it. I think most of you know subconsciously that it is occuring; I see it etched on people’s faces. For whatever reason, people have chosen to ignore it. Tomorrow’s history books will be written with an asterisk.

On the subject, I have been informed that my blog is verboten for the armed forces. This blog is blocked by the military. I don’t know why, but perhaps it is an honor. It is a bit disconcerting, but as I said it has been willed.

Personally, I am choosing to better myself and invest in family and preparations. This Christmas/Yule will be different. Gifts will be knowledge…science, books, and the like.

I’m too old to be arguing silly ideologies with the naysayers. I don’t see the point. I’ve been doing this information dissemination for 12 years now, I’m getting too tired. Argumentation on Twitter, Facebook, forums, etc. is not doing myself any favors; I have been using this time to further my knowledge on a wide array of subjects. I have no patience for ad hominem attacks, threats, parrot repeating, those that refuse to give a damn, the materialistic crowd, etc.
Seek love and knowledge. Let go of fears. Plant a garden. Educate family/friends. Prepare, prepare, prepare.

God luck and good speed.

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A Political Rant

Most of the time, I wonder why I even bother. There is a contingency of so-called “conservatives” online that are blaming Libertarians for Obama’s victory. Okay, sure. Never mind that these people don’t have an ounce of intelligence regarding the political structure in this nation, i.e. the electoral college, so I will discuss the “blame game”.

There is a true evil that has overtaken this nation. It is an evil that stifles intellectual and rational dialogue. It is present in people who are political, and in those who are not. It is present in Republicans; it is present in Democrats. This concerns the lack of personal responsibility. People cannot accept that they might be wrong. I am certain that I have been guilty of this, so I am not totally absolved; however, the people that are supposed to know better than myself, certainly do not seem to.

This has led to a populace that resorts to preschool behavior when it comes to defense and rebuttals. The ad hominem style of debate seems to be the most common. This usually involves bringing up a race, religion, or gender card. Screams of “Racist!”, “Sexist!”, and “Anti-Semite” rule this atmosphere. This is not conducive to a true, lively debate; this is nothing but trying to slander one’s opponent.

I am tired of this. I am tired of people putting the blame on others. Republicans, if you had not alienated Libertarians, they might have taken a better look at your candidate. This is actually a moot point, though; if you look at the statistics from this election, a hell of a lot of people simply stayed home. I won’t assume to know why, but I have an inkling. The true conservative base could not stomach voting for Romney. If you look at the electoral votes, you would probably realize that the Libertarian factor could not possibly make a difference. The minute Gary Johnson earns 100 electoral votes, then it would be a factor. For now, your lashing out is nonsensical, at best.

If your life is so meaningless that you must blame me for the one vote I cast, there is something wrong with you psychologically. If you want to blame one million people for the votes they have cast, again, nonsensical. Republicans, you have lost me. With your smears and tactics on people that had no bearing on this election, I will no longer support federal Republican candidates. I will look on a local basis for somebody tried and true.

It’s funny, the email I received yesterday from the Tea Party. Here is a portion:

“However, the Takers didn’t act alone. The question is: if the republicans cannot beat Obama after all of his crimes, fraud and treachery then the Republican Party does not deserve to exist and must be dealt with.”

I cannot agree more.

This partisan halftime show is nothing but grandstanding, while we sit and wait for the collapse that will inevitably come. A nation with an educational system that produces idiocy cannot grasp the economic and political processes that have shaped the problems we need to overcome.

Orwell’s 1984 nightmarish dystopia is here. Obama’s peace is nothing more than drone attacks on Pakistanis and a confusing array of executive orders that threaten our liberties. This transcends anything with an “R” or “D” behind a name.

In any case, I’m not here for your edification.

I don’t know why I bother. It is like screaming in a playground…it isn’t heard, except for those who already know the message. Lines are being drawn. It is up to you where YOU want to be.

Thank you for reading.

Monday Morning Quarterback

Dear America,

I have been watching your demise for some time now. I thought, given the amount of animosity from the AMERICAN citizenry toward this bill, that it would have a chance at failing. Boy, was I wrong.

Republicans…I am mad at you for not being more forceful concerning this issue. You were rather like an injured dog that did not care to strike back.

Democrats…I am mad at you for even going through with this, for not seeing the oh-so-corporate nature of this bill.

I am mad because I know this will create apathy within me yet again.

Politics is rather like wrestling. You KNOW it is fake, yet you cannot seem to take your eyes away from the train wreck.

A Bible verse keeps going through my mind. I cannot remember what book, chapter, verse it was, but it went something like this:

“Be not deceived, God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap.”

Makes sense, although we have pretty much been deceived…we have mocked. And the reaping is upcoming.

I wish I could tell you whether we should fight this all the way, or we should go underground…the new world order is surely progressing. The script is being followed. Next up, immigration reform with the special ID card. What is after that? You can bet some sort of legislation for tighter gun control.

They must think we are stupid…that we cannot see this right in front of our eyes. Question is-do YOU see it happening?

Make sure you are prepared for every plausible scenario. Me, just going to hide out for a little bit…watch it all unfold. Taking time off the net is a priority right now. Learning every little nook and cranny in that constitution is number one.

I am just a regular person. Perhaps if we had a bunch of regular people we could force them to listen…alas, that is the true crux of the problem. We are being ignored continuously. Rather restores your faith in humanity, eh?

Personal responsibility. We should start taking it again.

Signed…

Just another American

HL

A letter to Joe Lieberman

Mr Lieberman, you do not speak for us

“U.S. Senator Lieberman: Impose sanctions on Iran or attack it”

This is in regards to Mr Warmonger screaming that we need to be engrossed in yet another useless war. I need you to know something, Mr. LIEberman and other various creeps. You are not the majority. You do not speak for the millions of inhabitants of this world, nor do you speak for Americans. Perhaps you can fool some people, but certainly there are those of us who see through your façade. We, the citizenry of this world, do not bow down to your whims; we will not succumb to your tartuffery.

I believe there is evil on this planet, ambassadors of greed and pain such us yourself. There are also those that opt to ignore the suffering going on within our borders, and the funding we have made to cruel tyrants and regimes outside our borders. The problem is, all of this catches up with you. To make industries based on death and destruction is not progression; this is regression. For you cruel people who stick to the apocalyptic script, I cannot imagine there will be an easy time of it. I don’t know why you insist on lies, lies and more lies; I do not know why you inflict your insanity upon people who simply want to live.

I feel pain that we have not progressed to a better level of understanding; of course, this is exactly how you and your minions planned it, isn’t it? To make sure we never progress, never move beyond a mode of thinking that is outmoded, at best.

I cannot imagine that this is progression; if it is, we are living in a true nightmare, a matrix of lies perpetuated by ignorance and idiocy.

May the true arbiters of understanding get through these difficult times so that we may learn with whatever shred of sanity we might have left…

Signed

Heidi-Lore

The Supreme Court’s Citizen United Decision Is Terrifying

If you’re looking for a concise way of capturing today’s Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, how about: “We are all royally, hopelessly fucked for the rest of recorded time”? It’s coarse, I know, but it really does the trick.

As you may have heard, in a 5-4 decision, the SCOTUS essentially went at the teeth of McCain-Feingold reform with hammer and tongs, leaving America in a “David After Dentist” state, wailing, “What’s happening? Is this going to be forever?” Except that its not the anesthetic talking — it’s the very real, excruciating pain.

In one swoop, the court did away with nearly everything in federal campaign finance law, allowing corporations free reign to inject as much money as they jolly well please into federal campaigns. The decision completes what Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick calls “The Pinocchio Project,” in which the Court transforms “a corporation into a real live boy,” complete with personhood, free-speech rights and the unfettered opportunity to drown the body politic in a tidal wave of perverse incentives.

Here’s what President Barack Obama had to say about this:

“With its ruling today, the Supreme Court has given a green light to a new stampede of special interest money in our politics,” said President Obama in a statement. “It is a major victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and the other powerful interests that marshal their power every day in Washington to drown out the voices of everyday Americans… That’s why I am instructing my Administration to get to work immediately with Congress on this issue. We are going to talk with bipartisan Congressional leaders to develop a forceful response to this decision.”

Oh, but the president is being charitable! Here are some data points to chew on:

A very large percentage of U.S. corporations are owned by foreign persons or entities. In 2006, USA Today reported: “Nearly one in five U.S. oil refineries is owned by foreign companies. Foreign companies also have a sizable presence in running power plants, chemical factories and water treatment facilities in the United States.” It was also reported that, “Roads and bridges built by U.S. taxpayers are starting to be sold off, and so far foreign-owned companies are doing the buying.” In 2008, it was reported that foreign ownership of U.S. companies “more than doubled” between 1996 and 2005. To get a fix on the spending power, consider this: “The total receipts of foreign-owned companies were $1.7 trillion in 1996 and just $39 billion in 1971.”

I’m not trying to stoke zero-sum xenophobia, here. The idea of foreign persons or entities seizing — by judicial fiat — such a dramatic advantage in terms of influence over the American people seems to me to be, as they say, less than ideal.

In the 2008 election, Barack Obama and John McCain combined to spend about $1 billion, a number that Politico‘s Jeanne Cummings called “an unprecedented figure.” And the combined expenditures of the entire 2008 cycle came to “a record-shattering $5.3 billion in spending by candidates, political parties and interest groups on the congressional and presidential races.”

By means of comparison:

TOTAL AMOUNT OF BONUSES PAID OUT BY GOLDMAN-SACHS, 2009: $16 billion

TOTAL AMOUNT OF BONUSES PAID OUT BY JPMORGAN CHASE, 2009: $27 billion

TOTAL AMOUNT OF BONUSES PAID OUT BY MORGAN STANLEY, 2009: $14 billion

TOTAL AMOUNT OF BONUSES PAID OUT BY CITIGROUP, 2009: $25 billion

In the Massachusetts Senate election, Martha Coakley raised about $5 million and spent about $4 million — obviously not particularly well, considering Scott Brown only spent about one-fifth of that amount. But! Imagine what might have happened if that election, in which America’s insurance companies believed they had tens of billions of dollars at stake, took place in the environment created by this Supreme Court decision. Yeah, that feeling is the hair standing on the back of your neck.

What, if anything, is preserved from campaign finance reform? Well, corporations still have to disclose the money they spend — I’m sure that you’re only too familiar with the awesome job the media has done penetrating the shadow network of corporate influence, which I would characterize as “the null set.” Also, issue ads will continue to require those teensy disclaimers at the bottom of the screen, divulging the entity behind the ad. So, look forward to ads from outfits like “Americans For Freedom and Awesomeness” and crap like that.

Let’s go back to Lithwick, on the scene as this decision was rendered:

While Stevens is reading the portion of his concurrence about the “cautious view of corporate power” held by the framers, I see Justice Thomas chuckle softly…Stevens hammers, more than once this morning from the bench on the principle that corporations “are not human beings” and “corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings, no thoughts, no desires.” He insists that “they are not themselves members of ‘We the People’ by whom and for whom our Constitution was established.”
But you can plainly see the weariness in Stevens eyes and hear it in his voice today as he is forced to contend with a legal fiction that has come to life today, a sort of constitutional Frankenstein moment when corporate speech becomes even more compelling than the “voices of the real people” who will be drowned out. Even former Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist once warned that treating corporate spending as the First Amendment equivalent of individual free speech is “to confuse metaphor with reality.” Today that metaphor won a very real victory at the Supreme Court. And as a consequence some very real corporations are feeling very, very good.

This decision is nutlog, utterly bonkers. If corporations can’t be held to account in electoral politics, we are seriously at an end. So it’s a good thing that John Edwards’s love child is clogging up the news cycle today!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/21/the-supreme-courts-citize_n_432127.html?view=print

‘Just War’ Is Just Words By Ralph Nader

‘Just War’ Is Just Words

By Ralph Nader

12 December , 2009
CommonDreams.org

President Obama, the Afghan war escalator, received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, and proceeded to deliver his acceptance speech outlining the three criteria for a “just war” which he himself is violating.

The criteria are in this words: “If it is waged as a last resort or in self-defense; if the force used is proportional; and if, whenever possible, civilians are spared from violence.”

After 9/11, warmonger George W. Bush could have used the international law doctrine of hot pursuit with a multilateral force of commandoes, linguists and bribers to pursue the backers of the attackers. Instead, he blew the country of Afghanistan apart and started occupying it, joined forces with a rump regime and launched a divide-and-rule tribal strategy that set the stage for a low-tiered civil war.

