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They don’t know how it feels

They don’t know how it feels (RIP Tom Petty)

E                   A                   E                   A  (x2)

Las vegas news made me cry, and the next day tom petty died

look at trumpie talkin so foul, look at trump throwing paper towels

[Chorus]

E          Bsus4        E            A

So let’s get to the point, let’s roll another joint

E     Bsus4          E           A

trumpie tweets in the night, starts another distracting fight,

E         D           A

Trump don’t know how it feels

E         D           A               E  D  A     E  D  A

Trump don’t know how it feels…to be Puerto rican

 

[Verse 2]

E                A                E               A  (x2)

obama came, now Obama had to go, Obama was young, and Trumpie is old….fox news geezer

Hillary had her fun, but all we can say now is Bernie would have WON!!!!!

Bernie would have WON!!!!! (repeat)

[Chorus]

E          Bsus4        E            A

So let’s get to the point, let’s roll another joint

E     Bsus4          E           A

The republicans are talking loud, the NRA is still proud

E         D           A

They don’t know how it feels

E         D           A               E  D  A  – E  D  A

They don’t know how it feels…to be you or me or anybody

The Myth of “Good War”

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By Joseph Ballin 5/23/2017 5:14 AM EST

I don’t think it’s wrong to say America is the most evil nation in world history. When Donald Trump described himself as a “nationalist and a globalist” I didn’t think it was a contradiction in terms. America has also been on a nationalist bent for global domination of the planet. Since President McKinley, America has seen a revision of our grand global imperialist ambitions. Prior to McKinley, dating back to First Anglo-Powhatan War, the Anglo settlers of what would be the USA embarked on a genocidal campaign of extermination of the natives of this land. In early 17th century, Captain John Smith, leader of Jamestown, envisioned that the Native Americans of Virginia would one day be doing the work for English colonialists. Nothing about democracy or freedom were invoked in this American Holocaust.

McKinley began the great American revisionism. Instead of conquering brown people for land, we would now conquer brown people to “civilize” them. The great myth of spreading American “exceptionalism” began with the Spanish American War. If we look at every war ever fought by the United States, the only wars that the United States fought in a defense manner from an attack on the United States was World War II and the initial conflict with al-Qaeda, which was never a declared war. However, to say that Japan, Italy, Germany, al-Qaeda didn’t have legitimate reasons for coming into conflict with the United States is absurd. In response of Japanese invasion of Vichy French Indochina, FDR enacted an oil embargo on the Japanese Empire, which lead directly to the attack on Pearl Harbor.

On September 11, 1941, FDR ordered the United States Navy to shoot on sight if any ship or convoy is threatened in the Atlantic Ocean. This was response to the “Greer incident” on September 4, 1941, off the coast of Iceland, when German submarine U-652 fired, but did not make contact, with USS Greer after USS Greer received a signal from a British bomber that a German submarine was in the vicinity. Greer made sonar contact, and pursued the U-652 at close range. The aircraft dropped four depth charges, and soon after the U-boat fired a torpedo at the US warship, perhaps believing USS Greer had launched the attack.

As for Italy, on June 15, 1941, FDR freezed all US assets towards Italy and other Axis nations. So Germany, Italy, and Japan all had legitimate reasons for declaring war on the United States. What about al-Qaeda you would ask? Well let’s take a look shall we. The December 6, 1993 newspaper of The Independent described Osama Bin Laden as an “anti-Soviet warrior” who’s “recruited mujahedin now uses them for large-scale building projects in Sudan.” Osama was once America’s ally against the “evil” Soviets in Afghanistan, one that the CIA funded greatly as shown in “Charlie Wilson’s War”.

Later, after the Soviet withdraw from Afghanistan, in 1990 Saddam invaded Kuwait, after getting signals from Washington that he had the green light to do so. The Saudis began pushing for an intervention against Saddam’s annexation of Kuwait. Osama stated that his mujaheddin fighters could expel the Iraqis from Kuwait. Saudis rejected his offer for American soldiers to come into Saudi Arabia, set up military bases, and expel Iraqi forces from Kuwait. Osama began strongly criticizing the US occupation of the holy lands of Islam by foreign crusader troops. Another thing Osama would cite in his reasons for the September 11 attacks was America’s support for Israel over the Palestinians. Osama was not stupid, he would read people like Noam Chomsky and had a masterful plan to bring down the superpowers of the Soviet Union and USA by bogging them down in endless occupations overseas. His plan is still being carried out to this day.

