New York Times Bribes Obama and Romney Because Campaigns Demand It — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)
New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters revealed this week that his paper Bribes both President Barack Obama and his Republican opponent Mitt Romney. He reported that the Times began giving the Bribes after they were Blackmailed by both Obromney campaigns. Peters said that the Washington Post also pays the Bribes, as do Reuters news service and Bloomberg News. Peters indicated that all four were Blackmailed by the two campaigns into agreeing to pay the Bribery. He says many other news outlets have been victimized by the Republicrats during this rigged Election.
Allowing the President to Censor the Press marks a Government as overtly Fascist.
VIDEO of Slave Children: AFL-CIO, SEIU, CWA Sell Out Workers, Endorse Candidate who Supports Slavery — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)
Slave children are often kidnapped or bought from their parents on the Indian Subcontinent. Others were taken when their parents were slaughtered during anti-Black Genocide in the Sudan. Before Barack Obama became President, there were lots of videos of the child Slave jockeys viewable on YouTube. They’re harder to find now on corporate YouTube. This is a recent video of Slave children.
It’s an example of the Slavery that President Obama, the AFL-CIO, SEIU, and CWA endorse by supporting Bahrain and the UAE. And presumably this is what our President and union bosses envision for American workers. Oh, and, by the way, Slaves are beaten, molested, raped, killed. Knowing that, maybe now you don’t want to watch the video. But maybe you’d better watch it. This could be your next labor union!
As the Democrats swerve recklessly to the far Right, large US labor unions are selling out their member workers by endorsing the pro-Slavery candidate, six months ahead of the 2012 Presidential Election. What’s worse, they know that their candidate President Barack Obama (who supports Slavery in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates) is the most anti-labor Democratic Presidential candidate since Woodrow Wilson [who won one hundred years ago in 1912 with Ku Klux Klan support].
With this development we must conclude that the leadership of those labor groups (including Communications Workers of America, Service Employees International Union, and American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations) sold out completely to management corporations.
President Obama supports Slavery in Bahrain and the UAE. The Slaves are of a different race and have darker skin than their owners. Camel races in both places and elsewhere exposed the Slavery prevalent on the Arabian Peninsula. To hide the fact that Slavery exists there, robots replaced child Slave jockeys in many televised races, but not in all camel races. Other uses of Slaves were not affected by that superficial change.
There are over one million Slaves in Bahrain. President Obama is the biggest supporter of Slavery there. He keeps the US 5th Fleet warships docked there. Warship worship! The Obama-backed Fascist Bahraini Government Murders democracy supporters and Tortures journalists.
Of course, Slavery is always in the financial interest of corporate management, to the extent that corporations by law must seek maximum profit. And by extension, then, Slavery is in our nation’s interest when it profits large corporations, right? Here’s an attempt by and for a couple of pathetic disgusting War Criminals to explain that whatever the Slave state Bahrain does is always in our National Interest and cool with us, no matter what: Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron. http://www.newcivilisation.com/home/middle-east/obama-cameron-essential-interests-trump-empty-values
It is a propaganda campaign, a ruse, an attempt to Cover Up, rationalize, legitimize, and ‘justify’ the Intrigues and Murders by the Obama Death Squads (ODS) in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Central and South America, and island nations.
With aid from Intelligence, this video about a minor African warlord suddenly went viral, just in time. So far, the Cover-Up is working.
Millions of mentally ill individuals are now promoting the pro-Assassination video, and sending zillions of dollars to invisible children! How do we know that they are mentally ill? Only the mentally ill join lynch mobs:
Even if they were sane before they signed on to the Murder Conspiracy, once they threw their support behind it, each of them consciously decided to Murder Mr. Kony, who is Black … believe me, while they are participating in the lynch mob, each of them is certifiably violently insane.
I’ve been sad to see some here at FireDogLake passing along lynch mob info without forcefully opposing it. Try to remember, killing people is wrong. Jesus even said so. Here’s an exposé of Kony 2012. [This is soundtrack only, so (if you're a multi-tasker) you can play the sound on another tab as you read on.] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nE4Z_iUTuw8
Get with the program! Get with the group! Get with the mob!
Kony 2012 swamped the news, it was all over! You know what else was in the news? A stupid, relatively meaningless Republican race that nobody cares about. The Republicans aren’t even trying to win, because they know they could never elect somebody as far-Right as Obama: Oh, they keep pretending they don’t like him, and keep running against him, but the far-Right Republicans have never had it so good!
Rick Santorum is just jumping up and down waving his arms around screaming ‘I’m the Stupid candidate! I’m the anti-environment candidate! I’m the dangerous candidate! If you don’t vote for Obama, then you’reStupid!‘ Obama is truly the most effective Republican President since Grant.
What is Covered Up: Meanwhile Vice President Joe Biden was down in Central America palling around with the world’s most Murderous monster, Honduran Dictator “Pinochet” Lobo, boss of the most active and notorious Obama Death Squad.
Pinochet Lobo’s ODS Murdered at least 20 journalists and 75 lawyers in Honduras during the run-up to Biden’s visit. Reporters were slaughtered throughout the region, in what can only be described as a bloodbath. (That article’s coming, and I’ll link at the end of this one.)
Obama Death Squads also Murdered at least 20 more journalists in Mexico and throughout the region. I don’t yet have stats on lawyer Murders in Mexico and the rest of Central America.
All authorities see Agosto Pinochet as a horrible bloody monster. And it is Pinochet’s career that Lobo’s Obama Death Squad seeks to emulate and duplicate in triplicate. Obama and Biden and Clinton must stop supporting these Assassinations by Pinochet Lobo’s ODS.
Obama used the Kony old news to ‘legitimize’ his invasion of Uganda, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and recently “independent” South Sudan, five months ago in October 2011.
And, here’s some disgusting pro-Murder propaganda directly from the US Government, President Obama’s Propaganda Minister Jay Carney expressing the Obama Administration’s support for the propaganda effort.
Nearly five thousand people have been reported lynched in the US. 73% of them have been Black. So far.
There are of course the obvious parallels in the Kony lynch mob to our collective insanity when we the American people joined in bloodthirsty lynch mobs against dark-skinned Muslims like Dictator Saddam Hussein and that terrible TV star Osama bin Laden.
Oh, yeah, and the lynch mob that killed that poor Black Somali child trying to protect African resources – you know, the kid that President Obama called a “pirate” and ordered him shot. He might have been a Muslim too.
But I am struck by two other parallels.
I made a pilgrimage to Rosewood, Florida, with my partner and chicks in tow, a decade-and-a-half ago. But there is no Rosewood, Florida. You can go there, but there’s no there there. Not anymore.
We looked at what isn’t left of Rosewood, then we got the hell out of there; because, well, I had my family with me, and to this day not only are Black people still not welcome in that part of Florida, but pilgrims and sympathetic gawkers at the site of the Atrocity are definitely not allowed either.
The world’s first viral video, Birth of a Nation with its heroes the Ku Klux Klan, swept the nation like a storm in 1915. Democratic President Woodrow Wilson of Virginia watched it, and said it was “So true!”
What was true [according to the film] was President Ulysses S. Grant had unjustly occupied the South to enforce Voting Rights, Civil Rights, and Human Rights during Reconstruction after the Civil War. The film said that after the evil Grant was out of office, the KKK came in and freed the South from the carpetbaggers.
The film said the problem with universal Civil Rights is that Black people are unequal savages! Black men were raping White women, the viral video said. Immediately after the film’s debut, the KKK re-formed at Stone Mountain Georgia and lynched a Jew.
Thousands of Blacks were lynched throughout the country over the next decade-and-a-half. Somebody in Rosewood saw the movie, or heard about it, or knew about the fad.
Out of many Racist incidents in Florida in the early 1920s, Wikipedia sites this particular race riot as a precursor to the Rosewood Atrocity:
“In December 1922, a white mob burned a black man to death for the murder of a white school teacher in Perry, 75 miles (121 km) from Rosewood, and then burned down the black Masonic Lodge and other black institutions, including a school and a church. The Perry lynching was covered on the front page of The Gainesville Daily Sun for a week in December 1922, heightening tensions in the region.”
The next month at the all-White Masonic Lodge in Sumner, near Rosewood, instigators insisted that a Black Rosewood resident had raped a White woman. No proof. Were these people the KKK? That’s ambiguous. We don’t know if they wore hoods and robes after they left the Masonic Lodge. We do know a Black janitor was working there. He was also a Freemason.
We do know that rules of Masonic etiquette required that the Black Mason not betray the confidence of his White superiors. But some historians surmise that he did go warn Black residents. The White lynch mob killed people and burned the place to the ground. We’ll never know how many Blacks were Murdered that night in Rosewood.
In the early 1980s, the St. Petersburg Times exposed the Rosewood Massacre. To deflect criticism generated by that article, in 1993 the Florida Legislature began investigating the Massacre. In 1997, a film about the Massacre came out, but it didn’t get the kind of viral promotion that Kony 2012 did.
In 2004, to deflect criticism generated by film, “the State of Florida declared Rosewood a Florida Heritage Landmark and erected a historical marker on State Road 24 that names the victims and describes the community’s destruction,” according to Wiki.
What Wiki can’t tell you is this: If you go to that marker, if you see that awful site, you will not be welcomed there. You will be even more of a sitting duck than my family and I were when we went there. You’ll be a worse sitting duck than the people of Rosewood themselves:
Do NOT get out of the car! First, turn the car around. If you have good enough telescopy, you can read the sign or photograph it. Hit the gas and get the hell out. Please. These people are nobody to fuck with.
