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December 12, 2016

“What little children learn, they can never forget.”
– Rabbi Sardonicus the Elder (Collected Aphorisms & Sayings, vol. 18)

 

As recently as 2012, Pres. Obama mocked the thought of Russia as a threat – telling Willard “Mitt” Romney, “The 1980s called and they want their foreign policy back”:

Surprised by the outburst of anti-Russia sentiments because of this?
Not me!
I saw us headed into “Cold War, Part 2” the moment I heard people calling Bernie Sanders a communist who honeymooned in Moscow. At that moment, I had not one doubt that the nation would head in that direction.

The Cold-War brainwashing of the 1940s-1960s lodged deep in the American psyche and there it will stay for at least 3 more generations.

The Anti-Russia propaganda which defined the Cold War filled an atavistic need.  It supplied us with a common enemy, fueled TEAM SPIRIT, and allowed us to cringe in fear without seeming cowardly. After all, the EVIL RUSSIA held our future in their hands!

Such good old days… After the USSR collapsed (as it always gets framed) Americans experienced a surge in jingoistic pride. Then came the let-down. After hating and fearing and feeling smugly superior, we found ourselves all on our own, adrift in a world of peace. Oh, the horror!

Since the USSR died, America has groped blindly for a new Big Enemy so that we may return to those shining days of pride coupled with mortal terror. Over the years, corporate media tried and tried to build up new enemies: Muslims. ISIS. Al Qaeda. Libya. Al-Shabaab… All fell flat, compared to our erstwhile partner in the Dance of Death. 

Yes, America failed to find a new enemy, so we had to gag on our pride and return to our comfort zone of fear: Russia.

As the swallows have no choice but to return to Capistrano, America’s destiny always lay back in Russia. We’ve longed to return to hatred and fear of Russia since the days of Mikhail Gorbachev, who ruined everything for us. Without Russia, whatever went wrong in America had to get blamed on… us! Nooooooooooo!!! Not that!!!!

Did you ever wonder about those couples who marry, then divorce, then get back together again, then divorce, then… on and on? Wonder no more! We have returned to our Number One enemy and it goes down like Mac and Cheese for many people.

Old enemies soothe us as nothing else can. So when all the election year fear-mongering hit a boiling point, it quite naturally spilled all over dear old mother Russia. It had to. Predictability-wise, nothing comes close.  The electioneering fear that filled us drove us right back to our DUCK & COVER, “better dead than red” training.

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Now see how happy it makes people? John McCain looks positively orgasmic! President Obama gets a new chance to please his parents’ generation. Liberals can now call anyone who disagrees with them TRAITORS! Conservatives can say WE TOLD YOU SO! The bile and vodka have commenced to flow in an orgy of hate and fear. Just like the old days. Our NATIONAL RELIGION HAS RETURNED.

And the benefits have already begun! We have no more internal problems in the Home of the Brave! THE RUSSIANS INSTIGATED EVERYTHING! We have clean hands… No matter what goes wrong, THE RUSSIANS DID IT!

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Oh happy day! Old-Timers have joy on their faces as they slam THE EVIL EMPIRE once again. Younger people can now score points with Gramps as they regurgitate the fears and hatreds of the past, all joining hands again in blast of retro-paranoia. 
After decades stumbling in the wilderness, a generation of Americans trained to hate and fear Russia has at last made it back home.

To those who cannot cope with reality as adults, and need to return to the safety of their long-gone childhood, it must feel so damn good.

We can now bask in a warm wave of nostalgia for the bad old days.
Our world has returned to normal.
We can forsake adulthood and return to a childhood where we never have to accept responsibility.

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HOORAY!!! We now have the right to hate Russia. Again. 

UPDATE: Nadine in Upstate comments below, “Next thing, the Hillary voters are going to blame the outer space UFO people and the shadow people for her loss.”
Just yesterday someone sent me this:
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Why Are People Afraid Of Being Wrong?

January 9, 2016

If I had to isolate one personality characteristic most common in Social Media, it has to be FEAR.

Fear is not evident in everyone (especially not in those on my friend list!) but it sure is out there and running wild. Fear of damn near everything is bad enough – but mostly in chats I have observed a strange fear of being WRONG about something. For example, one person on Facebook just BLOCKED me after sending a snotty message because I DARED to mention that contrary to her assertion, New York’s Lincoln Center is not located on 68th Street. This demonstrable fact upset her. Why? I have no idea, but her reaction is not atypical.

I recently listed FBI stats in a NY Times comment section (the lowest form of Social Media) showing that terrorism in the USA is mostly non-Muslim. “Uh, NO!” came one brilliant reply from a master of forensics.

