Monthly Archives: March 2006
WHAT A SURPRISE! It was all BULLSHIT (please excuse the obscure link as the American MSM links to this story are disappearing or being altered faster than the integrity of a White House Press Corps ‘reporter’ at a Crawford catfish fry and BBQ) after all, this conjures up ugly memories of the Sago mine media disaster where the feeding frenzy to get the story out resulted in entirely the wrong story being embarassingly splayed across headlines and further impugns the credibility of the hacks in the corporate media….what a bunch of useless losers, suckups and sycophants. The so-called journalism programs across America should be cited for dumping toxic waste by mass-producing the pathetic shitbags who are more interested in whoring out to the establishment by churning out whatever bland public relations garbage that allows them to keep their thrice-mortgaged, overpriced homes, their status symbol cars and whatever other trinkets and baubles that they were willing to cheaply sell out their constitutional responsibility to maintaining a free society for. Fuck them all ! I will take a hungry blogger or alternative media stringer working for chump change or even free over any of the dipshit stenographers who traffic in the dumbed down, tabloid style celebrity swill mixed with administration spin and passed off as real ‘news’ that contributes to the destruction of the American mind any day of the week.
Wow, what a difference a day makes in regard to the great White House 9/11 attack plot. Once the methane gas from yesterday’s still steaming pile of bull manure had settled the Zacarias “too mentally unstable for even Al Quaeda” Moussaoui and Richard “I was only trying to light a joint and not my shoes” Reid dynamic duo have been debunked just as I fucking predicted yesterday, the Cheech and Chong analogy is as appropriate as it gets although I pity poor Tommy Chong for being a victim of the zealot John Ashcroft’s holy crusade against bongs. The MSM hacks are in full reverse mode over this one now but it’s pretty fucking sad when a man with a real daytime job who blogs on his own time for absolutely nothing only because he is genuinely outraged is able to spot and denounce the same garbage that the so called ‘reporters’ are unable to see. The same ‘reporters’ are an absolute FUCKING DISGRACE and belong in the damned shithole cubicle gulag producing whatever meaningless bullshit powerpoint presentation that their department managers desire instead of acting as the protectors of liberty entrusted to provide real information to the public instead of spin. The self-centered, career minded dipshits once again betrayed the public trust by their inability to ask the tough questions and to hold power accountable to the people, it doesn’t get any more fucking basic than that in Journalism 101 does it?
A nickel’s worth of free advice to the degreed hacks and stooges in MSM newsrooms: You are losing your credibility with each passing moment as well as pissing on the integrity of the greats who came before you. Men with balls of steel the likes of H.L. Mencken, Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow and any other number of lesser names to whom honor actually meant something and many who suffered tremendously in order to fulfill their American duty in holding power’s feet to the fire were sacrificed so that democratic society could continue to exist. As for the rest of you, you are all failures, fuck-ups and self intersted shithacks who would sell out your own fucking grandmothers for a paycheck when it is all said and done.
Start preparing your resumes for your new life in cubicle hell. Every day that you swallow the hook and perpetuate the propaganda for the criminals in power is one day closer to the day when you will become functionally obsolete and give way to those with the integrity and respect to the profession that you have all collectively submersed in shit by forsaking your positions as guardians of the public trust.
How Dare You?
Station Charon has issued an all out BULLSHIT ALERT as a full days worth of media spin and Bush administration/GOP dissembing and maneuvering became instantly obvious to all but the biggest of dolts in the vast wasteland of the mind that is TV-merica. The 3 card media monte was on with the day’s two biggest ‘stories’ designed to distract and redirect the extremely shortened attention spans of Americans who have lately been inundated with only the bad news about Iraq along…what about all of the good news that is left out so that the leftists in the media can engage in orchestrated Bush bashing and the war of secular humanists against Christians taking place right now in God’s chosen country the USA? So the gremlins and plants in news organizations received their marching orders and went to work with two guaranteed smash hits along with the other standard tidbits of disinformation and outright propaganda that are by now so imbedded in the electronic media that they are nearly unnoticible.
First is the saturation coverage of the very obviously mentally deranged Zacarrias Moussaoui aka the 20th hijacker who ‘confessed’ that he and the klutzy shoe bomber Richard Reid were to have hijacked a fifth airliner on the morning of September 11, 2001 and flown it into the White House. Yeah, right and Santa Claus himself has been a long dormant covert Al-CIA-da sleeper cell operative who would use beloved icon status as a cover to then along with his suicide squad of eight reindeer and an elf or two fly his explosive laden sleigh into the Sears Tower in a peripheral operation on the same fateful morning. My God, just who in the fuck writes these scripts? The propagandists behind the FOX paramilitary hit 24? This is just another great example of the Bushists trying to recapture their lost mojo by conjuring up more fear-mongering in a desperate attempt to repackage the horrible events of 9/11 so as to once again insert them into the public consciousness. They just continue to blindly fumble around trying to grasp what was once the most kick ass club in their bag of tricks and chicanery. It is also a blatant attempt to pull a bait and switch over the roiling anti-immigration controversy that has the GOP ghost of Pat Buchanan style race-baiting congressional scumbags howling like banshees in order to play on the resentment of the easily duped bewildered herd one more time in the run up to November.
There were an estimated half a million demonstrators in the streets of Los Angeles alone over the weekend and the potential for Karl Rove’s grand scheme to recruit more Hispanic voters is going up in his dirty dick-skinning paws like a flaming bag of dogshit. Moussaoui and Reid are easily the biggest fuck ups of all of the losers that were the so called ‘hijackers’ who ended up being blamed for what was obviously a state sponsored psy-ops operation. But more on that later, the dynamic duo of Reid and Moussaoui could are far more believable as characters in a Cheech and Chong movie than any sort of legitimate threats. This is just more of the same ole, same ole horseshit that comes out of the White House and Pentagon propaganda chop shop. Besides, even if he weren’t a total schizoid Zac Mac would sing like a camel in heat if he knew that his testicles were soon in danger of being squeezed in a pair of pliers before being mauled by dogs at Camp Rummy aka Gitmo.
For the other news cycle driving piece of shit ‘story’ there is the tried and true local homicide story pumped up to national prominence of the latest man to be sent into a murderous state of derangement by the dreariness of the grunge city of Seattle, the world capital for those with depressive, suicidal personalities. Toadstool City already has given the world Ted Bundy and the Green River killer as well as the serial killer tracking psychic FOX series Millennium (“Frank, I may have found a head over here”) which now is available in all of it’s gut-churning glory on DVD. The name that you will be hearing far more than any other in America for the next several weeks is Aaron Kyle Huff the ‘Teddy Bear’ who walked into a drug fueled party at a local ‘rave’ and methodically gunned down six dopers before turning his gun on himself. I challenge anyone to explain to me exactly why in the fuck that this local killing spree is a story of national importance and prominence when there are so many other real issues that actually affect YOUR life that don’t receive jack shit in the way of coverage? You Can’t! This is more of the same old bullshit and the television movie producers are likely already circling like the vultures that they are. Americans love shit like this, fixating on a few dead bodies in a random act of violence while ignoring the massive acts of brutality that are perpetrated in their names and with their tax money in Iraq which brings us to our next part of this sad story.
There is a serious disconnect from reality in that a story such as the horrendous mass murder of an innocent Iraqi family in cold blood by jumpy and tired Marines that conjures up memories of Mai Lai (the kids were still in their fucking pajamas for Christ’s sake) is deliberately downplayed by the dipshits in the national media while the story of some poor bastard in Afghanistan, his name is Abdur Rahman by the way who had been sentenced to death for abandoning Islam for Christianity and the entire motherfucking world goes into apoplectic outrage over his sorry ass as if the life of one convert to Christianity (despite the barbaric and intolerant reaction of the Afghans) is somehow worth more than any of the tens of thousands of those who have become collaterol damage in the grand lie that is the ‘war on terror’ or more appropiately put the war of militant, fundamentalist evangelicals against any who do not bow to their angry God and their very peculiar incarnation of a vengeful and ruthless Jesus Christ.
And of course it should come as no surprise to any that the one screaming the loudest against both the treatment of Rahman and stoking the fires of nationalism on the immigration issue is none other than the odious Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, the Pecksniffian peckerwood who has once again shamelessly clambered upon his soapbox and launched into another of his self-serving demagogic tirades designed to whip the Jesus juicers into another one of their irrational frenzies. If there is such a thing as a fundamentalist version of Hell you can rest assured that an utterly loathsome charlatan like Frist will eventually end up there although has no soul to sell but that certainly will never prove to be an impediment to his willingness to traffic in the souls of the poor reformed sots, outright imbeciles and brainless morons who are so easily misled from the true path of the righteousness that was the message of Jesus Christ himself to march along to the tune of the pied pipers of death and destruction that are the false prophets who are their leaders. The truth is that
It was because of his advocacy for the poor and his condemnation of the evils of wealth and the hypocrisy of the political and religious leaders of his time that Christ himself became an enemy of the state who had to be killed in order to protect the power elite who were the GOP of their own day. If there is one certainty in life it is that Jesus would never vote Republican and were he to return to earth tomorrow he would soon be just another middle Eastern man in an orange jumpsuit sitting in legal limbo in a tiny cage in Cuba.
Eternal shits and irredeemable reprobates the like of Frist are yet another example of the same form of theocratic barbarism that has Rahman facing the executioner’s axe in all of it’s innate cruelty, perhaps the so called Christians in America should take this opportunity to gaze into their own mirrors when it comes time to take a stand against religious intolerance.
To a woman who not only played a huge part in the greatest incident of electoral fraud in American history but who also personally carried the torch (as well as Florida strawberries and oranges) for George W. Bush, freezing her ass off in the run up to the New Hampshire primary and then being anointed as his Florida campaign co-chair a serious conflict of interest for a sitting Secretary of State whose oversight of elections is not supposed to be tainted by raw partisan politics. A much larger payback would be necessary in order to slake her insatiable thirst for power and glory. I am not going to go into the illicit activities of Harris during the 2000 election due to both it’s convoluted nature as well as a lack of space but strongly recommend John Nichols’ great little book Jews For Buchanan which documents the theft of the 2000 election and is as amusing as it is informative as well as the work of expatriate Greg Palast whose The Best Democracy Money Can Buy as well as his outstanding reports for the London Guardian are far superior to any of the bullshit coated mind rot that passes for investigative journalism in corporatist America.
Although the fact that Harris’ name recognition alone causes much nausea and revulsion over her association with the illegitimate ascension of King George and as a result has her consistently being outpolled by the incumbent who is a spineless jellyfish of a DLC moderate waffler named Bill Nelson, the American Jezebel just keeps relentlessly pushing onward. Harris’ delusions of grandeur have caused much distress onboard the GOP Death Star and dark Sith lord Karl Rove and his minions have repeatedly tried to get her to take one for the team and yield the fight so as to install a less polarizing figure but Katrina refuses just like a disloyal dog biting the hand that has fed it for so long. Rove must be pulling out whatever few patches of hair remain on his pudgy, balding little head because no matter how badly that he wants Harris to give up the ghost to another, quite possibly royal brotherJeb Bush himself, so he can’t get too rough in handling her because after all, she knows where too many bodies are buried.
Harris is a huge liability to the GOP dream of iron fisted total rule in that she is the worst figure possible to run in a midterm election that typically elicits mass apathy and fears that she will torpedo the whole ticket are entirely justified. She is so loathed that her very presence on the ballot serves as a mobilizing factor that will juice turnout to counter the inevitable march of the anti-gay evangelical army who will be lured to the voting booths like starving rats to cheese by the presence of bigoted constitutional amendments banning gay marriage, gay adoption or any other incarnation of the red state tripe that sends them goose stepping en masse to wage their vendetta against the perceived evils of liberalism and the concept of an inclusive secular society. Katherine Harris is a turd in the punchbowl that could potentially spoil the victory celebrations and Rove knows it.
Despite getting smacked around by the media like a big ugly pinata over a plethora of reports that increasingly call into question her ethics (she has none) and connections to shady double dealers and dirty money influence pimps involving the disgraced and recently convicted former GOP Representative Randy ‘Duke’ Cunningham, aides quitting like rats jumping off a sinking ship and getting advice from longtime GOP strategist Ed Rollins to get out of the race Harris calls the engine room and issues orders that all boilers be fired up as the good ship Katrina steamed full ahead and directly towards the iceberg of a looming disaster. With her campaign circling the drain and plagued with scandal and rumors a “major announcement” was promised which of course was presumed by most to be her formal dropping out of the race, the ugly one executed a perfect flanking maneuver on critics and used an exclusive FOX appearance on Fister and Feckless aka Hannity and Colmes to combatively declare that”I’m staying. I’m in this race. I’m going to win… I’m going to put everything on the line.”
It was Harris’ MacArthur moment, she had returned! It was on the same asinine opinion show that Cruella became an object of much scorn for the camera angles that prominently displayed her breasts (twin miracles of medical science?) which are a nice enough set of gobdobblers to draw attention away from her face. The Daily Show’s Jason Jones provided a great comment in saying that “Harris is clearly banking her senate campaign on two things – her spectacular breasts.” She is also reportedly set to pump up to ten million dollars of her own money into her campaign that is rapidly descending into the abyss of the most vile although successful of all Republican tactics by harnassing the power of the dark side of the Christianity force that is the rabid evangelical fundamentalist movement but more on that later. Florida Governor and likely Katrina replacement Jeb Bush played coy when asked about the Harris appearance on Dumb & Dumber saying that he didn’t have it on and was watching the Doris Day-Rock Hudson flick Pillow Talk (how appropriate) which he referred to as a “fantastic movie, great movie, a classic” instead of the exclusive FOX appearance by his consort and co-conspirator.
Despite her crying the poormouth about investing her own money in pursuit of the coveted Senate seat, Harris’ financial splurge will barely put any sort of noticeable dent in her overall wealth, she is an heiress and her hubby is also rich. Harris is a textbook example of white trash that is born into money, the granddaughter of legendary cattle and citrus barron Ben Hill Griffin a man so hallowed by the crackers who are longtime Floridians that he has had the ultimate honor bestowed upon him, the University of Florida Gators football stadium is named after him although more widely known by it’s nickname the swamp by sports fans and pundits. Harris much like the Bush brothers was a big time winner in the game of life lottery by being born into affluence but money can’t buy class and that is something that Harris will never own, Jed Clampett may have been able to strike black gold and pack up the clan to move to Beverly Hills but they were never able to divest themselves of their innate peckerwood traits and neither can Harris. She has a long history of sleazy behavior including parlaying her influence into the graft that allowed her to launch her political career and fund the dirty tactics that essentially make her a Karl Rove in drag to her excessive foreign excursions on the taxpayer dole to ostensibly promote Florida tourism. Harris is a ruthless, conniving Machiavellian power bitch who at times makes even Hillary Clinton look like an amateur.
Pride goeth before a fall as the proverb goes and Harris is inevitably doomed to face some serious backlash come November barring of course an electronic voting machine induced miracle; but then Florida, the ass backwards swamp of corruption is the place for election day miracles as if anything else could ever be expected from a state that has become the very embodiment of the American nightmare and is as well deserving as is geographically located to be affixed with the label of the diseased penis of America. It is in Florida that O.J. Simpson himself has sought refuge from his loss in the civil suit over the killing of the unfortunate waiter Ron Goldman and his estranged coke slut wife Nicole and The Juice is now spending much of his time combing the golf courses of the southern portion of the Sunshine State in his avowed search for the ‘real killers’. It is in Florida that the system has been so rigged by Harris and her slimy GOP accomplices and corporate stooges in the state legislature that insurance lobbyists are allowed to write the laws screwing homeowners to the extent that many are forced to sell due to massive increases in the costs of coverage because of the affront to free market capitalism that would result by having these state sanctioned thieves actually have to pay out money (therefore diminishing the golden calf of shareholder profits) to consumers who have been gouged for years and legally compelled to purchase their snake oil. Yes, Harris is a perfect fit in Florida and my personal favorite career moment of hers was the day in 2004 when a disgruntled voter named Barry Seltzer, who is horror of horrors a registered Democrat took a run at her with his silver Cadillac during a campaign appearance and putting the real fear of God into her. He later told police that “I was exercising my political expression.” I wonder if Barry is out of jail yet, I am sure that many others with a similar ‘political expression’ would absolutely love to buy him a beer including the author of this blog.
It is in Florida that so called ‘religious’ bigots as well as the normal racist contingent will have every incentive to goosestep to the polls come November with the inclusion of an anti- gay marriage amendment on the ballot at the expense of a fairness in redistricting initiative that not surprisingly was scuttled by the ruling Republican majority, a group who proudly live down to the standards of their famous role model who is MSNBC right wing pundit Joe Scarborough, the former congressman in whose office was found the dead body of an intern but who is fully deserving of conservative accolades for have never being caught on record of denying receiving a blowjob from one. Florida, the personal fiefdom of the next in the line of secession for America’s royal dynasty Jeb Bush has become the biggest freak show in the country providing the media distraction machine with not only the Terri Schiavo epic but also with more than enough scandal, smut, child killers, pederasts and corrupt politicians that such tawdry swill should be the state’s top export commodity. Harris fits Florida perfectly in that she is first and foremost a freak with a tendency for wearing more pancake makeup than Michael Jackson and an unstable paranoiac badly in need of therapy for accusing the evil liberal media of doctoring photos that manage to expose her garish, Gouda cheese complected visage in all of its hideous, needle-nosed repulsiveness. Harris’ makeup is so bad at times that she often resembles the wicked witch from the Wizard of Oz in the two seconds immediately following the bucket of water being thrown on her as her face slowly turns to tallow before melting completely into a steaming pool of ugly goo.
Now as the negative publicity and problems mount Harris has turned to that old time religion by casting her lot with the same ignorant peckerwood evangelical fanatics who only a year ago turned the Schiavo family tragedy into their own personal circus of slime only about a hundred miles to the north of Sarasota where Harris resides and in an interesting tidbit of trivia is also the same sleepy west-central Florida city where Paul Reubens aka Pee Wee Herman was caught masturbating in an adult theatre some years back which pretty much immediately ended his career. Harris has been a whirling dervish of devotionals and biblical dissemination in the last week as more of her staff prepares to make their exodus from the Sodom and Gommorah of her campaign, some reportedly are derisively referring to her pandering to the most loathsome elements of society who pimp their pagan idolatry masquerading as Christianity as leading a ‘Christian Crusade’ as they likely begin to network and circulate their resumes seeking to bolt for more promising long term prospects much like fleas leaping from the mangy fur of a diseased dog. The big problem with deathbed conversions is that while it is easy to fool the simple minded yahoos God himself being omnipotent always instantly recognizes bullshit when he sees it.
How many elections did Jesus help steal?
While making a campaign appearance in front of the sweaty, for the most part functionally illiterate fundie masses at a two day theocratic regressive pep rally called Reclaiming America for Christ at the notoriously Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale ( where the fanatical D. James Kennedy regularly holds his black masses of bigotry and intolerance that preach for the over throw of the United States government) Harris proclaimed that in addition to GOD himself that her greatest influences were the movies The Last of The Mohicans and the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. Then in full Elmer Gantry mode she worked the crowd with the bread and butter hooey and hokum that has so served the Bush administration that God wanted her to be in public service to the thunderous cheers of the sodbusting, rapture bound clodhoppers who had gathered for the gala appearance of yet another of the chosen ones of the Tribulation Force. The movie references were amusing but there are some far more appropriate flicks that more accurately resemble the Harris character that has essentially become a gross parody of herself although she does in fact bear at least a passing resemblance to one of the Orks from second Lord of the Rings episode: The Two Towers.
1: Fatal Attraction-Glenn Close’s fierce portrayal of the crazed jilted lover who stalks and terrorizes Michael Douglas and his family after an affair gone badly awry proving that indeed Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned..boiled any rabbits lately Katie?
2: Body Heat-Although calculating and relentlessly determined, Kathleen Turner had a much nicer set of knockers and a face that didn’t make doing it doggie style a necessity for a satisfying sexual experience.
3: The Last Seduction-Linda Fiorentino’s Wendy Kroy is a ruthless, cold blooded femme fatale for the ages determined to manipulate, kill, fuck, fuck over and ultimately fuck out anybody who dares to get in her way. She also has nicer boobs and wouldn’t require having to wear a bag over her head during intercourse.
As the saying goes, religion is the last refuge for a scoundrel and as a peckerwood queen with a pedigree there is only one thing left for Harris to do:
Just shake those titties for Jesus baby!
The pissant skunks of the Bush cabal are at it once again with more dissembling and PR over the Iraq clusterfuck and like the little furry black and white critters they always fill the air with a pungent stench when under attack as a defense against attackers. Now it’s Field Marshall Herr Donald Rumsfeld himself who is off the chain and spouting spin in vomitous torrents via a Washington Post editorial:
“Turning our backs on postwar Iraq today would be the modern equivalent of handing postwar Germany back to the Nazis”
More revisionist history for the dummies who lethargically and apathetically inhabit the dumbest country on the planet, when they run out of excuses for their inept bungling and criminal plundering it is always easy for the modern equivalent of the Bushist Nazis to throw out a fallacious Nazi analogy to those whose historical knowledge of the real Nazi regime lies somewhere between Hogan’s Heroes and Kelly’s Heroes.
To set the imbeciles straight it is important to understand the following differences and similarities to Hitler’s regime that don’t emanate from the Bushists and their corporatist media:
The war against Germany is nothing like fighting a guerilla war against an insurgency in Iraq or a band of terrorists. Germany was a major industrial and military power bent on world domination and led by an evil megalomaniac lunatic.
Depsosed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has been far too often conveniently and fraudulently compared to Hitler by neo con propagandists and their willing PR flacks in the corporate media. The only similarity is that both had a mustache, that is it, nothing more unless you figure in that both did business with willing members of the Bush family at one time.
The Nazi’s used the Reichstag Fire which many historians have concluded was set with party complicity to introduce and enabling act that gave dictatorial powers to Der Fuehrer to subvert the legislative body as well as the courts. A brutal crackdown was then launched against ‘terrorists’ and civil liberties were crushed beheath a jackbooted heel. Now this is a comparison to the Bushist post 9/11 U.S. and Nazi Germany that is never mentioned by the mainstream media.
The German people were subjected to an incessant barrage of propaganda that was used to control and manipulate the people through imagery and the subtle twisting the truth, the fires of nationalism and resentment were stoked to justify the illegal invasions of foreign countries, any newspapers not parroting the party line were eliminated and any opposition to the ruling party was demonized and eventually brutally done away with.
German industrialists, bankers and corporations supported Hitler despite his extremist views because the Reichsmark trumped loyalty to the country much as the worship of the almighty dollar by our own free market capitalist elite trumps patriotism and American values.
The political left was too busy squabbling amongst themselves to unify early on to prevent the rise of Hitler and once in power the political center was gradually brought to heel and made to march lockstep and in line with the extremists.
Homosexuals were targeted as scapegoats as were other political, religous and social elements that the ruling party found to be enemies of the state and were ostracized, persecuted and eliminated.
The Nazis were legendary torturers, something that the Bush administration also relishes its ability to participate in. According to John Yoo, formerly of the Justice Department Bush as Commander in Chief “had the power to crush the testicles of young children to make the child’s parents talk.” How very Naziesque, note that the administration is far more brazen than even Hitler’s goons were when it came to boasting about their ability to inflict cruel and inhumane treatment upon others.
And what about those temporary detention facilities Haliburton subsidiary KBR was recently awarded a $385 million dollar contract to build? Just who exactly are these for? Of course they won’t be named Dachau, Buchenwald, Treblinka or Auschwitz.
The Republican dogma of social Darwinism has more than a passing ideological relationship to the worst form of eugenics and the Aryan master race so trumpeted by the Nazis and the war on the social safety net is a far more subtle way of ridding society of those deemed to be undesirable by the ruling party than packing them into trains and sending them to gas chambers.
So despite Herr Rumsfeld’s attempt at spin there’s a lot more Nazi similarities in the daily machinations of the Bush junta than you can shake a Schwarzenegger at.
The high priest of sunny optimism, G.W. Bush himself did his best imitation of tepid, warmed over Reagan by denying that there was a civil war in Iraq as well as disseminating the big lie that “We are implementing a strategy that will lead to victory in Iraq” which is just more of the same ridiculous corporate style bullshit that is pumped out like shit sausage from human resource departments throughout the land. Debunking all the king’s spin becomes easier every day as it becomes apparent to all but the most die hard of dead enders and end timers that everything that these people say is bullshit, they don’t even bother with the truth and then fall back on the lies and spin like any semi-competent liars do. Fibbing and prevarication are as essential to President Pinnochio and his ilk as breathing is to most other life forms, they are pathologically incapable of telling the truth and only the FOX watching buffoons and rapture obsessed trailer trash regard anything that comes out of these people’s lying mouths as anything other than the most extreme mendacity that it is.
Bush is either certifiably insane or has one of the biggest sets of the biggest brass balls in America when he rolls out for an infomercial and actually has the unmitigated audacity to proclaim that he can “understand people being disheartened” and then implores for Americans to see “signs of progress” through the prism of bloodshed. Who in the shit cares how many fucking schools are opened or hospitals built when American servicemen are coming home either in body bags or saddled with lifelong disabilities because of Bush and neocon’s disastrous war?
And what could a Goebbels style propaganda offensive be without Shooter himself, Dirty Dick Cheney hitting the Sunday morning bloviation circuit to launch a stupendously stupid reinforcement of abominable stupidity that is inevitably a mere rehersal for the inevitable Rush Limbaugh interview that will be broadcast to the knuckle dragging dolts this week as it always is when Shooter needs to find a willing audience for his sales pitches. Shooter denied with a straight face that Iraq is in a civil war on CBS’s Face The Nation, honing his message in front of longtime Bushite crony and golf pal Bob Schieffer and stuck to a proven strategy to keep throwing up the party line bull shit and preaching to an a choir that shrinks daily as previous converts look for a back door in order to slink out unnoticed.
Of course Shooter’s recalcitrance truth flies in the face of former puppet P.M. Ayad Allawi who truthfully stated “If this is not civil war, then God knows what civil war is.”. Allawi’s comments were made to the BBC which is a superior news source that so far above the cognitive ability of the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes fixated American idiots that it may as well be in an untranslatable alien language for all the good that it would do.
This country has become one big television sitcom where the entire cast are complete absolute dummies when this happy horseshit is peddled by the fucking commander in fucking chief…jesus fucking Christ what in the hell kind of country are we living in where truth tellers are brutally scourged and crucified while establishment hacks like Pontius Pilate Bush are allowed to decry and manipulate reality? It has gotten to the unbelievably surrealistic point where the truth is negativity and pessimism in the same bullshit Romper Room style of most corporate H.R. departments. God help us all when the most treasonous of neocons and their idiotic, reality deficient pitchman are able to pass off the biggest and potentially bloodiest fuck cluster in the history of this country as nothing more than a liberal media vendetta. This shit is reality and no matter how many stupid fucking schools are built is does not one goddamned bit of good for the thousands of Americans who have been killed or maimed for Bush’s Oedipus complex and Rove’s desire to resurrect the Nazi dream of the thousand year reich or Ernest Stavros Cheney’s wet dream of world domination. My GOD people, get a grip and wake up.
These people are utterly fucking batshit and the sooner that they are all removed from power, placed on trial for treason and imprisoned in one of their own fucking camps the better the chance that we all won’t be sucked down in their maelstrom of insanity. Not that any sort of an accountability moment is coming given the Vichy DLC scums ostracism of Russ Feingold for merely suggesting that censure is in order. If Bill Clinton could be dragged in front of the rabid theocrats in the House for an impeachment for a goddamed BLOW JOB these motherfuckers should be dragged and simply turned over to the masses ala Benito Mussolini or Nicolae Ceauşescu, two other totalitarian despots who ultimately were given their comeuppance by their oppressed subjects. Our forefathers are spinning in their graves over the unbelievably anti American war on the people and the world that has been launched by the idiot bastard son and his controllers.
The neocon Republicans have created a monster that I predict that one day they will rue giving life to and nurturing a population of television addicted, simplistic, hateful and bigoted zealots incapable of understanding anything that isn’t in black and white terms. The catering to the scum of society and the incredibly narrow minded fundamentalist Christian whackos is going to bite them in the ass in ways that they never imagined in their short sightedness and drive to build a domestic thousand year reich. One day the the poisonous pit viper that is the theocratic New Christian Right (NCR) will bite the very hand that feeds it as all vipers surely do.
“Our nation is somewhat sad, but we’re angry. There’s a certain level of blood lust, but we won’t let it drive our reaction. We’re steady, clear-eyed and patient, but pretty soon we’ll have to start displaying scalps.”
