(If that is what really happened)

Reagan shotWith the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri and subsequent fallout, there is a lot of second guessing going on. For myself, I am quick to forgive individual failings, and look to institutional biases to explain gross injustice, as the Brown shooting appears to be.

In this case, I look at a white police force in a black community, and hatred between the police and the people they are charged to serve and protect. Blacks are not innocent victims, as they are just people. Nor are the police free of guilt, as their culture supports violence. So when there is a naked confrontation, the officer has a choice: Shoot, knowing that he’ll likely get off, or back down, not knowing what will happen. Seeing a large angry man coming at me, and having only the basics of training in handling weapons, I assume I too would have shot and then hoped that my brother police officers would have my back.

For the black community, it is hard to watch one of their own gunned down, but more so knowing that it can be done with impunity; that the only justice will likely come from mob violence. They come from a culture that has endured untold indignity. This was best expressed in a Wayans Brothers movie I saw where, trying to get police to respond to a crime the only thing the black guy could think to do was to call 911 and say “White girl in trouble!” Numerous police cars responded instantly.

Being black in a society dominated by whites is hard to endure, which is why they have developed their own means of communicating. This is reflected especially in their music. They can dog whistle one another while we whites assume it’s just a tribal beat. But it is a bubbling cauldron, and it only takes one flagrant abuse of white power for the community to erupt. When that happens, the cops drop the public service masks and go on the offensive. Pictures of cops brandishing weapons at innocent civilians are disgusting, but the rage is mutual.

I didn’t sit down to write all of that. I was only curious about the fact that the Officer Daren Wilson, the man who shot Michael Brown, emptied his weapon. I was reminded of a shooting in Billings, Montana where the assailant’s weapon was a motor vehicle. There too the officer emptied his weapon into the driver. He was immediately suspended pending investigation, and a spokesperson at that time said that officers were trained to empty weapons in potentially fatal confrontations.

Why, I thought? The answer is obvious, but not if we are TV drama viewers. There, when people get shot they immediately drop, and are dead unless they have more than an extra role in the presentation. I put up the picture of Reagan above because, contrary to the official story, he has already been shot and does not know it. People do not drop when they are shot, and usually don’t even realize it for a period of time. The head shot is the best way to disable a victim, but cops are not that well trained in firearms. Anyway, who can say where to shoot when an officer is in panic mode? A large man presents a good target, and the torso is the best sure hit, the head a little more iffy. But it takes quite a few shots to disable an assailant, more so a large man.

If that is what happened.

So officers are trained to empty their weapons, create as many wounds as possible so that the victim will bleed out and lose consciousness as soon as possible. One shot will not do. In the meantime even if already hit, he is still a threat. The officer is in survival mode, and training allows him, even instructs him, to shoot, shoot shoot until out of bullets.

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Reading American news: This one is easy to unravel

State Department admits that there might be “dozens” of Americans fighting in Syria and Iraq, and that they are “disaffected,” possibly posing a ” threat to national security” when they return home. This is in response to an American turning up dead fighting for “ISIS” in Syria.

As American news goes, this one is easy to unravel. “Dozens” means hundreds, and as fighting intensifies, more of them will be killed, captured or otherwise exposed. They are not expatriates, they are not fighting for the other side. Their histories are wiped clean, they seem to randomly up and leave and go fight in strange lands. They are American agents, provocateurs, part of ISIS and under US control, and subject to the following dictum, taken from a popular TV show back in the sixties:

If killed or captured, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your activity.

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American political parties are far more right-wing than the American public

Americans are perhaps the most heavily polled people on the planet. If that suggests that American public opinion matters to our leadership, well, think again.

American leadership fears public opinion and so manages it without heeding it. Consequentially, Americans are up to their eyeballs in polls, propaganda and disinformation. We can think whatever we want in our isolated existences, but should we organize around an ideal, leadership goes apoplectic. It is the threat of a bad example, and the reason why Wal-Mart will even go to the extreme of closing a store where there is the threat of a union. The violence of the Obama Administration against Occupy Wall Street was meant to send us a message – think what you want, but stay home.

The period 1965-1975 represented a flowering of American democracy, with students, women, minorities and environmentalists all getting busy. To the oligarchs, this was a crisis, and the Powell Memo signaled the beginning to the clampdown that has led to our current dark climate of ignorance and isolation.

But American public opinion is studied. Truly informative polls are kept quiet, that is, are not broadcast. Obama’s personal approval rating, Hillary’s ranking in the polls – are matters of little consequence but which garner headlines in the news.

