Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Shadow of Crisis Passes But Smell of Bullshit Remains


Emperor Barack Obama’s much anticipated State of the Union address last night was a pure masterpiece of pomp and bullshit and likely hit all the right notes with millions of gullible Americans. There was the triumphant heralding that the “shadow of crisis has passed” and the economy is once again the greatest on the planet. I suppose that this is somewhat true if your indicators are a stock market that is at record levels thanks to having been backstopped by the Federal Reserve and the government since 2009. All that Obama and his dynamic duo of Fed bosses “Helicopter” Ben Bernanke and Janet Yellen have done is inflated the largest stock bubble in history and as all bubbles are prone to do it will eventually pop. However, it  probably will not do so until Obama is well into a lavish, taxpayer subsidized retirement of posh country club living and perpetual golfing.

Barry sold the miracles of Ponzi economics hard last night and he reinforced the fear of “terrorism” that allows the for surveillance state and the shearing of the sheep to continue. Mixed in with selling the economic miracle snake oil was a generous smattering of platitudes and even the exploitation of a military veteran who lost limbs if only to peddle administration policies. Some of the more outlandish pieces of the Obama’s speech were:

His pushing for higher taxes on the wealthy which has zero chance of ever becoming reality given that his party is outnumbered. The silly-assed liberals must have been taken to orgasm though and it probably never occurred to them that they had been conned yet again. Had Obama wanted to sock it to the rich he could have easily done so back when the Dems controlled both houses of Congress in 2009 after the Wall Street gamblers crashed the economy.

His sleazy exploitation of Minneapolis couple Rebekah and Ben Erler who were “young and in love in America” but ran into economic hardship thanks in part to his regime’s bankster bailouts was epic. While the couple are examples of having finally overcome adversity and gotten better jobs they better not get too settled in thanks to Obama’s amnesty to millions of illegals that will drive their wages down again.
El Presidente practically threw out a rotator cuff patting himself on the back over the recent collapse in oil prices that have finally resulted in a respite from the fleecing at the pump. Obama’s Democrats including former economic commissar Lawrence Summers are already working overtime to find a way to offset any temporary savings with new carbon/gas taxes. When the market is no longer experiencing a glut - thanks largely to Saudi Arabia’s refusal to cut production - and prices go back to $4 per gallon there will be an additonal $2 or so in taxes that will provide a sucker punch in the solar plexus for consumers.

He pushed for a Fourth Amendment destroying cybersecurity bill as well as an American job killing trade pact - the ultra secretive Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) - that will make NAFTA look like the freaking New Deal. Don't forget that Ross Perot warned of that "giant sucking sound" back when there was still time to avert the offshoring of tens of millions of well paying jobs. The biggest problem with this is that he has bipartisan support from the entrenched, ruling elite in Congress.

There is not enough space to list all of the rest of the stuff wrong with the Emperor’s audacious grandstanding here but it will provide fodder for the pundits and his political foes for months. John Boehner and Mitch McConnell really missed the chance when they took impeachment off of the table along with any chance to rid us of the slimy bastard early before he finishes the job of destroying the country.

But nothing in the speech insulted the intelligence or dignity of Americans in the quite manner in which Barry extended a big middle finger to the new Republican dominated Congress. Obama punctuated his epic dispersal of manure and hogwash with several digs at the GOP. Despite the electoral bludgeoning inflicted upon his party in the November elections, Mr. Obama carried himself like a very satisfied and triumphant man. If he was determined to use the forum as a nationally televised opportunity to float the proverbial turd in the Republican’s victory punchbowl he was successful. It brought to mind something that notoriously vulgar poet Charles Bukowski,  tabbed by Time Magazine as the “laureate of American lowlife” once wrote:

"There was nothing really as glorious as a good beer shit—I mean after drinking twenty or twenty-five beers the night before. The odor of a beer shit like that spread all around and stayed for a good hour-and-a-half, It made you realize that you were really alive.”

The reference to the heavy drinking is a good fit for a “pickled liver” lush like Boehner as he was left in the cloud of the wretched stench that hung in the air after Obama swaggered from their exalted chamber borne upon the wings of media adoration. Boehner, McConnell and the remainder of the putrid GOP “leadership” who  just had themselves reelected to their gigs were left to bask in the aroma and honestly, they deserved it. There was really no doubt remaining over exactly what Mr. Obama really thinks of them. This also goes for the rest of the schmucks in America who were just subjected to that disgusting orgy of lies and cynical political demagoguery that he belched forth.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Shameless Biden Allegedly Cried During American Sniper


Vice President Joe “Foghorn Leghorn” Biden remains a very dark horse candidate for the 2016 Democratic party presidential nod and being a canny career politician with no shame he is prone to histrionics. Whether it be emotional outbursts or the proclivity for putting his foot in his mouth old Joe can always be counted on to grab attention. In the unlikely event that Hillary Clinton’s inevitable coronation is derailed – perhaps by another Bubba sex scandal – Biden will be the only viable replacement. Liberal hero Elizabeth Warren? Forget it, she is just the newer version of the phony “hope and change” peddled by Advertising Age’s "2008 Marketer of the Year" Barack Obama. Bernie Sanders? The man is an admitted socialist and a borderline cadaver. Biden will be the only option if Queen Hillary for some reason decides not to run.

So it is incumbent upon blabbering Joe to grab some positive media attention while branding himself as an all-American guy. As a part of this imaging strategy the story has come out that he wept at the end of Clint Eastwood’s new movie American Sniper. According to The Daily Beast in a piece entitled “Oscar-Nominated ‘American Sniper’ Made Joe Biden Cry”:

While attending the Washington, DC, premiere of American Sniper held at the Burke Theatre at the U.S. Navy Memorial on Tuesday night, the Vice President of the United States offered his three-word review of the film. “It’s intense, man,” Joe Biden said, before adding that veterans still need our help and deserve our deepest respect.

In fact, the vice president enjoyed the film enough that, according to three separate people seated near him, Biden was moved to tears during the film's final sequence. Biden's is one of many positive reviews that American Sniper has earned.

Biden is just the type of cheesy bastard who would intentionally turn on the waterworks if he knew it would grab him some positive media coverage. Launching into phony crying jags is pretty simple if you stand to gain politically from it – look at how often that Speaker of the House John Boehner engages in displays of choking and sobbing. With the 2016 election meme well on the way towards becoming an orgy of flag-draped, apple pie authoritarianism and American exceptionalism (there is nothing exceptional about mass surveillance and a domestic police state) American Sniper is an early litmus test. The focus groups will be carefully watching the reaction to the movie which is already steeped in controversy over being too pro-war and drawing scorn from liberals.

Clint Eastwood has redeemed himself with many conservatives after his infamous appearance at the 2012 Republican National Convention by making this movie. Eastwood horrified Mitt Romney staffers with his bizarre, rambling conversation with an empty chair that stole the nominee’s thunder and sucked up media attention. The film is a dramatization of the life of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL sniper who racked up over 150 kills while serving in Iraq. Kyle was decorated for his service and became a national hero but met an unexpected and tragic end when he was shot and killed by a PTSD afflicted Marine Corps veteran at a Texas shooting range.

I have always been a fan of Eastwood, ever since the early days when the epic western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly headed up a four-movie spaghetti western marathon at the local drive-in theatre. The first two Dirty Harry movies are classics and my other favorites during my formative years were Kelly’s Heroes and Where Eagles Dare. Later in his career Eastwood – who has identified his politics as being libertarian – became more settled in as an acclaimed director and less of an actor. American Sniper is not the first movie to be politicized nor will it be the last and Eastwood has seen his work glommed onto by politicians in the past. Don’t forget that Super Bowl Chrysler commercial “Halftime in America” that was immediately turned into a political football.

Such is the case with American Sniper with the reaction being typically divisive in a rapidly fracturing America (the establishment likes it that way) with the exchanges already pretty heated. With his films as a director often being more steeped in ambiguity and shades of gray – Letters from Iwo JimaGran TorinoUnforgiven and Million Dollar Baby to name a few – it is probably a lot more difficult to pigeon-hole American Sniper as an ideological statement. Eastwood has made statements that he opposed going to war in Afghanistan and Iraq so the film may be far more nuanced than the professional yappers in the media are portraying it.

That will not stop the political travelers from trying though, especially a guy like Joe Biden who brings to mind the H.L. Mencken quote "Imagine a gentleman, and you have imagined everything that he was not".

While I have not seen the movie myself - and don't plan to given my loathing for anything that even remotely promotes the endless neocon wars of aggression - the politics of it all make me want to vomit. There will never be an end to war in The Homeland as long as there are people who insist on worshipping the professional killers of Empire like Chris Kyle. When he came back from the war and then became a celebrity he pretty much abandoned the pretense of a professional soldier for that of just another mercenary. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Obama Regime Goes to Bush Playbook in Pushing Fear to Crush Civil Liberties


The ability to easily succumb to fear has become a huge flaw in the American character since the September 11, 2001 attacks. The government and it’s media propaganda arms have successfully and consistently sold the public on the fear of terrorism in order to expand state power, rake in mammoth profits off of the war on terror and gut the U.S. Constitution. It has worked perfectly as Americans have meekly surrendered their civil liberties and through their tax dollars paid for their own enslavement. NSA surveillance and data-mining, the rise of the militarized police state and the never-ending foreign adventures that are bankrupting the country have all been a result of the constant fear-mongering. Now, as 2015 dawns our glorious “leaders” are once again playing the fear card and are dealing it from the bottom of the deck.

It is no coincidence that foiled “terrorist” plots have been spiking, especially with the new Republican Congress having made noises of withholding funding from the gargantuan Department of Homeland  Security. The idea to partially defund DHS was always a non-starter when John Boehner and Mitch McConnell punted on seriously challenging Obama’s amnesty decree and put their seal of approval on the pork-stuffed “Cromnibus”. To anyone who has been paying attention for the last decade it was obvious that the specter of terrorism would be invoked to spare DHS cuts. Now that they have been accused of leaving the country exposed to danger Boehner has backed down only two weeks into the new year.  The Hill reported that the Weasel Queen, Nancy Pelosi in defense of Obama’s amnesty launched the first fusillade in a statement:

"It is clear Republicans’ partisan recklessness knows no limits," Pelosi said in a statement. "House Republicans are threatening a partial government shutdown, choosing a time of rising terrorism to imperil the security of our entire country to satisfy the most radical anti-immigrant fringes of their party."

Shortly thereafter it was reported that an Ohio man had been arrested for allegedly plotting to poison Boehner while he was drinking at one of his favorite watering holes. Then another Ohio related “terror” plot was busted up by the feds arresting a man who was had purchased semi-automatic guns and ammo for an alleged attack on the Capitol. As reported by The Guardian in a story entitled “FBI arrests Ohio man who allegedly plotted attack on US Capitol”:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has arrested a 20-year-old Ohio man on charges that he plotted to mount a bomb and gun attack on the US Capitol, and claimed to sympathize with the Islamic State (Isis).

Agents apprehended Christopher Cornell of Green Township, Ohio, on Wednesday after he purchased two ArmaLite M-15 semi-automatic rifles and about 600 rounds of ammunition, according to a criminal complaint released by the bureau.

Cornell, also known as Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah, had confided his alleged plan to “kill employees and officers working in and around the US Capitol” to a confidential FBI informant, who told agents about Cornell in exchange for leniency for his “exposure” on an unspecified but unrelated offense.

Unlike several recent terror-related cases that have attracted the scrutiny of civil libertarians, undercover FBI agents neither suggested the plot to Cornell nor facilitated his acquisition of weapons, according to the complaint. In conversations throughout the fall of 2014 in Cincinnati, Cornell told the anonymous informant he “considered the members of Congress as enemies” and proposed the two perform reconnaissance around the Capitol in preparation for the subsequent attack.

How convenient that this happens right as Obama and his allies in government and private industry that stand to benefit are on the verge of introducing a new cybersecurity bill that will further put law-abiding Americans under the big red, white and blue jackboot of Uncle Scam. It is also notable that Cornell - the accused terrorist “considered the members of Congress as enemies” - a sentiment that is likely shared by many Americans, especially after they voted for change in November and were immediately shanked in the back by treacherous swine like Boehner. Hell, as far as I am concerned - and this is my personal opinion - the majority of  lawmakers have long viewed the American public as their enemies. This is evident given the ongoing failure to exercise any legitimate oversight upon NSA domestic surveillance programs, the preferential treatment given to big moneyed donors, the failure to reign in the six years running backstopping of too big to fail Wall Street banks and a sneering contempt towards the little people.

The Boehner poisoning plot and now the foiled attack on the Capitol will be exploited to target government critics as potential "terrorists" or "extremists" in the coming evolution of the phony war on terror to bring it home and turn it against Americans. Obama will spend a good chunk of his State of the Union Address next week selling the new laws - which the people don't have a say in - and then move on to his "war on extremists" of which the definition is so vague that it could potentially include anyone critical of the government. It is ridiculous to believe that one man would be able to circumvent the security at the U.S. Capitol with a cache of weaponry and explosives and pull off such an attack but it will be hyped as such to a terrified and gullible public by the professional liars on television. Cornell might as well be Marinus van der Lubbe in this latest cynical effort to crush civil liberties. 

Herman Goering perhaps put it best when he famously remarked:

”...the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
It certainly is working like a charm in Obamastan.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Fozzie Bear Fascism: Obama Launches War on "Extremists"


As Chicago Mayor and former Democrat power broker Rahm Emanuel famously put it “never let a serious crisis go to waste” and Emperor Obama gets it. With the Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris, a mysterious (and probably bogus) alleged ISIS hijacking of CENTCOM social media and the hysteria in the aftermath of the to this day unproven North Korean involvement in the Sony hacking a crackdown is coming. Barack Obama is about to give birth to the war on “extremism”, the definition of which is so vague so as to potentially include political foes, activist groups, bloggers, independent writers and of course any who refuse to worship at the altar of absolute government power. Keep in mind that Obama has already used the Internal Revenue Service to go after Tea Party affiliated political opposition groups and the police state to do crush the the Occupy movement.

Dear Leader will be hosting a “global security summit” next month in Washington that will attract world leaders including the Brits’ David Cameron whose increasingly strident rhetoric brings to mind that of Norsefire party Chancellor Adam Sutler from the movie “V For Vendetta”. Cameron shocked Brits when he advocated for the banning of encryption so that the U.K. security services and spooks will be able to monitor everything. Don’t be surprised if Obama and his NSA Stasi and their allies soon go after internet encryption in the U.S.A. too, the Holy Grail of the surveillance state has been the cracking of encrypted communications. Soon, if Obama is able to close the deal in selling the Fourth Amendment destroying cybersecurity bill to the people it will put us on a path to a society where as Orwell once wrote: "Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull".

Obama will be warming up this week for his State of the Union Address during which he will lie like a rug in pushing the new cybersecurity bill to the sheeple and it will be wrapped in the benign guise of protecting corporations. The corporations – which have armies of lobbyists and influence who gets campaign funding – will be given the green light to share EVERYTHING about you with the government. This is a very bad deal for the American people in that at least theoretically the government is supposed to have some degree of accountability while transnational corporations don’t. The kicker is that the legislation will provide total immunity to those corporations in regards to the data that is harvested and given to a fascist state that grows exponentially more powerful with every “terrorist” attack or hacking.

Libertarian financial blog has a good piece that takes a look at the implications of what Obama and his lackeys in Congress are prepared to foist off on a gullible public entitled “Obama Declares War On "Extremism" – Are You An "Extremist"?" from which I excerpt the following:

Do you know what an “extremist” is?  In the wake of the horrible terror attacks on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in France, Barack Obama is speaking very boldly about the need to win the war against “extremists”, and he has announced plans to host a major global summit on “extremism” next month.  And on the surface that sounds great.  But precisely how are we supposed to determine whether someone is an “extremist” or not?  What criteria should we use?

As you will see below, your definition of an “extremist” may be far, far different from the definition that Barack Obama is using.  When you do a Google search, you will find that an “extremist” is defined as “a person who holds extreme or fanatical political or religious views, especially one who resorts to or advocates extreme action.”  According to Wikipedia, “extremism” is “an ideology (particularly in politics or religion), considered to be far outside the mainstream attitudes of a society or to violate common moral standards.  

Extremism can take many forms, including political, religious and economic.”  Please notice that neither of those definitions uses the word violence.  In this day and age, you can be considered an “extremist” simply based on what you believe, and as you will see later in this article there are now tens of millions of Americans that are considered to be “extremists” and “potential terrorists” according to official U.S. government documents.

When you use the word “extremist”, you may have in your mind a picture of ISIS fighters or the terrorists from the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

But for elitists such as Barack Obama, the word “extremist” has a much broader meaning.  In recent years, it has become a code word for those that do not have an “enlightened” view of the world.  If your views on politics, religion or social issues are extremely different from the liberal, progressive views of “the mainstream” (as defined by the mainstream media and by “mainstream” politicians such as Barack Obama), then they consider you to be an extremist.

The writer of the piece, Michael Snyder who runs the blog Economic Collapse also has a list of who may end up on the “extremist” list and here is a very brief sampling:

Those who are anti-global, may believe in "conspiracy theories", are advocates of "states rights", opponents of illegal immigration, anti-abortion activists, those that have a negative view of the United Nations, returning veterans, those who are suspicious of centralized federal authority, people who have the wrong bumper stickers, those frustrated with "mainstream ideologies, those who are "anti-Muslim", gun rights activists, certain types of Christians and anyone that "visits extremist websites/blogs.

Chances are that many of us fit into at least one of those categories and will soon be subject to increased scrutiny by the feds for simply having beliefs that run counter to those who have usurped the U.S. Constitution and succeeded in bastardizing democracy. Not only will those who are deemed to have "extremist" views be in that big government database but once Obama and his ilk execute their deal with the devil in giving legal immunity to corporations "extremists" could be effectively blackballed in the labor market as well. It will give the government the added tool of waging economic warfare on all who question it under the cover of outsourcing the dirty work to corporations.

These are truly perilous times in which we live thanks to the moral degradation of our "leadership" class, it's just too bad that so many Americans have no clue of how rapidly that the trap is closing.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Bartender Arrested in Alleged Boehner Poisoning Plot


In a breaking story so bizarre that it could be a headline from the satirical newspaper The Onion, authorities have arrested an Ohio man over a plot to allegedly poison Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner. Granted, it isn’t foaming at the mouth Islamist jihadists storming Boehner’s office but the G-men were on the job to thwart what may have been an attempt to kill the second man in the line of secession for the presidency.

As reported by the website of Cincinnatti’s WCPO TV in the story “EXCLUSIVE: FBI says John Boehner's West Chester bartender planned to poison him”:

Ebola, evil voices and the devil.

Those are just a few of the things a Butler County bartender cited as reasons he was going to kill House Speaker John Boehner this past fall, federal agents said.

Michael Robert Hoyt, 44, was indicted Jan. 7 on charges of threatening to murder the congressman in a plot police said included poisoning his drink at a country club.

Hoyt served drinks to Boehner for more than five years at the Wetherington Country Club in West Chester and was known as “Bartender Mike” to employees there.

Hoyt called police on Oct. 29, a week after being fired from the club, and blamed Boehner for his woes, police said.

When officers visited Hoyt at his home on Matson Ave. in Deer Park, they said the plot thickened.
“Hoyt told the officer he was Jesus Christ and he was going to kill Boehner because Boehner was mean to him at the country club and because Boehner is responsible for Ebola,” United States Capitol Police (USCP) Special Agent Christopher M. Desrosiers said. “Hoyt advised he had a loaded Beretta .380 automatic and he was going to shoot Boehner and take off.”

Officers said Hoyt told them he regretted not having enough time to put something in Boehner’s drink. It was also discovered Hoyt emailed Boehner’s wife about the plot a day before he called police, Desrosiers said.

Boehner hasn’t been making many friends and this was BEFORE he was re-elected to lead the House GOP and quickly caved in on serious opposition to Emperor Obama's amnesty for illegal immigrants decree.
This will be likely be spun as yet another excuse for the further expansion of the surveillance-police state. Just in time for Obama's big sales pitch for finishing off the Fourth Amendment at the State of the Union address next week.

The story continues to develop.