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Posted on March 30 at 9:45 p.m.
RIP Babatunde. A great spirit and tireless advocate for the betterment of humanity.
On Babatunde Folayemi Dies
Posted on October 21 at 9:21 p.m.
The term "homeless" never fails to conjure up a specific image: Dirty and unkempt. In our beautiful, largely upscale paradise of a city where the trappings of material wealth are apparent almost everywhere, most of us turn away. As in the parable of the "good Samaritan", we tend to walk by on the other side of the road rather than have the day interfered with by someone who has been dealt a tougher hand in life than we.
We don't wish to even acknowledge their presence unless confronted; it makes many of us psychologically uncomfortable, knowing that so many people these days are a single paycheck away from .... homelessness. Then, we can't forget that a significant proportion of the homeless are combat veterans with PTSD or physical disabilities who have served their country in combat but subsequently discarded by the Pentagon as if they never even existed.
In the current economic fiasco, in which serial criminal activities and schemings by certain major banks and lenders have played a huge part, as well as fueling a foreclosure boom, the tally of homeless are being added to each day. Santa Barbara County is a "leader" in the foreclosure Hall of Shame: most foreclosures have been proven to be fraudulent and the Bank of America is undoubtedly the worst offender.
Many first generation homeless at least have cars or trucks to sleep in, the more fortunate can lay their heads at friends' or relatives' homes... but some are less fortunate even than that. And lest the reader feel that I am over-moralizing, let me tell you all that I am no better than anyone else who exhibits less than compassion for the homeless... I avoid them as well.
We're all to blame.
On ACLU Sues City
Posted on October 4 at 11:29 a.m.
(continued from above)
Unfortunately, there are many readers who only have the time to glance at the mainstream *weasel* media news, and consequently only have sanitized or "cherrypicked" material to work with. It's not your fault... the German people in the 1930s were similarly misinformed by Goebbels' brilliant (but evil) team of propaganda artists, who using the same techniques, lured the public, via lies and disinformation, into their unwitting support of pure evil masqerading as a legitimate government.
Please... suspend the predictable knee jerk 8th grade conspiracy theory accusations for a few more nanoseconds:
The protesters are the visible representation of the anger of the silent majority, spreading throughout the nation (and the world). The public is enraged at the serial crime spree of Wall Street, and remains unpunished and largely unreported.
Why are we GOING SOFT ON CRIME? The biggest bank heists in human history?
Many of the biggest US corporations pay ZERO taxes. GE, one of the worst examples, even gets tax *refunds* after registering record profits. Bankster giant B of A also pays ZERO taxes... the list is endless... and the slack is being taken up by the middle class. US corporations in the 1950s used to contribute >50% of America's budget, and they did just fine... and the economy was roaring. Now, US corporations contribute less than 2%, and most of that is by small business who cannot afford teams of lawyers and accountants to hatch contrived, barely legal mathematical games with the tax laws, to avoid paying up.
Wall Street is an example of a free fox in a free henhouse... or a bunch of hungry kids loose in a candy store while the shopkeeper is napping. It is the serial finincial criminal's paradise, if one is an insider, in the knowledge that you will not get busted, because you're above and beyond the law. The SEC is merely a paper tiger....
Wall Street's parasites, scammers, thieves and financial terrorists have gutted this country's cash reserves. They, together with the "Federal" Reserve, coerced and threatened our alleged "representatives" with "martial law" unless the TARP was passed... (see Rep. Brad Sherman's alarmed, unguarded comment from October 2008). Since then, these parasites have milked $trillions, and will they ever pay it back? Ha!
Santa Barbara County has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the nation. The big banks used the process of "mathematical entrapment" to entice homeowners into signing unfixed mortgage agreements that only *they*, privy to the numbers, knew were unsafe. Thousands of homeowners and buyers were misinformed that rates would only fluctuate within margins that were affordable. Had home-buyers been informed of the REAL numbers, nobody would have fallen for it, hence the secrecy. As a result, the banksters made off (Madoff?) with $10s of billions in repossessed homes, and families have been thrown out on the street... and its getting worse
On Occupy Santa Barbara Mobs De la Guerra Plaza
Posted on October 4 at 11:28 a.m.
Shame on all those who throw the typical "dirty hippy" ad hominem at those who are using their own valuable time to draw attention to the decay and corruption. The cowards and name-callers in the corporate media are reminiscent of the brownshirts... those who march without question to the call to authority, or the chickenhawks, traitors who advocate war while refusing to serve.
Those full-fledged members of the roll of dishonor: We know who you are, and history will not be kind to you. The American revolution would have failed if your kind had prevailed.
If it takes another revolution to stop the real axis of evil, then bring it!
Posted on May 28 at 1:43 p.m.
To Bill and MGySgt:
There are areas in every US town and city in which *anyone* is likely to be arbitrarily attacked and/or murdered if they are not wearing the right type or color of clothes, even here in Santa Barbara.
Domestic terrorists (euphemistically known as street gangs) kill THOUSANDS of innocent people every year, and how do the powers-that-be react? They don't, and most probably because the perpetrators of this carnage do not map neatly onto our preconditioned, infantile, non-reality comfort-zone notion that "all terrorists are Muslim, all Muslims are terrorists, and they all hate our freedoms".
The US needs to concentrate on fixing our own stunningly uncivilized levels of domestic terrorism before we start arbitrarily killing dark-skinned people abroad *who never attacked us*, while enriching treasonous war-profiteers in the process.
On Open Letter to Congresswoman Capps
Posted on May 28 at 12:04 p.m.
If you're into crystal meth and other chemicals to keep you awake (and paranoid), music with as much variation, dynamics and interest as a jack hammer pounding asphalt on the next block, scammers, pickpockets, potsmoking Grateful Dead wannabes in tie dye, wizened old hippies, newagers and other ripoff artists selling spirituality, dodgy food vendors with dubious culinary abilities, and an endless parade of surly teenagers in their various youth-culture uniforms looking to get laid, then you will love Lightning in a Bottle.
I think I'll pass.
On 3 Reasons to Head South for Lightning in a Bottle
Posted on May 27 at 10:17 p.m.
Look at the following state of broad-based, duplicitous, cognitive dissonance in the US:
To hatefully target one semitic group (Jews) is seen as utterly inappropriate, and just not done.
I concur with this widely held notion.
To hatefully target another semitic group (Arabs/Muslims), however, is widely regarded in this country as perfectly acceptable, encouraged, even patriotic, especially in some very high profile political circles in DC, much of Hollywood and the rest of the entertainment, the upper ranks of the US military, and in élite circles in most other walks of life.
I do not concur with this second, widely held, notion.
Does such a position render me as a "terrorist sympathizer"?
How did we get here?
On Horowitz Gives Tamer Talk to Calmer Audience
Posted on May 27 at 7:32 p.m.
Only 15 years? Terrorists and thugs like these two deserve life in prison, as in real life sentences, so they die still behind bars.Why are we going soft on these terrorists? Probably because they're not Muslim.
On Trio of Gang Members Sentenced for 2007 Murder
Posted on May 16 at 10:17 a.m.
It's quite extraordinary to watch the unfolding multiple nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima now being roundly ignored by the corporate media. Then consider who owns the main network news, and such censorship becomes quite plain. How sad.
On Tutu Touches Down in Montecito
Posted on May 15 at 8:59 p.m.
Don't forget: all Muslims and all Arabs are terrorists or potential terrorists: this has been the indoctrination to which middle America has been subject for decades, courtesy of Hollywood, the mainstream media and government agencies.
The image of Osama bin Laden, superstar of terror, with his distinctive head gear and long beard, is the image of the Arab or Muslim which has been seared into the individual and collective American psyche.
This notion fits neatly into everyones' comfort zones. The object of our hatred and fear has been defined, and now, the entire Arab and Muslim community is a legitimate target.
And while we think about it, remember Mark Twain's most topical quote of them all: "A lie can get half way around the world before the truth has got its boots on":.
On Israeli-Palestinian Confederation
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