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President Trump wants a Bastille Day? By all means, let’s give it to him!

YES, GIVE TRUMP HIS MILITARY PARADE! Let the world see the tinpot military dictatorship which the US has become. President idiot was inspired to order his generals to parade their best hardware after attending France’s Bastille Day celebration. Obviously he doesn’t know the French republic is commemorating their liberation from the Ancien Regime of monarchy, theocracy and feudalism. That’s when Parisienne rioters overran the fabled Bastille prison, the impregnable fortress which held political prisoners. It was the act which launched the French Revolution. Historians estimate the crowd of Sans Culottes to have numbered less than 800. Remember that next time you think the turnout at your demonstration is too small to make a difference.

What’s behind the Churchill adoration?


What’s behind the current wave of Churchill-mania? I’m inclined to think it’s about rebooting pan-nationalism. Churchill was a hero of WWII, propping up the supposition that WWII was a just war where Churchill led the defense against Fascism. The victors have been embellishing that history since before that capitalist scam began.

The latest movie, DARKEST HOUR, presumes to glorify Winston Churchill BE MOFO SOB as England’s savior, begging to presume there’s no argument it was her darkest hour. Aimed to pull the wool back of the eyes after Britain’s improbable moment of clarity about their opportunity to make a BREXIT from the talons of their banker overlords.

Churchill was an adventurer and glory-seeker whose every move supported colonialism and imperialism. His first taste of war was on the side of the Spanish as they suppressed independence movement in Cuba. Next he fought the Boers in South Africa. Next opposed labor struggles. He ordered the immolation of Anarchists. He sent death squads to Ireland. He disparaged Indian attempts at sovereignty, suggesting Gandhi should be bound hand and foot and crushed beneath an elephant. He bombed Dresden. He gave Palestine over to Zionists. He held rebellious Kenyan tribes in concentration camps.

This was a warmonger war criminal we’re praising as one of History’s greatest leaders, probably because these are times of war and today’s sadists need affirmation their actions will be similarly lionized.

POW-MIA. Not forgotten or forgiven.


The POW-MIA flag used to represent a renegade popular sentiment that our military wasn’t taking seriously the American soldiers left behind in Vietnam. Now the same flag flies from the flapoles of federal buildings like VA facilities. I think the cultural fixation on foresaken warriors is a Freudian reflection of our nation’s moral conscience. Indead our better self is a Prisoner Of War. Likewise Missing In Action. America you ARE forgotten, and I’ll add not forgiven.

You want to protest a pro-rape rally? Try Veterans Day. Don’t feed the trolls.

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DENVER, COLORADO- So-called men’s rights advocates slash pick-up culture misogynists are making publicity for themseves by calling for rallies across the US to legalize rape. They suggest rape should be legal –in the home at least– a sort of Stand Your Ground haven for wife-beaters. To indemnify domestic abuse. These liberated emasculates are nostalgic apparently for when most sexual assault stigmatized the victim and stayed in the closet unreported. These freaks are trolling, obviously, but prompting indignant cries to mobilize counterprotests. So much so that the reassert-your-male-privilege meet-ups have been cancelled. Reportedly. See that’s the problem. It’s Phelps Bundyism NAMBLAism enabling the corporate media to paint “activists” in sordid stripes. DO YOU WANT TO PROTEST AGAINST RAPE? Protest systemic rape by occupation forces, whoever’s. Protest militarism. Protest American troops who try to rape 70% of their female soldiers and succeed with 40%, although who doubts that is underreported. Protest professional rapism to address the injustice of sexual violence. Let’s be fair. Rapists are also victims of rape culture. Protest rape culture.

US militarism is on the increase, and so is American societal racism- First Look

AMERICAN-SNIPER-POSTERAmericans tend to see racism in terms of being solely a Black and White, White versus Black sort of issue. And since we no longer have an overt and blatant, separate but not very equal Apartheid State, White Americans tend to pat themselves on the back and then deny that much any racism actually still exists in US society. This mindset then goes on to blame Blacks for there still being huge problems in their communities. Whites have done their part to make equality supposedly happen say these Whites, and if US Blacks are worse off today, it is only because they are not as good and hard working as Whites mostly think that they themselves are.

These American Whites then go on to especially believe that Blacks have been given equal opportunities inside the Pentagon war machine, and therefore ALL societal racism has basically gone bye bye. Heck! The Commander in Chief himself is Black, so what’s the real complaint any lazy no good ‘un American’ has in attacking our US society as still supposedly being largely a racist one? How so? It just cannot be! If anything, it is all us Whites who are victims of being falsely accused of always being victimizers, when we Whites have changed ourselves so drastically from back when MLK had to fight the police dogs! Enough is Enough! Let’s ALL TOGETHER move on! Racism is just not a deep problem today anymore in the USA. What is still a problem, is how Blacks feel that thy are all so entitled, and yada yada yada….

So is this a true picture of US society, with White on Black racism just evaporating, and racism as an issue now no longer being a relevant issue in America? Has opportunity opened up, and is that now the end of story? Or, is it perhaps more factual, that this frame of reference about US racism that most Whites have about society is entirely wrong and off the wall to begin with? Is racism a problem that principally centers just around how American Whites treat Blacks, or is there more to it than that? What more might there be?

As the title to my commentary shows, I believe that societal racism in the US is getting worse and worse, and that the bloated US military machine is the reason for that, rather than being solution to only a past racism that is being disposed of. We will examine why it can be argued that the US military is making institutional racism in the US worse, in the next look we take examining this issue.

