Thursday, October 30, 2014

Zombies: American as Apple Pie in Obamastan


Just in time for Halloween comes an interesting take on the zombie phenomenon in America. Pop culture seems to be saturated with zombies in moviesvideo games and on television with the smash hit AMC series The Walking Dead. The genre had seemingly died years ago after the umpteenth Dawn of the Dead sequel but is back and more popular than ever in 2014 America.

John Whitehead of the civil rights organization The Rutherford Institute has a new piece out on the allure of zombies in America. The piece is entitled “Zombies Are Us: The Walking Dead in the American Police State” from which I excerpt:

Fear and paranoia have become hallmarks of the modern American experience, impacting how we as a nation view the world around us, how we as citizens view each other, and most of all how our government views us.

Nowhere is this epidemic of fear and paranoia more aptly mirrored than in the culture’s fascination with zombies, exacerbated by the hit television series The Walking Dead, in which a small group of Americans attempt to survive in a zombie-ridden, post-apocalyptic world where they’re not only fighting off flesh-eating ghouls but cannibalistic humans.

Zombies have experienced such a surge in popularity in recent years that you don’t have to look very far anymore to find them lurking around every corner: wreaking havoc in movie blockbusters such as World War Z, running for their lives in 5K charity races, battling corsets in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and even putting government agents through their paces in mock military drills arranged by the Dept. of Defense (DOD) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

AND

Here’s the curious thing: while zombies may be the personification of our darkest fears, they embody the government’s paranoia about the citizenry as potential threats that need to be monitored, tracked, surveilled, sequestered, deterred, vanquished and rendered impotent. Why else would the government feel the need to monitor our communications, track our movements, criminalize our every action, treat us like suspects, and strip us of any means of defense while equipping its own personnel with an amazing arsenal of weapons?

For years now, the government has been carrying out military training drills with zombies as the enemy. In 2011, the DOD created a 31-page instruction manual for how to protect America from a terrorist attack carried out by zombie forces. In 2012, the CDC released a guide for surviving a zombie plague. That was followed by training drills for members of the military.

Interesting and more than a little bit spooky in that the military and government actually have a game-plan on how to respond to zombie attacks.  I had not realized that but it does make sense in a perverse sort of way. You don’t have to be a raving paranoid to believe that the government views certain segments of the populace as enemies because none of this surveillance and police state crap makes sense otherwise.

I have long viewed the zombie fascination as being more of a metaphor for the state of American society in general. One needs only go to a shopping mall or discount retail outlet to see it. I stopped by my local Wal-Mart superstore last week to pick up some beer on the way home and could not help but notice the demeanor and disheveled state of many of the shoppers. They shuffled up and down the aisles of the grocery department loading their squeaky-wheeled carts with cheap food items but many seemed to be afflicted with a thousand yard stare. You can see a certain sense of quiet desperation in these folks and it's saddening and freaky at the same time. President Barack Obama sold the economic snake oil and six years of Federal Reserve market manipulation has worked wonders for a few but reduced large segments of average Americans to casualties bereft of hope.

The ones at Wal-Mart are the lucky ones, they still have two nickels to rub together no matter how broken that their spirits may be in this land of greed, corruption, militarism and woe. The "zombies" are a bit more upper class at the local shopping mall, a garish assortment of expensive retail outlets that peddle the same cheap made in China shit as you find at Wally World at full mark-up. Never mind that some borderline slave is working under brutal, sweatshop work conditions, Americans will eagerly shell out the dough. This is especially so if they can continue to just put in on those little plastic instruments of indentured servitude to the global banking mafia. They are as soul dead as their "walker' counterparts despite their narcissism and inability to stop gibbering into their cellphones.

But for some real American zombie action one needs to only check out the annual Black Friday door buster bonanza sales. The carnage gets worse each year and while we are not quite at the limb-ripping, flesh-eating stage yet there are plenty of people rushing the barricades each Thanksgiving night who will be ready to rumble if the ever time comes.

Zombies are a perfect sign of the times and are now as American as apple pie in Obamastan.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Reporter Targeted by Obama War on Journalism Blasts Terror War Ripoffs


Pallets of Cash in Iraq

James Risen is the poster boy for the Obama administration’s war on journalism. The New York Times reporter faces a prison sentence for his refusal to testify in the trial of whistleblower and former CIA employee Jeffrey Alexander Sterling. Sterling, who has been indicted under the Espionage Act of 1917 was a source for information that Risen wrote about in his book "State of War" and the feds are hellbent at setting an example. The archaic World War I law has been a favorite of the Obama Justice Department when it comes to squashing scrutiny of our now fully gangsterized federal government. While Risen awaits the decision on whether to lock him up behind bars he was written a new book that is a devastating critique of the profiteering off of the Global War on Terror (GWOT).

Risen, who has called President Barack Obama “the greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation” has made no friends within the bowels of the government with the scathing Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War. The book gores the sacred ox of the post 9/11 Homeland Security state as being an irresponsible, incompetent and corrupt Leviathan that has squandered trillions in taxpayer money under the scam of keeping us safe. What has really occurred is that legions of opportunists, political cronies and con artists have grabbed a ride on the GWOT gravy train and will not easily be dislodged.

In the book’s prologue Risen writes: “Obama performed a neat political trick: he took the national security state that had grown to such enormous size under Bush and made it his own” and that “Obama’s great achievement – or great sin – was to make the national security state permanent”.  There can be no argument with that given the revelations of the mass domestic surveillance programs of the American Stasi, the NSA. This is a massive agency gone totally rogue that has engaged in vast unconstitutional data-mining, warrantless surveillance, eavesdropping and most ominously storing information on Americans for some yet to be defined future use. That whopper of an NSA storage facility that sits in Bluffdale, Utah is a totalitarian wet dream and it has all been enabled by Obama and a bipartisan amen corner of fascists, political hacks, corrupt legislators and pocket judges.

What Risen does is in “Pay Any Price” is to provide multiple examples of the bottom-feeding parasites who have attached themselves to the war on terror for personal enrichment, both in terms of money and power.  I except the following from the prologue:

The new homeland security-industrial complex operates differently. It is largely made up of a web of intelligence agencies and their contractors, companies that mostly provide secret services rather than large weapons systems and equipment.

These contractors are hired to help Washington determine the scale and scope of the terrorist threat; they make no money if they determine that the threat is overblown or if, God forbid, if the war on terror ever comes to an end.

AND

There were more than 1,200 government organizations and nearly 2,000 private companies working on counterterrorism, homeland security, and intelligence programs, the Washington Post found in 2010, and more than 850,000 people in America had top-secret security clearances, producing 50,000 intelligence reports a year. The U.S. Intelligence budget alone has at least doubled since 2001, and by 2013, stood at more than $70 billion a year, including both civilian and military intelligence spending.

It is no accident that seven of the ten wealthiest counties in America are in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

Consider that last line and it puts recent remarks made by Queen Hillary the Inevitable that businesses do not create jobs in a different light. The government is largely responsible for job creation – especially for the surveillance state Gomorrah that has grown exponentially in the vicinity of the nation's capital.  The Washington Post story that Risen refers to is the three-part “Top Secret America” series by  Dana Priest and William M. Arkin. It was later expanded into a book of the same name.

Some of the stories told in “Pay any Price” chronicle the billions of dollars of U.S. currency sent to Iraq out of the New York Federal Reserve’s East Rutherford Operations Center in the early days of Shock and Awe. According to Risen, “between $12 and $14 billion, mostly in $100 bills was taken from East Rutherford and flown into the war zone of Iraq in 2003 and 2004” with "another $5.8 billion" sent from the New York Fed to Baghdad via wire transfers.  History shows that billions of dollars in that loot went missing with between “$1.2 and $1.6 billion” spirited away and now believed to be stashed in Lebanon. Risen nails it in writing that “it was the moment when thievery in the global war on terror achieved industrial scale”.

Even more interesting is the tale of a man named Dennis Montgomery, a chubby middle-aged degenerate gambler who would go on to be nailed for passing $1 million in bad checks in Las Vegas casinos. Montgomery was able to con the government into wasting taxpayer money on a software program that he claimed would be able to intercept and decipher secret Al Qaeda code that was embedded in Al Jazeera broadcasts. It was all bullshit though and nearly led to a tragic catastrophe when government officials pondered whether to shoot down  commercial airliners over the Atlantic Ocean before sanity prevailed.
Another great piece on Montgomery comes from the website of Wired magazine, published in 2009  and entitled “Report: Programmer Conned CIA, Pentagon Into Buying Bogus Anti-Terror Code” which is priceless for the following:

When one CIA officer finally learned the source of the information his agency was being fed, he says he was livid.

“I was told to shut up,” “I was saying, ‘This is crazy. This is embarrassing.’. . . I said, ‘Give us the algorithms that allowed you to come up with this stuff.’ They wouldn’t even do that. And I was screaming, ‘You gave these people fucking money?’”

Frances Townsend, a Homeland Security adviser to President George W. Bush, admits to the magazine that the bar code idea sounded far-fetched, but said the government had no choice but to pursue the leads Montgomery passed them.

“It didn’t seem beyond the realm of possibility,” she said. “We were relying on technical people to tell us whether or not it was feasible. I don’t regret having acted on it.”

It was a branch of the French intelligence services that finally helped convince the U.S. government in 2004 that the bar codes were fake after they and the CIA commissioned another company to try to detect the messages and were unable to uncover anything.

Mr. Montgomery at one time had enough political juice to be as Risen tags him, “The Emperor of the War on Terror”.  The chapter on this con artist alone is in my opinion worth shelling out the dough for the book. Risen continues to go for the jugular throughout and I am sure that assholes within the Obama regime have been puckering since the publication date. They do have other fish to fry for the time being with elections and Ebola but I suspect that it won’t be long until the attack dogs are loosed on Risen for his blasphemy.

Americans have been getting screwed for years over the trumped up war on terror. We are really no safer than we were on September 10, 2001 but we have been robbed blind and methodically stripped of our cherished civil liberties by a government run amok.

The war on terror has always been a Hitlerian big lie, and a lucrative one for the politically connected. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Ebola Quarantines Begin


In the wake of the latest Ebola case, this one in the mega-population center of New York City there are serious questions on how to prevent a national spread of the virus. Both New York and New Jersey are sufficiently spooked so as to begin to implement mandatory quarantines on some of  those returning from areas where Ebola is rampant. The question now becomes just how much of an intrusion on civil liberties will come as the result of the escalated state of action.

It seems rather quaint to be talking about civil liberties at all in the post Constitutional wasteland of the Obama era. This is after all the administration that presides over the all-seeing, unaccountable spy machine that is the NSA Stasi and has given it impunity to gather data all Americans. The Global War on Terror (GWOT), now in year thirteen has allowed for the government to eviscerate the US Constitution and usher in an era when Americans can be spied upon, arrested and disappeared without a public trial. We now live in a land of secret courts with a malevolent and corrupt government that will use any measures, no matter how Draconian to protect it's power.

The new quarantines are described in a story from The Guardian entitled “New York and New Jersey issue tough new Ebola quarantine measure”:

Anyone flying into New York and New Jersey after having contact with Ebola sufferers in west Africa will be subjected to a mandatory 21-day quarantine, the governors of the two states announced on Friday, adding that one returning medic had already been detained.

Andrew Cuomo of New York and Chris Christie of New Jersey unveiled the joint policy, which goes beyond federal rules set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as officials indicated the Obama administration was considering a similar rule throughout the US.
Cuomo, the Democratic governor of New York, said: “We’re just not comfortable with the concept of voluntary quarantine as an effective public health security measure.” He stressed that the CDC had made clear states were entitled to set tougher rules of their own.

Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, said he was prepared to take “whatever steps were necessary to ensure the public health” amid the ongoing risk of Ebola. “New Jersey and New York are going to determine the standards of quarantine, since CDC’s guidance is continually changing,” he said. “We need to set a standard for our two states.”

The quarantines have already come under fire from the the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and a nurse who was quarantined after treating Ebola victims has blasted her treatment. It is a touchy situation and the choices are to risk normalizing such detentions which could rapidly expand beyond health care workers or continue to do nothing as Ebola cases continue to pop up.

The consequences of a national Ebola outbreak would be catastrophic. Both in human costs as well as economic and everything possible must be done in order to avoid that. Once again, we are witnessing  the fallout from moronic and short-sighted government policies.  In this case the Obama regime’s foolhardy and flippant downplaying of the threat of Ebola. This continues with the politics of the moment – the 2014 mid-terms - taking precedence over public safety. The proof of the pudding is Barry's staged photo op with the Ebola infected nurse Nina Pham on Friday in the White House.

