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Emancipation

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Emancipation — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

 

(This is written by Western Massachusetts activist Terry Franklin.)

 

Prohibition is ending. One can feel it in the air. The elections in Colorado and Washington show that “the cork is starting to move.” In the metaphor from the ending of our earlier Prohibition of alcohol, the champagne bottle’s cork is slowly but steadily getting ready to pop. Soon we will be looking back at our current policies with the same level of disbelief, as we do with the witch hunts of the Middle Ages.

This breath of fresh air, so long in coming, gives hope that our society can rise above the desire for scapegoats, the need for politicians who pander to our most hateful instincts, and our urge to use force and violence against those we disagree with — for that is what we authorize when we make something a matter of criminal law. Richard Nixon’s “War on Drugs,” which began as a thinly-veiled assault on political adversaries, has now resulted in over 30,000,000 arrests for marijuana, over 40,000,000 arrests if you include all “controlled substances.” At any given time, as many black men are — largely for marijuana — under the control of the Criminal Justice Industry — prison, parole, and probation — as were slaves at the time of the Civil War.

Our federal government is in the same position vis-a-vis the states as it was with the Fugitive Slave Act. Colorado, Washington, and the 18 medical marijuana states are in direct confrontation with the Feds over fundamental principles of Liberty.

How repressive will the Feds be in this? What is Mr. Obama planning to do? His record last year was terrible, an acquiescence in policies designed to create enormous human misery. But he is faced with a unique opportunity to change his ways. It’s a new day, and the leadership role on this issue is sitting there, open for his use.

The most hopeful thing he could do, would be to expend some political capital, and work with Congress to bring a complete end to Prohibition. Short of that however, there is one thing he can do today with a stroke of his pen. Mr. Obama can issue pardons to those in federal prison, and to those previously convicted whose lives have been so negatively impacted by their criminal record.

It is true that his clemency powers cover only the federal system, while many of this War’s victims suffer at the state level. Here too though, his leadership can be effective, setting an example for governors, encouraging them to follow the right path. On January 1st, 1863, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. January 1st, this year, marked the sesquicentennial. What finer tribute, and show of decency could there be, than to act now?

Free the drug prisoners, Mr. President.

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On Veterans’ Day, What Can You Do If You Got PTSD in a Covert War?

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On Veterans’ Day, What Can You Do If You Got PTSD in a Covert War? — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

 

 

This is a poem. That’s all it is; it’s just a poem. Generalities and hypotheticals. It doesn’t mean this is that or that is this. It doesn’t. Don’t infer nothin’ ’bout nothin’. Shut up. Leave me alone. Mind your own business.

What can you do if you get Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in a covert war? You can’t call the VA – the Veteran’s Administration hospital – where they presumably have lots of experts on PTSD. You’ll never see the inside of one of those places. (Maybe as a visitor.) You can’t get a Military Disability. You can’t get Veteran’s Benefits. You can’t even say you’re a Veteran.

When somebody asks you – and they will ask – “Have you ever been in a war?” you’ll have to answer “No.” But it’s worse than that. You’ve got to say it with a straight face. No one can even suspect that you took part in that war. What war? There was no war. I don’t know what you’re talking about.

And you can’t get together with your fellow Veterans to reminisce, or even to process it a little. There will be no reunion. Want to go look up the people you were in the operation with? Wouldn’t that be spying on your own Government? You’d better not try it. You might run into those people in public: That would be easy: Just ignore them; and keep a straight face. But what if you do run into one of them, and then you get to talk? What then? You still can’t reminisce – if you did, well then, they would have to kill you.

What? After everything you did under orders in great personal danger for your country, didn’t you think that they would help you out with that legal trouble – because you were so deserving – and because it was their fault? No, you did not think that. You didn’t even suppose for one minute that they would come to aid you in the least. You had known, ever since Mission: Impossible [TV series] 45 years ago, that if you were ever “caught or killed, the secretary w[ould] disavow all knowledge of your actions.” And so they did. They just hung you out to dry.

It’s because you got fired. That bugged them out. Of course you didn’t want to do the job anymore after you found out what they were really doing. Nobody does. But most are even more cowardly than you: They’re afraid to quit. But once you were in, it was too late to quit for you too – you couldn’t just decide to quit, or to not do what you were told. So, you started acting up.

The foreign spy who’d just been smuggled into the country tried to check you out, asked what you did. Here was your chance to get yourself fired! You could have played it cool, you could have said anything, but it was up to you. So you blurted out that you were a reporter. The newcomer turned white as a sheet (and he was already pretty white). But all of the others in the room just sat there with their straight faces. They already knew you were a reporter. That’s one reason why they recruited you. And they knew you weren’t going to report on them, because they knew something that you did not know: That there were some major threats and harsh actions coming your way.

And so now all these years later you can sit so high and mighty as a good and decent person, and you can say that these horrible cowardly Coward Drone pilots are not doing what’s good and right. Oh, you’ve probably said worse things than that about the pilots of Coward Drones. Haven’t you?! You fucking hypocrite.

OK. OK. Coward Drone pilots are bad, right? Because they’re killing people remotely, removed physically and psychologically from the battlefield. At least they’re trying to be psychologically removed, just like you were with your “Stateside Support.” That’s what you were recruited for. Sounded reasonable. But you did know it was the CIA. No secret there. Sounded reasonable, exciting, sex, drugs, money. (Well, you were paid in something, somehow; maybe not money.) But it was exciting. And you were helping your country.

Or were you helping the CIA poison and destabilize your country? Well, never mind. (Who cares about that? We have bigger fish to fry.) What’s bigger than maybe poisoning and destabilizing your own nation? Lots of stuff worse than that! Lots worse! A lot worse! How’s this threat for a start: You tell anybody anything about what you did, and he will kill his whole family. You asshole. He brought you in, and now his family’s safety depends on your actions, and silence.

Why did they give you that Cabinet official’s name? You’re not high enough up to know that, not by a long shot! You’ve got to stop knowing it right away! Don’t you see that when an intelligence asset was using sex and hedonism to manipulate you and to get information out of you, you were getting information out of her the same way, and that if you’re somebody who’s so brilliant as to have been recruited by the Company, well don’t you see that: She didn’t just give you that information; you took it. Illegally. If you used sex and drugs in order to discover the name of a crooked Cabinet official, learning that name from an intelligence asset, and then she handed you written documentation of his office; well, then, you are a double agent, reporter or not. Then it should be no surprise to you that they put across that threat. And worse.

And what about seeing your freshly Tortured and permanently disfigured co-worker? They had to shock you into comprehending our side‘s Torture mill, to keep you in line. There was no “need-to-know” reason for you to see her face or to know about her Torture, and you didn’t want to know about it. But you did see her face, and now you have to know about it. You have to think about the consequences of your Stateside Support.

You’d never seen anybody with a freshly cut up face like that before. And this was intentional. Weren’t you glad right then that you hadn’t had sex with her a few weeks earlier, when she was beautiful, when she tried to seduce you, back when you were being recruited to the operation? If you’d already had sex with her too, then seeing her scabbed and stitched face at this time would have been even more traumatic. As it was, as soon as you saw her new face, you spontaneously erupted into projectile vomiting. In a room full of important people. That should have gotten you fired. But it didn’t. Coward. Hypocrite.

Yes, you are the Coward Drone operator, and I’ll tell you how: You were over here doing your Stateside Support for somebody who was arming both sides in a war that didn’t have to happen, a covert war that was killing people and corrupting Governments, and overthrowing Governments, and one of the Governments corrupted and overthrown was ours! You Mr. Hypocrite Coward Asshole, yes, you are worse than a Coward Drone pilot, because through your Stateside Support you helped your co-workers kill people without even knowing you were doing it. You didn’t have to see those dead people, or know their names, or know what they did. Ignorance is bliss. Was. But now you’ve been made to know about them, made to know specifically to hurt you and to threaten you; you should feel guilty. You are guilty.

In the beginning, they had asked you to help them. They didn’t say it was help for a covert war. You should have asked. This is another thing I’m pissed off about. You have known ever since James Bond [and Jethro Bodine(!)] in the 1960s that spies might use sex to manipulate people. Yet you fell for it. Again and again. Idiot. And, hey – red alert! – if somebody is giving you lots of expensive drugs, they too might be trying to manipulate you. Think about it.

That one getting-fired idea you had was a good one. Too bad it backfired. Direct superior was a needle freak. Should have been a piece of cake. Told her to stop obsessing on shooting up. Held that whole box of insulin needles inside the open door of the public dumpster at the shopping center. That got her attention. Threw those needles right in the dumpster and slammed the door. That stunt should’ve sure as hell gotten you fired. But instead, it got her to saying that she’ll quit coke for you.

When you use sex (and love) as weapons and tools of manipulation, things get misunderstood and mixed up. So you had to shock her back into reality, by saying “You don’t even know if you’ll ever see me again. You need to quit coke for you.” God, I hope she didn’t come back to the shopping center later and climb into that dumpster to get those needles back out. She probably did. (This may come as a surprise to some of you, but people under the influence of Cocaine are mentally ill. They’re crazy. That’s the thrill. That’s the high.)

