Face Book Rants and Screeds 2013

August 8, 2013

Religious fundamentalism and lapel pins won’t save our economy.

 

The current administration’s liberal fascism is just as bad if not worse than the Reagan/Bush error and lil’ Dubya’s administration combined.

 

The planet cannot sustain infinite growth. Capitalism requires infinite growth to avoid collapse. This is very basic. Anyone who wants to continue with business as usual is borderline retarded and shouldn’t be in charge of a bag of shit let alone a public office or corporation. Wake up and smell the coffee people.

 

Lil’ Dubya had heart surgery this week. That’s funny I didn’t know he had a heart.

 

Some people blame Detroit’s impeding municipal bankruptcy on pensioners. I’ve heard a lot of stupid shit like “People are being paid long after they’ve stopped working.” Um, Isn’t that what a pension is for? Shit, you’d better not live too long. We wasted your pension on a bunch of stupid crap so do us all a favor and die. Only a fucktard would criticize pensioners for getting paid for not working. Doesn’t anyone know what the fuck retirement means? It means you get paid not to work. The most basic things people just don’t get. Once again I shouldn’t have to get pissed off about this shit. Has everyone in charge gone bat shit insane? Jesus fucking Christ and good god damn night. Someone pass the Tylenol.

 

A lot of stupid assholes don’t want to tax the rich or their inheritance because they think that one day they will be rich as well. What a bunch of morons. Wake up call — you will most likely never get rich. You got to be a stupid asshole to think the exception to the rule is the rule. Once again basic shit and most people just don’t get it. Why is everyone so stupid?

 

If you live paycheck to paycheck then you are the working poor. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t live paycheck to paycheck, but I do know a lot of people who deny that they do. Accept that we are all poor so we can unify against rich tax dodging assholes. They don’t keep things going. They do anything they can to downsize labor forces and criminally evade their tax burdens.

 

The Obama administration promised transparency in government, but what we got was — a president more corrupt and secretive than Nixon. This time the whistle blower didn’t bring down a tyrant. Instead Deep Through was slit by All the President’s men. What a sad state of affairs. We failed as a nation to learn from Watergate as scandal after scandal rocks this presidency.

 

The next person who advocates deregulation should have his home and car deregulated immediately. No rules man. Just do whatever the fuck you want when you build my house and my car. I don’t want the government advocating any regulations on anything ever. Let’s deregulate hospitals too. We don’t need no stinkin’ medical licenses. I’m not board certified or anything, but I do have this pair of pliers. Hell let’s follow the drug dealers example. They aren’t regulated and they can shoot each other over business competition. I want to see a board of directors have a big old deregulated gunfight right in the middle of the street.

 

 

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Occupy Wall St. South

April 25, 2012

Charlotte is known as the Wall St. of the South and for good reason. Bank of America makes it’s home there. Since 2008 Wells Fargo has based it’s East Coast operations there as well.

I consider Charlotte to be a double edged sword. On one hand it is a fine representation of the New South. The city is very diverse and it is a cultural beacon for the state of NC. Unfortunately it is also a veritable lion’s den as it is home to two of the most evil banking institutions in America today.

It’s no secret that there is bad blood between Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and myself. In the article Politics of Prison I refer to Wells Fargo as Wells Fucko. I even Bastardized their logo.

Over the course of this blog I have continually gone after Bank of America who I affectionately refer to as Skank of America.

Fortunately there are others in Charlotte who feel the same way I do. I recently came into contact with Occupy Charlotte and I was pleased to see that they are still alive and well.

Back in January they were summarily evicted from Uptown Charlotte. Despite this setback they have regrouped and have a big plans for the month of May.

Posted below is text taken directly from one of their pamphlets.

CALL TO ACTION! CALENDAR MAY

1st May Day National General Strike 600 E. Trade St.

3rd Duke Energy 9am 526 S. Church St.

5th Amendment 1 Rally 618 North College St.

8th Vote Against Amendment 1

9th Bank of America 8:45 am Trade & Tryon

11th ALEC 601 South College St.

Though city officials destroyed our tents, they did not destroy our spirit!

Fortunately for the people Occupy Charlotte is alive and well. If anyone wants to get involved they meet every Tuesday at 7pm at Aimile’s Atrium 2424 N. Davidson St.  They can also be reached via the URLs posted below.

Occupy Charlotte | Facebook

Occupy Charlotte

Charlotte Occupy Together Community – Meetup



Politics of Prison

February 26, 2012

Why are so many of our citizens incarcerated?  In the words of Brian Charles Ebejer “Sick of politicans and politics and prisons lyin and runnin my life.”

Here in the land of the free prison is big business.  As reported in my article Arrested Development  In 2006, our government spent $68,747,203,000 locking up about 2 million people.

The cost to the state is enormous so who’s running off with all the money?

Our pals at Wells Fucko I mean Wells Fargo have invested a large amount of capitol in GEO Group.  GEO group is the worlds second largest private prison group and is contracted here in the states.  In other words they make money locking people up, and Wells Fargo reaps the financial benefits while the taxpayers foot the bill.

I can’t calculate how much money is being made off of these shares, however I have discovered that Wells Fargo owns 3,591,910 valued at $66,665,849.  A full breakdown of major GEO stock holders can be found here.

Some of you may be wondering why this is such a big deal.  First off Wells Fargo is making money off of something subsidized by American tax payers.  The Bank already received $25 billion in bail out funds but that wasn’t enough.

The bank was one of the last institutions to repay their bailout funds.  Making matters worse the US treasury holds warrants to buy 110 million shares of the ailing bank.  Shares peaked at $37 in 2008 but now they are worth about $30 so once again Wells Fargo is leaving the taxpayers holding the bag.

If you take money out of the picture things are still bad.  GEO group makes money locking people up and they spend millions lobbying for stricter immigration enforcement.  Maybe this wouldn’t be so bad if people weren’t suffering and dying in the name of greed.

According to recent Alternet.org article

The GEO detention facilities have also racked up many reports and complaints of abusive treatment of immigrant detainees and corrupt staff practices that violate the basic human rights of prisoners. Last month we spoke with the sibling of a detainee in a GEO-run facility who was denied basic medical attention for lack of funds to pay. The detainee’s family had to raise funds to get their relative medical attention in the facility from GEO. Other GEOdetainees have died from a lack of medical attention.

Another relative of a GEO detainee told us that prisoners who avoid getting on the wrong side of GEO guards could aspire, at most, to a job in the prison that pays 17 cents an hour for doing office work.

GEO recently agreed to pay restitution for its employees’ physical abuse of prisoners who were strip searched in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Texas, and New Mexico. In another case, GEO was ordered to pay $40 million in the wrongful death of a prisoner in its custody in Raymondville, Texas. GEO has also been sued by seven children who were sexually assaulted by a guard while being held in a GEO facility.

RT covered an OWS protest of the prison industrial complex which can be viewed in the video below.

Occupy Wall Street is not alone in their crusade against the prison industrial complex.  The ACLU and Anonymous have come out against GEO Group.  Predictably Anonymous hacked and defaced the GEO Group website.

The ACLU did what it does best.  They released a report Banking on Bondage: Private Prisons and Mass Incarceration detailing the egregious abuses of the prison industrial complex.  Posted below is an excerpt from the report.

Leading private prison companies essentially admit that their business model depends on high rates of incarceration. For example, in a 2010 Annual Report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the largest private prison company, stated: “The demand for our facilities and services could be adversely affected by . . . leniency in conviction or parole standards and sentencing practices . . . .”

Basically while the people and the government are going broke companies like CCA and GEO group are making money hand over fist, meanwhile millions of prisoners and their families have had their lives torn apart.

It’s even worse if you care about prisoners in Arizona.  According the the New York Times “For the Arizona Department of Corrections, crime has finally started to pay.”  If you want to visit a prisoner held in an Arizona state correctional facility be prepared to shell out $25 for a one time background check fee.

David C. Fathi of the ACLU thinks that this fee is ridiculous.  “We know that one of the best things you can do if you want people to go straight and lead a law-abiding life when they get out of prison is to continue family contact while they’re in prison. Talk about penny-wise and pound-foolish.”

Calling this a one time background check fee is a farce.  According to the NY Times Ms. Baldo (chief of staff for the Arizona Senate) said the money would not actually pay for background checks but would go into a fund for maintenance and repairs to the prisons.

Department of Corrections spokesman, Barrett Marson went on record stating “Maintenance funds for our buildings are scarce in this difficult economic time. A $25 visitation fee helps to ensure our prisons remain safe environments for staff, inmates and visitors.”

I recommend that Mr. Marson reads my article The War on Drugs has failed specifically he should peruse the passage posted below.

The enormous financial burden of the War on Drugs is staggering.  Far more worrisome is the human cost of this war.  Countless nonviolent drug offenders have been imprisoned for inordinate lengths of time.  According to the International Centre for Prison Studies The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world.  The report America’s One Million Nonviolent Prisoners states that the level of nonviolent offenders exceeds the combined populations of Alaska, North Dakota, and Wyoming.

Instead of punishing the families and loved ones of Arizona’s inmate population the government may want to abolish private prisons and re examine sentencing guidelines for non-violent offenders.  This would be more effective than inventing a background check fee.

It is clear to this blogger that lining the pockets of Wells Fargo is not an effective policy.  As long as prisons are privatized there will be an enormous conflict of interest.  The public cannot be served when people are incarcerated in the name of the holy dollar.  The justice system is supposed to be about protecting the people not share holders.

We no longer have a justice system.  Instead we have a justice business, and a businesses’ only interest is to make money not to dispense justice.


Burn at the Wick

July 26, 2011

There was a time when Uncle Sam had money to burn.  There was also a time when the Roman Empire could wage wars and occupy territory all over the known world.  Sadly, the Romans went bankrupt.  When they disappeared, they took down the entire continent of Europe with them.  The American Empire is just as militarized as its Roman predecessor.  As stated many times on this blog, the U.S. has a military presence in over 100 nations across the globe.  Exacerbating the situation, we are currently embroiled in 5 active conflicts throughout the Middle East.  The question is; what will happen if the American Empire crumbles?  Will the world be plunged into another dark ages?

The current financial crisis in Washington is a good indicator of the fiscal cost of America’s military strength.  It is now painfully obvious to everyone that waging massive combat operations is cost prohibitive.  In lieu of raising the debt ceiling, we could scale back our military just a little.  Our leaders may find it necessary to withdraw troops and close bases overseas.  Regardless of how much we raise the debt ceiling, if we continue to amass debt and devalue our currency we will no longer be capable of paying the Military anyway.  If we don’t cut back on defense a little bit now, there may be no defense later.

We could bring our service members home and put them to work on our weakened and decaying infrastructures.  Imagine how much less it would cost to bring the military home and have them rebuild some bridges or roadways.  Rebuilding our transportation grid would dramatically lower the cost of shipping goods and could have a hand in revitalizing the economy.  Although it is easier to destroy than to create, we must stop being involved in deadly and costly conflict.  The time has come for us to band together as a people and build some bridges.