2012: What’s left to destroy?

August 12, 2012

I squandered my 20s in the terrible 2000s. While I was living it up and wasting my youth in the bottom of beer bottles and glass bongs our leaders were partying like it was 1999. All of the prosperity and peace that had been won by the countless sacrifice of previous generations was completely destroyed in less than a decade.

The decade began with a bang as two jetliners crashed into the World Trade Center and shattered our sense of security. Our illustrious leader, Lil’ Bush calmly read storybooks to school children as buildings burned and lives were lost. When the smoke cleared all he could do was; tell us to shop til’ we drop. By that logic the terrorists would win if we didn’t buy a bunch of shit we didn’t need with money we didn’t have. Like good little children we did what we were told. We bought copious amounts of plastic crap from China at 20% apr.

The terrorists were laughing at us. We played right into their plan. They were, after all agents of terror and we were, and still are terrified of them. The 9/11 attacks were used to justify a war that was worlds away from the perpetrators. We allowed the authorities to completely destroy the Bill of Rights in the name of national security. Habeas Corpus was all but suspended under the atavistic Patriot Act. The DHS, NSA, CIA, FBI, and municipal police forces across the nation were given carte blanche to violate the people’s constitutional rights on a daily basis.

The TSA dutifully stood guard — always at the ready to make your grandmother endure an enhanced pat-down, or to send your perky girlfriend through a porn scanner as they grow a tree trunk in their pants. The Supreme Court ruled that the police may strip search you at any time. According to Justice Stephen G. Breyer the police may strip search you for “violating a leash law, driving without a license and failing to pay child support.” Oh yes, we were ready to bend over for Uncle Sam, and we took it with a big shit eating grin on our face.

Those of us who had jobs kept on sleepwalking off to work — all the while we were living on borrowed money and borrowed time. Our prosperity was false. Instead of demanding adequate wages we accepted the fact that we would have to borrow more and more just to buy the necessities of life; education, housing, healthcare, food, childcare and transportation.

The credit lines couldn’t go on forever. At some point the bottom had to drop out from under the sub-prime basement, and by the time it was all over America was in the toilet. When we were flushed away we sucked the whole world down the drain with us.

The financial crisis of 2008 culminated in a world wide calamity. The meltdown was the result of decades of wholesale fraud and usury. Cities and towns all across America had dried up and gone bust. The European Union was reduced to a sorry mish mash of sovereign debt. The economic rift separating the 1% from the rest of us had grown enormous, and the only class distinctions left were: the working poor and the independently wealthy. Working class salaries had become stipends that could barely support already anemic bank accounts. The once thriving middle class had sunk into the proletariat.

It was a dark time for America and the rest of the world, however a few glimmers of hope could be seen emerging from the darkness. America elected the first African American President who promised us hope and change. The Arab spring took off, and what started as a tinder fire in Tunisia had burned across the Middle East. The mass-revolt promised to bring true democracy to the long oppressed people of the region. Social Unrest was not limited to the Arab world. Here in the states we saw the rise of the Occupy Movement. Americans were finally taking it to the streets and protesting on a scale not seen since the 1960’s. Europeans weren’t taking it lying down either. They literally set the EU on fire in response to draconian austerity measures imposed upon them by banksters and their dim-witted elected officials. It looked as if the peasants were storming the villas of their callus masters, but looks can be deceiving.

Our knight in shinning armor, Barack Obama turned out to be a bright shining lie. HE left us hopeless and on the street begging for change. The Arab spring dragged on and the power vacuums left behind were quickly filled with warlords who were eager to become tyrants. Here in America peaceful demonstrators were dealt with swiftly and violently. Their picket signs and protest chants were met with rubber bullets and tear gas. In collusion with the DHS police departments all across the nation finally evicted the Occupy Movement with cruel efficiency.

Now it’s 2012 and it looks as if the world may very well be destroyed, but this begs the question; what’s left to destroy? The global economy is in tatters, and the will of the people has been broken. There is no hope for the foreseeable future. The threat of recession looms over the US and the thought of choosing between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney for the next president is enough to induce vomiting. The EU is falling apart as one nation after another becomes insolvent. Conflict engulfs the Middle East, and tensions with Iran threaten to start World War Three at any moment.

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You better cut out while you can.

July 9, 2012

Never in a million years did I think that I would still be talking about Mikhail Gorbachev. The last time I saw him I was still playing with Transformers and GI Joe. This begs the question; why bring him up now? The answer ladies and gentlemen is Afghanistan.

