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In spite of the grimness of the times in which we live, there is still hope. If you feel, like I do, that the usual discourse about matters of critical concern tends to be superficial, misguided, and false, then you might find some solace and inspiration here. I will try to offer insight and a holistic perspective on events and issues, and hopefully serve as a catalyst for raising the level of dialogue on this planet.

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I was born in 1945, shortly before atom bombs were dropped on Japan. I served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1971. I earned master's degrees in Economics and Educational Psychology, and certificates in Web Page Design and as a Teacher of English as a Second Language. I followed an Indian guru for eight years, which immersed me in meditative practices and an attitude of reaching a higher level of being. A blog post listing the meditative practices I have pursued can be seen here.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

One very grand farce

The '20th hijacker?'Just in case you haven't seen the picture to the right, it's Zacarias Moussaoui, the self-congratulating "20th hijacker." At least he's one of the 20th hijackers. The second image is an artist's sketch of Zacarias Moussaoui, and it's been a curiosity to me that the sketches don't look much like the mug shot. Maybe there are twenty 20th hijackers, or twenty Zacarias Moussaouis.Or is this the '20th hijacker?'

I don't mean to make light of the suffering caused by the September 11, 2001 attacks, but it's hard not to make light of the Moussaoui trial. Prosecutorial misconduct, a flimsy case against Moussaoui, his erratic behavior, culminating in his bragging on the witness stand about crimes he didn't commit, the bungling and negligence of the FBI, and now the bizzare phase about whether or not to execute Moussaoui - all make for one of the grand farces of American history.

Except that it has to compete with any number of other grand farces of American history that have happened since George W. Bush became President of the United States of America, Planet Earth, unnamed solar system, Milky Way galaxie, etc., etc.

The negligence (or worse) that led to the September 11, 2001 attacks is one grand farce.

The invasion and occupation of Afghanistan has been one grand farce, as is now becoming clear.

The invasion and occupation of Iraq has been one grand farce.

Abu Ghraib is one grand farce.

Guantanamo Bay is one grand farce.

The destruction of Fallujah is one grand farce, all by itself.

The negligence (or worse) that led to the Hurricane Katrina disaster is one ongoing grand farce.

The "Patriot" Act, with its resulting hysterical arrests, imprisonments, prosecutions, and intrusions has been one grand farce.

The so far futile attempts by the Bush crime family to hustle up some mojo for bombing Iran make for one grand farce, but the BCF is not giving up. They have an "ideology."

The Bush White House attempt to smear the reputation of CIA operative Valerie Plame has been one grand farce.

The arrest of Bush's domestic policy adviser for shoplifting hasn't exactly been a grand farce, but it certainly adds to the farcical nature of the Bush crime family.

The arrest of the deputy press officer of Homeland Security for child enticement doesn't qualify as one grand farce, but it certainly adds to the farcical nature of the Bush crime family.

The arrest of former White House budget official David H. Safavian for lying to investigators and obstructing a federal inquiry is not a grand farce, but certainly adds to the farcical nature of the Bush crime family.

The existence of an entire television network,Fox, as a propaganda vehicle for a criminal organization is one grand farce. I don't subscribe to cable, so I am spared of seeing the gargoyles, the rakshasas who menace the bandwidths all day every day.

Just today we learned that it was Bush himself who authorized the exposure of CIA agent Valerie Plame, an act of treason.

The President of the United States is a traitor, just like Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Just like Benedict Arnold. Just like Judas.

It is one grand farce to have an ongoing traitor as President of the United States.

But worse than all these farces is the Bush crime family's denial of and refusal to do anything about Climate Change, also known as Global Warming. The people of Planet Earth will be paying for a long time for this active negligence.

The surreal beauty of it all is mind-boggling. Here's the dynamic: Our ruling elite chose to illegally invade Iraq, based on lies, extortion, bribery, and media hysteria. The war turned out to be a debacle, just like anyone with any sense predicted. Our national debt has balooned, now in the vicinity of $9 trillion. Our military is stretched thin, and is weary from being used as cannon fodder for the Bush crime family's adventure in Iraq. We have a near-completely criminal majority in both houses of our Congress. We have a corrupt Supreme Court. We have a corrupt corporate elite that pours money into the campaign funds of the elected representatives whom they control. We have a corrupt, corportate controlled mass media system, especially in major newspapers, magazines, and broadcast networks.

All of these factors exist in context of the start of the warm season in the Northern Hemisphere of Planet Earth, with floods, tornados, forest fires, drought, and hurricanes all happening with greater frequency.

And the polar ice caps are melting.

It kind of puts the hoped-for execution of the mentally ill "20th hijacker" Zacarias Moussaoui in a bit of perspective, doesn't it? Maybe all we can hope for is a new picture of poor Zac. The orange jump suit shot is getting pretty tiresome.


Blogger JasonSpalding said...

Did you know that the top 30 nations based on dues paid to the United Nations are in a combined debt external as of June 2005 nearly $34 trillion U.S. dollars? With the population of the world given by U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division the debt of every person on the planet is just over $5,000. Norway is the only country that does not have any debts external. My question is who holds the debt?

4/07/2006 10:57 AM  
Blogger John Hamilton said...

I don't get many comments to this blog, so when I do, it's easy to respond. In this case, I find it curious that of all the aspects of the harm done by the Bush crime family, someone would pick the National Debt, and try to do a little sidestep, two-step, fandango, hokey-pokey to trivialize the issue.

I did some Web searching, and couldn't find anything that mentions that "the top 30 nations based on dues paid to the United Nations are in a combined debt external as of June 2005 nearly $34 trillion U.S. dollars." If there were a link, URL, reference to some source of the information, legitimate or otherwise, the alleged fact might be worth considering.

As far as who holds the debt, one place to look is http://www.answerbag.com/q_view.php/46296 . Another is http://www.publicdebt.treas.gov/opd/opdpdodt.htm . Still another is http://www.optimist123.com/optimist/2005/11/pie_chart_of_wh.html . Still another is http://www.concordcoalition.org/doc/crs-debt-basics.pdf .

You can read these offerings and make your own conclusions. The National Debt is a subject all its own, and I may write about it some day. Suffice it to say that spending a lot more than you bring in has consequences for individuals and for nations. If we have a viable country after all the serious problems of Climate Change, the unsustainability of our economic system, overpopulation, disease, and environmental destruction have been solved, maybe some enterprising social scientist will be able to sift out the influence of the national debt from the other factors.

For now, our priority should be getting sane, competent, law-abiding, civilized leadership at all levels of government. We don't have the luxury of ego masturbation when it comes to the serious problems we face.

4/07/2006 6:18 PM  

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