Friday, September 19, 2014

The latest chapter in the Perpetual War Plan - Obama initiates a new front in the War on a noun ("terror")



In 2002, the 107th Congress decided to vote with their dicks instead of their brains, choosing to slaughter, maim and deform millions of Iraqis, destroy their livelihoods and their nation; choosing to begin the 21st Century's perpetual war.
Illustration by John Ueland, published in Mother Jones

It didn’t matter that to 30% of the people in the nation – many of whom just simply paid attention to the  yammering of neo-cons for two decades before the vote; that remembered GW banging the drums for war on Iraq since 1998; that remembered the Project for a New American Century ’s screed published as a letter to Bill Clinton calling for action against Iraq; that lived through the Kissinger manipulations to go to war in the Middle East – knew any action of war on Iraq would be long, bloody and have nothing to do with anything other than greed and slaughter for oil and control…Just to prove we had big balls and more psychotic arrogance than intelligence.  It didn’t matter that, to anyone, with even the slightest background in history and a modicum of awareness, that it was all a scam….The Congress of “great and learned” men and women proved to be not-so-great and definitely not learned.  They voted for blood and greed. 

It is on their heads.  It is the beginning of their crimes against humanity:

The criminals of war (committing crimes against both Americans and the rest of the planet):


GW Bush Administration Cabinet, 2001

George W. Bush, President (Front man for the Perpetual War)
Richard  “Dick” Cheney, Vice President
Secretary of State Gen. Colin L. Powell, 2001–2005
Secretary of the Treasury Paul H. O'Neill, 2001–2002
Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, 2001–2006
Attorney General John Ashcroft, 2001–2005
Secretary of the Interior Gale A. Norton, 2001–2006
Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman, 2001–2005
Secretary of Commerce Donald L. Evans, 2001–2005
Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao, 2001
Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy G. Thompson, 2001–2005
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Melquiades R. Martinez, 2001
Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta, 2001–2006
Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, 2001–2005
Secretary of Education Roderick R. Paige, 2001–2005
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony Principi, 2001–2005

And the addition of the new fascist sounding (and, often, acting) Department of Homeland Security.
Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, 2003–2005

Director of the CIA, George J. Tenet 
Director of the FBI,  Robert Mueller

And the Joint Chiefs of Staff:



December, 2001 , Joint Chiefs of Staff (aka, “The Tank”) - U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper, U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James L. Jones Jr., Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace, U.S. Marine Corps, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard B. Myers, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric K. Shinseki, U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Vern E. Clark (By English: Mamie Burke [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)



Ackerman
Aderholt
Akin
Andrews
Armey
Bachus
Baker
Ballenger
Barcia
Barr
Bartlett
Barton
Bass
Bentsen
Bereuter
Berkley
Berman
Berry
Biggert
Bilirakis
Bishop
Blagojevich
Blunt
Boehlert
Boehner
Bonilla
Bono
Boozman
Borski
Boswell
Boucher
Boyd
Brady (TX)
Brown (SC)
Bryant
Burr
Burton
Buyer
Callahan
Calvert
Camp
Cannon
Cantor
Capito
Carson (OK)
Castle
Chabot
Chambliss
Clement
Coble
Collins
Combest
Cooksey
Cox
Cramer
Crane
Crenshaw
Crowley
Cubin
Culberson
Cunningham
Davis (FL)
Davis, Jo Ann
Davis, Tom
Deal
DeLay
DeMint
Deutsch
Diaz-Balart
Dicks
Dooley
Doolittle
Dreier
Dunn
Edwards
Ehlers
Ehrlich
Emerson
Engel
English
Etheridge
Everett
Ferguson
Flake
Fletcher
Foley
Forbes
Ford
Fossella
Frelinghuysen
Frost
Gallegly
Ganske
Gekas
Gephardt
Gibbons
Gilchrest
Gillmor
Gilman
Goode
Goodlatte
Gordon
Goss
Graham
Granger
Graves
Green (TX)
Green (WI)
Greenwood
Grucci
Gutknecht
Hall (TX)
Hansen
Harman
Hart
Hastert
Hastings (WA)
Hayes
Hayworth
Hefley
Herger
Hill
Hilleary
Hobson
Hoeffel
Hoekstra
Holden
Horn
Hoyer
Hulshof
Hunter
Hyde
Isakson
Israel
Issa
Istook
Jefferson
Jenkins
John
Johnson (CT)
Johnson (IL)
Johnson, Sam
Jones (NC)
Kanjorski
Keller
Kelly
Kennedy (MN)
Kennedy (RI)
Kerns
Kind (WI)
King (NY)
Kingston
Kirk
Knollenberg
Kolbe
LaHood
Lampson
Lantos
Latham
LaTourette
Lewis (CA)
Lewis (KY)
Linder
LoBiondo
Lowey
Lucas (KY)
Lucas (OK)
Luther
Lynch
Maloney (NY)
Manzullo
Markey
Mascara
Matheson
McCarthy (NY)
McCrery
McHugh
McInnis
McIntyre
McKeon
McNulty
Meehan
Mica
Miller, Dan
Miller, Gary
Miller, Jeff
Moore
Moran (KS)
Murtha
Myrick
Nethercutt
Ney
Northup
Norwood
Nussle
Osborne
Ose
Otter
Oxley
Pascrell
Pence
Peterson (MN)
Peterson (PA)
Petri
Phelps
Pickering
Pitts
Platts
Pombo
Pomeroy
Portman
Pryce (OH)
Putnam
Quinn
Radanovich
Ramstad
Regula
Rehberg
Reynolds
Riley
Roemer
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Rohrabacher
Ros-Lehtinen
Ross
Rothman
Royce
Ryan (WI)
Ryun (KS)
Sandlin
Saxton
Schaffer
Schiff
Schrock
Sensenbrenner
Sessions
Shadegg
Shaw
Shays
Sherman
Sherwood
Shimkus
Shows
Shuster
Simmons
Simpson
Skeen
Skelton
Smith (MI)
Smith (NJ)
Smith (TX)
Smith (WA)
Souder
Spratt
Stearns
Stenholm
Sullivan
Sununu
Sweeney
Tancredo
Tanner
Tauscher
Tauzin
Taylor (MS)
Taylor (NC)
Terry
Thomas
Thornberry
Thune
Thurman
Tiahrt
Tiberi
Toomey
Turner
Upton
Vitter
Walden
Walsh
Wamp
Watkins (OK)
Watts (OK)
Waxman
Weiner
Weldon (FL)
Weldon (PA)
Weller
Wexler
Whitfield
Wicker
Wilson (NM)
Wilson (SC)
Wolf
Wynn
Young (AK)
Young (FL)

In the Senate, the same immaturity, fear, and Exceptionalism, pushed the bill through to land on the desk of the chief creators of the perpetual war (those who had been planning and promoting it for over a decade):

YEAs ---77
Allard (R-CO)
Allen (R-VA)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Bennett (R-UT)
Biden (D-DE)
Bond (R-MO)
Breaux (D-LA)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burns (R-MT)
Campbell (R-CO)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Carnahan (D-MO)
Carper (D-DE)
Cleland (D-GA)
Clinton (D-NY)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Craig (R-ID)
Crapo (R-ID)
Daschle (D-SD)
DeWine (R-OH)
Dodd (D-CT)
Domenici (R-NM)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Edwards (D-NC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Fitzgerald (R-IL)
Frist (R-TN)
Gramm (R-TX)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hagel (R-NE)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Helms (R-NC)
Hollings (D-SC)
Hutchinson (R-AR)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kerry (D-MA)
Kohl (D-WI)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lieberman (D-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Lott (R-MS)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Miller (D-GA)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Nickles (R-OK)
Reid (D-NV)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Santorum (R-PA)
Schumer (D-NY)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Smith (R-NH)
Smith (R-OR)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (R-PA)
Stevens (R-AK)
Thomas (R-WY)
Thompson (R-TN)
Thurmond (R-SC)
Torricelli (D-NJ)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (R-VA)



The War ON Iraq was to “end in a few months” according to the Dick Cheney…Iraq would “welcome us as liberators” – And these fools swallowed it because they wanted to believe the US is exceptional.

After a decade of blood and gore – deaths of men, women and children, atrocity upon atrocity, rape, theft, degradation and torture (and that was only the beginning of the list of this nation’s crimes), the slaughter and fear-mongering continued.

And just like history should have taught us, our belligerence towards everyone not us, now specifically focused on the new “other,” “Terrorists” (now called “Islamofascists”, Muslim extremists or anyone who might take offense at our imperialism and our hubris).

A new president, that new “Change We Can Believe In” guy; that new “Transparency and Accountability” guy; that new “respect for rights of habeas corpus” guy; that new “close Guantanamo” guy; that new “ending the wars” guy, continued many of  the crimes of the previous president –from GTMO to Bagram, abuse, torture and denial of rights continued; murder of American citizens by proclamation; spying on Americans, activists, and allies was expanded; support for the military industrial complex perpetuated; and concern for the people of the planet never attempted.  No change; no transparency and accountability; no respect for rights of habeas corpus or even basic civil rights  especially for Muslims held in Guantanamo, Bagram, the salt minds or activists and definitely not for whistleblowers; no real attempt to close Guantanamo and basically setting his DOJ loose to quash any legal confrontation of its illegality, no ending the perpetual war – in fact, assuring its continuance with drones, JSOC hit men and arms deals.

And now the rise of the latest incarnation of blow back for the evil done in our name, ISIS – The Islamic State of Iraq in Syria…except it isn’t Syria.  It isn’t any particular center. It is as nebulous as the War on Terror – It is an idea born of the oppression and PTSD created by our never ending imperialism and hubris.

Obama is just the latest front man for that never-ending imperialism and hubris.  He has sounded the latest call for perpetuating the perpetual war and, as in 2003, the 113 Congress decided to follow in the slimy, self-absorbed, uneducated, shortsighted and hubris filled and definitely not-so-brilliant trail of their predecessors -  to vote with their dicks instead of their brains.

It will be on their heads and it will perpetuate their crimes against humanity.


Barack Obama
Joseph “Joe” Biden, Vice President
Secretary of State John Kerry, (as Senator, he voted to attack Iraq in 2003)
Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (as Senator, he voted to attack Iraq in 2003)
Attorney General  Eric Holder
Secretary of the Interior  Sally Jewell
Secretary of Agriculture  Tom Vilsack
Secretary of Commerce  Penny Pritzker (TPP and TTIP)
Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez
Secretary of Health and Human Services  Sylvia Matthews Burwell
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development  Julian Castro
Secretary of Transportation  Anthony Foxx
Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz
Secretary of Education  Arne Duncan
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson

Director of the CIA, John Brennan (Torture, spying and drone murder proponent, worked under George Tenet, et al, during the Bush Administration) 
Director of the FBI, James Comey

And the Joint Chiefs of Staff:


January, 2014 , Joint Chiefs of Staff - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other defense leaders applaud Army Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg during President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. DOD Photo




