Monday, September 29, 2008

Using the Dead

The Dead can't Speak... but that doesn't stop those those who wish to take or maintain power from using them. The most recent incident is Barack Obama wearing a bracelet with the name of soldier killed in Iraq during the Presidential debate. It appears the family has asked Obama not to wear the bracelet.

Of course, the Demopublican/Republocrat side would never stoop to such behavior. My side is pure and righteous, the other side evil and ghoulish. My side has every right to invoke the dead and use them to take power because my side will do what is right with that power.

No one in politics has the right to use the dead. It is odd the side of the blog-o-shpere which supports McCain (or simply loathes Obama) is just finding out now those in power use the dead to support their continued control. Where or where have you been during the last seven years? You haven't been listening to Bush use the dead as the main reason we have to stay in Iraq?

But of course, supporting The War to Realign the Middle East to conform to American business and military interests, by simultaneously protecting Israel and Saudi Arabia, placing a puppet regime in Iraq with which to gain access to their oil reserves and possessing force projection ability towards both Syria and Iran is a good and proper use of American lives...

The truth is there is only one side in America, the ruling side, the Party of Property which controls you, does not have your interests at heart and to whom you are nothing more than an interchangeable and replaceable cog wheel in the machinery of industry or war.

You can always hear the people who are willing to sacrifice somebody else's life. They're plenty loud and they talk all the time. You can find them in churches and schools and newspapers and legislatures and congress. That's their business. They sound wonderful. Death before dishonor. This ground sanctified by blood. These men who died so gloriously.

They shall not have died in vain. Our noble dead.


But what do the dead say?

Nobody but the dead know whether all these things people talk about are worth dying for or not. And the dead can't talk. So the words about noble deaths and sacred blood and honor and such are all put into dead lips by grave robbers and fakes who have no right to speak for the dead. If a man says death before dishonor he is either a fool or a liar because he doesn't know what death is.
~ Excerpt from Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

While You Were Sleeping

we can live beside the ocean
linger far behind
swim out past the breaker
watch the world die
~ Everclear, Santa Monica*

Do you think the 700,000,000,000PLUS is not going to be given to Paulson? Because no matter how much the people are against it, it's going to be passed by Congress because Congress, other high members of Government and Captains of Industry are involved in Class Warfare against You. They are tied to the Upper Ruling Class which dominates and controls the nation.

Average American Warren Buffett explains why he invested 5,000,000,000 to Goldman Sachs, "If I didn't think the government was going to act, I would not be doing anything this week. I might be trying to undo things this week. I am, to some extent, betting on the fact that the government will do the rational thing here and act promptly. It would be a mistake to be buying anything now if the government was going to walk away from the Paulson proposal."

So the news stories at first will highlight the steely resolve of Congress. And there will be some "heated" C-Span moments with accusations, prepared speeches, wild gesticulations designed to invoke the reverental feeling of awe in you for your Representative or Senator, but it's all a facade. It won't matter how many letters, phone calls and emails Congress receives. After a few weeks (maybe a couple months) of this charade, everyone will get on board and allow The Ruling Class to set up to the podium and declare, We are passing the Rescue Plan which will also help you the little people. And there shall be much rejoicing!

But if, for some reason, the people don't accept their god appointed place as footstools for their economic and social betters, The Ruling Class will whip up some other non-issue or a New War to divert your attention and pass through whatever tax steal they wish, while you were sleeping.

*- Absolute Dick 13Stoploss pointed out my song reference was incorrect. Thanks for being such a Dick dude! So much for the afterglow...

Monday, September 22, 2008

Look In My Eyes

What do you see?
The Cult of Personality

I sell the things you need to be
Im the smiling face on your t.v.
Im the Cult of Personality
I exploit you still you love me

I tell you one and one makes three
Im the Cult of Personality
~Living Colour

With the recent Cult followings which have arisen around Barack Obama and Sarah Palin, neurologist Robert Burton recently reiterated the well established findings published in his book "On Being Certain" which show once people have made up their minds they do not change them. Obama and Palin have invoked a visceral emotional stirring in their followers which has metastasized into full blown fanatical devotion demanding unrestrained political warfare to destroy the enemy.

