Saturday, November 26, 2016

AMERICA: We Won! You Lost!

I began writing this article shortly after the election, spurred on by the inundation of election analysis coverage that continued to miss the mark; of what really happened, what was really at stake and where people should truly be focusing their attention.

Like everyone else still reeling from this election cycle, it has taken some time to digest the scope of what did, and is, still occurring.

For those now exhausted due to the overwhelming saturation of political discourse that has been thrust in our face 24/7 for well over a year, I urge you to not give in to the natural desire to withdraw. It is no accident that this highly charged election cycle has left people drained and drowning, eager to return to their lives and hungry for normalcy.  

The 2016 Presidential election has offered insight, information and rare opportunities never before available to us. If we collectively fail to seize and utilize what we have gained over these long, hard months, we will again be doomed to repeat it.

Insular Media Analysis: The Beat Goes On
Journalists, pundits and the people themselves continue down the path of questioning parties and personalities - and are still getting it wrong.

As news and articles pour forth surrounding the 2016 Presidential general election, there’s plenty of finger-pointing, analysis, speculation, and opinions about what, why, where and how it happened.

While the narratives range widely on many subjects, one consistency I’ve noticed is every narrative is being discussed but the one that really matters; the utter subversion of America’s democratic process to the detriment of the people as a whole.

Maybe no one is really discussing it because the road traveled to get us to the general election is just too messy and complicated to explain.

Maybe it’s because what happened to democracy over the last year is already considered “ancient history” by those who now view the world through the 140-character lens of Twitter.

Maybe it’s because after so many years of propaganda being relentless poured into the ears, minds and hearts of Americans, they no longer recognize what the primary story is anymore.

Or maybe it’s just too dangerous too talk about lest someone lose their job – or their life.

Regardless of why the current media narratives and analysis are avoiding the obvious, the real story is not about Trump or Clinton, Democrats or Republicans, but instead is about how the people of America got hosed and will continue getting hosed until we start taking back the narrative and framing it in ways that serve the people, the nation and future generations.

The Real Reason Trump Won
While everyone is running around trying to analyze voters, polling data and demographics to understand why Trump was elected, let’s actually ask an American voter what they think, that voter being me.

I was a long time registered Democrat and routinely checked every Democratic box for years, with some smattering of independent candidates here and there if I liked their platform.

I have also been a long-time opponent of the Republican Party’s ideology, philosophies, candidates and actions. I have considered them to be hypocrites of the highest order and the most dangerous threat to the democratic republic of our nation. Childish, terrified of their own shadow – including change in any form - obstinate, self-righteous, arrogant, prideful, racists, rude, the list goes on and on.

I have lost friends over our political ideological divide, have protested various Republican platforms and have argued vehemently for Democrats, as I believed they most embodied certain founding democratic principles of our nation such as liberty, justice and freedom from tyranny.

Despite my long-standing history with the Democratic party as outlined above, I am no longer a registered Democrat, did not vote for Clinton (nor any other Democrat for that matter) but instead aligned myself with any anti-Clinton and anti-Democrat platforms available.

I vigorously pointed out Clinton’s shortcomings, lies and crimes in every political conversation I engaged in and did not admonish Trump supporters, despite my internal cringing at their enthusiasm for this flimflam Man of the Century.

Why? 

It was always understood among Democrats that there was a war going on in America, a war against Republic ideology and we were soldiers in that war.  Except, Hillary Clinton embodied, through her life-long political career, the very antithesis of what it means to be a Democrat. 

Clinton was a Democrat in name only; a Wall Street whore, a hawk, a liar, a hypocrite and champion of the elite, not a warrior for the people.

She and her family have more tentacles in more corruption, more crimes against humanity, and more abuse of power than any known politician of the modern era. But she was also much more than that.

She was also an “installed” candidate, chosen by an utterly corrupted political party, who placed the party’s desires over the people they were suppose to represent, who colluded, conspired, and defrauded their base and who lied, cheated and ridiculed anyone who opposed their manipulations.

Hillary Clinton’s anointment as the new Democratic “queen” shattered the myth that the Democrats stood for the people and arrogantly dismissed those who challenged their utter betrayal to the principles they were suppose to represent.

Clinton’s vast political empire, combined with the Democratic machine, exposed just how deep the rabbit hole went; from media and journalists across the nation to kings and leaders across the world. Wall Street was worshiped, CEOs were courted, moles were planted, an army of trolls employed, money was stolen, Secretary of States enlisted, Charters were violated, polling places were slashed, exit polls were adjusted, and the insiders plotted on how to subvert the rising tide of Sanders, no matter what they had to do to subvert the democratic process.

On a personal level, my request to the FBI in May for an investigation and action went unanswered, my request for investigations from the Secretary of State in June went ignored. My pleas to the Democratic leadership fell on deaf ears and my concerns lobbed at multiple media outlets disappeared like countless other before them. And I was not alone.

People all over the country, from Arizona to New York, Chicago to California, were crying “foul” during the primary season and no one would listen, no action was taken, no real investigations initiated, no real reporting on the potential fraud, voter suppression or electioneering the people were being subjected to ever occurred.

Instead, all those who were suppose to be protecting democracy appeared complicit in its demise; from the FBI to Rachael Maddow and everyone in between.  It wasn’t talked about it during the primaries and is still not being talked about today - but it lies at the heart of the Trump victory.

It was the unseen, unheard, unreported story of the election found only in snippets on social and alternative media. Though a handful of lawsuits were announced, nothing ever materialized; except the deaths of a string of people associated with either Clinton or the Democratic Party.

Because there was no accountability for the crimes against the people, the integrity of our elections, our democracy or towards the Clinton/Democratic Cartel, the only place left to go for the people to try to obtain any accountability at all was the ballot box.

Of course, that’s assuming all those votes were actually cast for Trump or Clinton to begin with.

The Missing Narrative:  Election Fraud
While there has been much hullabaloo about voter fraud for many years now from the Republicans, little is said about election fraud from either side of the aisle. That’s because alleging voter fraud is a great way to control who gets to vote without addressing the very real dangers of election fraud, which can benefit both parties at any time depending on who America’s handlers want to see win.

Most of the people I’ve talked to don’t recognize the difference between voter fraud and election fraud and I don’t think that’s an accident.  Voter fraud is committed by the one casting the vote. Election fraud is committed by those counting the votes.

Despite scant evidence of actual voter fraud occurring nationally, the promotion of fear regarding voter fraud is a great way to get the people to eyeball each other suspiciously and still allows people an outlet for that nagging “rigged” feeling they always get around elections. It’s also a great way to deflect from the very real threat of election fraud that gets very little publicity, despite its much more serious nature.

Evidence of election fraud determining the outcome of our elections has been steadily growing since the 2000 presidential elections.

Clinton Curtis testified before the House Judiciary Committee on December 13, 2004, about how he unwittingly helped design election fraud software to steal votes from the machines. The stream of election fraud complaints, articles, demonstrations, and experiences have been widely documented nationally since then.  If you’re interested in verifying this for yourself, here’s a page with links to videos, books, documentaries, testimonies, and articles chronicling the fraud over the years.

A great record of irregularities, fraud, voter purging, voter suppression and other 2016 election shenanigans can also be found at Sane Progressives blog, Election Fraud 2016.

For those willing to dive into the exit poll evidence of fraud that Curtis Clinton warned Congress about, Richard Charnin has a lot to say at his website and his blog.

Charnin’s vast exit poll discrepancies are also supported by a paper issued by independent researchers Axel Geijsel of Tilburg University and Rodolfo Cortes Barragan of Stanford Univeristy asserting it was a 1 in 77 billion chance Hillary won the primary without widespread election fraud. 

Election Justice issued a 100-page report in July 2016, titled “Democracy Lost: A Report On The Fatally Flawed 2016 Democratic Primaries” while they simultaneously attempted to legally challenge multiple states regarding widespread voter suppression and irregularities.

There’s Greg Palast excellent long-standing investigative journalism into how our elections were, and continue to be rigged to promote particular outcomes, including his new documentary, The Best Elections Money Can Buy (available on Amazon or Vimeo) and election integrity advocates such as TrustVote and Black Box Voting  who have been studying American election fraud for years and trying to remedy it.

There’s also the treasure trove of hacked emails and documents about the Democratic party and the Clinton campaign from Guccifer and WikiLeaks, all indicating collusion and conspiracy to defraud voters nationally.

If that weren’t enough, the Obama Administration accused Russia of potential election meddling (while simultaneously denying our electoral integrity was in question) and urged ‘state and local election officials to be vigilant and seek cybersecurity assistance’ from the Department of Homeland Security.”


Homeland Security began issuing warnings about potential election tampering a month before we headed to the polls as well stating in October that:

“Hack-based threats to the election process ‘ aren’t just in the future – they are here today’ the DHS said in a release on its site.  “In recent months, malicious cyber actors have been scanning a large number of state systems, which could be a preamble to attempted intrusions.  In a few cases, we have determined that malicious actors gained access to state voting-related systems.”

They went on to say that despite that access, the department “had no evidence of data being manipulated.” 

Of course, that was before the election and no official is asking - or telling - what might be found should a serious probe be initiated into our national election results.

While top officials speak of needing to protect our election integrity from foreign interference, they completely ignore or downplay both the potentials and realities of domestic tampering.

For example, in Ohio (home of some of the shadiest election integrity stories to be found), taxpayers funded new voting machines equipped with brand new anti-hacking security features, which also finally allowed machine votes to be audited and counted. 


Except the man in charge of insuring the integrity of Ohio’s vote, Secretary of State Jon Husted’s, was allowing officials to TURN OFF the new security features with no explanation as to why.  He even sent a team of lawyers to argue in front of a judge as to why they shouldn’t be enabled.  Want to hear what the judge said? Click Here.

And now, within just days after the general election, some are already starting to find election irregularities and evidence of election fraud, such as professor of media studies at New York University, Mark Crispin Miller recent share of Jonathan Simon’s analysis alleging exit poll data indicates the general were indeed rigged, but for Trump not Clinton. Richard Charnin is again raising flags between exit poll data versus reported votes in the general election as well. 
  
If you’d rather get a more summarized version of our election integrity problems, a good place to start is “U.S. Elections Ranked Worst Among Western Democracies. Here’s Why” by Pippa Norris. 

As it stands, there is currently more evidence available today regarding wide spread election irregularities and fraud for the 2016 election cycle than has ever been publicly accessible before. Yet, few are talking about it, presenting the evidence, asking the hard questions or challenging the integrity of our election results.  Why?

The “Rigged System” Everyone Believes But No One Embraces
Donald Trump used people’s knowledge and suspicion of rigged elections to fan the flames of discontent about our nation’s multi-level corruption.  He fired up his base with promises that it was “rigged” and warned of potentially violent protests in the streets by his supporters should he lose.  Turns out, it’s now the Democrats being billed as “sore losers” for taking it to the streets to protest the election results.

