Not about 9/11

Today is the 10th Anniversary of September 11 in America, and rapper Ludacris’ birthday.  In Chile, it was the day when Allende was overthrown and replaced by Augusto Pinochet with help from the CIA.  Today is another day where they opened the 9/11 Memorial to honour the victims of that day and to show off the in-progress “Freedom Tower”, which in all honestly pales compared to the original towers.  In about 4 years or 2015, the new World Trade Center 1 building or “Freedom Tower” will be ready for commercial use and for tourists.  Seriously, the only people I see around Lower Manhattan are mostly tourists, regularly visiting the mass grave site and the death of the America many of them either hardly cared for or took for granted.

Since that fateful day in 2001, America has exploited this human tragedy to engage in a modern-day crusade against Arabs, to grab more power from the people in the name of security, and to promote a culture of short-term thinking. The War of Terror as it is known in the rest of the world, has resulted in a weak Iraq that is now run by an Iranian puppet, an Afghanistan that is now our version of the Soviet occupation of the country, and it has encouraged average Arab citizens in the region to take matters into their own hands after realising that America does not care for them despite paying lip service over democratic rights.  Since 9/11, the government has now taken more control over the people with the implementation of the PATRIOT ACT that undermines due process, healthcare reform that only benefits the healthcare providers, and blanket bailouts that reward businesses for bad behaviour.  Even worse, is the growing  trend of Americans simply living in the present with the assumption that there is no bright future, which results in actions that are rooted in a narrow worldview.

The one question that we all need to ask is: “Are we better off than we were 10 years ago”? In my view, despite all the advances in electronics, web 2.0, and the fact an ethnic minority can become President in America, overall things are worse than they are a decade ago.  The country called the United States of America is now reaching a breaking point with a government based on “checks and balances” stonewalling the other for fickle votes, an economy that is now becoming increasingly locked into a Lost Decade, and a culture that celebrates people not based on their merits but on their abilities to be vulgar on camera.

All of this hoopla over the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 has reached the point where I stopped caring about it. Yes, 9/11 was a gross human tragedy that was the result of bureaucratic incompetence from both the Federal government and the Bush Administration.  Yes, many people who died that day did not deserve to be attacked by a bunch of confused, ignorant and weak-minded men with ties to an anti-American Saudi named Osama Bin Laden.  Yes, America did have a right to go into Afghanistan to get Al-Qaida and Bin Laden after what had happened in 9/11.  However, all of this was undermined by Bush’s need to exploit the tragedy to invade Iraq for its resources and its strategic location in the Middle East and Bush’s handling of the tragedy, in addition to invading Iraq, only created more distrust towards America and its government.

The oversimplified explanation that 9/11 happened because “Muslims hated America’s Freedoms” was a great answer for many Americans but it fueled distrust and anger from others.  This answer and the general handling of the tragedy was why a “9/11 Truth” movement emerged in response to anger at Bush’s invasion of Iraq and the distrust in government.  Most of these Truthers only believe the conspiracy because they are ignorant of the real science behind the attacks while some are in the movement to protest the Bush Administration or use it to find answers about the attacks on their own terms.  These people are not crazy, loony, or outcasts as the American media portrays them but rather people who are confused, angry, and distrustful of the government and their exploitation of the 9/11 tragedy for political and economic gains.  I think the 9/11 attacks occurred as they were presented but there was most likely a cover-up to mask any instances of incompetence from the Bush Administration in preventing or reducing the real attacks themselves.

The death of Osama Bin Laden should have brought closure to the tragedy on 9/11 but it was used as a cheap excuse to celebrate in the midst of an American decline.  Also, as a result of the poor handling of the Bin Laden Kill Mission by the Obama Administration, people now have started questioning the exact circumstances of the mission, and whether there was any real confirmation of his death.  None of this was made any better by the media’s acceptance of the official account at face value instead of investigating or asking tough questions of what really happened.  The media is also at fault for turning today’s 10-year anniversary into a celebration of sorts when it is nothing but a gross American tragedy that brought the country in the wrong direction at the cost of its people.