Bachus
Barber
Barletta
Barr
Barrow (GA)
Bass
Beatty
Becerra
Benishek
Bera (CA)
Bilirakis
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (NY)
Bishop (UT)
Black
Blackburn
Blumenauer
Boehner
Bonamici
Boustany
Brady (PA)
Brady (TX)
Braley (IA)
Brooks (IN)
Brown (FL)
Brownley (CA)
Buchanan
Bucshon
Bustos
Butterfield
Byrne
Calvert
Camp
Capito
Cárdenas
Carney
Carson (IN)
Carter
Cartwright
Cassidy
Castor (FL)
Castro (TX)
Chabot
Chaffetz
Chu
Clay
Clyburn
Coble
Coffman
Cohen
Cole
Collins (GA)
Collins (NY)
Conaway
Connolly
Conyers
Cook
Costa
Cotton
Courtney
Cramer
Crawford
Crenshaw
Crowley
Cuellar
Culberson
Daines
Davis (CA)
Davis, Rodney
DeGette
Delaney
DelBene
Denham
Deutch
Diaz-Balart
Dingell
Ellison
Ellmers
Engel
Enyart
Farenthold
Fattah
Fitzpatrick
Fleischmann
Flores
Forbes
Fortenberry
Foster
Foxx
Franks (AZ)
Frelinghuysen
Gallego
Garcia
Gardner
Gerlach
Gibbs
Goodlatte
Granger
Graves (GA)
Graves (MO)
Green, Al
Green, Gene
Griffin (AR)
Griffith (VA)
Grimm
Guthrie
Hall
Hanna
Harper
Hartzler
Hastings (WA)
Heck (WA)
Hensarling
Herrera Beutler
Higgins
Hinojosa
Holding
Horsford
Hoyer
Hudson
Hultgren
Israel
Issa
Jackson Lee
Jenkins
Johnson (GA)
Johnson (OH)
Joyce
Kaptur
Kelly (PA)
Kildee
Kilmer
Kind
King (IA)
King (NY)
Kingston
Kinzinger (IL)
Kirkpatrick
Kline
Kuster
LaMalfa
Lamborn
Lance
Langevin
Lankford
Larsen (WA)
Latham
Latta
Levin
Lipinski
LoBiondo
Loebsack
Long
Lowey
Lucas
Luetkemeyer
Lujan Grisham (NM)
Lynch
Marchant
Marino
Matheson
McAllister
McCarthy (CA)
McCarthy (NY)
McCaul
McHenry
McIntyre
McKeon
McKinley
McMorris Rodgers
McNerney
Meehan
Meeks
Messer
Mica
Miller (MI)
Miller, Gary
Moran
Mullin
Murphy (FL)
Murphy (PA)
Neal
Noem
Nunes
Olson
Owens
Pascrell
Paulsen
Pearce
Pelosi
Perlmutter
Peters (CA)
Peters (MI)
Peterson
Pittenger
Pompeo
Price (NC)
Quigley
Rahall
Reed
Reichert
Renacci
Rice (SC)
Richmond
Rigell
Roby
Roe (TN)
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Rokita
Ros-Lehtinen
Roskam
Ross
Roybal-Allard
Royce
Ruiz
Runyan
Ruppersberger
Ryan (OH)
Ryan (WI)
Sánchez, Linda T.
Sarbanes
Scalise
Schakowsky
Schiff
Schneider
Schock
Schrader
Schwartz
Schweikert
Scott (VA)
Scott, David
Sessions
Sewell (AL)
Sherman
Shimkus
Shuster
Sinema
Smith (MO)
Smith (NE)
Smith (TX)
Smith (WA)
Southerland
Stewart
Stivers
Thompson (PA)
Thornberry
Tiberi
Turner
Upton
Valadao
Vargas
Veasey
Vela
Wagner
Walberg
Walden
Walorski
Walz
Wasserman Schultz
Waters
Waxman
Webster (FL)
Wenstrup
Wilson (FL)
Wilson (SC)
Wittman
Womack
Woodall
Yarmuth
Yoder
Young (AK)

Then the final bill, H.J.RES.124:

