Rutabaga Ridge and Bac-O

A Joke of a Country

The aftermath of the Arizona shooting reminded me of how much support there is for the Second Amendment compared to other amendments. No one — left or right — believes that guns will be restricted in any way.

Not so with the other amendments. The ruling class has figured out how to make the Bill of Rights irrelevant.

The First Amendment now means we have the right to assemble in cages far away and out of sight of our political leaders at their conventions. (If dissent falls over in a cage does it make a sound?) Freedom of speech now only has real meaning and impact if there are millions of dollars of TV and radio advertising behind it.

The Fourth  Amendment was KOed in the phony war on drugs but its body is still kicked about the ring in the phony war on terror. Waking up each day in America means learning how many new ways we are spied upon and not free. Now there’s an ever-growing number of places where we are not secure in our persons and effects — homes, phones, vehicles, cameras, computers, airports and, soon, bus and train stations and malls. (I absolutely draw the line at my favorite station — the Magnum roller coaster station at Cedar Point.) I fantasize about tens of millions of crazed Fourth Amendment fetishists. You’ll only pull that probable cause from my cold dead hands.

The Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Amendments are a nightmarish parade of absurdities where it’s entirely possible to be an illiterate Afghan goat herder kidnapped by a criminal gang ( “He was Osama bin Laden’s yogurt man!”) and sold to the American military for a lottery-like pay out and then be jailed and tortured (if tortured to death, stop here)  without charge or trial and, years later, stood up in a show trial held out of sight on an island nation (which Americans have always been taught hates freedom and democracy) and have the torture-induced false confession used as evidence against you and then, when you are miraculously found not guilty, you can continue to be held and put into however many jeopardies it takes to keep you locked up forever and then thrown into solitary confinement in a Supermax prison, like 25,000 Americans, where your mind will be destroyed in a most definite cruel and unusual punishment, and all of this is just a pit stop to your ultimate destination on a gurney where you can, finally, wrongfully, legally, be tortured to death in a  “botched” execution. And your kidnapping, false imprisonment, torture and death will be proudly used by politicians to drum up money and votes. It may not be George Mason and James Madison’s cup of tea but it hits the spot with the Tea Party, most of the United States Congress and President Obummer — and these highly evolved superior beings are all that matter.

And yet the Second Amendment seems immune from any encroachment. But I put it to you that we don’t know how strong the Second Amendment muscle really is because it never gets a decent workout. And here’s how to exercise it: I urge all animal liberationists, eco-warriors and every Latino and  Muslim in America to assemble the vast, but perfectly legal, arsenals that many on the white right have always had. Then we will see how well-tolerated the Second Amendment is, something the Black Panthers learned long ago. I expect that we would see vegan compounds — bloody Rutabaga Ridges and Bac-Os — being stormed by the ATF and FBI.

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My favorite headline about the Arizona shooting came from the  January 8 Trentonian which threw in everything but the kitchen sink: “Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords shot in head in terrorist attack: federal judge, 9/11 girl killed; is Sarah Palin responsible?”

Here’s a quote from the article:

Giffords is known in her southern Arizona district for her numerous public outreach meetings, which she admitted in an October interview with the Associated Press can sometimes be challenging.

‘You know, the crazies on all sides, the people who come out, the planet earth people,’  she said following an appearance with Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in Tucson, where Mullen was questioned by a woman who wanted the military to start ‘building cities instead of destroying them.’ ‘I’m glad this just doesn’t happen to me.’

Right. The crazies, the planet earth people who would rather see money spent building cities than destroying them. The crazies who don’t like mountaintop removal and fracking and unconstitutional wars and extra-judicial assassinations and indefinite detention and giving away the public treasury to thieving bankers, or the ongoing spectacle of Senate warmongers like John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman pushing for turning Iran into thousands of bloody Safeway parking lots.

