Saturday, April 29, 2006


Fascism doesn't descend all at once. It comes creeping in seemingly benign ways at first. A little chip off your liberties here and a little chip there -- all for your safety and welfare, you're told -- and one day you wake up to find all your liberties are gone. We are nearly to that point.

The USAPATRIOT Act, which too many persist in calling the Patriot Act, has nothing to do with patriots or patriotism. The full title alone should have horrified people: Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act. As slickly as it was rammed through both houses, without being read or debated, in the wake of 9-11 and reauthorized this year, its provisions weren't harsh enough to keep us in line. So now Congress has come up with HR 5020 to punishes anyone who discloses things the Bush administration wants kept secret. The question is will the Senate also vote for this abomination?

Specifically section 423 of this bill now allows the CIA to arrest any individual that they deem a threat to national security.

No one is immune from the horrors of a police state. No one. None. Fall out of favor with the ruling clique, for whatever reason, and your goose is cooked.

And a police state is what they are creating, all under the guise of "national security" and keeping us "safe" from "terrorists."

Now think about this. Despite all the terrorist warnings over the years since 9/11 how many terrorist acts have actually occurred in the United States?

With Hitler, it was the Jews, homosexuals, gypsies and anyone else who opposed him. With Bush, it's darker complexioned people ("terrorists," possible "terrorists," and aiders and abettors or sympathizers of "terrorists") and anyone else who opposes him.

"In Germany they first came for the Communists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me and by that time no one was left to speak up."

-Pastor Martin Niemoller (German Protestant minister, Leader of the church's opposition to Hitler, Nazi concentration camp intern, 1937-45).

It's better to put all the control mechanisms in place while most Americans are still preoccupied with the daily dose of lies and omissions dished out by their handmaidens in the corporate media. After all, how long can the Busheviks continue to trot out phony Osama tapes and Zarqawi videos, threatening mayhem, when things are going badly for the administration?


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Saturday, April 22, 2006


Chinese President Hu Jintao recently visited the United States and had several meetings and photo-ops with president Bush to discuss trade and other issues.

Wenyi Wang, 47, a New York doctor, recently heckled Hu during one of his speeches with President Bush.

She was originally booked on disorderly conduct charges and later changed to harassing, intimidating and threatening a foreign official for yelling at Hu that his "days are numbered."

Shortly after her release, Wang read a statement to reporters, saying her protest was "not a crime, but an act of civil disobedience."

At a court hearing in Washington, defense lawyer David Bos said she shouldn't face any criminal charges because she was exercising her free-speech rights. "It's making the First Amendment rights of all Americans just evaporate," he said.

Protests followed Hu to Yale University, the last stop on his U.S. tour. A CNN reporter was ejected from a ceremony at the school after shouting out a question to Hu.

"Dissent Is the Highest Form of Patriotism", Historian, Howard Zinn.

"I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every
form of tyranny over the mind of man.
" --Thomas Jefferson.


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Tuesday, April 04, 2006


In reading Carroll Quigley's masterpiece Tragedy & Hope, A History Of The World In Our Time I have been struck by the similarities in his analysis of the rise and fall of civilizations and the move to Empire by the United States.

each civilization is born in some inexplicable fashion and, after a slow start, enters a period of vigorous expansion, increasing in size and power, both internally and and at the expense of its neighbors, until gradually a crisis of organization appears. When this crisis has passed and the civilization has been reorganized, it seems somewhat different. Its vigor and morale have weakened. It becomes stabilized and eventually stagnant. After a Golden Age of peace and prosperity, internal crises again arise. At this point there appears for the first time, a moral and physical weakness which rises, also for the first time, questions about the civilization's ability to defend itself against external enemies. Racked by internal struggles of a social and constitutional character, weakened by loss of faith in its older ideologies and by the challenge of newer ideas incompatible with its past nature, the civilization grows steadily weaker until it is submerged by its outside enemies, and eventually disappears.(1)

It is this decline in the rate of expansion of a civilization which marks its
passage from the Age of Expansion to the Age of Conflict. It is marked by four chief characteristics: (a)it is a period of declining expansion; (b.) it is a period of growing tensions and class conflicts; (c) it is a period of increasingly frequent and increasingly violent imperialist wars; and (d) it is a period of growing irrationality, pessimism, superstitions, and otherworldliness.(2)

Indeed, the class struggles and imperialist wars of the Age of Conflict will probably serve to increase the speed of the civilizations decline because they dissipate capital and divert wealth and energies from productive to nonproductive activities.(3)

In most civilizations the long-drawn agony of the Age of Conflict finally ends in a new period, the Age of Universal Empire.(4)

we shall undoubtedly get a Universal Empire in which the United States will rule most of Western Civilization. This will be followed, as in other civilizations, by a period of decay and ultimately, as the civilization grows weaker by invasions and the total destruction of western culture.(5)

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(1)Carroll Quigley, Tragedy And Hope, A History Of The World In Our Time, (San Pedro, CA: GSG & Associates, originally published -New York: The Macmillan Company, 1966), 3-4.
(2)Ibid. 5.
(3)Ibid. 6.
(5)Ibid. 10.