Why 9/11 Truth-Seekers Will Never Go Away, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love America

CORY

Cory Chu-Keenan is a father and a proponent of getting Civics back into American schools. He is an activist for Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, Media Reform, and Restoration of Civil Rights. He will be debuting a Politically Conscious Hip-Hop Album in 2012 entitled Technofetishistic Psychodrama under the emcee name, Cory the Keen One.

We don’t teach Civics in America anymore. We teach Literature, Mathematics, and, ahem, History, but we don’t teach our youth how to keep a Democratic Republic. We’ve gotten to the point where we no longer understand what it means to do civic duty.

America was designed as an experiment. It was the first time in human history where the People, the citizenry, were called upon to govern themselves. And this system, designed by the framers of the Constitution, became a beacon of freedom for the rest of the world.

What freedom meant to our founding fathers was chiefly freedom from tyranny. But they couldn’t just say, “Okay, from now on, no more tyranny.” They had to replace monarchical rule with a different form of rule: Rule by the People, for the People.

Oh, by the way, when’s the last time you read the Constitution? Or the Declaration of Independence? Or how about the Bill of Rights?

Middle School? Or maybe you heard all about it in a Schoolhouse Rock song one Saturday morning after The Smurfs.

I’m not going to challenge you to read these documents or anything, simply because I know you wouldn’t do it anyway. Hell, have I ever read any of these? But I do hope you contemplate the power that these words hold for our nation and realize that you are here, with the rights that you hold, and the freedoms you enjoy, because of this ink. Period.

It’s good to be you.

Why is it good to be you?

Because the freedom that you have provides you with many choices. Our inalienable rights allow us to vote, assemble, lobby, and even run for public office. As a citizen of the USA, you are allowed to participate in your own government.

Or not! :D

You can choose to kick back and enjoy all the bread and circus this land of milk and honey provides for your leisure and entertainment, and let all the experts figure out the boring foreign policy stuff. God bless you, citizen!

But, ahhh, therein lies the paradox of success: material gain has an inverted relationship to happiness and feelings of satisfaction. Being the lone superpower standing after the Cold War ended in 1991 was fun for a minute, until skyscrapers started exploding one beautiful morning in Manhattan.

Let’s pause here for a sec before I get ahead of myself. I’m going to make a deal with you: I promise not to talk about World Trade Center Building 7, what the features of controlled demolition look like, the fact that Osama Bin Laden was never placed on the FBI’s most wanted list after 9/11 because they said they had no evidence linking him to it, or that the Secret Service failed to evacuate Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida where President Bush sat at a highly publicized location (read: target for terror) but instead decided to stay put in order to read a book about a goat and then afterwards hold a press conference at the same location!

I’m not going to talk about any of these things or the hundreds of other holes, discrepancies, fabrications, and omissions in the official story of 9/11, the majority of which the Kean Commission innocently overlooked. I’m not going to talk about any of these things!

I’m going to leave it up to you to do your own due diligence. Because that’s what civic duty and being an American is all about. Deal?

What I am going to talk about here is how America grows weaker and weaker the more and more we see ourselves as a nation divided.

We’ve come to an unfortunate, and illusory, political climate in America where we believe that we only have two choices: Red or Blue.

Not the Crips or the Bloods. Not Snoop or Weezy. I’m talking about Red States and Blue States. Left or Right. Liberal or Conservative. Blanket Pacifism or Reactionary War-Making.

We’re told that, as Americans, we must choose a team and play for it. And anyone who questions this dialectic is a nut-job, crackpot, or worse, a terrorist. -Thanks there, Patriot Act, recently grandfathered through the congressional backdoor! :D

And speaking of patriotism, there are two kinds, you know. There’s Patriotism, and then there’s “patriotism.” The former, with the capital “P” is the kind where you actually take action on performing your civic duty (there’s that phrase again) of thinking critically about your government by questioning the direction the American Experiment is taking. The latter, lowercase-in-air-quotes, form happens to be the emotional variety that’s spoon-fed to you on a nightly basis via the established corporate media. Thanks, Media Saturation, made up of five corporations that own 85% of all media! :/

Anyhoo, I’m not trying to get all college professor on you or anything. We don’t live in the University of Wisconsin or anything weird like that. We live in the real world. And in the real world, the Law of Attraction will someday give me a Lamborghini if I paste together a vision board and think only positive thoughts.

I mean, take for example The Project for a New American Century, a manifesto-ish document penned by the Neo-Conservative think-tank consisting of Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Donald Rumsfeld, Jeb Bush, and other students of the late Machiavellian Professor Leo Strauss. PNAC is the Law of Attraction in action!

These guys literally wished into existence a New Pearl Harbor in the form of 9/11, which resulted in “rapid transformation” of our military and foreign policy.

“It’s just what I wanted! Yay!!!” shrieked Richard Perle. Clap clap clap clap.

Regardless of what I think of the official story of 9/11, and regardless of what you think about it, ten years later I think we can all agree that we’re in bad shape as a result of our actions taken as a nation in reaction to the event.

I’m not going to mention the loss of life of American soldiers, the use of exotic weaponry the likes of depleted uranium, the torture photos, or gas prices. You can form your own opinions on those topics.

What I am going to mention is that 2012 is fast approaching, and seeing as how I’m considered a “conspiracy theorist” and all (a term originating within a CIA declassified document designed to discredit and ridicule dissenters during the COINTELPRO era), it would be irresponsible of me to pass up the opportunity to tell you my take on the end of the world. So here it goes:

Much like 9/11, the end of the Mayan calendar long count is going to result in a psychological shift. But instead of fear and insecurity, we’re going to finally discover the true meaning of self-governance and personal freedom. Not only in America, but on a global scale.

The true New World Order is the revolution that takes place in your own mind. All you have to do is turn off the TV and let it happen.

That being said, I’m going to end on a high note here just so that you don’t turn off your computer and go blow your brains out.

Here it goes:

Back in the 1960’s there was a guy named Huey Newton and a guy named Bobby Seale. They would go on to found The Black Panther Party right here in Oakland, CA, Bay Area.

Well it just so happens that there were six Asian guys in the Black Panther Party who were known as the Yellow Panthers.

Inspired yet?

Peace and Love,

God Bless America, forreal, forreal

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REMINDER: GOP PRIMARY REGISTRATION DEADLINE.

Registration deadline: March 31, 2012 (tentative)

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Following the primary, you are welcome to re-register under your original affiliation, but it is VITAL to cast your vote for Ron Paul in the primary first and foremost.

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The Push – Ron Paul Needs $3 Million by June 30th 2011

Daily Paul Link –http://www.dailypaul.com/168038/just-got-a-letter-from-ron-paul-he-needs-3-million-by-june-30th-plan-and-pleadge-thread#comment-1772384

I propose a 6 day fundraising event starting Saturday June 25th to Thursday June 30th called THE PUSH with the first 3 days a push to complete funding for all the official campaign Iowa Projects, and the last 3 days to be a push straight towards the general campaign. Scratch the July 4th-5th money bomb unless you have extra to give because in Ron Paul’s OWN WORDS he needs an extra 3 Million by the June 30th deadline date for the FEC quarterly fundraising report for all presidential candidates, which will be reported by all who are covering the race and will improve our standing in every respect such as Polls, Coverage, etc if we raise an outstanding amount for the quarter,

Now is a critical time to pledge your support to a higher financial level. I am a poor college student but I will SACRIFICE going out with BEAUTIFUL LOVELY COLLEGE Girls for 2 WEEKS!!! I’m pledging at least $100 total, who’s with me, who believes in our great cause like I do? Who will join my heart and soul in this? I have no doubts except the ones I let dormancy manifest! I will not stand idle, I will make great efforts!!!

Remember, I received a Letter today FROM Ron Paul stating that he NEEDS this by June 30th. I have made my effort to plan, pledge, and alert others, WHAT WILL YOU DO? STATE IT HERE NOW! RIGHT NOW!

Primary Fundraising Goals:

1.An email bomb to the Campaign to alert this on our chosen Moneybomb event before June 30th.