McCain was quoted in the same Trentonian article from Colombia, America’s favorite human rights abuser in Latin America, where he was visiting its president. Arizona is a mere anti-union “right to work” state but oh what a free market paradise Colombia is — there, right wing death squads successfully compete against labor organizers by routinely killing them. I’m sure Sen. McCain was raising (Arizona?) hell about all those murdered union organizers. It’s more likely that the senator was ascertaining how well American tax dollars are being spent to exterminate leftist guerillas under the cover of a bogus “war on drugs” and ginning up trouble against Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela next door.

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The United States Congress feels no urgency about the following: On January 7 the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced there are 14.5 million unemployed Americans, 8.9 million others who are working part-time but who want full-time work, 1.3 million who looked for work in the preceding 12 months but not in the four weeks leading up to the employment survey and 1.3 million discouraged workers who have given up looking for work altogether — for an official grand(ly understated) total of 26 million unemployed or under-employed. Contrariwise, the United States Congress moved heaven and earth in one week in 2008 to prop up insolvent zombie financial institutions with a potential $20 trillion, according to SourceWatch, of which the bankers took millions for Christmas bonuses and kicked back a tiny amount as the Congressional bribes known as campaign contributions.

Trillion$ to pay off the gambling debts of zombie banksters, 26 million Americans without jobs. A joke of a country. A lawless country — with more repressive laws than ever — socially, morally and financially bankrupt, that rightly commands no loyalty or respect. Fast action and trillion$ for bankers,  millions of jobless Americans fighting for every little scrap they can get, whether it’s food stamps or unemployment benefits. That’s the priorities of the sanctimonious corruptatons in the United States Congress who call for civility in public discourse while they spend trillions of more dollars on the slaughter of innocent people in unconstitutional wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Arizona shooter is presented as an aberration while the CIA and young men at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada kill hundreds of times more civilians in Pakistan (over 2,000 murdered since Obama took office) in their computer-guided drone strikes.

The Arizona shooting will evolve from ruling class hand wringing about the rabid right’s rhetoric to concrete actions against Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, eco-activists, Hugo Chavez, the FARC, Iran, Hezbollah and any entity effectively resisting the American empire.

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I fluctuate every day, sometimes every hour, between hope and despair. My hope is the destruction of the American empire — my despair is that it might not happen in time for millions of people. At this moment, I’m unexpectedly bullish on its demise. I’m totally confident, for the next ten seconds, that something this arrogant, bankrupt and nakedly hypocritical is creating the courageous and determined people all over the world — in the jungles and deserts and even in the belly of the military beast itself — who will bury it, and have a good laugh doing it. Hallelujah, brother!

Oops — too late. Back to the shit. This country is in permanent lockdown. We have the right to dream and the right to blow off steam but not the ability to change anything. Every day we slog on, on fire but insensate, through the perfectly calibrated Hell of America where nothing positive can happen for the vast working class majority unless it first, and mostly, benefits a tiny minority of rapacious parasites. The money is for THEM, the mainstream news is for THEM, all the worry and concern and action in government is for THEM, everything is for THEM and we are of no consequence.

Dictators of the world, come visit America and see how it’s really done: Here the slaves believe they are free because they can buy iShit in ten different colors. Here it’s a way of life that the majority NEVER gets what it wants whether it’s universal single-payer health insurance, an end to wars or an end to bailing out the rich. Behold the narcissistic obedient subjects, with their phenomenal tolerance for dark-skinned pain and death, who have the exact government they deserve — watch them work until they drop because Wall Street fleeced them of tens of trillions of dollars in fraud-filled pump and dump asset bubbles. Behold the Marlboro Man dreams floating above the foundational cowardice of the American working class, ignorantly proud that, unlike the French and Greeks and Tunisians, they would never cause any trouble for their capitalist masters. Behold the Extermi-Nation, where the only honorable place to be is six feet under or the penitentiary.

Martin Luther King knew it then, Bradley Manning knows it now. Listen up, Obummer: Manning is closer to King than you have ever been and will ever be.