This is not to justify the actions of the Axis powers or al-Qaeda. I am simply stating that the myth that America is this innocent actor in world events and the only reason they hate us is because of our “freedom” is total bullshit. Every action has an equal reaction. The golden rule, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, is something we should abide by when it comes to foreign policy. Imagine if a terrorist Quebec liberation group feed Canada to the USA, began performing terrorist attacks against Canada, and Canada responded by drone bombing American cities, killing thousands of civilians in the process. How would Americans respond when the chickens come home to roost? Because that horror we all experienced on 9/11, the middle east has known almost every day ever since.

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Links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Powhatan_Wars#Early_conflict

http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1941/06/15/page/9/article/f-d-r-freezes-all-u-s-assets-of-axis-nations/

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/united-states-freezes-japanese-assets

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_submarine_U-652#The_Greer_incident

The Crimes of Donald Trump

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By Joseph Ballin

5/13/2017 7:10 PM EST

The one thing I hate most about being American is the hypocrisy of our views towards life and rule of law. This brings me to Donald Jay Trump, a guy you may have heard of. So Trump paints himself as his good moral god fearing Christian man who cares about muh fetuses, while on the side grabbing pussy. However, Trump has no problem dropping drones on innocent people while the orange cunt eats chocolate cake in Mar-a-Lago. I do not know the exact numbers of innocents murdered under the fascist Trump regime. The Obama regime considered any male 16 years or older killed as “terrorists”. It is hard to tell when the US is propping up proxy regimes like Egyptian General Sisi and funding secret covert terrorists in Syria since 2005. If I had to estimate he’s killed at least a couple thousand if not ten thousand innocent people since January 20.

For all the Trump voters out there who thought he was the peacenik to Hillary’s war mongering, where are you now? He’s given the CIA and generals the power to kill anyone at any time and deploy US ground troops to any country at any time. We’ve seen an massive escalation in drone strikes under the Trump regime, along with a $100 billion arms deal for Saudi Arabia. There is a build up of US ground troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, along with deployment of US ground troops in Syria and Somalia. He allowed his generals to drop MOAB on Afghanistan and we still do not know how many people were killed from that strike because nobody has been allowed anywhere near the blast. And he is pushing us towards war with North Korea and Iran, all while striking the Syrian government over a chemical attack committed by the al-Qaeda white helmets. Relations with Russia are at the worst they have ever been and we are already probably in a new cold war with them. Trump’s foreign policy is basically a return back to the times of the Golden Horde.

Again all of this doesn’t mean Hillary was the peace candidate, far from it, but we didn’t have people like Trump supporters out right lying saying she was. If I had it my way I would have Trump, Hillary, Obama, Bush, Bill Clinton, GWB, GHWB, Jimmy Carter, and pretty much almost the entire US government on trial for war crimes against humanity and a sentence of life imprisonment without parole, since I don’t believe in the death penalty. I think Dr. Cornel West summed it up best when he said “That means that a child in Yemen, Somalia, and a child in Pakistan has the same value as a child in Newtown, Connecticut, Southside Chicago, Chinatown, barrio and an Indian reservation. A child is a precious child, no matter what. Somebody’s got to be accountable for that.”

Everyone being treated the same aka equality right? You would think in the good old US of A that would be the case, but equality under the law in US is bullshit. If I kill someone I go to jail, if someone in the US government kills someone they get medals. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, the near dead fossil and AG for the US, is rebooting the War on Drugs (that never ended since it’s declaration by Richard Nixon), telling prosecutors to seek the “most serious” charges and stricter sentences on the issue of drugs. So smoking a plant winds your ass in jail for life because private prisons demand cheap slave wage labor. Meanwhile wallstreet can steal from us and get tax payer bail out in order to keep the gravy train of capitalism going for another 10 years till the next crash.

“If voting made a difference, they wouldn’t let us do it” said Mark Twain, a man who was centuries ahead of his time. Until we call out the hypocrisy of both Republicans and Democrats we will never been free of this unless cycle of the War on so called “Terror” and War on so called “Drugs.” These wars are actually wars on the poor and non-white people. A lot of so called liberals hated Bush, but where ok with Obama putting a nice face on Bush’s policies. Now with Trump, the nice face has been replaced with an ugly orange turd, which is good for the left in the sense it wakes people up to just how fucked our government is. We need to move past this D vs R bullshit, end all these bullshit wars for profit, and move together as horizontally organized global workers party.

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Links:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-saudi-idUSKBN18832N

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/12/528086525/sessions-tells-prosecutors-to-seek-most-serious-charges-stricter-sentences

Donnie Trump (Bobbie Brown by Zappa parody w studio guest Chris Lapakko)

Donnie Trump (Bobbie Brown parody w studio guest Chris Lapakko)

As played for Chris Lapakko live on All the Hypocrisy Podcast
C
Hey there people I'm Donny Trump
Am
Popping viagra getting ready to hump
Dm7
My airplane is fast, and I ain’t no wussy,
G
I kiss all the girls and grab them by the pussy

At the beauty pagents I'm acting cool
did I mention Wharton was my business school?
I got a russian whore who wants to make some paper
I'll give her first prize and maybe later I'll rape her
[Chorus]      F
   Oh God I am the american dream
     Em               Am
   President reality TO THE extreme
             Dm7               G
   And I’m A LYING SON OF A bitch 
   Gonna build  big wall and GET REAL rich
   (BUILD A big wall and get real rich)
[Verse 2]
Mike Pence was looking sexy in his business suit
And he said “for an old man, YOU’RE still kinda cute”
I got him doing my PRESIDENTIAL promo,
And none of the JOCKS can even tell I'm a homo
Eventually Mike became a close friend
Sort of drifted along into S&M
I can take about an hour on the tower of power
As long as I gets a little golden shower
[Chorus]
   Oh God, I am the american dream
   With a spindle up my butt 'till it makes me scream
   Cause I like it real dirty and bad
   I lay awake nights saying "Thank you, Vlad"
(Big bad vlad with your hand up my ass)
      F
   Oh God, oh God, I'm so fantastic
   Em                       Am
   The Russian whores know I'm a sexual spastic
          F             G
   And my name is Donny Trump,

   Watch me now, I'm getting ready to hump

The Biggest Hypocrite – Wall of Shame

Hypocrite in Chief: Cory Booker

In the Wall of Shame premiere edition,  the number 1 nominee is Senator Cory Booker.  Cory Booker is a Senator from New Jersey, where the powers to be have deemed that he is worthy of a presidential primary run.  But, let’s see all the counts of Hypocrisy.  

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Poor little rich boys

We can't let the people who've been hit the hardest by this recession, and who need to create the jobs that will get us out of it, foot the bill for the Democrats' two-year adventure in expanded government.” – Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

Can't go to bed without pointing out the jackassedness of this comment by the ranking GOP Senator.  He is of course referring to the expiration of the Bush tax cuts for fools earning over $250,000 a year.  Just let that sink in… “the people who've been hit the hardest by this recession“…

That's right, asshole.  Them rich folk done been hit so hard they can barely afford to pay the MARGINAL TAX ON ALL DOLLARS EARNED OVER $250,000.  Meanwhile, in the real world

Forty-four million people in the United States, or one in seven residents, lived in poverty in 2009, an increase of 4 million from the year before, the Census Bureau reported on Thursday.

The poverty rate climbed to 14.3 percent — the highest since 1994 — from 13.2 percent in 2008.

Over the past two years these scumbag Senators have managed to thoroughly crush any delusions I once had about the possibility of national crisis giving birth to transformative change in this country. And I mean the good kind of change, not the teabag variety that is currently suffocating the last vestiges of moderation in the Republican party.  [Note to you Mainers – Olympia is next].

What I'm trying to say is, the expiration of the Bush tax cuts are the only thing I care about politically these days.  There's really nothing else on the horizon that's going to elicit more than indifference or disgust out of me.  The class divide gets greater every day and it's completely unsustainable for a healthy society.  I'll have to dazzle you with charts and graphs some other time, but for now I'll just say, NO MORE TAX CUTS FOR YOU RICH MOTHERFUCKERS.

Who am I kidding, here's a chart

What this says to me is, if the Democrats really feel the need to be total pussies about this, then they better at least give me a new marginal tax bracket at $500,000, which is where the real highway robbery begins to kick in.  Otherwise I don't want to hear any more bullshit about “deficit reduction”.

Blame it on Bubba

The tire iron wielding Bubba isn’t alone in his hatred, ignorance and xenophobia…the folks over at Wall Street feel the same way toward the poor masses. How else could one explain their continued adherence to the notion that the nations poor are to blame for the worst global financial meltdown in 100 years? This quote from the WSJ Op-Ed pages is patently ridiculous to anyone with even a basic understanding of what caused the meltdown:

Fifty percent of the high-risk loans are estimated to be CRA (Community Reinvestment Act) loans, with much of the remainder useful to the GSEs (Government Sponsored Enterprises) in meeting their affordable-housing goals.

The flood of CRA (Community Reinvestment Act) and affordable-housing loans with loosened underwriting standards, combined with declining mortgage interest rates-to 5% in 2003 from 10% in early 1991-resulted in a massive increase in borrowing capacity and fueled a house price bubble of unprecedented magnitude over the period 1997-2006.

So the government is to blame for the crisis because they made it so much easier for poor people to buy a home…right.

The reality of what happened is pretty well summarized in “Fool’s Gold”…I think this review of the book is spot on. The only way bad mortgages take down the entire financial system is when they are used as the ‘raw material’ for speculation by the investment community, whose insatiable appetite for risk, for betting on just about anything, and unfettered greed will always destroy any sane conventional system of banking. History has shown us this several times…Greenspan’s now infamous ‘shocked disbelief’ is laughable when you consider a historical perspective. Or maybe it was those irresponsible poor people who didn’t read the fine fine fine print on the terms of their sub-prime mortgage, right Wall Street?

Slouching towards Bethlehem

Here’s Glenn Greenwald on Maddow last night talking about the flagrant insurance company whoredom of senators Evan Bayh and Joseph Lieberman.  Unsurprisingly, the same two who have made the most noise about killing the public option.  For shame!

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[UPDATE – Here’s additional reading on Bayh’s ties

His wife, Susan Bayh, sits on the board of WellPoint(WLP Quote) in her hometown of Indianapolis. Over the last six years, Susan Bayh has received at least $2 million in compensation from WellPoint alone for serving on its board.

She joined Anthem Insurance (the precursor organization to WellPoint) in 1998, when she was 38 years old and a midlevel attorney working for Eli Lilly (LLY Quote). Her work experience prior to her stint at Lilly was five years as a junior law professor at Butler University in Indianapolis. Her work background at the time she was appointed to the Anthem board would have been surprising, given that she had no insurance experience and was relatively young and inexperienced to serve as a director on a multibillion-dollar board.

… and Lieberman’s lies

When he was seeking reelection in 2006, Joe Lieberman campaigned as a supporter of healthcare reform and expressed his support for “universal healthcare.” When the rubber hit the road, however, Lieberman emerged as a frontline warrior for the healthcare industry in its efforts to block reform. Yesterday, he not only noted his opposition to the very modest public option contained in the legislation that Majority Leader Harry Reid put forward, he also stated that he would cross the aisles to support a Republican filibuster. Should we be surprised? No. Lieberman has long been one of the industry’s favorite players on the hill, accepting more than $1 million in campaign contributions from the insurance industry and more than $600,000 from pharmaceuticals and related healthcare-products companies. But his ties run deeper than that. His wife Hadassah previously worked for two lobbying firms, Hill & Knowlton and APCO, handling matters for their healthcare and pharmaceuticals clients.

– UILA]

Also, building on some sentiments to which I alluded in the last post, here’s Ezra Klein putting the public option with opt-out clause into proper perspective.

In the Senate, this is about to become the “liberal” half of the debate. But it’s not very liberal at all. It is a compromise, and a conservative one at that.

For the real liberals, the public option was already a compromise from single-payer. For the slightly less radical folks, the public option that’s barred from partnering with Medicare to maximize the government’s buying power was a compromise down from a Medicare-like insurance plan. For the folks even less radical than that, the public option that states can “opt out” of is a compromise from the straight public option. Access to the public option will be a political question settled at the state level. It is not a settled matter of national policy.

In many ways, this is a fundamentally conservative approach to a liberal policy experiment. It’s only offered to individuals eligible for the insurance exchanges, which is a small minority of the population. The majority of Americans who rely on employer-based insurance would not be allowed to choose the exchanges. From there, it is only one of many options on the exchange, and only in states that choose to have it. In other words, it has been designed to preserve the status quo and be decided on the state level. Philosophically, these are major compromises liberals have made on this plan. They should get credit for that.

And yet we should expect to see this bill watered down even further before it craps out the end of Congress.  I’m guessing they will ultimately pass this by taking a few last kicks at the usual victims – restricting abortions and immigrant access, that kind of thing.  It’s a caveman mentality.  They can’t be satisfied unless someone gets hit with a club.

William Butler Yeats:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Who is More Evil…Glenn Beck or Glenn Danzig?

First of all facebook is pretty evil. It reduces everyone to quick bites of what is on your mind instead of the full hearty meal that a blog like ATH provides. A facebook status post of “what is on your mind” comes down to a sentences or two at best. The only things that really gain any traction in such a limited format are pop culture references or just randomly funny statements “keep f@cking that chicken”. Or in Dick Vinegar’s case the location and beverage on his weekly summer vacation. But the real danger of facebook is in the lost man hours due to snooping around at pictures of acquaintances and old friends. Clicking…looking…clicking… (allright, I may have spent 1/2 hour writing this blog, but at least I have somehting to show for it for crying out loud!!)

On the other hand for sharing pics and vids of the kiddies facebook is real nice. Facebook also has some cool features, one of which is the ability to create a poll. This is the first one I have put together- Who is More Evil…Glenn Beck or Glenn Danzig?

So far most people agree with me that Glenn Beck is more evil. Please take the poll to ensure the opposition is crushed.

I randomly typed in Glenn Beck is Evil into youtube and here comes this gem below. Notice what an absolute lying hypocrite this guy is!! And what is more evil than pure hypocrisy?

Then you have Glenn Danzig. Outwardly evil, sure, he is a bit violent in the typical macho-man mold, and sure, his songs refer sex, and even….Satan? Check out the clip below…it begins with a hilarious account of Danzig’s grocery list…and ends with the famous clip of him getting knocked out while arguing with a roadie at a show. The grocery list is just a bonus here.

Lets give Danzig one more chance to beat out Beck for the evil crown. Check out this super evil spooky danzig interview-

And here are some really drunk Danzig fans.

We’ve seen a lot about Glenn Beck fans in the previous post on the 9-12 march. The scary thing about Glenn Beck fans is I do not believe they are drunk.

So tell me my friends…Who is More Evil…Glenn Beck or Glenn Danzig?

Rich Man Step On My Poor Head

Professor Krugles brings us this nice graph chronicling the rise of our corporate masters:

What you’re seeing is the percentage of total income as earned captured by the richest 0.01% of the population.  The ridiculous jumps in income inquality of recent years have clear parallels with the run up to the Great Depression.  Interestingly, the data only runs through 2007, so does not yet reflect last year’s market crash.

Unlike the correction that happened in the 30’s, I have absolutely zero expectation that the astronomical earnings percentages of recent years will collapse back down to reasonable levels.  So far the government has shown no willingness to rein in the bankers, having spent trillions of dollars propping up their criminal enterprise, while the bankers rub our collective noses in it for the trouble. Meanwhile, the bankers are able to pocket all that loot, because the top marginal tax bracket is pathetically low by historical standards.  (Not just the tax rate itself, but, more importantly, the income threshold).  Check this graph out:

Note that all dollar amounts have been adjusted for inflation.  And yes, the spread from the highs of the 1940’s (upwards of $70 million!) to today’s threshold ($372,951+) is so outlandish that the y-axis has to be represented in logarithmic form in order that the graph be legible.  The top marginal tax rates in those days were nothing to sneeze at either:

Make no mistake, these were taxes on the super-wealthy.  We haven’t had a proper tax on millionaires since roughly 1970, at which point those marginal millions were being taxed at a 70% rate. (Bear in mind, the marginal rate means that only those dollars over and above the threshold are being taxed at the highest rate.  That first $50 grand, etc, is being taxed at the same rate as everyone else.  Not everyone understands this.)

Getting back to the present reality, the failure to obtain proper warrants for all the bailout money, or even to enact the most minimal of financial reforms (much less tax reform), is truly enfuriating. The one big reform so far has actually been a step backward: relaxing shitcanning mark-to-market accounting rules that previously forced an honest valuation of company assets.  Suddenly – magically! – toxic assets are not so toxic, the stock market is up, and the crisis is over!  (Oh, wait…)

I obviously know nothing about high finance.  But all the financial regulation in the world means precisely squat if no one enforces it.

Most former and current SEC officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were discussing confidential legal matters or were not authorized by the agency to comment. But in a report last month, the Government Accountability Office, after interviewing many enforcement lawyers, concluded that the SEC penalty policies in 2006 and 2007 “led to less vigorous pursuit of corporate penalties, may have made penalties less punitive in nature and could have compromised the quality of settlements.”

During Cox’s tenure, penalties imposed on companies fell 84 percent, from $1.59 billion in 2005 to $256 million in 2008.

For a long time now, rich folks have been wringing money out of this country like sweat from ONE’s teeshirt after hoops in the summer.  (Or hoops in the winter…  Or a brisk walk…  Or a short nap…) And just like ONE’s sweat, by the time everything is over, it’s all on our backs.  (Ugh, this metaphor is making me ill, wrap it up…)

I have no faith that government regulators can ever truly curtail Wall Street shenanigans, which is why the only practical solution is to re-institute some new top marginal tax brackets.  Currently the cutoff for the top bracket is $372,951, with a rate of 35% (set to revert to 39.6% when the Bush tax cuts expire at the end of this year).  I hereby propose an additional tax of 50% on all dollars earned annually over and above… (cue Dr. Evil)… one million dollars.  By historic standards, that’s downright modest.