No Quarter is to be given. Obama and Palin and their campaigns do nothing to stop this and actively encourage it. This is why elaborate, detailed speeches on their stances aren't given. That would nail them down and limit their appeal. By not telling the people what they believe or what their positions actually are, they allow the deluded people to graft upon them their hopes and dreams. And people convince themselves often times despite the spoken facts that their beloved savior holds those same beliefs themselves.

The certainty and unwillingness to change one's positions is not a new phenomenon and has been mentioned by Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov, Betrand Russell and an apocryphal Zen Story.

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.

Despite all the rhetoric of Change We Need and Maverick Reformers, whichever ticket of the Two parties wins they are going to be beholden to certain powerful groups which do not represent 99% of the People in this nation. And the new President and Vice President will use their position to further entrench the power in the hands of the Few. The question remains which deluded group do you belong to which thinks they are going to help you?

Update 09/25:
LT Nixon warns America of the Palin of the Corn.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

If Sarah Palin has Nothing to Hide Why the Furor over her hacked Emails?

I have reasonable suspicion there is something criminal or at least untoward in Sarah Palin's emails. If Sarah has nothing to hide why not make your emails public? Huh? Prove you aren't a criminal. And if Sarah proves she's not a criminal by showing all her emails, letters, bank statements, then I'll apologize for my reasonable suspicions.

The Abu Gharib fall "guy", former US Army Brigadier General Janis L. Karpinski wrote a piece which sums up Sarah Palin the potential criminal nicely.
There is something almost sinister in Palin's attempts to seduce the voting public. She has a "come hither" look all of the time, and dares anyone, men or women, but especially men, to approach her or challenge her....

She uses her sexuality, and men's vulnerability, to intimidate them and expose their weaknesses...

She encourages men and women to be drawn first to the sexuality and beauty of a woman before making a decision about her credibility, intelligence and leadership.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

A Real Maverick & Raging Nationalism

For Starters, the Flag is a piece of cloth, most likely, nylon and nowadays often printed in China. The National Anthem is just words. The Anthem won't clothe, feed, pay your mortgage, cover your health costs or comfort you if your loved one is killed fighting in Iraq to "protect" America. When the symbol takes on more power than what it was supposed to represent, than it's time to ditch the symbol because we've become Idolators.

Josh Howard got in trouble when during the national anthem he stated, "“The Star Spangled Banner’s going on right now, and I don’t celebrate that shit. I’m black. Obama. Obama '08.”

This caused immediate "controversy" as fervent nationalists immediately began to pillory Howard. However, after reading some of the comments made about and to Howard as posted on the blog of Mark Cuban, my choice of words is to kind and too intelligent for the bigoted racist trash that spewed forth from unthinking buffoons, who also used this as an excuse to castigate Obama, including the mega-patriots at FreeRepublic.

It's easy to wrap oneself in the flag. The flag provides armor. One need not examine any positions, question whether or not a policy undertaken by the Federal Government could have repercussions for the American people. It's an unthinking persons line of attack and defense.

As a juxtaposition, listen to the comments of Michelle Bachmann (at 4:29 in the video) as she whips the crowd into a zealot-like frenzy with her appeal to God and Country. As if she knew anything about either.

This is the same Bachmann who claimed, "God called upon me to Run for the United States Congress." Any politician who invokes the almighty as a supporter of them and who claims the Divine Right of Leadership as god's choice has immediately abrogated the right to be in a position of authority.

Those who use this rhetoric and fall back onto God and the Flag do so to cover their evil motives which do not benefit you. The politician who speaks of God’s Will is really speaking about Their Will. And in order for Their Will to be done they need your tacit or active approval. Their actions are done in order to enrich them, their families and their cronies and when the evil of their actions rebounds upon the nation and innocent Americans they use the whirlwind they created to further ensconce themselves in power and further delude and shackle the people they Lord over.

The Inevitability of Control

Unable to hide anymore Old Tipse Canoe emerged and has asked Congress to provide 700,000,000,000 in bailout monies.

