On gaslighting around our Rights

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The reason..

Nope. Let’s try that again..

The ENTIRE reason (that’s better) that people use the term “need” as an argument against being able to exercise our Rights is that we’ve had this discussion repeatedly around each of our Rights and they’ve lost the argument resoundingly each time and on every level. Whether it be the Civil Rights debates if the ’60s with the racists and fascists, or the abortion and contraception debates with the theists, or the current debate around guns pitting *cough* Liberals* vs Conservatives and Progressives; the simple fact is that the losing side will shift the goalposts in a final attempt to manufacture consent for limiting what they see as being a useless right.

*Liberals.. We Progessives SEE you and your actions, and we have for a very long time!


Thou shalt not commit logical fallacies

Across history each of these fights has had one common thread.. The absolute RIGHT of ordinary people to defend themselves against the greed and hubris of wealth and oligarchy being “refuted” by use of Gaslighting.

Here’s your sign:

Now why do I as a Progressive support ALL of our rights including the Enforcement Clause which is the Second Amendment?

Because these are just a few of the events from History which required us to USE those rights to stop the march of oligarchy from killing us all.

From the war protests where fascism beat us and gassed us..

Fred Hampton united Black Panthers and white Confederate flag waving conservative young men to serve poor communities and, more critically, stand an armed, peaceful, guard over Vietnam War protesters so cops could no longer beat and tear gas them with impunity..

27 Important Facts Everyone Should Know About The Black Panthers

Fred was murdered because these tactics were EFFECTIVE. So was Malcolm X because he supported this tactics, and MLK was murdered the very night after his last speech offered support for these tactics. I’m willing to bet cash money that JFK was on that short list as well, and for the same reason.

Then we move on to the REAL reason for the ban on short barreled guns, machine guns and explosives for ordinary citizens.. The Union movement defending themselves against the oligarchs with those very weapons.. The whole lie about the mafia is gaslighting. The REAL reasons are always exposed by asking: “WHO fucking profits from this shit?!”

Battle of Blair Mountain – Wikipedia

Y’all get just one guess which weapons they used.. (Hint: They were effectively banned for ordinary citizens via a $200 tax stamp fraud which would be a tax of over $3700.00 today.)

Here’s some background on some of these..

The Coal Strike of 1919 in Indiana County and its Aftermath

Coal strike of 1902 – Wikipedia

1927 Indiana bituminous strike – Wikipedia

Y’all want to know why these miners were so pissed? Listen to this song and ponder that this shit WAS their life.


These people were literally enslaved even as much as share coppers were because the coal company owned the entire town including the grocery stores and hardware stores.. At inflated prices. Thus every dime the miners earned was paid in scrip, not cash, and it ALL went right back into the owner’s pocket while still leaving them in debt because they weren’t paid enough to survive on.

Sound familiar? It should.

Rent too damn high: New study finds minimum wage won’t cover rent anywhere in U.S. – theGrio

“Sold my soul to the company store..”

National Review just published an article of gaslit scare tactics on universal health care. My response:

National Review’s Universal Healthcare Gaslit Scare Tactics

I think it’s time for some blatant Asshole to step up and call this gaslit lie out for what it is.

*raises hands*

*Cue Asshole Man *

*Tone 11 like a pissed off Navy DI*

Oh dear.. More horseshit gaslighting by corporate fascist fuckwits doing the bidding of the US Insurance Mafia to make sure you’re good and scared of a sane health care system which you’ve ALREADY PAID FOR, AND ARE PAYING FOR BUT CAN’T FUCKING USE.

Look folks. The FACT is that we are paying $10,000 per year per citizen with STILL leaving over 50 million twisting in the wind with no usable care.


$10k per person, whether you pay it in taxes, or as an insurance mafia vig, TIMES 340 Million people is.. $3.4 Trillion per year times 10 years is $34 Trillion in ten years IF the insurance mafia monthly vig doesn’t increase. (Bet. Me. B!) Which is the same exact fucking $34 Trillion number which these idiots are trying to light your hair on fire about over universal health care!


Yet these cockwombles and Shitweasels are screaming their heads off that Bernies plan would cost 0.2 Trillion more than what we ALREADY FUCKING PAY and it would cover everyone.

