Saturday, July 24, 2010

Stockholm Syndrome vs. The Ecosystem - 3

In the previous episode of this series we discussed the court order lifting the Obama Administration's hold on any more deep water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

Across the internet some bloggers were advocating that judges hearing the cases should recuse themselves because they had a financial interest in the litigation seeing as how they owned stock, bonds, or were past employees of defendants or plaintiffs in the cases.

The government, in the Hornbeck case, did not even ask the judge hearing the case to recuse himself even though he had "financial interests" in some of the plaintiffs, and even though Brad Blog's Ernest Canning, who takes one of the more extreme positions, was calling for his impeachment (removal as a federal judge).

Some federal appellate judges have not seen it the way Brad Blog's Earnest Canning sees it either.

Canning wanted impeachment of the district judge, but the flavor of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a recent ruling, seems to differ with that perspective:
Following the tragic explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, numerous lawsuits have been filed in the Eastern District of Louisiana. Because a number of the federal district court judges in that District have recused themselves, many of these cases have been assigned to Judge Barbier (over forty at present). When the first Deepwater Horizon cases were assigned to Judge Barbier, he owned debt instruments issued by Halliburton and Transocean, two of the defendants in the instant proceedings. Judge Barbier instructed his broker to sell the debt instruments on June 2, 2010. Judge Barbier stated on the record on June 4, 2010, that he was unaware that he owned the debt instruments until reports surfaced in the media, and that, though not required, he thought divestment the best policy to avoid the appearance of bias.

Notwithstanding the divestment, Petitioners moved to have Judge Barbier recuse himself from the proceedings based on 28 U.S.C. § 455(b), the federal recusal statute. Petitioners argued that the debt instruments were “financial interests” under the terms of the statute, and that, accordingly, recusal was mandatory. Judge Barbier orally denied their motion ...

In sum, because we find no error in the district court’s conclusion that the debt instruments do not qualify as “financial interests . . . in a party to the proceeding,” petitions for writ of mandamus are DENIED.
(In Re Deepwater Horizon Litigation, emphasis added). It would be good to take this case to the Supreme Court now, prior to letting the district judge sit on the case, then having the Fifth Circuit Appellate Court reversed later by the Supreme Court, which would send the case back to square one years from now.

Perhaps the litigation will now simply move on "to the merits"; in other words throw the oil companies to the lions (the jury)?

Friday, July 23, 2010

Stockholm Syndrome on Steroids?

The art of PR (public relations) and spin (propaganda) have a similar motive or purpose: to deceive the public so the public does not see a reality, but instead sees an illusion.

The statement defining "the golden rule" ("s/he who has the gold makes the rules") is a statement about government.

This blog uses "MOMCOM" as the essence of the entities that (in reality) govern the United States (in the sense of the self-image MOMCOM has of herself).

We typically show MOMCOM as a good looking female who is the surrogate mother of "the little people", because this is the self-image MOMCOM has of "herself", as revealed by MOMCOM's behavior.

The little people are the citizenry, who MOMCOM secretly sees as a needy little primate that is helpless without what MOMCOM provides (freedom, safety, security, commerce, etc.).

The full description contained in the acronym "MOMCOM" is Military Oil Media COMplex.

At first blush this seems incomplete to describe it all, but remember it is the depiction of the self-image real government behind the veil has of itself.

The military is first in the equation because the little people have been indoctrinated into the belief that the military is the most competent institution in America.

Guess who wants the little people to believe that?

A Gallup poll taken annually for quite a few years, shows that congress is in last place and the military is in first place.

Even the news media and big business fare better than congress does.

The oil industry is camouflaged inside many other industries and businesses such as pharmaceuticals and plastics, and in fact the nation is addicted to the "O" in MOMCOM.

You see plastic, automobiles, highways, movies, television, magazines, newspapers, and books everywhere.

Those are the things that you cannot have if you do not have MOMCOM.

MOMCOM has the gold, so MOMCOM makes the rules.

The next post in this series is here.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Open Thread

Open Thread ...

Nigerian Oil Rig leak bigger than Deepwater Horizon - can't be stopped
Status on the Gulf oil disaster seems to be about the same as pointed out in this post
NSA is building another Big Brother which they call "Perfect Citizen" ... Big Brother is watching you ... Psy Op Mockingbird

Republican Congressman pleads guilty for felonious aiding of terrorist organization
Tar-balls washing up on Atlantic side of Florida
27,000 abandoned oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico could be leaking ... no one knows because no one checks them ... except maybe Sky Truth
Heat Wave Melts Snopocalypse

Turkey Threatens Break With Israel

Get to know your hood, the cosmos:

There are interesting principles governing our participation in the cosmos.

