Monthly Archives: March 2014

There will be NO Private Property in America until we Stamp out Bank/Servicer Mortgage Fraud

I only VERY rarely recommend a website, but without hesitation or reservation I recommend “Mortgage Servicing Fraud” 

http://www.msfraud.org/LAW/lawarticles/lawarticles.html

and “Deadly Clear”: http://deadlyclear.wordpress.com

IF the United States Congress were in truly in the service of the people, instead of the service of the Banks, Congress would be holding non-stop “Committee of the Whole” hearings about why Americans are losing their homes.  But Congress does not in fact represent the people, but only the vested special interests which Congress helped to create.  

The American people should stand up and elect members of Congress who swear their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor, on the Bible, to the people that they will investigate and punish the continuous, massive Mortgage Servicing Fraud which has been ongoing to greater or lesser degree since at least 1989 (Bush I).  We forget that Bush I was the President who earnestly pushed for Nuclear War and the rule of the United Nations in a “New World Order.”  In other words, Bush I (and Bush II) lived and worked in the service of World Communism while disguised as “Conservative Capitalist Republicans” endorsing central banking practices that trace their origins to Karl Marx, Frederich Engels, and Mayer Amstel Rothschild.  

Congress created the national banking associations monster (working closely with the banks and the Federal Executive, of course, since at least 1912).  Now to redeem American Democracy, Congress should force disgorgement of each National Banking Association’s wealth and compel divestiture and reconveyance to the Bank’s primary victims of all wrongfully foreclosed property.  I calculated, as did April Carrie Charney, in 2004-2006, that 80-90% of all Florida and Texas mortgages were held and serviced illegally.   In California, the figure cannot be less than 99.999%, allowing only for the tiniest fraction of “hard money” loans and mortgages with notes lawfully held by REAL private lenders.   I lack sufficient familiarity with practices in any other states to be certain of an exact figure.  Impressionistically, Louisiana and New Mexico seem to have a much greater number of hard money loans than any other states, from what I have seen and experienced.  New Jersey probably comes  close to California’s numbers.  Massachusetts and Arizona more likely approximate Florida’s.  

But the bottom line is obvious: nationwide, probably 90% of all mortgage foreclosures conducted since the late 1990s were and are illegal.  Undoing these is beyond the capacity of any state or federal court system at the present time.  Congress may need to create and appoint a special set of courts to unravel the mortgage mess created and growing exponentially ever since 1989-1994.

I would certainly push for the creation of such a special Court system carefully and properly to investigate the mortgage servicing and securitization fraud of the past quarter century, and to begin to restore the Fourth and Fifth Amendment guarantees of private property to reality.  

We are actively soliciting contributions to make such political reform possible.  Please send to Lincoln-for-Congress or the VINDICATIO TRUST ℅ Michael Lenaburg at 3579 East Foothill Boulevard, #544, in Pasadena, California 91107 or ℅ Charles Lincoln at 287 South Robertson Boulevard, #476, Beverly Hills, California 90211 (Fax 310-492-5342). 

Imagine America without Banks or Other Government Chartered Monopolies, with real freedom, justice, and security for a lll

This is my Father’s world. I walk a desert lone.
In a bush ablaze to my wondering gaze God makes His glory known.
This is my Father’s world, a wanderer I may roam
Whate’er my lot, it matters not,
My heart is still at home.  (Maltbie D. Babcock, 1901)

Mark 11: 15 Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; 16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. 17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves. 18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.

What if we were to drive the money changers out of our homeland, our world which is the Temple of North America? At least all the Federally chartered money changers? Would the world end?  

I say that the time has come to redeem our birthrights, to restore integrity and self-reliant freedom to America and the American people.  I call this a program of “National Vindicatio” after the Roman legal action for the restoration of real property and res mancipi (the means of production) to their rightful owners.  

I propose that the best (and probably the only) way to do this is to abolish all government-chartered and federally-funded monopolies, including the national banks, thus restoring some semblance of America as it existed during the apogee of freedom and Democratic-Republican Society, for the 32 years of about 1829-1861 (Andrew Jackson and Martin van Buren through James K. Polk and Millard Fillmore to James Buchanan).  

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams had both died on July 4, 1826, exactly fifty years after the signing of the declaration of Independence, so the new nation had formed and reached a stable maturity.   They died roughly halfway through the one-term presidency of John Quincy Adams, the first son of a President to become a President, but most regrettably: NOT the last….nor the worst, by a long shot….