Aderholt
Amodei
Bachus
Barber
Barletta
Barr
Barrow (GA)
Bass
Beatty
Becerra
Benishek
Bera (CA)
Bilirakis
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (NY)
Bishop (UT)
Black
Blumenauer
Bonamici
Boustany
Brady (PA)
Brady (TX)
Braley (IA)
Brooks (AL)
Brooks (IN)
Brown (FL)
Brownley (CA)
Buchanan
Bucshon
Burgess
Bustos
Butterfield
Byrne
Calvert
Camp
Campbell
Capito
Capps
Cárdenas
Carney
Carson (IN)
Carter
Cartwright
Cassidy
Castor (FL)
Castro (TX)
Chaffetz
Chu
Clay
Cleaver
Clyburn
Coble
Coffman
Cohen
Cole
Collins (GA)
Collins (NY)
Conaway
Connolly
Conyers
Cook
Costa
Cotton
Courtney
Cramer
Crawford
Crenshaw
Crowley
Cuellar
Culberson
Cummings
Daines
Davis (CA)
Davis, Rodney
DeGette
Delaney
DelBene
Denham
Dent
Deutch
Diaz-Balart
Dingell
Doyle
Duffy
Edwards
Ellison
Ellmers
Engel
Enyart
Eshoo
Esty
Farenthold
Farr
Fattah
Fitzpatrick
Fleischmann
Flores
Forbes
Fortenberry
Foster
Foxx
Frelinghuysen
Gallego
Garcia
Gardner
Gerlach
Gibbs
Gingrey (GA)
Goodlatte
Granger
Graves (GA)
Graves (MO)
Grayson
Green, Al
Green, Gene
Griffin (AR)
Griffith (VA)
Grimm
Guthrie
Hahn
Hall
Hanna
Harper
Hartzler
Hastings (WA)
Heck (NV)
Heck (WA)
Hensarling
Herrera Beutler
Higgins
Himes
Hinojosa
Holding
Honda
Horsford
Hoyer
Hudson
Huizenga (MI)
Hultgren
Hunter
Israel
Issa
Jackson Lee
Jenkins
Johnson (GA)
Johnson (OH)
Johnson, E. B.
Jolly
Joyce
Kaptur
Keating
Kelly (IL)
Kelly (PA)
Kildee
Kilmer
Kind
King (IA)
King (NY)
Kingston
Kinzinger (IL)
Kirkpatrick
Kline
Kuster
LaMalfa
Lamborn
Lance
Langevin
Lankford
Larsen (WA)
Latham
Latta
Levin
Lipinski
LoBiondo
Loebsack
Lofgren
Long
Lowey
Lucas
Luetkemeyer
Lujan Grisham (NM)
Luján, Ben Ray (NM)
Lynch
Marino
Matsui
McAllister
McCarthy (CA)
McCaul
McCollum
McHenry
McIntyre
McKeon
McKinley
McMorris Rodgers
McNerney
Meehan
Meeks
Messer
Mica
Miller (FL)
Miller (MI)
Moore
Moran
Mullin
Murphy (FL)
Murphy (PA)
Napolitano
Neal
Negrete McLeod
Noem
Nolan
Nunes
Olson
Owens
Palazzo
Pascrell
Pastor (AZ)
Paulsen
Pearce
Pelosi
Perlmutter
Peters (CA)
Peters (MI)
Peterson
Petri
Pittenger
Pitts
Pompeo
Price (GA)
Price (NC)
Quigley
Rahall
Reed
Reichert
Renacci
Rice (SC)
Richmond
Rigell
Roby
Roe (TN)
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Rokita
Ros-Lehtinen
Roskam
Ross
Roybal-Allard
Royce
Ruiz
Runyan
Ruppersberger
Rush
Ryan (OH)
Ryan (WI)
Sánchez, Linda T.
Sanchez, Loretta
Sarbanes
Scalise
Schakowsky
Schiff
Schneider
Schock
Schwartz
Scott (VA)
Scott, David
Sessions
Sewell (AL)
Shea-Porter
Sherman
Shimkus
Shuster
Simpson
Sinema
Sires
Smith (MO)
Smith (NE)
Smith (NJ)
Smith (TX)
Smith (WA)
Southerland
Stewart
Stivers
Stutzman
Terry
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (PA)
Thornberry
Tiberi
Tipton
Titus
Turner
Upton
Valadao
Van Hollen
Vargas
Veasey
Vela
Visclosky
Wagner
Walberg
Walden
Walorski
Walz
Wasserman Schultz
Waters
Waxman
Webster (FL)
Wenstrup
Whitfield
Wilson (FL)
Wilson (SC)
Wolf
Womack
Woodall
Yarmuth
Yoder
Young (AK)
Young (IN)


YEAs ---78
Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Bennet (D-CO)
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Blunt (R-MO)
Booker (D-NJ)
Boozman (R-AR)
Boxer (D-CA)
Burr (R-NC)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coats (R-IN)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Coons (D-DE)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Donnelly (D-IN)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Fischer (R-NE)
Flake (R-AZ)
Franken (D-MN)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heinrich (D-NM)
Heitkamp (D-ND)
Hirono (D-HI)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (D-SD)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kaine (D-VA)
King (I-ME)
Kirk (R-IL)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Levin (D-MI)
McCain (R-AZ)
McCaskill (D-MO)
McConnell (R-KY)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Portman (R-OH)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Rubio (R-FL)
Schatz (D-HI)
Schumer (D-NY)
Scott (R-SC)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Shelby (R-AL)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Thune (R-SD)
Toomey (R-PA)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Vitter (R-LA)
Walsh (D-MT)
Warner (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wicker (R-MS)
Wyden (D-OR)


These fools swallowed it, once again, because they want to believe the US is exceptional.

In 2002, The Military Industrial Complex (MIC) and the neo-cons of America with their lackeys in Congress set in motion that act of war that created the blow back called ISIS (Just like we created al Qaeda before them).

In 2014, one wonders what blow back will now be set in motion.  I am sure we will find out soon enough.

After years and years of perpetual war, the only thing that has ever been proven is that the US is not exceptional.


And that imperialist perpetual war has just gained a stronger foothold on the planet.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Colorado Mid-Term Elections and the scam called Mainstream News



“The widest possible dissemination of information from diverse and antagonistic sources is essential to the welfare of the public.”
~ Justice Hugo Black, 1945, 
In opinion written for Antitrust case between 
newspaper publishers and the Associated Press


Anyone reading this blog knows I have little, if any, respect for what passes as "mainstream media."

Fact: In 1983, 50 corporations owned the major media outlets in the United States (newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations, books, records, movies, videos, wire services and photo agencies). By 2012, only 6 corporations held 90% of them.



So what is the result of this concentration of ownership by only 6 corporations?

The facts (truth) are more often gutted and left to wither, while manipulation of the masses through sensationalist lies in order to twist opinion, often, is all that we have left.

There appears to be no better recent example of the death of truth in "news," than the "huge" headlines relating to the Hickenlooper vs Beauprez Governor's race as broadcast on three of the four main networks in Denver and picked up by "The Denver Post". The headlines are based on the results of the latest Quinnipiac University poll released this week in Colorado (ignoring the other polls released this week by pollsters refuting the Quinnipiac results).

Each one ran with headlines of:

Only one network, Channel 9, the NBC affiliate, got the story even close to reality with their headline, "Mixed results in Colorado governor polls"

Those other "Doom for Hick" reports were eventually changed for the late night broadcast news or this morning's newspaper but by then, the damage and the lie was already in play.

