Friday, March 17, 2017

The White House PR Hive and the Power of Money

Probable Cause in Glastonbury by Banksy
It is only a lie if the media PR Hive at the White House says it's a lie. Lately the smell of lies like rotten seafood is all over the White House and the Capitol dome.
From artist Carol Leake, an old and dear friend in New Orleans, about the state of our government, “Actually, I think Paul Ryan is revealing his ideological obsession with getting rid of government. New Orleanians had an up close and personal experience 12 1/2 years ago of how things go when government is sabotaged by republicans. We never recovered. At the time, I thought that the outing of the republican agenda would be the only silver lining that Katrina had to offer." Why this destructive ideology from Speaker Ryan and most of the republican Congress?  Put aside the money for the Super PAC.  Put aside the aspirations of lobbyists like Grover Norquist and his bosses at the NRA who whisper in the ears of their shills like Speaker Ryan and Mitch McConnell.  Let's simply follow the taxes for the why.  
The carious Koch Brothers have their hands in bags of money for elections all over America.  So do hundreds of others with dogmas ranging from abject racist despotism to fake Christian boosterism. Think checks and balances for a moment.  Look it up, especially if your elementary education was home bible school.  The Heritage Foundation and ALEC and the Cato Institute and the Fund for Growth and other billionaire funded PR pods for dogma, all have deeply influenced America for the past twenty years.  These billionaires literally have no check on their power of money.  If Charlie Koch wants burn a hundred square miles of Grand Teton National Park to get a better view for his place in Jackson Hole, he wants no one to tell him he can't do this!  His gigantic power of money is absolute.  But the Federal Government has guns and tanks and lawyers who are equal to Charlie's.  So Charlie is frustrated.  He talks to his boys at Heritage and Cato, "The highest goal is to eliminate taxes... all taxes!  We get rid of taxes and we get rid of my enemy, the government!"  Thereby they'll erase the power of government.  Government is the big boss!  Only government can tell Charlie what he can and cannot do.  Old Charlie will not tolerate this.  It becomes an obsession for any billionaire that some big government can tell them what to do. If Charlie does not like it, he'll change it.  Look at the gas stations in Palm Springs.  There used to be all brands there.  But it now looks like old Charlie got rid of all the competition for his own little Valero Petrol brand.  It's practically a monopoly for Valero out there in the desert.  Charlie wants to get rid of that competing brand we call the government.  
Charlie Koch got all of this vision from his bible upbringing in Oklahoma and his study of Ayn Rand as a teenager.  To this day Ayn Rand's little books are like bibles for all those pubescent minded billionaires who need some pump-me-up with their morning cappuccinos and croissants.  When the caffeine kicks in Charlie Koch feels better about his life and his work, and he runs the glorious self-made man image of John Galt through his mind.  Christians in Nashville and Iowa do the same.  They repeat and repeat the image of a white boy blue-eyed Jesus doing powerful things in their minds.  Those things they could never do in reality because the government just would not allow it.  Therefore Charlie Koch and the Nashville Christians and the Iowa Christians have the same enemy, the government!  The government can't be more powerful than Jesus!  Jesus is the boss!  The government can't be more powerful than god!  God is the boss!  If the government acts like Jesus or god then we've got to destroy it!  Onward Christians soldiers!  But wait!  There's a problem here!  Our government has a plan.  It's called our constitution.  The people put this source in charge.  Not the money.  Not god or Jesus or John Galt or any billionaire including Charlie Koch and our President Big Trump and our US Congress and our White House crew.  The people have the power.  We are many more than you despite the enlargement of your power given you by your PR hives.  The people have the power.  
King Louis XVI was guillotined
January 21st, 1793
The White House PR Hive

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Senior Chief Petty Officer William Ryan Owens and the Cruelty of Big Time Media Tactics.

Hey America, are you asleep?  Wake up and let's examine that "Presidential speech" for the joint session of our Congress the other night.  Most of the glowing reviews by print and broadcast journalists completely overlooked the fact that the speech was a cruel and heinous use of a dead soldier for media spin.  There was nothing patriotic or brave about arranging the furious applause at President Donald Trump's mention of the grieving wife of a good soldier. 

Trump's people flew wife Carryn Owens into Washington to bravely smile for the live feed C-SPAN and network video cameras in the chamber.  This little piece of reality TV was a disgusting play out of some unknown publicity manual.  The body of SCPO Owens became a shill for the Trump White House public relations strategy. 
There's something very, very wrong about hundreds of smiling people standing and cheering over the battle death of a man in uniform.  Trump intended the Yemen operation to further justify the continuing republican war to stoke fear in the people of his little banana republic of America.  SCPO Owens was the first United States combatant to die under the authority of President Donald Trump as Commander-in-Chief.  Repeat:  There's something very, very wrong about hundreds of smiling people standing and cheering over the combat death of a man in uniform. 

Only an enemy cheers the death of one of our own. 

President Eisenhower said it many years ago, "The heart of darkest America is in the mid-west."  Those dark hearts have now elected the Donald and the Pence based on the promise of stopping abortions.  Because of deviant republicans we have been in a middle east war for over thirty years.  Now the White House busboys and President Trump may want to extend the war to other borders!  

Neither Donald Trump nor Mike Pence nor Mitch McConnell nor Paul Ryan have ever served one day in active military service to America.  They know very little about real national security.  No republican since Eisenhower seems to have had a clue about national security or how to carry on a war.  Look at Iraq.  Look at Afghanistan.  It is not Obama who set up the war in those places.  It was republican egotists.  Remember Donald Rumsfeld’s unforgettable media line “Shock and Awe!” used to describe the bombings and killings of thousands of civilians and enemy soldiers.  

Ike had respect for the dead.  Rumsfeld and Cheney and the Bush gang did not.  The Trump and Pence crew have even less integrity.  For them war is a media tactic.  Even worse, in the Pay-Per-Vote™ Congress the budget for “defense” spending grows geometrically while our national security remains in peril.  Combat casualties are of little consequence compared to tithes for the Super PAC. 

Senior Chief Petty Officer William Ryan Owens
March 5, 1980 - January 29, 2017
Rest in Peace CPO Owens

Both of SCPO Owens' parents were police officers in Florida.  His Mother, Patricia Ann Treutle was a detective who died in 2013.  Owens' father, William Owens is an honored military veteran.   

The Chicago Tribune reported President Trump had a conversation with SCPO Owens' "relatives."  So President Trump spoke to the Father and asked him to come up to D.C. with widow Carryn Owens for the grand meeting of Congress.  The Father realized the potential cruelty of TV cameras and the media limelight at the joint session, and he refused to meet with President Trump.  The Father asked for an investigation into his son's death.  

"We're very comfortable with how the mission was executed and we'll let the Department of Defense go through that review process and then see where that leads us," White House press officer Sean Spicer stated soon afterwards.  

When SCPO William Ryan Owens was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetary there was only scant coverage by the media.  What more can we as a nation ask from this family?  How President Trump and his staff and the US Congress contrived to squeeze cheap publicity from this family of true patriots is criminal and treasonous betrayal of all things American.