Monday, February 13, 2012
Whitney Houston: 1963-2012
I would say that I'll really miss Whitney, but I've missed her since about 1991.
Has any rendering of the national anthem been more powerful in our generation? Has Houston done anything half as powerful since then?
Disclaimer: Though the autopsy hasn't been released yet, it seems a pretty safe bet that the use/abuse of drugs at most caused or at least contributed to her death. We've seen this Hollywood story many times and it just doesn't change, does it. I will go out on the limb and submit to you that Whitney Houston is America. When it's all told, her tale will be our tale as a nation.
This morning, I heard some of the chattering entertainment journolists musing about the 4 bodyguards who were outside of Houston's bathroom when she died. How the people who surround these celebrities like Houston, Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger and others are somehow falling down on the job of protecting these celebrities. This evening, another story hinting that her doctors will be probed regarding Houston's pills. Sigh. When a celebrity gets arrested for drugs, do they get cleaned up, or just fire the incompetent handler who allowed them to get arrested and get new, better handlers who do more to shield them from prying eyes and accountability? Is it not also clear that for many celebrities, doctor = pusher?
The job for most handlers is not to protect the celebrity from himself/herself. The job is to protect the celebrity from reality around them. Shield them from consequences of their own reckless and stupid actions as well as from any unwashed masses who might touch the hem of their garments. Anyone remember how Patti Labelle's bodyguards roughed up a West Point cadet?
Don't stop watching when the beating is complete, watch all the way to the end when bodyguards and LaBelle pose with Houston police more interested in LaBelle than the bleeding young man who was attacked. I understand there's some dispute over whether the young man said anything that provoked the attack.
He merely said something and that somehow justified a 3 on 1 gang beatdown? Would anyone be talking about "provocation" if the guards were white and the cadet black?
I'm reading through a book my son recommended to me called The Hunger Games. He really liked it and thought I would too. It's for tweens and young adults, but it's not too bad. Perhaps I'll write a review later.
In the book, there are people who are called Avox. An Avox is someone who has committed some act of treason against the nation of Panem and had their voice box removed as punishment. As further punishment, the now totally mute Avox is placed into a lifetime of slavery to the anointed where the only time they are spoken to is when they are given a command.
The handlers for these mega celebrities are Avox of a sort. Their only role is to give the celebrity exactly what they want, keep their mouth shut, keep the riff raff away, and shield them from reality and/or consequences of their behavior.
And yet, the chattering entertainment whores tell us that we must hold these celebrity handlers fully responsible for the consequences of bad celebrity behavior even though in many cases, they are little more than accomplices who did whatever the anointed ones wanted them to do.
But this isn't strictly an entertainment phenomenon.
Check out this story about judge Richard Baumgartner.
Give yourself plenty of time to read it all.
Just like these "tragic" celebrities, Baumgartner surrounded himself with people who would give him what he wants, not tell him the truth, and not tell anybody else. And since others around the judge refused to hold him accountable, he wound up presiding over the case of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom.
Not familiar with Chris Newsom and Channon Christian? Here, read this grand jury indictment. It stretches into 24 pages and 46 counts. The people who did this were brought to trial, found guilty, and sentenced.
At each new trial, the family had to relive this horror.
Thanks to Baumgartner, each of these animals will get a new trial and the family will relive these horrors again and again.
Hell is too good for Baumgartner.
Yet it seems those who enabled Baumgartner and the Christian and Newsom families are suffering more than he is. This is one judge in one city and one tragic case of justice miscarried and denied to the Christian and Newsom families. How many others are there? Oh…bunches. Let's cast the net wider. Beyond entertainment and the legal system. How about into the executive branch of our government?
How about Gunwalker? Where are the oathkeepers within our own government? Who stood up to Holder and said, "No, I will not do this." Yeah, it's a trick question-there are almost no oathkeepers. Isn't it interesting that where Gunwalker is concerned, it's okay to be an Avox underling just doing your job, but when you're an Avox for Michael Jackson you have to be held accountable?
Downstream of the scandal, the committee grapples with Eric Holder matching their strength against his own, they pass up obvious opportunities to leverage and flip the subordinates under him. In order to set the capstone on the pyramid, don't you have to build the base first? I've seen ponzi schemes better designed than Darrell Issa's committee as they wrestle with Gunwalker.
They have a golden opportunity here to go on the offense. Instead they seem content to play defense. Why? I submit that they are using the great corruption of their foe as shielding that will protect them from accountability for their own smaller corruption. An honest man in this position with no corruption in his life would not settle for being painted with the same wicked brush as his enemies. Yet that's exactly what the GOP does with their half-stepping on Gunwalker. The victims? Not just the Terry family, but all of us. Does anyone doubt that this goes all the way to the top, to Obama himself? It's worse than anything Nixon ever ordered done at Watergate, yet the most that can be generated is mild interest from Official Washington and their dutiful mouthpieces the Journolists.
How about Quantitative Easing 1 through 24? Banksters represent the wreck of a celebrity and the government, their Avox handlers. Four years ago, the logical outcome of all of this would have been a collapse of the house of cards and the hanging of the banksters. But these people work together with their counterparts from the government and the press to shield them from consequences. (See Denninger's piece here. Also note that NY and CA will settle on the robosignings and megafraud cases rather than imprisoning the guilty.) They work to transfer those consequences to others. And they hide all of those proceedings from those they intend to screw over (Journolists).
How about "hiding the decline"? Climate Change is gospel and anything that challenges that-no matter how factual is heresy. You'll recall that the outrage was over the messenger (who released these e-mails) not the message (climate change is a hoax). And yet the EPA continues full speed ahead towards disastrous environmental regulation in an effort to kill what little is still working in our country.
At every level of society, in entertainment, in the media, in academia, in business, in banking, in the police, in all branches of government, there are the anointed few who think that they can do whatever they want and be forever protected from the consequences of their action and accountability. And I'm shocked-SHOCKED to find that they are all in league together.
Whitney Houston is America. When it's all told, I think her tale will be our tale as a nation. I've dodged all around this, but the truth is that for the most part, America has been the Avox, silently granting assent to every reckless desire and behavior of the powerful, obeying every command, and whim.
God forgive us.
Posted by Alvie D. Zane at 2/13/2012 06:42:00 PM