Say Goodbye to: Paul Kurtz, said to be the founder of Secular Humanism:
Paul Kurtz, 86, American skeptic and secular humanist.
[see Council for Secular Humanism in our Blessed Blog List]
Paul Kurtz said:
The meaning of life is not to be discovered only after death in some hidden, mysterious realm; on the contrary, it can be found by eating the succulent fruit of the Tree of Life and by living in the here and now as fully and creatively as we can.
al-Queda, That Amazing Military Organization, Is Back in New York City
Peter King, one of the dumbest rightwingers flinging about his fear politics, oh so proudly was announcing all over New York City television how this 21-year-old Bangladesh student had been caught in the act of trying to blow up the New York Federal Reserve building in downtown Manhattan. And then out trotted our shanty Irish police commissioner, Ray Kelly, all serious like he always is, giving us the scoop on how this Bangladesh mastermind, a reverent lover of all things al-Queda, had bought all these bags of ammonia and had rented a van and was caught red handed trying to detonate these bags of ammonia in an effort to blow up the New York Federal Reserve building. Turns out, as usual in these cases, the great American spying organization, the FBI, knew about this young jerk-off for a long time. This clown had been blabbing his intentions wildly about and, as is usual in these scare-tactic cases, the FBI had participated with this wild-eyed Bangladeshi here on a student visa and set him up, helping him buy the bags of ammonia and rent the van...and again so goes the whole story, a story told every few months here in New York City these days.
Here's the story as presented by the New York Daily News, a yellow journalistic tabloid:
A bloodthirsty Al Qaeda wanna-be was busted Wednesday after setting out to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in lower Manhattan with a bogus 1,000-pound bomb he built with the help of undercover FBI agents, officials said.
Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, a Bangladeshi national living in Jamaica, Queens, boasted he wanted to “destroy America” and professed admiration for “our beloved Sheikh Osama Bin Laden,” federal authorities said.
RAY KELLY PRAISES LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR KEEPING NYC SAFE FROM TERRORISTS
Nafis only opted for attacking the Federal Reserve after exploring an assassination attempt on President Obama, a source told the Daily News. He also scrapped a plan to bomb the New York Stock Exchange after saying he needed “to make sure that this building is gone,” according to a criminal complaint.
“We will not stop until we attain victory or martyrdom,” he threatened in a videotape he intended to release after detonating what he thought was a massive bomb, authorities said.
I love representing this clown as "A bloodthirsty Al Qaeda wanna-be...." What does that mean?
First of all, you know damn well a dude named Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis couldn't have gotten a student visa to enter this country without immediately being put on the Homeland Security, CIA, FBI, NIS, and the NYPD "Muslim" watch lists and being subjected to having all his communications intercepted and his whereabouts spied on constantly.
But the FBI in cahoots with the NYPD have done this several times before. Remember the gang that was going to blow up a Jewish temple somewhere up in the Bronx? These nuts, too, were provided with phony bombs by the FBI. Some people might call that enticement but in this day of Nazi-like security forces, it's called "national security," a little good-natured fun for our many many national defense goon squads.
So is this 21-year-old Muslim terrorist going to get the death penalty? Will Obama put him on his executive death list...to be zapped by a drone maybe? [And now the Feds are saying they've busted a child pornographer (he had the normal thousand photos of naked children on his computer) in San Diego in connection with our Bangladesh terrorist in their attempt to blow up the Federal Reserve building in Lower Manhattan. The powers that be in the case are now saying the Bangladesh at first wanted to blow up the Stock Market but it was too well protected...now, remember, an FBI goon was involved in this bullshit, too. I still don't understand why they just didn't arrest this goofball on the grounds he was emailing and blabbing about doing this. Why do they have to carry it through...unless the FBI and the NYPD Spying on Muslims task force enjoy playing these games.]
[And about this Libya bullshit and how we didn't have enough security around our consulate in Benghazi. They're now saying that security was in the hands of a British security firm. What the hell's a Brit security firm doing protecting our consulate? Why can't we use US troops to do that? Old Hillbilly Hillary is catching a lot of flak over this. Good. Out with the Clintons, I say.]
From C. Wright Mills
Sometimes I get so frustrated with our corporate-military-police-run state that I run to C. Wright Mills' great work of truth, The Power Elite, which should be required reading from 1st grade on through graduate school. Throw away your fictional bibles and read Wright's truths instead:
Of course, there may be corrupt men in sound institutions, but when institutions are corrupting, many of the men who live and work in them are necessarily corrupted. In the corporate era, economic relations become impersonal-and the executive feels less personal responsibility. Within the corporate worlds of business, war-making and politics, the private conscience is attenuated-and the higher immorality is institutionalized. It is not merely a question of a corrupt administration in corporation, army, or state; it is a feature of the corporate rich, as a capitalist stratum, deeply intertwined with the politics of the military state.thegrowlingwolf
for The Daily Growler