Obama. Deception. And all that.

The Stranger (or employees thereof) has a little fun at the expense of the Alex Jones contraption “The Obama Deception”.

First, I may well get this line out of the way:
The Infowar should be a literal war between Larouchies and Truthers, fought in the streets of Davis, California.

Poke into that Sunday, I guess.  Currently, there are two items which are perculating through the Alex Jones sphere : the threat of “National Service” initiatives — Indeed, if you go over to Alex Jones’s sites, that dominates the page right now (‘Tis a big bugalobo for one of the posters at the Internet message board I frequent with a half dozen posters — such as we get this:

Zen has been drafted to teach a group of ‘troubled’ teens the basics of drywalling as part of this program (part of his sentence). He has just shown the kids the ‘mud’ (plaster) and is starting to laborously put it on the wall (budget doesn’t allow for the quick methods). One of the rowdiest of the kids watches this for a moment, and then goes, “I know a quicker way”. He reaches into the bucket, grabs a great big fist full of the plaster and throws it…at the second rowdiest kid in the class. By the time Zen gets turned around, plaster is flying everywhere. He opens his mouth with the intent of telling the kids to stop only to have a big wad of plaster hit him right in the face. About that time, Zens boss comes calling…,

Congenially I offer to his desire to move to New Zealand this:

Meanwhile, the move to New Zealand. That seems to me the managable size of a nation-state. As it were, there’s those behemoths of, say, China and the US — policy imperatives are to uphold a bureacracy for the sake of upholding a bureacracy so that it doesn’t smash down on us, which would be unpleasant. Time to break the world’s states into smaller units.
Cascadia is about the right geographic size, though I think zenman would think of the ensuing government as Socialist so he’d just as well stay away.

But really:

Some of this stuff is great! The first thing I clicked on explained that “Starbucks wants to make it easy to join Obama’s proposed paramilitary brown shirt volunteers”, because they gave away some coffee to, um, volunteers. Because, er, AmeriCorps and MLK/Vista and the Peace Corps are pretty much the same thing as Hitler’s SA.

The model has a precedent in American history and out of German or Soviet history, don’t it?:

In this sense, of course, the New Deal—particularly the Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps—provides some models. These programs used the unemployed to create new dams, electrical-transmission systems and bridges that boosted the nation’s productive power. Critically, such a program would target blue-collar workers—mostly male and heavily minority—hardest hit in the recession. As conservatives rightly note, the New Deal construction projects did not end the Depression, but they did give people purpose and skills as well as hope, while leaving us with a remarkable legacy of productive structures that inspire us with their affirmation of our national destiny.

But the Brownshirts… that’s the threat.  The expanded Americorp group will turn their attention to the citizens, and lead us to the fear of this group of State Controlled Brownshirts putting their targets on :

The uproar that ensued as a result of our original story about a document issued by the Missouri Information Analysis Center which smeared third party supporters as potential domestic terrorists has forced the Missouri Department of Public Safety to issue an apology to Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin and Bob Barr. However, references to people who are anti-abortion, anti-gun control, knowledgeable about the Constitution and even those who simply display political bumper stickers will remain. […]
The MIAC report specifically describes supporters of presidential candidates Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, and Bob Barr as “militia” influenced terrorists and instructs the Missouri police to be on the lookout for supporters displaying bumper stickers and other paraphernalia associated with the Constitutional, Campaign for Liberty, and Libertarian parties.
The MIAC report (PDF) does not concentrate on Muslim terrorists, but rather on the so-called “militia movement” and conflates it with supporters of Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, Bob Barr, the so-called patriot movement and other political activist organizations opposed to the North American Union and the New World Order.

A bit surrealistically, the first comment on this page, as though to lend support to such a “watch carefully” act:

Rev Donald Spitz Reply:

Eric Rudolph is not as bad as some would make him out to be. Those who have killed babykilling abortionists have done so to protect the innocent. People use force everyday to protect the innocent and no one has a problem with it, except when it comes to protecting unborn human beings, then they go ballistic. It’s very simple, the unborn deserve the same protection as the born. Born people are protected with force quite often. Force that you would be glad if it was to protect your children against a murderer. Force that you yourself might use to protect your own children from being murdered. The unborn deserve the same protection.

SAY THIS PRAYER: Dear Jesus, I am a sinner and am headed to eternal hell because of my sins. I believe you died on the cross to take away my sins and to take me to heaven. Jesus, I ask you now to come into my heart and take away my sins and give me eternal life.

Which does spur an interesting theological discussion that dips over to:

its time to discard this dangerous notion of god
and to take responsabilty on our shoulders instead of blaming it on satan or god
the elites that run this planet know all this but use your ignorance to keep you imprisoned

Part of the reason Ron Paulites splintered considerably in support for Chuck Baldwin.  (But Bob Barr was never about to get it all either):

“….profiling of all sorts is a very necessary tool for effective law enforcement. Only morons would try to hamper a lawman’s ability to bring criminals to justice by removing this tool from them.”
-quote by Chuck Baldwin.

But, you know, a word about the matters at hand which fuel “Obama Deception” moreso than the free-floating anxiety laid by a Service Program — to wit:

Our pundits worry that a populist rage is loose in the land—pitchforks everywhere! My first reaction upon hearing that was to dismiss the word “populist” as a distraction, an epithet meant to recall episodes in which mass rage made sound policy deliberation impossible. Think of dispossessed 19th-century farmers letting their righteous rage at bankers tumble easily into free-floating anger at “Jewish bankers” and then simply at Jews; of 1970s white South Boston parents stabbing busing advocates with American flags. My second reaction was to dismiss the word as inaccurate. What makes this rage “populist”? This is ordinary rage, rational and focused. The lead pitchfork bearers, after all, are people like New York TimesJoe Nocera, who wrote that AIG’s Financial Practices Group was guilty of a “scam” at which “we should be furious.” You might more accurately call that common sense.

Another article excerpt from the Newsweek batch of “Populism” stories which deftly describes the “outrage” into positive and negative, without stating the obvious manner that Obama and Geithner and company would alleviate the negative… can’t find it with immediacy, punt it to later.

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