2. A pledge website with links to it on everyones signature in all the forums we are members too.

3. A video bomb for youtube to promote this Moneybomb and then support those videos with a view, comment, like, and subscribe to enhance their popularity so that others can see it on youtube’s main pages.

4. Tell everyone you know and have them pledge something anything every $10, every amount counts and adds up from the millions of people in our country who support Ron Paul in at least some way. I’m calling everyone now to give them plenty of time before June 25th to give something and be aware of this cause.

5. Add your own idea, this is about more than just myself coming up with contributing ideas.

FOR LIBERTY WITH LOVE,
MAXIMILIAN AMERICAN

P.S. How do I contact the official campaign about this?

…I was thinking of letting them know about the idea plus having them send out an email bomb to all the subscribers.

We can contact other who have fellow subscribers such as:
Restore the Republic,
Trevor Lyman’s Matrix site,
DailyPaul.com,
etc.

This is no joke, we have to use the limited time we have starting NOW my fellows.

www.libertyactivity.com

New York Liberty HQ: Raising a glass to Ron Paul

New York Post Updated: Mon., Jun. 6, 2011, 6:52 AM

Raising a glass to Ron

By HELEN FREUND and TODD VENEZIA

Last Updated: 6:52 AM, June 6, 2011

Posted: 11:02 PM, June 5, 2011

There’s one congressman who will never have to pay for a drink in Manhattan.

Rep. Ron Paul, the libertarian-leaning Republican presidential candidate from Texas, has become an unlikely hero among bar and restaurant workers as he fights for a bill that would end all taxes on tips — the bread and butter of bartenders and waiters.

Last Thursday, a group of Paul’s Big Apple supporters, called the Ron Paul NYC Liberty HQ, held a Manhattan pub crawl in support of the legislation.

“It’s just not right. That money is supposed to be a gratuity for [the workers], not for the government,” said Dominic Inferrera, 38, a volunteer with the group.

TIPPING POINT: Kristin Rocco, working at the Upper East Side's Wicker Park bar, is toasting Rep. Ron Paul's tip-tax ban.

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TIPPING POINT: Kristin Rocco, working at the Upper East Side’s Wicker Park bar, is toasting Rep. Ron Paul’s tip-tax ban.

“I worked as a server for 10 years, and I know how hard it can be,” he said. “The sad thing is that a lot of the servers end up getting audited at the end of the year and usually work so hard that they don’t have the time or financial resources to handle it.”

Paul introduced the Tax Free Tips Act of 2011 in March. The measure would end all income tax, Social Security withholding and other federal levees on any tips earned by salaried workers.

“Unlike regular wages, a service-sector employee usually has no guarantee of, or legal right to, a tip,” Paul said in 2009, when he introduced a similar bill.

“Instead, the amount of a tip usually depends on how well an employee satisfies a client. Since the amount of taxes one pays increases along with the size of tip, taxing tips punishes workers for doing a superior job.”

As Liberty HQ members spread the word of Paul’s proposal to bar workers around the city, they got enthusiastic support.

At the Wicker Park bar on 83rd and Third Avenue, bartender Kristin Rocco, 24, said, “People just don’t understand what it’s like to work for a living in the service industry.”

“It’s already a big blow to just receive a meager 15 to 20 percent tip for the amount of work we do.”

At nearby Dylan Murphy’s, bartender Gavin Ward said he was a Paul backer. “I like the sound of this bill — I hope it passes,” he said. “I don’t mind paying my taxes like every other citizen, but the way we servers and bartenders have to do it — on an already meager wage — well, it’s just no good.”

Unfortunately for the bar workers, the bill doesn’t have a good track record. Similar measures Paul sponsored in 2007 and 2009 failed to pass.

todd.venezia@nypost.com

Ron Paul: Unbelievable

The response to the grassroots R3VOLUTION v. RomneyCare Money Bomb is unbelievable.

As this email is being put together, the Money Bomb has raised over $637,000!

And every dollar will go toward building winning operations in early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire.

www.ronpaul2012.com

If you have already contributed to this effort, I thank you.

If you have not yet made a contribution, now is your chance to show establishment candidates like Mitt Romney that the path to the GOP nomination is through grassroots support, and not millions of dollars in campaign contributions from bailed-out bankers on Wall Street.

So please, click here to make a contribution of $20.12, $35, $50, $100, $250, or maybe even the legal maximum of $2,500 ($5,000 per couple).

You and I have the opportunity to send a powerful message to the establishment that my campaign is top-tier, and that grassroots conservatives hold the key to the Republican nomination.

I thank you for all that you have done in the name of liberty.

For Liberty,

Ron Paul

P.S.  The Republican primary is wide open, and the nomination is there for the taking.

Establishment candidate Mitt Romney is hitting up Wall Street bankers for millions of dollars.

And now you can send a message to the establishment by contributing to the grassroots R3VOLUTION v. RomneyCare Money Bomb so I can put a top-flight operation on the ground in early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire.

Click here to make a generous contribution of $20.12, $35, $50, $100, $250, or maybe even the legal maximum of $2,500 ($5,000 per couple).

The REVOLUTION vs RomneyCare

R3VOLUTION v. ROMNEYCARE

Dear Reader,

I’m in this race to win.

But I need to know something.  Can I count on your help on Sunday, June 5th?

Other campaigns are already hitting high gear – or should I say they are hitting up the fat cats.

In fact, establishment candidate Mitt Romney raised 10 million dollars in one day a couple of weeks ago from well-heeled party bigwigs and Wall Street insiders, many of whom ponied up the legal maximum of $2,500 per person (or $5,000 per couple).

Well, my campaign’s grassroots supporters are holding another Money Bomb this coming Sunday.

And I think now is the perfect time to send a powerful message that the freedom movement is stronger than ever!

So I’m writing to personally ask you to make your most generous donation at www.RonPaul2012.com on June 5th.

Now I don’t expect you, or very many other grassroots liberty activists, to be able to give the maximum this weekend.  I just hope you will chip in what you can.

The truth is, an overwhelming showing on June 5th would force the establishment pundits to realize what you and I already know.

I’m campaigning as a top-tier contender and a force to be reckoned with in the Republican Primaries.

In fact, recent national polling shows me within striking distance of first place!

Of course, it’s no secret the Romney campaign thinks no one else can touch their fundraising tally.

But the truth is, my supporters have shocked the political establishment before!

And honestly, I don’t need 10 million dollars to match Mitt Romney.

After all, I don’t have to defend a liberal record as governor of Massachusetts.

I don’t have to defend passing a bill just as bad as ObamaCare or justify conflicting position statements.  Mitt Romney does.  So it’s ok if he has a bit more money than we do.

He’s going to need it!

But it is absolutely critical I have the financial backing to build a first-class operation in early caucus and primary states to show the pundits, press, and undecided voters that I am a serious candidate.

So can I count on your support on June 5th?

I know times are tough out there for many folks, but I hope you’ll be as generous as you can.

Each and every dollar will go toward implementing our plans to run a first-class, winning campaign to restore America now.

Support for my Presidential campaign is growing every day, and I’m hopeful that we are in time to save America, rebuild our economy, and hand our children an even better country than the one we inherited.

My hope is this critical Money Bomb will prove that our campaign doesn’t need fat cat bankers and rich elitists to compete.

But I do need you.

So can I count on you to make your most generous contribution at www.RonPaul2012.com this Sunday, June 5th?

Thank you for all you do to help us win this race!

For Liberty,

Ron Paul

P.S.  Other campaigns are starting to rake in the big bucks from party bigwigs and others who use wealth to get access to power.

Establishment candidate Mitt Romney raised 10 million dollars in one day a couple of weeks ago with the help of his Wall Street-insider friends.

That’s why I need you to help me send a message on Sunday, June 5th, that we are in this to win!

So can I count on you to visit www.RonPaul2012.com this Sunday to help our efforts?

Every dollar will go toward implementing our plans to run a first-class, winning campaign to restore America now!

www.ronpaul2012.com