– George W. Bush : Protector and Avenger
“Fuck Saddam, We’re Taking Him Out”
-George W. Bush : Earthly Instrument of God
With Iraqi sectarian violence raging and the Middle East rapidly disintegrating into a state of anarchy and bloodshed due to the unquenched flow of colossal fuck ups by the War President and his traveling damnation show/carnival of perversion or the theocratic neocons there is only one hugely important thing to do in the minds of the rabid beasts who now control the policies of a rogue U.S. government: REINFORCE THE MESSAGE! The butt-head Bushist base needs to once again be buttressed with a sense of mission as it is now only the most die hard of Bushist dead enders who are still firmly in his camp and they are the most deluded of them all who believe that God himself has divinely anointed their leader for the great crusade against heathen liberals and radical Islam as well as credulous and susceptible to the propaganda. It may be a perverse logic that calls for playing to the loonies and yahoos but it is bread and butter for Karl Rove and the rapture bus needs to stay booked to capacity with fanatics locked in a state of denial much like the red staters who are still fighting the Civil War and represent the majority of the loyalists, they are Bush’s own Fedayeen and it is imperative that they remain willing to die or kill if it ultimately becomes necessary in order to preserve the power and the glory.
Another propaganda blitz/public relations campaign is being rolled out in order to spin the Iraq debacle into something more palatable than the money sucking, flesh eating charnel pit that it has become, the lives of over 2,300 American military members as well as the maiming of at least 17,000 more mean far less to the fanatics in Washington than the upcoming elections and with Iraq becoming an increasingly large political liability to the American fuehrer and his ruling fascist party it is time for spin and distraction and the only question left is how big of a distraction will it take for the administration and it’s lackeys to ward off losing control of congress and ultimately being brought down for their myriad of criminal actions. Conventional wisdom states that a wounded animal is always at its most dangerous when cornered. Bush’s poll numbers are tanking, recently vocal conservatives are in attack mode, the corrupt rats in the GOP congress are growing restive and the rubber fetus crowd are threatening to expose themselves as the American Taliban that they have always been with the outlawing of all abortions in South Dakota and soon Mississippi. Rove and Cheney know that the posse is closing in at the same time the the horses that they are sitting on are growing tired and they are now going into a black desperation mode where ALL options are on the table including a fortuitously timed ‘terrorist’ attack and/or an escalation leading to an all out war of civilizations kicked off by an attack on Iran, more on that later.
As the week began Dirty George took to the road in order to rekindle the fear and to stoke the fire in the bellies of the hard core dead enders that are his base with more of the same nationalist swill and bellicose drivel that is now so commonplace that even some corporate mainstream media outlets are calling it a PR campaign. Of course Iraq has ALWAYS been about PR, from the lies in the leadup to Shock and Awe to the wonderful little story of Saving Private Lynch to the apex of bullshit of the shameless ‘Mission Accomplished’ Top Gun style landing on the aircraft carrier where King George strutted around like Maverick with a codpiece jammed down the front of his shorts that caused Chris Matthews to drool and squeal like a teenybopper in full puppy love mode. It was a greater high than anything he ever experienced in the National Guard, providing even a greater buzz than even the cocaine. The battlefield ‘news’ from the highly touted imbedded reporters has always been subject to manipulation and the administration and the Iraq Press Office was staffed with Bush loyalists to ensure that the proper filtering and spin procedures were observed when laundering the news.
Anybody with any common sense is mortified that the Bushite dead enders continue to preach to the madhouse choir that is their loyalist base, better to reinforce the minds of the yahoos and stoke the anger that will drive them come November for a twin pronged assault on gay marriage and abortion that in Karl Rove’s playbook is the scorched Earth campaign. It’s like Saddamites burning the oil wells, with control of congress and the tool of subpoena power hanging in the balance the fascists only want to stick to their already far too successful message of divisiveness and animosity.
The PR blitz was given an additional goosing today as Operation Swarmer, a massive air assault was launched against Iraqi targets in a desperate attempt to quell the raging hostilities and prevent an all out civil war that is more imminent with each passing minute and each newly discovered body. Swarmer too will fail as the collateral damage is likely going to be huge and bombing the shit out somebody’s family isn’t exactly out of Dale Carnegie’s How To Win Friends and Influence People. Dropping more bombs never helped LBJ or Nixon in Viet Nam and it will once again fail in Iraq because delivering democracy at gunpoint hasn’t historically been a good method for persuasion and recruitment to an invading force’s cause and this won’t be any different. If anything else it is only going to inflame the situation but that is probably what Rummy and Cheney intended to do in the first place. The only sure thing for Swarmer is that it is a dead certainty that every paramilitary freak in America with loyalties to the regime will be swarming to their king in order to protect him from the criticism and outrage of ‘traitors’ and the damned secular liberals in the media.
It’s time for the Bushists to throw a Hail Mary with the king’s ratings in the shitter and the pantry of theWhite House underground bunker stocked to the rafters. The Wall Street Journal is even showing poll numbers in the 30’s and now this from Dan Froomkin’s always exceptional White House Briefing blog in the online version of The Washington Post which pretty much says it all in referring to a recent Pew poll:
“Bush’s personal image also has weakened noticeably, which is reflected in people’s one-word descriptions of the president. . . .
“Until now, the most frequently offered word to describe the president was ‘honest,’ but this comes up far less often today than in the past. Other positive traits such as ‘integrity’ are also cited less, and virtually no respondent used superlatives such as ‘excellent’ or ‘great’ terms that came up fairly often in previous surveys. . . .
“The single word most frequently associated with George W. Bush today is ‘incompetent,’ and close behind are two other increasingly mentioned descriptors: ‘idiot’ and ‘liar.’ All three are mentioned far more often today than a year ago.”
In fact, the terms “ass”, “jerk”, “selfish” and “untrustworthy” are all new additions to Pew’s list of top responses, though for some reason “sucks” has actually fallen off the list.
It’s time to go into desperation mode for the Bush, Rove, Cheney Axis of Evil, the clock is running out, they are trailing on the scoreboard and the hurry up offense is getting ready to plumb the very depths of the playbook for whatever chicanery, trickery or razzle-dazzle play might allow them to stay in the game and ultimately snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat. This is the time when all Americans should be absolutely scared shitless because in 2006 paranoia is just another word for ignorance.
The ultimate distraction is coming and coming soon from all signs, an attack on Iran likely in coordination with Israel which should do wonders for our image in the Arab world. Hell, maybe even the the Christian Zionists will be happy since they will not only get the long awaited fiery conflagration which they will undoubtedly greet with orgasmic glee but world defense contractors will be doing cartwheels I could even personally thank God since I recently parked most of my 401K in funds that feature General Electric and Haliburton among other war profiteers, I could have a nice little nest egg provided that I live long enough to collect it without either being incinerated in an all out nuclear inferno or have my head chopped off by the American Taliban.
The real messages imbedded in the recent onslaught of Iraq spin are the subliminal messages affixing the targeting coordinates of the next neo con outburst to the regime in Iran. During a speech on Monday Bush accused Iran of providing technology to Iraqi insurgents in the manufacture of the I.E.D.’s (Improvised Explosive Devices) that have been making hamburger out of our under-equipped troops in their shitty unarmored vehicles for nearly three years now.
A senior White House aide (Rove’s usual codename) acknowledged that “It was a very deliberate message at a very crucial moment”.
During the speech Bush said:
“I wish that I could tell you that the violence is waning and the road ahead will be smooth. It will not. There will be more tough fighting and more days of struggle, and we eill see more images of chaos and carnage in the days and months to come”
Bush then took a thinly veiled shot at the media and critics:
“Terrorists are losing on the field of battle, so they are fighting this war through the pictures we see on television and in the newspapers every day. They’re hoping to shake our resolve and force us to retreat. They are not going to succeed.”
Translation: Next stop Tehran and the traitors in the liberal media better get with the program or face the wrath of an administration scorned. Hell hath no fury!
The real messages imbedded in the recent onslaught of Iraq spin are the subliminal messages affixing the targeting coordinates of the next neo con outburst to the regime in Iran. For months now the propaganda has been mounting, most of it likely coming out of the information chop shop in the Pentagon basement but supplemented with a smattering of Rovian White House political language that is so finely tuned that it is able to solicit a reaction akin to that of Pavlov’s Dogs with only a minimal amount of noise delivered in the correct key.
Almost before the last vote was counted in last June’s Iranian election incoming President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was immediately smeared as being one of the 1979 Iranian embassy hostage takers, never mind that it wasn’t true and was ultimately debunked although not with any real media coverage it did the trick by conjuring up buried hostility over Ayatollah Khomeini’s radicals much like the swift boating of John Kerry unleashed buried Viet Nam resentment. You have to give it to the Rovians, when it comes to mental manipulation these guys are the ultimate pros. Increasingly disturbing signs are appearing that the Bushists are ready to shoot the works by risking a world war with a ‘preemptive attack’ in Iran and some of the commentary as of late is provocative to say the least:
From Niall Ferguson of the Los Angeles Times:
It’s not hard to see why. With his approval ratings down to 37%, Bush is now as unpopular as his father was in the year before his defeat by Bill Clinton. As midterm elections approach, the political hunting season has begun. Republicans and Democrats alike are taking potshots at the president as if merely having a lame duck is not enough. They want this duck dead. Members of Congress should beware of underestimating this president, as others have done in the past. They should remember that a second-term president is not necessarily a lame duck he is also a man with nothing to lose.
