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Trump the Savior? – Mis-directions, Continued

June 30, 2018

Since the election I am sure all of us have noted the uproar on the streets, in the press, and most assuredly on social media about the end of /or/ the saving of the world.

Neither is really anywhere close to the truth… not even close to being almost ballpark.

Trump is said to be draining the swamp but it appears he is building another very similar swamp in its place. Gee, how “earth-shattering”, huh?

The problem – as always – is that people take sides. Yes, here in America where the history is quite clear on this… “united we stand, divided we fall”… which they do not seem to stress much anymore (wonder why?)… we are all divided AF over… you guessed it: everything!

We have always had sore losers. Those people that do not get their way – third grade playgrounds rules apply – whine and complain about their misfortunes.

And the loudest whiners appear to be those who voted for the losing candidate.

I understand what it’s like backing the losing horse. In every election since I was old enough to know what was going on (1960), I have picked the loser. Without fail, the candidate of my choice has lost the election or, as sometimes happens, never makes it to November. Only once that happened due to assassination of the candidate but it usually happens due to the primaries. And when my candidate loses in the primaries, the one I pick in the general election seems to lose as well. And it is not because I always choose third and fourth party candidates.

The elections may not be hacked by the Russians but they don’t really need to be hacked at all because the system is broken and no matter which candidate gets elected, the middle class is going to suffer.

Bush started the wars in the Middle East and Obama promised to end them… eight years later we are fighting in MORE places than when he started. Trump said he would stop the war as well but after two years has still done nothing in that direction.

Since Reagan was President, the percentage of wealth held by the 1% in this country has grown at alarming rates that have been undeterred regardless of the party of the President in office or the party that controlled Congress. The entire facade is nothing more than a sham.

And yet there are so many people in America decrying the death of everything because of Trump while others are screaming that he has somehow saved us all.

It really is quite humorous.

When family, friends, or neighbors attempt to engage me about such matters (left or right, green or blue or black, space force or NorK or MidEast or war machine or oil or “Global Warming” or save the freakin’ whales or whatever) I tell them to come back when they’ve actually got something to say.

Taking one side of any issue that includes – at least in their minds – only one opposing side is a lose-lose proposition.

People really need to get a tad outside the damned box a little more often, don’t you think?


the Most Assassinated President in History

May 29, 2017


There have been four Presidents in American history that have been removed from office – as well as this physical plane – through assassination.

James A. Garfield and William McKinley are rarely remembered today even though they were shot to death while in office. The other two, Lincoln and Kennedy, have been revered long after their demise. The former has had his reputation steadily increased over the decades while the other finds himself further and further tarnished.

Why has it been necessary for John F. Kennedy to be assassinated more than once?

The physical assassination was witnessed by many and the horrific act shocked the world. Nations across the globe issued stamps honoring the man in whom more than one nation’s people saw a bright and shining light for the future.

It is perhaps because of that international reverence that the second assassination took place; the character assassination of Kennedy began with rumors of infidelity, a few tawdry books based on speculation and rumor, and a now general consensus that the man was less than stellar as a human being. James DiEugenio has shown how the illusion of moral shortcomings came to be in his 1997 study, “The Posthumous Assassination of John F. Kennedy“.

Apparently, though most people bought that pack of lies, they still continued to revere the memory of the man who let us glimpse a modern Camelot. So, there has now come a third, a political assassination of Kennedy and his ideas. At the fiftieth anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Bill, many stated that it was all Lyndon Johnson’s idea, and not Kennedy’s. Instead, that conveniently moved the War in Viet Name from LBJ’s list of accomplishments to JFK’s.

I was there and I remember quite clearly all the work President Kennedy and his brother, Robert, did for Civil Rights and when LBJ took office he stated – quite clearly – that he would ensure the passage of the Civil Rights act because it was something very dear to JFK.

Why are they trying to re-write history again?

Because, it seems, too many people still think a little too highly of JFK.

And many of those people would still like to discover the plot behind his death and removal.

Kennedy might not have lived to the ripe old age of one-hundred, but he most assuredly did not deserve to die as young as he did.

These continuing attempts at posthumous assassination only underscores the fact that someone is still running scared about what might be discovered.

If only everyone could learn to loathe Kennedy and all he stood for, some people would certainly sleep more easily at night.

Nope. Ain’t gonna happen.

1984 and Beyond

April 22, 2015

A couple of years back, my older brother came across an article about the conspiracy. Apparently, he doesn’t bother reading any of my stuff, I guess.

Anyway, he bombarded the pages of friends and family for about eighteen months before the flood slowed and he can resume rational discourse.

Yesterday, my daughter’s father-in-law posted something similar as if he had just stumbled upon the conspiracy himself. It was a long-winded rant with multiple links to plenty of news items and op-ed pieces.

