FEBRUARY 6, 2012 12:54PM

Nah, there ain't no police state, here -- frank told me so.

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frank apisa, has a perspective on american life which provides him "superior" insights into the realities that exist in america, than those who comment below, who range in their views from the left to the right, and the center.

 

Certainly, years of smoking "5 or 6 joints a day...and often I would take a day or two off each year,"   (SEPTEMBER 08, 2011 08:10 PM) must have helped his "discerning" eye to distinguish between reality and delusion.

 

 

 

 

 

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 "Why is America now a police state? Why has the US Constitution’s spirit been ignored? Why is homelessness and poverty on the increase in USA? Why is US debt now greater than its GDP? Why is the US fighting expensive wars abroad when its economy and social sector need peace? Why has the US embarked on a trajectory of global subversion, intimidation and unparalleled violation of international law? Why is the government of USA lying to its own people and to the whole world? Why has the US goodwill evaporated worldwide? Why have almost 50 million people become “insecure” and are faced with the possibility of becoming “destitute”? Why is the US society fracturing? Why does the US government seem to be pursuing World War III? What is going on in the America of today?

The shortest answer to this question is that the US government, Congress and judiciary have increasingly come to be owned by a clique of international bankers. 

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/columns/11-Jan-2012/is-the-us-becoming-a-police-state 

 

 

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"Doesn't it seem like almost everything is becoming a crime in America now?  Americans are being arrested and charged with crimes for doing things like leaving dog poop on the ground, opening up Christmas presents early, not recycling properly, farting in class and having brown lawns.  But is it healthy for our society for the police to be involved in such silly things?  Every single day the United States inches closer to becoming a totalitarian society.  While there are some that would welcome this shift, the truth is that throughout history the societies that have experienced the greatest economic prosperity have all had at least a certain level of freedom.  Business thrives when people feel free to live and work.  When a government tightens the grip too much many people just start shutting down.  Just look at places like North Korea.  Even though the rest of the world is sending them huge amounts of food starvation is still quite common in that totalitarian regime.  That is why it is so disturbing that it seems like almost everything has become a crime in America now.  As we continue to criminalize relatively normal behavior our slide toward becoming a totalitarian state will only accelerate.

We are throwing anyone and everyone in prison these days.  It is getting absolutely ridiculous.  Today, the United States leads the world in the number of prisoners and in the percentage of the population in prison.  The United States has 5% of the world's population, but approximately 25% of the world's incarcerated population."

 

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/almost-everything-is-a-crime-in-america-now-14-of-the-most-ridiculous-things-that-americans-are-being-arrested-for 

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"Police in the US now rival criminals, and exceed terrorists, as the greatest threat to the American public. Rogelio Serrato is the latest case to be in the news of an innocent person murdered by the police. Serrato was the wrong man, but the Monterey County, California, SWAT team killed the 31-year old father of four and left the family home a charred ruin.

The fact that SWAT teams often go to the wrong door shows the carelessness with which excessive force is used. In one instance the police even confused the town’s mayor with a drug dealer, broke into his home, shot dead the family’s pet dogs, and held the mayor and his wife and children at gun point. But most cases of police brutality never make the news.

Most who suffer abuse from the police don’t bother to complain. They know that to make an enemy of the police brings a lifetime of troubles. Those who do file complaints find that police departments tend to be self-protective and that the naive and gullible public tends to side with the police.

However, you can find plenty of examples of police brutality on youtube, more than you can watch in a lifetime. I have just searched google for "youtube police brutality" and the result is: "497,000 results." There’s everything from police shooting a guy in a wheelchair to body slamming a befuddled 89-year old great grandmother to tasering kids and mothers with small children. The fat goon cops love to beat up on women, kids, and old people.

The 497,000 google results may contain duplicates as more than one person might have posted a video of the same event, and the incidents occurred over more than one year. However, probably only a small percentage of incidents are captured on video by onlookers, and many incidents of police brutality have no witnesses. What the videos reveal is that a large percentage of police move with alacrity to assault the public. The number of incidences could be very high. One million annually would not be an exaggeration.

 

Why are the police so aggressive toward the public?

In part because their ranks attract bullies, sociopaths and psychopaths. Even normal cops are proud of their authority and expect deference. Even cops who are not primed to be set off can turn nasty in a heartbeat.

In part because police are not accountable."

 

http://digg.com/newsbar/topnews/paul_craig_roberts_americans_are_oppressed_too_2 

 

PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS was an editor of the Wall Street Journal and an Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury. 

 

Would it be reasonable to presume that a man like Paul Craig Roberts has a greater understanding of the realities of americn like than the apisamaniac? 

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"eorge Orwell's "1984" wasn't meant to be an instruction manual.

One word that emerged from the novel was the word "doublespeak," where truth is deliberately obfuscated through clever wording. In some cases, the meaning of a word is reversed entirely. Oceania, the totalitarian regime in Orwell's book, used doublespeak as a matter of course. The Ministry of Truth specialized in propaganda. The Ministry of Love was a secretive torture complex.

In the early years of public school, or in public addresses by politicians, America is touted as the Land of the Free, or the Land of Opportunity, or the Greatest Country on Earth. We're taught from near-infancy that this country was founded on the right to say what you want, whenever, wherever, to whomever. We're told we have the freedom to assemble peacefully, to petition our leaders for a redress of grievances. We're taught that if you're apprehended by the law, you have the right to a fair trial and legal representation.

Yet, today we live in a country where government aids the corporate takeover of elections. Here, banks who fraudulently took Americans' homes for profit can get bailed out by the taxpayers, and use the money to pay themselves 12-figure bonuses. This is a country where even US citizens can be detained without due processtortured, and even assassinated overseas.

 

Today, in the Land of the Free, nonviolent political protesters using their First Amendment rights to speak out against all of the above can be beatentasered, and maced by heavily-militarized police forces, using military-grade equipment, without any provocation.

It is no longer extreme to say we now live in a fascist police state. Thanks to the Patriot Act, the SCOTUS' Citizens United decision, and a complacent electorate, our First Amendment rights of free speech and free assembly now only exist on paper. In Tienanmen Square, the Chinese government also censored the press and violently cracked down on peaceful protesters. All that's missing here are the tanks.

Mussolini said, "Fascism should be more accurately called corporatism, because it is a merger of state and corporate power." It is Orwellian doublespeak to call this country "free" while freedom is actively suppressed with aid from a corporate-owned government. The people are not free if their leaders are actively making war with them."

http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/275-42/8599-carl-gibson-america-has-become-a-fascist-police-state 

 

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"Once upon a time, the United States was a land of unparalleled freedom.  The rest of the world envied the freedom that ordinary Americans had to think, say and do what they wanted.  But all of that has changed.  Now Americans have to fear that they will be tackled by a squad of security goons and dragged off to a detention facility somewhere if they spill a Pepsi on a flight attendant or take a few too many pictures of a public building.  The United States used to be the polar opposite of totalitarian regimes like Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, but now America is rapidly becoming very much like them.  Due to the fear of a boogeyman living in a cave somewhere or some guy with explosive powder in his underwear we are all being forced to give up our freedoms and learn to live in a Big Brother police state. 

But have things really changed so much that we have to give up all of the cherished freedoms that our fathers and grandfathers fought and died for?  Haven't there always been fanatics and crazies and criminals out there?  Why do we suddenly have to become so afraid of them?"

 

Some examples:

 

"Barack Obama is backing a plan to create a national database to store the DNA of people who have been arrested but not necessarily convicted of a crime. 

 

Organic milk is such a threat that the FDA has been conducting military style raids on Amish farmers in Pennsylvania.

 

An NYPD officer has broken his silence and has confessed that innocent citizens are being set up and falsely arrested and ticketed in order to meet quotas.

 

A 6-year-old girl was recently handcuffed and sent to a mental facility after throwing temper tantrums at her elementary school.

 

One 12-year-old girl in New York was recently arrested and marched out of her school in handcuffs just because she doodled on her desk.

 

A new global treaty may force U.S. Internet service providers to spy on what you do online.

 

56 percent of Americans questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll said that the U.S. government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens.

 

http://thisistheendoftheworldasweknowit.com/archives/20-signs-that-the-united-states-is-rapidly-becoming-a-totalitarian-big-brother-police-state 

 

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"In an unbelievable shocking act of treason, the United States Senate voted on Friday to pass the controversial National Defense Authorization Act, which is enacted every year allocating the budget and expenditures for the Department of Defense.

Why are more than half of the U.S. Senators treasonous? Because there is a provision in this new act that would give the military the right to detain U.S. citizens suspected of associations with terrorism or a threat to national security without due process, without any formal charges and without a trial. Basically you’re detained and you disappear forever. Perhaps at Guantanamo Bay.

Any unjust repression against the American people and doing so without due process is considered unconstitutional. Plain and simple. Every single one of these traitors in the Senate should be expelled immediately.

But interestingly enough, the act does not specify in much detail what is classified as terrorism or threats to national security. If you are a Tea Party or Occupy Wall Street protester, are you deemed a threat to national security? Or voicing your opinion of the U.S. government? 

 

But it is perplexing as to why they are deciding to do this now, after ten years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

 

Typically in these scenarios, if the economy collapses, there will be shortages, higher unemployment, inflation and a crime wave. From there, we will see more rioting and violence on the streets. And if the country does indeed launch a war against Iran and continues to strain relations with Russia, the rest of America will be on edge. 

 

This is called an example of history repeating itself. This has been seen in Nazi Germany under Hitler, China under Chairman Mao and Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge.

But perhaps the most shocking of all is a statement that then candidate Barack Obama said during his campaign in 2008:

“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national-security objectives we’ve set, we’ve got to have a civilian national-security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded.”

Well obviously, the USSR had the KGB and in Romania, Nicolae Ceausescu controlled the dreaded Securitate. I suppose we can all go ahead and allow a new civilian type police/military force in the United States which is just as powerful…

What harm could it really do?

Time to wake up and realize this country is being hijacked by a group of treasonous thugs!"

 

http://independentword.com/2011/12/us-becoming-a-police-state/ 

 

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"Is The NYPD Experimenting With Drones Over The City? Evidence Points To Yes

Miami, Cities In Texas Also Said To Be Trying This New Way To Be Eye In The Sky

January 23, 2012 11:59 PM

Surveillance cameras already dot the city’s streets, but is the NYPD exploring the use of even more eyes in the skies, in the form of drones? Some evidence points to yes. 

 

Drones are already being used by law enforcement in other cities. CBS 2 has obtained footage of a huge protest in Poland a few months ago, shot by a small drone that could fly a few dozen feet right over the heads of the crowd and the police. High-resolution cameras can capture every detail, including faces and license plate numbers. In this country, Miami and several cities in Texas are experimenting with such aircraft.

 

But some are concerned about the invasion of privacy. Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union issued a 16-page report citing the growth of the use of drones and the lack of laws protecting citizens from airborne intrusions."

 

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/01/23/is-the-nypd-experimenting-with-drones-over-the-city-evidence-points-to-yes/ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"UN report cites US Human Rights abuses 

 

The United Nations Human Rights Council has released a report expressing serious concerns over human rights abuses in the United States of America.



The report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) points to human rights violations and concerns regarding torture, police brutality, and wide-ranging discriminations that the US government has neglected to properly address. 

Systematic violations of human rights by the US government were detailed in the report, which indicates that most violations affected African Americans, minorities, especially Muslims, and immigrant communities in the US as well as abroad. 

One serious case cited in the report is the impunity given to private (armed) contractors and civilian intelligence agents for killings of innocent people in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. 

The use of torture against prisoners and detainees by military personnel in Guantanamo Bay prison, as well as detention centers in Iraq and Afghanistan, is also condemned in the report, which alleges that the US "had established secret detention facilities, and that those detained in such facilities could be held for prolonged periods and face torture." 

It also censures rendition activities as they have increasingly placed people at risk of torture. 

According to the report, after the 9/11 attacks, non-US citizens suspected of terrorism-related activities, have been detained with few legal rights. 

The human rights report also points out that the US government is holding over 380,000 non-citizens in over 300 different facilities in the US for removal proceedings. 

Another serious concern raised in the report was "persistent racial disparities regarding the imposition of the death penalty," where by it was recommended that the US adopt "all necessary measures, including a moratorium, to ensure that the death penalty is not imposed as a result of racial bias." 

Discrimination continues to pervade the US, where minorities, especially African Americans, face "disproportionately high levels of unemployment, lower income levels, access to education and to quality health-care services." 

It also reiterates that many low-income African Americans continue to be displaced five years after Hurricane Katrina. 

Police brutality towards African Americans, Latinos and undocumented migrants were also a cause for scrutiny and concern in the report. 

In addition, Arabs, Muslims and South Asians were said to be the targets of racial profiling. The US government has reportedly been monitoring private communications of individuals within and outside of the country without judicial oversight, infringing upon people's rights to privacy."

 http://edition.presstv.ir/detail/147706.html 

 

police officer pepper-sprays students 

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 Ted Rall:

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Brave New Book

June 28th, 2011

Political Scientist Argues the U.S. is a Police State

"The United States is a police state.

Not in danger of becoming one.

Is.

And it’s too late to restore democracy. 

Though “a glimmer of hope seemed to appear after President Obama took office,” Kolin shows how the Democratic president “merely modified police state practices.” Furthermore, the transitional nature of the brutal authoritarian tactics enacted by Bush into the next presidency indicates that they are not anomalous but structural. “The Obama Administration’s position that amnesty should be granted to those who tortured [under Bush] as well as those who authored the torture memos, itself violates national and international law; it also ensures that such policies will likely be repeated.”

Attorney General Eric Holder said: “We don’t want to criminalize policy differences.” Kolin replies: “Since when is support for a police state a policy difference?”

If you’ve somehow managed to ignore Obama’s record over the last few years, and you’re still thinking of voting for him next November, this book will change your mind."

http://www.rall.com/rallblog/2011/06/28/syndicated-column-brave-new-book 

 

 

 

Most who read this blog will find little surprising here.

 

Those who are new to these facts and concepts, can be reassured that frank apisa will always be around,  to add new slogans to explain how everything is OK or it has always been like this.

 

Always remember, he IS the man who was never wrong. 

 

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The man who was never wrong a day in his life feel\s that the dissolution of habeas corpus and posse comitatus have no bearing on his "well-considered" conclusion that there ABSOLUTELY is NOT a police state in america.
Yes, we are a brave new (?) world. Although not police-related, my power has been shut off twice in the last 3 weeks (electric and gas in very cold weather). When we called PSE&G they said our bill was past due and we had received shut off notices by mail which we had not (took almost 48 hours to turn service back on first time even after we paid electroncially). It's not just the government and police, it's the mega-corporations who own nuclear power plants like PSE&G who care nothing for the citizens they supposedly serve.
Erika, with all due respect, it's all part of the same syndrome. This countries likes to mouth words of egalitarianism, but when it all comes down to it, some people are more equal than others.

I'm sorry to hear of Your dilemma, and wish I could suggest an agency that would advocate for You.

Unfortunately, we are spending all our money on endless unnecessary wars. That which is not spent in such foolishness is squandered by being the world;s largest arms dealer, often to both sides, which ALWAYS comes back to haunt us in blowback.

There, simply, is no money deemed viable to rebuild our schools, our decrepit infrastructure and provide a realistic safety net for those who fall pray to the helpless vultures.

Meanwhile EVERY week, another bank goes under, a truly unsustainable situation.

Mr. hopey changey seems unconcerned, much like the idiot who, clearly falls under the category:

" “None so blind as those that will not see.”
Thank You for stopping byRW, one of my favorite friends on here. Once again, the maxim that the blind old coot cannot fathom, the problems faced by the right, so often coalesce that we find we have more in common than in conflict.

It is ALWAYS with joy that I greet Your name here.
Thank You anonymous raters.
Well researched. However there is no police state until there is interference with organizing political parties, citizens gathering on private land, communications, etc. Sure, civil disobedience can be met with a crack on the head with bily clubs, pepper spray, etc. That is a sign of a conservative, vigorous law-and-order mentality. Until police or state security officers begin harassing volunteers canvassing neighbourhoods, peaceably passing out leaflets (outside of the environs of a civil disobedience demonstration), and interfering with peaceful political speech, communication, and assembly on PRIVATE land there can be no police state like in the Arab/Muslim worlds, or China, or Russia. You're over-reaching.
You fail to understand Mark, the Christians have Jesus . Frank has Obama. If I recall correctly Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. It was one of his greatest miracles. Maybe Frank can be convinced to take his own life in order that Obama will raise him from the dead just like Obamas predecessor Jesus once did for Lazarus.
Excellent post Mark.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJY85V3w3xM

Check this out. Judges in PA routinely took bribes and kickbacks from a private, corporate jail, and sent kids to a corporate jail, without following basic constitutional procedures.

Is this a sign of things to come?
Yeah, OK, jejeune - wink!
frank's calls himself an agnostic, Jack. It's just a head fake to throw us all off.

Really, before he goes to bed at night, he pulls his head out of his ass and recites his dailly obama is my shepherd, I shall not want.

My rod and my stash comfort me.. etc.

Thanks for stopping by, Jack.
Your stuff might be worth reading if you weren't so determined to make sure everyone knows how much you hate Frank Apisa. OK, you hate Frank Apisa. We get it. But your inability to get past that hatred or at least keep it to yourself hurts your credibility, at least with me. I suspect you don't give a shit what I think, but I suspect there are others here like me who may disagree with people, including Frank, from time to time without hating them so much it makes us look like crazies. Just thought you'd might appreciate a different viewpoint.
I do not understand, and I'm betting many don't, the ongoing obsession in this blog with what one other blogger thinks and writes.
Thanks for Your comment, RW, whichI consider a special honor coming from You.

I went to YouTube and was amazed at how many vids there were of police out of control.

I guess no-one taught fRANK how to use the site yet.

On my computer, the "Newsweek" cover story on america - a police state didn't come out.

Does it show on other people's computers?
No, problem, Chicken Maan. You are entitled to express Your opinion here without being hectored to death as at fRANK's lair.

Thanks for coming by.
You've, already commented too many times to worry now about being on the list. Rest assured that adjoining cells have been requested.

Thanks for having the courage to visit.
I will say this about Frank, his geography gives him perspective about your renounced nation that you lack. I agree with you, but it's easy to lob stink bombs over the fence and then run back to your room.

And, it's not as if this shit hasn't been going on for a while, and going on out in the open.

The only difference now is that it's happening to white people, and the government doesn't even bother to try to cover up or make excuses.

When your president brags about assassinating one of the citizens of your country, it's time to take up arms and start staining the tree of liberty with some more blood, but one group is gonna take up flowers, and the other their remote control.

Maybe fleeing to Japan isn't such a bad idea after all...if only I remembered what I learned over the 4 years I studied the language except how to count and how to find a bathroom, I'd consider it.
How many times do I have to ask You not to post on my blog, jonathan?

After you tried to strong arm me into rating a post of yours which I didn't agree with, I asked you not to visit my blog and promised I'd not visit yours.

I kept my end of the bargain, but this is the third time your unwanted presence has appeared.

I know you think that you're the big kahuna, but I and others consider you a blog-whoring jerk.
Malcolm, with a computer it is easy to keep abreast of the news. Clearly, from fRANK;s inane comments, he doesn't read much, other than cartoons and comic books.

I'm sure that I read more of substance in a day than he read in a month.

Plus, I needn't be pre-occupied writing editorial letters concerning whether or not cats need be leashed.

I wouldn't recommend ANYONE visiting radiation-soaked Japan, now or in the near future, Malcolm.

Thanks for visiting the blog.
Pleased not to comment at your site again; I had not realized we'd struck that bargain. If we did, and I am in error, that's on me and I will not be back here. Tho I gotta say being compared to a street-walker is among the highlights of my time here.
Wolfman, if you're a street walker, can I be your pimp? lol
Maybe You're so pleased with your egomaniacal-self, You never saw the requests, jonathan.

When someone tells you, they don't agree with a post of yours, and don't feel in conscience they can rate it, and you persist in sending them numerous PMs insisting they rate you, that is akin to a whore.

Glad you feel comfortable with the designation.
jonathan don't need no pimp, RW - he does IT ALL by himself.
Ignoring the personalities and interpersonal outbursts it has been amply demonstrated here that the police are out of control but they are only the active arm of government. They have always been overbearing but currently they are horrifying and that makes this a worthwhile post.
Police state tendencies have been growing steadily throughout my lifetime. They greatly accelerated after the Bomb was dropped. A state with ultimate power doesn't care for mere mortals. We're like fleas on a dog going blind, deaf, and dumb--it scratches every now and then, and we jump, but it just keeps moseying along...

Things have gotten markedly more terrifying lately due to the introduction of new technologies, but this is mostly to scare those who had gotten too used to the old techniques. They're running out of gimmicks. Soon they'll have to launch offenders into space and televise the scene as they're thrown through the hatch and blow up like used rubbers.
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Mark, I have seen so many examples over the years to back up the idea that we have become our own 'version' of a police state that I have to wonder if we will ever reverse what is already in place.
Even obama, as cunning, deceitful, and malevolent as he is, would be unable to completely raise fRANK - the body might be functioning, but the head would remain dead.

Nice try RW/Jack, but it would never work.
Jan, if You were to receive daily PMs from wolfman imploring You to rate his blog, and one day, when You read it, You found it repulsive, and as cordially as possible, told him You were in disagreement with the blog and would abstain from commenting, nor rating it, and You received back numerous insulting PMs accusing You of disloyalty, wouldn't You consider that beyond the bounds of moral behavior?

If after those PMs, You requested that jonathan no longer commented on Your blog, and You would reciprocally cease to comments on his, and then found that he repeatedly continued to post inflammatory and negatively- conceived comments, wouldn't You find that becoming the bounds of the image he tries to portray on OS?

I do, and I'm sorry that it took so long for him to get the message, but pleased that I will no longer have to deal with his devious ways.

The less said about the apisaidiot the better.

I know You are more gentlemanly than me, and I apologize if this sort of street fighting is annoying to You. Nevertheless, when in Rome do as the Romans. These two deserve no better treatment.

And yes, the government is to blame for this. And in the past the buck stopped at the oval office, however we have a bunch here who feel that obama is sanctified and beyond any criticism.

fRANK, in fact is so deluded that he frequently, frantically posts in all caps, which all but the dumbest amongst us know to be according to netiquette screaming. First he takes issue with the comment of a well-respected, Dr., twice published author of two books over her use of the term police state, and then to compound his childish puerile behavior,he initiates a post.

Where is the coward to take issue with the numerous opinions expressed above?

Thanks for stopping by, Jan, and sorry, as I know You to be much more gentile, even with cretins like these, than I will ever be.
In confirmation that the corporate fascism police state has its hands closely on police activity the article at http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/02/06/wall-streets-secret-spy-center-run-for-the-1-by-nypd/
nicely outlines how the latest technologies are welded into the mix. It is so obviously Orwellian that it is as if he handed them an agenda which they are fulfilling.
I'm afraid that Your words may be prescient, Dr. Lee. With this current criminal mob in the executive, and the sycophants on the supreme court, there is no telling how far this criminal crew might go to suppress dissent.

We see hugh numbers of americans, many here on OS, who have no objections to the rescinding of core values of what used to be a sacred document. So-called progressives who scolded and complained as bush the lesser made a mockery of the document, have numerous excuses why such traitorous activity is OK with the man with the slippery tongue in the oval office.