But people do study our moods and attitudes. The place to go for surveys on American public opinion is the Council on Foreign Relations. This group was set up to mimic British Round Tables, and are meant to be a place where elites can gather and talk turkey. Their polling data is meant to keep them informed on American attitudes, nothing more.

This link will take you to a set of polls of American public opinion taken over time. I will offer just a few nuggets.

  • A majority of Americans believe in international law and that our own laws ought to be subordinate to them.
  • A majority of Americans believe the United Nations should be the arbiter of international disputes, with the United States merely contributing to its efforts.
  • A majority of Americans believe that the CIA should abide by the Geneva Conventions.
  • A majority of Americans believe that military force should be used only for self-defense or for that of an ally.
  • Americans are hugely supportive of International agreements like the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
  • Americans mostly believe that the U.S. should participate and be subject to international courts.
  • The vast majority of Americans support nuclear disarmament.

There’s much more to this of course, and CFR pollsters do try to educate respondents to bring their opinions around on matters like, say, U.S. intervention in other countries’ affairs, a CFR avocation.

Polish Wolf was just another blogger who left the kitchen, but I had arguments with him about the fact, demonstrated here, that the leadership of both of our political parties exists far to the right of public opinion. His attitude (just youthful naiveté I suppose) was that politicians merely reflect that opinion. His and my (former) home state of Montana has in it a well of progressive attitudes and ideals, and any worthy leader could tap that well and make a career. But the key to understanding our politics is this: The majority of public opinion is represented by those who do not vote, perhaps half of us. That segment has the makeup of a labor party, and could be a powerful force if mobilized. Leadership knows this.

But the parties are not constructed to reflect public opinion. Rather, they reflect their sponsors, their financiers, and so have to studiously avoid getting into debates on issues where real public opinion might be exposed. This situation could be easily remedied if Americans knew how to organize. So it is the mission of the two political parties in the United States to prevent organization of the public behind its own ideals, instead shepherding it to act in favor of the oligarchy.

In the near future I intend to visit CFR polls on economics and domestic policy, equally enlightening.

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Election whores

41801_214754565188_8024957_nHere are a few comments from around the web:

Well done!

That was DJ Flightrisk at Pogie’s regarding a post on Ryan Zinke. It appears that Pogie has gotten the comment section of his blogged tamed and under control. No more loose cannons or off-topic comments.

It’s the Putin pose.

That was James Conner, whom Cowgirl often refers to as “The Flathead Memo” when seeking to give his opinion more weight than it warrants. Here he is heaping scorn on Ryan Zinke. This scorn, oddly, is reflective of the official position of Mainstream Media regarding Russian President Vladimir Putin. It’s a two-step process: First MSM prints it, talking heads repeat it on air, and then Conner thinks it and even offers it up as his own original opinion.

I could easily have grabbed two other comments, such low-hanging fruit is this subject. Just two observations:

  • Amanda Curtis might as well be tending to her tomatoes. These people don’t care about that race now that the dullard, the poster child for mediocrity, John Walsh, has been taken down. Democratic leadership must be pissed that their appointed successor to the poster child for corruption, Max Baucus, was shot down. They are readily conceding the seat to Republican Steve Daines. Democrat followship ought to be upset about that, but they are not. That is why I call them followhsip.
  • There is not much left in this country in the way of representative government, often referred to as “democracy.” As I look about the world situation, there is a monstrous attack on the Mideast via an outfit known as “ISIS,” known to be formed and back by the Americans with assistance from other client states. The Ukrainian putsch is waging war on its own people, driving them to flee to Russia, shooting down airliners, shelling cities ad towns and killing hundreds of innocent civilians. The object here is painfully obvious, to draw Russia into a border war. It ain’t working. Russia’s only public response has been humanitarian aid. (This would be Conner’s bare-chested Putin doing that.) There are wars going on in Congo killing thousands each month, while CIA is busy trying to undermine the elected government of Venezuela, a place where they actually seem to know a thing or two about democracy.

I could go on. Point is, Democrats are clueless about such matters.

My first deep involvement with Democrats was in 1996 when I ran for legislature, and I won’t rehash that experience. My second was 2000 when I campaigned for Nader. Both experiences left me with a low opinion of the nature of the typical Democrat: Not a very smart person. A Democrat typically will not know any issues well other than those used to drive voters to the polls, the wedges like abortion and gun control. The typical Democrat will suffer low awareness of world events. The typical Democrat will point his finger at Republicans and say they are “low-information voters”, but the slogan better reflects Democrats than the other party. Republicans, at least, put up candidates reflective of their own proclaimed philosophy. Democrats have to resort to cloaked right wingers like Walsh.

The whole of the Democrat operation is seedy and cynical, and leaves me wanting to breathe fresh air and avoid politics in total. Democrats like Conner and Pogie will run around claiming to be “progressives,” an insult to thinking people. They haven’t a clue what that is about.

I have a better word for them: Election whores.

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Putting lipstick on a pig

…the same individuals were to be presented as allies yesterday and must be as enemies today, even if they are still on orders from Washington.

imageIt is difficult have an understanding of international terrorism as sponsored by the United States, and at the same time watch the U.S. state-controlled media twist that same information into a fairy tale. ISIS is nothing more than a terrorist organization, and when it was doing Washington’s work in Libya and Syria, was presented as a pro-democratic force.

Defeated in Syria, armed to the teeth by the U.S., Turkey, France and Saudi Arabia (acting as a conduit for Ukrainian weapons), ISIS is now presented as a scourge that is forcing Washington’s hand, perhaps triggering another intervention in Iraq.

What changed? Words changed. That’s all. Al Qaeda, Syrian Emergency Task Force, Al-Nosra, Northern Storm Brigade … ISIS. All Washington employees, all the time. Sometimes a friend, sometimes an enemy, always on the payroll. Terrorists, saboteurs, beheaders, eaters of intestines, human scourge … these are our guys. They are drenched in American weapons and money.

I have long regarded John McCain as a terrorist. Sent on a mission to bomb a light bulb factory in north Vietnam, he was shot down, could have been left to drown but was instead rescued and imprisoned for five years. He was tortured, and broke. He’s not a sane man now, but I had no idea that he is, as Thierry Meyssan claims, an agent behind so much illegal U.S. activity these last decades, from the ouster of president Jean-Bertrand Aristide in Haiti, the attempt to overthrow President Mwai Kibaki in Kenya, the attempted overthrow of president Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, and most recently, the ousting of the constitutional president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych. These are all democratically elected governments, and the U.S. attacked them, probably for that reason.

Who knew? Such a man, rightly imprisoned in Vietnam, is behind international terrorism. He is presented as a hero here in the Empire of Lies. That’s why I said at the outset here that it is difficult to watch U.S. state-controlled media twist all of this around, lying about everything everywhere all the time and taking a man like McCain, a deranged terrorist, and making him seem something better than that.

I call that putting lipstick on a pig.

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Aliens among us

My last 26 years have been a quest to understand our world, and to a small degree I think I have succeeded. There are two key features of our existence that cast a dark shadow over every human affair.

Psychopaths: It’s as if the planet was seeded with two species, regular humans, and psychopaths. Whether they are two or five or ten percent of the population, they live among us posing as regular humans. They have enormous advantage, as they understand us (while we are only beginning to get a grip on them). They imitate us. They appear to have a breeding advantage as they can bring tremendous sexual energy to the mating game. Even as they live among us, appear to be part of us, they are really just stalking us. They have no great ideas, do not dedicate their lives to any cause other than gaming, accumulating wealth. They rarely excel in professions, and so rely on recruitment of regular people to run their organizations, build their weapons, man their armies.

You’ve met them. They have befriended you, taken advantage of you. You helped them on their tests in school as they just can’t knuckle down. They have engaged you in a love affair and then walked out on you. They have tried to empty your bank account, and undermined you at work. Their biggest thrill in life is the trap, to set it up, capture some one, snap it shut. They do not have much else going on, so that gaming is very important to them. They are disproportionately represented in the prison population, but more importantly, in the corporate world. The higher up one travels in an organization, the more common is the psychopath. They have infested Washington and every state capital.

Power: Regular people do not crave power. We don’t seek to rule others, take no special advantage in being in a position where we control the lives of others.

Psychopaths do. Consequently, by default, power cedes to psychopaths.

Ergo, the world as we know it.

I read, and I do not remember where, that it is very rare that two psychopaths marry. That made me change my perception of the Clinton’s. Bill is a brilliant man, can project empathy and charm and brings tremendous sexual energy to his game. Hillary appears cold and calculating, even menacing. Are they that rare couple, or is it one and not the other? I do not know. I only know with Hillary that the hair on my neck stands on end when I see her on TV. I had that same reaction years ago to George H.W. Bush. These are not nice people.

We all instinctively know when we are in the presence of a predator. We only need to refine that sensibility, and pay attention to it. We are learning more about psychopaths, talking openly about it. There’s even a TV series dedicated to them now. It’s called True Blood.