And remember: To get back to civilization from the Rosewood killing fields, it’s eleven-and-a-half miles of thin road through flat desolate swampland where anybody can see you, and nobody would grieve if something happened to you. If you went to look at that marker, you are either a nigger or a nigger-lover. Get out of there quick; but, whatever you do, don’t get pulled over!
Three years before the Rosewood Massacre, Sir James Frazer published his monumental 12-volume study The Golden Bough, which through interpolative Cultural Anthropology tells the story of the disgusting violent prehistorical slime pit out of which our current humanity has finally emerged. Or have we emerged?!
Royal families marry within royal families. This has gone on for thousands of years [that we know of]. It may have gone on thousands of years before history was recorded in written language. Yet everyone in the slime pit could see that the sperm and blood of the King and a Virgin would cause the fields to be fertile. And it was damn important for the fields to be fertile.
But if they killed the Kings every year, those Kings wouldn’t be to able breed a super race of ruler-class demi-gods, with vestigial tails from all the inbreeding. (No, they’re not lizards from Mars. Don’t be fooled by those scaly tails. They’re just inbred.) Kings determined that Kings were needed alive. They got a substitute for the King. They got him a Tanist.
Now, instead of ritually killing the King every year, the people could rejoice in treating a Tanist as King for a day, or for a year, and then killing him instead of the King. It’s such a simple way to treat simple-minded people already mind-numbed by the prevalent propaganda. Just get them chanting like the people in the Kony 2012 viral video.
Rachel Fracking Maddow Equates Drug Legalization with Premeditated Killing — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show last night presented a long segment on how disturbing it is when crowds at Republican debates make their bloodthirsty lynch-mob voices heard.
I’m sure you’re all familiar with the show: It tries to trick naive Liberals and the clueless into supporting President Obama’s Right-wing policies, and voting for him. Like all MSNBC shows, it is sponsored by Fracking.
Maddow showed the clip wherein Rick Perry brags about his Premeditated killing of lots of people, followed by Murderous applause. Apparently this bothered Rachel Maddow, not because Right-wingers were wailing for blood, but because those Right-wingers are presumably registered in the Republican Party. She appeared overjoyed back when President Barack Obama bragged about ordering Premeditated Murder of a Muslim, a member of Bin Laden Oil Dynasty of Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
She then aired many examples of the President so boasting, followed by bloodthirsty applause from his admirers, including lots of Journalists! (It was absolutely Hitlerian.) So, to follow the Maddow ethics: It’s OK for far-Right Democrats to cheer for Premeditated Murder, but that’s not OK for Republicans.
She showed other disturbing clips: In one Ron Paul is asked if an uninsured man in a coma should be left to die. Hooting and yelling accompany a scream of “Yeah!!” After the crowd finally settles down, Paul can barely be heard saying “No” as the clip ends.
The point of the whole exercise was to show that Republicans are bad; and that we all need to vote for Barack Obama, because only he can protect us from stupid violent crazy Tea Partiers. Maddow has announced hundreds if not thousands of times that there are two Parties. Exactly two. If she graduated college, how come she doesn’t know about the other Parties?
To further her point about how bad Republican crowds are when they make noise, she reached back into the archives for a video clip, again of Ron Paul in a debate. This time he spoke out for Legalizing drugs, including Heroin. Many rational people believe in Legalizing. Some countries have Legalized Heroin. So, it is not the crazy whak-o Murder-related activity she presented is as: She was lying: Legalizing drugs does not equate to Premeditated Murder, like Rick Perry’s signing Death Warrants, or like a Barack Obama’s ordering Premeditated killings of Muslims.
Uproarious applause from Republicans for drug Legalization! That’s drug Legalization, much better than killing!
(Lastly let me say this about the cheering and booing: Happening first in Tampa, then Orlando: I’m from Tampa: The standard of living is so low down there, that it’s easy to hire somebody to cheer or boo or vote the way you want. And there are thousands of intelligence agents in the Tampa area. So that booing and cheering wasn’t just stupid Tea Partiers. It was much more contrived than that. And nobody should be scared that that hired lynch mob is made up of average Tampa citizens: Tampa elected a Green and a Socialist to its City Council in 2010. Tampa has the coolest, hippest, most Left-wing radio station in the world: WMNF 88.5 FM Tampa Community Radio, which you can listen to right now, or anytime at wmnf.org. 88.5: As far Left as you can go, and still be on the radio.)
I just watched the debut of MSNBC’s Up With Chris Hayes show. Let me be the first to say, what a disgusting piece of salesmanship! The fracking commercial so authoritatively showed how fossil fuel companies intend to drill under our drinking water sources, because they’re so nice and green. Pollution/Weapons manufacturer General Electric and Microsoft/Bill Gates own MSNBC. Advertiser Siemens is also in the Pollution business.