Hypocrisy taken to its ultimate bounds.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for Your pithy comment.
Designator, it is my opinion that the layers of deceit and lies are so deep, and so much hidden from the people, that recovery is well nigh unto impossible.

Remember the liar-in-chief promised us the most transparent administration in history. Then he turn around, conducts secret meeting with corporate interests to determine policy, and sets a record for prosecution of "whistle-blowers."

The american empire is long dead, but it is taking many with it i9 its death throes.

Thanks for posing the question, and thanks for visiting.
Thanks for the link, Jan.

Counterpunch is a regular read of mine, and I, even considered using that article in this blog, but as You can see the blog post is already much longer than I am accustomed to.

Thanks, again.
@ markinjapan
When people pm me to look at their post I try to be courteous if I have time but I do not take it any more personally than the flyers that are slipped under my door continuously to buy stuff. I am grateful for a few outstanding people to let me know they are publishing. There is much in Mr.Wolfman with which I disagree strongly and find him much too accepting that there is an inherent integrity in much politics that I find frequently is, to my taste, manipulative and even criminal and his obsessive acceptance of Israel in all its current horror repels me totally but in general he seems a very decent guy and I can make allowances. But I am not trying to convince you of anything. I am not always as gentlemanly as you indicate but it takes a lot for me to blow my top. I have to donate some respect to the originator of insult for it to be effective and most frequently that respect is absent.
I see Frank Apisa as deluded and somewhat desperate to choose what he assumes is the lesser of two evils which I see as just plain evil with no lesser involved.
I'm on neither side of your cockfight with Frank ( whose spirit if not always words I admire, deeply ) but completely agree : Police/National Guard ~ the distinction has been erased, much to the confusion of the Rest Of The World, who would like to follow something more exemplary ~ like the Bastion of Democracy, for example.
But this is where it's ended up, a place where the harshest of penalties come down on those who oppose.
How it always will.
Re. JW. ~ I stopped reading JW. after he failed to respond to the simplest of questions following a post about The Exodus.
It was as if he was reading one Old Testament, & I another, but I guess that's the nature of the beast, in the end, isn't it.
Just wish he'd had the decency to respond ~ therein lies the source of so much confusion.
Jan, as always, I respect Your opinion, but I can tell You that wolf man is nowhere whom he appears to be. His public face here does NOT match his real persona.

As for fRANK, this guy has as I've said before a sociopathic passive-aggressive personality disorder.

A guy who boasts that he loves to argue and is proud to have been banned from three forums thus far is sick. Furthermore, as a child of the 60's, I know that a person who makes the claim that they smoke4d five or six joints a year BUT ALWAYS TOOK A DAY OR TWO OFF A YEAR. is delusional.

Finally, in my three years here, this guy has been asked politely, to cease commenting on more peoples' blogs than ever before. Even when asked,he, often, continues to hound the blogger.

There are few people who have divulged the real life identity of a blogger who did not want such information public.

fRANK not only did so in comments, but when the blogger deleted the comment identifying it, fRANK went and made a complete blog post on his page denouncing the blogger for deleting him, and further identifying him.

This is sociopathy and fRANK would be best served and so would the community if he were placed in a padded cell.
I'm doing my own little battle with a police state- (city, actually) but one advantage I have is that we know the Barney Fifes personally, and we know they behave like, well, Barney Fife. Unfortunately Andy died a while back and now Barney is the Sheriff- but we know where he lives, and he knows we know. We need that sort of oversight on a national level. Great Post
Kim, You re entitled to feel as You wish about fRANK. This is one of the difference between he and I. On my blog, opposition opinions are most often respected, and sometimes cause me to re-examine my positions.

On fRANK's blog, one is as likely to be told to get their heads out of their as*ses, another of the cretins favorite expressions if one does not see it his way.

As for wolfman, I think he is a boor, and like fRANK, his opinion carries precedence over all others. He expects ALL to respect him, and hasn't the slightest clue of the maxim that respect is earned.

He's also a bully.

Thanks for stopping by Kim and hope to see more of You.
Thanks for Your comment, Token. My wife has several policemen in her family, so I am not unacquainted with police; however, when called to return to NJ and assist my Father, may He r.i.p. in the last days of his life; I was unsurprised to see the police force heavily manned by the guys who sat at the back of the class.

These guys neither participated in sports, nor academics. Their major occupation in class was to throw spitballs and hurl catcalls at those who wanted to learn.

After class beer and brawling occupied their attention.

Later, I came to learn that many who deal with criminals full-ti9mke adopt their habits.

Planted drugs on minority people is endemic, when the policeman is not confiscating them for personal use or sale.

The Blue Code of Silence . . . is an unwritten rule among police officers in the United States not to report on another colleague's errors, misconducts or crimes."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Code_of_Silence

This is NOT a phenomena one sees only in movies.

Thanks for stropping by, Token.
I was a volunteer on the Mothers Against Police Harassment Hotline between 1992 and 1997 and we heard everything - women who were sexually assaulted in the back of squad cars, police who stole peoples' wallets and other items from their home in the process of arresting them, men who were stopped for driving while black and had guns held to their heads. I even dealt with a black city councilor who was ordered to drop his pants when he was stopped for driving while back. This trend of them doing this to white people, though, is quite new.
Sorry, I meant driving while black and this was when I lived in Seattle.
Thanks for visiting, Dr Bramhall. I, had a similar experience as co-founder of the east coast's first 7/24/365 suicide hotline and all-purpose crises intervention center in the 60's. A majority black town was victimized by a prejudiced entrenched Italian mafia-connected government.

Driving while black is still a crime, especially in South Jersey.

If one were to query THE idiot about it, he'd claim that it ws purely coincidence.

One thing I must say about the cretin is his powers of denis are second to none.

Thanks, again, forte stopping by, Dr.
Having lived a reasonably placid life (I have never killed or assaulted anyone and was attacked physically only once) for the short period allotted to humans I cannot personally comment on what is normal to humans throughout history but my rough understanding is not favorable. Nevertheless there are existing standards for decency and good civilized community behavior and what seems currently prevalent in the world in general and in the USA in particular is the entire social structure from the ultra rich and corporate heads down to the local authorities and their brutal enforcers has succumbed to the most venal standards of personal and social behavior, and this includes even those supposedly involved in the most decent morality such as the medical profession and providers of health care and the bulk of religious organizations who proclaim the most bizarre and grossly erratic sense of decency and interpersonal compassion. Politicians, of course, have always been despicable moral whores but there have, on occasion, been a few that seemed reasonable and even worthwhile individuals. This small sector has totally vanished. People who have had any possible effect to correct these human failings are regularly assassinated.

The Bible is, of course, an imaginary tale with a few historical roots and a great deal of confused nonsense but the regularity of its descriptions of human corruption and the fury of the imaginary superbeing who was horribly offended by human total corruption and stupidity and brutality rings true in current times and if ever there was an era that called for Godly retribution now seems to fit the bill. Nevertheless, whether brought about by a god or merely by total dysfunction of humanity, some sort of massive retribution seems not too far in the offing and I wish I knew some way to elude it.
Jan, Your comment is worthy of a blogpost, deep, intriguing, and totally logical.

I feel the same way, and as the election draws closer,I feel that if the maniacal israeli leadership, with, needless to say, american complicity do not cause an Iranian crises, then the other two most likely events we will see is another contrived Gaza strip invasion or a blowup in Pakistan due to warmongering obama's refusal to halt the drones.

It is not for good reason that the latest polls taken in Europe rank america and israel numbers one and two as dangers to world peace.

We have seen the terrorists, (and they are us) and curiously, they reside respectively in the "greatest" "democracy" in the world, and the only "democracy" in the mideast.
It's hard to have a 'democracy' when the state has technology that would give Joe Stalin or Adolf Hitler wet dreams.