Saturday, May 27, 2017

"For our Freedom and Other Stuff" by Cindy Sheehan

Casey's boots in the American Friends' Service Committee
Exhibit: Eyes Wide Open


This weekend is the 13th Memorial Weekend since my son Casey was killed in another US war for profit and global domination.

Memorial weekend is a "double whammy" for me because not only am I assaulted with "red, white, blue," gross displays of nationalism, and proclamations of "we honor them because they made the ultimate sacrifice;" but Casey's birthday was May 29th and it always falls on our around Memorial Day. Although, now 36 years in the past, as a mother, the labor's struggle of bringing him into this world and the joy of the culmination of that hard work is still fresh in my mind. As soon as his head emerged from me, he was crying and all eight pounds and two ounces of him were perfect; Tears are pouring from my eyes thinking about it. My body fed and nourished him inside and outside the womb and his sweet spirit and cheerful presence fed and nourished my soul for 24 years until he was wrenched from me for evil purposes.

I can't abide cable news and its devotion to Empire, so I usually put on local news in the morning to hear about weather and local happenings which is occasionally sprinkled with devotion to Empire, but not as bad as CiaNN, Faux News, or MSNBCia (for example). Predictably, today the local news was also spewing forth nationalistic bullcrap.

This morning, as I sipped my coffee and checked my overnight load of email, one local station was showing Cub Scouts putting flags on the graves of veterans at a cemetery in Sacramento. Not all veterans, or those killed in action, are buried at military cemeteries. Casey is buried here in Vacaville at the town cemetery. So, on Memorial Day, flags are placed at the grave of each veteran to distinguish between veterans and "norms" like us.

One leader of a Cub den was interviewed and asked why he was out there so early to do this and he actually said, he was there because many soldiers died for "our freedom, and other stuff." Well, the "freedom" part is a baldfaced lie, but that Cub leader probably doesn't know that because we here in the Empire of Lies have been conditioned our entire lives to believe that one essential fabrication: if the young people of the US weren't sacrificed on the altar of profit and if they didn't go and murder other people in foreign lands, then we wouldn't be "free." 

"Free" in the United Police States of America? 

One nation, Under Surveillance? 

"Free" in the nation that incarcerates more of a percentage of its citizens (mostly people of color) than any other in the world?

Leave me a mother's indulgence to expand upon the "other stuff" of the Cub leader's imagination, as a matter of fact, I can do no better than to quote Major General Smedley Darlington Butler in War is a Racket:

“Beautiful ideals were painted for our boys who were sent out to die. The was the "war to end wars." This was the "war to make the world safe for democracy." No one told them that dollars and cents were the real reason. No one mentioned to them, as they marched away, that their going and their dying would mean huge war profits. No one told these American soldiers that they might be shot down by bullets made by their own brothers here. No one told them that the ships on which they were going to cross might be torpedoed by submarines built with United State patents. They were just told it was to be a "glorious adventure".

Thus, having stuffed patriotism down their throats, it was decided to make them help pay for the war, too. So, we gave them the large salary of $30 a month!

All that they had to do for this munificent sum was to leave their dear ones behind, give up their jobs, lie in swampy trenches, eat canned willy (when they could get it) and kill and kill and kill...and be killed”
Smedley D. Butler, War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America's Most Decorated Soldier 

With sadness, I watched those darling, young Cub Scouts (Casey achieved rank of Eagle Scout) being force-fed patriotism and its even more terrible cousin, nationalism. As a recovering "good American" myself, I was a Girl and Boy Scout Leader, so, I can only imagine after they the little ones were finished with their task, they gathered for pizza or donuts and made a fun day out of it with carnivals and parades. 

A few weeks after Casey was killed in Iraq was his birthday and Memorial Day. Casey's dad and I were invited to the cemetery where he is buried to participate in a service. I was in the stands in a place of "honor" with mothers whose sons had been killed in Vietnam. They weren't as distraught as I was, but they didn't look very "honored" to be there, either. Shortly after that, I embarked on my public career to not allow my grief to be "honored" but to shove it in the faces of everyone who supports war without having even the tiniest inkling of the profound despair US military mis-adventurism causes. Consequently, I was never again invited back to one of those "celebrations."

So, on Casey's birthday, I will do what I do every year since the first one: Go to where he is buried with tears on my face, remove the bloody flag of Empire from his grave and re-dedicate my life to ending the Empire. 

