Month: November 2011
“In an aspartame world, sweetness is just a cover for poison.”
How sweet. A new group called Americans Elect expects to have a presidential candidate on the ballot in all 50 states. They want to ‘appeal to voters who are tired of the left-right, red-blue polarization of American political life with an online nominating process to create a centrist, nonpartisan ticket to compete with the two major parties.’
What they are hoping for is that few will dig into their funding and ‘management‘ and what their true agenda may be. Spokesperson Elliott “Karate Chop” Ackerman is the son of AE’s billionaire chairman Peter Ackerman, former right-hand man to Michael “Junk-Bond King” Milken, CFR member, chair of the Orwellian named ‘International Center on Nonviolent Conflict,’ and an Israel firster who may have played a part in manufacturing the Egyptian protests. With a Soros connection AE may be attempting to pull votes from the Repub side and assure Obama’s reelection. Of course these globalist neocon neolib think tankers and NGO ‘leaders’ will ‘swing both ways’ as the need arises. Surely no American will fall for this Americans Elect scam? Will they?
Not so sweet. The “fun time has started” was what a state attorney said in an email about cracking down on Occupy Nashville. If I were cynical my impression would be that this little guy would be typical of a great number of bureaucratic worker bees that see themselves as above all the rabble rousing crowd. In reality they are slopping at the trough of the plutocracy and are as expendable as a fattened little piglet.
LA cops not sweet enough? You think?
Ahh, the sweet smell of burning flags in the morning. The media is glad to play it up, especially when the burners are in Iran. The story behind the story remains to be seen.
In Syria, between the UN, NGO’s and Al Jazeera lies, it looks as if the sweet dreams of the gun may soon prevail in the breakup of yet another middle east state for the benefit of Israel. Who else benefits the most?
This guy looks to be in a sweet place but defining the sweet from the poison is all over the map in the good ole US of A.
Current TV (yeah I know, Al Gore’s baby) has an excellent new documentary now showing. “The War on Weed” contrasts the medical and decriminalization states of Colorado, Washington and California to the stop and frisk Bloomberg policies in New York City. It even gets into the O administration’s use of the IRS and bank pressure to threaten to put dispensaries in California out of business. And what was up with the short interview with a self professed constitutional ‘scholar’ and medical marijuana ‘expert’ who stated that federal law trumps states rights. Well pluck my eye out, I must have read and understood the constitution wrong on that count. Good thing there’s always an expert to set me straight. If you live in a backward state some of the ‘high’ points may be a little discouraging but overall a recommended watch.
The sweet tooth of the police state pushing for indefinite detention of American citizens, or domestic terrorists as some prefer to call them, by the military had a setback. Or did it? It’s all so confusing. I suppose we’ll just have to wait for the SWAT teams to bust down the door to find out. In one of those WTF moments, Hillary Clinton goes to press Myanmar leaders on lack of internal freedoms. Would that be theirs or ours?
Sweet Mother Of Jesus!!! State of Israel Sues Occupied Wall Street Movement! The term ‘occupied’ belongs to Israel exclusively, it’s their copyright and no one is going to infringe on it!
The Federal Reserve, out of the sweetness of their heart, is going to print up barrels full of money out of stagnant air “to ease strains in financial markets” and save the world. The Dow surges in a frenzy, babies sigh, mothers cry in joy and the soup lines are put on hold as the pie is passed around. Yum.
The first sweet words from Herman Cain that weren’t whispered in some white woman’s ear … “Stupid people are ruining America.” Hard to disagree with that but Herm is definitely one of the stupid ones and he’s talking to himself. Not to be outdone by Cain, Newt Gringrich tried to explain his faults by saying “I cheated on my wives because I love America too much.” Good one Newt, we’ll all use that one when we get caught in inappropriate behavior. “Officer, I was smoking that joint because I love America too much.” Yeah, that’ll work.
“God’s always got a custard pie up his sleeve.“
Everyone has heard a similar story. A small business, a working class entrepreneur trying to keep some semblance of a middle class existence continues to lose business through no fault of his own until there is no business. The recession turns into a depression for the little man who only wants to work for himself and not be a cog in some sort of corporate machine. Being your own boss means make or break.
