Wednesday, July 13, 2005

GrokLaw - The Stupidest Lawsuit Since the World Began

GrokLaw - The Stupidest Lawsuit Since the World Began -- reply to MARBUX

Phewww!! Marbux, that was a mouthful.

It so happens that I am down on the sick rolls this year, so I get to do research and intellectual work for a change. It started with reading about the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz last January, but led by a devious path through the Haymarket Riot of 1886, the Johnstown Flood of 1889, the bloody Homestead Strike of 1992, the Ludlow Massacre of 1914. It took reading hundreds of obscure and out-of-print books to follow these threads to Auschwitz and the president's grandfather and great-grandfathers.

IF Cyrus McCormick had decided to give an 8-hour day to his workers in Chicago in 1886, the chances that Auschwitz would have never existed were high. IF the negligent killers who took 2,209 lives with the Johnstown Flood had been punished with prison sentences then Auschwitz was doubtful to come into existence. As it was Henry Clay Frick and Andrew Carnegie were never prosecuted for the Johnstown Flood, so three years later in 1892 they were in position to copy the McCormick script at Homestead Steel works.

Homestead had some innovations which became the script for the Ludlow Massacre of 1914. Importation of armed "detectives" as plant guards to defend imported strike-breaker workers; provocations to violence of the workers threatened with job losses due to asking for RETURN of the 8-hour work-shift recently put up to 12-hours (with a 6 and 1.2 day workweek); use of state and federal troops to selectively enforce ONLY the civil rights of the wealthy.

In 1889, while the South Fork resort dam was bursting over Johnstown, young Harold and Stanley McCormick were beginning their studies in the private exclusive school of only 25 students established by the Standard Oil brother-partners John D. & William Rockefeller in NYC. Classmates and cousins, John D. Jr. and Percy learned lessons about Haymarket from the McCormick kids -- it must have been some exciting tales to tell about using government power to throttle labor discussed by these teenagers.

By the time that US Steel was formed and needed Rockefeller's Mesabi Ore properties, John. D. Junior was filling his father's shoes and involved in the negotiations -- that's where he met Frick (killer of 2,209 souls at Johnstown and author of the Homestead Bloodbath). As labor relations mentor, Frick met JDR Junior on a number of occasions, so the Ludlow Massacre was a close match to the script of the Homestead event: imported armed "detectives" as plant guards to defend imported strike-breaker workers; provocations to violence of the workers threatened with job losses due to asking an 8-hour work-shift; use of state and federal troops to selectively enforce ONLY the civil rights of the wealthy.

The whitewashers of history which obscene wealth can afford to buy have done their bit. Even Howard Zinn, the only historian to ever connect Ludlow and the simultaneous invasion of Vera Cruz, Mexico, failed to connect all the threads. By 1914 it was still not too late to head off Auschwitz, although the event was already in process. At the same time that Rockefellers (Senior and Junior) were negotiating with Frick over sale of the Mesabi Ore properties, way back in 1903, they were already pouring millions of dollars into Eugenics endowments which would be nursed into Mengele standing on the ramps at Auschwitz selecting who would live for a while and who died within the hour. Nobody could see that clearly yet, not even the Rockefellers and Carnegie creating the Eugenics Records Office.

By 1914 Harold McCormick was married to one of JDR Junior's cousins across the street. Another of William Rockefeller's offspring had married M. Harley-Dodge and brought Remington Arms into the clan powerbase. 1914 was ripe for exercising power to subdue labor's desires for a decent life.

JDR Junior was not going to decrease the workload or increase the pay or improve the safety. He said at a congressional hearing that he was willing to spend $1,000,000 to destroy the union two weeks before the Ludlow Massacre. In 1913 the Phelps-Dodge mine at Dawson, New Mexico, owned by cousin-in-law & Remington Arms Company owner Hartley-Dodge, blew up, killing 263 workers. The safety record of the times was poor, and workers had legitimate grievences.

Non-union western mines had twice the fatality record of eastern unionized mining states, and quadruple the fatalities of European mines of that time. Workers had grievences, but even US unionized mines had a serious distance to catch up to European practices.

By 1914 the Eugenics offices were passing laws and gaining momentum -- Auschwitz was more probable. The conditions of worker housing at Auschwitz and Rockefeller's Colorado Fuel and Iron properties were not greatly different. There was the 12 hour workday; there was the barbed-wire enclosures around the camps, access-controlled by hostile armed camp guards; there was the miserable housing accomodations; there was totalitarian political control over the districts.

CFI was not Auschwitz, but the minds of the crime lords were still being fixed into a bent which would lead now inevitably to Auschwitz. Compare at the same time the wages and conditions at the flagship business, Standard Oil of New Jersey, which had pensions, had the 8-hour workday, had wages sufficient to afford home ownership of the workers.

Compare future-fascist Henry Ford of 1914, who installed the 8-hour workday and the five dollar daily wage (40% higher than a $3/day wage-slave at Colorado Fuel and Iron working 12-hour days). The death rate for miners in this era was higher than the mortality figures for soldiers who fought in WWI, and that higher deathrate was concentrated in the non-unionized segments disproportionately.

George Bush's great-grandfather's enter this story a touch later, although Samuel Bush had been 6 years already as president of Buckeye Steel Castings Company, following the 3 years of Frank Rockefeller's presidency. Buckeye Steel also had the 12-hour workday, 6.5 day workweek at this time period. The percentage of the NY Rockefeller's control of Buckeye has never been researched and established, but Sam Bush was shortly to be transferred to the War Industries Board, Small Arms procurment division in 1917, where he helped insure that 50% of all allied small arms were Remington brand and 69% of all ammo used was also.

By 1926, when Sam's son Prescott took up work at 37 Broadway, next door to 25 Broadway where Remington Arms was headquartered and across the street from 26 Broadway where Rockefeller Junior's office at Standard Oil was located, Auschwitz was already guranteed. Prescott's employer was Fritz Thyssen, who had already been funding Adolph Hitler for two years by then.

The history whitewashers have falsified history: businessmen see nothing wrong with hiring a lawyer or other representation to negotiate deals for them. Rockefellers used Henry Clay Frick to negotiate the sale of the Mesabi Ore properties to J.P. Morgan and US Steel. Workers hire representation to negotiate on their behalf, called unions, to get a better deal then they might get individually. In both classes there are abuses, there are stories to tell of egregious events.

As a general principle, hiring skilled qualified representation has been beneficial for the party paying the bill. It should not be mocked as a failed practice, as it has served, and continues to serve, society well.

I have a quote from a book: Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil, by Ron Rosenbaum, ISBN: 0679431519. It describes the technique used at Haymarket, used at Homestead, used at Ludlow, used at Auschwitz.

"Consider a fascinating address Hitler made to party insiders in April 1937 ... In his speech to a regional Nazi Party meeting, Hitler "addressed himself to the Jewish question [and] referred contemptuously to the insistent demands within the party for more action against the Jews." ... He assures them no one is more qualified to think about the disposition of the Jews -- he knows where he's going, but he must employ Machiavellian tactical considerations to make sure he gets there: "The final aim of our whole policy is quite clear for all of us", Hitler says.

Always I am concerned only that I do not take any step from which I will perhaps have to retreat, and not to take a step that will harm us. I tell you that I always go to the outermost limits of risk. but never beyond. For this you need to have a nose more or less to smell out: "What can I still do." . . . In a struggle against an enemy[,] I do not summon an enemy with force to fight. I don't say: "Fight!" because I want to fight. Instead I say. "I will destroy you! And now, Wisdom, help me to maneuver you into the corner that you cannot fight back. and then you get the blow right in the heart."

It's a passage in which Hitler seems to be confiding to his insiders exactly the exoteric-esoteric two-track strategy ... There is no doubt, no hesitation, no wavering around his final goal: the destruction of the enemy. But he discloses to his confidants his intention to conceal from outsiders, from the enemy, the ultimate goal in order to take, one after another, cautious, intermediate steps toward it. Steps that will appear hesitant only to those not in the know: caution that will seem like trepidation only to those it's designed to deceive.

Maneuvered into a corner, defenseless, and than "the blow to the heart". The whole nation of Germany was done thusly. The whole world. The workers at McCormick got the blow to the heart, then the workers at Homestead. Machine guns (eight of them) delivered the blows to the heart in the Colorado coalfieds -- used machine guns brought in from the bloody Paint Creek and Cabin Creek West Virginia labor strife of 1912-1913, operated by the same hired gunmen. They got the blow to the heart too.

The federal government sent in troops to "restore order", which meant protect strikebreakers, and nullify the right to hire representation of one's choice at Ludlow. Smedley Butler's marines were already by then sent into Vera Cruz (Tampico) with machine guns, and Jack London described the (Standard Oil) interests they were killing over:

Smedley Butler would report in 1934 and 1935 to a congressiona investigation that he had been wooed to lead a coup d'etat to overthrow democracy during 1933-1934. He was promised unlimited Remington Arms support (by now owned by the Du Pont family) and up to $300,000,000 financing pledged. The blow to the heart.

Why shouldn't they feel that Smedley would fight for their interests? He had for 31 years. Here's what he said later (after delivering many a blow to the heart on behalf of his bosses):

I spent thirty-three years and four months in active service in the country's most agile military force, the Marines. I served in all ranks from second Lieutenant to Major General. And during that period I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all members of the military profession I never had an original thought until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of the higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.

Thus I helped make Mexico, and especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank [Rockefeller-controlled] boys to collect revenue in. I helped in the raping of half-a-dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers and Co. in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras "right" for American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.

During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. I was rewarded with honors, medals, and promotion. Looking back on it, I feel that I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate a racket in three city districts. The Marines operated on three continents.


American troops delivered that blow to the heart to labor on three continents, including Homestead in Pennsyvania, including Chicago, including Ludlow in Colorado. What American labor achieved was not through thuggery but in defiance of thuggery. One to every two-dozen people is a sociopath, willing to spin distortions of history to keep the gangsters of capitalism in position to deliver a never-ending series of blows to the heart.