The FACTS are that we’re Going to be paying that amount with the insurance mafia running the show and skimming 40% to 60% of our care dollars off the top for their executive bonuses.

If we boot these thieves from our health care market as Medicare for All would, then we could easily be paying 2/3 of that $3.4 Trillion per year for better care than we get now.. For everyone.

How does health spending in the U.S. compare to other countries? – Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker

The single difference here is that we already pay for everyone to be covered, but because the insurance mafia is skimming off the top, we get HALF of what we actually pay for.. Or less.

The grand Orwellian lie of US Health “Insurance”

Ireland pays LESS THAN HALF what we pay per person (yea.. It DOES Fucking Scale up) and has a well regarded system. Norway pays two thirds what we pay PER PERSON (Yes, stop fucking lying. It DOES FUCKING SCALE UP) and has an excellent care system which doesn’t leave anyone out.

What’s the difference in these PER PERSON costs between us and Norway? They don’t allow the insurance mafia to skim 40% right off the top. The other key difference is that they don’t allow medical care to bankrupt people.

Our bribed to treason congresscritters DO allow that shit and even ram it down our throats.


The WHOLE truth about shootings

I think guns, cannon and knives (aka: Arms) are tools more than anything else and that, as with any other tool or material, the entire responsibility for their use or misuse lives exclusively with the individual owners of those tools.

I also think there are exceptionally good reasons that our founders enshrined the right of people in the US to own such tools.

I also think that both sides of our mainstream media are gaslighting us on the “issue of guns” by not allowing ANY position but the two most extreme and divisive to gain any traction. The media (both “sides”) actively silence anyone pointing to ANY factor other than guns being a driving force in mass shootings.

They don’t talk at all about the insane increases in wealth inequality where a couple of hundred folks own more wealth than the other 90% of citizens.

Wealth Inequality – Inequality.org

They don’t talk at all about the wage inequality between CEOS and ordinary workers (Who are the ACTUAL wealth creators by their work, but see virtually none of the benefits) we’ve seen grow over the past 40 years from ~30:1 to >300:1 .

Top CEOs Make 300 Times More than Typical Workers: Pay Growth Surpasses Stock Gains and Wage Growth of Top 0.1 Percent

They don’t talk at all about the massive increase of citizens being dumped in our gutters to live or die since Reagan first shuttered California mental hospitals as a response to citizens demanding reforms.

Did Reagan’s Crazy Mental Health Policies Cause Today’s Homelessness?

They don’t talk at all about bullying and the utterly FUBAR response of our schools where kids are punished for standing up to people who understand only superior FORCE along with the will to apply it.


The simple Fact is that folks who aren’t pushed to the absolute edge don’t just randomly start killing their fellow citizens, yet because this is a difficult facet to attack (which would require something akin to a new New Deal) they focus exclusively on guns as being “The Problem.” What we ordinary citizens get is a form of gaslighting called Limiting The Debate where one side screams that “Guns are the problem!” and the “other” side screams “Paws off my guns!” when the reality is that all of these other factors play into the problem far more than the number of guns or the percentage of citizens owning guns.

In point of fact we’ve watched the percentage of families owning guns plummet 34 basis points from 47% of households in 1973 to just 31% in 2014.


Were a sane person to look at the assertion against the real life numbers, one would expect that if guns themselves were actually the root cause of these folks nutting up, the numbers would track in some way, yet we see the exact opposite trend with these incidents increasing by several orders of magnitude (once in 8000 days to now when they’re every 30 to 60 days) even as the percentage of families owning guns plummeted.

In fact according to a 2016 study nearly half of the guns in the US are owned by just 3% of the population. Nearly Half Of Guns In U.S. Owned By 3 Percent Of Population, Study Finds

The interesting thing here is that these folks seem to be the LEAST likely to just nut up and start shooting.

The other interesting thing is that virtually all of these shooters were under som form of mental health treatment and had been either bullied or ostracized or both. Yet none of the media wants to talk about our fucking sick joke of a health “care” system which ignores mental health care as if it were a red headed stepchild and treats everyone as if we should all just hand over our entire damn wallet to them. Obama’s TRUE legacy

What’s been increasing since Bonzo’s breakfast buddy was governor? Untreated mental illness (especially in men) and the numbers of people dumped in our gutters to live or die as their luck permits.