Conservative columnist Paul Craig Roberts whose pieces are uncompromising in their raw examination of the Bush administration menace put it even more chillingly:
Opinion polls indicate that the Bush regime has succeeded in its plan to make Americans fear Iran as the greatest threat America faces.The Bush regime has created a major dispute with Iran over that country’s nuclear energy program and then blocked every effort to bring the dispute to a peaceful end.In order to gain a pretext for attacking Iran, the Bush regime is using bribery and coercion in its effort to have Iran referred to the UN Security Council for sanctions.
In recent statements President Bush and Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld blamed Iran for the Iraqi resistance, claiming that the roadside bombs used by the resistance are being supplied by Iran.
It is obvious that Bush intends to attack Iran and that he will use every means to bring war about. Yet, Bush has no conventional means of waging war with Iran. His bloodthirsty neoconservatives have prepared plans for nuking Iran. However, an unprovoked nuclear attack on Iran would leave the US, already regarded as a pariah nation, totally isolated.
Readers, whose thinking runs ahead of that of most of us, tell me that another 9/11 event will prepare the ground for a nuclear attack on Iran. Some readers say that Bush, or Israel as in Israel’s highly provocative attack on the Jericho jail and kidnapping of prisoners with American complicity, will provoke a second attack on the US. Others say that Bush or the neoconservatives working with some “black ops” group will orchestrate the attack.
And in an extremely disturbing omen earlier today Bush and the White House released a new national strategy paper reemphasizing their implied right to launch preemptive attacks without any justification or reliable underlying evidence, here are a few highlights:
“America is at war. This is a wartime national security strategy required by the grave challenge we face . . . terrorism fuelled by an aggressive ideology of hatred and murder.”
“If necessary, however, under long-standing principles of self defense, we do not rule out use of force before attacks occur, even if uncertainty remains as to the time and place of the enemy’s attack”
“When the consequences of an attack with WMD are potentially so devastating, we cannot afford to stand idly by as grave dangers materialize.”
Notice the embedded WMD propaganda as a seed being planted in the public consciousness, the smoking gun in the form of a mushroom cloud may be coming soon to facilitate the final transformation of the police state and to create an environment that will provide blanket immunity to the criminals in Washington as well as allow for a complete crackdown on domestic dissent with ruthless consequences. Jesus Christ, first Kurtz broke from the Army and then he broke with himself the same can be said of the nightmare weavers that are the neo con death cult and their psychotic meat puppet front man.
The only thing that this administration fears and must never allow to happen is the exposure of the rottenness of the entire dirty system and the long history of black ops coming to light. Ops like Ollie North’s drug running and arms dealing, REX 84, the shadow government, the Ponzi scheme economy and most importantly of all the true story behind 9/11. Any or all of these could potentially be exposed by a new congress that is not composed of those on the establishment payroll who would have subpoena power and a mandate to investigate what in all likelihood is treason against the United States perpetrated by those at the highest levels.
When an animal is wounded and cornered expect it to come out fighting, it really has no other choice and it will be determined to inflict as much damage as possible in order to ensure it’s own survival and any harm caused to others is of no regard when death is the only other option.
In historical terms it is like Hitler’s tanks are gassing up for the journey to Poland and barring some sort of intervention by saner forces we are all going to be dragged into the darkest depths of the abyss as a result.
The always opportunistic Dr. Bill Frist of the HCA Frists is the winner of the ballyhooed 2008 Straw Poll for the future leadership of the GOP and the heir to the anti-American jihad to tear down the long standing wall of separation between church and state. Given that Frist is a proud product of the very same state that canonized the legendary anti-evolutionist William Jennings Bryan who to this day still polls smack dab between Jesus Christ and Jack Daniels with the yahoos in the ‘Volunteer State’ for his role in fighting the evils of secular society during the Scopes Money Trial the two are somehow inexorably linked in the hearts and minds of the yokels in a relationship that transcends time itself. I feel that in addition to giving Dr. Bill his well earned accolades by recognizing the results of the poll that now makes him the official face and man to beat for the 2008 GOP nod that it is only fitting that I also publish a fine piece on his ideological predecessor William J. Bryan, a heart wrenching tribute by the great H. L. Mencken himself….enjoy.
Frist thrives with home-field advantage
Senate majority leader wins straw poll, but downplays significance
MEMPHIS, Tennessee (CNN) — Home-state favorite Bill Frist won the Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll Saturday night, besting a slate of other potential 2008 GOP presidential candidates in this unscientific survey of Southern and Midwestern Republicans.
With 1,427 ballots cast, the Senate majority leader from Nashville received 526 votes, or 36.9 percent — and all but 97 of them were cast by Tennessee delegates. Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney made a surprising second-place finish with 205 votes, or 14.4 percent.
Frist overcame an 11th-hour attempt by Sen. John McCain of Arizona and other GOP leaders who urged voters to write in President Bush as their choice in a symbolic sign of support for the embattled leader. Bush tied for third place with Sen. George Allen of Virginia. Each received 147 votes, or 10 percent.
McCain, whose write-in effort was largely viewed by attendees as an attempt to derail a Frist victory, placed fourth with 66 votes. McCain’s political advisers denied that that was his goal, and said it was appropriate to stand by Bush as the United States fights the war on terror.
“We are gratified,” Eric Ueland, Frist’s chief of staff, told CNN. “We did a lot of hard work. We are focused on 2006 and the party’s focus for a strong positive vision for 2008.”
A Frist loss essentially would have derailed his presidential ambitions, a Frist confidante told CNN before the poll results were announced.
Other possible candidates and their vote totals: Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, 54; New York Gov. George Pataki, 38; Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, 22; former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, 15; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, 13; and Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, 3.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who was not on the ballot, received 32 votes, and 43 delegates voted for the category “other.”
About 2,000 Republicans are attending the four-day conference that ends Sunday.
The straw poll was sponsored by the National Journal’s Hotline and the Tennessee Republican Party.
The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 27, 1925
William Jennings Bryan
It was plain to everyone, when Bryan came to Dayton, that his great days were behind him — that he was now definitely an old man, and headed at last for silence. There was a vague, unpleasant manginess about his appearance; he somehow seemed dirty, though a close glance showed him carefully shaved, and clad in immaculate linen. All the hair was gone from the dome of his head, and it had begun to fall out, too, behind his ears, like that of the late Samuel Gompers. The old resonance had departed from his voice: what was once a bugle blast had become reedy and quavering. Who knows that, like Demosthenes, he had a lisp? In his prime, under the magic of his eloquence, no one noticed it. But when he spoke at Dayton it was always audible.
When I first encountered him, on the sidewalk in front of the Hicks brothers law office, the trial was yet to begin, and so he was still expansive and amiable. I had printed in the Nation, a week or so before, an article arguing that the anti-evolution law, whatever its unwisdom, was at least constitutional — that policing school teachers was certainly not putting down free speech. The old boy professed to be delighted with the argument, and gave the gaping bystanders to understand that I was a talented publicist. In turn I admired the curious shirt he wore — sleeveless and with the neck cut very low. We parted in the manner of two Spanish ambassadors.
But that was the last touch of affability that I was destined to see in Bryan. The next day the battle joined and his face became hard. By the end of the first week he was simply a walking malignancy. Hour by hour he grew more bitter. What the Christian Scientists call malicious animal magnetism seemed to radiate from him like heat from a stove. From my place in the court-room, standing upon a table, I looked directly down upon him, sweating horribly and pumping his palm-leaf fan. His eyes fascinated me: I watched them all day long. They were blazing points of hatred. They glittered like occult and sinister gems. Now and then they wandered to me, and I got my share. It was like coming under fire.
What was behind that consuming hatred? At first I thought that it was mere evangelical passion. Evangelical Christianity, as everyone knows, is founded upon hate, as the Christianity of Christ was founded upon love. But even evangelical Christians occasionally loose their belts and belch amicably; I have known some who, off duty, were very benignant. In that very courtroom, indeed, were some of them — for example, old Ben McKenzie, Nestor of the Dayton bar, who sat beside Bryan. Ben was full of good humor. He made jokes with Darrow. But Bryan only glared.
Thus he fought his last fight, eager only for blood. It quickly became frenzied and preposterous, and after that pathetic. All sense departed from him. He bit right and left, like a dog with rabies. He descended to demagogy so dreadful that his very associates blushed. His one yearning was to keep his yokels heated up — to lead his forlorn mob against the foe. That foe, alas, refused to be alarmed. It insisted upon seeing the battle as a comedy. Even Darrow, who knew better, occasionally yielded to the prevailing spirit. Finally, he lured poor Bryan into a folly almost incredible.
I allude to his astounding argument against the notion that man is a mammal. I am glad I heard it, for otherwise I’d never believe it. There stood the man who had been thrice a candidate for the Presidency of the Republic — and once, I believe, elected — there he stood in the glare of the world, uttering stuff that a boy of eight would laugh at! The artful Darrow led him on: he repeated it, ranted for it, bellowed it in his cracked voice. A tragedy, indeed! He came into life a hero, a Galahad, in bright and shining armor. Now he was passing out a pathetic fool.
Worse, I believe that he somehow sensed the fact — that he realized his personal failure, whatever the success of the grotesque cause he spoke for. I had left Dayton before Darrow’s cross-examination brought him to his final absurdity, but I heard his long speech against the admission of expert testimony, and I saw how it fell flat and how Bryan himself was conscious of the fact. When he sat down he was done for, and he knew it. The old magic had failed to work; there was applause but there was no exultant shouts. When, half an hour later, Dudley Field Malone delivered his terrific philippic, the very yokels gave him five times the clapper-clawing that they had given to Bryan.
