Monday, January 26, 2015

The NYPD, Broken Windows, Collars for Dollars and Control of the Poor

Continuing the topic of Police Departments the discussion now focuses on what is the role of Police Departments have in society.

Contrary to popular belief and the motto's stenciled on squad cars, Police Departments were not created to 'Serve & Protect' and keep the peace but, to exert control over the poor and working class. The creation of the Modern Police Force in the United States coincided with increases in immigration, the Industrial Revolution, and the end of Slavery. As such Police Departments were tasked by the Ruling elite to keep the American Working Class, immigrants and minorities in check.

The 1% actually sees only two legitimate "Constitutional" Roles for the US Government, a military for expanding and opening up Foreign Shores for exploitation and the quelling of Domestic Dissent and control of the Poor by the Police

As the work slow down by the New York Brats in Blue has shown not much changed on the home front.

Apparently, the NYPD thinks their slow down is helping them win in their Political Struggle against Mayor Bill de Blasio. As a Police Officer I'm disappointed by their acknowledgement their arrests, notices to appear and citations were not to 'Serve & Protect' but, for the purpose of revenue collection and social control.

It's more than a tacit admission, it's a bold statement the Broken Windows Policing doesn't reduce serious crime but, transforms Police Officers into revenue streams.

The Broken Windows theory, a hypothesis first appearing in 1982 that clamping down small crimes will help keep down more serious crime, while compelling is not supported by the evidence of the last 30 years.

Broken Windows, though it still has its' adherents (namely Rudy Giuliani), has been undercut by an actual analysis of the data. Jens Ludwig and Bernard Harcourt in their 2006 thesis Broken Windows: New Evidence for New York City and a Five City Social Experiment posited the "Broken Yankees Hypothesis" wherein the number of NYC homicides decreases with the increase in Yankees Championships.

Additionally, the elimination if Lead in gasoline has been credibly linked to an overall decrease in crime.

But, that's the point, whether or not the rank and file of New York's Whiniest know it, they weren't created to 'Serve & Protect' and modern police practices are designed as a powerful social control to keep the established Plutocratic Hierarchy in place.

And the Working Classes in their place.

Review the iconic image from Occupy UC Davis, where non-violent "criminals" were treated savagely but, Wall Street criminals guilty of far worse offenses not only avoided this treatment but arrest and prosecution almost entirely,
Now, recall the overall crackdown on Occupy Wall Street and other sister demonstrators by Police Departments Nationwide was cheered and supported by 100% of conservatives. While later, 100% of conservatives supported recalcitrant lawbreaker Cliven Bundy and his army of insurrectionists with their plans to murder Law Enforcement Officers and use women and children as human shields, while Bundy and his other Cattle Barons annex US land for their profit.

In Joseph Wambaugh's first novel, The New Centurions, we follow 3 titular centurions conducting police work in the Civil Rights era in Los Angeles. As demonstrated by several chapters in Wambaugh's novel, the cops spend most of their time gleefully busting homosexuals and prostitutes as part of Vice Squads.

Wambaugh's later works especially The Blue Knight better captured the ennui of Police Officers but, Centurions while honestly reflecting the day-to-day grind of police work, is rife with Reactionary themes, including the "liberal" Officer getting shot mid-way through the book and being killed in the Watts Riots because he's too soft and Wambaugh's most racist 'I don't see black or white just assholes' speech presented by a "black" Officer.

But, another theme running throughout Centurions, is the belief in an early form of "Broken Windows",
"But today the 'dont's' are dying or being murdered in the name of freedom and we policemen can't save them. Once the people become accustomed to the death of a 'don't', well then, the other 'dont's' die much easier. Usually all the vice laws die first because people are generally vice-ridden anyway. Then the ordinary misdemeanors and some felonies become unenforceable until freedom prevails." - The New Centurions, pg. 86
The problem is once theories like, Broken Windows, Stop & Frisk, and the War on Drugs become conventional wisdom, accepted and entrenched in organizations as Reactionary as Police Departments they are difficult to dislodge.

The post Mike Brown death response by the Ferguson Police was the at least as egregious as Brown's killing. Faced with discontent over the situation the response was the force. It was a typical Police response, when faced with push back and perceived challenges to authority.

But, once you have gone with the full forceful response there are no other options than to further ratchet up force until the situation spirals out of your control.

But, well before the August 2014 killing of Mike Brown, the people of Ferguson have complained that like many poor neighborhoods they are faced with constant harassment and mistreatment by the Police as small infractions and petty violations are punished by fines, fees and costs.

And, once again, therein lies the real reason Police Departments were created for in the first place; Control.

Under the guise of Law & Order, poor and working class people are exposed to constant harassment, "Collars for Dollars", and criminalization for infractions which really aren't crimes. Because it controls them.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Pat Tillman was a Hero. Chris Kyle was a Butcher. (Updated with Sarah Palin's threat on Michael Moore's life)

Beyond the gross fetishization of every Servicemember being a Hero and every Servicemember having fought for our Freedoms the truth is that very little the US Military has done during the last 15 years has made America any safer, made Americans freer, or turned the world into a better place.

The Iraq War was a Monumental Failure, which has utterly destablized the region, stolen Trillions of dollars from the US Taxpayer, killed a million Iraqis, wounded a hundred thousand Americans, split the Nation asunder, and will be a black spot against the US for decades if not a century.

In the early stages of Iraq, after disgusting puke George W(orst President Ever) Bush declared the Iraq War over and was telling the Insurgency to bring it on, the Republican Warmongers and their feckless conservative lick-spittles needed a Hero to take heat off; Enter Pat Tillman.

