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Former NSA Chief Keith Alexander Quickly Becoming the Villain

Certain people, who had their egos (not national security) terribly hurt by the Edward Snowden revelations, continue to call Snowden names and stuff and show their outrage toward him for exposing the NSA’s wrongdoing.  It would seem, however, they might want to redirect their outrage toward another former employee of the NSA: ex-chief Keith Alexander. It was revealed yesterday the NSA is now being sued by a reporter for not disclosing Alexander’s financial records in the interest of making sure there ...

Palestine Borders and Demographics Prove to be A Ghetto

Thanks to a good idea given to me by my partner here at STL, I started to research and analyze some geographic information regarding the Jewish land-grab in Palestine. I then followed by studying some demographic info on the Gaza Strip and drew some interesting conclusions. Here’s what I found: First, some great maps over at Wikipedia with adjoining historical context info and links portraying the boundaries of Palestine/Israel since the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement (The linked information could have you reading ...

Social Protest Lit: Ebenezer Elliot, “The People’s Anthem”

A poem from Ebenezer Elliot entitled The People’s Anthem from Book IV called “Out of The Depths.” This chapter is focused on man’s pursuit of remedy for social injustice: When wilt thou save the people? O God of mercy! when? Not kings and lords, but nations! Flowers of the heart, O God, are they! Let them not pass, like weeds, away! Their heritage a sunless day! God save the people! Shall bring crime for ever, Strength aiding still the strong? Is it thy will, O Father? That man shall toil for wrong? “No!” ...

Stephen Moore’s Ridiculous Anti-Clean Energy Rant

Hard right-winger Stephen Moore took a break from pushing debunked trickle-down economic policies to take a pathetic shot at clean energy.  Let the stupid begin. …radical Greens, one of the most influential political forces in America today… Seriously?  He goes on to mention the famed Sierra Club as one of these forces.  And where did they rank in 2013 on lobbying: 755.  In fact, if we look at the top 50 interest groups giving to members of Congress this year, no sign ...

Anti-Israel Policies/Actions Is Not Anti-Semitsim

There have been growing protests in Europe against the mass murder of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by the State of Israel. These actions are in response to the IDF killing 500 Muslims there with the vast majority of them being civilians. But what is troubling about these movements is, according to this article in the NYT, an anti-Semitic tinge has taken place at these protests. The story reads that in France: Several recent pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Paris have boiled over ...

Warren For President?

Today at the the annual Netroots Nation conference in Detroit, the nation’s largest gathering of liberal activists and organizers, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) reportedly drew an applause that Hillary could only dream of. According to NYT and Politico reports, Warren was a rock-star while Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic candidate for President, was absent. Warren’s populist talking points and her history of taking Wall Street to task (remember that Warren was an early advocate for the creation of a new Consumer Financial ...

Social Protest Literatue at Sparking The Left

Here at STL we are starting a new feature. In between our political-insight posts, I will start publishing excerpts or entire pieces of great literature that speak to crucial social and political issues which span the centuries. Though almost all in the Western tradition, the subject matters are transcendental. Now first to name my source, I am taking pieces from Upton Sinclair’s selected and edited collection “The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Great Social Protest Literature of All Time.” ...

Pulitzer-Winning Journalist Detained for Being Undocumented

I was first brought aware of Jose Antonio Vargas’ story last week in a piece he penned in Politico. He explained that he was in the Rio Grande Valley, in the city of McAllen, just north of the Mexican border. He was there to see first hand the tens of thousands of undocumented children, most of them from Central America, and observe how they were being treated. The trip was also used for a news conference appearance and vigil organized by United We Dream, ...

Selective Outrage

War is hell.  All we have to do is look around the world to see its toll.  That being said, I don't understand the lack of outrage coming from this President and his administration other than that aimed at our one ally - Israel which is doing no more than trying to protect it's people from rocket fire and constant raids from Hamas. The fact that Palestinian civilians are getting killed is a tragic yet unavoidable aspect of this war.  Why ...

Why Are We So Full Of Hate?

What has happened to human kind?  No matter where you look we find ourselves surrounded by a world filled with hate. What puzzles me is how it's combined with political correctness.  Take this country where so many words are now frowned upon and even forbidden because they are hurtful to certain people.  Redskins, squaw, savage plus a whole lot applying to blacks, orientals and hispanics not to mention middle easterners.  Has it dawned on anyone banning the names has done nothing ...

Has Putin Over Reached Once Too Often?

My, oh my.  We've watched this man make mince meat of Obama over the past several years.  Each time you could see the smirk broaden and the swagger get more pronounced. He and his allies - Iran, China, Syria and North Korea were truly enjoying themselves. But as happens with a lot of bullies, they get over confident and suddenly everything around them collapses. I'm wondering if this is the case with the downing of the Malaysian passenger jet. With the death ...

If Only It WERE The Heat!

What a day.  A passenger plane has been shot down over Ukraine uncomfortably close to the Russian border. Hamas reneged on the humanitarian cease fire so Israel launched their ground offensive. Children still pour across the border while Congress dithers. It's now being reported parents are giving them birth control in case they are raped during the journey. Along that line former member of Congress, Todd Aiken, who once talked about legitimate rape and the idea that women's bodies protected them from becoming ...

Hannity's Histrionics

For a person who doesn't have much faith in the intellect of pundits, I wonder why I watch them so often.  I wonder even more why the cable outlets and networks that employ them don't take more care in who they hire. Many of them get on crusades that bear no resemblance to reality.  Sean Hannity is one of the most prominent. The night before last  he was on his Bowe Bergdahl kick demanding to know why he was returned to ...

Do Actions Speak Louder Than Words?

If the President could run away from the border mess any faster I'm sure he would. It's being said it's because being seen in the setting of kids crammed into confined spaces with their scabies and lice would reflect badly on him.  It could even be his Katrina.  Well, maybe.  But who's fault is that? It goes to show his handlers aren't as smart as they think they are.  For one, drinking beer and shooting pool in Colorado, a state where ...

The Kids Always Went Home

Watching the immigration mess going full bore brought to mind a lot of things that have involved children from other nations.  The first thing that comes to mind is the Disney song It's a Small World After All that speaks to all we have in common. Hopes, dreams, all the warm fuzzy stuff. We've had exchange student programs where a student from another country lives with a local family to learn not only academics but what life in American and Americans ...

The Militia Is Coming, The Militia Is Coming!

That's all we need! News has it a call has gone out for militia, both unarmed and armed, to gather along the border to help private land owners protect their property in something called Operation Save Our Borders.  Terrific! Remember how well it went when militia turned out to help to  help Cliven Bundy in his fight over Federal grazing rights in Nevada?  It came within a hair's breadth of turning violent. I really feel for the border towns who are the ...

The constitutions of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property and freedom of the press. Thomas Jefferson
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B Psycho - Psychopolitik

Speech is Speech

First, let me preface this with the following: Ted Nugent is an absolute fricking idiot and his music is garbage.  Ok? Now, onward…

This guy is in the news lately for pretty much the only reason he gets any attention at all these days: his ultra-right-wing political views and how he expresses them.  Recently, in keeping with the partisan charade that the problem with the State is who happens to hold the nuclear launch codes at this specific moment rather than its very nature, Nugent said, among other things, that if Obama were re-elected, by this time next year he — as in Nugent — would either be dead or in jail.  The Secret Service was not amused.

If you remember, there was an incident while someone more favorable to Ted was at the helm of the empire where a teenage girl got a Secret Service contact because of something she posted on her Myspace.  While there are a lot of threats, most of which the public will never know about, neither whiny kids nor washed up musicians pass a smell test as far as credible ones go.  For one thing, announcing an actual intent to follow through on the kind of national stage Ted crawled onto due to his endorsement of Generic Republican — excuse me, Mitt Romney — would be rather detrimental to any odds of success.  It would be as if a potential plane hijacker happened to get on one of those stupid TV talent shows and said after their performance “I’m going to hijack a plane!”; if we damn near get roto-rootered for trying to board a plane, imagine what that person would encounter.

That said, he didn’t say why he would be locked up or dead.  Considering he made these remarks at an NRA convention, he’s more than likely envisioning seizure of his firearms, which he would resist at all costs.    My view of the right to bear arms being such that I responded to mainstream liberal howls over armed protesters at Tea Party rallies with basically “if anybody should be armed it’s the Left”, I’d completely understand such a reaction were that to occur despite disagreeing with him on just about everything else.  Yet, I would be kidding myself if I didn’t admit that the understanding of personal firearms as a primary hedge against tyranny* seems a bit quaint at a time where we’re discussing missiles routinely being fired by aircraft controlled from thousands of miles away.  While there’s application still when it comes to the local kind of violent oppression (as I previously discussed, & which amounts to admission of failure to check law enforcement as promised), let’s be real here: If Obama really wanted him bad enough, Ted Nugent would be dead already.

I’m reminded of Ioz’ remark concerning the regular threats that come with the territory of political power:

If we are cursed forever to be ruled by such men, let them at least pay for their power by looking over their shoulder from time to time.

Personally, I think it says something profound about that power that “watch what you say” is ever said without irony.

Of course, this wouldn’t be a properly frivolous political story without exchanges of additional nonsense.  Nugent followed up his remarks by comparing himself to a “black Jew at a Klan rally”, and a writer for CNN.com provided…well, just look:

Ted Nugent should be arrested.

Not because he doesn’t like Barack Obama but because he got up in front of a group of people and insinuated he would attempt to assassinate Obama if he’s re-elected. Or let’s put it this way: A man with a truckload of guns has threatened the life of our president while the country’s at war. (emphasis mine)

Because Things Are Different while we’re bombing people…

(* – I stress, again, that to interpret the flawed logic & illegitimacy of the ruling structure as reason to go attack individual members of it is Stupid-with-a-capital-S)

Author: B Psycho - Psychopolitik

Random thoughts from a big, angry negro... I’m a 30-year-old big black male odds-based atheist and left-libertarian. Oh yeah, and I have dreadlocks. If you’re wondering: yes, that combination does make interaction with people difficult. In the time when I’m not pointing out the moral & logical bankruptcy of government, I’m making music. If you have something to yell at me about that you don’t want to share in the comments, email me: longbongsilver -AT- gmail.com.

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