Archive for May 2010
That’s what happens when the State takes away your water rights little by little. First, you have to report whatever access you have to water running through or next to your property. Then you have to get a permit to use that water. Next you have to report how much of that water you use. After that you will be charged according to specified rates on that amount. You can be sure that every step of the way there will be some sort of fee, or cost associated.
You can be sure they will have some Mickey Mouse reason for why they need to control all the free running water. Just like they have to justify taking away every other right we used to have. It seems you can’t do anything to or with your property without some sort of costly, time-consuming permit.
More than that, it seems there is a list of agencies with reasons for coming on your property to see what own, are doing and what you are using. All that is needed if you object is for someone to anonymously allege something and you are confronted with a whole squad of paramilitary police tramping and thrashing through your home and property.
You know you’re in trouble when they go after your water.
[UPDATE Below – “Pig in a Poke”]
From the moment the first plane hit the twin towers this country has self-destructed. Just look at what the latest blue-ribbon fiasco has produced. Let start with Charles Krauthammer’s slide into a black hole: How to modernize Miranda for the Age of Terror – Op-Ed column for the Washington Post newspaper.
Then you have the latest fiasco attempt to bomb New York Times Square and Joe Lieberman’s end around Constitutional Law with his Citizenship stripping bill reported in the Washington Post. Here’s some more on this: Lieberman’s Citizenship-Revoking Law Slammed As ‘Draconian’ in the Huffington Post.
Another similar situation after the Fort Hood shooting: Army: Fort Hood Gunman in Custody After 12 Killed, 31 Injured in Rampage by Fox News. He’s linked to an Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born Yemeni scholar, another “radical” and President Obama issues an order for his shoot on sight summary execution. Reuters reports: U.S. targets American–born cleric in Yemen: officials as some sort of “America’s top terrorist threat.”
This commentary is typical and growing: “Staggering Hypocrisy.”
Then you Arizona’s new laws assaulting and criminalizing ethnic minorities, non-whites and indigenous peoples. And the internal isolation that goes along with the growing boycott. Now a new law: In Arizona, just say no to Latino heritage -“It’s really about fear and denial.”
The world is fast learning that America, a country ruled by Law is a joke. The literal physical lives of American civilians killed by terrorist bombs, bad as that was, is totally insignificant to what these paranoid Dark Age government officials have done, continue to do and promise to do to America’s legitimate right to exist as a constitutional country. The bleeding of America’s Essence has already won them the War.
America’s enemies are not some “rag heads” holed up in a cave or some mud out in some barren desert hut with an AK47 or an equivalent stone-age club. America’s enemies our their corrupt elected leaders. The betrayers, the complicit, the enablers, the corrupt, the gutless, the arrogant, the morons and that list goes on.
If you want real proof from an outside source substantiating the above observations and conclusions, read (below) “The President of Cant.”
[UPDATE :: Thursday, May 20, 2010 — Even better when it’s a “Pig in a Poke.”]
Modifying who has the right to a Miranda warning is a political solution to a national security problem that doesn’t exist. | Adam Serwer | May 20, 2010 |
In my lifetime I was often told: “Talk is cheap.” It’s what you do that tells the truth. For whatever reasons, American’s bought into that cheap suit, “Hope.” Tariq Ali lays out a rather stark assessment of President Obama’s agenda.
If there was ever something to put on this blog worth reading, it is this:
PRESIDENT OF CANT by tariq ali
A year since the White House changed hands, how has the American empire altered? Under the Bush Administration it was widely believed, in both mainstream opinion and much of the amnesiac section of the left, that the United States had fallen under an aberrant regime, the product of a virtual coup d’état by a coterie of right-wing fanatics—alternatively, ultra-reactionary corporations—who had hijacked American democracy for policies of unprecedented aggression in the Middle East. In reaction, the election to the Presidency of a mixed-race Democrat, vowing to heal America’s wounds at home and restore its reputation abroad, was greeted with a wave of ideological euphoria not seen since the days of Kennedy. Once again, America could show its true face—purposeful but peaceful, firm but generous; humane, respectful, multi-cultural—to the world. Naturally, with the makings of a Lincoln or a Roosevelt for our time in him, the country’s new young ruler would have to make compromises, as any statesman must. But at least the shameful interlude of Republican swagger and criminality was over. Bush and Cheney had broken the continuity of a multilateral American leadership that had served the country well throughout the Cold War and after. Obama would now restore it.
Rarely has self-interested mythology—or well-meaning gullibility—been more quickly exposed. There was no fundamental break in foreign policy, as opposed to diplomatic mood music, between the Bush 1, Clinton and Bush 2 Administrations; there has been none between the Bush and Obama regimes. The strategic goals and imperatives of the us imperium remain the same, as do its principal theatres and means of operation. Since the collapse of the ussr, the Carter Doctrine—the construction of another democratic pillar of human rights—has defined the greater Middle East as the central battlefield for the imposition of American power around the world. It is enough to look at each of its sectors to see that Obama is the offspring of Bush, as Bush was of Clinton and Clinton of Bush the father, as so many appropriately biblical begettings. Read the rest of this entry »
What got Greek in trouble is already a plague on America.
Where we are all heading and why.
Is it too late to fix?
“Instead of forcing the banks to join in the inevitable pain that Greek citizens are going to bear, the government has instead protected the banks from their own lending folly. As this crisis spreads to other countries, at some point one of these governments will seek the Icelandic solution, or the EU and the IMF will run out of lending capacity, and a sovereign default will occur. We will be right back to where we were in 2008 during the height of the credit crisis: no one will be lending to anyone else. Once again, as occurred in the 1930s, you will hear people lament “no one has any money”, because truly no one will. The average investor’s stock and bond holdings will be decimated, individuals will be selling hard assets to survive, and credit will be impossible to find (it is already in the US).”
Just how many times is Greece going to announce yet another financial bailout? Even the markets are getting jaded by this never-ending game of brinksmanship. What would otherwise be greeted as good news is this time treated with skepticism, and rightly so. If you remember when this financial crisis first erupted months ago, Greece needed about $25 billion to stave off bankruptcy. It was also felt that the EU members would foot this bill alone, since Greece would never endure the shame of asking the IMF to participate in the bailout.
This week’s deal is announced as a three year loan program for €110 billion, or $174 billion, with the IMF joining in the loan to Greece. My how the debt has grown, and no one is saying whether this number well and truly incorporates the hidden debt that Greece took on with the connivance of Goldman Sachs in order to avoid EU restrictions. Whatever it is in the way of belt-tightening that is going to be demanded by the IMF, it probably shrivels in comparison to what Greece’s European partners are requiring.