Archive for July 2011
Want the truth? Well, there it is.
Day before yesterday, actually Friday, July 22, 2011, I started out listening to Democracy Now. Halfway through the program I listened to an interview with economist Michael Hudson, Pushing Crisis: GOP Cries Wolf on Debt Ceiling in Order to Impose Radical Pro-Rich Agenda.
What caught my attention was this comment by Amy Goodman:
“Meanwhile, more details have emerged about the massive government bailout of the banking industry. On Thursday, the Government Accountability Office issued an audit of the Federal Reserve’s emergency lending programs. It revealed the Fed provided more than $16 trillion in secret loans to bail out American and foreign banks and businesses.”
This is money the Federal Reserve simply printed then used. If you ever wondered why the dollar doesn’t buy as much as it used to, well – there’s your answer. The more they print the less valuable the dollar becomes. Remember, this is printed money on top of all the other bailout money and wars.
Read the complete interview. He details exactly what is going on with the current “crisis,” the so-called debt war between President Obama and the Republicans – what Obama is REALLY doing and what America and the World can expect. Here’s a taste:
“What’s happening across the world is an attempt by the financial sector to really make its move and say this is their opportunity for a power grab. And they’re creating this artificial crisis as an opportunity to carve up the public domain and to give themselves enough money. They’re taking the money and running, because they know that unemployment is going up. The game is over. They know that. And the only question is, how much can they take, how fast?”
Later that morning is picked up the Times-Standard newspaper and read, this masterful piece of invective written by eight brilliant and undaunted people: “Progress or protest? We need to work together to move forward.” Their solution for “working together” will take your breath away. The implementation of the flimflam betrayal Michael Hudson explains is demonstrated locally by these eight individual and their class warfare. Classic sheep in wolves clothing.
To conclude, that afternoon I listened to Barack Obama as he spoke to the White House Press Core as he tried to explain why the talks on the debt crisis broke down. Of course, he accepted NO responsibility for what happened. Later, I listened to Speaker of the House John Boehner explain his conduct. He, however, said something rather interesting. He said Obama would say one thing to the public, but when he was in direct talks did something altogether different, putting Boehner in a difficult position. Since under those conditions he couldn’t negotiate in good-faith he had to accept the reality and act accordingly. Based upon my own life’s experience, I’d say John Boehner is the one most likely speaking the truth.
Amazingly, what Michael Hudson talked about earlier that morning was playing out right before my eyes. There’s a crisis alright, but not the one they want everybody to believe we’re facing.
If Michael Hudson has it right, and I’m inclined to believe he does, then this flimflam is about the Rich Elite’s finalizing their looting. They’re really only just fighting over the scraps.
Here are the closing UPDATED paragraphs from Glenn Greenwald’s Monday, July 11, 2011, article:
– Same tactics used locally.
In the wake of the Pentagon Papers leak, the Nixon White House engeineered a break-in of the office of Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist because depicting him as mentally ill was the strategy of political leaders to discredit him and distract from the substance of his leaks. Now, political leaders need not do that because they have the exceedingly subservient establishment media to do it for them — hence the front-page publication by The New York Times on the day WikiLeaks released the Iraq War documents of the sleazy hit piece by John Burns depicting Julian Assange as a paranoid, mentally unstable loser, followed by the current media fixation on doing the same to Bradley Manning. The hallmark of political and media establishments is to depict meaningful dissent from its orthodoxies as a form of mental illness, and conversely, acceptance of (or at least acquiescence to) its orthodoxies as a requirement for mental health (even when, as is true now, its orthodoxies are themselves warped and ill).
That tactic is as old as establishments themselves, though it’s now most aggressively enforced by the “watchdog” media. It’s the media, rather than political leaders, which take the lead in serving most of the interests of the political establishment — not just by depicting opponents of the political order as mentally ill but also uncritically disseminating its fear-mongering campaigns.
One Thing Leads To Another
Yeah, uh huh… like in Vietnam. And Nicaragua. And Iraq.