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A deeper kind of dedication

Merton (1915-1968)

Merton (1915-1968)

When my older brother, Steve, spoke at my oldest brother Tom’s funeral, he said that Tom (9 years older than me) had introduced him to the work of Thomas Merton as an eighth grader. Tom was a poet and quiet intellectual, and he and I, even without the age difference, did not have much in common. Merton was just a name to me. I knew such a person existed, but had no interest in him. Religious thinkers have never had any appeal for me. It wasn’t until I read James Douglass’ JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters, that I caught a better glimpse of Merton and wondered about my older brother, wishing perhaps that I had known him better.

Here’s the Merton money quote from the introduction to Unspeakable:

“I have little confidence in [John F.] Kennedy, I think he cannot fully measure up to the magnitude of his task, and lacks creative imagination and the deeper kind of sensitivity that is needed. Too much from the Time and Life mentality, than which I can imagine nothing further, in reality, from, say, Lincoln. What is needed is really not shrewdness or craft, but what politicians don’t have: depth, humanity and a certain totality of self-forgetfulness and compassion, not just for individuals but for man as a whole: a deeper kind of dedication. Maybe Kennedy will break through into that someday by miracle. But such people are before long marked out for assassination.”

This was written in January of 1962.

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How come insiders don’t know anything about money?

Pete Talbot wondered at Intelligent Discontent what John Walsh might do with his $700,000 in remaining funds after dropping out of the campaign.

I have more basic questions, and these are questions that I know that Pete, Pogie, or any Democrat, even those who consider themselves informed insiders, cannot answer. They are:

  • 1): How much money did Walsh raise?
  • 2): Who gave it to him?
  • 3): What did he promise in return?

Answer below the fold. As it turns out, Walsh only had $180,000 left after trying to save his sorry ass with a TV campaign, and that money has been scattered to the wind. It is important to understand that the promises made to the donors are most likely attached ot the money, and that Amanda Curtis got only $2,000 of it, meaning that at this point, she is unattached.

Someone please ask Pogie and Pete, as they don’t much like me, why it is that they carry on as if they are some kind of knowledgeable insiders, and yet have no clue who is bribing their candidates behind the scenes. They do not know how to follow money, and yet speak with great wisdom and offer profound advice to candidates.

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News and noteworthy

Western media is so imposing that hardly a ray of light ever shines through. Oddly, within Israel, there is more freedom to print stories about Israel than in the US state-controlled media. Here’s one: South Africa says it will prosecute any of its citizens who participate in the Gaza massacre. Since that country knows all about apartheid, the policy makes sense.

Then there is this:

A courageous Jewish woman burns her Israeli passport in London, denounces the Gaza siege and massacre, and interestingly seems to know that she is of “Eastern European” ancestry, and is not Semitic, true of the majority of Israeli Jews.

This indeed I know even as the Bible does not tell me so.

In the comments below my last post, SK linked to The Vineyard of the Saker, and I found a clearheaded voice. I’ll put it in the links on the right when I have a moment, but for right now, urge all readers to give it a look. Guy has a brain.

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Yazidis were never under seige

I wrote here about the plight of the Yazidis that it had all the earmarks of American agitprop (How to spot lies … use brain). It used the archetype of women being abused by really bad, bad men, a common theme throughout our history. For that reason I suspected that there were no Yazidis in trouble, and that other game was afoot.

It also did not hurt that I knew the “bad men” doing the supposed abuses, ISIS, were people the US is arming and supporting. But that is not unusual either, as the US often backs the terrorists that it later sends in the military to thwart. I heard someone refer to this as “The Hegelian Dialectic,” but am not well-schooled in such fancy talk.

Moon of Alabama dissects the lies, as follows:

Obama today:

“We broke the ISIL siege of Mount Sinjar,” Obama said.

“We do not expect there to be an additional operation to evacuate people off the mountain, and it’s unlikely we’ll need to continue humanitarian air drops on the mountain,” Obama continued.

This “broke the siege” statement is a lie. There never was a “siege” on the Sinjar mountain range. The Yazidi who had fled there were quickly welcomed and evacuated to Syria by the Kurdish PKK and YPG forces. There are now some 15,000 of Yazidis in the Kurdish part of Syria. Some thousand refugees may still be in the mountains but the nomadic shepherds who live there will likely help them along.

The PKK was already there doing the job three days before the first U.S. action took place. …

The only reason Obama sent troops and jets to the area was to protect the city of Erbil with its CIA station, the international airport and the local headquarters of various “western” oil companies.

When dealing with Western media sources, one learns to look for such deceit. Worse yet, one learns to expect it.

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