Feb 20, 2021

Biden and Dems Setting Party up for Mid-term 2022 Shellacking

Middle-class Americans must be sacrificed for the
glory of corporatism and Party. Unity is strength.
The Flight of Moloch - by William Blake

At a CNN faux townhall at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee last week, Joe Biden was passionate and clear about one issue: He will oppose student loan forgiveness.

Shooting down the popular proposal to eliminate $50,000 (and more) in student debt, Biden said, unequivocally, "I will not make that happen," emphasizing the word, "not," after assuming his tough-guy pose at the choreographed forum, (NBC News).

This wasn't really a townhall. Questions submitted by the invite-only audience were screened and approved before attendees were allowed to read their questions out loud.

This is classic Biden though: Boasting his antipathy to popular programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and now student loan forgiveness that actually help working-class families.

Biden loves to highlight positions that directly inflict harm onto people — building more prisons, longer sentences, more police, escalation of the War on Drugs, war against Iraq, and dark people, and his longstanding distaste for social earned insurance. He thinks this makes him tough and decisive.

There were no follow-up questions on the total student loan forgiveness question. 

But Biden did manage to renew concern about his cognitive decline after he falsely concluded that he has the authority to forgive $10,000 in student debt, but does have not the "authority" to forgive $50,000 in student debt, (NBC News).

Meanwhile, rightwing Democratic Party interest groups and donors are reportedly conducting an autopsy that will reach the predetermined conclusion that the Democratic Party needs to become more rightwing, more beholden to special-interest donors and more like Joe Biden, (Burns, New York Times).

Reports Alexander Burns in the Times:

Four major groups are backing the effort, spanning a range of Democratic-leaning interests: Third Way, a centrist think tank; End Citizens United, a clean-government group; the Latino Victory Fund; and Collective PAC, an organization that supports Black Democratic candidates.

Actually, the range of Democratic-leaning interests is not well-represented in this sham autopsy, and progressives are being shut out in this effort, as well, of course, in administration appointments.

Other groups working with the big-money corporatists include the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the New Democrat Coalition, reports Burns.

These Democratic groups are stacked with more corporatist with the Congressional Black Caucus leading the charge to destroy black, brown and white working-class lives for the glory of being part of the corporatist coalition working against progressive and populists.

Henry Barbour, a member of the Republican National Committee, agrees with the Democratic corporatists' criticism of progressives who Barbour and rightwing Dems say are running too far to the "left."

To be clear, the left, progressive platform the Republican National Committee and Democrats hate includes the $15 minimum wage, social insurance, healthcare, defense of black lives, and a reduction in the obscene defense budget, among other popular policy positions.

America is 22 months from the mid-terms, and if Biden and the Dems make good on their aspiration to become functional Republicans, there will be electoral blood that will make Dems long for 1994 and 2020.

Feb 15, 2021

Criminal Injustice — Lies, Deception Stain Law Enforcement

Penny Brummer was wrongfully convicted
of murder in Wisconsin because she is a lesbian.
Brummer is also a victim of preposterous
false confession in 1994. See Penny Brummer,
Brummer-Mal Contends, Lueders-Isthmus,
Ricks-The Advocate, and the
Huffington Post, Wisconsin State Journal.
Madison, Wisconsin — Police routinely lie when they testify in court; it's called testilying

Police cook police reports, and omit exculpatory information.

Police lie in court declarations.

Police lie in interrogations.

Police lie to protect other cops' dishonest and crooked conduct, the infamous blue omertà known as the blue shield or the blue wall of silence.

Police lying is so institutionally pervasive that it's astounding anyone, much less courts and prosecutors, believe anything cops say and write.

Throw in malice, racism and other base motivations that those who become police commonly harbor and it's clear your local municipal police force resembles nothing so much as a pathological occupying gang.

But the cult of the police remains strong. 

Politicians and media forever triumph the noble intentions and alleged virtues of "officers." The Democratic Party is 100-percent behind the police as exemplified by events in Kenosha County concerning the racist cop Rusten Sheskey; and the racist killer, Kyle Rittenhouse, for example.

Police unions supportive of any crooked and dishonest action taken by police have turned into rightwing local political forces. 

In Madison, Wisconsin, the local police union rates the City Council members, based upon how Council members aid police in their dishonest and hostile conduct.

But with the growth of a new generation of human rights attorneys and activists like Black Lives Matter, along with the scientific exposure of the junk pseudoscience police often use to prop up their lies, there are success stories that hold police to conduct themselves as non-criminals.

As false confessions and wrongful convictions are revealed across the nation, some honest prosecutors fight back against crooked prosecutors and police.

While actual prosecutions against crooked prosecutors and police remain rare, at least some innocent people are being exonerated.

The New York Times reports this morning on the "a wide-ranging inquiry by the Bronx district attorney into whether the detectives’ tactics had tainted guilty verdicts in 31 homicide cases that relied on confessions."

Police interrogations are not about searching for the truth.

Police interrogations are about getting the police victim to utter words that can be falsely presented as a confession, as in the Wisconsin case of Brendan Dassey, grotesquely targeted by Mark Wiegert, (current Sheriff of the Calumet County (Wisconsin) Sheriff's Office), Tom Fassbender (Wisconsin DoJ, Division of Criminal Investigation investigator (ret)), sex offender and disgraced ex-prosecutor Ken Kratz and dozens of other police collaborators. Or, to take another Wisconsin case, the wrongfully convicted Penny Brummer, who was arrested and convicted because she is a lesbian, a problem for many bigoted Wisconsin hicks. Police and prosecutors portrayed a nod to a vague question during an interrogation as a confession to a murder.

In the Times piece, Jan Ransom writes:

The [police misconduct] inquiry highlights how a new generation of prosecutors in New York and elsewhere is delving deeply into whether deceptive police interrogation tactics might have warped the criminal justice system through false confessions and wrongful convictions.

The examination comes after the emergence of hundreds of cases across the country in which people were sent to prison only to be exonerated later through the use of DNA or the discovery of new evidence.

In case after case, even after innocence and police misconduct are proven to a moral certainty, prosecutors often oppose freedom for the wrongfully convicted.

Standing in the way of freedom of the wrongfully convicted is sick, to most people.

But this demented pursuit is an enterprise taken up by prosecutors, police and cowardly politicians such as Wisconsin Gov Tony Evers (D).

What's wrong with these people?

Jan 25, 2021

RFK Speaks Today

The effort made today. RFK warned about the danger of
timid bystanders on June 6, 1966. Said Kennedy:
"And everyone here will ultimately be judged
— will ultimately judge himself —
on the effort he has contributed to building a new
world society and the extent to which his ideals
and goals have shaped that effort."
Day of Affirmation Address (News Release Version),
University of Capetown, Capetown, South Africa,
June 6, 1966.
Pictured above is national rally for peace;
Washington D.C., October 2003

Stop destroying lives

"We learn, at the last, to look at our brothers as aliens, men with whom we share a city, but not a community, men bound to us in common dwelling, but not in common effort. We learn to share only a common fear - only a common desire to retreat from each other - only a common impulse to meet disagreement with force," said RFK on April 5, 1968, the day after the assassination of King.

What would Robert Kennedy say today?

RFK would be appalled by the police-prosecutor-prison state that destroys lives, life after life, family after family, at a police force that seems to regard people roughly as they would inspect a beaker of urine.

Absent a radical new project on the role of the police and an evaluation of the structures of our society, more American human beings will be lost.

A new generation is carrying the torch for humanity: Black Lives Matter.

We should listen, to them and voices from history.

ROBERT KENNEDY'S CITY CLUB OF CLEVELAND SPEECH, 1968. On April 5, 1968, one day after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Senator Robert F. Kennedy delivered a speech entitled "On the Mindless Menace of Violence" at the CITY CLUB OF CLEVELAND. In the 10-minute speech Kennedy deplored violence in American society. "This is a time of shame and sorrow," he told the hushed audience. Just two months later, Kennedy himself would be assassinated.

Robert F. Kennedy
Cleveland City Club
April 5, 1968

This is a time of shame and sorrow. It is not a day for politics. I have saved this one opportunity to speak briefly to you about this mindless menace of violence in America which again stains our land and every one of our lives.

It is not the concern of any one race. The victims of the violence are black and white, rich and poor, young and old, famous and unknown. They are, most important of all, human beings whom other human beings loved and needed. No one - no matter where he lives or what he does - can be certain who will suffer from some senseless act of bloodshed. And yet it goes on and on.

Why? What has violence ever accomplished? What has it ever created? No martyr's cause has ever been stilled by his assassin's bullet.

No wrongs have ever been righted by riots and civil disorders. A sniper is only a coward, not a hero; and an uncontrolled, uncontrollable mob is only the voice of madness, not the voice of the people.

Whenever any American's life is taken by another American unnecessarily - whether it is done in the name of the law or in the defiance of law, by one man or a gang, in cold blood or in passion, in an attack of violence or in response to violence - whenever we tear at the fabric of life which another man has painfully and clumsily woven for himself and his children, the whole nation is degraded.

"Among free men," said Abraham Lincoln, “there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet; and those who take such appeal are sure to lose their cause and pay the costs."

Yet we seemingly tolerate a rising level of violence that ignores our common humanity and our claims to civilization alike. We calmly accept newspaper reports of civilian slaughter in far off lands. We glorify killing on movie and television screens and call it entertainment. We make it easy for men of all shades of sanity to acquire weapons and ammunition they desire.

Too often we honor swagger and bluster and the wielders of force; too often we excuse those who are willing to build their own lives on the shattered dreams of others. Some Americans who preach nonviolence abroad fail to practice it here at home. Some who accuse others of inciting riots have by their own conduct invited them.

Some looks for scapegoats, others look for conspiracies, but this much is clear; violence breeds violence, repression brings retaliation, and only a cleaning of our whole society can remove this sickness from our soul.

For there is another kind of violence, slower but just as deadly, destructive as the shot or the bomb in the night. This is the violence of institutions; indifference and inaction and slow decay. This is the violence that afflicts the poor, that poisons relations between men because their skin has different colors. This is a slow destruction of a child by hunger, and schools without books and homes without heat in the winter.

This is the breaking of a man's spirit by denying him the chance to stand as a father and as a man among other men. And this too afflicts us all. I have not come here to propose a set of specific remedies nor is there a single set. For a broad and adequate outline we know what must be done. When you teach a man to hate and fear his brother, when you teach that he is a lesser man because of his color or his beliefs or the policies he pursues, when you teach that those who differ from you threaten your freedom or your job or your family, then you also learn to confront others not as fellow citizens but as enemies - to be met not with cooperation but with conquest, to be subjugated and mastered.

We learn, at the last, to look at our brothers as aliens, men with whom we share a city, but not a community, men bound to us in common dwelling, but not in common effort. We learn to share only a common fear - only a common desire to retreat from each other - only a common impulse to meet disagreement with force. For all this there are no final answers.

Yet we know what we must do. It is to achieve true justice among our fellow citizens. The question is now what programs we should seek to enact. The question is whether we can find in our own midst and in our own hearts that leadership of human purpose that will recognize the terrible truths of our existence.

We must admit the vanity of our false distinctions among men and learn to find our own advancement in the search for the advancement of all. We must admit in ourselves that our own children's future cannot be built on the misfortunes of others. We must recognize that this short life can neither be ennobled or enriched by hatred or revenge.

Our lives on this planet are too short and the work to be done too great to let this spirit flourish any longer in our land. Of course we cannot vanish it with a program, nor with a resolution.

But we can perhaps remember - even if only for a time - that those who live with us are our brothers, that they share with us the same short movement of life, that they seek - as we do - nothing but the chance to live out their lives in purpose and happiness, winning what satisfaction and fulfillment they can.

Surely this bond of common faith, this bond of common goal, can begin to teach us something. Surely we can learn, at least, to look at those around us as fellow men and surely we can begin to work a little harder to bind up the wounds among us and to become in our hearts brothers and countrymen once again.