imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

SENTENCE FIRST ... VERDICT AFTERWARDS

by Judith Moriarty Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003 at 9:18 AM

Judith nails it again. Welcome to "Alice World" where all is taken care of. Freedom and Orange Alerts for all.



Sentence First - Verdict Afterwards!

By Judith Moriarty

NoahsHouse@adelphia.net

2-10-3

Representative Ron Paul - physician-veteran - stated the other morning on C-Span, "I don't believe I will be able to stop the war". This was in reference to a resolution he had introduced; that Congress take it's rightful authority in declaring war instead of passing the decision on to the Executive Branch of Government.

 

The madness continues, as the prelude to war is brought to us in the comfort of our trailers or tract homes; popcorn, a sixpack, some pork rinds and we're all set! The prim and proper folks, who live in real houses, that we sometimes brush shoulders with in the services of life remark with sniffed disdain that they don't stoop to the commonness of watching television! Which leads the listener to believe that they have just received a not too sublimable message that there are more lofty pursuits in life for the intelligentsia and serious thinkers of society to pursue in search of knowledge and entertainment! Sniff! One can only think that if they held their noses any higher in the rain they'd drown! Be that as it may, one is tempted (not kind) to want to remind them thatthere ain't any of us getting out of this (life) alive!! Death the leveler of class-religion-color and politics!

 

Television is for the programming and conditioning of the herd, the masses, human resources, breeders et. al. The more abstract, ethereal, political and economic consequences (not suffering) are best discussed in debates, in upscale bars, the club, or invited gatherings. Now, perchance you are not one of this fortunate inner-circle of thoroughbreds, and aren't into pork rinds and beer, you'll have to search the world over for others like yourself, who had the audacious gall, to become literate with the rare quality of possessing critical thinking skills!

 

And so, many of us are caught in Limbo, mostly isolated in the communities where we live, thinking that perhaps we've gone mad...this couldn't all be happening....it's all an insane nightmare! Cluster bombs, nuclear bombs, micro-wave weapons, etc., all being discussed in cavalier, mocking joviality for the supposed reasonings of "liberating" a demoralized, dusty people into McFreedom-McLiberty-and McJustice for all! How you annihilate and vaporize the multitudes into any semblance of 'free at last' is not explained? How do you bomb a country into democracy? If Iraq was the leading supplier of lima beans to the world would we be so strident in freeing the people? What a coincidence that they sit on 30% of the world's gas and oil reserves. But, who's thinking oil at a time like this? Amazingly, due to the clever manipulation of language, 70% of Americans now believe that Saddam was responsible for the horror of 9-11!! "The great masses of the people...will more easily fall victims to a great lie than to a small one. What luck for rulers that men do not think. Altogether, care should be taken not to regard the masses as stupider than they are". Hitler

 

TV is no help! C-Span has Marie calling in from Connecticut asking (with the nation on high orange alert) if this will interfere with her family's plans to visit Disney World? Now there's a worry!! George from Chicago, playing the thug remarked, "Someone should tell these people to look out their windows and see what's coming!" Marie, obviously having given the issue much thought says, "I say step on 'em...step on 'em and wipe 'em out for good!" Switch the channel and we have the Mayor of New York telling people to go about their lives and leave the worry of attacks up to the professionals. Huh! one wonders? What happened to all this professionalism, with billions upon billions spent for defense and 'intelligence', on Sept 11--2001? Are .29 box cutters considered weapons of mass destruction? Where are the pork rinds when you need'em?

 

Pictures show men in helmets with M-16s (I guess, not being a weapons person) standing at subway entrances, in front of tunnels, bridges etc. The instructions are that 'soft targets', like apartment buildings, recreation areas, hotels, restaurants or any places of gathering might be the targets! I check my list. This ominous message is cut off as a commercial comes on. A goofy, slovenly man is shown trying to stuff herbs into an oversized gelatin capsule with the message given; "How do they do it? Metamucil, stay regular the natural way." Next, a scene of Australia and beaches advising to get away for just ,499.00.

 

Drum roll, music, back to "America on Alert". The news room has been turned into what is referred to as a Situation Room! Someone with imagination has the map of the whole middle-east drawn out on the floor! An 'expert' with a pointer jumps from country to country explaining what he thinks the strategy will be in troop movements! I'm feeling a little better knowing that I've been invited into the Situation Room getting the inside scoop on why the Kurds might be just a little nervous with Turkish troops gathering on their border. A quick skip and the expert is now standing on Iran with the announcement that they've been advised to just mind their own business! COMMERCIAL.....An upscale, successful white male, lounging in the library of his sumptuous home overlooking manicured gardens, leans back in his leather chair and remarks, "I can relax now knowing Merrill Lynch has my investments under control" Then, a sleek black car is shown driving through back road estates, advises to drive the ultimate machine, a BMW series! 

