Relentless
Review: By Ban Tasers
"On Friday, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley denounced the conditions of Bradley Manning's detention as, 'ridiculous, counterproductive and stupid,' forcing President Obama to address those comments, in a Press Conference, and defend the treatment of Manning. Today, CNN reports, Crowley has 'abruptly resigned' under 'pressure from White House officials because of controversial comments he made last week about the Bradley Manning case.' In other words, he was forced to 'resign' -- i.e., fired. So, in Barack Obama's administration, it's perfectly acceptable to abuse an American citizen in detention, who has been convicted of nothing, by consigning him to 23-hour-a-day solitary confinement, barring him from exercising in his cell, punitively imposing "suicide watch" restrictions on him, against the recommendations of brig psychiatrists, and subjecting him to prolonged, forced nudity, designed to humiliate and degrade. But speaking out against that abuse is a firing offense. Good to know. As Matt Yglesias just put it: 'Sad statement about America that P.J. Crowley is the one being forced to resign over Bradley Manning.' And as David Frum added: 'Crowley firing: one more demonstration of my rule: Republican pols fear their base, Dem pols despise it.' Of course, it's also the case in Barack Obama's world that those who instituted a worldwide torture and illegal eavesdropping regime are entitled to full-scale presidential immunity, while powerless individuals who blow the whistle on high-level wrongdoing and illegality are subjected to the most aggressive campaign of prosecution and persecution the country has ever seen. So protecting those who are abusing Manning, while firing Crowley for condemning the abuse, is perfectly consistent with the President's sense of justice."
(-Glen Greenwald)

"Your uniform looks so hideous, I'm so fabulous, it's ridiculous..."
(-David Johansen)

"They're not forgiving you....and you're not even wrong..."
(-Morrissey)

"I always thought the point of evidence was that if you didn't have enough, you're not allowed to keep them in prison. It's one of the many differences we have in this country between prisons and zoos."
(-Jon Stewart)

"We need somebody who makes sure this democracy stays alive that it's not just a plutocracy, which means a government run by the people who have money."
(-Susan Sarandon)

"The whole world has been inspired by what happened in Tunisia and in Egypt and throughout the Middle East. And while their problems are different than ours, the spirit is the same. And we need a pro-democracy movement in this country, badly, right now. Not next week, now."
( Michael Moore on Democracy Now!)

