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Unclear on the concept cavalcade continues to corrupt citizens’ consciousness

4:16 pm in Uncategorized by acmerecords

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Ripped from the headlines, the news seems to suggest that rank and file democrats are following their standard bearer’s ‘style’ when it comes to solving some of the more pressing and complex problems that we face togehter as a nation. Its good to know that these followers have appreciated the efforts made by the Obama administration to “set the tone” as we sally forth together to solve these troubling and significant criminal and cultural problems.

Democratic leadership acts as anti-equal justice vigilante, taking personal initiative to smash the concept of equal protection under the law with of get-out-of-jail-for-free winks and nods to felonious bankers

President Obama, referring to the his administration’s broad based policy of agreeing to non-prosecution agreements drafted by private businesses who have been accused of criminality, reassured citizens angered by the administration’s apparent disregard for the law when he stated; “Well, first, on the issue of — on the issue of prosecutions on Wall Street, one of the biggest problems about the collapse of Lehman’s and the subsequent financial crisis and the whole subprime lending fiasco is that a lot of that stuff wasn’t necessarily illegal, it was just immoral or inappropriate or reckless…You know, the financial sector is very creative, and they are always looking for ways to make money. That’s their job. And if there are loopholes and rules that can be bent and arbitrage to be had, they will take advantage of it.”

Democratic president acts as anti-international and anti-US constitutional law vigilante, pommeling treaties and settled US law with the truncheon of a non-investigation promise to American torturers

A short two months after winning the election in 2008, and just days before taking an oath that requires him to “protect and defend the constitution”, president Barack Obama, speaking on television on January 10, 2009, advised Americans of his unconventional plan for enforcing treaty obligated, legally codified and constitutionally mandated prohibitions against torturing human beings, stating; “Part of my job is to make sure that, for example, at the CIA, you’ve got extraordinarily talented people who are working very hard to keep Americans safe. I don’t want them to suddenly feel like they’ve got spend their all their time looking over their shoulders…(I operate on) a belief that we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards.”

Democratic president acts as anti-health vigilante, taking personal initiative to smash the public healthcare option with cudgel of disingenuousness and lies

Speaking to a gathering of actually important Democratic party supporters in September of 2010 who paid $30,000 each to sup with President Obama, the president took time to put critics of his signature insurance industry bail-out plan called the Affordable Care Act in their place, saying, “Democrats, just congenitally, tend to get — to see the glass as half empty. (Laughter.) If we get an historic health care bill passed — oh, well, the public option wasn’t there.”

Democratic president acts as anti-constitution vigilante, taking personal initiative to bug-splat American citizens with no judge’s order

In a new book regarding the 2010 presidential campaign, President Obama confirms one of the skills that he has consciously honed and perfected since he became president of the United States. Having overseen the conveyance of sky-death to hundreds of innocent humans as he personally ordered hundreds of drone executions, Obama reflected on his new-found passion, stating, “I’m really good at killing people.”

Democratic president acts as anti-privacy vigilante, taking personal initiative to bludgeon the notion of private communication for every member of the human race with complete and unrelenting surveillance

Speaking to a troubled populous after they were informed of the un-warranted and warrantless surveillance of all Americans, and most citizens of planet earth, for the entire time he has been president, Barack Obama sought to calm the concerns of Americans when he advised in July 2013 that, the “modest encroachments on privacy” were “worth us doing” in furtherance of protecting the homeland. Obama reminded Americans that, while not specified in the US Constitution, “There are some trade-offs involved,” when it comes to protecting the homeland.

Democratic leadership teams with Republican leadership as anti-sick person vigilantes, taking personal initiative to scheme to beat back relief payments to American patients with technical accounting brick-bat

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All I could think of is running

7:27 pm in Uncategorized by acmerecords

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About five real people were there when he was describing the thin blue air. A normally perfect day, the kind of day you may see that a kid could have drawn with crayons in that universal.kid.artwork way. Puffy lines as clouds, a ball with radiant lines our sun, the normal trees gigantic in kid perspective to the family home drawn from memory and with love.