This was my other favorite quote from Obama’s Afghanistan speech, a crass naked appeal to American conceit.
That’s the link that goes to Ernie Branscomb’s blog post titled: “Vent your Spleen” – This post is a classic example of what Ryan McMaken writes about in his article: “Lessons From the Casey Anthony Trial.” – Here’s the opening paragraph:
Perhaps not since the feds hanged Mary Surratt for Abe Lincoln’s assassination have so many been so happy at the thought of seeing a woman lynched. To the outrage of bloodthirsty, bleary-eyed couch potatoes from sea to shining sea, Casey Anthony was found not guilty of the murder of her daughter.
Now compare this to what Branscomb says:
What got me started on all of this, is that I got to thinking about Casey Anthony. She has absolutely no principles whatsoever. While she was in jail awaiting trial it came out that she had used a friends credit card and ran up a bunch of bills on it that she had no way of paying. She stole her friend’s checks and used them to buy beer and clothes. She pleads guilty to 13 felony fraud, bad check, and credit card theft counts. On top of being a thief and a fraud, she is a liar and a slut. Only a fool would think that she doesn’t have at least a small idea of what happened to her daughter.
Followed by this:
**** Sadly, there are men out there that would like to take advantage of her drop dead gorgeous body. Maybe she could become a prostitute, it wouldn’t be much of a life style change for her, she apparently would go to bed with any man that was “Hot”. I guess the true test is what would the average man think of her?
This is probably the most disgusting display of effeminate, gossip-mongering and character assassination I’ve read in a local blog for some time. What makes it REALLY sewer-scum caliber is that these people (see comments) are some of the first people to preach law and order the old-fashioned way. We sure know what kind of law and order that is. But, then…
I’ll let Mr McMaken speak for me, he continues:
The case itself is far less interesting than the reaction to it. In spite of all the drama that the despicable “news” media attempted to inject into it, the actual trial was humdrum. In typical fashion, the prosecution built its case on mostly circumstantial evidence and on character assassination. The jury concluded that the prosecution had not proven guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. A not-guilty verdict was returned. Case closed.
This is exactly how the legal system is supposed to work. People are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, and guilt must be established beyond a reasonable doubt. We’re not supposed to convict people of capital crimes because we find them distasteful or annoying.
None of that matters to the great American lynch mob, which, not even being present at the trial, finds itself so magnificently insightful and so morally pure, that its shrill cries for justice echo with unparalleled histrionic fervor down the virtual halls of Facebook and Twitter. [Emphasis added]
I could continue, but after reading Branscomb’s so-called venting, I felt like I needed to take a bath. I guess what really gets to me is the unabashed, in-your-face corruption and hypocrisy. Unprincipled, morally and ethically depraved versus sanctimonious, self-righteous, elitism. Because it goes to the very heart of, “preach rule of and law, but enforce rule of men” here’s a small example. He says, “’Karma’ which I absolutely don’t believe in, because I can’t hit it with a hammer, so it doesn’t work for me.” Then proceeds with all the authority and self-righteousness God gave a goose to tell everyone all about “Karma.” Perhaps Branscomb should have taken to heart the words of someone considered an authority on Karma: “Stop judging that you may not be judged; for with what judgment you are judging, you will be judged; and with the measure that you are measuring out, they will measure out to you.”
The standard exemplified here that sets the norm is also defined in this quote – a fitting conclusion:
“We are an attention-deficit nation, and we have dumbed ourselves down so much that people don’t understand the simplest of things.”
Here is what he says about his blog:
If life were meant to be boring, we would all be living in Disneyland and eating paste. But we chose otherwise. Enjoy and participate actively in this temporary escapade we call “life”. Adventures are not meant to be spent lounging at the side of the road. –TLC
The comment that he posted Thursday, June 30, 2011, has been my mantra my whole life:
“Your silence gives consent.”
–Plato (429-347 BC)
When all of you brilliant individuals choose to ignore and exclude Joe Blow’s observations and comments, guess what? You AFFIRM everything he says. A joke on all of you that I’ve known for thousands of years.