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

March 9, 2015

Constitution

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?

HUNCHES Have No Business In Law Enforcement!

March 4, 2015
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The NYPD loud-mouth Pat Lynch is furious (again) that new NYPD guidelines – as delivered from an American court of law – prohibit cops from arresting or frisking people based upon a hunch.  Find the story HERE
What the fool Lynch does not get is that hunches belong at the race-track, not in the American justice system. In America, the Founders were explicit about curbing the power of the police. They knew full well the injustices of the Royal Constabulary and wanted none of it in the new nation they were building.  Thus CAUSE is the basis for arrests. Reasonable cause. If he can do it without moving his lips, Lynch may wish to read a little thing called THE BILL OF RIGHTS. He will find nothing in there about government by hunch. He will find this: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.”

So what does that mean; “unreasonable”?
Unreasonable means, without a stated reason.
“It just seemed reasonable to arrest him,” is NOT what that means. “Reasonable” means based upon a reason; a solid articulated reason. Just like a jury acquittal must be based on REASONABLE doubt – being a doubt that has a reason – rather than a gut feeling that the defendant is innocent. The government and agents of the government need reasons when they do things under official color. Over the years, the word has lost its meaning. “Gee, seven bucks for a whole pizza sure sounds reasonable,” is not what the word means. In legal terms REASONABLE cause depends on having a reason which can be articulated and described. Hunches, by their very nature, are not in any way, shape, or form, based upon a reason. Here is how my dictionary defines a hunch:noun: a feeling or guess based on intuition rather than known facts.”

Nobody should be stopped by the police, investigated, or arrested because someone in power has a “feeling.” That is, on its face, an unreasonable stop. What Lynch, in his supreme ignorance, does not know, is that cops have NEVER been allowed to stop people based on a hunch. The fact that they were doing it anyway and getting away with it was, as the court rightly ruled, illegal, unconstitutional, and UN-AMERICAN. Period. If this punk Lynch wants to stop innocent people based on intuition, ruin lives based on vague feelings, let him move to an oppressive dictatorship which routinely rounds up people for no articulated reason. Under our Constitution, Americans have the freedom to be safe from police abuse. We also have the freedom to get the hell out of the country and renounce our citizenship, if we, as is the case with the execrable Lynch, so deeply hate the U.S. Constitution and the rights it codifies. Get lost, Lynch. Grab a plane and go. You will have plenty of company.

Is There A Place For Hunches?

Hell yes! Hunches DO have a place in life – just on a personal level, not in terms of government intrusion into our lives. The person who cleans up at the track based on hunches, for instance, is a well known phenomenon. Having a hunch about an investment, or a hunch about walking down a certain street for no reason then finding something important – these all happen. Many years ago, a book about hunches detailed some stupendous, verifiable instances of amazing things happening to people as a result of hunches.  Hunches that pay off are so common in our personal lives that there must be something happening. While that does not raise them to the Constitutional level of justification for legal action, hunches in our daily lives may be an indication of untapped psychic abilities waiting to get developed. The book I refer to is called, appropriately, HUNCHES and it was out of print for decades until MoJo Bros Publishing recently re-issued it. I am glad it is back in print! This is the single best book I have ever read on the subject of recognizing and developing personal psychic abilities. It tells of the various forms of ability – clairvoyance, clairaudience, prophetic dreaming, and more. It even includes a DREAM BOOK listing the traditional meanings of things we see in dreams. As well as exercises for developing the skills needed.
Prolific early 20th Century writer Lloyd Kenyon Jones really hit one out of the park with this book! MoJo Bros. asked me to write an all-new introduction to the new, illustrated version of this classic – but after reading it, I declined to do so. The book as written is total and complete, and there was nothing I could possibly add to what Mr. Jones wrote.
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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.

Foghorn Leghorn

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…

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?

the-longest-traffic-jam-in-history-12-days-62-mile-long-47237-7

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.

Ralphie-Soap

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

Medicine KILLED Robin Williams

November 13, 2014

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It is the leading cause of death.
And now it reportedly killed Robin Williams.

From the official report on Mr. Williams’ death: “The condition [Lewy Body Dementia], coupled with his Parksinon’s and the medication he was taking to combat it, causes hallucinations.”

The key words here are AND THE MEDICATION HE WAS TAKING.

Further, the report says, “Lewy Body Dementia is… exacerbated by Parkinson’s medication.” Exacerbated is a $10 word for “made worse.” People taking the medication experience hallucinations such as “phantom objects, people or animals. The patients often try to converse with the illusions.”

OFTEN… often… This is not only common, it happens OFTEN

And yet the drug is administered and meant to be taken for life. Allopathic medicine, which is the dominant form of treatment currently, tries to match a particular drug for a given disease – no matter who is suffering.  This system is less than a century old.  Yet now, death by medicine and medical treatment is THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN AMERICA. A conservative estimate puts the annual American deaths by medicine at 783,936. By way of comparison, in 2001 699,697 died of heart disease. 553,251 succumbed to cancer. This puts death by medicine way in the lead.

Now, according to the official report, we can add the beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams to the list of those who suffered an iatrogenic death (iatrogenic – adjective: of or relating to illness caused by medical examination or treatment).

I am not saying avoid western allopathic medicine. Just educate yourself and question the doctors at every single step of the process. And always remember that medical treatment is now the leading cause of death in our culture. History shows that once the pharmaceutical industry got hold of, and invested in, medical schools early in the 20th Century, the treatment paradigm shifted from curing disease to keeping people on medication for life and using one method of treatment, one drug, for everyone.  What happened to identifying an illness and curing the patient?  What happened to healing?  Now, to the delight of drug companies, doctors identify an illness, announce that you will suffer for life and need to take pills that can cost hundreds – even thousands – of dollars a month. Drugs are now more expensive than ever before in history, and medicine no longer concentrates on cures and healing, focusing instead on making life-long customers for drug companies. Why did it happen? That is easy to answer: Money. There’s tons of money in keeping people on costly drugs for life, especially when the price of the drug always goes up.  As a middle-aged man myself, just a few years younger than Mr. Williams was at the time of his death, it still shocks medical professionals when they see that I am on no medications. They simply do not understand it. To them, aging is something that in and of itself requires treatment. Chronic treatment. Costly treatment. Permanent treatment. I know people younger than I am who take over eight medications a day. The chances of a bad interaction when taking that many drugs is… 100%.  And forget about “side-effects.”  Any honest medical practitioner will tell you that there is no such thing as a side-effect. That expression is a term of art, a euphemism, to describe anything that a drug does that doctors don’t want it to do. 

KILLER DRUGS APPROVED THEN WITHDRAWN

Think of all the wonder drugs, peddled relentlessly on TV and in magazines, that end up killing people by the thousands. All were first approved by the FDA – which does absolutely no testing, relying on the drug companies for that. Then, when the bodies pile up, the FDA pulls the drug and people say with a note of triumph, “The system works.”
The list of drugs approved then withdrawn from the market when proven to be deadly, is staggering. Sometimes, deadly drugs are yanked from American markets yet still sold over-seas. What is that if not deliberate homicide?
CLICK HERE for another list of 35 drugs horrendous approved then yanked…

The western medical system is fine, a far as I am concerned, for acute issues. A broken leg. Kidney stones. Heart by-pass surgery. You know… plumbing. But the idea that we should all BEWARE of “restless leg syndrome” and then get drugged for life is just bilking people. That is why you see so many drugs advertised on TV. I have talked with doctors who now regularly have to educate patients who come to them demanding a certain drug. One urologist I spoke to said he spent time explaining to a woman who came to see him that she did not in any way, shape, or form need a prescription drug for prostate problems. The woman was his mother-on-law. It may sound like a funny story, but this is what to expect when drugs are marketed directly to people like business markets candy bars. Mass media exists to create a need and they succeed alarmingly well.

WHERE DO THE NEW DISEASES COME FROM?

Many years ago the brilliant comedian Victor Borge joked about his uncle who went bankrupt because “he invented a cure for which there was no disease.” Today, that is no longer a gag. Pharma invents diseases and syndromes that they then claim can be treated by drugs that are, just by coincidence, losing their patent protection. Coming up with a new use for a drug extends the patent and thus its exclusive income stream. Recently the industry suffered a huge loss when India revised its patent system to allow for generics. Is it any wonder then that here, in America, generic prices are now soaring (see link above)?

Most important, as that woman in the urology office shows, when you encounter western medicine these days, you need to do your homework. This happened to me: I have a perfectly nice doctor. He and I talk things over and I command his time, refusing to be seen in just 10 minutes, as the office managers mandate. With my body, I take my time. And his. In spite of this care, even he prescribed a medication for me that, it turned out, is FATAL for people who have a particular digestive problem. I have that digestive problem, and he knew it. But his books said that people who formulate kidney stones should take this drug so he prescribed it. I looked at the information put out by the drug company itself and found the danger. Right there in print. Not from some hysterical “new age” website, but from the drug makes themselves. 
My doctor could have killed me.
And mine would have been yet another iatrogenic death.
Last year, after “routine surgery,” I picked up what is call an “HAI” (Hospital Acquired Infection) that landed me in the hospital, in ever-weakinging condition, for over a week. This is so common that now, under the Affordable Care Act, hospitals are no longer allowed to charge patients for such treatment in an effort to cut down on such infections.
This makes twice, in a single year, that I almost died as a result of medical care. TWICE. In one year.
As I mentioned above, the current allopathic system of medicine is barely a century old – yet systems used successfully for centuries, such as Ayurvedic medicine, are trivialized as “alternative.” Don’t you believe it. There is more to healing than a lifetime of drug taking.

For a look at disease and medicine from another, older perspective, here is a book that dates back to the dawn of the modern pharmaceutical-dominated system.

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Click This Image To Read About HEALING FORCES

Why It Happened…

November 12, 2014
Don't Say We Were Not Warned

Don’t Say We Were Not Warned

If you are at sea over the recent mid-term elections, I suggest you reach back to 1996 and re-read this book by Al Franken, now Senator Franken, to see the process of the dumbing down of the electorate right back at the start.
As Franken notes – and which should have horrified everyone – the people who get their information from conservative “news” shows think of themselves as highly informed, but they are actually THE MOST IGNORANT of all voters.
Read this again and ask yourself if we were not adequately warned…

What “Outbreak”?

October 24, 2014
This Dimwit Says Ebola Fever Is Obama's Fault. But I Heard Somebody MORE STUPID THAN HE IS!

This Dimwit Says Ebola Fever Is Obama’s Fault. But I Heard Somebody MORE STUPID THAN HE IS!

Well, last night I heard the single most incompetent “expert” talking on the radio about – yes – Ebola Fever.
First off, this twit “debunked” as false the notion that nobody is infected until they get a high fever and stomach pain. He wondered why people make this claim. “Viruses don’t work that way,” he said. He said it is nonsense. OF BLOODY COURSE IT IS NONSENSE! The dope confused CONTAGIOUS with INFECTED. And, yes… those who contract Ebola Fever are not – REPEAT NOT – contagious until they are so deep into the disease that they cannot get around let alone go bowling.

Then this bonehead said this “outbreak” will be like the 1918 flu epidemic which killed AND I QUOTE: “fifty-two hundred million people.” That is 5.2 BILLION people. Neat trick when the world population in 1917 was 1.85 billion (1,849,769,000 to be precise). And look: TWO PEOPLE getting a disease while tending a sick person is not an outbreak. That is it for now… ONLY TWO – 2 – AMERICANS CONTRACTED THIS DISEASE HERE. More Americans have married Elizabeth Taylor.
Do NOT pay any attention to the people who deliberately spread fear and/or who are FUCKING IDIOTS.

And though it may disappoint the more nervous among us, you may want to read THIS ARTICLE which explains why you will not get this disease…

Now: as to that alleged 70% death rate? FORGET IT. That is for a Third World nation ravaged by war without adequate food and water – with one doctor per 200,000 people. IN AMERICA and other “modern” nations – for a person with adequate hydration and diet the death rate of this disease is 20%.

Your parents or grandparents knew what an outbreak REALLY was. They faced polio every goddamn year, and smallpox and diptheria and waves of both influenza and pneumonia (before we had any antibiotics!) without shitting their pants like hysterical babies. So if they could deal with that, YOU can deal with a new disease that has so far hit only TWO Americans. Good grief, FLU will kill 45,000 Americans this year. Does that worry you? Did you even bother to get a flu shot?

Do NOT give in to fear and fear mongers. Using fear is nothing new. The TV “news” people use fear to boost their ratings and make more money. Fear is their stock-in-trade. And they spread it rich and thick like manner  in a Iowa cornfield. They scare you out of greed and in order to control you. Apparently, it works.
An excellent book was written about this back in 1919 – you know, back after 5.2 billion people died… Ha! The book has been reissued and I wrote the all-new foreword. I recommend it. Click the image to read about it.

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LATE NEWS: One of only TWO people to contract Ebola Fever in the USA is just fine! Read about it HERE.
As I noted in above, in a modern culture not ravaged by war and pestilence, Ebola Fever has an 80% survival rate.
 
Dallas nurse Nina Pham is one of only TWO people to contract the disease in the USA yet people are scared to death. This is insanity in action.

Judge harshly ANYONE you know who fears Ebola Fever in the USA. People THAT easily frightened are easily manipulated and they are extremely dangerous.

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!


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