What’s truly astounding though is how those same Trump supporters who growled in anticipation of a rigged election now suddenly embrace the election results as having integrity because their “team won”.

Meanwhile, supporters of Hillary Clinton didn’t have the slightest problem admitting how the primary election was rigged against Senator Sanders; rigging the election results then was okay but now they are screaming at the lack of integrity of our election process - but only because their “team lost”.

What’s missing from everybody’s narrative is rigged elections are NOT OKAY under any circumstances, whether your team won or lost.  What was rigged in your favor today may not be rigged in your favor tomorrow.  There are plenty of allegations of election fraud being committed by both parties, in all states, depending on the candidates and election cycles for many years now.

Somehow, while everyone is quick to embrace the idea that American elections are rigged if their candidate loses, they are equally quick to feel assured that our election system has integrity if their candidate wins.

Over this election cycle, I’ve talked to scores of individuals who openly discuss election fraud in a very matter of fact way and then in the next breath, discuss the candidates as if there was really going to be an honest election.

If you have ever believed our elections are rigged, it’s time to start actually embracing it as a real danger to our nation. Rigged elections are just that. The people of America will never be free to chart their own course, no matter what direction that may take, if someone else is deciding the outcome of our elections for us and “installing” our representatives against our wishes.

The Most Dangerous Man In The World
While many media pundits, journalists and citizens are mumbling (or screaming) that Trump has now become the most dangerous man in the world, the truth is, he's not.

The most dangerous man in the world was already taken out of the race and that’s why he was taken out of the race; because of his imminent threat and danger to the corrupt status quo.

What makes Senator Sanders more dangerous than Trump is his ability to remind people that they are the government, they are the change, and they are the power they have been looking to others to bestow upon them.

Bernie was changing minds, changing attitudes, and changing actions that were giving rise to people rejecting their powerlessness and embracing the fact that we are the many and they are the few.  There is nothing more dangerous to the masters than the people waking up to their own individual and collective power.

This is also why the oligarch controlled media was told to stand down on their collective coverage of Senator Sanders, even while his rallies were drawing tens of thousands of people.


The real war for democracy in America occurred in the primaries and specifically within the Democratic Party, which also included many Republicans who joined for the sole purpose of uniting with Sanders vision of a different future for America, one in stark contrast to the rubble we have become accustomed to and are serving up around the globe.

Once Sanders was out of the race and brought to heel by the powers-that-be, only two life-long con artists remained in the running for President of the U.S., both of which have been a part of, and are beholden to, the corrupt establishment that brought us here.

In other words, the greatest threat to the fascist oligarch state had been absorbed into the system and true democracy instituted of, by and for the people had been successfully subverted again.


Drink The Kool-Aid
Again and again, the media told us that Trump and Clinton were the most unpopular candidates ever to participate in a U.S. election.  From what I saw, this was one of the few true things the mainstream media reported.

Yet today, people are running around clinging to their candidate as if that candidate was the gold standard because of the “other” candidate. Trump and Sanders supporters who expressed so much concern about election rigging during this election cycle don’t want to challenge the election results lest the “other” come out victorious. 

In the Big Game of politics, there are those who are cheering because their team won and those who are crying because their team lost. 

Nobody is addressing who really lost; the American people as a whole. 

Thanks to our political duopoly, the American public was forced, harassed and intimidated into voting for only one of two candidates, both of which were the least liked, trusted or wanted in the history of the United States at a critical time in a world desperate for real change.

As I saw Hillary Clinton politely announce Donald Trump was our new President and urged her supporters to accept him with an open mind and allow him the chance to lead, I couldn’t help but think; this was the same woman as Secretary of State who was instrumental in coercing Latin American countries to “accept” the coup that installed President Manuel Zelaya in Honduras. Now she’s urging her own countrymen to have the same reaction regarding President Elect Trump. 

Just go with it, see were it will lead, support the “peaceful transition of power” that is the hallmark of our great democracy, nothing we can do now, and it’s a done deal.  All these messages are being repeated over and over again, a tactic that lies at the heart of, and defines successful propaganda.

But why should we drink the Kool-Aid when we already know, those doing this counseling have rarely had our collective interests at heart.  And for those Trump supporters who have forgotten he is still one of the most “unpopular” candidates in history but hoped he’d shake things up with ethics, look no further than the long-standing political insiders he is surrounding himself with to know – nothings changing baby.

Who’s Coming To Your Defense
Protests regarding the election results are just now finally hitting the streets amid national calls for the protesters to respect both our democracy and our laws. In true irony, apparently, the only ones who are suppose to show respect is the public, despite the fact that those in power have showed no respect for our system, us or people around the world for a very long time.

The narrative goes on to say, only We the People, are not allowed to commit violence while those who stride the halls of power undermine our government, sell our people and our nation out to the highest bidder, lie, cheat, steal and spit in our face if we dare raise our heads in protest. 

While our veterans come home (if they came home at all) with missing limbs and fractured minds to fight foreign wars that have only enriched the few versus the many, the people’s feeble protests at the long-standing violence directed against them physically, mentally, emotionally and financially is mocked, ridiculed, and hailed as the real danger to our nation.

With no mechanisms now in place for accountability or enforcement for those operating a system no longer connected to the public at large, it’s become a feeding frenzy of corruption fueled by our money, time and lives, of which we have no say in its investments.

While die-hard Second Amendment advocates cling to their guns for protection, I can only wonder what exactly it is they are protecting besides some illegally grazed cows in the middle of the desert. Meanwhile, their fellow citizens and nation has been, and continues to be, betrayed on a daily basis by those who pull our strings with the only visible “enemy” in our sights being each other.