Eight years later, Obama is expanding the war within a graft-ridden government in Kabul, fraudulent elections, an Afghan army of northern tribesmen loathed by the southern and south-eastern tribes of 40 million Pashtuns, an impoverished economy whose largest crop by far is a narcotic, and a devastated population embittered by foreign occupiers and non-existent government services.

President Obama’s national security adviser, former Marine General James Jones, said two months ago: “The al-Qaeda presence is very diminished. The maximum estimate is less than 100 operating in the country, no bases, no ability to launch attacks on either us or our allies.”

Since Mr. Obama repeats George W. Bush’s reason for going into Afghanistan-to destroy al-Qaeda-why is he sending 30,000 soldiers plus an even greater number of corporate contractors there in the near future at a cost stated by the White House of one million dollars per solider per year? Is this “proportional force”?

Always small in number, al-Qaeda has moved over the border into Pakistan and anywhere its supporters can in the world-east Africa, north Africa, Indonesia. The gang is a migrant traveler.

Is Obama pouring soldiers into Afghanistan so that they and our inaccurate, civilian-destroying drones can start fighting across the border in Pakistan, as indicated by The New York Times? Beyond the violations of international law and absence of constitutional authorization involved, this could so roil Pakistanis as to make the U.S. experience next door look like a modest struggle.

Obama has emphasized weakening the Taliban as the other objective of our military buildup with its horrible consequence in casualties and other costs. Who are the Taliban? They include people with different causes, such as protecting their valleys, drug trafficking to live on, fighters against foreign occupiers or, being mostly Pashtuns, protecting their tribal turf against the northern Tajiks and Uzbecks.

How many Taliban fighters are there? The Pentagon estimates around 25,000. Their methods make them unpopular with the villagers. They have no air force, navy, artillery, tanks, missiles, no bases, no central command. They have rifles, grenade launchers, bombs and suiciders. Unlike al-Qaeda, they have only domestic ambitions counteracted by their adversarial tribesmen who make up most of the Afghan army.

Robert Baer, former CIA officer with experience in that part of Asia, asserted: “The people that want their country liberated from the West have nothing to do with al-Qaeda. They simply want us gone because we’re foreigners, and they’re rallying behind the Taliban because the Taliban are experienced, effective fighters.”

To say as Obama inferred in his Oslo speech that the greater plunge into Afghanistan is self-defense, with proportional force and sparing civilians from violence is a scale of self-delusion or political cowardliness that is dejecting his liberal base.

For as President Eisenhower stated so eloquently in his 1953 “cross of iron” speech, every dollar spent on munitions and saber-rattling takes away from building schools, clinics, roads and other necessities of the American people.

The Afghan War and the Iraq war-occupation-already directly costing a trillion dollars-are costing the American people every time Washington says there is not enough money for neonatal care, occupational disease prevention, cleaner drinking water systems, safer hospitals, prosecution of corporate criminals, cleaner air or upgrading and repairing key public facilities.

Even the hardiest and earliest supporters of his presidential campaign in 2008 are speaking out. Senior members of the Congressional Black Caucus, such as John Conyers (D-MI) and Maxine Waters (D-CA) have recently criticized the President for not doing enough to help African-Americans weather the hard times.

In a stinging ironic rebuke to the first African-American President, Rep. Waters declared “We can no longer afford for our public policy to be defined by the worldview of Wall Street.”

According to Congressman Conyers, an upset Barack Obama called to ask why the Michigan lawmaker was “demeaning” him. Conyers has been increasingly turned off by the President’s policies-among them health care reform, the war in Afghanistan, slippage on Guantanamo and the extension of the Patriot Act’s invasive provisions.

The 80-year old Congressman spent most weekends in 2007 and 2008 tirelessly on the campaign trail trying to get Obama elected.

White House aides are not troubled by the rumblings from the moderate Left. They said they have all of 2010 to bring them back into the fold by the November Congressional elections. Besides, where else are they going to go?

Well, they could stay home. Remember 1994 and the Gingrich takeover.

Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate, lawyer, and author. His most recent book – and first novel – is, Only The Super Wealthy Can Save Us. His most recent work of non-fiction is The Seventeen Traditions.

http://www.bushstole04.com/Obama_Presidency.htm/obama_nader.htm