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Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 09:15 AM PST

The Big Chill

by Michael Alton Gottlieb

I want to sign the white house petition to give clemency to Edward Snowden, but I don't. I am afraid. I am precisely what the government wants me to be; paralyzed with fear. I know with certainty that public support for a prominent figure which my government has declared a traitorous criminal and political enemy of the United States, could definitely have consequences later.

Remember back in the 1950s when McCarthy and other drunkards went on a wild snipe-hunt rampage against artists and intellectuals because critical thinking was a communist conspiracy? Of course you do. They've made movies about it. Didn't George Clooney do one? The cretins dug around in garbage bins and blackmailed confessions out of junkies to hunt down free thinkers and critics of The American Way.

So it's not so farfetched somewhere down the line I could be declared a terror-loving, non-combatant Enemy of the State and rounded up (if not droned on sight) and sent to one of them FEMA camps patrolled by black helicopters and be made to iron the bedsheets for the nearby Holiday Inn Express where all the families stay when they visit all us enemies of the state encamped in detention for exercising our suppressed and illegal inalienable right to think for ourselves.

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Nothing says more about Americans than the collective yawn (present company excluded) as regards the revelation of a massive surveillance state whereby all are guilty of being a potential enemy of the state. We're all citizens of a pre-crime regime. Or Cheney's One Percent Doctrine.

Sure, the chattering classes and the political class enjoy a game of sanitized mud wrestling – all to eventually support and justify the status quo – the THREAT means we have to sacrifice our inalienable rights.

But where is the demonstration of conscience by “regular” people? Where is the protest of shutting off patronage to the corporations who collude with the venal American government in crimes against humanity? Where is the fight against the fascist military state which has squandered our good name and trillions of dollars to fight Quixote's windmills pillaging for profit?

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Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 08:17 AM PST

The Gun Debate Ramble

by Michael Alton Gottlieb

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

The only guns I've ever owned were toys. To pretend-kill with. Boys love to pretend-kill and pretend-die. And pretend-save-the-day.

As an adult I've never owned a gun. Didn't trust myself. I'm a right-brained artist who wears his emotions on his sleeve. How many gun murders are crimes of passion? Emotions in chaos. Wild rage. Jealous anguish. Paranoid delusions. And how many mass-murder/murder-suicides are committed in spite of anti-depressants and other psychological pharmaceuticals in use to 'help' a potential human time-bomb?  

Just because one can own a gun doesn't mean one should.

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My wife was fuming this morning reading the headlines of Republicans pushing back with their usual clueless bombast on Obama's budget negotiation (Which for the record I am completely against. Unless Defense, the biggest 'entitlement', is on the table, the whole thing is a sham.)

But, my wife, who was clearly miffed, said the utter truth: They Lost.

The Republicans lost. Big time. They didn't lose because their candidates sucked. They lost because their policies suck; and now after all this to begin their stubborn, ignorant obstruction all over again; there is only one solution: Lock up the GOP and throw away the key.

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Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 09:35 AM PST

Meanwhile...

by Michael Alton Gottlieb

A kid has to apologize cuz he disrespected his elders by calling their entertainment product “filth.” Which doesn't begin to describe most everything these days; from our politics to sports to entertainment it all seems rather less than squeaky clean.

Meanwhile...

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Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 06:46 AM PST

Kabuki Economics

by Michael Alton Gottlieb

The Negotiation going on to avoid the 'fiscal cliff' is all about what gets cut from the budget without causing massive riots on the streets of America. Because make no mistake, this grand bargain, is all about AUSTERITY.

Austerity is a buzzword for stealing from the poor and giving to the rich. Reverse-Robin Hood Economics. We've seen waves of austerity hysteria hit the streets of Europe for good reason. Austerity does not lead to growth, it leads to paying back banks so they don't close down your society. And they can.

What we are witnessing in the US is Grand Kabuki Politics. It's a show. It's the classic debate between Republicans and Democrats: Tax increases versus spending cuts and now through the genius of two-party tyranny, we get both.

When we shouldn't need either.

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Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 08:33 AM PST

The End is Near

by Michael Alton Gottlieb

The end is near and has been for a long time. That's the thing about the end; it's a long time coming. We know it's coming, but the end is always just around the bend of time.

Until now. Now the end really is near. Nigh. The end is nigh.

And a good thing too for all the Apocalyptics, Mayan New-Agers and Mckennian time-wave theorists.

Not a moment too soon as they say.

And how can we tell the end really is near this time?

Four horses galloping.

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The Debt is Holy
And Must Be Paid!
A sacred trust
when a contract's made.
The Debt is Holy
And must be paid.
Anon.

"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs."
Thomas Jefferson

I seriously doubt when the Founders enshrined the rights of private property in the Constitution, they imagined a world where all the private and public property had been gobbled up by a few big banks and the corporations which grew up around them. Oh wait, they did.
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A wave is coming; a tidal wave of catastrophe. A fiscal tsunami to wipe away 2008. A crackling, burning caldron of apocalypse. A paycheck away from collapse. A road rage away from civil war. Doom. A human time-bomb around every corner with his own personal military-industrial-complex.  

And Barack Obama who never has to run for President again is the leader of what is euphemistically (sad to say) called “the Free World.”

What will he do?

Here is what I want him to do:

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Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 10:50 AM PDT

The Game of Politics

by Michael Alton Gottlieb

It's good to win. As Americans, with our culture of sports, politics and corporate ladders, we are taught early to compete often. Life is competition. We compete for position, money, love. Isn't the classic drama - a love triangle? To win the girl is a boy's ultimate victory. It's good to win.

But is it like the legendary coach Vince Lomabardi said: Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing?

I think too many have taken Coach's words to heart. But the Coach was talking about a game played on a field with rules, timekeepers and men in plastic armor.

Life is not a game.

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I didn't watch the debate. I was working and if I weren't I'd probably watch for a few minutes until I couldn't stand it anymore, then turn it off. These debates are like watching car crashes. It's why people watch NASCAR; they want to see someone crash and burn.

But I did catch some of post-debate spin on CNN. That's where I learned Romney whipped the President's ass who didn't show up, blah, blah, blah, but the quickest thing I learned because EVERYONE said so is “we have a real horserace now!”

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Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 02:17 PM PDT

Bibi's Queeg Moment

by Michael Alton Gottlieb

It's so funny, except it's so tragic. As national leaders go, there is no shortage of charlatans in the world, pompous hot-air balloons who believe the world spins around the sun of their greatness. There are plenty of purveyors of the Big Lie (War is Peace, Slavery is Freedom); most do it for money. Some leaders are ideologues, zealots who believe with all their hearts the most bat-shit-crazy stuff.

Then there is the Emperor Without Clothes.  A buffoon, puffed up on vanity and sycophants. Emphasis on psycho.

Alas, the Prime Minister of Israel is one of these.

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