Sunday, September 21, 2014

And Then Came Petro

Granted that it wasn’t quite the 29 standing ovations that the corrupt U.S. Congress gave to the extremist leader of "God's chosen land" during a 2011 speech but Washington’s puppet from Kiev brought still brought down the house. Last week's disgusting orgy of adoration was showered upon mass-murdering Ukranian oligarch Petro Poroshenko aka the Chocolate King who was trotted out before a joint session of Congress. Porky Poroshenko was taking a break from the ongoing "anti-terrorist" operations in East Ukraine to solicit more American taxpayer loot for the US-EU-NATO Axis of Aggression kill crazy rampage sold to the schmucks as a war between freedom and the devil Vladimir Putin. The propaganda beacon for the neocon fanatics at the Washington Post editorial board ran a plea to arm the Nazis that coincided with the speech. 

While the ugly truth is that the "anti-terrorist" operations as well as the entire neocon backed coup d'etat are entirely western provoked and are being carried out by neo-Nazi death squads and militias is concealed by a propaganda machine without equal this is just another act of aggression against the American people by their true enemies: the Obama regime and the U.S. Congress.

Is John Kerry Getting a Hand Job from John McCain?

Ukraine has been flying a bit under the radar as of late thanks to the corrupt state-corporate media's ISIS obsession but a proxy war against Putin is still the apple of the neocons' eye. While the Congress further sullies the once good reputation of the USA! USA! USA! by affording false legitimacy and a thunderous series of ovations to the pig Porshenko there is an increasing sense of desperation to back the junta in Kiev.

The Vineyard of the Saker offers up this outstanding analysis of the Poroshenko spectacle:

The big event of the week was, I think, Poroshenko's speech to what I call the Imperial Senate (aka Joint Session of Congress). I have made the full transcript available here and here. I don't think that it is worth carefully parsing this text, so I will just mention the few elements which are absolutely obvious to me:

1) This text was written by a US Neocon. It even included such typical US-propaganda gimmicks as the "personal story" to give a human touch and moment carefully crafted to generate applause. So no only what the author of this rant American, but he/she was for sure a diehard Neocon.

2) This text was a lame attempt at copying Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech, except that Poroshenko is no Churchill, Putin no Stalin and Novorussia no Soviet Union. Nonetheless, the message was clear: Russia represents a planetary threat to freedom, democracy, liberty, human right, free speech, etc. In fact, according to Poroshenko the choice is not between two civilizations but between civilization and barbaric darkness.

3) The US deep state is by now clearly aware of the immense challenge presented to it by Putin's "Eurasian Sovereignist" Russia and the movement it leads (BRICS+SCO+etc.). The fact that it has to use such absolutely over the top rhetoric is a clear sign of fear and the Neocons are now freaking out. The danger for them is becoming very real (more about that below).

4) More than anything else, this speech proved to me that the only viable goal for Russia is regime change in Kiev. This is a message I will hammer in over and over again - regime change in Kiev is a vital, arguable existential, priority for Russia.

5) Far from being any kind of patriots or nationalists, the Ukie "nationalists" are subservient puppets of the West, willing to service AngloZionist interests with less shame then a old prostitute services her clients. For all the "Glory to the Ukraine, to the Heroes Glory!" slogans, the Ukies are the cheapest prostitutes on the planet with no self-respect whatsoever.

The entire speech had a Disney-like feel to it: on one side, the forces of Light, lead by the USA in white shining armor and on the other, the forces of Darkness, lead by Russia crawling out of the Asian steppes like Lovecraft's Chtuhlu. Infantile to the extreme, the purpose of the speech was to induce a planetary war against Russia and her allies or, at the very least, to contain that 21st century Mordor. 

Poroshenko went as far as referring to now completely disproved lies (such as Russia invading Georgia in 2008) and hinting that Moldova, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Baltic States, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria. could/would be next. Clearly the main can lie with an ease which any used car salesman would envy.

Then there is the issue of the standing ovations. Less than Obama and less than Netanyahu, but still a lot (12 I think). The Imperial Senators appeared to stand longer and clap harder each time Poroshenko drifted off into some kind of crazy nonsense. A scary sight, really.

Now we all know who runs the US Congress (AIPAC) so what this is, really, is a declaration of war by AIPAC and the Zionist faction of the AngloZionist Empire. The Anglos are far less enthusiastic as shown by Obama's refusal to send weapons to the Ukies. Just like in 2008 and that other lunatic - Saakashvili - I get the feeling that there might be a lot of behind the scenes Neocon "parallel diplomacy" going on. If not, why would Obama's bosses tell Poroshenko to ask for weapons they don't want to give him in the first place? My guess is that there is a lot of reluctance in the Pentagon and possibly in the intelligence community to get the USA fully committed behind a regime which might not be around in a few months.