Randy Shields can be reached at music2hi4thehumanear@gmail.com. Read other articles by Randy, or visit Randy's website.

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  1. bozh said on January 25th, 2011 at 10:02am #

    by now we shld at least consider that no writ can be understood. and only thereafter talk about ‘lawfullness’ or, rather, lawlessness.
    i assert that that’s what we had since civilized life had been destroyed, say, 10k yrs ago in w.asia and egypt.
    the first destroyers of a caring-sharing-egalitarian civilization were shamans, sorcerers, tricksters, et al.

    and they never left us! it is these thinkers who invented god [tho last and least believing in one], devil, sin, angels, other spooks; thus obtained an eternal rule over us.
    or to be exact, an iron rule over at least 3bn people!

    initially, there may have been only two classes: a sacerdotal and serf class. obviously, that did not assure a perpetual priestly rule. other classes had to be set up.
    the idea being the more classes, the better. in u.s, we may encounter dozens of classes; each concerned with own privileges.
    all this renders ruling people fun and games.
    and this had not been enough for ruling class in order to feel totally secure in their mastery of war, peace, people, land, resources, etc.
    in u.s., they brought in also thousand and one ethnic groups; of which each had at least one grievance against at least one other ethnic group; thus making the rule even easier.
    what we have in u.s. is first of all a region; residents of which we cld deem as regionals and not as americans.
    in such conditions, twelve caponis cld and do rule the region. more cld be said. tnx

  2. bozh said on January 25th, 2011 at 10:19am #

    randy:
    “I fluctuate every day, sometimes every hour, between hope and despair. My hope is the destruction of the American empire — my despair is that it might not happen in time for millions of people.”

    sorry! i do not see it that way. i expect that as long as u.s. has military might that it has and vassal states or dependencies such as japan, korea, israel and all inegalitarians [fascists, if one will] onside, u.s. cannot fail in whatever it is after.

    it cld be assumed that fascist want all of the planet and end all wars by waging wars–as many as it takes to also destroy all vestiges of a civil life! tnx

  3. hayate said on January 25th, 2011 at 12:06pm #

    Excellent piece.

    The only thing I can think of adding is a sarcastic:

    Thanks, zionists, without you none of that would be possible.

  4. Hue Longer said on January 25th, 2011 at 3:43pm #

    great article as is

  5. hayate said on January 25th, 2011 at 7:16pm #

    Apparently abusing Manning isn’t enough for the gestapo freakshow, now israel’s american colony is abusing visitors who come to see Manning:

    Statement of Events: Bradley Manning’s Primary Visitor Detained at Quantico

    By: Michael Whitney Sunday January 23, 2011 1:23 pm

    [http://fdlaction.firedoglake.com/2011/01/23/statement-of-events-bradley-mannings-primary-visitor-detained-at-quantico]

    Hang the lot.

  6. hayate said on January 25th, 2011 at 7:33pm #

    Obama may get power to shut down Internet without court oversight

    By Daniel Tencer Monday, January 24th, 2011 — 8:55 pm

    “A bill giving the president an Internet “kill switch” during times of emergency that failed to pass Congress last year will return this year, but with a revision that has many civil liberties advocates concerned: It will give the president the ability to shut down parts of the Internet without any court oversight.

    The Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act was introduced last year by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) in an effort to combat cyber-crime and the threat of online warfare and terrorism…”

    [http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/power-shut-internet-court-oversight]

    The zionist traitor (to the human race) lieberman, eh? What a surprise….

  7. hayate said on January 25th, 2011 at 7:49pm #

    Ex-Minn. governor sues over body scans, pat-downs

    By AMY FORLITI The Associated Press Monday, January 24, 2011; 8:12 PM

    MINNEAPOLIS — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is suing the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration, saying full-body scans and pat-downs at airport checkpoints are violating his rights.

    Ventura filed his lawsuit Monday in federal court in Minnesota. He says the new security measures violate his right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.

    He’s asking a federal court to order officials to stop subjecting him to these searches.

    Ventura was governor of Minnesota from 1999 through 2002. He now hosts the television program “Conspiracy Theory.”

    The lawsuit says Ventura had a hip replacement in 2008, and his titanium implant sets off metal detectors.

    [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/24/AR2011012405955.html]

  8. hayate said on January 25th, 2011 at 7:58pm #

    In some of the more backward regions of israel’s american colony, you are not allowed to record your own arrest by the gestapo:

    Chicago artist’s protest backfires as he faces 15 years in jail… because he recorded his own arrest on video

    By Daily Mail Reporter Last updated at 9:46 AM on 24th January 2011

    (excerpts)

    Chris Drew has been charged with Class 1 felony under the Eavesdropping Act in Chicago, Illinois.

    The bemused activist said he did not know anything about the law when he was protesting about restrictions on where artists can sell their work.

    Mr Drew expected police to take him into custody before releasing him over the misdemeanour – but now he’s facing up to 15 years in jail.

    He will go on trial on April 4 charged with using a digital recorder to capture his arrest on December 2, 2009.

    He was selling silk-screened patches for $1 when he was stopped by police.

    Footage of the incident has been posted on YouTube. (see [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72_ZzJCfESc])

    Maryland, Illinois and Massachusetts are the only states where it is illegal to record conversations with the police.

    In Illinois police are currently prosecuting nine people for alleged breaches of the law.

    The maximum penalty is only three years behind bars for the first time the law is broken and five years if it is done again,

    But anyone recording a judge, attorney general, state attorney or police officer can be sent to jail for up to 15 years.

    [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1349966/Chicago-artist-Chris-Drew-faces-15-years-jail-recorded-arrest.html#ixzz1C6e8pg3i]

  9. Deadbeat said on January 25th, 2011 at 8:15pm #

    The Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act was introduced last year by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) in an effort to combat cyber-crime and the threat of online warfare and terrorism…”

    Zio-Lieberman hates the facts that there are sites like DV.

  10. hayate said on January 26th, 2011 at 12:13pm #

    Compare this with the ziofascist/fascist attempt to control the web by obama/lieberman noted in the article posted above:

    Russia supports non-restriction of Internet – Medvedev

    21:08 26/01/2011

    Russia will not support restrictions to freedom in the Internet, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday in his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

    “Russia will not support initiatives that put in doubt freedom in the Internet, freedom which is based on the requirements of morality and law,” Medvedev said.

    He added that restriction to freedom in the Internet would bring the world to stagnation.

    [http://en.rian.ru/russia/20110126/162320144.html]

  11. hayate said on January 26th, 2011 at 11:08pm #

    Wikileaks revelations may improve international climate – Medvedev

    Topic: World Economic Forum 2011 in Davos

    23:04 26/01/2011

    Wikileaks revelations may have a positive influence on international relations, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

    “I believe that the Wikileaks affair should improve the international climate although a number of countries may consider these activities illegal,” Medvedev said.

    In late November 2010, the WikiLeaks website began releasing a huge number of confidential U.S. diplomatic cables that contain, in particular, forthright comments about many world leaders.

    The president also said that Wikileaks information on Russia contained nothing new.

    “I sometimes felt that most Wikileaks revelations were taken from general political websites,” he added.

    According to Medvedev, the Internet connects billions today and no secret is secure against revelation.

    [http://en.rian.ru/world/20110126/162322134.html]

    Despite periodic imminent threats of Russian shenanigans being exposed by Wikileaks, the Russian prez still praises the org and what it is doing. Contrast that with israel’s in the usa and Europe.

  12. hayate said on January 26th, 2011 at 11:09pm #

    “Contrast that with israel’s in the usa and Europe. ”

    Should have been:

    Contrast that with israel’s plugs in the usa and Europe.