In Casey's name and for his legacy.


 




 

Memorial Day by Anthony Freda

 Image by Anthony Freda

Is human sacrifice really dead? 

Or, are our wars religio-political rituals in which the precious, sacred lives of our young people are sacrificed at the altar of "democracy and freedom" by order of the new priest class?

22 U.S. veterans commit suicide a day. I would categorize these deaths as Assisted suicides. 

Why are so many brave soldiers and veterans killing themselves?

Are they coming to the realization that they were never fighting for freedom and democracy as they were told?

Are they learning that the pretexts they are given as justification for endless war are actually warped, historical narratives designed to manufacture their consent?

Have they accepted the fact that the true, imperial geopolitical strategies at play are hidden from them and that their sense of patriotism has been cynically manipulated by those who benefit from enriching and empowering the military industrial complex?

Are they becoming aware that a complicit media uses psychological techniques to promote endless war as the inevitable solution to every crisis, ignoring and hiding the fact that these wars accomplish nothing but death, chaos and the empowerment of the very enemy they have ostensibly been sent to destroy?

Are they killing themselves not only because they have experienced the horrors of wars, but also the even greater horror of knowing that their criminal government sent them into harm's way on false pretexts and that those in power place 

No value on their sacrifices or even their lives?

Anthony Freda

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Watch: Student Activist Clashes With Tucker Carlson Over Venezuela Opposition

"Dakotah Lilly, a leader of Students & Youth for a New America in New York City, defended Venezuela on a national US TV news broadcast. Appearing with Tucker Carlson, on a nightly program with 3 to 4 million viewers across the USA, Lilly called out the FOX news host for his blatant distortions of the harsh situation facing the Bolivarian Socialist Republic. Lilly pointed out that Venezuela is facing a wave of terrorism and food hoarding, and that while everyone acknowledges that reforms are desperately needed, neoliberalism is not the answer." 
Dyln Namm, MintPressNews

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

TONIGHT! John Pilger and Evan Greer on TPS w/Cindy Sheehan

May 23, 2017
 
Listen tonight:
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GUEST ONE: JOHN PILGER
TOPIC: THE HOT MESS OF THE US EMPIRE/CHINA
 
GUEST TWO: EVAN GREER
TOPIC: PRIVATE MANNING'S RELEASE AND GOING FORWARD

Monday, May 22, 2017

The 19th of May: California Independence Day by Cindy Sheehan






Since my son Casey was killed in Iraq on 04/04/04, I have consistently taken steps to remove myself from the government of the USA: I stopped paying income taxes (how can I fund more murder after I essentially funded the murder of my own son?); I sold my car; dumped my house; and vocally oppose just about everything America does. Unfortunately, I still have a passport and I feel like, not only do I want to live in California, my surviving children (5th generation Californians) and my five grandchildren (6th generation Californians) live here, so I need to live here.

Also, why should I be forced to "love it or leave it?" Mostly, almost all the people who can afford to be so mobile and move around the world are the people who create untenable conditions for the rest of us, anyway.

Having written the above, you can imagine that I was extremely excited when I saw that there was a renewed interest in California Independence! I quickly contacted leadership of the movement and became involved myself and am now on the board of the California Freedom Coalition. 

On May 19, 2017 we joyfully, yet with a sense of gravitas, filed paperwork in Sacramento at the office of the Attorney General to put California Independence in front of Californians in the form of a ballot initiative. Right now, we are awaiting final approval (around 50 days) to begin collecting signatures for this historic and righteous effort.

In front of Cal Capitol. Cindy Sheehan (Young Lady), Steve Gonzales of CFC

As with the first American Revolution in 1776 (an effort which few colonists supported, at first, so the "Patriots" also had to wage a battle to win the "fence-sitters" over), it has become "self-evident" to some of us here in California that the US government (USG), way across the country in Washington, DC does not represent us, or our values, in anywhere near a competent, or even, humane way. We feel like we are treated as vassals to unrestrained capitalism and war. Even California's federal contingent that are sent to DC are a club of millionaires who have lost touch with California and the average Californian. How else are reps like Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) and Nancy Pelosi (D) able to constantly vote for wars, war funding, and work to protect out of control US regimes and corporate interests?

While California is one of the leading economies in the world, there is still an appalling unemployment and homeless problem. Following the trajectory of the US, California's good, manufacturing jobs have fled for greener pastures and what's left for us: service jobs or the military. Californians send billions to the USG to support US military adventurism, and while we mostly don't support the wars, our young people and families pay the highest and irredeemable prices in war deaths, injuries, and the deepest cut: suicide.

If left in the Republic of California, what we here in the state could do with our human, natural, and financial resources, is almost limitless. Similarly, the potential of a free California to lead the world in peace, education (the wealthy state of California consistently rates in the bottom 10% in education in the US), meaningful and full-employment with good wages and benefits, sustainable energy production, clean agriculture, clean water, clean air, etc; unleashes what my colleague in the movement Tim Vollmer has called, the "sociological imagination."

There have been independence movements in California since before it was quickly absorbed by the USA (because of the discovery of massive amounts of gold) in 1850 and it is only a matter of time before we are again successful.

We, the patriots and matriots of Californian Independence not only want a healthier country to live in, we also feel that if California does become independent from the bloody US Empire, it will ultimately deal a death blow to that Empire. Without California, the US will have to scale back its sick habit of regime change/carnage around the world, or perish. I would rather have the US voluntarily follow California on a much more peaceful and sensible path for humanity, but if it perishes, that is fine, too. Anything to stop the Empire's reign of terror around the world.

This is in no way a rightwing "Free State of Jefferson" movement (CalSplit) that wants to add another state to a nation that has, beyond a shadow of any doubt, demonstrated its psychopathic tendencies. We don't advocate for an independent California to further separate the rich and the poor, but to retain the beautiful diverse nature of our state; and to elevate everyone in equality and prosperity (some people will have to de-elevate, but, that's only a matter of time, too). 

However, this is also not a "liberal" initiative that only wants to skedaddle because Trump is the current CEO of Murder, Inc; only to return to again beg for scraps from our "master's" table when a Democrat assumes that position. This is an a-partisan effort that strives to leave the divisions of the US behind and join as Californians of all demographics to put the power and future of California back where it rightfully belongs: in our hands and in our communities.

I was honored to be asked to sign the "California Declaration of Independence," and the significance of this was not lost on any of us.

We are working hard for success and we all know that it will happen and it will be good for everyone (except the 1%, at first), but we wondered how did the signers of the Declaration of Independence feel on the sweltering day (it was also hot in Sacramento on 19 May) of 4 July, 1776? I am sure, like we, they were optimistic, excited, and a little fearful of what terror would be unleashed by the major Empire of that day.

Nothing can be achieved without people willing to take the risks of ridicule, demonization, marginalization, or worse. We won't become free until we demand freedom. As the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass stated in 1857, "power concedes nothing without a demand." 

Some things are worth fighting for and the very future of sustainable life on this planet is the thing we are fighting for. If the USG cannot be stopped, then the rest of us will be. 
 

Join us in this very worthy struggle! 


Thursday, May 18, 2017

"Russiagate" Conspiracy Theory: A Pretext to a Coup by Anthony Freda

I am not a supporter or defender of Trump, I Am a supporter and defender of Truth.
When political operatives in the Deep State collude with the discredited, but still oddly influential mainstream media to destroy someone, this dastardly duo cannot be stopped.
Even by arguably the most powerful person in the world.
The same intelligence agencies and media who lied us into the Iraq War now tell us the president is colluding with Russia.

There are plenty of reasons to resist Trump. His continuation of Obama's illegal spying campaign and Hillary's hawkish foreign policy are good places to start.

The "Trump-is-a-Russian-Stooge-and-Putin-Hacked-the-Election" conspiracy theory has been widely disproven as there has not been one iota of evidence to support the narrative.
The tall tale is a conjured, faux scandal designed to undermine the president's legitimacy (According to Julian Assange) and lay the pretext for impeachment.
The Machiavellian scheme is going brilliantly according to plan as the lies are repeated ad-nauseum to a gullible and receptive public.
In a feeding frenzy of vitriolic and politically motivated yellow journalism, the corporate fake news masters vomit up a daily menu of Russophobic and NeoMcarthyistic headlines written to misinform the populace and foster support for a coup.

It does not matter to the conspiracy theorists that Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) said publicly on May 4 that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has seen no evidence of collusion between Donald Trump's campaign aides and Russian officials, or that the former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on May 8 that he still has not seen any evidence of any kind of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian foreign nationals.