Obama launches bold US medical relief program “Soldiers Without Borders”

The US response to Ebola is “Doctors Without Borders” with a cheaper payroll, serving US imperial needs above all. Okay, the US has been rolling out SOLDIERS WITHOUT BORDERS since Manifest Destiny and the Shores of Tripoli, but President Barack Obama’s initiative to send 3,000 soldiers to fight the Ebola-Zaire virus in West Africa marks the ploy’s most farcical disguise: soldiers-as-peacekeepers-passing-as-doctors. Who knew Specialist 1st Class meant health specialist? If your neighborhood doctor doesn’t accept Medicaid, maybe your local garrison will. Poor President Obama. Most of the national budget goes to the Defense Department, so our federal resources are mostly soldiers! When your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. In this case, coffin nails, to contain the stricken people of West Africa. They need epidemiologists, we give them boots on the ground.

Gun Control for weapons makers not users, for war mongers not hillbillies

I’m really not big on this call for gun control, mostly because it means to further restrict individual liberties, and especially because the outcry is a media induced hysteria of disreputable provenance, aimed at America’s violence junkies instead of its dealers. Really? Is Going Postal the result of a citizenry not having laws enough to control itself? US prisons reflect a conflicting diagnosis.

In tragic synchronicity with the Sandy Hook school shooting which prompted US public calls for gun control, a knife-wielding madman in China assailed twenty schoolchildren with no resulting fatalities, giving rise to perhaps the first time the non-Mongol West has ever thought it glimpsed greener pastures over the Great Wall.

My takeaway from Bowling for Columbine was not “Gun Control Now!” but the toxic volatility of America’s culture of fear-of-violence-mongering and its gun-ho idolatry. Michael Moore called for a stepping up to our responsibilities, not a surrender to dumbassedness. I hold our national arrested adolescence to be a character flaw of pioneer, frontier provincialism, an adaptation of the civilian contractor settlers conscripted for the Westward Expansion, shock troops of the Enlightenment which became the onslaught of industrial capitalism.

Americans are hicks –we celebrate it– who define our personal space with armed borders. For us it’s bombs not education, simplistic fraternal evangelism over scientific sibling-hood, our pretended easy camaraderie really armed detente: trust but verify. Because of course, American frontierism, yet unable to see itself as invasive, from Columbus to Manila Bay, has been imperial for as long as “Yankee” has been a pejorative; Americans blissfully, Disneyfically unaware.

America’s gun problem isn’t just domestic, it’s export. For gun control I’d like to see a ban on production, not consumption. Unlike drugs whose source is organic, the manufacture of weapons is a centralized racket, easily constricted and regulated. The “Gun Show Loophole” is a stop gap for small fry; let’s muzzle the beast itself. And if you think reining in the weapons industry is improbably Herculean, why-ever do you think now is the time for Hercules to dispense with his Second Amendment protection?

Just because the Right to Bear Arms has come to exclude bazookas or drones, doesn’t mean its intent was not to protect our democracy from authoritarianism. If anyone had construed the Second Amendment as a mere hunting license, Theodore Roosevelt’s national parks would have been seen as encroachments on our revolution-conferred sovereign’s right to poach.

Are Americans thinking that democracy is lost because we can’t have bazookas — that the Second Amendment is inapplicable because the high courts adjudge the masses incapable of self-governance? The “well regulated militia” has surely gone the way of the Home Guard or Neighborhood Watch Committee, as our civic nature moved from social to anti, but it doesn’t diminish the need to have minute-men insurgents to counter would-be tyrants. Obviously we’re not talking about Minute Men privateers to whom police departments can outsource xenophobic vigilantism. If Occupy Wall Street proved anything, it lifted the fog on America’s militarized police state. Public gun ownership may be the only incentive law enforcement has to knock before entering American households.

Can you doubt it’s going to take armed resistance to overthrow Mammon? The world is teetering on uprising and already we’re seeing a stalemate on the streets, between unarmed protester and paramilitary police, a draw which upholds the power imbalance between cries for justice versus patronizing injustice. Is leading by nonviolent example going to overcome the sociopaths squeezing their underlings for blood? I’m not saying that hopes for a nonviolent transformation are misplaced, but these disciples of revolutionary pacifism espouse the same religious dogma that always shackled, never delivered, common man. Factoring sociopaths into the norm of “human nature” has been forever holding back aspirations for a harmonious social construct.

Going Postal in China is demonstrably less fatal, owing to China’s mentally imbalanced having resource only to knives. How utopian to imagine a disarmed populace, those greener pastures being a hellhole of forced interned labor. As an open air prison environmental death camp, Gaza’s got nothing on China.

Wanna occupy? Sorry Colorado Springs but your Wall Street is the military, yes the pointy end of our oppressors’ stick.

Nobody likes to draw the short straw, but isn’t that already our lot living in Colorado Springs? Yeah, it’s easy to protest Wall Street from the safety of a provincial backwater, our city even backed us with a permit, but is that really grabbing the imperial bull by the horns? The Occupy Movement has spotlighted how the world’s 99% are oppressed by the ruling elite. It made more clear how true democracy is undermined by their military-industrial-corporate-banking complex. Now, doesn’t a major chunk of that alliance operate right where we live? Think. It ain’t banking or industry, and the corporations here orbit around the headliner of that lineup, the military, our city’s dominant export. Yes, criticizing the military in a military town is not popular. Do you think the Wall Street protesters were a welcome sight to Manhattan’s bankers? You can call to “End the Fed” online, or protest anything in the world from a digital soapbox, but a public demonstration is limited to what’s in your local vicinity, especially if you mean to OCCUPY IT. Look on this as a curse or a blessing: The Zuccotti Park activists get to target sharkskin-suited traders, we’re up against men with guns. But what are you going to do, cheerlead the OWS front in NY, or hold up your end of the fight?

Vladimir Putin speaks TRUTH to US militarist power and the corporate press hates him for it!

