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This is what the scum of the Earth do to try to tell other people that they really are the worthless garbage. Every person on this Earth that believes they are decent, God-fearing, freedom-loving people have a vested interest in what’s done to their fellow men and women.
While the world’s media focus is on Libya and the downfall of Gaddafi, let us not forget that editorial cartoonists elsewhere are struggling for freedom. Well-known Syrian cartoonist Ali Farzat was brutally attacked by masked men, who broke his hands (to stop him drawing) and left him on the road outside Damascus. A stark reminder of the dangers cartoonists can face, but also of how they are feared by oppressors.
All the Christian and Non-Christian do-gooders that are all the time preaching love and forgiveness in their hearts are hardly any consolation to this man, and the lucky ones that were NOT murdered. President Barack Obama and his enablers’ gutless, feckless blather and non-action are no consolation either.
As someone that occasionally feels the wrath for speaking out about the obvious, here’s Mike’s offering:
This commentary by Glenn Greenwald today Monday, November 8, 2010, The self-absorption of America’s ruling class seemed appropriate for inclusion in this one-sided discussion on all matter’s important with Eric Kirk et al. It seems that when you traverse some of the ostensibly more important, relevant and timely local blogs ( I offer two examples below) you find the same kinds of (mostly) meaningless dribble as you do in the nation as a whole – certainly in the “Mainstream Media.” Here Greenwald is highlighting what he calls a “perfect exhibit of our self-absorbed political culture.” This is appropriate to Eric because as he says he made politics “a practice and a study since I was a teenager.”
With a massive unemployment crisis, millions of foreclosures, rampant elite lawlessness and plundering, and pervasive, severe anxiety over America’s decline, this is what the “groups that matter in American politics” are anonymously complaining about:
Greenwald concludes by saying:
There, ladies and gentlemen, is the mentality of the “groups that matter in American politics.” That’s what these people are worried about and focused on. Some of the anti-Obama grievances cited by Politico are marginally less trivial though still on the level of political process complaints (rhetorical and communication failures on the part of the White House). But almost all of them are voiced anonymously. That Wall Street and other financial executives have spent the last year petulantly complaining about how unfairly they are treated — as their wealth continues to boom while the rest of the population suffers — was, in my view, one of the year’s most vivid expressions of the degradation of America’s political culture. That “the groups that matter” are preoccupied with these sorts of prerogative-denying slights — while Politico gives them front-page anonymity to whine about those grievances — is definitely another. We have the country we have because of the character of the people who run it. [Emphasis added]
The people who run this country are elected by a voter majority. So, what does that say about the voter?
[UPDATE Below] [UPDATE II] [UPDATE III :: The self-absorption of America’s ruling class – Fiddling While Rome Burns II above]
Ever hear the anachronism “Nero fiddling while Rome burns”? Well, that’s you in a nutshell.
For me, since you, like so many of your contemporaries have limited ability to engage in a meaningful, and honest way – more invested in vociferously expounding your own opinions – shouting down contrarian confronters, I’ll end this foray with the following observation. A rather knowledgeable individual, Michael Hudson puts another nail in this coffin for me. He spoke on Democracy Now this morning. The link for the complete interview is here. Unless you (not necessarily you Eric, but everyone else that reads this posting) read the complete interview you probably won’t understand how printing money to devalue the dollar is waging war with the world and how the world is fighting back, not to mention what that means to all Americans and their phony dollar supporters. Some pertinent excerpts:
New $600B Fed Stimulus Fuels Fears of US Currency War
The Federal Reserve will pump $600 billion more into the US economy and keep interest rates at historical low levels. The short-term impact of the Fed’s move, known as quantitative easing, has been a jump in stock prices across the globe. Many nations, however, have accused the United States of waging a currency war by devaluing the dollar. *** Hudson: “The object of warfare is to take over a country’s land, raw materials and assets, and grab them,” Hudson says. “In the past, that used to be done militarily by invading them. But today you can do it financially simply by creating credit, which is what the Federal Reserve has done.”
… Brazil’s president-elect Dilma Rousseff said, quote, “The last time there was a series of competitive devaluations, it ended in World War II.”
China has accused the US of uncontrolled money printing. By devaluing the dollar, the Fed is cheapening the price of US exports and making foreign imports more expensive. In addition, the low interest rates are encouraging US corporations to make massive investments overseas, cheaply buying up foreign real estate, natural resources and stock.
From my perspective, the most important part of his interview preceded what he says below. While you intellectualized and analyze the latest vote, the winners, the losers and what that might mean for everyone and our future, you totally miss what’s really happening to this country. Michael Hudson, at least to serious and honest people, brings that reality into sharp focus in one word: “CORRUPTION.” Obama inherited this war and it wouldn’t surprise me one bit that he was handpicked to continue prosecuting it. He then, to bolster his real base, turns around and uses the same tactic used to get him elected. If the Tea Party hadn’t messed things up, by all accounts, they’d control both the House and Senate, Supreme Court and the White House. At that point this country becomes a one-party dictatorship. Is that what most American’s want? To be told how free they are while being ruled by a dictator? In the meantime, all he does is continue to prop up and protect the fraud, the fraudulent, the corrupt and the universal corruption, with the following consequences:
And what they’re pointing out is that in Europe, in Germany and all of Europe, it’s illegal for the central bank to finance government debt. All of Europe is being subjected to austerity now because of the way in which their constitution is written. So they’re saying, “Wait a minute. When we run a deficit, we have to raise interest rates and impose austerity. And in the United States, they are doing just the opposite. They’re lowering interest rates to buy us out.”
And the interview of Professor Stiglitz (economist Joe Stiglitz) here was quite right. America is doing all of this. The Fed is doing this to cover up the huge fraud that he talks about. He’s right. These people should be in jail, and you shouldn’t bail them out. You’re keeping the debt that was run out by the junk mortgages and the fraudulent lending, you’re keeping that in place, pricing American labor out of the market, and making it impossible for America to earn its way out of debt. So, in Europe, they’re saying, “How can America ever repay these dollar debts that they’re running up?” They can’t repay, and that’s why the euro is going up against America. And that’s why they say, “We want to now talk to the BRIC countries, to China, to the third world, and move into a currency area with them and just isolate the dollar, so they can’t do the kind of financial warfare that they’ve been engaging in. [Emphasis added]
What Obama has done to America and how:
AMY GOODMAN: What is—overall, what do you think President Obama should do, and what do you think he did wrong, since people say it’s the economy that took him down in the elections?
MICHAEL HUDSON: He has always represented Wall Street’s interest. The deal he—his protector in the Senate was Joe Lieberman and part of the Democratic Leadership Council. And during the last presidential campaign, he won because he said he was for change. And Dennis Kucinich kept saying, “Here is the change in the law that I’ve recommended.” He said exactly what he would do. Mr. Obama never said what he would do. And it’s obviously the case that he saw that the public wanted change. If you want to get elected, you say that you’re for change.
But what he’s turned into is the third Bush-Cheney administration. He’s reappointed the worst of the Bush people, like Tim Geithner as the Treasury secretary. He’s kept on the most right-wing of the Clinton people as his economic advisers. He is essentially in Wall Street’s pocket. And that’s not changed at all. And that’s why so many people were so disappointed. They believed that he was going to be for change, and he’s a good speaker, but he had no intention of doing the change at all, as we now see.
And he still has not come out and said that America needs anything except more debt, more bailouts for the banks. People were angry because the banks were bailed out. And now the Republicans will say he didn’t give them enough. They’re angry because he didn’t give Wall Street enough and cut taxes enough on the rich. That’s not why people are angry. They’re angry because he gave money to the rich, the exact opposite.
This Elite Class that controls the phony money (Market Street and the Federal Reserve System among others) is at war with the World. They promise their “worldly” counterparts that cooperate with them, those complicit in this war that sell out their countries and their people, a share in this World Rule and all their ill-gotten gains. The problem for us is that they are not only trying to loot the world, they are at war with the American people and fanatically looting them too. That should tell you how insane they are and how far they are willing to go to control everything and everyone.
If there ever was a One World Government trying to exert itself, this is it.
By the way, this whole process, this “War,” to establish this pseudo ruling class under God, got started before the American Civil War. In fact, some believe it was the consequence of “This War” that got President Abraham Lincoln assassinated. The die was cast when President Woodrow Wilson sold out and went along with setting up the Federal Reserve System in 1913. It took another 68 years before President Ronald Regan was able to re-energize the war and the movement that nearly failed, in large part due the the New Deal and other people-empowering actions. The success of the War was questionable until the coup in 2000 and the incident on 9/11/2001.
So Eric, you might want to rethink your so-called “realistic” and “substantive” approach. What is – IS and no one can change that. Vilifying and trying to disparage the messenger is a tool of these war-mongering would-be Elitists. They think the election results has re-energized and legitimized them in this country and in the world. They are already trying to shout down anyone that calls them on their fraudulent, phony bullshit. They know that the REAL “War” has NOT failed or been lost — yet.
[UPDATE :: Saturday, November 6, 2010]
I am posting this statement by Glenn Greenwald is his Salon.com column today because it goes right to the heart to previous discussions with Eric Kirk, the one above and his July 9, 2010, posting: Simi Valley comes to Oakland involving his most recent post about the same subject: Two Year Verdict for BART Station Killing. Here, in this article, excerpt below, Greenwald defends himself from people that make documented statements then violently deny what they said by making the same kinds of personal hyperbolic attacks razed against me for similar types of observations.
With that strategy, the Democratic Party now reaps what it has sown. Its message and identity are profoundly muddled, incoherent, unclear, uninspiring, and self-negating. Worse, its policies are mishmashes of inept half-measures that, with a handful of exceptions, produce little good for anyone (other than Wall Street, the Pentagon and other corporate interests). They are perceived as — and are — beholden to Wall Street, special interests, and the corporations they vowed to confront. They are without any ability to confront the massive unemployment crisis and financial decline the country faces. And as a result of all of that, they lay in shambles. Anyone who can survey all of that and cheer for the strategy which Democrats have been pursuing — let’s build our majorities by relying on GOP-replicating corporatist Blue Dogs — or who thinks that this election loss happened because “Democrats are too liberal,” resides in a world that has very little to do with reality. And that’s true no matter how many times they repeat the simplistic snippets of exit polls to which they’ve obsessively attached themselves.
Link to the complete article: Lawrence O’Donnell vehemently denies his own words.
[UPDATE II :: Saturday, November 6, 2010]
My comment posted to SoHum Parlance II today at: Two Years for BART Station Killing. This is the complete comment.
Eric, I didn’t come back to this thread, Simi Valley Comes To Oakland because the conversation was, frankly, so damned disgusting and offensive. Consequently, I didn’t see what Ernie Branscomb said about me that really emphasized the insults. Apparently he’d been conferring and, above all else, “siding with” Dave Stancliff and decided to try to get personal with me too. Even so, I’d like you two brilliant individuals, in view of the sentence just handed down, to tell everyone now, how I am exposed as “angry and paranoid” for reading something nonexistent into what you said, enough to need “help”? I certainly thought that, you above all others, would know and understand the difference between the “subject” and the “object.” Those that confuse the two, can’t tell themselves one from the other, what they think from who they are, by definition are “paranoid.” So, I’d like to know who is suffering the “fool” is now?
There is more to this comment Eric, but since it deals mostly with Ernie Branscomb and how you handled his personal attack, I posted it at the end of my general comment at this link: “Fiddling While Rome Burns.”
July 9, 2010 at 1:21 pm
I am absolutely astounded at the things that you can read into the most generic of statements. I normally don’t suffer fools, and I see Eric has stopped rising to your bait, but you are just way too far out there to ignore any longer. If you are really as paranoid and angry as you seem you should seek help. Nobody said anything about siding with anybody… Got it? It’s simply a situation that could have, and should have been avoided. And many people are going to pay the price for losing control, the cop, the deceased, and the friends and family of both.
All Branscomb did was react by making unsubstantiated accusations and call me names and that is apparently okay with you. “Rising to” what “bait”? You guys made you’re statements that set the subject. NOT ME! I’ve known Ernie Branscomb since we were in school together. He was a meaningless mealy-mouthed jerk then and in 60 plus years degenerated into a real blue-ribbon specimen. As an attorney you should know, that if you’re going to say it you’d better be able to back it up. Otherwise none of this, you or your blogs, is about what you say, but rather about who you think you are. Certainly you know how far you get when you try (or if you ever tried) to push that crap on a Judge. Apparently Ernie Branscomb et. al. are unable to distinguish between discussing or commenting on subject issues and NOT getting or being personal. That condition is an affliction, and by definition, is paranoia. Based upon subsequent conversations, you mostly distinguished yourself above this kind of hyperbole. To “bait” someone is to get personal and NOT talk about the subject issue. I don’t talk to Branscomb, because he is essentially irrelevant. I do, occasionally as with you, make observations about some things you say or write. You, however, if you thought I was getting personal or trying to “bait” you, all you had to do was say so and you wouldn’t have to worry about me gracing your blog with my “far out” comments and observations.
BRIC is defined in Wikipedia as: BRIC countries: Brazil, Russia, India, and China
Sohum Parlance II http://bit.ly/cd9o72
Eric deserves just credit for posting a thoughtful and serious discussion about a subject that touches everyone, whether they like it or not. When it comes to that, he does a pretty good job.
