BLACKBIRD

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Posted on 19th December 2014 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

Chris Picco singing Blackbird to his son, Lennon James Picco, who was delivered by emergency C-section at 24 weeks after Chris’ wife Ashley unexpectedly and tragically passed away in her sleep. Lennon’s lack of movement and brain activity was a constant concern for the doctors and nurses at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, where he received the absolute best care available. During the pregnancy, Ashley would often feel Lennon moving to music so Chris asked if he could bring his guitar into the NICU and play for Lennon, which he did for several hours during the last days of Lennon’s precious life. One day after filming this, Lennon went to sleep in his daddy’s arms.

PIGMEN WIN AGAIN

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Posted on 15th December 2014 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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“The real owners are the big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians, they’re an irrelevancy. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the statehouses, the city halls. They’ve got the judges in their back pockets. And they own all the big media companies, so that they control just about all of the news and information you hear. They’ve got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying ­ lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want; they want more for themselves and less for everybody else.”  - George Carlin

After the disgusting example of politicians of both spineless parties bowing down before Wall Street, the military industrial complex and corporate interests this weekend with the passage of a bloated pig of a spending bill totaling $1.1 trillion, how can anyone not on the payroll of the vested interests not admit there is only one party – and it serves only the needs of the wealthy business interests. Obama, champion of the common folk, signed this putrid example of political corruption and corporate capture of the American political system. For all the believers who voted for the red team in the November mid-terms, this is what you got – a bipartisanship screwing of the American people.

The entire episode has been nothing but Kabuki Theater. Both parties have proven to be  puppets marching to the tune of Wall Street moneyed interests, while further entrenching the status quo by voting to allow more corporate influence over the election process. Each side of the aisle allowed just enough dissent to make it appear they might not reach an agreement. But at the end of the day Pelosi, Boehner, Reid and McConnell joined hands and gave it to the American public good and hard. And of course we had the candidates for president in 2016 Warren and Cruz playing to their constituents with speeches and maneuvers designed to make them look like fighters for the common man. It was nothing but a show, as they did nothing substantive to stop the bill from passing.

What this entire debacle has proven is that voting doesn’t matter. Your vote is meaningless. Political parties are nothing more than a front for the vested interests. The corrupt politicians are bought and sold by Wall Street and corporate interests. The bills are written by lobbyists for the vested interests. When a spending bill is over 1,700 pages, the purpose is to obscure, hide and insert provisions that will benefit those with money to influence the process at the expense of average Americans. None of the perpetrators in Congress actually read this bill. The public had no say regarding this bill. If this is what bipartisan cooperation looks like, I’ll take gridlock. The system has been so completely captured by those pulling the wires, they no longer even pretend to care what we think. They keep winning and care not about the consequences of their ruthless despicable pillaging.

Politicians decry money in politics when they are paraded onto the mainstream media talk shows. They profess to be men and women of the people, fighting for our rights. So how do they go about getting money out of politics? They dramatically expand the amount of money wealthy political donors can inject into the national parties, drastically undercutting the 2002 landmark McCain-Feingold campaign finance overhaul. A wealthy donor who could only give a maximum of $32,400 this year to the Democratic National Committee or Republican National Committee can now give ten times as much – a total of $324,000. Do you think these wealthy donors might have ten times more influence over government policies, laws, regulations, and tax codes? Do you think these donors are contributing these funds to fight for the rights of average Americans making $50,000 per year? This change just further entrenches the rich vested interests. Your vote just became even more meaningless.

The most outrageous provision in the spending bill is Wall Street putting the American taxpayer on the hook for when their $250 trillion of derivatives of mass destruction blow up the worldwide financial system again. Elizabeth Warren, playing her part in this farce, feigns outrage, knowing it will pass anyway:

“Mr. President, Democrats don’t like Wall Street bailouts. Republicans don’t like Wall Street bailouts. The American people are disgusted by Wall Street bailouts. And yet here we are five years after Dodd-Frank with Congress on the verge of ramming through a provision that would do nothing for the middle class, do nothing for community banks, do nothing but raise the risk that taxpayers will have to bail out the biggest banks once again. You know, there is a lot of talk lately about how Dodd-Frank isn’t perfect. There is a lot of talk coming from CitiGroup about how Dodd-Frank isn’t perfect. So let me say this to anyone listening at Citi —I agree with you. Dodd-Frank isn’t perfect. It should have broken you into pieces. If this Congress is going to open up Dodd-Frank in the months ahead then let’s open it up to get tougher, not to create more bailout opportunities.”