Tillman, as most people know gave up a lucarative NFL career to enlist and served as an Army Ranger before being killed in a friendly fire incident in 2004.

After attempts by the Bush Department of Defense to cover up the facts surrounding Tillman's true cause of death and their use of Tillman's corpse to silence anti-war critics, we learned of Pat Tillman's atheism, utter disdain for George Bush, his disgust at the Iraq War, probable support of John Kerry for President and his admiration of Noam Chomsky.

Of course, Tillman was no longer a hero to conservatives. Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter, who had previously gushed and fawned over him, describing Tillman as "virtuous, masculine and pure as only the American Male can be" couldn't believe the man they had lionized would be against the War and read approvingly of works written by leftists.

So, conservatives abandoned the tributes to a fallen Soldier and buried his Hero Legacy with him.

Now, Chris Kyle is different. He massages every sick and twisted conservative pleasure center with his Book of Tall Tales. Blam! He killed so many Iraqis he became the Shaitan of Ar Ramadi... Blam! He gunned down looters in New Orleans during the Post-Katrina debacle... Blam! He punched out Jessie Ventura for bad-mouthing the US of A and President "I'm the Decider" Bush...

Chris Kyle is a hero to conservatives because he killed lots of Iraqis, whom Kyle called "savages". The same Savage Iraqis who attacked Us on 9/11! In reality, did anything Chris Kyle do in Iraq help the Iraqi people or the United States? Nope.

By all accounts he loved killing and thought every problem could be solved by guns. Thus, he lived by the sword and died by the sword... And the world is better off without him.

Remember when Free Speech Rights were the most important thing in the Universe? Ha, that was sooooo 2 weeks ago.

To Conservatives, "Free Speech" means the freedom for them to insult islam and threaten liberals. Semi-literate, mentally disabled right-wing darling Sarah Palin, not content with getting Congresswoman Gabby Giffords shot (in an attack which killed 6 and wounded 18 people) now is telling her cultists to 'set their sights' on Michael Moore.
Palin, along with MoH recipient Dakota Meyer. What's especially disgusting is the despicable Bush Regime used the natural sense of military brotherhood and camaraderie to stifle anti-war dissent.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The NRA bears much Responsibility for the recent Police Shootings

Dashcam footage from New Jersey of another Police Shooting of a suspect exiting his vehicle unarmed is now making the rounds. Last December 30th, Jerame Reid was a passenger in a vehicle. During a traffic stop by Bridgeton Officers Braheme Days and Roger Worley, a gun was apparently located in the passenger side glove box by Officer Days who displayed good instincts, was alert and observent.

But then entering rapidly goes to shit. The next and final minute of Reid's life were a mix of rapid and contradictory commands leading him to exit the vehicle hands raised and after the gun had been confiscated by Officer Days. At which point the two Officers shot and killed him.

But, I'm not here to exercrate the Officers, but to point out why it is seemingly unarmed and cooperating men are getting gunned down.

While it's unequivocally true the Modern Police Department was created as a Social Control of the Working Class, immigrants and freed Slaves, the recent spate of shootings stems from the Reactionary Wayne LaPierre lead-NRA and their 35 year push to get guns everywhere and to allow gun violence to go unrestricted.

The Nation is awash in Guns. 300 million or more and those guns have a habit of "walking away" and ending up in the hands of criminals quite easily. Gun Nuts and their groups use every mass shooting to further weaken the anemic gun control laws left. And the Powerful Unrestricted Gun Violence Lobby has won 2 very important SCOTUS decisions as gotten hundreds of local ordinances eliminated.

Now that Illinois has passed Concealed Carry, every state in the Union has some version of CC and President Obama even loosened gun control regulations on Federal Parks and Lands.

Thus, Police Officers face the real threat that everyone they come in contact with and every vehicle they stop has a gun. Officers faced with this knowledge and sporting the maxim Better to be tried by 12 than carried by 6, have ended up shooting many seemingly cooperative suspects.
But, those shootings have a counterpoint because Police Officers are receiving training and reviewing these incidents,
  • Oregon State Trooper is confronted and has a shoot-out with a former Army National Guardsman during traffic stop.
  • An Arlington Heights Officer shot by suspect during Domestic Violence call.
  • Cliven Bundy participants and Conservative Terrorists Jerad and Amanda Miller murder 2 Officers and another man during their Right-Wing Revolution.
  • And recently over at Green Eagle comes the story of a black Oklahoma Police Chief shot 4 times by a right-wing White Supremacist, who was wanted in connection to calling in false bomb threat reports. This last incident along with the Millers continues to show that Right-Wing Violence including murder and attempted murder of Police Officers is coddled and encouraged in the United States.
Because the iconic image from the ClivenBundyInsurrection is the NRA man ready to shoot LEOs:

The conservative commenters on the youtube videos for this incident call this a "good shoot". I wonder what training, what Use of Force, what readings/discussion of the 4th Amendment, what personal experience at drawing down on someone or shooting/being shot at they can reference in order to support their viewpoint and then I remember that the man killed was Black and it's ipso facto always a good shoot to conservatives when a Black man is shot.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

How Capitalism drives Crime but only dark skinned criminals concern Conservatives

I've left a bigoted rambling comment up on my post about John Wrana's death and the trial of Officer Craig Taylor because it is illustrative of a terrible blight on this nation, How Conservative Bigotry blinds them and thus they focus on only dark-skinned criminals.