Middle East at crossroads of prosperity and instability - U.S. is a factor
Gulf Oil Gusher Official Website - Texas Tar-balls, new meaning for "Tarheels"

Say it again Sam: "The fact that the government chose to go after this case with the intensity it did, while a single person from BP has yet to be prosecuted shows how misguided the government is in its environmental policies.”

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Destroy The U.S. In Order To Save It? - 2

In the first episode of this series we lined out the runaway financial demise of the nation.

And Dredd Blog asserted that it is caused by both imperialism and empire ideology.

In a parallel series we had been discussing The Keystone Complex, when all of a sudden came the Washington Post series about another cause of the nation's financial demise.

It is all about a spooky little girl like Yoo.

Today the Washington Post blows us out of the water with part two of its series about Spooky And The Gang:
... affluence is another attribute of Top Secret America. Six of the 10 richest counties in the United States, according to Census Bureau data, are in these clusters.

Loudoun County, ranked as the wealthiest county in the country, helps supply the workforce of the nearby National Reconnaissance Office headquarters, which manages spy satellites. Fairfax County, the second-wealthiest, is home to the NRO, the CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Arlington County, ranked ninth, hosts the Pentagon and major intelligence agencies. Montgomery County, ranked 10th, is home to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. And Howard County, ranked third, is home to 8,000 NSA employees.
(Washington Post, emphasis added). In other words the top three wealthiest counties in the U.S. are that way because of the spook business.

Spooks that have to scare people with fear, you know, scaremongering, like the other children of MOMCOM, because without fear the demand for their services diminishes along with their wealth.

They and others fancy themselves as some of the most brilliant people:
"These are some of the most brilliant people in the world," said Ken Ulman, executive of Howard County, one of six counties in NSA's geographic sphere of influence. "They demand good schools and a high quality of life."
(ibid, Washington Post article). That is to be expected from those who conflate being indoctrinated with being educated.

Those "so educated" that they end up "destroying America in order to save it".

Mob Psychology of Congress & Media - 3

In the first episode we noted that the media, the congress, and the president had been stampeded by the criminal in the photo.

You know, the "pimp" who worked for a propaganda organ of a neoCon racist organization.

The organization headed up by Andrew Breitbart (mentor of Bart Simpson).

In that stampede the president, the congress, and the media stampeded when a phony video about ACORN was published by the so-called news organizations a la 13th Century Fox.

Yesterday they were stampeded again by Bart Simpson's mentor with another phony video distributed by 13th Century Fox News, which "caused" an admirable, exemplary, and honest African American woman to be fired by the federal government.

The undue process she was cursed with was based upon the phony video clip that had been edited down to about a minute from a long speech.

The woman's father had been killed by a white farmer long ago, so in her younger days she struggled with that terror.

In her speech before a gathering of the NAACP, she had reflected on a time some twenty years earlier in her life when she had an opportunity to help another white farmer (not the one who killed her father), who had a superior attitude towards blacks.

Even though she admitted that she had to struggle with whether or not to help the white farmer, she intimated that she had made the proper choice and had realized another human being, another American, was in need of help.

She helped.

So she triumphed over her grudge and to this day the white farmers she helped are still appreciative.

In her speech she was encouraging other Black Americans to do the same, informing them that a grudge is something we all can experience but must all struggle against.

The neoCon mentors of hatred clipped out all but a small portion of the video of her speech to make it phony, to make a lie out of it, and to make it look like she deliberately did not help the white farmer.

The media, the NAACP, and the administration all stampeded with the maddening crowd and demanded her resignation.

The criminals down at the Circle W had "won" another fear induced game of slander of the innocent.

Today it looks like the egg on the face of the media, the NAACP, and the Obama Administration is causing them embarrassment ... or something like that.

The media is feigning righteous indignation.

The NAACP says it was snookered.

The administration is thinking about re-hiring her.

The neoCons who have been rewarded by the congress, the presidency, and even by The Supremes, are reving up a movie studio and going into full production to release the fury of bile during this hurricane season, during this election season.

Hate videos, they are not just for the KKK any more in "America", because we have one of those "holy elections" coming up, one of those exports we gleefully "share" with the rest of the world who are "not yet up to our high standards".

