Sunday, September 23, 2007

Yeats and Yadda Yadda, Sleeping in Bin Laden's Grave.

Yeah baby... it’s all coming together... or, it’s all falling apart. Which is it? Well, it’s both. It’s like “two, two... two mints in one.” It’s coming together in the way that every new incident that happens; whether it’s a tazered student writhing under a mountain of cops like some sort of South Park, jail house rape or whether it’s bluesman, Larry Craig tapping his foot while he digs the licks in the toilet stall of his mind... or the MoveOn ad, or the bomber with the bombs between the purple mountains travesty above the looted plain... it’s all coming together; not the least of these is the Rocky Mountain Collegian finding its stones in the crevasse between a rock and a hard place; the former being bush’s head and the other being the prevailing ignorance of our time.


It’s all falling apart as America begins to measure ‘support the dupes’ against the consonant loss of freedom and fantasy played out against the backdrop of a dead Muslim terrorist with a dyed beard that we now know was ‘played’ himself and... his greatest roles being performed while he was no longer even around. It’s not the thing that happens; it’s the fear that follows and the profits made in the following sea.

I almost feel like getting down on my knees and kissing the sacred ground of a foreign land just so I don’t have to be counted among those who thought that a blowjob in the future was worth performing one today. They’re a suspicious lot; these foreigners that I live among. I have to explain all the time why I’m here and not there. Oh, I could be, ‘there’... but I’d be in jail and I couldn’t write these words. I would surely be in jail because I would not be able to restrain myself there anymore than I can here. But they don’t put me in jail here... they agree with me.

You who read these words and smirk in your self-satisfied and well paid positions; spread-eagled and face down on the hood of a car screaming for gas as you take it in the ass; it’s not an unpleasant thing once the preliminary penetrations have occurred. You who enjoy being what you are not, as a reward for the things that you got... as a result of biting your tongue while you are being serviced by proxy through the armed minions of a drunken coward who can’t even spell his own name... much less remember yours; please see Ken Lay in the non-existent footnotes. Please... see...

How can I feel sorry for you when you not only let it happen; you invited it. You invited it when you decided that religion was a safe harbor for the day you got fat. You invited it when you said, “I don’t care if they steal if they let me steal too.” You invited it when it became obvious that all those camel-toe jokes about Cindy Sheehan ultimately resulted in her having more balls than you. It’s a sad commentary on the times when a plain and uneducated woman without a single commercial attribute can stand taller than you will ever do. It’s not just sad... it’s pathetic. Did you catch the provocation in what I have said here? I hope so.

I stand in awe of the blindness and denial that allows what passes for your day to day. I want to storm the Bastille. I want to become V. I want to force my way into the White House and stick Dick Cheney’s head up Bush’s ass and suffocate Jim Gannon and Karl Rove in a single bound while I crazy glue Rice and Coulter together and then bend them into some thing West of Picasso and East of Escher while “Ebony and Ivory” plays on the collective ipods of those not reading these words. I guess what I am saying is that I want to get freaky. I’ve pretty much had it with all this bullshit. I now think if I could just go down in flames for the right thing then my life may have been worth living. It is my most passionate and penetrating hope that you will feel the same way before it becomes too late to feel anything but despair.

I want to walk right into the film of “The Man Who Would be King” and deliver the head of every neo-con as a soccer ball for all of the tribes who insist that the people upstream are pissing into the river that flows by their door and... I want to do this for you because you are either too fat... too stupid... too frightened... too compromised or too fast asleep to do it for yourself.

The worst thing about saving people from themselves is recognizing that they don’t deserve to be saved. It is an agony to listen to convoluted intellectual arguments from people hiding basketballs under their shirt... and who would drop dead of a heart attack if they had to run for the space of a city block; it is a torture for which the proper definitive medium has not been invented... to save the people who would mob up to tear you apart for taking the trouble to warn them that the bridge is out. I think I now know what unbearable compassion means.

