Archive for August, 2006

Sorry, We the People Can Not Afford Bribe Money!

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

Somebody tell me what possible legitimate reason can Time Warner have for paying for a trip for a Supreme Court Justice? There is no way common citizens can afford to financially compete for the attention of judges and politicians when there are so many rich lobbyists and powerful corporations buying the time and the attention of the people who are supposed to represent us and uphold the law. It is very clear that money is the only thing that speaks these days.

Maybe the people need to form a lobby. Let’s just call it the Bribery Lobby. At least we will be honest about our intentions. There are very few pubic officials left who actually work for the public so let’s get smart about this. After all, most people are not willing to beat them, so they might as well join them.  Think about it!

Scalia discloses 24 expense-paid trips

Justice Antonin Scalia was the Supreme Court’s most frequent traveler last year with 24 expense-paid trips that took him as far as Ireland, Italy, Turkey and Australia.
Law schools and legal groups paid for most of Scalia’s travel, although Italian heritage organizations, media giant Time Warner Inc., the Roman Catholic Diocese of Louisiana and the Juilliard School also covered some trips.

The information was included in Scalia’s financial disclosure report, filed earlier this month. The other eight justices’ finances for 2005 were disclosed in June. Scalia received an extension.

Scalia also is one of at least six millionaires among the nine justices, with assets of $1.1 million to $2.6 million.

The bulk of his holdings are in a trust valued at $500,000 to $1 million, a money market fund with $250,000 to $500,000, and a retirement fund from his days as a law professor that is worth $100,000 to $250,000.

Scalia supplemented his $203,000 annual court salary with $21,900 for part-time teaching and a book review in the conservative journal First Things.

He traveled twice to Italy in 2005, spending a week in Rome and Palermo, Italy, in May courtesy of the National Italian American Foundation. Scalia returned to Rome in September for a conference. That trip was paid by an organization called the Mentor Group.

Trinity College in Melbourne, Australia, paid for Scalia’s trip Down Under in October. The National University of Ireland in Galway sponsored Scalia in February. The University of Kansas School of Law sent the justice to Istanbul, Turkey, for 11 days in July.

Like other federal officials, the justices each year report their assets, including gifts and earnings, but in broad ranges of thousands of dollars instead of exact amounts. In addition, the justices are required to provide some details of reimbursements they receive for travel.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy took 15 expense-paid trips and Justice Stephen Breyer made 14 in 2005.

The other millionaires on the court are Chief Justice John Roberts, Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, David Souter, John Paul Stevens and Breyer. Justice Samuel Alito might be in that category as well, with assets of $665,000 to $1.7 million.

Justices are paid $203,000 each year. The chief justice’s salary is $212,100.

So How Should We Payback the Media?

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

I am obviously very angry at the corporate media. If I had my way with them…let’s just say things would get messy. So I ask you…what is a just way to address their lies and deception?

Use this as another example that made me want to become very violent: Brownie, you know, the guy who did a “heck of a job” as head of FEMA during hurricane Katrina, just came out and told the public that the Bush administration wanted him to lie about the failings of the White House in handling that disaster. The media virtually ignored this, as they have every single piece of evidence exposing the lies and crimes of the Bush administration. How are we supposed to feel about this? Where are we supposed to direct our anger?

I have been perhaps the only media critic that does not advocate fighting corporate media. My approach is to expose by educating the people as to how to spot the deception, therefore rendering them useless. But in the meantime where are we supposed to direct our anger at them? Are we just supposed to let it go?

I am not advocating a revolution in this nation, although we surely can use one, but if one ever does show up you can all head to D.C. and take it back from the criminals. I will head on over to the network headquarters in New York. Until them I’ll just keep exposing the criminals in the media. Maybe when enough people know a justified action may be taken! Think about it!

Why Worry About a Shadow Government?

Monday, August 28th, 2006

I think a clear case exists for accepting the fact that America, and perhaps the world is ruled for the most part by unelected officials and organizations. Central banks, Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bilderberg group, the Illuminati, take your pick.  Most political decisions are made outside of the democratic political process completely out of site of the citizens of the world.

Well I have news for you; our official government is conducting itself like a shadow government these days. We don’t have to debate the notion of an outside shadow government anymore because our so called elected government is increasingly shifting its operations into the shadows. Virtually all areas of our government that are under the control of the Bush administration are suddenly hiding information that had been considered public for as long as we can remember. I can not even to begin to list the “secret” programs launched by the Bush administration and I don’t think there is enough time left in the century to list the public information that has been reclassified as secret by this sinister administration.

And for those of you who think this is being don’t for “national security” reasons, any rudimentary look at what is being reclassified as secret will pretty much convince you that this is more of an effort to hide evidence of crimes, lies and other outrages committed by the Bush administration.  Think about it!

What do we Need to See?

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

What exactly has to happen before we openly admit that the Bush administration is running a dictatorship? How much public information has to be declared off hands to the American public before we admit that we are not living in a democracy? How much longer will we permit Congress and our judiciary to continue their obliteration of our democracy? Think about it!

Probe: New Definition

Friday, August 25th, 2006

It seems to me that sometime during the past five or six years someone changed the definition of the word “probe.” It seems that the new definition means that someone or some authority will be looking into a wrongdoing for the purpose of doing nothing about it. Think about it!

U.S. Military: Not Loyal; Obedient!

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

To witness the members of the military profess their loyalty to the current Commander in Chief and Republican Congress is like watching an abused woman stand by her abuser.

These soldiers are either masochists who appreciate being lied to, abused and under-funded, or they are oblivious to reality. On the other hand perhaps they are just doing what the Nazi soldiers claimed to be doing, following orders.

I have a feeling that the troops are trained to be obedient, not loyal, because one can only be loyal to ones’ own. When someone is abusing you or lying to you they are no longer worthy of loyalty. Loyalty is conditional upon ones’ being worthy of loyalty. But if you are ordered to stand by your leader regardless if that leader is good to you or good for you, you are being obedient.

So let’s call it what it is…our military is obedient, not loyal, for if they were loyal they would be loyal to their nation, not to an insane idiot who took control of the nation via electoral coup! Think about it

UPDATED:

REFERENCE:  Supporting the Troops

Destroying Bliss – My Meeting With an Old Friend Last Night

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

I had dinner with a friend that I have not seen for over a year. He works at a music shop and he and his wife really enjoy playing poker at Atlantic City. During dinner we spoke about a lot of things, including lots of poker talk and some things about what I have been doing.

As usual I feared looking like I was insane. Whenever I am with someone who does not have a clue that life is different than they tell you on TV people like me risk looking crazy.

I told him that I have been doing some public speaking about 9/11. We started talking about 9/11. I told him about PNAC and about the drills taking place on 9/11; you know the ones that were simulating hijackings and planes flying into buildings; you know the ones that were run by PNAC members; you know the same PNAC that mentioned a “catastrophic catalyzing event like a new Pearl Harbor” when describing something that would expedite their agenda.
My friend did not say much but he did not seem to doubt my words, especially when I told him that all I was doing was telling him what is on the public record.

His only response to me was a soul searching comment: “ignorance is bliss.”

I hate to be the one to bring this bad news to my friends. I risk alienating my lifelong friends this way but I am torn between keeping friends who are living in and supporting a false reality, or continuing my mission of helping people become informed.

It’s not easy destroying my friends’ imaginary bliss, but if I don’t do it we will never be able to create a real bliss. Think about it!

A Math Refresher Course for Consumers of News

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

The U.S. has between a population of between 250-300 million people. A crime like the murder of a little girl (which happens more often than you think),  or anyone for that matter affect about 250-300 people and with almost no exception has no impact on the electorate (the voting public), our lives or the world in general. It impacts friends, family, local law enforcement, a jury and a tiny segment of the legal system.

So when you watch a news network that considers itself to be covering ‘news’ that is of a ‘national interest, keep in mind that this vital story impacts or is of real interest to approximately one millionth (0.000001%, 1/1,000,000) of the population. Then think about the resources required to cover such stories to the extent out news networks cover them. And then try to think of one real journalist on the planet that would consider a story like that to be worthy of in depth national coverage.

So I ask you, does America really have a national news industry? I don’t think so.  Think about it!

Is Bush Stupid or is he an Intellectual Child?

Monday, August 21st, 2006

Watching George W. Bush speak at one of his rare press conferences today, one thing struck me. He was answering a question about Katrina relief and Bush said something to the effect that he could not provide the details. Well, it struck me that this guy does not understand the details of anything. He views the world the way a child views pictures in a coloring book. Very simple blocks of color with clear lines and nothing but primary colors.

Well, the world, and especially the presidency of the United States, is all about detail. We clearly have a child playing the role of an adult here and that may be the most dangerous mismatch of qualifications that the world has ever seen!     Think about it!

Attention New York Times: It’s Called “CIVIL WAR”

Friday, August 18th, 2006

The New York Times used the term: “Full-Scale Sectarian Fighting” to describe the current events in Iraq. This is pretty obvious intentional shaping of public opinion. Newspapers normally find the shortest and most concise descriptions when preparing headlines. In this case the NY Times had to use four words (nine syllables) to describe the situation in Iraq just so that they can avoid using a term that would officially seal Iraq as a Bush administration failure: “Civil War!” It is a pretty far stretch to try and tell a thinking person that full scale sectarian violence is something other than civil war but the term civil war screams “Bush failure”  in Iraq. The establishment media can not do this because they work in cooperation with the rest of the establishment. They are not journalists and they are not working to preserve our democracy; they are our enemy.

There are many words and terms that the NY Times and their partners in crime (I mean that literally) in the media neglect to use. Here are a few words that a real news media would have been using for the past five years: lie, liars, crime, criminal, violation, unconstitutional, illegal, immoral, dangerous, deceptive, deceit and destructive. I am sure there are more words that we would have heard, had we a real journalism industry. But for now we have to settle for “full scale sectarian violence!”  Think about it!


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