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Election Conspiracy Theory Confirmed? - 3

Election integrity just took an interesting turn.

As long time readers know, we have been dabbling in the subject of "election integrity" in Dredd Blog posts a time or two in the past.

If you care to look into a brief history of "election integrity", you can check out some of those posts here, here, and here.

But the story today is that now a new era of "election integrity" is emerging in this nation.

For example, a Tennessee election official was found dead in the trunk of his car that was burning along side the road:
A Monroe County election official says the chairman of the local election commission has been found dead after his car was discovered burning.

James R. Brown, the election administrator for the county, said Monday that the body of Monroe County Election Commission Chairman Jim Miller was discovered by firefighters after they extinguished the blaze on Saturday night.
(Fox News). Stay tuned and we will keep you informed on the "who dunnit" series (e.g. "Did ACORN or The New Black Panthers do it?").

But be forewarned, we will also tie it in to MOMCOM and her complex, if you know what we mean.

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Keystone Complex To The Rescue - 3

"How did our oil get under your soil ..."
We have finally received a lot of help from the main stream media (MSM) concerning our many complaints about the propaganda of fear and spying on Americans by Americans.

The Washington Post has begun a block buster series following a couple of years of research.

They expose some of MOMCOM's excesses in the field of spying ("intelligence"), showing that American spying, like the military, is out of control:
The investigation's other findings include:

* Some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the United States.

* An estimated 854,000 people, nearly 1.5 times as many people as live in Washington, D.C., hold top-secret security clearances.

* In Washington and the surrounding area, 33 building complexes for top-secret intelligence work are under construction or have been built since September 2001. Together they occupy the equivalent of almost three Pentagons or 22 U.S. Capitol buildings - about 17 million square feet of space.

* Many security and intelligence agencies do the same work, creating redundancy and waste. For example, 51 federal organizations and military commands, operating in 15 U.S. cities, track the flow of money to and from terrorist networks.

* Analysts who make sense of documents and conversations obtained by foreign and domestic spying share their judgment by publishing 50,000 intelligence reports each year - a volume so large that many are routinely ignored.
(Washington Post). That only scratches the surface, the story is also that no one knows all about it or how much it costs, hence, it is out of control.

The Keystone Cops scenario cannot be fixed by quadrupling the number of Keystone Cops every few years, and in fact as the articles point out, it simply makes it much worse.

Fewer Keystone Cops is the better formula, especially at a time when millions of Americans need to be saved from losing homes, health care, and jobs.

We don't need to be saved from fear of the imaginary boogie man.

The next post in this series is here, the previous post is here.

The Mother Of All Caps - 5

This series of posts discusses the cap on the Deepwater Horizon disaster well in the Gulf of Mexico, and the ramifications of that cap.

Post One, Post Two, Post Three, and Post Four preceded this current post.

That situation is that the government and BP now suspect that the well casing and/or the well bore are leaking because the pressure expectations have not been met, the pressure has remained too low within the well assembly.

The early on expectations were that if the well assembly was intact, the pressure would rise to 8,000-9,000 psi, or if there was a leak problem it would be 6,000 psi or less.

The pressure levels have been too low (~6,700 psi) for a conclusion that there is no damage to the well assembly, so it now appears that Figure 3 is the proper graphic depiction for the current situation.

Add to that the data which includes a report that seepage of hydrocarbons (gas and/or oil) through the sea floor into the gulf waters has been detected some distance from the well head:
Given the current observations from the test, including the detected seep a distance from the well and undetermined anomalies at the well head, monitoring of the seabed is of paramount importance during the test period. As a continued condition of the test, you are required to provide as a top priority access and coordination for the monitoring systems, which include seismic and sonar surface ships and subsea ROV and acoustic systems. When seeps are detected, you are directed to marshal resources, quickly investigate, and report findings to the government in no more than four hours. I direct you to provide me a written procedure for opening the choke valve as quickly as possible without damaging the well should hydrocarbon seepage near the well head be confirmed.
(Admiral Allen Letter, emphasis added). The next issues arising for investigation would seem to be: 1) how bad is the seep, 2) what is its source, that is, is it caused by a leak in the well assembly or is it natural, and 3) what is to be done about it.

Some of the dangers of the seabed in the area of Deepwater Horizon disaster are discussed in Danger Lurks In The Deep Water series.