So before the people of Colorado start betting on which moving company Hickenlooper has retained for his impending move from the Governor's Mansion, let's review the polls (Keep in mind that Colorado has a population of 5.118 million as of 2012 with 3,588,192 registered voters as of August, 2014):


  1. The Quinnipiac University poll for 9/10-9/15/2014, released yesterday,  shows Beauprez with a ten point lead over Hickenlooper (50% vs 40%. Note: The Libertarian candidate, Matthew Hess, and the Green Party candidate, Harry Hempy - perfect name - each got 3 percent totaling only 96% ).  The poll was conducted by telephone calling only a sample of 1,211 likely voters. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.
  2. The USA Today/Suffolk poll for 9/13-9/16/2014,  shows Hickenlooper with 43% and Beauprez with 41% (10% undecided and 6% to other candidates) - a statistical deadheat - with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points. From the poll: "The survey was conducted via landline and cell phone. All respondents indicated that they were very or somewhat likely to vote in the Nov. 4 election. The field of 500 likely general-election voters was conducted Saturday, Sept. 13, through Tuesday, Sept. 16. The margin of error is +/-4.4 percent at a 95 percent level of confidence."
  3. The Denver Post poll conducted by SurveyUSA for 9/8-9/9/10/2014, was "too close to call" showing Hickenlooper with 43% to Beauprez' 40%  - the poll was conducted surveying 664 "likely voters."  No margin of error was calculated.
  4. The NBC News/Marist poll for 9/2-9/4/2014, shows Hickenlooper at 43% to Beauprez' 39% with 9% voting for other parties and 9% undecided, polling 975 registered voters with only 795 stating they would "likely" vote.  A margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

So what do these polls really say about the governor's race?  

Not so much.  What it doesn't say is that there is really any consensus as to who is "ahead" or "behind".  It shows only that the few people willing to interrupt their evening to take a call from a pollster, decided an answer specific to how a question was asked and what the person's mood was at that moment.

As far as the accuracy of "polls" to predict an election?

I remember exit polls, one election night, in 2000 that called Al Gore the winner of the presidential election. I, also, seem to remember one Eric Cantor considered a "shoe in" against "tea party" extremist Dave Brat (another fitting name)..

Polls are skewed by the pollster, the questions, the inflection used in asking the question.  They are dependent on the willingness of the voter polled to be polled and his/her attitude towards the pollster. (as well as the "truthiness" of the voter's response)...

As for the media's inability to actually research and report accurate stories without creating some sensationalist false story to grab the most viewers and to manipulate the message?

That goes back to those 6 corporations who own just about every bit of media in the U.S., outside of the internet, and the race for dollars as well as the control of the public.  Until we force the break up of the monopolies on the media (now spilling into the internet in the form of AOL, Microsoft, Google, et al, as well as Social media darlings Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, et al, and access providers Comcast, CenturyLink, et al), mainstream news will continue to be skewed towards sponsor dollars and control.

What I do know is...

What is good for Wall Street is not, necessarily, good for the nation.

And that "...widest possible dissemination of information from diverse and antagonistic sources is essential to the welfare of the public" thing isn't even considered important by those controlling mainstream news.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

From Newsweek: Key Whistleblowers Lambast New Zealand Prime Minister at ‘Moment of Truth’ Event in Auckland

Five days before New Zealand’s general election, a group containing some of the world’s most prominent whistleblowers launched an attack on Prime Minister John Key, at a panel event, branded the “Moment of Truth”, in Auckland today. The three-hour event was headed by Kim Dotcom, born Kim Schmitz, an internet entrepreneur most famous for setting up…

Key Whistleblowers Lambast New Zealand Prime Minister at ‘Moment of Truth’ Event in Auckland


Monday, September 15, 2014

Colorado Senate Candidate Cory Gardner trying to make a silk purse from a diseased sow's ear




Personally, I can't wait for the November 2014 ballot! All those lovely robocalls and ridiculous ads {blah...blah...blah} just make my year.

In the midst of the absurd pomp and stupidity of the American biennial beauty pageant, come the diatribes of each poseur begging for our votes with promises that will never be delivered; ethics never owned; positions never believed.

Colorado is gearing up for the latest battle for the Senate - Mark Udall, incumbent, SSIC member born of the famous (or infamous) Udall clan vs. Upstart and downwind standing Cory Gardner of the nouveau authoritarian (Tea-nista meets neo-conned) brand.

Gardner is trying hard to make himself a mainstream fluffed and poofed beauty queen, likeable by the majority of Coloradoans but he has a hard road ahead.

He spent years denigrating women, pushing for a "Uteri In-Situ" government implanted firmly between us and our gynecologist, and promoting the rights of a clump of replicating cells (as Howard Stern so named his miscarried son, "Clumpy") over the rights of people with XX chromosomes.

That's all changed now - but not really. He "no longer" supports a STATE amendment for the rights of said "clumpy" but, instead, joins with the other fearfully XY supremacists in Congress pushing for a national amendment placing Clumpy above all women.

His latest tweak to the new brand is concerning energy and his new found conversion to "green" - After 6 years of environmental denialism nihilism - all big oil and gas over land and trees, he now goes "green." But, embedded in that little wind farm appearance, he promotes natural gas expansion - a bit of paint in attempt to cover the Oil and Gas owned minion within.




Natural gas (a fossil fuel) production and use is creating toxic air, water and land destroying the planet as rapidly (if not more rapidly) than oil. To the ecosystem it is tantamount to gang rape.

Before buying into the natural gas scam (and "Green" natural gas prevaricators like Gardner), I urge everyone to educate themselves.  To start, try this reading list:

"The New Oil Landscape: The fracking frenzy in North Dakota has boosted the U.S. fuel supply—but at what cost?"

"A Colossal Fracking Mess: The dirty truth behind the new natural gas. Related: A V.F. video look at a town transformed by fracking."

"STUDY SHOWS AIR EMISSIONS NEAR FRACKING SITES MAY POSE HEALTH RISK: They contain hydrocarbons including benzene"

"People near 'fracking' wells report health woes"

Sunday, September 14, 2014

War by any other name is still war - and the beat goes on





"Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction...
War is madness. ... War ruins everything, even the bonds between brothers. War is irrational; its only plan is to bring destruction: It seeks to grow by destroying."