Putin himself recently addressed the increasingly volatile state of affairs in American politics, saying that pushers of the ‘Russian conspiracy theory' are either "stupid" or "dangerous and corrupt."
"You know what surprises me? Those who are destabilizing the internal US political situation using anti-Russian slogans either don't understand that they are bringing this nonsense in on their own side, and then they are just stupid, or else they understand everything, and then they are dangerous and corrupt people."

Trump clearly has enemies in his cabinet leaking to the press. I don't recall the MSM reporting any high-level private conversations of Obama or Hillary in the last eight years, and now it happens every day. They refused to report the misdeeds of Hillary revealed by Wikileaks and actively worked to obfuscate her sins.
The MSM ignores the facts that Hillary Clinton and John Podesta were paid by Russia, or that Democratic National Committee computer expert Seth Rich was the one who leaked DNC emails, sending 44,000 DNC emails to Julian Assange at Wikileaks.

The idea that the Trump administration is colluding with Russia becomes even more absurd in light of the anti-Russian and even provocative stances and policies the president is advocating. 
Is he strengthening the US military to help Russia?
Is he empowering the coal industry to help Russia?
Only profound cognitive dissonance can explain how one can conclude that he is working with Russia, but trying to destroy them at the same time.
Candidate Trump promised to pursue detente with the Kremlin and have a less adversarial relationship with Putin than Hillary Clinton, who compared Vladimir to Hitler.
I wish Trump kept his promise and took a more diplomatic stance with Russia to avoid the whole pesky nuclear Armageddon that the Russophobes seem to be cheering for. 

Inverted reality seems to be what the public yearn for in the age of fake news.
The media and Deep State may just have their dream of impeaching and deposing Trump come true. What comes next is hard to predict.
Civil War II? Impeachment of the next dirty Russian traitor, President Penceski!!?? 
(I hear he likes Russian Dressing)

Anthony Freda
www.AnthonyFreda.com

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

#CalExit May 19th March in Sacramento


March on the Capitol - May 19th!

TWO days to go...
Volunteers are geared up, T-Shirts look awesome, the initiative is complete. We are ready to go!

If you plan on attending the event, please join us for a conference call this evening (Wed May 17). Reach out to calfreeco@gmail.com for more details.

Join us along with internationally known peace activist Cindy Sheehan as we file a new California Independence initiative with the state. The CFC will be hosting a lunch at 12:00p on May 19th at the State Capitol park. All are welcome to join.
We will be in the Park, near the Fish Pond, across the street from Starbucks at the corner of 12th and L streets.
RSVP and follow the event on Facebook for more information:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1293198327454826/
The CFC has announced full support of California HB 562 Single Payer Healthcare for all. We hope to march in solidarity on May 19th with Healthy California and the California Nurses Association.
For more information, including transportation options to/from Sacramento, please contact: Steve Gonzales calfreeco@gmail.com.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

DNC Staffer Murder Cover-Up by Anthony Freda







Julian Assange has suggested before, it was not the Russians who leaked verified email evidence of DNC malfeasance, it was staffer Seth Rich.You know, the same guy who also just happened to be murdered soon after Wikileaks published the damning information.
Now there is evidence that Rich was in contact with Wikileaks.
During a subsequent television interview in August, Wikileaks Julian Assange appeared to confirm that Rich was the source for the DNC leak, dismantling the claim that Russia was responsible for the leak.

Rod Wheeler, a private investigator hired by the Rich family, has now stated that Rich’s laptop contains proof that he was in contact with WIkileaks before his death and that DC Police were ordered to cover it up.

“I have a source inside the police department that has looked at me straight in the eye and said, ‘Rod, we were told to stand down on this case and I can’t share any information with you.’ Now, that is highly unusual for a murder investigation, especially from a police department,” said Wheeler.
Rich was murdered in a posh area of Washington DC on June 8 last year but the killers did not steal anything from the victim, making the police’s explanation that the incident was a robbery and murder doubtful.

 
In an apparent attempt to distract from this powerful news, The Washington Post published a dubious story on President Trump leaking classified information to the Russians less than an hour after the bombshell news broke that murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich was in contact with Wikileaks and that DC Police were ordered to cover it up.
 
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