Bruce Roberts and Carmen Miranda from magazine photo, ca. 1952:
Note: Author Gerald Carroll discovered this photo in the archives of the San Francisco Examiner in 1989. Stephanie Caruana assured me this was the same Bruce Roberts she knew in San Francisco. It shows not only that Bruce Roberts existed but that he had knowledge and interest concerning artificial gems. SH
â€œThere is something sad about a person who blindly sacrifices his life â€˜for his country,â€™ for he is unaware of the real issues. If a person can grasp the truth about war, it canâ€™t help but color his thinking on such issues as draft dodging. The name draft dodger suggests the evasion of a just debt or obligation. In reality, a draft dodger is either a person who rejects military service on religious or moral groundsâ€”or plainly doesnâ€™t want to allow himself to be killed. Any of those reasons should be good enough, and I donâ€™t think that he should be persecuted or prosecuted.
A person who is willing to sacrifice his life â€˜for his countryâ€™ is merely a dupe in the profit game of the military-industrial complex. A man who has the courage to stand up against such twisted idealism and refuse to be sacrificed for profiteers is no coward. My opinion of the draft dodger differs from the opinion of many of my peers, but then, my generation is probably one of the biggest collections of fools on record.â€
New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison prosecuted the only legal case in the assassination of President John Kennedy. He lost, of course, because th CIA was protecting certainÂ witnesses and permanentlyÂ silencing others. Still, Garrison was able toÂ secure enough historic information in the public record thatÂ we can now formÂ reasonable conclusions aboutÂ whatÂ happened. What is so amazing is that GarrisonÂ is telling us thisÂ in 1967!
It took other researchers thirty or more years to reach similar conclusions. At the time, mostÂ citizens were simply intellectually or emotionallyÂ incapable of comprehending even a fraction of the truth Garrison revealed, and as a population we remain far too passive and naÃ¯ve.
Hitler recognized this convenient truth as “The Big Lie (GroÃŸe LÃ¼ge). Yet onlyÂ four years after JFK was conveniently disposed of by “The Secret Team” (see Col. Fletcher Prouty), Garrison had essentiallyÂ solved the mystery of who did it and why.Â Paid detractorsÂ and their unpaid volunteersÂ continue to insultÂ Garrison’sÂ memory with the constant trivial dickering over inconsequential details (see Gerald Posner), yetÂ this is what nowÂ passes forÂ political discourseÂ in the United States.
The mediaÂ fawns and toadies that catered toÂ the military-industrial complexÂ Eisenhower warned us aboutÂ as he was leaving officeÂ really outdid themselves in theirÂ trashing of Jim Garrison, resorting to all sorts of dirty tricks, illegalÂ orÂ otherwise.Â Considering that those few of us who have examined the evidence have littleÂ trouble understanding the forces whoÂ killedÂ JFK, RFK, MLKÂ along with the acronymically unknown,Â it appears that much of their hushÂ money was primarily wasted on fools.
Jim Garrrison was oneÂ American maleÂ withÂ balls of brass. He knew the truth about what happened in Dallas onÂ November 22, 1963, and he tried to make people understand it even as his life was being threatened. He’s what I would call aÂ hero if I engaged in that sport.Â He didn’t just stand up for what he believed in;Â anyÂ foolÂ can do that right or wrong. GarrisonÂ verified theÂ factsÂ behind him, which made his pronouncements even more threatening, yet heÂ shouted them to the nation anyway!
(Reprinted with author’s permission from Copblock.org)
There are countless laws. Literally.
Maybe not in the mathematical sense â€“ it is technically possible to count the laws in existence, but based on a colloquial and general use of the term â€œcountlessâ€ it is not really feasible for someone to count every law. Just this year, 40,000 laws were passed and are set to go into effect. On the other hand, we rarely hear news about laws being repealed.
Repeatedly, police and their apologists insist that police are held accountable regularly, and in fact are held to a â€œhigherâ€ standard than ordinary people. This simply isnâ€™t the case, according to the law (and donâ€™t police and their supporters care about the law?) Below are several provisions of the California Government Code, which are relevant to the police state, governmental lack of accountability, and why government services in this area are so poor. Similar provisions likely exist in other jurisdictions, and are supported by Supreme Court case law.
Copblock posted a quote by Becky Akers on the Facebook page recently –
â€Žâ€We all need to recognize cops are the enemy. Theyâ€™re not just the enemy of the black guy. Theyâ€™re not just the enemy of Miguel who came across the border without a bureaucrats permission first. They are our enemy too, they will pick on us as well. When we allow government to prey on societies least liked memebers, itâ€™s only a matter of time before they prey on us tooâ€ â€“ Becky Akers
In response, one reader replied, â€œThey are your neighbors and the person your standing in line with at the grocery store. Educate yourself and get to know them and we can all be on the same page. Have you ever taken a ride along with your local PD? Have you ever went to a pancake breakfast and learned what they talk about? Do you even know one personally? Didnâ€™t think so. You are depending on a story or some third party blurb to make drastic decisions about your viewpoints are without taking the time to form your own opinions with real data imo. I have some of those things planned in the near future to learn about them. I donâ€™t know enough yet to form a valid firm opinion but plan on learning and talking with them.â€