Desperation: Syrian War Distraction, Stoning for Submission

In a DayPage I recorded this morning for Radio InfoWeb, I talk about the desperate disinformation campaign the Obama Administration has engaged itself in.

Can the U.S. stand alone against the rest of civilization and demand acceptance of American total global surveillance? Too much primo weed at the White House?

The U.S. is apparently at its’ wits end over its inability to control the narrative. Unable to control the drip-drip-drip leaking of NSA details — most recently about the NSA’s burgeoning budget, making it the most funded intelligence organization in the US, — and also the countless millions the NSA has paid to the nations telecommunications firms to purchase domestic telecommunications data — such as voice phone call content, web surfing habits, emails, text messages, photos, instant messages and more — all in an end-run around basic U.S. rights such as the prohibition on search and seizure, and the right to be “left alone” by the government … for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

The biggest story is the story still being skirted by the government and lamestream media. It’s that Democracy, Capitalism, Free Markets, Due Process, and other foundational concepts that make up the world we have come to take for granted cannot function in a world of total, global surveillance in which we suddenly find ourselves. How will the world respond? Will we meekly lay down and accept totalitarian government, complete with big-brother and war disinformation straight out of Orwell’s 1984 playbook, or will we insist on continuing the direction of civilization, hopefully to a more peaceful and prosperous world not just for the elite, but for everyone?

Tired Terrorism Trotted Out Again as Reason for Fear

The by-now tired out ploy of using the threat of terrorism as a means to stir up fear in the populace was trotted out once again over the weekend. The move was a yawn-worthy: a transparent and desperate attempt by the U.S. government to take control of the Edward Snowden / NSA Snooper-Gate narrative. Despite the surreal propaganda, the lamestream media fell into lock-step with the Government pronouncements, thus becoming the sole topic for todays’ radio DayPage. Click on the .mp3 direct link, or try the embedded player to listen. The text of the program is included below.

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Good Morning, boys and girls… time for another DayPage, and here to sing about it is Johnette Downing…

[Audio clip: the “Today is Monday” children’s song]

[Rex Latchford voices the commentary]
Well, let’s get into the dirty business of this Monday. Today is another day of Fear Mongering. The drumbeat of fear began over the weekend.

 All attempts at containing the NSA surveillance scandal have failed. Edward Snowden is still free. The more progressive representatives in Congress aren’t buying the line that everyone needs to be snooped on in order to be safe [from alleged threats of terrorism]. Claims that terrorist attacks have been thwarted got whittled down from 57 instances to less-than-one in cross examination of NSA promoters testifying in Congress. Worst of all, the people, and their representatives, aren’t doing what they’re told [by the Federal government]. They’re not accepting the bull poop they’re being given, and more truth about the surveillance society keeps slipping out.

So, what’s a totalitarian state to do? Declare war? That one has been overplayed and worn out for the time being. What’s left is to go back to “the threat of terrorism”: stories, warnings, of vague, “secret” threats designed to make one feel unsettled, worried, and maybe even fearful are seeded throughout the lamestream media. Wasn’t it George Bush who said:

[Audio clip of famous Bush mis-quote “There’s an old saying in Tennessee—I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee—that says, ‘Fool me once, shame on…shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.'” that suggests somehow his mind mashed up a bit of The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again”]

This is getting very tired and pathetic. For hundreds… thousands of years… power-mad regimes have used fear and intimidation as the instrument of their repression. Isn’t it time for it to end?

[Audio clip of James Brown singing “papa’s got a brand new bag”]

[Rex Latchford attempting a Smokey-the-Bear voice, and largely failing]

This is Beary Smoker (pfft) saying: Kids, only YOU can prevent totalitarian regimes.

[Audio clip of James Brown singing “ain’t that a groove”]

And that’s Day Page for Monday… I’m Rex Latchford, and I’ll be baaaack when the page in the Big Book turns to a new… DayPage… You can hear past DayPages at It’s a production of Radio InfoWeb.

Dim Awareness of “a grave sense of betrayal” on Snooping

This post is available in audio format as a DayPage from Radio InfoWeb


In reporting found in today’s New York Times (found at the bottom of an article entitled “Momentum Builds Against N.S.A. Surveillance”), I found the following:

Ms. Lofgren [Zoe Lofgren (Chairman of House Ethics Committee 2009–2011)] said the White House and Democratic and Republican leaders had not come to grips with what she called “a grave sense of betrayal” that greeted Mr. Snowden’s revelations. Since the Bush administration, lawmakers had been repeatedly assured that such indiscriminate collection of data did not exist, and that when targeting was unspecific, it was aimed at people abroad.

In its understated, and sometimes blundering way, the Times, if not Ms. Lofgren, has put its finger on what I believe to be the heart of the issue. The “sense of betrayal” is the bottom line of public sentiment from all quarters. Even the most paranoid among us couldn’t have imagined in 2001 or 2002 the extent of surveillance that would emerge post 9/11. However, concern about privacy issues was considered “fringe” until Edward Snowden’s documentation made it hard for the government to continue its denials. The Emperor’s New Clothes had been revealed. The “mainstream” was now forced to come to grips with an issue they’d been in denial over for the past decade or so.

The American public wants to believe the lies the government pours forth in an unending stream. They have an investment in their government, and thus want to believe it is a good one. But, wishing for a thing does not make it so. Americans have a great resistance to seeing the corruption, greed, and criminality in their government. It takes a strong case to shine through the smoke and haze, and it appears that Edward Snowden’s released documents finally made the case that will turn the tide of opinion of the American public.

Still, buyer’s remorse looms large in America’s consumer society. Americans may still choose to blindly embrace their corrupt and nearly bankrupted government rather than face the truth with all its consequences. Should that happen, there will come another tide, and then another. The rising waters of accumulated megalomania and neglect are drowning the current generation of despots. What will replace them?

NSA Snoops Verizon? That’s All? Not.

Huh? The “news” that the NSA is collecting domestic call data from Verizon is disturbing? How retarded has the press become?

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So, what kind of psyop is this? This feigned outrage about this one small incident among the literally tens and hundreds of thousands of other incidents of the government overreaching in its illegal surveillance of innocent citizens. It would appear that it’s an effort to downplay the extent of illegal surveillance to the remaining few ( less than 5% according to recent polls) who have blind faith in government.

Will the whole thing implode? It just might. There does seem to be a bi-partisan stirring over overall discontent with the ever growing degree of illicit domestic surveillance. But that’s not surprising. What’s surprising is just how far this whole thing has gotten.

Don’t forget, dear reader, these are YOUR dollars that are being spent to spy on you. As long as you’re OK with spending that money on having the government spy on you, they’ll continue to spend it.

Perhaps I’m missing something. Are you so taken with your reflection in the mirror, the primping and posturing and posting on Facebook, that you are flattered by being spied on? If so… how sad.


Americans: Monkeys in Cages

Today is the day America ended. We didn’t quite get to finish our 237th year.

If there was any doubt that freedom in America had already ended, and been converted into a totalitarian surveillance state, those doubts must have been erased in any rational mind with the announcement on April 19th, 2013  that “Boston is in lockdown today”. Citizens were warned to “stay inside, avoid movement, and keep doors locked” while a door-to-door search was to be conducted for suspects associated with the Boston Marathon bombing.

I grew up at the end of the Cold War. Americans were proud to distill the difference between America and those Rat B*st*rd Communists as: “We would rather let one hundred guilty men go free than imprison an innocent man; Communists would rather imprison hundreds of innocent men to get one guilty man”. By that measure, welcome to the United Communist States of America.

A lot has happened since the 50’s: loss of innocence. But more importantly, loss of freedom. The world has been turned on its head, and we have become the very sort of state we fought World War II to save the world from.

Just whose fault is it? The system is easy to blame, but it’s a system we allowed to evolve as it has. It doesn’t take much soul-searching to understand how it happened. The People are to blame. And, if this grave injustice we have done to ourselves is ever to be righted, it is We The People who must do it; once again overturning tyranny and the forces opposing Freedom. We must end The War on Citizens currently waged by the Federal Government.

The Assault on You

The assault on YOU is something you really ought to take seriously. The surge seems to be on, but then again, it could be the calm before the storm! Every morning when I awaken, I survey the battlefield of the War on Citizens. There are so many battles raging and so many new assaults beginning on all fronts, it’s hard to know where to start. No wonder so many people prefer to hide their heads in the sand and either try to pretend there’s nothing happening, or shrug it off by asking “what can you do”.

The disinformation and psyops are non-stop. I find much of it an insult to my intelligence: “you mean those %$^#&#! really expect me to believe this %$#$@!”? If you take a few steps back, you can’t help but conclude that we are being subjected to an intense attempt to disorient us and in the process, seize control of our sense of reality. Don’t let that happen!

Your privacy and your identity are all you’ve got that makes you YOU. If you allow the non-stop assault on your identity (by invading your privacy) to succeed, you will be lost, and become just another marching moron. If reading Kornbluth’s short story “The Marching Morons” is more than you can manage, then try the comic book form in the movie “Idiocracy”. That’s where we’re headed if we allow the totalitarian forces in our society to take further control. We’re already being treated like cattle, as in the recent disclosure that American children are going to be “tested with Anthrax vaccine” — as if that’s legitimate research that is necessary even if it were just on defenseless animals.

Even if you hide your head in the sand, the insane people running our government and society aren’t going to leave you alone. They’ll test their drugs and vaccines on you and your family, while they catalog every shred of anything you may have that’s yours (and not theirs). And there you have it. Things have degenerated to the point where we’re in the thrall of a group of people so dysfunctional and infantile that they have become completely impotent in all respects other than trying to harass and control you, while they covet what you have that they don’t: some decency and dignity, and whatever self-respect they haven’t already robbed you of. Plus anything you might have that they perceive as a threat to their money and power. It’s really that pathetic.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the song written by John Lennon (killed in NYC by a nut with a gun) and performed by the Beatles entitled “I Me Mine”. That’s what we’re dealing with in the dangerous mentally wounded beast that is conducting the War on Citizens.

The Fourth Tower of Inverness on Radio InfoWeb

Now for something completely different! As you may know, I am also a radio personality on Radio InfoWeb. That Internet Radio station will be airing The Fourth Tower of Inverness “adventure serial” as it was originally broadcast about 40 years ago. The broadcast will be in its original form: 14 weeks of 10 minute daily episodes, Monday through Friday. The Fourth Tower begins December 5th, 2012. Radio InfoWeb plans to run each episode every few hours throughout the day, so it will be easy to catch. Speaking of catching, catch-up blocks of episodes will run on weekends, and possibly at other times. I highly recommend it, so be sure to tune in!

I was working at a college FM radio station when I first heard of The Fourth Tower of Inverness. That was something like 1971 or 1972. I was wowed by the mix of Eastern Philosphy, Spirituality, Metaphysics, adventure, and fantasy that was all wrapped together in this series.

To find out more, visit the Radio InfoWeb website at

You can listen in on any computer, Android or iOS smartphone (so that includes iPhones and iPads) that supports MP3 audio streaming. There are many links and different ways to listen in. The details are on the website.

There is also an iPhone/iPad app that will let you easily tune into Radio InfoWeb, and it’s free! Get it from iTunes here:

Romney, Intentionally or Not, Personifies Racisim in America Today

I’m thoroughly disgusted with the Presidential race. But what disgusts me more is the closet racism evident with so many Americans even today. John Sununu’s recent racial gaffe [he’s the manager of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign] is just the most recent tip of the iceberg to appear in the media in this regard. Romney’s campaign has, in the words of Sununu’s CNN interviewer Piers Morgan, been awash with “wink-wink, nudge-nudge” racist referents.

The race to “get that Black man out of the White house” seems to have been triggered, or more appropriately “excused” by the dynamics of the first debate.

What no doubt appalls Morgan and other Brits as much as it appalls me is how the racism issue has been, pun intended, the elephant-in-the-room during this equally appalling campaign season. The dance around this issue has, otherwise, been fully embraced by American news media. And that too is disgusting. Even CNN’s Don Lemon, who attempted to address the issue delicately yesterday, tread far too lightly on the despicable issue. Today’s edition of “Meet the Press” was eerily haunted by the shadows of the past, and it was not trick-or-treat.

All those in denial that race is an issue should watch the clip below from “Meet the Press” in which Dr. Martin Luther King appears before a panel of mostly unabashed racists from the 1950’s (the era from which Mr. Romney obviously harkens). In this clip, the white interrogators are largely unabashed in their concern about this uppity black man who would allow white and black children to attend school together. And what about that ghastly prospect of interracial marriage?

Note there was nary a black face to be seen at the Republican National Convention at which Romney was nominated this fall. An elegy to separatism?

Yes, I’m trying to shame closet racists here, and I’m also being blunt, and refusing to finesse the issue. Racism is racism, and should be completely unacceptable today, whether it’s at your local shop, and, especially, if it’s inside your presidential candidate and/or his minions. Most of all, the ghastly taint of racism should not be perpetuated by voting for such a person for President.

All those aiding and abetting the wink-winking and nod-nodding on this issue are equally culpable. Shame on you all.