Is this an advocacy for violent protests or violent revolution? No.

What it is an advocacy for is a collective waking up because each and every one of us is being played.

I, for one, have not given up on the Political Revolution because it’s a revolution of mind, a revolution of power.  We are constrained only by the limits of our imagination, our willingness to capitulate our dreams and our desire to confront what we fear most.

I don’t care what the media, the pundits, the politicians or the lawyers say is “reality”.

Bernie Sanders was, and is, my President.  If the primary polls were right, he would have been yours too. He was truly the choice of the people who were denied democracy.  That’s the real story everyone should be talking about and taking actions to rewrite it.



Sunday, July 24, 2016

NEVADA ELECTION VIOLATION COMPLAINT BURIED?

On May 14, 2016, the Nevada Democratic Party held their State Convention, which resulted in one of the most contested, turbulent and propagandized primary contests of this election cycle.

Due to the reported number of irregularities documented on social media, I filed an election violation complaint on May 25, 2016, with the Nevada Secretary of State Barbara K. Cegavske. 

I updated the complaint on June 2, 2016 to include Nevada Democratic Chair Roberta Lange and all Nevada County Clerks as the parties the complaint was filed against. 

On June 7, 2016, I again updated the complaint with additional evidence found online that supported potential violations of legal Nevada statutes, laws that bind all major political parties actions regarding our elections.

One of the key components of these complaints asked the Secretary of State to investigate how the Democratic party was able to purge delegates by declaring they were not registered to the Democratic Party.

Since this primary election cycle has been marred with copious amounts of voter purges, mysterious party affiliation switches without voter consent and mass voter suppression, I felt it was fair to ask the Nevada Secretary of State to investigate and verify what registered Democrats told their base; that they legitimately purged representatives of the people’s votes at the Nevada State Convention.

Yet for two months now, Nevada Secretary of State Cegavske and her office have failed to respond to me in any way regarding my complaint. 

How can it take two months to investigate whether approximately sixty or so delegates were illegally purged from participation in a Presidential election? Unless….

Yesterday, Wikileaks released almost 20,000 emails about the Democratic Party’s collusion with party members and the mainstream media to suppress Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in favor of their pre-determined candidate, Hillary Clinton.

One of those emails seems to indicate how key members of the Democratic National Committee were attempting to influence elections through voter suppression in the state of Rhode Island due to Sanders favorable poll ratings. Tactics include considering coordinating with the Secretary of State and/or the Rhode Island Governor, one of which is described as “one of ours”.

So now this raises the question;

Is the Nevada Secretary of States silence and failure to provide answers indicate collusion with the Democratic Party because she is secretly “one of theirs” as was intimated in the Rhode Island email?

Democracy requires honest answers about honest elections and a Republic is only as good the laws its willing to uphold.

Who will stand?

Update:  I have also contacted Nevada Governor Sandoval with the following message:

Dear Governor Sandoval:

I am a long-time registered Democrat and participated in the Democratic precinct caucus in February 2016.

Due to the 'shenanigans' reported at the Nevada Democratic Convention on May 14, 2016, I filed an Election Violation Complaint with the Nevada Secretary of State on May 25, 2016.

I updated this complaint on June 2, 2016 and then submitted additional supporting evidence on June 7, 2016.

One of the key components of my complaint was to request the SOS investigate and verify the legitimacy of sixty or so Democratic delegates that were 'purged' from the State Convention by the Credentials Committee.  The predominate reason cited for these purgings is they failed to be registered Democrats.

It has been almost two months now since I initially filed this complaint and yet I have had no contact from the SOS regarding its status.

Common sense indicates it does NOT take two months to verify the registration status of 60 people!

This past Friday, Wikileaks released almost 20k emails, many if not all, indicating the Democratic Party was colluding with a variety of sources to tamper with a Presidential primary. 

Among these is an email discussing the State of Rhode Island and how the party was potentially attempting to induce voter suppression through coordination with the RI SOS and/or Governor. You may view this email dialogue here: https://wikileaks.org/dnc-emails/emailid/13268

As a result of our own SOS's silence, I now must raise the question; IS THE NEVADA SECRETARY OF STATE COLLUDING WITH THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO BURY ELECTION FRAUD BY REFUSING TO INVESTIGATE VOTER PURGES AND POTENTIAL VIOLATIONS OF ADDITIONAL NEVADA REVISED STATUTES THAT OVERSEE OUR ELECTIONS?

Since the NV SOS has not been forthcoming with any answers, I am requesting the Governors Office initiate an investigation into the SOS and the Nevada Democratic Party regarding their conduct at the Nevada Democrat State Convention.

The Democratic voters of Nevada, such as myself, deserve some legitimate answers!

I have also taken the liberty of publicly posting my concerns, including my Election Violation Complaints here: 
http://eveningnoodle.blogspot.com/2016/07/nevada-election-violation-complaint.html

Am counting on you to to provide answers and am eagerly anticipating your response.

Sincerely,
Cindy MacDonald



Saturday, May 28, 2016

SHOULD AMERICA REINSTATE THE DRAFT?

It’s a question I have periodically pondered every since Larry, a guy I used to work with and a Vietnam veteran, said he supported it. 

At that time, I had never been exposed to someone for the draft and was dumbstruck when he said so matter-of-factly, “I think we should reinstate the draft”.  When I asked him incredulously, “Why”, this was his reasoning.

