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Tuesday, October 24, 2006
GooTube Twosday

A little history of some of the CIA work inside the United States -- just in case you're older and you forgot or just in case you're too young to know what they don't tell or teach you anymore. The Reagan/Bush administration waged a public War on Drugs to the American people while the CIA was actually flooding inner cities with drugs to fund their projects. Study Iran-Contra.  Barry Seal, CIA turned DEA informant was killed.  Gary Webb, the Pulitzer prize winning journalist who exposed all of this tangled web of domestic covert action "committed suicide."

When you think of the birth and scourge of crack, don't think cocaine, think CIA.

As a teenager in Metro Detroit during this time, I knew that all of the highest quality drugs came from people who had connections with the Detroit Police Department or direct connections with Miami. The CIA had been working with south Florida organized crime for 40 years.  Where do you think all those mobsters went when Cuba closed their casinoes in Havana?

As much cocaine that came into the country through Miami during the "Blow" and "Scarface" pre-and-post disco music era of the late 1970's was nothing compared to the birth of crack from the CIA efficiency of mission purpose.

I met some of these people.  It was all very business-like when the risk of being busted for transporting high quality cocaine was worth it for them. The quality was stepped on (reduced) to make more quantity all along the food chain to spread the risk/reward, so that the average cocaine that some suburban housewife did while her kids were at school was about 12-25%.  The CIA facilitated crack.

The CIA turned cocaine, a drug that was used in the past for about 100 years in small and low quality doses up until the Reagan/Bush years, completely upside down.  Now, people would use small quantities of extremely high quality cocaine -- crack rocks.  It's highly addictive at that dose, even for a first time experimenter of the drug -- but who cares?

The CIA was selling wholesale crack to black kids in our ghettos.  America can just put those people in prison.  Even when those kids get out of prison, they'll have a felony conviction, can't vote, and the establishment will stay in power.  CoIntelPro to the Nth degree.  CIA 1 - You 0.  You better wake up and smell the constitution.

I personally enjoy listening to very few rap songs, overall.  However, this one does have some cutting lyrics and the amateur video made for it has a nice touch to it. The video is valued-added content to the music.

You can decide whether or not it is a parody.

If you want something to keep you awake at night: Why did the Clinton administration allow al-Qaeda to re-base in the land where 90% of the world's Opium is grown?  Perhaps Clinton wanted to insert forces in Sudan for those good-guy Rwandan genocide reasons, but knew that drugs and the CIA are eternal partners.  The Taliban nearly eradicated those poppy fields for religious reasons.

He let Osama flee Sudan to another country, but maybe not for the reasons you think. Now, opium production is at an all time high in Afhanistan and even the Taliban are holding their religious noses as they take the money from it.

 


Monday, October 23, 2006
Movie Monday: CIA History


Video link

In a world of universal deceit, telling the truth is revolutionary.
- George Orwell, 1984

Some interesting history that isn't very often taught in high school or college for people younger than me.  When you erase real truth from history, you can easily create a generation of followers, because what is left to tell is only propaganda.

 


Sunday, October 22, 2006
BushCo Fascism


October 17th 2006 - the legalization of the fifth-reich
On Wednesday, October 17th, 2006, President Bush signed the Military Commissions Act of 2006 into law.  This last minute legislation approved by both houses of Congress in their rush to get back to the business of their own political careers may be viewed as a very dark day in American history.  Just as the U.S.A. Patriot Act heralded a new era of police state powers, this new law heralds the arrival of an American Fifth Reich of fascism and dictatorship.  I think no one cares because, like the Congress, we all live in the 1984 Matrix of our own short-sighted and selfish realm of personal daily concerns.

Also, I totally understand why the majority of people might outrightly dismiss any historical comparisons between the current world in which we think we live in the United States and WWII-era dictatorships, notoriously lead by Mussolini or Hitler.  First of all, we look upon history as a neatly described narrative by whatever author we read, or video we watch.  Second, we feel we are smarter, better and more sophisticated than our grandparents, so that kind of craziness couldn't possibly happen to us -- as it happened to the German population of the 1930s.  Third, not only are we better than that now, but also we Americans have always felt the soothing self-satisfaction of our own history as being good, and right, and moral, and magnaminous to our fellow human beings.  We liberate and free oppressed people, right?  We wear the white cowboy hats.  We're the good guys.

If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States. There are probably several hundred thousand if we narrow the definition to include only those who in their search for money and power are ruthless and deceitful. Most American fascists are enthusiastically supporting the war effort. They are doing this even in those cases where they hope to have profitable connections with German chemical firms after the war ends. They are patriotic in time of war because it is to their interest to be so, but in time of peace they follow power and the dollar wherever they may lead.

Henry A. Wallace, "The Dangers of American Fascism"
New York Times, April 9th 1944

According to Wikipedia, Fascism is defined as "a radical political ideology that combines elements of corporatism, authoritarianism, nationalism, militarism, anti-anarchism, anti-communism and anti-liberalism."  Follow the link to read the entry.  It also notes that there are no self-described fascist political parties or movements in the world today because it is used as a political slur since the end of WWII.

The reason I chose to quote Henry Wallace above is that I found it ironic in the context of president Bush signing the law to protect America from whom he labels as the Islamofascists and the date of the cited article.  Two years earlier, in 1942, president Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush, had assets seized under the Trading with the Enemy Act.  After the end of WWII, those assets were returned to the Bush family which was then bankrolled into the Texas oil and banking fortunes of today.

Labelling the threat to the U.S. as Islamofascists is pure propaganda and convenient politics.  It's for campaign bumber sticker sloganry and sound bytes. That why the war in Iraq is often confuzzled with the war on terror.

That's how you create a moving threat to good Christians and U.S. Democracy from CIA operative Osama bin Laden, to (our 1980's ally) Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to Venezualan president Hugo Chavez.  Well, time will tell about my inclusion of the last two poster boys.

Honestly, we average Americans are fucked between Iraq and a hard place at the moment.
In one corner, you have your scary, evil, bearded terrorist.  In the other corner you have your billionaire capitalist who shreds the constitution because it keeps him in power.  By the way, this recent law signed by BushCo reaches back almost 900 years to erase your individual rights against the government.  In the middle of this right are Americans being brainwashed by corporate media, misled by our politicians, and increasingly made anxious by the slightest thing.  There is no long term view.  There is no careful analysis.  There are no widespread voices of dissention from the status quo.

The media gives you soundbytes from authority less than 10 seconds long. The government propagandizes fear for their own retention of power.  You listen to radio on your frenzied commute to work to some low-paying job and hear how some guy, or that group, or that whole country is your enemy and wants to kill you.*

Holy crap, you exclaim!  All of those bastards want to kill my country and even my god!  Then, your mind turns to the more immediate decision of waiting in the line formed up in the drive-thru lanes at McDonald's or Burger King for some breakfast.

Remember this: just as fast food for your stomach can be mass-produced by the millions, so too can fast food for your mind, opinion, and vote be mass-produced and manipulated by your appetite.  It is a regular feature of fascist method of operation, historically documented.  The state or the corporate interest justifies the means in the face civilian collateral damage, no matter what the legacy of those corporate projects may leave behind.

I'm not advocating anything here except the anti-sheeple idea that the United States should be an active, participatory democracy as set out in our constitution.  As most regular readers may know, I am a Libertarian.  You must strive to be an honestly informed participant in the shaping of the government that rules you.

* This is an actual TV commercial produced by a GOP front group called Progress For America currently running in some media markets in midwest America for the upcoming election.


Tuesday, October 17, 2006
GooTube Twosday


Since I don't watch TV anymore, stoopid and gay parodies of TV pop culture make me laugh my ass off ...




I absolutely lurv Keilly and Roeters. They're smart and funny.



Monday, October 16, 2006
Johnny "The Brush" Bolton



Do you know who Johnny "The Brush"  Bolton is?  I know it's hard to seperate one talking head from another on your television sometimes, but I just want to point out that John Bolton is the United States Ambassador to the United Nations.  His job is to be our diplomatic voice to the world.  Some people are worried about that.  I haven't decided whether or not Johnny "the brush" Bolton is good or bad for the United States, yet.  He has some problems, to be sure.  Take a few minutes to read his biography on wikipedia.

First of all, John Bolton was put into the job by George Bush without any Senate approval, much like George Bush was put in office by the Supreme Court.  People get edgy when that shit happens.

One Republican senator was nearly brought to tears considering the fate of his grandchildren, if John Bolton was confirmed to be our ambassador.  Right-wing nutbag Dubya-defenders had the temerity to make fun of him and call him disloyal and a traitor.  These people need to be dragged from suburban Kansas and dropped from a helicopter into Sudan.

You can read about the history of that on stopbolton.org ... I do remember watching one Senate Foreign Relations committee hearing on C-Span during which an anti-war protestor was dragged out screaming.

Bolton is a hardliner neocon. That's why Bush tapped him for the job. The reason I said I personally haven't formed an opinion about the value of him being at the U.N.yet is that we may be able to play good cop-bad cop with some international problems, like the ongoing North Korea situation.

The problem I fear the most is the Bush incompetency factor.  The left hand of BushCo rarely knows what the right hand is doing.  For now, since the problem has been shoved into the Bush/Cheney inbox marked "urgent."  It's comforting to know that a nuclear explosion on the planet might actually pull George Bush off of the Republican campaign trail for a day.  The state department is acting in a co-ordinated way. Rice is the good cop and Bolton is the bad cop

Unfortunately, the Bush administration has been schizophrenic about international relations and foreign policy.  I like that Bush has hopefully realized that the U.S. can not deal with this alone, unilaterally or pre-emptively, but they still undermine collective or multilateral negotiations with their own unilateral actions.  This is likely because while the Bush administration talks peace, it is really working for regime change in North Korean.  Rice says, "The U.S. doesn't hold all of the carrots or all of the sticks."

The situation with the DPRK is fairly complicated.  Its history, its current state of affairs, and the way forward are not easily explainable in one blog entry, or one Sunday talk show, or one sound byte. 

For some fun and total distraction: Click here  to listen to Lewis Black and Don Imus talking about the recent plane/condo accident in NYC, Las Vegas, Rehab, and the movie starring Robin Williams "Man of the year."


 
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