Thursday, October 18, 2007

Alan Watt and the Big Red Button

Every time I listen to Alan Watt I have to pay big time in well being. As my well being tends to stay in deficit these days, it can be a pretty expensive listening adventure. Yet, I feel compelled to try to take in an hour or so of Alan's shows every week to try to stay abreast of the world as he sees it. It's a bitch though.

I often wonder how he manages to stay sane. He's so calm and always the consummate gentleman, and he always says the right thing when it comes to people. He always puts out a gentle and patient message instead of clubbing people over the head, which is the new standard procedure in America.

No matter who it is on the other end of we Americans these days, if they say or do anything that is mildly annoying or just slightly different, our immediate response is to gang jump them, electrocute them with hi-tech cattle prods, beat them senseless, cuff them and toss them into a cage to rot. We're very nice people, we Americans. We can't tolerate anything, and that's because we're so Christian.

Go ahead, tell me I'm wrong. Which group in America is more symbolic of intolerance than those who so proudly and loudly proclaim their Christianity and patriotism? What other group is so open to bludgeoning any perceived enemy into a wet spot on the floor? No proof required. No talk desired. Just whip out your club and start whacking in the name of Jesus.

Just what are their credentials I wonder? There is no mention of "Christians" in any bible. What makes them think they're so perfect that they can act like self-centered small minded jerks and it doesn't matter? How can it not matter when they try so hard to crush everyone around them? What's Christian about that? What's patriotic about that?

But it's not just the militant Christians and patriots who want to kill in the name of their own goodness. Look at the cops. They're totally into bludgeoning anyone to death for no reason and they proudly do it in the name of Law and Order. It's good for America, they would claim. For them it's necessary to perceive literally every other human being without a uniform as "the enemy" and treat them like a wad of snot that can talk. And they do this while ignoring their own committing rape, battery or cold blooded murder in the airport holding cell. They just won't have any attitude from us. Who do we think we are anyway? Their equals?

Don't even get me started on the Christian & patriot others in the military over in the Middle East. I'm not saying every soldier is a heartless brain dead jerk by any means, in fact there are many who are noble, honorable thinking people who I admire with a full heart. But there is a cadre of this type over there who is wholly encouraged to dehumanize anyone who's not a white Christian, and that's the bottom line. What they do is nothing more than depraved, a version of humanity at it's lowest functioning stage. It's sickening. Made worse by the reality that it's absolutely encouraged and even rewarded by the system. Officers don't punish men for acting like out of control animals, they're fine with it. And yes it does too go all the way to the top. Where else would it come from Sparky?

The false leaders running our nation are racist, sexist, classist liars; fascists who believe in bludgeoning everyone into submission. They don't recognize anybody's right to exist, much less exist as separate and unique entities. It's their way or you die, basically, they aren't nice people and they aren't Americans by any definition I can find. Just the opposite. They seem to be everything America wanted to get away from.

Americans wanted to be free of small minded, selfish, self-centered rich psychopathic jerks trying to run our lives in every detail. Jerks who could be counted on to deprive us of our hard earned wealth, land, education, God given rights, the ability to speak our minds, and to have our own spiritual beliefs. They were above the law and we were always below it and controlled by it, guilty of anything on their say so alone, forget privacy, warrants, or illegal searches and seizures. All that was status quo, just like it is today, and complaining about it or thinking you could protest it was every bit as dangerous as it is today.

No, I'm afraid our so called leaders have nothing in common with our historical American principles. They are possessed of all of the worst qualities that mankind has to offer. And even though they are a definite minority in this country their depravity and methodology is so violent and dishonest that they're able to do an amazing amount of damage in a very short time. They know exactly where to reach out and grab you so that you'll stop struggling or make things worse for yourself. They leave you no choice but to comply. I believe that's called the Mafia, isn't it?

The world has become a very crazy, dangerous unstable place, and it's all because of small minded hypocrites and liars who can't mind their own damn business and who have the mental disorder of believing they're God's gift to the planet. In extreme cases they even think they ARE God. (Where are the pharmaceutical companies when you really need them? They really need to come up with a pill for that.)

