Archive for November 2013

Half a Century later, We remember Dallas as if only yesterday. ( Jay H. Berman)

 

By, Jay H. Berman – Associate Editor @ronrambles.com

 

. . . The best possible world may have truly stood within our reach. The initials J.F.K. by many, is remembered most for the inspiration he ignited, as if a call to greatness dwelled within us all. No man filled my heart & mind with hope – as did President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. But for me, the legacy of the late President is embodied in the wonder of, “what might have been.”

The young President delivered to our nation and the world, a vision so true and so strong, his words, all but impossible to ignore:

 

To state the facts frankly is not to despair the future nor indict the past. The prudent heir takes careful inventory of his legacies and gives a faithful accounting to those whom he owes an obligation of trust.

The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.

We must use time as a tool, not as a couch. The human mind is our fundamental resource. Our problems are man-made; therefore, they may be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.

John F. Kennedy

Nearly all media outlets, public and private officials, high profile personalities and the citizenry at large, focused on an anniversary of tragedy and sorrow:

50 years ago today the embodiment of strength, sustenance and our spirits – was shockingly taken from us. The vigor and vitality shown to the audience was gone, in a matter of seconds.

 

Close family friend, advisor and speech writer Ted Sorenson in his biography entitled simply – Kennedy –presents a picture of the man as nearing perfection. Such was the adoration not unusual amongst his inner circle of family, friends and most intimate colleagues.

Renowned author and journalist Seymour Hersch on the other hand, wrote a rather scathing portrayal of JFK, reminding us that Camelot was pure fantasy. The Hersch depiction of President Kennedy may be closer to the truth than that of Sorenson and others. For it is undeniable that he was but human and therefore possessing whatever defects of character we all have.

West wing political advisor Ken O’Donnell presented a picture of JFK flattering in no uncertain terms. His depiction of the Cuban Missile Crisis is the basis for a film made by Kevin Costner. In it, the trio of President Kennedy, brother and the Attorney General Robert Kennedy and O’Donnell saved the world from annihilation. Others, including Kennedy’s Def. Sec. Robert McNamara debunked the O’Donnell/Costner version as inaccurate.But, while the general public realizes that President Kennedy could not have been without certain failings, the vast majority of us remember him as giant amongst men. We lavish tremendous praise upon him as having been one of the greatest of all American presidents.

When asked my opinion of President Kennedy I explain that dismissing analysis of both his administration and the“plot” to end his life, consist of too many unknown variables. For example, there remains disagreement as to the entirety of factors involved in the failed“Bay of Pigs” invasion. Of far more intensity, we don’t know without question the fine details of how the Soviets under Khrushchev were dissuaded from launching nuclear missiles they’d installed in Cuba.

Finally, we come to that unforgettable day in Dallas. Costner and Oliver Stone have their own ideas pertaining to what happened & both created motion pictures depicting their personal viewpoints. Are we to believe them, or the Warren Commission Report, or any of the multitudes of theories, supposed actual knowledge the new media reports themselves of Nov. 22nd. . . And it’s immediate aftermath?

In this observers mind there exists but a singular conclusion which cannot answer any of the questions surrounding his assassination. In my mind – I just do not know.

However, what is clear to me is this – I am filled with deepest sorrow five decades after the event that took his life. President Kennedy’s visions for world peace and for humanity’s greatest achievements still lie ahead.

For me he remains an iconic figure. A man who instilled pride in the American public for our levels of both past victories of life’s struggles, and our everlasting spirit of confidence, brotherhood and hope for a better world. What is our highest purpose? The efforts made to contribute to the facilitation of these goals!

President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, R.I.P. 

Sources:

  • · The Dallas Morning News
  • · The N.Y. Times
  • · The Boston Globe
  • · The Associated Press
  • · The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, [C.I.A.] redacted declassifiedreports on Vietnam
  • · The Warren Commission Report
  • · “13 Days, by Kevin Costner” (Based upon the statements of Former White House Special Political Advisor Ken O’Donnell).
  • · “Kennedy,” by Ted Sorenson

 

Jay is on twitter @BermanJ1

 

He is a freelance author whose works have appeared on the PBS web-site, in Chicken Soup for the Soul and the Editorial page of The Miami Herald.

