Imitation And Life, Volume XV

By Michael-Louis Ingram BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: November 18, 2011

 

By Michael – Louis Ingram, Associate Editor

 

PHILADELPHIA (BASN): It’s time once again for a stroll down the celluloid road; and we are definitely not in Kansas, y’all…

 

But before we jump into the fray, here’s something to consider during coming attractions:

 

At Wal-Mart, Americans spend $36,000,000 every hour of every day; this works out to $20,928 profit every minute!

Wal-Mart will sell more from January 1 to St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) than Target sells all year.

 

Wal-Mart is bigger than Home Depot + Kroger + Target + Sears + Costco and K-Mart – combined.

Wal-Mart employs 1.6 million people, is the largest private employer; and most of their employees don’t speak English as their first language.

Wal-Mart is the largest company in the history of the world.

Wal-Mart now sells more food than Kroger & Safeway combined; keep in mind they accomplished this in only 15 years; during the same period, 31 supermarket chains sought bankruptcy. They now sell more food than any other store in the world.

Wal-Mart has approximately 3,900 stores in the USA, of which 1,906 are Super Centers; this is 1,000 more than it had 5 years ago.

This year, 7.2 billion different purchasing experiences will occur at a Wal-Mart store; Earth’s population is approximately 6.5 billion.

Ninety percent of all Americans live within 15 miles of a Wal-Mart.

The value of products for Wal-Mart passing through the port of San Diego each year is a larger sum than 93% of all countries’ Gross National Product (GNP)…..and that is only one port, one way; that’s how Wal-Mart gets its stuff.

Of Wal-Mart’s 1.6 million employees, only 1.2% of them earn a living above the poverty level.

Wal-Mart’s head office is located and centralized in Bentonville, Arkansas; there are now more millionaires per square mile there than any other place on Earth.

 

The official U.S. Government position is that Wal-Mart’s prices are no lower than anyone else’s when compared to a typical family’s weekly purchases.

That’s the view of the statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), who are responsible for calculating the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

 

Approximately 92% of everything Wal-Mart sells comes from China; and another 4% comes from Chinese owned companies in the U.S. or Third World countries.

Wal-Mart and most large companies, take out life insurance on its employees, without their knowing. If an employee dies, all the insurance monies go to the companies (i.e. if an employee making $18,000 per year dies, the company might make as much as $1 million). Often these funds, coming from what are commonly referred to as Dead Peasant Life Insurance Policies, are paid out to executives as bonuses….

Wal-Mart now averages a profit of $36 billion per year. That said, why not let Wal – Mart bail out Wall Street; if not consider shopping someplace else.

And now, our feature presentation:

A Nightmare on Front Street, Part I

There cannot be a more oxymoronic venue than the area nicknamed Happy Valley. State College, Pennsylvania, home of Penn State University was revealed to be the killing fields for the innocence of several souls after the exposure of alleged serial pervert and sexual predator Jerry Sandusky.

(Hello, Clarice…)

Sandusky, long time assistant to head football coach Joe Paterno, had apparently preyed upon boys for years; and in a recent on – air interview by NBC Television talking head Bob Costas, Sandusky’s words poured like curdled milk; sour with the refrain of shoulda/woulda/coulda….

As more information continues to unfold in the Penn State incident, I viewed a spectacle last Saturday afternoon that would’ve given Joseph Goebbels a hard – on for its level of hypocrisy as pigskin propaganda attempted to rule the day.

In all the years I have played, coached, watched and written about pro and college sports, I have never in my professional career overtly rooted for one team to beat another – until now.

If Penn State had won that game over Nebraska, every viewer would’ve been in the eye of a propaganda storm, with declarations that college football had saved the day – and Happy Valley would no longer be a stain on the NCAA’s landscape.

Because in spite of all the fanfare and folderol, no one that matters has yet apologized to the kids that were victimized!

Seeing and hearing idiots declare, “We are – Penn State; they’re not!”In a passion play which forfeits the souls of the most vulnerable, it appears those who are the most vocal; are the most ignorant. The cacophony of crap spewing from their mouths – students and administration alike (sans apology) means nothing without what could be construed as an admission of guilt; the last thing anyone of these bloviating blatherskites want coming out of Happy Valley.

On the BASN/blogtalkradio show, “The Gray Leopard Cove,” host Gary Norris Gray interviewed Art George, a criminal defense lawyer based in Marin County, who offered his take on the Paterno/Sandusky affair and stressed everyone should look at the reports – and what was on the Second Mile organization’s website.

Things to be considered, for sure – but I would rather consider what is according to said report, recorded fact; the anal rape of a young boy on a college campus by an adult with whom his innocence was entrusted.

That act of abuse – of trust and predatorily taking the soul of that kid is the issue!

Strip everything else away – including speculation – and that is what remains. If there is to be a credible defense for these kids, the prosecution must concentrate on that aspect; because that trumps any and all arguments about culpability.

This Ain’t Sex

In the Gray Leopard Cove interview with Mr. George, the attorney also alluded to “a homosexual element” with regard to the abuse crimes allegedly done by Sandusky.

There are clearly some things to decipher.

While the alleged crimes are treated as sex crimes, they are not in my mind because the issue isn’t consent – because these principals were not consenting adults!

The issue is abuse; and while I could give a flying fuck about what one consenting adult does with another, fucking a 10 year old boy or girl is wrong – straight, gay, sideways or whatever.

And I am disappointed that the gay community is not speaking out more on this because a perverted bunch of bastards founded an organization called the North American Man – Boy Love Association (NAMbLA); whose sole mission since 1978 (one year after Second Mile was established) is to decriminalize having sex with pre-pubescent boys – even if just to stress that this is pedophilia as opposed to one aspect of homosexuality!

Now think about that for a moment.

What in anyone’s right mind would allow such a mindset to exist? To justify abuse of power by taking a boy’s innocence by force is tantamount to the slave masters fucking all the Black women they wanted, in effect creating part of the palette of plantation shades we have now.

In regard to this other issue of abuse, the level of criminality and prosecution is as questionable as the logic in making an argument for Sandusky’s having sex with the boys. Graham James, a Canadian hockey coach who was indicted and convicted for sexually abusing several young people in his charge, did a remarkably short stint in jail – and was given a full pardon by the Crown Court just as the Sandusky abuse crimes were sifting through the Happy Valley wall of secrecy.

According to the Globe & Mail, James was coaching in Spain, in spite of his egregious acts. By comparison, Genarlow Wilson, a young man (17 at time of sentencing) who received consensual oral sex from a girl at a New Years Eve party (15 at time of incident) was incarcerated to a 10 year mandatory sentence (Wilson v. State of Georgia) and registry as a sex offender for the rest of his life. It took the Georgia Supreme Court to intervene after over two years in prison before Wilson would be set free.

By right Sandusky should have been convicted and registered as a sexual predator& offender if anyone out of Paterno or other higher officials had done moral due diligence; but because there are likely others who are further up the societal ladder who aspire to indulge in Sandusky’s sick desires, they seek to protect rather than expose such warped kindred spirits in the most depraved of manners.

Predator & Prey

In the midst of that sinister soliloquy, Sandusky’s responses while seemingly measured were designed, in my opinion, as a threat to the victims. A further abusing of their safety and credibility as his descriptions of “roughhousing, slapping towels and touching legs,” made millions of viewers’ collective skins crawl.

The voice a reminder that he could do anything he wanted to do to them. He would bring up every sickening detail of what he had done to them for the express purpose of obfuscating facts; and punishing them…with fiction.

And that young boy was being raped all over again…

(First principles, Clarice, simplicity; read Marcus Aurelius. Of each particular thing ask: what is it in itself? What is its nature? What does he do, this man you seek?)

{He kills women…}

(No – that is incidental. What is the first and principal thing he does? What needs does he serve by killing?)

{Anger, um, social acceptance, and, huh, sexual frustrations, sir…}

(No – He covets! That is his nature. And how do we begin to covet, Clarice? Do we seek out things to covet? Make an effort to answer now.)

{No – we just…}

(No – we begin by coveting what we see every day. Don’t you feel eyes moving over your body, Clarice? And don’t your eyes seek out the things you want?)

-Dialogue between Jodie Foster & Sir Anthony Hopkins in “The Silence of the Lambs.”

To be continued…

Always outnumbered…never outgunned.

Copyright c 2011 Michael – Louis Ingram

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