Eric and his blog, in my book, are atypical of the many serious and concerned people in this community. Anyone that tries to stay abreast of what’s going on locally, nationally and internationally has good reason to be concerned if not really worried. Mostly, because there is so much cross-purpose misinformation and they don’t think, even if they had the truth, they’d know what to do about it. Voting doesn’t seem to work, because it really doesn’t matter who or what political party affiliation is voted into office they are all essentially the same. They seem to follow a hidden agenda no matter what the majority of the people want. Demonstrations, sit-ins, write-ins, petitions, or whatever other “action” you can dream up consistent with the so-called Gandhi philosophy of “non-violent” protests seems to work. The thing you hear all the time is, “If we can just get our message out. Once the people see what’s going on, they’ll make “them” change.”
I mentioned Eric’s Whoot! Whoot! post because when you consider the commentary, it is a really good example of the kind of thinking, or rather NON-THINKING, and arbitrary and mindless beliefs I run into all the time. Endless discussions about, mostly nonsensical, conjecture you’d swear came from God Almighty himself – or is it herself?
Never any workable solution – that’s the problem. There is a workable solution. It is a solution anyone can do. In fact, it is a solution that works best when everyone does. Here is an example of one that does work:
“In just a few years the Palestinian campaign to boycott Israeli goods has become truly global”
This is a very timely article about the BDS movement published in recently published in the Guardian:
The movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel was launched in 2005, a year after the international court of justice had found Israel’s wall and colonies built on occupied Palestinian territory illegal. Over 170 Palestinian political parties, unions, mass movements and NGOs endorsed the movement, which is led by the BNC, a coalition of civil society organisations.
This is what I call the essence of Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings that are consistent with one another: Truth and Non-cooperation, NOT non-violence which conflicts with his understanding of Truth and love.
Here’s the latest Joe Blow Report contribution the Marijuana Legalization Campaign
The following is copied from the FireDogLake website:
|By: Jane Hamsher Tuesday April 20, 2010 8:02 pm|
Long-time FDLers will remember that in 2006, the Vice President of the United States, Richard B. Cheney, shot Harry Whittington in the face and then refused to talk to the cops about it for a day. In order to commemorate that notable event, we held the Dick Cheney poetry contest — or “Dickfest” as we called it. Hundreds of entries were submitted, our readers voted, and the prize went to 88 for this poem:
If epitaphs were polygraphs,
This, terse and edifying,
Would crown the veep in final sleep:
Here lies Big Time–still lying.
Dickfest was immensely popular, inspiring art, a t-shirt line, and even imitators. Since that time, we haven’t felt that there has been a moment quite so poignantly appropriate to display the poetic prowess of our readers til now: We need a great name for our marijuana campaign.
Some suggested that we simply appropriate the “yes we cannabis” slogan that other campaigns have used, but after perusing a bunch of old High Times covers I became convinced that our readers, inspired by the subject matter, could easily surpass that. So here are the rules:
- All entries must be submitted in the form below by 8pm ET tomorrow night.
- Slogan must be no longer than 5 words — should be able to fit on a bumper sticker or a t-shirt.
- Semi-final voting will begin tomorrow night at 8pm, when we’ll be here at Late Nite once again to let everyone know what the entries are. Voting will close at 8pm the following night.
- The top 10 vote getters will proceed to the finals on Thursday Night Late Night, and voting will continue through the weekend.
- We’ll announce the Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists at Late Nite a week from tonight.
Remember — the campaign is not aimed at babes in bikinis roller skating on the Venice boardwalk. Well, not exclusively anyway. When marijuana legislation goes on the ballot in November and beyond, many voters are older and likely to be persuaded more by pragmatism than stoner puns. But, hell. Who are we to limit anyone’s creativity.
- First Prize — a DVD of High: The True Tale of American Marijuana, recently featured on the FDL film salon.
- Second Prize — a copy of Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink, recently featured on the FDL book salon
- Third Prize — uh, I don’t know yet, but I have until tomorrow night to figure it out, and it’s gonna be good. Really.
We’ll also use the winning slogan (or slogans, as the case may be) for the campaign, as well as on t-shirts, bumper stickers and whatever else we decide might be good for getting the message out.
If you’re looking for inspiration, the Marijuana Policy Project has a series of informative short videos on YouTube, the Drug Policy Alliance has a page on myths & facts, Students for Sensible Drug Policy also has a fact sheet, and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) has great messaging on how the “War on Drugs” has backfired.
We also have some special guests who have been working on drug policy for years who will be joining us in the comments. So please help me welcome them as we celebrate 4/20 in fine FDL fashion. It’s great to be back hosting Late Nite once again, and I’m looking forward to seeing the fruits of everyone’s personal 4/20 celebration in the comments.
Submit your entries here — and remember, 5 words or less
There’s a Times-Standard front-page article on the local celebration you can read here.
Interesting commentary by the Arcata Police Chief, Tom Chapman:
Reputation, and all that comes with it, is a big reason for the increased enforcement folks saw firsthand Tuesday.
It’s not just this event, it’s everything the event brings with it. There’s an influx of people, and the town gets overrun,” Chapman said, adding that his department annually sees increases in petty theft, vandalism, illegal camping and public intoxication in the weeks leading up to April 20. “It’s a national draw. People travel to Arcata for 4/20, and that’s what we want to stop. *******
“The main thing we’re trying to accomplish is to make this an unattractive event.”
That’s message is clear as crystal. Arcata City Government and local business don’t want “these kinds of people” coming to their community for no kind of frolic in the redwoods. The police obviously just don’t like these people and what they represent. When you consider the report of their activities that day, they were there to simply harass these people. Even the Police Chief had to acknowledge that what they were doing had limits. Specially when people bring their children into a war zone “in strollers”.
“Reputation?” What’s he talking about? Whose reputation? His or Arcata’s?
The War on Drugs has failed. Heavy-handed law enforcement with the objective to beat undesirable people into submission only breeds systemic failure. The tide has turned; people everywhere are fed-up with being ruled over and victimized by dictatorial, corrupt, stupid, arbitrary liars. More and more the police are forced to make a choice. Political and business leaders should take a lesson.
[UPDATE :: Friday, April 23, 2010]
There’s a considerable amount of chaffing among Americans the the “media,” in particular the news media is more partisan, too liberal, not news, but propaganda, etc. This Report has observed that the local news media hasn’t escaped this trap either. The biggest complaint we observe is the constant drumbeat of prejudice propaganda and not so subtle dictatorial, authoritarian commentary telling everyone how to think and what to believe.
Kevin Hoover of the Arcata Eye, a weekly newspaper and Internet site recently took offense at my usage of the words: “people everywhere are fed-up with being ruled over and victimized by dictatorial, corrupt, stupid, arbitrary liars” he said I was applying to Arcata, CA. A critical read of his commentary will show a rather convoluted understanding of what the Report actually said. Notice my words, “people everywhere”? But then, Kevin Hoover went on in his comments to define those very words and identify the “local” problem when he demonstrated the very same attitude reported in the Time-Standard.
So, when I read Glenn Greenwald’s, “Various Matters” post on Salon.com this morning it seemed appropriate to copy and repost here. There are some other good commentary, but this one seems appropriate locally. To show the comparative similarity the words “Humboldt County” were added in parenthesis.
(6) Every now and then there are little vignettes that capture what Washington really is: an insular, incestuous, fundamentally corrupt royal court, populated — as all sickly imperial capitals are — by political and media courtesans and other hangers-on. One such vignette was a recent New York Magazine profile of Liz Cheney and her circle of friends, adeptly excerpted by Susan Gardner, which is well worth reading. Another was just provided by Mark Leibovich in his fawning New York Times Magazine profile of his good friend, the Supreme-stenographer-servant to the powerful, Mike Allen of Politico:
On a recent Friday night, a couple hundred influentials gathered for a Mardi Gras-themed birthday party for Betsy Fischer, the executive producer of “Meet the Press.” Held at the Washington home of the lobbyist Jack Quinn, the party was a classic Suck-Up City affair in which everyone seemed to be congratulating one another on some recent story, book deal, show or haircut (and, by the way, your boss is doing a swell job, and maybe we could do an interview).
McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman, arrived after the former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie left. Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren had David Axelrod pinned into a corner near a tower of cupcakes. In the basement, a very white, bipartisan Soul Train was getting down to hip-hop. David Gregory, the “Meet the Press” host, and Newsweek’s Jon Meacham gave speeches about Fischer. Over by the jambalaya, Alan Greenspan picked up some Mardi Gras beads and placed them around the neck of his wife, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, who bristled and quickly removed them. Allen was there too, of course, but he vanished after a while — sending an e-mail message later, thanking me for coming.
If you ever find yourself wondering why there’s so little adversarial journalism and accountability for crimes and corruption in Washington (Humboldt County), just read Gardner’s post and that above passage. Beltway denizens play various assigned roles — this one reads from the Journalist script, that one poses as a legislator, this one’s a Democrat and that one’s a Republican, the one over there is a regulator, this one is a lobbyist, etc. — but they all feed from the same trough, and their sole allegiance is to their decadent, insular, endlessly nepotistic, and deservedly dying pseudo-aristocratic culture, and to one another. Chris Hayes captured the point nicely this week in a spontaneous one-minute television outburst.
Any lessons learned here?