This combat was the old leader’s last, and it symbolized in more than one way his passing. Two women sat through it, the one old and crippled, the other young and in the full flush of beauty. The first was Mrs. Bryan; the second was Mrs. Malone. When Malone finished his speech the crowd stormed his wife with felicitations, and she glowed as only a woman can who has seen her man fight a hard fight and win gloriously. But no one congratulated Mrs. Bryan. She sat hunched in her chair near the judge, apparently very uneasy. I thought then that she was ill — she has been making the round of sanitariums for years, and was lately in the hands of a faith-healer — but now I think that some appalling prescience was upon her, and that she saw in Bryan’s eyes a hint of the collapse that was so near.
He sank into his seat a wreck, and was presently forgotten in the blast of Malone’s titanic rhetoric. His speech had been maundering feeble and often downright idiotic. Presumably, he was speaking to a point of law, but it was quickly apparent that he knew no more law than the bailiff at the door. So he launched into mere violet garrulity. He dragged in snatches of ancient chautauqua addresses; he wandered up hill and down dale. Finally, Darrow lured him into that fabulous imbecility about man as a mammal. He sat down one of the most tragic asses in American history.
It is the national custom to sentimentalize the dead, as it is to sentimentalize men about to be hanged. Perhaps I fall into that weakness here. The Bryan I shall remember is the Bryan of his last weeks on earth — broken, furious, and infinitely pathetic. It was impossible to meet his hatred with hatred to match it. He was winning a battle that would make him forever infamous wherever enlightened men remembered it and him. Even his old enemy, Darrow, was gentle with him at the end. That cross-examination might have been ten times as devastating. It was plain to everyone that the old Berseker Bryan was gone — that all that remained of him was a pair of glaring and horrible eyes.
But what of his life? Did he accomplish any useful thing? Was he, in his day, of any dignity as a man, and of any value to his fellow-men? I doubt it. Bryan, at his best, was simply a magnificent job-seeker. The issues that he bawled about usually meant nothing to him. He was ready to abandon them whenever he could make votes by doing so, and to take up new ones at a moment’s notice. For years he evaded Prohibition as dangerous; then he embraced it as profitable. At the Democratic National Convention last year he was on both sides, and distrusted by both. In his last great battle there was only a baleful and ridiculous malignancy. If he was pathetic, he was also disgusting.
Bryan was a vulgar and common man, a cad undiluted. He was ignorant, bigoted, self-seeking, blatant and dishonest. His career brought him into contact with the first men of his time; he preferred the company of rustic ignoramuses. It was hard to believe, watching him at Dayton, that he had traveled, that he had been received in civilized societies, that he had been a high officer of state. He seemed only a poor clod like those around him, deluded by a childish theology, full of an almost pathological hatred of all learning, all human dignity, all beauty, all fine and noble things. He was a peasant come home to the dung-pile. Imagine a gentleman, and you have imagined everything that he was not.
The job before democracy is to get rid of such canaille. If it fails, they will devour it.H.L. Mencken’s eulogy of William Jennings Bryan.
It can no longer be hidden from any other than the most stubborn of dead enders and end timers that the Bush administration is pure poison and even the questionable polls are showing a marked decline in the percentage of the population who are still willing to allow themselves to be lemmings following their beloved exalted supreme leader off of the end of a cliff. It was ironically appropriate that at the same time the establishment pundits were bemoaning the loss of George W. Bush’s mythical political capital that the news also broke that the self-proclaimed King of Pop Michael Jackson was ordered to close down his Neverland Ranch for failure to pay employees and maintain adequate insurance. Whacko Jacko and Dumbya who are arguably America’s two most recognizable faces to the rest of the world both suffer humiliation on the same day, what great synchronicity.
As much as Hurricane Katrina exposed for the first time to many that the emperor was in fact a butt-naked, drooling mentally deficient, white-knuckle dry drunk as well as a sexually impotent and deranged little toad the recent outrage over the selling of six major U.S. ports to the United Arab Emirates has ‘debunked the strong daddy avenger and great protector’ façade that has existed since the day that Karl Rove gave numbnuts his marching orders to stand on a pile of smoking debris from the decimated World Trade Center in order to exploit the death of thousands of Americans doomed largely due to the administration’s own gross incompetence/complicity to shout his demagogic rantings over a bullhorn. The overwhelming stench of the bullshit mingling with the smell of burning and rotting flesh and all for political advantage, this is treason and God willing if this country is able to ever return to sanity again it should be punished by trials, imprisonment and even the death penalty where applicable for the scoundrel usurpers. Hell, it would be so special that we could even bring back the guillotine if it ever happens. The Dubai ports atrocity illustrates that the so called ‘War on Terror’ that has been used to slowly implement a domestic fascist police state has always been the biggest lie of all.
“One can’t doubt the objective in Iraq has failed … Iraqi animosities have proved uncontainable by an army of 130,000 Americans. Different plans have to be made. And the kernel here is the acknowledgement of defeat.”
– William Buckley Jr.
“By invading Iraq, the Bush administration created a self-fulfilling prophecy: Iraq has now replaced Afghanistan as a magnet, a training ground and an operational base for jihadists, with plenty of American targets to shoot at.”
– Francis Fukuyama
“I’ll never forget the first time I ever met George W. Bush. He was speaking to a relatively small but friendly crowd when he was asked a softball question: “Governor Bush, what will you do as president if a clearly unconstitutional bill arrives on your desk?”
“Bush’s unbelievable response was: “How will I know if it’s unconstitutional?”
– Joseph Farah- Worldnet Daily
“If this was a European parliamentary system, it would have been a vote of no-confidence”
Dana Milbank’s recent column in the Washington Post regarding a Cato Institute Forum what turned into a roasting of the Bush administration is further illustration that even those who were long content with being ‘Good Germans’ are finally done with decorum and finally starting to rebel against the fascists who have occupied the White House and ruthlessly declared war on American values:
Among the featured guests was longtime conservative apologist Bruce Bartlett whose searing new book Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy is a shot across the bow that is aimed directly at the wheelhouse of the Captain Queeg of an administration run amok. In going off, Bartlett labels the Rovians as “irresponsible” “vindictive” and “inept” among many other things.
While the title still represents the root causes behind the Bush insurgency’s rise to power in that it still fails to recognize that the slow moral rot and pungent decay that has eaten America alive actually can be attributed to Saint Ronnie himself it is at least one positive step in the right direction and Alcoholics Anonymous is after all a twelve step problem in which acknowledging the problem is the first step to recovery. They always have to stumble around and vomit on themselves a bit during the process of finally arriving at that one shining moment of clarity where it all becomes apparent as to why they were predisposed to becoming so wretched to begin with. It is a start though and even baby steps in the right direction are deserving of a smattering of praise.
Bartlett is also quoted as saying of his fellow conservatives that:
“They’re reticent to address the issues that I’ve raised for fear that they might have to agree with them….and a lot of Washington think tanks and groups of that sort, they know that this White House is very vindictive.”
My personal favorite:
The greatest tragedy of all is that there is no such thing as a legitimate opposition party willing to take advantage by driving home the spear.
It begs the question…
What the hell is wrong with us?
Sean Allen is the 16 year old kid from Overland High School in Denver who taped his geography teacher, Jay Bennish making anti-Bush remarks. We all know the story, how Bennish was suspended or placed on administrative leave or however the Cherry Creek School District wants to spin it. We know how Allen has been ostracized by his classmates as a squealer (and rightfully so) and is getting threats on the phone. We know that Bennish and his family is as well. We know that the only really good thing to come of this is Bennish shaving his head and sparing us seeing that god-awful mug shot plastered all over the paper.
Much like Mark Anthony (the Roman, not the man-bander) I come not to bury Allen, although I don’t come to praise him. He’s sixteen and I did all sorts of stupid things at that age, mostly involving petty theft and alcohol abuse. Somehow he got it in his mind that recording Bennish was the right thing to do and took the tape to his father. Here’s where we start to play the blame game, even if our good buddies in the Culture Wars may not want to.
Does Dad say this is a bad idea? Does Dad say, “You know, son, Bennish is an a-hole, a bleeding heart, hippie a-hole. I don’t agree with anything he says, but this is America and he has a right to believe what he wants. So long as he doesn’t force you to parrot what he says, you just have to deal with it. After all, I may not agree with what he says, but I will defend to the death his right to say it?”
No, Dad gets on the phone with some conservative talk show hosts and helps put the heat on CCSD. CCSD, of course, is a governmental entity and rather than standing up and backing its employee, banishes him to the outer darkness of administrative leave. Of course, Bennish gets a lawyer and goes on the Today show and the battle is joined. Now the Governor and everyone else has weighed in on a controversy that should have been handled up front by CCSD and it just keeps spreading. Today’s Denver Post states that CCSD is keeping the probe open because there have been “new accusations.” Whatever.
Look, I don’t know Bennish or Allen and I don’t care to because I’ve got too many friends already and I’m trying to cut the list down. But there is something very wrong when a high school student thinks its okay to record his teacher and rat him out to the powers that be like some modern Gestapo. It would be one thing if Bennish had talked about a plot to bomb someone, to shoot someone, to “rub Dubya the right way” like Johnny Gill. But he didn’t break the law – he didn’t threaten anyone. He compared Dubya to Hitler and that’s what has gotten the collective conservative panties in a knot because it hits too close to home.
Allen recorded Bennish, he provoked his teacher and asked leading questions to get what he wanted on tape, then he tried to ruin the man’s livelihood. Why? Because he didn’t agree with what his teacher was saying. Too f—king bad. We’ve all had teachers we hated, who we thought were full of crap, who we didn’t agree with . We’ve had teachers who will fail us in an instant if we didn’t spout the party line. Is it right? No, but its life. It happens all the time in the workplace – we’ve all worked for that kind of boss. Will Allen decided to tape record his supervisors at work when they say something he doesn’t like? Will Allen be fired instantly?