He thought it was better for the military as an institution because it was forced to deal with a wide range of personalities, not just those that fit a particular psychological profile.  He believed this diversity was good because it helped prevent it from becoming excessively arrogant and insulated from the “little people”, a.k.a civilians.

He also strongly felt it was better for the soldiers themselves, especially in combat situations.  He argued the draft’s diversity brought in guys who think differently than the traditional military mindset. In other words, he claimed, they were often more creative in their approach to problem solving. He found that creativity valuable, especially when confronting life or death situations.

Finally, he believed a draft was much better for the nation as a whole because it put a weight on declaring war like nothing else could. 

He knew first hand the cost of war; to the soldiers who pay both mentally and physically and too often, with their very lives, to the families who serve by their side, to those we declare war against as well as the larger impact to the moral fabric of the nation. 


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He believed war should never be entered into lightly and that we, as a nation, should never ask those to lay down their lives for us unless we really, really needed them too. 

On this point, he stated, war without oversight from the people and conducted solely by the military industrial complex was far, far too dangerous to tolerate.  If left unattended, it would make endless wars to justify its existence and always seek to expand its sphere of influence. 

A draft stops the military’s inherent propensity for endless wars and prevents politicians from declaring war without just cause. When people have to start forfeiting their kids without choice, they become much more aware of the stakes and are generally a lot less willing to allow it unless they believe it's really necessary, he concluded.

Interestingly enough, he made his pro-draft case pre-911 and it turns out, his words were chillingly prophetic. The United States is now entering its fifteenth year of war in Afghanistan and is still heavily embroiled in Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and God knows where else. And I mean that literally, but I’ll get to that in a minute.

Well, Larry left me speechless – something that doesn’t happen often.  I found his arguments sound and well reasoned. It was obviously something he had thought about a lot; probably because he’d actually had his own life on the line and still lived – every damn day - with a war he could never fully leave behind.

Up until that point, the only thought I ever had about the draft was when my brother turned eighteen and had to fill out a draft card. I remember my stomach knotting up in fear because my baby brother, with his baby face, could be called away at any moment and may never come home again. I also knew, even if he did, he would never be the same.

But Larry made an excellent case and as I said, from time to time, I have reflected back on that conversation.  I was reminded of it again when I ran across some bit of Native American wisdom a few years later that claimed one particular tribe only let women declare war. 

Can you imagine such a thought in the testosterone dominated American military mindset?  Hell, it used to be argued, and not too long ago I might add, that a woman was incapable of being the Commander In Chief; too emotional to be left in charge of the nuclear code keys! And let’s not forget the long string of menstrual jokes that were sure to follow.

But I believe it was a wise idea, much wiser than allowing men to make the call of war. Contrary to popular propaganda, women aren’t pussies (well, not in that sense anyway) and there’s a reason Rudyard Kipling wrote the poem, The Female of the Species Is More Deadly Than The Male

This Native American wisdom knew a Mother would never sacrifice her own child for light and transient reasons. Grandmothers, Sisters, and Wives could be trusted to protect their mens lives at all costs, unless there was truly, truly a need.  America should be so wise again.  After all, it's fucking WAR!  

War Bodies: Source Unknown

Not too long ago, again I thought of Larry’s support-the-draft idea after watching, “Iraq For Sale: America’s War Profiteers.”. While the story centers around how America now uses war for profit, what caught my attention was what was at its root.

The whole ugly war-profiteering door was opened because we needed boots on the ground but the military reported we didn’t have enough soldiers to man the necessary operations for our missions in Afghanistan, then Iraq. 

Despite taxpayers footing the bill for the decades long barrage of “Be All That You Can Be” state-of-the-art commercials to sell us on the glory and honor of service, apparently not enough of us were answering the call.

So the military industrial complex, in its infinite wisdom, knew better than to reinstate the draft lest it ignite mass national protests again. So it did what only a military machine could; it started putting our national security in the hands of the private sector. And no, Dick, I haven’t forgotten you were already testing this idea in the first Gulf War and had Halliburton at the ready when the call for action came!

Probably my favorite all time book is The Rhetoric of No, a collection of essays about a wide range of dissent, dating back to Plato until what was then, the modern times of 1970.  It covers a lot of ground, spanning almost ever kind of protest one can conceive, as well as offering some good historical perspectives on how we got to here.

In the essay, The New American Militarism by General David M Shoup, who is touted as a “marine’s marine”, General Shoup takes a powerful and provocative hard look at what the American military has done to condition the collective psyche of our nation and how it has embedded itself into every walk of life. 

Written at a time when America was still using the draft, General Shoup described its affects on our country by stating:
“Today, most middle-aged men, most business, government, civic, and professional leaders, have served some time in uniform.  Whether they liked it or not, their military training and experience have affected them, for the creeds and attitudes of the armed forces are powerful medicine, and can become habit forming.  The military codes include all the virtues and beliefs used to motivate men of high principle: patriotism, duty and service to country, honor among fellowmen, courage in the face of danger, loyalty to organization and leaders, self-sacrifice for comrades, leadership, discipline, and physical fitness.  For many veterans the military’s efforts to train and indoctrinate them may well be the most impressive and influential experience they have ever had-especially so for the young and less educated.”
Not only does he discuss in detail the transforming affect the military has on the public at large, he also describes how the military often culls the best and the brightest America has to offer, puts them in highly competitive arenas, presses them to their limits to produce cutting edge thought and action, all of which is aimed towards conditioning and motivating them for the strategic purpose to prove themselves in the greatest venue of all –the art of war.

