Saturday, July 28, 2007

Blown to Kingdom Come



This is, by far, the best song having to do with the government’s 9/11 “conspiracy theory” that I’ve heard to date. I hope it moves you the way it moved me.




To friendship,
Michael

“You cannot make a man by standing a sheep on its hind legs. But by standing a flock of sheep in that position you can make a crowd of men.” - Max Beerbohm

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

It Could Happen: Dubelya Sends a Message to Rob Kall, Editor of OpEdNews

Dear Rob,

This here is George Dubelya Bush, here. You know, your president of these great United States? Bush. You remember, don’t ya?

Yeah, yeah, I was just skatin’ on the internets here…hold on, hold on (What’s that? Surf? Surfin’? Oh, yeah, surfin’. Thanks, your excellenc…I mean, Dick.)

I was just surfin’ on these here internets and the first thing I saw was your home site, this OpEdNews place ya got here.

And I’ll be damned if it ain’t just like a newspaper, only without the paper part. It’s sort of an amazin’ idea to have a newspaper without the paper part, although I find it much harder to sit down in my recliner and hold it and read it like that. That computer’s a heavy mother, ya know? And then there’s that thing that it plugs into, that thing there on the floor that the computer plugs into? I don’t know what it is, but when I unplug it, all the pictures go away from my computer so, instead of takin’ the computer, that thing on the ground, the typewriter part, the rat….hold on another minute, Rob (What? Mouse? There’s a mouse in here? Well call the goddamned extrimater and have him come out and extrimate the little critter. Can’t ya see I’m busy here surfin…the internets? Oh, I’m sorry sir. My temper sort of ran away with me. Yes sir, I respect you, sir. And all of the things you stand for, sir. In the name of the…do we have to do that now, Mr. um, Dick?)

Sorry, Rob. You know how a Dick can be don’t ya. Can’t live with ‘em can’t live with ‘em.

Now, where was I? Oh, yeah, a newspaper with no paper. I wonder if my old pal Rupie knows about this? Ya see, he still makes newspapers, but his got paper attached to it, Rob. Maybe I’ll tell him to go in line and take a peek at your web home, here. Did ya ever think of makin’ a mint? Now, I don’t mean the candy, Rob. I mean a lot of money. If you can sell these newspapers without paper, you can make a mint and, sometimes, when people make a lot of money, we say they make a mint. And they don’t really make the money, that’s up to the Federal Express, I mean Federal Reserve. They make a mint. Hey, they have a mint. Ain’t that somethin’? They have a mint and they make a mint. It just shows to go ya.

I seen a couple of troublin’ things on your newspaper without paper, Rob.

First, I saw some names that look awfully foreign to me. Now, I got nothin’ against foreigners. Some of my best foreigners are friends. But some of the names seem like they rise out of the east, if ya know what I mean, Rob.

Now, I’m gonna have my boys down at the NSA sort of look ‘em up. Nothin’ serious Rob. Sorta like lookin’ a name up in the phone book, that’s all. And we’ll use Pfizer’s court. We always use Pfizer’s court when we look people up. Well, except when it takes too long, then we want to use Pfizer’s court, but we can’t. We always have the best detentions in mind, Rob.

Some of the articles in your site place are real interestin’, Rob.

Like I read this article on singer prayer insurance. Now, it’s quite plain that the person who wrote that hasn’t heard of my faith based programs. I’m not sure about the singin’ part, but I think prayer is good for your health.

If ya talk about this comminist society medicine, ya know that we can’t do.

First, God bless President Reagan for knockin’ down that comminist wall. And at his age. That’s hard work, knockin’ down comminists walls. Shows that the man was in great shape for his age. So, there’s no comminists anymore so we can’t do that, right?

But there’s another reason why I won’t sign any bills supportin’ society medicine. When corporations are free, they can be innovative. Think the government can come up with good ideas like the co-pay and free resistin’ conditions?

Really, do ya think the government can run the medicine business? Look at what it did with Hurricane Katherina. The government forgot what to do, didn’t it?

Now, Brownie, he did a heck of a job and I told him that. Ya gotta stroke your workers when you get ‘em alone, ya know? But, come to find out, as good of a job as Brownie did, it wasn’t the right job.

Get it? He did a heck of a job, but it was the wrong job. Heck of a job, wrong job. Get it?