Whatever may be the case, Poroshenko's speech felt like an infantile but nasty declaration of war. Clearly, there are those who are very concerned that peace might break out.

Obama has refused to arm Poroshenko’s Nazis – for now. But this could change any day with the Democrats in full desperation mode to avoid losing the Senate in November.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Land of Fear: Panic Rules as White House Evacuated

The corrupt corporate-state media has done such an effective job in promoting the menace of ISIS that an intruder who climbed over the fence at the White House succeeded in triggering a panicked evacuation of part of the building. Wow. If this is all that it takes to get Americans to piss all over themselves then the terrorists have truly won. The intruder, who actually managed to make it inside  late yesterday has been identified as Omar J. Gonzalez, a 42 year old man from Texas.  Given the mounting paranoia over the imminent infiltration of the U.S. homeland itself by the head-chopping, jihadi menace - some that mentioned Barry’s residence in particular - it is astonishing that security wasn’t tighter. Then again, what can you expect from a Secret Service notable for exploits that  included frolicking with prostitutes while on a business trip.

Details are provided by The Guardian in a story entitled “Secret service criticised after White House intruder prompts evacuation” from which I excerpt the following:

An intruder who sparked an evacuation of the White House managed to get inside after jumping over the fence just minutes after President Obama had left, the US secret service said on Saturday.
The incident on Friday may have been the first time a fence-jumper has made it inside the US president's official residence, and it prompted fresh criticism of the secret service.

After scaling the fence on the north side of the White House, the intruder ran toward the building, ignoring calls from secret service agents to stop, spokesman Ed Donovan said. The 42-year-old man was apprehended just inside the north portico doors – the grand entrance that looks out over Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC.

Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of the House of Representatives oversight and government reform subcommittee on national security, called the incident "totally unacceptable" and said it was just one of a string of security failings on the secret service's watch.

"Unfortunately, they are failing to do their job," said Chaffetz, who is from Utah. "These are good men and women, but the secret service leadership has a lot of questions to answer."

"Was the door open?" he added, incredulously.

El Presidente had already left the building at the time of the security breach. The motives of Mr. Gonzalez have yet to be divulged. Perhaps it would be apropos that since Obama is the most Nixonian president since Tricky Dick himself that Gonzalez just felt like doing what Hunter S. Thompson once wrote of during Watergate and was "feeling a compulsion to do something like drive down to the White House and throw a bag of live rats over the fence".

The media have practically been accomplices to ISIS and every hysterical report of a beheading, a new video or some wild threat only plays into the hands of the extremist Islamist army. The grand poobah of the caliphate - Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi - has to be laughing his hairy ass off watching a fear-stricken American populace being terrified that there are terrorists hiding under their beds. It doesn’t even take an actual attack to accomplish the objective of terrorism by its actual definition when he has a ratings-driven mainstream media eating out of his hand. Pathetic but oh so predictable with the star-spangled sheep who have been conditioned to live in fear since September 11, 2001.

The Secret Service has such a dismal record under Obama that one has to wonder whether they are intentionally trying to expose him to danger. There was also that earlier breech with the 2009 crashing of a White House party by two uninvited guests. This kind of stuff just should not happen and is one more indication at how badly broken that this once great country is today.

What the Hell ever happened to that thing about the “land of the free” and the “home of the brave”?

American Gun Culture: Rambo Wanna Be Kills Cop and Flees into Mountains

During the ongoing decline of America there is never any shortage of tales of people and institutions doing crazy things and there is a doozy from Pennsylvania.  The bizarre story of one Eric Frein, who is described as an "anti- law enforcement survivalist" ambushed and murdered a Pennsylvania State Trooper and wounded another before melting away into the woods of the Pocono mountains. Frein, according to an acquaintance is possibly reenacting the movie "Rambo: First Blood" in his psychotic fantasy.  He is just another American who has become unable to separate the difference between TV, movies, violent video games and reality as the lurch towards economic, social and moral collapse continues.

According to a story from the website of a local paper, The News Eagle which is entitled "Details revealed on State police crime scene":

As was widely reported, Frein was charged on Tuesday as the suspect wanted for the murder of Corporal Bryon Dickson and attempted murder of Trooper Alex Douglass outside the Troop R, Blooming Grove barracks of the PA State Police. The manhunt for Frein continued into Thursday.
According to the affidavit, on Friday, Sept. 12, Cpl. Bryon Dickson was working the 3 p.m.- 11 p.m. shift and was in full uniform. At approximately 10:50 p.m., Cpl. Dickson was exiting the front door of the Blooming Grove station towards his vehicle which was parked in front of the station. As he exited the door, he immediately dropped to the ground, where he remained motionless.
These actions were observed on the station surveillance system.

About five minutes previously, PCO (Police Communications Officer, a civilian employee) Nicole Palmer arrived at the station to start her shift. She entered the front door and was on her way to the communication room. She said she observed Cpl. Dickson walk through the lobby towards the front door.
"Palmer states that she heard a noise which she related sounded like a firecracker," the affidavit reads. Looking out a window she saw Cpl. Dickson on the ground. She went outside and approached him, asking him what had happened. Cpl. Dickson was still alive; he informed her that he had been shot and needed help.

While attending to him, another shot was fired in the direction of the front entrance. Palmer saw a cloud of white residue on the lobby floor. She went back in to try and call 9-1-1 but was not successful. Shewent back to Cpl. Dickson; he asked her to get him inside but she was not able. She went back in to call for assistance.

Trooper Alex Douglass, also in full uniform, was just arriving for the 11 p.m.- 7 a.m. shift. Walking to the entrance, Tpr. Douglass saw Cpl. Dickson on the ground, who laid motionless. Douglass looked towards the station lobby, and immediately fell to the ground.

Tpr. Douglass was able to crawl into the lobby. Trooper William Fells, who was inside, retrieved Tpr, Douglass and brought him into the secure part of the station.

Video surveillance indicates there were four shots, which took about 90 seconds.

Members of the State Police Patrol Unit attempted to rescue Cpl. Dickson. Using a marked patrol SUV as a shield, they began to render medical assistance to Cpl. Dickson. He was subsequently declared deceased at the scene by the Pike County Coroner's Office.

massive police manhunt is currently under way for the shooter and I can pretty much guarantee that this is not going to end like it did in the movie. Frein has an obvious vendetta against law-enforcement and a history of anti-government and anti-police postings on the internet. Pennsylvania State Police have stated that the Frein has a "personal battle with law enforcement".

Now I am sure that there will be those whose knee-jerk reaction to this story will be to conflate legitimate critics of the American police state to being the equivalent of the nutball Frein. There will also be those who will point to this as justification for the militarizing of the police under the 1033 Program - because Hell,  if that police barracks would have just had an MRAP none of this would have happened. 

Nothing could be farther from that truth though and such comparisons only serve to normalize an obvious lunatic who is obsessed with movie violence and has run amok. The real truth is that there are legitimate concerns about the American police state. This is particularly evident with the rise in incidents of brutalitydepravity and dog shootings as well as the ongoing militarization of local police. In a way Frein may be a symptom of that very problem in that the rise of the police state only reinforces the existing pathology within such extremists.

My standard disclaimer is that when you live in a culture with the worship of guns borders on that of a religion is that you should never be surprised whenever there is an incident of a deranged individual using a gun to kill others. 

Living in the USA baby! 

Now The Government is Militarizing American Schools

Numerous stories have revealed that the militarization of the American police has expanded into the nation’s schools as well. The U.S. government’s 1033 program to offload surplus military gear on local civilian police forces is glaring evidence of just how far off the rails that the overreaction to the 9/11 attacks have gone. The mass expansion of the Big Brother style national surveillance state, the ongoing government war on civil liberties, the irrelevance of the Posse Comitatus Act and the arming of police as if they were on the streets of an occupied country is now well into its second decade.

The America of the past, one in which many of us took our freedoms for granted is gone forever. It has been replaced by the more a German style of state known as the "Heimat" - or as it is translated into English - “Homeland” . Now we have military weaponry entering into our schools which in any decent country should be a signal that it has all gone too far. Too bad that we no longer live in one.  It is a national nightmare from which there is no awakening.

John Whitehead of the civil rights organization The Rutherford Institute hits the bullseye in his latest article “An Unbearable and Choking Hell: The Loss of Our Freedoms in the Wake of 9/11” and I recommend that everyone read it. This is not a pinko, left-wing organization either so conservatives better get a fucking clue and quick. The Rutherford Institute regularly defends the defenseless against the abusers of power. They were a critical supporter of Paula Jones during her legal proceedings against the pervert president and pathological sex freak Slick Willie Clinton.  I excerpt the following from Whitehead's piece:

The Constitution has been steadily chipped away at, undermined, eroded, whittled down, and generally discarded to such an extent that what we are left with today is but a shadow of the robust document adopted more than two centuries ago. Most of the damage has been inflicted upon the Bill of Rights—the first ten amendments to the Constitution—which historically served as the bulwark from government abuse.

Set against a backdrop of government surveillance, militarized police, SWAT team raids, asset forfeiture, eminent domain, overcriminalization, armed surveillance drones, whole body scanners, stop and frisk searches, roving VIPR raids and the like—all sanctioned by Congress, the White House and the courts—a recitation of the Bill of Rights would understandably sound more like a eulogy to freedoms lost than an affirmation of rights we truly possess.

The spreading of the cancer of the militarized police state to those institutions where our children are educated (very poorly so) and a story from The Guardian builds on what Mr. Whitehead refers to.  The story, “US school districts given free machine guns and grenade launchers” states:

School police departments across the US have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine-resistant armoured vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles.
At least 26 school districts have participated in the Pentagon’s surplus program, which is not new but has come under scrutiny after police responded to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, with teargas, armour-clad military trucks and riot gear.

Amid that increased criticism, several school districts have said they will give some of the equipment back but others plan to keep it. Nearly two dozen education and civil liberties groups have sent a letter to the Pentagon and the justice and education departments urging a stop to transfers of military weapons to school police.

One of those school districts - Pinellas County, Florida -  has purchased a number of M16 combat rifles from the Pentagon program at a discounted price per a story from the local newspaper's website . The Tampa Bay Times reports that “Pinellas schools buy assault rifles from military surplus program” and cites the contrasting viewpoints of local officials:

School police Chief Rick Stelljes said his department has wanted to purchase M-16 rifles, which he calls "long guns," for at least two years but was prohibited by cost. He said the government's program allowed him to buy each rifle for $50, significantly less than the $900 to $1,000 he would have otherwise paid.

The Pinellas School District's in-house police department provides officers at 12 schools; many of the local police agencies that contract with the remaining school campuses already assign their officers M-16s, Stelljes said.

School police officers already carry .40-caliber semiautomatic pistols with them. But Stelljes said the M-16s are better suited for emergency situations — namely, taking down a school shooter.

Never mind that serious “school shooter” incidents are just another excuse, exactly like the bogeyman that the federal government conjured up after 9/11 to justify their power grab. It is only natural that once the locals get the guns and armored vehicles that they don’t want to give them back.

The Tampa Bay Times story also features a voice of reason and rational thinking from the St. Petersburg based school district’s counterparts across the bay in Tampa:

Hillsborough's school police chief, John Newman, said the M-16s didn't appeal to him.

"Unless you are flat-out responding to an active shooter, that's the only use. In schools, just to have it? It's not something I would subscribe to. First of all, it's a horrible optic. And the chances of needing it are very, very small. That's just me," Newman said.

He was also concerned about the storage of the rifles: "And then you are going to leave it on campus? Where someone could break in? That's over the top. And you're talking to a six-year SWAT team guy."

No Pinellas County School Board members contacted by the Tampa Bay Times responded to phone messages seeking comment.

If more local officials had the common sense of Mr. Newman we would not be on the edge of the abyss at the bottom of which rests the full-blown American fascist state. We are not there yet, but it is currently working out the kinks and any incident like another "terrorist" attack would lock it down. This is grim news given the rise of the Islamic State, ISIS, ISIL or whatever it calls itself on any given day.

An important concept that never seems to get much attention is that children who were born on or around September 11, 2001 have never really lived in the free society that the rest of us have. There is nothing that is a better form of conditioning to accept full blown fascism than in getting schoolchildren used to being around military style weapons and paramilitary forces from their earliest cognitive stages. The government schooling aside, which discourages creative thinking is bad enough but training children to accept fascism as the "new normal" is insidious.

As late author Sinclair Lewis so aptly put it: “It can happen here”.

Phony Democrats Exploit Minimum Wage Hike for Cheap Political Gain

The Democrats and particularly President Barack Obama have been politicking over raising the minimum wage in a transparent attempt to attract low-income voters. While it is understood that it is difficult to exist on the meager sum provided by jobs such as Wal-Mart greeters and Whopper floppers, the opposite side of the argument is that government forced wage hikes will only result in higher prices that will be passed on to the customers. Not to appear insensitive but if working at one of America's fast food chains or an emporium of made in China products does not provide a sufficient income then find another job or join the military. Not that there are many decent jobs anymore in America since the day that rapacious corporate bosses discovered offshoring which has been like crack cocaine to them ever since. The U.S. manufacturing base has been sent packing and the only businesses that truly thrive in the USA! USA! USA! are in financial chicanery, surveillance and the police state. 

Having found a winning issue look for more Democrat demagoguery over the minimum wage. It is a nice mix along with their bogus identity politics issues, the sudden interest in domestic violence now that two big name NFL players have been outed as wife and child beaters. There have already been strikes by fast food workers in several U.S. cities to demand higher wages but it is just more of the same false hope and chump change that Obama has been peddling to the suckers since he slithered into office on a carpet of lies. It isn't like the Democrats have actually done one damned thing to address the major problems of offshoring jobs and allowing Wall Street banksters to loot with impunity and as the late George Carlin so eloquently put it in his classic rant "The American Dream":

The table is tilted folks.  The game is rigged.  And nobody seems to notice.  Nobody seems to care.  Good, honest, hard working people. Blue collar, white collar, doesn't matter what color shirt you have on.  Good honest hard working people continue... these are people of modest means... continue to elect these rich cocksuckers who don't give a fuck about them.  They don't give a fuck about you.  They don't give a fuck about you.  They don't care about you.  At all.  At all.  At all.  And nobody seems to notice.  And nobody seems to care

Now the backlash is beginning as it inevitably would. Fast food and chain restaurants are beginning the process of going to automated systems which will eventually render the concept of a $15 per hour burger flipper obsolete and silly. Per a story that appeared in the Washington Post entitled "McDonald’s fresh hope to turn around slumping sales: Ordering burgers from a machine":

Battling the worst sales slump in a decade and competition from build-your-own upstarts like Chipotle and Smashburger, McDonald’s is expanding a test concept built around ordering via tablet. Just tap on a screen and watch as your burger’s toppings (and calories) pile on, then wait for an employee to bring it over. No human interaction necessary.

McDonald’s move towards dehumanization, launched as a pilot last winter and expanded across San Diego last week, is part of a larger trend of chain eateries turning tablets into your full-time restaurant buddy: equal parts menu, server and paycheck. Applebee’s, Panera Bread and even airport bars have installed tablets to allow diners to order food or booze without a wait.
Chili’s became the U.S. king of human-less ordering this summer when it installed more than 45,000 tabletop tablets nationwide. Marketing executives said the tablets can speed up service and operate like table-side billboards, encouraging impulse orders of appetizers and desserts. A spokesperson for Ziosk, which made the tablets, said guests who used them spent more money, finished quicker and paid better tips.  (The future, as one professor predicts: “Robot baristas, robot Realtors and robot sales agents.”)

While the WAPO story specifically speaks of customers being able to place their own orders (no more getting the wrong food at the drive-thru) a more seismic shift is coming. Michael Krieger of the Liberty Blitzkrieg blog recently wrote of the next iteration of the dehumanizing of fast food jobs. The piece which is entitled “360 Burgers per Hour” – Meet the Burger Flipping Robot that Could Change Fast Food Forever":

The main reason is that if employers are forced to pay these employee more, the employers in this industry are likely to move as quickly as possibly to fast-food preparing robots. This isn’t just some pie in the sky fantasy either, there’s a company called Momentum Machines that has already assembled a product that can make a burger in 10 seconds, or 360 burgers per hour.
Equally important, the entire argument of raising the minimum wage cannot be had without discussing the impact of technology. As I and many others have highlighted over the past several years, one of the most troubled segments of the U.S. economy consists of fast food workers. They simply cannot survive on the wages being paid to them by employers and need food stamps, disability and second jobs merely to make ends meet. In theory, raising the minimum wage will help these folks the most, but will it really? I think not.

As the saying goes, "be careful of what you ask for, you just may get it" and Democrat's sudden concern for a working class that they shanked in the back decades ago is nothing more than political pandering. Big businesses are rapidly adapting to implement new technology in order to eliminate the positions altogether. There are self-service checkout stands appearing in stores across the nation now. My local Wal-Mart neighborhood grocery store has them and they are great. It saves time and the upside to having to bag your own groceries is that no dumb ass is putting the potatoes in the same bag with the bread. The Wal-Mart greeters will likely be the next to be jettisoned, they are annoying and only are really needed on Black Friday to hold back the amped-up mobs of shoppers looking to score the door buster items.

Once again another great Obama idea goes up like a flaming bag of dog shit and the ones who get screwed in the end are the suckers who bought into it. But there will be plenty of jobs soon enough with the brilliant idea of funneling more arms to the Syrian rebels which will quickly end up in the hands of ISIS. The future of America is war and as such there is no greater big government employment program than bringing back the draft to provide those displaced fast food workers with new gigs.