Who even knows if Bennish is like that? His students seemed to rally for him – maybe he’s Mr. Chips. It doesn’t matter. This is America and the Bill of Rights is part of a “piece of paper” called the Constitution that is supposed to guarantee freedom of speech. That’s why groups as repulsive as the Nazis (the real Nazi’s, not the neocon version) still exist and haven’t been stamped out.
CCSD is equally at fault for its part in this idiocy. What if Bennish talked about how Bush was similar to Jesus Christ and the greatest President ever? Would the district put him on admin leave? Or would CCSD (which is one of the most affluent districts in the state) tell Mr. Allen to politely f—k off and take his hippie ass out of their sight? What do you think?
The key to a police state is a culture of fear that is perpetuated by the chance that one of your neighbors is an informer who will turn you in to Big Brother. We are getting there at an alarming rate.
“In the history of the world, the true test of a civilization is how well people treat the most vulnerable and most helpless in their society. The sponsors and supporters of this bill believe that abortion is wrong because unborn children are the most vulnerable and most helpless persons in our society. I agree with them,”
-S.D. Governor Mike Rounds
The ink was barely dry on Machine Gun Sammy Scalito’s fawning thank you note to radical cleric James Dobson when the theocrat reactionary movement threw down the gauntlet in an all out assault against the hated Roe V. Wade. The relentless push for theocratic despotism has now started careening forward with breakneck speed, its jack-booted foot mashing the pedal to the metal. The rubber fetus crowd backed by a lunatic regime that has concocted a winning strategy of stoking religious hatred, a fanatic leader who believe that God himself speaks through him, a corrupt rubber stamp congress that has hand picked by the movement and a court system packed with similar minded zealots that have been stocked like trout in a fishing pond for the past five years have the American Ayatollahs ready to rumble. Sadly most of these people are simply dupes who have been conscripted into fighting in an army of apostasy that forsakes the beatitudes for the apocalyptic ranting of the Timothy LaHaye revisionist trash pumped out to manage perceptions and re-launch the product of Jesus Christ in the form of an aggressively ruthless, ultra-capitalist avenger of death and retribution. They should have saved the time and effort and just contacted the devil directly to sell their souls, they could have probably have gotten better terms.
And of course the GOP fascists march in lockstep unison, singing a dirge to democracy from the same hymnal to pander to the most vile of those seeking to demolish the wall of separation. The jackal that is Senator John McCain aka The Manchurian Candidate continues his rightward flanking maneuver as he positions for a run at the White House by pandering to the so called ‘pro-lifers’ whose strange morality and desire to protect the most vulnerable suffers from the same hypocrisy that their national party so constantly emotes when their constant flow of crocodile tears don’t extend to any non WASP. There is no level to which those without a soul will descend to in order to pander to the fanatics of the cult of R.J. Rushdoony and dominion.
Dropping bomb loads on innocent civilians in unjustified and illegal foreign wars is never a problem with the theocrats nor is the use of incendiary, flesh melting weapons of mass destruction the likes Willy Pete or Napalm as long as such ordnance is always used on those of a dark pigmented complexion and an non-Christian worldview.
It is a culture of PROFIT & EXPLOITATION
It is a culture of MISOGYNY & REPRESSION
It is a culture of ARROGANCE & IDEOLOGY
It is a culture of DOMINATION & OPPRESSION
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.
Despite the fact that we were last night spared an all out war over the ultimate coronation of the reviled ‘homosexual agenda’ that seemed imminent only days ago and would have served to throw even more gasoline on the eternal flames of bigotry and hatred that have smoldered for too long in this land as well as to elicit a joint condemnation from the likes of ideological twins Ayman al-Zawhiri and James Dobson the heavy favorite for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards, Brokeback Mountain lost. The fight will go on as it always does for those seeking to deny the basic human and civil rights to all who don’t think or ‘worship’ as they do but the kindling for the bonfire of fear and loathing that would have been all an out activist mobilization to ensure that EVERY ballot in every precinct in America had at least one anti-homosexuality measure included as bait to the bigots has at least temporarily been postponed. The NCR can save their powder for today at least save for the inevitable gloating over the film’s defeat.
Despite months of hype Brokeback Mountain failed to win the once imminent and highly coveted Best Picture award which instead went to Crash, an ensemble picture on racial issues (another bugaboo of the fascist right but easier to disguise with code worlds in order to better manipulate the masses), so the great and precious mythology of the American cowboy that is our national treasure is safe for now and pretty soon people will forget all of the hoopla and stop asking those heretical questions on just what exactly caused John Wayne to walk that particular way that he always did. An attention deficit afflicted public and just move on to the next thing, like trying to memorize the names of the Simpsons and continue to ignore that ‘goddamned piece of paper’ that is the U.S. Constitution.
Even though Brokeback Mountain went down (certainly no pun intended) the voters made other subtle political statements through awarding the Best Actress award to Rachel Weisz for her role in The Constant Gardner which examined the treacherous nature of a transnational pharmaceutical corporation and a Best Supporting Actor to the great George Clooney and his excellent Syriana which peels the facade of legitimacy away from our world in order to give a peek to the systemic corruption and collusion of the participants in the so called ‘war on terror’. The fact that Clooney has recently laid himself on the line by diligently working to get films produced (Including Good Night and Good Luck which documents the era of McCarthyist witch hunting of in an era before Bush-Rove) in this most despicable of an American era that bother to ask the provocative questions otherwise not allowed to be conceptualized by the bleating sheep of tv nation by the powers that be. Clooney’s political statement films have to no surprise made him a sworn enemy of the ultra fascist contingent of the extremist right wing. So the Syriana award serves as a big helping of FUCK YOU to that rancid, shit-eating, pinched-faced, neocon prick of an attack shill and pimp for the Leo Strauss/Osama Bin Laden sponsored agenda of an eternal war of civilizations Charles Krauthammer for his most recent vitriolic, shameless piece of smoldering ass-wipe attacking Clooney by essentially abeling him as a ‘collaborator’ of terrorism and another big FUCK YOU to that insipid queen of conservative media harpies Ann Coulter whose nauseating bile will undoubtedly be flowing over the results like the poison river of reheated McCarthyist toxic waste that it has always been.
Despite the ubiquitous propaganda that indundates the masses through the continual evocation of fear and the manipulation of the bewildered herd over phony moral issues and by instilling a fervor of nationalism disguised as patriotic flag waving in the name of the vaguely defined concept of national security the real war on American values was not being conducted in Hollywood. It is occurring in Washington D.C. and throughout this once great land on a daily basis, waged on very ideals of what made this country great by the fear mongering, self-serving, avarice obsessed lot of Wall Street whores and Military Industrial Complex lackeys in America’s true Sodom and Gomorrah on the shores of the Potomac. The cowardly renewal of the USA PATRIOT act by the U.S. Congress is a signal to all that this government has now firmly taken a stance of advocating tyranny against it’s own citizens.
The first time, that this enabling act was passed during the panic stricken aftermath in the days following the 9/11 ‘terrorist’ attacks it could almost be dismissed as a knee jerk overreaction to circumstances despite its despicable and indefensible intrusion on civil liberties. At the time a fear stricken legislative body reeling from the delivery of military grade Anthrax to certain influential members had for the most part been cowed into backing a widespread and far reaching tool that was so potentially and ominously threatening to the most important of our freedoms if misused that it was originally given an expiration clause to allow it go pass quietly into the good night once it was used as advertised as a ‘temporary’ and necessary defense measure against any more terrorist attacks in the aftermath of the greatest mass murder on American soil in history perpetrated by a malevolent menace that hates us for our freedoms and liberties.
Now over five years past the 9/11 dawn of the new American century it is apparent that the true enemy that hates us for our freedoms and liberties is not wearing a turban, it has wrapped itself tightly in the stars and stripes just as Huey P. Long once reportedly said that it would:
“If Fascism ever comes to America, it will come wrapped in an American flag” Long also offered these words of wisdom that ring truer in today’s poisoned political climate than ever, “The only difference I ever found between the Democratic leadership and the Republican leadership is that one of them is skinning you from the ankle up and the other, from the neck down.”
In their nearly overwhelming renewal of the USA PATRIOT Act congress has chosen up sides once and for all by making a deal with the devil and bartering away the precious rights of Americans for less then pennies on the rapidly devalued dollar. As Andrew Jackson once said of the British we now can say of the Bush administration and it’s whore two house-one party fascist government, “they are the common enemies of all mankind”. Now the truth is known that the true malevolent menace that hates us for our freedoms and liberties is that of our very own government, the whores to the globalist corporate interests seeking to strangle us in their pursuit of one world order corporatist slave government. The word is getting out and they are fearful, now is the time for the lockdown, the restructuring of the laws to allow for the arrest and extermination of the dissidents and those who are only now becoming aware as to the true threat to our humanity that is the imperialist neo Nazi new world order riding high on a king hell tide of uber capitalist sponsored propaganda churned out by media conglomerates that are nothign but concubines to the military industrialists and the Wall Street traitors whose true colors are in green not red, white and blue and certainly not the color of the precious red blood of our youth being shed in the name of profiteering and empire in the deserts of Iraq and very soon if you are to believe renegade U.N. Ambassador and Bush administration recess appointee John Bolton whose belicose, drum beating in front of an AIPAC audience over the weekend is a harbinger that the blood of the young will soon be spent in the mountains of Iran as well.
