The Wonderful Wizard of Oz   Wizard title page.jpg

The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.

                                                                                                                                       Mark Twain

Close allies of Iran‘s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have been accused of using supernatural powers to further his policies amid an increasingly bitter power struggle between him and the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Several people said to be close to the president and his chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, have been arrested in recent days and charged with being “magicians” and invoking djinns (spirits).

Ayandeh, an Iranian news website, described one of the arrested men, Abbas Ghaffari, as “a man with special skills in metaphysics and connections with the unknown worlds”.

The arrests come amid a growing rift between Ahmadinejad and Khamenei which has prompted several MPs to call for the president to be impeached.

On Sunday, Ahmadinejad returned to his office after an 11-day walkout in an apparent protest over Khamenei’s reinstatement of the intelligence minister, who the president had initially asked to resign…

Ahmadinejad’s obsession with the hidden imam is well known. He often refers to him in his speeches and in 2009 said that he had documentary evidence that the US was trying to prevent Mahdi’s return.

Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi, a hardline cleric close to Khamenei, warned that disobeying the supreme leader – who has the ultimate power in Iran – is equivalent to “apostasy from God”.

The first message I gleaned from this article kind of surprised me. I mean Christians and Muslims are looking forward to Armageddon.

Old JC may be coming back for a final bow but so is this Mahdi guy!

I attempted to discover the Vatican’s take on all of this End of Days stuff, but no representative of El Papa would return my calls. That does not surprise me since the local Mayor won’t even return my calls concerning the giant pothole I fell in last month.

Besides the fact that Pat Robertson along with hundreds of Christian leaders have more in agreement with Muslim leaders than I do; I have decided that with 1.5 billion or more Christians on this planet along with 1.5 billion Muslims looking forward to the end of the world; it might be better if I left that half of the world’s population alone.

The entire matter is out of my hands.

So I will let it go at that!

But just because half of the human race adheres to markings on ancient parchments with no proper provenance for explaining the workings of the universe, does not mean that certain ‘sects’ are totally devoid of good ideas.

Now we have had one heck of a time bringing thousands of those members of Wall Street management to justice.


As I noted April 4th, the mortgage industry is guilty of perjury and filing fraudulent documents in order to throw folks out of their homes citing;contentBody

As a direct consequence of these practices and the fraudulent sales of the mortgages to the public in the first place:

Home values posted the largest decline in the first quarter since late 2008, prompting many economists to push back their estimates of when the housing market will hit a bottom.

Home values fell 3% in the first quarter from the previous quarter and 1.1% in March from the previous month, pushed down by an abundance of foreclosed homes on the market, according to data to be released Monday by real-estate website Prices have now fallen for 57 consecutive months, according to Zillow.

Last year, the housing market showed signs of improving as price depreciation slowed in some &

And of course, the giant mortgage/banking operations in this country take big bailouts after decimating the entire economy and pay no taxes.

Big corporations get to play by a whole different set of rules, says tax expert Bob Willens of New York-based Robert Willens LLC…The rigged game has left citizens feeling burnt and angry. An activist named Sally says BoA’s practice of evicting people from their homes without the original mortgage notes is illegal, but that “illegal doesn’t seem to matter. (ibid)

So the Feds or the DA’s in most states could simply file charges against Wall Street management for common law fraud, fraud as defined by state and Federal statutes, fraud on the courts both state and Federal, bribery of state and Federal officials, corporate pay practices in violation of shareholder rights protections provided in state and Federal statutes; violation of RICO statutes by entering into conspiracy with others to defraud the United States of America and I could go on and on and on….as I have many times.

The end of February I did a blog on Matt Taibi, kind of the rock star of corruption investigation. I have been enthralled by this fellow for years now and have written several blogs.

With limited resources, Matt ‘discovers’ the elephant in the bathroom!


And DA’s across this nation? Well, there are burden of proof problems and there are evidentiary problems and there are problems with getting witnesses to rat on their cohorts and….


So let us just take a deep breath and stand back from the painting so that we might better take in the entire message of the canvas before us!

Maybe the Imams and the religious zealots now attacking Mahmoud Ahmadinejad !

Let us just indict all of Wall Street, all of the big banking institutions, all of the speculators who have sent the price of gas into the heights only achieved by Cheney five years ago, for something more concrete.





  1. cmaukonen

    Iran…the only place I know where Michele Bachmann would look positively sane.

    Think yourselves lucky that I’m….
    giving you audience tomorrow, instead of
    twenty years from now. Oh — oh oh!
    The Great Oz has spoken! Oh — Oh —

    Who are you?

    Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.
    Go – before I lose my temper! The Great and Powerful Oz — has spoken!

    Who are you?

    Well, I — I — I am the Great and Powerful– Wizard of Oz.

    You are?

    Uhhhh — yes.

    I don’t believe you!

    No, I’m afraid it’s true. There’s no other Wizard except me.

    You Humbug !!

    Yeah !!

    Yes-s-s — that…that’s exactly so. I’m a humbug!

    …you’re a very bad man!

    Oh, no, my dear — I’m — I’m a very good man. I’m just a very poor Wizard.

  2. Almost 7 billion of us and counting Dick, with very few of us agreeing on a whole lot.

    I could discuss this further but we’ve already confirmed how foolish we are so there is little need for my two cents.

    About justice though. The more I consider it the more it appears a matter of perspective.

    1. Yeah, so I am stuck with some greater good ‘standard’.

      Hell, cheney/bush will argue they were looking for the greater good.

      In the end justice is for ‘us’ not for ‘them’!

  3. ~flowerchild~

    Oh, yes! By all means, let’s charge the bastids with High Crimes of Wizardry! Or Mass Hypnosis at the very least. It would be most delightful to see them all thrown into the nearest, deepest, darkest, dankest dungeon. With rats. And a pee bucket. And lice infested straw for a bed. And mashed chickpeas on dry toast twice a day served with tepid water in a dirty cup.
    There. I think that about covers it.

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