Monday, October 12, 2015

Putin 2, US/NATO 0

                                                From The Ramparts
                                               Junious Ricardo Stanto
                                             Putin 2, Obama/ NATO 0

            "In a bid to strengthen the Russian air campaign, another Syrian ally -- China -- is now planning to deploy Shenyang J-15, a carrier-based fighter aircraft, in Syria
Several reports have stated that Beijing has agreed to join the Russian air campaign. The development has come mere days after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told a UN Security Council meeting that the world can no longer afford to stand by and look on with folded arms but must also not 'arbitrarily interfere' in the Syrian crisis."

            Shorty after addressing the United Nations General Assembly Russian President Vladimir Putin asked for and received a vote by the Russian Parliament to begin operations to oust fanatical jihadists in Syria most of whom were trained, armed, funded and supported by the US and its allies. The US and NATO's aim is to toppled the Bashar al-Assad regime. Putin and his allies Iran, Iraq, Hezbollah and soon China have drawn a line in the sand and indicated they will no longer stand idly by and allow the West and its Wahhabi fanatic surrogates to wreck havoc in Syria.
            Unlike the US and their jihadist pawns and patsies who have been trying to destabilize and oust Al-Assad for going on five years, the Syrian government formally asked Putin for help. Syria is a trading partner and ally of Russia and Putin has been supplying support to al-Assad in the form of tactical intelligence which has helped Assad's forces thwart the efforts of the US and its allies to implement regime change in Syria like they did in Libya, Iraq, Ukraine and Yemen
            In its arrogance hypocrisy and hubris the US tried to create a No Fly Zone in Syria like they did in Libya. But Putin stepped in and undermined the Americans' reason to take Assad out for supposedly gassing his citizens. Where have we heard claims like that before? Remember Saddam Hussein and WMDs?  Putin stepped in and convinced the Assad government to destroy all of its poison gas. Assad agreed thereby averting what the US and its NATO thug allies did to Iraq and Libya. But that did not stop the Western imperialists
            It turned out the jihadist fanatics in the employ of the US and its Western allies were the ones who used the poison gas on Syrian civilians but in the meantime Putin was able to temporarily derail the West's crime rampage in the region. Undeterred Obama increased US aid and support to his jihadist puppets just like the US did to Osama bin-Laden in the 1980's. The US found itself giving money and support to al-Qaida and with a straight face called them "moderate rebels". Meanwhile ISIS, ISIL and a bunch of other stooges were wrecking havoc in Syria, Iraq and parts of Turkey. The goal is to destabilize the whole region so the US and its regional allies Israel and the feckless Gulf States like: Saudi Arabia, Qatar and  the United Arab Emirates would hold sway as vassals of the West and Israelis.
            But Putin intervened and prevented the West from making Syria a No Fly Zone. Score one for Putin and give Obama and the Axis of Evil zero. Now that Putin has sent ships into the Mediterranean Sea, set up a forward airbase in Syria and  started bombing the crap out of ISIS, ISIL and the other jihadists; the US is having conniptions. The corporate mind control apparatus right on cue has ratcheted its demonization of Putin, obfuscating the facts on the ground even showing bogus footage of civilian deaths and damage , pictures that were taken hours before Russian planes ever took off on their missions.
            Meanwhile the US has to scramble to explain and spin the fact US and NATO airstrikes hit a hospital in Kunduz Afghanistan killing and wounding innocent civilians, which is a bona fide war crime!  Obama complaining about Russian attacks on his jihadist stooges while killing innocent sick and wounded people in Afghanistan is like the kettle calling the pot black.
            Putin has sent advisors, troops planes, ships and tactical support to Syria. He is waging war from the air while Iranian, Syrian, Iraqi and Hezbollah troops on the ground do the mop up work to roust, kill or capture ISIS, ISIL and the other jihadist fanatics. Putin just dispatched his elite Special Ops troops to Syria. Remember how Obama and his lapdogs took it upon themselves to supposedly go after  ISIS? Well Putin has accomplished more in less than a week then the US and its allies have been able to do in years! And now China is entering the fight on the side of  Assad and Syria. Chalk another one up for Putin, put down another slap at the US Axis of Evil.
            Putin is not a poseur or pretender. He is a legitimate leader who is tired of US belligerence and bullying. His actions in Syria, his restraint in Ukraine and his attempts to form a real coalition to go after terrorists are a stark contrast to the US jingoism and hypocrisy. Putin told the world when he addressed the United Nations General Assembly last month there has to be openness and cooperation rather than coercion. "In fact, the Islamic State itself did not come out of nowhere. It was initially developed as a weapon against undesirable secular regimes. Having established control over parts of Syria and Iraq, Islamic State now aggressively expands into other regions. It seeks dominance in the Muslim world and beyond. Their plans go further. The situation is extremely dangerous. In these circumstances, it is hypocritical and irresponsible to make declarations about the threat of terrorism and at the same time turn a blind eye to the channels used to finance and support terrorists, including revenues from drug trafficking, the illegal oil trade and the arms trade. It is equally irresponsible to manipulate extremist groups and use them to achieve your political goals, hoping that later you’ll find a way to get rid of them or somehow eliminate them.
            I’d like to tell those who engage in this: Gentlemen, the people you are dealing with are cruel but they are not dumb. They are as smart as you are. So, it’s a big question: who’s playing who here? The recent incident where the most “moderate” opposition group handed over their weapons to terrorists is a vivid example of that. We consider that any attempts to flirt with terrorists, let alone arm them, are short-sighted and extremely dangerous. This may make the global terrorist threat much worse, spreading it to new regions around the globe, especially since there are fighters from many different countries, including European ones, gaining combat experience with Islamic State. Unfortunately, Russia is no exception. Now that those thugs have tasted blood, we can’t allow them to return home and continue with their criminal activities. Nobody wants that, right?
            Russia has consistently opposed terrorism in all its forms. Today, we provide military-technical assistance to Iraq, Syria and other regional countries fighting terrorist groups. We think it’s a big mistake to refuse to cooperate with the Syrian authorities and government forces who valiantly fight terrorists on the ground. We should finally admit that President Assad’s government forces and the Kurdish militia are the only forces really fighting terrorists in Syria. Yes, we are aware of all the problems and conflicts in the region, but we definitely have to consider the actual situation on the ground."  Go to  to read the full text of Putin's UN speech. Putin told it like it was for the whole world to see.
            Things are looking up for Assad but the banksters and warmongers in New York Washington London, Tel Aviv and Riyadh are not liking these developments one bit. But there is little they can do about it because the Syrian government invited Putin to come in and help his beleaguered  forces maintain order. Keep in mind al-Assad was overwhelmingly reelected in 2014 by his people even in the midst of a US backed attempt to oust him!  
            Obama and his handlers talk about Assad violating the human rights of his people?! How can Obama say anything to anyone about human rights violations, he is the mad bomber using drones and missiles to kill innocent civilians in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria?!  What about Obama reigning over the largest gulag system in the world? What about the indigenous North American people the US government still keeps locked up in concentration camps they call "reservations"? What about Ferguson, what about the systemic racism that is endemic within US culture?
            Don't depend on the corporate mind control apparatus for your news about the world, seek other sources. Don't believe the hype about Putin. While he is no saint he's not the Hitler the Western press is painting him out to be. Remember  the top US industrialists and bankers financed and backed Adolf Hitler and his fascist regime in Germany! The Russian people made major sacrifices during WWII and were the real reason the allies won the war.  The US press is dogging Putin just like they dogged Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr and anyone else who decides he or she is no longer going to go along with the 1%'s  and their flunkies' okey-doke.
             So if you're keeping score on Syrian situation it's Putin, sovereignty and peace 2, Obama destabilization and the warmongers 0.



Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Blatant American Hypocrisy

                                                From The Ramparts
                                               Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                            Blatant American Hypocrisy

            “For years I labored with the idea of reforming the existing institutions of society, a little change here, a little change there. Now I feel quite differently. I think you’ve got to have a reconstruction of the entire society, a revolution of values.” - Martin Luther King Jr. Inconvenient Hero, p. 98 -

            President Obama's remarks at the United Nations on September 28th  demonstrated how depraved and psychopathic the rulers of this nation are. Posturing and justifying policies of invasion, rapine, pillage and plunder Obama's message of American Exceptionalism set for all the world to see just how hypocritical, insane and megalomaniacal this nation is.
            The United States of America is by far the most imperialistic nation on the planet, bar none! The American Empire has over six hundred sixty military bases in thirty eight counties not counting the covert ops stations and positions the number of which are not public knowledge.  These bases and covert ops do not exist as "A global force for good" like the TV commercials for the US Navy proclaim. Rather they are there to impose US hegemony, intimidate foreign governments, facilitate the extraction of raw materials, give US corporations unfettered access to minerals and markets and control crucial geostrategic areas.
            But in his delusion or hubris Obama stood before the United Nations General Assembly on September 28 and had the audacity to utter lies such as these, "Indeed, I believe that in today’s world, the measure of strength is no longer defined by the control of territory.  Lasting prosperity does not come solely from the ability to access and extract raw materials.  The strength of nations depends on the success of their people -- their knowledge, their innovation, their imagination, their creativity, their drive, their opportunity -- and that, in turn, depends upon individual rights and good governance and personal security.  Internal repression and foreign aggression are both symptoms of the failure to provide this foundation."
            This was uttered by the man who allowed, facilitated and covered up the plunder of the US economy by the largest banks, hedge funds and special interests. Where is his concern for the US people's prosperity who lost trillions of personal wealth because of Wall Street greed and fraud?
            Those words were actually said with a straight face by the man who uses drone technology to kill more innocent people around the world than any other leader on the planet, like the hospital the US and NATO just bombed in Afghanistan!  Under Obama the US has destabilized whole swaths of territory in Yemen, Libya, Pakistan, Iraq, Ukraine and now Syria. Obama the consummate puppet of the 1% actually formed his mouth to say Russia annexed Crimea and call Russia an aggressor nation.  "That same fidelity to international order guides our responses to other challenges around the world.  Consider Russia’s annexation of Crimea and further aggression in eastern Ukraine.  America has few economic interests in Ukraine.  We recognize the deep and complex history between Russia and Ukraine.  But we cannot stand by when the sovereignty and territorial integrity of a nation is flagrantly violated.  If that happens without consequence in Ukraine, it could happen to any nation gathered here today.  That’s the basis of the sanctions that the United States and our partners impose on Russia.  It's not a desire to return to a Cold War. 
            Now, within Russia, state-controlled media may describe these events as an example of a resurgent Russia -- a view shared, by the way, by a number of U.S. politicians and commentators who have always been deeply skeptical of Russia, and seem to be convinced a new Cold War is, in fact, upon us.  And yet, look at the results.  The Ukrainian people are more interested than ever in aligning with Europe instead of Russia. Sanctions have led to capital flight, a contracting economy, a fallen ruble, and the emigration of more educated Russians.  Imagine if, instead, Russia had engaged in true diplomacy, and worked with Ukraine and the international community to ensure its interests were protected.  That would be better for Ukraine, but also better for Russia, and better for the world -- which is why we continue to press for this crisis to be resolved in a way that allows a sovereign and democratic Ukraine to determine its future and control its territory.  Not because we want to isolate Russia -- we don't -- but because we want a strong Russia that’s invested in working with us to strengthen the international system as a whole."
            This from the man who gave the okay to spend over five billion dollars of US taxpayers money to topple the elected government of Ukraine! This from the country where corporate and government propaganda rule where telling the truth is a criminal act almost. Obama was so brazen with his lies he overlooked the fact that in this day of Internet access and fact checking, the truth can be secured and discerned within minutes with little or no effort. Russia did not annex Crimea, the Crimean people voted to rejoin the Russian federation! The fact of the matter is the US was behind the 2014 coup that put Neo-Nazis in power in Ukraine.
            Go to  to hear the leaked audio of US Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland and Geoff  Pyatt the US Envoy to Ukraine going over the details of which puppet they wanted to install in power.  Keep in mind, Nuland and Pyatt were not acting or speaking on their own, they had the tacit backing of Obama and his handlers!
            Obama had the audacity to call out Vladimir Putin and lie about Putin's attempts to broker peace in Ukraine and Syria when the US and NATO  unilaterally bombed Libya without a formal declaration of war or UN mandate and the US has been working to undermine the cease fire Russia, Germany and France brokered in Ukraine to further destabilize that country. The results of this and US policies in Yemen and Syria are directly responsible for the suffering, trauma and the refugee situation in Europe now.
            We need to wake up and see our government as the vampires, psychopaths and thugs they are. What Malcolm X and Martin Luther King said over fifty years ago about US oppression and imperialism still ring true. In a speech in Ghana in 1964 Malcolm said, "Anytime you think that America is the land of the free, you come there and take off your national dress and be mistaken for an American Negro, and you will find out you’re not in the land of the free. America is a colonial power. She is just as much a colonial power in 1964 as France, Britain, Portugal, and all these other European countries were in 1864. She’s a twentieth-century colonial power; she’s a modern colonial power, and she has colonized twenty-two million African-Americans. While there are only eleven million Africans colonized in South Africa, four or five million colonized in Angola, there are twenty-two million Africans colonized in America right now on May 13, 1964. What is second-class citizenship if nothing but twentieth-century colonialism? They don’t want you to know that slavery still exists, so rather than call it slavery they call it second-class citizenship." Malcolm knew the real deal about America and he boldly spoke truth to power.
            Martin Luther King Jr also was well aware of US imperialism around the world. He said, " God didn't call on America to engage in a senseless, unjust war in Vietnam.  And we are criminals in that war. We've committed more war crimes almost than any other nation in the world and I'm going to continue to say it. And we won't stop it because of our pride and arrogance as a nation."
            Their words are a stark contrast to the lies and fabrications of Barak Obama at the UN but their words are just as true today as they were when they uttered them over fifty years ago. Don't go for the okey-doke or fall for the US flim-flam.