General Shoup also discusses another aspect of The New American Militarism, which clearly recognizes the role of the private sectors defense partnership with the armed forces, which in brief begins with:
“Closely related to the attitudes and influence of America’s millions of veterans is the vast and powerful complex of the defense industries, which have been described in detail many times in the eight years since General Eisenhower first warned of the military-industrial power complex in his farewell address as President.  The relationship between the defense industry and the military establishment is closer than many citizens realize.  Together they form a powerful public opinion lobby….The associations also provide each of the armed services with a means of fostering their respective roles, objectives and propaganda.”
Wonder what General Shoup would say about the defense industry and military establishments relationship today.

Another guy I worked with had served time in Iraq.  When I squawked about all the waste, fraud and abuse of the current system, he just laughed and said, “You mean like the storage pods?”  According to him, the military uses tens of thousands of storage pods, you know, like the moving pods, only they have been renting them for all these long years.  Wonder how many kids we could have put through college with that money?

Well, it’s a whole new era for the 21st century war machine.  Almost fifty years after General Shoup spoke out about the dangers of the new American militarism, here we are. 

The oversight body of the CIA’s self-damning torture report accidentally loses it, (like ANYBODY believes that story), drones now kill people by remote control half way across the world  and one guy can’t even find out how many bases America actually has in Africa, much less across the globe. Seriously.

While most likely many Americans will celebrate this Memorial Day week-end with parades and flags, salutes and homage to those who have served and those who have died, I think I’m going to skip the pomp and fanfare and instead, spend my time quietly praying for the 35 American veterans a day now committing suicide. I will meditate more about what Larry said, ponder the wisdom of the Native Americans and perhaps, contemplate a different, more basic kind of question, such as-

Why has America been at war with the whole world throughout 
my entire lifetime?  


Photo from Democracy Now! Code Pink Attempts To Arrest Henry Kissinger

 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

QUIETLY INTO THE NIGHT

Just leave, just leave, we'll make everything right
Don't worry, don't worry we will fight the good fight
Don't rage, don't rage against the dying of the light
Just go, just go as they swept us into the night


Being a raging liberal all my life, I have often rallied against prejudice and intolerance in all its different ugly disguises.  As I grew older and more political, like the good little liberal sheep I was told to be, I began to develop my own prejudices and intolerances for "the other side", a.k.a. conservatives.

Then the day came when I realized I had developed my own bigoted face of prejudice and intolerance, mostly against my fellow Americans and specifically those who aligned themselves with the Republican Party.

From that point on, I have determinedly tried to reach across the aisle if, for no other reason than to not be that which I condemn.  This approach has led to a fair share of awkwardness for sure.  It's rarely easy to engage with those who think radically different than you.

But I've tried to listen with an open mind to the pro-life, pro-gun, pro-war, pro-white, pro-patriot, and pro-Christian-God-Only platform that is the foundation for many of the conservative values.

Generally, most of them seem to believe America has gone to hell because of the Godless cry baby liberals who have destroyed the moral fabric of the nation by promoting diversity in both skin color and lifestyle choices. They also believe that most Democrats are nothing more than a bunch of lazy, self-entitled, elitist children who want Daddy Government to spoon feed them hand outs off the backs of the successful free-market entrepreneurs who make this country great.     

Many openly worship the military, believing it is the only function of government the nation needs, often rally against government overreach in any other direction besides military intervention in other countries and get very riled up at the mere thought of taking their guns away.  I have talked with more than a few who have their basements and closets packed with fully loaded arsenals in expectation of martial law. 

They proudly wear their American flag pin on their lapels, salute the flag with pride and will look you straight in the eye while solemnly swearing they will never allow anyone to take over their great country.

And while they continue to wait for the direct attack on their Republic, they failed to notice democracy just died in Nevada without a single shot fired.

It's at this juncture I must make an adamant disclaimer that this is not an advocacy for violence nor am I trying to imply it's time to bring out the guns! God no!  There's already a full blown propaganda campaign working desperately to brand Bernie supporters as violent and I, WE, know this couldn't be further from the truth.

But what I am trying to say is, while so many Americans on the right wait patiently for the day when they will have to defend their country by force, I'm not sure if they realize it's being taken right now and right under their nose.

To their vindication, the attack has come from the left, straight from the Democratic Party itself and I'm sure they will smugly tell you - they knew it would.

Many of them most likely will be relieved to hear that the Democrats are working so hard to protect America from that socialist/communist Sanders and his spoiled, entitlement driven entourage.  It is the narrative they have heard so often and believe so deeply, that I doubt they will think to question what occurred in Nevada or ponder its effect on their own lives.

But what happened at the Nevada Democratic Party's State Convention on May 14th, and the utter lies, smears and propaganda that have followed should really give them pause.

If you find it odd that I would be speaking about Republicans when it was the Democratic Party who committed the crimes, it's only because it's been the Republican Party's staunch platform of passionately swearing allegiance to protect America at all costs against infiltration, invasion, and take over. 

It's the entire reason why they are so pro-military and continually seek to expand both its budget and its force. 

It's the reason they want to keep their guns.

It's the reason they support strong borders, approve of death-by-drone policies with unlimited collateral damage, look the other way at torturing our perceived enemies or holding them without trial for decades, mouth platitudes to our veterans because of their foreign service, want to not only keep, but ratchet up the NSA's all inclusive, all invasive spying of both Americans and the world at large and it's the reason they are so willing to sweep aside almost every other principle the Constitution once stood for - to keep America safe. 