Why didn’t we learn from Russia’s misadventures in Afghanistan? The former USSR was embroiled in a quagmire there for nine years. Ultimately the battle bankrupted them and as a result millions of Russians died quietly from austerity, not to mention the 18,000 soldiers they lost on the battlefield.

In 2009 Gorbachev went on record advising the US to withdraw from Afghanistan stating “I think that what’s needed is not additional forces. Withdrawal from Afghanistan should be the goal.” President Obama has ensured the American people that we will be pulling out of the war torn region by next summer. I wish I could believe him, but he also told us that we would pull out of Iraq and that he would close Gitmo.

Afghanistan was the USSR’s Vietnam. We really stuck it to them in our proxy battle there. The thing is; we are getting our asses handed to us over there much like our conflict in Vietnam. Adding insult to injury Afghanistan is not being backed by Russia and we are still getting beaten badly. We have failed to learn our lesson from Vietnam and we have failed to learn from Russia’s defeat in Afghanistan.

We should all be asking why we are still there. Do we have any strategic objectives in Afghanistan or has the battle become it’s own purpose? It’s as if the ghost of General Westmoreland has returned and wants to fight a conventional war against guerrillas all over again.

In a democracy a war cannot be won unless it has the support of the people. Võ Nguyên Giáp and Hồ Chí Minh knew this just as sure as our enemies in Afghanistan know it. The American public has grown tired of incessant conflict, therefore we have already lost the Afghan war. The only sensible thing to do now is to pull out immediately. I can already hear my detractors saying “If we pull out now it will leave Afghanistan in chaos.” My response is; how would that be different from any other day?


Wars and Rumors of Wars

June 20, 2012

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Since the dawn of man the Middle East has been a hotbed of violence and hatred. In the dark ages Europeans entered into a foray in the region that didn’t end so well. You would think that world leaders would have learned from the crusades, but the opposite appears to be the case. The list of failed policies and military catastrophes in the Middle East that the US has been involved in seems to go on forever.

Much like most of our relations with Iran our recent saber rattling with them promises to create a firestorm that could plunge the region into chaos. The Obama administration’s policy seems to be; we already have troops everywhere else in the Middle East so why not Iran? This couples with America’s staunch support of Israel is a recipe for disaster.

The threat of violence in the Straight of Hormuz is making oil speculators very nervous. One fifth of the world’s oil supply flows through the straight. Currently Iranian and American naval forces are conducting operations within spitting distance of each other. We are already paying an arm and a leg for gasoline. If war breaks out with Iran what will happen to already soaring prices?

Israel continues to threaten Iran with attack. They fear that Iran’s nuclear program will lead to weaponization of fissiable materials. If our rivals wish to develop nuclear weapons I do not think we should sit back and allow it to happen, however we’ve heard the weapons of mass destruction song and dance before. If western powers wish to invade Iran we must have concrete evidence before we strike. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey has gone on record stating “It’s not prudent at this point to decide to attack Iran.” The general went on to say that striking Iran would be “destabilizing and wouldn’t achieve long-term objectives.”

Unlike our failed counter insurgency operations in Iraq, an attack on Iran could lead to World War Three. Our leaders would do well to approach tensions between Iran and Israel cautiously. According to US Colonel Douglas Macgregor “After an Israeli strike, Tehran won’t need to build nuclear bombs – it will be given them.”

It’s hard to say if America will actually get involved in a war with Iran, however congress recently passed a resolution, H.Res.568 that would call for an attack if Iran developed nuclear weapons capability. According to former Chief of Staff for Colin Powell, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson “This resolution reads like the same sheet of music that got us into the Iraq war, and could be the precursor for a war with Iran. It’s effectively a thinly-disguised effort to bless war.”

American forces and their allies seem to be gearing up for a new conflict in the region. An ongoing training operation, Eager Lion simulates a beach landing followed by an inland invasion of fortified bases. Amidst all of this the US has sent two air craft carriers to the gulf. The USS Abraham Lincoln and USS Enterprise have been deployed to the area, and. Gen. Mattis is requesting a third one.

Further increasing our presence in the Middle East are six F22 Raptors. The dubious fighters have been sent less that 200 miles away from the Iranian border.

