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LIONEL PODCAST: Murica! Stop Giving Our Propaganda A Bad Name

Stop poo-pooing propaganda. Or Pshaw!. (I love archaic expressions of reaction.) It’s as American as the neck tattoo and viral video. We wallow and thrive in propaganda. News, history, popular culture — it’s all part of the propagandist meat grinder. Everything that we do, everything that we think and perceive is addressed and formed via the mechanics of “the conscious and intelligent manipulation of organized habits and opinions.” From our flag-waving obeisance to the conflation of political ideology with active popular memes, we are walking and talking propaganda automatons. Our history, worldview, name it. So embrace it. Listen herein. From Leni Riefenstahl and “Triumph of the Will” to Frank Capra and “Why We Fight” it’s all propaganda. From congregatio de propaganda fide or “congregation for propagation of the faith” and a committee of cardinals in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV, it’s a deliberate. Country music, John Wayne, talk radio, right versus left, positive and negative. History and news are pop culture. Stop fighting it. Embrace it. It’s quintessentially American. And watch especially how the country music retreads and wannabes are climbing over each other to weigh in and plant the flag on the Mount Suribachi of country memes. Like Toby Keith and Peter Jennings during the Iraq monstrosity.

I have seen these things with my very own eyes
And defended my battered soul
It must be too tough to die
American propaganda, South African lies
Will not force me to take up arms, that’s my enemies’ pride

And I won’t fight by his rules that’s foolishness besides
His ignorance is gonna do him in and nobody’s gonna cry
Because his children they are growing up
With bigots and their silver cups they’re fed up
They might throw up on you

Stephen Stills – Word Game

(This is one of Stills’ greatest and most significant contributions to music history ever. It’s reminiscent of early hip hop in its syncopation and cadence. Brilliant.)

LIONEL PODCAST: #AmericanSniper Is Pure Military Propaganda

Any questions? You can’t get better than this. It’s perfect. So what’s wrong with propaganda? It’s as old as war. As old as thought. It’s etymology? “Originally this word derived from a new administrative body of the Catholic Church (congregation) created in 1622, called the Congregatio de Propaganda Fide (Congregation for Propagating the Faith), or informally simply Propaganda.” It’s not illegal and it’s in the eye of the beholder. Look at Pat Tillman and Jessica Lynch. Can you say Jerry Bruckheimer? The CIA and Hollywood have contracted for years as has the Pentagon. Holy, Frank Capra, Batman! Where’ve you been? I can still remember John Wayne and his now laughable “Green Berets.” And enter Michael Moore into the fray and it’s perfect. The perfect left-right paradigm.

Brilliant! American Sniper is perfect propaganda. Packaged and delivered as part of the age-old connection and information delivery system between Hollywood and the government. And with Clint Eastwood at the helm, the fellow who fetishized Dirty Harry and drove home the phallic sub-memes of the magnum and “Make my day,” I mean this is perfect. Throw into the mix Michael Moore decrying the horrors of sniping, by sniping oddly enough, and you have to marvel at the beauty of the setup. Frank Capra would be proud. This after the NFL drives home the connection between patriotism and the flag and flyovers and the American pastime and, well, you get the idea. No, be not mistaken, from the folks who gave you Pat Tillman and Jessica Lynch, meet Chris Kyle. And you thought Hollywood was liberal! Ha!

LIONEL PODCAST: MLK Was the Victim of a Conspiracy and Chris Kyle, Meet Pat Tillman and Jessica Lynch

The conspiracy analysis. On December 8, 1999, a jury in Memphis, Tennessee, returned a verdict that found that civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the victim of an assassination conspiracy and did not die at the hands of a lone gunman as history records and the media have repeated. Dr. King was the victim of conspiracy and James Earl Ray was a patsy. Which conspiracy loon said this? Try Coretta Scott King.

After four weeks of testimony and over 70 witnesses in a civil trial in Memphis, Tennessee, twelve jurors reached a unanimous verdict on December 8, 1999 after about an hour of deliberations that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated as a result of a conspiracy.

In a press statement held the following day in Atlanta, Mrs. Coretta Scott King welcomed the verdict, saying, “There is abundant evidence of a major high level conspiracy in the assassination of my husband, Martin Luther King, Jr. And the civil court’s unanimous verdict has validated our belief. I wholeheartedly applaud the verdict of the jury and I feel that justice has been well served in their deliberations. This verdict is not only a great victory for my family, but also a great victory for America. It is a great victory for truth itself. It is important to know that this was a SWIFT verdict, delivered after about an hour of jury deliberation. The jury was clearly convinced by the extensive evidence that was presented during the trial that, in addition to Mr. Jowers, the conspiracy of the Mafia, local, state and federal government agencies, were deeply involved in the assassination of my husband. The jury also affirmed overwhelming evidence that identified someone else, not James Earl Ray, as the shooter, and that Mr. Ray was set up to take the blame. I want to make it clear that my family has no interest in retribution. Instead, our sole concern has been that the full truth of the assassination has been revealed and adjudicated in a court of law… My husband once said, “The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” To-day, almost 32 years after my husband and the father of my four children was assassinated, I feel that the jury’s verdict clearly affirms this principle. With this faith, we can begin the 21st century and the new millennium with a new spirit of hope and healing.”

Findings of fact. The overwhelming evidence of US government complicity found valid by the jury includes the following:

  • US 111th Military Intelligence Group were at Dr. King’s location during the assassination.
  • 20th Special Forces Group had an 8-man sniper team at the assassination location on that day.
  • Usual Memphis Police special body guards were advised they “weren’t needed” on the day of the assassination.
  • Regular and constant police protection for Dr. King was removed from protecting Dr. King an hour before the assassination.
  • Military Intelligence set-up photographers on the roof of a fire station with clear view to Dr. King’s balcony.
  • Dr. King’s room was changed from a secure 1st-floor room to an exposed balcony room.
  • Memphis police ordered the scene where multiple witnesses reported as the source of shooting cut down of their bushes that would have hid a sniper.
  • Along with sanitizing a crime scene, police abandoned investigative procedure to interview witnesses who lived by the scene of the shooting.
  • The rifle Mr. Ray delivered was not matched to the bullet that killed Dr. King, and was not sighted to accurately shoot.

Whither the hero? As to Chris Kyle, “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance) Keep that in mind. And remember Pat Tillman and Jessica Lynch. And also remember Jesse Ventura’s verdict for defamation against Kyle. War is barbaric and necessarily involves the creation of those who kill on orders and on command. The “Manchurian Candidacy” en masse. They are human drones and artillery. They are to have such conditioning taken into consideration. But beware the apotheosis of the centurion at the hands of The Pentagon.