For almost six years I’ve worked right alongside my son-in-law. He’s been in business for about 15 years doing what he likes to do. Until 2008 there was never a time without a job waiting in the wings. So successful it seemed like it would never end except on his own terms. Pride in workmanship was never lacking. A bulldozer, a tractor trailer to haul it with and a four wheel drive dually with tools and fuel tank, all paid for, combined with independence, desire and drive should be a very practical situation but as the old say goes, “nothing lasts forever.” Tomorrow the dozer is being sold.
The business is not ending because of competition. All the small time full time competition in the area went out over two years ago. Being essentially the local last man standing didn’t make any difference. It wasn’t because of shoddy work. The work done was equal or better than anyone else. It wasn’t because of excessive rates or dishonesty. It was an honest business charging less than most. No, it was an economic collapse that all along was designed to strip the middle class individual of not only the chance to work but to eventually take everything he had worked for.
These kinds of businesses don’t show up in the statistics. There’s no unemployment to be paid. It won’t even be counted as one of the many small businesses to fall because those that do the counting won’t even know. It will be as if it never existed except in the memory of a few.
The up close reasons for going out of business are few and simple. People don’t have the money and if they do they are holding on to it for fear of needing it later. Retirees who made up a significant portion of the work and who had money in the stock market scams have lost a big portion of it and don’t have it to spend. The unemployed can’t afford any kind of work done. They just want work for themselves. Higher diesel and insurance costs cannot be passed on to customers who are barely making it themselves. Advertising was never seen as needed until 2008 and it was essentially a dead expense that brought in few clients in a dying economy.
The seemingly distant reasons are what we all know. The corruptions of Wall Street, government, the Federal Reserve and war are the basics. We are the ones paying for their theft and crimes. Some would say we are projecting blame. I call it as just stating the facts.
To add insult to injury, my son-in-law is selling out for less than the real value of the equipment to get cash to get by on until he can figure out what to do next but it doesn’t end there. His tax lady says he will probably owe around 12% in federal income taxes on what he sells. Being forced to pay taxes for going broke should not happen. This is in a country where many billion dollar profit corporations get around paying anything. And where will his tax money go? Oh yeah, interest on debt to the federal reserve.
Myself, I escaped the corporate world after a near lifetime of it. I just didn’t want to die in the cesspool that the big corporations had become. Even though I only made a fraction of what I used to, working outdoors was a refreshing relief. The sunshine, the fresh air, seeing things in the wilds of our area – waterfalls, caves, hilltops, forests, nature – that very few ever get to see was an adventure. Sometimes the work was easy, sometimes very hard. We had even expanded beyond excavation and earth construction into other areas just to try and stay busy. I’m going to miss it and don’t any idea what I’m going to do next.
It’s a fairly typical scenario. There will be no easy or quick solutions. People are not looking for sympathy or handouts. They just want to make a living and support their families. Maybe have a little fun in the process. Getting rich is not the goal for most. Happiness and love of what you do is not too much to ask for.
This is not just the end of an era for numerous individuals. It is the end of an era for the world. Things are changing, and fast, for all of us. What we make of it and what we do to effect positive change is our challenge.
We are up for it. I have faith.
The Wall Street ‘elitists’ are so thankful that most of them have not been indicted this year and that the OWS folks are a kinder and gentler group than they are that they will raise a toast with a few glasses of imported champagne for their luck to continue.
The top boys at MF Global give thanks that they can enjoy their turkey while the U.S. Attorney’s office decides whether or not the missing $1.2 billion was just sloppy bookkeeping and that they didn’t really intend to steal the money. Jon Corzine’s appearance before a US House of Representatives Subcommittee should clear it all up as he reminds them that they are all really brothers in the big scheme of things.
Members of congress are especially thankful that this was not an election. year and they’ve got a little time to counter the ‘throw them all out’ talk and co-op those pesky protesters. The end of the world was starting to look good to them.
Jack Abramoff counts his blessings instead of cellmates as he tours the country hawking his book and getting interviewed by all the media, even NPR who now calls him a Washington reformer. He’s an expert in corruption and Jack is hoping that his ‘confessions’ will lift the public’s perception of him as slightly better than Newt Gingrich. He doesn’t speak of his possible 9/11 connections and a great number of people are thankful for that.