The betrayal of American ideals by this most craven of packs of lackeys and sycophants in the congress has also facilitated the following weekend stories which not surprisingly managed to once again fly under the radar, sacrificed on the altar of celebrity sensationalism and trash journalism:
The Real War: White House Targets Media Leaks as the fascist thugs in the most blatantly corrupt White House in American history decide that not actually owning the press is enough to crush the first amendment the threat of prosecution up to accusations of treason and subsequent imprisonment is the surest way to stifle whatever remains of dissent and the free flow of information. As New York Times editor Bill Keller is quoted “I don’t know how far action will follow rhetoric but some days it sounds like the administration is declaring war at home on the values that it professes to be promoting abroad”. The words of Keller may be true but he won’t be able to count on either a complicit congress stacked with fascist lackeys the likes of Pat Roberts of Kansas or the CIA of longtime Bush family crony Porter Goss to run anything other than the rigged game that is necessary for the ultimate survival of the rats.
Iraq Death Squads: ‘Driller Killers’ Spread A New Horror In Iraq, John Negroponte’s Reagan era Central American terror patrols and death squads surface again in Iraq as the sickening news comes out (In a British paper of course) that methods representative of the spirit of Saddam aka the New Hitler is alive and well as selective targeting of political opponents is once again in vogue in Baghdad per the below excerpt of this gruesome story:
“I walked home barefoot in a terrible state,” he said. “I could not call any official to report this. How could I when they were involved?” Two days later he found his friends’ bodies in the city’s Teb al-Adli mortuary. Mustafa’s right eye had been gouged out and his right leg broken. Other parts of his body appeared to have been penetrated by an electric drill, an increasingly common tool of torture in Iraq.
These are but two of the real stories ignored while celebrity glitz ran amok with Academy Awards tributes and pro sports labor issues in which millionaire NFL athletes moan like piss babies over their lack of union power, the joke is that the prima donnas are among the last assholes in this economic wasteland who even have any semblence of a right remaining to collectively bargain, the rest of the non- celebrity public faces economic ruination on a daily basis as the global corporatist system pillages and sucks the life of this country’s once mighty industrial and manufacturing base in search of markets to exploit abroad for the sake of the same mighty fucking dollar that our ‘elected representatives’ have sold our nation’s soul for in turn for a place at the altar of greed and avarice.
Also lost in the electronic grist of the propaganda mill was the sentencing of corrupt GOP Congressman and war profiteer ‘Duke’ Cunningham to eight years for being caught red handed in his sale of America to military industrial interests, there is more to come as the entire fucking barrel is full of rotten apples and the wood is rapidly itself decomposing with more ‘leaks’ leading to more investigations into those treasonous slithering snakes who have cashiered the American Dream while we have been sleeping. They are scared shitless now and the USA PATRIOT act’s renewal despite full knowledge of the totalitarian nature of it’s intent is nothing other than a declaration of war by the sitting illegitimate government against it’s own citizens. Now is the time to take up arms, take advantage of your second amendment rights that were established by our ever more brilliant in retrospect forefathers as a bulwark against internal despotism.
Buy your guns and start stockpiling your ammunition now because the bastards will soon be coming for you who have tried to believe in their best intentions as well as I who have known what fascism was being hatched right here in America. You see, we are all allies despite the clever manipulations by GOP front groups such as the NRA, The Christian Coalition and any of the other highly funded right wing think tanks and echo chambers that seek only to divide and conquer through keeping all of those who are being victimized by this insane system in a state of confusion, fear and bigotry. It is all a distraction, a meticulously staged alternate reality, the effects of which will only begin to wear off once it becomes too late. Then all will begin to realize that they have been duped into giving away all that we claim to hold precious as Americans while being slowly betrayed by a rigged system and a media infrastructure designed to brainwash, distract and indoctrinate.
We are all on the same side even if most don’t realize it yet and we are ALL potential terrorists in the eyes of this monstrous government that has risen to power and now threatens to drag this country into the abyss of despotism. The threat had it’s genesis long ago with the rise of the 19th century robber barons and industrialists who dominated the country, set up trusts as well as a corrupt Wall Street ponzi scheme that would exploit the citizenry while building foreign powers into war machines into which to feed our young in the name of profits. General Smedley D. Butler of the United States Marine Corps addressed this in his classic tract War Is A Racket . The tide of domestic fascism was beaten back temporarily but reconfigured in the late days of the second world war with the rescue of Nazi war criminals to assimilate into the intelligence and industrial sectors via Operation Paperclip. It then became the dominant force in American society with the rise of the military industrial (and now with the advent of technology the surveillance industrial) complex over the past forty five years since President Eisenhower warned of it’s coming in his farewell address delivered on January 17, 1961:
Good evening, my fellow Americans.
First, I should like to express my gratitude to the radio and television networks for the opportunities they have given me over the years to bring reports and messages to our nation. My special thanks go to them for the opportunity of addressing you this evening.
Three days from now, after half century in the service of our country, I shall lay down the responsibilities of office as, in traditional and solemn ceremony, the authority of the Presidency is vested in my successor. This evening, I come to you with a message of leave-taking and farewell, and to share a few final thoughts with you, my countrymen.
Like every other — Like every other citizen, I wish the new President, and all who will labor with him, Godspeed. I pray that the coming years will be blessed with peace and prosperity for all.
Our people expect their President and the Congress to find essential agreement on issues of great moment, the wise resolution of which will better shape the future of the nation. My own relations with the Congress, which began on a remote and tenuous basis when, long ago, a member of the Senate appointed me to West Point, have since ranged to the intimate during the war and immediate post-war period, and finally to the mutually interdependent during these past eight years. In this final relationship, the Congress and the Administration have, on most vital issues, cooperated well, to serve the nation good, rather than mere partisanship, and so have assured that the business of the nation should go forward. So, my official relationship with the Congress ends in a feeling — on my part — of gratitude that we have been able to do so much together.
We now stand ten years past the midpoint of a century that has witnessed four major wars among great nations. Three of these involved our own country. Despite these holocausts, America is today the strongest, the most influential, and most productive nation in the world. Understandably proud of this pre-eminence, we yet realize that America’s leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches, and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment.
Throughout America’s adventure in free government, our basic purposes have been to keep the peace, to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity, and integrity among peoples and among nations. To strive for less would be unworthy of a free and religious people. Any failure traceable to arrogance, or our lack of comprehension, or readiness to sacrifice would inflict upon us grievous hurt, both at home and abroad.
Progress toward these noble goals is persistently threatened by the conflict now engulfing the world. It commands our whole attention, absorbs our very beings. We face a hostile ideology global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose, and insiduous [insidious] in method. Unhappily, the danger it poses promises to be of indefinite duration. To meet it successfully, there is called for, not so much the emotional and transitory sacrifices of crisis, but rather those which enable us to carry forward steadily, surely, and without complaint the burdens of a prolonged and complex struggle with liberty the stake. Only thus shall we remain, despite every provocation, on our charted course toward permanent peace and human betterment.
Crises there will continue to be. In meeting them, whether foreign or domestic, great or small, there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties. A huge increase in newer elements of our defenses; development of unrealistic programs to cure every ill in agriculture; a dramatic expansion in basic and applied research — these and many other possibilities, each possibly promising in itself, may be suggested as the only way to the road we wish to travel.
But each proposal must be weighed in the light of a broader consideration: the need to maintain balance in and among national programs, balance between the private and the public economy, balance between the cost and hoped for advantages, balance between the clearly necessary and the comfortably desirable, balance between our essential requirements as a nation and the duties imposed by the nation upon the individual, balance between actions of the moment and the national welfare of the future. Good judgment seeks balance and progress. Lack of it eventually finds imbalance and frustration. The record of many decades stands as proof that our people and their Government have, in the main, understood these truths and have responded to them well, in the face of threat and stress.
But threats, new in kind or degree, constantly arise. Of these, I mention two only.
A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction. Our military organization today bears little relation to that known of any of my predecessors in peacetime, or, indeed, by the fighting men of World War II or Korea.
Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense. We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security alone more than the net income of all United States cooperations — corporations.
Now this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet, we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved. So is the very structure of our society.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades. In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.
Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers. The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present — and is gravely to be regarded.
Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.
It is the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system — ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society.
Another factor in maintaining balance involves the element of time. As we peer into society’s future, we — you and I, and our government — must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.
During the long lane of the history yet to be written, America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect. Such a confederation must be one of equals. The weakest must come to the conference table with the same confidence as do we, protected as we are by our moral, economic, and military strength. That table, though scarred by many fast frustrations — past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for the certaint agony of disarmament — of the battlefield.
Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose. Because this need is so sharp and apparent, I confess that I lay down my official responsibilities in this field with a definite sense of disappointment. As one who has witnessed the horror and the lingering sadness of war, as one who knows that another war could utterly destroy this civilization which has been so slowly and painfully built over thousands of years, I wish I could say tonight that a lasting peace is in sight.
Happily, I can say that war has been avoided. Steady progress toward our ultimate goal has been made. But so much remains to be done. As a private citizen, I shall never cease to do what little I can to help the world advance along that road.
So, in this, my last good night to you as your President, I thank you for the many opportunities you have given me for public service in war and in peace. I trust in that — in that — in that service you find some things worthy. As for the rest of it, I know you will find ways to improve performance in the future.
You and I, my fellow citizens, need to be strong in our faith that all nations, under God, will reach the goal of peace with justice. May we be ever unswerving in devotion to principle, confident but humble with power, diligent in pursuit of the Nations’ great goals.
To all the peoples of the world, I once more give expression to America’s prayerful and continuing aspiration: We pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations, may have their great human needs satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may experience its few spiritual blessings.
Those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibility; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity; and that the sources — scourges of poverty, disease, and ignorance will be made [to] disappear from the earth; and that in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love.
Now, on Friday noon, I am to become a private citizen. I am proud to do so. I look forward to it.
Thank you, and good night.
President John F. Kennedy then took office, and less than three years later was murdered by the same cabal of vile scum who now own our country lock, stock and smoking gun barrel.