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American Peasant Report

by Lasthorseman Sun Dec 20th, 2009 at 11:26:15 PM EST

Unemployment benefits run out shortly after Christmas.  My mother is still a sociopath.  It was a pretty Christmas snow but a rock got stuck in the snowblower impeller and killed that device.  My daughter is 30 weeks pregnant with my third grandson but her doctor was a jerk and demanded a drug test for a missed doctor appointment.  I have no idea nor can we afford legal representation on that one.

Given the fact that the international community in general can access that search engine Google and enter the keywords "Yaz" or "vioxx" and click on the links to see that legal firms might also be seeking business news comes that the controversial new "health care reform bill" just might contain Machiavellian medical martial law provisions in it.
http://vactruth.com/2009/12/19/health-care-bill-creates-peek-a-boo-squads-to-enforce-in-home-vaccina tions/
In My Cold Dead Arm.  That is a promise.  A fact.  I will defend myself.  It is not conspiracy, it is fact.  I say now I used to be "normal".  A Boy Scout, an engineer working with a global company, a pilot, a father of three.  I even ran for local political office when I saw an obvious injustice.  I wrote a long time ago about my mother being a sociopath.  An essay which contained personally identifiable material, not that that matters much in todays surveillane world, but I deleted it.  Well Ma is still a sociopath and most people who are "normal" just can't accept that the 5% of sociopaths rise to positions of influence and power simply because it's their thing.  I am an evil jerk for pointing out such people exist.

America used to be sort of this shining beacon of freedom for all.  I know that is not the case today.  We are supposed to have a choice.  Free will to decide our own destiny.  By decision and design that concept will fade away into the new scientific totalitarianism of a global society modeled after Red China even if mountains of evidence say humanity can do much better than that.  It is that mere 5% of sociopathic controlling scumbags who get in the way.

New World Order?  Global government in it's current evil incarnation? World War Three might be more merciful.

Impeach Obama for multiple violations of the Logan Act.
Go ahead, ban me but it's the 911 truth, another global movement.

Ok so how does Obama  violate the Logan act? Its the act that declares that you cant deal with other governments on behalf of the USA unless you are properly authorised. And you get to be authorised by the president. So it is impossible for Obama to violate said act.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon Dec 21st, 2009 at 06:51:05 AM EST
Ah, but how can a president authorize himself?  Isn't that like a double negative or something?

We all bleed the same color.
by budr on Mon Dec 21st, 2009 at 07:02:46 AM EST
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He's authorized directly by the Constitution.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Dec 21st, 2009 at 07:12:46 AM EST
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... foreign affairs is implied by the second paragraph of section two of Article II:
He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.

Even if he weren't, if Congress passes legislation that gives the President authority to authorize someone, that is only limited so far as the law limits it. Without expressly ruling out the President authorizing himself, he can.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Mon Dec 21st, 2009 at 12:14:29 PM EST
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America used to be sort of this shining beacon of freedom for all
When was that, exactly?

These diaries always seem - to the outsider - to be a confusing mixture of paranoia and pain - obvious suffering and a search for scapegoats - whether these be predatory medical practices, Obama, or world Government, the connections are never argued in a way that is accessible or comprehensible for me.

Poverty is in itself a violation of human rights.  Involuntary medical treatment perhaps another - except where it is withheld from minors who are not in a position to make an informed judgement for themselves.

But the general (mis-)identification of all evil with "the Government" seems to derive from an extreme American libertarian tradition where the world was owned by the explorer, to be exploited at will, and any natives present be damned.

You have to ask how much of the suffering might be self-inflicted.  That a more constructive engagement with the "realities" of the modern world might have more positive outcomes.  That if you start from the premise that everybody is out to get you - well then people end up either getting at you or ignoring your obvious needs.  Of course, just because you are paranoid doesn't mean that some people aren't out to get you.  It doesn't however help you to distinguish between potential friends and foes.

An adversarial relationship with "the world" almost always ends up being reciprocated. Obvious injustices are perpetuated.  You have to understand I am arguing from personal experience and general principles which may not apply in your case.  I make no claims to prescience. I just ask you to consider that you could be making matters worse by aiming at the wrong targets and taking on too many adversaries at once - for your own good and that of your family.

notes from no w here

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Dec 21st, 2009 at 09:54:24 AM EST
That shining light thing would be somewhere up in the silver screen in the middle of WWII, after we forgot or ignored that we pressured the Japanese into striking for the Indonesian oil fields by embargoing crude oil supplies, and before we dropped the bomb.

But thanks to the power of imagination, all that is required is a willing suspension of disbelief to recapture that golden age.

Other than that pretty much taking a subcontinent by force of arms and accident of disease geography, enslaving people of neighboring continent by trading guns for slaves to protect against slave raids, propping up brutal right wing thugs anywhere in our power to do so and using weapons of mass destruction on innocent civilians to achieve our political objectives.

Pretty much the same as the rest of Eurasian Civilization, with some minor changes in details required.

On the positive side of the ledger, we make movies with lots of loud noises and pretty youngsters.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Mon Dec 21st, 2009 at 12:23:04 PM EST
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I think the U.S. WAS a shining beacon for all, starting in maybe 1780 or so and running up to the  mid 1800s. As the industrial revolution came along--with it's associated urbanization--and slavery continued, we started falling behind.

Then of course in the 1950s everything was glorious, given that Europe and the Far East were pretty much obliterated. After all, we were buying Buicks while you Europeans were still eating fake ration-coupon food! Unfortunately, it's sort of problematical to defend the shining capitalist light on the hill theory now, after noticing that the previously-obliterated have managed to keep their socialistical programs going while at the same time rebuilding their cities and societies to the point where the U.S. is no longer at the top of so many of the statistical reports...

by asdf on Wed Dec 23rd, 2009 at 02:11:05 AM EST
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I suppose if you forget the A bombs, the fomenting and exacerbation of the Cold War, numerous democracies overturned and murderous dictatorships installed in Latin America and Middle East, and an entirely materialistic/consumeristic outlook on life - yea, the 1950's were pretty cool - if in a very boringly conservative way.  

Thanks for the Marshall Plan - perhaps the true high point.   And thanks for the Music - folk/rock/blues/Jazz which was beginning as a subversive undergrowth.  And MLK.  But from Vietnam on it was all downhill, morally and pretty much every way.  Which is odd for a country which makes so much of its moral superiority.  Is Eisenhower as good as it gets?

notes from no w here

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Dec 23rd, 2009 at 07:19:24 AM EST
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Apparently texting while driving kills more of our youth than vaccination ever will. Is it therefore time to kill the cell phone towers?

I don't get this innumerate fascination with single misperceived dangers. Of course, I've been riding motorcycles for fifty years, so I must be nuts.

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by ormondotvos (ormond.otvosnospamgmialcon) on Tue Dec 22nd, 2009 at 12:53:59 AM EST
From far above the groundswell that you see before you
it must be easy to perceive the score
but the view is quite a different story
when you see it heading straight for you.

It is the clash of opposites and who delights
in stories that portray one's own demise?
One's understanding of all life in ruins
portrayed in emptiness, like fighting against the weather.

If I were young and not so old of struggle
I might still relish a bardic kick or two
and live to tell the story tale thereafter
but now my drunken head lies in few lines.

It is the shattering of time and space
hereafter lies no rhyme or grace worth saving
worth saying, it is no time for truth
they listen hard in search of thought they chase.

And now I with no news but bent to hear you
recover bits of love from shattered ruins
I know I've lost the fight before beginning
and yet I'm wont to try the impossible.....

I cannot grow by small acceptables
and even though they tear your insides out
and food is labouring guts for want of money
you want the struggle though you hate it so.

And now my time of lost love meandering has come
and I don't half want to return to safely bed
but I have come long ways from empty madness
I return periodically but that's near safely dead.

I now return to that dread earlier madness
from Madrid to London is two worlds apart
but my great hungering guts lie outstretched 'tween those capitals
and my great longing mind knows not but to accept.

I turn around, look half crazed glances yonder
to the merriment of food and wine below
from whence shall I such good things encounter?
The groundswell is for you hard poverty's blow.

notes from no w here

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Dec 22nd, 2009 at 05:31:50 PM EST
Sometimes I feel, right in my guts
The simple truth, the world is nuts
Perhaps a deep and profound question
Or maybe merely indigestion
by greatferm (greatferm-at-email.com) on Tue Dec 22nd, 2009 at 10:09:49 PM EST
That was...random.
by rifek on Thu Dec 24th, 2009 at 07:30:26 PM EST

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