The most striking thing about this sham pretending to be Journalism was its censorship. MSNBC and other media blacked out news coverage of the Occupation of Wall Street (censorship that Keith Olbermann complained about http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4QUePfHFQY&feature=player_embedded). They blocked out the Facebook photo of the bloodied Tortured face of a protester held face down on pavement by a brutal officer. They ignored the twelve protesters massacred today by President Obama’s puppet’s marksmen in Yemen. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44650358/ns/world_news-mideast_n_africa/#.Tn3fqU9ZbJw
Of course, I’ve heard Hayes shill in the past. I saw him triumphantly glowing on the Rachel Maddow Show, reactionary to President Barack Obama’s boasts about his order for Premeditated Murder of a Muslim, a member of the Bin Laden Oil Dynasty of Saudi Arabia and Yemen. But it troubles me to see The Nation magazine endorse Right-wing propaganda. This show is another cheerleader for the Obama reelection campaign.
So, here we have a magazine that’s nominally Progressive (it does publish the brilliant reporting of Jeremy Scahill), but when faced with the magazine’s Editor-at-Large Chris Hayes’s decision to go to work for a political campaign one year and two months before the election, The [presumably nonpartisan] Nation, instead of dismissing Hayes from his post for the Conflict of Interest, wished him luck and sent a guest from the magazine for his first show, to help push the Right-wing propaganda. http://www.thenation.com/article/161562/congratulations-washington-editor-chris-hayes-msnbcs-new-host
(This is not the first time The Nation has veered off to the Right way too far for my comfort. In the 1872 US Presidential Election campaign and before it, President Ulysses S. Grant and the Radical Republicans crusaded for Black [male adult] suffrage. But The Nation magazine, newspaper publisher/Presidential candidate Horace Greeley, and the Liberal Republicans insisted that Black people who were illiterate should be barred from voting. What’s “Liberal” about that?! It’s not Liberal: Sometimes words are used to deceive.)
Most of the two-hour Chris Hayes show consisted of several guests sitting around a table pushing MSNBC’s Party line for the week. [That's the Party line of the Republicrat Party.] Hayes’s guests made the exact same points as talking heads on MSNBC’s other shows did this week. Some were the same people. Their message was “we need Obama.” The Nation‘s commercials claim that it has “Liberal bias,” but here it is supporting a far-Right candidate more than a year before the election, without even bothering to find out who the Left-wing candidates are. That’s “bias” alright, but not “Liberal bias.”
MSNBC’s shows (the ones that aren’t Right-wing propaganda about cops and prisons) all opine that Obama, with his warring against all Muslim countries, his endorsement of Slavery and massacres ignored by US troops in Bahrain, his attacks on Human Rights, his deadly criminal treatment of Haiti/Somalia/Yemen … every MSNBC show claims that only this neo-Fascist nightmare can save us from terrible stupid crazy Tea Partiers.
MSNBC’s been claiming that for a long time. Now, they’re overtly campaigning for Obama, and it’s still a year and two months before the election: MSNBC doesn’t even know who the Liberal candidates may be, but it’s forcefully trying to trick naive Liberals and uninformed college students into falling for the MSNBC/Obama Campaign: “It’s-Fascist-or-Crazy-or-Nothing!”
(Wednesday evening, MSNBC was forced against its will to start covering the Troy Davis execution by firedoglake shaming them, and Democracy Now! reporting on it. MSNBC host Al Sharpton was missing from his own show at 6 pm: He was on Democracy Now!, down in Georgia, trying to save Troy Davis’s life. Here’s my MyFDL Diary on the subject at the time: “Racist Premeditated Murder Pits KKK, Obama Democrats & MSNBC against Pope, Carter, Tutu, Sessions, Barr, Basic Human Decency” http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2011/09/21/racist-premeditated-murder-pits-kkk-obama-democrats-msnbc-against-pope-carter-tutu-sessions-barr-basic-human-decency/ Both Rachel Maddow and Chris “the Dumb Guy” Matthews had to – “unexpectedly,” she said – come back on the air and cover the Davis Murder, during the time slots when their shows would usually re-air the earlier broadcasts. On Matthews’s 7 pm show, he had endorsed Davis’s killing. On the Troy Davis’s Death Certificate, the cause of death is listed as “Homocide.”)
The panel on the Chris Hayes show lamented the Republican crowd cheering Rick Perry’s boasts of Premeditated Murders [Capital Punishment]. But for some reason, none on the panel compared it to the Democratic crowd cheering Obama’s boasts of Premeditated Murder [Targeted Assassination] of a Muslim. (Rachel Maddow also used the Perry death cheer incident for misleading Right-wing propaganda, which I’ll cover in a different Diary.) One Hayes show graphic showed the top ten countries in executions, with the US in the middle of those. The Obama regime’s puppet far-Right dictatorships in Yemen and Somalia also made the top ten. So, instead of fifth, if you include its satellites, the US is third.
To be balanced, guests on the show made sure to note that the Death Penalty can be good. One panelist, Ezra Klein, noted that that the “Death Penalty doesn’t work … ” but then went on to insert Right-wing propaganda “… the way Communism doesn’t work.” He said that Communism failed everywhere it was tried. This brings me to longstanding propaganda in this country: That Communism=Left. I have here on my desk a 1940 reprint of “A Popular Essay In Marxist Strategy and Tactics” written in 1920 by V.I. Lenin. The book is titled “Left-Wing” Communism, an Infantile Disorder. Lenin obviously detested the Left.
So, Lenin, who founded the Soviet Union, was no Leftist. Stalin who succeeded him purged the Left. Later leaders locked up poets Yevgeny Yevteshenko and Alexander Ginsberg, for being too far Left. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/720049/posts “Red” China’s Cultural Revolution purged artists, free thinkers, Leftists. What was “tried” in the Soviet Union and China was far-Right dictatorship, and propaganda. I don’t want it.
No one on the Hayes panel pointed out that Mitt Romney, the candidate who beats Obama in head-to-head polls, is the one major candidate to the Left of Obama. I say this having lived under both of them for several years, Romney here in Massachusetts, and Obama here in the United States.
Romney signed the world’s first Gay Marriage bill into law. Last I heard, Obama is still against it. Romney enacted the most far-Left health care law of any state in the US (though Vermont has passed us on that by now). Obama enacted the most far-Right health care policy of any country in the world. In one of the debates, Romney spoke out against the Wars and said he doesn’t want citizens who make under $100,000/year to pay any taxes at all. Obama is a warmonger and wants citizens who make under $100,000/year to continue paying Social Security tax at a rate that’s at least ten times as high as what he and his fellow millionaires pay. In fact …
… If you paid taxes on less than $100,000 in earnings in 2009, then you paid a 55-times-higher rate in Social Security taxes than President Obama did. Oh, but Obama said he wants to end that unfair disparity, in 2019! He knows it’s unfair and he wants to fix it someday, long after he’s out of office, after he and his contributors have made money on the unfairness for almost another decade. As I said, I’ve lived a long time under both of them: Mitt Romney is far to the Left of Barack Obama.
Unfortunately, Romney like Obama is quite – how can I put this diplomatically – truth challenged. We heard two things about Mitt Romney here before he ran for Governor. People warned that he was a Mormon. But actually, that never came up in his governing at all. Others bragged of his “bringing the Olympics to Utah.” But to me, that didn’t seem like something to brag about: Utah was famous as home to a Conservative religion, but to get the Olympics people on the International Olympic Committee were Bribed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2002_Winter_Olympic_bid_scandal (Don’t get misread me – I support Jill Stein for President.)
When Chris Hayes fills in for Rachel Maddow, one can tell that their words are exactly the same: There’s no difference. It’s seamless. They even look the same. We can see that on MSNBC, we don’t have actual reporters or journalists or editorials, we don’t have Rachel or Chris, the real person; we have someone reading a script from the propaganda arm of a weapons manufacturer, trying to manipulate us into thinking and doing things profitable to the Weapons Industry.
That reminds me, tomorrow morning on Up With Chris Hayes, he’ll talk with someone about the Constitutional Convention Conference. This Conference fills me with great hope, the reason for which I’ll write about in a separate column; but Hayes will not be reporting on how Progressives can uses Article Five Constitutional Conventions to take over. No, he’ll be talking to Koch brothers ally Mark Meckler.
The name of the show is Up With Chris Hayes. I say “Down with Chris Hayes!” What a load of crap!
Gay Rights/Marijuana/Peace Proponent ex-Gov. Gary Johnson (R-NM) in Tonight’s Debate — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)
Candidates who favor Gay Rights, Legalizing Marijuana, or ending the wars often don’t get in televised Presidential debates. But one will be included tonight, at 9 pm on Fox News. Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson should have been included all along.
Johnson, Fred Karger, and Jimmy McMillan are three Republican Presidential candidates who espouse those taboo opinions. One of them is in tonight.
Fred Karger is unique as the only openly Gay candidate in the race. He filed a complaint against Fox News for blocking his participation in a previous debate. Poverty Rights activist and performance artist Jimmy McMillan was a Democrat when he soundly defeated current New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and all others in the 2010 Gubernatorial Debate, by harping on the theme of his own The Rent Is Too Damn High Party.
Ron Paul, who’s now third in the Republican Presidential polling (behind Gov. Rick Perry and Gov. Mitt Romney), agrees strongly with them on two of the three above issues. He’s adamant about Rights in most cases. Paul, Johnson, Karger, and McMillan may be competing for that segment of the Republican electorate who are considering moving over to the Libertarian Party, or who already have.
Gary Johnson and Ron Paul are popular among Marijuana advocates, who are by now after all grasping at straws. Getting exposure for his views, and facing Ron Paul in the debate could be the push Johnson needs to start polling above zero.
The League of Women Voters was years ago elbowed out of debate facilitation by corporate debate panels which suppress certain candidates with certain political opinions. And so we’ve reached our current sitch, wherein MSNBC nervously warns us each night that we need Obama’s corporatist anti-Human-Rights, anti-science brand of Save-the-War-Not-the-Poor neo-Fascism to protect us from stupid violent crazy Tea Partiers.
To ensure that we’d face this Crazy-or-Fascist dilemma, the 2008 debate dictators used anti-democratic moves to winnow the field of candidates: The first 2008 Democratic Presidential debate in Iowa didn’t allow Dennis Kucinich or Mike Gravel, and threatened not to allow Barack Obama, until he announced that he did not favor single-payer health care. So, on television, the moderator merely asked: “I don’t think anyone here favors single-payer health care – if anyone here favors single-payer, raise your hand.” No one did. That was the extent of discussion on health care in that debate.
Kucinich and Gravel both favor Gay Rights, Marijuana Legalization, and peace. When Kucinich finally was allowed in a debate, he only got one question, and it was specifically designed for character assassination. The questioner was Tucker the Dumb Guy, Tucker Carlson who had an MSNBC morning show in those days. Laughing his ass off, Carlson asked Kucinich his only question: “You saw a UFO?!” Weeks later, Carlson revealed his position high up in the John McCain for President campaign.
And while you’re watching tonight, remember that it is Fox News, owned by Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch’s empire admitted this summer that it Bribed police and public officials in the United Kingdom. President Obama is empowered by the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to withdraw all of the Fox networks’ broadcast licenses. And leaked info says he won’t do that, at least not before the election. Why wouldn’t he? Is he trying to help Fox rig the election? On the other hand, if he had pulled Fox’s licenses, they might not now be hosting tonight’s debate. But perhaps someone else would.
Propaganda, Political Suppression, Tony Curtis & Pot: MassachusettsMarijuanaMovementJournal/MaMaMoJo — NormanB ("Deviations from the Norm")
First, get yourself in the mood: Have a hit off the MassachusettsMarijuanaMovementJournal’s new "commercial spot for MaMaMoJo" created by multi-media artist & musician Stephen Adamo, aka DEATHINKING
…Note: Though the artist called it a "commercial", there’s nothing for sale being advertised, it’s just a plug for MaMaMoJo. Stephen Adamo also designed the new logo for MaMaMoJo which you can view at links below: Rachel thought of Michelangelo’s God passing Man a hemp leaf, but didn’t tell Stephen, on the opposite coast (where they too have some sort of election going on, I understand.) Somehow, Stephen also got the Michelangelo idea. Far out!
Actor Tony Curtis passed away today. He was in more than 150 films, and I’m not prepared to wade through all of them just to find the title of the one I’m going to tell you about. It’s not one of the relative few listed in Wikipedia. I watched it on black-and-white TV in the 1970s. It probably came out in the early 1960s, but maybe the ’50s.
The blurb in the Sunday newspaper’s TV Dial supplement said the title, then: "Movie: Tony Curtis … in the sin-ridden city of Tijuana." It was a propaganda film, kind of about how bad sex, drugs, rock and roll, and Mexicans are. Entertaining, conservative mores meet people in tight swimwear who drink and dance. Late in the film, Tony smokes the devil weed. Right away the cops close in on him. "You’ll never catch me!" he exclaims, as he dives into the Pacific Ocean, and attempts to swim across it to escape. He doesn’t make it: Another senseless drug-related death!
In 1970 (the same year he starred in What If They Had a War and Nobody Came), Tony Curtis became the spokesman for the I.Q. campaign, one of the first widespread uses of TV "commercials" to convince people not to smoke tobacco, because it’s deadly. The spots urged viewers to break their addiction to it.
Then Tony Curtis got caught with Marijuana. This time he didn’t try to swim across the Pacific, but the people he worked for did something just as crazy: They immediately fired him from the I.Q. campaign. If he was against smoking tobacco because it’s bad for you, then how can he be for smoking pot?! Hint: Because it’s not bad for you.
The firing was reminiscent of the boxing commission stripping Muhammad Ali of his heavyweight title because he refused military induction on religious grounds. As George Carlin put it: "If you’re not gonna kill ‘em, we won’t let you beat ‘em up."
Massachusetts Marijuana Elections 2010
73 towns and cities across Massachusetts will vote on Public Policy Questions on November 2 to instruct their representatives to support legislation legalizing Marijuana. Some are voting on legalizing medical Marijuana, some on whether to tax and regulate Marijuana like alcohol. All 73 are likely to pass. Rachel Neulander recently launched the MassachusettsMarijuanaMovementJournal to raise consciousness on our movement and to get word out on those PPQs.
Our state is Not Listed in the States section of the Just Say Now page, which lists some, but not all of the states who will vote on Marijuana legislation or Public Policy Questions this November. If anyone there at fdl knows how to get in touch with the Just Say Now campaign, or how to let Just Say Now know about the fast-approaching Massachusetts Marijuana elections, please connect us.
Here in Massachusetts, Green Rainbow Gubernatorial candidate and Marijuana legalization advocate Dr. Jill Stein had pulled into third place in the polling, slightly ahead of Democrat-recently-turned-Independent Timothy Cahill, but he has since surged. Unfortunately, political censorship and suppression continues:The webpage of the Rasmussen poll reporting these results cites the three male candidates, who all support legalizing casinos instead of pot, by name, but it calls Jill Stein "Some other candidate."
Massive Book-Burning Project Now Operating at Thousands of US Universities & Libraries — NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)
“Better World Books” sounds like it must be doing a good job. Actually, Better World Books found a way to profit from the existence of lots of books. But society pays a heavy toll for “Better World’s” profit. BWB collects books from thousands of locations, maily universities and libraries. (I haven’t learned yet if they’re getting the books from UMass or not, because the bin there is marked “BooksForTheWorld.com,” which is not a real in-use web address, though it is available.)
I watched BWB’s founder Xavier Helgesen interviewed on Bloomberg’s Venture. A link is below, but I’ll give you the highlights/lowlights: The company is run by at least one cool/hip-seeming person. The company spends some profits on good causes. The company collects lots of books, lets people search them out online. The company destroys about half the books it collects, because they don’t sell quickly or efficiently.
I think this is an emergency. These books being destroyed are important to our collective knowledge and heritage. Let me give you just one example: The National Encyclopedia from the years 1929-1936. Ten huge volumes, profusely illustrated in black-and-white photos and prints. Ten more volumes of annual yearbooks. If BWBs gets ahold of these, they’re headed for the incinerator; ah, green energy! Odds are, no one will ever buy them. Yet they are invaluable.
You probably have an almanac or encyclopedia, or some list of US Presidents. If you look up Warren G. Harding, the info there probably tells you that he died in office. That’s a lie of omission, because, by saying he “died in office,” the reference book insinuates that the death was not suspicious. However, if you look in the National Encyclopedia from the years I cited, you’ll learn that around the time his Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall accepted a bribe from Sinclair Oil, he suddenly died under “very suspicious circumstances,” which have not gotten less suspicious in these 90 years, though the publishing establishment for the most part ignores them.
Here in Amherst, we have a Free Store called the “Survival Center,” where people can get free books or other free goods that someone has donated. The Town Dump also runs something of a Free Store, where donors stock their books on shelves, and other townsfolk come along and take them. Here, the League of Women Voters has a huge cheap old book sale. Good Will and the Salvation Army also hold such giant sales, which serve to recycle books.
Book burning should never be tolerated in a free society, even if someone who looks like a hippie can make money off of it. Book destruction by BetterWorldBooks and similar schemes must be stopped. Find out what your local universities, colleges, bookstores, book sales and comic stores do with their used books. Make sure they are not sending them to be destroyed – not half of them, not any of them!
Weekend Art: Catullus & Sapphic Rhythm; Appreciating Poetry in Translation; Translation Styles — by NormanB; Directed & edited by Rachel Neulander
Classical literature in translation. The "Little Epic" of Catullus. The Wedding of Thetis & Peleus. Theseus & Ariadne (Ariane). Translation trends and styles. Sapphic Rhythm. Beatnik. Beat translators.
You can’t hear those hateful words on the recording, as they’re censored from audibility in the video below. It was to be released in conjunction with the tour Michael Jackson didn’t get to go on.
In the video, Jackson relates his own legal troubles to the prison-industrial complex, discrimination & police harassment against Blacks, the Rodney King beating & the rioting that followed, African famine, the Vietnam War & its extra-judicial executions, China’s Tiananmen Square massacre, various bombings, the assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald, POW camps, and refugee camps. The point he appears to by trying to make is that all these things are related through the ever-oppressive THEY, the Jews, according to Jackson’s lyrics and the video’s pictures. His song seems to advocate that We The People should revolt against THEY, the Jews.
This reminds one of MSNBC’s "coverage" of Jackson’s death. With Michael Jackson newly dead, MOM (Matthews-Olbermann-Maddow) stopped reporting the news – for weeks! Every show the same all night for weeks and weeks: ‘Our beloved Michael Jackson is still dead! and Fox is still saying awful things!’ Every show, every weeknight, for weeks. Or even months. Legitimate news? No thanks! MOM’s whole month: Just M.Jax and Fox.
If someone challenges the young, not-media-savvy, strict libertarian Rand Paul, he’ll defend even the libertarian planks that logic can show to be BAD. And if Paul’s inept enough at answering questions after speaking at a segregated club, MSNBC takes license to insinuate that he and his followers are dangerous bottom-feeding, mouth-breathing, violent, rabid slobbering racists: ‘Paulists are hateful and BAD.’
But what about Michael Jackson? It’s true: In the past, his music made lots of us feel good. Though I read the hateful lyrics for the first time only recently, as big-network news professionals, MSNBC’s MOM hosts must’ve known about the words back when MOM was adoring M.Jax as the godlike Elvis-Lennon-MLK of our time.
