PERCEPTION IS REALITY

I have been reading a new book this week called “And Party Every Day” by Larry Harris. It tells the story of Casablanca records and how they went from nothing to becoming one of the most powerful labels in the music business. Casablanca, as you may recall, is the label that brought KISS to the world, although they were somewhat of an anomaly to the label. Casablanca became known as the “disco” label at a time when disco was king of the charts. Being a lifelong enlistee in the KISS Army it was inevitable that I would be drawn to this book written by the late Neil Bogart’s second in command. It is a very revealing read.

Although the book is excellent, this is not a book review. In reading the book it becomes clear that Neil Bogart, the founder and President of Casablanca, was one of the most innovative and effective propagandists since Joseph Goebbels. In the music business, it would be reasonable to suggest that selling a lot of records will get you to the top of the music charts. In the world of Casablanca records the equation would be reversed. If you are at the the top of the charts, you will sell a lot of records. Casablanca’s promotion department was masterful at creating the illusion of success. Often times, ethics would take a back seat to the creative engineering and manipulating of  music charts, as well as the fabrication of awards, in order to create the perception of success. Later, the reality of success, in terms of hit songs and albums, would occur as a natural consequence of their manipulations. To be fair, they were usually correct, the reality of success, more often than not, soon followed. And to be more fair, it isn’t like they were the only ones doing it. Likewise, no one should doubt such manipulations are ongoing in an industry that thrives on illusions.

I cannot help but see a connection with the “engineering” of the music industry that Casablanca was so adept at in the 1970’s, and the social engineering being attempted by socialists today. This is particularly obvious in the ludicrous announcement this week that our President, Barack Hussein Obama, has been selected as the recipient of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. It is the classic example of attempting to manipulate reality through illusion. But of course, this is no surprise. Socialists live in a world of make believe and are always stunned at their repeated failure to turn fantasy into reality. So just grab yourself a Donna Summer record and enjoy the ride.

Reaction all over the world to the announcement has been predictable: a resounding chorus of “for what.” Whatever credibility this award had remaining, after being bestowed upon such arbiters of peace as the likes of Yasser Arafat, has been dealt a final, fatal blow. Obama had been in office only 12 days when the Nobel nominations were due. That’s a mere 288 hours for Obama to have been deemed award worthy. Apparently this is an example of “affirmative action” going international.

Our glorious leader was sound asleep in the White House when the Norwegian Nobel Committee made the announcement. The committee claimed that he was being honored for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples.” The committee also praised the “change in the international climate” that the President had brought, along with his cherished goal of ridding the world of nuclear weapons. “Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future,” it added.

Ahh, I get it. He deserves the award for not being George W. Bush. It seems to me that this is something that Obama can truly credit to his predecessor, as clearly this award was a swipe at him. Yet I have yet to hear Obama “blame” Bush for this like he does every thing else…reckon why? Perhaps our President’s sizable ego tells him that winning a Nobel Prize was inevitable. The justification is not important.

The award is also an example of the growing aspirational trend of Nobel committees over the past three decades, by which awards are given not for what has been achieved but in support of the cause being fought for. The United Nations is making a tremendous push to get an international agreement on global warming. They are in a hurry as the fraudulent science that this international income redistributionist scheme is built on is crumbling in the face of a decades worth of evidence of globally cooling temperatures. Everyone knows there will be no meaningful agreement without the co-operation and involvement of the United States.

Any fool can see that this is an obvious attempt at manipulating the United States by international socialists. By boosting Obama’s international prestige with this award, they hope to manipulate the United States into passing significant carbon emission reducing legislation. They are Hell bent on redistributing the wealth of the United States to the rest of the world. Obama managed to get an extortionist cap and trade climate bill through the House of Representatives this summer…but at great cost. The bill barely passed with a lot of White House arm twisting. The President used up valuable political capital, yet the bill now finds itself stalled in the Senate where Senators have no appetite for it. In the eyes of the Nobel prize Committee Obama needs help, and they have given it to him. Like Casablanca before them, they have created the illusion of success in hope that the reality of it will follow. If only Barack would dress like a cop and sing “Macho Man,” this might come to pass.

However, for those of you seeking some thread of justification for this award, let me comfort you by providing it. President Barack Obama has effectively eliminated the United States entire arsenal of nuclear weapons. His cherished goal of worldwide nuclear disarmament may be out of reach but by electing him we have helped him make the first move. Don’t believe me? Well, consider this: Our Commander In Chief received a request for more troops for the Afghanistan conflict from his handpicked General Stanley McChrystal over five weeks ago. He waited three weeks before he even acknowledged that the request had been made, and only then after word of it it had been leaked. Now he is said to be deep into discussions and deliberations as to his next move on a war he claimed was the “right” war as opposed to Iraq being the “wrong” one.

And how is that decision coming along? Any soldier can tell you that indecision is a greater danger than making an incorrect one. Apparently we have a Commander In Chief that suffers from indecision paralysis. In war, time and speed are often the important ingredients that make the difference in success or failure. Commanders in the field should not be handicapped by deliberations and war councils far removed from the fighting. That is a recipe for defeat. Perhaps Obama feels he has the time for excessive deliberation considering the nature of the Afghanistan battlefield. However, leaders throughout the world are observing the paralysis of Obama’s decision making process…and they are taking notes. they have discovered that when it comes to decision making, he is no George W. Bush.

Don’t be too impressed by the supposed collapse of the old Soviet Union. All of those intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM’s) that were pointed our way during the cold war are still there, and they are still aimed at us. Though tensions between the United States and Russia may seem to have eased in the aftermath of the Soviet collapse, there is a lot of ill will and resentment within Russia over the loss of prestige and influence that their superpower status once entitled them to. Such feelings are at the core of the relationship to Vladmir Putin and the United States. Obama recognizes none of this.

It takes 25 minutes for an ICBM to reach the United States from Russia. Is a man who is paralyzed when confronted with a decision about committing troops to an ongoing conflict the man to give the order for a retaliatory strike against Putin’s Russia? No. For all practical purposes, the United States has no nuclear arsenal as the Commander in Chief has not got the will to use it. All the firepower in the world is useless if there is no one willing to give the order. Our enemies know this. We may not survive this administration.

World leaders from Putin to Ahmadinejhad and Kim Jong Il have been bullying our President without fear of reprisal. Such weakness only serves to promote war. To a proud and resentful old KGB agent like Putin, the opportunity to lay waste to his greatest enemy may be to great a temptation to pass up. Our survival depends not on our President’s willingness to defend us, he won’t, but on Putin’s sense of morality and fair play. To attack the defenseless amounts to murder. Can he, or will he, murder us?

Unfortunately for us, the answer is probably, yes. Our President has been making the case since before he was elected that the United States exploits the world and its resources for its own selfish desires. Our own President has made the justification for our execution in the name of “social justice.” He has humbly bowed before the world and pleaded our guilt for crimes against humanity. By betraying his country to its enemies he will be a hero to the rest of the America hating world. Certainly the man responsible for placing us at the mercy of the world’s judgement is entitled to a Nobel Peace Prize. By giving him his award in advance, we can celebrate it with him. After all, we won’t be around to celebrate after he actually earns it.

The world has given him his reward. They have proclaimed him a great man. Now he must turn that perception into reality by delivering us to our enemies. Just envision your destruction to the tune of the decadent seventies most decadent band singing “Macho Man.” A symphony of destruction for the United States of Mystery Babylon.

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