They knew the sound they heard again, they were no longer alone. There is no need to speak its name. In fact, that’s really unspeakable anyway. And the 13 year old’s story continued;

“When the drone fired the first time, the whole ground shook and black smoke rose up. The air smelled poisonous. We ran, but several minutes later the drone fired again.”

The teen Zubair’s nine year old sister Nabila picks up the story;

“Everything was dark and I couldn’t see anything. I heard a scream. I think it was my grandmother, but I couldn’t see her. All I could think of is running.”

The young boy told the real people that even when his leg heals from the surgery that he received to remove the shrapnel, he would no longer go outside to play as his friends never do anymore – some also refusing to go to school when the drones fly;

“When the sky brightens and turns blue, the drones return and so does the fear…Education isn’t possible as long as the drones circle overhead.”

The children’s father also bore testimony to the mechanically amoral extrajudicial bug splatting crime that had been perpetrated. He told the five assembled real people in Urdu that on that day his mother, “aik lari main pro kay rakhna” (the string that holds the pearls together) had been murdered in a nonchalant exceptional.ly brutal fashion in front of his eyes. Rafiq ur Rehman said to the testimony takers;

“I would just like to ask the American public to treat us as equals. Make sure that your government gives us the same status of a human with basic rights as they do their own citizens. We do not kill our cattle the way the US is killing humans in Warziristan with drones. The indiscriminate killing has to end and justice must be delivered to those who have suffered at the hands of the unjust. I would say to President Obama if I had the opportunity to meet with him: ‘What happened to me and my family is wrong.”

The primary school teacher continued,

“As a teacher, my job is to educate. But how do I teach something like this? How do I explain what I do not myself understand? How can I in good faith reassure the children that the drone will not come back and kill them, too, if I do not understand why it killed my mother and injured my children.”

It was then that the person translating the Urdu testimony into English for the real people broke down in tears, unable to go on.

I applaud the five real people who decided to take this urgent and what should be pivotal testimony as this nation realizes its international crime spree cannot continue and it falls on its face submitting humbly and in abject apology for what we all have done. It shames me to think that only five democrats came to witness the savage wound that we have created in this family, as it is only one of the million gashes that we daily inflict on the body of this world that we are torturing. Bewildered seeing my criminal visage in the mirror and angry – but determined to do penance for my crimes by standing up for peace, I must tamp down my inclination to think that all I can do is run.

“When you stand up, you stand for all. When you sit down, they win. To the streets!”
g.singlaub

DARPA’s eternal bloodlust of the spotless brain

3:43 pm in Uncategorized by acmerecords

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DARPA’s new project, deep brain stimulation

When my sick brother was fitted with deep brain stimulators to attempt to address some of the most debilitating symptoms of the progressive and cureless brain affliction called Parkinson’s disease there was no real alternative to the treatment that his doctors had prescribed. My brother was 40 at that time, he has since passed.

Many understand Parkinson’s disease as an old person’s disease, and for most of my life this was the case. Many are now aware that the illness can afflict younger people (the poster boy for early onset Parkinson’s is the well-known Michael J. Fox). When an older person gets the disease, they usually expire before the permanent progressive affliction exhibits its horrible and merciless deterioration on one who is stricken.

My brother had just exited a regimen of treatment that was promoted by profit seeking drug companies and perhaps well intentioned doctors whose desire to find new treatments for Parkinson’s disease led my brother to be experimented upon. This was, of course, for the combined purposes of easing the painful and ever present symptoms my brother was experiencing and to find a ‘holy grail’ for drug manufacturers; a drug that every patient with an incurable disease must take several times every day (the pharmaceutical companies really love those cash cows). By the way this drug, Mirapex, is currently being prescribed to help lady sleepers with “restless leg syndrome” – both a syndrome and a marketing campaign!