Got to love Russia’s Vladimir Putin for one thing at least, and that is he often speaks out and tries to defend his country and the rest of the world from US militarism and expansionism. Here is the latest about that: Putin warns West over Syria, Iran.

Ft Carson conducts pro forma town hall to clear way for environmental impact of proposed helicopter brigade

Occupy Colorado Springs protest at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Jan 26, 2012
OCCUPIED COLORADO SPRINGS- Ft Carson’s environmental PR team held what’s called a “draft Environmental Assessment,” prerequisite to their addition of a Combat Aviation Brigade to America’s “Best Hometown in the Army”. Except for a car-dealer and realtor giving their attaboys, the citizens comment section weighed solidly AGAINST expansion of war-making and war-training. In true pro forma, Garrison Commander McLaughlin shrugged off the opposition, stating that public input would be answered while the army proceeded as planned. And that’s where Occupy will have something to say.

The fundamental message from OCCUPY WALL STREET, and from the global movement at large, is that it’s the people who are in charge. Whatever corrupted system may have wielded the power to bring the world to the brink of chaos, the authority must be returned to the people. OCCUPY makes clear the people do not have to sit idly by while their rulers make decisions against their interests. OCCUPY reminds us the people will have a say in their own destiny.

An army hearing, about what it plans to do, in defiance of public outcry, is nothing that self-respecting citizens have to take sitting down. They didn’t, citizens came from as far as the Southeastern plains to present their testimonials, but after the citizen comment period ended, the holders of the meeting made certain to conclude that the Ft Carson expansion was advancing regardless. This inhospitalty even after almost uninterrupted patriotic fawning over Ft Carson’s soldiers and the role they play defending our liberty.

While everyone falls all over themselves to THANK A SOLDIER, let’s not confuse respect for deference. America is not ruled by a military junta. The Department of Defense is not our governing body. For all his authority and swagger, this camp commander does not overrule us citizens. WE are the boss of the army. We are his CHAIN OF COMMAND. When the people of Colorado Springs, the people of Colorado, or the people of the United States express our will, it’s the army’s role to say “SIR, YES SIR.”

I’m deeply troubled by an officer of the military who pretends that his fellow citizens are but a temporary impediment to his military plans. When a room full of citizens tells this commander that they don’t want helicopters over their airspace, I expect him to take heed. To do otherwise is purely insubordination of his superiors. All this patriotic militarism may be going to his head. This is a soldier after all, sworn to protect our constitution and America, meaning its people. DO YOU HEAR ME SOLDIER?

If you think I sound disrespectful, let me inform you that I’m a veteran too, of ANTIWAR actions. One of which involved a soldier of higher rank than this one, running up to me as I silently held a sign, and attacking me with his fists, knocking me over. CSPD policemen had to pull him off. I did not press charges, but I could have. That was not only assault. An officer of his stature knows it was worse than that: it was an attack on his chain-of-command. What incalculable gall, to presume to treat me as a subordinate upon whom he could visit his accustomed violence. On a citizen!

And that’s what’s got me worried, about where all this soldier-worship leads. Only a couple weeks ago, at a weekly sidewalk peace bannering, a fellow activist was approached by a soldier and sucker-punched in the face, right out of the blue, while his wife cheered from their car. Are you kidding me? This deference to soldiers has got to stop.

These are soldiers, and we’re right to thank them. Theirs is a thankless task. Well not thankless, they ask, and are given unending thanks. But theirs is a task no one wants, to have to dehumanize yourself, be made to kill, maim, torture, rape, often it turns out, exactly under orders. We’ve learned that soldiers are sometimes commanded to kill everyone in a 360 degree radius. “Free Fire Zones” mean to kill every living thing in sight. We learn too that pissing on your dead victims is taught as a coping mechanism, to dehumanize your adversary so as to suffer less PTSD and less guilt. And we’ve learned that the military has no followup plan to reintegrate their soldier-monsters to a life post-service. Homeless vets from Vietnam onward are a testimony to the incompatibility of war service in horror zones to a return to normal civilian life. When the army creates killer-thugs, it means to dispose of them in further war zones, it means for them to re-up, or die prematurely from DU exposure. Yes, soldiers are to be thanked, but kept at arm’s length, like Fukushima heroes, radioactive. By design, their duty rendered them untouchable, to them eternal thanks and goodbye, unless you are prepared to weather the propensity to antisocial violence and domestic abuse the veterans of fragile countenance bring back with them. Certainly we cannot elevate the more hardened professional killers, who know only means foul and heartless, to positions of authority above citizens.

It irks me to no end to be goaded by this camp commander, who after hearing the public speak, admonished us in the end that our protestations will amount to nothing. How dare he, this insubordinate would-be coup leader?

Shall OCCUPY remind you, America is ruled by its people. This is a Democracy. WE THE PEOPLE are in charge!

Yes it may look right now like the suits are in charge, the men behind you, patting your back, the men with businesses who profit from war-making. In other cultures they are known as war profiteers, and in other periods of history they are executed. Who should profit by war? Well another aspect about OCCUPY is that these business vultures have been put on notice their time has come. No sustainable model of global democracy has room for predatory warmongers who keep wanting to pull their fortunes from war.

The people will be in charge of this nation, not the military or its business enablers. And when the people say enough, it’s going to be the military’s place to do the people’s will. If the people say no helicopters, or not in my airspace, or stop with your immoral wars, the army better stop its posturing, or find itself in the brig. Thank you soldier, but stand down. When the people tell you to stand down soldier, you had better do it, on the double.

For my part I will not decline to press charges a second time against military careerists who overstep their authority. And I will not again brook one iota of insubordination from someone sworn to serve this country. We American citizens are in charge of what’s done in our name. Do you hear me soldier? Sir, Yes Sir? Wise move soldier.

In the spirit of AIM, entrepreneurship and Our Father Who is Art, in the Intersection

One of the Idolatrous Statues downtown is of Gen Winfield Scott. The placard reads that he was an entrepreneur, a “self made” millionaire.
Bullshit. I was wondering where I had heard the name before. He was the officer in charge of the Cherokee Removal. He got his money and his land grants at the point of the rifles and bayonets of the Publicly Paid Soldiers he commanded, same as the Horses Ass on the Horses Back in the middle of the intersection of Platte and Nevada. All their land and railroad wheeling and dealing was Subsidized Corporate Welfare and the point needs to be stressed more often. Especially as the Wall Street class warfare heats up and the Perpetual Whiners in the Ruling (for now) Class about how they worked hard to get control of the economy of the world grows ever louder and more shrill.
The Warrior Class is drawn from the ranks of the Other Slaves. Those of the Pentagoons who think they “clawed their way to the top”, the vast majority are like Robert E. Lee, who graduated West Point and nobody supposedly gave him any preferential treatment because his Grandpa was the first commandant. Or John McCain who supposedly got no preferential treatments just because his daddy was an Admiral. I recently witnessed the struggle of a young would-be cadet to get into the Air Force Academy, and despite having an exemplary scholastic record and a long family history of Military Service, was still denied entrance. The notion that you get into any of the Academies by your own merit is just another lie perpetrated by the “elite” who want the peasants to actually believe that they’re better than the Peasants, thus more deserving of the riches and power bestowed on them, at Government Administered Taxpayer Expense.

So it was with Generals Scott and Palmer. They were no more “Self Made” men than Paris Hilton or Jenna Bush.

Shock and Awe, Oderint Dum Metuant and the term 1%

It finally occurred to me why I had so much difficulty with the term “1%” as applied to Banksters. It’s a biker term. Someone in the late 50s, a motorcycle enthusiast magazine, had said “99 percent of all motorcycle riders are decent, honest law abiding citizens” (very true) and it was a response to a growing distrust of motorcyclists by the general public. Probably fed to the public by propaganda because the Wall Street types would make more money selling people cars than bikes.
So a lot of the Sonny Barger types (he was president of the Hells Angels) took to tattooing “1%” on their forearms where it would be really prominent. Some undoubtedly were and are Billy.
You know Billy, right? Billy the Badass? Some had never met Billy and others had met Billy and got their lunch money taken and sent home crying. Menacing glares and display of anger can be faked and your average citizen wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.
Me, I ride because I enjoy it, and to get from one place to another in a reasonable amount of time. Never gave a crap about the Leader of the Pack attitude. Although I heard one joke about that, “Any biker who hangs out at candy stores picking up schoolgirls must ride a Honda” which is really unfair to Hondas.
But riding a bike is like flying, on the ground. Also gas-saving. I can see where making people afraid of you would be entertaining to a point.
The point being that people who are afraid don’t enjoy the feeling of fear and take steps to remedy it. Liking shooting your ass right off the top of your legs. That’s not fun.
Then I thought about the Junior Police Explorer argument we’ve been having with people who are obviously minions of the 1%.

The whole “Shock and Awe” and “Oderint dum Metuant” part are actually slogans or mottos of the people who CLAIM to be against terrorism and are, also, minions of the 1%. Oderint dum Metuant means “Let them hate us, as long as they fear us”.

Wall Street is perfectly happy with Terrorism as wielded by various Imperial Military groups. They’re OK with people capitulating out of fear because it means less money in the short run than actually killing everybody and taking the riches off their dead bodies. Like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

But then, some people get a little tired of living in fear-based subservience and rebel. Like the Saudi group al Qa’eida. That’s when things start getting interesting. Somebody using a weapon and threat of death to rob another, the way the U.S. Military does to every-damn-body in the entire damn world…. runs the risk of having to carry out those threats (which obviously doesn’t bother them) or…
Get shot at themselves, which DOES bother them. The Oderint Dum Metuant is supposed to only work unilaterally.
The Police State want to make it unilateral. “keeping” it unilateral isn’t possible because it’s never actually been one way.

Then I was reminded, you know, the Cops and Explorers and Marines etc all have “Operation Santa Claus” feel-good propaganda exercises.
Reminded by one of the MightMakesRight Wing trolls who objected to cops being portrayed in anything other than a shining halo and brilliant white robes.
The Hell’s Angels do toy runs too. A lot of “outlaw” bikers do.
Somehow I don’t believe the trolls are going to just fall in love with Motorcycle Gangs just because of that.

I mean, WE are supposed to bow and worship the cops on the same grounds, but that’s another bit of unilateral Shock and Awe. Maybe the only reason the Hells Angels don’t tear gas people is because they’re not a highly organized worldwide gang, paid by every government, rather than an innate goodness and moral superiority.

Maybe al Qa’eda doesn’t torture prisoners simply because they can’t afford to take prisoners rather than being morally superior to the Army and CIA. Who knows?
Have a happy toy drive for kids. Just remember there are lots of pictures of smiling SchutzStaffel soldiers with smiling kids taken for propaganda reasons.

And remember that Wealth of the 1% is a direct cause of the poverty of the 99%. The only way to insure that such a small group gets to control the vast majorty of the wealth is to suppress everybody else, and that’s inevitably going to mean violent suppression, through violent acts such as imprisonment. Or killing. Doesn’t make any difference to the 1% and doesn’t make any difference to their minions.

Sacred Cows and scapegoating the Almighty (dollar)

I mentioned that the terms Sacred Cow and Scapegoat are used completely opposite their original meanings in the American Vernacular.
And it goes well with my usual contention that people who demand that everybody speak English should, for conscience sake, actually learn to speak it themselves.
“sacred cows” aren’t something safe from sacrifice, like the cattle in India, who aren’t actually worshipped but are instead considered honored citizens, they’re the cattle designated to be sacrificed in the Jewish Temple. The “scapegoat” was a goat designated by the priesthood of the same Temple (originally Tabernacle) to have all the sins of the people laid on him, in the form of the priests laying hands on him…. and then set free, bearing the sins of the people away.
If that sounds like needless mumbo jumbo consider: the standard at the time of Moses was to make a HUMAN (usually child) sacrifice.
Ol’ Moe suddenly looks more like a liberal, don’t he?
Oft the sounds fall upon mine ears “If those stupid Hindus would just kill their Sacred Cows nobody would be hungry”
Not so. In order to support a beef centered diet like we’ve got now in America, they would have to do what America did. Conquer a whole bunch of foreign lands, some of which, like Texas and the rest of the Western States, are incorporated into the U.S., but mostly are foreign satrapies like Brazil, Costa Rica, oh, hell, why not say it out loud, sing it with me class, All The Banana Republics in All The World. They would have to destroy 3 times as much of the ecology as we’ve destroyed in our subsidized support af the Beef and Dairy industries.

Which by the way, the United States Military has already laid claim to every acre of land that can be used for Beef production anyway so if they wanted to do that, they’d have to re-conquer all the Banana Republics the U.S. Army has Shocked and Awed into submission errr I mean “liberated and made free” or some such bullshit. And twice as many more. Thus igniting World War Last. Beef isn’t feeding the world, it’s starving the world. Would you like fries with that?
Plus they’d have to educate and put in place a helluva lot of Cardiologists.
Beef. It’s what’s clogging your arteries.

Rip-off movie of the day “Warriors”

I think that’s the title. Anyway, story line: Older brother runs away from home at age 16. Younger brother grows up resenting older brother. So far they got Cain and Abel kind of sideways, but the story isn’t copyrighted in the first place and they put enough poetic license to it that we won’t notice, right?
Older brother is now some kind of Ultimate Fighting Championship champion. Younger brother hunts him down and challenges him to the Almost Ultimate Grudge Match. Warriors.
See, it’s shit like that which keeps me away from movie theaters. The last movie I watched during its opening run was South Park– Bigger, longer, uncut. The first time I watched Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid all the way through was two years ago.
I still haven’t watched C.H.U.D.(Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers) which has been available for a full 79% of my life.
Buckets o’ Blood, same thing. Although if I really wanted to spend 97 minutes of my life watching some mindless glorification of Murderous Evil might as well go whole hog, yes? Watch commercials for the Army, video games and SUVs.

American caesars who want to cross the Rubicon with a Rubicon need a map

I just came across one of these in a parking lot yesterday, apparently the Jeep Rubicon has been out for a few years. This uber-alles thrillcraft sort of defines America’s sorry state of cultural illiteracy, wouldn’t you say? Julius Caesar didn’t violate Rome’s Posse Comitatus prohibition riding IN A Rubicon. Bad-ass as you wanna be, if your Rubicon is like the average off-road vehicle, it will never leave the pavement. Your Rubicon logo is just to remind one and all that you could cross it, if you knew where it was. The sorrier irony is that Caesar’s defiant act militarized the empire’s civil society and curtailed its democracy.

Autism and Mercury

So they “laid that myth to rest”, right?
Actually, no. The entire focus of Autism in re Toxic Metals got sidetracked onto vaccines with a mercury preservative. Which, some pointed out, CONTAINED FAR LESS MERCURY THAN THE AMOUNT PRESENTLY IN ENVIRONMENTAL SOURCES and that has to be emphasized because the ENVIRONMENTAL SOURCES somehow dropped out of the equation. Chemical industry, M.I. C., anybody? Like mercury released into the environment from metals refining, or perhaps from the manufacture AND USE of ammunition? Like the mercury fulminate, which is a water-soluble mercury compound, nitrated mercury, explosive, used as a detonator/primer compound.
When it burns, combusts explosively, does exactly what the product is designed to do, it kills one way quickly. Tosses a somewhat more massive chunk of metal in the general direction of a “target”. Meaning, in the case of Wars and Police actions, the primary intent of firearms, A Human Being Whose Life Is Considered To Be Worth Less Than The Life Of The Person Shooting At Him/Her.
When it burns that way, the mercury fulminate isn’t destroyed, it’s vaporized. If you took a two pound brick, broke it, smashed it, turned it into two pounds of dust, it’s still two pounds of the original components of the brick. It didn’t go away. If you dissolve it in water, not as completely as mercury fulminate does, it’s now polluting a larger mass of water and people, other animals and plants can now ingest it.
So, is the prevalence of documented Autism cases around military installations ONLY a result of more accurate reporting, more accurate testing available to Military Dependents?
It WAS described that way about the Vaccines connection. It minimizes the high probability of modern firearms, concentrated in Military Bases, firing ranges etc. being a cause.

Just like the “higher reporting and diagnosis level” was put forth about military dependents and the use of Vaccines.

Also in ammunition are other metals, copper and lead being significant. Would YOU willingly drink water with copper sulfate dissolved into it? Seriously, would you? Before you answer consider this information about the use of Copper Sulfate in pesticides.
Military bases use shitloads of Pesticides. “Shitload” is an esoteric eco-science term which, if you don’t recognize its validity you’re probably not an eco-scientist.
Military bases kill native vegetation, insects, mammals, birds… yeah, birds. Birds cause extreme damage to military aircraft and also are the hosts for lice and fleas which are in turn the hosts for some really deadly diseases like Leishmaniasis Donovani, caused by a flagellate paramecium that’s freaking huge by germ standards, a half-micron long.
So they poison the whole place. That’s what Agent Orange is, a weed-killer. The part of Agent Orange that causes human deaths due to absolute devastation of the endocrine system, isn’t even the active ingredient, it’s a dioxin, a chemical that is produced along with the active ingredient but which they can’t remove from the finished product without destroying the finished product. Can’t do that, now can we? Human lives are cheaper and worth less than the Finished Product. All Hail The Finished Product!
Copper sulfate is also that blue-green patina that forms on copper compounds like brass. In places where sulfur is burned, like Coal Burning, coal being high in sulphur, the sulphur is dissolved in rain water (or, in the case of smog, humidity. The water droplets don’t have to be big enough to be noticed as “rain” or “snow” to be actual water, see the earlier reference to the Two Pound Brick) and forms Sulfuric Acid. Would you voluntarily pour the contents of your car battery into your drinking water and take a bath in it? how about drink it, serve the water to your kids? Strong hint, you already do.
Or rather, your friendly neighborhood Corporate Oligarchy does.
But, the problem doesn’t just lie within a few kilometers of military bases, now, does it?
So, does militarization get ruled out?
Not so fast, bucko. Since militarization, as the Military Industrial Complex apologists tell us, is the price we pay for a Modern Industrialized Society, there are military bases everywhere. And industrialized societies have more military bases, and more sophisticated weaponry and more sophisticated pesticides and herbicides.

That in itself wouldn’t be enough.
Now add in that Commercial pesticides and herbicides are of say, a weaker or not exactly the same chemical conformation as say, DDT or Agent Orange.
But Roundup, and other agricultural and horticultural herbicides, just as a for-instance, also have those nasty dioxins in the Finished Product as A.O. does.

The Chemical Industry, Oil Industry, Military Industrial Complex Death-Monger industry, Coal Extraction, Big Pharma and Big Agra industries who send their retarded minions to “debunk” the connections between their products and things like Air Force Staff Sergeant Howard Lanning dying from the toxic residue of the Agent Orange he had to handle as part of his service, saying that any claims of Agent Orange poisoning is an advanced scam perpetrated by trial lawyers…

Yeah, THOSE retards, who get their information from Industry Sources who have a vested interest in denying their guilt and liability for the deaths of human beings, caused by their products, yeah, THOSE sources…

Will dismiss every word of what was written here as sheer poppycock. Without any more evidence than an industry smear campaign against people who question their assumptions.

So, Mr or Ms Industry Spokesperson, Denier of Everything, how about it? Will YOU drink the runoff water from a strip mine, a firing range, a large agricultural operation, drink the pesticides and herbicides? The genetically mutated life forms from plants and animals as served directly to you by your supermarkets and McDonalds? Indirectly like the genetically modified bacteria like Resistant Staph, Strep, Tuberculosis, mutated by the large doses of antibiotics and steroids served up to the cattle, chickens, hogs, turkeys in the Concentrated Animal Feeding Enterprises that the Agricultural Industry and their paid-off regulators in the EPA say are “safe”?
If you live downstream from any such industry, you already do.

Maybe any of the Fanatic Extremist Disciples of Bill O’Reilly or Rush Limbaugh or Sarah Palin or Glenn Beck or the Late Paul Harvey and similar Industry Financed LIARS should just do as previously suggested, drink some concentrated version of the poisons your Industrial Sponsor insidiously feed to us and OUR kids, and, you stupid bastards, YOU and YOUR kids as well.
Drink you a big ol’ cup of sulfuric acid, that won’t prove me right or you wrong but it would remove you from the breeding pool.

That would be a bonus.

The War, on illiteracy. High School Seniors unable to pass ASVAB tests.

So the predicted backlash of BushCoNomics War on Education is coming out.
“Throwing money at” education was deemed inefficient and ineffective.
Making sure that schools which were struggling to educate the next generation of Coolies and Cannon Fodder for the Corporate machine, not performing well enough, were to be cut off from federal funding, leaving the Corporate Compassion of the local business, be it Massey Energy or GM or Martin-Marietta, or Tidewater Oil, Or The Army… to pick up the slack.It was to be a National Implementation of “The Texas Model” pushed by George, Jeb and Neil Bush.
Twelve years of this Noble Experiment by (first) two states which have a standardized statewide curriculum, set by the governor of each state, the governors happened to be sons of a bi.. err Ex-President, yeah, that’s the ticket, and have another brother who sells textbooks.
It’s just a coincidence that the “Educational Resources” provider McGraw-Hill publishing, for whom Neil works as a salesFreak poured millions of dollars into the state campaigns of George and Jeb, and George’s Anointed Successor Rick Goodhair, who in turn used their positions to buy school textbooks for EVERY FREAKIN’ SCHOOL DISTRICT in their two very large states. No conspiracy there, no sir!
And poured more millions into the National “no child left behind” campaign, which also (just a coincidence, mind you, nothing to see here citizens, keep moving, nothing to see) purchased, with the even larger Federal budget, even more of their products. Products designed not to make children more educated in “elitist” disciplines like arts, music, THINKING LOGICALLY but to better prepare them for McWalMart Jobs and of course being infantrymen, to serve the Rich and kill other soldiers and other workers who don’t cooperate with the Agenda of the Very Rich. Like having enough non-Rich people able to pass the ASVAB tests and join the Army and spill their own blood for the Rich so the Rich don’t have to spill THEIR own blood.

