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It of course didn’t matter who won the 2012 Presidential elections….the riots after all were not a function of politics, but of mathematics. And numbers of course do not have any partisan identity. And numbers…when left to their own purposes….don’t lie…they just are what they are.
And the reality of the numbers facing the USA leading into 2013 were unavoidable. Romney was elected in a squeaker of an election and an even closer electoral college vote….but he was indeed elected. Ad he was elected on the promise to create 12 million jobs. Create jobs he was. Jobs for everyone. Gobs of Jobs and glorious things. And unlike all his previous experience…shipping jobs further and further offshore, Romney’s promise was to keep those jobs right here….stateside. The 2012 campaign was very much like Walt Disney’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Mittens waving his magic wand around while Bat Boy created a new set of numbers and economic principles…the likes of which the universe had never before seen. Those delusions were an absurd response to the pathetic reality made clear to the entire nation of the horrifying reality delivered by the anemic Obama administration…not exactly Carter’s malaise…it was more like malaise but with a terrifyingly brutal Billy club…called…the NDAA.
What was made absolutely certain was that a Romney/Ryan administration was going to bring WAR! GLORIOUS WAR! WAR ALL ACROSS THE PLANET! And war…especially in the short term…was indeed going to stoke up the fires of the Industrial Machine. As the economic numbers were spewing out of both official government sources (UNEMPLOYMENT UP/UNEMPLOYMENT DOWN) and out of private sources (STOCK MARKET UP/STOCK MARKET DOWN) as summer turned to fall in 2012…I realized that I was the only person in Amerika who wondered what any of those numbers would look like if the USA announced a cessation of hostilities around the globe. I wondered, “What would happen if the USA articulated a foreign policy of non-intervention and de-escalation of tensions?” And of course the answer was, “The US economy would crash if the war machine was not properly fed.” What was the economic impact of the War Machine on say….Florida’s economy. Not just the boys (and girls) on bases and in uniforms in Tampa and in Jacksonville, but all the boys and girls working for private contractors all across the state. They don’t wear uniforms and they don’t drive to bases. And their economic impact cannot be traced by looking at the federal or state budgets. As Frontline noted, in their series, “Top Secret America”, the amount we were all spending to bomb babies and maim mommas was…TOP SECRET.
Perhaps the biggest heaps of bullshit were showered down upon the Amerikan fools each time the jobs reports were published. UNEMPLOYMENT UP/UNEMPLOYMENT DOWN! And nearly everyone lapped up whatever those numbers were….no matter what they were…and without even talking the time to think about what they meant. The only number that matters was how many people were not able to feed their families….and how the densely populated cities were becoming increasingly concentrated with people who could not take care of themselves. Now sure, part of the solution was to continue to dump increasingly toxic poison down their turkey necks…fattening the whole of the population into a sick, sniveling, gelatinous blob. After years and years, the sickly bovine blobs couldn’t fight back even if they were able to muster up any contempt or conviction….but of course that was all part of the plan…wasn’t it? Well, it’s actually a bit more complicated than that.
Would you like to venture a guess at how many guns were in private possession in the good ‘ole USA? Of course no one had any idea…but the number was clearly MILLIONS. And how many bullets to load up into those guns? Of course no one had any idea…but the number was clearly BILLIONS. So when, in mid 2012, a few folks started feeling a bit anxious when hearing press releases about the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BUYS 436 MILLION ROUNDS OF AMMUNITION….they were just trying to play a little catch up in the WORLD’S LONGEST RUNNING SMALL ARMS RACE! And it’s a funny thing about MILLIONS OF GUNS and BILLIONS OF BULLETS just lying around wondering what their purpose in life really was…..at some point in time every object in the universe wants to fulfill its destiny. And a fluted barrel, cold forged AR-15, an object that can indeed live forever will never accept that its destiny is to merely attack cardboard…forever.
A few isolated gun massacres lighting up the press every few months and taking down a few innocent souls was really just a distraction…a side show…a diversion. The real story….the insanely off the tops story occurred weekend after weekend, year after year at county fair grounds all across Amerika…in that uniquely American cultural expression….THE GUN SHOW! Forget about illicit gun deals and MAC 10’s sold out of trunks down dark alleys….gun shows championed a massive proliferation of extraordinary firepower in the hands of everyday people! While, at various points in the nation’s history, we worked for A CHICKEN IN EVERY POT! Or, ERIDICATE CHICKENPOX! Or FOOD AND NUTRITION FOR EVERY CHILD! In Amerika 2012, the nation…rather subversively….advocated for AN AK-47 IN EVERY HOME! And, according to the best estimates of the FBI…and other folks who should know….that noble goal was indeed accomplished sometime prior to 2012.