After years of complaints and pleadings to the doctors which flowed out of episodes of dangerous and wildly uncharacteristic behaviors on the part of our sick brother, we threatened legal action, and my brother was offered to be one of the first patients in the nation to undergo surgery to implant electrical stimulators directly into his brain to hopefully abate or countervail the unbearable and incapacitating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

I have to honestly report that the technology did work. While the stimulator did, as we were advised prior to the installation surgery, further incapacitate my brother’s speaking ability (one of the many aspects of complete body rigidity – I mean like a wooden post, and not limited to arms and legs but both the mouth and throat muscles were also cemented in my brother due to Parkinson’s rigidity) the stimulator did ease his dyskinesia and immobility (although these symptoms may seem contradictory, such are the ravages of the nasty permanent sickness called Parkinson’s disease) allowing him to live a higher quality of life for the last years of his life, especially as the electrical stimulation machine allowed my brother to not have to be a slave to the psychological horrors of Mirapex.

On the day of his implant surgery, our family was at Northwestern Hospital where a brilliant neurosurgeon performed the multiple hours long procedure during which time my brother was kept in a semiconscious state, as is required when one is having holes drilled into one’s skull and the deus ex machina is being tested to detect the most effective placement of the stimulating electrodes. It was during the testing of the electronic brain stimulator that I witnessed something as strange and scary as it was revelatory and understandable.

The doctor positioned the electrodes deep within my brother’s brain, into the area that controls movement of his arms and legs, capacities that the disease took away from my brother, to unlock his limbs so he could walk more easily, swallow…all of the motions that we never think about too deeply that allow us to be humans in this human world. Then the doctor would turn the machine on to see how my brother responded to the electrical impulses, the intent was to make sure that the electrical stimulation was directed at the exact spot in my brother’s brain to ensure he received the positive effects that the treatment was intended to provide.

During the electrode placement trials, the doctor shifted the wires inside my brother’s head and revved up the stimulator unit – my brother, lying on an operating table, not having been told anything, not thinking of anything in particular, uncomfortably clad in a hospital gown, began to laugh – busted out laughing. The stimulator was turned off – the doctor jiggled the wires – the machine was reactivated…and my brother sobbed.

Revelatory and understandable, I’m not a doctor but have often used the words “synapses firing” (or not firing, as the case may be) relating to my pre-coffee state of mind in the morning. Strange and scary, I don’t read science fiction but am aware of DARPA.

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To hell with the heelots and then, to the hills

1:14 pm in Uncategorized by acmerecords

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As this divided, infrastructurally decrepit, middle class obviated, finance industry indentured, environmentally forsaken, compassion suppressing, rich get richer, war is the only answer, private capital coddling country slides off the rails towards the only demise that its choices can afford it, inhabited as it is by government protectors of big business who scream about government overreach, pettifogging mouthpiece Nobel Peace Prize winners who describe their child victims as terrorists expecting that their ‘framing’ absolves them from war crime guilt, humanitarians who call for the cindering of civilians, government regulators who claim they have only the power to de-regulate industries, criminal enforcement entities who wink&grin with private business owners as they say they cannot prosecute crimes unless they are committed by poor people, American patriots whose vision of freedom is to be freed from contributing to the common good and freed to move tax payer bailout money to untaxable off-shore accounts, political party apologizers who gladly accept tens of thousands of deaths every year in America so they can assert that laws created by the insurance industry to protect it from being thrown on the ash heap of history are somehow helping our poor and sick to receive care, I look out my Midwestern window today to have revealed to my weary eyes, a clump of river birch trees accepting its fate of dying to the winter, its beautiful death-shroud of golden leaves quivering in the portent of a northerly breeze. I am inspired today to sing praise to the bull-shit callers, the question askers (and answer demanders), those who will not give in or up as the fresh face of modern US neo-fascism glares threateningly back, the whistle blowers, the debate goers, the seed sowers who call out the collateral victim mowers, the division growers and baby in the bathwater throwers – those who recognize these ‘heelots’ for what they are and know that standing firm is the only stance to take when “standing up”.

