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Protesting supreme insanity

It was a good day on the street last Saturday (1-21-2010). There was a demonstration in response to the Supreme Court’s bizarre ruling, which freed corporate money to influence elections as if corporations were human beings.

Six stalwarts showed up to hold signs. A young man on a skateboard stopped and wondered why we were demonstrating. He asked some intelligent questions and we had a good conversation. Another guy stopped to see what was going on and said he had just moved to Longmont from Denver. He said he had attended demonstrations at the Democratic Convention. It seems he’s one of us and may be back.

We all had a good time; lots of fresh air, conversation and a good photographer; quite a dynamic mix.

We shouldn’t be surprised that the Supreme Court would behave in such a fashion. Republican presidents appointed six of the nine Supreme Court justices and five of them voted against the people and for the corporations. Our Enthusiasm comes and goes, but the danger lingers on.

The good new is that more and more people are catching on to the fact that corporate power is THE basic danger we face. The question is, what can we do about it? We need to have a public discussion on this matter, but allow me to offer a few suggestions. We can stop buying crap we don’t need; we can grow some of our own food. Everything we don’t buy is money that the corporations don’t get. It’s our money unless we give it to them. Then it’s their money, and they use it to screw us. That does not compute.

We can become the media. Standing on the corner with informative signs is a type of media with no advertisement, and almost no cost. If there is any independent media around, support them, Viz Magazine and Free Range Longmont, for example. Use public transportation and ride bicycles. If you can save a teaspoon of gas, do it. Drive like an old granny. It’s good for the environment.

You already know all these things. We should all be lying awake at night trying to come up with creative ways to add to this list. My personal fantasy is that we could all agree on one corporation (like Coke) and boycott them until they squeak.

So, let’s put our collective heads together and come up with some useful ideas. Meanwhile, support a constitutional amendment to ban corporate personhood.

Campaign finance: The end of Democracy

From the Boulder Daily Camera:

Dan Frazier: Campaign finance: The end of Democracy

We can write the obituary for our American Democracy.  It died January 21st, 2010, with the Supreme Court ruling for Citizens United v. FEC.  From this day forward, there are no limits on the money that large or even multi-national corporations may use to control elections.  However much money a candidate can raise, corporations will be able to overwhelm that campaign with legal media buys.   In less than a decade, all elected officials will be vassals of corporations.  Instead of Democracy we will have Fascism: The marriage of government and business under authoritarian rule.

Of course we will not notice much of a change at first.  The elections will seem much the same.  A few of your favorite shows will go away but there will be plenty of interactive, sports, and reality shows.  There won’t be much media chatter about the bad economy except to blame it on some radicals.  Where you had a house, your kids will only be lucky to afford an apartment.  Many of your friends and relatives will fall on hard times but it will not be reflected in the news, which will talk instead about the patriotic necessity to sacrifice for the war.

There will really be only one party, with the two wings called the Democrats and Republicans.  Only corporate-vetted candidates will be on ballots and elections will be electronic and privatized.  Government positions will be patronage for loyal corporatists.  Corporations will be able to write or change any law to suit their purposes.  All facets of government will be repurposed for corporate use.  Public safety nets such as Social Security and Medicare will be quietly eliminated.   Constitutional rights will disappear because no one will defend them.

You think this is fiction?  It is already happening.  Who is going to stop it?

Dan Frazier
Boulder
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Money runs wild

Colorado GOP to sue to lift campaign money limits – The Denver Post

Colorado Republicans will sue to overturn voter-approved state limits on some campaign contributions after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Thursday that tossed out restrictions on corporate involvement in federal races. “Our firm will be bringing a challenge to this law in the coming days,” said Ryan Call, an attorney with Hale-Friesen. Call said the firm will represent the Colorado Republican Party in the suit and is trying to put together a cross section of plaintiffs. “It will be a broad coalition,” he said. “It will be partisan groups. It will be trade associations, individual companies and corporations.”