Senator Warren does hit at the heart of the matter. The Too Big To Fail banks should have been made too small to matter after they created the 2008 worldwide financial collapse. Congress should have reinstated Glass Steagall, the insolvent Wall Street banks should have been liquidated or sold off piece by piece, and the American taxpayer shouldn’t have had to pay one dime. Instead, those banks became bigger, more powerful, more arrogant, and more reckless. And now they are writing the laws supposedly regulating them. Regulatory capture at its finest.

Dodd-Frank was already a behemoth mess of a law, written by bank lobbyists, and so complex it was always destined to fail. The law that set up America’s banking system in 1864 ran to 29 pages; the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 went to 32 pages; the Banking Act that transformed American finance after the Wall Street Crash, commonly known as the Glass-Steagall act, spread out to 37 pages. Dodd-Frank was 848 pages long. One of the few beneficial sections of the law was the provision that  required banks to “push out” their derivatives trading into separate entities not backed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Essentially, this provision prohibited the Too Big To Trust Wall Street Banks from using the deposits of customers to gamble on derivatives, with no capital behind the gambling. Any Wall Street bank that wanted to trade derivatives had to do it in non-insured subsidiaries, and when these trades blew up in their faces, the banks would be solely on the hook. They prefer the they win you lose method.

This spending bill included language written directly by Citigroup and inserted by the politicians in the back pocket of Jamie Dimon and the rest of the Wall Street cabal. Dimon showed no shame as he personally called lawmakers to insist they pass this bill with the gutting of Dodd Frank. Wall Street bankers can now gamble with the deposits of their clients with impunity generating obscene insider profits, and when they inevitably blow up the financial system again the American taxpayer will be on the hook for the losses. In a shocking development, the members who voted for the spending bill had received vastly more political contributions (bribes) than those who voted no. Simon Johnson, former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund and a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, concisely sums up the goal of this provision:

“It is because there is a lot of money at stake. They want to be able to take big risks where they get the upside and the taxpayer gets the potential downside.”

And there will be downside. Like Captain Renault in Casablanca, Jamie Dimon and the rest of the Wall Street CEOs will be shocked to find there has been gambling going on in their upstanding institutions of finance, as they cash their $10 million bonus checks. The markets are already overvalued, built on a foundation of debt, and rigged by the Wall Street scumbags. They make Bernie Madoff look like an upstanding citizen. It seems awfully coincidental this provision was inserted into the 1,700 page bill just as the markets have begun to tremor. Wall Street wouldn’t be preparing for another earthquake, would they? The fact that Obama signed this bill is a reflection of him being a spineless toady figurehead, doing the bidding of the ruling class.

The Republicans have run against Obamacare since the day it was passed in 2009. They have threatened to overturn it, de-fund it, and scale it back. This spending bill fully funds Obamacare just as it was passed. Dozens of Republicans voted for a spending bill that fully funds the program they despise. Obama recently subverted the U.S. Constitution once again with his latest executive order allowing illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S. and enjoy our wonderful welfare system. The Republicans were morally outraged and their response was to fund Obama’s executive order to the tune of $2.5 billion. There’s $948 million for the Department of Health and Human Service’s unaccompanied children program — an $80 million increase. The department also gets $14 million to help school districts absorbing new immigrant students. And the State Department gets $260 million to assist Central American countries from where of the immigrant children are coming.

So much for principles, ethics, and courage. You see bipartisanship in Congress means that one side will agree to fully fund the welfare state as long as the other side will fully fund the warfare state, while both sides do whatever Wall Street instructs them to do. Neither side cares that the National Debt increases by $2.5 billion per day. That’s what the Fed is for. The neo-cons in the Republican party were happy, as their dreams of World War III come closer to fruition. There’s $1.3 billion for a new Counterterrorism Partnership Fund; $5 billion for military operations to combat the Islamic State, including $1.6 billion to train Iraqi and Kurdish forces (I thought we already trained them once before); $500 million for a Pentagon-led program to train and equip vetted Syrian opposition fighters; $810 million for ongoing military operations in Europe, including requirements that at least $175 million is spent in support of Ukraine and Baltic nations. And you were worried about Defense cuts. The military industrial complex will never allow their profits to decline. If we run out of real enemies, we just make them up out of thin air – ISIS, or go back to the Cold War playbook and declare Russia to be an imminent threat to our safety and security.

Despite running $800 billion actual (not the BS reported deficits) annual deficits, the political hacks of the ruling party still funnel $3.1 billion per year to Israel, $1.3 billion to the dictator in Egypt, and $1 billion to our puppets in Jordan. This hyper-interventionism in the affairs of countries around the globe, either through military intervention, supplying arms, overthrowing elected leaders, or funding dictators has destabilized the entire world. Russia is not the aggressor on the world stage, as portrayed by the mouthpieces for the state in the mainstream corporate media. The American empire has created the conditions for havoc, disarray and war to flourish. Someone will ultimately do something stupid and the fury of hell will be unleashed across the globe. And it is our fault.

You’ll be happy to know the trucking industry still has some pull in Congress. Their drivers will be allowed to work 82 hours per week, versus the far too restrictive 70 hours per week. When you are driving your economy car on the interstate and that 18 wheeler is barreling down on you from behind, thank Congress when the drowsy dude behind the wheel is working his 81st hour of the week. And if you were a hard working middle income blue collar worker in businesses such as trucking, construction and supermarkets and were promised a pension, tough luck. Hidden inside the bill was a haircut for pensions. This provision allows the promised pension benefits of up to 1.5 million workers and retirees to be cut. It affects the pooled pension plans — called multi-employer plans — of mostly union workers across a bunch of companies, where it looks like the plans won’t be able to cover full benefits in coming decades.

Could it be any clearer that we are nothing but lowly peasants and the aristocracy inhabiting the protected luxury skyscrapers suites in New York City and the government buildings in Washington D.C. have nothing but contempt and scorn for our plight, as they gorge themselves like pigs at the trough of working people’s wealth? They use taxes and inflation to siphon your savings and earnings, rig the markets so they always win, write the laws to favor themselves, and use the mass media and the police surveillance state to crush dissent, control the message and intimidate the masses. The ruling class fears the masses and continues to prepare for a coming conflict. Within the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY 2015, passed this week, was written a new section that grants the executive branch virtually unlimited access to the communications of every American.

Sec. 309 authorizes “the acquisition, retention, and dissemination” of nonpublic communications, including those to and from U.S. persons. The section contemplates that those private communications of Americans, obtained without a court order, may be transferred to domestic law enforcement for criminal investigations.   Sec. 309 provides the first statutory authority for the acquisition, retention, and dissemination of U.S. persons’ private communications obtained without legal process such as a court order or a subpoena. The administration currently may conduct such surveillance under a claim of executive authority, such as E.O. 12333. However, Congress never has approved of using executive authority in that way to capture and use Americans’ private telephone records, electronic communications, or cloud data.

The majority of American people still believe they live in a democracy where their vote matters. Sadly, they are living in a delusional fantasy world, as they actually live in a corporate fascist welfare/warfare surveillance state run by one party of vested corporate interests. Until consent is withdrawn and the pigmen are violently confronted, nothing will change. The existing social order will be swept away within the next fifteen years as this Fourth Turning reaches its bloody conclusion. You may think we are all equal under the law, but Orwell knew that some are more equal than others. Can you distinguish the pigs from the men?

“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”  ― George Orwell, Animal Farm

“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.”H.L. Mencken 

THE WORLD IS A VAMPIRE

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Posted on 19th December 2014 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

the world is a vampire, sent to drain
secret destroyers, hold you up to the flames
and what do I get, for my pain
betrayed desires, and a piece of the game
even though I know-I suppose I’ll show
all my cool and cold-like old job

despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage
despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage
someone will say what is lost can never be saved
despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage

now I’m naked, nothing but an animal
but can you fake it, for just one more show
and what do you want, I want change
and what have you got
when you feel the same
even though I know-I suppose I’ll show
all my cool and cold-like old job

Muck’s Minute

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Posted on 19th December 2014 by MuckAbout in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

Equality – what is it??  Or is it at all?

“Equality” is a beastly word.   Why beastly?  Because it means something different to every person who says it or hears it.  It is slippery as the best of sexual lubricants and as hard to grasp as a nettle in full thorn.  It is a word that is capable of angering even the most placid of every under-appreciated citizen around the globe and is the bane of the Elite and Powers That Be who perch high atop the economic pile and are trying (with ever greater success) to stay there or climb even higher.

I think “equality” is an accident that happens only in passing and only for a moment. It is recognized by the symbol “=” and when placed in a basic “equation”  so: X = Y , means X is the identical to Y; but for how long if both X and Y represent living creatures and are in constant independent motion (in three dimensions) under the control of free will and with all the foibles of a human being???

The Communist Manifesto that is thoroughly discredited and in operation only in such progressive places as Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia and is now left flopping around the gutters of wishful political thinking (“If only it had been me running the joint, I’d have made it work!”)  that held the goal of communism was equality – top to bottom – of the citizens of a country so ruled. Of course, modified somewhat by the necessity of a Marxist “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” This turns “equality” on its’ head as far as producing bread and beans is concerned.  It turned out that a country so ruled turns into a herd of equally poor citizens, many living by the efforts of others with yet another elite dressed in classy communist rags who lived high on the hog.  The able bodied just shoveled food in the trough and cleaned the pens while the feeble nibbled at the trough run off.

Yet, even today, when a government program fails, the calls are not “Do away with the sorry program!”

Bad Government programs has the quality of a teacher (in a union). “He won’t work and you can’t get rid of him!”.  Oh no, the plaintive bawling is for “We need more government regulation, supervision and permits! That’ll fix it!”, which, of course, is the exact opposite of what should be called for in trying to “fix” it.  An unworkable program cannot be fixed by making it more unworkable just like one person or a nation (or the world) as a whole cannot borrow or counterfeit itself into prosperity .  No government worker (or teacher in a union) has ever considered such a truth as that.

And to make it worse, “Equality” is at the bitterly sharp pointy end of a good portion of the spear of governments’ efforts to impoverish all of us in its’ name.

Let’s see now just what is “equality”:  (the short version via my computer’s dictionary!)

“The state of being equal, esp. in status, rights, and opportunities.

• In mathematics the condition of being equal in number or amount.

• In mathematics a symbolic expression of the fact that two quantities are equal; an equation.

ORIGIN late Middle English : via Old French from Latin aequalitas, from aequalis (see equal )”

The “esp” (standing for “especially”, I’m sure), puts a kink in equality on the spot.  I can grasp the “state of being equal” but why the “especially”.  Does this mean that some kinds of equality are more important than others?  Does this mean that “equality” in not equal in all cases but depends upon other factors?  Some applications of the word are more importantly equal than others?

Who will determine which equality applies to what subject?  My tomato is equally tasty as yours?  My bank account is most assuredly not equal to yours? Why is “equal” only a constant when applied to mathematics?  Isn’t “equal” – well – “equal”?

Why should equal on one subject not be equally as important when applied to another?

Primarily because “equal” is a totally subjective, eye of the beholder value except in mathematics – which is (almost) totally objective – except when you use calculus or Quantum Mechanics. (In Quantum Math, a thing can “be” and “not be” at the same time and in Calculus everything is moving around all the time!) Governments will never master any of it.

Gee, I guess that means “equal” ceases to be “=” and becomes “>” (greater than) or “<” (less than) depending upon who, what, when, where and how it is applied.   This is what I mean when I said “equality is a slippery word”.  I meant it.

I could pound this concept of not equal unless you and I agree it’s equal.  This is so unmercifully tedious, especially (that word again!) if we look at the definition of “equal” which is much more involved and therefore even more boring and applied to even broader classes of “equality” but I won’t bother because it bores me even more.

The truth is, outside relatively simple mathematics, there is nothing equal about anything. Instead, everything is relative such that an East Indian peasant with a full stomach from simple fare is likely to be as satisfied physically as the Permit Raj living down the road inside his government furnished compound after he ate a considerably more tasty and balance meal than the peasant.  They are equally full but got there from significantly different directions and, no doubt, the Permit Raj enjoyed the variety and flavors to a much greater extent.  But they’re both full.

(Note: for those of you too politically correct to live, I use he or she to represent both sexes in this missive!)

It is relative in such that a banker working a 50 hour week is paid “X” amount of money while a window server at Hamburger Heaven, working 30 hours a week makes “Y” amount of money.  I guarantee you that, non-equal working hours aside, (the Hamburger Heaven employee works those 30 hours so Obamacare will not apply to her job so she’s on the hook for health insurance or a fine!) there is nothing “equal” between these two individuals or the remuneration they receive for time spent on the job.  Should we commit the wealth of our country, sacrificing other priorities, to try and “equalize” the money made by both, perhaps the homes lived in by both, their transportation needs, clothes or anything else?

I posit absolutely not.

If she is Hispanic or black, their communities spokesidiots would take the opposite position and say “Yes! The banker makes too much money and we must strip him of that excess to share with the Hamburger Heaven window server.”  Now why is that? They don’t do the same work. The banker has an economics degree from Wharton and the window server didn’t finish high school. The banker has worked at the same position for 15 years and the window server has worked for four different hamburger/fast food outfits in the last year.  Where is “equality” in any of that?

It widens (if you can believe it!) for those on welfare or, as some call it “the dole”.   President Obama has changed welfare from “workfare” to true welfare by eliminating the requirement that those collecting the government dole  look for employment, much less work if such employment is available.  A very old truism applies, “If you pay a man not to work, then he will continue not to work in order to be paid.”

By eliminating the search for or actual work necessity from welfare requirement, President Obama insures the lack of equality, opportunity and responsibility of the welfare recipient to ever achieve equality with anyone.  The welfare collector is already more than equal to the window server who works her 30 hours a week and takes home less money than the welfare taker who works at watching TV, sleeping, cashing in her food stamps for groceries, beer and skittles, uses Medicaid for any medical problems and is essentially a small – but important – anchor on the prosperity of the country??

The taker of non-work-requirement welfare is also encouraged by the “system”, since she doesn’t have to work at any job to collect her benefits;  to do what? Well, the more children she has, the more the benevolent government pays her in child support or any of dozens and dozens of programs designed to shower unwed mothers with benefits, money and, in fact, everything except a father for her children – which may be a time-shared duty between any number of men.

Can the banker collect any of these benefits for himself or his family?  Nope.…  Now where’s the equality in that?

I maintain and must say again, there is no such thing as equality outside of mathematical equations.  Equality in the real world is a fleeting occurrence that happens when two or more people pass in the night, finding themselves almost identical in many of the more important ways, only moments later to find one has diverged from the other in wealth, health, motivation, ability or any one of the thousands of traits or differences between each and every human being.

To sum up, any and all attempts at forcing “equality” within the human sphere is domed to failure and never ends well and someone always ends up less “equal” than his neighbor.  It’s a fools errand and a waste of time, money, energy and  a huge morass of moral hazard rises at every turn.

What we need is more effort (and effort is required) to provide equal opportunity to anyone who can handle it.  Those who do and make a success of it will be “more equal” than those who refuse to grab for the golden ring or, after grabbing it, lose their footing, fall – and fail.  Those who fail must not be denied the opportunity to succeed yet again but they also must take the responsibility for making an attempt to grab another golden ring that is perhaps a bit lower on the merry-go-round of life.

This is, of course, simplistic in its’ solution.  As long as the welfare state is in existence in its’ present form, i.e. paying people not to improve their personal condition, there is nothing ahead of us but frustration, disappointment and continued failure.

This has been the human condition ever since we first evolved into Homo sapiens a few hundred thousand years ago.

It never has worked and it never will.  Personal responsibility and hard work and study will out every time.  But never “equally”.

Conclusion:  Equality isn’t.

 

MA

PS: Please note that I totally exclude from this commentary, those members of our humanity who are truly disabled beyond any ability to work or the elderly who are in the same condition (both cases being verifiably proven with no freaking loopholes)..  In any society with any civility at all,  little children, elders and disabled should be cared for as a cost of being a successful society.

 

 

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Posted on 19th December 2014 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Oberholtzer’s Texas City plumbing company, Mark-1 Plumbing, has been inundated with threats after a photo of his old Ford work truck appeared on a terrorist Twitter feed, equipped with an anti-aircraft gun in the bed and still bearing the company logo on the door.