I see a lotta articles and opinions about the job I’m doin’ in Iraq.

I appreciate article called “American At War: Killing Crabbies in Iraq”. They say that you liberls are basist, but I think your fare unbalanced. That was a good article which brought out the good about my war on terrorists and why we’re there so they won’t have to fight us here.

First, it’s good to hear how tired and run down the soldiers are. Ya see, that means they’re doin’ a great job. I mean, can you imagine if they were all rested and full of vinegar? What would that tell the American people who support them? I’m glad that article points out how tired the boys are…boys and girls…or women…boys and women. It just shows that our boys and women are really getting’ it on over there in Iraq.

And I say good for that soldier that’s mad at Congress. Congress is a jerk! They wanna pull out, call it quits, cut n’ run, haul ass, beat feet, turn tail, feet don’t fail me now. That’s what Congress is sayin’. “Feet don’t fail me now”. They’re cowards and unpatriotic and they don’t support our troops and…

(What? Challenge? He’s challengin’ me? Um, oh. Thanks, sir.)

Well, Rob, seems the fine young soldier is challengin’ me to go to Iraq. He musta missed the Thanksgivin’ trip. Ya know, I served that plas…um, the turkey to those hungry young men…and girls…women…I served women to the hungry young men. That boy musta missed that ‘cause nobody can’t say I’ve never been to Iraq. I been there and I just might go again, who knows? I don’t that’s for sure.

Well, Rob, ya know, bein’ president and all, I can get pretty busy at times.

There’s Social Security to get rid of, push that singer prayer insurance company, protect the country from another 9/11 ‘cause 9/11 was real bad done by bad people who are out to make us bad people so be careful and remember 9/11 ‘cause they could come here anytime. That’s why we’re fightin’ up over there ‘cause they could come here again like they did on 9/11 when they did bad things and 9/11 can happen anytime. It won’t, though, ‘cause we’re over there so they don’t have to fight us over here.

So, Rob, you can see I’m busy makin’ sure those boys are…and girls are fightin’…women are fightin’ those boys over there so they don’t fight over here.

See ya Rob and God bless America.

You’re doin’ a heck of a job Kallie.

Love,
President George Dubelya Bush

To friendship,
Michael

“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.” – Martin Luther King

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Zeitgeist The Movie

There have been some good videos emerging recently and I’ve published links to a couple of them here.

“Zeitgeist the Movie” is yet another one. This video isn’t short. It’s a full length movie, one hour and fifty-six minutes.

The world zeitgeist is defined as “the spirit of the time; general trend of thought or feeling characteristic of a particular period of time” by Dictionary.com.

“Zeitgeist the Movie” attempts to explain why the spirit of this time is what it is and where it’s going.

The movie is about how people are manipulated. It is in three parts: Part I - ReligionPart II - the 9-11 mythPart III - the manipulation and control of money, war profiteering, loss of civil rights, One World Government

I found the first part educational. I had no idea how many copies of the same religion existed. Amazing!

I’d seen the second part and, as most of you probably know, am a firm 9/11 Truther. I’d heard about the other false flag operations. Even the mantra “Remember The Maine” evolved from a false flag operation.

Part 2 worries me a bit. Some of you are 9/11 Truthers and others think that 9/11 Truthers are orbiting some other planet. I’m quite certain that many of you have seen and heard the anomalies surrounding September 11, 2001. I’m afraid that you may think, “Yeah, yeah, I’ve seen this” and turn the video off without watching part 3. I’m especially concerned about those of you who are not 9/11 Truthers.

I’d urge you to hang in there until part 3 begins or at least skip to part 3. Even if you’ve seen or heard the truth about 9/11, it would be a shame if you skip through part 2 because the three parts tie in together well.

Of course, part 3, which is the part which actually physically upset me, may be the most important part because the future is, indeed, now. It’s beginning to happen and, as the movie implies, every slick technological advance made by The Regime will look like a cool new toy to the average American.

The best example is the way an average American woman makes it sound not only good but necessary to be implanted with an identification chip “because of 9/11”.

I’ll introduce this video with a poem I wrote in 2004:

Zeitgeist

Mighty menace gathers, designs on depravity.
Self-reflected cabal, addicted to addiction,
looks into its concocted, perverse glassy stream,
dazed by its ego, held by hunger, humbled by nothing.

With white hot weakness pushing its ink dagger,
memorandum to melt the breadwinners is stealthily scripted.
Ever the elite expatriates, enslaved by indifference,
stirred by the Zeitgeist, they skillfully free the workforce.

Disclosure launches cold, converging collision.
A doomed class in corporate created conflict,
like a tornado, beaten badly by the bottom line,
broken, confused, cast off, their chins rest on their chests.

And they’re imperfect humans.
And they spill into shadows.
And their yen for their yearning
is now a serendipitous existence.



To friendship,
Michael

“If a man would follow, today, the teachings of the Old Testament, he would be a criminal. If he would follow strictly the teachings of the New, he would be insane.” - Robert G. Ingersoll

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

A Conservative’s and a Liberal’s Views on Impeachment – a Bill Moyers Interview

I don’t like political labels. I think that I could make a case that those who we call “conservative” in the political arena are very liberal on many issues and those who we call “liberal” are conservative. It depends, in my humble opinion, upon the subject at hand and the angle from which we view it.

However, most of the time it’s necessary to use those labels as they’re typically used.

In the video to which I’ve linked on this page, Bruce Fein, a conservative, and John Nichols, a liberal, are interviewed by Bill Moyers.

Fein brought the first article of impeachment against President Clinton. He explains why he did that in the interview.

Fein also belongs to at least one conservative think tank (I’ve never understood what goes on in a “think tank” except, maybe, thinking) and other conservative organizations.

In the linked video, Moyers gets both Fein’s and Nichols’s take on the prevailing dialogue surrounding the possibility of bringing articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush and/or Vice President Richard Cheney.

I found the 24 minute interview both captivating and educational. I think you will, too.

The interview is in two parts. When I was directed to this interview, I was told to make certain that I watch both parts. That was a thoughtful heads-up, but completely unnecessary once I began watching the interview.



To friendship,
Michael Bonanno

“How hard it is, sometimes, to trust the evidence of one's senses! How reluctantly the mind consents to reality.” - Norman Douglas

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Video Proof of the Need for a “Nanny State”

(originally published at OpEdNews)

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been debating with people about the ease or difficulty of obtaining work in the FUSA (The Former United States of America).

Many of the people with whom I’ve debated have usually held the opinion that if one worked hard to qualify one’s self, one could obtain good paying employment. I’ve been told to look at the Sunday papers. I’ve been told that I’ll see a plethora of corporations who are looking for qualified applicants.

The bottom line for my debating opponent has always been that, if one is not employed, one is lazy and just doesn’t want to work.

However, I saw and heard many people, especially African Americans, say that they tried to better themselves and tried to obtain employment, but were turned away.

Consequently, many times the debate wound up being about the character of African Americans and their unwillingness to “pick themselves up by their boot straps and get a job.”

I lived in a predominantly Black neighborhood as a kid. Many of my friends' parents worked as hard as any Caucasian I know and harder than many. I couldn’t believe that my friends’ parents were lying when they said they couldn’t get a job no matter how hard they tried. They didn’t seem to me like people who didn’t want to work and they definitely weren’t lazy.

I really had no way to prove what I believed until I became an Operations Supervisor for a Fortune 500 global corporation. In my article “Shock Over Richards’ Rant Curious”, I exposed some of the hiring practices of the corporation for which I worked. It was then that I was able to understand that acceptance by the employers was the problem, not laziness on the part of the unemployed.

In “How To Not Hire An American - MUST SEE VIDEO” at The Daily Kos, you can see with your own eyes and hear with your own ears a similar practice in progress.

The case which BobOak shows us is much more inclusive than the case in which I was involved in 1988. However, this has got to give people who think that those who are unemployed are so just because they want to be and just because they’re lazy a better perspective of where the truth lies.

This kind of hiring practice has been in place for a long, long time. In the beginning, it was to keep certain ethnic groups out of the work place. Now, employers are trying to keep qualified Americans out of the work place.

The day on which corporations are allowed to totally regulate themselves will be the day on which The FUSA's stratification into two classes, one wealthy and one poor, will be complete.

Libertarians call a government which regulates a “nanny” state. Watch this video and decide for yourself if the people who are talking about hiring practices are or are not in need of a “nanny” to watch over them. I say they need to be watched and regulated by the government, i.e., we, the people, at every turn.

