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THE SUNDAY INTERVIEW: GENERAL OF THE SKIES NUULO ISDRIX, DIRECTOR LAAL HETHRI

Posted in DIANE VALENCEN OPINIONS, GENERAL OF THE SKIES NUULO ISDRIX, HOW HELL WORKS, LAAL HETHRI, THE SUNDAY INTERVIEW with tags , , , , on 20/07/2014 by Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.

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The unedited version of my interview with General of the Skies Nuulo Isdrix, Director Laal Hethri follows below

Diane Valencen: Good morning Director, I and my readers thank you for joining me so early this morning.

General of the Skies Nuulo Isdrix: It is my pleasure Diane, to sit down with you this morning.

Valencen: Let’s get started with the Israeli incursion on the ground in Gaza. How is this conflict going to be resolved in the view of the Laal Hethri over the coming weeks?

Isdrix: This has become somewhat a wildfire issue within my directorate. Some feel that it will burn itself out; others feel it will escalate having turned on another atrocity and become a wider regional war that could, potentially, become a global conflict of massively destructive proportions. There is no crystal orb which we can look into that will give us a definitive answer. Our best analysis is that the Israelis are willing to halt their ground operations if and only if Hamas ceases its rocket attacks. There is no opinion in my directorate that Hamas has any intention of halting their rocket attacks on Israel until they are either out of rockets or all other launch capability has been destroyed. I must be clear here that this conflict is a concern for our nation here in the Afterlife because we could see an escalation based on that second scenario I mentioned above bringing Iranian mercenaries into the conflict. Such an escalation could increase the loss of life to a critical tipping point for Hell.

Valencen: So do you personally support a brokered cease fire?

Isdrix: Personally, yes. The likelihood of such a cease fire is slim because I do not feel Hamas would honor it. They have no reason in their minds to stop the attacks and thus Israel has to hunt down the leaders of this action until peace comes by attrition which is very costly in Palestinian lives. And before you ask the next question I have to say that this is the fault of no one people this is such a mutual hatred which has festered for so much time that the only ways to resolve it is either mutual destruction or a mutual demilitarization meaning a peace accord that works. There are those on both sides who will never allow that peace to come–ever.

Valencen: There are the graphic images of the downing of Malaysia Airline flight 17 this past week and the fallout politically about who launched the SA-11 missiles from just inside the eastern Ukrainian border. How much of a threat to Terran peace is this event considering the handling of the crime scene by Russian backed rebels there?

Isdrix: What is happening in eastern Ukraine now is simply an unacceptable chaos. The rule of law does not exist there and I place the blame for this on the head of the Russian leader Vladimir Putin. This man is a threat to world peace because of his ambitions to reunite the breakaway republics of the former Soviet Union. He is not the man the Russian people need to be leading them at this time.

Valencen: Is the Laal Hethri working to some solution of the Putin problem?

Isdrix: [Laughs] I have no comment about that at this time.

Valencen: No comment? Is that a no then?

Isdrix: No comment from my directorate.

Valencen: On American domestic terror, are there any new developments that you can share on this front to my readers?

Isdrix: Unlike the agencies on Terra which swim toward the shiniest light. Does that translate from Hellac where it can be understood?

Valencen: Yes you mean like a school of fish?

Isdrix: Yes, exactly. These fish are focused on two things right now. We do not have that limitation in the Laal Hethri nor do we have the competition between agencies that many Western agencies have on Terra. The Laal Hethri and the Directat Javeth Nathux are a united front against all enemies to the stability of Hell. We do not have any pet states which we favor for economic, religious or racial reasons. My directorate is vigilant looking at all threats equally and soberly or else we would have to answer to the Empress for a failure rooted in bigotry or favoritism and I do not wish to be the demon who has to give that briefing. I will make an example of the threat to a sporting event in the United States five years ago that was thwarted because its size had grown so large that it nearly became public. This was an al Qaeda threat that was eliminated because of listening to the intelligence six years post the 11 September attacks. There have been incidents of chatter over the last six or so months that militia and secessionist groups are forming alliances that could become a threat to the United States and because of distractions which are less imminent or have an economic or political element which shadows the coming US elections it is being ignored. There is no reason for this which would allow America to be plunged into a shooting war between its own citizens. The Laal Hethri, as I have said earlier is vigilant.

Valencen: Thank you for your time this morning.

Isdrix: We must do this again, soon, in more pleasant times.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.
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DOING ANYTHING “LIKE A GIRL” IS TO DO SOMETHING AMAZING

Posted in COURAGE, HOW HELL WORKS, HUMAN BEAUTY, HUMAN BEINGS, HUMAN RIGHTS, JUSTICE on 27/06/2014 by Majordomo Pain

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THE CONSERVATIVE TAKE ON THE CULTURE WAR: “YEAH, YOU WON, PROGRESSIVES, BUT YOU CHEATED!”

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I am currently reading John Nolte’s article on 11 reasons the Left has not won the Culture War at Breitbart.com. Simply reading this is making my day because I love to laugh in the morning. Millions of conservatives have likely read this today and more than a thousand have commented. Those comments will be covered by Fred Schwartz later in the day.

Nolte begins with same sex marriage which I see as a full faith and credit legal issue not a moral and religious one. I don’t think, however, that any shop owner has a right to refuse service to a gay couple anymore than they have the right to refuse service to a person based on their race, religion, gender or disability. The author feels that the “voice of the people” has been tossed out in favor of the rulings of “activist judges.” In a bizarre twist John Nolte points to a rise in “Christian entertainment” as proof that Americans really do not want people they do not know of the same sex to get married. The singular example is the film “Heaven is for Real” which has grossed nothing yet because the film is to be released today. Nolte’s point is that Sony TriStar Pictures has decided to release the film on a Wednesday in 2,417 theaters. This film and others like it are one point Nolte shows as proof that on the topic of same sex marriage the Right is winning. I will make a claim here: Heaven is for Real will not make more money between its premiere and the end of the box office weekend than “Transcendence” will make from its opening until Sunday night on a theater by theater basis.

The next Culture War issue is the legalization of marijuana. Both Washington state and Colorado have legalized the weed most notorious to conservatives and more states are moving to decriminalize small amounts. Most recently the state of Maryland did just that becoming the first state south of the Dixon-Line to decriminalize pot. Fourteen other states and the District of Columbia have also done so. Nolte does not address any of the medical reasons for pot use or even recreational ones as a justification for a victory here in the Culture war. Instead he states that abortion rights activists are on their heels quoting an article on Breitbart.com no less about a poll conducted by the Knights of Columbus regarding abortion rights. The Gallup Polling Service numbers show that those who view themselves as pro-Life vice those that are pro-Choice are nearly equal at 48% to 45%. The numbers of those seeing abortion as federally defined from the same poll vice those who do not believe abortion should be legal at all is 52% vice 20% as of May 2013. Nolte loses this battle as well.

Nolte sticks with entertainment decrying the amount of sex on television but reveling in what he calls the return of the masculine male on the National Geographic Channel. These shows according to the author “celebrate the working class and their traditional values.” What he really means is they celebrate being white, Christian and living in the woods or where it’s very cold. The next “reason” the Right is winning the Culture War is the ascendancy of Jimmy Fallon to the Tonight Show as a counter to Stephen Colbert stepping into David Letterman’s slot after his retirement next year. There is no rhyme or reason to this at all.

The next nugget reveals something about conservatives. They like strong male characters. Nolte point to Don Draper [Mad Men] Walter White [Breaking Bad] and Tony Soprano [The Sopranos] as examples of these. They are called “flawed” and “anti-heroes” and I imagine that takes the guilt away for all the nudity, sex, drugs and violence which conservative say they are against on TV.

More entertainment, really? Miley Cyrus is popular but unions are dying says Nolte. I fear conservatives may never come out of this irrational abyss. As if the weakness of unions in America is a good thing for those working class people they say they love?

Conservative media is on the upswing says Nolte. Well get back to me in 20 years when most Fox News viewers are either dead or senile or have slaughtered their family. There is a trend in there demographically if you just take the time to look.

Women are getting birth control but conservatives have their guns! This is awful. War on women much? The fear of the Other is oozing here.

Nolte sees more money in politics as a solution to what ails the Right politically. No John, the key would be to make your tent bigger. Oh, that’s right you can’t do that because you’d have to let in all those brown people, women and gay people on a level playing field.

Yes, Occupy is dead but given time the TEA Party will wither as well. I think the date on that tombstone will be somewhere around 1 February 2017.

What John Nolte needs is a time machine so he can return to that conservative era of his father the 1950s. Back then by conservative standards women were in their place (not barefoot and pregnant but seen and not heard), minorities were second class citizens and it was a crime to be gay. It must be awful for John Nolte to have to watch as all that unearned privilege is redistributed in the form of earned civil rights.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil

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HOW HELL WORKS: THE COST OF BEING A CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRITE ON TERRA

Posted in CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, HOW HELL WORKS with tags on 29/01/2014 by Majordomo Pain

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A caution to the Conservative hypocrites who believe they are immune to Justice . . .

Mind the Gap.

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HOW PROGRESSIVES CAME TO ELECTORAL POWER IN AMERICA

Posted in BIGOTRY, BIRTHERISM, CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION IN AMERICA?, CIVIL RIGHTS, CLASS WARFARE, CONSERVATIVE ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM, CONSERVATIVE BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE LIES, CONSERVATIVE NEWS, CONSERVATIVE RESISTANCE TO FACT CHECKING, DEATH PANELS, DEBT CEILING, DIVERSITY, DREAM ACT, FASCISM, FEARSPEAK, FRED SCHWARTZ OPINIONS, GLBTQ RIGHTS, GONZO JOURNALISM, GOP, GOP AS A MINORITY PARTY, GOP MELTDOWN, GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION, GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA, HOW HELL WORKS, HOW THE RIGHT SEES THE 47%, HUMAN BEAUTY, HUMAN BEINGS, HUMAN RIGHTS, HUNTER S THOMPSON, IN HINDSIGHT, JOURNALISM, JUSTICE, LAAL HETHRI, NAACP, OFFICE OF THE TORTURER GENERAL, PRESIDENT OBAMA, PRIEST SEXUAL ABUSE, PROGRESSIVES ON THE MARCH, RACE AND POLITICS IN AMERICA, REBUT BLOGSFORVICTORY, REVISIONIST HISTORY, SARAH PALIN, SCOTUS, SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO, TEA PARTY, THE CANCER OF HATE, THE CULTURE WARS, THE DEMOGRAPHICS FAVOR PROGRESSIVES, THE GOP GENDER GAP, THE GREATER FOOL, THE HELLAC BILL OF RIGHTS, THE IGNORANT TENTH, THE WAR ON WOMEN, THEOCRACY, THINGS THAT MAKE CONSERVATIVES ANGRY, WE DON'T HAVE TO MAKE THIS SHIT UP, WE SEE YOU, WELFARE REFORM, WELFARE REFORM LIES FROM THE RIGHT, WHITE LIKE ME, WHITE PRIVILEGE, WILLIAM J LOGAN JR, WOMEN'S RIGHTS, WORLD NET DAILY with tags , , on 26/01/2014 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

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Amazona there is a difference between taking a short cut to the Moral High Ground and actually looking out from the Moral High Ground. I’ll give you this point you are absolutely right that it is as simple as voting for Progressive or Liberal candidates to get your moral superiority biscuit. As a group Progressives do stand for good things. Being against poverty, torture, corruption, misogyny, bigotry, abuse aren’t simply things that Progressives are against though. Conservatives are also against many of these societal scourges.

This is where things get confusing and clearly why conservatives are tripped up and find themselves unpopular both electorally and in general. Progressives don’t require a purity test, a loyalty test, or a religious affiliation to walk into our tent. Conservatives with their messages about tax rates being too high should, on that issue alone, have had a way in to the minds of the moderates and independents out there but for some reason they have a social agenda that is more important to them than the economic agenda.

Issues like same sex marriage, abortion and immigration are where conservatives fail simply because their tent is not as inclusive. I’m not going to be so closed minded as to say that this is because of some grand bigoted conspiracy but it is what it is. Conservatives offer little to blacks, Latinos, members of the LGBTQ community, single mothers or the non religious. The coalition that has been built by conservatives since the fall of Nixon of working class whites in the rural West and South and a few upper middle class and wealthy whites who have an agenda driven by heredity and inheritance. This coalition had a majority during the Reagan era and had the Moral High Ground in the dying age of the Cold War. This coalition drove America forward to a conservative vision that likely thought that with political power would come the power to change society; to pull it back from the brink. At this point in Reagan’s second term no one would have imagined that 18 states and the District of Columbia would recognize the marriage rights of same sex couples.

And yet, thirty years later, here you are in an America that seems nearly alien to you. Looking up at people like me who are standing on top of the mountain of Morality. What happened? Is the question most of you are asking and that is the smartest question you can ask and it has an easy answer. Three decades ago, the Greatest Generation were the electoral force in America. They were more conservative than even you Amazona having never dabbled in the experimentation of the 1960s and 1970s with Liberalism as you have said you did. These men and women who were adults in the 1940s and 1950s were around your age now in the 1980s and Reagan was an ultimate relief to them. Hey were afraid the Greatest were that all of their hard work to secure freedom and liberty for the coming generations of THEIR CHILDREN was going to wasted by the creeping Socialism, Diversity and Depravity that they saw in Liberalism.

The answer is obvious what happened. Those from the Greatest Generation had children, the Baby Boomers, and those Boomers had children in the 1970s. Those Generation X children had children Generation Y, or the Millenials. Being born now to the Generation Y women are the Digital Natives of the information age or Gen Z kids. The easy answer to the question of what happened to fear of authoritarian religious, political or corporate power is the last generation that never questioned them has nearly died entirely and has been replaced with an ever more questioning set of grandchildren.

Those grandchildren continued the trend of questioning all authority that began in the 1960s into the new Millennium. I’ll be the first to admit that the War on Poverty was a failure because it simply threw money at a problem that could not be solved so simply. However, in that time the Greatest Generation still held sway on all matters social and the ground was not yet fertile for the sort of change that one sees today.

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In Hindsight
On my side of the great political divide Progressives worry about the pendulum swinging back toward conservatism on a daily basis. Maybe the generation that will be born to young girls that are infants now in America in the 2030s and 2040s will hearken back to the nostalgic days of the 1940s and 1950s. Who knows? By the time they go to the polls for the first time they will live in an America so saturated in information both for the good and the bad that the messages that resonated with 21 year olds in 1945 will seem as archaic as silent movies do today.

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HOW HELL WORKS: THIS HAPPENS IN DIS AT LEAST TWICE A DAY

Posted in HOW HELL WORKS on 30/12/2013 by Cavalor Epthith, Esquire, D.S.V.J

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PROTESTS IN KIEV AND BANGKOK

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I have been debating, I use that term loosely, Amazona at Blogs4Victory over the past few days about what course is right for America politically. I have been watching the events in both the Ukraine and in Thailand closely over the past few days in context with Amazona’s staunch conservative values. This leads me to clear conclusion, and trust me I am as shocked as you are that I have had this moment of clarity. I understand fully now what conservatives need to do to get their way politically in America. They must do what the Ukrainians and the Thais have done– take to the streets.

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I understand that this is easier said than done. Americans in the past few decades have grown moribund in their desire to rock the boat politically in the form of mass protests. I large part of this is that protests in America are generally astroturfed events that are born in the minds of those who have too much political power already and far too much money to throw around. The TEA party has staged several events for politically profitable reasons just this year and the causes they “fought” for have been quickly forgotten and the right has moved on to their fallback positions of bigotry and pushing wealth up the hill to the 1% who care very little about the bottom 50%.

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The left has done no better. The Occupy Wall Street movement too is less about informing voters or agitating than it is about shouting at the wall that is runaway capitalism and greed simply for greed’s sake. These things have to change in America no matter which side wins this major ideological war in American politics. Too much time is being wasted debating people like Amazona who while she admits that she was a Liberal in the halcyon days of her youth and admits as well that she had “bad experiences” and not invested in informing the American people that they actually have choices and don’t have to listen to the loudest voices shouting in the theater that is actually not on fire.

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If America were as a ablaze as the conservatives believe it is things like the Knockout Game would be wider spread events instead of random acts of violence. Real issues like the constipation of the job market would be sources of outrage to both Liberals and Conservatives instead of brickbats they use to place blame. The goal really shouldn’t be who wins the grand debate about abortion, gay rights, gun control quantitative easing, the national debt or even what happened in Benghazi last year. The goal is to find a way to renew the power that the middle class held firmly in their graps for the better part of the 20th Century.

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Now I know that sounds terribly nostalgic coming from a guy who regularly pounds conservatives over their desire for the good old days but in this case it fits. If the American Right wants to make their belief that America isn’t being run according to the Constitution they need to push away from their computers and smartphones and take to the streets. They need to cast off FreedomWorks and Rush Limbaugh and speak for themselves and let the rest of the nation hear their voices clearly. In doing this they do not need a united front but a united spirit like that being displayed today in the streets of Kiev and Bangkok. Only then will those in the political middle and the young take them seriously. A great man once said, “politics ain’t beanbag” and that witticism still rings true today.

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In Hindsight
Personally, I doubt if people like Amazona are going to do this because in the end they don’t want life to be better for all Americans because the only people they feel are “true Americans” are those who share their wish to have more power than they deserve under the terms and conditions that they can accept because of their moral, religious or political beliefs. As a Progressive, I feel that if Americans have a bit more skin in the game, and if the wealthy were to dip their toe in the pool of wealth redistribution just a bit the government could back off a little and allow for a new age of technological prosperity unseen in the history of Terra. There is a lesson for everyone here– if you want change, real change, you have to willing to risk everything.

Pax Terra!

