Friday, December 16, 2011

"Kill Senate Health Care Bill" - 2

Two years ago on this date Dredd Blog considered the debate going on then about health care.

Things have not changed that much, in the sense that the health care reform law is now before the U.S. Supreme Court for a decision as to whether or not it is constitutional in whole or in part.

Likewise, the health care reform law is still being heatedly discussed in the ongoing Republican Primary Debates.

Here is the text of the post of two years ago:
After the latest Joe Lieberman escapades leading to Senate Leadership capitulation, Howard Dean said on last night's Keith Olbermann show Countdown, that the Senate bill on Health Care should be put out of its misery.

On radio he said:
"This is essentially the collapse of health care reform in the United States Senate," Dean said. "Honestly the best thing to do right now is kill the Senate bill, go back to the House, start the reconciliation process, where you only need 51 votes and it would be a much simpler bill."
(Huffington Post). Is it not pathetic for a nation that exclaims peace to spend more on military than all the rest of the nations combined?

To spend less on health care than any other industrialized European nation?

A spending orgasm is just fine if it is spent on military or filthy rich banksters, but not fine if it goes to the middle class and poor?

No wonder we are falling from first place in significant areas of economics.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Iraq: World's Number One Oil Producer? - 6

In this series that began in August of 2010, we have hypothesized that the Iraq war was about civilization's addiction to oil, and the resultant panic reaction to peak oil, a panic that will never end so long as we continue to traverse the downslope of the peak of sanity.

The showmen say that the Iraq war is over now, the oil barons say we won the war because we secured possibly the largest supply of oil known, and the statesmen say winning the peace is the traditional American way (because wars cannot really be won), but they also hope it is a real step in a better direction.

The propaganda engines of MOMCOM are talking about all that freedom we created in Iraq, even as the mid-east curse ("may America bring you freedom") is uttered incessantly to sectarian opponents.

Those in the know realize that the "freedom" which was created there was the freedom for oil barons to exploit and plunder the oil in Iraq, the oil that should have been used to enrich the Iraqi people, not the plundering invader drug warlords.

Those oil drugsters who run the U.S. government military and media now have the world's largest "embassy" in Iraq, overseeing untold numbers of mercenaries contracted from down the street in the U.A.E. where Haliburton of Cheney, Blackwater of Prince, and USCENTCOM of MOMCOM have set up headquarters.

The plan is going according to the schedule Dredd Blog has projected in this series:
“Crude oil expansion plans in the medium term are moving apace, with capacity now forecast to increase by 2.33 million b/d to 38.1 million b/d by 2016,” IEA said in its latest monthly report.

Iraq accounts for 80% of the increased capacity, followed by the UAE and Angola,” IEA said, noting that capacity growth is 200,000 b/d higher than its previous forecast for the 2010-16 period.
(PO, 12/13/11, emphasis added). Those who thought oil had nothing to do with the Iraq war may stay in denial, but will look more and more foolish as time goes on:
Iraq hopes to increase production from the present 2.7 million barrels per day to 13.5 million by 2018.

That would easily top Saudi Arabia, the world’s top petroleum exporter, which pumps about ten million bpd. Current global demand is around 89 million bpd.

Three Western majors – BP, ExxonMobil and Eni – are hard at work developing Iraq’s massive southern oil fields at Rumaila, West Qurna and Zubair. Within six years, these fields could be pumping 6.8 million bpd.
(Scotsman, emphasis added). Will Syria and Iran be the next middle eastern nations to "secure the blessings of oil" for the homeland plutocracy?

The next post in this series is here.

The war is all over:


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Better Dead Than Red


Have any respect for your elders?

I mean the freedom elders.

For example: “Experience has shown that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” – Thomas Jefferson

Don't misunderestimate the power of the dark side of the matrix, dear hobbit.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Judas Number - 30 - Pieces of Silver - 2

Two years ago on this date we discussed a mysterious number that kept repeating itself in the reports from Pentagonia, Capitol of Bullshitistan, concerning events in Afghanistan.

That number was 30.

We don't see than number any more, except when we hear how many years the generals want to stay there.

Or perhaps how many times the President of Afghanistan has said he would side with Pakistan (or the Taliban?) in a war against the United States.

We revisit these stories ever so often to show how the behind the scenes institutions that work in the shadows are more permanent than administrations or congresses.

Read the story between the lines:

How about a Christmas story?

Remember the story of Jesus?

I mean the one where one of his own disciples, Judas Iscariot, sold him out to his enemies for 30 pieces of silver?

The civilians of Afghanistan can relate to the number 30, because it is trivial for 30 of them to be killed by Americans, who are there to teach them to be civil, modern, and democratic.

Yep, if any thing like serious killing is going to go on (like killing more than 30 Afghanis at a time) there must be permission given by the Secretary of State as a matter of law.

See, we are a nation of laws, which makes us exceptional, hence American exceptionalism.

The Afghanis don't know how lucky they are to have a great progressive American Commander in Chief pulling for them do they?

He is sending the Judas number 30 more thousand of those who kill 30 at a time, praise General Judas.

Well you know that law stuff always has loopholes, so have you noticed that when a bunch of Afghanis are killed these days there are always about 30 Afghani civilians killed?

You haven't?

Now that is some seriously exact killing folks, legal, exceptional, and fully Judas. All the military needs to do is report "30" civilians for it to be defined as trivial, exact killing.

But that being said, can you believe that some ingrates think the 30 number is being fudged? Yes it is true:
On Monday, the anonymous blogger Security Crank noticed something interesting: all the U.S. and NATO airstrikes in Afghanistan seemingly kill exactly 30 people every time. How can that be?
(Air America). How unpatriotic can some people get? Jesus would not be happy with them, pass the ammo, 30 boxes please, and learn what to notice, and what not to notice.

That security crank who is 30 challenged even said:
But look, hopping onto Google News and typing “30 Taliban” or “30 suspected militants” brings up literally dozens of stories each year, stretching back at least to 2005. Indeed, thirty seems to be the magic number when it comes to arresting or killing off Taliban and other militant fighters in Afghanistan.
(Security Crank, [or GodlikeProd or Agonist]). As if that arithmetic of insubordination could not be topped, some one down in sweet home Alabama noticed the same thing:
Last August my piece Around the Hindu Kush, 30 is a Magic Number quoted 16 media items about different incidents in Afghanistan between February 2006 and August 2008. Each of those incidents involved "30 militants", "30 insurgents" or "30 enemies".

Since then the number 30 has not lost its magic. Here is an update with 18 incidents since August last year all of which involve the magic number:
(Moon of Alabama). That is Judas Priest ghastly to notice things like that with an unfaithful questioning mind. Doubt is of the devil!

Don't these dissidents know it is not a matter of magic, it is a matter of biblical proportions, as our high priest in chief explained to the French Fry dude?

Yes, our Judas Priest in Chief has specified a democratic number of 30 as the reason these things happen this way.

This biblical 30 is done so our wars are always just, and those we are fighting are always evil. Isn't that special? Isn't that magic!

It is a biblical proportion that should be told during Christmas Time, the season of heavenly peace we are bringing to lucky nations everywhere.

Notice the holy official foundation for this principle of Judas 30 law:
We don't know much about how it works, but in 2007, Marc Garlasco, the Pentagon's former chief of high-value targeting, offered a glimpse when he told Salon magazine that in 2003, "the magic number was 30." That meant that if an attack was anticipated to kill more than 30 civilians, it needed the explicit approval of then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld or President George W. Bush. If the expected civilian death toll was less than 30, the strike could be OKd by the legal and military commanders on the ground.
(LA Times). Hey detractors, you do know the meaning of "30 is ok" don't you? It means don't bother us with details of minor imperfection. Grace and forgiveness are the values of disciples of Christ doncha know?

This is sophisticated foreign policy based upon the King James Bible, which was good enough for Jesus, so it is also good enough for all our saintly body counters.

Monday, December 12, 2011

On Public Discourse









Pat of SNL says: "Go figure while you tap your feet ..."






Here is the case of the 99% against the MOMCOM 1%, spoken by a 60's band:



Here is the defense presented by The 1% MOMCOM, spoken by another 60's band: