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      wReck thiS meSS ~ Radio Patapoe 88.3 ~ Amsterdam

      Ethno-Illogical Psycho-Radiographies: 994/5*: Outside Possibility /
      JFK Still Dead
      PTP in the ether: 88.3FM
      Where purity & puerility are synonymous
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      19/26 November 2007 // 17.00-19.00

      "I have never been able to become sentimental over a home for
      beggar orphans, though coming of a race of sentimentalists who
      chatter nonsense to God when their very lives are in ruin."
      o Jim Tully, "Beggars of Life: A Hobo Autobiography," AK Press [thanx Grrt-jan]

      "a kind heart is a sad heritage of which all the ills of life do not
      rob a person"
      o Jim Tully

      Basketball superstar Michael Jordan has been cited as saying: 'What
      Phil [Knight] and Nike have done is turn me into a dream' (cited in
      Naomi Klein, 2000: 52). A rather well paid dream, as he was paid
      US$20 million for endorsing Nike shoes in 1992, exceeding the total
      wages of the entire Indonesian workforce involved in the
      manufacturing of Nike products.
      o Jeroen Merk

      19.11.07

      Red Swan + Save the Animals > Animal Action League vs Susumu Yokota
      Plateau > Susumu Yokota
      Fairy Link > Susumu Yokota
      Audiometric vs Wreck This Mess > Black Sifichi vs b/art
      Ete03 > Heller [3]
      Unearthed > Micheline Roi
      Jnu04.2 > Heller
      Amtrak Train 170 > James Welling
      Togglorch > Heller
      Traveline > Joan
      The Mouse and the Cat > Cocoon
      Triahotala > Stimmhorn
      Mirologhil > Demetrios Stratos
      Moondance > Welsh, Hess & Hinger
      Vibration Ruling the Nation > Liquid Stranger
      An > If, Bwana
      + Intro Juchzer Improvisation > Christian Zehnder
      My Head Was Spinning with Titles > Stephen Vitiello
      Det Amtmann > Noldi Alder
      Issue > If, Bwana
      El Lute > Boney M
      917 > Marcello Radulovich
      Blood on my Hands > Shackleton vs Ricardo Villalobos
      Still Random or Burial of Music > Rothkamm
      917 > Marcello Radulovich
      Los Angeles or LATV > Rothkamm
      Confusion / Mutants > Liquid Stranger
      Miel > Marcello Radulovich

      ---

      26.11.07 JFK is Dead [in multi-rotation]

      "Politics is made up of two words. Poli, which is Greek for many, and
      tics, which are bloodsucking insects."
      * Gore Vidal [courtesy of Paul Moor]

      Pendulum WTM intro > Black Sifichi vs b/art
      Ambiance Aeroport / Playtime > Jacques Tati & Francis Lemarque
      C8: Can (N) on > Ryoji Ikeda
      Vibration Ruling the Nation > Liquid Stranger
      Tomar y Provocar > Pentole & Computer
      Cape San de Lumiere > Olga
      Hannah (the most beautiful person I think I have ever seen) > Osymyso
      Djarum Express > Liquid Stranger
      Ready Salted? > Osymyso
      Cook n Curry > Liquid Stranger
      Lights Out > Radio Yesterday
      A Birth Certificate is Nothing but a Death Warrant > Melvin van Peebles
      JFK Assassination > Word is the Bird 27:17
      Things You're Not Supposed to Know > Jane Bond
      Something is wrong2 > Witness
      Thanksgiving Prayer > William Burroughs
      so why echoRAW > B/art 0:06
      Something has happened > Reportage
      The Day John Kennedy Died > Lou Reed
      Power Already Knows The Truth > Ward Churchill
      Survival / Black Survivor > Chuck D & Bob Marley
      This Land is Your Land > Woody Guthrie
      #23 ("The Lay Of Ike") > John Berryman
      Dubbing Psycho Thriller > Lee 'Scratch' Perry
      That Was the President > Phil Ochs
      Steroid Conspiracy > B/art
      Would You Sell Out Your Country? > Lenny Bruce
      Bing Bang Boom They Saved Hitler's Brain [1989] > B/art
      Flag-Waving American > Stanczak Family
      Kings of the Road > Roger Miller

      Why do I do an annual JFK is dead special radio show [this is my 10th
      believe]. Because it must serve as an audio precautionary tale of
      gigantic proportions. JFK was no hero of mine but he did have some
      twitches that made it seem he might do some good things after all,
      despite his instincts. And it was these merest hints of twitches of
      gestures that made it seem he might be prone to thinking of
      normalizing relations with Cuba or doing some other insane things
      like questioning military buildups in places like Vietnam. It was
      just hints of moral qualms that got him hit [not by Oswald!] but by a
      strange consortium of like-thinking gangsters composed of special
      interest mongers in the FBI, CIA and Mafia. That the papers don't get
      examined for 50 years after his death is some proof of the
      potnetially destabilizing effects that the evidence would have on our
      shaky BELIEF system - where you believe beyond believability [like
      religion almost] and if that is shaken all hell can break loose [or
      that is the fear and that is why papers like this are locked away for
      50 yrs so that all the guilty parties will be dead and most of those
      with any memory of the event will be too.

      The Kennedy Assasination: The Nixon-Bush Connection By Paul Kangas
      for The Realist [courtesy of Brad-Lay]

      A newly discovered FBI document reveals that George Bush [Sr] was
      directly involved in the 1963 murder of President John Kennedy. The
      document places Bush working with the now-famous CIA agent, Felix
      Rodriguez, recruiting right-wing Cuban exiles for the invasion of
      Cuba. It was Bush's CIA job to organize the Cuban community in Miami
      for the invasion. The Cubans were trained as marksmen by the CIA.
      Bush at that time lived in Texas. Hopping from Houston to Miami
      weekly, Bush spent 1960 and '61 recruiting Cubans in Miami for the
      invasion. That is how he met Felix Rodriguez.

      You may remember Rodriguez as the Iran-contra CIA agent who received
      the first phone call telling the world the CIA plane flown by Gene
      Hasenfus had crashed in Nicaragua. As soon as Rodriguez heard that
      the plane crashed, he called his long-time CIA supervisor, George
      Bush. Bush denied being in the contra loop, but investigators
      recently obtained copies of Oliver North's diary, which documents
      Bush's role as a CIA supervisor of the contra supply network.

      In 1988 Bush told Congress he knew nothing about the illegal supply
      flights until 1987, yet North's diary shows Bush at the first
      planning meeting Aug. 6, 1985. Bush's "official" log placed him
      somewhere else. Such double sets of logs are intended to hide Bush's
      real role in the CIA; to provide him with "plausible deniability."
      The problem is, it fell apart because too many people, like North and
      Rodriguez, have kept records that show Bush's CIA role back to the
      1961 invasion of Cuba. (Source: The Washington Post, 7/10/90).

      That is exactly how evidence was uncovered placing George Bush
      working with Felix Rodriguez when JFK was killed. A memo from FBI
      head J. Edgar Hoover was found, stating that, "Mr. George Bush of the
      CIA had been briefed on November 23rd, 1963 about the reaction of
      anti-Castro Cuban exiles in Miami to the assassination of President
      Kennedy. (Source: The Nation, 8/13/88).

      On the day of the assassination Bush was in Texas, but he denies
      knowing exactly where he was. Since he had been the supervisor for
      the secret Cuban teams, headed by former Cuban police commander Felix
      Rodriguez, since 1960, it is likely Bush was also in Dallas in 1963.
      Several of the Cubans he was supervising as dirty-tricks teams for
      Nixon, were photographed in the Zagruder film.

      In 1959 Rodriguez was a top cop in the Cuban government under
      Batista. When Batista was overthrown and fled to Miami, Rodriguez
      went with him, along with Frank Sturgis and Rafael Quintero.
      Officially, Rodriguez didn't join the CIA until 1967, after the CIA
      invasion of Cuba, in which he participated, and the assassination of
      JFK. But records recently uncovered show he actually joined the CIA
      in 1961 for the invasion of Cuba when he was recruited by George
      Bush. That is how Rodriguez claims he became a "close personal friend
      of Bush."
      Then "officially" Rodriguez claims he quit the CIA in 1976, just
      after he was sent to prison for his role in the Watergate burglary.
      However, according to Rolling Stone reporters Kohn & Monks (11/3/88),
      Rodriguez still goes to CIA headquarters monthly to receive
      assignments and have his blue 1987 bulletproof Cadillac serviced.
      Rodriguez was asked by a Rolling Stone reporter where he was the day
      JFK was shot, and claims he can't remember.

      George Bush claims he never worked for the CIA until he was appointed
      director by former Warren Commission director and then President
      Jerry Ford, in 1976. Logic suggests that is highly unlikely. Of
      course, Bush has a company duty to deny being in the CIA. The CIA is
      a secret organization. No one ever admits to being a member. The
      truth is that Bush has been a top CIA official since before the 1961
      invasion of Cuba, working with Felix Rodriguez. Bush may deny his
      actual role in the CIA in 1959, but there are records in the files of
      Rodriguez and others involved in the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba
      that expose Bush's role. The corporations would not put somebody in
      charge of all the state secrets held by the CIA unless he was
      experienced and well trained in the CIA. (Source: Project Censored
      Report, Feb 1989, Dr Carl Jensen, Sonoma State College).

      Recently I interviewed former CIA liaison officer L. Fletcher Prouty.
      He is a consultant for the excellent new movie on how the CIA killed
      JFK, being made by Oliver Stone. He told me that one of the projects
      he did for the CIA was in 1961 to deliver US Navy ships from a Navy
      ship yard to the CIA agents in Guatemala planning the invasion of
      Cuba. He said he delivered three ships to a CIA agent named George
      Bush, who had the 3 ships painted to look like they were civilian
      ships. That CIA agent then named the 3 ships after: his wife, his
      home town and his oil company. He named the ships: Barbara, Houston &
      Zapata. Any book on the history of the Bay of Pigs will prove the
      names of those 3 ships. Again, this is more finger prints of George
      Bush's involvement in the Bay of Pigs invasion. Yet Bush denies his
      role in this great adventure. Why would Bush be so shy about his role
      in this war? What is the secret? Is there something dirty about this
      war that Bush & Nixon don't want the public to know about?

      Answer: Yes there is. The same people involved in the Bay of Pigs
      were the people involved in the Watergate burglary. Why was the
      Watergate burgalarized [sic]? The CIA was trying to plug up a
      possible news leak. They were trying to stop the Democrats from
      publishing the photos of Hunt & Sturgis under arrest for the murder
      of JFK (May 7, 1977, SF Chronicle.)

      Presently, there is a law suit attempting to force the government to
      release the records about the Bay of Pigs invasion. Why are those
      documents still secret? Why are they locked in the National Archives
      along with all the photos from [the] Dallas assassination of JFK? Why
      are the 4000 hours of Watergate tapes in which Nixon is babbling
      about the mysterious connections between the Bay of Pigs, Dallas and
      Watergate also being sealed in the National Archives? Is it because
      all three incidents are connected?

      Yes. We must demand the secret files on these 3 cases be released
      now. For a copy of the petition to release the files, please write
      to: Paul Kangas, private investigator, POB 422644, SF, Ca 94142.
      Thanks to Oliver Stone's blockbuster new movie on JFK there is now
      sufficient national movement to reopen all these cases. The White
      House fears Stone's new movie so much that they have hired more CIA
      journalists to slander the movie & Stone. Don't fall for it. Every
      serious investigator now agrees that Oswald did not shoot JFK. That
      James Earl Ray did not shoot Dr. Martin Luther King and that Sirhan
      Sirhan did not shoot Robert Kennedy. These cases must be reopened so
      that Sirhan and Ray can be set free. The only bar that keeps Sirhan
      in prison is the tremendous anti-arab racism in Americans: in both
      blacks & whites.

      According to a biography of Richard Nixon, his close personal and
      political ties with the Bush family go back to 1941 when Nixon claims
      he read an ad in an LA newspaper, placed by a wealthy group of
      businessmen, led by Prescot Bush, the father of George Bush. They
      wanted a young, malleable candidate to run for Congress. Nixon
      applied for the position and won the job. Nixon became a mouthpiece
      for the Bush group. (Source: Freedom Magazine, 1986, L.F. Prouty). In
      fact, Prescot Bush is credited with creating the winning ticket of
      Eisenhower-Nixon in 1952.(Source: George Bush, F. Green, Hipocrene,
      1988).

      Newly discovered FBI documents prove that Jack Ruby had been an
      employee of Richard Nixon since 1947. [In] that FBI document Ruby is
      listed as working as a spy & hit man for Nixon. On Nov. 22, 63 Ruby
      was seen by a woman who knew him well, Julian Ann Mercer,
      approximately an hour before the arrival of JFK's motorcade,
      unloading a man carrying a rifle in a case at the Grassy Knoll from
      his car. Ruby later was seen on national TV killing a witness who
      could link Nixon & Bush to the killing of JFK: Oswald. On the Trail
      of the Assassins, Garrison, p xiii. Richard Nixon was Vice President
      from 1952 until 1960. In fact, Nixon was given credit for planning
      Operation 40, the secret 1961 invasion of Cuba, during his 1959
      campaign for President After Batista was kicked out by the starving
      people of Cuba, and Fidel Castro came to power, Castro began telling
      American corporations they would have to pay Cuban employees decent
      wages. Even worse, Pepsi Cola was told it would now have to pay world
      market prices for Cuban sugar.