Here is the comment from Rational Nauseous,
Marty King was a communist who cheated on his wife frequently. He was a tremendous advocate for Negro self-sufficiency and a color blind society. So we honor his memory by not working, not going to school etc. But to be honest, I think if Marty was still alive he would commit suicide, if he saw what direction the black community has taken. Lets see all the accomplishment that the blacks have made since Marty King’s days, Black folks has denigrated so very badly, with their stupid music, stupid cloths, pants sagging down and their ass cracks showing, their willing to stand out in the cold at shoe stores for days and nights for a pair of stupid sneakers from a basketball player, Michael Jordan endorsed and made a fortune from, their teenage pregnancies and parent homes, multiple fathers to litters of children drawing welfare checks and food stamps, drinking Booze in the streets and drunk driving, pointless killings, looting and burning down homes and store and calling it “protesting”
When it comes to MLKJr, Right-Wingers are flummoxed. They fervently tried to destroy his image, beliefs and works before and after murdering his body, but have been absolutely unsuccessful so conservatives have tried to co-opt Doctor King as one of them while still believing the John Bircher propaganda.

But, let's focus on the henious lies and ignorant bigotry throughout conservative thinking illustrated by Rational Nauseous; who ascribes crime, food stamps, absentee fathers and teenage pregnancies as something inherent in the black community.

These issues are endemic in all races and cultures. In fact, the overwhelming majority who use food stamps, SSDI and other government assistance programs are "white" people. Currently, white conservatives have convinced themselves they "earned" their medicare, social security benefits and blithely ignore crime and the fraying of society amongst "whites".

As Martin Luther King Jr, observed Rich White Men have always been able to convince poor whites that while they and their children may be sickly, uneducated and broken by poverty at least they're not black.

But, what every Police Officer knows is that poverty and lack of economic opportunities drives much* criminal activity.

We are a full generation into the Ronald Reagan destruction of the American Dream and elimination of the Middle Class. Crimes and abberant behavior once ascribed solely to black and brown communities is becoming common-place amongst whites. Once Republicans destroyed the manufacturing base, transformed the Nation into a service-based economy and eliminated laws and regulations on the Financial Industry they made the bottom quarter of Americans into extraneous persons about whom they care not one jot or tittle.

The Housing Crash and Republican Recession of 2007 showed, Capitalism cares nothing for your belief system and once Glorious Capitalism deems you expendable then you are expendable. This is something African-American, Asian, and Hispanic communities have known for generations.

In some ways the Creation of the Tea Party was a response to Capitalism's evil treatment of the white American Working Class until the Koch Brothers and their Republican Operatives quickly usurped authority and transformed Tea Baggers into a lobbying arm for Plutocratic interests, while ensuring the anger of the white community was transfered from the Destructive nature of Capitalism and Corporate Criminality towards Government and the Social Safety Net.

David Simon, creator of The Wire, Treme and former reporter the Baltimore Sun correctly observed once economic opportunities were taken away so-called drug crime became the only option in minority communities,
"We do not need 10-12% of our population; they've been abandoned. They don't have barbed wire around them, but they might as well." As a result, "drugs are the only industry left in places such as Baltimore and east St Louis" – an industry that employs "children, old people, people who've been shooting drugs for 20 years, it doesn't matter. It's the only factory that's still open. The doors are open. Capitalism has tried to jail its way out of the problem, the prison industry has been given over to capitalism. If we need to get rid of these people, we might as well make some money out of getting rid of them."
It is not an inherent criminal nature in black and brown communities it's a systematic denial of the American Dream which fueled much of the crime in those communities.

Now we see Capitalism has throw aside the poor white communities and undermined the Middle Class Dream of White America.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

John Wrana's death and Police Use of Force

Park Forest Police Officer Craig Taylor is on trial for killing 95 year WWII Veteran John Wrana during a July 2013 incident at the elderly man's retirement home.

During the incident, Taylor used Less than Lethal shotgun beanbag rounds when Wrana brandished a knife. Taylor fired 5 rounds and the autospy reported two rounds struck Wrana in the abdomen and one in the chest. Wrana died five hours later of internal bleeding from the blunt force trauma.

Now, Taylor wasn't the only Officer present, four other Park Forest officers responded as well. During testimony, two of the others stated they were in fear of their lives during the incident, with the on scene Surpervisor testifying, "I thought deadly force was authorized and we were using reasonable force under the circumstances."

However, a use of force expert and former Secret Service surpervisor Francis Murphy, referred to the 5 officers' tactics as "officer-created jeopardy", criticized their decision making, and offered up several alternatives they should have used,
"They didn't start by giving it a cooling-off time. They kept going into his room and agitating him."
Murphy did testify trying to shield rush Wrana or using pepper-spray could have jeopadized the officers or caused serious injuries to Wrana as well.

Do the facts that Wrana was a white 95 year old WWII veteran and Taylor is an African-American have anything to do with the decision to prosecute? I don't know.

I do know something about this type of incident, having responded to several near exact situations. In a recent one, I responded to a call out to an Hospice/Elder Care building.

At 2 in the morning an elderly, confused, angry and frightened man had somehow gotten an old claw hammer (not an Estwing) which he had hit a nurse in the shoulder and was outisde his room pounding on doors and furniture.

My on duty sergeant and another officer showed up. While my Sergeant chatted up the old man I moved to his side and out of his perherial vision. Several pieces of furniture had been moved around the man by members of the staff. He absent-mindedly brandished the hammer and at one point raised it up over his right shoulder. At which point I grabbed the hammer and yanked it from his grasp.