The World Turns Despite the Oromnabomney

The lack of posts here is an indication that I am seeing the presidential race as ho-hum, same old same old. It’s all rather pathetic at this point, really. Things are much more interesting in the UK as it turns out.

What’s more interesting in politics can’t be seen on American media. Ed Miliband has emerged as a veritable skyrocket, emerging as the Labour Party’s challenge to David Cameron’s conservative party.

As in American politics, Miliband meets the specifications for a successful politician: He has hair, teeth, and is youngish and, on the surface, likeable and engaging. He has a wife, and children. He is agile, and able to change direction as the winds dictate.

It’s interesting to ponder how the challenger Miliband compares to the American challenger Romney (one head of the two-headed Oromnabomney, which will be debating itself later today in Denver, Colorado). Romney’s speech is primarily condemnation of President Obama. Miliband rarely mentions the name of his rival Cameron. Romney has few, if any, details about his plans and proposals, while those details he does disclose rarely seem to check out. Miliband spouts details of his proposals and plans in a river that threatens to overwhelm at times. Miliband and Romney don’t have much in common in their world views either.

That’s what was going on during and after the Denver Debate last week, which coincided with the Labour Conference in Manchester.

Now let’s take a look at the Conservative Conference which is taking place in Birmingham today. I’m watching Ian Duncan lecturing his crowd. Mr. Duncan does not have hair, although he does have teeth. There is some question about Mr. Romney in this regard, though, as he was asked about his hair on “Morning Joe” and replied that he had “glued it down [very well] that morning, and there is no way it’s going to come off”.

What does the O’romney head of the Oromnabomney have in common with Ian Duncan? Well, it’s frightening, really. Mr. Romney, like Mr. Duncan, seems by his speech to be living in the 1950’s rather than the 2010’s. Things have changed a bit since them. The most popular television shows are no longer “Leave it To Beaver” and “Lassie Come Home”.

Yes, the race that’s starting to shape up in the UK is possibly more interesting than the race here in the US. Despite all the bluster and BS, very little can be expected to change regardless of which head of the Oromnabomney gets elected.

The Hair Factor

Now that we’ve disposed of that boring, serious stuff, what about Romney’s hair? Since hair, teeth, and enough maleness to make the occasional female think, however fleetingly, “I’d like to have his baby” seems to be a requirement to be a presidential candidate, let’s take a close look at Romney’s  qualification in this regard.

Following multiple glitter-bombings [removed from YouTube due to claims of “copyright infringement”] from gay rights activists in Minnesota back on February 1st, Mitt Romney was swiftly dusted off by his entourage onstage. His son Josh managed to brush away most of the sparkles on Mitt’s shoulders, but as you can see in this video, he balked when it came to touching Mitt’s head — and perhaps with good reason. “I’ve got glitter in my hair, but that’s not all that’s in my hair,” Mitt joked. “I glue it on every morning, whether it needs it or not.” See: Glitter Bomber: Romney Uses ‘Hate’ to Gain Support

Mitt made a similar remark on the “Morning Joe” program about a month ago. It’s interesting to note that the media have not jumped on this, when it’s of critical importance to a small minority of female voters. It raises an important question: do we want a President who gets up every morning, and glues on his hair?




Hell Hath No Fury like the U.S. Caught Red-Handed

The Assange drama continues, with U.S. puppet Great Britain threatening to throw diplomatic treaties out the window to satisfy the rage of the U.S., caught red-handed, and now acting like a woman scorned.

The behavior of the U.S. with respect to Wikileaks has been shameful and an embarrassment The U.S. has spun out of control and become megalomaniacal. Even corrupt politicians know that when you’re caught in the act, you’ve got to come clean if you want a future with the American people. Our government acts as if it were a vindictive and petty god; alternatively as a small child that’s not getting its way and having a tantrum. No wonder there are bumper stickers everywhere: “I love this country. It’s the Government I’m afraid of”.

Haven’t we grown beyond the need for evil state secrets, abuse of our neighbors and partners, and lies as a way of conducting business? Wikileaks only proved what many of us had suspected, and the Government isn’t denying it. How could it? Instead of apologizing, saying it’s learned from its’ mistakes, and pledging to turn over a new leaf, it’s acting like an enraged petty dictator in denial (sound like anyone we know?), empaneling secret grand juries, putting out secret death warrants, and strong-arming nations in futile and unseemly attempt to punish those who have exposed its’ unseemly behavior. As long as the bad behavior continues, the U.S. will continue to see a rapid erosion of respect from the International community. Unless, of course, it confuses fear with respect.