It's time we started counting in Astronomical numbers. We could use Astronomical Units (1AU=93,000,000) for the Bailout. Bush asks for 7500AU would no doubt cause little consternation amongst the people and Bush wouldn't need to induce confidence in the economy with such pabulum; "People are beginning to doubt our system, people were losing confidence and I understand it's important to have confidence in our financial system."

With this being an election cycle The Two Parties have both sent forth minions to convince the people the problems were caused by the other side of the Coin. The problems stem from the US system itself and when a Government becomes the monstrous behemoth, which the US system has devolved into, it eventually finds itself in the position of taking over all functions of life.

The US was originally set up as a thinly veiled attempt to re-create Feudalism with the the Lords (Congress) having significantly more power than the King (President). The original Articles of Confederation failed because of the lack of fast means of communication and travel and thus the difficulties which arise in controlling individual Feudal Republics (States).

Over the existence of the Federal Government, as with all such creations, individuals in positions of authority and power expanded and enlarged their spheres of influence and control. So immediately after the Federal Government was born in 1789, Alexander Hamilton in his position as Secretary of the Treasury, convinced enough of his fellow Lords to impose a new tax. And in order to collect the revenue the military sent forth with the added bonus of imprinting upon it's subjects the Power which must now be accorded a strong Federal Government.

Of course, like all nations in the Industrial Age, the Landed Nobility faced the problem of the new rising influence of the Noueve Riche, the Captains of Industry. These men in the 1800's did not consider themselves inferior and as the powerful Merchants and Bankers had done in Europe during the late Middle ages and Renaissance they began to exert and accord to themselves powers and privileges normally reserved for the Old Aristocracy.

Government and Industry have struggled for control of the Apparatus of Control. Fortunately in America, the Military has allowed itself to not slide into the easy stance of Kingmaker. This is the problem which beset and destroyed the Old Roman Republic and then the Western Roman Empire. The Military of the Byzantine Empire often determined the Basileus.

The Byzantine Empire history was well known to the Founding Fathers who sought to emulate it's greatness in many respects commerce and learning whilst curbing the negatives, interence warfare and religious strife. And with an eye to the future;

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

they sought to stave off the eventual decline and fall of their new Feudal Republic.

Of course, not possessing the Asimov Discipline of PsychoHistory, the Founding Fathers could not totally foresee the rise of the peasantry. However, those who have inherited the mantle of Government have easily subsumed and controlled the rising lower classes by absorbing them into the false two party Dichotomy, through unions, use of religion and the hobgoblins of fake issues (gay marriage) designed to convince the great majority of the people in the US that the Two Parties (one coin) are all that stands between them and oblivion.

Vice President Cheney's use of Power and the Strong Unitary Executive Arm of Government is actually not unprecedented. In fact it's a fairly well established position in political philosophy. Cheney and Bush both hold to the idea of Sovereign as espoused by Hobbes. In Leviathan the powers ascribed to the Sovereign are unlimited and extend to all spheres and represent Total Power. In Hobbes' system unlike the later ideas of Locke and Rousseau, once the citizens have chosen their Sovereign the have no more political power. And the Sovereign can act in any way he desires including tyrannical behavior. I can think of no more clear example from Cheney to illustrate this than his "So?"

We the People are pawns for the controlling interests of the Nation. Members of Industry and Government have profited for centuries upon the backs of Americans, passing laws, creating rules of education, diverting the attention of the people with bread and circuses, undermining basic understanding and starting wars at home and abroad in order to ensure the power and wealth of this land will be in the hands of the few.

Friday, September 19, 2008

John McCain for the Everywoman

"Frankly I don't like him,” so says Lynn Forester de Rothschild of Obama in a July 2008 interview with CNN’s Joe Johns.

Lynn Forester de Rothschild went on to state, “I feel like he is an elitist. I feel like he has not given me reason to trust him.”

The thrice married Lynn Forester de Rothschild, who met her third husband, Sir Evelyn Robert Adrian de Rothschild, at a Bilderberg Meeting in 1998, will now officially support John McCain.

I think Lynn is right and Obama is an elitist, after all she's spent her whole life amongst them.

Update 09/22:
Not to pick on Skye but here is a blogpost from her Midnight Blue Blog which highlights the strange Right Wing demonization of elitism. I can only speculate if good old girl Lynn was an Obama supporter she might be attacked for being an elitist.

But Skye supports Sarah Palin the All American Girl. Because as Skye writes, "Americans all know a Sarah Palin or have walked in her shoes at some point in time." And as she quotes Ralph Peters, "Sarah Palin's one of us. She actually represents the American people." Just like Lynn Forester de Rothschild?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Iraq War Costs

A US soldier in Iraq allegedly shot and murdered two other US soldiers.

I don't know the facts in this case so I won't speculate on the reasons this happened which could be almost anyhting.

But the fact which I can comment on is; Two More Deaths.

Does anyone not connected care at all? Does the politician who uses the War (pro or against) know about this situation? Does any of the true cost and horror being visited upon people register at all? The Surge (and the disgusting rush to capitalize upon it's success in lowering violence) has allowed people the ability to compartmentalize the War costs.

A la the narrator speaking with Tyler Durden in Fight Club, "That's the last sofa I'm gonna need. Whatever else happens, I've got that sofa problem handled."

To many of the American People that Sofa is the Surge. "Golly gee I sure don't need to worry about that darn Iraq War anymore."

Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo called the deaths "a tragic and senseless loss of two professional soldiers..." The problem is the entire war is a tragic and senseless loss of thousands of lives.

Monday, September 15, 2008

There is Nothing Wrong with the Economy

Because the people who rig the system, control the sources of revenue and the creation of false paper money will never suffer, but those lesser Americans who can’t afford multiple multi-million dollar homes can rest assured they will receive no assistance, no bailouts. The can sleep in their heavily leveraged soon to be foreclosed home, worrying about the security of their job while paying higher and higher record amounts for gasoline and heating oil, higher prices for lesser medical coverage, rising food costs and listening to the more equal Americans tell them they are “whiners”.

Sean Hannity was pout-raged when Robert Kuttner talked about the shambles that is US Economy. The Hannity diatribe against Kuttner included "This is garbage you're spewing" and "This is a Pro-Obama Book!" and "You gotta convince the American people the economy is in bad shape and it's all based on a lie, it's not true."

Hannity is a repugnant person. For him and the fellow fox minions of Rupert Murdoch, the economy is strong. Well, Maybe... Because just four days after Hannity’s sermon, even the Stock Market took the lambasting of Black Monday 3, as Lehman Brothers filled the biggest bankruptcy in history and Merrill Lynch was hastiy sold to Bank of America, however, American International Group Inc. is going to be bailed out.

But this is a continuation of the US Government’s policy of Privatizing Profits and Socializing Losses. The US system is the most evolved system of control ever developed.

Update (09/18):
The Handlers of the economy finally thrust Bush out to talk about the collapsing system. They'd have been happier to let him sit unobtrusively for the remainder of his Ceremonial control of the Nation until their next two pawns were ensconced safely into office. In response to the Socialism for the Rampant Speculators and the cut-throat "Free Market" for the drowning individuals Bush said, "These actions are necessary and important, and the markets are adjusting to them."

Friday, September 12, 2008

Sarah Palin God's Chosen One

No wonder The McCain Camp and The Extremist Christianist Base did not want Sarah Palin interviewed. She's a Warmongering Zealot who doesn't know what War she wants to Monger for, God's Holy War in Babylon, going to War with Iran on behalf of Israel, defending NATO "ally" Georgia against Russia, jaunting over into Pakistan...

Palin has benefited from the same initial bru-ha-ha which surrounded Barack Obama. Nationally no one knows her. So, what the McCain camp did was allow the American people to graft their own hopes, desires and ideals onto her. Even if she doesn't hold them. Because once people have made up their mind about a candidate it very rarely is shaken. Especially when uncomfortable facts appear. It's another System of Control.

So ignore her Religious Zealotry, ignore her dearth of knowledge about the History, Civics, International Relations, Principle of US Government, ignore her improper per diem reimbursements, in fact ignore her shady political career altogether.