With all this in mind and knowing that I start the day at a full 80% "don't f*ck with me" rating, I decided to take in Alan Watt's last few recorded shows, and it wasn't too awfully long before I maxed out. There's nothing there but bad news and more bad news followed by worse news. Am I a masochist? No. But I did have to ask myself why I bother. I know the bottom line.

The world is in the stranglehold of a stealthy army of psychopathic rich inbred occultist monsters who have control freak obsessions and a ravenous taste for all that is debauched and deadly. No amount of pain they can inflict is too much. No amount of cheating, lying, back stabbing, controlling, hypocrisy, betrayal, pillage, murder, extortion, theft etc., can ever be enough for these losers. We're like a big jar of bugs to them, and they can hardly wait to get it back to the lab to torture us and connect electrodes to our brains to see if they can make our legs wiggle. They feel no guilt when they kill us, they feel no compassion for our suffering, it's just really all irrelevant to them. Obviously. Although there's no way to tell one of them from one of us biologically, they'll still insist they are the cream and we are the hormone saturated milk but you'll have to get them to explain their position, I for one don't care to hear it.

I ask you, if someone told you they had all of these jerks holed up in a room somewhere and they handed you a big red button and said, "If you push this button, all of those people will instantly turn into little piles of soot and will finally be gone from the planet forever", would you push it?

I would push it in a heart beat. I would be grabbing for the button and cursing them saying, "What are you waiting for?!" I imagined myself pushing that button and seeing those jerks suddenly evaporating into thin air for all time, and I felt the greatest sense of peace and relief.

But that only lasted for a few seconds before I realized the painful truth. If they were gone, only moments later would the next batch of depraved murderous jerks step up to take their places. We wouldn't be any better off and could possibly even be worse off in the immediate. The reality is there is no shortage of seriously deranged people on this planet, and forgive me for pointing right to the truth of it, we're talking about men here.

Realizing this infuriated me because it makes no sense that we must forever be held in the grip of tyranny on this planet. We must always be hostage to delusional, violent twit-monkeys who feel the need to control everyone else and hurt them. What the hell is wrong with this species? Will we ever grow up?

Will we ever get it through our heads that no one wants or needs to be controlled and that there are so few reasons to hate and be at war that it's not even funny? Will we ever rise to simple maturity and be able to claim the word "humanity" refers to something noble and faithful and fair minded? How many more centuries of unbridled twithood do we require to decide to lose the small minded hypocrisy and blood lust and get a grip?

Those rich psychopaths ruining everything aren't from some other galaxy or dimension. They aren't lizard people or demonic entities. They are us. And there are plenty more where they came from. There are probably a bunch in your own home town.

We have a serious problem here, one that we cannot get rid of that easily. Unless we want to be every bit as depraved and insane as the controllers, we can't just kill people in droves until we finally run out of assholes. It doesn't work that way.

The problem isn't out there it's in our own homes. It's in the way we look at each other, it's in our greed and selfishness, our childishness, our refusal to be honest and to see our own faults and flaws and admit them to ourselves and then set about to change them. We're a Kindergarten planet of little brats running around pulling each others' hair and crying and throwing tantrums when we don't get our way or when we think someone got a little bit more than we did. We're consumed with petty jealousies and rivalries, fueled by testosterone driven competitiveness that is not fine tuned and directed into something excellent, but is allowed to become a form of gluttony that we then turn into something to admire. We are brutal to our own flesh and blood and claim it's our right to batter our wives and children, and even our husbands. We lie every single day, we cheat every chance we get, and at least half of us would rather die than do something generous or kind. We like to see someone else struggling and suffering, we get off on it. It makes us feel a little less like the losers that we are.

Until we get to the point in this world that we cherish the lives of others and put others before ourselves, I'm afraid we're not going to get anywhere. Instead of lifting this mess from the bottom up and helping the weak, we spit on the weak and blame them for their unfair share and we worship the greedy liars at the top. How surprised can we really be that this planet is an insane asylum and that the few residents who are not emotional infants are probably in a very small minority? How can we be surprised at the violence and hypocrisy being played out on the world stage when it's only a direct reflection of our own individual households? We rail at the depravity of Priests while our own children carry the growing fetuses of their fathers. We shriek and claw at each other over stupidity making it more important to feel like we won than to feel that we achieved understanding or justice.