Read the rest at The Denver Post

Fair Campaign Practices Act

ARTICLE 45

ELECTION CAMPAIGN REGULATIONS

Legislative declaration. The people of the state of Colorado hereby find and declare that large campaign contributions to political candidates allow wealthy contributors and special interest groups to exercise a disproportionate level of influence over the political process; that large campaign contributions create the potential for corruption and the appearance of corruption; that the rising costs of campaigning for political office prevent qualified citizens from running for political office; and that the interests of the public are best served by limiting campaign contributions, encouraging voluntary campaign spending limits, full and timely disclosure of campaign contributions, and strong enforcement of campaign laws.”

With that as a foundation, it would seem that Longmont might just piggyback on what our state has done in regulating our municipal elections. But there’s a BIG, BIG problem with that. Our state statute does not extend to municipalities and local elections in any of the ways identified in the legislative declaration. I used the very useful “find” feature for this pdf document and I’ll be darned if it found only one reference to “municipal elections” and one more for “local elections”” So if Longmont chose to use the state statute, guess what – There would be NO regulation of our municipal elections.

I also recently read another very interesting statement:

“The rights of citizenship do not stop at the ballot box. They include the free-speech right to devote one’s resources to whatever cause or candidate one supports. We oppose any restrictions or conditions upon those activities that would discourage Americans from exercising their constitutional right to enter the political fray or limit their commitment to their ideals.”

“…right to devote one’s resources…”: How much of one’s resources. All of them? Any amount one wants?

“We oppose any restrictions or conditions…”: That sure sounds like a political free-for-all to me and I submit to most people, including most people in Longmont.

Mayor Baum, at a recent council meeting you strongly promoted that Longmont scrap it’s Fair Campaign Practices Act in favor of state statute. So I guess you subscribe to the second quotation. That quotation comes from the Republican Party platform.

Much has been said about keeping Longmont’s election non-partisan. Let’s hope that the new council majority will not adopt the Republican Party’s ideology in our non-partisan municipal elections.

Long Ol’ Row to Hoe

It’s been a long row ta’ Hoe, Now,

From Ducktown to Longmont

& I pray there’s still More yet to come.

I been pushin’ this Plow over hard, stony Ground

Tryin’ ta plant Y’all some Trees an’ some Flowers

‘n’ I’ve seen many cold Dawns

and strode mostly Alone

While I worshipped the Sun an’ the Snow

‘n’ I’ve carried the Story of All I’ve encountered,

& I’m tryin’ ta make sense of it All.

SomeOne gave me a Mission

I been tryin’ ta be True to

As I Plowed every step of the Way –

Yet, my Guides have been scattered

Wearin’ many Disguises

While I’d listen to what they might Say.

SOME spoke Backwards — Some Frontwards

Some Screamed and then Cursed

First at Me then at That which I Love

But I’ve searched for the Meaning

In Whatall I’ve Encountered

As an oft-Cryptic Sign

From Above.

Now, Confusions ha’ plagued me

Many Dangers waylaid me

As I ran up this crooked ol’ Trail

I keep getting’ back Up

From th’ Swamp an’ th’ Muck

Prayin’ Someone might Stand for my Bail.

But the Night has been Long

Stifled many a Song

That my Heart has been longing to hear –

‘n’ I try even now, though I still ain’t learned how

to dispel that Ol’ Demon — my FEAR.

And He keeps right on Lurking —

Crushing all of my Working

For Love Beauty Justice

And Truth.

So my Path kep’ on Windin’

To Escape the Confining

Prison Walls which have Stolen my Youth.

& I Run up the Mountain

shout my NAME to the Stars

then return to my hovel a l o n e

Knowing NOTHING is Promised

but to DO What I Came For

and to Stand up an’ Sing You

My SONG.

Strider © 1/17/2008

Remarks I shared at Longmont City Council on 1/12/10

Earlier today I attended the Martin Luther King celebration in these chambers. The City put together a beautiful and inspirational program. When I looked at the posters of MLK and President Obama together, I felt both hopeful and melancholy. Hopeful to think of how far we’ve come, and melancholy as I realized how far we still need to travel to end discrimination… As my friend Strider reminds me, “It’s a long march.”

While that’s not what I came to speak about, I was inspired. See, I too have a dream. My dream is to keep Union Reservoir Wild. This dream started in 2001, when the City of Longmont had a contract on 315 acres at Union for Open Space. Due to a glitch in the contract, the landowner was able to get out of this contract when Lifebridge Church doubled the offer the City had made.