Ok so what do we have? Dramatically rising food prices. Dramatically increasing real inflation. Increasing fiscal anxiety. And just to round things out, an explosive…and antagonizing….international environment. And a sophisticated propaganda machine expertly capable of whipping up frenzy and passions and finger (and gun) pointing…in every direction. What could possibly go wrong?
But anywhoo…back to the story…this is a story about Math. And something called Blowback and The Law. Lack of The Law and The Laws of Unintended Consequences. Amerika 2012 was indeed a lawless land. Lawless if you were a bank or a Wall Street titan. Gutting pensions and retirement accounts and the savings of millions of poor, dopey Amerikans became a pastime for the nation’s oligarchs….not unlike polo or yacht racing had been for decades previously…but the oligarchs and the plutocrats grew tired of prancing around on million dollar ponies and the Fraudclosure Barons got bored puttering their boats (paid for with money pilfered from millions of taxpayers)…so they invented increasingly brazen ways to take money from the dopey slaves that littered the American landscape….first they took homes, then they reached into bank accounts, then they just started ripping through and tearing apart pensions and 401ks and retirement accounts.
But even all of that wasn’t enough…the resources and the programs and the initiatives necessary to care for an increasingly dependent population continued to dwindle…while at the same time the needs continued to increase…while at the same time the percentage of the working population available to meet those needs continued to shrink…once again…what could possibly go wrong here?
It didn’t take much imagination to see what was going to happen in the USA…all you had to do was look at the riots in Spain and Greece and Canada even….except that The Press refused to report on what was happening in those exotic lands….far better they supposed to keep it all bottled up….but it was coming regardless….that’s math for ya!
Why Is The UPDATE…THE NDAA APPEAL….Federal Government Fighting So Hard To Drag Me Away And Send Me to A Secret Prison?
Nothing Says, Land of The Free!
Indefinite Detention Without Trial!
Have you heard of the NDAA? It was voted into law by US Senators and Representatives and quietly went into force on January 1, 2012, a day when all of Amerika was too busy nursing hangovers to realize the most staggering destruction of fundamental Constitutional rights occurred right under their drunken stupor noses.
Section 1021- the dark side of terror.
the most important thing to understand about the NDAA is the hotly contested Section 1021…that’s the section that the Obama administration specifically demanded be put into the legislation, that’s the section that was most litigated in the federal lawsuit and that’s the section that allows the feds to drag away an American citizen, hide him off in a secret prison and refuse to give him access to lawyers, judges, court system of any kind or any law at all….just POOF! and you’re gone….FOREVER.
Now I know Obama probably doesn’t exactly have his sights on me…and I’m only using Obama because he’s the personification of the federal government…truth is I’d be even more terrified of Romney, but that’s a whole other story. I keep saying they’re out to get me just to make this whole terrifying legal argument very real. But when you read the actual Order issued by federal judge Forrest, pay attention to all the conversation and treatment given to reporters and people who are exercising their First Amendment rights…like me. People cannot just think, “Hey, who cares about that leftie journalist Chris Hedges, lock him up, torture him…who cares….ain’t me!” That’s the point…you’ve got to make it personal…vision very clearly that it’s YOU that they are exercising Section 1021 against….try that on…imagine that terror…feel it….live it.
Go ahead, read the full opinion here
Anywhoo…that 113 page opinion isn’t enough….the Obama administration will not back down. They will not accept the ruling of a damn federal judge….they are actually appealing her most thoughtful Order
WELCOME TO AMERIKA 2012!
“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”
This week I took a break from the trench warfare on the front lines of the fraudclosure battlefront to focus on another line of demarcation in this war that pits the nation’s banks, Wall Street and the government they have bought and control against the interests of families and the values of Americans all across this country.
Allowing the banks to lie, cheat, commit fraud and abuse our nation’s laws and court system to throw Americans into the streets and seize property (and rewarding them with the 49 State Attorney General Sellout) is bad enough but I have turned my obsession this week to an even greater and more dangerous violation of fundamental American rights….the fact that the banks have decided they can kick down doors, change locks, invade homes, engage in unlicensed contracting, create fatally dangerous traps in homes, deprive local governments of public safety revenue, provide false and misleading statements to law enforcement and to homeowners….
The banks have drawn a battle line, a battle line that “our” courts are supporting, which permits them to invade our homes at will.
In drawing these battle lines, they have set us all onto a very dangerous and catastrophic course. “Our” government and “our” courts especially should protect us all from this descent into madness, they should reign in all the abuses, they should protect the people, they should sanction the crimes and the evil that is wrought upon this formerly great nation, but we all know that they are not only doing nothing, their government and their courts are directly complicit in allowing the darkest evils of the bullying and out of control corporations. The banks and Wall Street criminals engage in years long coast to coast crime spree, they wrench money from every man woman and child in this nation, then throw a bribe/kickback to the states so they can plug their budget gaps.
Bondi and Rick Scott are apparently down at the Ritz Carlton in the Cayman Islands even as we speak….I wonder if they’re figuring out what Cayman bank to drop their portion of the loot into?
This will stop. It has to stop…right? They cannot get even more bold and out of control….can they? This will not reach a point where they convince lawmakers and the rest of the sheep that our courts are just too bogged down and that Due Process and pesky words like Rights are just, well, pesky words….right? The wholesale brute force hijaking of a formerly good nation will not continue, right?
Well I won’t stop one way or the other. My punishment for all this might very well be a dissident camp. They surely will continue to punish me and the other foreclosure and consumer defense attorneys who continue to challenge this madness, but one way or the other, I will not permit them to continue this scourge.
Now they would all be better off to just admit the wrongdoing, and start on a correct and lawful course, but they of course will not do this. They will continue dragging me down into the darkest levels of hell with them, the corporate minions and their gangs of $600/hour attorneys.
This week I spent thirty hours sitting in depositions and in courtrooms being assaulted and pummeled by their silk-stocking gangs. I say this with the utmost of respect. They are in fact the finest lawyers practicing in this nation right now. You see, when their clients have hundreds of billions of dollars in direct taxpayer profits and still more hundreds of billions of dollars that have been handed to them as gifts directly from the federal and state governments, they can certainly afford to send teams of lawyers to beat up and pummel the consumers and the attorneys who dare to stand up to the dark and evil corporate empire. And they do it with all the passion of a computer assisted robot. The pleadings and motions and letters and emails all loaded down with the doublespeak and cold logic of corporate statism. The impossibly long lines of case law support each sentence betray the undeniable fact that we have all indeed been betrayed. I can construct pleadings and motions and letters and emails, but my position as an advocate for The People and for The Laws has not been radically advocated for decades by Tall Building Strike Force Lawyers. No, our beachhead has been pummeled, assaulted, attacked….for decades now.
It should be some form of treason, some violation of Constitutional, human or statutory rights that my taxpayer dollars are being used to fund the Tall Building Strike Force Lawyers that are exacting such pain and misery through the legal process on my clients….because they dare to assert that banks should not be permitted to break down doors, drill out locks, ignore basic property rights without so much as a simple phone call. Our entirely corrupt state and national legislatures will offer no such relief, so there should be some sort of Geneva Convention that prevents these commandos from training the weapons that our taxpayer dollars paid for against the very people that paid for these weapons, but of course there is not.
And so we all see now that just as our taxpayer dollars built, provisioned and trained the Iraqi and Taliban armies that now have turned against us, likewise our taxpayer dollars built, provisioned and trained the armies of bank lawyers that are blowing Americans out of their homes and communities. Just as our taxpayer dollars paid for the vast majority of all the explosive devices that have been used to blow into little bitty pieces thousands of America’s finest men and women (You didn’t really think those dirt farmers grew the blast powder found in the Improvised Explosive Devices did you?), so too have this nation’s lawyers been trained and then turned against us and the principles of this legal system they took an oath to protect and serve.
America has lost an economic World War because the treasonous corporate criminals gave away all the intellectual property that you and I owned as Americans to the Chinese. Given as a condition of entering their marketplace. But that national treasure was not theirs alone to give. The fact of the matter is that every significant technological and scientific advance ever created by an American company was created in large part in cooperation with American government and universities. All that brilliant Boeing engineering, all that genius GE technology, all those Intel chips were created in part with my tax dollars and they were my intellectual property, but the corporations gave it all away to China so that they could cash out their dividends and make their corporate numbers…we turned those weapons upon ourselves.
And that malicious computer code, those viruses that have the federal government showing SOPA and CISPA and NDAA down our throats, turning every computer and cell phone into a monitoring outpost of the Great Authorian Fascist state, you do know that all the source code came from the very software companies that are selling “us” the technological band aids to fix the problems and make us “safe”, don’t you? The corporations turned those weapons upon ourselves….a most profitable undertaking.
And once again just to drive the point home…. our taxpayer dollars been used to build, provision and train the armies of bank lawyers that are blowing Americans out of their homes and communities stateside.
It is indeed the height of despotic madness and tyranny that we have all paid to build the implements of this domestic war that are being used to destroy this country. Just as surely as America built the bombs of yesterday that are the soldier killing IEDs of today, the implements used to impale Americans on the jagged and rusty sword that is our nation’s legal system were bought and paid for by the bloody human corpses that lie rotting away, rancid human flesh in courtrooms and communities from one side of this nation to the next. The banks and their lawyers are state-sponsored justice-destroying strike teams, financed directly by the very people who find themselves staring down the muzzle of a fully loaded long gun. Their message of tyranny and suppression is delivered, by hand, personally. By the process server. For those that don’t get the message immediately, there is follow up in the form of hearings and more pleadings and unannounced property inspections. The unmistakable message is:
WE OWN THIS. WE OWN YOU. SUBMIT. COWER. THEN SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES.
Auschwitz was never intended to be a summer camp for Europe’s vacationing Jewish population. It was first a Polish military barracks, then a model German worker’s town, sort of the EPCOT of Nazi urban planning. That of course all changed when the raw materials necessary to fuel the war machine were discovered nearby. The camp adopted its welcoming salutation, Labor Makes You Free! As the trains came rolling in, living skeletons waved signs and danced (such as they could) and sang the song Labor Makes You Free! I’m sure the new arrivals found the whole thing a tad bit ironic set against the backdrop of the concertina wire and all. I’m sure that at least one or two wondered, “Labor makes you free from what?” But anywhoo, Auschwitz is not just a story about the power of slogans, it’s also a powerful lesson in good employee relations and the compassion of management. You see, the camp’s first Commandant Rudolf Hoss was apparently a sensitive fella, in touch with his interpersonal side and he was acutely concerned with the feelings and emotions of the SS soldiers under his charge. Early on he realized that the work at the camp was really getting to them and he was concerned it was turning them into out of touch brutes…..apparently shooting men women and children in the back of the head became a bit demoralizing after a while. So Hoss had the camp’s entertainment director work up a brand new and far more efficient means of executing the Final Solution. Today of course we know about the luxurious shower and spa facilities known as the Gas Chambers…..they surely helped to perk things up around the Officers Club and HQ was a much happier place when the showers replaced the frustrations and inefficiencies of the firing lines. What’s the point here? It’s just that people can be trained to carry out orders. And in difficult economic times, with easy enemies nearby, (why won’t those damn deadbeats get a job?) those lucky few with jobs are all the more willing to carry out their orders in order to keep their jobs.
WE’RE FROM THE BANK, WE HAVE A RIGHT AND A DUTY TO KICK DOWN YOUR DOOR AND DRILL OUT YOUR LOCKS
Which brings me back to my whole obsession right now and the focus I want everyone to focus on….the fact that the banks, allegedly acting on behalf of orders issued by the federal government in the form of Fannie Mae and HUD Servicing Regulations are ordering their soldiers to execute Orders to forcibly break into homes all across Amerika. The bank’s soldiers dutifully execute those orders because,
“That’s what the computer tells me to do.”
Really, says I, you don’t question whether the code on the computer is correct or whether the Order is legally or morally proper?
“No, I do what the computer tells me to do.”
Your records show you’re talking on the phone with your fellow Amerikan, that you’re being paid by the federal government to run her through one of their many programs do you bother to tell him that you’re planning to send thugs to drill out the locks on her door?
“No, we don’t tell him. That’s not what the computer tells us to do.”
And what if their personal property is in the home, then what do you do?
“The computer tells us to ignore personal property…that’s what the computer tells us to do.”
And what about that urn filled with her husband’s ashes do you just throw them out?
“The computer tells us to ignore personal property…that’s what the computer tells us to do.”
And signing all those documents, do you ever give them a thought? Do you consider what you’re signing?
“I do what the computer tells me to do.”
And friends, that indeed is the terrifying state of affairs operating in this nation right now. We have more than half the population on some form of government assistance. More people homeless than ever before. Millions of returning combat trained soldiers….many of them homeless and unemployed. Young people burdened with more than a trillion dollars in student loan debt.
In the midst of all of this, homeless veterans and street walking families the banks are sitting on hundreds of thousands of vacant and abandoned homes…and it’s not enough for them to hoard up then board up more and more homes.
Every day they process hundreds of thousands of Orders all across this country to inspect, then take custody of even more property. They will harass and intimidate homeowners. They will persecute and punish those who stand in their way. Why?
Because they can, Because that’s what the computers tell them to do.