      Pepsi, Ford Motor Co., Standard Oil and the Mafia drug dealers
      decided Fidel had to be removed since his policies of requiring
      corporations to pay market wages was hurting their profits. So the
      corporations asked then Vice-President Nixon to remove Fidel. Nixon
      promised he would, just as soon as he'd won the 1960 elections
      against some underdog, an unknown Democrat named John Kennedy. It
      would be an easy victory for Nixon. The polls had Nixon winning by a
      landslide. Besides, Kennedy was a Catholic, and Americans would no
      more elect a Catholic President than they would elect a woman, a
      black or a Jew. This was 1959.

      Nixon told Pepsi, Standard Oil and other corporations who lost
      property given back to the farmers of Cuba, that if they would help
      him win, he would authorize an invasion to remove Castro. To further
      impress contributors to his campaign, then Vice-President Nixon asked
      the CIA to create Operation 40, a secret plan to invade Cuba, just as
      soon as he won. The CIA put Texas millionaire and CIA agent George
      Bush in charge of recruiting Cuban exiles into the CIA's invasion
      army. Bush was working with another Texas oilman, Jack Crichton, to
      help him with the invasion. A fellow Texan, Air Force General Charles
      Cabel, was asked to coordinate the air cover for the invasion.

      Most of the CIA leadership around the invasion of Cuba seems to have
      been people from Texas. A whole Texan branch of the CIA is based in
      the oil business. If we trace Bush's background in the Texas oil
      business we discover his two partners in the oil-barge leasing
      business: Texan Robert Mosbacher and Texan James Baker. Mosbacher is
      now Secretary of Commerce and Baker is Secretary of State, the same
      job Dulles held when JFK was killed. (Source: Common Cause magazine,
      3-4/90).

      On the Watergate tapes, June 23, 1972, referred to in the media as
      the "smoking gun" conversation, Nixon and his Chief of Staff, H.R.
      Haldeman, discussed how to stop the FBI investigation into the CIA
      Watergate burglary. They were worried that the investigation would
      expose their conection to "the Bay of Pigs thing." Haldeman, in his
      book The Ends of Power, reveals that Nixon always used code words
      when talking about the 1963 murder of JFK. Haldeman said Nixon would
      always refer to the assassination as "the Bay of Pigs."

      On that transcript we find Nixon discussing the role of George Bush's
      partner, Robert Mosbacher, as one of the Texas fundraisers for Nixon.
      On the tapes Nixon keeps refering to the "Cubans" and the "Texans."
      The "Texans" were Bush, Mosbacher and Baker. This is another direct
      link between Bush and evidence linking Nixon and Bush to the Kennedy
      assassination.

      In the same discussion Nixon links "the Cubans," "the Texans,"
      "Helms," "Hunt," "Bernard Barker," Robert "Mosbacher" and "the Bay of
      Pigs." Over and over on the Watergate tapes, these names come up
      around the discussion of the photos from Dallas that Nixon was trying
      to obtain when he ordered the CIA to burglarize the Watergate.
      (Source: Three Men and a Barge", Teresa Riordan, Common Cause
      magazine, March/April 1990, and San Francisco Chronicle, May 7,1977,
      interview with Frank Sturgis in which he stated that "the reason we
      burglarized the Watergate was because Nixon was interested in
      stopping news leaking related to the photos of our role in the
      assassination of President John Kennedy.")

      After Nixon's landslide victory in 1972, he knew he had to centralize
      all power into the White House to keep his faction in power, not only
      to hold power, but to prevent the media from digging into how he
      secretly shot his way into the White House, just like Hitler shot his
      way into control of Germany. The first thing Nixon did was to demand
      signed resignations of his entire government. "Eliminate everyone,"
      he told John Ehrlichman about reappointment, "except George Bush.
      Bush will do anything for our cause." (Source: Pledging Allegiance,
      Sidney Blumenthal.)

      The reason why Bush will 'do anything" is because his hands have as
      much of Kennedy's blood on them as do Nixon's, Hunt's, Sturgis's,
      Felix Rodriguez's and Gerald Ford's. This White House gang fears that
      if the public ever realizes how they shot their way into power it
      could set off a spark that would destroy their fragile fraud and land
      them in jail.