Pope Francis, September 12, 2014, 
Mass at the Italian Military Memorial of Redipuglia


War is good for the business of slaughter and, since the Neo-Cons took over Washington, DC, business is booming...literally.

This year, the US government is spending $1 Trillion on the big business of war - of course we must use it. That's the way of government budgets - if it goes unused, they don't get to carry it over to the next year, so they use it and ask for more.


War hawks from the "Chicken" kind (those who alluded service through the deferment plan, eg, Cheney, Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn et al)  to the delusional kind (John "jet jockey" McCain, Peter King) to the pompous, fear-mongering and lying kind (Lindsey Graham never once saw the world outside his US based office while in the military though he claims to be a "war veteran") love to screech about putting boots on the ground, sending young men and women into slaughter, as they dance for their masters, the MIC.

Now we are embarking on the latest chapter of the perpetual war (so named "the War on Terror").  After having created what we deem to be "terrorists" in Muslim nations,  we are told by the MIC echo machine, that it is imperative we take it on; bring "terrorists" to "justice" (because we do such a grand job of Justice - think GTMO, drone murder, and Bush's "payback" for WTC).


Isaac Newton's 3rd law of motion - For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

ISIS like Al Qaeda, like al Shabaab, like the Mujaheddin (before them), is just the latest incarnation of the evil responding to the evil done in our name.  Every time the US inserts itself into another nation's affairs, people take exception.  When people take exception, there is blowback.  The harder we push, the worse the blowback.

When we support oppressors we become part of the oppression.  When those who are oppressed rise up against their oppressors, they include everyone seen supporting their oppressor as the oppressor.  In Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Kenya, and everywhere violence against America has taken place, we have been a part of the perceived oppressor.




The Rise of Islamophobia - Exceptionalist arrogance and stupidity has a new mask

The US, in its exceptionalist hubris, refused to recognize any potential for attack on the "homeland."  Our government (and a significant percentage of the ignorant, arrogant populace) truly believes in our "god given" supremacy as a nation (The stupidity burns).  We have continued to insert ourselves into everyone else's business as if we were the planet's Salvation Army and the universal chosen deity.  Covertly and overtly, we pry, push, punish, pay off, and preponderate.

The US is now perceived as the world's ultimate bully, spreading our British Empire-like imperialism as far as we can under the guise of "spreading democracy."  Is it any wonder that the US is now considered the biggest threat to world peace of any nation?

We have focused heavily on the Middle East - their oil, their size and their people having the audacity to live atop our oil and land.  From Morocco to Iran to Libya to Iraq to Yemen to Syria to Afghanistan, they are all viewed as other lands in need of "democracy."  

US suborns tyranny in the Middle East - we started during the World War years, setting our sites on the land lost by France and England.  We supported oligarchs and kleptocrats over any potential form of democratic rule. We inserted ourselves in Iran, and through covert ops, installed an oligarch, the Shah - all because of their oil;  we inserted ourselves in Iraq - first selling arms and chemical weapons to our good friend, Saddam then declaring war 2 times when he used them, over throwing his family, leaving civil war and genocide in our wake - oil again; we inserted ourselves into Afghanistan by supplying the Islamic extremists (the Mujaheddin that soon morphed into al Qaeda led by a member of the House of Saud) in order to beat back the crumbling USSR then, again, to assure a kleptocratic druglord was made leader; we inserted ourselves into Pakistan supporting the dictator that murdered the duly elected president, becoming a tyrant who ruled by criminality and oppression; we inserted ourselves into Saudi Arabia, supporting an oligarchical family (The House of Saud) that has little care for his nation and people other than the money he can steal from them = all because of their oil; we inserted ourselves into Libya - paying off the crazed Quadaffi and supporting his tyranny (The CIA even renditioned and tortured his opposition); we inserted ourselves in Egypt, supporting another dictator tyrant who denied basic human rights and assisted us in torture.

After 9/11, the drums of war beat in the hearts and minds of over 70% of the nation and nearly every member of Congress.  Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld and their echoing parrots used "Islam" as the new found "other" to create a fear and loathing in the people; a demand for vengeance by a warring nation.   They even coined a new term for it. "Islamofascism", claiming that al Qaeda, Saddam Hussein and the Taliban were Islamofascists.  They set the tone by ,manipulating and just plain making up the evidence in order to peak the rage and fear of the nation - stomping on the rights of Muslims around the nation and promoting outright hostility towards an entire religion - Islamophobic rage had taken over the mainstream.

The Neo-Cons, already firmly entrenched in the WH and cabinet, were being appointed to federal posts around the country, issuing warrants for searches, spying on the people and lying to Congress.  We, as a nation, were manipulated into believing Saddam Hussein was responsible for the attack on WTC and the Pentagon - our bloodlust oozed from the pores of nearly every man,. woman and child with the exception of about 25% of us who saw the hate-mongering and not-so "noble" lies for what they were.

No one wanted to listen to Barbara Lee; No one wanted to listen to Joe Wilson (even after Cheney and Co outed CIA operative Valerie Plame, destroying her cover and the cover of well placed operatives in Iran, Iraq and other nations); no one wanted to pay attention to the Downing Street Memo or the evidence proving the Bush White House was lying to America, the UK and the UN.  The fix was in - the nation was now fully neo-conned; Hate crimes targeting anyone in a turban, mosques, and Muslim communities sky-rocketed; the people wanted vengeance.  Islamophobia became the latest face of willful ignorance, fear and hate.




Perpetual War by any other name 

Today. we still won't find many listening to Barbara Lee; or Bernie Sanders or former assistant to Colin Powell, Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, or even General David Patreus...





What we have is an MSM hell-bent on parroting the latest calls for war; sensationalizing the deaths of two American journalists (the question of whether or not at least one of the journalists was already dead before his video was made by ISIS is still unanswered ); and avoiding interviews with or coverage of anyone who might not be calling for war while promoting the war hawks screeching for retribution.

We have a nation ignoring the lessons of Bush's War on Iraq and the "War on Terror" as we march into manipulated fear and loathing once again. As of last week, clearly half or more of the nation now "fears" that we are not safe from a terrorist act in the US and according to the latest CNN poll, 71% fear that we have ISIS terrorist cells in the US.

We have the latest neo-con president already using airstrikes; discussing the potential of working with war criminals and tyrants to build a “coalition of the willing” to help “degrade and destroy” ISIS; increasing the number of "boots on the ground" to "assist in training" and "protecting Americans" in Iraq.


There can be no doubt that the president spoke untruths. The strategy he unveiled simply cannot be American leadership at its best. After trillions of dollars spent on the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and against “terrorism” worldwide, with whole countries laid waste, hundreds of thousands dead, thousands of U.S. soldiers with permanent traumatic injuries — after all this, another U.S. secretary of state is going from one authoritarian state to the next to build a new “coalition of the willing” to help “degrade and destroy” the monster that together we helped create.

We have already tried Obama’s “new” strategy, and it has already failed. The U.S. simply cannot defeat an ever-expanding terrorist movement by strengthening ties with corrupt, brutal and authoritarian regimes, which for decades, thanks to U.S. support, have been oppressing their citizens while enriching themselves beyond measure. If American leadership were truly about “freedom, justice and dignity,” partnering with such regimes would be a nonstarter, not a cornerstone of U.S. strategy.

No dignity, no peace

Who are the partners Obama referred to in his speech that will belong to the U.S. coalition? They are:

  • Egypt, whose government is responsible for one of the greatest massacres of civilian protesters of the last century and continues to imprison and torture thousands of protesters, tighten control over civil society and even deny prominent activists the basic decency of visiting their dying parents. Cairo is engaged in all this while the White House announces the restoration of military aid and mendaciously denies knowledge of a well-publicized hunger strike when pressed by reporters.
  • Jordan, whose human rights record is similarly risible. Its people lack freedom, justice and dignity, and there is little chance they’ll get it under its authoritarian system, which has been supported by the U.S. for decades.
  • Saudi Arabia, the designated training ground for the so-called moderate opposition, whose government is perhaps the world’s most undemocratic, brutal, repressive and corrupt, and for decades the font from which militantly conservative, chauvinistic and violent Islamism has spread around the globe. It is a country where rich women are not permitted to drive and poor migrant women and men are routinely beheaded publicly and then crucified. Consider further that Obama chose the eve of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks to entrust Saudi Arabia — home to 15 of the 19 hijackers, the unrepentant architects of one of the most violent forms of religious expression since the Middle Ages and the single most important counterrevolutionary force in the Arab world — with the training of “moderate” Syrian opposition forces.
  • Turkey, a major NATO ally, which has been uniquely culpable in the spread of the various Al-Qaeda offshoots in Syria and Iraq, allowing its border to become a trafficking zone not only for weapons and fighters but also for oil from Syrian wells and refineries now under the control of IS militants. Without Turkish collaboration at the highest levels, the IS would be little more than Al-Qaeda’s and Al-Shabab’s slightly crazier cousin.

These are Obama’s partners, his “coalition of the willing,” which Secretary of State John Kerry hopes will help control borders and cut off terrorist financing. One would be hard pressed to find a group of countries less dedicated to freedom, justice and dignity. Obama is a very smart man and knows these facts, as evidenced in his famous “New Beginnings” speech in Cairo in 2009, in which he honestly discussed the impact of European colonialism, American imperialism and Arab authoritarianism. Sadly, that speech marked the first and last time he focused on democracy promotion as a goal of U.S. policy. How can there be peace, justice and dignity without democracy?

The president that declared he would end the perpetual war is expanding the perpetual war.  He has no intention of letting it end - The "War on Terror" is now his and he is pushing us forward into a protracted commitment against an idea.  ISIS is not the issue - It is just the latest incarnation of an idea taking hold across the Middle East and other Muslim nations.... blowback for our partnership in oppression.

Throwing money, bombs and boots on the ground, expanding the death grip of the MIC and covorting with criminal kleptocrats, oligarchs and tyrants will only create more anger and blowback, spreading the seeds of unrest and extremism, that actually can lead to the self-fulfilling prophesy that "they" are a threat to the US.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Reefer Madness Redux: Big Pharma and DEA vs Medical Marijuana.... Buying Academia



I connected with a dear friend - a true sister of the cosmos -  yesterday just to catch up.  This sweetest and most enlightened of women and I chatted for nearly an hour covering just the basics of our existence.  You know -  life, death, love, peace and.........medical marijuana (no idle gossip for us!)

Her sister-in-law is dying - diagnosed not long ago with lung cancer. Her doctors kept saying it was merely "an infection" and bronchitis but after multiple courses of antibiotics didn't work, they decided to get a chest X-ray.  As the story goes, she underwent 3 courses of chemo to no avail - she couldn't eat, she is in constant severe pain and now on her way to hospice.  She has wasted away - unable to eat, sleep or build any strength for the fight of and for her life.

Knowing that the woman lived in a state that has not allowed Medical Marijuana,  a knowledgeable and deeply caring relative provided her with a secret stash of marijuana candies designed specifically to treat the nausea and pain associated with chemotherapy.  Unfortunately, the woman and her husband refused to use them.  It's illegal!  It's dangerous!  We can't have THAT!


This is only the most recent tale of someone under-going such pain... and another tale of fear and ignorance preventing the relief of suffering and medically valid treatment of disease.

It is no surprise to me that the old Reefer Madness is still so virulent.  Ignorance, fear and misinformation (bullshit) create a very fertile bed from which it grows - much like kudzu.




Who is responsible for that ever pervasive bullshit that leaves people in horrific pain and suffering that can actually be alleviated by a powerful medicine?

The "Drug War" has been raging for decades and has left prisons filled and people dead in its wake. It has created cartels and made trillions of dollars for drug lords and criminals around the world; it has greased the palms of dictators and politicians (even in the US); and it has assured the oppression of millions of people across the planet.


As Americans continue to embrace pot—as medicine and for recreational use—opponents are turning to a set of academic researchers to claim that policymakers should avoid relaxing restrictions around marijuana. It's too dangerous, risky, and untested, they say. Just as drug company-funded research has become incredibly controversial in recent years, forcing major medical schools and journals to institute strict disclosure requirements, could there be a conflict of interest issue in the pot debate?

VICE has found that many of the researchers who have advocated against legalizing pot have also been on the payroll of leading pharmaceutical firms with products that could be easily replaced by using marijuana. When these individuals have been quoted in the media, their drug-industry ties have not been revealed.
It isn't just Big Pharma, the DEA is promoting misinformation as well (not at all surprising since their livelihood depends on keeping the Drug War alive and well funded). From an article for VICE News, by Mary Emily O’Hara, last June:

... the Drug Policy Alliance and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies released a report titled “The DEA: Four Decades of Impeding and Rejecting Science.” Using case studies from 1972 to the present, the report argues the ways the US Drug Enforcement Administration has suppressed research on the positive benefits of marijuana for medical use.

The crux of the report is this: The DEA has worked to paint marijuana into an inescapable corner by both repeatedly (and falsely) stating that marijuana has no proven medical use and by systematically impeding clinical research that would prove such medical benefit. This refusal to either acknowledge or study the drug allows it to continue being classified as a Schedule I drug, the most heavily regulated illegal substance.

Schedule I drugs, according to the DEA itself, are those with no medical use and “the most dangerous” with “potentially severe psychological or physical dependence.”

Marijuana is classified as Schedule I along with heroin, LSD, ecstasy, and peyote. But drugs that are classified as Schedule II and considered to have “less abuse potential” include cocaine, methamphetamine, and opium.  
Is it any wonder that otherwise sane and intelligent people still  color their medical, and even life, decisions with that old tired Reefer Madness paradigm?



UPDATE:  For those of you who have evolved beyond Reefer Madness, good for you!  You beat many State and the Federal Government as you move along  your enlightened path.
Be safe and be aware - From Cannabis.org, a word of caution.  In an article published last April, “'Can Registering for Medical Cannabis Get You Fired?' and Other Important Questions Surrounding Privacy":
Will Your Employer Find Out?

The good news: With few exceptions, unless you allow them to check your status on the state registry, your employer won’t have access to it.

“Why would I allow them to check my status”, you ask? Because sometimes positive enrollment can protect you…

Of the 21 states that passed medical cannabis laws, five included safeguards for medical cannabis patients.

Connecticut, Maine and Rhode Island have provisions preventing discrimination against employees and potential employees (read hiring and firing) who are medical cannabis patients and in Arizona and Delaware you can’t get fired for failing a drug test as long as you’re in the registry. Just make sure you’re not using cannabis while at work.

The bad news: In any of the other 15 states, you’re on your own. We advise researching your employer’s policies on medical cannabis and being discreet about your status to co-workers and on social media.

Will Cops Know You’re on the Registry?

The good news: If you’re registered and within the possession limits set by your state, you don’t have to worry about getting arrested. Law enforcement can’t access the registry just to see who’s on there or target you because you are.

Also remember that police have no right to search either your home or vehicle without probable cause.

That being said…

The bad news: According to Safe Access Now, only a handful of states–Vermont, Michigan and Nevada, to be exact, claim their registries are completely confidential. Most states allow law enforcement some access to registries as long as the right criteria are met.

And rules can be broken…

An August 2013 audit of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment found that over 5,000 registry patients’ private information was leaked to law enforcement officials.

Can Your Landlord Evict You?

The good news: The fact that almost all medical cannabis registries are off-limits to the general public means that your landlord can’t search for your name in a database.

The bad news: Cannabis.org could find no state that has set up specific legal protections for medical cannabis patients who get caught growing or using in the their homes. If you have a good relationship with your landlord, your best bet would be to discuss your medical needs and/or your plans to grow cannabis and get an OK from them before hand.

If you worry that growing cannabis will get you evicted, it might be worth it to buy from a collective or have a caregiver grow for you.

Will Health Insurance Cover You or Penalize You?

The good news: Is Blue Cross/Blue Shield going to kick you off your plan because you’re a medical cannabis patient? Not likely. Just like landlords and employers, insurance companies have no access to most medical cannabis registries and the details of your medical records will always be private under the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA).

The bad news: Health insurance companies refuse to cover medical cannabis because of its continued categorization as a Schedule I substance under the controlled Substances Act. Until the Federal Government Tells the Truth! that Cannabis IS Medicine! and reschedules it, patients are on their own when it comes to covering the cost of their treatment.

Non-coverage from health insurance policies is one of the reasons a lot of patients opt to culitvate their own medicine and why it’s vital to support the right to grow in any medical cannabis program.

Better Safe Than Sorry

Although we hope this helped answer some of your basic questions about registries and privacy, this is only a general guide. Regulations vary from state to state and the onus is on you as a patient to know the laws and stay within your legal rights. Call the state agency in charge of the registry and ask them all your privacy questions directly.

It’s time to know your rights and protect yourself from any negative consequences related to treating your ailments with medical cannabis.

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