The man turned at me and demanded I return his hammer calling me a "little sneak thief". While the gentleman refused to go to his room, he sat down in a nearby chair and quickly fell asleep.

So, what should be lesson and take away from this and other Use of Force incidents?

I'm not sure. What I do know is I and other Police Officers are being counted upon more and more often to respond to incidents which really require trained medical personnel or Social Workers. But, because right-wingers have thrown in with the Guard Dogs of the Plutocracy, funding for those people and programs has been slashed mercilessly.

And now Republicans are coming to steal Social Security and working on rolling back even the modest gains from Obamacare.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Bonjour, Paris! Conservatives sommes Merde-flinging surrender monkeys

Ridiculous Right-Wingers all took to their laptops and iPhones to tweet, blog, facebook and post their "embarassment" that President Barack Obama did not attend the Paris World Leaders Rally in face of the Charlie Hebdo/Jewish Deli terrorist attacks. That is from the comfort of their plush, warm living rooms here Stateside.

Thus, continues the never-ending War Conservatives engage upon where they throw shit on everything in the hopes that some of their shit will stick and they can exploit the stink. The Right-Wing Blame Barack Campaign is a well-worn, tried and true method for causing fatigue in the American populace. In the 2014 elections, the ISIS Panic and EBOLA Fear won the Republicans the Senate, so the manufactured freak-outs make sense politically.

Even if they are not internally consistent with other Right-Wing rhetoric. In 2009, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, every conservative blogger and all their right-wing drones derided President Obama for ordering Dijon-Mustard on his Hamburger!

Rawr! Dijon Mustard was renamed by Republicans under the Awesome W Presidency as FREEDOM MUSTARD to go-along with your FREEDOM FRIES! Only God-Reagan approved HFCS Ketchup is allowed on American Burgers! Freedom!

And merely 10 years ago, every single conservative was in lock-step with President Bush and his Faux News enbablers denouncing Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry for being too French-looking and speaking En Francais.

Time and time and time again, conservatives have tried to manufacture controversy surrounding the Obama Presidency, it hasn't worked because besides being as cool as the other side of the pillow President Obama and his cabinet has been moral and just and not beset with the War Crimes and other misdemeanors of the W(orst President in History) and his staff of villains.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Conservatives plan to use the NYPD assassinations as a pretext to murder Liberals and overthrow the Government

Right-Wing Violence is coddled and encouraged in America. There is a real danger of the American Right using the murders of NYPD Officers Liu and Ramos to kill minorities and leftists and then Overthrow the US Government. At least, that's the dream of Right-Wing Domestic Terrorists.

Right-Wingers all have the same delusion. They think they are The Thin White Line o' Heroes.
"The next time there’s a die-in, make sure they’re dead. The next time they block the road, run their asses over," Stan Solomon talking to Larry Pratt, Head of the Gunowners of America, on reacting to protests. Note the demonstrators Solomon is itching to murder are not looters but, non-violent demonstrators.
These White-Wing Hateriots do have several things in common; they loathe Democracy and the Democratic Republic for which We Stand. Conservatism is Terrorism.

Fortunately, in reality, while some of the craftier conservatives will use this to fund raise and fleece more right-wingers, additional Right-Wing Murder Sprees will not happen. The Oathbreakers will have a fundraising drive, FU de Blasio T-Shirts (made in China) will be sold, more parcels of land in the Galtian Paradise will be purchased, Alex Jones Infowars will increase his viewership, more Liberal Hunting Permits will be issued, and this incident will go down as another of the 968 impeachable offenses committed by Barack HUSSEIN Obama.

However, this doesn't diminish the aching desire Conservatives have to start murdering Liberals. They are waiting for a signal, for their imagined Casus Belli.

Over at Hullabaloo the blog of Digby, I read the latest Call to Arms from Confederate Yankee Bob Owens. His sthick has been the same for 6 years. The stay-at-home schocastic terrorist throwing his toxic emissions into the seething cauldron of right-wing rage in the hopes some "Lone Wolf" will go out and murder a Liberal,

It’s Time To Play Cowboys and Communists

Posted by Bob Owens on December 29, 2014 at 1:03 pm

If, my friends, you would like to preserve and restore liberty you must decide, today, what you will tolerate.

You must determine how much more you are going to tolerate as they attempt to destroy this nation from the inside.

You must determine what you are willing to sacrifice in order for your children and grandchildren to remain free.

I ask you to stand your ground, my proud fellow American citizens. Keep your weapons oiled, your bores bright, and your magazines loaded. Pledge to protect those who protect us.

We do not want war, but we will not surrender our liberty to rabble who crave the chains of tyranny, or who dream of lording over free men.

Will you choose to be Sons of Liberty, or sons of Obama?
Laughably earlier in his column Bob Owens wrote;
This string of attempted, escalating, (and sometimes regrettably successful) cop killings is a part of a low-intensity civil war on the very fabric of our society.
Richard Poplawski, Jerad and Amanda Miller, Andrew Joseph Stack, James W. Von Brunn*, Joseph T. Kane, Dennis Marx*, Nathanial Kangas have all attacked or killed Law Enforcement Officials yet evoked no response and weren't a Cause Célèbre for Conservatives.

Right-wingers only support Police Officers and the Rule of Law when those LEOs and that Rule is being used to oppress Minorities, Leftist Protests, and Unions.

