The Menace of Billo O’Really? to Our Democratic Repbulic

This man’s–a noun applied loosely–hubris is only surpassed by his mendacity. Both traits walk hand in hand in this story of his sorry behavior as a “journalist.” Every one of Billos’ charges of lying against those reporting on O’Really’s? suspect behavior uncannily mirrors that which has already been reported by Corn and others regarding O’Really’s? fabrications and lies. Everything. Watching his performance of cocksure outrage, fakery and spin convinces us that in his own hubristic defense of lying O’Really? appears to believe in the “truthiness” of all his dicey statements now under close review for veracity.

It’s as if he unconsciously knows that all the things he’s said about his accusers motivations & behaviors are exactly his motivations and behaviors. He denies the truth in his behavior & thinking (as brittle as they now appear) & projects them onto the “liberal” democrat (sic) mainstream press. Billo then angrily attacks them for the very traits to which he no longer consciously admits. It’s not only a shabby display of hubris it’s also a dramatized display of a paranoid personality who thrives on authoritarian behavior to vilify and call into question the veracity of “liberal” journalists who mostly toil in anonymity & the organizations for whom they report. Vilification: Billo’s miter.

He is right when he says that news reporters and organizations damage the body politic and our democratic republic, but not for the reasons he states so authoritatively. His lies fit the Fox format in that the lies serve his ever shrinking elderly cohort. He plays into the over-riding Fox theme: the mainstream press lies to you based upon the liberal agenda that you’d be fools to read or listen too. Painting himself, in this instance, as a Christian in the lion den of voracious liberal reporters and commentators feeds directly into the Fox trumped-up paranoia that shouts that the liberals aren’t only out to get O’Really?, they are out to get his elderly cohort, too. Parenthetically, but to the heart of my post, the very cohort whom he abuses with lies for manipulated results: his audience dutifully casting their votes for the lap dogs of the 1% who, like O’Really?, enjoy taxation benefits that will never accrue to his audience. His audience helps skin their own class to warm the bodies of Billo and the 1% never realizing that the owner class economic ends are not theirs.

“But I alone, Billo the Magnificent, with my microphone, wit and # 1 ratings stand between you, the Real Americans, and the murderous, lying cabal of liberals trying to shred our constitution to destroy our Exceptional Christian Nation. I alone, can protect you from the damnably corrosive lies of the “Democrat Party” and its commie fellow travelers.”

O’Really? and the fascist bloviators across the radio dial, have effectively infected listeners with the paranoia that begs the radical right’s goons to goose step across the Constitution in service of the listener’s salvation. Billos’ lies are not lies to The American Cohort, they are the Revelation of the commie symps and collectivists on the far left who fiendishly labor in secret to ban private property & the miracle of free markets for One World Government and the Trilateral Commission, and dedicated to the destruction of this “shinning city on a hill” populated by elderly authoritarian Christian fascists who brook no dissent but find themselves endangered nonetheless.

The childish world of Oz manipulated by the “charlatan behind the curtain” who’s built for them through projection, lies, innuendo and the adolescent bully boy tactics necessary to destroy any commie sympathizers of the Democrat (sic) Party only demands the sweet obeisance of his followers: e.g., like the organized worship of the Italians in the streets below exhorting El Duce to the dizzying heights of fascism.

Who is this strongman, this avatar of the reactionary fascist right? Yes, you guessed it, no one other than…drum roll crescendos over the reverential silence…no one other than the Exalted one, Billo O’Really?! He astride the center of the No Spine Zone stands against the hordes for them and them only.

Say hello to Billo O’Really?, creator & protector of the fascist world wherein citizens are not required to bend their backs to the work of participatory Democracy. In fact, the aggrieved voices of Fortress America bleating their persecution across the radio dial provide daily, hour upon hour the lies and fakery of the honeyed soporific rendering a drowsy trance among the authoritarian cult. In this state of reception, O’Really? exhorts them to willingly hand over–with the one exception of voting correctly–their democratic participation in of our government, give it over to the ruling class, to the American brand of Fortress Fascism.

He is a national menace.

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Should We Go to War Against ISIS?

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The Prison Industrial Complex and Mass Incarceration

It has leaked into the general consciousness that the War on Crime has produced staggering and untenable results. The most salient results are the striking growth of privately built and run prisons and the mass incarceration of young urban black and brown men.

The Prison Policy Initiative from March 12, 2014 presented these truly astonishing statistics: In the USA 2.4 million people are incarcerated in 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, 2,259 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,283 local jails, 79 Indian Country Jails as well as immigrant detention facilities, civil commitment centers, and prisons in United State territories.

Even more troubling is that most of the 722,000 people in local jails have yet to be convicted of anything. The United States locks up more people than any other country in the world. Though the United states has 5% of the world’s population we have 25% of the world’s total incarcerated.

Ten years ago the US had 5 private prisons with a total of 2000 prisoners. 10 years later we have 100 private prisons and 62,000 incarcerated in them. These prisons have contracts to employ theses prisoners thus requiring ever more prisons and prisoners to keep pace with contractual obligations that bring them millions of dollars annually. This is one of the country’s fastest growing industries; a modern day workhouse, a form of slavery that, for the moment, is still primarily aimed at people of color.

There are five corporations that are most deeply involved in the business of prisons: Turner Construction builds prisons and between 2007 and 2012 made an annual income of approximately $278 million; BI Inc. specializing in GPS systems, private probation, signed contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) supervising 27,000 undocumented people awaiting deportation or asylum; Aramark provides food service to more than 600 correctional facilities; Seamus Technologies provides telecommunications in jails and prisons where it cost prisoners $1 per minute for phone calls; Bob Barker Industries maker of cheap goods for prisons and prisoners including sandals, board games, t-shirts, black striped canvas shoes.

The explosion of these and other corporations has come as a direct result of the war on drugs which is primarily waged in black and brown communities. The real war on drugs picked up steam under Reagan and has grown apace since then. Whole generations of minority men and women are charged with petty drug crimes, sentenced to prison for their “felonies” and when released are marked as “felon” and dumped into an American undercaste that practically guarantees a high rate of recidivism that supplies these privately run prisons with the capital they need; inmates.

These corporations also heavily support get tough on crime measures as those laws virtually guarantee a steady flow of cheap labor in the persons cycling in and out of their facilities.

The development of prisons as a highly desirable investment opportunity for the wealthy should not come as a surprise. As our voracious imperial capitalism has penetrated markets around the world newer markets are required. Capitalism can only survive as long as it feeds the monster of continuous growth. The domestic and international markets will continue to grow but only for so long. It stands to reason that the owner class in conjunction with their tame government would find predatory ways to criminalize an entire generation requiring the creation of an outsized need for ever more prisons.

The cost to the states and federal government to police, arrest, investigate charge, prosecute, incarcerate and then supervise those who have completed their sentences is staggering. As the amount of taxes available to state and federal treasuries has steadily decreased, financing this prison growth has stripped away money from other lines in state budgets. Thus the advent of the ever increasing drive to privatize various functions of government to relieve the flood budgetary red ink while enriching the prison industrial complex.

The ballooning of resources diverted to prisons has been largely unnoticed by the public until recently. As of 2010 33 of 50 states decreased spending on education while spending on prisons increased. Most states now spend more on prisons than on education.

As an example, the following is from an article, “Education vs. Prisons published in the December 2010 The American Prospect: “In 2009, the School District of Philadelphia faced a projected budget shortfall of $147 million, after losing $160 million in state funding. Yet, during this same period, taxpayers spent nearly $290 million to imprison residents from just 11 Philadelphia neighborhoods, home to about one-quarter of the city’s population.” The public is slowly becoming aware of not only the growth in prisons but the mass incarceration feeding that growth.

In a very real sense, the Prison Industrial Complex and the laws that brought it about are virtually hollowing out state budgets. Money that should be spent on things such as health care and education go begging while millions of our tax dollars are egregiously poured into the bank accounts of a handful of corporations.

This exploitive industry that enslaves and profits on the backs of black and brown men and women needs to be abolished. Not only for those who suffer the misfortune of incarceration, but their families and communities. In a broader sense, this system needs to be abolished for the very real damage it wreaks on education and health care alone. When minority communities suffer even more derangement of their educational and medical facilities they are more prone to the kinds of petty drug crimes that ushers them into the Prison Industrial Complex.

The war on drugs and the mass incarceration it entails needs to be drastically curtailed. We need to undermine the foundation of the prison industrial complex and devise ways to release from prison non-violent offenders and those deemed least likely to become repeat offenders.

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On US Imperial Propaganda from Counterpunch

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The American Sniper & The Oligarchs of Destruction

My comment to Chris Hedge’s review of Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” can be found in the comment section after the end of the review.

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Feeling Good and Transience

This will be published to the blog of The Pain Community on Facebook @ where I volunteer my time as a writer. I’m writing about the unexpected diminution of pain in my body and embracing transience, not intellectually, but Knowingly. This should be on-line in the next day or two. Check out The Pain Community, it’s a terrific resource for people with pain, their caregivers and medical pros.

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Staggering Gap between uber Wealthy and the Rest of Us This article reports the research of OxFam on the staggering, dangerous, and immoral wealth gap in the entire world. We all must come together to help Pres. Obama’s coming legislation to tax the top 1% and use that money to redistribute to working class and poor families. It may not be the socialism that this cries out for, but it would be a good remedial program. The odds against it, of course, passing with the Republicans controlling both houses of congress are slim.. But it can be kept alive in the 2016 elections and we hope the Dems will nominate a true liberal to fight for us against the oligarchs and their lackeys in congress.

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Europe: Opioid Rx a Human Right

I will publish a post on this in the next few days.

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Battered Women & Guns

The NRA wants those convicted of domestic abuse to stay armed. Nice.

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Living with Pain

My latest column on the possible connection between ptsd and pain can be read at

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