Nothing that would prepare them to take what very slim chance for social and economic advancement was (allegedly) available through diligence, hard work and Educational Achievement.
Accusations of this policy being remarkably similar to the Old South Slave Codes which forbade the Slaves from learning to read, and provided Capital Punishment for any person who TAUGHT a slave to read, or the Post-Civil War terrorist actions of the Ku Klux Klan and similar groups to suppress education, (teachers and schools were the largest groups attacked by Klan terrorists) is of course Silly Liberal Elitist “conspiracy theory” and in itself Racist. (the Klan and their related groups like The Heritage Foundation, Tea Party, and Minutemen are of course not racist… just ask one, he’ll tell you “We’re not racists, that’s a damn Commie Pinko Propaganda statement spread by them Liberal Nigger lovin’ queer Jew-boys, and we all know how much THEY lie!”)
So the magic is, the wonderful gift they gave themselves and by extension, the rest of the world, that after 12 years of NCLB being the law of the land in two states and a decade of it being the law across America, now they’ve gotten the kids dumbed down so far that they can’t pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, which was written on a SIXTH GRADE reading and comprehension level.
Way To Go, Hoam Skewlers!

To the so called “Conservatives”: Merry God-Damn Free Market!

You know how the Adam Smith/Reagan/Ayn Rand brainwashed disciples preach that “A rising tide lifts all boats”.
What they don’t mention is the Rich have it rigged so their Wage Slaves can’t afford a God-Damn boat. They’ll also get some Really Stupid Morons like the TeaBags and any other non-wealthy person Retarded enough to do their bidding, tell the rest of the working class that there actually IS opportunity if only we save enough money from our slave-wage jobs to invest, we’ll get a whole $50 a week from our 401k if we work ourselves to death putting millions of times that much in the pockets of the Rich Bitches.
All y’all who say otherwise, boy Howdy! The professional liars who work for the Filthy Rich Pigs sure got YOU!
Problem is you bastards are too God-Damn DUMB to know it.
You’ll even voluntarily go to other countries and kill other working class people so your Rich Masters can rob them the same way they rob YOUR dumb asses. They’ll even tell you you’re fighting for “freedom” and that you’re giving the people you’re slaughtering an “opportunity” and “civilization”
Yeah, you’re giving them the opportunity and freedom to be good little Civilized Slaves who don’t talk back.just like your retarded slave ass, and your children who you’re selling into the same slavery.Or if they don’t accept that “opportunity” you’ll kill them. In a “civilized” manner of course. And their kids. What’s up with the babykilling, you realize that once you slaughter some kids’ families right in front of them they’ll hate you forever? Worried that once they get big enough to pick up a gun they’ll blow your Slave-Soldier sons and daughters to Hell, to join you?
That’s what your Leaders say. There’s a quote that’s attributed to Custer, and Chivington, and Sherman, “Nits make lice”.
The reason it’s attributed to so many is your Leaders echo each other. A LOT.

That’s another point with you Stupid so-called “conservatives”. You’re too damned retarded to come up with your own sayings, so you repeat shit your leaders tell you to chant. Support the troops, back the badge, My country right or wrong, love or leave it, Four legs good, two legs baaaaaaaaddddd….

And if you don’t go overseas to murder civilians to keep the others from questioning the so-called “authority” of your Rich Bitch Masters, you can get a similar job as a Police Officer right here.

Lick them Rich Folks boots, BOY! Slurrrrrp slurrrrppp slurrrpppppppppp!
You stupid bastards sho’ does love you some bootlickin’.

I know because you keep insisting that I join you for a feast of Rich Folks’ shoe polish. Sometimes threatening or even on occasion committing acts of violence in order to try to get me to join you in your slavery.

Jokes on you, your Rich Bitch masters aren’t going to allow YOU to be anything more than their servants. Your kids and grandkids too.

How come Pottery Barn rules don’t apply to Haiti?

When Tony posted nearly three years ago (!) about how shocking conditions in Haiti had become, it was a magnet for people saying the starving kids pictures (from Medicins sans frontiers, internationally respected medical aid agency, just not so much here in America) were recycled pictures from Ethiopia 3, 2 and one decade ago.
Then when that was refuted, and before they raised that Stupid Response again, the people of Haiti were blamed for their own misfortunes. As though their LEADERS had actually been empowered by popular vote instead of installed, against the expressed will of the People, by and for the profit of American Corporate Hegemony. Alternating with French Hegemony until the AmeriCorp bought out the French.
We broke it, we supposedly bought it, right? That’s the one of the irRationale for staying in Iraq and Afghanistan.
(rationale is both plural and single, I checked, you didn’t, kiss off) Of course, it’s not the American Corporations who are Paying the bills “we” ran up by breaking all the pottery, although they seem to be getting quite a lot of public funding to manipulate the Public Army and the Public intelligence community and the public “rebuilding” campaign, which mostly consists of taking very expensive videos and photographs of Other People moving the shards around.
Much the same way they’re paid to watch and take pictures while other people bury the Dead “shards” in Haiti. Through public funding for their private “efforts”.

Some have seen fit to criticize my frequent use of Capitalization and italics and bold type and ComBinatiOns Of tHem but some people need a little help finding juicy nuggets amidst the kibble. Both are Nourishing Mind Food but the juicy bits are more fun. Sometimes.

Some of the people have difficulty seeing, which is a condition with which I can easily relate. Others are just kind of inured to reading and hearing Bullshit from the likes of Glenn Beck and need a little help finding emphasis in NORMAL thoughts. It’s not that Glenn Beck is mentally defective, it’s what he’s paid to say, in the Corporate anticipation of the Audience being mentally defective.

In a way, though, the situation in Ethiopia and Haiti is the same case, revisited. “Conservative” (their own code word for Racist Right Wing Extremists) Pundits insist that black people are incapable of governing themselves so it’s up to the Great White Father in Washington to guide and assist and let’s face it, outright Rule Over the poor little darkie savages.