Most folks don’t realize it but Israel celebrates Thanksgiving wholeheartedly although it’s with a sneer for having to kickback some of the U.S. contributions they receive and they resent the costs of their blackmail campaigns. They seem to feel that it’s all owed to them, perennial victims you know, so any thanks they may give is relative.
What might be some of the ways Israelis should be ‘thankful?’
American taxpayers give Israel over $8 million per day
Additional financial costs: $3 trillion
On top of this are the costs of the Iraq war: hundreds of thousands of lives & over $3 trillion
Israel partisans in the U.S. government and media
Campaigns by pro-Israel funders to engender Islamophobia: to create fear and hatred of Muslims
Israeli-centric news reporting by the U.S. media
Hollywood movies and television shows, which often play a significant role in shaping attitudes and beliefs.
All this and it’s still never enough. It’s hard to imagine just what it would take for them to say ‘thank you.’
The Trolls of Hasbara have had a good year and should be very thankful for their jobs. With the increase in anti-Israel, anti-zionist talk they have been busy and they should celebrate because the coming year will see even more opportunity for their ‘work.’
Bush and Blair are extremely thankful that they have been found guilty of war crimes by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal instead of in their home countries. They won’t be vacationing there anytime soon.
Obama pardons a couple of turkeys and gave thanks in hope that whoever is the next president will show the same mercy on him for his crimes against humanity.
Military contractors have had a big year and so it’s expected that they party down in thanks. Lots of their products got used up. The talk about cuts to their business have been fake. They continue to be number 1 in the world with exports on the rise.Their ‘toys’ are big sellers every season.
Big pharma is grateful that ONLY every 14 minutes, a person is killed by prescription drugs. Yippee, pass the pie!
The industrial prison system is blessing counting that the number of those incarcerated in the U.S. is going up, up, up. 2.3 million and rising. No end in sight. A big shout out to the neverending ‘War on Drugs’ is always in order.
The U.S. nuclear industry is overwhelming thankful that it was Fukushima and not one of their own. Despite the initial flush of reports of danger, the industry thanks the media and government for dropping the subject and for telling us thousands of times how deadly deep frying turkeys can be.
Last but not least, the mainstream media thanks congress and state legislatures for once again not passing any laws prohibiting them from lying about anything and everything they want to and are paid to do.
For the rest of us just being alive and having friends and family to share some time and a meal with is about all we have left. Although we’re thankful for that we still have this urge to shout for something better.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Blessings to all.
Just the other day I heard a woman say “You know what is the worst thing about growing old? It’s looking back at all of the what ifs.”
We’ve all had those moments. It does little good to dwell on them except in the faint hope that maybe we can learn something from them and apply them to the present.
That was then, this is now.
But we’ll play along with this theme on this 48th anniversary of the assassination of John Kennedy. The ‘what ifs’ are monumental.
What if it had just poured down rain that Nov. 22th and the ‘coup d’état‘ had been delayed? What if Kennedy had rallied his protectors around him, thwarted his enemies and had lived?
What if the Vietnam War had been stopped in its tracks, the cold war had warmed, the Federal Reserve abolished, big bankers and secret societies banished to the dustbin of history, the CIA broken up and Israel was denied its nuclear weapons, lobbying and blackmail powers? What if rule by sociopaths and psychopaths was no more?
What if not only JFK had lived but also RFK and John Jr.? What if ‘Camelot’ had grown and matured? Could a handful of men and their allies, perhaps those allies being not only the American people but all citizens of the world, have changed the course of history? We know that where we have ended up today is the result of a relatively handful of people so yes, it is possible that a few could have led us in a totally different direction.
It wasn’t to be. Collectively we failed. That doesn’t mean history must be forgotten and that ‘what ifs’ as an exercise in thought should be discarded.
We are here now. We cannot count on a few entrenched in the system to lead us to anything that might resemble humanity . It has to be what we as the majority do from this moment on. Otherwise we will all die with too many ‘what ifs’ left on the table.
John F. Kennedy. We hardly knew you.
Diogenes was seized and dragged off to King Philip, and being asked who he was, replied, “A spy upon your insatiable greed.”
Once Diogenes saw the officials of a temple leading away some one who had stolen a bowl belonging to the treasurers, and said, “The great thieves are leading away the little thief.”
When people laughed at him because he walked backward beneath the portico, he said to them: “Aren’t you ashamed, you who walk backward along the whole path of existence, and blame me for walking backward along the path of the promenade?”
One day Diogenes shouted out for men, and when people collected, hit out at them with his stick, saying, “It was men I called for, not scoundrels.”
Diogenes was knee deep in a stream washing vegetables. Coming up to him, Plato said, “My good Diogenes, if you knew how to pay court to kings, you wouldn’t have to wash vegetables.”
“And,” replied Diogenes, “If you knew how to wash vegetables, you wouldn’t have to pay court to kings.”
Diogenes was once invited to dinner by a wealthy man. During the evening, one of the guests became so outraged by Diogenes’ general behaviour that he began to throw bones at him, calling him a “dog.” Whereupon Diogenes got up, went to the guest, cocked up his leg and urinated on him.
“Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards.”
He was asking alms of a bad-tempered man, who said, “Yes, if you can persuade me.” “If I could have persuaded you,” said Diogenes, “I would have persuaded you to hang yourself.”
Diogenes stood outside a brothel, shouting, “A beautiful whore is like poisoned honey! A beautiful whore is like poisoned honey! A beautiful whore . . . “. Men entering the house threw him a coin or two to shut him up. Eventually Diogenes had collected enough money and he too went into the brothel.
Diogenes was asked why he always begged. “To teach people,” replied Diogenes. “Oh yes, and what do you teach?” people would ask him scornfully. “Generosity”, he replied.
In the midst of serious discourse in the Craneum, Diogenes realized no one was listening. So he instead began to whistle and dance about to attract attention. Immediately, people flocked round him. Diogenes stopped and said, “You idiots, you are not interested to stop and pay attention to wisdom, yet you rush up to observe a foolish display.”
“I have nothing to ask but that you would remove to the other side, that you may not, by intercepting the sunshine, take from me what you cannot give.”
“The sun, too, shines into cesspools and is not polluted.”
“We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less.”
Diogenes was asked, “Tell me, to what do you attribute your great poverty?”
“Hard work,” he replied.
“And what advice can you offer the rich?”
“Avoid all the good things in life.”
“Because money costs too much. A rich man is far poorer than a poor man.”
“How can that be?”
“Because poverty is the only thing money can’t buy.”
“Lions are not the slaves of those who feed them, but rather those who feed them are at the mercy of the lions: for fear is the mark of the slave, whereas wild beasts make men afraid of them.”
“Most men are within a finger’s breadth of being mad.”
“It is not that I am mad, it is only that my head is different from yours.”
“I call upon you to surrender yourself as a war criminal.”
Well, that didn’t work but it was a good thought.
Thanks to an anonymous donor, four folks from Occupy Nashville paid for the $125 a pop tickets and got to dress up and dine with Donald Rumsfeld on a stop on his blood tour to promote his revisionist history book and to raise money for ‘conservative’ groups
All four got to say a few words of wisdom towards Rumsfeld but were quickly removed. No arrests were made.
Despite some of our concerns on how the “Occupy” movement is being co-opted, this was a step in the right direction. Getting out their tents and moving away from the ‘designated’ protest areas to confront individuals who are at the root of our problems and who dare to show their faces in public should be done at every opportunity. The press will eat it up and as the old saying goes “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.”
It would have been even better had there been a mention or two of Rumsfeld’s role in 9/11 but maybe next time.
My comment left here ….
Bravo to the “Occupiers.” Striking back at the war machine and the trillions spent on the lies of the ‘War on Terror’ has to be a major point in the discussion of taking our country back from the criminals on both sides of the political aisle.
Anyone remember the news conference Rumsfeld held on Sept. 10, 2001 where he announced that $2.3 trillion was missing from the Pentagon? What happened to the investigation of the ‘lost’ money he mandated? Oh yeah, the accounting side of the Pentagon was ‘hit’ the next day, destroying evidence and killing more than a few of the accountants who came in to work that day to start the investigation. How convenient.
Rumsfeld was eyeball deep in the false flag of 9/11 and the cover up. Traitor is too nice a word for him.
The blood money tour and those who pay good money to dine with psychopaths speaks volumes on how deceived certain segments of the population truly are.