Bush Doctrine? Why Charlie, what do you mean? Go to WAR with Russia? Absolutely, American interests must be served! The Iraq War is a Task from God? Oh no! I never presume to know God's will or to speak God's words. Except when it comes to adding Judeo-Christian Biblical Creationism to Scientific curriculum because you need to "Teach both."

Little Known Chuck Norris Facts

He is an ardent Statist who hates the individual and champions Warfare, as long as he doesn't have to fight. Chuck Norris Chickenhawk, Warmonger.

During a back and forth with Arianna Huffington on Larry King Live, Norris uttered these pieces of information:

"It's a lot of money but we're spendng a lot of money everywhere..."

"I've done two tours in Iraq."

"I've talked to the troops and they believe we should stay there until we finish the job."

"I've talked to all the military commanders over there."

It's unhinged diatribes like these which can not be allowed to stand. The Troops are not a monolithic body. But, over the last 5 years they've been used as a club by Warmongers to ensure the debate about the war was always couched in their terms. Either you love the Troops or you don't. And you can only love the Troops by supporting their leader and by natural conclusion his War.

Chuck's use of langauge is also insulting. He's done two tours in Iraq? When he was in his 20's Chuck made sure he didn't rejoin the Air Force to do two tours in Vietnam.

For Chuck it's simple. It's a Holy War. Chuck is on the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools, he wants the Bible enshrined in classrooms.

I agree. Directly after learning the Greek Myths children should have the option of an elective course on Judeo-Christian Myths. Of course, Chuck doesn't see it that way.

For Chuck the Bible is a Science Text Book because, "educational arenas have become limited learning environments because of biases against God, the Bible and creationism."

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

You Gotta Catapult the Propaganda

"When it came to that 'Bridge to Nowhere' I said thanks." ~ Sarah Palin.

That is the true quote for Palin. Of course, she took the money but why not lie. If you repeat the lie again and again eventually people will believe you.

And unlike the famous assertion a lie makes it halfway round the world before the truth gets out of bed, the problem of lies, lies in our big confused brains and the use of propaganda.

Those who like the Palin pick will not allow any kind of problems to confuse them. They know she is a righteous pick. Their minds are made up. So it doesn't matter how many times you point out the real record of the her accepting the monies earmarked for the bridge.

But the core issue here is the use of propaganda to confuse and control society. Humans have a sloppy memory system that is good at recall but not good at exact sources or rigid annotation. This is why as Carl Sagan elegantly pointed out in Cosmos,

2,500 years ago, there was a glorious awakening in Ionia... A new concept developed, one of the great ideas of the human species...

The Scientific Method. Which led to the great flowering of knowledge in Greece and to the creation of the modern world. Systematic thinking swept away superstitions, although some are reasserting themselves, and minimized human error and subjective and fallible human ideas.

But, then Obama is a muslim and Palin is God's choice...

Saturday, September 6, 2008

How is the US not Socialist?

So, the US Government is going to take control of the two investment firms Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Coupled with the bailout of Bear Sterns and the little mentioned bailouts for Carlyle Capital a subsiderary of the infamous Carlyle Group. I need someone to please tell me how the assertion the US is a Capitalist Free Market Economy is a true one.

What we have is a lousy kleptocracy were members of the government collude with industry and work hand in hand in order to ensure Socialism for them and cut-throat Capitalism for the rest of the plebeians, Profits are Privatised and Losses are Socialized.

And of course, since the Government has declared the Use of Force is axiomatic to their existence you are damned if you try to resist. Or if you try to work through the system, you will get nowhere, because you are playing right into their hand the rules are stacked against you. Snake Eyes, the House wins. But, the people are deluded by their controllers in government who divert their attention to non-issues.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Know The Real Enemy

Listen up. Zach, Tom, Tim and Brad get it. Know the Real Enemy.

"I suspect some of the police may actually even be fans of Rage Against the Machine. I suspect some of the police come from working class and middle class backgrounds like we do and like you do. I suspect the Cops here today have much more in common with this band, with you people than with the people of the RNC." - Tom Morello addressing the People

The Controllers of this Nation do not represent you, they don't like you. You are to be controlled, You are to be used for their interests, You are to submit to their will. You are their cog in the machinery of War and Industry.