I have repeatedly asked Hillary supporters to give me one reason SHE should get any votes. If a specific reason is ever cited, a rare happening, it always turns out to be wrong – which I gracefully explain using a new invention called FACTS. Invariably, these facts are dismissed with a wave of the phrase “you are a hater!” and then I am usually compared to a lower bodily orifice. Why? Because a cherished belief turned out to be wrong. To Hillary supporters, merely correcting their mistakes about her record is like asking a jesus-christer if Mary really was a virgin.

BEING WRONG IS NOT A SHAMEFUL THING

Acknowledging an error, and acknowledging ignorance, is the first ESSENTIAL step in the process of LEARNING. Yet time and again we see people who have false beliefs which they cling to in spite of facts. This is evidence of fear, and when fear takes hold, facts mean nothing.

We are ALL ignorant concerning many things. How could it be otherwise?

Does anyone seriously think they know everything? Yet the words “I do not know” seem to be the most difficult things for many people to string together. Rather than say “I do not know”, they will fabricate “facts.” Then, they cling to the fabrication with religious zeal. They simply cannot tolerate being wrong. This is where the lie that 99% of terrorists are Muslim comes from.  Prove this is wrong, which is easy, and all hell breaks loose.

Why is this? I don’t know many more things than things I do know. How could it be otherwise? Yet people go to war over the supposed SHAME of being wrong about something. They not only refuse to acknowledge an error, they double down. They act just like Bush/Cheney/Powell on the subject of WMD (and STILL people insist that there WERE WMD even though “W” once slipped up and admitted otherwise.)

Think of Donald Drumpf clinging to his demonstrably erroneous belief that thousands upon thousands of Muslims over in Jersey City cheered on 9/11/01. Or that Paris is a city in Germany.

This is part of Drumpf’s appeal to a generally disturbed public. He is simply incapable of acknowledging a mistake. And he is cheered for this ignorant intransigence as though it were an asset. He also must be keenly aware that if he does say he was wrong he will lose his most ardent – and ignorant – supporters. They would turn on him faster than Drumpf can bankrupt a casino.

Putting fear-based people in positions of authority will always lead to death and destruction on a global scale. Until America rids itself of fear, people exactly like “W,” who live in constant fear (as do most dry drunks), will hold a deep appeal to voters. Look at the millions of deaths and the widespread destruction “W” caused in his panic over supposed “evil doers” he saw everywhere.

This is not Bush’s fault, nor is it Drumpf’s fault. Sick people will always elect other sick people. It is inevitable. And the sickest among us will never seek help, for in our culture “YOU SHOULD HAVE YOUR HEAD EXAMINED” is a deep, deep insult. When you break a leg, is: “YOU SHOULD GET THAT X-RAYED” an insult? No, nor should it be.

Sick people whose addiction is fear will never let go of that fear. They need it. They are accustomed to it. It is in the warp and woof of their personal fabric, planted there ages ago and nurtured with all the loving care an addict always give to their drug of choice.

This fear is nothing new. 1919 was a year of monumental fear in America – and that is when this book was written. It sure resonates today.

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I wrote an introduction to this new edition, putting it all in its historical context. If we want and desire true happiness and freedom, we need to beak the cycle of fear. Fear-based people will only spread fear in the Home of the Brave.

Election Time Is America’s FEAR-A-PALOOZA

December 24, 2015

Crime is down in America. Despite this fact, a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law just found that Americans are terrified of crime. 
70% of Americans believe that they are in danger of being killed by “ISIS” – which they think is trying to take over America. International Terrorism is a chimera; a fantasy drilled into the consciousness of Americans by politicians who use this demonstrably false threat to hold power. The BBC documentary THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES charts this fraud in great detail. It works and now the HOME OF THE BRAVE is quaking in its boots. Even though home-grown followers of a reputed Prince of Peace have been bombing and shooting up Planned Parenthood centers, nebulous “foreigners” are feared to the marrow.

Even though more toddlers have killed Americans than terrorists have, the fear of foreign terrorists is pervasive and forms the basis of the Republican political campaign.

Listening to the hysterical shrieking of the conservative fear-mongering horde, one would never know that you are more likely to be crushed to death by your furniture, than killed by terrorists.

People deliberately spreading fear… THEY are the real terrorists. The only people terrorizing you now are these power-hungry politicians.

There is a candidate on the Democratic side who also talks the neocon bull about the need for America to lead the world in  “the global fight to exterminate Islamic State” which presents NO threat to us here. Mrs. Clinton even calls for a NO FLY ZONE even though ISIS has no air force. Or a single airplane.