To friendship,
Michael

“If mankind minus one were of one opinion, then mankind is no more justified in silencing the one than the one - if he had the power - would be justified in silencing mankind.” - John Stuart Mill

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Outside the System May be the Only Way Left

(originally published at OpEdNews)

I bring up an essay I’d written entitled “Priority Number One” at the risk of appearing shamelessly self-promotional. However, it still is an answer no one seems interested in pursuing. As it says in the essay, The Electoral College isn’t just about the presidential election. It sets the pace for the rest of the political system.

The Electoral College doesn’t necessarily guarantee that the person the voters want to be president will be president. It does, however, help keep things within the two branches of The Corporacracy.

Sure there’s talk about Ron Paul, more conservative than anyone else in the Republican Party, and Dennis Kucinich as the “maverick” candidates of the two corporate parties, but they never talk about Ron Paul or Dennis Kucinich saying that they can’t support their party’s platform.

Of course, throughout election night, we continuously hear “red” and “blue”, as if they’re the only colors of the spectrum. Map upon map on lamestream networks is splashed with red and blue.

Ultimately, in 2004, Kucinich became a Kerry lackey after Kerry won the nomination; Kerry who stood for everything Kucinich opposed during the nomination campaign.

The lamestream media isn’t even finished with its report on the presidential race loser’s lame concession speech before it’s asking who the Democrats and who the Republicans are going to run four years hence.

Millions of people have to march on Washington doing physical damage, maybe even “taking one for the team.” We don’t need hundreds of people doing this while millions of people stay home and, when they see the news clips during breaks from “American Idol”, say, “What crazy jerks those people are. They’re so destructive.”

As if it’s not destructive to destroy Iraq. As if it’s not destructive to destroy social programs that help people who didn’t make it to the Boards of Directors of Dow Chemical, Hewlett Packard, Monsanto, Panasonic, Sanyo, Mobile/Exxon, BP, etc., etc., etc.,

People spent time in jail during the Civil Rights movement in the sixties. People spent time in jail during the antiwar movement in the sixties.

Four students were killed in 1970 at Kent State Universtity during an antiwar rally.

We can’t get enough people to agree on what has to be done to stop the madness in 2007, but too many are still waiting for Congress, whose members are truly protected by The Electoral College, to do something heroic.

“Write to your member of Congress, write to your member of Congress, write to your member of Congress”, the same old same old.

No one writes to his or her member of Congress. They write to college kids doing co-op work for their college Political Science classes or doing intern work, hoping to catch the eye of the boss and move up in the field of politics. They’re learning how to seriously go one on one with lobbyists. All are trying to get gold stars and passing on our concerns to the untouchables that we hire isn’t necessarily the way to elbow past the others, stomping on their coworkers/competitors. Getting the people’s message to Ellen Tauscher or Barbara Boxer or Dennis Kucinich or any one of those phonies, left or right, isn’t going to get “staffers” a gold star.

So where does the caring about the phone calls, letters and emails stop? When we write them, that’s when it stops.

What will it take to remove the theatrics from our political system? It will take opening up the system to people who care and who have a realistic chance of winning. It will take opening up the debate to people who won’t give a damn about and won’t respond to elementary school like personal attacks. It will take people who will force the other “players” to talk about the issues and answer the question, “If we do it your way, how will America and it’s citizens succeed?”

We can win. We can get our country back. Working within the system isn’t the way to do it. Let’s face it, those in the system aren’t even working within the system. Why the hell should we work within the system when, in reality, there is no more system, merely a delusion of one.

As long as we’re told to write to our members of Congress, we’ll be extras in the wonderful performance which they enact daily for the entertainment of themselves.

Call your member of Congress? What a joke.

To friendship,
Michael

“The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.” - George Orwell



Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Broken Down into its Simplest Form....

This video should be required for all who need explanations broken down into their simplest forms.

To friendship,
Michael

“Got to kick at the darkness until it bleeds daylight.” - Bruce Cockburn


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Terrorists in the House - Take Two

(originally published by OpEdNews)

I just received the following email from a friend who always seems to be well informed:

Rick Santorum, the former senator from Pennsylvania, appearing on the Hugh Hewitt radio show last Saturday, July 7:

“Between now and November, a lot of things are going to happen, and I believe that by this time next year, the American public is going to have a very different view of this war, and it will be because, I think, of some unfortunate events, that like we're seeing unfold in the UK. But I think the American public is going to have a very different view.”

