Sunday, December 19, 2010
In European cities , in Germany, England, Holland, Spain for instance or the case of Christiana in Denmark , alternatives expressed themselves by squattering vacant buildings, houses and in the aforementioned case of Christiana, an abandoned military base.
Why not stand with those who have lost their homes by putting them back in them through methods such as these ? Seems like a good way to bring attention to the issue, get some free press and provide housing to the homeless and dispossessed in a nation whose people are facing record poverty because of the banks and big business !
Our laws were created for the good of the citizens , the citizens were not created for the good of the laws !Apparently those laws now only apply to 98% of the population.
Killing more than a million in an illegal war based on transparent lies for resources and then profitting handsomely by doing so,( halliburton and the carlyle group )
Torturing and kidnapping individuals never formally charged with a crime and then using the states secret defense to shield those responsible from justice,
Spying on the American public en masse without a warrant and then passing retroactive immunity for the criminality,
Defrauding millions in the stock and housing markets and then putting billions of borrowed dollars, to be paid by the poor and their children with interest, into the hands of those who perpetrated the fraud, people who then promptly awarded themselves multi million dollar bonuses for their service to the elite on wallstreet .
Violating virtually every law known to God and man is alright apparently, if you have the right connections.
The rule of law is what keeps society civil . Perhaps the elite should consider this before violating them so openly !
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
An unknown , unelected, constitutional law professor seemingly made to fit history, right down to his middle name, at the time of the worst constitutional crisis in our nations history .
Introduced to the nation at the democratic national convention by the party establishment, Obama served less than half his term as Senator while campaigning for and clinching both the democratic nomination and presidency all at the same time. Pretty slick huh .
Remember FISA ?
Along side the other contenders for the democratic nomination for president Obama pledged not to allow retroactive immunity for the telecoms. The FISA laws had teeth, carrying a penalty of up to $10,000 and five years in jail for each citizen whose rights had been violated. FISA would have locked up Bush officials and anyone caught spying on American citizens for something like a million years and this was seen by progressives as the best chance of restoring what had been destroyed under Bush and bringing those responsible for dismantling our rights to justice . Then, just shortly after receiving the nomination, surprise, a complete about face on our best chance at restoring democracy in America.
But he would still stand firm for the constitution in the courts and roll back the abuses of the Bush era once coronated we were told .
Well we now know that Obama has defended all the powers he inherited from Bush and even expanded his evil footprint claiming even the right to assassinate Americans abroad and essentially eliminating Miranda. Spying without oversight had reached a level that could be admired by Stalin, who lacked today's technology . Innocent individuals tortured and later released were prevented from ever seeking retribution in the courts . Bush administration officials, implicated in shameful crimes never before imagined possible in the US, were shielded through the use of the states secret privilege in American courts and defended against all comers abroad .
The democratic super majority
Progressives and independents aware of our nations descent into tyranny worked feverishly to place "progressive democrats in power in Washington over two election cycles. These democrats then voted in the largest military budget since the second world war with the majority we handed them , a majority larger than any enjoyed by republicans for over seventy years . At a time of record poverty and at a time when the disparity of wealth was greater than at any time since 1928 our nation was spending as much as the entire planet combined on it's military and invading oil and gas rich nations for their resources.
Torture, secret prisons,use of the states secret privilege, warrant less wiretapping,extrajudicial rendition,the loss of habeas corpus,military commissions,and indefinite detention of suspected enemy combatants all continued unabated . Practices such as signing statements and the supposed reinstatement of posse comitatus which Bush attached a signing statement to have never been adequately addressed and the new administration worked to eliminate Miranda protections while proclaiming the right to assassinate American citizens abroad without judicial interference.
This has been, from the onset , a very involved con job by people responsible for the deaths of 100s of 1000's at least, who have demonstrated a complete lack of compassion for the average man here or abroad and who run big business, the government and both parties.
We are living in a surveillance state without meaningful constitutional protections for it's citizens, global warming threatens our existence as a species on this planet in a very real way and the corporate entities which control our government are obligated to produce as much profit for their stockholders as possible making ethical behavior essentially impossible and outside their abilities .
It may make you feel good to believe that signing petitions and running progressive candidates in the primaries will change this ,or that voting once every two years in federal elections will help save America but may I suggest that that is rather naive. I believe that without a popular uprising involving the majority of the American population and direct non violent non cooperation en masse with the powers that be, we will never see any change meaningful enough to address the dire situation our nation and planet find themselves in .
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
We will only continue to catalog and whine about events after they have already happened until we break the chain of corporate control of our collective destinies as a people .
We must unite and focus the outrage , expressed across the political spectrum .
A national boycott of big oil and a general strike nationwide must now be considered as the only viable way of pushing for a constitutional amendment barring corporate person hood from controlling our democracy .
Anything else is just ignoring the fact that we are being played and the change will never come from voting for either of the two parties at the voting booth .
Lets stop commenting on the news and start making some !
Sunday, June 6, 2010
All done with the the final goal of planting the seed of eliminating corporate influence of our democracy !
Sunday, January 24, 2010
The best solution in the wake of both the special election and this obscenity from the supreme court is to pass a constitutional amendment revoking the ridiculous claim of person hood for corporations and there by protections under the first amendment .
Entities which exist simultaneously all over the globe , who can clone themselves , have unlimited resources , never die and are comprised of many stockholders who are not American citizens are not people !
The arrogance of the five justices may yet turn out to be a blessing in disguise. However if this ruling stands, without a constitutional amendment to fix it ,the only place democracy will find a voice is in the streets !
The root of all our largest problems in Washington is the intrusion of corporations in our government .
All attempts at reform and to address the dire problems which confront our species on planet earth, war, poverty, and the environment are rebuffed and repelled by these moral less entities, who by there very legal definition exist solely to pursue profit for their stockholders.
This may well be the best opportunity we have ever been given to fix the root of the problem !
No problems only solutions !
Think of this ruling as part of the “healing process” . This is an opportunity !
Our opponent is off balance.
It has been a piece meal approach up till now .
By Scotus over stepping themselves they have left their flank exposed.
Just because they are rich and powerful doesn’t mean they’re smart.
Tell the democrats that the population which handed them an electoral defeat in Mass,because of bank bailouts and talk of a mandate unanimously agrees that corporations have too much power in their government!
Let any republican who wants to go down in defeat in November oppose such an amendment
Monday, January 18, 2010
If Coakley loses, The Health Insurer Corporate Welfare Act of 2010 goes down and the American people win.
May I suggest a little hard ball ?
A Coakley defeat would be a shot across the bow of the establishment .
It would eliminate the 60 vote super majority we gave them .
It would kill the corporations bogus reform as it is now or force the democrats to do what they wouldn’t do to pass what the public wanted , the public option, by using only 51 votes in the senate.
It would send a wake up call to the party’s leadership and all those seeking re election that unless they move left their screwed in November .
The symbolic value of this being Kennedy’s vacated seat , the man who this reform is to be named after is priceless.Perhaps the symbolic value of that seat is more important than the seat itself ?
The downside ? The loss of a senate seat that will only be occupied for two years by a non progressive candidate !
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
The Supreme Court's decision in the campaign finance reform case Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission , which may be announced as early as today ,will be a watershed moment for American democracy with far reaching implications .
The case revolves around corporate funding during the last election cycle and a movie on Hillary Clinton. At issue is whether as legal "persons" corporate money spent to influence elections is protected under the first amendment as free speech and whether limits on corporate money spent during elections should be eliminated altogether !
With the increasing corporate control of the military and intelligence communitites, as well as the likelihood of a mandate to purchase the flawed product of the health insurers , a decision in favor of persons which, as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg pointed out during the Citizens United oral argument, are not endowed by their creator with inalienable rights, seems inevitable.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Anyone who supports less than a robust public option ,Obama included , is legislating on behalf of corporations over the wishes of the the citizenry ,period .
According to the CBO the stronger the public option the larger the savings to the American people and today when asked by the press Harry Reid said ,” All the national polls show a wide majority of Americans support the public option ".
The American People when polled for decades have supported medicare for all at rates of near or above 70 % .
The public option has been pronounced dead and revived so often over the last several months as to make Lazarus dizzy solely it would seem as a result of a continuing uproar from the public.
What more need to be said ?
Why the debate ?
If the actual goal were to provide health care to the American people than anything else than other than universal coverage under a single payer system is garbage . If the goal is about keeping a system in place which allows the middle man ( insurers ) to drive the price up while providing nothing of actual benefit to the consumer than hot air and paperwork at great expense then congress is crafting a thing of art .
The debate is only about saving the corporations profits at the expense of the taxpayers wishes ,health and savings !
What could be more obvious !
My Attorney Bernie
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Thursday, October 22, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
The justice act or "Judicious Use of Surveillance Tools in Counterterrorism Effort" Act would also amend several other provisions , not set to expire ,which many critics believe violate civil rights of Americans guaranteed under the constitution .
National Security Letters, which were struck down by a lower court and later upheld in Federal appeals court because the gag provision was deemed a violation of first amendment rights and the FISA amendments act ( FAA ) which granted telecommunications companies immunity from prosecution for helping the NSA listen in the the international phone calls of innocent Americans ,a clear violation of the fourth amendment .
Hearings will be held next week in both the house judiciary sub commitee and the senate judiciary committee on the patriot act . Contact your representatives and tell them to support these efforts !
When will the greed to do good over take greed for wealth and power ? Our earth , the polar ice caps melting , the primeval forests that once covered it's surface cut down and indeed our very survival as a species hangs in the balance .
Will there be anyone to write our history , that we perished while all the while holding the solutions in our hands because we lacked the ability to evolve beyond groteque self interest and nationalism toward a greater awareness of our own divinity ,and never managed to see the profit in kindness and compassion ?
music by Steve Hackett
mistakes by freeman
Thursday, September 17, 2009
The Baucus Bill is dead , or at least appears to be without major changes . Killed not once but twice in the Senate . First by Rockefeller in the finance committee , then by Rolland Burris ,who promised to vote against it on the Senate floor without a public option , leaving only 59 votes for it's passage ,60 votes being necessary for cloture . Progressives in the house had already pledged to kill any bill without a strong public option .
According to Howard Dean at least 218 House and 51 Senate Democrats have said they would vote for the final health care bill if it included the choice of a public option . Now, of course, it remains to be seen what kind of public option they'll be voting for , but still a very welcome about face for a plan that was said to have withered on the vine only yesterday .
Then the news that Obama will not go through with the construction the planned missile shield in Eastern Europe with which the Bush administration had been surrounding Russia . Later the news that a group of US Senators has unveiled legislation aiming to strip telecommunications companies of immunity from lawsuits on domestic spying , Fisa revisited .
If this wasn't enough Bill O'Reilly tells his viewers that while the public option is dead , he actually supports it .Okay I do believe in unicorns .Happy Constitution Day !
The Lady and the Unicorn
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