Robert Riskin wrote the screenplay for the classic American film “Meet John Doe”, based upon a story by Richard Connel and Robert Presnell. The Capra film was released in 1941, but really reflects the time period of America’s last depression. As many know, the story involves a scheme concocted by a jaded newspaper woman who has been fired when a new owner of her newspaper comes in to “clean house”. The reporter convinces ‘John Doe’, an innocent country boy, to pretend to threaten to commit suicide due to the economic misery and America’s political intransigence to remedy the suffering, which gives the recently fired reporter an exclusive story – saving her job. The scheme careens out of the control of the schemers when the concocted story ignites a massive popular movement among regular Americans who are seeking both relief from the crushing economic depression as well as answers from politicians and the captains of industry. In an interesting fictional parallel to an historic incident, America’s industrial magnates conspire to seize control of the movement and utilize the agitated populace to instigate a coup, taking over America and instituting a fascistic new government that is directed by rich business owners to protect private capital and subordinate America’s workers and neuter the nascent popular political movement.

I know readers will see in this story many parallels to our current times – with the obvious exception being the fact that, during the previous depression, Hollywood would allow such a piece of socialist agit-prop to hit the big screens across America (even with its softening sub-plots) – and I encourage readers who have not seen this film in a long time to seek it out and view it comparing its mise-en-scene with today’s messy scenes in the USA; but my intent of bringing up this wonderful film is to call attention to a scene where ‘the Colonel” (played beautifully by Walter Brennan) gives his soliloquy, expounding on freedom in (from) this modern world.

After agreeing to the scheme, the hoboing John Doe is fed a meal, given new cloths by his newspapermen handlers, and $50 “spending money”. All of which leads to the Colonel frustratedly expressing his philosophy to a room full of regular modern Americans, city folk to be sure – but regular folks, just like those country folks in the American hinterland: Read the rest of this entry →

The profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives

5:58 pm in Uncategorized by acmerecords

Wheatpasted Street Art: Lennon & Yoko: War Is Kinda Over!

War and the media as we head toward Syria.

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War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives…
– Major General Smedley Butler, War is a Racket pamphlet, 1935

Herman Göring, Founder of the Gestapo in Nazi Germany :

Why, of course, the people don’t want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship.

Gilbert: There is one difference. In a democracy, the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.

Göring: Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.
– quoted in Gustave Gilbert’s Nuremburg Diaries, taken from an interview conducted while the Nuremburg trials were taking place

Yesterday, the self-styled professor Elizabeth O’Bagy was fired by the non-profit organization based in Washington DC that is called the Institute for the Study of War. The Institute fired O’Bagy for lying, and for many Americans – ain’t too surprising to find that there is a liar in DC.

O’Bagy’s ‘go for the war’ op-ed in the Wall Street Journal was cited by warmongers of both political stripes as American politicians pumped and primed it’s war making machine over the past few weeks. Both Secretary of State John Kerry (D) and Senator John McCain (R) used the “facts” contained in the Wall Street Journal piece to inspire war fury in the populace, while pointing to the “important op-ed” as they banged their fists on congressional committee hearing tables.

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them sparkleponypoopmunchers will just have to get used to the ‘trade offs’

6:06 pm in Uncategorized by acmerecords

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ahhh..the inexplicablity to regular dullards of the complex nature of constitutional protections that have no meaning or application “if you only knew what we know and how much we are protecting y’all”

its just those plain ‘ol super human thought processes only accessible to the humans.who.used.to.be.partisan.hacks but now are super.humans because lesser party hacks voted for them

gwbush : “I asked the White House counsel’s office and the Justice Department to study whether I could authorize the NSA to monitor al Qaeda communications into and out of the country without FISA warrants…Both told me I could. They concluded that conducting surveillance against our enemies in war fell within the authorities granted by the congressional war resolution and the constitutional authority of the commander in chief…Before I approved the Terrorist Surveillance Program, I wanted to ensure there were safeguards to prevent abuses. I had no desire to turn the NSA into an Orwellian Big Brother. The Terrorist Surveillance Program had been carefully designed to protect the civil liberties of innocent people.”

bobama : “In the abstract you can complain about Big Brother and how this is a potential program run amok, but when you actually look at the details, I think we’ve struck the right balance…You can’t have 100 percent security and also then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience…We’re going to have to make some choices as a society … There are trade-offs involved.”

I remember that part of the constitution that said party hacks can disregard the constitutional rights that I think are available to me to protect myself from the deranged despotism of party.hacks cum neo-fascists

- its right there under the “trade offs involved” article of the constitution…google it!

and, I don’t want any folks ‘roud rancho bernardo mistaking my intent here – I am NOT comparing gwbush’s strain of indefensible corporate/militaristic civil society destroying activities to the indefensible corporate/militaristic civil society destroying activities of bobama !! no-sir…if y’all think that just consider this : i really really think that obama has a wonderful smile, and i realize that if i do not support corporate hegemony and the imperial militarism required to enforce it that I must be some kind of koran reading sparkleponypoopmuncher.

HAHA LMFAO those sparkleponypoopmunchers are realy funny HAHA can hardly keep down that bite of balsamic infused sot la trape I’m noshing ’bout now

Anyhoo – all this talk about ‘not believing our elected leaders (who have been shown over and over to be unabashedly lying)’ and ‘protecting our freedoms by destroying them’ and all the calling out of them sparkleponypoopmunchers who simply do not understand the necessity of ‘protecting our homeland’ (after our killing more than 100,000 innocent civilians in just one of our current undeclared wars ~ read : illegal invasions under the geneva conventions) reminds me of an incident that myself and mrs.acmerecords experienced first hand that really really made me glad that I have relinquished my capacity for critical thinking and delivered myself as a naked new-born infant into the hands of our dear.protecting.surveillance.addicted.drone.shooting.democratic.hero –

After finishing a quite delicious meal at our local smith and wollensky steak house where me and mrs.acmerecords shared a wonderful dry aged 48 oz porterhouse (for 2) we decided to make a little pilgrimage to our city’s federal building to just look on in awe at the building in our town that houses the types of folks who understand as we will never be able to that we must give up our rights if we are going to keep the ponypoopmunching islamacists from breeching the fortifications of our great land of commercial (nee constitutional) rights -and maybe take a few pictures to display on our facebook pages –and, when we turned the corner on Monroe, we were met with the troublesome sight of maybe 500 swarthy individuals (who were by my estimation largely of Latino – as opposed to Arabic extraction, based upon the various statues of Christ and Mother Mary that they were fondling and carrying about – but remember, as bobama’s joint chief sez, there is a fundamental and un-American connection between Latin Americans and islamacist.terror plotters that has to be recognized and dealt with that has something to do with cannabis, or something) who were all up-in-arms and shouty and marching around and singing songs and making speeches – a regular Arab-spring kind of uprising right here in the city center of my town.  

Shocked to the foundations of my and mrs.acmerecords porterhouse stuffed probosci,  I turned to one of the hundered or so gentle and helpful policeman on the scene (who was decked out in full body armor, carried a hundred plastic hand cuffs and had a very useful protective helmet and face protecting shield) who informed me that the group of crazy ‘rights demanders’ had gathered in Chicago on what is known around the world as ‘international workers day’ that commemorates an incident that happened right here in chi-town called the Haymarket Riot (in 1886) – where a bomb was thrown by a still-to-this-day unknown terrorist that killed some terrorists and some police – and thankfully, the leaders of the protesterrorists, who were not actually at the event, were executed – Can you imagine? A ‘holiday’ celebrating terrorists and common workers? I do declare ..thank god for the protections that our sainted secular elected official enacted as laws just last year to protect our fragile democracy from the opinions of protestors…  I mean, haven’t these ponypoopmunchers ever heard of Labor Day??  And all of this allegedly happened to secure the eight hour work day (made law in the US in 1937) – and, all of this happened in the ‘home town’ of  our dear leader?!?  Can you ever think of Mrobama saying that he’s-a-gonna-put-on-his-marching-shoes to support unionized workers if collective bargaining is ever threatened on his watch – to, you know, protest for worker.terrorist rights?  I mean- really you gots to be crazy to think something like that – Obama? A protesterrorist ponypoopmuncher – - hello… bizzaro world, folks! 

Apparently these ‘protestors’ had not yet received the message that ‘trade-offs’ must be made for our collective protection that eliminate what we have been otherwise informed are ‘inalienable rights’ -  because they were carrying around placards with pictures of our dear.spymaster.child.incinerating.leader.bobama with words on them like “war criminal”, “liar” “as bad as bush” etc (downright glenn.greenwald of those rabble) rousing themselves into a ‘I demand civil rights and equal protection’ frenzy that our hard working (and brutal to be sure – but understandably under-protected and under-armed) city police could not possibly handle on their own.

Thank god that my town is led by that fantastic protector of corporate wealth Rahm Emmanuel (formerly in bobama’s white house as the guy who was formally tasked with calling sparkleponypoopmunchers “retards”) because this staunch protector of our to.be.traded.off.constitution had the foresight to call on bobama’s department of homeland uber-security goon squad to ensure that these un-American americans don’t get too exorcised trying to exercise their mis-perceived “constitutional right” to petition the government with grievances – can’t have that in a free (unless we trade off our freedoms to quell our anxiety over amorphous ‘threats’) country like America.  And the good folks at the CTA were kind enough to provide buses to carry-off protestors who became too noisy to lock them up safely out of sight in one of our city’s very own ‘black site prisons’.

Although me and mrs.acmerecords quivered mightily at the strange site in modern America of citizens who have the temerity to stand up against corporate fascism – the presence of the homeland-goon squad was comforting and reassuring…to simply know that our.dear.leaderS are vigilant in protecting the rights that mrs.acmerecords and me can afford (which have not yet been ‘traded away’) made me proud to be paying my tax dollars in support of those red white and blue goons (who by the way were tethered by a secure chain to a snarling and foamy mouthed attack dog – or should I say snarling and foamy mouthed protector of my god-given and not yet traded away right to not become aware of criticisms and challenges to our dear.drone.dealing.spy.king and our corporate constructed paradise of rights – if y’all can afford them)

Anyhoo, good thing is I found out that the pot-banging and rights clamoring rabble did not make a difference – in my town or my country ..whew!  No unions for low wage workers!  No citizen rights for taxpaying workers!  No end to imperial wars!  And best of all… all the people in rancho bernado can sleep easy knowing that the idea of a ‘living wage’ is still sparkleponypooponaplate !! Almost turned into a shria-law state or some kind of ponypoopmunching utopia or something.

God rest ye well, stormtrooping homeland security goons for protecting me from those dangerous religious song singing people who have different ideas from my own, rahm who protects us every day from the ‘retards’ who dine on sparkleponypoop and our dear.protector for understanding the complex set of trade-offs contemplated (but never actually expressed) by our founding fathers.  We may not know why our freedoms have to be removed for our safety – but we can be certain that terror.protestors will again (on May 1) stand around on street corners mouthing ponypoopdreams and wiping sparklepony dung from their chins as they are securely surrounded by a phalanx of body-armored real americans ready to place their ”billy club to the fucking skull” in support of our beautiful American freedom to participate in structured commerce.

/s

‘the flag follows the dollar, and the soldiers follow the flag’  smedley butler