What does this insider know that makes him use the words, “are” going to happen instead of might or could happen?

If this is not a slip of the tongue about some planned terrorist attack that he knows about, then it exhibits exactly the mind set of those who want something to happen. At the very least the attitude exhibited by Mr. Santorum is the kind that could cause certain frustrated officials to look the other way and let it happen or even help it along.

Last month, the new chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party, Dennis Milligan, said, “At the end of the day, I believe fully the president is doing the right thing, and I think all we need is some attacks on American soil like we had on [Sept.11, 2001].” Milligan told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “And the naysayers will come around very quickly to appreciate not only the commitment for President Bush, but the sacrifice that has been made by men and women to protect this country,” he concluded.

As is now well-known, shortly before 9/11 the Project For A New American Century, a Neo-Con lobby group which counts Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney in its ranks, said it's military agenda would not be realized “absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event -- like a new Pearl Harbor.”

So, hang on. It was recently revealed that 2 nuclear devices are missing from the Pentagon's stockpile. Are Cheney & Co. at it again? I would have bet that they'd at least wait until a Democrat is in the White House. .....makes ‘em look better at protecting the country. But what the heck, why wait? Another home-grown “terrorist” attack might increase the odds of staying in the White House.

This seems to place The Regime between a rock and a hard place, however.

I've always thought that The Regime would pull another “false flag” attack to prove that Al Qaeda is still alive and willing to continue to give Americans the heebie-jeebies.

I thought it might happen before the ’04 election, but it didn’t.

There were other occasions on which I thought it would choreograph another death fest.

On the other hand, one of the main Regime supporter talking points is that there hasn’t been another terrorist attack in The FUSA because George Washington Bush is president.

I’ve written that this is absurd because that bench mark surely creates a whole host of great presidents of The United States.

How many terrorist attacks were there under Calvin Coolidge, William Howard Taft or Martin Van Buren? Stupid Regime logic.

So, if The Regime choreographs another death fest to show that the boogie man still “hates us for our freedom”, it also deep sixes the “Bush has saved us from further terrorism” argument, doesn’t it?

To friendship,
Michael

“The health of nations is more important than the wealth of nations.” - William James “Will” Durant

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Monday, July 02, 2007

Independence Day Wish, 2007

Every year, about two or three times a year, I revive an article, a poem, a song or even a couple of each. I do this around certain times of the year, mostly times that contain what we call holidays.

On the Fourth of July, I reemphasize a poem I wrote a few years ago entitled “Independence Day Wish”.

Among my writings is an essay/article entitled “I Long for a Better World”. It contains the following sentence:

“I wonder why I write so much about injustice. I wonder why I’m so passionate when it would be so much easier to be oblivious.”

The answer I give in the essay is because “I long for a better world.”

Although I was recently disappointed by people who claim to spread hope and peace in the face of an offensive Regime which not only sits atop and rules The Former United States of America, but, in truth, sits atop and rules the world, I still long for a better world. I have no idea where this world will come from as today those who would lead us to the better world could not agree on the process, the most important part of any mission and vision.

That having been said, I still long for a better world and express such desires in the following poem:

Independence Day Wish
(WHITE HERON PRESS, Spring, 2004)


I wish for independence from the past,
might overruling right,
white men encountering
their new world,
slaughtering
its true inhabitants.
I wish for independence from the arrogance,
fostering false license
to hawk,
redeem extensions
of our own humanity
to dance attendance
upon the burdens
of wealth.

I wish for independence from the blindness
guiding us westward,
turning nature
into dirt interruptions
without offering notice
to the peace,
upon which we trampled.

I wish for independence from the gluttony
which continued
to swallow whole
territories suitable
for planting white seeds,
pulverizing cultures.

I wish for independence from conformity,
born of urban sprawl,
away from cities,
conceiving jealousy
of blood pumping
within mere feet
of white picket fences.

I wish for independence from The Corporacracy,
governing body
governing bodies,
stratifying rich from poor,
life from death,
blending earth
with destruction.