Monday, September 28, 2015

Black Children, Class War Collateral Damaage

                                                  From The Ramparts
                                                  Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                Black Children, Class War Collateral  Damage

            "Overall, 20% of children in the U.S., or 14.7 million, lived in poverty in 2013 – down from 22%, or 16.3 million, in 2010. (Poverty in 2013 was defined as living in a household with an annual income below $23,624 for a family of four with two related children.) During this period, the poverty rate declined for Hispanic, white and Asian children. Among black children, however, the rate held steady at about 38%. Black children were almost four times as likely as white or Asian children to be living in poverty in 2013, and significantly more likely than Hispanic children." Pew Research

            A recent report published by the Pew Research Foundation based upon Census Bureau data revealed Black children in the United States are more likely to live in poverty than any other ethnic group. Analyzing 2010 census data the researchers concluded the poverty rate declined for Whites, Hispanics and Asians but held steady for Blacks. Hispanics have the largest number living in poverty because their population is younger and so high.
            The sad reality is that children under 18 make up the bulk of people living in poverty, they represent the largest demographic of poor people in this country. The United States has the highest rate of child poverty of any industrialized nation in the world!  This fact speaks volumes about this nation's values and priorities and how it perceives its most vulnerable citizens. "Children make up a larger share of America’s impoverished than of the population as a whole – those younger than 18 make up about a quarter of the total population, but make up about a third of all Americans in poverty. Black and Hispanic children in particular are overrepresented: Children make up 27% of the black population, but 38% of blacks in poverty. And children account for 33% of all Hispanics, but 42% of impoverished Hispanics. By contrast, children make up roughly equal shares of the white and Asian populations and of whites and Asians living in poverty."
            What are the social and public policy implications of this data? How can a nation as materially well off as this allow their most defenseless citizens to wallow in poverty and not take substantive action to ameliorate the situation? What are the short and long term effects of poverty in the so called land of plenty? What grass roots political adjustments or social movements should evolve to address this crime against humanity?
            Poverty means privation and disadvantage; poor people generally experience poorer health because of their economic situation and its concomitant circumstances. "Research finds that experiencing poverty during the first three years of life is related to substandard nutritional status and poor motor skills.  Childhood poverty is also related to “age-normed growth stunting” (low height-for-age) and 'wasting' (low weight-for-age), common indicators of poor nutritional status.67 At the other extreme, poverty is also associated with obesity among children.  As they get older, poor children are more likely than other children to have chronic health problems such as asthma and anemia.  Low-income children and adolescents are also more likely than higher income youth to have a physical impairment that restricts their activities. Adolescents living in poverty are more likely than their higher income peers to get involved in risky and health-compromising behaviors, such as smoking or engaging in early sexual activity. Health problems associated with poverty during early childhood become risk factors themselves for developmental problems in later life, including problems in the achievement, cognitive, language, social-emotional, and physical domains... Researchers note that there are many possible pathways by which poverty can affect health. For instance, poor children are disproportionately exposed to risk factors, including environmental toxins, inadequate nutrition, maternal depression, parental substance abuse, trauma and abuse, violent crime, divorce, and low quality child care. Poor families are more likely to live in substandard housing that may have lead paint and other health hazards. They are also more likely to live in disadvantaged neighborhoods that are not safe, that provide fewer positive models of people who exhibit healthy behaviors, and that have fewer stores that sell healthy foods. Also, living in households that sometimes don’t have enough nutritious food may explain why some children’s growth is stunted." Trends Child research Brief Publication 2009-11
            Recent studies indicate poverty is a major factor in poor health, and cognitive underdevelopment in children.  "The National Longitudinal Study on Youth and the Infant Health and Development Project have followed children who are poor and children who are not poor over years and provide a rich data source to examine the impact of poverty on cognitive ability and educational attainment while controlling for a number of confounding factors such as family characteristics. Scores on IQ tests seem to vary with the level of poverty, whereas educational attainment seems to be related to poverty early in a child’s life and duration of family poverty. Poverty during a child’s early years has a more powerful influence on grade completed than poverty during school years. The high school dropout rate for central cities is 14% compared with 7% for adolescents in the suburbs. In areas with high poverty, graduation rates approach only 50% of those who started high school. It is estimated that an increase in mean family income of $10 000 during the child’s first 5 years of life results in almost 1 full year more of schooling." Effect of Child and Family Poverty on Child Health in the United States
David Wood, MD, MPH, FAAP
            Material lack is merely one of the problems facing children who live in poverty. You can be poor but if you have a supportive and nurturing social network you can overcome the disadvantages of poverty. But if you live in a dysfunctional social environment, with limited support, nurturing and cultivation your prospects for full development are further diminished. "Children who are poor have higher rates of hospital admissions, disability days, and death rates. They have inadequate access to preventive, curative, and emergency care and are affected more frequently by poor nutrition, single-parent families, dysfunctional families, and poor housing. Exposure to lead hazards is an example of how poverty directly impacts child health. Four to 5 million children, the vast majority of whom are poor, reside in older homes with lead levels exceeding the accepted threshold for safety. More than 1.5 million of these children (younger than 6 years) have elevated blood lead levels." ibid
            The United States is experiencing the greatest economic disparity, income inequality and class divide in its history. In short there is a class war going on in this country that very few people are talking about. Our babies are the collateral damage in this war! The politicians, many of whom are millionaires do not empathize with or relate to the poor. Why should they, the only thing they need poor people for is our vote! This reality does not bode well for the prospects of developing public policy genuinely designed to reduce poverty and economic apartheid in America. In fact Bernie Saunders is the only candidate with a history of talking about class warfare and income inequality in this country.
            Respect for Congress and government in general is at an all time low; rightly so. People are waking up to what's happening and are expressing their frustration and displeasure.  Politicians are not responsive to the needs of the masses, many are bought and sold their souls to the corporations and special interests. For example in 2011 The Occupy Wall Street movement  brought attention to the egregious income inequality in the US but Obama had the Occupy movement forcibly shut down lest it undermine his 2012 election bid by exposing just how one sided and corrupt the system really was.
             Not one politician spoke up in defense of the Occupy movement or the young people behind it; just as very few politicians support the Black Lives Matter campaign today. The only way this unconscionable situation is going to be turned around is through agitation and direct action such as massive strikes, slow downs, and serious well coordinated economic boycotts. The stakes are too high to passively sit back and allow our children and future generations to suffer at the hands of the politicians and their corporate puppeteers and benefactors. Since the class war is already on, we might as well get in it to win it!