Still not fired yet. Better amp it up. You were ordered to obtain Chinese bootleg Quaaludes. You knew that DEA were in the house waiting for you. You didn’t want to get anyone busted, leastwise yourself. So you outsmarted them: Got the smuggled drugs from a uniformed cop. Pretty slick. Pretty sick. But then you had to walk into that house full of intel agents, while holding. If you had just walked into the room where you were supposed to go, if you had exchanged the drugs ‘privately’ with the DEA dude, right there in front of the camera, they’d have had you dead to rights. Then, there would have been no need to fire you or beat you up or kill you or Torture you or threaten you – they’d have just locked you up and thrown away the key.

So you whipped it out right in middle of the living room! Big old clear plastic bagful of 100 fat white bitter pills. Right in front of everybody. Fulfilled your obligation, but nobody got it on tape. Pretty slick. Pretty sick. You might have been making some people pretty mad, but at least you weren’t getting busted. …Yet. And, hey, they all kept a straight face. Thought you were pretty smart, didn’t you? Obviously, you were, sometimes. But you still weren’t fired yet.

You had one weapon left: A very confused and drug-addled woman who thought she loved you, or you loved her, or something crazy like that (because you’d had sex with her, and shown compassion and concern). She was a ripe tool for manipulation. You were adamant to gain your dismissal. Not gonna be stopped. You were determined to use that weapon. You were gonna get fired! And all you had to do was to do the right thing, at last. Right, but very hard.

It was h-hour, the culmination of the whole operation. The top people were just going to send her out to sell most of the haul. They said she could handle it. They didn’t care much if she was in danger. They figured risking her life was worth the money they were going to make by selling the coke: A gigantic package of Cocaine, but still smaller than a breadbox. So you told her not to do it. You told her that she would be holding a small package worth too much money, and that she’d be stepping into a den of criminals with guns, who all knew that it would be cheaper to kill her than to pay her. You told her the truth.

You told her not to go, not to make the deal. Are you crazy?!! Do you even know how much money you just told her to turn down? No, you do not! You fucking asshole! You should have been shot! Oh, you had to be fired, that’s for sure. Can’t have you doing anything like that ever again. Can’t have the CIA losing money – or failing to get money that they might otherwise have gotten. Can’t have him killing you and her and the whole family over you fucking up the money. You’re fired! Good work.

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Florida: What it was like being Tortured in the United States 31 years ago Today

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Florida: What it was like being Tortured in the United States 31 years ago Today– by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

 

Let’s have a big laugh about Torture. Torture can be fun, funny. I haven’t publicly addressed this nearly enough, and for good reason. But now, let’s all laugh it up at my Torture. Because laughing is more constructive than crying, more positive. I do sometimes deal with my own Torture in my act:

 

 

Some people think of June 6 as D-Day, the day in 1944 that US and Allied forces invaded Normandy, France, from England, leading to the defeat of Germany in World War II. The anniversary holds a different significance for me. It was the day in 1981 that US and hostile forces invaded NormanB in Florida.

That’s the day I was Tortured, nearly to death, by public employees (cops and a doctor) in Florida, USA. They accused me of drug crimes that they couldn’t prove. They broke my back. They hemorrhaged my eyeballs. They permanently paralyzed part of my right hand. (I am right-handed, and a writer.)

What they did to me fits the Webster definition for Torture: Intentionally inflicting harm or damage, or the fear thereof, in attempt to obtain evidence or confession. I think it also fits the definition of Kidnapping.

Cops committed the crimes, but guess who got arrested? I was ultimately charged with three violent felonies against them!

Their actual story, as read in court from their depositions, was that when they approached me with their guns drawn: I attacked them; none of them touched me; and then I broke my own back. (I may have lost consciousness during part of the Torture, but I know that’s not what happened!)

So, I need to tell what happened, and how it came about. But I don’t want to tell anybody; I need to. I don’t want to think about it. I want to forget about it. I want it not to have happened. Broken back. I was planning to use that vertebra.

The Torture lasted for hours, at three different locations. They thought I was dead a couple of times. And I sure thought I was dead. I thought they were just going to bury me out back. I’m pretty sure they would have done that if I hadn’t gotten word out that I’d been disappeared.

When they realized that I was paralyzed from the waist down, they tried to make me walk, by having two trustees drag me around the jail while a police lady moved my feet. Aaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!

The beating was ostensibly just spontaneous mayhem, just a stupid poorly trained policeman almost Murdering a county citizen whom he was being paid to protect.

Though the investigation certainly did relate to it, the violence may have had nothing to do with the death threat I received a few months earlier from a DEA agent – the threat that he would kill me if I exposed pertinent details of a CIA Cocaine smuggling operation. I never did reveal those details, but it looks like he sicked the dogs on me anyway. And I don’t mean dogs.

In order to set me up, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Department used Confidential Informant Jack Windisch. Though too old to be a student, Jack used to hang around my high school to sell hard drugs (Cocaine, Dilaudid [pharmaceutical Heroin two-and-a-half times as strong as the real thing], and other pharmacy products, as well as their bootlegged knockoffs). By the time Jack was assigned to entrap me, he was already angry at me for making him pay after he had tried to rip me off, and he was charged with cigarette smuggling.

Western Pasco County is a small smuggling community on Florida’s West Coast (the very next county North of the counties of Tampa and St. Pete – “Tampa Bay”). In my time, there were only two industries in West Pasco: Drug dealing and jailing. Many people were involved in both: The then-current Sheriff and the previous one both lived at the same private airport, where residents have airplane hangars next to their garages. Went on for decades.

Yes, even now every day police chase drug users and sellers while ignoring the actual crimes going on all around them. A bunch of ignorant cowards, afraid of real criminals, brutalizing school kids.

June 6, 1981, Jack Windisch phoned me, looking for some coke. I told him I had none. Right away somebody else called me, offering some. Perhaps a little too naive, I didn’t smell a rat yet. I got together with Jack. He shot up most of the coke and poured in a bunch of cut. We went to a Sambo’s restaurant parking lot where I wasn’t supposed to meet anybody.

I was still sitting in the driver’s seat when Jack brought a plainclothesman to the passenger door. The undercover detective said that a small plastic packet in my hand looked good. I knew that wasn’t good. If a bag that he thinks is Cocaine looks good to him in the dark from four or five feet away, then he’s a cop. Conventional drug-world wisdom and judicial precedent tell us what’s done next. I dropped the packet into a hard-box cigarette pack with no cigarettes in it. I crumbled the hard-box. He pulled out his gun and pointed it at me. “Pasco County Sheriff’s Department!”

I put the hard-box in my mouth. Now, I know first-hand why Alexander the Great made his soldiers shave for battle: The first thing that detective did was grab my beard and try to pull my mouth open. But I knew from Anatomy and Physiology class (I had studied Pharmacy in college) that the human jaw can clamp down tight with force that applies 20,000 pounds of pressure per square inch of tooth surface area: Anyone can hold your mouth closed; but nobody can hold your mouth open. However, it was a big package, and he stopped me swallowing it by choking me.

Suddenly, out of nowhere [or perhaps out of cars in the parking lot] uniformed Pasco County Sheriff’s Deputies were running at me. The first one at my driver’s door was a 300-pound behemoth, the monster who did most of the damage. “Spit it out or I’ll blow your brains out!” he yelled as he pointed his gun at my head. I just said “Uuuuhhhhhhhhh!!!” [I was being choked.] He’d said he was willing to kill me for Possession. But I still knew about the 20,000 pounds psi.

The second cop started choking me lower on my neck than the first one. They both choked me and yanked my beard and hair and tried to force their hands into my mouth. The lying detective said that I had bitten his finger. If I had done that, his finger would have gone to the same place that hard-box went.

With both of them choking me, I stopped breathing. I thought I was about to pass out. Finally the first one let go of my neck, and I swallowed the hard-box. The big uniformed cop (weighing more than twice as much as me) yanked me out of the car by my neck, and hammered my head into the pavement of Sambo’s parking lot, over and over and over again, screaming “Spit it out! Spit it out!”

With my body between his legs, he stood cussing at me, calling me names, and dashing my bloodied head to the concrete. He stomped his jackboot onto my right hand twice, severing part of the radial nerve, permanently paralyzing part of my right thumb and ring finger. He kept his boot on my hand, his full weight. A second cop grabbed my other hand. A third one grabbed my feet. The hammering continued.

As my eyeballs hemorrhaged, I could see nothing but rapidly changing bright colors. Red! Green! Blue! Orange! White! Purple! Black! Flame! Red! Blue!…

I felt like I was flying upward in a spiral, through the flashing changing colors, flying faster and faster and faster! He hammered my head again and again. I knew I was dying. Shortly after the Torture started, I may have gasped the word “Pig!” between hammerings to the concrete; but now, dying, I didn’t want my last words to be words of hate, so I said “Jesus loves you.” Then he smashed my head a bunch more times.

They threw me into the back of a pig car and laughed about me not breathing. Two of them sat in the front seat of the car and started filling out reports.

Here is perhaps the place to flash forward to talk about my injuries. I already told you about the hand. Hemorrhaged eyeballs are not bloodshot. I don’t know what my eyes looked like the night of the Torture, because the police didn’t allow a mugshot. That would have been evidence against them. I know what my hemorrhaged eyes looked like in the mirror a month later: They were still not bloodshot: They were solid red, fire-engine red, as red as that bright red icon on your computer screen. Not bloodshot.

I don’t know exactly how or exactly when they fractured my vertebra. Maybe they hit me with their clubs. That could do it. They broke off one of the processes [bony protrusions] from a vertebra in the upper part of my back. Now, all these years later, it remains lodged between my heart and my lung, a living “bone island.” And what about mental damage? Well,… I tried to publish this article on June 6. …It’s not that anymore. Man, this is hard.

When I began to move, the cop in the driver’s seat exclaimed “He’s not dead!” The detective answered “He’s alright. Take him to West Pasco [Hospital] to get his stomach pumped!” They rushed me to the county Hospital, not to treat my extremely severe injuries, but to continue Torturing me, to try to [unconstitutionally] gain more evidence.

In the ER I met the evil Dr. Charles Prespare, MD, who is still practicing medicine in Spring Hill, Florida. I told him he should be treating my head injuries – I didn’t yet know that my back was broken, but I knew I was hurt, abrasions and blood and bruises all over my face and my head and my body.

I told him to treat my injuries, but the Fascists told him to pump my stomach. He got out an emergency medical text and read aloud that it takes 1.2 grams of snorted Cocaine for a fatal overdose.

I told the doctor I needed to speak with him privately. He pulled a curtain between me and the cops. That actually didn’t provide any privacy for our conversation, since the detective who started the beating was right there on the other side of the curtain and could hear every word. I told Dr. Prespare about Jack cutting the coke in half, and that it was nowhere near pure even before he stepped on it. So, I hadn’t taken anything like a whole gram, and anyway the 1.2 gram fatality was based on snorting, not eating it. (The reason people snort coke is that it doesn’t get you high eating it, because the metabolism is too slow to produce a high, much less an overdose.)

I told Dr. Prespare this was no O.D. and that he should be treating my injuries instead of further Torturing me. He threw the curtain back and said “Pump his stomach!” Then I demanded “What’s your name, doctor?!” He quipped “Dr. Wasserman!” ridiculing his patient, while drawing uproarious laughs from his fellow Torturers.

Healthcare workers witnessing the crimes were horrified. But none of them came forward to help me out with my case in the weeks and months that followed. Most people are afraid to oppose Fascist repression and violence. The regular Emergency Room workers wouldn’t help them Torture me though, so the cops and Dr. Prespare carried on without them. They tied my hands down. They tied my legs down. They forced a tube up my nose, down my throat, and into my stomach.

The mad doctor pumped a pint of noxious Ipecac syrup into my stomach. Ipecac bark is poisonous, and awful to a mere mortal. But I belong to the Church of the Tree of Life wherein we use herbs as sacraments, and even before joining the Church, I had been an herbalist for years, an herbal high enthusiast. I’ve had lots worse stuff in my stomach than that putrid Ipecac. I just looked at them. He pumped in another pint of Ipecac. I just looked at them.

An unexpanded human stomach only holds about two pints. But stomachs do expand. My Torturers pumped in another pint of Ipecac. Still nothing. The doctor was not legally allowed to pump in another pint of Ipecac. So, he pumped in a pint of water. I don’t intend to ever give evidence under Torture, even unto pain of death!

Dr. Prespare had used what looked like a turkey baster to pump the fluids up my nose and down the tube in my throat to my stomach. At this point, he inserted the turkey baster into the end of the tube still protruding out of my nose. He used it to suck liquid up the tube, then pumped it back down, fast. Up. Down. In. Out. In. Out. In. Out. I was starting to feel nauseous. I was turning my head side to side, trying to make sure that if I threw up, it would be either on that lying detective or on that evil doctor.

Finally, I vomited, but I caught the hard-box with my teeth and swallowed it again. I was hurting. Bad. I knew that swallowing the pack again would mean a lot more Torture. But I had no choice: If I submitted and gave evidence under Torture, then that would encourage the practice of Torture. I would be doing the wrong thing. I thought I might die at any second. I didn’t want my last act to be doing something I know is wrong. Do not cooperate with Torture! Ever!

Well, they did it again, until I vomited again. This time, they were able to recover the hard-box and one plastic packet containing brown stomach juices. Their lying lab claimed that it was the purest Cocaine that they had ever tested. After those hours of ordeals, first in the parking lot, then in the Hospital, they still refused to treat my injuries. They sent me to the jail, where there were no medical facilities or healthcare workers.

At the jail, I was ordered to do something, go somewhere. I said I couldn’t do it, because I couldn’t move my legs. They wouldn’t take “No” for an answer. They had me dragged around for an hour, trying to make me walk. I couldn’t.

When a another cop came on duty, he looked in at me in my cell, where I lay face down on the cement floor, all bloodied and not moving. “What’s wrong with this guy? Is he dead?” The receptionist told him “He’s not dead. He was ‘Resisting Arrest With Violence,’” a crime which, if true, would theoretically make Torturing or Murdering me OK. The newly arrived cop chuckled. “He looks like he was ‘Resisting Arrest With Violence,” he said, drawing lots of male laughter from other cops. As you might guess, ‘Resisting Arrest With Violence’ is a very common charge in these here parts. Then and now, lots of people were/are Tortured and Murdered by police in Florida.

All day, during the next day, people came to visit prisoners. They all stopped at the receptionist’s desk, 20 feet from my cell. Every time I heard someone there, I yelled out that the police had Tortured and crippled me. I urged them to call the FBI and the newspaper. All the visitors acted like they didn’t hear me. Of course they did: They were there to visit or pick up their accused relatives: They didn’t want their relatives to be Tortured like me: They didn’t want to be brutalized or arrested themselves. People are afraid to oppose Fascism.

Of course, the police didn’t allow me a mugshot, fingerprinting, or one phone call. That would have been evidence against themselves. After a whole day of that, a trustee who apparently had access to a phone asked me if the police had really done “that” to me. He asked me whom I wanted him to call. I told him to call my parents. If he hadn’t called for me, I believe I would have been buried out in back of the jail. I wonder how many bodies are out there.

And I hope that trustee wasn’t Tortured or Murdered for making the call that may have saved my life. A few minutes later, I heard the receptionist lying to my father on the phone. “Yes, he’s here, Mr. Bie. No, you can’t see him. Yes, he is in pretty bad shape: He took an overdose of Cocaine.”

My second morning at the jail without medical help still had me lying face down on the cement floor. Perhaps the Ipecac poisoning was taking effect, I don’t know, but I went into convulsions, and a thick white foam mixed with blood began oozing out of my mouth. The jailers and cops found this very funny. Many of them looked in to make fun of my convulsing and effusing. One of them joked “Maybe he’ll die!” That brought on lots of male laughter, but the female receptionist angrily rebuked them.

“If he dies, it’s our ass!” she said – she was the one who had spoken to my father. She knew my life was in danger – both from my medical condition and from her comrades. But she didn’t seem concerned about my safety, just her own. In any case, it was her impetus that resulted in me being sent back to West Pasco Hospital, to finally be treated for my injuries, two days after the Torturers broke my back.

When the ambulance arrived, a cop told the driver that I needed to go to the Emergency Room for a Cocaine overdose. When I got to the Hospital, I blurted out to the first doctor I saw “There’s no overdose! The cops beat me up!” The doctor said “I can see that.”

The unconstitutional atrocities continued at the Hospital. The cop who broke my back, hemorrhaged my eyes, and paralyzed my hand walked into my Hospital room and chained me to the bed rail. He bellowed so loud it seemed to shake the Hospital halls: “If something happens and you start walking again, I’m gonna hit you!” The word hit is slang for Assassinate, as in hit man.

West Pasco Hospital used the crooked Dr. Willard O. Brown, D.O., on my case: After examining me and my X-rays, he didn’t notice any fractures. When I confronted Brown, and told him that the X-ray Technician has seen a fractured vertebra, Brown Covered Up, claiming that it was “an old fracture.” But I’d had no old fracture to my backbone. I knew right then I’d need to get out of this podunk backwater to get any healthcare. A few weeks later, I went to the city. I took the X-rays to Dr. Arthur Appleyard, MD, a legitimate doctor in St. Pete. He confirmed that it was a fractured vertebra, and a recent one. He was willing to testify.

This same Dr. Brown had two years earlier, in January 1979, examined X-rays of my skull after a semi-truck crushed my car with me in it. Brown noticed no fracture to my skull, though all later doctors who checked did. Here’s how to check: Feel the slightly protruding bony ridge that runs from your ear to your eye: I’ve got one on my left side, but on my right side it was dented, when that truck fractured my skull! Dr. Brown’s diagnosis helped out that trucking company a heap! [I don't know if he is the same Dr. Willard Brown whom Russel Means later told me about, who had (maybe intentionally) horribly messed up things for Means' fellow American Indian activist Leonard Peltier - but he got interrupted, and I didn't get the full story, though Means repeated the name several times: "Dr. Willard Brown."]

Because the cops didn’t allow a mug shot, and because photographic evidence could help our case, my brilliant lawyer Marc Salton (now a Judge) brought a photographer to the Hospital to document my injuries. But the cops physically stopped him, and took the photographer out of the Hospital. The next day Marc walked in carrying a briefcase. He whipped out a camera, and started shooting. The cops stopped him, but he’d gotten some good photos and ran out to get them developed. Of course, when we got to court, the prosecution tried to suppress that photographic evidence of my Torture.

When Attorney Salton had first met with me at the Hospital, I told him that I may not have actually been arrested, because I wasn’t booked, read my rights, fingerprinted, photographed, or allowed one phone call; and because it seemed like they were keeping my presence there a secret in case burial were deemed necessary. But Marc assured me that I had been arrested. My four original charges were Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine With Intent to Distribute, Possession of Narcotics Paraphernalia (Jack’s needles, which actually never were illegal), and Possession of Marijuana (less than one gram allegedly found in my pocket while I was unconscious).

After a couple of days in the Hospital, they stopped chaining me to the bed. With lots of help from Physical Therapists and Nurses’ Aides, I was able to walk again in a week or ten days. After a couple of weeks in the Hospital, I was released, as bail had been posted, ten percent of a few thousand dollars. Attorneys for drug cases cost thousands. If you can’t pay a good lawyer his good income, then you can’t expect of a good outcome.

I suggested my lawyer use the precedent of Jehovah’s Witnesses being allowed to refuse blood transfusions on religious grounds, even if it endangers their lives; to show that I too had a right to turn down the “medical treatment” of having my stomach pumped, even though cops and a doctor claimed it was necessary. The prosecution tried to suppress the Torture photos, but the Judge insisted on viewing them. He surpassed the precedent:

He ruled that my Torture was more repugnant to the community than any drug crime could possibly be. He threw out the Cocaine and Paraphernalia charges, leaving only the Misdemeanor Marijuana. But the prosecution was undeterred: They quickly filed three violent felony counts against me, to try to excuse what the cops had done. Let me state here that I am a pacifist. The St. Petersburg Times after the beating quoted my father as saying that I was “a well-known pacifist.” I did not commit any violence against them, yet they charged me with Aggravated Assault, Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting Arrest With Violence, and Possession of a pinch of pot.

After a year of legal wrangling and a change of venue to a different Judge, the case was ready for trial. Nervous, I cut my hair and shaved my beard, to try to look respectable. I got into court, and there sat a Judge with long hair and a beard. It seemed like he now wore my newly missing beard and hair. Here’s the sitch: I was already on drug Probation for pot and coke a few months before the Torture; but the prosecution flinched on trial date before we did, and agreed that if I’d plead No Contest, then Adjudication would be Withheld, and I would have no criminal record, not even on the drug crimes for which I was already on Probation.

The deal was cut, but the Judge had to make it look good for his audience, and I’m telling you, he leaned forward, pointed his trembling finger at me, and laid it on thick: “Fifteen years! The full force of every one of these charges! That’s what you’ll get if you ever get caught with drugs while you’re on my Probation, I’ll throw the book at you!” I did and he didn’t. For the three violent felonies, he added three months to the Probation I was already on, and when that was over, I had no criminal record. But what I had to go through for it!

And it seems that the First Amendment [granting Freedom of the Press] never passed in Pasco County, at all. I went to the local St. Petersburg Times office to get a copy of the weeks-old newspaper with the article about my Torture, including the words of my father and the lies of the Sheriff: “That’s what you have to expect when you Resist Arrest With Violence.” The person at the front desk claimed that they didn’t have any copies of it, and couldn’t get any. But since I was a reporter, I knew reporters, and one of them got me a copy of the paper.

Yeah, I was a reporter, until that very Sheriff ordered the West Pasco Press to fire me. Yeah, but here’s the thing, when you work as kind of your own boss, like I did, you don’t go into the office or even check in very much, when you’re out on the go, doing interviews, covering stories, shooting photos. So, I didn’t get the memo, that I was being fired on orders from the Sheriff. So, my assignment was to go photograph the Sheriff making some bullshit speech. I did it with aplomb. I shot photo after photo, near and far, used up the whole roll. I didn’t know that he had earlier that day refused to issue a Press Pass for me. I’m sure the ‘All-Reporters-Must-Carry-A-Press-Pass-Issued-By-the-Sheriff’ policy was started specifically to get rid of me. So I moved to a civilized country – St. Pete. More of a publishing industry down there, anyway.

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Is pig one of those “words of hate”? In the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, issued by the Canting Academy to translate slang from the slums of London, the word pig is defined as a police officer. The book gives examples of its correct usage. My favorite is the sentence using a few slang words, the premise being that straight people and cops won’t get what we’re talking about: “‘Let’s floor the pig and bolt’ means ‘Let’s knock the policeman down and run away.’” About that word pig, and remembering the quote from The Big Lebowski: “This isn’t a guy who built the railroads here.” But seriously, pig is an insult. It refers to corrupt and violent police whom poor people fear, and must hide from. It’s a good word.

And the Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue is lots of fun for cunning linguists; I highly recommend it. Torture and execution were popular public entertainment in those days. Cockles. Do you know what it means? Here, I’ll use it in a sentence: “I heard him cry ‘Cockles!’” Still don’t have it? Cockles is the sound a person makes when he’s being strangled to death. Ahahahahahahhaha!

by normanb

OBITUARY: Rocker Ronnie Montrose’ Monetary Policy Prophecy

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OBITUARY: Rocker Ronnie Montrose’ Monetary Policy Prophecy — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

Glitter rocker, hard rock guitarist, band leader, and songwriter Ronnie Montrose died of prostate cancer Saturday aged 64. He flourished in the 1970s – he’s already long missed. He was not a leader of his generation, but a man of his generation.

His force was felt from Van Morrison to Van Halen. He played at the first Farm Aid. He even played in Steely Dan’s rare live appearances. Being a poet myself, I see his journey – through the moral dilemmas of our time, in the context of the the poetry he exposited in the songs he performed – as a slice of cultural archaeology. He was a man of his time.

He was extremely audacious and outrageous and over-the-top, but for the glitterglam genre wherein he performed, he was just one of the guys. He was in the background. Other guys he played with had longer hair, louder instruments, shinier clothes, prettier faces. They screamed and jumped around a lot more than he did.

I was lucky enough to see and hear Montrose perform live – the man, not the band – twice in his prime in gigantic concerts. He just hung back both times, didn’t push his agenda. Just one of the guys.

Though he was never a big star, Montrose did head a self-named band with a couple of Top 40 hits. We couldn’t see the glitter on tinny car radios with tiny cracked speakers, but we tried to make out the lyrics. “Rock the/Rock the/Rock the/Rock the/Na-/tion!” I’ll play his big hit in a few minutes, and I’ll link to some much bigger hits he played on, when he was in other people’s bands, below. First dig this.

The centerpiece of Ronnie’s band Montrose’ catalog was his song decrying President Richard Nixon’s decision to have the US leave the Gold Standard in 1971: In 1974, on the band’s second album, Paper Money, using his songwriting partner Sammy Hagar’s powerful singing voice in the title song, Montrose viciously attacked the switch to our current manifestation of the Federal Reserve system.

For the previous 25 years, the US dollar had been tied to the price of gold. Gold was always $35 an ounce. That arrangement had made the US economy strong. Montrose predicted with fierce accuracy the runaway inflation we have faced ever since. He correctly prophesied that the new way would mean that most of that newly minted and printed money would go only to the very, very rich. He yelled it at us. But did we listen?

Ronnie Montrose played for Van Morrison on his brillant St. Dominic’s Preview album, with its iconic song “Jackie Wilson Said.” Montrose launched the career of his frontman Sammy Hagar, who later went on to front Van Halen. Montrose also played on Gary Wright’s number 2 hit “Dream Weaver,” which seems to be (at least partially) about John Lennon, who once sang “I was the dream weaver…”.

In the sixties, men grew their hair long and experienced prejudice as a result. But we were not stopped. We grew it longer and drew more prejudice and discrimination; and then we came to welcome the confrontation, not because we wanted abrasion, but because we knew we were right: Prejudice based on race or religion or culture or sexuality or appearance was just plain wrong and we were not going to put up with it any longer.

In the seventies, gender-bending of the glitter rockers pushed the envelope further. English glitterati admitted they were bisexual: First Elton John, then David Bowie (though for Bowie saying he was bi may have been just part of the show: Artwork on his album Diamond Dogs showed him as a composite creature with a man-woman face and a canine body of indeterminate sex).

Rumors circulated that feminine-looking American glitter rockers like Johnny and Edgar Winter and Rick Derringer were gay too. Now masculine men with long hair had to speak up clearly and say specifically that it was OK to be gay. It was OK for men to dress as women. It was OK. It was part of us. (I don’t know how many of those rumors were true, but Edgar Winter’s and Ronnie Montrose’ bandmate Dan Hartman, who wrote “Free Ride,” died young of AIDS-related brain cancer.)

At concerts down South of one or both of the Winter brothers, glitter punks were accepted, but had to endure some prejudice. At larger concerts, like The Who, they were jeered, pushed, and herded to the worst part of the stadium: Right next to the stage. While the bands that the unusually-dressed fans liked (Joan Jett’s Blackhearts and the B-52s) played excellent sets, drunken hippies pelted bands and fans with expensive sodas.

The Edgar Winter Group epitomized the glitter rock genre in the mid-seventies. They taught eager-to-learn fans how this speed-and-testosterone-driven hard rock was derived from blues and gospel and soul and jazz. Edgar and Ronnie and Rick Derringer put on a spectacular show, as you’ll see below. With the EW Group, Montrose played on the mystic Christian mega-hit “Free Ride” and the amazing “Frankenstein.”

I saw them in a packed house of 35,000 back then. Phenomenal! Styx was the opening act. (As if to prove Andy Warhol’s 15-minutes-of-fame hypothesis, the next time I saw Styx was in an overflowing stadium; but the next time I saw Edgar Winter, he was two feet away from me performing bandless on a one-foot-tall stage in a small country bar.)

“Frankenstein” the song is in fact about the modern Prometheus. Though it’s an instrumental, Montrose and the guys made a clear poetic statement: ‘You oughta let it all hang out. Enjoy yourself. Sex is cool. Smoke Marijuana. Drop some acid. Take ye some hard drugs! Live a little!’

Derringer’s words in “Rock’n'Roll Hoochie Koo” got a little more explicit on the gang’s undying dedication to sex, drugs, and rock’n'roll (though printed versions of the lyrics don’t show quite the way it was sung in concert): “I’m gettin’ high all the time, I hope ya all are too. Ooh! C’mon little pussy, I wanna do it to you.”

by normanb

Yahoo Publishes Hate Speech Against Whitney Houston: It’s Up Online Now!

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Yahoo Publishes Hate Speech Against Whitney Houston: It’s Up Online Now! – by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”) — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

 

Yahoo News is publishing Hate Speech in a very bigoted message demanding discrimination against more than one-quarter of the US population.

http://news.yahoo.com/jersey-flags-shouldnt-fly-half-staff-whitney-houston-171300397.html

Yahoo calls for discrimination against the dead Whitney Houston based on a medical condition which she may or may not have had. Nazism rears its ugly head.

I believe that Yahoo should be called out on this. I called them three days ago to complain about the hateful message they published in the above article. It’s still up:

Through the writer Ruqaiyya Noor, Yahoo calls for illegal discrimination based on a medical condition proven to be genetic. Yahoo wants discrimination against “drug addicts,” even though 20% of American adults – 47 million people – are addicted to cigarettes, and 8% – 20 million or so – are addicted to alcohol. Some babies are addicted through second-hand smoke. Lots of them are.

People who don’t smoke cigarettes but are nonetheless addicted to tobacco, and people addicted to prescription drugs, make up a few more million. And, finally, the smallest group of addicts: There are thousands of Americans addicted to Heroin and similar Opiates, all dependent on the supply line from Afghanistan’s Poppy fields through Iraq or Pakistan, and provided by US Military flights to and from stateside bases.

But maybe Ruqaiyya Noor actually has someone else in mind: Hateful bigots and Right-wing propaganda often call smokers of rock cocaine “Crack Addicts;” they often call stimulant users “Meth Addicts;” even though neither Cocaine nor Methamphetamine is actually physically addictive. But since when did a collision with the Truth stop Right-wing propagandists or hateful bigots?

Many of us know the story of how hateful Right-wing propaganda got Marijuana outlawed in the late 1930s, claiming that it was addictive and was used by Blacks and Mexicans. And now, in Right-wing bastions like Joe and Beau Biden’s Tweedledum-and-Tweedledee Delaware, Black people are frequently arrested and must agree that they are addicted to Marijuana to avoid prison.

(And of course, admitting that one is addicted to Marijuana, and thus accepting Probation or Parole, empowers the state to drug test the subject – violating the 1st-, 4th-, & 5th-Amenment rights of the accused. It also makes money for chemical companies and for the state on those drug tests. Lots of money for police and judges and lawyers and jailers. From the poorest of the poor.)

And when people [falsely] admit that they are addicted to Marijuana, a non-addictive substance, they promote that Government-sponsored superstition that being high is a sin. Ruqaiyya Noor, can you prove that drug use is a sin? What deity told you this is a sin? And if you’re actually hating on drug users, there are over one hundred million of us in this country.

It is basically religious-based discrimination against people who might have a genetic malady that Yahoo and Noor demand in obedience to a superstition rooted in bigotry and ignorance. Yahoo’s widespread dissemination of Hate Speech may constitute a Hate Crime, since it seems to promoting hate and possibly trying to inspire violence against drug users, poor people, and people of color.

I know Yahoo won’t be charged with a crime over this mess. Probably nothing will come of the Federal Communications Commission complaint. But anyone who thinks that this discrimination was wrong can boycott Yahoo products and search engines for three weeks or more. We can refuse to follow any Yahoo suggestions of websites to check. We can boycott any product or service advertised on Yahoo. We can get in touch with Yahoo to say we disapprove of its Hate Speech.

by normanb

I Warned of this Heinous Murder Three Days Before it Happened – Here’s the Full Text

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I Warned of this Heinous Murder Three Days Before it Happened – Here’s the Full Text — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

 

Three days before Anwar al-Awlaki was Murdered, I published the following (unfortunately ignored) Diary warning about the Assassination, exclusively here at firedoglake.com.

 

By: normanb Monday September 26, 2011 5:05 am

Obama’s Sharpshooters Murder 40 Peaceful Pro-Democracy Protesters in Yemen, Again – Is This a Warning? — by NormanB (“Deviations form the Norm”)

 

Forces loyal to President Obama’s puppet Fascist dictator Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh massacred at least 40 unarmed peaceful protesters Friday and Saturday, in the wake of Saleh’s return from three month’s exile in Saudi Arabia, where he was trying to recover from an Assassination attempt. The United States Central Intelligence Agency trained Saleh’s murderous marksmen who shot the protesters.

The protesters are demanding democratic reforms: Saleh has ruled Yemen with an iron fist for 33 years.

O, horrible realization! And I hope it’s incorrect! But the timings of the Yemeni Atrocities and of the Mexican Atrocities this weekend, both coming from violent Terrorist groups with ties to US President Barack Obama, and both happening during the most intense protests of his Presidency, look horrifically as though President Obama’s thugs are trying to warn or threaten the Wall Street protesters:

(Concerning the Yemeni Atrocities) ‘Hey! Do you know what happens to peaceful protesters that get in the way?’; and (On the Mexican Atrocities) ‘Hey, do you know what happens to people who try to outsmart the powers that be by using social media?’

Meanwhile, the CIA-allied New York City Police Tortured scores of people on Wall Street Saturday and Sunday. (Lots of that viewing is available on YouTube video.) You can actually watch Atrocities, including Torture, live: http://www.livestream.com/globalrevolution

YEMEN

President Obama, President Saleh, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and everybody else who parrots the President, all say that the bad thing about Yemen is Al Qaeda. Not the real Al Qaeda, no, not that original Al Qaeda organization that our Government has warned us of all these years; but a different one, named “Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula” (AQAP).

Friday, President Obama’s Ambassador to Yemen Gerald Fierstein met with the man who founded Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, defector General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar. (To be clear, Gen. al-Ahmar was not a dissident nor a defector when he formed Al Qaeda AP.) http://yemenpost.net/Detail123456789.aspx?ID=3&SubID=4020

According to President Obama’s National Intelligence Advisor Ellen Laipson, Yemeni General al-Ahmar started AQAP. That start date? Why, January 2009, of course, the same month the Obama Presidency started. US counter-terrorism officials claim that Anwar al-Awlaki is an important regional commander of AQAP. Al-Awlaki met with US Defense officials in the Pentagon just a few months after the attacks on September 11, 2001, invited by Donald Rumsfeld.

President Obama (the Mafia Don of Greater Chicago?) has ordered a hit against al-Awlaki, who is in Yemen (on the outskirts of Greater Chicago). Obama said he wants to Murder American-born al-Awlaki because he is suspected of inspiring a fake bomb plot. That’s all?! Our President is willing to commit Premeditated Murder because he suspects someone inspired a FAKE bomb? http://news.firedoglake.com/2010/10/21/rumsfelds-defense-department-invited-anwar-al-awlaki-into-pentagon-after-911/

I asked Laipson if any US personnel can be tried for Crimes Against Humanity for Murdering peaceful Yemeni civilian protesters. She indicated that neither President Obama, nor anyone in the United States, nor even the CIA officers who trained the Murderers could face charges: The only ones to her mind legally culpable are the trigger men. http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2011/03/15/democratic-party-strikes-again-obama-thugs-torturing-and-murdering-peaceful-yemeni-democracy-advocates/ (& http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2011/03/15/democratic-party-strikes-again-obama-thugs-torturing-and-murdering-peaceful-bahraini-democracy-advocates/)

(Ellen Laipson is President Obama’s National Security Advisor; she is CEO of the Stimpson Center and is Director of its Southwest Asia Project, which focuses on security issues in the Persian Gulf region; she formerly chaired and is now vice chair of the National Intelligence Council, where she managed the Global Trends 2015 interdisciplinary study; she directed the Near East and South Asian affair of the National Security Council [NSC], and before that was a national intelligence officer for Near and South Asia for the NSC; before that she was a US State Department policy planner under Reagan; before that she was a specialist in Middle East affairs for the Congressional Research Service; she also serves under Secretary Clinton on the State Department’s new Foreign Affairs Policy Board; she is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and of the International Institute of Strategic Studies; she currently serves on the boards of the Asia Foundation.)

General al-Ahmar defected from Saleh’s Government when the Saleh/Obama sharpshooters Murdered 52 Yemeni citizens, in the March 2011 massacre. It was specifically that March incident about which Ellen Laipson and I spoke, but I took her answers on US CIA training of Yemeni snipers to be about conditions in Yemen in general, not just referring to that one set of killings on one day. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12804552

Obama began ordering Assassinations in Somalia and Yemen in autumn of 2009, the first year of his Presidency, around the time he appointed Laipson to his National Intelligence Advisory Board. The Obama Death Squad’s (ODS) first reported victim in Somalia was suspected of involvement in a bomb plot eleven years earlier, when he was a child of 17. The ODS then moved on to Yemen to Assassinate people.

Let me take this opportunity to point out that it is illegal and severely insane to Murder a person based merely on suspicion, especially when that person is only suspected of inspiring something, especially if that person is only suspected of inspiring something that’s not real. If it had been real, it could have been dangerous. But it wasn’t.

MEXICO (and HONDURAS and INDIA)

In December 2008, the month after Barack Obama was elected, the month before he was inaugurated, he made a speech in Mexico. People of both our countries had high hopes for that speech: Over the previous few years, thousands of Mexicans had been Murdered over Marijuana exportation to the United States.

When the inevitable question finally came at the Mexico press conference, President-elect Obama laughed at the idea of ending these Murders by Legalizing Marijuana. He laughed cruelly at the people straining for their Civil Rights. As usual, he refused to even mention the word Marijuana: When he is asked about Marijuana, he always: (1) Laughs, to ridicule us; (2) Calls it “Drugs,” to trick ignorant people into thinking it’s as bad as Heroin; and he (3) talks about addiction. Civil Rights are not funny. Marijuana is not Heroin, and it’s not addicting, either.

So, every time he’s asked, the President lies about it. But this time (December 2008), his lies started the Mexican Civil War: From that day to this, more than one thousand Mexicans per month have been Murdered over Marijuana’s illegality.

Obama’s Administration has deported a lot more Hispanics than Bush’s did. It does so in a most unconstitutional fashion: People are “given their due process” in a huge warehouse room with hundreds of Mexicans and other Latin Americans. No Judge sees them at their hearing, but they can see him on a video screen. (By the way, no matter what President Pinocchio says, that is not what the Constitution guarantees as “due process of law.”) Sometimes, mentally disabled US citizens who can’t speak are put through this sham and “deported” to a country where they’ve never been.

And all of these deportations are unconstitutional (even apart from the “due process” sham cited above): The US Constitution says clearly in Article I, Section 9, paragraph 3, that: “No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law will be passed.” Bills of Attainder are banned, because they would make a person “illegal,” and it is unconstitutional in the United States of America for a person to be considered “illegal.” “Illegal Aliens/Immigrants” don’t exist in the US, at least not by law.

The Obama Administration armed the Mexican Army and police, as well as the drug cartels: The US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms illegally shipped thousands of military style weapons and ammunition to the Mexican cartels, on orders from above. Obama started that Civil War with his arrogance and dishonesty; and then he armed all sides in it. Smuggling gangs killed lots of Mexicans and some Americans, including cops, with those illegally supplied weapons.

Saturday Mexican police reported discovering the beheaded body of a woman near the US border, with a note saying that her head had been cut off because she was spreading news via social media. The Murdered woman was a newspaper editor. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/L/LT_DRUG_WAR_MEXICO?SITE=NCKIN&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Since the Obama Administration’s coup in 2009 that overthrew the elected Honduras Government, Obama Death Squads (ODS) have exterminated most of the prominent Journalists in Honduras and Mexico. The Obama coup re-installed the repressive Fascist Honduras Government which housed the Iran-Contra stopover station:

Weapons were flown from the US to South America to arm Nicaraguan Contras and to arm both sides in a South American conflict, stopping in Honduras to refuel and drop some weapons. Guns were exchanged for Cocaine and cash. The cash went to the Government of Iran to secretly pay ransom for the release of US Embassy hostages there. Those hostages were released January 20, 1981, just minutes after the Ronald Reagan/George H.W. Bush Administration took over the reins of Government, thus gaining the ability to make payments.

When pilot Eugene Hasenfus was shot down over Nicaragua on his way to the stopover airport in Honduras, the Iran-Contra scandal was exposed. I kind of said where the guns and money went above. Some of the Coke went to Freeway Ricky Ross in South Los Angeles, who’s still locked up for being a US intelligence asset whose job was dealing Cocaine.

High Times Editor Steve Hager reported that pilot Hasenfus said that the person who met him at the Mena, Arkansas, airport (where he delivered the Coke) was Arkansas’s then-Governor Bill Clinton. See the book Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America by Peter Dale Scott and Jonathan Marshall, as well as the following link. http://www.ncoic.com/clinton.htm

Massachusetts Senator John Kerry headed the committee that uncovered most of the information in the book cited above. He found that when Cocaine smugglers in the operation got caught, both Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney (of the Reagan Administration) blocked prosecution of those smugglers, who in turn flooded the United States with Cocaine. Chemists in that operation (possibly Government chemists) invented Crack Cocaine, which has been a scourge of this country ever since. This Cocaine smuggling operation seems quite related to the Heroin situation we have now:

Practically all of the world’s Heroin comes from 21 miles squared of acreage in Afghanistan (even as all the world’s Cocaine comes from a 12-mile wide swath of land high on the Eastern slope of the Bolivian Andes mountains). When US invaded Afghanistan in 2001, the annual number of Heroin deaths in this country was under 2,000. It soared to over 20,000 with the invasion, and has maintained that level since. Cheney and Rumsfeld oversaw this operation too. At least one of those Heroin smugglers got caught:

A few months after 9/11 (when Anwar al-Awlaki was in the Pentagon on Rumsfeld’s invitation), US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Agent David Headley began smuggling Heroin, by his own admission. He also admitted to planning the bombing of a European newspaper for its cartoon about Muhammad the prophet.

He also admitted to Murder: He confirmed that he planned and carried out the 2008 Mumbai bombings in India’s financial district, during the American Thanksgiving holiday. That day Headley killed at least 21 people in three separate bomb blasts. One of Headley’s bombings was the Racist attack that targeted and killed Jews in India.

The attacks were over the US Thanksgiving Day holiday, weeks after Obama was elected. One fake bomb plot was over the Christmas holiday; and false propaganda calls the accused “the Christmas Day Bomber.” Thanksgiving and Christmas, huh? Does anybody else see a pattern emerging here? An M.O.?! And remember the man who flew in from Amsterdam with a chemical that can be made into a bomb, but wasn’t? False propaganda still calls that man “the Underwear Bomber,” even though he had no bomb.

India wants David Headley for prosecution. Obama won’t allow it. Here’s an article wherein the President claims to be thinking about allowing India access to the man who admitted killing 21 of its citizens to carry out a Racist attack against Jews for the US Government. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-06-11/india/29646721_1_pakistani-canadian-david-headley-chicago-court

Here’s one wherein Headley, who though he is a confessed Racist Murderer, is obviously still working for US intelligence now, speaks up to support Admiral Mike Mullen’s assertions this week that the US should start a war against Pakistan. Oh, and did I mention: Even though President Obama knows that US DEA Agent Headley planned and carried out the Mumbai bombings, Obama continues to blame Pakistan for it publicly. I guess he’s willing to lie to get another war started, too. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-06-08/india/29633162_1_tahawwur-rana-david-headley-major-iqbal

Speaking of patterns, the US Ambassador met with the founder of AQAP Friday, then AQAP cut a boy’s hand off Sunday. After severing his hand, they said for stealing, they marched the 15-year-old in shock through the town, to terrorize other townspeople. http://yemenpost.net/Detail123456789.aspx?ID=3&SubID=4117&MainCat=3

WALL STREET

I hope our brave sisters and brothers won’t be Tortured again today. I hope they won’t be shot by troops loyal to Obama and his lackeys, like the peaceful protesters in Yemen. I hope they won’t be beheaded by thugs armed by Obama for using social media to fight the power, like that Journalist in Mexico.

(Information drawn from personal statements to me from an asset who smuggled Cocaine for the C.I.A. during the Reagan era was used in this report.)

(Information drawn from personal statements to me from a US Special Forces soldier who worked undercover in Honduras during the Iran-Contra operation was used in this report.)

Here’s the link to the original article:
http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2011/09/26/obamas-sharpshooters-murder-40-peaceful-pro-democracy-protesters-in-yemen-again-is-this-a-warning/

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Obama’s Sharpshooters Murder 40 Peaceful Pro-Democracy Protesters in Yemen, Again – Is This a Warning?

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Obama’s Sharpshooters Murder 40 Peaceful Pro-Democracy Protesters in Yemen, Again – Is This a Warning? — by NormanB (“Deviations form the Norm”)

 

Forces loyal to President Obama’s puppet Fascist dictator Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh massacred at least 40 unarmed peaceful protesters Friday and Saturday, in the wake of Saleh’s return from three month’s exile in Saudi Arabia, where he was trying to recover from an Assassination attempt. The United States Central Intelligence Agency trained Saleh’s murderous marksmen who shot the protesters.

The protesters are demanding democratic reforms: Saleh has ruled Yemen with an iron fist for 33 years.

O, horrible realization! And I hope it’s incorrect! But the timings of the Yemeni Atrocities and of the Mexican Atrocities this weekend, both coming from violent Terrorist groups with ties to US President Barack Obama, and both happening during the most intense protests of his Presidency, look horrifically as though President Obama’s thugs are trying to warn or threaten the Wall Street protesters:

(Concerning the Yemeni Atrocities) ‘Hey! Do you know what happens to peaceful protesters that get in the way?’; and (On the Mexican Atrocities) ‘Hey, do you know what happens to people who try to outsmart the powers that be by using social media?’

Meanwhile, the CIA-allied New York City Police Tortured scores of people on Wall Street Saturday and Sunday. (Lots of that viewing is available on YouTube video.) You can actually watch Atrocities, including Torture, live: http://www.livestream.com/globalrevolution

YEMEN

President Obama, President Saleh, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and everybody else who parrots the President, all say that the bad thing about Yemen is Al Qaeda. Not the real Al Qaeda, no, not that original Al Qaeda organization that our Government has warned us of all these years; but a different one, named “Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula” (AQAP).

Friday, President Obama’s Ambassador to Yemen Gerald Fierstein met with the man who founded Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, defector General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar. (To be clear, Gen. al-Ahmar was not a dissident nor a defector when he formed Al Qaeda AP.) http://yemenpost.net/Detail123456789.aspx?ID=3&SubID=4020

According to President Obama’s National Intelligence Advisor Ellen Laipson, Yemeni General al-Ahmar started AQAP. That start date? Why, January 2009, of course, the same month the Obama Presidency started. US counter-terrorism officials claim that Anwar al-Awlaki is an important regional commander of AQAP. Al-Awlaki met with US Defense officials in the Pentagon just a few months after the attacks on September 11, 2001, invited by Donald Rumsfeld.

President Obama (the Mafia Don of Greater Chicago?) has ordered a hit against al-Awlaki, who is in Yemen (on the outskirts of Greater Chicago). Obama said he wants to Murder American-born al-Awlaki because he is suspected of inspiring a fake bomb plot. That’s all?! Our President is willing to commit Premeditated Murder because he suspects someone inspired a FAKE bomb? http://news.firedoglake.com/2010/10/21/rumsfelds-defense-department-invited-anwar-al-awlaki-into-pentagon-after-911/

I asked Laipson if any US personnel can be tried for Crimes Against Humanity for Murdering peaceful Yemeni civilian protesters. She indicated that neither President Obama, nor anyone in the United States, nor even the CIA officers who trained the Murderers could face charges: The only ones to her mind legally culpable are the trigger men.

(Ellen Laipson is President Obama’s National Security Advisor; she is CEO of the Stimpson Center and is Director of its Southwest Asia Project, which focuses on security issues in the Persian Gulf region; she formerly chaired and is now vice chair of the National Intelligence Council, where she managed the Global Trends 2015 interdisciplinary study; she directed the Near East and South Asian affair of the National Security Council [NSC], and before that was a national intelligence officer for Near and South Asia for the NSC; before that she was a US State Department policy planner under Reagan; before that she was a specialist in Middle East affairs for the Congressional Research Service; she also serves under Secretary Clinton on the State Department’s new Foreign Affairs Policy Board; she is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and of the International Institute of Strategic Studies; she currently serves on the boards of the Asia Foundation.)

General al-Ahmar defected from Saleh’s Government when the Saleh/Obama sharpshooters Murdered 52 Yemeni citizens, in the March 2011 massacre. It was specifically that March incident about which Ellen Laipson and I spoke, but I took her answers on US CIA training of Yemeni snipers to be about conditions in Yemen in general, not just referring to that one set of killings on one day. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12804552

Obama began ordering Assassinations in Somalia and Yemen in autumn of 2009, the first year of his Presidency, around the time he appointed Laipson to his National Intelligence Advisory Board. The Obama Death Squad’s (ODS) first reported victim in Somalia was suspected of involvement in a bomb plot eleven years earlier, when he was a child of 17. The ODS then moved on to Yemen to Assassinate people.

Let me take this opportunity to point out that it is illegal and severely insane to Murder a person based merely on suspicion, especially when that person is only suspected of inspiring something, especially if that person is only suspected of inspiring something that’s not real. If it had been real, it could have been dangerous. But it wasn’t.

MEXICO (and HONDURAS and INDIA)

In December 2008, the month after Barack Obama was elected, the month before he was inaugurated, he made a speech in Mexico. People of both our countries had high hopes for that speech: Over the previous few years, thousands of Mexicans had been Murdered over Marijuana exportation to the United States.

When the inevitable question finally came at the Mexico press conference, President-elect Obama laughed at the idea of ending these Murders by Legalizing Marijuana. He laughed cruelly at the people straining for their Civil Rights. As usual, he refused to even mention the word Marijuana: When he is asked about Marijuana, he always: (1) Laughs, to ridicule us; (2) Calls it “Drugs,” to trick ignorant people into thinking it’s as bad as Heroin; and he (3) talks about addiction. Civil Rights are not funny. Marijuana is not Heroin, and it’s not addicting, either.

So, every time he’s asked, the President lies about it. But this time (December 2008), his lies started the Mexican Civil War: From that day to this, more than one thousand Mexicans per month have been Murdered over Marijuana’s illegality.

Obama’s Administration has deported a lot more Hispanics than Bush’s did. It does so in a most unconstitutional fashion: People are “given their due process” in a huge warehouse room with hundreds of Mexicans and other Latin Americans. No Judge sees them at their hearing, but they can see him on a video screen. (By the way, no matter what President Pinocchio says, that is not what the Constitution guarantees as “due process of law.”) Sometimes, mentally disabled US citizens who can’t speak are put through this sham and “deported” to a country where they’ve never been.

And all of these deportations are unconstitutional (even apart from the “due process” sham cited above): The US Constitution says clearly in Article I, Section 9, paragraph 3, that: “No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law will be passed.” Bills of Attainder are banned, because they would make a person “illegal,” and it is unconstitutional in the United States of America for a person to be considered “illegal.” “Illegal Aliens/Immigrants” don’t exist in the US, at least not by law.

The Obama Administration armed the Mexican Army and police, as well as the drug cartels: The US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms illegally shipped thousands of military style weapons and ammunition to the Mexican cartels, on orders from above. Obama started that Civil War with his arrogance and dishonesty; and then he armed all sides in it. Smuggling gangs killed lots of Mexicans and some Americans, including cops, with those illegally supplied weapons.

Saturday Mexican police reported discovering the beheaded body of a woman near the US border, with a note saying that her head had been cut off because she was spreading news via social media. The Murdered woman was a newspaper editor. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/L/LT_DRUG_WAR_MEXICO?SITE=NCKIN&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Since the Obama Administration’s coup in 2009 that overthrew the elected Honduras Government, Obama Death Squads (ODS) have exterminated most of the prominent Journalists in Honduras and Mexico. The Obama coup re-installed the repressive Fascist Honduras Government which housed the Iran-Contra stopover station:

Weapons were flown from the US to South America to arm Nicaraguan Contras and to arm both sides in a South American conflict, stopping in Honduras to refuel and drop some weapons. Guns were exchanged for Cocaine and cash. The cash went to the Government of Iran to secretly pay ransom for the release of US Embassy hostages there. Those hostages were released January 20, 1981, just minutes after the Ronald Reagan/George H.W. Bush Administration took over the reins of Government, thus gaining the ability to make payments.

When pilot Eugene Hasenfus was shot down over Nicaragua on his way to the stopover airport in Honduras, the Iran-Contra scandal was exposed. I kind of said where the guns and money went above. Some of the Coke went to Freeway Ricky Ross in South Los Angeles, who’s still locked up for being a US intelligence asset whose job was dealing Cocaine.

High Times Editor Steve Hager reported that pilot Hasenfus said that the person who met him at the Mena, Arkansas, airport (where he delivered the Coke) was Arkansas’s then-Governor Bill Clinton. See the book Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America by Peter Dale Scott and Jonathan Marshall, as well as the following link. http://www.ncoic.com/clinton.htm

Massachusetts Senator John Kerry headed the committee that uncovered most of the information in the book cited above. He found that when Cocaine smugglers in the operation got caught, both Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney (of the Reagan Administration) blocked prosecution of those smugglers, who in turn flooded the United States with Cocaine. Chemists in that operation (possibly Government chemists) invented Crack Cocaine, which has been a scourge of this country ever since. This Cocaine smuggling operation seems quite related to the Heroin situation we have now:

Practically all of the world’s Heroin comes from 21 miles squared of acreage in Afghanistan (even as all the world’s Cocaine comes from a 12-mile wide swath of land high on the Eastern slope of the Bolivian Andes mountains). When US invaded Afghanistan in 2001, the annual number of Heroin deaths in this country was under 2,000. It soared to over 20,000 with the invasion, and has maintained that level since. Cheney and Rumsfeld oversaw this operation too. At least one of those Heroin smugglers got caught:

A few months after 9/11 (when Anwar al-Awlaki was in the Pentagon on Rumsfeld’s invitation), US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Agent David Headley began smuggling Heroin, by his own admission. He also admitted to planning the bombing of a European newspaper for its cartoon about Muhammad the prophet.

He also admitted to Murder: He confirmed that he planned and carried out the 2008 Mumbai bombings in India’s financial district, during the American Thanksgiving holiday. That day Headley killed at least 21 people in three separate bomb blasts. One of Headley’s bombings was the Racist attack that targeted and killed at Jews in India.

The attacks were over the US Thanksgiving Day holiday, weeks after Obama was elected. One fake bomb plot was over the Christmas holiday; and false propaganda calls the accused “the Christmas Day Bomber.” Thanksgiving and Christmas, huh? Does anybody else see a pattern emerging here? An M.O.?! And remember the man who flew in from Amsterdam with a chemical that can be made into a bomb, but wasn’t? False propaganda still calls that man “the Underwear Bomber,” even though he had no bomb.

India wants David Headley for prosecution. Obama won’t allow it. Here’s an article wherein the President claims to be thinking about allowing India access to the man who admitted killing 21 of its citizens to carry out a Racist attack against Jews for the US Government. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-06-11/india/29646721_1_pakistani-canadian-david-headley-chicago-court

Here’s one wherein Headley, who though he is a confessed Racist Murderer, is obviously still working for US intelligence now, speaks up to support Admiral Mike Mullen’s assertions this week that the US should start a war against Pakistan. Oh, and did I mention: Even though President Obama knows that US DEA Agent Headley planned and carried out the Mumbai bombings, Obama continues to blame Pakistan for it publicly. I guess he’s willing to lie to get another war started, too. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-06-08/india/29633162_1_tahawwur-rana-david-headley-major-iqbal

Speaking of patterns, the US Ambassador met with the founder of AQAP Friday, then AQAP cut a boy’s hand off Sunday. After severing his hand, they said for stealing, they marched the 15-year-old in shock through the town, to terrorize other townspeople. http://yemenpost.net/Detail123456789.aspx?ID=3&SubID=4117&MainCat=3

WALL STREET

I hope our brave sisters and brothers won’t be Tortured again today. I hope they won’t be shot by troops loyal to Obama and his lackeys, like the peaceful protesters in Yemen. I hope they won’t be beheaded by thugs armed by Obama for using social media to fight the power, like that Journalist in Mexico.

(Information drawn from personal statements to me from an asset who smuggled Cocaine for the C.I.A. during the Reagan era was used in this report.)

(Information drawn from personal statements to me from a US Special Forces soldier who worked undercover in Honduras during the Iran-Contra operation was used in this report.)

Links are repeated here and below in Comment 1:

Obama’s Ambassador met with Al Qaeda founder on Friday: http://yemenpost.net/Detail123456789.aspx?ID=3&SubID=4020

Rumsfeld invited Al Qaeda leader to Pentagon: http://news.firedoglake.com/2010/10/21/rumsfelds-defense-department-invited-anwar-al-awlaki-into-pentagon-after-911/

March massacre: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12804552

Editor in Mexico killed for reporting via social media: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/L/LT_DRUG_WAR_MEXICO?SITE=NCKIN&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Iran-Contra smuggler: http://www.ncoic.com/clinton.htm

President claims to be thinking about allowing India access to the man who admitted killing 21 of their citizens while carrying out a Racist attack against Jews for the US Government. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-06-11/india/29646721_1_pakistani-canadian-david-headley-chicago-court

Headley wants US to start a war against Pakistan: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-06-08/india/29633162_1_tahawwur-rana-david-headley-major-iqbal

US Ambassador met with the founder of AQAP Friday, then AQAP cut a boy’s hand off Sunday: http://yemenpost.net/Detail123456789.aspx?ID=3&SubID=4117&MainCat=3

by normanb

President Obama Leads the Nation Toward Religious Intolerance

10:02 am in Uncategorized by normanb

President Obama Leads the Nation Toward Religious Intolerance — by NormanB ("Deviations from the Norm")

"God bless the United States of America." I am deeply offended when President Obama says that, as I was when Bush said it. This is a secular country. We very much need Separation of Church and State. This saying discriminates against Atheists, Agnostics, non-Christians, and Christians. Saying it is falsely teaching the ignorant that the Christian G-d of Love has endorsed our right-wing Government. Obviously, He hasn’t.

This year President Obama defied a Court Order and held the White House Prayer Breakfast anyway. When Bush defied Court Orders, it was wrong. By repeating Bush’s patern, Obama seeks to permanently enshrine the Office of the President with the power to defy Court Orders. But the Constitution gives him no such power. Was anyone at the Breakfast from Rastafari or the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Orthodox Church? I doubt it, because when such people pray, they often smoke marijuana. Anyone lighting a spliff there would certainly be stopped, and maybe arrested.

Obama’s FDA raided a shop in Lawrence, Kansas, after sending directives warning that it doesn’t approve of K2, a marijuana substitute containing only legal substances including legal cannabinoids. K2 and similar products are made so that people can experience a pot high without breaking any laws. The Obama FDA’s point seems to be that it is sinful to feel that high. That is a religious-bigotry motivated lie. But what they then raided the shop for was San Pedro, a legal cactus containing Mescaline. Because the cactus is legal, the shop can win its case, if it has enough money for lawyers to fight the full force of the US Government.

San Pedro cactus is a house plant and religious sacrament. That is all it is. No one uses it as a recreational drug. It takes a long time to prepare, is expensive, and there is little recreational reward, no hallucination. It causes nausea and vomiting much worse that the more famous Mescaline cactus, Peyote. (For decades, some sellers of LSD have told customers that their tiny low-dose tablets or blotters are "Mescaline." But Mescaline cannot be made into pills or blotter acid. Calling it "Mescaline" makes it sound natural, and alerts the users that they may need two for a good trip.)

Weeks after the Manhattan Mosque controversy began the President weighed in. By that time, CNN had become the all-Mosque-all-the-time channel. Last night the substitute host on MSNBC’s Hardball finished with an editorial comment that Muslim’s can have religious freedom BUT they really shouldn’t exercise it. By waiting so long to say something about it, the President let it fester, greatly increasing the likelihood that Hate Crimes will be directed against the Muslims there. When first asked about it, the President lied/incorrectly stated that it was a local issue.

We had such a local issue here in Amherst, Massachusetts, earlier this year. This "five-college area," (University of Mass., Amherst College, Hampshire College, Smith College, and Mt. Holyoke College) is ethnically and religiously diverse and very left-leaning: Republicans often don’t oppose Democrats here, but sometimes Socialists or Greens or Libertarians or Independents do. Democrats nearly always win. A Mosque was planned for Pelham road, a few doors down from the Jewish Community Center. Neighbors (NOT the JCC) protested so much that they had to cancel the plans. Traffic was the excuse.

But the Obama Administration seeks to try a person in a kangaroo court because he is a Muslim and because an undependable confession was tortured out of him when he was a child. Obama condones torture of Muslims by never prosecuting the torturers. Obama’s bogus claims that "We don’t torture" apparently refers to non-Muslims. (That claim is also a lie, in that police across the country are torturing people with Tasers, sometimes to force them to relent on a political stand, like the activist in Vermont who was Tasered until he unchained himself from the object he was protesting, or the student who asked Senator Kerry embarrassing questions about Skull and Bones.)

The Obama Administration is carrying out war operations against nearly every Muslim-majority country on Earth. In Yemen, for instance, people are being murdered ostensibly because they are suspects. They are only suspected of committing crimes, but they are definitely Muslims.

by normanb

The Michael Jackson Killing; His Aborted Racist Tour; the Subsequent News Blackout; & US Chemical Ignorance

8:19 am in Uncategorized by normanb

The Michael Jackson Killing; His Aborted Racist Tour; the Subsequent News Blackout; & US Chemical Ignorance — by NormanB ("Deviations from the Norm")

Read the racist lyrics excerpted from They Don’t Care About Us:

"… You can never kill me
Jew me, Sue me
Everybody do me
Kick me, Kike me …"

Read the whole song here:

http://www.elyrics.net/read/m/michael-jackson-lyrics/they-don_t-care-about-us-lyrics.html

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:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/hi/music/newsid_10400000/newsid_10401000/10401060.stm

Michael’s dad filed a wrongful death suit:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment_and_arts/10422660.stm

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:

http://www.popeater.com/2010/06/15/michael-jackson-doctor-conrad-murray/

(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:

http://www.bvblackspin.com/2010/06/10/medical-board-still-wants-dr-conrad-murrays-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:

http://msnbcmedia3.msn.com/j/ap/xhj10104190915.widec.jpg

And here’s Ben. Goodbye, Michael.

by normanb

Drug-Oriented Suicide Art with Bad Words in it

5:30 pm in Uncategorized by normanb

Drug-Oriented Suicide Art with Bad Words in it — by NormanB {"Deviations from the Norm")

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