I was on a organized bird walk at Union 10 days ago where we saw 7 bald eagles, 2 golden eagles, 2 norther harriers, 1 coyote, 2 foxes and a flock of about 100 horn larks. All this is 70 minutes. Union Reservoir and the wildlife it supports and surrounding land is precious and needs protection.

My ultimate dream is that Lifebridge has a change of heart and decides to sell this land back to the city to be kept wild as was the original plan.

My new short term dream is that the organizers of Heavens Fest realize the incredible jewel Union Reservoir is and rethink the location of their event. I was thinking Main Street would be far superior for the following reasons: 1) They know hoe to do large festivals–accommodating 20,000+ people. Extending a couple blocks might be necessary if there will be 35,000+ people.
2) There is regional and local RTD services to Main Street and from Main Street all over Longmont. 3) Downtown businesses would get an economic boost and lots of great exposure. Frankly, Union attenders would travel east, north, south in addition to those that might come west into Longmont. A more central location increases the likelihood of dollars staying here. 4) The Main Street location would not have a negative impact on Land & wildlife. 5) Shuttles could be arranged from the fairgrounds etc. to offset parking.

Heaven Fest maybe a good idea. It’s just not a good location.

Foxymoron

From the Daily Camera Letters online:

Fair and balanced?

Yeah, right

My wife and I watched 60 Minutes with interest last Sunday to discover that Sarah Palin had to ask Joe Biden if she could call him Joe at the vice-presidential debates so she wouldn’t make the mistake of confusing his last name with Obama’s. She ended up calling him O’Biden anyway.

However strange that was, your story in Monday’s paper topped it. Fox News hired Sarah Palin as a political commentator and analyst. Her response? “It’s wonderful to be part of a place that so values fair and balanced news.” Fox News fair and balanced? Now that’s an oxymoron.

And Sarah Palin as a Fox political analyst? That’s even better, my wife said. That`s a Foxymoron!

RON SMARON
Boulder

Consumers Beware: Monsanto Is A Global Multinational Biotech Killer

Henry Kissinger is on record calling us a bunch of “useless eaters.” Is Monsanto a depopulation tool of his liking?

By Vincent L. Guarisco
January 14, 2010

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall — think of it, ALWAYS.” ~~Mahatma Gandhi

I am a person with strong moral and ethical convictions and, as a proud parent who cares, I have read many child development books — most of them have a couple of things in common — they say it’s imperative to feed our kids a well-balanced diet and they strongly advise us to lovingly hug our children as often as we can. If this is true, then I’m no longer blurry about something.  The mystery is revealed; Mr. Henry (kiss of death) Kissinger is a bad-ass example of “bad nutrition” and cruel “child neglect.”

Indeed, food and water and love’s aphorism is our common ground, a universal experience to be revealed. But let’s be real, it’s also a vulnerable weak point for some people to abuse in ways unimaginable. Aside from being kind and loving to one another, if we are what we consume, we’d better be much more selective in what we eat or drink. Especially in knowing we physically and mentally grow or disfigure from that digestive starting point. After all, destroy the body and the mind dies with it.

Call me an activist dreamer. I live for the day when we can birth a healthy revolutionary movement to subdue all the crazy power-hungry carcinogenic-producing multinational biotech industrialists who seem determined to condemn us to miserable life of sickness, birth defects and death. Although there are many honorable individuals and companies out there producing healthy consumer products, that demand is not being met, so affordable organic supply is slim to none. Having said that, and with no offensive pun intended, a legitimate question nudges the non-nutritious lobe: Where is it mentioned anywhere in the Big Black Book that the future bread of Christ would later be dipped in 21st century arsenic?

For some time now, I have watched my America and the world fall ill in epidemic proportions while most surrender their sensibilities and concerns. I find this woefully unacceptable. Im sure most would agree that Gandhi (quoted above) is highly regarded as one of the most optimistic spiritual deities of our century. However, I’m equally sure even Gandhi would agree that the wellspring for love and truth starts with giving our bodies a healthy nutritional chance to evolve through safe consumerism. A necessity for achieving that higher sphere of philosophical excellence and grace that he himself inspires. So I quickly recommend we lose the narrow visio n and quickly find a better platter and chalice for which to wine and dine, because seed giant “Monsanto” is manufacturing some of the most poisonous Trojan horses the food chain has ever seen. Consumers beware, we are now trapped in a deadly chemical labyrinth!

One of the most insidious corporations to ever taint the consumer realm, Monsanto is a global killer; a maker of growth hormones in livestock, Agent Orange (dioxin), MON 810, and RoundUp Ultra, a highly concentrated Glophosate herbicide used on global agriculture crops with additional surfactants (to increase lethality). As the inventor of genetically modified (GMO) crops and food products, Monsanto is a major producer of agriculture (GMO) seeds specifically designed to yield only “sterile” seeds from farmers’ next harvest; thus, causing economic and environmental disaster for farmers at home and abroad.  A maker and distributor of deadly PCB’s added to global water supplies and one of the biggest toxic-waste polluters the world has ever seen — under the worst circumstances, Monsanto is probably a conspicuous card-carrying member of Kissinger’s vehemence that is helping to thin the flock in what the globalists call “the great culling.”

Please take a moment and join the “Organic Consumers Association” (OCA) campaign to “mobilize one million consumers to end Monsanto’s global corporate terrorism.”

http://www.organicconsumers.org/monlink.cfm

According to them, Monsanto’s Board of Directors include many high profile names such as former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and former Secretary of Agriculture Anne Veneman.  With large campaign contributions given to buy politicians, Monsanto lobbies to a host of them — former Secretary of Health (Wisconsin’s Governor), Tommy Thompson, former Attorney General John Ashcroft, former Chairman for the House Agriculture Committee Larry Combest are just a small handful on a very long list.

Plus, it’s interesting to note that, prior to being confirmed as a US Supreme Court Justice, the Anita Hill bashing, Long Dong Silver enthusiast “Clarence Thomas” was Monsanto’s “Lawyer” (sic). How convenient, they also have a powerful enabler on the highest court in the land to continue protecting them as well. . .

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him p ower.”  Well, I’d venture to say that if Lincoln knew the dire health consequences associated with Monsanto’s death dealing minions and — providing his voice could travel up a golfer hole from the grave — we would probably hear him ask to be re-buried several feet deeper in a more secure vacuum-sealed vault.

And nothing drives the nail further into the proverbial coffin than “Phil Angell,” Director of Corporate Communications when he gushed to the New York Times: “Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe biotech food, our interest is in selling as much of it as possible.” Angell added, “Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job.” Well, that would be fine and dandy if the FDA actually did its job, but that is simply not the case. Sadly, the FDA does not come even remotely close to fulfilling its government regulatory safeguarding obligations. Not with past presidential appointees heading the agency, and certainly no t now with Obama. What a hateful monopoly game it truly is — Monsanto gets a free fucking pass around “Go” each and every time.

In addition, “Honest Abe” also said, “If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?” I guess it’s fair to say that Philly boy and the rest of the motley crew at Monsanto is a classic ambidextrous mix of Lon Chaney facial types who see fit to add cancer-causing preservatives, additives, colorings, artificial flavorings, steroids, etc., to their GMO products. In this context, “two-faced” is far too kind a depiction.

Well, as long as we’re exhuming legacies and looking for “saviors” in scarcities realm, I might as well emphasize how another great patriot made his powerful stand. We can all learn a thing or two from “Nelson Mandela.” He mustered immense strength, courage and determination to survive his captivity and still fight the powers that be. Well, we share some obvious common ground with this great a nd noble man — we’re all prisoners now in this new terrible Eden full of sick Monsanto apples poisoning the landscape. However, regardless of the challenges we face, no one can deny that Mandela’s incredible wisdom and endurance is a valuable lesson for us to ascertain. Yes, Mandela went boldly into bondage as a martyr for his nation. He defiantly stared into the eyes of his suppressors who wrongfully held him captive for decades as a political prisoner and yet, he overcame their torture and came out on the other side even stronger as a free man who went on to help millions. Wow.

I ask you this, was he born with some magical celestial “organic” genetic cocktail from above? Seriously, along with toasting Gandhi’s spiritual cup, we may want to quickly “in vitro” this same courage, tenacity and perseverance into future wombs to fertilize a big bang of truth, activism and justice. It’s amazing that so many great moral compasses have com e and gone; yet, the needle remains pointed in the wrong direction today.

Here in the US, some of our past leaders, especially Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, had their hearts and priorities in the right place. They both warned us of a powerful pending threat that, if left unchecked, would not only control government, but become it. Well, that day is here. These unpleasant Bilderberg, Rockefeller, Rothschild elites with all their augmented subsidiaries now seem to think they own us lock, stock and barrel. Or, they seem to think they do. . .

(((insert a very “stale” consumer wink here))).

Listen-up world: our common goal collectively binds us together. Our mission is one and the same. We all seek global peace, personal freedom, compassion and respect for all nations with different cultures and belief systems.  We seek to conduct our own affairs without intrusive interference from New World Order foreign entities, corporations or government tyranny that would subvert the very fabric of each nation’s sovereign right.

In retrospect, We each share the same sacred birthright. We demand to live free and prosper, to grow peacefully, to maintain healthy living standards without aggressive chemical-pushing biotech behemoths like Monsanto (and others) who are trying to kill us off by destroying the world’s food and water supply right out in plain sight.

In fact, when considering other disturbing anomalies like this deadly H1N1 flu virus that’s currently flying around the globe like an evil fairy dust, we can also add the giant Baxter Healthcare Corporation to the hit-list for surreptitiously spreading this infectious disease, and for manufacturing and distributing a global pharmaceutical immunization “hot-shot” for all of us useless eaters to harmfully inject or inhale. But that’s another nutshell for me to crack at a later date. . .

What we already know for sure is bad enough. It’s our very own personal “in our face” live-streaming 3-D featured event. An outrageous high definition virtual reality horror picture show. Yes, and the poison Koolaid and popcorn has already been doled-out at the snack shop.

Indeed, the mutli-national biotech globalists are working non-stop, feverishly attempting to create a one-world empire in order to dominate the world’s natural resources and everything contained within. We also understand this treachery was created by design — with calculators in their laps — as a means to measure, divide, conquer and reduce the world’s population to a more efficient, manageable amount for them to better control and enslave us. So, bottom line, we must unite under one collective banner in order to defeat them and survive.

Across the globe, a great awareness is quickly gathering steam. We ask all nations to harness that energy and join forces in solidarity to help restore health, stability and freedom to prevent this impending tragedy. Let us combine our unique abilities and gifts to enhance our greatest advantage.  We are billions strong! Our brilliant points of light can surely light the way for the greatest global arch of activism the world has ever seen for the betterment of all mankind.

I say let’s shut down the evil ruling class business machine with some mass global “boycotts” and “strikes.” Dissent is beautiful thing. Let us organize some real dates when we will all stop paying taxes, stop buying their products and services and stop manufacturing their goods for them even if it’s only for a day or a week at a time (as needed). As pissed-off consumers, we hold so much more power than we will ever realize! This will take their breath away. Divided, we may not have a real voice in today’s society, and we may not be able to defeat the power ful standing armies of today, but truthfully, we don’t have to — all we have to do is combine our efforts and effortlessly do nothing. Ironically, it’s as easy as that.  If we buy nothing, do nothing, produce nothing and spend nothing, the New World Order Empire will ultimately crumble into the ash bin of time and we will be much better off without their presence.

As Thomas Jefferson famously said, “A little rebellion now and then is a good thing. The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” I say we can defeat the elitists without firing a damn shot and without spilling any blood whatsoever. All we have to do is get our shit together and bankrupt them as they have already done to us. Think about it, but not for too long…

Vincent L Guarisco is a freelance writer from Bullhead City AZ., a contributing writer for many web sites, and a lifetime founding member of the Alliance of Atomic Veterans. Reprint permission is given as long as article content is not altered or changed and credit is given to the author. The 21st century, once so full of shining promise, now threatens to force countless millions of us at home and abroad into a dark abyss of languishing poverty and silent servitude; a lowly prodigy of painful struggle and suffering that could stream for generations to come. I’m wishing for a miracle, before it is too late, the masses will figure it out and will stand as one and roar. So, pass the word — it’s past time to take back what is ours — the American Dream where the pursuit of happiness, the ability to live in a free and peaceful nation is a reality. We bought it, and we paid for it. It’s time to take it back .. For replies, contact: vincespainting1@hotmail.com

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