 

Graphics, drum roll----"other targets may be nightclubs, power plants, or train stations!" Mr.Ridge advises citizens to just go on living their lives or the terrorists would have won. Harumph! The devil's in the details I think to myself. With retina scans, cameras, triplicate ID, the elderly being stripped searched in airports, car searches, black listing at borders, helmeted troops on streets, etc., somebody got things a bit mixed up! We, Americans, the focus of all this scrutiny are the victims not the enemy! Duh! If freedom's are gone, how should I feel more secure on that next trip to Disney, the yacht club or golfing??

 

Israel is shown, and the preparations in civil defense that are being conveyed to their citizens. School children are shown being taught how to put on gas masks (which every citizen is supplied with) and evacuation routes. Mr.Ridge comes on again and starts to say something about American families having a plan to call each other on the phone in case anything should happen, but he got abruptly cut off with another commercial. " Embarrassed over unsightly facial hair---send for this pen shaped hair remover, 'Finishing Touch' for only .99. And if you act now, get a hair wrap and mirror absolutely free". Music, anotherslick car, off to some place exciting, "Toyota Matrix.....get the feeling". Well, at least I can relate to the Matrix part. They never did get back to Mr.Ridge and his contingency plans for us!! Well, I'm leaving it to the professionals!

 

"But I don't want to go among mad people, Alice remarked. 'Oh, you can't help that', said the Cat: 'we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad'. 'How do you know I'm mad?' said Alice. 'You must be' said the Cat 'or you wouldn't have come here'. Alice didn't think that proved it at all; however she went on 'And how do you know that you're mad?' 'To begin with,' said the Cat, 'a dog's not mad. You grant that?' 'I suppose so', said Alice. 'Well, then', the Cat went on, 'you see, a dog growls when it's angry, and wags its tail when it's pleased. Now I growl when I'm pleased, and wag my tail when I'm angry. Therefore I'm mad'. Alice in Wonderland
Report this post as:

LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 2 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
TITLE AUTHOR DATE
I think this new magazine is for you! M. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003 at 12:40 PM
M. Get It In Line They Want Your Brains! Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003 at 5:41 PM

Local News

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A12 5:39PM

lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 6:38PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights M01 6:28PM

What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It M01 3:30PM

Step Up As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Steps Down F14 2:44PM

Our House Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Run For Hope, April 29 F13 12:51PM

Don’t let this LA County Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf F13 11:04AM

Echo Park Residents Sue LA Over Controversial Development F12 8:51AM

Former Signal Hill police officer pleads guilty in road-rage incident in Irvine F09 10:25PM

Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents F09 7:14PM

Center for the Study of Political Graphics exhibit on Police Abuse posters F07 9:50AM

City Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Pasadena Police Officer Had His Sister Falsely Arre F04 3:17PM

Professor's Study Highlights Health Risks of Urban Oil Drilling F04 12:42PM

Claims paid involving Pasadena Police Department 2014 to present F04 10:52AM

Pasadenans - get your license plate reader records from police F03 11:11PM

LA Times Homicide Report F03 1:57PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Tech workers organize A24 6:24PM

Architect Stephen Francis Jones A24 3:01PM

UN Forum Wrestles with Economic Policies 10 Years After Financial Crisis Islands Call for A24 12:34PM

Xyloglossie attitudinale A23 8:07AM

Shadowgun Legends Hack and Cheats A23 7:24AM

What does the Quran Say About Islamic Dress?? A21 4:15PM

Biodiversité ou la nature privatisée A20 11:22AM

The Market is a Universal Totalitarian Religion A20 7:14AM

Book Available about Hispanics and US Civil War by National Park Service A19 5:52PM

The Shortwave Report 04/20/18 Listen Globally! A19 4:01PM

The Republican 'Prolife' Party Is the Party of War, Execution, and Bear Cub Murder A19 11:48AM

Neurogenèse involutive A18 9:21AM

Paraphysique de la dictature étatique A16 10:13AM

Book Review: "The New Bonapartists" A16 3:45AM

The West Must Take the First Steps to Russia A14 12:25PM

Théorie générale de la révolution ou hommage à feu Mikhaïl Bakounine A14 3:30AM

The Shortwave Report 04/13/18 Listen Globally! A12 3:50PM

“Lost in a Dream” Singing Competition Winner to Be Chosen on April 15 for ,000 Prize! A12 3:48PM

The World Dependent on Central Banks A12 4:43AM

Ohio Governor Race: Dennis Kucinich & Richard Cordray Run Against Mike DeWine A11 9:40PM

March 2018 Honduras Coup Again Update A10 10:52PM

Apologie du zadisme insurrectionnel A10 3:33PM

ICE contract with license plate reader company A10 1:14PM

Palimpseste sisyphéen A09 11:23PM

Black Portraiture(S) IV: The Color of Silence...Cuba No...Cambridge Yes A09 5:32AM

Prohibiting Micro-Second Betting on the Exchanges A09 4:18AM

Prosecutors treat Muslims harsher than non-Muslims for the same crimes A08 10:33PM

Amy Goodman interview on cell phone safety A08 10:29PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy