Daily Archives: October 21, 2011
Darkness at the break of noon
Shadows even the silver spoon
The handmade blade, the child's balloon
Eclipses both the sun and moon
To understand you know too soon
There is no sense in trying.
Pointed threats, they bluff with scorn
Suicide remarks are torn
From the fool’s gold mouthpiece
The hollow horn plays wasted words
Proves to warn
That he not busy being born
Is busy dying.
Temptation’s page flies out the door
You follow, find yourself at war
Watch waterfalls of pity roar
You feel to moan but unlike before
That you’d just be
One more person crying.
So don’t fear if you hear
A foreign sound to your ear
It’s alright, ma, i’m only sighing.
As some warn victory, some downfall
Private reasons great or small
Can be seen in the eyes of those that call
To make all that should be killed to crawl
While others say don’t hate nothing at all
Disillusioned words like bullets bark
As human gods aim for their mark
Made everything from toy guns that spark
To flesh-colored christs that glow in the dark
It’s easy to see without looking too far
That not much
Is really sacred.
While preachers preach of evil fates
Teachers teach that knowledge waits
Can lead to hundred-dollar plates
Goodness hides behind it’s gates
But even the president of the united states
Sometimes must have
To stand naked.
An’ though the rules of the road have been lodged
It’s only people’s games that you got to dodge
And it’s alright, ma, i can make it.
Advertising signs that con you
Into thinking you’re the one
That can do what’s never been done
That can win what’s never been won
Meantime life outside goes on
All around you.
You lose yourself, you reappear
You suddenly find you got nothing to fear
Alone you stand with nobody near
When a trembling distant voice, unclear
Startles your sleeping ears to hear
That somebody thinks
They really found you.
A question in your nerves is lit
Yet you know there is no answer fit to satisfy
Insure you not to quit
To keep it in your mind and not fergit
That it is not he or she or them or it
That you belong to.
Although the masters make the rules
For the wise men and the fools
I got nothing, ma, to live up to.
For them that must obey authority
That they do not respect in any degree
Who despise their jobs, their destinies
Speak jealously of them that are free
Cultivate their flowers to be
Nothing more than something
They invest in.
While some on principles baptized
To strict party platform ties
Social clubs in drag disguise
Outsiders they can freely criticize
Tell nothing except who to idolize
And then say god bless him.
While one who sings with his tongue on fire
Gargles in the rat race choir
Bent out of shape from society’s pliers
Cares not to come up any higher
But rather get you down in the hole
That he’s in.
But i mean no harm nor put fault
On anyone that lives in a vault
But it’s alright, ma, if i can’t please him.
Old lady judges watch people in pairs
Limited in sex, they dare
To push fake morals, insult and stare
While money doesn’t talk, it swears
Obscenity, who really cares propaganda, all is phony.
While them that defend what they cannot see
With a killer’s pride, security
It blows the minds most bitterly
For them that think death’s honesty
Won’t fall upon them naturally
Must get lonely.
My eyes collide head-on with stuffed graveyards
False gods, i scuff
At pettiness which plays so rough
Walk upside-down inside handcuffs
Kick my legs to crash it off
Say okay, i have had enough
What else can you show me?
And if my thought-dreams could be seen
They’d probably put my head in a guillotine
But it’s alright, ma, it’s life, and life only.
The Uterus of the United States of America
From the party of smaller government…
“One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be”
“[Sex] is supposed to be within marriage. It’s supposed to be for purposes that are yes, conjugal…but also procreative. That’s the perfect way that a sexual union should happen…This is special and it needs to be seen as special.”
I support life from conception. No people shouldn’t be free to abort because if we don’t protect the sanctity of life from conception, we will also start to play God relative to life at the end of life.
I am 100 percent pro-life. I’ve given birth to five babies, an I’ve taken 23 foster children into my home. I believe in the dignity of life from conception until natural death. I believe in the sanctity of human life. Our Declaration of Independence said it’s a creator who endowed us with inalienable rights given to us from God, not from government. And the first of those rights is life. And I stand for that right. I stand for the right to life.
“I’m proud to fight for and was proud to sign a budget that defunded Planned Parenthood in Texas. Our obligation is not only to protect life and bestow freedom on future generations, but it’s also to instill character.”
Conservatives and Republicans are the people who will tell you that government has no right to force health insurance upon you but it does have the right to tell you with whom you can have sex with, when you can have sex and the manner in which you do so. Further, many of them will tell you that should a woman become pregnant and regardless of the manner in which it happened (consensual, rape, incest…doesn’t matter), she must give birth to that child. Americans, they insist, must live their lives by the moral and religious standards set forth by the likes of Santorum and Bachmann.
In essence, as the illustration above suggests, Republicans and conservatives are on a campaign to shrink government to the size that fits into the uterus of every woman in America.
Tell me that these people are not mad.
In his new book, available from Truthout with a contribution, Glenn Greenwald states it bluntly: “The central promise of the American founding – that all would stand equal before the rule of law no matter what other political and economic inequality was allowed – has been abandoned.”
Moreover, the ruling elite and the wealthiest Americans have become exempt from a uniform standard of justice, Greenwald argues in “With Liberty and Justice for Some”:
Instead, the United States now has the exact opposite of a single set of laws before which everyone is equal. It has an entrenched two-tiered system of justice: the country’s most powerful political and financial elites are virtually immunized from the rule of law, empowered to commit felonies with full-scale impunity and to act without any constraints, while the politically powerless are imprisoned with greater ease and in far greater numbers than in any other country on the planet.
According to an October 19 Reuters article: “Citigroup Inc will pay $285 million to settle charges that it defrauded investors who bought toxic housing-related debt that the bank bet would fail, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said on Wednesday.”
Please notice the word defrauded in the description of Citigroup’s action. The law is divided into basically two areas: civil and criminal. Defraud is an action that falls into the criminal class of law. Throughout the follow-up to the near collapse of the American economy caused by Wall Street’s defrauding, mismanagement, malfeasance and greed, the basic reaction of the Obama administration has been to let the perpetrators of a crime so large it defies comprehension go free. Not only have they gone free, but many of them are still in charge of nearly monopolistic financial entities that amount to – at least in part – criminal enterprises that gouge consumers and defraud investors alike.
Yes, a few “guppies” have been prosecuted, and financial firms like Citigroup have paid some fines that they will just recover in write-offs and more financial scams. It’s not just a slap on the wrist; it’s giving the appearance of punishment, when it is really no skin off the hide of the criminally negligent banks. It’s a public relations move by the SEC, not a finding with any legal repercussions – for the firm or for individuals.
For weeks, under orders from Mayor Bloomberg – and with the likely cooperation of the FBI – protesters have been treated like criminals by a highly militarized police force. In essence, the New York Police Department has become a publicly paid security force to protect the “Masters of the Universe” on Wall Street, who have committed unfathomable crimes against the nation.
If you cash a bum check in many states – even if it’s just for a few dollars in groceries – you can go to jail for years (“three strikes and your out”). But if you bring down an economy and keep engaging in fraud and high-risk schemes with other people’s moneys, causing trillions of dollars in losses, you are a member of the privileged elite who enjoys a separate system of justice: one that lets you go free to pillage again.
Greenwald gets it right: “Courtrooms, indictments, and prisons are there for ordinary Americans, not for the ruling classes, and virtually never for our highest political leaders.”
Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout