Thursday, April 19, 2012

12-04-20 The Robber Baron Revival Era

There could not be a better story than the one below, to distill the social disintegration of the United States, with the Bishop of the morally bankrupt Catholic Church, incorporated and exploiting financial bankruptcy to avoid paying reparations, invoking First Amendment rights in denouncing Obama, a spineless, empty suit, operated by corporate powers, by attributing to him a social "agenda", pertaining to female reproductive rights, while pretending not to realize that if Obama, the "Constitutional Law Professor", were to be distinguished, it would have been specifically for his total disregard for Human Rights and the US Constitution, while ADL, a reactionary and corrupt organization, exploits religious past and moneyed legal power to enforce on behalf of the 1%. Beyond that, the parlance reflects the normalization by ever wider parts of the body politic of the totalitarian nature of the American regime, with the ecclesiastic, in the true medieval fashion, the only power able to stand up to it. And all it employed to distract the People of their predicament at the onset of the Robber Baron Revival Era.
ADL condemns bishop for Obama, Hitler, Stalin comparison

The Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish group that for generations has fought racism and anti-Semitism, has condemned Peoria, Ill., Catholic Bishop Daniel Jenky for remarks it terms “outrageous, offensive and completely over the top.”

The arch-orthodox Bishop Jenky, in a sermon at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, likened President Obama’s “extreme secularist” policies to those of Germany’s “Iron Chancellor” Otto von Bismarck, Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin.

President Barack Obama on previous Seattle visit.

As related in the Chicago Tribune, Jenky said:

“Remember, that in past history other governments have tried to force Christians to huddle and hide only within the confines of their churches, like the first disciples in the upper room. In the late 19th Century, Bismarck waged his ‘Kulturkampf’, a culture war against the Roman Catholic Church, closing down every Catholic school and hospital, convent and monastery in Imperial Germany.

“Clemenceau, nicknamed the ‘priest eater,’ tried the same thing in France in the first decade of the 20th Century. Hitler and Stalin, at their better moments, would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services and health care.”

“In clear violation of our 1st Amendment rights, Barack Obama ­ with his radical, pro-abortion and extreme secularist agenda ­ now seems intent on following a similar path.”

It wasn’t Jenky’s only comparison. He also took after Catholic politicians who do not follow dictates from the Church hierarchy, saying:

“May God have mercy especially on the souls of those politicians who pretend to be Catholic in church, but in their public lives, rather like Judas Iscariot, betray Jesus Christ by how they vote and how they willingly cooperate with intrinsic evil.”

Lonnie Nasatir, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League in Chicago, asked Jenky to apologize and described the bishop’s homily as “outrageous, offensive and completely over the top.”

“Clearly Bishop Jenky needs a history lesson,” said Nasatir. “There are few, if any, parallels in history to the religious intolerance and anti-Semitism fostered by Stalin, and especially Hitler, who under his regime perpetuated the open persecution and ultimate genocide of Jews, Catholics and many other minorities.”

The Tribune could not reach Jenky for comment. The conservative wing of the Catholic hierarchy has taken to denouncing the press as part of what it claims is an assault on “religious liberty” in America.

Seattle’s Catholic Archbishop J. Peter Sartain was previously bishop of the neighboring Joliet, Ill., diocese.

Posted by Joel Connelly on April 19, 2012 at 2:42 pm


12-04-19 And the First Amendment...

An Occupier was choked by a Boston Police Officer [badge number #4534] today in the Boston Common while practicing the 1st Amendment of the United States Bill of Rights. The Boston Common is the first park in the world to allow free speech and here is a perfect example of free speech being suppressed. Commissioner Ed Davis you have some explaining to do.

A note from the protester pictured here:
Hi, This is a picture of me. The "pale violet material" I'm holding was a wig I was wearing that a Tea Partier had just knocked off my head. I was asking the tea partier to explain to me why he thought it was okay to knock my wig off ("My hand slipped", he replied sarcastically) when the officer came up and said something along the lines of "okay, take your shit and get out of here" and shoved me a few feet. I turned to him and said "Don't push me". he replied "Don't push you?!" then did this. You can decide yourself if this was deserved or not.