This was the time before internecine warfare caused half a million brothers and cousins to slaughter each other in the name of freedom, before the Income Tax, gigantic corporations, and unified paper currency became the symbols and arbiters of economic life in this land.  Andrew Jackson, for all his faults, abolished the Third and last Bank of the United States, and his memory is sacred for that achievement.  There were NO national corporations, only state or regional enterprises.  There was nowhere either a corporate or prison culture anywhere in North America.  There was no standing army, except on the frontier.  Imagine America with no national or multi-national Corporations, no greenbacks, and no permanent army.  It was not the Garden of Eden, there were Indians who were forcibly and violently dispossessed of their land and slaves who existed as the chattel property of others.  But, as Alex de Toqueville observed our ancestors, their world in the third of a century prior to Abraham Lincoln’s war was probably closer to an earthly paradise than anywhere in recorded history since Adam and Eve first transgressed God’s commandments….

What would it look like if we tried to recreate that world today by trust-busting (corporate breakups, using the antitrust laws, but in particular breaking up the banks)?  Does it matter that the nation is population roughly 8 or 10 times what it was in those halcyonic three decades 1829-1861?  Does it matter that we have grown accustomed to a world defined by corporations and prisons and government financed and sponsored monopolies, including the Federal Reserve Banking system and the eternally standing army, the largest prison system in the world, and a structured economy carved up between corporate chains whose trademark logos and stores look exactly the same whether you find them in the suburbs of Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Richmond, St. Louis, San Diego, Seattle, Tampa, Tucson, or Washington D.C., itself.  

I submit to you that it could be done based on certain principles of redistribution—not the redistribution of credit-welfare and tax-credits that we have now, but a real redistribution of the material wealth of nation?  Could we effectively restore North America’s land and resources directly to the people, instead of insisting that these be held in the Corporate “Industrial Armies” which Marx and Engels first envisioned in February of 1848?

I submit to you that we could have a SUBSTANTIVE, rather than merely formal redistribution of the wealth out of communal “corporate” hands under government sponsorship and back to the people, starting with a guarantee of a homestead (including productive farmland) to every American resident citizen or family who petitioned for such a thing.  (Obviously we cannot invite the whole world to our redistributive feast, but there’s no reason why 1% of the population is hogging all the food, drink, and party favors for themselves with the express protection and consent of the government).    

This is “Huey Long” style substantive redistribution of property, not Franklin D. Roosevelt-style formal redistribution based on credit.  We need to drive the money changers from our midst so that they can no longer control what we do with our property.  We must guarantee to every family a home, to each individual healthcare, and we must endow these trusts with the Wealth of the Nation, not with credit-based entitlements which may be withdrawn or canceled at any time.  

Strange to say, by putting all property in the hands of private individuals and families, we will not be perfecting communism through this substantive redistribution of wealth.  Rather, we will be restoring the means of production to the people, and taking it entirely away from the collective communistic institutions created by the government and “national sponsorship” through tax policy and a banking system which holds all our wealth and only gives us “credit” in return.  

Once property is back in the hands of the people, there will always be the risk that greedy individuals will try to create new monopolies and new systems of fraudulent money through the expansion of private banks.  But once destroyed, the people will possess the information concerning the truth about banking as a function best carried out in private rather than by government stooges, and it will be incumbent upon the government constantly to remind and reeducate the people regarding the fact that their liberty is only secure if their property remains securely in their hands.  

Monopolistic Patents on things like money (the banking system), the expression and transmission of ideas (the educational and legal system), the use of force in self-defense (the army and police systems), and even on the chemical resources, minerals, crops and animals on which we depend to live (i.e. Pharmaceuetical combinations and “GMOs” = Genetically Modified Organisms) are unnatural and incompatible with human freedom.   We can exist without such monopolies and we can still guarantee that every person within our boundaries can have a fair share of the wealth of Our Father’s World…. and never gain allow our Father’s World to be turned into a Den of Thieves….

For further information on the Nation Vindicatio of America’s property rights herein proposed, please call Michael Lenaburg at 626-639-7037 or Gonzalo Diaz at 424-239-4627.

Bravo Buffy! Sarah Michelle Gellar is disgusted with Vogue, and so am I—I say Sarah’s is the Classiest Tweet I have ever heard of—I SALUTE YOU, SMG!!!! (Fortune and Love Really DO Favor the Brave…)—Vogue has really now Gone to the Dogues….

All I can really say about the Kardashian family is that they appear to epitomize EVERYTHING that’s wrong with the United States, culturally, socially, and economically.  Joss Whedon’s Buffy-the-Vampire Slayer, by contrast, stood as a mythic allegory, bulwark and decently fighting but above all honorable symbol of “truth, Justice, and the American Way” with deep integrity.  Buffy came at the final tail end of “the Good Old Days” of the American Middle Class as it existed in the 20th Century.  The series was known for wonderful dialogue, unique plot situations, memorable characters, but above-all for well-described and portrayed dynamic situational discussions and dissections of moral ambiguity, consistently resolved in favor of right and fair outcomes.  The Buffyverse, although created by a self-proclaimed atheist, was a place where forgiveness and sacrifice and other Christian values (as well as abundant Christian allegory and symbolism, integrated into a world anthropological mythic inventory) were paramount in a world of liberty and self-determination.  The Buffyverse of Sunnydale in Southern California was a deeply troubled place fraught with literal and metaphoric demons who seemed to symbolize both alien invasion and local degeneracy.  The iconic part of the cheerleader turned vampire-slayer Buffy Anne Summers was played by Sarah Michelle Gellar from 1997-2003.  She was among the greatest of all TV heroines…. filled with spunk and saucy character, a truly “All American” girl…. Buffy was particularly popular in the Southeastern United States where violent resistance to invasion and degeneracy has a long and well honored tradition, which apparently appealed to the New England born Joss Whedon who celebrated the same Confederate Rebel tradition in his short-lived Firefly series and its movie sequel Serenity.  Whedon also analyzed the dark depravity and degeneracy of modern Southern California in his Buffy spinoff Angel and the also short-lived Dollhouse (like Angel, set in modern Los Angeles).  These portrayals of Southern California, starring Buffy veterans David Boreanaz and Eliza Dushku, are morally equivalent and in large part indistinguishable, except for magic and paranormal phenomena, from Veronica Mars’ world in the mythic “Jupiter” California.   But earlier this week, Sarah Michelle Gellar came out swinging against degeneracy again, this time with well-pointed sharpened words on Twitter rather than pointed stakes aimed at the hearts of the undead…. although characterizing Kim Kardashian as “undead” would hardly be a stretch of the moral or ethical truth……IMHO……

‘I’m cancelling my subscription!’ Sarah Michelle Gellar slams US Vogue decision to feature Kim Kardashian on its cover

By BOBBIE WHITEMAN

PUBLISHED: 18:45 EST, 21 March 2014 | UPDATED: 10:00 EST, 22 March 2014

Sarah Michelle Gellar has slammed US Vogue for featuring reality TV star Kim Kardashian and fiance Kanye West on the cover.

The 36-year-old actress blasted magazine’s editor Anna Wintour’s controversial decision and tweeted: ‘Well……I guess I’m canceling my Vogue subscription. Who is with me???’ 

The Buffy The Vampire star joined a slew of other celebrities and fashion fans who have registered their discontent on Twitter at the choice of the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star for the front of the upscale publication’s April issue.

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'Who's with me?' Sarah Michelle Gellar threatened to drop Vogue after it featured Kim Kardashian and fiance Kanye West on the front cover of its April edition

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‘Who’s with me?’ Sarah Michelle Gellar threatened to drop Vogue after it featured Kim Kardashian and fiance Kanye West on the front cover of its April edition

 

Opting out: A disgusted Sarah Michelle tweeted that she was cancelling her Vogue subscription over the Kimye cover

Opting out: A disgusted Sarah Michelle tweeted that she was cancelling her Vogue subscription over the Kimye cover 

Many question whether the celebrity couple are relevant to the readership.

Influential blogger Bryanboy wrote: ‘Twenty four years of loyalty to American Vogue and then this.’

Outspoken entertainment journalist Nikki Finke also took to her twitter to chime in on the cover, writing: ‘I’m loving the big backlash aimed at Anna Wintour for putting Kim Kardashian on Vogue cover. Issue should come with barf bag.’

But that didn’t seem to bother Anna, who must have counted on a reaction.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2586583/Sarah-Michelle-Gellar-slams-US-Vogue-decision-feature-Kim-Kardashian-cover.html#ixzz2wkJGAfhJ
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I would just personally add that I think there are few human beings more disgusting than the Kardashians and I write (from the Eastern Edge of Beverly Hills) that this town, this State, this Country would be a LOT better off with out them and all the corrupt cultural and social perversion they represent.  When the class war comes—I hope theirs are the first heads off….. but seriously, ALL HATS OFF TO SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR!   On this occasion, she has spoken for me and I hope also for millions…..

Divergents, Outlaws, and Rebels: the Vigorous Dissident Essential to Social & Political Health

The tense struggle between law, justice, and freedom was not the subject nor even a significant sub-theme  of Homer’s Epics the Odyssey and the Iliad, nor of Vergil’s Aeneid nor the Epic of Gilgamesh, nor of the Ancient Maya Popol Vuh.  