In fact, Michael Jackson cries out, here in the last video of his life, that if Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Martin Luther King were still alive, they [FDR & MLK] would not let THEM [the Jews] do this [oppression] to us [the good decent people].
Sister LaToya and other members of the Jackson family say Michael was murdered:
Evidence that Michael Jackson was murdered by Dr. Conrad Murray is compelling, as I’ll show below. That Dr. Murray is still allowed to practice medicine shows the power of the Medical Lobby, that doctors are above the law (like cops & judges & politicians), and it shows how ignorant of chemical properties the American public is. If Science aptitude scores EVER DO go up in this country, the status quo is in trouble!
Witnesses said Murray, then an employee of the soon-to-be-aborted racist tour, disallowed CPR that could have saved Jackson’s life, and that he hid drugs (evidence), and fled the scene. He was unavailable for the next couple of days. He apparently got privileged-character treatment like Tiger Woods and BP. Here’s a link from a few days ago reporting Judge Michael Pastor’s order that Murray keeps his medical license:
(For the time being, let’s ignore the Prilosec, Xanax and Zoloft. Throwing more drugs into the mix obscures the picture and changes the story: The M.Jax overdose tops those of his late father-in-law Elvis and Buffy of Family Affair COMBINED! [Presley and Anissa Jones, respectively, respectfully.])
The autopsy report showed that, before the Propofol O.D., Jackson had taken Vicodin and one full milligram of Dilaudid. "The Big D," Dilaudid (pronounced approximately "de-LOT-uh") is the pharmaceutical version of Heroin: Like "H" (Diacetylmorphine), "D" (Hydromorphone) is made from Morphine, a component extracted from Opium poppies. Dilaudid is 2.5 times as strong as Heroin. (Dilaudid and Heroin are brand names.)
Opiates are depressants. When depressants are combined, their effects don’t just add up, they multiply! Most overdoses of Heroin or Barbiturate sleeping pills result from mixing them with another depressant – alcohol. Recreational drug users, shamanic journeyers, and depressant hobbyists often combine depressant drugs to get a high that’s more impressive, though more dangerous. All Heroin users, from the most adamant needle freak to the most casual joy popper, know that combining strong depressants kills. Remember Cheech and Chong’s "And now, the winner of the See-How-Many-Downers-You-Can-Eat Contest, the late …"
Back to M.Jax: Already on Vicodin and Dilaudid, his doctor shot him up with Demerol, a third strong opiate depressant now in his system simultaneously. This will have sent him to Nirvana, not permanently, but overwhelmingly: When the Demerol entered his heart, then permeated his system, his consciousness was obliterated by the devastating euphoria of a Dilaudid "nod." Have you ever seen someone on a Dilaudid nod? I have. Such journeyers can speak, but cannot dance. They usually don’t ask for more drugs. If one does ask for more, the partner in crime (be he junkie, skin-popper, guide, or just a concerned acquaintance who volunteers to help), the person holding the needle ALWAYS says "No, you’ve had enough." Why aren’t doctors trained as thoroughly as junkies? Why aren’t judges?
Kudos to California Attorney General Jerry Brown for pressing the investigation. The California Medical Board still wants Murray’s license suspended:
Finally, to be complete, a look back on the life of Michael Jackson must include something about child exploitation, and some of Michael’s music. I could have used Billie Jean with its lyrics "The kid is not my son!" or Goin’ Back to Indiana or "Simple as A-B-C, 1-2-3, Do-Re-Mi, Baby, you and me," or "Oh, Baby, give me one more chance …" But I chose instead the horror-flick title track Ben, Michael Jackson’s first solo single, away from his probably-also-exploited brothers in the Jackson 5ive. Ben is a beautiful song about a silly situation, written by Don Black and Walter Scharf, originally for Donny Osmond, who was unavaiable to do the recording. MJ sang the love song to a male rat. It follows at the end.
So, M.Jax was exploited. So, too, was the kid (if any) he knew about through Billie Jean. Also, maybe, the kids whose parents apparently rented them to MJ, then sued, but did not successfully prosecute him. Who can forget the notorious interview wherein Michael told the network TV interviewer that he thought it acceptable for a visiting child to sleep in his bed with him, even as Michael and the child sat with feet in one another’s lap? Perhaps Michael Jackson’s alleged child exploitation was a learned behavior, or genetic, or both.
Then there’re the troubling photos of Michael Jackson dressed as a woman, walking with a young child or two, near the Dubai slave market, where Darfurian and Pakistani children are sold. The camel races in Dubai famously use as jockeys boys bought from their parents in indentured servitude from Pakistan or from Darfur [Sudan]. Public pressure got some of the boys off of the camel tracks in Dubai and nearby emirates, allowing other exploitation of the slaves to continue unabated. At its framing, the writers of the UN charter considered outlawing slavery in its member states, but rejected the idea, because slaves were still popular among the rich and royal on the Arabian Peninsula.
Here’s Michael Jackson with a child companion in Dubai:
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