Right-Wingers really are itching for any reason they can grasp to begin the slaughter of Liberals. Criticism of Chris Kyle and American Sniper has brought out the typical Conservative Death Threats towards anyone who dares point out that Kyle didn't win the war, murdered a bunch of people we shouldn't have been killing and died because he was a gun humping moron. When Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton win the Presidency in 2016 I'm certain a Right-Wing Insurrection and mass murder spree of Liberals, Democrats, Progressives will begin.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New York's Finest, The Thin (Skinned) Blue Line

Now choke yourself. Goddamn it, with MY hand, numb-nuts! Don't pull my fucking hand over there! I said choke yourself; now lean forward and choke yourself! - Marine Corps legend R. Lee Emery and Vincent D'Onofiro famous Boot Camp introduction scene in Full Metal Jacket (1987)
As New York's Whiniest continue their spectacle of entitlement and petulance, the New York Post is reporting Police Union Leaders have convinced the Thin Skinned Blue Line to engage in a work slow down. According to the Post,
overall arrests down 66 percent for the week starting Dec. 22 compared with the same period in 2013, stats show. 
Citations for traffic violations fell by 94 percent, from 10,069 to 587, during that time frame. 
Summonses for low-level offenses like public drinking and urination also plunged 94 percent — from 4,831 to 300. 
Even parking violations are way down, dropping by 92 percent, from 14,699 to 1,241. 
Drug arrests by cops assigned to the NYPD’s Organized Crime Control Bureau — which are part of the overall number — dropped by 84 percent, from 382 to 63.
From invoking the Stab-in-the-Back rhetoric to Disrespectful protesting at Funeral of a fellow Officer, the New York Police Department has put a permanent blemish on their Shields, which will take years of hard work to erase.

It's hard to see whom exactly the NYPD think they hurting with this work stoppage? The reaction to the drop in citations and the declaration Officers are making arrests "only when they have to" has been 'Super! keep up the great work'.

Now, perhaps the Officers are trying to bring Mayor de Blasio to heel by cutting off funding for the City Budget, but such a tacit admission that Police Departments, including the Nation's Largest, have been filling City Budget Holes on the backs of the Working Class probably isn't the message the NYPD wants to be sending.

Of course, the NYPD, as a monolithic organization, probably doesn't care what anyone thinks. But, the interesting phenomenon has been the sudden tack by the American Right back towards unwavering support for "Law & Order". Meanwhile, Right-Wing violence, up to and including murder of Police Officers, is coddled and encouraged in America.

Conservatives, of course, don't give a shit about individual Cops but, what they do love is exerting Power and Authority, especially the type traditionally enforced by Police Departments over their enemies.

Police Departments have always been the guardians of the 1%, the enforcers of the plutocracy, with specific goals of keeping the Working Class in line and incarcerating or killing minorities.

Law books are replete with "crimes" designed to nickel and dime the Poor and Working Class to make them pay for their own incarceration, with "fines, fees and costs".

Besides the constant threat of arrest and imprisonment for minor offenses, the Working Class faces the full power of the American Justice System while the 1% are free to swindle Billions and even escape unscathed because of their Affluenza.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Conservatives don't give a shit about Cops

Conservatives don't care about Law Enforcement Officers. All conservatives care about is using each and every situation to advance their fascist agenda and take over of the United States.

Do you recall all the right-wing outrage over the murder of 3 Pittsburgh Police Officers by a Staunch Conservative angered over the Coming Obama Gun Ban? Or the 2 Alaska State Troopers killed by a Right-Wing Soverign Citizens son? Or the ultra-conservative war game playing nutjob who killed a Pennsylvannia State Trooper? Or the 2 Arkansas Cops killed by Soverign Citizen? Or the IRS agent killed by the Grover Norquist Anti-Tax Crusader who flew a plane into the Texas IRS building?

Of course, you don't because the Conservative Media squealed like petulant children and proclaimed each of these incidents was actually President Obama's fault.

Right-Wing Domestic Terrorism is coddled and encouraged in the United States. The Media is scared to correctly report that Conservatives are one of the most dangerous threats facing America today.

In 2009, the Department of Homeland Security correctly pointed out that President Barack Obama's election would lead to a rise of Right-Wing Domestic Terrorists. This is exactly what happened. All manner of conservative terrorist groups arose, the Oathkeepers, UnConstitutional Sherrif's of America, the III Percenters, for instance. All these groups have threatened to murder any Government Offical or Police Officer who dares to implement laws, which they deem Unconstitutional.

The indignant screams from the Conservative media caused the DHS to retract their correct conclusions. And sadly, once the Obama Adminstration gave into their tantrums, it only emboldened Right-Wing Domestic Terrorists to conduct their campaign to undermine and subvert the Nation.

But, Conservatives can never resist Waving the Bloody Shirt and they have two more bodies to use as building blocks to construct their evil edice of a Neo-Feudalist Wage Slave State. Conservatives reveal in blood and use death to enforce their values of Oppression, Intolerance and Slavish Obediance to the Rich.

So, now in-line with their values, Conservatives have finally found a Union Boss with whom they gleefully agree, in Patrick Lynch of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association.

Lynch's inflammatory rhetoric of blaming Mayor Bill De Blasio has been discussed at length at several excellent websites, but, having worked the job for almost a decade now, I can guarantee whenever you see a man with the combed back hair-do Lynch is sporting, that man is a slime bucket.

Conservatives support Police Officers who kill Black Men because right-wingers believe every Black Man is a potential criminal. It's the same pathos which explains how Conservatives support the killing of innocent Muslims, including children, because they see every Muslim as a Potential Terrorist.