Justice and Fairness/equity vs. Law and Order, however, very much forms a core subject of the new movie Divergent and up to a point the movie Veronica Mars which I have already just recently mentioned on these pages.  I find myself comparing these movies to The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, but I cannot say that this competition defines movies, which concern mostly naked law and oppression divorced from any but the most cynical pretense of law or fairness—even the laws of probabilistic statistics being ridiculed in the refrain, “May the Odds be Ever in your Favor”…which is so patently false that a graffiti artist in one of the “Districts” writes more accurately: “the odds are NEVER in our favor.”

Veronica Mars, set firmly in the modern world of Southern California, indicts the police state as producing “the best justice money can buy” and similarly the prosecutorial system as responding more to the demands of “the court of public opinion” than anything else.  It also (and very accurately) belittles the world of “big money law” as serving no purpose but squashing the little man and his “frivolous lawsuits” against Fortune Five Hundred Clients…. 

Divergent, however, focuses our attention on other aspects of the current struggle.  In both Veronica Mars and The Hunger Games, family is portrayed as both natural and essential to survival, but the dystopian tyranny of the (current modern and future) American Dictatorships has not turned itself against the family, or dedicated itself to the destruction of human nature.  Indeed, in the Hunger Games, the future dictatorship of Panem capitalizes on human nature and human weakness, including family ties, to maximize its own power and control over the subjugated people.  

The three movie franchises have different regional roots and reflect their origins.  The Hunger Games is distinctly Southern, Confederate, and Appalachian in its cultural theory, including the matriarchal family structure and themes of tendencies towards racial segregation (Districts 11 vs. 12) fraught with intimate friendship (Katniss and Rue).  Veronica Mars expressly screams its California setting and cultural roots in almost every scene and dialogue sequence.  Divergent is set in the ruins of Chicago (which strangely look a lot like the current city of Chicago WITHOUT a major civil war).  (This just has to be the future American Civil War described/predicted by the propagandists for Chancellor Adam Sutler’s English Dictatorship in V-for-Vendetta).

I could be wrong, but I think that the association of Chicago with Divergent is very well thought-out and correlated with the socialist-communist background of the largest city in “the Land of Lincoln” (Abraham, that is, the Sixteenth and arguably the first covertly Marxist President of the United States, and a worthy forerunner to the current 44th President, also associated with Chicago and Illinois).  

The futuristic “Brave New World” of Divergent’s Chicago is a quasi-caste based society (divided into five broadly functional “factions” emphasizing not so much specific jobs or professions as “approaches” or “attitudes” in life—not entirely different from the Indo-European tri-functional society with subdivisions of each function, but not at all expressly Dumezilian in the way that Buffy or The Lion King were).  

In the “Divergent” world, the nuclear family still exists as the key reproductive unit but is frowned upon generally and entirely forbidden after puberty.  Life begins for “Tris”—the heroine of the movie, at a ceremony where she voluntarily chooses which to which functional faction she will belong.  This aspect of the future Chicago is much more benign than the Hunger Games, to be sure—there are no automatic annual sacrifices contrasting with great “movie-sports star” wealth in latter day Chicago…..  The only articulated motto of the Status Quo Establishment in Divergent is “Faction before Blood”, although the Dictatrix strongly suggests that suppression of human nature is the primary goal of government….

(Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World vision of a world totally without families, especially without mothers [aside from the State as Ur-or-Uber-Mutter], remains, thankfully, far in the future—although my former friend Jon Drew Roland, a false-flag, former freedom riding, and fear mongering “Libertarian” residing Texas, also with a Chicago connexion, assured me many times that “eu-social” social insect-like “Queen Bee” reproduction through the State apparatus is entirely foreseeable).   

The tension between law and justice, rules and fairness, legal and equitable values, seems to have arisen primarily because of the pronouncement of a vast inventory of laws Hebrew Bible, and the need for resolution of all doubts in favor of equity and fairness was first and perhaps best articulated by that noted Ancient Rabbi, thought by hundreds of millions around the world to have been the Messiah: Joshua ben Josef, aka Jesus Christ.  

The Kingdom of Israel & its secessionist spinoff, Judea, to both of which Jesus was allegedly the direct lineal heir, through the House of David, grew up in the southwest corner of “The Fertile Crescent” of the Ancient Near East, near the border of Egypt in northeast Africa.  The Nile and Tigris-Euphrates, with the Levant in between, were the two “cradles of civilization” in the Western World.  The Ancient Near East is famous for its early law codes, over which the Sun God Shamash (Sumerian Utu) presided, as an antecedent to Apollo in this role, but the division between rules and fairness seems to have only occupied a minor part of the Ancient Sumerian and Semitic Consciousness….at least until Jesus’ final year on earth. In Greece and Rome, “laws” were seen as the tools of the elite, while equity and fairness were seen as the pleas of the weak and defeated.  This is as apparent in Thucydides Melian Dialogue as in Cicero’s orations.  It was this world that gave birth to Jesus, of course, and his “equitable revolution” in thinking about Justice and Right.