But as the Democratic Party denied one of the most fundamental Constitutional rights granted to the people of America in the most blatant and unapologetic subversion of democracy ever caught on camera, as they manipulated, deceived, lied and draped themselves in an absolute, unquestionable mantle of tyrannical authority, who was there trying to defend America from the take over?

Did the military come to the aid of the people who were merely trying to exercise the right to vote?  No, they were busy invading other people's countries to keep us safe.

Did our elected officials come to the rescue of those who were being stripped of their right to vote and have their votes counted? No, they were busy protecting their sugar daddy political parties.

Did the mainstream media, that bastion of free speech, report the truth to inform the citizens that a coup d'etat was being conducted on American soil? No, they were busy passing on strategic misinformation and lies because the network bosses told them too.  

And the strategic false narrative they have spun now goes something like,

Sanders supporters threw childlike tantrums and “hurled chairs” (though no evidence of this exists) because their candidate lost and they didn’t get their way (not because they were witness to the execution of democracy). 

The crowd loudly booed and Senator Boxer became afraid for her safety (because loud voices and booing is terrifying to an insulated politician, especially when they are supporting a coup).

Profound concern is now expressed for the Chairwoman's safety, (while zero, zip, none, was expressed for the integrity of the electoral process she destroyed).

Senator Sanders is not a leader because he refused to control his supporters (because he not only believes in the right to protest injustice but that it is a moral imperative) and has shockingly failed to denounce their behavior (because he believes in peoples rights including the right to vote and unlike his Democratic counterparts, refuses to participate in coups that install leaders by covert operations-at least I think he does, but you better let him speak for himself on this).

While Republican voters may believe this is not their problem, that it is irrelevant because Donald will trump Hillary, as you salute your new Commander In Chief, know this - the American people never chose her, never voted for her in any significant numbers and that she was placed there by strangers who took over America right under your nose.

As for everyone else, because the death of democracy went unannounced, undisclosed and unrepented, our founding fathers vision for a nation of, by and for the people will simply go quietly into the night.




Who sat silent as democracy died?
You did, you did

Who supported the censors and lies?
You did, you did

Who called us children when we screamed, No!
You did, you did

Who spewed false rhetoric-they died so we could vote?
You did, you did

Who raised their guns, not to protect but deny?
You did, you did

Who sat silent and watched democracy die?
You did.



Sunday, May 15, 2016

END THE DNC/RNC MONOPOLY!

The DNC’s silent message has become crystal clear; it supports broad based voter suppression over broad based democracy.


It started with the New York primary. As the polls were opening, voters began discovering they were purged from the voter roles, wouldn’t be allowed to vote, wouldn’t have a voice in their future, wouldn’t be represented.

As the little publicized crime against the New York voters grew, the silence of the DNC was deafening.

First one official, then another was suspended. New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderr opened an investigation.  The Election Board was to be audited.

In the New York Board of Elections first meeting after the primary, the room was packed with disenfranchised voters filled with righteous anger but Board members chose to look on from above with boredom and disdain.  The Board certified the vote anyway and Schneiderr’s investigation became meaningless to the disenfranchised voters. Now it has been revealed the Board of Election Chief and Commissionerknew about the mass purging of voters since July 2015 and are dismissing those who merely wanted the opportunity to vote as having an “agenda”.

As New Yorkers screamed for justice, the DNC’s silent message has become crystal clear; it supports broad based voter suppression over broad based democracy.

Not only did the DNC fail to stand up for New Yorks’ disenfranchised voters, they also failed to have the back of one of their own, Senator Sanders.  While Bernie continues to show unwaveringly support for the DNC, the DNC does not return the favor - opting instead for leaving both him and its voters out in the cold.

Yet what occurred in New York is just one story in a long line of what has become the dominant theme of this election cycle: voter suppression and election fraud.

The 2016 Presidential election cycle began in Iowa with highly questionable processes and extreme irregularities.

Among these were 90 precincts being cut from participation and the Iowa Democratic Party refusing to audit the extremely suspicious results. As of May 11, 2016, the New York Times reported that all precinct totals have now been accounted for, over three months after the Iowa caucus.  Except the Times only cites the Associated Press for their source of the tallies, which also come with a highly unusual explanation.

*Vote totals are not actual votes cast, but are State Delegate Equivalents, which represent the estimated number of state convention delegates that the candidates would have been based on the caucus results.  The Associated Press inflates county level totals by 100, as state delegate equivalent numbers for some candidates are often very small fractions.

If the above explanation isn’t awkward enough, the official Iowa Election Results & Statistic webpage fails to have any posted results whatsoever.  So where exactly did AP get their numbers and why aren’t those numbers publicly posted officially by the state of Iowa?  This begs the question, when did AP get the power to officially call United States elections?

From there, voter suppression and election fraud has just kept going, and going, and going.

In the Arizona primary, voter suppression was massive
In the 2012 primary, Maricopa County had 200 polling places for 300,000 voters. This year it had 60 polling places for an estimated 800,000 registered voters. The results were predictable… 
So massive that the Mayor of Phoenix, Greg Stanton, sent a request to the Department of Justice requesting an investigation.

Watch "People's Reaction to the Election Fraud and Voter Suppression in Arizona.
The Department of Justice’s response has been to open an investigation into one Arizona county – that’s right, one.  

