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The Victim and His Victory
Blogger Peter of Lone Tree, writing at BlondeSense
of a man in Spring, Texas, just north of Houston, who refused to vacate the house upon which lawful foreclosure had been declared. The Houston Chronicle
article about the incident pumped the officially created propaganda that the well-educated man, a Mr. James Hahn, was "divorced, depressed and struggled with financial problems and drug addiction." After 12 hours of stand-off, including the lobbing of Molotov cocktails at encroaching police, Mr. Hahn took his own life.
In the comment thread at BlondeSense
, I offered this:
Without so much as a bat of the eye, the Federal Reserve took such action as was necessaryincluding multiple infusions into the top end of the banking system of tens of billions of dollarsto save the credit markets from the wrath of the free market.
By allowing banks to increase their exposure to 30% of assets to buoy their irresponsible credit operations, the Federal Reserve has also laid to rest the last vestiges of enforced prudence embodied by the old Glass-Stiegel Act.
By pretending to exercise tight monetary policy while continuing to print money hand over fist to finance the extremist Bush Administration's tax cuts, wars, and large-business welfare programs, the Federal Reserve has savaged any remaining credibility it might have had, such that it was under the increasingly capricious and partisan leadership of former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan.
Now, let's be honest for a second. Who here thinksI mean, really, really
believesthat any rich person, spitefully, blithely hateful to the working class, or pandering and blubbering to it, fundamentally has even a clue?
Let's see a show of hands. Does Bush care? That's not the question.
How about Hillary?
How about Barack?
How about Johnnie Boy?
No, none of them get it. The virtuous center has passed from the American political landscape, and all that remains is a wasteland of hateful Right-wingers and clueless Democrats who can't even so much as slow down, much less stop, a monstrosity of a useless, debilitating war.
That fellow down there in Houston? He finally figured it out. When hope is gone, all that remains is the one thing almost no authority can prevent a person from having:
The right not to die on his knees.
The Dark Wraith has spoken.
Good afternoon, Dark Wraith.
It sure is a sad day when we see events like this unfold with the understanding that we are only seeing the tip of the iceburg.
I agree with your analysis completely, we seem to be left to the wrath of the knee-jerk reactionaries in the economic sphere. What was it Samuel Gompers said?
When the workers suffer, shit happens. I have seen numerous posts around lately asking "where are the protesters". I submit that they are already starting to line up.
Never, ever paint an adversary into a corner with no way out. I do not mean to say the American worker is an advisary, he/she is an asset which should be utilized for the best for all.
Resurgence of Communism or some other extreme coming? I may not know much, but totalitarian regimes have come about before and I see nothing stopping that now.
With the money the usa has blown in the stupid foriegn policy of the last 7 years just think what could have been done.
Pardon while I stagger around a bit, my brain is addled.
Residents noted there had been a number of foreclosures in the neighborhood lately.
But none imagined that Hahn would take his life rather than leave a home that no longer belonged to him.
Thus we see in vivid technicolor (I'm pretty sure they have colorization methods today that make technicolor look like cave drawings, so before you point this out to me, jam that pointin' finger up yer keister.) how well justice can see now. The house no longer belongs to him, (it never really did once it was mortgaged, did it?) it belongs to the bank. You know, the portion of society that our representatives determined needed help to keep afloat in these turbulent times. I'm still clenching my teeth in rage.I think about how this guy's mind musta been as clenched as my choppers. While I have been in potential mind-clenching situations, where every exit door has OOO on it, but you have to take one of them anyway, I don't have the fortitude to off myself. I also have an ego the size of Manhattan, so I cannot surrender, or check out on my own terms, 'cause my terms usually involve throwing just one more punch, then another. Whatever happened to this guy, or rather, whatever he may have done or decided to do, that brought him to this denouement, he sure as hell didn't get so much as a "fuck you, buddy." Cold ass shit.
This cartoon stopped being funny yesterday.
Cloud is hesitant to attempt to add to what others have said for fear of committing too much thoughtcrime.
With a heavy heart I bid you Good Evening Dark Wraith,
I am sickened by this news and subsequent post. We can print more fake money and probably loan it to the hedge funds and equity funds to keep those vultures afloat..AND of course finance the debacle in Iraq..but our government can not find it in their black hearts to help those who need it the most with a loan to keep their homes.
The right not to die on his knees..was a good way to put it Dark Wraith. That the newspaper just had to add leave a home that no longer belonged to him.. Nice touch you heartless corporate pricks.
Good morning, Cloud.
Whatever you do, please don't shoot the messenger! TT has been helping measure just how far up their own asses these fucker's heads have been situated, for a long time. Kinda like an ASS ASSESSOR!
You're right though; That's truly pointed commentary right there. Also, "Now that's funny right there!"
good morning dark wraith:
over at balloon juice (i am still stupidly fouling up links in BBC so i simply gave up trying) http://www.balloon-juice.com/ john cole has a post about a woman in montana who committed suicide after being hassled yet again by the police for her medical use of marijuana (she had MS one of the more extensively documented diseases where marijuana's benefit to treatment cannot be denied)
then he goes into a beautiful rant. . . some quick cuts. . .
I am tired of being patient with you nannies and your stupid self-serving rules and your slippery slopes and your bullshit and your need to be tough on crime and your earnest concerns about society. Mind your own business, get your own house in order, stop fucking interns and little boys and cheating on your wives and on your taxes and being found dead wearing two wetsuits with a dildo shoved up your ass. Just mind your own damned business, and let people do what they must to deal with their own screwed up lives, and let people handle their pain the best way they can.
legalization of marijuana for medical or other use would have zero impact on my personal committment to living clean and sober. they could sell heroin at walgreen's and i doubt i would buy.
the mindset required by these people to preach about love and compassion while citing the same scripture to attack and degrade whole segments of our society repels me. a friend of mine who is a comic (and african american) talks about the resurgence of the KKK by saying "there we were for a little while, black, white, mexican, all together, singing songs, hating gays."
they preach limited government while expanding its reach and impact into the most personal areas of our lives.
sick sick sick.
Good morning, Trog.
Far be it from me to criticise a fine satirist; I was just musing on how what is a comic-able issue one day can become a call to arms the next.
Isn't life strange ...
You know it, Brother! ;0)
Good Afternoon, Dark Wraith.
Kinda off-topic, but did you read my post a couple months ago, Constitutional Convention in the 21st Century? Okay, it may be totally OT, but I'm still interested in what your thoughts might be about such an event.
And, all this economic stuff makes my head hurt... the parts I understand, and the parts I don't (for different reasons, obviously).
Minstrel Boy, While I can't take credit for thinking it up myself, I agree with others who say that the progressives are now, what the conservatives were. (Now that I mention it, I seem to remember DW mentioning something similar!) The Republicans, and Dinos, are for whatever the Liberals are against, such as this mindless "drug war". Hell, they seem to be for ANY war, and any way that they can spend the monies that could have gone into patching the gaping holes in the 'safety net'.
Hey now this is trippy, Cloud. Right after talking about the sub-prime horsecrap, I read about yet another housing crisis. It's just too much, man.
What? You mean gold ISN'T $35.00 an oz.? When did all this happen? I better cash in my half ounce ring and become a millionaire!
Leave the gold in your teeth, though, Father Tyme: it's the only reason your relatives might have to dig you up if you've been buried before your time.
The Dark Wraith knows about these things, y'know.
From what I had first supposed was the bird hunting portion of the sidebar:
I don't recall in my youth having toenails that looked this ugly.
why doncha quit bitin' em!
...That fellow down there in Houston? He finally figured it out. When hope is gone, all that remains is the one thing almost no authority can prevent a person from having:
The right not to die on his knees.
Good afternoon, Dark Wraith.
I would much prefer giving the authorities who would facilitate the exercise of this right their own invitations to move onwards in the cycle of kharma.
Preferably in the back, when they weren't expecting it.
Not that I am suggesting violence or anything.
Just an offer said authorities can not refuse.
I'm not surprised anymore when I read that some feel there is no way out. But still, it can drive me to tears.
Anyway, my dad was a career lender- the big bucks.. but when he started out in the FHA he designed the mortgage application and guidelines that were used for years and years in the banking industry.
I worked in lending for a short time in the late seventies and I could almost tell by asking a couple a few questions whether or not they would be approved for a mortgage barring extenuating circumstances. Boy have things changed when I quit paying attention.
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