In the history of world epics, after the Four Gospels, Dante’s Divine Comedy is the first to articulate the primary of law in the world, tempered with the concept of Justice, but Dante seems to have viewed Hell as a very legalistic place, with only the levels of hell discerning or distinguishing “levels” of fair or equitable punishment.  Ironically, it is hard to see the role of Christian forgiveness in Dante’s writings at all when he writes, in the Fourth Canto of Inferno:

Per me si va ne la città dolente,
per me si va ne l’etterno dolore,
per me si va tra la perduta gente.

Giustizia mosse il mio alto fattore:
fecemi la divina podestate,
la somma sapienza e ‘l primo amore.

Dinanzi a me non fuor cose create
se non etterne, e io etterno duro.
Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate.

“THROUGH ME ONE GOES TO THE CITY OF SORROW,
THROUGH ME THE PATH TO ETERNAL PAIN,
THROUGH ME IS THE ROAD OF THE LOST PEOPLE.

JUSTICE MOVED HE WHO IS MY HIGH CREATOR.
I WAS MADE BY DIVINE POWER,
SUPREME WISDOM, AND PRIMAL LOVE.

BEFORE ME NOTHING WAS MADE,
SAVE ETERNAL THINGS, AND I ENDURE ETERNALLY.
ABANDON ALL HOPE, YE WHO ENTER.”

What kind of Comment is this: “I, Bernie Madoff, did not betray the Jews”? Sometimes you just have to wonder what people are thinking….

The case of Bernie Madoff is not something I find particularly important or interesting for this simple reason: he may have been famous, but he was not alone, unique, or even particularly bad by comparison with his peers.  ALL SECURITIES AND INVESTMENT MANIPULATION UNDER THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANKING SYSTEM and/or SECURITIES and EXCHANGE COMMISSION (YES, EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM) IS INHERENTLY FRAUDULENT, BECAUSE THERE IS NOT MATERIAL OR SUBSTANTIVE BASIS IN REALITY FOR THE PAPER-PUSHING FORMAL TRANSACTIONS which today amount to what we call “wealth” in the so-called “Developed World”.  So to me, Bernie Madoff is not significantly better or worse than Bernanke or Yellen or their predecessors….and probably nowhere near as bad as, say, “national heroes” like Joseph Kennedy….  How and why does it matter whether he betrayed “the Jews” or not—this is seriously food for thought….

http://forward.com/articles/194925/bernie-madoff-says-he-didnt-betray-the-jews/

Bernie Madoff Says He Didn’t ‘Betray the Jews’
Ponzi King Speaks Out on Religion in Jailhouse Interview

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By JTA
Published March 20, 2014.

Bernie Madoff Scam, Fires and Fraud Cost Jewish Non-Profits Dearly
Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff said in a prison interview that he does not feel he “betrayed the Jews.”
The scheme — believed to be the largest of its kind in U.S. history — affected a disproportionate number of Jewish individuals and organizations.
Madoff, 70, is serving a 150-year prison sentence at the medium-security federal prison in Butner, N.C.
“Religion had nothing to do with it,” Madoff told Politico in an interview published Thursday.
“I don’t feel that I betrayed the Jews, I betrayed people. I betrayed people that put trust in me — certainly the Jewish community. I’ve made more money for Jewish people and charities than I’ve lost.”
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Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff said in a prison interview that he does not feel he “betrayed the Jews.”
The scheme — believed to be the largest of its kind in U.S. history — affected a disproportionate number of Jewish individuals and organizations.
Madoff, 70, is serving a 150-year prison sentence at the medium-security federal prison in Butner, N.C.
“Religion had nothing to do with it,” Madoff told Politico in an interview published Thursday.
“I don’t feel that I betrayed the Jews, I betrayed people. I betrayed people that put trust in me — certainly the Jewish community. I’ve made more money for Jewish people and charities than I’ve lost.”
Madoff told Politico that he attempted to recover money for his victims, and it has largely gone unacknowledged.
He said the information he shared with Irving Picard, the trustee charged with overseeing the recovery and distribution of money lost in the Ponzi scheme, has been critical to Picard’s ability to collect the money.
“Everybody thinks the worst of me,” Madoff said. “The only thing I’m happy about is I was able to help people recover.”
Madoff, who sees a prison psychiatrist once a week, said he has “nothing to repent for. I already knew what I did was wrong.”
He said he suffers from kidney disease and not cancer, as has been reported, and takes about 14 medications, which he did not do before entering prison. Madoff had a heart attack over the winter; a stent was inserted to open a blocked artery.
“I don’t believe I’m a bad person,” he said. I did a lot of good for people. I made huge sums of money for some people. It wasn’t just for money. I already had huge amounts of money. It wasn’t to buy yachts or homes. I had that from the beginning from legitimate money I made,” he said of the scheme.
The investment advice he offers is to not invest in the stock market.
Madoff said the loss of his family, who have had nearly nothing to do with him since the scheme became public, is |”more punishment than being incarcerated.” His son Mark committed suicide in December 2010 at the age of 46.

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Veronica Mars: Movie Surprise for March 15—bravo to another seriously subversive flick

I long ago confessed to my heroine addiction…. From Boadicea (“Boudica”), Hypatia, St. Joan, and Queen Elizabeth I, through Scarlett O’Hara to Dorothy Gale and Lucy Pevensie and culminating with Buffy Summers and Katniss Everdeen, I have lived my life studying and admiring strong, heroic women.  I suppose this is all in not so subconscious tribute to my grandmother Helen Lucy Eugenie.  She raised me on a quirky combination of history and Gospel readings together with science and geography through travel and experience.  My mother Alice was rather tragically less of a heroine in my eyes and day-to-day life, making only irregular and certainly never daily appearances the way my grandmother did.  But the earliest thing I remember my mother teaching me was the Song of Mary—the “Magnificat” of the Mother of God who became the World’s perhaps most victorious of all tragic heroines…. 

I had not even heard that a movie about Veronica Mars was in the works, but upon my arrival in Los Angeles on Friday March 14, I discovered that a Veronica Mars movie had indeed premiered that very day.  I have already been to see it twice now, on Saturday and Tuesday nights, and the crowds, of course, very thin: certainly the audiences, even in Santa Monica, where part of the movie was filmed (on the Santa Monica Pier) were nothing compared to the first week of either The Hunger Games or Catching Fire.  

But this is really and truly unjust, because the new Veronica Mars movie is absolutely stunning and excellent, and every bit as original and politically subversive and anti-establishment as the Hunger Games — except all the more explicitly because it is set in present time and directly criticizes both the stupidity and apathy and oppression of modern American culture.  It even makes the express prediction that “when the class war comes [coastal Southern California] will be Ground Zero.”  THAT, my friends and countrymen, is a bold and very apt prediction.  Whether it is accurate or not—as an historical of futuristic prediction—remains to be seen of course, but I for one agree that the cultural, economic, and social inequalities in California are harbingers of terrible things to come—and the only get worse every day.

I suppose I find Veronica Mars particularly (personally) appealing because she expressly eschews and rejects the life of a high paid Manhattan (aka “Wall Street”) lawyer (working against ordinary people for Fortune 500 companies—in the true spirit of corporate law) to return to California to fight injustice—expressly framed as police incompetence and brutality.  I LOVE THE PREMISES OF THIS MOVIE!!!!   It certainly doesn’t hurt that Kirsten Bell is deliciously beautiful.  The now 33 year old Veronica/Kristen Bell has indeed “aged well” as one character puts it in the movie.  It seems impossible and incredible that over a decade has passed. But, indeed, the TV Series Veronica Mars was a critical component of my “Post-Buffy” life. It ran from 2004, after the end of Angel through 2007, my final departure from Texas.   Since leaving my home in the Hills and wandering the earth like either TWJ Ahasueras or Captain Vanderdecken, I have watched only very little television.  I managed to catch a few seasons of Dexter and The Tudors—almost between everything else and by chance, but hardly anything else.

Anyhow, without running any spoilers, I certainly can say that EVERYONE who cares about cultural politics and social perspectives on the criminal justice system in America SHOULD see Veronica Mars.  It is comparable to American Hustle in both tempo and quality of musical soundtrack (for ME, American Hustle WAS the best movie of 2013—the Academy of Motion Pictures Oscar politically motivated, almost Stalinistically, and “White” House command-and-controlled pre-determined award to “Twelve Years a Black Duck” be damned).  

All the people in the movie are beautiful even though the society portrayed is shallow and ugly.  Is there a more important message to convey about American values and what our society has become?  I think not.  God Bless Rob Thomas and a strong “thank you” to all who made this movie possible.  

Obama’s Ukrainian Power Grab, Sanctions and the Boomerang Effect, by James Petras

James Petras

 jpetras@binghamton.edu

Introduction

            In the biggest power grab since George Bush seized Eastern Europe and converted it into a NATO bastion confronting Russia, the Obama regime, together with the EU, financed and organized a violent putsch in the Ukraine which established a puppet regime in Kiev.[1]  In response the citizens of the autonomous Crimean region, fearing the onslaught of cultural and political repression, organized self-defense militia and pressured the administration of Russian President Vladimir Putin to help protect them from armed incursions by the NATO-backed coup regime in Kiev.[2]    Russia responded to the Crimean appeal with promises of military assistance – effectively halting further Western absorption of the entire region.

Immediately following the proxy putsch the entire US-EU propaganda machine spun into high gear.[3]  The nature of the Western power grab of the Ukraine was ignored.   Russia’s defensive action in Crimea became the focus of media and Western government attacks.  Unconditional support for  the for the violent seizure of the Ukraine by the US and EU-backed coup was broadcast by the West’s entire stable of journalistic hacks and accompanied by screeds calling for measures to destabilize the Russian Federation itself through a full-scale economic and diplomatic war.  The US and EU convoked meetings and press conferences calling for trade and investment sanctions.  Threats emerged from the White House and Brussels calling for a “freeze of Russian assets” in Western banks, if Moscow did not hand over the Crimea to the coup regime in Kiev.  Russian capitulation became the price of mending East-West ties.

            The Obama regime and a host of US Congress people, media pundits and policy advisers called for, or engaged in, imposing sanctions on strategic sectors of the Russian economy, including its financial assets in the West.  Opinions in Europe divided over this issue: England, France and the rabidly anti-Russian regimes of Central Europe (especially Poland and the Czech Republic) pushed for harsh sanctions, while Germany, Italy and the Netherlands were more measured in their response (Financial Times, 3/5/14, p. 2).

            The Washington-based advocates for imposing sanctions against Russia view this as an opportunity to: (1) punish Russia for acceding to the Crimean autonomous government’s call for defense against the Kiev putsch by activating Russian troops stationed  in the region; (2) weaken Russia’s economy and isolate it politically from its major Western trading and investment partners; (3) legitimatize the violent seizure of power by neo-liberal and neo-Nazi clients of the US; and (4) promote destabilization within the borders of the Russian Federation.  At a minimum, economic sanctions have become an aggressive tool for energizing the corrupt pro-Western elites and oligarchs in Russia to influence the Putin government to accept the de-facto regime in Kiev and deliver the autonomous Crimean nation into their hands.

            “Sanctions” are seen by the White House advisers as:  (1) projecting US power, (2) securing the Ukraine as a strategic new base for NATO, (3) ethnically cleansing this diverse and complicated region of its Russian-speaking minority and (4) opening the Ukraine for the whole-sale plunder of its economic and natural resources by Western multinational corporations.

            The Obama regime cites the “success” of the financial and economic sanctions against Iran as a ‘model’ for what can be achieved with Russia:  A weakened economy, diminution of its trade, destabilizing its currency and provoking consumer scarcities and mass unrest. (FT 03/05/2014 p.2)  Secretary of US State John Kerry is pushing for more extreme forms of economic reprisals:  trade and investment sanctions, which obviously could lead to a break in diplomatic relations. (FT 03/05/2014 p.1) 

Impact of Sanctions on Russia, the US and EU

            Energy and financial sanctions on Russia, assuming that they can be imposed, would have a severe impact on Russian energy companies, its oligarchs and bankers.  Trade and investment agreements would have to be abrogated.  As a result Europe, which relies on Russian oil and gas imports for 30% of its energy needs, would slip back into an economic  recession (FT  03/05/2014 p.2). The US is in no position to replace these energy shortfalls.  In other words, trade and investment sanctions against the Russian Federation would have a ‘boomerang effect’ – especially against Germany, the economic ‘locomotor’ of the European Union.

            Financial sanctions would hurt the corrupt Russian oligarchs who have stashed away tens of billions of Euros and Pounds in European real estate, business investments, sport teams and financial institutions.  Sanctions and a real freeze on the overseas assets of the Russian billionaires would curtail all those profitable transactions for major Western financial institutions, such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan-Chase and other “giants of Wall Street” as well as in the ‘City of London’.  (FT 03/05/2014 p.2)  In “punishing” Putin, the EU would also be “spiting on itself”.  Sanctions might weaken Russia but they would also precipitate an economic crisis in the EU and end its fragile recovery.

Russia’s Response to Sanctions

            Essentially the Putin Administration can take one of two polar responses to the US-EU sanctions:  It can capitulate and withdraw from Crimea, sign an agreement on its military base (knowing full well that NATO will not comply), and accepts its own international status as a quasi-vassal state incapable of defending its allies and borders; or the Putin Administration can prepare a reciprocal set of counter-sanctions, confiscate Western investments, freeze financial assets, renege on debt payments and re-nationalize major industries.  The Russian state would be strengthened at the expense of the neo-liberal and pro-Western oligarchical sectors of Russia’s policy elite. Russia could terminate its transport and base agreements with the US, cut off the Pentagon’s Central Asian supply routes to Afghanistan.  President Putin could end sanctions with Iran, weakening  Washington’s negotiating position.  Finally, Russia could actively support dissident anti-imperialist movements in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America while strengthening its support for the Syrian government as it defends itself from US-supported violent jihadists.

            In other words, US-EU sanctions while attempting to undermine Russia could actually radicalize Moscow’s domestic and foreign policy and marginalize the currently pro-Western oligarchs who had influenced the heretofore conciliatory policies of the Putin and Medvedev Administrations.

            The EU and Obama might consolidate their hold over the Ukraine but they have plenty to lose on a global scale.  Moreover, the Ukraine will likely turn into a highly unstable vassal state for the NATO planners.  EU, US and IMF loans for the bankrupt regime are conditional on (1) 40% cutbacks on energy and gas subsidies, (2) 50% cuts in public sector pension payments, (3) major increases in consumer prices and (4) the privatization (plunder) of public firms.  The result will be large-scale job loss and a huge jump in unemployment.  Neo-liberal austerity programs will further erode the living standards of most wage and salaried workers and likely antagonize the neo-Nazi ‘popular base’ provoking new rounds of violent mass protests.  The West would move forward with ‘agreements’ with their Ukraine clients ‘at the top’ but face bitter conflicts ‘below’.  The prospect of Brussels and the IMF dictating devastating economic policies as part of an austerity program on the masses of Ukrainian citizens will make a mockery of the puffed-up nationalist slogans of the far Right putschists.  Economic collapse, political chaos and a new round of social upheaval will erode the political gains assumed in the power grab of February 2014. 

Conclusion

            The unfolding of the US-EU-Russian conflict over the Ukraine has far-reaching consequences, which will define the global configuration of power and foster new ideological alignments

            Western sanctions will directly hit Russian capitalists and strengthen a ‘collectivist turn’.  The Western power grab of the ‘soft underbelly of Russia’ could provoke greater Russian support for insurgent movements challenging Western hegemony.  Sanctions could hasten greater Sino-Russian trade and investment ties, as well as military cooperation agreement.

            Much depends on Obama and the EU’s calculation of another weak and pusillanimous response from the Russian government.  They are confidant that the Russian Federation will once again, as in the past, ‘bluster and object’ to Western expansionist moves but will ultimately capitulate.  If these calculations are wrong,  if the West goes through with financial and energy sanctions and President Putin makes a robust riposte, we are heading into the eye of a new political storm in which a polarized world will witness new class, national and regional conflicts.


[1] The pro EU-US putsch regime in Kiev is a product of nearly 25 years of planning and enormous funding by political agencies of the US government.  According to William Blum (Anti-Empire Report#126, 03/07/2014), the self-styled National Endowment for Democracy bankrolled 65 projects involving political indoctrination and the formation of political action groups.  Under-Secretary of State Victoria Nuland boasted that the US government had spent over $5 billion dollars preparing the ground for the putsch in Kiev. 

[2]  The Crimean people had excellent reasons for organizing self –defense militias and calling for Russian military aid.  According to analyst Brian Becker(“Who’s Who in Ukraine’s New Semi-Fascist Government”, Global Research05/09/2014), prominent neo-Nazis and right-wing extremists occupy key positions in the Kiev junta.  Fascists hold the two top positions in the National Defense Council (controlling the army, police, intelligence and the judiciary); head the Ministry of Defense; control the Prosecutor General; and include one of the Vice Presidents.  The Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk (‘Yats’), was ‘hand-picked’ by Washington, (as revealed by a secretly recorded conversation between US Under-Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and the US Ambassador to Kiev).  He is the ‘front man’ of Ukrainian fascism and NATO penetration.

[3]  ’News’ reporting became indistinguishable from editorials in all the major media outlets.  The corporate and state media’s rabid support of the violent seizure of power in Kiev by US-funded clients was equaled by their hysterical claims of a Russian “take-over” of Crimea.  See the coverage from the Wall Street JournalNew York Times , Financial Times , Washington PostBBC News and CNN from  03/01/014 to 03/10/2014.

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