But Ethiopia has for several occasions been the richest nation on earth and in cumulative time they managed to do it for longer than the Americas have actually experienced European Rule. Intermittently because the times Ethiopia has been devastatingly poor have been periods of colonial rule. Like the Romans exacting tribute from them, and in the past couple of centuries European and European-American Corporate Rule turning Their nation into Our plantation. Same with Haiti. When the U.S. went to war with Hawaii and deposed their “tyrannical” native government for the crime of taxing American Corporations who “just wanted to bring the glory of Civilization to the Native Darkies” in 1893, and the quickly ensuing War of Conquest based on a fake Terrorist Incident errr… “anti-Imperial war with Spain” at least the Natives of Puerto Rico and Hawaii were eventually given citizenship. Now the government is reneging on the Puerto Rican citizens, all P.R. Citizens now have to exchange their Puerto Rican birth certificates for “valid” ones. What do you want to bet the Tea-Bags and their other Klan Related groups like the Minutemen will be demanding the same of Hawaiian birth certificates? It’s not that they’re “RACIST” in any way, it’s just that Glenn Beck and Lou Dobbs and Sarah Palin and the other Right Wing Extremist FREAKS have “proven” that darker skinned people are naturally terrorists.

With Haiti, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Colombia, las islas filipinas, Ethiopia and other Corporate Plantations with Puppet Regimes masqueraded as “Sovereign” nations, there was no such pretense of offering them full citizenship or even limited citizenship rights.

The Corporate Regime Broke It, so they “bought” it, but they have figured out ways not to actually have to PAY for what they “bought”.

The Love it or Leave it crap again.

America has freedom still, or what little is left, because of the actions of Dissidents, not Conformists.
The Army didn’t give us these freedoms, save by surrendering their claims to any authority to do otherwise. Most certainly the wars in which the Army is engaged today, and has been steadily engaged in since the “cessation of hostilities” in 1945, have all been wars of Imperialism, to stamp out freedom wherever it rears its head. Nothing more or less than being Thug Enforcers for the Corporate Owners of the American Empire.
You can’t handle Freedom of Speech, YOU can get the hell out. There’s plenty of Banana Republics in the world being propped up for the profit of their American Masters, by American Military presence.
A long list from Abu Dabi to Zanzibar and all points in between.
Your corporate masters have bankrupted America on their way to Global Dominance. That’s not in any way related to freedom and you should stop lying about it.
Your Army is currently trying to lynch Spec. Bradley Manning for doing something you’ve never considered doing, too frightened I suppose. He MANNED THE HELL UP and told the truth and brought forth Proof to back it up.
And neither Your Pentagon nor Bush nor Obama have managed to do either one.

From last Friday’s action, some pictures, some linked commentary

The linked commentary isn’t about the bus lack-of-service, it’s to fellow local activist Loren Wirbel made a short documentary film just showing a FEW of the multi-gazillionaire “defense” plants around town. You know the ones, our Magnificently Superior Business Experts at City Hall made the command decision for us to give them Tax Exemptions that would make Reagan blush, to draw them to a Strategic Location where they were going to come anyway. So they get local services on the local dime far disproportionately to what they actually paid for. It’s bad enough that We The People have to subsidize Corporate Welfare Cheats like Lockheed but they’re also Corporate Warfare Daddy Warbucks types who make their money from other people DYING.
Deathmongers getting a free ride from our Wise and Noble and Ever So Much Better that us City Hall. The rest of us paid our fare, but we don’t get the ride. That’s not fair.
By the way, that last line isn’t complaining, it’s telling the Ayn Rand worshipers that they’re complete Liars when they say stupid shit like they’re actually a Free Market where everybody has a chance. Lying… Cowardly… PUKES. A swarm of Parasitic Slugs in search of a bag of salt.

A LOT of canes and wheelchairs, and a few burnout refugees-from-the-70s Ahem..

Cyrus of course.

Just some of our friends. Notice the preponderance of canes and wheelchairs.
There’s a reason for this, it’s because the other people who depend on the buses were at their jobs waiting their turn to be injured then disposed of.
Timing of the event has to be when buses are running, it’s a Catch-22 of massive proportions.
The bus service abruptly cuts off at shift change.

If you’ll notice, the Bus Service people had their Q&A session scheduled for the middle of the afternoon as well. Intentionally? Orders from Above? Eh.
One of the people who uses the bus to go to and only occasionally FROM work, said “Hey, they didn’t even actually pay attention to the badly disabled, how are they going to handle the Working Poor?”

How indeed. Republicans and Ayn Rand “libertarians” tend to take the short view when it comes to Workers and our rights. If it isn’t happening to them personally, immediately, they just don’t see it happening. If they personally aren’t staring down the barrel of the gun, they’ll simply say “Gun? What gun? I don’t see any gun… nothing to see here, citizens, keep moving, nothing to see..”

AP (Arrogant Propaganda) Reports 6 Militants killed by drone

Aside from the fact that the Drone is a remote controlled robot manipulated by a True Coward sitting in an air-conditioned hopped up Video Arcade but NOT aside from the fact that the Drone, its operator and few hundred thousands of their Comrades are invading occupiers in the country of which the “militants” are citizens..
And they get the definition of “Militant” by refusing to bow down and Kiss the Boots of the Invaders and Conquerors.
Way to Go, Air Force Imperial Storm Troopers including the Virtual StormTrooper by Proxy sitting at his computer murdering people with a click of the mouse..
That’s the way to teach those “cowardly” Terrorists not to resist the Leadership and Mastery of your Brave, Noble and above all Righteous Empire!
Grovel in the name of Freedom or be vaporized!
Give the people the Ultimate Freedom, the absolute right to Obey What Their Masters Tell Them!