"Clarence Thomas must recuse himself from any deliberations related to health care reform. The facts are simple: the Thomas household has profited from opposition to health care reform."
(-Rep. Anthony Wiener)
SWIMMING IN THE ABYSS...
Both wings of the permanent war-party, the ceaselessly corrupt Congress, the secret spy agencies, the corporations, the media-monopolies, the nefarious Supreme Court, and the last string of extremist, rightwing, Presidents, have undermined the Fourth Amendment, openly allow rendition and torture, and spy on every one of us, insisting they shall grope our bodies, radiate us in the air-ports, keep us all on watch-lists, for resisting imperial wars for hegemony, or for even inquiring about the inhumane abuse of Bradley Manning, Chem-Trails, Haarp, advanced Tesla technologies, potentially, being exploited by secretive disaster-capitalists to manipulate the weather, etc. They've totally done away with the Geneva Conventions, Bill Of Rights, Habeas Corpus, and the Posse Comitatus Act-each time one of us allows ourselves to receive a dose of cancer-inducing, airport radiation, for the sake of convenience, while continuing to travel by air, from one of those porno-imaging scanners, we are putting more money into the pocket of Michael Chertoff, the former head of the DHS, under Bush, who owns the company that manufactures them, covertly lobbied for them, and happily profits from whatever happened back on 9/11. Now, the Right-wing is busting the right to collective-bargaining, ramming through more bullshit legislation, against the will of the people, effectively, breaking up the public sector unions, so only corporations will have any power. Obama supported gigantic tax cuts for the top one percent, while quietly cutting funding to the elderly, sick, and poor, continuing the Bush/Cheney agenda of robbing from the poor to give to the rich. Those who routinely watch cable-TV, often, see no problem with any of this. The Discovery Channel is like one long, constant, public-relations infomercial for Swat Teams, marines, corrections officers, and special forces. All we hear about on cable is how the "drug-warring", militant, police-state, that's stripping us of all our most basic civil liberties, while having zero regard for human rights, in it's multiplying wars of aggression, is somehow "keeping us safe". A smiling Katie Couric will always, always, brightly, reassure you that the TSA thugs are squeezing your breasts for the sake of "homeland security". They're looking for Bin Ladin in some anti-war activist's underwear drawers, in Minneapolis. They tell you they're torturing war prisoners for patriotism and Jesus. Former Democrats, Kerry and Clinton, both agree: they want to expand the wars of occupation. McCain supports water boarding, and making whistle-blowers stand naked, every night. The big-media fraud-casters all tell you that the NSA listening-in to your phone-calls keeps you "free". That poisoning the air, water, and soil is good for "creating jobs". That busting-up the rights to organizing trade-unions, for the purpose of collective bargaining, is somehow, "keeping the terrorists from winning". That radiating and fondling your kids is a necessary step in locating Saddam's "weapons of mass destruction". That those eleven, cave-dwelling, Ay-rabs with box-cutters, officially responsible for the demolition of the Towers and building number seven, in NYC, a decade ago, must be punished, by the security apparatus constantly monitoring U.S. citizens, raiding peace activist's homes, holding people indefinitely, with no charges, and by fondling all ticket-buying passengers in airports. TV watching Americans continue to pay good money for all this abuse, many continue to fly. Since there was little to no outcry, during the holidays, over the TSA's "enhanced-interrogation" procedures, the Chertoff Group, will soon be installing more porno-imaging scanners-in courthouses, bus stations, schools, and city halls. Again, the TV watchers all proudly proclaim that none of this bothers them, that they've got nothing to hide, it's just like going to the dentist office without the big protective lead-cape, that there's a budget crisis, and it's all just to protect us, from the immigrant drug-lords, and that dastardly Al Qaeda. Obama extended the Patriot Act, and the yuppies all shrug their shoulders, smile, and say, "It doesn't bother me!" Doctor Phil and Doctor Drew, and the old bouncer from the "Jerry Springer Show", all agree that recreational drug-users should be tasered, lie-detector-tested, and promptly incarcerated, in privatized, for-profit prisons...unless, of course, they are politicians, heiresses, executives, rightwing millionaires, or employees of the police state. Then, it would be a classified matter of free speech, and national security. A relative of Bush can drink, party, snort Peru, and still hold office, but a poor, or black Marijuana user ought to be roughed up by steroid-abusing SWAT teams and imprisoned for the voyeuristic amusement of middle-class families, who cheerfully pay over a hundred dollars a month for cable. It IS like ancient Rome. Fox News broadcasts brazen bullshit and hardcore far-right, pro-war, corporatist propaganda, night and day. When a whistle-blower leaks video of the random assassination of innocent children, in obscene wars of unjust occupation, he is kidnapped by the government, and treated like a Muslim. The white collar criminals of B.P., and Wall Street walk free, while human right's activists lap-tops are commonly seized for fun and profit, by DHS agents, and various members of the military and law-enforcement, who have casually disregarded their former oaths to defend the Constitution. Americans prefer to discuss primetime "adult cartoons", how Charlie Sheen must be blacklisted, urine and blood-tested, home-invaded, and possibly, water-boarded, for defying his corporate overlords, and will Kirstie Alley have a chance against the Karate Kid, on this season's "Dancing With The Stars"?

Gore Vidal, Dennis Kucinich, Noam Chomsky, even Ron Paul, all warn us this nation is slipping, quickly, in to a full-on military-dictatorship. We've all heard about the FEMA camps. Meanwhile, the fully complicit, media-monopolies (the fawning corporate media") incessantly, repeat these same old Shock-Doctrine 101 playbook mantras around the clock: "Budget Crisis", "Fighting Terror", "War On Drugs", "National Security", and "Natural Disaster", but you hear next to nothing about the real and actual threats posed, by the secretive-elites, who are committing non-stop human rights violations, atrocities in the occupations, and ecological crimes against the population of the U.S., and the many other nations the corporate empire now occupies. The partisan Supreme Court, who rolled out the red carpet for the police-state coup, with it's illegitimate reappointment of the Bush family, back in the day, has also, now ruled, that families can not sue vaccine makers, for dirty vaccines, even if they cause permanent damage to their children. The big vaccine and prescription drug companies bribe university researchers, the entire big-media, doctors, and politicians to allow this sort of unjustifiable outrage, while "we, the people", get no real say, at all. The taser manufacturers and the company that builds the porno-scanning, x-ray vans, now being deployed in our towns and cities, to randomly porno-scan citizens, for "national security" and to "fight terror", have their own politician-greasing, lobbyists, too. "Just Cause" is a thing of the past. Obviously, not all cops are bad guys. Eddie Money was a cop. But if your gonna take money and wear a badge, and carry a gun, I'd think you'd want to first consider exactly, who, your chain of command, actually, protects and serves. Plenty of veterans are leaving the military and joining the people, you just never hear from the peace movement, on TV. Fake Democrat, Obama, is allowing the military to inflict cruel and unusual punishments on alledged whistle-blower, PFC Bradley Manning, to scare other potential whistle-blowers from reporting war-crimes, and embarrassing the government, or the Blackwater mercenaries. Go to Bradley Manning Dot Com.

While the Koch-Heads and Wal-Mart operatives, and Heritage Foundation shadow-empire, unrepentantly, endeavor to bust the unions, and these mysterious "natural catastrophes", like earthquakes and tsunamis, under unnatural cloud formations, suddenly plague all the nations, Obama golfs, and makes self-congratulatory small-talk with his pollsters, and fawning-handlers. He's sadly, not in anyway, a liberal, or a progressive. His whole career was steered by shadowy globalists, like Henry Kissinger, and the rightwing think-tank, Nixon kooks and spooks. Ralph Nader warned us the corporate Democrats were serving the same interests as the Bush Bunch. The complacent middle-classers accused Nader of being a right-wing tool. "WHAT???!!!" Look at Obama's actual actions. He's accelerated the pace of the entire Dick Cheney agenda. It's heartbreaking and diabolical. Imagine what a force for good he might have been. Who's the real rightwing tool? YEP. Read 'em and weep. Feel free to add endless war hawks, John Kerry, and the Clintons to that list. Stand with labor, demand that those State Department human rights violators, Clinton and Gates, immediately free Pvt. Manning, help to recall the Fascist Republican Eight, and ORGANIZE THIRD PARTIES.
WHAT WOULD BILL HICKS SAY?
Bill Hicks would talk to you, just like I am right now, except, he always promised you the pay-off of whacky "dick jokes", at the end. Not me, kids, no time to fuck around with dick jokes anymore, we have got to get focused, repeal the Patriot Act, recall the Republican eight, no time for frat boy yuks. Noam Chomsky says Obama is worse than Bush. Cornel West warns us he's a "puppet of the Wall St. Oligarchy". They are stripping all of our social safety nets, disregarding any moral obligations to help the weakest, outlawing dissent, fondling air passengers, insisting another war is somehow, "not a war" ....If veiny purple dick jokes and Adam Sandler/South Park fart humor is your thang, just skip my columns, here, and pay more attention to plaigiaristic, no soul, greedy bastids, like that rightwing orifice Dennis Miller-wellpaid cheerleader of the New World Order, and mainstream TV celebrity, Dennis Leary, who both built their ruthless, dick joking, careers on ripping off Bill Hicks, without maintaining even a sliver of his "relentless" dedication to courageous truth-telling, and soul-baring compassion. We, here, at PUNK GLOBE, represent the other faction: Love All The People.