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Home, Sweet, Homeski

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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He’s A Cornered Animal

February 19, 2016

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All the cheap “combover” jokes, all the giggles about his wives, all the silly stuff distracts from the core fact: This man has NO MEANS OF SUPPORT other than this campaign.
He is running because of personal desperation – which is why he persists and persists.
He has no other job.
Like “W” before him, he has failed at everything he’s ever done.
This is the end of the road for him.
Others may want to run.
He HAS TO.
He’s likely mired in debt again and this is the only way out.
That makes him a cornered animal. Meaning: dangerous

Beware of any candidate who has no other options 

Why The Violence And Anger?

October 7, 2015

Gun violence is again, sadly, in the news. Mass shootings are on the upswing even though crime is, overall, continuing to go down.

Politics has become more angry and divisive than ever.

People ask: How did this happen?

More important is: WHEN did this happen.

History shows us

The powers that be promote fear and hatred of an enemy. They believe that this promotes unity and a national sense of purpose. When the USSR collapsed, America was left with millions of frightened people who had nobody left to fear and hate. This is why the PTB wrote, before 9/11/01, about the need for a “new Pearl Harbor.” This was written in 1997 as the manifesto of the pompously named Think Tank, “The Project for the New American Century ” – run by people like Cheney, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld… and then we all know what happened when they were in the White House…

Having an external enemy is something people like this feel is vital for a national identity. So we get feeble attempts at demonizing nations – or lame terror groups like ISIS – because they seriously think we need an enemy at all times. In lieu of a named enemy, we have free-floating anxiety and Americans turn on each other.
This is why so many of our neighbors are armed to the teeth.
They have been taught to fear The Other since childhood.
We are still paying for the brainwashing of the Cold War.
Pay attention to the people who want to be president and see how so many of them promote fear. When we fear, we lose the ability to think clearly. And this is what these people want. Why?

This 3-part BBC documentary explains how and why governments do this.
Click the image to see it. And you will know how these insane people think.
Remember what John Lennon so pointedly observed: “Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.”

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Now, in the absence of an enemy – America is an asylum filled with violent, deranged people. And our own government did it to us, with the help of sick people for what they consider the national good. We are living the results of generations of fear and hatred. Why, we even have whole “news” networks on TV which do nothing but scream out impending disaster just to keep us in fear.

This is not new, and neither PNAC nor the pornographer Rupert Murdoch with his FOX “news” should get no credit for originality. In 1919 a book came out which showed people how fear twists their lives.

Almost a century later it still applies. The book has been reissued – and I wrote the new introduction. I urge all to get hold of this slim volume HERE or click the image below. Although some will try to dissuade you from reading this book, because they fear it, I think it is a “must-read” to see how fear twists people without them even knowing it.

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SEPARATION OF CHURCH & STATE? IT’S IN THE BIBLE! (again)

September 6, 2015

I posted this back in 2012, but with the hypocritical ignoramuses in the republican party (formally called “candidates”) howling about “religious freedom” and how it trumps the Constitution, I thought it time to revive it. These bigoted loudmouths know nothing of their beloved bible.

     It is the religious right wing loud mouths who always can be counted upon to a) demand that we obey the Holy Bible and b) make the claim that there is no such thing as separation of Church & State in America because those words are not in the Constitution. Never mind that this separation was primary on the minds of those who wrote the Constitution. Forget that this separation is what made the United States of America absolutely unique in the history of Western “civilization.” And the hell with the facts that the United States Supreme Court has consistently held that such a separation exists. Throw all that away if you wish.  Let us see what the Bible itself has to say on the subject:

     As Moses is ready to die and the Israelites prepare to enter the Promised Land, Moses grows concerned that there the tribes have no leader to keep the people from anarchy. So, being Moses, he consults God. Here is what happens in the King James Version of the Holy Bible:

Numbers, 27:15-23

And Moses spake unto the LORD, saying,

Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,

Which may go out before them, and which may go in before them, and which may lead them out, and which may bring them in; that the congregation of the LORD be not as sheep which have no shepherd.

And the LORD said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him;

And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight.

And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient.

And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel for him after the judgment of Urim before the LORD: at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation.

And Moses did as the LORD commanded him: and he took Joshua, and set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation:

And he laid his hands upon him, and gave him a charge, as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.

    Do you get what happened? Moses puts Joshua in charge of the people and has Aaron’s son Eleazar in charge of the priesthood. Moses and, more to the point, GOD ALMIGHTY have vested two separate people with the powers of Church & State. It is right there in the Good Book.  Joshua is in charge of the people and Eleazar is in charge of tending into God’s judgment. It’s all there in black and white.

    As long as the religious literalists insist that the Bible is a history book, and as long as they insist that it is God’s “divine plan” for humanity, silly claims but they make them nonetheless, then we see by example that God wants the power of the state separated from the power if the religious establishment. There is no getting around it.

    UPDATE: Further driving the point home is 1 Samuel, 13:8-14 where King Saul, tired of waiting for the arrival of Samuel the priest, makes his own burnt offering. When Samuel arrives all hell breaks loose. Why? Because Saul has usurped the power of the clergy and thus violated the biblical separation of Church & State.
Can it be any more clear?

Separation of Church and State… It’s In The Bible!

PC is BS. The Right Invented It To Play “Victim”

August 7, 2015


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  The thing about POLITICAL CORRECTNESS – aside from its having been passé since 1989 – is that it is a complete and total myth. PC is a mechanism which allows conservatives to claim that they are victims whenever they victimize others and say something rude, stupid, and nasty.

  As with the equally mythic War On Xmas, the conservatives need to feel victimized to justify their free-floating anger. When somebody says, “Now this is not politically correct, but…” it is always the preface to something rude and offensive. But it makes them seem brave for being boorish. Before the righties invented PC, they would start such odious statements with, “Now, don’t get me wrong but…” which implies a misunderstanding. PC removes the misunderstanding and remakes them into bold, challengers of the status quo – when they call women sluts and say African Americans are just not grateful enough to the white people who freed them. And yes, I have heard this and worse quite often. 

  Outside the minds of the whining conservatives, there is no such thing as PC. The truth behind the invention of PC was exploded a generation ago in the book The Myth of Political Correctness, and there has never been an effective retort.

  Poor Ben Carson!

  Ben Carson, a man so mired in the past that he actually complains about what he calls “Women’s Lib,” based his whole risible presidential campaign on purveying misinformation while claiming any challenge to his utter foolishness was just PC, against which he bravely stands. But, alas, last night in the FOX game-show “Who Wants To Be A Jingoistic Dimwit” the perennially broke Donald Trump stole Carson’s thunder with his own rant about being under attack for not being PC. “What a brave boy am I,” the PC brigade trumpets! At every turn. And then the brave Trump assailed Rosie O’donnell with whom he once had a public feud. This, as any shrink will tell you, is the way a Toxic Narcissist thinks. Once an enemy, always an enemy. Even Trump’s first of many wives (is the sanctity of marriage PC?) says that he never lets go. You can see it in the long suppressed documentary TRUMP: WHAT’S THE DEAL – which was supposed to be on national TV 25 years ago. Its point is: the old Trump is the New Trump – so watch out.

  Along with being opposed to PC, many Trump supporters say they find him refreshing because “he speaks his mind.” Well, hell, so does Fidel Castro – known for delivering three hour speeches. Do you Trump-ettes support CASTRO for speaking his mind?

