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Method to Their Madness…

When I began writing this article in the aftermath of last Friday’s terror massacre of 77 souls in Norway (22JUL), my initial focus was on the widespread nearly universal racist and Islamophobic reaction of the corporate news…led by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.  Madness does not prevail in a vacuum.

Another Murdoch pooper-scooper...

I couldn’t help but be reminded of the first 3 days after the April 19th, 1995 bombing of the federal bldg in Oklahoma City. Watching from our prison TV, we witnessed a parade of the usual suspects–Islam and Al Qaida–identified as almost certainly the culprits. more…

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Supreme Court vs. California Prison System…

The latest issue of the Prison legal News (July 2011) headlines a front-page article on the US Supreme Court’s recent 5-to-4 decision calling for relief of California’s “cruel and unusual” prison system.

San Fran's San Quentin Prison...

The Story & beyond:  The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), a network of 33 state prisons, is one of the largest and most overcrowded prison systems in the world with over 170,000 prisoners. more…

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ALEC: Corporatism vs. Democracy…

(This article was originally posted in July of 2011. I’ve updated it as of August 2016. One of the earliest investigators re ALEC is former prisoner and good friend, Bob Sloan, albeit he finds little credit in the corp-media. Few of us rarely do…)

1pctClass-001The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), is no ordinary public-policy organization. Paul Weyrich and others founded ALEC in 1973 as a corporate-front designed to channel “donations” to legislators who then enact “model legislation” written by the corporations to empower their own profits and power.

With the Citizen’s United decision by the Gang-of-Five on the US Supreme Ct in 2010, giving corporations personhood under the Constitution, we are today witnessing that power in full bloom.

New Orleans Labor Council, Catholic Worker, the Student Labor Action Project at LSU, and others sponsored a rally at the Hale Boggs Federal Building on August 5th, 2011, then a march to protest the annual meeting of ALEC at the Marriott.

CorpCourtOne of the featured speakers at the protest was Robert Sloan. Bob is an investigative journalist and prison consultant, as well as an expert on ALEC’s “model legislation” designed by private prison corporations to keep their cells full and prisoners employed in their neo-slavery industries.

Sloan has also been a significant source of research on ALEC, PIECP, and industry corruption to this site and exposés in the independent media.  If you’re looking for a “legal” mechanism to give and take bribes, ALEC is your best bet.

As of 2011, almost one-third of state legislators in the US, over 3,000, are members of ALEC. They pay $100 per 2-yr membership. Corporate membership runs from $7,000-to-$12,000 annually. These include the top names in health care, energy, telecommunications, and other industries.

Their objectives include writing model legeslation to become laws against immigrants (SB-1070), criminalization, such as 3-strikes, gutting regulation energy bills, environmental safety, financial controls, privatization of gov’t services, suppress liberal voting, corporate takeover of public education and even cities, and the elimination of corporate and wealthy taxes.

AvgCEO $9.6mill.In other words, in a more just world, they’d be guilty of and prosecuted for corporate racketeering conspiracies to subvert the nation’s public laws and Constitutional guarantees of democratic representation (in addition to liability for injuries and deaths resulting from their criminal conspiracies).

Many of its members have graduated to Congress and governorships and, as one can see in the media (over 90% of which are owned by six corporations), creating havoc from the White House to the foreclosed homes of jobless workers.

However, if reasonable and rational people think that this is simply a political swing to the right, they’re going to be rudely shocked. This is nothing short of a counter-revolutionary movement .

TrickleDown-001 (2)Among the conservative architects of this movement are Leo Strauss and Paul Weyrich. It doesn’t take much research to discern their plan. In fact, they’re so advanced in its success, that they’ve detailed it in publications.

Weyrich’s 2001 ghosted book, The Integration of Theory and Practice: A Program for the New Traditionalist Movement, is a how-to guide that would put Joe Stalin’s version of the Bolshevik Protocols to shame (or Hitler’s Mein Kampf, take your pick).

Their strategic manifesto is an express purpose to destroy the existing institutions of liberal democracy, which they perceive as “left socialist.” They call for the need to “first clear away the flotsam of a decayed culture….to undermine the legitimacy of the [democratic] regime.”

The Yunika Report quotes Weyrich’s own goals for the “use of deception, misinformation and divisiveness to allow conservative evangelical Christian Republicans to gain and keep control of seats of power in the government of the United States.”

ALECThere is no hyperbole pointing out that the world has witnessed these tactics used to success in the 1920s and ‘30s in Italy and Germany. Total and constant conflict, is their mass strategy of frustration.  The eventual terror by “inspired” individuals with that very same racial/evangelical faith has long come throughout the US and the world. Such madness does not exist in a vacuum…

We watched it being played in Washington, DC, as the gov’t shutdown’s intent of right-corporatist Republicans is to frustrate and reject all budgetary offers in order to give them their real victory—the destruction of representative democracy and the privatization of all public and gov’tal services.

We’re witnessing it in Republican control of both the US House and Senate, the legislatures of 30 states,  31 governorships, and the majority w/their Gang-of-Five on the US Supreme Court (now minus Scalia). All that remains is the White House.

ColorBlind-001I recall an event a number of years ago concerning Ronald Reagan (who fully served this strategy as a corporatist cat’s-paw). He demanded that the gov’t of Nicaragua accept his 5-point demands in order to stop the US’s illicit Contra-War. They accepted. The US escalated  and made it 6-demands. They again accepted. The US made it 7-demands. They continued to accept.

When a member of the White House press corp asked Reagan’s spokesman what the Nicaraguans could do that would be acceptable to the US, he responded, on camera, “They could shoot themselves!”

From the very beginning of the republic, there has been a class war between the wealthy elite and the rest of us. No matter how often we may win democratic reforms, they continue to wage their war for profit, privilege and power. Today they are closer to achieving that goal than ever before.

And for some an even greater irony… Hillary Clinton, advancing in the footsteps of her husband’s Administration, 1993-2001, has wholly adopted his “Third-Rail” Democ-RePlug corporatist strategy, and proved to be a foremost war-hawk in her tenure in the Senate and as Secr of State under Obama.  We’re f*cked coming and going.

Dr. Publico (Nick Medvecky, PsyD) July 2011

 

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Nature’s Vacuum…

I really get a chuckle out of watching Sarah, Michele, Glenn and the rest of that silly horde propagated by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox New’s scam trying to explain their beliefs.

Kharon with Fox viewers…

I have a theory: In order to believe what Fox puts out, one would have to be terminally ignorant. Far more likely, most of them simply feel more comfortable with a network that is as stupid and prejudiced as they are…not realizing that Murdoch is their Kharon to Hell. more…

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Corporatist Armageddon: Class War…

I suppose with most of my 50+years in progressive political action, along with a few combats, a chain-gang, and over 20 years in federal prisons, my silly-talk neurons have become jaded.

Funny conservative, John Wayne Gacy…

Some people simply love to argue; it gives them the illusion of intelligence.  And so-called conservative-libertarians, etc., few having any grounding in social consciousness or empathy, substitute the vacuum with manic polemics.  Of course, they stay perpetually frustrated–and all the more dangerous.

The illusion of democratic, intelligent Conservatives is an example; there’s no such thing. Certainly within the parameters of the psycho-social academic disciplines, by definition, a “conservative” is a person who’s rooted in the past, who identifies w/the prevailing systemic authority, and whom has never progressed into the normative stages of socio-moral development (despite any seeming history of youthful shallow identification otherwise).

For instance, I would never consider for a moment arguing with, say, the shrub, George Bush Jr. He’s quite simply an over-indulged, self-entitled, drunken frat-boy with a silver spoon up his ass (and that’s being generous). What’s to argue with? more…

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Hunger Strikers Face Death…

Being ignored by the corporate media since July 1st are hundreds of prisoners across some 13 prisons in California conducting a hunger strike to the death.  Many prisoners are also refusing water and medical care.

Pelican Bay State Prison SHU...

Prisoners are protesting a variety of conditions, including poor medical treatment, indeterminate sentences in the Segregated Housing Units (SHU), collective punishment, and a coercive form of debriefing that relies on snitches to determine one’s criminality and allegation of gang membership. more…

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Weasels & Cowards…

I’m sure that many of us recall occasions when we were children and were tormented by aggressors and bullies. Often, supervisory adults rewarded the offensive behavior by “channeling” these individuals into positions of authority over the rest of us, their victims.

How far away?

They made them hall monitors, safety patrol, sports “leaders,” or other positions of sanctioned control. And, I suppose in many instances, this turned out to be generally good practice.

But, I can also correlate the fact that many of these mean muthaf****s grew up to become social predators, either of the extreme criminal type, or—if they managed to avoid a criminal record—cops and other forms of “lawful authority.” more…

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Trials & Tribulations (3)…

(NOTE: In the first of this 3-part series concerning my case and charges, I spoke briefly of my arrest by SEMCO (SouthEast Michigan Criminal Org task-force) in Detroit, February 11th, 1989, and the year leading up to it. In the second article, I reference the two-week trial by jury in August of 1990.

Nick Medvecky 2011...

Nick Medvecky 2011…

Certain commentators have remarked on my admission of being involved in the drug business while also denying guilt.  Circa 1983, when the CIA and its contractors popularized crack on the West Coast to finance the White House Contra War, most of us on the left soon got out of that business.

Crack cocaine* was devastating to the black and poor communities; there was no longer any political justification for including cocaine in our fund-raising and certain leadership made the decision to forbid further Movement involvement in that trade.

By the time 1989 rolled around, we had been out of that business over 5-yrs.  This conspiracy case involves the gov’t (failing to entrap me with their informant) inserting me into a conspiracy of which I was never a member.  I make no other claims of “innocence.” more…

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Trials & Tribulations (2)…

(NOTE: This is the second of 3 articles on the gov’ts original case against me. The first spoke to the preceding circumstances leading to the bust. Here, I speak to the gov’ts case at trial.)

Probably the greatest error that I committed in the case was in briefly becoming a fugitive.  The second error was returning.  But that was all now 26 years ago… (This article is updated as of August 2015.)

Detroit: Wayne County Jail…

Despite a written surrender agreement, the feds threw me in the Wayne County Jail. Normally, federal prisoners are held at FCI Milan outside of Detroit.

One of the Sheriff’s Deputies I knew (where, as an investigator I used to visit clients) told me that the feds ordered the “special treatment” because I refused to “cooperate.” Well, they got that right. more…

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Trials & Tribulations (1)…

(NOTE: Given popular request, the following 3 articles over this next week will speak to the preceding circumstances, trial and some commentary concerning the origins of my case.)

Nick Medvecky 2011

Nick Medvecky 2011

On April the 5th, 1990, I started a 25-yr sentence in federal prison. On Friday, July the 8th, 2011, I will have completed that time.

I served 16-yrs in high and medium-security prisons, another 4-yrs in federal prison camps, and the past 2-yrs on restricted home arrest. I was 47 when I started this journey. (Now in 2015, I’m 73.) In many respects, I might as well have been off-planet. more…