After a decade of conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq the American public has lost it’s taste for war. A recent poll conducted by the New York Times indicates that only 23% of respondents support the war. The Washington Post conducted a poll where 60% of respondents said they believe the war was not even worth fighting. It’s a sad commentary when it takes 10 years for the American people to grow weary of death and destruction.

All of this makes one wonder if anyone in charge remembers Vietnam. That war was started over false pretenses such as the Gulf of Tonkin incident. The cost in human life was staggering and yet our leadership saw fit to invade Afghanistan. Speaking of short memories didn’t anyone in charge take notice when the Russians failed to defeat Afghan insurgents in the 80s? At least that war only lasted 9 years. It doesn’t take an expert in Middle Eastern affairs to know that a war in Afghanistan would have failed.

Fortunately we have a chance not to make the same mistake with Iran. It’s an election year and the last thing Obama wants to do is to look soft on Iran, however deciding to invade would be the worst mistake the administration could make.


And IRAN IRAN so far away.

February 14, 2012

Last week in the article Iran into WWIII I wrote “I beleive we are on the brink of World War Three.”

Recent developments between Israel and Iran have only confirmed my suspicions.

Earlier this week there were attacks on Israeli targets in New Dehli, Georgia, and Bangkok.  It is still unclear who perpetrated the attacks, however Israeli officials believe that Iran is behind the carnage.

Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud Barak  had this to say regarding the attacks “The attempted terrorist attack in Bangkok proves once again that Iran and its proxies continue to perpetrate terror.” According to Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu “Iran is behind these attacks; it is the largest exporter of terrorism in the world.  Iran and its proxy, Hizbollah were behind several previous attempts to attack Israeli citizens and Jews in several countries.”

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast had this to say regarding Netanyahu’s allegations “We categorically reject the accusations made by the Zionist regime. They are part of a propaganda war.”

These are fighting words if I ever heard them.  As far as I’m concerned it doesn’t really matter who is behind these attacks.  Iran and Israel both want blood, and they are hellbent on plunging the rest of the world into their feud.

Relations between Iran, Israel, and the U.S. have reached a breaking point.  We are now on the dark side of the Moon.  It’s far too late to turn back now.  Like a dog returning to it’s own vomit the international community is once again ready to plunge headlong into the jaws of war.  We are indeed on the cusp of a great international conflict.  A storm is brewing and it threatens to engulf entire nations in a deluge of pain and chaos.

Like my childhood hero Albert Einstein used to say “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”

I implore all of my readers to steel themselves and to prepare for the coming war that threatens to destroy all of us.  It looks like 2012 could really be the end of the world as we know it and I don’t feel fine.


Iran into WWIII

February 10, 2012

As most of you know things look pretty dicey when it comes to Iran.  For me saying I’m worried is an understatement.

Last night I posted the following status on my Facebook wall asking for my families opinion about the tensions in Iran:

“Are we in trouble?  Dad, what do you think?  Noelle I want your opinion as well. I’m pretty worried myself.”

Keep in mind that my father is a retired Army Officer and that my sister is a former Congressional staffer so their expert opinions matter to me.

I have yet to hear back from them, but I beleive we are on the brink of World War Three.  As my father used to say “The most dangerous person in a fight is the guy who’s scared.  That guy is likely to do anything to win.”

Iran is like a viscous dog who’s been backed into a corner.  If we keep poking it with a stick it’s only  matter of time before it lashes out at us.

During WWII Japan attacked us first.  Although they were the aggressors they had their reasons.  We cut off their oil supply and ultimately provoked the attack via our foreign policy.

I fear WWIII will begin under similar circumstances.  In response to the West’s saber rattling Iran is threatening to block the Strait of Hormuz.  If they were to do so it would cut off one fifth of the worlds oil supply.  Combine this with the fact that Iran could nuke Israel if they were to weaponize uranium and we have a perfect storm leading up to an international conflict on a scale the world has never seen.

The video posted below puts it all into perpective.

If anyone out there has any information about current tensions with Iran please do not hesitate to leave a comment and let me know.


It drones on and on.

December 9, 2011

It has come to my attention that some police departments are in the preliminary stages of deploying drones domestically.

When drones were first used abroad they were primarily implemented for surveillance. Ultimately they have been used to kill.

I don’t know about you, but frankly the idea of drones patrolling American cities frightens me. If they are actually utilized here in the states it won’t be long before they are used for violence.

According to a recent USA TODAY article:

No local police departments have been authorized to use unmanned aircraft, although police departments in Houston and Miami have conducted field tests of such planes.

The Miami-Dade Police Department has tested two 18-pound UAVs equipped with a camera for about 18 months, Sgt. Andrew Cohen says. The department has been licensed to operate the craft up to 200 feet in the air, but the drone must remain within 1,000 feet of the operator.

Over the years there has been a fair amount of criticism for the military’s use of drones.

According to a UPI report:

In 2010, 748 militants were killed by drone attacks and 46 non-militants were killed collaterally.

The article also called upon the expertise of Peter Singer who states “New technologies are game changers, and we should be asking tough questions about them. There are all sorts of questions that we haven’t had to ask before. We can’t develop a technology, put it out in the real world and decide after the fact that there needs to be laws and ethics attached to it.”

The prospect of drones flying around my neighborhood is something out of an Orwellian nightmare. The last thing we need are a bunch of Nintendo pilots running roughshod on American cities.

Even if I were to ignore the privacy implications, the possibility of collateral damage on American soil is unacceptable.

Big Brother is watching you. The eye in the sky never flinches and it never blinks.


I loved you in Wall Street.

September 26, 2011

Where is the true seat of power in this country?  Is it in Washington DC, or is it in Wall Street?

I think Gordon Gekko summed it up best when he said “The richest one percent of this country owns half our country’s wealth, five trillion dollars (1987). One third of that comes from hard work, two thirds comes from inheritance, interest on interest accumulating to widows and idiot sons and what I do, stock and real estate speculation. It’s bullshit. You got ninety percent of the American public out there with little or no net worth. I create nothing. I own. We make the rules, pal. The news, war, peace, famine, upheaval, the price per paper clip. We pick that rabbit out of the hat while everybody sits out there wondering how the hell we did it. Now you’re not naive enough to think we’re living in a democracy, are you buddy? It’s the free market. And you’re a part of it.”

It’s true that the banksters have all the money.  They have so much money that they have purchased the NYPD and turned them into ruthless oppressors and common thugs.

The video posted below is a disgrace.  Where I come from only a coward hurts women.

Here are two more videos I found at occupywallst.org

SHAME SHAME SHAME is right.  When the police were tired of people calling it like it is they viciously attacked the protestors without provocation.

My hat goes off to occupywallst.org they have released the name of fascist who sprayed these innocent protestors.  His name is Antony Bologna.

According to a report at davidscameracraft.blogspot.com “The protesters were marching back to Zuccotti Park when the NYPD turned violent. Hitting, arresting and forcing protesters into a small area. At that point a NYPD supervisor yelled shut up to one of the protesters and shot pepper spray into her eyes point blank range and hitting a half dozen protesters (including 3 police officers) when they had nowhere to go. The same supervising officer was seen (photographed) laughing after the arrests while looking at his text messages.”

Antony Bologna is a fascist and a sadist.  The only good thing to come out of this is that he sprayed three of his own men.  Now that’s what I call instant karma.

We should not rely on Karma alone to dispense justice.  I am calling on NYPD Internal Affairs to do their job and investigate this crime.  They can be contacted at (212) 741-8401.

occupywallst.org  is calling for the resignation of Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly.  They are also demanding that Mayor Michael Bloomberg publicly apologize for police brutality and cover ups.

I think both of these men should be ashamed of themselves.  If it were up to me both of them would be fired today and Antony Bologna would be arrested for assault.

It’s no coincidence that a fat cat like Bloomberg would preside over brutally suppressing a Wall Street protest.  It’s also predictable that there has been a media blackout on these protests.  The same people being protested own the so called mainstream media.

Fortunately the ACLU has come out against this oppression.  They have released Know Your Rights: Demonstrating in New York City and What To Do If You’re Stopped By The Police  They also have released this article NYCLU on the Scene at Wall Street Protests which contains the following advice:

You have a right to stand or march on sidewalks without a permit.

You may photograph or video the cops, but do not interfere with police action.

Remember officers’ badge numbers, names and physical descriptions.

File complaints about misconduct by calling 311.

If you march in the street without a permit, you risk arrest.

If ordered to disperse, do so unless you want to be arrested.

When I see the real silent majority come together and protest I am proud to be an American.  These brave souls are fighting for equality at great personal risk.  They are all heroes and deserve a heroes welcome not mace and jackboots.

Make no bones about it.  This is all out class warfare and we the people are under attack.  We cannot let these crooks think tyranny is business as usual.  Let’s take the fight to the enemy!