      Other famous Watergate members of the CIA invasion that Bush
      recruited were Frank Sturgis, E. Howard Hunt, Bernard Barker and
      Rafael Quintero. Quintero has said publicly that if he ever told what
      he knew about Dallas and the Bay of Pigs, "It would be the biggest
      scandal ever to rock the nation."

      Meanwhile, in 1960, Prescot Bush was running Nixon's campaign. Nixon
      was sent to South Vietnam to assure the French- connection government
      there that if France pulled out, the U.S. would step in to protect
      the drug trade from the GoIden Triangle. (Source: Frontline, 1988,
      "Guns. Drugs and the CIA"; Alexander Cockburn; "Cocaine, the CIA and
      Air America," S.F. Examiner, Feb. 2, '91; The Politics of Heroin in
      Southeast Asia, Alfred McCoy, 1972.)

      In 1959, Vice President Nixon was flying all over the world, acting
      just like presidential material. It was an easy race for Nixon.
      Congressman Jerry Ford was doing a great job fundraising for Nixon,
      as was George Bush. The rich loved Nixon. The media picked up every
      bone Nixon tossed out to them. The biggest problem was that Nixon was
      afraid to speak openly of his plan to invade Cuba. The plan was a
      secret. No sense in alerting Cuba to the coming invasion. But Kennedy
      was taking a harder line on Cuba than Nixon, because Kennedy was not
      aware of the corporate/CIA planned invasion.

      Nixon lost the 1960 race by the smallest margin in history. At first
      Bush, Nixon, Cabel and Hunt decided to just go ahead with the
      invasion, without informing President Kennedy. Then, at the last
      second, at 4 a.m., just two hours before the invasion was set to go,
      General Cabel called JFK and asked for permission to provide U.S. air
      cover for the CIA invasion. Kennedy said no.

      The CIA was furious with JFK but decided to go ahead with their
      private invasion anyway. Due to poor intelligence, the CIA landed at
      the worst possible beach. A swamp. The invasion failed. The CIA lost
      15 of its best men, killed, with another 1100 in Cuban prisons. It
      was the worst single blow the CIA ever suffered. (Source: F. Howard
      Hunt, Give Us This Day.)

      Bush, Nixon and Hunt blamed Cabel for asking Kennedy and blamed
      Kennedy for saying no. They were livid with anger. Nixon's corporate
      sponsors ordered JFK to make any deal necessary to recover the 1100
      CIA agents imprisoned in Cuba. JFK did. Once the CIA had its
      well-trained Cubans back, they decided to continue the invasion of
      Cuba just as soon as they could get rid of that S.O.B. Kennedy. The
      1964 election was fast approaching. Nixon was running against Kennedy
      again. Bush, Ford and Nixon knew that they had to get rid of JFK now,
      or else the Kennedy clan, with Robert and Ted in the wings, could
      control the White House until 1984. They decided not to wait until
      '84 to get back in the White House. The Cuban teams of "shooters"
      began following Kennedy from city to city looking for a window of
      opportunity to shoot from. They came close in Chicago, but couldn't
      get the cooperation of Mayor Daley. But in Dallas they had an ace.
      The mayor was the brother of General Cabel, whom the CIA blamed for
      the failure of the invasion. The general prevailed on his brother,
      Earl, and the motorcade was changed to pass the grassy knoll at 7
      m.p.h. Hunt and Sturgis shot JFK from the grassy knoll. They were
      arrested, photographed and seen by 15 witnesses. But the media turned
      a blind eye to the photos, and for 25 years the world has been
      searching for the truth.

      On the day JFK was murdered, Nixon, Hunt and some of the Watergate
      crew were photographed in Dallas, as were a group of Cubans, one
      holding an umbrella up, like a signal, next to the President's limo
      just as Kennedy was shot. The Cubans can be seen holding up the
      signal umbrella in the Zapruder film and dozens of stills taken
      during the assassination. After the murder they can be seen calmly
      walking away. Nixon denied he was in Dallas that day, but new photos
      and stories prove he was there. Nixon claimed to the FBI he couldn't
      remember where he was when JFK was killed. (Source: FBI memo, Feb.
      23, 1964, published in Coup d'etat in America, Weberman & Canfield).
      Bush, too, claims he can't remember where he was. Jack Anderson did a
      TV special in 1988 proving beyond any shadow of doubt that two of the
      tramps arrested in Dallas behind the grassy knoll were Hunt and
      Sturgis.

      After the murder, former Vice President Nixon asked President Lyndon
      Johnson to appoint Nixon's friend, former FBI agent Jerry Ford, to
      run the Warren Commission. Nixon also asked LBJ to appoint Nixon's
      long-time supporter, Judge Earl Warren, to head the Commission. LBJ
      agreed. Ford interviewed all the witnesses and decided which ones
      would be heard and which ones eliminated. It is no coincidence that
      Nixon selected Ford as his Vice President after Spiro Agnew was
      ousted. When Nixon himself got busted in the Watergate scandal, Earl
      Warren offered to set up another special commission if it would help
      get him out of trouble again. Ford, of course, pardoned Nixon for the
      Watergate burglary but Nixon is still not out of the woods. There are
      4000 hours of Watergate tape. On the June 23, 1972, discussions with
      John Ehrlichman and Haldeman there is clear evidence that Nixon is
      openly "confessing" to hiring Hunt to kill JFK. That is why the
      Watergate "investigation" went into secret session after Congress
      heard some of the tapes. This is why only 12 hours of 4000 hours have
      been released to the public.

      Did Congress realize that Nixon and Bush had openly discussed killing
      JFK for stopping the air cover for the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba?
      Remember, Nixon taped virtually every discussion he had with anyone
      in his inner circle, including Bush, in order to blackmail people
      later. There is a photo of Bush reporting to Nixon in the White House
      in 1968. It will be interesting to see what they were talking about
      on that day, when the full 4000 hours are finally released. The key
      to unlocking the secrets behind the 1963 murder of JFK is hidden in
      the 3988 hours of unreleased White House tapes. Bush was in Dallas
      the day Reagan was shot. (Source: George Bush, F. Green, 1988.) That
      must have given Bush a flashback to November 22,1963.

      Really falling behind in these playlists as life has a way of
      obliterating, over-powering, over-shadowing your ability to document
      it or keep track of it, and thus get some perspective on it. Anyway,
      the elections are upon us. By us I mean the world. I don't know what
      it is like where you are but in NL/Amsterdam, the coverage is front
      page new, in depth, surfacy, all over the place. Sometimes insightful
      but often cautiously/modestly falling for the very hype With an odd
      critical deep gaze periodically excluded, most of the coverage takes
      or granted that they are covering democratic election machinations -
      no mention of the last 2 stolen elections and the heightened
      enthusiasm can't hide the fact that about 48% of Americans have been
      voting in presidential elections. This is not a vote of confidence.
      Free elections are also a relative term. They aren't free, they cost
      millions, billions and if you don't have the cash and/or time to
      spend begging to be elected you can pretty much forget it. Does it
      mean extraordinary people get elected - can happen but mostly it is
      just people with extra-ordinary resources - deep pockets or
      convincing begging tactics.

      Does money buy an election? Not exactly but you can't even be in the
      running if you can't buy the poker chips in the first place - and be
      able to take the time off from work [Senators, congressmen, governors
      are apparently able to take leave while still collecting their
      paychecks]. What makes this election EXTRA undemocratic is the
      APPEARANCE of working democracy - people going crazy over the PEOPLE
      running fro president. You'd think that was good but really it isn't.
      It's gut feelings about personalities, about melodramatic slights, a
      mythological tear etc. Meanwhile the only real alternative candidate
      was denied access to the debates precisely because he is knocking
      heads and sowing discomfort among those who hold tightly the purse
      strings and the puppet strings.

      He's no savior but he is an incredibly interesting candidate and that
      is why he was marginalized. Had any of the candidates Demo or Repubo
      spoken up in his behalf to insist he participate in a show of
      democratic zeal I would have been more inclined to weigh cynicism
      with naivete and come up even BUT in 2 debates coincidentally
      sponsored by a major arms contractor [GE] and a major insurance
      company - 2 thieving sectors of the economy he is most critical of -
      he was denied a place in the debates. Meanwhile the other 3 Dems
      [with Edwards still in] all accepted cash from these sectors of the
      economy who have a vested interest in investing in the winning
      candidate so like a gambler around a roulette table, these characters
      spread their cash across all of the cadidates knowing that their
      money will be well-spent in influence. Coincidence? Doubtful. Here is
      one of the only major sources questioning the election fever.

      Who Will Take On the Banks?

      http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20080122_who_will_take_on_the_bank
      s/ [A Progressive Journal of News and Opinion. Editor, Robert Scheer.
      Publisher, Zuade Kaufman]

      Posted on Jan 22, 2008 By Robert Scheer

      It was smart of the top Democrats to cut presidential candidate Rep.
      Dennis Kucinich out of that South Carolina debate, where they lamely
      attempted to deal with the dire consequences of the banking meltdown
      without confronting the banks. They made all the proper concerned
      noises about millions of folks losing their retirement savings and
      homes, but none was willing to say what Kucinich would have said:
      Bankers are crooks who will steal from the public unless the
      government holds them accountable.

      How do I know Kucinich would have said that? Because I interviewed
      him for the Los Angeles Times back when he was mayor of Cleveland and
      the banks foreclosed on his city after he refused to sell the public
      power plant. Others can talk a populist line, but Kucinich lived it.
      He was forced out of office that time, but voters realized 10 years
      later that Kucinich had been right. Thanks to the public power
      alternative that Kucinich refused to sacrifice, Cleveland had cheap
      power, and he was elected to the Ohio Legislature and then to
      Congress as his reward.

      I bring this up now not to push a Kucinich presidential candidacy,
      which seems quite forlorn given the power of big money and big media
      to set the stage for permissible political debate, but rather to hold
      out a yardstick for measuring the 'progressivism' of the top three
      Democrats. Sure, they all would be preferable to their likely
      Republican alternatives, although Sen. John McCain has been far
      better than all three Democrats on both campaign-finance reform and
      taking on the defense contractors who have been bleeding us dry since
      9/11. I got a little worried when Sen. Hillary Clinton said she could
      do the best job in confronting McCain on national security; she is
      shameless in throwing money at war profiteers, while McCain has held
      the line on some of the more egregiously wasteful military
      expenditures.

      With a military budget that has more than doubled since 9/11, soaking
      up trillions of dollars in obligations for future generations, it is
      stupid to argue about whether the Democrats or Republicans would
      spend more on needed domestic programs, because the money for those
      programs will not be available. Kucinich was the one candidate on the
      Democratic side willing to do what Rep. Ron Paul has in the
      Republican debates -- challenge the phony patriotism of ripping off
      the taxpayers for war-fighting expenditures in Iraq and elsewhere,
      leaving us less secure.

      While Paul is very good, indeed the best candidate, on the waste of
      taxpayer dollars on foreign military ventures, as is expected from a
      libertarian, he is hostile to the need for government regulation to
      control the excesses of the marketplace. And it is those excesses
      that are at the root of the financial chaos we have visited upon the
      world. As with the Enron scandal, which was the direct result of the
      bipartisan-supported deregulation of the energy industry, so too the
      subprime mortgage and easy-credit scandals now upon us. For decades,
      banking lobbyists have pushed through legislation freeing them to
      wreak havoc on our lives while they profit from lucrative personal
      bailouts even as their own companies suffer.

      Deregulation became the mantra covering corporate theft in both
      Republican and Democratic administrations, and it is amazing that not
      one of her interlocutors at the South Carolina debate asked Sen.
      Clinton about her husband's signing of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of
      1999, which permitted banks, stockbrokers and insurance companies to
      merge, overturning one of the major regulatory achievements of the
      New Deal. More important, both political parties have refused to
      place any serious restraints on the interest charged by banks and
      think it perfectly normal, indeed healthful, for the economy that
      folks are given home loans or credit cards at unrealistically low
      interest rates calculated to soar after an introductory phase. What a
      sorry scene to see the top Democratic contenders unable to agree that
      some interest rates below 30 percent may rise to the level of usury.

      For those unfamiliar with the moral crime of usury, believing it's
      only a legal crime if loan sharks threaten your knee caps, let me
      quote from Ezekiel 22:12 of the King James Bible: 'Ö thou hast taken
      usury and increase, and thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbours
      by extortion, and hast forgotten me, saith the Lord God.' Not being
      overly familiar with Scripture, I am grateful to Kucinich, a product
      of a stern Catholic upbringing, for having informed me, more than a
      quarter of a century ago, that the bankers, and the politicians who
      service them, are courting the wrath of Godóeven if they fool the
      voters.

      And then (again) there were three:Ý Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and
      John Edwards, the three Democratic candidates most likely to be
      invited to presidential debates, take the stage in Myrtle Beach, SC
      on Monday.

      Not All Is Debated in Love and War Jan 18, 2008 By Amy Goodman

      http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20080118_not_all_is_debated_in_lov
      e_and_war/

      One pundit called the Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas 'a
      lovefest.' It may well have been, but only because the corporate
      sponsor of the debate, General Electric-owned NBC News and its cable
      news channel MSNBC, rescinded its invitation to candidate Dennis
      Kucinich. NBC decided earlier that it would invite the top four
      Democratic candidates to the debate. Then New Mexico Gov. Bill
      Richardson dropped out of the race, which elevated Kucinich to the
      fourth position. Jenny Backus of NBC sent an e-mail to the Kucinich
      campaign, saying Kucinich 'met the criteria set by NBC and the debate
      sponsors.' So Kucinich was surprised when, less than two days later,
      NBC News political director Chuck Todd called the Kucinich campaign
      to rescind the invitation. Kucinich responded with a lawsuit, filed
      in Nevada state court, claiming that NBC had broken its contract with
      him to include him in the debate.

      District Judge J. Charles Thompson ruled in Kucinich's favor,
      enjoining NBC from holding the debate without him. Thompson told the
      Las Vegas Review-Journal, 'If the criteria was one set of rules and
      you changed the rules in the middle of the game so as to exclude
      somebody after having invited them, I'm offended by that.' NBC
      escalated its efforts to exclude Kucinich, appealing to the Nevada
      Supreme Court. NBC claimed that 'Mr. Kucinich's claim is nothing more
      than an illegitimate private cause of action designed to impose an
      equal-access requirement that entirely undermines the wide
      journalistic freedoms enjoyed by news organizations under the First
      Amendment.'

      NBC also argued: 'A television station does not have to grant
      unlimited access to a candidate debate. If anyone's First Amendment
      rights are being infringed, they are MSNBC's.' As the hour of the
      debate neared, MSNBC hyped the event. The Nevada Supreme Court was
      debating whether to sustain Thompson's decision, which would have
      forced NBC to include Kucinich. Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's
      'Hardball,' said, 'This promises to be the hottest debate of the
      political season, because only a few candidates will be up there on
      the stage.' He did not burden his audience with the news that his
      network was working behind the scenes to exclude a candidate. The
      host of MSNBC's most popular program, Keith Olbermann, mentioned the
      successful Kucinich lawsuit and NBC's appeal, and reported when, 50
      minutes before the debate, the Nevada Supreme Court sided with NBC,
      excluding Kucinich.

      Late Tuesday night, after the debate, Kucinich learned that the
      House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., was going to take up a
      defense appropriations bill on Wednesday. He took a red-eye flight
      back from Las Vegas. Unlike the candidates who General Electric/NBC
      News allowed into the debate, Kucinich stands alone in opposing war
      funding: 'I'm the only person running for president who not only
      voted against the war, but voted 100 percent of the time against
      funding the war.

      'They either voted for the war, in the case of Sen. Edwards and Sen.
      Clinton, or they voted to fund the war, in the case of Sen. Edwards,
      Sen. Clinton and Sen. Obama, who, by the way, campaigned saying,
      well, he opposed the war from the start, but then when he was elected
      to the Senate, his voting record is indistinguishable from Sen.
      Clinton's with respect to funding the war.' Kucinich wants Congress
      to fulfill its obligation to use its power of the purse to shut off
      funding for the war in Iraq. He told me, 'I'm going to be there to
      challenge the bill, to speak on it and call for a vote and,
      hopefully, keep alive the issue of a contest over defense spending
      policies.'

      He went on: 'It goes right to the question of democratic governance,
      whether a broadcast network can choose who the candidates will be,
      based on their narrow concerns, because they've contributedóGE, NBC
      and Raytheon, another one of GE's properties, have all contributed
      substantially to Democratic candidates who were in the debate. And
      the fact of the matter is, with GE building nuclear power plants,
      they have a vested interest in Yucca Mountain in Nevada being kept
      open; with GE being involved with Raytheon, another defense
      contractor, they have an interest in war continuing. So NBC ends up
      being their propaganda arm to be able to advance their economic
      interests.'

      A quick search of Federal Election Commission data showed that
      employees of those three companies -- GE, NBC and Raytheonóhave
      contributed in total $68,656 to the Democratic presidential
      candidates. Most of that went to the three GE-approved candidates who
      were on the stage Tuesday night.

      In his farewell address, President Dwight Eisenhower famously said,
      'In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition
      of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the
      military-industrial complex.' Add to that complex the media, with a
      company like General Electric, with its vested interests in selling
      weaponry and nuclear power plants, using its subsidiary, NBC, to
      exclude candidates like Kucinich, who is for an immediate withdrawal
      from Iraq, no nuclear energy, no Yucca Mountain radioactive waste
      dump, and for single-payer health care.

      If there was a lovefest at the Las Vegas debate, it was between the
      corporate-funded Democrats and their sponsor, GE/NBC.


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