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“Fidel Castro – SAYING WHAT’S ON HIS MIND”

  My Uncle Harry always spoke what was on his mind. Unfortunately, he spoke it to lampposts, fire-hydrants, German Shepherds, and to his radio – which he seems to have thought was some sort of intercom. You know who also speaks their mind? People with Tourette Syndrome. Drunks in the corner bar. Folks with no mental filter. If it is such a virtue to say what is on your mind, then how is it that you conservatives get angry when someone speaks what is on their mind about YOU? I mean, if I say to a Trump supporter, “You are a complete ignoramus who knows nothing about politics or the American way of life as codified in the Constitution. You are a dolt who actually believes that Trump is, as he constantly says, ‘really rich.’ Why do you believe it? Because Trump said so? You strike me as the kind of rube who will buy anything with varnish on it.” Are you angry? Well, don’t be! I was just telling you what is on my mind. Isn’t that your guy’s greatest virtue? So why knock me – or Fidel – for doing it?

I’M REALLY RICH!

  And as to the Trump refrain about being rich – which will be put to the test once he actually mounts a campaign – please keep this in mind, for it is an exact parallel:

  You want to vote for Fredo? Go for it. Personally, I support a Trump/Palin ticket. Why? Because with those two crackpots in the White House we will finally achieve the long-sought dream of a Nuclear Free America. Within days of their election, the rest of the world will unite to see to it. And the world will be a much safer place.
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  And this brings us to the main thing about today’s conservatives. As was quite clear last night, they subsist on fear. And they will manufacture fear where it does not exist:
AMERICANS DON’T WIN ANYMORE! Trump childishly bleats.
SOCIAL SECURITY IS BROKEN!  cries Huckabee, 
falsely.
WE NEED TO STAND UP TO OUR ENEMIES! hollers Canadian Rapheal Cruz – who won’t even use his real name

  Judging from the respective sizes of Trump, Huckabee and Cristie, they seemingly photosynthesize on fear. Fear is a tool that is used to stop people from thinking. This is why they whip up fear at every turn. People in a state of fear will be in FIGHT/FLIGHT mode and they will not think. This is what Meredith Willson showed in The Music Man when a flimflam artiste had a whole town in an uproar over an utterly innocuous pool table. That scene is now the conservative play-book in its entirety.

   Today’s conservatives lack ideas (have they offered any?). They lack substance. All they can do is attempt to spread fear. Interestingly, The Music Man is set in middle America in the year 1919. In that year a book came out detailing how the grip of fear is exploited to control people. 1919 was a grim year indeed! The book is UNMASKING FEAR by Lloyd Kenyon Jones. 1919 was the year of hysteria called The Palmer Raids. It was the year of many “Race Riots” – which in those days meant white people killing black people wholesale. It was a horrible time, as I note in my introduction to a new edition of this valuable book.

   To know the present, we must study the past. The people on the game-show “debate” stage last night are as old as history. They are Iago in the age of mass media, allowing them to do millions of times more damage. FEAR is their weapon of choice. It lies back of everything they do. Read this valuable book to get a historical perspective on these thugs. Yes, thugs. For that is what they are.

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The Constitution. Try READING It For A Change. A REAL Change.

March 9, 2015

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In 2002, when an American-backed right wing coup threw out Venezuela’s elected President Hugo Chavez, the people of that nation rose up and restored their democracy. They also fought the coup in the courts – successfully. You know why they were successful? Venezuela has a literacy rate over 95%. And the primer they used to learn how to read is… THEIR CONSTITUTION. While we were absorbing the gripping adventures of Dick and Jane and Spot, the Venezuelan people were learning to read while they learned their rights and learned how the government works.

By way of contrast, here, in America, I am always shocked by the lack of constitutional understanding evinced by fellow Americans. Take the recent letter about Iran sent by a bunch of right wing senators. You needn’t be a legal scholar to know that this letter is NOT treason – because an explanation of treason is in the constitution. It may be reprehensible and arrogan, but treason? Nope. Nor is it SEDITION – another word people bandy about. You can find sedition in the penal code. This ain’t it. Yet that is what so many people are howling. TREASON! SEDITION! They show no understanding of the basics of the Constitution and the American system. I find it embarrassing.

And then there are the people who don’t even know how a treaty is made under American law, so they denounce the letter-writers. They seem to think treaties are the unilateral responsibility of the president and the president alone. Ask Woodrow Wilson about that one… If they only understood how the government works, they would not be in a tizzy over their own misinformation.

Some people are howling for the ARREST of the senators. This brings us to another part of the Constitution: the SPEECH/DEBATE CLAUSE. Clearly, few of us know anything about. Even if these senators did do something illegal, who can arrest them? Who has that authority? The SPEECH/DEBATE CLAUSE addresses that… in the constitution.

American understanding of the Constitution is severely shallow. When asked by NEWSWEEK in a recent survey, “What is the supreme law of the land?” only 30% knew the answer: The Constitution. Can you beat that? ONLY THIRTY PERCENT? 61% of people polled didn’t know that the length of a U.S. senator’s term is six years, 63% couldn’t name the number of Supreme Court justices on the bench, and 86% didn’t know that 435 members fill the U.S. House of Representatives.

Hey, it is ok to be ignorant. It is not a “sin.” We are all ignorant about tons of things. But when ignorant people shoot their mouths off about things they KNOW they don’t know… that is just embarrassing. And here is the kicker: a whopping 73 % of people polled said they were “confident” that they know “some” or a “great deal” of the Constitution’s contents. Embarrassed now?

I have to laugh at all the people who say “WE NEED OUR GUNS TO FIGHT OFF A TYRANNICAL GOVERNMENT!” when all they really need is some knowledge. Like the people of Venezuela had. But that must be too much work… Reading? Comprehending? LEARNING? No time for that… NOW are you embarrassed?

We all have it in our power to do what the people in Venezuela did: LEARN HOW YOUR DAMN GOVERNMENT WORKS. It is all written out for you… What can be easier than that?

Hey “JOKERS”… God Says Yer Nuts!

February 27, 2015

For a new project I am working on, I have spent the last month delving into the world of Old-Time Radio (OTR). The project deals with visualization because, alas, in this age when people are bombarded by images at every turn (even TV sets in elevators!) our imaginations have atrophied. Experts say we are subjected to 300 ads per day! In this climate, the drama and comedy of OTR becomes an excellent stimulant to the imagination – to our ability to make images in the mind’s eye.

The suspense shows like THE SHADOW, LIGHTS OUT, SUSPENSE, and THE WHISTLER really burst into the mind with “special effects” that cost nothing and are all our own. Comedies like THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM to it brilliantly as well.

Back in the days of the great Radio comedian Fred Allen, his popular show ALLEN’S ALLEY featured a bloviating caricature of a Southern politician named “Senator Claghorn.” The blustery Claghorn would spout the most tortured “logic” and then grandly announce “IT’S A JOKE, SON!” 

In 1947, Senator Claghorn made a brief foray into the movies...

In 1947, Senator Claghorn made a brief foray into the movies…

Claghorn, as played by the brilliant actor Kenny Delmar (a graduate of Orson Welles’ “Mercury Theater”) became something of a national fad and was himself caricatured in Warner Bros. cartoons as the bellicose chicken FOGHORN LEGHORN, who may be more familiar to current comedy fans. The effort sorely taxed the vocal cords of voice artist Mel Blanc, who really through himself into the role.

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Foghorn Leghorn

That was then…
Today we have an outbreak of REAL Claghorns and Leghorns infesting politics.

Behold Ben Carson!

Six months ago I predicted that once Tea Party sock-puppet Ben Carson begins to get coverage outside his little group of hateful, ignoramus admirers, the world would immediately see how utterly stupid he is. With his barely coherent diatribes against what he calls “Women’s Lib,” as though this were 1972, his bizarre religious notions, and those patently fake stories about his childhood, Carson has reached a new low in empty rhetoric. But recently Carson outdid himself when he went on to suggest that gay couples should not “force” good christians – like himself – to make wedding cakes for them because… these god-fearing saintly people can easily poison the cake. Poison!