Thus, the only Unions supported by Right-Wingers are Police Unions, as long as those Union Leaders vehemently defend Officers who kill Black Men and blame Liberals for America's woes.

What has become clear is Police Officers are just another partisan issue for Conservatives. Any deviation from what they deem the proper use of the Law and Police (i.e. Killing Black Men, incarcerating minorities, beating liberal protestors, and crushing Unions) is "Unconstitutional" to the American Right.

And an entire media industry now exists to swaddle conservatives in a incestuous cocoon of comfortable lies and partisan bullshit as they shamelessly use the dead to advance their Agenda.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Will Justice denied in Ferguson and Fox News Propaganda lead to an all-out shooting war with Police? (Right-Wing Domestic Terrorism Alert)

The miscarriage of justice in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island could be the sparks of a new Police/Race War in the United States.

The Two Brooklyn Police Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who were murdered by a criminal who broadcast his intentions just after shooting his ex-girlfriend in Baltimore, have sparked a furious backlash amongst conservatives.

The NYPD and Police Unions are apparently blaming NY Mayor Bill DeBlasio, Faux News and the right-wing on-line community also place the blame on Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama. The spectre of anti-police rhetoric by liberals is also listed as the cause of the officers deaths.

It's never the wrong time to punch-a-hippie and Blame the Left for everything wrong in America.

Of course, that there was actually rampant Prosecutorial Misconduct in Ferguson by Bob McCulloch and his assistants can never be the cause, because liberals.

All killings off citizens by their goverment i.e. the state need to be investigated thoroughly by an unbiased agency. That clearly did not happen in Ferguson, where the SA’s office provided instructions to the grand jurors in direct contradiction with USSC ruling in Tennesse v. Garner (1985) and allowed the fabrictions of a lying crazy woman, Witness 40, to be introduced as "evidence".

But, don't expect Faux News to try and bring calm to this situation. This ghoulish race-baiting organization exists to gin up hatred and blame President Obama for everything. The more violence and discontent which embroils the Nation the better Faux News likes it.

It’s especially ironic or cruelly hypocritical for Faux to blame Mayor De Blasio as one of their employees Mike Huckabee, while as Arkansas Governor personally went out of his way to free a man Maurice Clemmons, who murdered 4 Seattle Officers.

Of course, when the right-wing domestic terrorists Jerad and Amanda Miller, who had demonstrable ties to the Cliven Bundy Insurrection, murdered two Las Vegas Police Officers and another man, the Conservatives response was to blame President Obama.

But, focusing your energies on rebutting or calling out the right-wing lies is a sysphiean task, for conservatives are wimps who cry and squeal like 2 year old children denied candy when their lies aren't accepted.

The real despicable truth of the deaths of the Police Officers is conservatives will shamelessly use their deaths to advance their disgusting agenda. Conservatism is an edifice built upon the corpses. A Flordia LEO, Charles Kondek was also murdered over the weekend but, don't expect Right-Wingers to know his name because their I Blame Obama Facebook feeds haven't cycled around to them yet.

Republicans use the dead to advance their agenda of Oppression, Intolerance and Adulation of the Rich and that is exactly what is happening now.

The sudden swell of concern for Police Officers by conservatives is so much bullshit. Right-Wingers only support LEOs if those Officers are killing unarmed minorities or beating up and pepper spraying peaceful leftist protestors.

Right-Wing Domestic Terrorists have murdered Police Officers at an alarming and increasing rate since President Barack Obama took office.

Just don't expect the murderous attacks by Right-Wingers on Police Officers to ever be broadcast by Mainstream Conservative Media. The job of the Media is to always make Right-Wing arguments seem reasonable and to hide the flaws and evil intentions of Conservatives at every opportunity.

Conservatism is Terrorism.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

President Obama and Pope Francis freed Cuba

"I've hurt you... And I wish to go on... hurting you." - RepubliKhan, Star Trek II
Nothing angers American Conservatives more than success. Right-Wingers embrace failure and proclaim it to be a Wild Success. They still claim W's Iraq Fiasco was a stunning success.

It's been 55 years since a Republican President did anything for the American people or championed any successful policies. That was President Dwight D. Eisenhower. But, it's also been 55 years since President Ike instituted sanctions and an economic embargo on Cuba. And they haven't worked.

But, the reason Conservatives supported the failed sanctions against Cuba was because they enjoyed hurting Cubans. Recall that during the Bush/Cheney debacle in Iraq, Bill O'Reilly, Faux News and every warmongering chicken hawk conservative did not care, whatsoever how many, innocent Iraqis died because to conservatives every Iraqi was somewhat complicit with Saddam Hussein. So, it doesn't matter to conservatives how many innocent Cubans have been harmed by the failed Embargo.

Of course, Cuban expats have reasons to hate Fidel Castro. Fidel's enemies were dealt with harshly. But, it's not as if Awesome America was not in league with brutal regimes while we condemned Castro. The Shah of Iran and Augusto Pinochet in Chile were at least as vicious and oppressive as Castro's Cuba, if not more than so.

But, conservatives love harming people as a way of changing their minds and attitudes. This is why we find conservatives so supportive of torture. It doesn't matter if Torture elicited real intel it's the infliction of pain with which they agree.

But, fortunately for the United States and President Obama we have friends around the world to offset the homegrown domestic traitors of the Republican Party. So, with the aid of the Canadian Government and Pope Francis' Vatican, President Obama has normalized US-Cuba Relations.

Pope Francis, whom conservatives hate, was instrumental in brokering the deal, having personally contacting both President Obama and President Raul Castro and (along with Canada) hosting critical meeting between the delegations.

The opening up of Diplomatic Relations with Cuba is another brilliant Foreign Policy victory for President Obama, which is yet another reason conservatives are so apoplectic.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Republicans love when Veterans kill Themselves

The only Veteran a conservative loves is a Dead One. As we see by the actions of the Republican Party, Veterans are seen as a useless drain on the Plutocracy. Thus, once again as Conservatives disrespect Veterans and use the Awesome Power of Government to ensure Veterans receive sub-standard shoddy care when they come home in the hopes the Veteran commits suicide.

Republican Senator Tom Coburn used a procedural maneuver to block a vote on the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act because The Republican Party doesn't care one whit about Veterans. Republicans view Veterans in the same light as any other American; only useful if they advance the interests of the Plutocracy and the Conservative Principles of Oppression, Intolerance and Adulation of the Rich.

By and large, since Vietnam Conservatives have studiously eschewed Military Service. The soft, flabby Republican chickenhawks haved cited all sorts of other priorities for why they couldn't seem to serve, whether it was seeking 5 or 6 deferments, rotten luck because too many minorities had filled the spots, numerous cases of college football knee injuries and asthma, or they choose to "serve" in France instead of French-Indochina. And in at least one case, a Conservative Hero literally shit his pants to avoid Vietnam so he could stay stateside instead and rape little girls.

But, like White Privilege conservatives rest on unearned laurels and consider themselves Pro-Veteran because of jingoistic flag waving, Toby Keith and Bruce Greenwood "songs", and their unwavering support of the Military Industrial Complex.

Republicans don't care about Veterans. Republicans love War. Republicans bask in the glow of waving the Bloody Shirt and talking about Freedom while seated on their expansive derrières from the comfort of their offices. Republicans love the Trillions of Dollars and thousands of lives they feed the rapacious War Machine. Republicans could not care less for individual military members and Veterans,
"I didn’t use the word troops, I used the word military, and I think [giggles] they refer to the same thing." - The Military-Industrial-Complex are people, my friend! - Mitt Romney
In reality, Republicans are grave robbers and fakes who have no right to speak for the dead. - Johnny Got His Gun, Dalton Trumbo.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Pantheon of Second Amendment Heroes Grows (Whites Only)

A White Mass Murderer has gunned down 6 in Pennsylvania, if he had been a black child with a toy pistol I'm sure the killing could have been stopped. But, because the killer was white, with the whiter-than-white name of Bradley William Stone, every deference was allowed in order that his precious Second Amendment Rights could never, ever be infringed.

Thus Bradley William Stone will join the American Gun Nut Pantheon of Second Amendment Heroes.

Yet, Gun Humping Fanatics still claim the Second Amendment exists so they can defend themselves from criminals and Government Tyranny.

And a segment of American Society is facing violence from the Government, thus the NRA would seem to be the prime organization to speak out and lead the fight against Government violence.

Except the NRA and Gun Nuts have been conspicuously silent of late. It's because the NRA supports the violence directed at Minorities.

The Second Amendment, Open Carry Laws, the NRA and Right-Wing groups like the Oathkeepers are not for minorities. They are protections to allow White Males and Females the freedom to gun down anyone who upsets them.

An Open Carry Texas Lunatic used her Second Amendment Rights to murder her ex-husband and step-daughter, "Sometimes removing some people out of your life makes room for better people," Open Carry Texas activist and Second Amendment Hero Veronica Dunnachie.

Austin Martin, an 18 year old student at Middlesex High School in Saluda, Virginia had four loaded guns, several knives and more than 600 rounds of ammunition, in his car. Martin was arrested because the commendable Middlesex Sheriff's Department did an exemplary job in stopping another Mass School Shooting.

But, whatever intel the Sheriff's Deputies unearthed which aided them in stopping another White Mass Murderer, it's not unusual that a white 18 year old was treated differently than black 18 year old, Michael Brown.

As the killing of Michael Brown by the unindicted murderer Darren Wilson, the Oathkeepers descended upon Ferguson. To stand with the Protestors? To voice their displeasure at the Violence of Police Officers? To defend Americans against the Paramilitary equipped shoot first, don't ask questions later Tactical Cops?

Nope. To MURDER suspected looters. To kill minorities without trial, without evidence, for alleged property crimes. Thankfully, the St. Louis PD made them get out of their snipers posts on rooftops.

But, the Oathkeepers like all Right-Wing Domestic Terrorist groups (e.g. Republicans in Congress, Faux News Viewers, anyone aligned with the Tea Party) wholeheartedly supports violence by the State when it is directed against Minorities.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Reclaiming Democratic Values, Championing the Working Class and Making America Great

Most liberals have convinced themselves the disastrous Right-Wing Tea Party policies and outright appeals to hatred and bigtory would send the American Voter fleeing away from the Republicans.

Coupling this with the inevitable march of demographics, Liberals have been blissfully congratulating themselves on their Future Ascendancy and electoral dominance.

But, the belief in Demographic Destiny is a pipe dream. In much the same way Karl Rove spoke of Republican 100-year Reich, the Democratic Party has exuded smug Hubris that all they need do is exist in order to win Elections. As Tim Donovan at Suffolk Resolves wrote, There is no Demographic Destiny.

So, despite Democratic Congressional Candidates winning more votes in 2012, in the aggregate, and the overwhelming support for Center-Left referendums in 2014, Liberals and Democrats are faced with Republican control of the US Senate and Republican dominance of the US House, State Legislatures and Governorships.

But, besides their Hubris and the cashing-in on future voters the Democratic Party's downfall also stems from the free reign the gave to the Republicans to woo the working class white male.

Now, why would the faux populism of the Republican Party appeal to working class white men? There never has been a more implacable foe of the Working Class than the Modern Republican Party.

One of the key beliefs, which I have believed as well, was that Republicans had duped Working Class Whites into voting against their Own Economic Interests. But, is that true? But, is that how the Working Class White Man and Woman sees it? The answer is obviously not.

The perception by the White Working Class is they have been betrayed by the Democratic Party and the new Platform focus on gays, blacks and women.

There is a lot of hindsight going. The PPACA (Obamacare) legislation was beneficial to white people (no caps on lifetime coverage, no pre-existing conditions, for instance) but, because the Conservative Internet Fart Bubble was allowed to frame the rhetoric as Death Panels and welfare for black people, Working Class whites don't see the Democratic Party as their Party or even their ally anymore.

While the Republicans are committed to eliminating the Social Safety net and reducing the vast majority of Americans to Wage Slavery and Corporate Bondage, the white working class sees itself ostracized, shunned and abandoned by the Democratic Party.

It's not true but, as always perception is truth. So, while it's impossible to not see that Republicans are fanatically determined to destroy the Progressive Gains of the 20th century, Working Class people are focused on the now and the immediate future.
Long-term unemployment, millions of foreclosures, crippling personal debts and bankruptcies, the evaporation of savings and retirement accounts, and the crumbling of the country;s infrastructure are taking place as billions in taxpayer subsidies, obscene profits, bonuses and compensation are doled out to the corporate overlords. - Chris Hedges, Death of the Liberal Class, pg.181
Since 2007, after George W(orst President Ever) Bush and the Republican Party crashed the economy the Democratic Party had an opportunity to pivot towards Economic Populism and reclaim the Will of the American People.

But, the Democrats have been caught by the trap laid by the Plutocracy. Unless you are a Senator like Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren it's hard to ignore that Money = Campaign = Victory.

Occupy Wall Street offered the Democratic Party another chance to pick up the mantle of Champion of the Working Class. Which is why Plutocracy moved so quickly to undermine and destroy it.

So, the Democrats did not offer any help to people struggling to pay bills, keep their house, take care of aging parents, raise kids, work longer hours and pick up extra jobs. And the White Working Class was forced to choose the least-worst candidate and they are increasingly choosing Republicans.

There is a way to reclaim the white working class and win elections, while also inhabiting the moral high ground and providing the American Voter a government they know is looking out and seeking to protect them.

Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren are the strong voices promoting Left-Wing Economic Populism. They are devoted to helping the Working Class, safeguarding the Social Safety Net and restoring the American Dream.

Senator Warren has said she is not running for President but, Bernie Sanders has stated if enough Americans, if enough of the 99%, are willing to stand shoulder to shoulder with him he will take on the Koch Brothers and the 1%.

Again there is no Demographic Destiny. If We, the People stand together we can reclaim the Democratic Values which made this Nation Great in the 20th Century.

But, We must act because as Tim Donovan wrote at Suffolk Resolves,
Whichever party first grabs the mantle of economic populism will earn the support of a rising generation fed up with the politics of the moment, a generation wholly unsympathetic to the broken, ineffectual Reagan consensus that’s still so dominant today.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Representative Cynthia Lummis and the Republicans blame Obamacare for Everything

Now that the Republicans have resurrected the granny starving Paul Ryan Path to Penury and are adamant they are empowered to destroy Obamacare it time to recall the right wing health care plan:
If you were wealthy you'd be healthy 
But if you're poor and sick 
Do us a favor and die quick
Or... So I thought. But, it turns out that Obamacare is so pernicious and so evil that even Multi-Millionaires whose wives are Congressmen are being killed by it's odious grasp.

Here's the story of Congressman Cynthia Lummis via CrooksandLiars. Congressman Lummis recounted her late husband's brush with Obamacare Death Panels during the oh so important Hans 'Yippee KiYay' Gruber Investigation.

Lummis stated she and her 65 year old husband Alvin Wiederspahn were some how having problems figuring out if they were covered under Obamacare. The Late Wiederspahn was having chest pains but, decided to ignore the advice of his physicians and decline the tests they recommended because Fuck Obamacare! Well the chest pains the late gentleman was experiencing for months turned out to be a warning sign of Myocardial Infarction, which sadly took the man's life.

"My husband was having chest pains at the time that he was told we were not enrolled in Obamacare, and come to find out, he didn't have all of the tests that he was advised by his physician to have. So on October 24, a week before the election, my husband went to sleep and never woke up."

So what's the take away? Don't ignore warning signs of a potential serious condition? Take better care of yourself and your heart health? Always take your doctor's advice and undergo every test?

Nope, the morale of super rich Congressman Lummis' story is her previous Free Government Healthcare was better for her and her husband and then That Man came into the White House and Ruined Everything!

It's actually unbelievable that Lummis and Wiederspahn didn't undergo the tests knowing that in reality any bills and procedures would be covered when the minor admin snafus were worked out.

But, Republicans don't ever take any personal responsibility. And they most assuredly don't take any responsibility for fucking up Government Bureaucracy. Republicans believe Government doesn't work and once elected they sabotage whatever they can in order to make that belief come true. It's actually their core mission statement once they're elected.

But, in the epistemically closed Right-Wing Internet Fart Bubble this is massive proof of the Obamacare Death Panels.