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His mother, Rachel, said it is unfair that his punishment involves something that he needs to get around. The report pointed out that he attended his sister’s concert with the noodle.

“It’s a lot harder with this,” the boy told the station. “Can’t feel things.”

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Texas SWAT team brutalizes innocent man in no-knock wellness check, concocts charges

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Posted on 19th December 2014 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Via Police State USA

“These cops are out of control. They are ruining good people’s lives.”

Chad Chadwick sits in handcuffs after being assaulted by a SWAT team while bathing in his apartment. (Image: FOX 26 Houston)

FORT BEND COUNTY, TX — An innocent man was ripped from his bathtub in a surprise no-knock raid, then suffered an onslaught of beatings, electric shocks, concussion grenades, and rubber bullets.  The man spent 3 years and his entire life savings attempting to vindicate himself from the false charges and malicious prosecution which followed.

Chad Chadwick. (Image: FOX 26 Houston)

Chad Chadwick is the man who fell victim to the horrific series of events, which began on the night of September 27, 2011.  Mr. Chadwick was home alone that evening and feeling distraught.  A concerned friend eventually phoned the police to check on Mr. Chadwick’s emotional well-being.  Mr. Chadwick had consumed some alcohol and had fallen asleep in the bathtub in his apartment.

Mr. Chadwick had not threatened himself or anyone else, and had a spotless criminal record.  Nonetheless, police responded to the concerned friend by sending a paramilitary, multi-jurisdictional SWAT team to conduct a no-knock raid on the man’s apartment.  According to Mr. Chadwick, police lied in order to obtain the warrant.

“They told a judge I had hostages. They lied to a judge and told him I had hostages in my apartment and they needed to enter,” Mr. Chadwick explained to MyFoxHouston.

NO-KNOCK WELLNESS CHECK

The SWAT team arrived in short order and broke down the apartment door without identifying themselves, then quickly made their way to the bathroom where the resident was bathing.  Their first maneuver was to lob a concussion grenade into the bathroom, causing extensive damage to the furnishings and disorienting Mr. Chadwick.

“While I had my hands up naked in the shower they shot me with a 40 [caliber] non-lethal round,” he recalled.

A second concussion grenade detonated, and SWAT officers swarmed in and attacked Mr. Chadwick.

“I turned away, the explosion went off, I opened my eyes the lights are out and here comes a shield with four or five guys behind it. They pinned me against the wall and proceeded to beat the crap out of me,” he said.

FOX 26 News | MyFoxHouston Mr. Chadwick went on to explain the extent of his injuries.The police “claimed [Chadwick] drew down with a shampoo bottle” and proceeded to respond with heightened levels of force.  Mr. Chadwick was accosted and shot in the back of the head with a taser. “They grabbed me by my one hand that was out of the shower and grabbed me by my testicles slammed me on my face on the floor and proceeded to beat me more,” Mr. Chadwick told FOX 26. By the end of the ordeal Mr. Chadwick had suffered a broken nose, bruised ribs, multiple lacerations and bruises, a taser barb in the back of his skull, and permanent hearing loss.  He was hauled off to the Fort Bend County Jail, where he was left in an isolation cell for 2 days.

TEXAS WITCH HUNT

Rather than admitting a mistake had taken place, police began to file charges against the man in an apparent effort to cover up the incompetence and justify the brutality.

First, Mr. Chadwick was charged with two felony counts of assaulting police officers.  But a grand-jury found no basis for the charges and declined to indict him.

When that didn’t work, the prosecution filed new charges; this time for misdemeanor resisting arrest.  Those charges were dropped as well. Then a third round of charges were issued.  In total, the prosecution — led by Ft. Bend County District Attorney John Healy — filed six criminal charges against Mr. Chadwick and eventually put him on trial for “interfering with police.”

After more than three years fighting the corrupt system, Mr. Chadwick was cleared by a jury. He was found not guilty of interfering with police on the night he was attacked in his bathroom.

“They came in did what they did, figured out that they messed up and now they are doing everything they can to cover it up. They treated a normal American citizen like an animal. It’s not right,”  Mr. Chadwick said in an interview with FOX 26. 

“They tried to make me a convict. It broke me financially, bankrupted me. I used my life savings, not to mention, I lost my kids,” said Mr. Chadwick.

According to FOX 26, Ft. Bend County District Attorney John Healy declined to comment on camera, but did say he stands by his decision to prosecute Chadwick, despite the multiple no-bills and not guilty verdict. Asked how much the case cost taxpayers, Healy said “I wasn’t keeping a tally.”

The SWAT team raided Mr. Chadwick’s apartment was comprised of officers from Missouri City, Sugar Land, Stafford, and the Ft. Bend County Sheriff’s Department. To date, no officer has faced any disciplinary action or criminal charges.

“These cops are out of control. They are ruining good people’s lives. I am a good man. I have done everything I can to show that, as a father, as a citizen, as a worker,” said Mr. Chadwick to FOX 26.

Mr. Chadwick is now pursuing a civil suit against the police agencies involved.

His ordeal goes to show that even an innocent person minding his own business in his home can have his life destroyed without warning by agents of the police state.

 

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John F. Kennedy in Today’s World

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Posted on 19th December 2014 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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John F. Kennedy would be considered a right-wing Republican today. His ideas would not fit well with either Party.

Politics Today

politics1234Politics is vastly different from the politics that I first became aware of. Both parties have abandoned any sense of principle, at least with respect to honoring the Constitution. Instead of acting on first principles, all decisions are made on the basis of political principles. In that regard, both parties honor only one principle — do whatever is necessary to maximize the chance to get, or to stay, in office. 

Democrats seem to have lost their minds in this respect but it has worked well for them up until now. Republicans apparently don’t want them to feel badly or see the use of similar techniques to enhance their own political chances. As a result the notion of “government of the people, by the people and for the people” has been reduced to a cheap and ineffective Madison Avenue propaganda phrase. Every single politician violates his oath of office, knowingly and with impunity.

The most recent example is the so-called “amnesty” that President Obama declared. This declaration is clearly in violation of his Constitutional authority (as have been many of his other executive orders). The Republicans are willing to allow this violation out of fear that protecting the Constitution would jeopardize their chances in the next election. This is itself a violation of their oath to protect the Constitution. Their unwillingness to bring impeachment hearings on the grounds that Democrats would not go along with it is shabby self-interest. Not doing so is ground for their own impeachment. The fact that they seem reluctant to use the power of the purse to restore balance among the three branches rests solely on their concern that they will be blamed for shutting the government down. Contrary to their concerns, most citizens would welcome shutting the government down. All know that it has grown into a Leviathan which threatens the future of the country.

To understand how far government has deteriorated, one does not have to go back very far. John F. Kennedy was elected president in 1960. Examining his positions and comparing them with political practice today is revealing.

John F. Kennedy

kennedy-35th-president-1aJohn F. Kennedy, judged to be one of the great Democrat presidents (he wasn’t but that matters little), was more closely aligned with the ideas and ideals of Rand Paul and Ronald Reagan than with those of Barack Obama or any other current Democrat politician. Kyle Smith laid out some of JFK’s positions:

… Kennedy’s fierce anti-communism, his religious devotion (he gave faith-based speeches of a kind Michele Bachmann might consider extreme today) and his advocacy for low deficits, a strong dollar, free trade, tax cuts, free enterprise and individual responsibility. If JFK were here today, he would either have to renounce most of what he stood for or join the Republican party.

Smith added some quotes by Kennedy:

“I do not believe in a super state,” he said in a 1960 speech in which he declared himself a liberal, with heavy qualifiers that made him sound more like one of today’s conservatives. “I see no magic to tax dollars which are sent to Washington and then returned,” he continued, smartly summarizing the voodoo economics of Keynesianism. “I do not favor state compulsion when voluntary individual effort can do the job and do it well.”

Kennedy was not an aberration, at least in his time. Democrats were still rational, had the interests of the country in mind and adhered to the ideas that made the country exceptional. Today JFK is in the pantheon of Democrat heroes but not for what he believed in. Most Democrats still fantasize about “Camelot,” a fictitious narrative about Kennedy’s time. Almost all are repelled by his ideas and policies.

There would be no place in today’s Democrat Party for John F. Kennedy. If he had a place it would be as a Republican, but he would be relegated to the ranks of the outcasts of that party. His ideas today would reflect those of the disparaged Tea Party.

Just two decades after Kennedy’s assassination, Ronald Reagan was elected president despite the objections of the ruling class of the Republican Party to prevent his nomination. Reagan, arguably, was not as fiscally conservative as President Kennedy who had an economic philosophy similar to Reagan’s but without running up the debt. These were the words Kennedy intended to deliver in a speech in Dallas prior to his assassination:

“by maintaining a more stable level of prices than almost any of our overseas competitors, and by cutting personal and corporate income taxes by some $11 billion, as I have proposed, [we will] assure this Nation of the longest and strongest expansion in our peacetime economic history.”

Today we have two parties running away from the principles of the Constitution and the economic principles that created the wealthiest and freest nation on earth. Today it is assumed that we work for the political class and not the other way around.

THE DAY EINSTEIN FEARED HAS ARRIVED

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Hat tip BostonBob

THIS COULD HAVE BEEN OBAMA’S UNIVERSITY

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I find this story terribly amusing. Cheyney University is one of  PA’s state run universities. The others include Penn State, West Chester, Kutztown, and Shippensburg. It seems Cheyney is essentially bankrupt. None of the other 13 state universities are in dire financial straits. The other 13 have one thing in common. They allow white kids into their university. Cheyney is an all black university, whose enrollment has dropped from 3,000 in 1983 to 1,000 today.

With a graduation rate of 9%, it sounds like a top notch educational institution with brilliant students. Well at least Obama’s student loans are going to good use – drugs, malt liquor, and iGadgets. Of course none of these loans will be paid back – but don’t worry you are on the hook.

Their master plan is to increase their recruiting efforts. I’m sure the Phila School district, with its 50% graduation rate and average score of 700 on the math and verbal SAT will be a great place to recruit. They should offer an ounce of crack cocaine for every application.

When will the farce of supporting black people with the hard earned money of white people so they can feel good about themselves end? This joke of a university should be shut down today. Is that racist?

 

Oldest U.S. black college on verge of financial collapse

Wed, Dec 17 2014

By David DeKok

HARRISBURG, Penn. (Reuters) – The nation’s oldest black college, Cheyney University, one of Pennsylvania’s 14 state-run universities, is on the verge of a financial meltdown that threatens its ability to continue operating, a state official said on Wednesday.

Cheyney’s student body has shrunk by two-thirds, to about 1,000, since its 1983 peak, and its four-year graduation rate is just 9 percent. A quarter of students never receive a degree, and student loan defaults are high.

“Cheyney is in dire, dire, dire straits,” the state’s auditor general, Eugene DePasquale, said. The university has had a deficit for four of the last five years, growing to a cumulative $12.3 million shortfall as of June 30, 2013.

Cheyney’s fiscal problems – students who are unable to repay debt and increasing pension costs – were exacerbated by cutbacks in state higher education funding.

DePasquale called upon the State System of Higher Education – the governing body for the state-owned universities – and the legislature to help Cheyney find a way out of “a vicious, destructive cycle” in which declining enrollment and state funding leads to less money for investments that could attract much-needed students.

Cheyney, located in the Philadelphia suburb of the same name, was founded in 1837 after Quaker philanthropist Richard Humphreys bequeathed part of his estate to build a school to educate descendents of the African race, according to the university’s website.

Its alumni include journalist Ed Bradley, state and U.S. elected officials, several National Football League players, a U.S. ambassador to South Africa, and Robert Bogle, chief executive of The Philadelphia Tribune.

Cheyney “has done many good things since 1837,” interim university president Frank Pogue said in a statement. “We are doing many good things today, and we will do many good things in the coming years.”

The university has begun to shrink its workforce by 23 percent and to cut offices’ discretionary spending in half, DePasquale’s audit said.

School officials are planning more aggressive recruitment and will try to improve student retention and graduation rates. They hope to present a new policy to be implemented in January.

Across the country, states have cut higher education spending, especially as they struggled to recover from the 2007-2009 recession.

From fiscal 2003 through 2012, state funding fell by 12 percent while median tuition rose 55 percent across all public colleges, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report published Tuesday.

(Reporting by David DeKok in Harrisburg, Penn.; Editing by Hilary Russ and Leslie Adler)