When trying to persuade people to vote for her, as they ignore the many serious complaints about her, Mrs. Clinton’s supporters always whip out yet another fear: They say we MUST have her in office to save the Supreme Court.  So even though they admit that she cannot be trusted in other ways, and she talks like a conservative, and is sponsored by Wall Street (which shovels money at her) they somehow trust her to make progressive SCOTUS choices. Why? And said from he court, what are we to expect from her choices to run The Fed? The Commerce Department? The FDA? The Treasury Department? The SEC? The Education Department? Will she secure the separation of church and state? When it comes to the mythical man in the sky, Mrs. Clinton is as much a bible thumper as any other conservative, claiming that this amalgam of Bronze Age fairy-tales made her the person she is. Religious pandering always accompanies fear mongering with conservatives and Mrs. Clinton is no exception.

Back to earthly matters: Will Clinton protect Social Security from Wall Street privatizing? Will she prosecute the rapacious banksters who crashed the economy of the world? Yes, you say? Why should we think so? This would be biting the hand that feeds her, and feeds her husband, and feeds her daughter, and feeds her much touted grandchild – whose father is a hedge-fund huckster from a family of Republican politicians.

And when all else fails, the Clinton wing raises the fear of back-alley abortions – claiming she and she alone will save Roe v. Wade.  See my previous post in this blog in which I show why that is balderdash. This is more fear… It is all some people have to offer. Some. Not all…

So clearly, we cannot lay the far-mongering rap exclusively on the Republicans. It infects conservatives no matter which party they sign on with. One thing is certain: I will never support any candidate who inspires and exploits fear. THAT is terrorism: “the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims” (New Oxford American Dictionary). And deliberately scaring the crap out of people is intimidation. Doing so for political gains is TERRORISM. No, it is not swarthy, Muslim, foreign terrorism but terrorism it is.

Using fear is, of course, nothing new. The whole phony “Cold War” worked wonders in the fear department. I hear from people to this day who believe that “commies” are trying to take over America – which was another totally phony fear. The USSR was never a threat to America. Again, see THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES to learn how Ronald Reagan whipped this fear up to a post-McCarthy fever pitch even though the CIA told him it was baloney. The CIA. Hardly a bastion liberal pinkos… For a look at fear in the early 20th Century I recommend the reissue of a 1919 classic called UNMASKING FEAR.

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This valuable study of mass hysteria and rampant fear first appeared in 1919, long before mass media – which today is the most virulent and relentless purveyor of fear. But the lessons apply. And I consider them are well-worth learning from. IF, of course, people can learn. I have my doubts – especially when I see people running for their lives from… nothing at all. When their furniture is a bigger threat…

Coming Soon: The Next Big FEAR!

February 21, 2015

Why is it that the American people bounce from one dire fear to another with the sheer velocity of a steel marble in a pinball machine? Our neighbors (not you and me, right?) spend their lives encased in an amniotic sack of terror. Be it commies, or drug-crazed hippies, or psycho-veterans home from ‘Nam, or China, or Iraq or Ebola or you name it – we always seem to be facing “the greatest threat ever” to our existence.

Remember the hysteria over Ebola Fever? Two people contracted that in America last summer. Two. People feared elevators, subways, theaters, SNEEZES… and today people STILL fear Ebola Fever. When that peaked… right on cue, came ISIS: “Americans believe that Isis poses the most serious threat to the United States in the next decade, according to a poll,” says the story. Last year almost nobody in the country even heard of ISIS. President Obama publicly dismissed them as the “Junior Varsity” of threats. But then along came the military industrial complex’s fear machine and now ISIS has replaced Ebola Fever as the greatest threat EVER to Americans. Even though ISIS has no interest in coming here, has no air force to get it here, and is getting its ass kicked around the middle east, America stands poised to go to war against them. Why? Because people are afraid. Just like the commies scared their parents and grandparents, Americans now fear, dread, and cower at the thought of ISIS. Home of he Brave? Yeah, right. This is the pattern. Something you never heard of before suddenly pops up as our greatest threat. And, well, does “Hook, Line, and Sinker” ring a bell? Behold the hysteria:

Combining two sets of fear tactics, Congressman Michael McCaul, chair of the Homeland Security Committee, said that ISIS is the “greatest national security threat since 9/11.” 

Mike Rogers, chair of the Intelligence Committee, said ISIS, “has the capability to tap people with Western passports to send them back to Europe and the United States for terrorist activity…” adding “This is as dangerous as it gets.

Senator Lindsey Graham said about the president, “I’m disappointed in the commander in chief for not addressing the threat that ISIL presents to the United States.” Of course to Graham everything that casts a shadow on his closet door is a threat. But you see how it works? Today, FEAR is the life-blood of American politics. It is how people are controlled. 

NEXT BIG THREAT

Eventually all the manufactured fears fade away, as evanescent as the bubbles in a bottle of cheap domestic champagne. Then out of nowhere, seemingly without warning, comes the Next Big Threat – and off we go again! So, what is poised to be the next threat? By next summer the next threat, I predict, will meld several old threats: Communism. Cuba. AIDS. Just as America stands ready to end the senseless and anachronistic embargo inflicted upon the teeny island of Cuba, we get THE CUBAN AIDS SUPERBUG!

“Aggressive form of HIV uncovered in Cuba: HIV to AIDS in three years”
That’s what the article screams. And it is picking up steam, sure to become the newest, latest, biggest single-biggest threat to America we have ever seen. And it will happen just in time to scare people away from that Cuban vacation so long denied the denizens of The Land of The Free. Just watch. It will be the terror of the Summer of 2015. And then it will morph into an actual war-threat: Commies from Cuba paid by ISIS will sneak across he borders on tippy-toes as they start a campaign of bedding down our wholesome American virgins. And what will Lindsey Graham say: “WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE.” Right on cue.

SO WHAT SHOULD WE FEAR?

Fear seems to be a deep-seated need in humans. Our senses developed to notice sudden moves that could be deadly predators. Like saber-toothed tigers. So we once needed these fears to stay alive. We spend fortunes on scary movies and scary rides in “amusement” parks. Those who whip up fake fears know this and use it to control us. When we fear we don’t think. We get into fight/flight. And i goes without saying that the last thing most politicians want is a public that thinks. So they manufacture fears.
So to feed the need for fear, and to “vaccinate” you against the parade of faux fears which will certainly continue unabated, I herewith give you a real fear, free of charge. If you crave something to be afraid of, try this out for size: As I have watched the fears come and go over the decades, I have often wondered why people fail to recognize the real threats. Why do they fear something like Ebola, which has killed one person here (and he contracted it elsewhere) or the Soviet Union – yet they do not fear the biggest killer in all human history. In a nutshell: WHY DON’T AMERICANS FEAR DRIVING?
The latest numbers show that traffic “accidents” kill 92 Americans PER DAY. We have a staggering 11,000,000 traffic accidents per year. We’re talking 32,000 accidents PER DAY. Yet who thinks twice about pulling into traffic? Last year people were terrified to get into an elevator, lest they contract Ebola Fever – which was an impossibility. Remember, only two people contracted the disease in America, and both were healthcare workers who tended people who had the illness. Both survived. Yet people panicked and – based on nothing but fear – decided that the risk of getting Ebola Fever in a commuter train was so terrifying that they DROVE THEIR CARS INSTEAD, which is demonstrably a HUGE risk to life and limb. Hell, damn near everyone knows someone who was killed or injured by a car. I have known several – including a tailor who was crushed when a car crashed through the wall of the building in which she sat sewing. So why don’t people fear the REAL threat, traffic? Because to fear traffic would impoverish too many rich people. So we are sold cars as a) giving us freedom and b) giving us love. Look at the way cars are advertised. Cars crush people, operating them enrages people, they pollute the air, the fuel they burn causes international wars, and people go into massive debt just to own one when most people do not even need one. Millions of people each day clog the roads with cars schlepping one person from here to there. And nearly 100 a day, every day, will die because of them. But we don’t fear them. Does this make sense?

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Of course not! Yet the fact remains that irrational fears come and go, driven by a media that exists and thrives on selling these fears. But we never get drilled in fearing cars. Car sales run the economy. Their ads contribute billions to the corporate media. Over $665 per car is spent on advertising. Through ads, car driving gives the illusion of freedom even though THEY ARE THE BIGGEST DAILY THREAT WE FACE. And we face this threat without a second thought. Think about that, and ask yourself why we fear something that is no threat to us, like Ebola or ISIS or Iran, yet we give no thought to the biggest threat we face every single day. Who is doing this to you and why do they do it?

FREE YOURSELF FROM FEAR

Whipping up fear to manipulate people, and milk them for all they are worth, is nothing new. It was the basis of the “lighthearted” show The Music Man. I often point out one show stopping number from that show to illustrate all we need to know about politics today. Take 4 minutes to see how it works:

Fun, right?
LISTEN: You do not need to live in a state of fear, and certainly not a series of never-ending fears instilled in you by people who will profit from that fear, as we saw in that movie clip. Learn how to break the shackles of fear. Almost 100 years ago, in 1919 during the time of the Bolshevik Panic that swept America, a book appeared. UNMASKING FEAR details the grip in which fear holds us and what we can do about it. History shows us that FEAR is still a prime method of control. If you suddenly fear something that you never heard of, ask yourself why? How did you come to fear this? Who told you to? What is in it for them? And read this book. I wrote the new introduction which puts it into historical context. As we go from fear to fear every few months, who can people be expected to relax and dwell on the historical precedents from 100 years ago? If you have had enough… If you don’t want to be victimized by an unending stream of irrational fears, this is the book for you. One warning: Don’t let anyone scare you away from this book. They try. Don’t let them succeed. Click the image to get a copy of this small, yet liberating volume.

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Torture: Wrong AND Useless

December 28, 2014

Friends,
I write these words not as a priest, nor as an American. I write this as a Human Being.

When people torture people or animals, they have committed a crime. When Governments torture prisoners, they have committed a human rights crime. When governments torture prisoners of war, they have committed a war crime.

And yet right now people ardently support the torturing of POWs – one of the most heinous crimes on the books – and they have even suggested that doing so is good, right and proper. Media people, such as the simplistically stupid Joe Scarborough; the senile closest-case Chris (Look at W’s bulge!) Matthews, the entire platoon of peroxided harpies on FOX “news” all publicly have argued that “if” torture works, it is something we must do. In fact, say these twisted people, it is an obligation. “IF” it works.

And this is how they have deftly changed the debate from acknowledging that torture is one of the worst crime on the books, to a mere debate of its efficacy. All the while they scream that the Senate report on torture should – MUST! – remain secret. Torture is good but… we don’t want people to know we did it? Sounds like way down deep, they know the truth. They know. But they, like the sociopath Cheney and his puppet “W,” believe that the ends justify the means. They have said so over and over again. You know who espoused precisely that belief? A fellow named Leon Trotsky. Is he the model of the New America? If so, then Welcome to the New USA… It is now the USSR.

Well let us discuss this issue that these criminals and their ardent defenders raise. Does torture work? No. History clearly shows that torture is designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to get a false confession out of someone. In fact, the records now reveal that this is how the Cheney/Bush people got their highly coveted “information” about WMD. They got it by torturing people until somebody who could not take the agony said just what the torturers wanted to hear. And the world is still paying for it today.

Need more proof? Ask Senator John McCain, no “Dove” by any stretch of the imagination. We all know that McCain was tortured by those horrible North Vietnamese. And we know they are horrible because… they torture people. As “commies” they even went so far as believe that… the ends justify the means. Well, today Ho Chi Minh could host a show on FOX or any of the TV networks that have the gall to even hint that torture is a legitimate interrogation tool.

Yes, we all know that McCain was tortured. But what most people do not know is that under torture, McCain cracked. He broke. He gave in. John McCain signed false confessions, admitting to crimes and he even allowed himself to be filmed making false admissions. To end the agonizing torture, John McCain did what people invariably do: he lied through his teeth to stop the pain. McCain has freely admitted this. And there is no shame in what he did. Could you stand up to torture, day in and day out? McCain did exactly what thousands of people did when the Catholic Church – followers of the “Prince of Peace” – tortured them under the tutelage of the Spanish Inquisition. Under torture, people confessed to having made bargains with a totally fictitious entity called “Satan.”

How about Salem, Massachusetts? There too, under a delightful system called “crushing,” women falsely confessed that they were witches. False confessions came spewing forth just as they did from John McCain when he was tortured beyond all endurance.

This month, the United States Senate released its report on torture, and McCain’s conservative pals fought tooth and nail to cover up the illuminating document, which reveals the very things they claim America had every right to do. Have you ever heard of a politician, proud of his actions, hiding the light of his or her proud accomplishments under a basket? In this case they did. “What we did was right,” they say. “But we cannot let people KNOW about it or… they will think that America does these things.” Classic insane “logic.”

In response to this outbreak of wailing and gnashing of teeth, John McCain took to the senate floor and spoke in favor of releasing the torture report, and he also spoke about torture in general. I predict that McCain’s speech, his Stain On Our National Honor speech, will go down in history along side the Gettysburg Address and FDR’s Four Freedoms speech as one of the great orations in American History. If you have not heard this remarkable presentation, please take 12 minutes to do so now. McCain’s moving words, spoken from the heart and soul, will be remembered long after we are gone.

So we know that torture does not produce any workable results. In fact, we know that people died because of torture. Under the unimaginable pain and terrors of what the CIA calls “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques,” a craven and spineless euphemism if ever there was one, people popped out with any names they could think of to gain even momentary surcease from the agony inflicted upon them. Documentation shows that the CIA’s torture victims turned in innocent neighbors and acquaintances; just as people hundreds of years earlier claimed that they had seen neighbors with witches or the mythical “Satan.”

For some reason, in his festive season, all of this rang a very familiar bell with me. After a few moments of reflection, it hit me. This time of year, Christmas Time, millions of people enjoy a movie that actually shows the fallacy of torture as an effective tool. We all watch this film as a Holiday Ritual to celebrate the birth of a non-violent rabbi born two millennia ago. The movie is… “A Christmas Story,” and the torture victim who breaks and then names an innocent friend as the offender is none other than cute little Ralphie Parker.

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We all remember the scene: At one point, innocently and out of sheer frustration, 9 year-old Ralphie says the word to end all words: he says “fuck” – only the filmmakers substitute the word “fudge,” just as the CIA says E.I.T. in place of “torture.” Hearing this attack on their values, Ralphie’s parents react with horror and shame and outrage! As the narration by grown Ralph relates it to the viewer, “I said THE word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words, the “F-dash-dash-dash” word!” Ralphie immediately fears the repercussions, and even dreads a form of waterboarding! “It was all over,” grown Ralphie recalls in the narration. “I was dead. What would it be? The guillotine? Hanging? The chair? The rack? The Chinese water torture? Hmmph. Mere child’s play compared to what surely awaited me.”

In high dudgeon, Ralphie’s parents demand to know where he heard that vile word. Under interrogation, Ralphie finds himself in a bind. He has heard the word every day of his life from his father (who hypocritically claims one set of values while living another set). But Ralphie cannot tell his parents this without revealing their two-facedness. In this bind, Ralphie experiences pure separation anxiety, for without his parents a small child will die. But Ralphie cannot or will not say a bad word about his dad. This early childhood anxiety sometimes never leaves a person and it forms the root of all knee-jerk, unthinking, no exceptions patriotism.

And so, to get to the truth… Ralphie’s parents apply torture. Until he tells his parents what they want to hear, the little child is forced to sit in isolation with a bar of soap in his mouth. And not just any soap, mind you! The filmmakers go out of their way to impress upon the viewer that this is Lifebuoy Soap. We may not recall it now, but back in the 1940s, Lifebuoy was the very first deodorant soap on the market, and it was, at the time, made with Carbolic Acid. In order to force the truth out of him, Ralphie is poisoned by his parents. And they do it deliberately, for out of all the soaps available to them, they select this one – and Ralphie knows what awaits him for, reviewing the selection, he thinks, “Lifebuoy, on the other hand… YECCHH!” Clearly they had tried other soaps in the past and found this one works to their satisfaction.

The symptoms of Carbolic Acid poisoning are horrific. They include, but are not limited to: severe abdominal pain, bloody stools, diarrhea, nausea and bloody vomiting, low blood pressure, rapid heart rate, deep rapid breathing, wheezing.

Under this torture, Ralphie does as all torture victims do; as John McCain did and as the 17th-century nuns at Louden did: Ralphie lies. Under pressure, Ralphie names an innocent friend as the culprit just so the torture will stop. Ralphie’s “Father Grandier” turns out to be his friend Schwartz who promptly gets an undeserved beating so harsh and so revolting that even Ralphie’s mother cannot stand to hear it. As Schwartz’s screams mount in intensity, Mom simply hangs up the phone and turns away – as the conservatives of today are doing when they attempt to hide American torture.

And now, I cannot see Christmas Story without thinking of Schwartz and McCain and victims of torture through the ages. The victims and the sick, demented people who supported torture hover over this film.

History is unequivocal and explicit on these points: Torture is a crime. Torture is useless. Torture is Un-American. Torture is even cited by the bloodthirsty neocons as one of the crimes of the dreaded Sadaam Hussein, and they cited it often as a justification for their war of choice on the people of Iraq.

Out of fear and insane patriotism, America hypocritically did it exactly what we convicted WW2 soldiers for doing: waterboarding. We tried, convicted and hung enemy military for waterboarding Americans. The torturers died for what they did. Yet here, in the New America, now, today, people go on TV to say, as the feculent Dick Cheney did, “I’d do it again in a minute.” The words of an earlier CIA criminal, Howard Hunt, referring to Richard Nixon, genuinely apply to Cheney: “He’s the darkness… reaching out for the darkness.”

The whole world agrees that torture is a crime. The world agrees that torture provides no useful information. The world agrees that torturers should be put to an ignominious death. But Cheney would do it in a minute. Chris Mathews defends it. People who denounce it are treated like criminals. The only person in jail over this is the whistle-blower who revealed it all.

So thanks to Cheney and his criminal cohorts for turning the USA into the very people we were trained to hate: Sadaam Hussein and Leon Trotsky.

And thanks for ruining one of the sweetest and funniest movies to come down the pike in years.

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All that was needed for the government to violate international law was… FEAR. Fear is the tyrant’s greatest tool. When people are scared they cede all power in their cowardice. And what is the media of today for if not to scare you? Just turn to the fake Ebola horror. Some Americans are STILL scared that they will die of this disease. Just as I hear from people who still fear the now gone USSR. Or they fear Cuba. Just this evening, I saw a middle-aged person saying on social media that America is moving “one step closer to communism.” Communism! It still scares many people. This is a demonstrably irrational fear that some people, warped by constant childhood brainwashing, now willingly submit themselves to.

In the early 20th Century, a book appeared which delved into the issue. That book is UNMASKING FEAR.
If anything, in the nearly 100 years since this book appeared, it has gotten worse. In the days before the invention of corporate controlled mass communications media, who could have envisioned people going into hysteria over a radio broadcast dramatizing a Martian invasion? When Orson Welles turned out the radio show The War of the Worlds in 1938, you can bet your bottom dollar that the power structure took notice. Here, at last, was the Shepherd’s Crook needed to keep people in line: Mass media!

That classic 1919 book is now reissued with new introductions (by me!) which put this important work in historical context. There is no reason to live your life in fear! Beware of those who would mislead you about this book! Fear is all they have and they will use fear to stop YOU from reading this liberating volume. The new introduction puts the book in its historical context and shows why it is still relevant today. CLICK HERE or on the image to see this book at Amazon.com

The REAL Danger To America… It’s NOT Ebola Fever

October 6, 2014

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You know what is more dangerous to the American people than Ebola Fever? The low-information voter. And this is not a right v. left thing. Dopes who vote populate all parts of the political spectrum. When Mr. Obama was first running for president, NPR interviewed a young Black woman. She said she supported Obama. Why? Because, she said, he fought his way up from the streets of Chicago and survived life in the gangs. Yes, she really said it.
Then there are the ignorant people who whine about China owning most of our nation’s debt. And they can call it in any time to bankrupt us. How dire! But the fact is that China holds a mere 8% of our debt and they cannot just call in the debt, they have to wait for the bonds to mature, which is more than the low-informtion voter has done… As to fearing that China will take over our country, well Americans ourselves hold 32% of the debt. Does that mean we, the people, will take over the government?
 The problem with low-information, is that people fill that vacuum with total bullshit that sounds good to them. They fear China, so China becomes a looming threat. I find this so pathetic.
On the other end on the far right, look at the number of conservatives who are mobilizing to prevent Pres. Obama from winning a third term. They seriously believe that he is running for reelection. There is nobody lower on the low-information scale than an American who does not even know how the constitution works. The right wingers GASPED in horror when the conservative dolt Rafael “Teddy” Cruze, an American senator who emigrated from Canada, told a group recently that the senate democrats were about to repeal the first amendment. These ideological idiots BELIEVED it. Because they wanted to. Look how many of the righties believe that unemployment is at its highest, the deficit is soaring, and America is about to become a muslim nation. FOX “news” even did a segment last week praising G. W. Bush for his handling of Iraq! They actually believe this stuff. And they are terrified, as all conservatives today are. Where are the REAL conservatives of yesteryear? How long must we suffer the backward fools who think that science and facts are trumped by the muddy thinking they call “common sense”? Get a load of this:
Today, on Facebook, I heard from someone who said of the choice he would make in the next presidential election: “I would vote for Colin Powell in an instant.”
I asked him straight out how anyone could support the man who deliberately went to the United Nations and lied about fake WMD and who still defends that action AND who in his own self-serving book, admits to war crimes. As I do here, I provided him with links to back up both of my statements.
You know what this person’s answer to me was? How he justified what Powell did at the UN? He said this:

“Colin Powell did what he was told to do by the President and Vice President.” That is what he said…

POWELL WAS ONLY FOLLOWING ORDERS?????? This is the best he could whip up to defend a man responsible for hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of deaths and maimings? HE WAS ONLY FOLLOWING ORDERS? And THAT is what he calls presidential material? A military man who never heard of goddamn Nuremberg? Holy shit!!

Personally, I would prefer Ebola Fever to these people. Any virus, even the hideous 1918 Flu epidemic which hit almost 30% of all Americans, runs its course. But alas, the low-information jerks are here to stay and they are messing up the whole world…

…One stupid, irresponsible idiotic vote at a time.

The Most Irresponsible President EVER…

September 15, 2014

So now high ranking members of the American government have gone into weeping hysterics over a group called ISIS.
This is a group of radicals about half the size of the NY Police Department who are waging many wars on many fronts and getting beaten badly by the Kurds. They have almost zero chance of success. But…
This splinter group committed some atrocities on video and now we must launch a war against them.
What ISIS needs to succeed is a stream of new recruits. And having the USA as their enemy will be the greatest recruiting tool since UNCLE SAM WANTS YOU!
The videos of some beheadings sent American policy makers into fear and anger. And that is NOT the time to make a decision. But they did, so now…
We get all the usual blather about how ISIS is the greatest threat EVER to the United States, just like the Soviets were and the “Red” Chinese were and the Viet Cong were, you get the drill. The Home of the Brave is always scared shitless about some group or other.
But who is to blame NOW? At whose feet do we lay the blame for the ISIS wars? That’s easy: George W. Bush is to blame. He destabilized the area with a needless war because God told him to do it…  Great… a religious nut launches a war and Americans blame other religious nuts for it.
Bush’s divine war against Iraq all but gave the world a written guarantee that Shia, Sunni and Kurds would butt heads on the battlefield, but that was not enough for Bush. Like the overgrown mama’s boy that he is, Bush had to appear macho to the world so… THE IDIOT ACTUALLY – LITERALLY! – ASKED FOR THIS! Does nobody in the rah-rah corporate media remember Bush’s taunting challenge to the various groups in Iraq?:

“There are some who, uh, feel like that, you know, the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is: bring ’em on. We got the force necessary to deal with the security situation.”  July 2, 2013

“BRING ‘EM ON” 

Remember that? “BRING ‘EM ON”…
The idiot actually said it. He TOLD them to do it. In case you missed it, take a look above at the video.

So now they are bringing it on and nobody is mentioning that THE RELIGIOUS IDIOT, THE DRY DRUNK IN THE WHITE HOUSE, THE MAMA’S BOY NAMED GEORGE W. BUSH TOLD THEM TO DO IT.

And now that the whole Middle East is under siege, now that American politicians have something more scary than Ebola Fever or Mexican children to scream and swoon over as they drain the treasury, now that the USA is going to launch a war which will make America itself a legitimate target… Bush goes off painting pictures of his toes in the bathtub… Swell.

A Bush Masterpiece...

A Bush Masterpiece…

Way to go, Georgie.
You managed to fuck up the whole world and nobody remembers that 

YOU ASKED FOR IT!

Publicly Blowing Off A Head… Remember…

September 13, 2014

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It’s Official! 51% of Americans are Idiots!

November 18, 2013

The whole idea of America being a Christian nation is floating around again. Never mind the Constitution (see shocking numbers below) and forget the famous Treaty of Tripoli which says, in part,  “…the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion…”.  The religious nuts are at it again.

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Folks… the last time thousands of religious people got together to form a utopian christian society… we got Jonestown. 

These christers  are deluded and dangerous. They are not kind, loving people by and large; they are scared angry people who think there is a dead rabbi coming to kill all the nonbelievers. They are without doubt the American Taliban.

The SOFA Study

Here is what triggered this: Did you know that a recent study by the First Amendment Center found, among other things, that 51% of Americans truly believe that the Constitution says we are a Christian nation? They don’t know what is in the Constitution; they BELIEVE what they think should be there. Contrary to  what these dimwits believe, our Constitution is not a faith-based scrap of paper. We are talking about people so ignorant and lazy that they don’t know the constitution separates church and state (which was a radical innovation in its day), and even says, “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

Lest you think that these 51% are conservative, a notoriously stupid and willfully ignorant crowd, the study shows that 67% percent of conservatives, 49% of moderates and 33% of liberals agree that the Constitution established a Christian nation. Liberals! A third of them!

We, the sane people of the world, need to do something about the deluded ignorant saps who live among us. They are ruining the world for the rest of us. Christians are supposed to HEAL sick people, not take away healthcare or make a profit from medicines while bankrupting people. Christians are supposed to FEED poor people, not slash food stamps to let people starve to death while bailing out the rich. Would a christian nation allow the Federal Reserve to GIVE Wall Street $85 Billion a month??? No, and here is proof: According to the Acts of the Apostles, Christians are supposed to be COMMUNISTS sharing everything to people according to their need, not money-grubbing capitalists who would throw you out of your home for a dollar (see post below if you don’t believe me.) Christians are supposed to love people, not love SHOOTING and BOMBING people and invade nations with drone guided missiles. Christians are not supposed to hate… Well, this is the reality of American christers today. They are greedy, selfish, cruel, violent people who slash benefits for poor people and do so with a grin. So by America’s actions alone, it is as clear as a country stream that America is NOT a Christian nation. Given the actions of christers, I say… thank god!