Here’s some of the other things which have increased in line with the increased frequency of mass shootings..

Inside the Foreclosure Crisis

Civil Asset Forfeiture Skyrocketed Under Obama

Our damned congresscritters ignoring what we citizens need to service their bribers.. Corruption is legal.. For the wealthy ONLY.


The wars for profit..

General Wesley Clark – Seven Countries in Five Years

A few basic arguments against (military) interventionism

Where did that estimated to become $6 Trillion go? Not to ordinary citizens!

The 25 Most Vicious Iraq War Profiteers

Heinlein once said “Never try to take anything from a man who feels he has nothing left left to lose.. He may just kill you.”

There’s another gent who echoed that fact not too long ago..

Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming

THESE are the patterns we need to shift and reverse and “attacking the problem” by banning or *cough* controlling the TOOL will do exactly fuck all to actually reduce these mass killings.

Ignoring these patterns and pointing at “Guns are THE problem!” is directly equivalent to going to the ER for a raging leg infection and demanding antibiotics, while also demanding that the doctor ignore the end of your femur sticking out of your thigh.

On government abuse of our Bill of Rights

The Amendments most commonly abused* in the US are the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Amendments.

*Actually they’re drug into dark alleys by judges in the name of “order and safety” then mugged, beaten to within an inch of their lives, raped, and left for dead. Abused just doesn’t quite cover it.

Oh.. For The Record: Our Constitution and it’s Amendments were written in the plain English of the day so that ordinary citizens could read and make sense of them without any need for “experts” so yes. I do think I have a better grasp of what it actually says than SCOTUS ever has because I don’t stand to profit from imprisoning people and I’m not beholden to anyone who does. Doubt me?

Follow the Money: The School-to-(Privatized)-Prison Pipeline – NEA Today

Also.. Dred Scott. Seriously Bitches??

Also the utter fucking fascist idiocy that citizens must have been damaged and be able to prove that damage (Standing) before we can “legitimately” challenge unconstitutionally formed laws by OUR representatives. Standing has a place in civil matters. It has no legitimate place when an individual citizen wishes to challenge a law as being in violation of the Constitutional limits placed upon Our government.

Here’s the 4th:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

There are enough “legalized” loopholes carved out of this one that you could literally drive an aircraft carrier through it without even touching the sides.

Here what it actually says:

The people (not citizens, but people. Aka: anyone on US soil) have an absolute right to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects (property like briefcases, backpacks, phones, computers, or anything else they might own or carry) from “unreasonable” searches and seizures and that this right shall not be violated (no exceptions, no excuses, no wiggle room) then it goes on to define a “reasonable” search or seizure as being one which is supported by a Warrant which warrant SHALL BE based upon Probable Cause (not “exigencies” or sniffing weed or looking suspicious nor even possessing a gun while black) and which shall be supported by Oath or Affirmation. Said warrant SHALL also specifically name what it who is being searched for and the specific place to be searched. It also says that no (that’s 0.00 for folks unclear about math) Warrants shall be issued without all of those elements in place.

If any one of these elements is missing then the warrant is invalid on its face and thus the search is as well (at least according to what the Amendment actually SAYS).

Don’t y’all even think about starting with me with the “but criminals” bullshit here because we all know that anyone on parole or probation has legally given up that Right (for the duration of the parole) in exchange for the privilege of being released from jail or prison early. This is completely aside from the fact that well over 50% of our “felons” are guilty of 100% made the fuck up bullshit “crimes” via the false flag, utterly fascist and completely racist War On Drugs (which is just as purely illegal under the Constitution as banning alcohol was prior to the 18th Amendment) ‘War On Drugs’ Was A Racist Fraud All Along, Ex- Nixon Advisor Admits

“Interstate Commerce” evasion? Fuck You! If that were HONESTLY applied instead of being done the way fascism does it it would not ever apply to drugs created and sold within the same state. Yet that’s the exact opposite of what was and is actually done.

Next up is the Fifth Amendment which covers a fair bit of ground about arrest powers and thieving, murdering, thugs with badges.

No person shall be held to answer (that means arrested by the way.. Which harks back to the systematic gutting and evasion of the 4th Amendment by SC(R)OTUS) for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; (THIS bit means that cops absolutely do NOT EVER get to kill, or even harm, you or your property without a TRIAL AND CONVICTION) nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Oh and just completely FUCK both D.A.P.L. and Keystone sideways too along with every D & R Congresscritter who said nothing about these blatant violations! Kris Rosvold’s answer to What is the most bizarre lawsuit you know that ever happened in the US?)

Sixth Amendment

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

What’s interesting with this one is that first limitation..

“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial,..”

Then we look at the fascist evasion of “well, that’s only if they demand a trial” against the systematic and fraudulent denial if Rights to poor folks via the use of forced “plea bargaining” by stacking the deck so heavily against the defendant that the tiniest mis step during a trial could land you in prison for decades. They literally leave you ZERO actual choice because the only game available (unless you’re wealthy of course) is “If you ‘deal’ with us we’ll ‘only’ charge you with a 6 month penalty, but if you dare to not comply We WILL charge you with at least a decade worth of crimes (even if we have to lie our asses off).” These sorts of “deals” are exactly like asking someone if they’d rather be pinched or have their arms and legs broken and it’s all done effectively at gun point. No matter how minor the crime, if you fight them at all and you’re poor they WILL make an example of you. There is no sane way to claim that this sort if Mafia style “deal” satisfies the repeated demands for Due Process Of Law throughout our Constitution.

What the Fifth and Sixth actually say is that trials are NOT “optional” and that trial by jury must be part and parcel of any legitimate justice system, in each and every case.

As Jefferson said “It is better that one hundred guilty men go free than one innocent man be condemned.”

That goal of preserving the innocent from the predations of a fascist society is the motivation behind the writing, passage, and Ratification of these Amendments.. And we have failed utterly.

Innocence Is Irrelevant

Due Process is Dead: A Staggering 95% of All Inmates in America Have Never Received a Trial

Will this “break” our justice system? Probably. Considering that it is utterly corrupt and fraudulent, as are the drug laws under which more than 50% of all inmates are “convicted*” under, I think that might not be a bad thing.

*”convicted” in over 95% of US cases actually means “Strong armed into admitting “guilt” whether or not you actually committed any crime.”

I’ll refer you back to the words of Mr. Jefferson on this fact and if you tell me that’s impractical I’ll damned well ask you how “practical” it is to imprison even ONE factually innocent person because y’all are too damned lazy and greedy to do the job we pay you for. More to the point I’ll ask you how practical it would be for a DA who forced a plea from an innocent person with these Mafia style tactics to serve their time by way of retribution.

Note: I’m still in the process of writing this so there’s more to come..

I think this question and the issues it raises are important enough that I decided to go ahead and post what I have thus far and then update it as it progresses over the next few days.

Yup. They’re still gassing our meat.

Restaurants have never used ammonia for washing food to preserve it. Some suppliers still do which is why I refuse to eat pre formed ready to cook burger pattys or chicken nuggets.

What happened was that a major meat processors (notably a McDonald’s supplier called BPI) used to use anhydrous ammonia to sanitize meat trimmings before grinding it into the infamous pink slime shit* and mixing it with our burger meat as a binder for cheap burger patties and chicken nuggets.

*Which was made up with cutting floor trimmings formerly relegated to be dog food at best, or rendered into grease)

Safety of Beef Processing Method Is Questioned

Their theory was that the ammonia would evaporate off after having killed the bad bacteria they were having a problem with (E.Coli, Listeria, Salmonella and a few others). They were having this problem because their speed of production, and use of floor s crapings, didn’t allow for proper sanitizing and because they are fucking greedy and were trying to sell sub standard meat at the higher prices they got for people food.

“Our” “regulators” signed off on this plan and even exempted them from regular testing.

This practice of sanitizing meat is still used in big slaughter houses to increase shelf life beyond what could be normally expected by flushing the individual packages with ammonia.. Ever notice that ammonia smell on some grocery store meat when you first open the puffy package? Yup. I won’t name names but if you see a store with all the meat package trays puffed up (especially fresh meats) they’ve been preserved with ammonia.

Welcome to the Corporate Fascist States of America where “regulators” obey corporations rather than doing their ONE fucking Job for citizens.

Oh.. If y’all don’t think that’s the definition of fascism, I’ll ask you to look up the words of its creator Mussolini who defined it as the merging of State and Corporate power..

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