Carson caught so much flak over that one that he used his tried and true defense when he says something stupid: “I was only joking.”

“IT’S A JOKE, SON!”

And then hot on the heels of Carson’s sickening remark, came another bible-thumper xian taliban republican so minor that I won’t bother to name him (Ok, it was some yutz named David Moore, a Montana Republican). This bonehead went on a rampage about yoga pants. Seriously. He wanted to arrest women who wore yoga pants in public. And when he became a world-wide object of ridicule guess what he said? “I was only joking.”

“IT’S A JOKE, SON!”

It took decades, but conservative politicians have finally shown who they are and they are… a 1940s humorous, grotesque stereotype.

But here is the best part:

The vile, cake-poisoning Dr. Carson claims he likes to read. He says he especially reads the Bible, which he avers gives him all the answers to life and those pesky policy positions he needs to bone up on. Why bother to think about an issue when an archaic book can tell you just what to do? And of the books of the bible, Ben Carson has a favorite: “Every morning I read from the Bible. The book of Proverbs, written by King Solomon, is my favorite. (Perhaps this it is not surprising, given that my middle name is Solomon.)”

Don’t you just love his egocentric reason for reading Proverbs? Thank god his middle name is not “Karl” or today Carson would be the world’s stupidest communist. Be the as it may, as soon as I read of his love of Proverbs, I knew Carson was either lying, or he is too goddamn stupid to understand his favorite book. Why do I say this? Because the very action of saying something horrible and then claiming it is a joke… IS DENOUNCED RIGHT SMACK IN THE BOOK OF PROVERBS:

“Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death is one who deceives their neighbor and says, ‘I was only joking!'”
That is from Proverbs 26: 18

Keep in mind that this dimwit “believes that the Bible is the true, inspired word of God given to men and women, containing God’s plan of salvation and offering timeless wisdom and counsel that is always relevant, and he reads the Bible every day.”

Well, there it is, IN GOD’S PLAN! Anyone who deceives people and says IT’S A JOKE is a deadly maniac. God said that. God herself thinks that Carson and the Yoga Pants nut are BAD people. God explicitly denounced the very actions these xian talibaners engage in. As punishment, while they will most likely burn in hell forever, they should go right now and stand in the corner and flagellate themselves to whip this offensive behavior out of their sinning souls. Or, since Carson’s name is allegedly, Solomon, he should lock himself in a room and read The Song of Solomon (“A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts”) until his testicles explode.

Hey, I don’t wish him harm. I’m only joking…

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

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!

 

The AMAZING Value of Hemp/Cannabis

October 26, 2013

And do NOT call it “marijuana”! That is the tag William Randolph Hearst hung on HEMP in order to make it sound FOREIGN and EVIL as he railed against it with his entire media empire. Why? for that answer, see this film: THE TRUE HISTORY OF MARIJUANA

As you will learn, hemp is a most valuable crop. It can grow without pesticides and it is a renewable fuel source. The petrochemical industry will do anything to keep hemp illegal. Pharmaceutical hotshots also hate the plant, as it is a PROVEN cure for cancer. Look at this recent news item headlined Spain Study Confirms Hemp Oil Cures Cancer

The criminalization of HEMP is a tragedy and it is being done purely for money and greed. Did you know that the US Constitution was printed on HEMP PAPER? For CENTURIES hemp was grown and it served many purposes. But today the USA drives the movement to kill it off. One day, history will record these events with horror. How many people will have to die before our repressive government recognizes that HEMP is a blessing to humanity?

See the video and prepare to be shocked.

The story of manipulating the people to trust only factory made, synthetic medicines is a story of FEAR. When people are in fear they do not think rationally and they allow themselves to be duped. Fear is at the heart of virtually everything that is sold to us. From the War on Vietnam (COMMIES!) to underarm spray. To learn how fear destroys us, and what can be done about it, see this classic Early 20th Century book:

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