Monday, September 21, 2015

Professor E. Sonny Harris

                                   Professor E. "Sonny" Harris
                                       Junious Ricardo Stanton

            "If a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

            The world suffered a great loss early Monday morning September 14, 2015 when Edgar "Sonny" Harris made transition to the spirit realm quietly in his sleep. Sonny as he was affectionately known was a born educator and motivator, a math teacher, a school administrator, a college mathematics professor, a mathematics teacher training instructor at Cheyney University and later an adjunct professor at Temple University.
            Sonny Harris was a fighter for social justice and Black people's rights. He was born in Atlantic City New Jersey on March 1,1934. He attended the Atlantic City publics schools then matriculated to Cheyney State Teachers College. There he began a life long love affair with Cheyney and education. He graduated from Cheyney in 1958.
            Sonny returned to Atlantic City and secured a teaching position there. He refused to acquiesce to the racial oppression and the virulent discrimination in Atlantic  City so he joined the NAACP. Sonny had a knack for organizing and he eventually led the largest NAACP Youth Organization in the nation and one of the most active. He challenged the racist policies and discriminatory hiring in Atlantic City and won major victories through direct action demonstrations, protests and legal redress.
            Sonny later earned additional degrees in mathematics, teacher instruction and administration then returned to Cheyney State in 1970 to begin a long and stellar career as a professor, mentor, activist and advocate for higher education. In 1980 Sonny along with Professor Will Tate and the officers of the Student Government Cooperative Association initiated a federal lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania seeking redress and remedy from their egregious long standing racial discrimination against Cheyney State College, now Cheyney University.
            They were successful in their legal suit and the Commonwealth was forced to give Cheyney $15 million dollars, new facilities and new academic programs. Over the years the Commonwealth either dragged their feet or reneged on the court mandate thinking hey could get away with it because there was no judicial oversight or follow up included in the settlement.
            As the Commonwealth continued to underfund Cheyney and set it up for failure, Professor Sonny Harris was determined not to allow Cheyney to die on the vine. In March of 2013 Sonny contacted  activist attorney Michael Coard who he had worked with when Coard was a student at Cheyney and he and Jeffrey Hart were student plaintiffs in the 1980 lawsuit for help. Sonny called me because at the time I was the president of the Cheyney University National Alumni Association and he wanted the backing and support of the alumni association. Several other former students, current faculty and education activists joined what was to become known as Heeding Cheyney's Call and we have been working to save and enhance Cheyney University.
            While Michael Coard is our spokesperson and legal advisor, Sonny Harris was the driving force behind Heeding Cheyney'S Call. Sonny was the straw that stirred the drink. Sonny' energy level and intellect were boundless. His experience as the president of the campus faculty, the faculty union president for over thirty years and president of the retired faculty union were invaluable. His wisdom and insight in higher education, administration and his leadership provided us with the weapons we needed to confront the state and the federal government and hold them accountable for their willful neglect and  deliberate discrimination.
            Heeding Cheyney's Call issued an ultimatum to the Commonwealth taking advantage of the 2013 gubernatorial election to draw attention to Cheyney's plight. The Corbett administration responded in the press to our allegations but when we fired back, they offered to meet with us to discuss the issues we raised. Their motives proved to be disingenuous, after ten months of meetings with few if any results, Heeding Cheyney's Call filed a federal lawsuit on October 29, 2014 against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, PASSHE, the US Department of Education and its Secretary Arne Duncan.
             When we first started in March of 2013 we knew we would have to seek court intervention and the recalcitrance of the Corbett administration proved us right. Heeding Cheyney's Call just like higher education advocates in Mississippi, Alabama, and Maryland had to seek legal redress to overcome the ravages and vestiges of the US racial apartheid system and decades of premeditated racial discrimination.
             We enlisted the assistance of two of the prime movers behind  the Coalition for Educational Equity and Excellence the group that sued the state of Maryland on behalf of the four HBCUs there, Dr. Earl Richardson the former president of Morgan State University and Pace McConkie a civil rights attorney. They are our advisors.
             Sonny was constantly urging us on, pushing us to right the wrongs and improve conditions at Cheyney. Sonny had a sense of urgency and impatience that forced us to step up the pace.  He kept pressing on and was actively involved up to the end. When we went to Baltimore to meet with Dr Richardson and Pace McConkie a few weeks ago he was not feeling well but was determined to be there and make a contribution.
             On Sunday September 13th he and I texted back and forth beginning around 10:44 PM. I didn't call him because I thought he might be asleep. But he immediately got back to me. He answered the first question I asked. I followed it up with something else and he responded to that as well.
            When the phone rang the next morning I thought it was Sonny because his name came up on the my caller ID. It was his daughter Debra informing Sonny had made transition during the night. I was stunned and speechless; although looking back on it now I knew Sonny wasn't well he kept on keepin' on! His passing has been hard for me. He called me every morning and I miss that. His tenacity, relentlessness and intellect will be missed. We cannot replace Sonny Harris. Michael, myself and the Heeding Cheyney's Call Steering COmmittee are committed to carry on the fight. We will complete the task. Sonny Harris is now a venerated ancestor and as such his spirit and intercession will carry us through.
            Heeding Cheyney's Call is in this struggle to save Cheyney for the long haul. We are in it to win it. We will keep the legacy and vision of Professor E. Sonny Harris alive. For updates and  more information about Heeding Cheyney's Call visit our Website at, Instagram, Twitter and FaceBook.