Of course these three states were the most publicized, but primary results across the nation have been marred with irregularities, complaints, long-lines, frustration and skewed results.  These states include Idaho and Utah, FloridaGeorgiaTexas, Alabama, Colorado, ArkansasTennessee, NevadaRhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Ohio  IndianaIllinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, Wyoming, Nebraska (Democratic Caucus)MaineMichiganNorth CarolinaDelaware, and Virginia

In the case of the last two states, people have actually caught screen shots of live election results presented by AP showing votes actually being stripped from Bernie Sanders.

That makes 28 states so far.

Neither do any of these stories include the serious flags raised by expert statisticians such long-time exit poll guru and election analyst Richard Charnin or Kansas statistician Beth Clarksons, who reports finding consistent statistical patterns indicative of election fraud, not only in previous elections, but in Oklahoma’s recent primary as well.

VOTER SUPPRESSION & ELECTION RIGGING

Allegations of voter suppression in the US is not a new story by any means.  After all, that’s why Congress passed the Voting Rights Act in 1965. 

In addition to the blatant voter suppression that occurred in Arizona and New York, recently, it was discovered there’s at least 400,000 Californian’s who won’t be able to vote in the upcoming June 7th primary due to a voter registration form that was described as “written by a chimpanzee”. This monkey business is projected to mostly affect voters supporting Bernie Sanders.

Then there’s an additional 450,000 Californian’s that have been "officially" purged from voter rolls that again, disproportionately affect  minority areas and areas also most likely to vote for Sanders.

It’s no coincidence California has purged almost a million voters by strategically targeting a certain segment of the population – it’s called good old fashion voter suppression, a practice used to deny undesirable portions of the population the opportunity to vote.

As for election fraud and vote rigging, it is a non-partisan issue with accusations being fired from both Republican and Democratic voters, depending on the election year and who’s running.

There’s even plenty of scientific evidence (here and hereto prove how easy rigging an American election is.

Our voting machines flip votesrefuse to record votesrecord votes for the wrong candidates, and one of the brains behind our voting machine software, Clint Curtis, testified before Congress under oath how he was hired to develop software for the sole purpose of rigging the vote through these machines.

When Congress asked Mr. Curtis if there were any way to detect election fraud and vote rigging, he clearly stated the most reliable flag was to check exit poll discrepancies against the actual votes. Except it turns out raw exit poll data is super duber secret and almost no one can access it.

As it stands, adjusted exit poll data in 2016 for 11 out of 26 presidential primaries (AL, AZ, GA, MA, NY, OH, MS, SC, TX, WI, WV) reveal massive discrepancies that currently favor Hillary Clinton by an astounding 1 in 8.3 billion.

If the deck wasn’t stacked enough against honest elections in the U.S., a new report by Black Box Voting claims our voting machines are now performing fractional siphoning of our votes.

Is it any wonder America’s election processes are ranked dead last among western democracies? 

DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN PARTIES ARE CARTELS  

Today, U.S. registered voters is conservatively estimated at 146,311,000 but might be as high as 445,852,000. 

However, finding a verifiable source regarding how many of these voters are registered in either the Democratic or Republican Party turned out to be an impossible chore.  The closest numbers I could find came from an unverifiable source dating back to 2009 that alleged there were roughly 55 million registered Republicans and 72 million Democrats. This may mean at least 127 million Americans are affected by these two parties alone, not to mention the 324 million people that comprise the rest of the U.S. population. 

In today’s American political scene, any candidate who has serious intentions about holding a political office must run under one of these two parties umbrella.  This guarantees funding, advertising, lobbying by superpacs, provides non-stop media coverage, party protection and insures they are the only candidates who will be allowed to participate in the national presidential debates.

It also guarantees that when and if a DNC/RNC candidate is elected, they owe their pimps in a huge way.

In a recent expose by 60 Minutes, Dialing For Dollars, the DNC/RNC demands their stable put in a minimum of 30 hours a week telemarketing to raise at least $18,000 per day for the cartel at private call houses set up across the street from their “other job”.  Obviously, the DNC/RNC could give a rats ass about the jobs the representatives are actually elected to do.

While Bernie Sanders immense popularity is partially based on a platform demanding the reversal of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizen’s United and campaign finance reform, these measures don’t really deal with the elephant in the room; this being the DNC/RNC’s overwhelming monopoly of our entire political system.

In a recent Democracy Now! segmentlong-time consumer advocate Ralph Nader describes the DNC/RNC as a “two-party tyranny” that “colludes with one another to exclude everybody else” – the very definition of a cartel.   

It is this two-party tyranny that is at the root of suffocating the life out of the American people, the American dream and our very chance at a sincere democracy.

In 2010, the Department of Justice filed an civil anti-trust lawsuit against Election Systems & Software (formerly Diebold) because at that time, the DOJ considered ESS to hold a monopoly on U.S. elections, which affected 1,400 jurisdictions in 33 states and nearly 28 million people.

Yet the DNC/RNC currently represents registered voters that, at minimum, are over four times higher than what ESS once controlled.  Their two-party death grip spans all 50 states and jurisdictions and they exercise absolute authoritarian control over the entire American political process and system.

With all the evidence indicating the DNC/RNC’s strong support for voter suppression, deep level involvement in election rigging and a stranglehold monopoly over the representatives of the people, the answer to resolving these issues is obvious:

The American people need to urgently demand an end to the two-party tyranny by breaking the DNC/RNC monopolies apart.

The means to do this is already at our disposal. In the same way the Department of Justice broke up Diebold, it equally has the power to file a civil anti-trust lawsuit against the DNC/RNC to end their long-standing reign over our democracy.

Let our political revolution finally confront the elephant – and the ass - in the room, so we can sincerely rebuild American democracy from the ground up.