Thursday, March 30, 2006

Hell Has Frozen Over: A Republican Whistleblower Turns Democrat

Clint Curtis is running for a Congressional seat in Florida after testifying to Congress of having been solicited to help rig an election for Republican Congressman Tom Feeney. Clint is a former Republican who will now run as a Democrat and challenge for Feeney's seat. Will wonders never cease?

Meanwhile, the odious Ann Coulter is in hot water for committing voter fraud herself. It seems that she voted in the wrong county, and gave a false address. That is a felony, and Ms. Coulter is going to jail. Ann, can you make me a vanity plate that says POC? 'Preciate it.

Our favorite voting machine company Diebold is similarly on the ropes after having been subpoenaed in Florida, de-certified in various states, and seeing CEO Walden O'Dell resign in disgrace. The damage has been done, though. We've now suffered through six years of a Bush presidency that has seemed like a Bataan Death March, with two more excruciating years to go, and it's all thanks to Diebold's deliverance of a stolen election to their lord and master. The Zogby exit poll had Kerry in a landslide, but the other guy somehow won. Damn, at this casino, you can have a royal flush, and still lose. We'd best not come back here again.

I sure hope Clint Curtis wins his seat. It would be good to have at least one legislator in this country with the guts to speak out about voting fraud, and put the rest to shame.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Charlie Sheen And 9/11: Timing Is Everything

What a week it's been- Charlie Sheen went on CNN to question the official line on 9/11, and the most active student member of 9/11 Scholars For Truth, Michael Zebuhr, was brutally murdered. I can't help but to put these two events together. Timing is everything, and this stinks to high heaven.

Sheen's coming forward on CNN was preceeded by his interview with Alex Jones, one of the few radio talkshow hosts who tells it like it is on this and other subjects which should have our undivided attention. As a follow-up, Jones also made it onto CNN, and was able to speak his piece on 9/11 complicity. This represents a breakthrough that should have the neocons very concerned. A CNN on-line poll has over 80% of its respondents agreeing with Mr. Sheen. If my math is correct, that represents a huge majority. Perhaps that majority will now become less silent on the subject.

The killing of Michael Zebuhr seems like retribution for Sheen's sounding off, and a warning to others involved in this scenario. I would hope that, instead of backing off, others will step up the pace, and make a full commitment to bringing the truth to light. I'm also hoping that other celebrities will be emboldened by Sheen's actions, and likewise step forward. Now is not the time for timidity.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Where There's Smoke, There's Mirrors

See Lyndon Johnson. See him being sworn in on Air Force One. See the soon-to-be Secretary of State wink at Lyndon Johnson. See Lady Bird Johnson try not to smirk too much. See democracy die for good on that day.

I could live a thousand years, and never understand why people didn't get it. When a ruler is deposed, it stands to reason that his successor had something to do with deposing him. It's a shame to have a historical fact regarded as mere cynicism, but it's no wonder. The only time a coup d'etat is not a coup d'etat is when it happens in America.

"You know, I was one of the ones who advised Kennedy to stay away from Texas. Lyndon (Johnson) was being a real asshole about the whole thing and insisted." -John Connally

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Gary Webb: The Reporter Who Committed Suicide Twice

Gary Webb was the investigative journalist for the San Jose Mercury News who broke open the CIA crack connection story in 1995. He paid for it first with his job, and later with his life. His death in 2004 was ruled a suicide, even though he was shot in the head TWICE. Anyone trying to defend that claim may as well be a holocaust denier, or a member of the flat-earth society. But, these days, you could be shot, stabbed, beaten, mauled, and impaled, and the right coroner will rule it a suicide if you're someone who's been causing too much trouble. The mainstream media will, of course, play along, and no tough questions will be asked.

Gary's story in the Mercury News, and his subsequent book Dark Alliance, were among the most damaging broadsides ever issued to the CIA. Regardless of the cowardly retractions and denials on the part of the Mercury News that followed, it forced the CIA to admit to a relationship with Latin American cocaine kingpins. The editors who succumbed to pressure from above and pulled the rug out from under Gary have been rewarded with promotions into sweetheart jobs. The managing editor, David Yarnold, is now the Executive Vice President of the Environmental Defense Fund.