That kid that got tazered was a hero. Now... he might have been a bad actor but so is Brad Pitt and a whole lot of people who get paid to do it... but at least he knew the meaning of Carpe Diem; at least he had the balls to make a fool of himself on your behalf. That took courage. I’ve seen a lot of videos of that event and I applaud his overacting to bring your elusive attention to the fact that he was bringing your attention to a fact that you are not paying attention to. I watched him milk it for all that it was worth for YOU. It was street theater at it’s best and it points up what happens when corporations run the police and I guess I don’t have to mention that Blackwater only got caught because they had been so outrageous before the fact that even Custer Battles would be looking to blow them right after Larry Craig just so they could edge up closer into the mix of ticks on a hog.

"Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.

The Second Coming!
Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi Troubles my sight:
a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? "

This I especially like “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” God bless that over-acting and poorly talented gem of humanity who had the courage not displayed by the on-looking crowd and while the mealy mouthed stalking horse John Kerry continued in his ponderous and sonorous overtones as if it wasn’t happening right in front of him. Had he been the John Kerry that he paints himself as he would have jumped off of the stage and brought that kid up to the stage and answered every single question and told the truth but... he could not do that and...

that says all we need to know about John Kerry. As much as I hate to admit it, maybe the Swiftboaters were right. What kind of a man anyway, would take second place to a fascist to the tune of the immortal Bruce Springsteen just so he could be numbered among the boring rich for the short length of his miserable days?

The thing about not waking up when you should is that you get woken up and it is decidedly just as unpleasant as it needs to be.

Visible sings: Almost A Capella by Les Visible♫ I'm a New Age Twinkie ♫
'I'm a New Age Twinkie' is track no. 10 of 12 on Visible's 2007 album 'Almost A Capella'

Almost A Capella by Les Visible


Anonymous said...

Well said, Les! Seeing that student getting tasered was the last straw. That kid could've been me. The event encapsulates what this country has turned into; he was like the lone human in a room full of pod people!

I reckon if there's no serious revolutionary movement here, only a military mutiny can prevent the next war (Hitler's top generals were conspiring against him, but they acted too late).

Like you, I know the futility of arguing with narcotized, propagandized peasant slaves. It is time for me to pack my bags. But the struggle will continue wherever I go, because the problem is global. Google re Naomi Klein &/or Disaster Capitalism, Shock Doctrine, to get a fuller sense of what we're up against.

Mucho blessings.

Unknown said...

I love it when you flame out like this. I wish you did it more often. You've become so measured and reasoned of late that I realize I miss the fire. Thanks for this passionate arabeque.

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, Les. You're refreshed, relaxed and ready to roll with that essay today. You made my day.
Who knows if it's too late. 27 years of RaygunBush, ritalin, Prozac, poisonous foodstuffs imported from China, WalMart, small wonder everyone at the grocery weighs 300 pounds. No community here anymore, everyone is commodified. Suspicious people saying unrepublican things are photographed on the cellphone and reported. Are we really worth being saved? Hellary was on the tawkshows this morning, wants to get ruff with Iran and "my husband took care of Serbia and I can take care of Iran." Ghouliani/Hellary for 08!

Joy said...


PS: The University of Florida students were not always like that. In the first week of May 1972 (two years after the Kent State murders) Five Thousand U of F students occupied the main intersection of Gainesville and held off police for Three Days. They finally yielded to a full company of riot police mobilized from all over Florida, comple with an armored personnel carrier.

The current generation is hopeless, lobotomized, drugged, dumbed down. They will continue to submit to fascism and they will like it.

Anonymous said...

Selective Service Admin. is running radio ads on an hourly basis reminding 18yo cannon fodder that "it's the law" to register for the draft. K. Burns' "The War" debuted on PBS Sunday night (Part I) replete w/ the obligatory Hitler & Holocaust snapshots.... there never seem to be temporal "coincidences," sorta like that flick "Pearl Harbor" showing at theatres in August 2001. Now Ahmadinejad comes to NYC & the usuals are howling bloody murder. Thus another war is choreographed...

Anonymous said...

To continue the song:

Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you're always afraid
Step out of line, the man come and take you away

No, if history is repeating itself (and even Bush seems to think that it is) then I don't think that we have yet arrived at the replay of the Kent State massacre and C,S,N & Y's "Ohio". Rather, we are still reliving the prelude of rising fascism and police brutality as witnessed by Stephen Stills in '67.

