Now the only hammers left are Thor’s and Bartcop’s!
By Ernest Stewart | 12.2.10 | [print_link]
Everybody in the whole cell block
Was dancin’ to the Jailhouse Rock
Jailhouse Rock ~~~ Elvis Presley
“The functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents. There is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves, nor can they be safe with them without information. Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe.” ~~~ Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816. ME 14:384
“Contrary to the rumors you have heard, I was not born in a manger. I was actually born on Krypton and sent here by my father Jor-El to save the Planet Earth.” ~~~ President Barack Obama
“It’s not easy being green!” ~~~ Kermit T. Frog
First he was the "Exterminator." Then he was the "Hammer." Now he's the "Convicted Felon" and soon he'll be "Jailbird #36975304" and folks, it couldn't happen to a more deserving guy! While Tom deserves to be lost in one of our black ops concentration camps for a few decades of waterboarding and broom handle therapy the best we can hope for is life in one our more lenient country club prisons. Trouble is, he could still walk with a year or two of probation!
Tom got popped for passing on a bribe, which is, surprisingly enough, against the law in Texas! It is, of course, the only time it's been applied and will probably be the last time it is applied! Still, for all his various and sundry acts of treason even if he gets life, he'll have beaten the system once again.
Tom seems to have first gotten political when the Environmental Protection Agency banned Mirex, a pesticide that was used in his extermination work on ants, African bees and Mexicans, which led DeLay to oppose government regulation of businesses. Apparently, like William Lee in "The Naked Lunch," Tom had a "jones" for Mirex which might explain his behavior since those trippy daze! This opposition to regulation and his longing for the good old days of "whoppin' slaves and sellin' cotton" he took with him to Foggy Bottom where he rose to the #2 position in the Rethuglican controlled House after he helped put a "Contract on America" in 1994.
Perhaps with Tom's fall, there's hope that the rest of our political traitors, like all of the Bush's, Cheney, Rice, Powell, Rumsfeld, Ashcroft, Gates, Frist, the Clinton's, Obama and the rest will someday be brought to justice for their war crimes, crimes against humanity, and their acts of treason and sedition. We can but hope, but I wouldn't hold my breath until that happens if I were you, America!
Still, with the "Hammer" convicted and awaiting sentencing, it's a small start, a first step on some rightous payback. We can but hope for more!
In Other News
Well the cat's out of the bag, again. This time Wikileaks exposed, lies, damn lies and Republican anti-truths from US State Department cables and such, sending a lot of people running for cover. Of course, some of the most bald-faced liars like Hillary are sticking their thumbs in their ears and waving their hands back and forth while sticking their tongues out and going, "Nyah Nyah, Nyah, Nyah, Nyah!"
Imagine, our government and Ambassadors have been lying about everything! Well, Duh! Why doesn't Wikileaks tell us something that we didn't know! Sure, our brain dead, brainwashed, brothers and sisters won't be affected as everyone from the White House to Tush er Rush will be spinning this at hyperspeed calling for Assange's head for doing what our own media have failed to do since they all took the money and ran, leaving only political lies and BS in their wakes in their rush to the money trough!
I'm trying to get some information from Wikileaks concerning one of our authors, former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney who would really like to know what went down when she was arrested in Israel and thrown in prison for daring to try and feed starving people that the Israelis were and still are slowing murdering in Gaza. Trying to reach folks at Wikileaks to find out is next to impossible at the moment. What with millions of hits to their site and the fact that the site is being blocked from time to time by the US government in an attempt to keep the truth from coming out, and showing the people what a nest of vipers we have in Washington D.C.. And with a second release of cables and such from and about Russia, the whole world is up in arms. I mean, how dare Wikileaks tell the truth about our masters!
In an interview with Forbes magazine, Julian Assange, Wikileaks's founder, said the site would release tens of thousands of documents in early 2011 that he said would be comparable to those from the Enron trial.
It will give a true and representative insight into how banks behave at the executive level in a way that will stimulate investigations and reforms, I presume.
That's two strikes for freedom this week, with another one on the way. One strike is the truth slowing coming out, not from the US Press, (who da thunk) but from world patriots over seas. Two was the former Hammer of the House about to go sailing up the river for a long, long spell! Ahhhh, sometimes, life is good!
I think we may have just dodged a bullet? Barry's deficit commission can't raise a super majority. They need at least 14 of the 18 panel members to approve it before a possible vote in the lame-duck session of Congress and they don't have it! Apparently Barry screwed up and put one token liberal too many on this corpo-rat dream legislation.
Why corpo-rat dream legislation? Well, guess what? The commission recommends we lower taxes on the insanely rich and the corpo-rats right on across the board, while raising taxes on the workers and the poor. Well, that was a surprise, huh?
They also demand we raise the Social Security retirement age to 69. Use a less generous cost-of-living adjustment for the programs and increasing the cap on income subject to Social Security taxes and the early retirement age would increase from 62 to 64.
The plan also includes a 15-cent-a-gallon increase on gasoline, a three-year freeze on federal worker pay and the elimination of 200,000 workers from the federal payroll through attrition.
Some of the specifics include:
* Impose tight "caps" on the agency budgets adopted by Congress each year, including a near-freeze on the Pentagoon's budget," Instead of slashing the Pentagoons budget by at least half, which is what needs to be done. Not to mention closing at least half of our bases overseas, downsizing the military and ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Want to balance the budget? That will do it!
* Eliminate congressional pet spending projects known as "pork barrels."
* "Reduce the corporate income tax rate to 28 percent from 35 percent and stop taxing the overseas profits of U.S.-based multinational corporations." When what needs to be done is collect all corpo-rat taxes due, close the loop holes for headquartering US companies overseas in a post office drop to get out of paying taxes and ending corpo-rat welfare!
* "Overhaul individual income taxes and corporate taxes, giving Congress the choice of reducing the top rate to as low as 23 percent and no higher than 29 percent." Remember the 1950s when the economy was booming and the top brackets wasn't 29% but 90%, just as it should be today!
Under one scenario proposed by Bowles and Simpson, "taxpayers would face three tax brackets of 12 percent, 21 percent and 28 percent. Taxpayers would still be able to claim an earned income tax credit and child tax credit as well as all standard deductions and exemptions. Capital gains and dividends would be taxed at ordinary income tax rates. Taxpayers could claim a mortgage interest deduction up to $500,000, but only on their primary residence." Again a sell out to the rich and a screwing for the poor, Imagine that! How is that change thingey working out for you, America?
Anyone surprised by the commissions outcome? I am, a little, in that with all the crooks, swindlers and corpo-rat goons on the commission they couldn't get their majority so Barry's going to have a lot of trouble passing this Turkey in the House, although the Senate Rethuglicans are licking their lips in anticipation!
As Kermit T. Frog once sang, "It's not easy being green!"
It's not easy being a leftist in a country where there is no effective left party. Which is why most voters don't vote as they have no candidates, as both main political parties are really just one party serving just the bosses.
It's not easy be an Atheist in a country where the vast majority says they believe in mythological beings and want to teach that mythology as fact in our schools, regardless of what the Constitution says.
It's not easy being poor in America, where the government is set up to suppress you for being poor and all the breaks are given to the elites. Where the law is designed to protect the wealthy and punish and hold down everyone else. Where the elites have all the money and pay none of the taxes. Where the workers have little money and pay all of the taxes.
It's not easy being an American in a country that murders people by the millions in our name and is universally hated by most all of mankind. A country that is being manipulated and a mere puppet for another country by doing it's bidding and paying with the blood of our young, wasting our treasury and destroying our name worldwide.
It's not easy trying to tell the truth in a land where most all of the media is owned and operated by the ruling class not for the benefit of the people but to keep those in power, in power and the rest of us as their willing slaves. An Oligopoly. With an educational system that doesn't teach the students how to think, but how to fit in the system as good little robots. Soon only the wealthy will send their kids for a real education. After all, it makes no sense sending cows and sheeple to Harvard!
No, it's not easy being green but as Kermit sang:
It could make you wonder why, but why wonder, why wonder?
I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful!
And I think it's what I want to be!
ERNEST STEWART founded and edits his highly original weekly commentary and news column, Issues &amp; Alibis.