Very – *yawn* – thrilling, no?

And someone likened what we have now to the wonderful novel by George Orwell called 1984, a dystopic tale about how bad a repressive society can become.

What I have seen in history mirrors a lot of what we see in Orwell’s tome but we should remember that is not the end of societal evolution but only a small snapshot of a singular phase.

Similar repressive societies have existed in the past and they have all collapsed due to either external or internal pressures.

Sure, armed insurrection is not likely to happen in most countries even as their rights and privileges are being stripped away, even as they move closer everyday to eventual slavery, the fear of personal harm keeps the populace docile.

It is only when the prospect of living becomes more distasteful than dying that such things occur. As long as the people can be lulled into thinking their slavery IS freedom, the command structure will hold firm. When that illusion is pierced – some straw that breaks the camel’s back – the flood-gates open and the rabid mob will rise up against whatever weapons can be brought to bear but will win the day by sheer numerical superiority alone. The survivors – whose numbers will be greatly reduced – will cobble together some basic agrarian society and start all over again.

Not pretty, I know, but history shows the cycle recurring over and over. The overlord types try different methods to control populations but it always falls apart and the tyranny crumbles.

I suppose after enough trial and error, failed plans and tweaked adjustments, someone might come up with the right formula for such long-term worldwide control. I haven’t seen the mathematical models but I doubt it can be sustained. Dull-witted subservience is not anywhere in our genetic makeup. Attempts to cull it out of the herd will not go well because it is a basic part of our survival instincts. They would be better served by dominating the monkeys or the cattle. Trying it with humans (even those that some call “sheeple”) will never stand.

Believe me on this one. On this I have seen the math models.

Lincoln’s Death

April 15, 2015

A hundred-fifty years ago today, the first American President was murdered for personal reasons.

The reasons may never be known nor even be researched for the imagery of his death has come to mean so very much more than the man meant while alive.

His life, his presidency, and most especially his death are political slogans, metaphors, leverage, and – most importantly – political capital to be spent over and over and…

Yes, and this is a “capitalism” is it not?

a Tale of One City

August 18, 2013


This is something that came to my attention before the Snowden avalanched the world.

For two days in a row in May, the very small town of Granbury, Texas, was in the news.

And neither of the stories hinge on the fact that John St Helen (a.k.a. John Wilkes Booth) once lived there.

The first mention was when the scam-master Billy Sol Estes died in his home in Granbury and the next day we heard about tornadoes that slammed the small town just outside of Ft Worth.

I’m not saying there’s any correlation between the two stories but in this butterfly-effect universe, who knows?

A hundred-ten years ago this past January (on Jan 13, 1903) David E George supposedly killed himself after confessing that he was Wilkes Booth, but that was in Enid, OK, not in Granbury.

And for the life of me I cannot figure out any connection between John Wilkes Booth and Billy Sol Estes, but I have never thought of looking in that direction before.

It’s probably nothing but just another bizarre coincidence, huh?

Governments Toppling

July 31, 2013

There seems to be a severe shortage of trust in the leaders around the world.

Yes, riots seem to be erupting on all the continents – with the possible exception of Antarctica – and it is because people around the world are losing faith in their leaders.

It is not purely an American problem.

The American people think overwhelmingly (62% by the latest poll) that their government is actually working against them.

… in the American Revolution, 80% were opposed to the British King…

But soon, the furor will die down, and Americans can get back to what is really important in life: keeping up with the Kardashians’ latest antics, or the latest rumors about Lindsay Lohan, who is the favorite on American Idol or Dancing with the Stars, or discussing the latest episode of Game of Thrones.

You know, the really important things.

And all this turmoil about our freedoms being eroded away over this thing called a “war on terror” that was implemented solely to speed up the process of eroding our freedoms will vanish into the past and be forgotten.

Just like all the patriots who have ever shed blood on foreign soils to protect and insure those very freedoms so lightly squandered.

Happy Bastille Day!

July 14, 2013


I have been covering a lot of the circus going on around Edward Snowden and the NSA leaks but I have been searching, searching, for something meaningful from the ordeal.

Certainly what Snowden did took a great deal of guts and his future is far from certain but the media coverage – you know, those people who rarely cover much of anything that makes the Feds look really bad because “they are told to” – has been so heavy that I thought that surely it was only to cover something else going on.

All right, I have to admit to being a bit skeptical. Sure, something “good” can happen even in our heavily micro-managed world, but it seemed a little too well orchestrated to be a singular event.

Let’s face it, a lot of the information Snowden has published was released by other leakers earlier… though most of it did not get the press Snowden seems to be commanding.

Still, for the life of me, I could not find anything I could put my finger on.

Then I read a fascinating article by Jim W. Dean at PressTV. He contends that all these various whistle-blowers seem to overlook one of the major intelligence players in the world: Israel’s Mossad.

Their tentacles reach out into practically all corners of the globe but they have gotten no mention by the whistle-blowers.

It is an interesting observation.

Dean also advises that there is not much we can do except put fifty million in the streets in protest, just like they did in Egypt, just like they did in France in 1789. Yes, two-hundred-twenty-four years ago today, the Bastille fell and the French Revolution began.

From what I have seen in America – however – it seems unlikely we could get fifty thousand on the streets.

But Snowden said there will be more revelations. I don’t know if he’s saving the really good stuff for last or if he is just stringing us along as a mere distraction.

It is not just being a conspiracy theorist that causes me to wonder. It is based on history.

And we have so many distractions.

Who are the real traitors? | Jim Quinn via ZeroHedge

June 20, 2013

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via Who are the real traitors? | Jim Quinn via ZeroHedge.

This post is a bit long but far more than worth reading it in its entirety. And it does matter what you think, but only THAT YOU THINK!

the Revelations Keep Coming

June 20, 2013


It has been sixty-eight years since the end of World War II and they are still arresting Nazi officers.

The idea is to keep it fresh in people’s minds so that sort of thing won’t happen again. It has not worked as well as the idea was supposed to.

Today, if it were not for a few brave souls, we would never have the full picture of what the NSA, CIA, FBI, and our “elected civil servants” are doing to us.

Most of the people given security clearances in this country maintain the secrecy, like they are supposed to, even when they know they are doing wrong. They stick to their word – like we are taught while young: our word is our bond – and they uphold it even unto their death.

But the lessons from the Nazi do not seem to resonate anymore. We believe we are living in a free and peace-loving country, so the actions our government demands of these people can be explained away by most people.

A few, however, have a more fundamental understanding of moral conviction and blow the whistle.

Are they traitors?


And, believe me, there were a number of Germans who stood up to Hitler and the SS. And, yes, they were imprisoned or executed but their moral conviction went beyond loyalty to a government involved in crimes against its own people as well as against humanity.

Lawyers can quibble the fine points for all I care but it seems rather fundamental: a government engaged in crime against its own people needs a little eye-opening, a little soul-searching whistle-blowing.

If these things are not cleaned up – and quickly – things could get much, much worse.

History shows it to be true and recent political unrest around the world shows it to be a very real possibility.

Manning, Snowden, and now the lies coming out about Flight 800, where the people were forced to lie about the crash by the CIA and FBI who are under a lot of heat from the revelations of Snowden already.

I wonder what will happen if even more people step up and spill their guts about other things our government has been doing IN OUR NAME for the last fifty years.

It could happen…

I’m sure there is more dirt we have not seen yet.

a Congress Without Balls

June 12, 2013


The NSA case is getting more interesting all the time.

Now it seems that Snowden had released a power-point with some 41 slides and the Guardian only showed four or so. The New York Times stopped to ask the Feds which parts they could show. (Duh!)

So, Snowden came out of hiding to try and get all the data released. I guess he figures if he’s going to be damned, he might as well go all out.

Meanwhile, Congress sputters along proclaiming the man is a traitor and needs to be extradited and taken to… well, justice first and then a heavy jail sentence.

Doesn’t sound too much to me like the age old “innocent until proven” kind of thing.

And Speaker of the House, John Boehner, said it was treason because it “put Americans in harm’s way”.

Oh, really, Mister Speaker? And exactly which “Americans” has it put in harm’s way? I mean, other than the officials in charge of operating the illegal operation against innocent American citizens.

Yeah, those guys and their accomplices… you know, the Congress who renewed the Patriot Act without really understanding anything about the bill they passed.

Those are the “Americans” being put in harm’s way and, as it also includes the likes of the Speaker of the House, I can see why he’s worried!

A friend who works in the government, in a highly sensitive position, told me that Snowden knew what he was getting into and so it IS treason. If he disagreed with what was going on with the program he should have simply walked away and kept his mouth shut like he had agreed to before taking the job.

I hated to tell the guy – but someone had to bring a little glimpse of reality to his world – but I remember the Germans tried that defense after world war two and they still got executed. The international tribunal said that sort of behavior was completely unacceptable.

A person understanding that a crime is being committed – regardless of whether it is your own government or not – has a moral obligation to blow the whistle on the perpetrators.

Not my words. They are the words of the guys at Nuremburg in denouncing the blind loyalty the Germans showed to their leader.

As Americans, we have to set our moral sights a little bit higher than the Nazis, don’t you think?

We need some guys in Congress who can reach down deep and find a bigger set of balls.