The quarantine of selected individuals returning from countries ravaged by Ebola, particularly if they are health care personnel who may have been exposed is a small price to pay for containment. They should be fully aware of the risks and a temporary period of precautionary isolation sucks but as long as the conditions are decent and not like a prison camp it isn't anything that is unreasonable. It is however a rock solid guarantee that if there is a national epidemic that you have not seen anything yet in terms of violations of civil liberties which will be rampant. The government has accrued an uncanny amount of police state power since that ugly and tragic pristine September morning back in 2001 and it will not hesitate to bring it all to bear when a state of emergency provides them with the opportunity to do so.

It is understandable for millions of Americans to live in a state of fear and to surrender their rights to the government in the hope that they will be protected, however it is obscene that nobody ever got to vote on it. Now these powers exist and are valuable components in the big toolbox of the state and as the saying goes, you can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube. We are a damned good ways down the path to fascism in the USA! USA! USA! and it is doubtful that there exists a trail of breadcrumbs leading back to being a constitutional republic. 

When it comes to the quarantines of a few to try to prevent the further spread of the virus it is damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

Nice job Obama, tell us that one again about how there was no domestic risk of Ebola.

Obama Regime Uses Ebola Nurse in Staged Public Relations Scam


Friday was a  busy news day in America - all of it bad. There was another school shooting, this time in a Seattle area High School and looking like the blood vengeance of a lover scorned. A deranged man in New York attacked four cops with a hatchet, killing one and adding to the national climate of fear and loathing in that he may have had Islamic leanings. Two California police officers were gunned down in cold blood in another of the senseless acts of violence that now plague America. There was also news of travel restrictions in New York and New Jersey in an attempt to control the spread of Ebola. Trying to nudge his way in between the carnage, President Barack Obama continued to engage in shameless public relations stunts as the crucial mid-term elections grow nearer by the day.

Obama, and by extension the entire rancid gaggle of corrupt clowns that is the Democratic party have been hit hard by the introduction of Ebola into the US. For weeks. They have been frantically trying to put a positive spin on it but the latest case, in New York City has undermined the propaganda. But they are relentless and Barry hosted Nina Pham, one of the nurses who caught the virus from Thomas Eric Duncan at the White House on Friday.

According to a story from The Guardian entitled “Obama hugs Dallas nurse hours after she is declared free of Ebola”:

Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans over the risks of Ebola transmission on Friday by way of a hug in the Oval Office with Nina Pham, the Dallas nurse who had been declared free of the virus only hours earlier.

White House officials said their invitation to Pham had been made to celebrate her full recovery from the illness at a National Institutes of Health facility in nearby Bethesda.

“This an opportunity for the president to thank her for her service,” said spokesman Josh Earnest. “This is someone who displayed the kind of selfless service to her fellow man that is worthy of some praise.”

But he acknowledged the photo opportunity – just hours after fourth US case was confirmed in New York – was also a way to demonstrate the president’s confidence in medical protocols amid growing political criticism of the administration’s handling of the crisis.

It was a warm and fuzzy moment for the increasingly unpopular president and the administration stooges in the corrupt state-corporate media will run with it. They will once more try to conjure up some of that “hope” and “change” that led to Obama’s election in the first place but it is just more of the same old snake oil. Americans are suckers for charlatans preaching a message of  better days ahead, but as is often the case such promises turn out to be fraudulent, this is particularly so with Obama.

I have long believed that nearly every rotten thing in an America that has gone off the rails can be laid at the feet of the positive thinking con game and a culture that encourages blind obedience. Optimism is only another word for denial and a majority of Americans who were for the most part, largely immersed in their fantasy worlds of television and propaganda lunged for the poison bait of the Obama political operation. The Bush years were dismal times indeed and this added to the allure of Obama but he was always an empty suit and in the end has proven to be far worse than Bush in that he can hide behind a smile. It is Fozzie Bear fascism but he has gotten away with it.  

The triumph of  Mr. Transparency was a marketing achievement so cynical that Brand Obama was awarded with the honor of being named Advertising Age’s Marketer of the Year. In late 2014 the hope and change have become ashes and sackcloth to those who bought into the scam. Obama’s photo op with Nurse Pham is intended to provide just enough balm to festering sores of the lepers so as to get them to the polls in sufficient numbers one final time so as to preserve the Dem control of the Senate. It is unlikely to work and there are still two weeks for additional Ebola cases to pop up.

The dismal economy and the fact that few Americans outside of tony enclaves like Martha’s Vineyard and The Hampton’s as well as the entitled living within the D.C. beltway are actually better off than they were six years ago is bad but manageable. What really is resonating with Americans though is Ebola. That and the incomprehensible incompetence of the Obama regime in playing down the dangers of a domestic introduction of the virus really pisses people off. Thus the need for gimmicks and staged events to sell that last satisfying hit of hopium before the nation is finally swamped by the deluge of disaster wrought by Obama and his failed policies.

El Presidente can whip out a rag to polish the turd of his legacy until his arm falls off but at the end of the day it will still be a turd.

New Ebola Case Derails Obama Administration Spin Machine


Just as the Obama administration had managed to successfully manage the news cycle to play down the danger of the Ebola virus another case has manifested itself. This time in New York City. Such a thing in the most overpopulated city in America – and probably one of the most unsanitary – will be a serious problem if not contained.  The primary crisis of the Ebola problem, at least to the thoroughly rotten Obama regime has been in how to best contain the political damage in an election year. I strongly suspect that this is why El Presidente tabbed a longtime party hack with no medical experience as Ebola Czar last week - to serve as a perception manager.

The corrupt state-corporate media then began to smear those critical of President Ebola as tin-foil hatterstruthers and the always effective chosen pejorative of the powerful: conspiracy theorists. What better way to boost the Democrats than politicizing what is a serious national health crisis. It was working wonders too, allowing for the focus to shift back to the pitched battle to keep the Senate under the control of former Nevada Gaming Commissioner Harry Reid but then came Thursday. Craig Spencer, a physician from the relief group Doctors Without Borders who was working in Africa was admitted to a Big Apple hospital. According to a report from The Guardian entitled “Ebola crisis: Doctor at New York hospital tests positive”:

A physician who recently returned to New York from Ebola-ravaged west Africa has tested positive for the disease, officials announced.

Craig Spencer, 33, a doctor who lives in the Harlem neighbourhood of the city, was taken to hospital in New York on Thursday after displaying symptoms consistent with those caused by Ebola, including a fever of 103F (39.5C).

A preliminary test on Thursday confirmed that Spencer, who arrived back in New York from Guinea on 17 October, has the virus. Federal officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has sent a team to New York City to assist city and state officials in the response, will carry out a further test to confirm the result.

Officials told a press conference at Bellevue hospital on Thursday that they were monitoring four people with whom Spencer had contact. His fiancée, Morgan Dixon, and two friends had been quarantined, while the fourth person, a taxi driver, was not considered to be at risk.
Spencer took several trips on the New York subway in the past week, visited the Gutter bowling alley in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn on Wednesday night and took an Uber cab, all before he began to display symptoms, officials said.

Nice screening procedures at JFK airport. Wasn’t this just being touted as a way to keep Ebola out? There are reports that Spencer was able to successfully enter the U.S. despite the JFK airport screenings. Maybe it is now time for Plan B which likely is nonexistent considering Obama's track record. It is also good to see that the doctor lived in Harlem, if there were ever a place that could be a perfect incubator for a mass pocket of Ebola it would be there. There is surely no shortage of dirty needles and unprotected sexual activity in Harlem to assist in spreading the virus. It’s also nice to see that the CDC is sending a crack team to assist with the response to this latest case of Ebola despite the glaring fact that the institution is thoroughly incompetent. How is that for reassuring?

I am sure that the White House will be sending a team of seasoned propagandists as well to manage the news during Dr. Spencer’s period of treatment.  The Democratic party operatives will probably find some way to play the racial angle on this case as well. This is especially likely when according to McClatchy News that the party is frantic over a lack of enthusiasm exhibited among black voters disgusted with Obama. That is the Dems though, they pander to identity groups like they really “share their pain” and then shit all over them once the votes have been counted and the asses of the politicians are sitting upon their thrones.

One would have to be a complete cynic to draw the conclusion that the latest Federal Reserve boost to the crack-ho markets, the drop in gas prices and nipping Ebola in the bud were all coordinated to manipulate public opinion before a critical election. But when you realize that the power structure of this country is thoroughly packed with cynical connivers and self-motivated scumbags such things would not be outside of their area of expertise. The real cynics turn pro and enter into the political realm and there is no bigger one than President Ebola himself. The fish does rot from the head down as the old Greek proverb puts it.
I wonder if the new Ebola Czar may even start to show up at meetings now.