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12-04-19 Obama the Socialist...

I doubt that the Mitt could outdo Obama in catering to the banksters...
It's Corruption for Corruption Sake...

Yet Another Obama Big Lie: Mortgage Fraud Investigation Not Even Staffed - naked capitalism

The Administration has managed the impressive task of operating in a more cynical fashion than even its worst critics predicted. Remember the widely ballyhooed mortgage fraud investigation, announced at the State of the Union address? This was the shiny toy that succeeded in getting New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman to abandon his opposition to the mortgage settlement. Schneiderman had been the defacto leader of the dissenters by virtue both of being the first to stand against the effort and by having the Martin Act. Suborning Schneiderman put the objecting state attorneys general in disarray and enabled the Administration to push this toxic deal over the finish line. It was pretty obvious Schneiderman had been had. Obama tellingly did not mention his name in the SOTU. Schneiderman was only a co-chairman of the effort and would still stay on in his day job as state AG...


12-04-19 Assange on Russia Today Gets the New York Times Mad...


From the NYT review:
Mr. Assange says the theme of his half-hour show on RT is "the world tomorrow." But there is something almost atavistic about the outlet he chose. RT, first known as Russia Today, is an   English-language news network created by the Russian leader Vladimir V. Putin in 2005 to promote the Kremlin line abroad. (It also broadcasts in Spanish and Arabic.) It's like the Voice of America, only with more money and a zesty anti-American slant. A few correspondents can sound at times like Boris and Natasha of "Rocky & Bullwinkle" fame. Basically, it's an improbable platform for a man who poses as a radical left-wing whistleblower and free-speech frondeur battling the superpowers that be.
Let's examine the unstated premises at work here. There is apparently a rule that says it's perfectly OK for a journalist to work for a media outlet owned and controlled by a weapons manufacturer (GE/NBC/MSNBC), or by the U.S. and British governments (BBC/Stars & Stripes/Voice of America), or by Rupert Murdoch and Saudi Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal (Wall St. Journal/Fox News), or by a banking corporation with long-standing ties to right-wing governments (Politico), or by for-profit corporations whose profits depend upon staying in the good graces of the U.S. government (Kaplan/The Washington Post), or by loyalists to one of the two major political parties (National Review/TPM/countless others), but it's an intrinsic violation of journalistic integrity to work for a media outlet owned by the Russian government. Where did that rule come from?

Also, while it's certainly true that the coverage of RT is at times overly deferential to the Russian government, that media outlet never mindlessly disseminated government propaganda to help to start a falsehood-fueled devastating war, the way that Alessandra Stanley's employer (along with most leading American media outlets) did. When it comes to destruction brought about by uncritical media fealty to government propaganda, RT -- as the Russia expert Mark Adomanis documented when American media figures began attacking RT  -- is far behind virtually all of the corporate employers of its American media critics.

Then there's the notion that there's something hypocritical about Assange's working for a government-owned media outlet because he "poses as a radical left-wing whistleblower and free-speech frondeur battling the superpowers that be." Actually, Assange has never presented him as anything other than as an advocate for transparency and adversarial journalism -- of shining a light on the conduct of the world's most powerful government and corporate factions -- and if that goal can be fulfilled by using this media platform, how is that remotely hypocritical? Then there's Stanley's mockery of a "few" Russian "correspondents who can sound at times like Boris and Natasha of "Rocky & Bullwinkle' fame": that's called having an accent in a language that isn't your native one, and it's rather petty, at best, to ridicule that as a means of undermining the credibility of RT's journalism.


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12-04-19 Obama - Civil Liberties Nightmare...

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How Obama Became a Civil Libertarian's Nightmare

Obama has expanded and fortified many of the Bush administration's worst policies.

When Barack Obama took office, he was the civil liberties communities’ great hope. Obama, a former constitutional law professor, pledged to shutter the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and run a transparent and open government. But he has become a civil libertarian’s nightmare: a supposedly liberal president who instead has expanded and fortified many of the Bush administration’s worst policies, lending bipartisan support for a more intrusive and authoritarian federal government.

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