 

He previously worked at Time Magazine, The Broward Edition of The Miami Herald and was Editor-In-Chief @ The ptsd-allaince.org

 

He is currently both an Associate Editor and Feature Political Columnist @http://www.ronrambles.com





Beware the Military Industrial complex! What’s the NWCA?

By, Ron Tenin – Creator & Publisher of ronrambles.com – Ron is on twitter @ rpt62960

                                                                            “Beware the military industrial complex.”

– Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhowser, Farewell Address to the nation.

Do you ever wonder about who is really in charge of our planet these days? Well, here in the good old USA we like to believe that free elections take place from time to time; where two infamous political parties dominate the ballot box. Every four years . . . We the People, [insofar as we’re told] . . . “choose”- and “elect” the president. We figure this individual shall pretty much be in charge of things.

Toss in 100 Senators, 435 House Members and 9 Supreme Court Justices, and there you have it. Have what, a representative democracy with lots of checks and balances, (UGH-Really)?! Alas, things are not so simple. For while the president can and often changes every four years, (or eight when winning re-election) . . . “The Ruling Elite,” in and out of the government, is here for the long haul!

These elite “bloodlines” claim to be thirty-two generations in the front of the class; they’re sometimes referred to as the Skull and Bones.

They are the folks who don’t really take much stock in who the president is… e-nee… me-nee… my-nee… or mo. This bunch eats quite well no matter whom is the“chef-in-chief” at the White House. Household names like . . .

. . . Wall [i.e.-Gall]-Mart… Exx-on & on & on… Generally Electric…Bank [i.e.-Bastards]of America… AT & Tats… The Ghost of Henry Ford and J.P. Morgan Chase me a Moron, aka the former Chase Manhattan Bank of Robbery.

All the proud slave-holders of: The 99%!

While everyone likes a good laugh from time to time; unfortunately, this obviously is NOT a laughing matter. General Electric is one of the largest defense contractors in the history of the world. They live and breathe off the specter and reality of war. Conveniently, also happen to control one of America’s most powerful media outlets. Boeing is another huge QUASI-corporate entity. In reality, it’s part and parcel of the U.S. government. The Dept. of Defense (D.O.D.) and the National Security Agency (N.S.A.) couldn’t function without them. Boeing, their competitor Lockheed-Martin, (along with others), can’t undertake huge projects and employ tens of thousands of Americans without the “LONGTERM”commitment of the military & intelligence communities. That’s how things work in our capitalistic quagmire.

Without war, we really wouldn’t know what to do with ourselves!

But nothing, including war, moves without enormous energy resources. Is America committed to a clean planet? Hah, Exxon…Shell…Saudi Arabia…Bush…Cheney…not really part of their plans! The major players have a steady stream of defense needs to fuel the New World Corporate Alliance, and plenty of funding to maintain the OLD WORLD ORDER . . . Yup, We the People freely choose! . . . “Ahem, sure we do.”

 




American’s must demand a new 9/11 investigation…Here’s why….

The seminal event of the 21st century is surely the acts of terror that were perpetrated on American soil Sept 11th, 2001. With a heavy heart I must relate why I believe the real terrorists were then President George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and just a handful of others.

Many people have asked; how could a secret like this possibly remain secret?

Let’s examine historical precedents that address this vital question:

Since the Roswell incident in 1947, government has managed to keep the truth and UFO’Ssecret…some 67 years later. Area 51 is loaded with extra-dimensional beings. Much of our advance technology was gleamed by reverse engineering; a prime example is the stealth bomber. The conspiracy against John F. Kennedy has remained secret…some 50 years later. These are but a few of the more glaring instances.

So, history proves that when and where the military is involved, [and information is tightly compartmentalized] our government within the government is very adept at hiding and disguising the truth!

 

I could go into the plethora of evidence that contradicts the embarrassing 9/11 Commission white wash of a report. Even Co-chairman Hamilton and committee member and ex-Senator Bob Kerry is on the record, [i.e.: let’s say wavering] . . . pertaining to the validity of their own report. Carefully reading the N.I.S.T. Report further casts severe doubt on the veracity of the governments’claims.

The explicit technical details are well researched and please read David Ray Griffins book, The New Pearl Harbor. Check out the documentary Loose Change, it’s available on YouTube. Both are unquestionably enlightening. We could talk about controlled demolitions, Marvin Bush’s heavy involvement, money laundering, and disappearance of gold. These particular disturbing facts tie in with destroying evidence of financial improprieties at the highest level of the country.

The demolition of the World Trade Center 7 . . . never hit by a plane, but yet was the largest CIA outpost outside of Langley Virginia. Paul Bremer had wonderful luck of not being in his office that day. Instead, he made a rare appearance on a network morning show, while his friends and coworkers were slaughtered. Who later became the point man in the Iraq war?

Putting that aside, here are the real telltale signs that things are not as the government would like it to appear:

My observations of the “smoking gun” are a bit more unscientific, based more on understanding human nature and its fallibility’s. When the Pentagon was attacked, and Chief of Staff Andrew Card whispered the news to Bush, GW gave him a funny look and continued his “story telling.”How did they know that no airplanes were headed towards that school…that the President wasn’t a target? Protocol would immediately whisk the President away and take him to a secret bunker immediately…without delay!

But, it seemed as if they knew they had nothing to worry about. Isn’t that extremely curious?

Also disquieting was the Presidents apparently well-rehearsed preparation for his World Trade Center declaration(s). He unequivocally told the entire world – “You’re either with us, or you’re against us!”It reeked of the type of scripted phrase test marketed months in advance. Did Bush come up with that in the heat of battle, or was it well thought out and premeditated? I think the truthful answer is obvious, based upon all of this damning evidence.

Even more telling, is the evil Dick Cheney. When asked if he would have blasted Flight 77 out of the sky, killing 200 Americans, to protect others on the ground he didn’t blink. His answer was yes. So, what would keep Cheney from not slaughtering 3,000 Americans; when we consider his disturbed neocon mind? He in effect told us that he felt that it was, for the greater good. It seems there can be little doubt that American oil oligarchy and opening the door of intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan were the former Veeps’ priorities.

I dearly wish it weren’t so. But intentions plus evidence paints a very dark picture of post 9/11 America. The Patriot Act has infringed upon civil liberty and justice, for the N.S.A. and D.O.D. do whatever, wherever, and however they please. The American people were told a story . . . but,

So heinous is the possibility of our own government killing their own . . . we just don’t want to confront the truth.

Yet, we must demand a re-opening of hearings and we must learn the whole truth. If we allow this to stand we will never regain control of our renegade government; law abiding citizens will never be safe…ever again!

Sources:

The 9/11 Commission Report

The N.I.S.T. Report

The U.S. Dept. of Defense

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerry

Lee H. Hamilton, 9/11 Commission Report Co-chair

The New Pearl Harbor, by David Ray Griffin

Loose Change, Documentary on You Tube

The F.A.A.

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/01/18/24-hard-facts-about-911-that-cannot-be-debunked/

Fair Game, by Valerie Wilson Plame

 




The Government with-in the government…The silent coup d’ etat?

Things are coming along faster than light speed in these days before the big announcement. The United Nations has just appointed an ambassador to welcome our space friends, Malaysian astrophysicist Mazian Othman. She’s the new world organization’s Space Ambassador for Extraterrestrial Affairs.

This in itself is a very significant event, and there’s a reason it’s happening now. So much evidence and so many other governments are confirming the existence of these extra-dimensional, living and dying members of our COSMIC FAMILY. Just like in our world, some will be friendly and some will be dangerous. Its real life, they are mortal just like us; and God has a hand in creating all life in the Universe.

Since the Roswell incident in 1947, our government has been busy trying to control the big cover-up for several reasons. Back then, society was not prepared for this, and the information was justifiably held back. However, things are happening at warp speed now and it’s time to bring in the American people.

A silent Coup d’ etat has happened here in the United States. President Obama is a ceremonial president. Even he doesn’t have access to all the information. It’s very compartmentalized and on a need to know basis only. The mainstream media has been co-opted by the military/industrial corporate Oligarchy. The scientific community has been intimidated with threats of withholding money and more; they have also been silenced.

The last bastion of a real free press is on twitter and YouTube. That’s the people’s weapon to hold onto the freedoms we have been “guaranteed” by the constitution. The mainstream media is owned by the same interests of those that have kept American’s barefoot and pregnant these 60 years. We are at the major crossroads of an American democracy….can we save it? Government went to great lengths to lie about Watergate. We all know we were sold “bullshit” by the Bush II administration, those weapons of mass destruction that never existed. It’s so clear now about their intentions, one has to wonder about what really happened on 9/11. Did we take a hit for the “team”?

We are all pawns in the game of the oil and gas energy people that control the world. We have been privy to and have reverse engineered much of the technology that’s been brought to us by several alien worlds. This country could have GONE GREEN…global warming and Hurricanes Katrina and Sandra didn’t have to happen! The advanced cold-fusion, electromagnetic electricity producers render oil and gas obsolete. We continue to destroy the environment because the powers that be are trying to hold on to what they have.

But worry not free people of America, these interests are now launching Space Wars. The militarization of space has been ongoing for decades. How many Americans know that we bombed our own moon? The aliens are not the real enemy…it’s the 1% rearing their ugly heads once more. A few people are gaining a lot of money and HOLDING THE POWER. …





What’s wrong with Obamacare? …A misnomer that exudes Racism!

“What’s wrong with Obamacare? . . . A misnomer that exudes Racism!”

 

What’s in a name you say? Subtle, ugly racism trivializes the health care of all Americans. I personally have had enough of it!

The health care of millions of Americans has become a playground for imbecility, and it’s time this country grows up. The Affordable Care Act, (A.C.A.) of 2010 is the law of the land. Every person and media outfit that continues to employ Obamacares as an acceptable term does a disservice to us all. This is not a personal issue, and it should not be a one man vendetta; acrimony against a president who led the fight for a more just health care system!

FDR is primarily responsible for Social Security. We don’t refer to it as Roosevelt’s Socialist Security. When Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it was never referred to as LBJ’s Civil Rights. It helped reshape positive progress; a vital step forward in the American civil rights movement! When President Lincoln led the fight to pass the 13th amendment in 1865, we didn’t refer to it as The Honest Abe Wants to Abolish Slavery Act; it was a national initiative.

Obamacare was a term started by the right wing – as an effort to personally express their hatred of the president, and their disdain for 50 million American’s having access to healthcare. In the early stages, Democrats tried to fight off that moniker, [read: misnomer] but relented and decided they might as well take ownership of the term.

Hmm? Well, shit roll’s downhill.

We might as well rename it NiggerCare. Are you offended by that? I hope so! The term Obamacare having been born out of opposition to the Affordable Care Act of 2010, resulted in nearly all of us having gone along with its usage like sheep to slaughter.

Yes, the Affordable Care Act has lots of problems, starting with the president’s poor judgment in jamming it through without any bi-partisan support. The administration’s poor execution of the roll-out is also a big disappointment. But no one should be all that surprised. The corporate world rolling out the same program would surely have had problems as well.

Anything this big, and this new, will face challenges. However, it’s irrational to challenge one man; for this is a challenge to the entire nation. That must include us all – as previously stated, it is the law of the land. The Affordable Care Act will not be repealed.

Let’s work together and make it the best it can be. Thereby helping our country improve the delivery of health care!

This nation must confront it’s demon’s. One of the very worst of which is a history of racism – sometimes subtle, sometimes quite obvious. This kind of horridness extends to other segments of our population as well and in different ways. We have golf tournament’s that exclude women. Plus, women continue to make lower wages then a man doing the same job. We have other environs that still exclude Jews, and neighborhoods that are intentionally segregated nationwide.

A large percentage of states still legally discriminate against same sex marriage and full equal rights for all citizens. We must not officially sanction racism…no matter its makeup. If we can end the personal enmity associated with Obamacare, correctly stated as the Affordable Care Act of 2010, we might usher in a new national success story; just as we accomplished when FDR signed Social Security into law, and LBJ the Civil Rights & Voting Rights Acts!

 




“KOCHMANIA”…aka…An Evil Environmental Nightmare! (By Jay H Berman)

 

By, Jay H. Berman – Feature Columnist

Creator/Publisher ofronrambles.com – Ron Tenin,

On twitter @rpt62960

 

Are all great financial empires necessarily citadels of evil incarnate? No. However, it isn’t uncommon amongst many critics to declare as much. They point to corporate malfeasance, cronyism & hubris. Examination of the Koch Brothers reveals why enterprises such as theirs are viewed in an extremely negative light.

Unfortunately, irresponsible & harmful activities are pervasive, & therefore it’s nearly impossible to speak of “Koch-World” in complimentary terms. This international conglomerate has a record pursuant to policies & practices best defined as horridness, or [by many], whichever favorite expletive of the moment. Why? Well, history answers that question; let’s look at some facts:

The Koch Petroleum Group consists of corporate environmental villains.

It illegally dumped a million gallons of high-ammonia wastewater onto the ground and into the Mississippi River in 1999. They acknowledged further negligence, having dumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of aviation fuel into wetlands from its refinery in Rosemount, Minnesota. The $6 million fine & $2 million in remediation costs was a mere pittance for the Koch’s, but they were ordered to serve three years of probation. The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry & Security found from 1997 to 1999, Koch Petroleum was guilty of 40 violations of Export Administration Regulations!

A Texas jury found that negligence led to the rupture of a Koch pipeline, & in 1999 awarded the victims’ families $296 million – the largest compensatory damages judgment in a wrongful death case against a corporation in U.S. history at that time.

The new millennium ushered in an era of more Koch wrong-doings.

In 2000, Koch paid the largest civil fine ever imposed under any federal environmental law for illegal discharge of crude oil and petroleum products. 300 reported oil spills had taken place across six states. The company agreed to pay a $30 million civil penalty, spend $5 million for environmental projects, & improve its leak-prevention programs.

A 97-count indictment against Koch Industries and its individual employees was returned by a federal grand jury in 2001 for excess emissions of 85 metric tons of benzene, a well-known carcinogen. They were slapped with a criminal fine of $10 million& a $10 million fine to clean up the environment.

But no amount of judicial or regulatory intervention seems to deter the Koch’s from engaging in illegalities!

At its Corpus Christi, Texas refinery environmental violations were discovered; they admitted to a cover-up resulting in a $20 million settlement in 2001. Then, in 2003, the US Commerce Department fined Flint Hill Resources, [another Koch subsidiary] a $200,000 civil penalty in order to settle charges of exportation of crude petroleum from the US to Canada without proper US government authorization. This was followed by the EPA’s finding of 10 different violations in 2006 of the Clean Air Act at its Alaska oil refinery.

Space disallows for citing all such violations. But, between 1999 & 2003 alone, Koch Industries was assessed more than $400 million in fines, penalties and judgments.

The company has opposed the regulation of & limits on greenhouse gases. They spent no less than $50 million on DC lobbyists between 2006 & 2011. Many Koch Industries’ political campaign contributions have gone toward achieving legislation on energy issues. Koch Industries is on record as having come out against policy proposals to control global warming; this includes Low Carbon Fuel Standards, such as the legislation that became law in 2007 in California.

In “Koch-World”corporate profits trump responsible environmental safety standards. Disregard for human life continues unabated & harbingers of injustice reign supreme.

*Sources:

Center for Responsive Politics

Greenpeace

Bloomberg News

The Wall St. Journal

The US Dept. of Commerce

The US Environmental Protection Agency

The US Dept. of Justice

Jay is on twitter @BermanJ1





Give me your tired, your poor…your yearning masses to breathe free…have we forgotten? Jay H Berman

By, Jay H. Berman – Feature Columnist / Political Commentary

Creator & Publisher of ronrambles.com is Ron Tenin, on twitter @rpt62960

 

 

Immigration Reform in D.C. & the Media Circus, a clearly solvable misnomer. But, where the hell is the political will to do so

 

Immigration’s an issue? The geniuses who supposedly run the U.S. government decided it is. There is some disagreement as to when the current dialogue began. 9/11 brought major changes to D.C. & as a result the nation at large. One of the primary legislative decisions was the Patriot Act. I’m still trying to ascertain what’s patriotic about electronic surveillance that violates our Constitutional rights. But, it is pertinent to any consideration of immigration.

The people who either are afraid or those who wish us to be seem to enjoy pointing to the fact that Un-documented Aliens are amongst us. I’m scribbling this on Halloween but so far no goblins have appeared at my door. If Aliens have children, don’t they like candy?

The utter nonsense spewed by talking heads regarding, illegals within our borders, isn’t a cause for terrible fear because buildings fell down. Proper respect for the deceased & those mourning their loss remains. However, immigration to the U.S. has delivered a well-spring of talent, ingenuity & prosperity, aligned with wonderful cultural diversity.

If you’re afraid of every person wearing cloth above their neck, you deserve the Patriot Act. Unfortunately, millions of American’s are terrified. This is where that asinine piece of legislation & immigration intersect.

Conversely, a dose of reality tells us what? Simply that people come here from the world over to get an education &/or employment that provides a significant improvement versus that from which they’d come.

More recently, when we speak of immigrants we’re quite oft referring to folks who come here from Mexico & other regions south of our borders. Somehow, if Spanish or Creole is one’s native tongue, they’re evil individuals who if not feared, at the very least must be scorned. Those in lockstep with this insanity, win acceptance onto the varsity of the fearful Patriots team, aka The Dullards, bereft of any ability to think rationally.

According to their illogic, immigrants are all bad guys who knock down buildings & kill people. When not doing that, they’re smuggling narcotics & killer weed across the, (suddenly), unprotected border & infecting our schools, neighborhoods, workplaces, & whatever else comes to mind.

Members of the fearful Patriots team believe every Spanish speaking person is here illegally, & their mission is: Do evil deeds. Every Muslim person is here illegally, & their mission is: Do things that are more evil than Spanish speaking individuals.

Yet, the folks who employ these Aliens aren’t afraid. They benefit from their presence & are awfully glad they’re here. It kind of makes you wonder what magic powers employers of cheap labor have that the fearful Patriots don’t?

Is illegal immigration a problem & are un-documented aliens to be feared? While asking redoubtable queries, do these same folks negatively impact our all-important facet of existence, the Economy? . . .

. . . Well, I suppose that’s relative to one’s station in life.

Alright, let’s fix immigration. Ready? Enforce the laws that already exist. Can’t do that you say? Too many thousands of them already here & we don’t know who or where they are? Hmm, ever wonder how the government knows, [even approximately] how many are already here if they don’t know who or where they are?

But since the patriots are scared shitless, do a couple of things that should be done anyway but aren’t. Local law enforcement should focus a helluva’ lot more of their attention on drug sellers, rather than users. Have the TSA read the watch lists, (duh), & lock the damned cockpit doors!

Some of us aren’t thrilled with our current immigration laws. Okay, let’s be proactive. Change the path to citizenship – so that most immigrants will bust their ass to achieve that status. I’m tired of hearing this refrain, so do it or shut the _ _ _ _ (expletive) up!

Political will? In D.C. it’s exemplified by the budget bungling fiasco.