It's no wonder to me that we don't get much traffic from other worlds, who the hell would want to come here? Who would want to leave a safe and sane world and end up here, at the planet of raging lunatics who can't stop killing each other for no reason? Only die hard interplanetary sociologists and galactic historians would feel compelled to sneak in now and then to observe, and when they got back home, oh the stories they would tell. If they have TV on other planets, I have no doubt there's a long running series called "Earth - Planet of the Twits" and it's probably too scary to let their children watch.

No, I'm afraid just getting rid of the bush regime and the bankers and the global crime syndicate won't be enough to get this world on track. Our problems just may be insurmountable. This planet has to grow up and from what I can see, it doesn't want to.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Capitalism - The Greatest System In The World?

Whenever anyone says that our form of capitalism is the best system in the world, I know there could only be two reasons for saying that. Reason one, they are wealthy and for them this is hog heaven. Reason two, they are ignorant and don't know anything about the subject beyond what we've all been brainwashed into believing.

The defining principle of cut throat capitalism sticks out like a sore thumb, and the principle is not just pertinent to wealth. In fact the principle extends into virtually every aspect of society. That principle is "Victimize the Victim". The rich have long fed on the weak, that's where their wealth comes from. They certainly don't get rich off of other rich people.

The first rule of being rich is to never spend your own money because if you spend it, you aren't accumulating wealth, you're losing it. So they will do anything, destroy anyone, break any law if it means they can avoid having to cough up some small amount of money that they legitimately owe. Corruption is rampant in the upper crust, and it's way past time that we all faced it. It's the truth.

Rich and powerful people cheat and break laws every day without concern, they feel entitled to do it in the name of making themselves richer. It's a business decision. Getting caught, prosecuted and fined is often much cheaper than doing the right thing. It's all about the money and getting more of it.

Getting out of paying up is a favored pastime of the rich, who are able to avoid paying taxes and many other costs that are imposed by law on everyone else. The working class has to pay those costs or face imprisonment or legal action whereas the rich simply get laws passed that specifically exempt them from having to do what the rest of us are stuck doing. The irony is that the rich are the ones in the position to pay taxes and all those other costs that for many of us are debilitating and directly reduce our quality of life. The rich will say they feel no compulsion to give anything back to society because they earned it all themselves, when in fact it is society specifically that made them rich and this country that enabled them to operate unobstructed to bring them all the wealth they so enjoy hoarding.

By the way, rich people don't "do" anything, they don't give anything to society. They aren't producers for the most part, they just take most of the wealth that we create with our hard work and try to convince us that this is normal and how things are supposed to be done. In fact the system makes no sense at all, but they don't encourage anyone to think about it too much. It helps them to promote the authoritarian mind set in the public, and we can thank religion and the military for propagating and glorifying the idea that being an unquestioning obedient nobody is virtuous and good.

The new reality is that in America you either have political power or you don't. If you do, you are wealthy. If you don't you won't be. It's pretty simple. If you have no power at all you're likely struggling, homeless or even behind bars for no good reason and even that is something the rich directly profit from. (3) They prosper when we are deprived of freedom and justice. Which underlines my point exactly. Business as usual in this country is to take it out of the hides of those who cannot defend themselves.

Corporations will quickly tell the powerless that they are entitled to charge extra fees and finance charges, and they raise prices for anyone who can't afford to pay, precisely because they can't afford to pay. Things like late payment penalties which are literally nothing more than theft, can become downright life and death predatory. These are costs and charges the rich never pay, and they would pitch a fit if anyone ever tried to make them. The finance charges and fees of all kinds are 100% free money for banks and businesses of all kinds and face it, without political power what are you going to do about it?

Look how the IRS treats people who are honest, hard working and struggling and who need to use the wealth they earn with their own two hands to feed their families and pay for the essentials of life. Taxes can not come first, they can not be prioritized over keeping yourself or your family alive. But the IRS disagrees. Your tax dollars fund the rich and trying to deprive the rich of a single penny of free money is the highest crime that can be committed. The IRS terrorizes the public at will, it applies outrageous penalties, demands to scrutinize every detail of private citizens financial lives, busts doors down and seizes the assets of supposedly free people without any court's permission. The IRS by the way is not a branch of the government, it is a branch of the Federal Reserve, a privately owned secretive bank that prints our money and charges us interest for "borrowing" it to use in our daily spending. The entire system is designed to suck the wealth out of our hands and put it into theirs, backed up by the very real threat of official violence, loss of assets and property, and imprisonment. You'll never see any rich people having their entire assets seized even though they are masters at cheating the system. They should be masters, they designed the system.

Every day people are faced with impossible situations like having to choose between getting medical treatment or paying some bill or another. Imagine having to decide whether to pay your car insurance or feed your family this week, how can you decide to not feed your family? What other choice is there? How could it be a crime to deprive a rich insurance company of it's payment and instead decide to put food on the table? It's an immoral situation that's been thrust on the public, and it's only getting worse. Because the government is now fully owned and operated by the rich, they are being true to their highest ideal - victimize the victims.

The less money you have the more everything costs you. A simple example is the cost of bread. You might think that a $4 loaf of bread costs four dollars for rich and poor alike, but in fact that's not at all true. When all you have in the world is a hundred dollars, that four dollar loaf is 4% of your entire net worth. But when you have several billion dollars, that loaf ends up costing you nothing because the interest your money is earning in the bank pays 100% of your lavish living expenses, including food.

And where is that interest income coming from? From the poor and the working class, the ones who are charged all the fees and exorbitant finance charges that ends up being free money for the rich. We are buying the rich people's bread. And it's not just bread, it's everything. They don't pay for a thing. It's all free for them, and we are paying for all of it. We are also supplying the labor for the system that keeps this going and we are also paying all the expenses required to keep it running. They don't even have to lift a finger or be directly involved in any of it. The system is put into place and then runs itself, and is enforced by the law. This is status quo for monetary equality in America, and it's high time people caught on to the game. The rich are getting a free ride and the rest of us are paying for it.

Look at what bush is now claiming the right to do to innocent people. He has the self-given power to deem anyone he likes a terrorist, and a terrorist is defined basically as anyone with different political views than his. Now, the government can come and take everything you own, everything you've worked your entire life to make for yourself. They can and do take people's homes, land, all of their belongings, everything, and incarcerate innocent people for decades because they are accused of dealing drugs, or bush has decided that they are terrorists. It's pure nonsense, but try getting justice and you'll quickly find out justice is dead. No one needs to prove that you're a terrorist or that you've even committed a crime, they only have to perceive you as a political threat and the whole might of government authority can be dispatched to take everything away from you.

Whatever happened to letting the punishment fit the crime? Well that's out. What it's about now is total choke-hold control and punitive action so severe that the original perceived slight is lost in the over kill of punishment. What crime can any regular citizen commit to warrant the total destruction of his life? Even a murderer is not stripped of everything he owns. What crime is so severe that peoples homes are taken, their belongings seized and auctioned off, their lives destroyed, families impoverished, and face it, after getting treated like this by the government where will you ever get a job again? And that's true even though you were innocent from the get go. The highest crime is attempting to deprive the rich of a single penny of free money, or threatening their stranglehold of power in the attempt to change the system into a fair one. Challenging the system, especially with rock solid evidence, is likely to bring even more brutal official retribution your way. (2)

This is all about asserting total dominance over the public. We are not allowed to question authority all of a sudden, because this authority is illicit and can't afford to be questioned. This authority refuses to cooperate with our political system and will not appear when called by congress. This authority lies, cheats, steals, and engages in full frontal thuggery. This government will severely punish those who speak the truth, and will destroy those who disagree with them.

Welcome to fascism. The only ones happy about this are the poor demented losers who have been brainwashed into believing that authoritarian rule is freedom and democracy. And my goodness are they vicious about it when someone comes along who chooses to think and act for themselves. Self determined self thinkers have become the hated enemy of the state, and that my dear friends is the infamous bell tolling. American freedom is dead.

Everywhere you look you'll see this elitist mentality come shining through. The most important thing in the world for the rich and powerful is to ensure that nothing happens to threaten their free lunch. Our entire is system is set up to guarantee their steady inflow of wealth at our expense. What's it to them if we go to another war? Well, it's wonderful to them. War is the most lucrative business on earth, just look at the hundreds and hundreds of billions that we've shelled out for bush's phony war on terror. The rich aren't getting hurt, they're getting filthy rich, on blood. The weapons systems, the mercenaries, the tanks and airplanes and bombs, all of these cost more money than any of us will ever see in a hundred lifetimes. But this is their playground. These are their companies, their investments, and their free money. War for the rich is always the best thing in the world, and the longer it goes on the better. It is never they who must go off to war, on the contrary, they will never be touched by it other than to see their bank accounts fatten while they jet set the world and live like royalty. Their sons and daughters will never be called to war, and they can see to it, and they do see to it.

Their crimes are over looked, as are the crimes of their children and justice is simply, and routinely, bought off and silenced.
Those who assist are rewarded, those who try to stand up for what's right are removed and thoroughly punished for their disobedience. The rich will not tolerate anyone trying to prevent them from having everything their own way, and keeping that free money pouring in. Don't even try it. It is their highest cause. You are obligated to comply and don't ever forget it. Even murder is a lesser crime than evading the tax man. The greatest crime you can commit is attempting to change the power structure because that would mean their free five star lunch could be threatened.

Only in this 'victimize the victim' mindset could we see banks lay outrageous fees on people who's accounts are always walking a razor thin line between being able to eat and going hungry. Banks feel no compulsion to be moral when they take your last $30 dollars and then impose $190 in fees because their action took your account into insufficient funds status. Credit card companies are feasting on American poverty today without restraint because all of the regulations that kept people from being victimized and destroyed by the voracious greed of the rich have been fully eliminated. The rich are having a field day, it's their dream come true. A return to days of old when you were either rich, or you were a cock roach groveling at the feet of the rich. This is the America bush has enabled the return of. He has undone 230 years of the struggle for political equality, i.e. the fair distribution of power between the haves and the have nots. If this keeps up, and it will, I wonder how much longer it will be until we start seeing blacks back on auction blocks. I say that in all seriousness, that's who these people are. You need to get that.

This is capitalism without morality. Ours is an inherently immoral system. It could not operate if morality were a part of it, or if ethics or honesty or decency or truth were required. It can only operate at full throttle when all of these things are out of the way, and now they are.

What's even more frightening is knowing that all wealthy powerful establishment systems are now being run under these rules. We have science and scientists diving headlong into dangerous, threatening new realms in the specific aim of commodifying the entire planet for the rich. Claims that it's being done to help the sick must be seen as the tripe it is. Billions of dollars are poured into research and development for one reason and one reason only: profit potential. NOTHING is ever done out of KINDNESS or concern for humanity. But getting YOU to pay for it would be impossible without the altruistic pitch. Once we fund all the R&D, the corporations can step in, lay claim to all of the discoveries and inventions, and then proceed to launch the results into a profit making venture to make themselves richer. We pay for it all and by every definition of ownership through buying something, we should be the default owners of ALL discoveries, patents and profit making potential. But we aren't for the simple reason that the rich have it made and we are being used and that's exactly what they've pushed for all these years.

So scientific R&D is totally out of control and unregulated and our government is at the top of the world wide list of those financing and promoting it. Scientific tampering with life, without morality, without conscience, without consideration for anyone. Without any concern for the harm that will inevitably come as a direct result of the greed based drive to push science beyond all limits in the name of potential profits for corporations. No longer do any publicly financed powerful institutions feel obligated to engage in public discourse regarding their ethics or their activities. There will be no discussion to explore whether any legitimate need exists for science to be engaged in these things at all. There will be no notice of the breathtaking amounts of tax dollars being used to make so many rich people richer, and there will be no mention of the many real and pressing needs that could be addressed, problems eliminated, with the money being used elsewhere and without morality. The public is required to pay for it and otherwise shut up. (1)

Nanotechnology is propagating everywhere at breath taking rates without admitting or recognizing risks, without prior safety testing, and without having any grasp of the potential incalculable harm that could come as a result of introducing synthetic life forms into our natural world. Military funded science is bringing back the deadliest diseases the world has ever suffered through as well as inventing new diseases so virulent and deadly that no possible reason exists for them to do so. Genetic tampering is forging full speed ahead without restraint and no one seems to be talking about the reality that mutilating the natural genome is ending nature. It's as if this should be of no concern to those outside the laboratory, and we all know the attitude itself is proof of their insanity. Our potential destruction is dismissed in the face of their potential profits.

When morality and humanity are taken out of law, government and officialdom, we become self defeating. In the end millions upon millions of people will suffer, sicken and die, lives will be decimated, the environment destroyed, and irreplaceable losses will occur. It is already happening. We are being ransacked of much more than just our monetary justice, more than our freedom to live as beings who deserve respect and natural food, pure water and shelter and all of the things humanity needs, including the chance at having a meaningful life and improving our circumstances. We are in fact being deprived of our ability as a nation to define ourselves and our values and work toward our highest potential, something we believe in, something that is just, that doesn't destroy to feed itself, and that would keep evolving into something worth having now, and for those who will follow in the future. It's all been taken. Why? Because the rich want a free ride at all costs, and morality, today as always, as throughout all history, is the first victim. The humanity of economics is gone. If it's not for everyone who is it for, the few? Is that the greatest system in the world?

(1) Visit The National Nanotechnology Initiative
Notice the generous funding; peruse their statement of purpose and stated strategy and notice that this is a private party reserved for "experts from academia, industry, and government to synthesize the output of the topical workshops and to identify cross-cutting themes and priority research opportunities". Go to the section entitled Society and Safety, then to Ethical and Legal Issues and read what that means to them. In essence it means they are open to doing whatever it takes to make the public accept this. All public interactions appear to be one way, meaning them putting something out the public can look at but have no response to. There is no intention of stopping this research for any reason, and minor public outcry will not be able to slow it down. That may be why the public is unaware of this or it's funding and instead will be slowly introduced and conditioned to accept this and to see it as good.

(2) Movie: DEATH & TAXES The story of Gordon Kahl, a North Dakota farmer and WW2 hero who became the government's most wanted fugitive. Gordon Kahl was harassed, stalked, intimidated and threatened by the government until they finally brutally murdered him, defiling his body in a final act of sick vengeance. His crime? Reading, understanding and then protesting the tax code by refusing to go along with it on the grounds that it is patently illegal. He told people about the facts of our illegitimate tax system on the public airwaves, and this was the crime that would not be tolerated. This is a true story.

(3) Dillon Read & Co. Inc. and the Aristocracy of Stock Profits - Catherine Austin Fitts 2006
Excerpt from Chapter 9 - Cornell Corrections

"Prison stocks also are valued on a “per bed” basis — which is based on the number of beds provided and the profit per bed. “Per bed” is really a euphemism for people who are sentenced to be housed in their prison.

For example, in 1996, when Cornell went public, based on the financial information provided in the offering document provided to investors, its stock was valued at $24,241 per bed. This means that for every contract Cornell got to house one prisoner, at that time, their stock went up in value by an average of $24,261. According to prevailing business school philosophy, this is the stock market’s current present value of the future flow of profit flows generated through the management of each prisoner. This, for example, is why longer mandatory sentences are worth so much to private prison stocks. A prisoner in jail for twenty years has a twenty-year cash flow associated with his incarceration, as opposed to one with a shorter sentence or one eligible for an early parole.[47] This means that we have created a significant number of private interests — investment firms, banks, attorneys, auditors, architects, construction firms, real estate developers, bankers, academics, investors among them— who have a vested interest in increasing the prison population and keeping people behind bars as long as possible. "

Monday, October 01, 2007

Guest Post By Bruce Tyler Wick

Official Ordered Student Removed From Kerry Speech
Univ. of Florida Puppet Master Caught on Tape
By Bruce Tyler Wick

One can sympathize with the bewilderment of the Univ. of Florida student, captured on video in his aisle seat 17 September 2007 in Gainesville; as he watched a political event degenerate into a wrestling match, with an added touch of police brutality. How could this have occurred without a plan--without a script, even? Since when did the people of the United States, in whose name the Constitution speaks, become INCAPABLE of conducting a public meeting--without some violent incident disrupting the proceedings?

Close and repeated examination of the video of this incident [],
fully justifies suspicions of a planned disruption. There WAS a plan to hijack Kerry's meeting; it was the plan of an OFFICIAL ON SITE, who was directing police activity that day and was also in effective control of the meeting. What's more, the plan SHOWS ON TAPE!

Andrew Meyer's questions for Senator Kerry began with a long windup, which Meyer called a "preface." Partially through Meyer's windup, but before his first pitch; an official of some sort, dressed in a dark business suit and facing the camera, says something to the lady police officer, standing next him and to his left. To that lady officer's own left was another police officer, a male. Both these police officers were positioned behind Meyer and behind the microphone, from which Meyer was speaking.

Immediately after having been spoken to by the official in the dark suit, the lady officer steps forward and to Meyer's right, to tell Meyer something privately. Meyer's fully audible response, into the microphone, tells us by inference what he himself was told. After thanking the officer for interrupting him, Meyer explains out loud how he needs to preface his questions with some information. Since Senator Kerry had held forth for two hours, Meyer says; surely Meyer should be able to speak for two minutes.

Meyer then finishes his "preface," and asks his questions--all without further interruption--UNTIL he finishes a question about Kerry's alleged membership in the Skull and Bones secret society at Yale. At that point, the two officers near Meyer, the man and the woman, move forward and begin pulling Meyer away from the microphone and towards the rear exits--before Senator Kerry can respond to any of Meyer's questions.

Before laying hands on Meyer, but after telling Meyer to ask a question, rather than make a speech; the lady officer speaks to her colleague, the male officer standing to her left. He then leans over and says something back to her. The lady officer then speaks again to the official in the dark suit--this time initiating conversation with him.

Immediately after Meyer concludes his question about Skull and Bones, the official in the dark suit gestures emphatically to one or more persons, probably police, across the room from the official, but out of camera view. His arm cocked, this official signals with his hand and index finger, as if to say, "Get this kid the hell out of here!"

If that was the official's command, it was instantly obeyed; when the two officers nearest Meyer, the man and the woman, begin pulling Meyer away from the microphone and towards the rear exits. Meyer resists being ejected and pulls back--as gently as he himself is being pulled toward the exits--loudly protesting his removal. A kind of dance ensues, at times it seems, in slow motion, with other police officers now on camera, assisting with Meyer's removal.

>From my viewing of the video, it is unclear how Meyer wound up on the floor at the rear of the hall; or why with Meyer on the floor, police would choose to shock him electrically with a Taser gun. In the early 1960s, law enforcement sometimes used electric cattle prods on civil rights demonstrators, and such devices are still advertised and sold as "livestock handling equipment." Typical users are said to be, "Commercial truckers, livestock haulers, and hog producers."

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Is there a connection between Tasers and Electric Prods? The past use of these prods on human beings suggests there might be a connection. Certainly, it's a subject worthy of investigation. Perhaps the University of Florida could lead the way.

It is true, Senator Kerry repeatedly indicates his willingness to answer Meyer's question, which Kerry allows is "important." But Senator Kerry never in terms ASKS that Meyer be brought back to the microphone, or even to his seat, to hear Kerry's response. Indeed, Senator Kerry's attempt at a joke CLARIFIES his true feelings about Meyer's removal from the hall--a removal then still in progress.

With Meyer on the floor at the rear of the auditorium, but BEFORE he was shocked with the Taser; Kerry again says he'll answer Meyer's question. But Kerry then adds, "It's unfortunate he [Meyer] is not available to come up here and swear me in as president."--alluding to Meyer's prefatory comment that Kerry had actually won the 2004 presidential election, according to some analyses.

President, indeed! We value military service in our leaders, because it connotes physical courage under life-and-death conditions. We want our leaders brave, because we prefer to follow brave men and women--braver than we feel ourselves to be.

Whatever became of Kerry's Oath of Office, as a US Senator, "to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic"? Instead of a defense of the Constitution, successfully attacked before his eyes; we get a JOKE! The Constitution as a JOKE! I believe Senator Kerry's JOKE gave campus police all the permission they needed to use the Taser on Meyer--and as an appropriate reward for the Senator, in his very presence.

In a country which did not regard its Constitution as a JOKE, John Kerry would be expelled from the Senate.

Bruce Tyler Wick is a Cleveland-area attorney and registered parliamentarian. He can be reached at .
For reader comparison, three other videos of the Taser incident at the Univ. of Florida Constitution Day, 17 September 2007, may be accessed via the following links: