Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Why We Left the USA - [I couldn't have said it better myself!]

Why We Left The United States:
Because on December 12, 2000, the United States Supreme Court nullified the results of a national election and installed George W. Bush as president. And then I saw millions of my fellow Americans deliriously happy the Rule of Law was broken by the Supreme Court of the Land so “their guy” could… “win.”  

That’s when I knew partisanship had ultimately won out over reality. More Americans believe in angels than election fraud. If millions of Americans could turn a blind eye to a stolen election, simply because their side stole it, and then have that coup legitimized by not only the Supreme Court… but by all of MainStreamMedia… then I knew the country I lived in was not the land of my birth.  

I can’t emphasize this enough. Millions of Americans were ecstatic that George W. Bush won regardless of how he won. Unquestioning blind partisanship was more important than the law to these people. But more ominous was MainStreamMedia ratifying the coup. At that moment Corporate Media proved they were committed to the destruction of our democratic republic. 

That was pretty scary to witness. We’ve all heard of similar ham-fisted tactics used in banana republics South of the border… but this was happening… here!

That’s when I began formulating my Crazy Stupid People Theorem. Whoever thought the Supreme Court’s decision was part and parcel with a “Normal Transfer of Power” was either Stupid, Crazy, or… Evil. Americans who didn’t know it was essentially a coup were either Stupid, or Crazy, or a little bit of both. If anyone knew it was an outright theft of Americans’ votes… and they were perfectly OK with that… well… what else could you call it other than Evil? The subversion of our right to choose our elected representatives strikes at the heart of our country’s founding principles. But again, and this is what continues to confound me, millions of Americans thought it was just fine and dandy.  

Along with millions of sane Americans… I didn’t “Move On.” I could not understand why it was so important the institutions Americans trusted most to protect its freedoms and principles had crammed George W. Bush down our throats.  

Then 234 days into Bush’s first term as president … the attacks of September 11th 2001.  And from that day on… everything the Bush/Cheney regime did to distort and transform the United States of America into something… unrecognizable… was because of 9/11.  It all came down to 9/11… period. The buck stopped there.  

And as we were all walking around in a daze, coated with the ash of human beings and pulverized concrete, we were spun into the Ultimate War Crime; wars of aggression. As Chris Hedges wrote, “ … We became what we abhorred. The deaths were used to justify pre-emptive war, invasion, Shock and Awe, prolonged occupation, targeted assassinations, torture, offshore penal colonies, gunning down families at checkpoints, massive aerial bombardments, drone attacks, missile strikes and the killing of dozens, and soon hundreds, and then thousands, and later tens of thousands, and finally hundreds of thousands of innocent people.“  

Then the dawning realization… the 9/11 trigger mechanism that caused Hell on Earth for the people of Afghanistan and Iraq… was a grotesque lie. [YEAH!] This was the ultimate Horror piled upon horror. 

Hundreds upon hundreds of statements from members of the Senior Military and Intelligence Services, Law Enforcement, Government Officials, Engineers, Architects, Pilots and Aviation Professionals, Professors, 9/11 Survivors and Family Members, Artists, Entertainers, and Media Professionals, are on record saying the Official Account of 9/11 is: "False", “Impossible”, “A Bunch of Hogwash”, “Total B.S.”, “Ludicrous”, “A Well-Organized Cover-up”, “A White-Washed Farce”, “Absurd”, "Fatally Flawed", "Not Possible.”  

The lies the Bush/Cheney Regime told us that led our country into The Ultimate War Crime were predicated upon the lies the government previously told us about the attacks of 9/11.  

As Ralph Lopez wrote, “The biggest problem with the 9/11 Truth Movement is where it leads: a place dark and evil beyond imagination. …when hundreds of American military officers, pilots, engineers, and CIA veterans stepped forward to say they believed the official story to be a monstrous lie, I was shaken to the core. …The conspiracies led to the deep dark hole that we are ruled by criminal psychopaths."  

This is about as bad as it gets. We knew the government covered up how and why 3,000 people died on 9/11, and then went on to use the attacks as an excuse to do everything we find reprehensible today. And again… corporate media ran cover for the government.
If we can’t believe the government’s cover-up, we’re left with three options:
  • Conclusion One: They Made It Happen.
  • Conclusion Two: They allowed it to happen.
Or …
  • Conclusion Three: The attacks of 9/11 were possible because of massive incompetence on the part of the Bush/Cheney Regime.
If Incompetence is the least offensive rationale to explain the actions of the Bush/Cheney regime, then… why has there been no accountability?  

Involuntary manslaughter is an unintentional killing that happens during the commission of a misdemeanor or because of gross negligence or carelessness. According to Federal sentencing guidelines, Involuntary Manslaughter is punishable by 6 years in prison.  

Shouldn’t someone (or a lot of someones) from the Bush/Cheney Regime be prosecuted for the gross negligence that led to the deaths of almost 3,000 people?  Not in post-9/11 America.

But while we struggled to map out just exactly what a post-9/11 America looked like… another stolen presidential election knocked us to our knees.
We knew it was stolen in Ohio. We knew how it was stolen. [Kerry had ample funds left over from his campaign to pay for a recount or an investigation and refused to challenge the results in Ohio.]  And once again the corporate media buried the truth by ignoring it.  And the blind partisan Crazy Stupid People rejoiced in the prospect of “Four More Years” of the Bush/Cheney Regime.  

Throughout it all the majority of Sane Americans made the same strategic blunder over and over and over again. We were used to signing petitions and having protest marches. We treated these people like they were politicians. But the Bush/Cheney gang were not politicians. They were Gangsters and Thugs. Politicians periodically bend to the will of the people. Thugs. Don’t. Care. These people wipe their ass with petitions. When Dick Cheney was told that two-thirds of Americans said the war in Iraq was not worth it, Cheney replied, "So?"

That’s who we were dealing with. Gangsters who completely ignored the will of the people. We could write all we want, and call all we want, and demonstrate all we want… but by following their rules… we had the unlimited freedom to be ineffectual.  

The Republican Machine, aided and abetted by Corporate Media, stole the presidency of the United States twice. Together they started two wars and have killed over a million people. How could we think they would back off and play nice because we all wrote scathing e-mails or marched in protests? They were Thugs. We were supposed to arrest Thugs, put them on trial, and if guilty, put them in jail. But we didn’t do that.  

We decided to "hope" instead. We hoped the Bush/Cheney Regime wouldn’t completely destroy the country before 2008. We hoped the same corrupt voting systems that delivered us George W. Bush would magically allow us the autonomy to elect someone to save us from “the Evil-doers.” We hoped a Constitutional law professor would restore the Constitution. But most of all we hoped, for the first time in living memory, that a politician would deliver on his campaign promises.  [Hope is a feel-good emotion that ignores the current facts and promotes a delusion as something positive.]  [George Bush also ran on "hope and change" in 2000.  Doesn't anyone else remember but me???] 

The policies of the Bush/Cheney Regime are still in place under the Obama administration. We still have the wars of aggression and occupation. Innocent people are still killed every day. We still hold prisoners in Guantanamo Bay who after almost ten years have yet to be charged or tried for any crime. The Bush/Cheney/Obama Regimes have given away trillions of dollars to people who engineered the largest financial swindle in recorded history. And they, along with our honest-to-god war criminals, continue to walk free, unindicted, unaccountable, and above the law.  

As Michael in NY wrote you in October 2009, “ … my belief is that the American system has lost its capacity for reform.” I’ll take that to the next step… the American system has lost its capacity to govern! Corporate interests under the guise of Partisanship ├╝ber alles

And as Paul Craig Roberts wrote the other day, “Obama regime appointee Cass Sunstein, a Chicago and Harvard Law School professor, thinks the 9/11 movement, for challenging the official “truth”, should be infiltrated by US intelligence agents in order to shut down the fact-based doubters of government propaganda. When a law professor at our two most prestigious law schools wants to suppress scientific evidence that challenges government veracity, we know that in America respect for truth is dead. The notion that a country in which truth is dead is a “light unto the world” is an absurdity.”  [Don't forget, the Milton Friedman Neo-Liberal school of economics also comes from Chicago, a city famous for their gangster culture.] 

I find that nothing short of terrifying. And real solutions are nonexistent.
And so… after 10 long years, and finally having enough money… we left. It may be completely illusory, but it feels like we have a future here. It feels more substantial than… hope. It feels like we finally have come home.
Regards,  Bob

And in reply, added this:
Well, ever since the Marbury v. Madison case of the early eighteen hundreds, our Supreme Court has systematically taken more & more power from the other two branches of government (the Executive & Legislative) that was never voted on, never introduced as ideas or legislation, and has never been challenged.

We worry about money in politics and poverty or apathy? We should worry and be angry about our nine (well really five) kings in black robes

Our interpretation of law by inserting unanswered and focused, partisan direction through precedent has led to the damaged and broken version of this idea call the United States of America we accept today. Unfortunately, from our failed education system through monetary starvation and our monopoly media Republican propaganda delivery system, the very people that can, and should demand the return of rule of law through legislation don't even know that it is they, not an ethereal they (the government) that need to demand this be reversed. It can be done, and maybe some day, it will be. Or not.

The one thing that gives me some hope is this. This nation, these United States of America, this constitutionally limited, democratically elected, representative republic is the only one of its kind in the entire history of man that was founded on an idea, not through genetics or geography. As an idea cannot be destroyed, it will stand through all of this. But, an idea can be repressed and/or perverted. It is our legacy and responsibility to restore this grand experiment, this honorable idea of the governance of a society through the strength of our example of human rights and self respect must be restored if this is not to falter and become something studied for its demise and not for its collective desire to strive toward 'a more perfect union'.

Its up to us, the we, in We the People, to change this back to the foundation that we started out with where there were three equal, branches of government ...

... not nine kings & queens  in robes dictating to their subjects what they will or will not do. This is precisely what we fought back against in the first place when we declared our independence from England.  Ironic, really, don't you think?

"A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of the society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sin and suffering."  --Thomas Jefferson to Samuel Kercheval, 1816.

Monday, September 05, 2011

My third visit to the Tea Party - The Threat of Islam to America

Today, August 18, 2011, the Ukiah Valley Patriots featured a speaker from the Bay Area named Peter Friedman.  He claims to have studied Islam for over 40 years.  His 2-hour lecture was entitled, "The Threat of Islam to America."  He introduced himself as a good Conservative, having had the opportunity to fly Reagan around during his election campaign. 

Mr. Friedman began by admitting that he is scared of Nazis and Muslims.  He declares that Yasser Arafat's uncle, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin el-Husseini, sent 23,000 Muslims to work with the German SS during WWII. Therefore, all Muslims are a threat.  He conflated Auschwitz with Islam.  He claims that the Hamas charter names the Rotary Club, Lions & Freemasons as enemies of Islam.  His website is called:  

Mr. Friedman conveyed his outrage that the California city of Santa Clara gave permission to build a mosque in which an imam calls Muslims to prayer five time per day.  He repeatedly played the sound to the audience of an imam calling people to prayer.  To me, it brought memories back of magical and holy days living in Udawatekele, Sri Lanka, in which the call to prayer down in the valley echoed up through the hermitage where I was meditating in the hilly jungle.  Mr. Friedman compared the sound to a dog caterwauling.  It this point, it became very apparent to me that Peter Friedman was fomenting blind hate.  

He outlined the 4 stages of the organized plan of the Islamic Conquest:
  1. Infiltration
  2. Consolidation of Power
  3. Open War
  4. Totalitarian Islamic Theocracy
He went on to express outrage at New Jersey's Governor Christie appointing a Muslim judge.  Now we have Sharia Law in New Jersey! he exclaimed.  My unspoken response was to silently ask, Do Christian and Jewish judges bring Bible law?  If so, I presume he would agree with that as a good and normal thing.  Do Chinese judges bring Buddhist, Taoist or Confucian law to the bench?  Now that the Supreme Court consists totally of Catholics and Jews, would Mr. Friedman find that objectionable?  I was under the assumption that our law is based on English Common Law codified by Henry II in the 1160's, followed about 55 years later by the Magna Carta.  Not wanting to disrupt his build up of hate, I remained silent.  Friedman added that the Constitution is based on Biblical law. 

Friedman gave examples of the first step, Infiltration, by siting that Muslims are going around during this economic downturn buying up distressed properties.  He claimed that Rupert Murdock is buying into the Mideast media market, and therefore had to get rid of Glen Beck who presented an obstacle to the lucrative deal.  He added that the Holy Land Foundation was laundering money for Hamas.  During the bust, they found a road map on their computer composed by the Muslim Brotherhood of all US operatives.  Posing more examples of infiltration, he claimed that the Muslim Student Association runs San Francisco State University, and beats up Jews on campus.  Friedman concluded this portion of his lecture by conflating the 501(c)(3) status of a religious mosque with the "fact" that all Muslims speak political speech is designed  to overthrow the government of the USA.  

I could take it all in up to this point because I haven't studied this topic very much, and I didn'tknow the extent of the veracity of his facts.  But then he went on saying, "King Obama is full of crap!"  Since Obama's father and grandfather are both Muslims, therefore, Obama must be a Muslim.  Claiming to be a Christian makes Obama an apostate.  Friedman went on to say some very disrespectful things about President Obama that were so inflammatory that it discredited anything else he had to say.  

He went on to talk about Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, identifying it as the home of the Muslim Brotherhood. President Nasser made the Brotherhood illegal in Egypt, and then survived 2 assassination attempts.  Then he described the American educated Muslim fundamentalist, Sayd Qutb, who published a book called "Milestones" for which he was arrested and was martyred by hanging in 1966.  Friedman showed a convoluted chart reminiscent of Glen Beck showing all the connections which prove the Muslims conspiracy to take over America, promulgated by the Al Qaeda magazine called "Inspire." 

Friedman stated that the World Trade Center got hit on 9/11 to commemorate the 1683 defeat of the Ottoman Empire's invasion of Europe.  He didn't mention that Salvador Allende was assassinated by the CIA-backed coup in Chile also on 9/11.  

Friedman states that Obama said in a speech that Islam has always been a part of American history.  He asked, did any Muslims come over on the Mayflower?  He has a copy of a letter signed by both Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton from 1785 asking Ambassador Lamb why Muslims feel hostile toward Christians.  Although Jefferson had a Koran in his library, he was studying it to know his enemy.  

Friedman claims there are 35 known terrorist training camps in the USA, two of which are located in California.  Muslims believe every word in the Koran because they believe it comes straight from the One God.  I thought to myself, so do fundamentalist Christians and fundamentalist Jews of the Bible.  And so do Mormons of their books.  Friedman exclaims that Islam is a cult!  (I hear some Christians say the same thing about the LDS church.) 

The main message of the Koran is world domination of all non-Muslims.  Book 9, v. 29: "...fight all those who do not believe in Islam, unless they pay the tax (jizya).  Jihad is mandated in the Koran.  Allah means the One God.  Juihad means slaying Jews and Christians.  Greater jihad is an internal struggle; lesser jihad involves killing infidels.  Takiya is sacred lying in order to advance Islam. 

Friedman asks, "Can a Muslim be a trustworthy American?"  NO!  Why do we even have Muslims in the army???  The first war ever fought in the new nation was against the Barbary Pirates (Muslims).  The average IQ in the Middle East is about 70 due to inbreeding.  The Koran commands Muslims to beat their disobedient women.  (The Bible commands us to beat our disobedient children right in the town square, as well as stone to death: 1) a virgin who is raped but doesn't call out for help, 2) the rapist, 3) a homosexual, 4) someone who works on the Sabbath, 5) anyone who takes you to the house of worship of another religion, 6) anyone who even talks to you about another religion, 7) perpetrator of incest, 8) bestiality, 9) cursing your parent, 10) necromancy, 11)witchcraft, 12) snake worship, 13) child sacrifice.)  The Koran even forbids making friends with non-Muslims.  Our local judges are afraid to insult a Muslim, and therefore end up with Sharia law.  Our laws are based on the Bible.  "Hindus don't have a holy book."  Therefore, Islam and Democracy can't co-exist!  The Smith Act of 1940 makes the overthrow of the US Government a felony.  

It was offensive and crazy that they allowed Congressman Kieth Ellison to swear his oath of office on a Koran.  Friedman then conflated Congressman Ellison with a terrorists (for being Muslim), and implied that he is violating the RICO laws.  If Iraq is a Muslim nation, and our RICO laws make it illegal to aid or assist aliens into the country for the purpose of terrorism, and all Muslims are terrorists by definition, then WHAT ARE WE DOING IN IRAQ???

The Arab Spring has brought about a "peaceful revolution" in Cairo, but they have no idea what democracy is!  Especially with an IQ of 70.  "There is an unholy alliance between Liberals and Muslims in the USA.  Liberals are using Muslims to do their dirty work,"... and Muslims are exploiting the opportunity with Liberals with intention to crush them later.  

Mr. Friedman mentioned that his lecture is prohibited in UK due to the risk of inciting people to violence.  Having mentioned the Sermon on the Mount and Christ's proscription to "Love thine enemies," I asked him if he loves his enemies.  He replied, "I'm not a Christian; I'm a Jew."  I said to him that his angry tone of voice could very well incite someone to violence.  He retorted, "Well, Yeah!"  

As the lecture ended, Duane, the MOC, came up to me and asked, "Why do you even come to these meetings?  To collect dirt on us?"  I replied, "To form a massive coalition in order to restore democracy to our federal government."  But I was thinking that Duane must have a guilty conscience if he thinks there is dirt to collect at his meetings.  Certainly, these 2 hours of hate could be considered "dirt."  

The chaplain of the local prison was a member of the crowd.  After the lecture, he complemented me on my good question about loving one's neighbors.  I was surprised to see a man of the cloth in a crowd of hate mongers.  He never even said a single word to stop this tirade of hate.  He was joined by the man who says the beginning and final invocations to Jesus Christ at all these Tea Party meetings.  I asked him why he prays to Jesus Christ when not everyone in the room is a Christian.  He replied something about the father, son and holy ghost, and the holy ghost applies to everyone.  I asked how, if he is a Christian, that he could tolerate so much hate toward Muslims.  He was surprised at that question because it was so obvious to him, Muslims deserve it because they are attacking us.  And when I joked about how these Christians are always badmouthing these other Christians, he agreed that the Catholics are the anti-Christ, and the Mormons are a cult.  

Even 2 weeks after this meeting, I am still reeling from the hate fomented by Peter Friedman, and by the 30 people in that room who all agreed with him, including the chaplain and the praying Christian.