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MY REPLY TO AMAZONA ON IRAN’S NUCLEAR AMBITION

Posted in BLOGS 4 VICTORY, CONSERVATIVE ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM, CONSERVATIVE BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE INCITEMENT TO VIOLENCE, CONSERVATIVE LIES, CONSERVATIVE NEWS, COUNTER-SHAI'TANISM, COUNTER-THEOCRACY, CRIME IN AMERICA, FRED SCHWARTZ OPINIONS, GONZO JOURNALISM, GOP, GOP AS A MINORITY PARTY, GOP MELTDOWN, GUN CONTROL, GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA, HOW HELL WORKS, IRAN with tags , on 10/11/2013 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

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Amazona,

I’m not ignoring anything that Iran has done or is planning to do but you are ignoring history. In America’s blind drive to get where it thought it would be in 2013 the American government overthrew m any governments. It is very likely you were alive when the US CIA overthrew the Mossadegh government in 1953 over the product of oil. This was okay because America wanted an ally in the region to fight communism and access to the petroleum riches in Persia. The return of the corrupt Pahlavis was the cause of the Iranian revolution just as America’s support for Bin Laden was the eventual cause of 9/11. None of that matters to you as a modern far right conservative you simply choose to ignore all of this history and fact because it doesn’t fit neatly into what your fathers thought the world would be today.

Ahmadinejad is no longer the President of Iran and I do not believe the ultimate goal of the Shi’a Iranian government is anymore unreasonable than the ideals held in the minds of religious Americans that they need an Israeli state to exist so that they can be raptured. Both are ridiculous and irrational notions especially when you consider that I am a Jew. My question is what happens to my people if your people are the “chosen ones?” The triumph of Christianity? The triumph of Islam? Why not the triumph of defeating poverty? Of defeating illness? Of defeating war with a triumph of Peace?

Mental patients can get guns in most places in the United States. This is one of the things that actually does make me angry about the state of my former country. I have to go back to the creeping fear that lies in the minds of the children of those men who could not stand a world that had men like Mossadegh and Allende in power and let’s not even mention Castro or this comment will get far to detailed for you to tolerate ideologically. You see communist and socialist aren’t slurs to me and never will be. I honestly do believe that America would be a better country if you solved problems with diplomacy and language vice shooting someone in the head even if that someone is your ex wife kids and dogs.

Laws are made, they should be made to better Society as a whole not to reinforce the beliefs of the majority. Those outside the majority have rights as well. You want guns to hunt? Fine You want guns to kill innocent people and steal from those who have more than you? Not so fine. I have no idea why guns are so important to Americans simply because a document says you can bear them. But, whatever, keep your guns and keep killing each other off because of divorce, or drugs or stupidity or the moral decay of inhumanity that creeps in to your mind when you realize you’ll never rise to be a second class citizen in a first class nation. Yes, I would take your guns away. Lucky for you I don’t make the rules. Yet.

So what makes your rights, sovereign, to have an arsenal or firearms any different from another nation wishing to have weapons either offensive or defense to protect their own national interests? Would you be keen on the idea of the Swiss determining that gun violence is a threat to global commerce and thereby demanding that China, France, England and Russia sit down with a delegation of American diplomats to figure out how to disarm the American people? Oh and let’s just throw in the sanction that would cripple America—no more oil imports until the problem is resolved. I bet you’d be crying from the top of your barn for green energy solutions then.

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I get that someone like you is appalled by the facts of my own social life and that I am not “ashamed” of what I am. Sorry for your bad luck in that because you are simply one Human Being among seven plus billion and your opinion while it counts out to several decimal places has no bearing in power on how I live my life nor should it. I work for Liberal ideals of Peace and Freedom not the Conservative ideals of Control and the Power that can be accumulated from that Control. The language of my homeland? Really? Why do you care? Who I sleep with? Why do you care if not to want to use it as an archaic means by which to shame a currency that is losing value more and more among the two demographics that conservatives can never win back in your dwindling lifetime—the young and women. It is you Amazona not me that is living in a fantasy world one driven by religion and ideas that have long since been cast aside in the new digital technological age. Sit down and talk to an 18 year old from a place with more people in their suburbs than you have in your county and you’ll see what America has become while you worshipped Reagan’s method and knew nothing of his means. That conversation will wipe the scales from even your eyes if you can put aside your fear long enough to listen.

As always I’ll sign off in Hellac:

Profexus ut Liberj [Progress and Liberty]

Puerje futurux [The children are the future]

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil! [May you never suffer!]

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THE MEDITATORS SPEAK: A RESPONSE TO RON MAPES OF CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE

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Yesterday Ron Mapes of Concord, New Hampshire wrote the following letter to the editor of the Concord Monitor:

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that, ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”– Sen. Barack Obama, March 2006

I think this statement by Obama, failed leader of this nation, pretty much explains to all honest, true red-blooded American patriots who love God and country what exactly is wrong with the United States of America right now. The time for Obama’s impeachment is now; the proof is there many times over. It’s time to get rid of those we elected last time and bring in honest, faithful political leaders who have the guts to get the job done and get it done right the first time.

It’s obvious those we elected last time were bought and paid for, not elected. Wake up and get it right this time.

Mr Mapes selectively quotes then Senator Obama’s speech of 16 March 2006 on the floor of the United States Senate. The full text of that speech is archived here at Snopes.com. The point the letter writer is trying to make is not a simple one, however, We, Ourselves, see the message as very clear. President Obama, to Mr Mapes and millions of other like minded Americans, is not an honest person. To the conservative element bent on having its way despite being a retrograde minority view sees the 44th President of the United States as the antithesis of a “true red blooded American patriot.” The leader of the free world therefore to the far right does not love the G-d that all conservative white Americans worship on this very day. And most definitively this man that was twice elected President does not love the country despite garnering 135 million votes in those two elections and presiding over the most difficult economic recovery in American since the Great Depression.

Mapes says the time for Impeachment of the sitting president is now. We, Ourselves of The Collective and the Meditators feel America, to use a popular colloquialism has bigger fish to fry. We believe that those who believe as this man does are fighting a war long lost on behalf of the memory of those long dead who reaped the benefits of generations of misogyny, bigotry and power concentrated in the hands of a tribally loyal few. The Collective understands that there is huge profit in telling people with closed minds exactly what they want to hear. Rush Limbaugh has made a career of doing just that. We, Ourselves, would ask you, the reader of this post, what has Limbaugh ever offered as a solution to any of the problems that America has today? Better, when his ideology ruled in Washington did he do anything other than to support his side blindly?

The Meditators often ask why people, no matter how tribally motivated do such things? We ask the same question in regard to minority violence in urban centers all across America? But unlike the far right which seeks only to blame others for its ills while offering nothing new as a solution, We Ourselves do strive to put measures forth to stem the suffering of the American middle class. Ron Mapes ideology is not the disease it is a symptom of the inability for a segment of America not to be able to let go of the need to have someone to struggle against vice joining the fight for Progress. Trillions have been wasted on the War on Drugs and the War on Poverty which were doomed without utilizing the proper tools. The solutions to both are legalization and education. To be a member of free society demands both responsibility and sacrifice and to that end ideological conservatives and thugs that want to hurt people and damage property are joined at the hip. Neither see what they are doing to their reputations as a group as harm because they are enjoying their moment in the sun.

Impeachment is not the solution to the problems that Ron Mapes sees that are a cancer in America, because Obama is not the problem. The problem in America now is that the conservative ideologues on Main Street USA have taken the Middle Class hostage piled them onto a train speeding toward a mountain tunnel where the poor are forced to roam and are smiling all the way to the bank with overflowing campaign coffers thanks to Citizens United. If you want more freedom and prosperity in America do not vote for the party that wants to send America back to back alley abortions, racial segregation and criminal prosecutions for LGBT persons; vote for a party that wants all people to be at least middle class and if you falter will be there with a safety net to allow you to reach for the brass ring. Bruce Currie who comments on the letter makes the obvious even more clear:\

This letter illustrates the extent to which some in this country are completely divorced from reality–when it comes to economics, politics, and virtually anything that requires coherent thought. That’s a summary description of those who identify as Tea Party members or their fellow travelers. Ted Cruz and his merry band of pranksters have led the Republican Party to the brink–and are taking the country with it. They’re getting hammered in the polls, and dragging the greater Republican Party down with them. Their recklessness is hurting millions of Americans who depend on the government, and yet we have some here who are cheering them on, and blaming the president and the Democrats for what is entirely the fault of a few extremist Republicans. Have they no appreciation for facts and the truth? Have they no shame?

Does this sound familiar?

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

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BEFORE TERRA CHANGED THE NEWS OF THE DAYS PRIOR TO SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

Posted in FRED SCHWARTZ OPINIONS, HOW HELL WORKS, IN HINDSIGHT with tags , , , , , on 08/09/2013 by Fredrick Schwartz, D.S.V.J., O.Q.H. [Journ.]

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I’ve been working on this post for the better part of five years and today I am finally ready to write what should have been very easy to do since we started this little Hell to Terra exchange eight years ago. There have been a lot of people her in Dis who have asked me what the news would have been like on September 11, 2001 had there been no terror attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. Hopefully from examining some of the news in the week that led up to the attacks I can piece that together for you.

We start out with the New York Times, as they have one of the most robust archive systems, on the morning of September 4, 2001. On that day Judith Miller writes about the US germ warfare program that may have been testing the international ban on the development of biological weapons. Here’s an excerpt:

Over the past several years, the United States has embarked on a program of secret research on biological weapons that, some officials say, tests the limits of the global treaty banning such weapons.

The 1972 treaty forbids nations from developing or acquiring weapons that spread disease, but it allows work on vaccines and other protective measures. Government officials said the secret research, which mimicked the major steps a state or terrorist would take to create a biological arsenal, was aimed at better understanding the threat.

The projects, which have not been previously disclosed, were begun under President Clinton and have been embraced by the Bush administration, which intends to expand them.

Earlier this year, administration officials said, the Pentagon drew up plans to engineer genetically a potentially more potent variant of the bacterium that causes anthrax, a deadly disease ideal for germ warfare.

The experiment has been devised to assess whether the vaccine now being given to millions of American soldiers is effective against such a superbug, which was first created by Russian scientists. A Bush administration official said the National Security Council is expected to give the final go-ahead later this month.

Two other projects completed during the Clinton administration focused on the mechanics of making germ weapons.

In a program code-named Clear Vision, the Central Intelligence Agency built and tested a model of a Soviet-designed germ bomb that agency officials feared was being sold on the international market. The C.I.A. device lacked a fuse and other parts that would make it a working bomb, intelligence officials said.

At about the same time, Pentagon experts assembled a germ factory in the Nevada desert from commercially available materials. Pentagon officials said the project demonstrated the ease with which a terrorist or rogue nation could build a plant that could produce pounds of the deadly germs.

Both the mock bomb and the factory were tested with simulants — benign substances with characteristics similar to the germs used in weapons, officials said.

A senior Bush administration official said all the projects were ”fully consistent” with the treaty banning biological weapons and were needed to protect Americans against a growing danger. ”This administration will pursue defenses against the full spectrum of biological threats,” the official said.

The treaty, another administration official said, allows the United States to conduct research on both microbes and germ munitions for ”protective or defensive purposes.”

Some Clinton administration officials worried, however, that the project violated the pact. And others expressed concern that the experiments, if disclosed, might be misunderstood as a clandestine effort to resume work on a class of weapons that President Nixon had relinquished in 1969.

Simultaneous experiments involving a model of a germ bomb, a factory to make biological agents and the developoment of more potent anthrax, these officials said, would draw vociferous protests from Washington if conducted by a country the United States viewed as suspect.

Administration officials said the need to keep such projects secret was a significant reason behind President Bush’s recent rejection of a draft agreement to strengthen the germ-weapons treaty, which has been signed by 143 nations.

I can’t remmeber the last time I heard anyone mention this gray area in the US policy regarding biological weapons. Of course, we all know that 13 days later the first anthrax letter was found in a Florida newsroom and these attacks led to five deaths. The blame for these attacks and the deaths were laid at the feet of one Bruce Edwards Ivins, a researcher in biodefense at the United States Army Medical Institute for Infectious Disease Research [USAMRIID]. To this day neither the Laal Hethri of anyone independent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been able to confirm Ivins’ role in these attacks or have they duplicated the nature of the anthrax and the medium in with it was contained.

From the LA Times letters to the editor there was this from Jay Stevens of Long Beach, CA on September 5, 2011:

Re “A Separation of Church and Hate,” Sept. 1: As I read this article about the Church of the National Knights in Osceola, Ind., and the damage this church is doing to its neighbors’ peace of mind and property values, I couldn’t help wondering if this faith-based organization would be eligible for federal tax dollars to provide social services under President Bush’s proposal.

I would be very much opposed to my tax dollar going to the Church of the National Knights, but if the federal government uses tax dollars to fund faith-based organizations and state and federal prohibitions against discrimination are waived for sectarian groups, what would prevent these hatemongers and followers of Hitler from receiving federal funds?

Jay Stevens

\o7 Long Beach

I just find that this was a curious reaction the the Bush Faith Based Initiatives idea.

On Spetember 7, 2001 Constance Hays writes this article on the state of the US retail sales market for the month of August 2001:

The federal tax rebates, which were supposed to stimulate demand for consumer goods, failed to transform America’s shoppers into bigger spenders in August, resulting in disappointing sales for many stores and renewing fears that the December holiday shopping season will be one of the most lackluster in years.

Sales over all rose 2.8 percent for the month, according to the Goldman, Sachs retail composite index issued yesterday, but sales at many department stores fell, as expected. Consumers appeared to head instead for discounters like Wal-Mart Stores and T. J. Maxx, a unit of TJX, if they were going to part with their cash. But even Wal-Mart executives, who had offered to cash the rebate checks for shoppers right in their stores, said on Wednesday that there had been no ”overly significant” impact on sales as a result.

”The tax rebates have been a nonevent,” said Shari Schwartzman Eberts, a retail analyst for J. P. Morgan. Even President Bush acknowledged last month that instead of rushing to the nearest mall to spend his own rebate, he had given it away to an unspecified charity.

Wal-Mart’s same-store sales grew 7 percent in August, according to Goldman, Sachs, while Target’s same-store sales increased 2.4 percent. Shares of Wal-Mart fell $1.78, to $47.37.

Kmart, the nation’s second-largest discounter after Wal-Mart, increased same-store sales 0.2 percent, according to the Goldman, Sachs index. Costco Wholesale’s same-store sales rose 4 percent.

Inside the no-frills discounters, customers appear to be cutting back their spending. ”America has become a nation of bargain-hunters, but not only that, they are buying less than they bought last year,” said Kurt Barnard, president of Barnard’s Retail Trend Report.

Continuing worry about the economy, and personal concern about job layoffs, have made many consumers skittish about spending money, Mr. Barnard and others said. Many companies are announcing second rounds of layoffs as the economy continues to falter, and shoppers tend to put off purchases if they do not think they will have the income to pay for them.

”Job layoffs and the news surrounding job layoffs have affected consumer confidence,” said Jeffrey Feiner, a retail analyst with Lehman Brothers. ”The discounters did better, reflecting the fact that people are trading down.”

The last part of this quote from the Hays article is what I find most interesting. Jeffrey Feiner was at Lehman Brothers and you know what happened to Lehman Brothers in mid September 2008. Don’t worry though Feiner is doing just find teaching at Columbia Business School and working for Brett Barrakett’s Tremblant Capital Group. maybe some of the early signs that the housing market was slipping and that the stimulus offer by the Bush administration wasn’t enough might have been bigger news had 9/11 not happened.

In more business news the US unemployment rate rose in August 2001 to 4.9% up sharply from 4.5% the previous month. In David Leonhardt’s article of September 9, 2001, Wall Streeters and economists build a gloomy sand castle that was washed away when America was attacked:

The nation’s unemployment rate jumped sharply in August to 4.9 percent from 4.5 percent in July, the biggest one-month rise since the spring of 1995, dashing hopes that the bleak economic climate was starting to improve.

The 4.9 percent jobless rate in August, according to the government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, was the highest since mid-1997. Businesses eliminated more than 100,000 jobs last month, suggesting that the economy remained at risk of falling into a recession. And companies, in an effort to halt steep profit declines, made more cuts this summer in the hours their employees worked.

“The economy is facing bigger threats than we had thought,” said Jim Glassman, a senior economist at J. P. Morgan Chase. “It’s a very weak picture.”

The grim economic news prompted a hastily arranged appearance by President Bush on the White House grounds yesterday, where he sought to assure the public he was aware of the human toll the job losses were taking. [Page A9.]

“I want the American people to know we’re deeply concerned about the unemployment rates and we intend to do something about it,” said Mr. Bush, who has long been aware that the nation’s last recession at least in part caused his father to lose his 1992 bid for re-election.

Mr. Bush called for a “growth plan” to reverse the downturn, but offered no specifics beyond pushing policies that he has advocated before. He urged Congress to move on his proposals for increased energy production and to give him more leeway in negotiating international trade agreements.

The job figures prompted a broad sell-off on Wall Street, and the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index fell to its lowest level in almost three years. The dollar also dropped against the euro, and economists said that the Federal Reserve was now likely to keep cutting interest rates until signs of a rebound emerge. [Page C1.]

A month ago, the Labor Department had offered some reason for optimism, finding that manufacturers in July cut the fewest jobs in almost a year and reporting a rise in the number of people in the labor force — those with a job or actively seeking one. But the August numbers erased nearly all of the hopeful signs.

“Today’s unemployment numbers are obviously higher than expected,” Elaine L. Chao, the secretary of labor, said. “It’s disappointing and sobering.”

Manufacturing companies — hurt badly by the plunge in business investment and by the strong dollar, which makes it harder to compete against foreign goods — accounted for the entire August decline in jobs.

Since early last summer, factories have cut more than one million jobs, or 5.4 percent of their payrolls, and fewer people now work in a manufacturing plant than at any time since 1964. The South and the Midwest have been hardest hit by the manufacturing slump.

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This is just a tip of the iceberg from what will be a series of columns. They serve a purpose to inform what could have been “big news” had the really “big news” not happened. I’m not trying, as many have in the Terran and Hellac press have, to show that there were omens foretelling the planes flying into the towers. I’m just trying to show what the other stories were and where America’s head was before all Hell broke loose and the dinosaur realized its tail had been lopped off.

Pax Terra!

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