It will take the reinstatement of the general draft to bring about the kind of confrontations between students and the PTB that arose in the years following, and you can bet your life that the PTB are very afraid of that happening again.

Visible said...

There's a new essay here

Back with something for Smoking Mirrors real soon.

Visible said...

New essay at Visible Origami, here

Anonymous said...

"Lost" B-52 nuke cruise missiles were on way to Middle East for attack on Iran

SPECIAL REPORT -- By Wayne Madsen
publication date: Sep 23, 2007

Labor Day weekend incident was a revolt by US Air Force and other US intelligence agencies against Bush-Cheney plans for pre-emptive nuclear and conventional strike on Iran.

WMR has learned from U.S. and foreign intelligence sources that the B-52 transporting six stealth AGM-129 Advanced Cruise Missiles, each armed with a W-80-1 nuclear warhead, on August 30, were destined for the Middle East via Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.

However, elements of the Air Force, supported by U.S. intelligence agency personnel, successfully revealed the ultimate destination of the nuclear weapons and the mission was aborted due to internal opposition within the Air Force and U.S. Intelligence Community.

Yesterday, the Washington Post attempted to explain away the fact that America's nuclear command and control system broke down in an unprecedented manner by reporting that it was the result of "security failures at multiple levels." It is now apparent that the command and control breakdown, reported as a BENT SPEAR incident to the Secretary of Defense and White House, was not the result of a command and control chain-of-command "failures" but the result of a revolt and push back by various echelons within the Air Force and intelligence agencies against a planned U.S. attack on Iran using nuclear and conventional

The Washington Post story on BENT SPEAR may have actually been an effort in damage control by the Bush administration. WMR has been informed by a knowledgeable source that one of the six nuclear-armed cruise missiles was, and may still be, unaccounted for. In that case, the nuclear reporting incident would have gone far beyond BENT SPEAR to a National Command Authority alert known as EMPTY QUIVER, with the special classification of PINNACLE.

Just as this report was being prepared, Newsweek reported that Vice President Dick Cheney's recently-departed Middle East adviser, David Wurmser, told a small group of advisers some months ago that Cheney had considered asking Israel to launch a missile attack on the Iranian nuclear site at Natanz. Cheney reasoned that after an Iranian retaliatory strike, the United States would have ample reasons to launch its own massive attack on Iran. However, plans for Israel to attack Iran directly were altered to an Israeli attack on a supposed Syrian-Iranian-North Korean nuclear installation in northern Syria.

WMR has learned that a U.S. attack on Iran using nuclear and conventional weapons was scheduled to coincide with Israel's September 6 air attack on a reputed Syrian nuclear facility in Dayr az-Zwar, near the village of Tal Abyad, in northern Syria, near the Turkish border. Israel's attack, code named OPERATION ORCHARD, was to provide a reason for the U.S. to strike Iran. The neo-conservative propaganda onslaught was to cite the cooperation of the George Bush's three remaining "Axis of Evil" states -- Syria, Iran, and North Korea -- to justify a sustained Israeli attack on Syria and a massive U.S. military attack on Iran.

WMR has learned from military sources on both sides of the Atlantic that there was a definite connection between Israel's OPERATION ORCHARD and BENT SPEAR involving the B-52 that flew the six nuclear-armed cruise missiles from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota to Barksdale. There is also a connection between these two events as the Pentagon's highly-classified PROJECT CHECKMATE, a compartmented U.S. Air Force program that has been working on an attack plan for Iran since June 2007, around the same time that Cheney was working on the joint Israeli-U.S. attack scenario on Iran.

PROJECT CHECKMATE was leaked in an article by military analyst Eric Margolis in the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper, the Times of London, is a program that involves over two dozen Air Force officers and is headed by Brig. Gen. Lawrence Stutzriem and his chief civilian adviser, Dr. Lani Kass, a former Israeli military intelligence officer who, astoundingly, is now involved in planning a joint U.S.-Israeli massive military attack on Iran that involves a "decapitating" blow on Iran by hitting between three to four thousand targets in the country. Stutzriem and Kass report directly to the Air Force Chief of Staff, General Michael Moseley, who has also been charged with preparing a report on the B-52 nuclear weapons incident.

Kass' area of speciality is cyber-warfare, which includes ensuring "information blockades," such as that imposed by the Israeli government on the Israeli media regarding the Syrian air attack on the alleged Syrian "nuclear installation." British intelligence sources have reported that the Israeli attack on Syria was a "true flag" attack originally designed to foreshadow a U.S. attack on Iran. After the U.S. Air Force push back against transporting the six cruise nuclear-armed AGM-129s to the Middle East, Israel went ahead with its attack on Syria in order to help ratchet up tensions between Washington on one side and Damascus, Tehran, and Pyongyang on the other.

The other part of CHECKMATE's brief is to ensure that a media "perception management" is waged against Syria, Iran, and North Korea. This involves articles such as that which appeared with Joby Warrick's and Walter Pincus' bylines in yesterdays Washington Post. The article, titled "The Saga of a Bent Spear," quotes a number of seasoned Air Force nuclear weapons experts as saying that such an incident is unprecedented in the history of the Air Force. For example, Retired Air Force General Eugene Habiger, the former chief of the U.S. Strategic Command, said he has been in the "nuclear business" since 1966 and has never been aware of an incident "more disturbing."

Command and control breakdowns involving U.S. nuclear weapons are unprecedented, except for that fact that the U.S. military is now waging an internal war against neo-cons who are embedded in the U.S. government and military chain of command who are intent on using nuclear weapons in a pre-emptive war with Iran.

CHECKMATE and OPERATION ORCHARD would have provided the cover for a pre-emptive U.S. and Israeli attack on Iran had it not been for BENT SPEAR involving the B-52. In on the plan to launch a pre-emptive attack on Iran involving nuclear weapons were, according to our sources, Cheney, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley; members of the CHECKMATE team at the Pentagon, who have close connections to Israeli intelligence and pro-Israeli think tanks in Washington, including the Hudson Institute; British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, a political adviser to Tony Blair prior to becoming a Member of Parliament; Israeli political leaders like Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu; and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, who did his part last week to ratchet up tensions with Iran by suggesting that war with Iran was a probability. Kouchner retracted his statement after the U.S. plans for Iran were delayed.

Although the Air Force tried to keep the B-52 nuclear incident from the media, anonymous Air Force personnel leaked the story to Military Times on September 5, the day before the Israelis attacked the alleged nuclear installation in Syria and the day planned for the simultaneous U.S. attack on Iran. The leaking of classified information on U.S. nuclear weapons disposition or movement to the media, is, itself, unprecedented. Air Force regulations require the sending of classified BEELINE reports to higher Air Force authorities on the disclosure of classified Air Force information to the media.

In another highly unusual move, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has asked an outside inquiry board to look into BENT SPEAR, even before the Air Force has completed its own investigation, a virtual vote of no confidence in the official investigation being conducted by Major General Douglas Raaberg, chief of air and space operations at the Air Combat Command.

Gates asked former Air Force Chief of Staff, retired General Larry Welch, to lead a Defense Science Board task force that will also look into the BENT SPEAR incident. The official Air Force investigation has reportedly been delayed for unknown reasons. Welch is President and CEO of the Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA), a federally-funded research contractor that operates three research centers, including one for Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President and another for the National Security Agency. One of the board members of IDA is Dr. Suzanne H. Woolsey of the Paladin Capital Group and wife of former CIA director and arch-neocon James Woolsey.

WMR has learned that neither the upper echelons of the State Department nor the British Foreign Office were privy to OPERATION ORCHARD, although Hadley briefed President Bush on Israeli spy satellite intelligence that showed the Syrian installation was a joint nuclear facility built with North Korean and Iranian assistance. However, it is puzzling why Hadley would rely on Israeli imagery intelligence (IMINT) from its OFEK (Horizon) 7 satellite when considering that U.S. IMINT satellites have greater capabilities.