This story indicates that the drug prison industrial complex is a reality, and that the "Drug War" is a war on the people of the United States. Let Gary tell you the story in his own words. His railroading is another brick in the wall of fascism, and it's not to be forgotten.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

This Is NOT A Movie

The above picture is not a Hollywood set. It is an internment camp within U.S. borders, and there are plenty more of them. Most can be found on closed military bases, and are manned by Homeland Security and FEMA personnel. Over the past decade, there has been enough research to indicate that this is no urban myth. Rep. Henry Gonzalez admitted to their existence in 1997. And now, we find that Halliburton has been awarded a 385 million dollar contract to build even more camps. The justification given is a possible immigration problem, but that seems ludicrous in the face of this administration's very liberal immigration policy.

The real reason probably has more to do with our plans for further war-making, and the resistance that will surely follow. A war with Iran will not be a war of "liberation", and the million or so Iranians here in the U.S. may take great exception to seeing their homeland turned into a parking lot. So, too, will millions of liberals and disillusioned conservatives who will have seen this country slide far enough into a dictatorship, and those that protest too vigorously will be placed in the "fifth column" category. That means enemy combatant, as Atty. Gen. Ashcroft calls them, and, as per his vision, they are subject to be rounded up and placed in said internment camps.

In spite of my own trepidation, I'm not yet convinced that the deployment of these camps is an absolute given. It may just be that the neocons are hedging their bets. However, it's important to know that these camps existed throughout a Democratic administration, and so it would be erroneous to assume that they will be on the way out along with the current regime in 2008. It would not surprise me in the least to see Madame President Hillary Clinton sending dissidents on a one-way ride while under martial law. Wolves in sheep's clothing do eventually show their teeth, and especially at dinner time, which, for the New World Order, seems to be coming up. Wars, pandemics, and global warming are the barbarians at the gates, and they spell an end to democracy and national sovereignty. Whoever the leaders may be, they will deal with these crises with a very heavy hand, and with no compassion whatsoever. I hope we've learned that much from what happened in New Orleans.

For those who would dismiss this scenario out of hand; isn't Guantanamo Bay just a little too close to home? We are one degree of separation from having it right here in our own backyards. Halliburton has it's contract in hand, and will commence building camps. What say you to that? First, they took the know the rest. Mind you, don't lose any sleep, but try to know that you're not waking up in the same world you used to wake up in. Novus Ordo Seclorum is the rule now, and the constitution is going the way of streetcars, biplanes, and gas lamps. In time, the only way you'll see it again is to visit the Smithsonian.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Condi, Stop Smoking That Crack

Listen to Spike Lee throw down:

"People say, 'She's so successful' and 'Look at her position as a black woman.' She is a black woman who grew up in Birmingham, Ala., and said that she never experienced a day of racism in her life," Lee tells the April issue of Stuff magazine.

"Condi, stop smoking that crack!"

The consternation for Condi is coming from all sides now, and even Sandra Day O'Connor is calling out the dictatorship. I have a feeling there's a word that makes Condi twitch when she hears it- INDICTMENT. Hey, you made your bed, you sleep in it. If Bush goes down, you go, too. But, there's always those lucrative consulting and speaking gigs ahead, and those will buy a lot of shoes. Nothing like falling uphill, huh?

Just to be fair, here's what Condi's fans have to say:

Rice challenges expectations and assumptions. There is undeniable authority in her long black jacket with its severe details and menacing silhouette. The darkness lends an air of mystery and foreboding. Black is the color of intellectualism, of abstinence, of penitence. If there is any symbolism to be gleaned from Rice's stark garments, it is that she is tough and focused enough for whatever task is at hand.

How about that. Some Republicans just love their dominatrix Secretary of State. But, wait, didn't they deride Hillary Clinton for the all the same characteristics? I guess what's good for the goose ain't good for the gander. It sure is funny how Republicans can contradict themselves into next Tuesday, and never sense the gears grinding. Oh, well, c'est la vie.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Where Have All The Microbiologists Gone?

On Nov. 16, 2001, Dr. Don Wiley's car was found on a bridge over the Mississippi River, and his body was later found in the river. Wiley was one of the foremost microbiologists in the U.S., working at Harvard University. His expertise was in immune systems and their response to viral attacks of the plague variety.

This death would not be so significant if it weren't one of over fifty such deaths of microbiologists since 2001. All of these microbiologists had expertise in infectious disease, and all died a violent death. Something is wrong with this picture, and the ramifications are chilling.

Many have speculated on this phenomenon, and one hypothesis keeps coming up- a race-specific virus is in the works, and someone is either trying to stop it, or eradicate those who COULD stop it, or, at least, blow the whistle on it. It could just be a general pandemic in the works, as well. At any rate, it does not bode well for the future, and is right in line with the notion of depopulation, a concept whose time seems to have come.

Research on population control, preventing future births, is now being carried out secretly by biotech companies. Dr. Ignacio Chapela, a University of California microbiologist, discovered that wild corn in remote parts of Mexico is contaminated with lab altered DNA. That discovery made him a threat to the biotech industry.

While it is certainly true that we have a population problem, the methods for dealing with it as prescribed by our elites leave much to be desired. If it is to be otherwise, then there must be a global referendum on the subject, with maximum cooperation on all sides. This isn't likely to happen, though, as the mainstream media tends to keep mum on the subject. Extremists are cropping up, and The Sierra Club and it's members have wrestled with the issue, but only within a not-in-my-backyard immigration framework. Thus, it is left to the elites to decide our fate. How unfortunate for the rest of us. In the meantime, I would suggest a career path that does not include microbiology and infectious disease.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Uh, Oh, It's Sibel Edmonds

If there's anyone who keeps the neocons up at night in regards to 9/11, it's Sibel Edmonds. As an FBI translator, she blew the whistle on security breaches that led to the successful attacks on 9/11. For that, she was fired, and a gag-order has been placed on her. Edmonds sued to contest her firing, but her case was dismissed, with "state secrets privilege" invoked. The ACLU is now handling her appeal. Senators Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) have publicly supported Edmonds, and have pushed for a declassification of her material. Her cause has also been championed by Watergate whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg.

Ms. Edmonds is clearly nobody's fool, and is very determined to get her information out any way that she can. Her testimony would blow holes in the 9/11 commission's findings. She is currently under a gag order, but she hasn't given up on getting her information out to the public. It could be the difference in getting rid of the neocons sooner rather than later, and having the public see the full extent of their treachery. And, if we know anything about them, we know that they're not infallible. The Bush administration is caught between a rock and a hard place here, so let's help Sibel any way that WE can.

After examining this case, it should be clear to one and all that something is rotten in Denmark. To think otherwise is simply to be in denial. As they say, the mind is like a parachute- it only functions when open. Why must it be so difficult to believe that these people are fully capable of blowing up a couple of office buildings, particularly when you consider what they had to gain from it. This is the perhaps the most powerful administration in the history of the nation, and they gained that power by having the patriotism card handed to them on a platter. Without 9/11, there would be no re-election in 2004, no Patriot Act, no war in Afghanistan and Iraq, no massive surveillance at home, and no staggering profits for Halliburton. Coincidence theories be damned- they did this, and we're letting them get away with it.

When fascism comes to America, it'll be wrapped in the flag, carrying a cross. -Sinclair Lewis

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Chavez And Sheehan Together, No More Stormy Weather

So, Hugo Chavez has found an ally in Cindy Sheehan. Venezuela's oil production notwithstanding, her grief and rage could power an entire city. Who SHOULD she turn to? The bloodthirsty Bush regime, it's corporate sponsors, and a compliant mainstream media are all too happy to see our children sacrificed for the sake of hegemony and imperialism, and spineless democrats watch benignly from the sanctity of their D.C. ivory towers. Does Hillary Clinton have anything for Cindy? Not a chance. Cindy needs Hillary like a stag needs a hat rack. In fact, since Paul Wellstone died, there haven't been many well-known legislators worthy of Cindy's company. Nowadays, when we vote, it's not exactly self-serving. Buying a lottery ticket would be a better use of time.

It sure is something to hear right-wing commentators refer to Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez as a dictator. When you point out to them that Chavez is a popularly-elected official, they then switch to election fraud as their rally cry. Hmm, election fraud, now where have we heard THAT before? To avoid looking altogether foolish, those right-wingers need flak jackets of a much better quality than those provided to our troops in Iraq.

"Those who cast the votes decide nothing, those who count the votes decide everything." - Joseph Stalin

If hypocrisy were poker chips, then most any right-wing blogger could be Donald Trump. Election fraud is now as American as apple pie, Chevrolet, and steroids. Ask Jimmy Carter that in a private moment, and he would wholeheartedly agree with you. Of course, arguing the point with a Bush supporter would be no more productive than debating a goldfish. But, someday, they WILL learn that such loyalty is not reciprocal. Hopefully, it won't be the way that Cindy Sheehan learned it.

What can Cindy do next to keep her campaign alive? She could visit Iran and inspect their nuclear sites. Maybe she could become a cast member of the Daily Show. All I know is, I want to keep seeing her in the media, tweaking Bush at every opportunity. She's earned the right, and she has more integrity than all the mainstream media put together. You might ask how those media moguls sleep at night. They do, but it's basically just hanging upside down in their closets until the sun comes up.