Sunday, September 06, 2015

Failing the 9-11 Smell test

 From the Ramparts
                                                 Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                              Failing the 9-11 Smell Test

            "Military aircraft had more than enough time - nearly three quarters of an hour -- to respond to and intercept the 9-11 Pentagon plane after all key decision makers were 100% certain the Twin Tower hits had been terrorist attacks and that Flight 77 had also been hijacked, but didn't do so 'in time'. This is beyond comprehension over the nation's capital unless some previous piece of information or mental set led them to assume the Pentagon plane could not be a terrorist vehicle, or at least confuse them as to whether it was or not. If those looking on from inside the Pentagon as 9-11 unfolded believed flight 77 was, or might be, part of a "Red Team" counter- terror exercise set for that very morning, it would explain the otherwise incomprehensible delay, almost to the point of paralysis, in effectively scrambling interceptors."  The U.S. Government, Not the Hijackers, 'Chose' the Date of the 9-11 Attacks  by Barbara Honegger

            Here we are fourteen years after 9-11 and by now most thinking people realize the "official" narrative of nineteen "religious fanatics" supposedly led and directed by a guy suffering from renal failure living in a cave in Afghanistan who planned and executing 9-11 is totally absurd and impossible. Even the 9-11 Commission Report was a white wash and a sham and the co-chairs admit they were underfunded, denied access to personnel and information to do an adequate job. Thomas Keene the Vice Chair of the 9-11 Commission said at a press conference on September 11, 2006 , "Lee and I write in our book that in many ways the Commission was set up to fail because we had not enough money, we didn't have time and we were appointed by the most partisan people in Washington the leaders of the House and Senate." The objective of the Commission was to create a narrative that exonerated the government from any culpability for the massive failures and malfeasance surrounding 9-11.
            As I sat watching the events unfold the morning of 9-11, I said to myself "The FBI, CIA and military are in big trouble,". I knew it was their job to protect the country and they were totally missing in action. From that day forward I was suspicious of anything the Bu$h administration said. I went on record as being skeptical about their story about 9-11 and I  searched for reasons to prove my theories.
             I knew NORAD the agency tasked with defending the skies of America had failed dismally that day and wondered why? Using the Internet I discovered many additional anomalies had happened that day which reinforced my skepticism about the government and media's story. I discovered the US told it's European allies in early 2011 it was planning to invade Afghanistan to topple the Taliban later that year.  I discovered the CIA station chief allegedly visited Osama bin-Laden in an American hospital in Dubai in July of 2001 while he was being treated for kidney failure.  The CIA official did not apprehend bin-Laden even though he was wanted for allegedly bombing the USS Cole and bin-Laden was allowed to leave the hospital and go on his merry way. I learned the US intelligence agencies were given warnings from other governments about a pending attack but chose to do nothing! I learned Bu$h and his cabinet lied about not having foreknowledge of the attacks yet they vilified and marginalized anyone like Cynthia McKinney who suggested this was true.
             In 2002 I had Catherine Austin Fitts on my Internet radio program and she raised some intriguing issues and questions. She subsequently invited me to attend a conference in Washington D.C. called 9-11 Unanswered Questions  which was held in June of 2002 at the National Press Club. There was only one other person of color there and he was a former CIA officer who I met and have maintained contact with over the years.  I also met investigative reporters, former government workers and heard reports about how the supposed 9-11 "hijackers" were fast tracked for visas into the US  by the CIA. I heard people like Mike Ruppert  speak about the failures of the US military to follow long established protocols, the proposed oil trans Afghanistan pipelines, unusual and unexplainable (other than foreknowledge)  stock transactions on United and American airline stock, the failure of the FBI, CIA and NSA to prevent 9-11 and other critical pieces to the puzzle. I left with even more questions but with numerous resources and contact information from several investigative reporters like Tom Flocco I subsequently had on my Internet radio program over the years.
            In 2003 on a trip to the National Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem North Carolina I met Brother Mamadou Chinyelu who was an author selling his book Harlem Aint Nothing But a Third World Country  in the vendors hall and I interviewed him on the spot. In 2005 I received a note from him telling me he had written and published a book entitled Motive Means and Opportunity Probable Cause for Indicting George W Bush His Sponsors and Aides for the Attack of September 11, 2001. I ordered the book read it and was able to get him as a guest on my radio program.  His book provides immense insight and information not only about 9-11 itself but the geopolitical intrigue and global significance surrounding it. In 2005 I had a delightful and informative conversation and interview with him. Unfortunately he made transition  on April 4, 2009. He was a fighter for African redemption and liberation. His intellect, keen insight and fearlessness is missed.
            Researchers and analysts like Chinyelu and the late Del Jones were kindred spirits. I could speak with, share notes and ideas with who helped me come to grips with the real deal about 9-11. They helped me put 9-11 in an historical and current geopolitical  context. A clear pattern emerged, it showed the US used 9-11 like Adolf Hitler used the burning of the Reichstag Building in 1933 to go on a rampage to promote a fascist agenda in Germany to do the same thing here. Like Hitler, Bu$h and Co. used 9-11 which at the very least they knew about in advance and allowed to happen to launch their campaign of perpetual war  and their phony "War on Terror". Most people myself included feel they were involved in the execution and cover up of 9-11. Notice how no one was fired, demoted or held accountable for the failures that day!?
             Unlike Hitler who was a dictator, the US model of fascism is different. It is two headed; both the Republicans and Democrats are in on it because they are funded and controlled by the 1%! The Bu$h and Obama administrations use Hitler as their role model to dismantle the "democratic process", to usher in a domestic police state and bully and bum rush the world under the guise of fighting terrorism and humanitarianism.
            Today we know more about 9-11 than we did in 2001. What we know should raise even more questions and demand answers.  I never did and do not now believe for one minute the government or media's narrative about what happened that day. Michael Ruppert's book Crossing The Rubicon his newsletter From The Wilderness and his experience as an LA police officer connected the dots on numerous issues. He was a passionate crusader for truth and his passion cost him a great deal. Going up against the CIA exposing their global drug running and money laundering operations, revealing the numerous real time exercises that took place on 9-11 simulating hijackings, terrorist attacks and his theory about Peak Oil made him persona non grata.
            Ruppert was hounded and demonized just like Gay Webb the courageous reporter who broke the story about CIA drug trafficking and crack cocaine. Remember how the Bu$h administration Fox News and the media in general vilified anyone who didn't toe the line about going after "terrorists" or not going along with the bogus Global War on Terror? Both Ruppert and Webb were targeted and Webb's career was ruined. Both supposedly committed suicide; Ruppert on April 13, 2014 and Webb on December 10, 2004. Webb was the subject of the film Kill The Messenger and many suspect he was "suicided"  by the powers that be.
            Nothing about 9-11 passes the smell test. Something always seemed fishy. The more I researched the more things looked like it was an inside job. Many may find this statement hard to fathom but we should not forget since its founding the United States has been lying, making justifications for its policies of imperial expansion, theft, pillage, plunder and domination.  All US presidents lied to foment war mostly to enrich a few. If you don't believe me go to to see for yourself.  Don't forget Operation Northwoods and the lies about the Vietnamese attacking a US gunboat in the Gulf of Tonkin or the final report on the USS Maine
             All these lies were used to go to war for territory, to gain access to resources, economic "markets" and to enrich the ruling oligarchs and their cronies.  The American Empire like all empires is currently in decline. Its economy is on the brink of collapse, the US dollar is being aggressively challenged by Russia and China as the global reserve currency in their checkmate to US unipolar hegemony. The US is economically bankrupt as are its Western partners (with the exception of Germany). In this situation the psychopaths and megalomaniacs who rule this system may, rather than see it unravel go to war to smash their rivals to try to keep the empire going.
            As the nation observes another year post 9-11 by beating the drums for more war, invasions and bombings; let us not go passively and deeper into the moral abyss. We cannot allow the warmongers and the military industrial complex to compel us to acquiesce to even more wars that threaten the very existence of  all life on this planet. It is time we stand up and assert the moral prerogative, say no to imperialism and war.
            As Martin Luther King Jr said, "Cowardice asks the question - is it safe? Expediency asks the question - is it politic? Vanity asks the question - is it popular? But conscience asks the question - is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right." We cannot count on the government to do the right thing so we must be the ones  who take the initiative for TRUTH, PEACE and JUSTICE.


Monday, August 31, 2015

Remembering Hurricane Katrina

From The Ramparts
                                                Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                          Remembering Hurricane Katrina

            "Katrina was the most destructive storm to strike the United States and the costliest storm in U.S. history, causing $108 billion in damage, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA). It ranks sixth overall in strength of recorded Atlantic hurricanes. It was also a very large storm; at its peak, maximum winds stretched 25 to 30 nautical miles (46 to 55 kilometers) and its extremely wide swath of hurricane force winds extended at least 75 nautical miles (138 km) to the east from the center." Hurricane Katrina: Facts Damage and Aftermath Kim Ann Zimmerman

            August 29, 2015 marked the tenth anniversary of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina to the city of New Orleans and the whole Gulf Coast region. Hurricane Katrina caused thousands of deaths, destruction in the hundreds of billions of dollars and disrupted life in a way that forced the nation to look at its priorities, its long history of racism and defined the ineptitude and callousness of the government.
            Katrina started out as a tropical storm but once it moved over the warm waters it picked up energy and intensity eventually developing into a category five storm. The storm was monitored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the various weather services and the military. So for the Bu$h administration, the Louisiana
state officials and local municipalities to say they had no idea the storm was going to reach such ferocity is disingenuous at least and even criminal at best. Once the storm went inland over Florida it was categorized as a mild category one hurricane but as it traveled  West into the Gulf of Mexico it gained more and more intensity  and developed into a category five storm.                           
            The government's response to Katrina was pathetic. The levy system in New Orleans was destined to withstand a category three storm at most, Katrina when it hit New Orleans was a category five storm. The storm surge was over twenty feet high with winds of 115-130 miles per hour! New Orleans and the whole Gulf Coast were totally caught off guard for a storm of such a magnitude. But what the nation initially saw was New Orleans being battered by the storm's rains and high winds. In the ensuing days the raw reality of the racial, the socio-economic and political dynamics of the city were exposed for the world to see.
            The corporate mind control apparatus originally showed the storm and flooding. Later they focused on the people who did not nor could not get out they showed mostly poor black and desperate people clamoring for help trying to survive the best they could in horrific conditions.  Within days, the media focused on unfounded reports of massive looting in New Orleans, mostly by blacks, but when they showed whites breaking in and looting they were depicted as trying to survive not as criminals. The media reports of rampant looting were exaggerated and contributed to a siege mentality that opened the door for police and government abuse.
            Despite its image as a cosmopolitan, progressive city, racism is deeply rooted in the city of New Orleans.  At the time of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans was populated by a large segment of poor blacks whose prospects for employment were bleak; who in many cases were living off of government largess and welfare. The media did not look favorably on these people after the initial shock of the storm. The media depicted them as refugees and questioned their intelligence for remaining in the city during a catastrophe when the fact of the matter is, government on all levels failed the whole region!      "Hurricane Katrina, its 115-130 mph winds, and the accompanying storm surge it created as high as 27 feet along a stretch of the Northern Gulf Coast from Mobile, Alabama, to New Orleans, impacted nearly 93,000 square miles of our Nation—roughly an area the size of Great Britain. The disaster was not isolated to one town or city, or even one State. Individual local and State plans, as well as relatively new plans created by the Federal government since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, failed to adequately account for widespread or simultaneous catastrophes. We were confronted by the pictures of destroyed towns and cities, each with their own needs. Smaller cities like Waveland, Mississippi, were completely devastated by Hurricane Katrina and required smaller scale yet immediate search and rescue efforts as well as large volumes of life saving and sustaining commodities. New Orleans, the largest affected city—which dominated much of what Americans saw on their televisions—suffered first from the initial impact of Katrina and then from the subsequent flood caused by breaches in its 350 mile levee system. Over an estimated eighteen-hour period, approximately 80 percent of the city flooded with six to twenty feet of water, necessitating one of the largest search and rescue operations in our Nation’s history." The Federal Response To Hurricane Katrina Lessons Learned February 2006
            President Bu$h dilly-dallied even though he was forewarned and kept abreast of the storm's development and progress, he lied and said he had no idea the storm posed such a dire threat.  Members of his cabinet went shopping and spoke nonchalantly about the storm while thousands suffered during and immediately following the storm.  This attitude and inaction set the tone and tenor for much of what happened or failed to happen in the wake of the hurricane. President Bu$h was later forced to apologize as the world looked on in shock at the way the US government treated its citizens.
             The government's response on all levels was so feeble and even hostile  Kanye West an entertainer said during a nationally televised awards program. "George Bush don't care about Black people." Many took West to task for saying it but the record shows the state and federal governments' inaction gave credence to what West said.
            "The last National Hurricane Center Hurricane Katrina forecast on Friday, August 26, as the storm intensified in the Gulf of Mexico, gave Federal, State, local, and private sector officials, in hindsight, approximately fifty-six hours advance notice that the hurricane would make landfall near the City of New Orleans.  Preparations took on a greater urgency on Friday, August 26, due to Hurricane Katrina’s continuing intensification and west-southwest track from Florida into the Gulf of Mexico. Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour declared states of emergency for their respective States.37 Gulf Coast States and localities expanded their EOC staffing and operations schedules in anticipation of Hurricane Katrina.38 The Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi State EOCs soon were activated to their highest levels. 39 State agencies began putting their response plans into action." The Federal Response To Hurricane Katrina Lessons Learned February 2006 
            Eighty percent of the city was under water, municipal government was crippled, its social services were totally overwhelmed and most agencies and offices including the police were not functioning.  Mayor Nagin showed his frustration and helplessness in the national media. On the ground things did not go well. Professional mercenaries were hired by residents and the US government alike to "secure" the city.  The media created a disinformation campaign the made it easy to demonize the residents trapped in the city and create a climate of martial law and racial vigilantes. " But there's an even harsher truth, one some New Orleans residents learned in the very first days but which is only beginning to become clear to the rest of us: What took place in this devastated American city was no less than a war, in which victims whose only crimes were poverty and blackness were treated as enemies of the state. It started immediately after the storm and flood hit, when civilian aid was scarce—but private security forces already had boots on the ground. Some, like Blackwater (which has since redubbed itself Xe), were under federal contract, while a host of others answered to wealthy residents and businessmen who had departed well before Katrina and needed help protecting their property from the suffering masses left behind. According Jeremy Scahill's reporting in The Nation, Blackwater set up an HQ in downtown New Orleans. Armed as they would be in Iraq, with automatic rifles, guns strapped to legs, and pockets overflowing with ammo, Blackwater contractors drove around in SUVs and unmarked cars with no license plates."  The Secret History of Hurricane Katrina James Ridgeway
            Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco set a confrontational rather than a conciliatory tone towards the residents of New Orleans when she called out the National Guard, "These troops are fresh back from Iraq, well trained, experienced, battle tested, and under my orders to restore order in the streets.  They have M-16s and they are locked and loaded.  These troops know how to shoot and skill and they are more than willing to do so if necessary and I expect they will."
            When the National Guard finally arrived the troops approached their mission as one of a military occupation rather than one of search, rescue, evacuation and aid. They viewed and treated the people and situation as a hostile environment. It wasn't until General Russell Honoree an African-American and native of Louisiana took command of the troops that the mission became an effective humanitarian effort.
            In its aftermath many are saying the ruling elites used Hurricane Katrina as convenient tool for ethnic cleansing to rid the city and area of thousands of poor African-Americans. Census figures confirm these assertions. "In the 2000 census New Orleans population constituted of 67.3% black and 28.1 % white. However, in the four months following Hurricane Katrina; 'The New Orleans metro area’s population was 37% black between January and August 2005 and fell to 22% between September and December 2005. The percentage of white residents grew from 60% to 73%. Households earning between $10,000 and $14,999 annually dropped from 8.3% to 6.5%; while those with a yearly income of between $75,000 and $99,999 rose from 10.5% to 11.4%', according to statistics released by the Census Bureau in June 2006. The disaster of Hurricane Katrina is used effectively to artificially change the demography of New Orleans. The Population of New Orleans metropolitan area has become substantially whiter, older and less poor — not because people suddenly got richer, but because the poor are being shut off the city — and it shrank to less than half its size, according to the Census Bureau. 'New Orleans is not going to be as black as it was for a long time, if ever again', said Alphonso Jackson, and is moving fast in that direction. It is suggested that only the whites and affluent are encouraged to make New Orleans their home at the expense of African-Americans and their cultural heritage."  Ethnic Cleansing In New Orleans Ghali Hassan
            As we look back ten years after Hurricane Katrina let us not forget there are racists and psychopaths in high places who have the power to actualize their goals and objectives to place profits over people who do not have the best interests of African-Americans at heart in New Orleans or anywhere else.



Monday, August 24, 2015

Operation Fruhmenschen

                                        From The Ramparts
                                      Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                     Operation Fruhmenschen

            "The Washington Post reported that black elected officials were the target of investigations for corruption in 14 percent of the 465 political corruption cases launched between 1983 and 1988—a period in which blacks were just 3 percent of all office holders. Gentleman’s Quarterly (GQ) magazine noted that about half of the Congressional Black Caucus members were the subject of investigations or indictments between 1981 and 1993. States GQ, 'For the numbers to be equal for white representatives, 204 of the 409 whites … would have been subjected to the same scrutiny during that time … Yet, according to justice Department figures, only 15 actually were.'" Black Elected Officials Targeted By Law
            It seems like every time you turn around some Black politician is being indicted on corruption charges, for taking bribes, or some other form of unethical behavior.  It is sad to watch Black people who run for office, who manage to get elected destroy their reputations and ruin their lives for essentially peanuts. Some you wonder about, some you ask yourself could they be that sleazy, desperate or simple minded to sell their souls, ruin their reputations and careers for next to nothing?
            Others you think to yourself yeah from what I've seen, heard or know about them this seems probable, yeah they did it. Locally and nationally Black politicians are being arrested, indicted and in many cases convicted at an alarming rate in disproportionate numbers to their percentage in the political environment. Is this a coincidence?
             Is it the politicians? Are there inherent flaws in the job of being a politician, are politicians subject to temptations regular folks aren't?  Is it the system? Is selective prosecuting going on? Or are there nefarious plots and schemes afoot to take down Black politicians?
            Several years ago I came across some information that suggests there is a definite mentality and program within the US Department of Justice that has been going on for decades to bring down Black politicians. It is called Operation Fruhmenschen. According to some it has been going on since the 1950's.
            Unlike COINTELPRO the FBI's counterinsurgency campaign against dissent and radical social activism which is more widely known, there is not a lot of information about the inner workings of Operation Fruhmenscen. Nevertheless the figures do support the notion selective prosecution is going on and Black officials are the targets of disproportionate Department of Justice and US Attorney scrutiny and indictment.
            What is known is that the US Department of Justice agents and US attorneys who participated/participate in Operation Fruhmenscen are racists and they do what they do because in their twisted minds they believe African-American are not morally fit to govern white people and they want to return to the days when Black political participation was prohibited by law.  Operation Fruhmenscen first became public when a long time California Black politician Mervyn Dymally who had been Lt Governor of California and a US Congressman discovered he was the target of Operation Fruhmenscen himself.
            Dymally was an activist public servant from Los Angeles who lent his name and political saavy to numerous causes and personalities often running counter to the powers that be on both sides of the aisle. When Dymally was chair of the Congressional Black Caucus in the 1980's-90's he was investigated by the FBI, and IRS who reviewed his tax returns all the way back to 1947! Their audits found no impropriety but the government owed him eighty-nine cents. "Dymally's progressive stance earned him the antagonism of many of his colleagues across the conservative political spectrum. He became a principal target of the FBI's 'Operation Fruehmenschen' (German for 'primitive man'), a program designed to discredit Black elected officials on the grounds they were mentally and socially inappropriate to head governmental agencies. This witch hunt included scrutiny by the Justice Department and the IRS, which audited his tax returns back to 1947, finding only that the government owed him a grand total of 89 cents. Even so, he worked tirelessly behind the scenes to neutralize the volatile relations between Blacks and local, state, and federal entities as well as law enforcement. Others who toiled to prevent bloodshed were LAPD officers Duwayne Rice, Edward Henry, and former chief and present councilman Bernard Parks. Their efforts are a part of a forgotten segment of Los Angeles history that has yet to be told."
            Mervyn Dymally wasn't the only one to allege government harassment. Calls from activists and politicians around the country demanding a formal investigation prompted Detroit Congressman John Conyers to initiate an investigation into national government harassment. But Conyers was thwarted by US Attorney General Dick Thornburgh who refused to supply statistics on the racial breakdown of  DOJ political prosecutions. Hence Conyers was unable to get the critical information he needed to hold proper hearings.
            Nevertheless there was validity to the allegations.  In 1989 Gwen Ifill (currently a PBS news anchor) wrote an article for the Washington Post documenting that in over 465 public corruption cases over a five year period charges of official corruption in offices higher than the local school board found "black elect officials were in fact being prosecuted far more heavily than their representation in the population of elected officials". Based upon Ifill's research, "Black officials were five times more likely than their white counterparts to be investigated by the DOJ." Rumor Repression and Racial Politics How The Harassment of Black Elected Officials Shaped Post Civil Rights America by George Derek Musgrove 2012 University of Georgia Press
            In his book Rumor Repression and Racial Politics How The Harassment of Black Elected Officials Shaped Post Civil Rights America  Dr George Derek Musgrove examined disproportionate harassment and prosecution as a means to counter Black enfranchisement in the post 1965 Voting Rights Act era. He documents an alarming pattern of harassment, surveillance and  prosecution used by local, state and federal authorities to go after Black elected officials. Much of it took place in the 1980's and 90's. I suspect little has changed since then, that the mindset, consciousness and motivations behind disproportionate prosecution still exist today. Remember how FBI surveillance devices were found in City Hall in Mayor Street's office?
             Am I suggesting all the recent arrests of local Black politicians are bogus, that they are all victims of Operation Fruhmenscen? Of course not. Many actually deserved to be indicted and convicted. But the pattern of Operation Fruhmenscen is real and ongoing. There are certain elements all the Frumenchen cases have in common: unwarranted scrutiny, lack of probable cause, "stings", government agent entrapment or setups and quite often prosecutorial misconduct very similar to what the government did to activists and radicals during the aggressive COINTELPRO days.  
            During the 80's and 90's many Black politicians claimed government harassment and selective prosecution; people like Marion Barry Mayor of Washington D.C.,  Harold Ford Sr a US Congressman representing Memphis Tennessee and Richard Arrington the Mayor of Birmingham Alabama felt their indictments were unwarranted. Documents show that in fact they were targets of government scrutiny and the government stooped to any means to discredit them and nail them. Remember how the FBI forced a prostitute to set Marion Barry up while the FBI recorded and taped what they were doing?
            The FBI threatened to arrest her and take the woman's child if she didn't cooperate with them and set Barry up. Should Barry have gone to the hotel with her and smoked crack cocaine? Of course not but the government spies on you to discover your weaknesses and they play on people's foibles and shortcomings. We all have them. (Even FBI Director J Edgar Hoover the supposed champion of morality, virtue and true blue American values was found to be a cross dressing homosexual himself!)
            In all probability Operation Fruhmenschen just like COINTELPRO is still going on. Only today COINTELPRO is legal thanks to the 9-11 false flag operation and the bogus war on terror. But does this mean we should give elected officials who get caught with their hand in the cookie jar a pass? Of course not! It means all of us should be aware just how rotten, low down and despicable the government can be. We should realize the whole system is corrupt and it has the potential to corrupt even the most idealistic and honest people. It means we have to hold ourselves to higher ethical and moral standards, be above reproach so that when they try to set us up to knock us off we don't fall for their okey-doke.