The Air Force's "information warfare" campaign against media reports on CHECKMATE and OPERATION ORCHARD also affected international reporting of the recent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) resolution asking Israel to place its nuclear weapons program under IAEA controls, similar to those that the United States wants imposed on Iran and North Korea. The resolution also called for a nuclear-free zone throughout the Middle East. The IAEA's resolution, titled "Application of IAEA Safeguards in the Middle East," was passed by the 144-member IAEA General Meeting on September 20 by a vote of 53 to 2, with 47 abstentions. The only two countries to vote against were Israel and the United States. However, the story carried from the IAEA meeting in Vienna by Reuters, the Associated Press, and Agence France Press, was that it was Arab and Islamic nations that voted for the resolution.

This was yet more perception management carried out by CHECKMATE, the White House, and their allies in Europe and Israel with the connivance of the media. In fact, among the 53 nations that voted for the resolution were China, Russia, India, Ireland, and Japan. The 47 abstentions were described as votes "against" the resolution even though an abstention is neither a vote for nor against a measure. America's close allies, including Britain, France, Australia, Canada, and Georgia, all abstained.

Suspiciously, the IAEA carried only a brief item on the resolution concerning Israel's nuclear program and a roll call vote was not available either at the IAEA's web site -- -- or in the media.

The perception management campaign by the neocon operational cells in the Bush administration, Israel and Europe was designed to keep a focus on Iran's nuclear program, not on Israel's. Any international examination of Israel's nuclear weapons program would likely bring up Israeli nuclear scientist Mordechai Vanunu, a covert from Judaism to Christianity, who was kidnapped in Rome by a Mossad "honey trap" named Cheryl Bentov (aka, Cindy) and a Mossad team in 1986 and held against his will in Israel ever since.

Vanunu's knowledge of the Israeli nuclear weapons program would focus on the country's own role in nuclear proliferation, including its program to share nuclear weapons technology with apartheid South Africa and Taiwan in the late 1970s and 1980s. The role of Ronald Reagan's Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency Ken Adelman in Israeli's nuclear proliferation during the time frame 1983-1987 would also come under scrutiny. Adelman, a member of the Reagan-Bush transition State Department team from November 1980 to January 1981, voiced his understanding for the nuclear weapons programs of Israel, South Africa, and Taiwan in a June 28, 1981 New York Times article titled, "3 Nations Widening Nuclear Contacts." The journalist who wrote the article was Judith Miller. Adelman felt that the three countries wanted nuclear weapons because of their ostracism from the West, the third world, and the hostility from the Communist countries. Of course, today, the same argument can be used by Iran, North Korea, and other "Axis of Evil" nations so designated by the neocons in the Bush administration and other governments.

There are also news reports that suggest an intelligence relationship between Israel and North Korea. On July 21, 2004, New Zealand's Dominion Post reported that three Mossad agents were involved in espionage in New Zealand. Two of the Mossad agents, Uriel Kelman and Elisha Cara (aka Kra), were arrested and imprisoned by New Zealand police (an Israeli diplomat in Canberra, Amir Lati, was expelled by Australia and New Zealand intelligence identified a fourth Mossad agent involved in the New Zealand espionage operation in Singapore). The third Mossad agent in New Zealand, Zev William Barkan (aka Lev Bruckenstein), fled New Zealand -- for North Korea.

New Zealand Foreign Minister Phil Goff revealed that Barkan, a former Israeli Navy diver, had previously worked at the Israeli embassy in Vienna, which is also the headquarters of the IAEA. He was cited by the /Sydney Morning Herald/ as trafficking in passports stolen from foreign tourists in Thailand, Myanmar,
Laos, and Cambodia. New Zealand's One News reported that Barkan was in North Korea to help the nation build a wall to keep its citizens from leaving.

The nuclear brinkmanship involving the United States and Israel and the breakdown in America's command and control systems have every major capital around the world wondering about the Bush administration's true intentions.

NOTE: WMR understands the risks to informed individuals in reporting the events of August 29/30, to the present time, that concern the discord within the U.S. Air Force, U.S. intelligence agencies, and other military services. Any source with relevant information and who wishes to contact us anonymously may drop off sealed correspondence at or send mail via the Postal Service to: Wayne Madsen, c/o The Front Desk, National Press Club, 13th Floor, 529 14th St., NW, Washington, DC, 20045.

P.S. Sorry this isn't directly related to your blog post, but this level of insanity needs to get out now.



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