The Grand SCOTUS Facade

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The Grand SCOTUS Facade


Cognitive Dissonance


There is a widely held and increasingly difficult to believe myth that the three branches of the United States government operate independently from each other, thus acting as checks and balances upon each other. And the reality is that as long as it suits The Empire’s self interest those three branches of government will outwardly appear to operate as directed by the constitution.

But if the supremacy of The Empire is threatened by external or internal forces those very same three governmental branches, either separately or in unison, will act to protect The Empire and its special interests………and the Constitution be damned if it gets in the way. Let me repeat that. The Empire will protect itself from itself, from its own greed, corruption, malfeasance, incompetence and especially from its oppressed and enslaved citizens. It is then that the facade of separation of powers begins to slip and fade away.

For example in decades past the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) affirmed slavery in America and then approved by abstention Abraham Lincoln’s blatantly unconstitutional power grab from the states, only to rule against it after the Civil War had ended and the damage had been done. Incredibly they even ratified the corralling of US citizens of Japanese descent during WW2 and the taking of their property without compensation.

And just recently The SCOTUS confirmed that the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, was constitutional because it’s just a little tax after all. Some said this was a surprising decision, but we knew it was a slam dunk because it supported the teetering Empire with additional tax revenue and control of its ‘citizens’. And this doesn’t even begin to cover the actual list of Empire ass covering rulings by The SCOTUS nor does it mention the long list of legislative or executive affronts to ‘We the People’.

Similarly, as long as it suited The Empire the myth was widely propagated that the USA was the land of milk and honey and egalitarianism ran riot in the streets. As long as productivity increases outpaced the cost of gruel and there was still plenty of financial leverage to exploit, the slaves of the nation were fed a steady propaganda diet of shared prosperity for their share of the elbow grease.

This comforting myth was helped along by switching from one wage earner households to two under the guise of equal rights for women and upward mobility for all. In addition, plenty of cool gadgets and baubles were produced and sold (at double the cost plus profit of course, this being the birth place of [crony] capitalism) in order to entertain the debt and wage slaves while carefully disguised, but none-the-less much higher than advertised, inflation ate them alive.

Now that it is no longer in the best interest of the now bloated and corrupt Empire to maintain the facade, the pretty red velvet curtain at the back of the stage is slowly being removed and the crumbling brick wall is exposed for all to see. It’s time to tighten our belts my fellow peons because the elite are having trouble maintaining their year over year double digit increases in wealth.   

As many are beginning to realize, the dismantling of the middle class has begun in earnest and the various branches of government are now obviously and blatantly rallying to protect and serve The Empire. This is accomplished using many brilliantly applied techniques such as bait and switch social programs, bread and circuses for the masses, fear mongering for the weak willed and impressionable, nationalistic propaganda, manufactured left/right ideological conflicts and that old standby, good old fashioned subterfuge. Who doesn’t love it when they slop more lipstick on the pig and slap another coat of wet paint on the dry rot?

It was with this firmly in mind that I stumbled across a photo essay in Politico Magazine entitled 18 Photographs That Will Change Your View of Washington”. This was not my fault; I clicked on a link, then another link, then another when suddenly I found myself in the cesspool of Politico Magazine. Upon arriving and realizing I was already knee deep in DC excrement I plunged ahead and clicked away.

What I found after the third or fourth click took my breath away and shocked me in a way I had never quit experienced. I was so startled that I just stared at the image open mouth and mesmerized, not quite believing my eyes, stunned that ‘they’ would do such a thing. At one point I turned to Mrs. Cog in disbelief and begged her to look at my screen and confirm that what I was seeing wasn’t really what I was seeing. Alas, Mrs. Cog verified that while I may be old and senile, my cataracts had not blurred my vision to such an extent that what I thought I was seeing was not.

It seems that the exterior of the Supreme Court building is undergoing what was described as renovations and some scaffolding needed to go up. While it didn’t mention why they do so, it is common practice to place tarps over the exterior of the scaffolding to catch stray dirt and debris. In fact I believe that somewhere in the constitution there is a passage about keeping the Supreme Court Justice’s black robes clean at all costs during remodeling, so the tarps were completely understandable.


What was so alarming to me was the image that had been printed on the tarp which covered the entire depth and breadth of the SCOTUS building. A life size (and anatomically correct) picture of the SCOTUS building facade had been painted on the tarp, which was in turn covering the actual SCOTUS building facade, which itself is just an architectural fantasy and placed there only to project an image of strength, integrity and justice for all. I was staring at a simulation of a simulation of a lie if you will, and at taxpayers’ expense no less. Simply amazing the size balls these guys and gals have.

Personally I suspect they’re looting the place under cover of tarp and when the wraps come off martial law will go up and the ugly brick wall will be fully exposed for all to see. Of course this is precisely when the SCOTUS will spring into action and rule that the final nail driven into the constitution is in fact constitutional precisely because it serves to support The Empire.

It is my understanding that something similar was done to the Washington Monument while they repaired the damage done by God’s wrath, also known as an earthquake. And now I read that the Dome of the U.S. Capital Building is currently undergoing a two year restoration because that too is falling apart at the seams. No word yet on if they will paint a picture of the dome on the Dome, but personally I vote for an image of the Three Stooges instead. It’s so apropos.



Cognitive Dissonance


P.S. – Don’t you just love this image of some tourists taking a picture of the picture of the SCOTUS facade? It speaks volumes about your average American.

SCOTUS Facade Tourists

Then again, the above picture is a picture of tourists taking pictures of a picture of the SCOTUS facade. Just where this all ends is anybody’s guess. Cue the hall of mirrors.

<Please, someone take a screenshot of this image and pass it on. It’s the patriotic thing to do. >

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TheFutureReset's picture

Speaking of the SCOTUS building, there are at least 7 instances of Moses and the 10 Commandments on and in the building, including at the apex of the East facade. I think of this everytime there is a '10 Commandments on the lawn' discussion in the news. 

geewhiz's picture

This is my favorite of the politico photos. The pyramid capstone bearing two beady red malevolent all seeing satanic eyes. Captures the true spirit of government so nicely.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I liked that one as well. Very symbolic in ways the photographer either didn't mean or wasn't pointing out.

Cdn1's picture

In this article, I hear some dissonance but not much cognition.

lewietheparrot's picture

shades of Ricky and Lucy

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Are you talking to me?

<Am I Ricky or Lucy?>

q99x2's picture

Arrest them. Somebody call the police.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

The various tentacles of the State all support the State. When we finally admit this to ourselves, only then will we become ready to do everything and anything about it.

<False hope chains us to impossible situations. Clearly the State is becoming increasingly impossible, yet many of us still retain some hope that either they won't come for us or they will collapse before doing so. Thus in so many direct and indirect ways we continue to support that which we claim to despise.>

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over45's picture

Many of us, myself included, clutch our illusions close to our breast lest we be forced to actually do something in order to make lasting changes to the system. Thus as long as conditions are never as bad as our worst fears we always have wiggle room to justify doing nothing. The vast majority of us subject ourselves to self control, thus no need for the heavy hand of an overt dictator. The true motivation for so many of us not to revolt is that the results might just be worse than our present situation. This is why the slave master only needs to discipline the troublemaking minority. The rest of us will quickly fall in line as long as warm gruel waits for us at home.


Well said and so true.  More free stuff for the low information masses and govt. telling us we need them or else.  Easier to do nothing than what is really needed to effect change.  


Ladies and gentlemen -

Take my advice,

Stock up on ammo

Red beans and rice.

lakecity55's picture

They were putting up scaffolding when I went to DC before my last series of trips overseas.

This would be a good reason to start up the CCC and WPA again, to repair these buidings.

InjectTheVenom's picture

boy, i'd absolutely LOVE to know how much they (over)paid , and to which BHO friend , for this ridiculous 'facade'  ....  then again, maybe i don't want to know.  ITV

Emergency Ward's picture

You have 5/9 that support the state taking your property and giving it to BigCorp, 5/9 that have no problem with the police doing anal-cavity searches of jaywalkers, 5/9 that think a SWAT raid is always justified, 5/9 that think the state not only can but should have it's foul nose in every single human interaction, 5/9 that think that Asset Forfeiture is a legitimate crime-prevention activity, and 5/9 that think torture is cool as long as long as it's in the name of Homeland Security.  The 5 of 9 are not always the same ones, but somehow it often ends up 5/9 in favor of the state against the individual.  So much for those who ever thought that the Court was there to protect your rights.  I used to have that illusion, no more.

The Gooch's picture

"This comforting myth was helped along by switching from one wage earner households to two under the guise of equal rights for women..." Nailed It!

And with this comes destruction of family unit and handing your children over to state regulated "day care" for "grooming".

Let's not forget those divorce turnstiles and their contribution to the "justice system."

Great read, Cog.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

The sad fact is those of us who were not indoctrinated with the tenants of feminism were caught up in its effects. The rampant rise of inflation from women entering the work force forced women like me to work ( much to the intense sadness and frustration from my husband) when we had children. Our other choice was to go into debt.

Though a middle class wage earner with a good salary, he couldn't afford to support us even though we lived far from ostentatiously. Part of this was due to where we live. However, when we tried to relocate, the ratio was much the same. We just didn't realize at the time we were trying to live a middle class life that we had lived as children ( mothers not having to work) and that life had become a facade. Thank God my husband chose not to go into debt though I wanted to and stay home. But we did pay a great price in many other ways.

I am saddened to know many young families today are caught up in this and are facing the same terrible choices. My only consolation is that I stayed with my husband during these often dark times filled with arguments trying to make the finances work. Many materialistic self centered women would have left.


The Gooch's picture



And plus a whole a bunch for the single parents that made / make it happen.

Hi Mom!

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Agreed. But don't forget the single dads. I raised my son alone for 16 years and only met Mrs. Cog much later in life.

blindman's picture

Tom Waits - Strange Weather
(Tom Waits for Marianne Faithful)
Will you take me cross the Channel,
London Bridge is falling down.
Strange a woman tries to save
more than a man who tries to drown.
And it's the rain that they predicted,
It's the forecast every time.
The rose has died because you picked it
And I believe that brandy's mine.

And all over the world
Talk only 'bout the weather.
All over the world
It's the same
It's the same

and The world is getting flatter,
and The sky is falling all around.
oh, And nothing is the matter
For I never cry in town.
And a love like ours, my dear,

Is best measured when its down.
And I never buy umbrellas,
cause there's always one around.

And all over the world Strangers Talk only 'bout the weather.
All over the world
It's the same
It's the same.

And you know that its beginning,
And you know that its the end
When once again we are strangers
As the fog comes rolling in.

And all over the world
Talk only about the weather.
All over the world
It's the same
It's the same

hardcleareye's picture

Love Waits, haven't listened to that song in a long time... Thanks!


".....'Cause the piano has been drinking
The piano has been drinking... Not me..."

blindman's picture

the guy is grand! so much good stuff,
Tom Waits - 'On The Other Side Of the World'

chunga's picture

You put up some good music links.(imho)

I've been meaning to thank you for the one to the Van Morrison cover of "That's Life".

It's really good and I hadn't listened to it before. 

blindman's picture

Propaganda (1928)

by Edward Bernays

THE conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.
We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society.
Our invisible governors are, in many cases, unaware of the identity of their fellow members in the inner cabinet. " ....

..." The first recognition of the distinct functions of the public relations counsel arose, perhaps, in the early years of the present century as a result of the insurance scandals coincident with the muck-raking of corporate finance in the popular magazines. The interests thus attacked suddenly realized that they were completely out of touch with the public they were professing to serve, and required expert advice to show them how they could understand the public and interpret themselves to it.
The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, prompted by the most fundamental self-interest, initiated a conscious, directed effort to change the attitude of the public toward insurance companies in general, and toward itself in particular, to its profit and the public's benefit.
It tried to make a majority movement of itself by getting the public to buy its policies. It reached the public at every point of its corporate and separate existences. To communities it gave health surveys and expert counsel. To individuals it gave health creeds and advice. Even the building in which the corporation was located was made a picturesque landmark to see and remember, in other words to carry on the associative process. And so this company came to have a broad general acceptance. The number and amount of its policies grew constantly, as its broad contacts with society increased.
Within a decade, many large corporations were employing public relations counsel under one title or another, for they had come to recognize that they depended upon public good will for their continued prosperity. It was no longer true that it was "none of the public's business" how the affairs of a corporation were managed. They were obliged to convince the public that they were conforming to its demands as to honesty and fairness. Thus..." e.b.

Manipuflation's picture

I like the article Cog.  Yes I read it.

"shocked me in a way I had never quit experienced"

I would fix that but that is just my OCD.  I hate it when I do that, and I do make mistakes all of the time.

What you will do with Mrs. Cog?  Well, good luck Sir.;-)  After ten years, I found Mrs. M's weakness last night.  She wanted to watch a movie with me and she put on some crap TV show.  I appreciated the time with her but I could not watch that shit.  I changed "the movie" to How the Universe Works.  Needless to say, she liked it and hated it at the same time.  Mrs. M said she felt insignifcant and she is correct in universal terms.  We do not need a third child anyway.

What else can be out there and do they have central bankers too?

Keep up the good work CogDis.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Spell check kept telling me something was wrong there, but I couldn't figure it out. Besides, my instinct is NOT to trust anything Bill Gates. :)

Manipuflation's picture

CogDis, I thought you might have put it there on purpose just to check if anyone actually read the article before commenting.;-)  My keyboard is shot on this old comp and most of the vowel keys do not work very well without a jackhammer.  So it goes.

Mrs. Cog's picture

Nope, that was me. In addition to not adding well, I suck at editing. It's Cog's fault really. Who gives a piece of work to a rabid fan for editing? I get so caught up in the content that I don't even see the typos lol.

Manipuflation's picture

Wow Mrs. Cog.LMAO!!!  I will admit that I am bad with numbers too... epecially negative ones.  It is easy to miss slight typos when the word in queston is spelled correctly but not in context.  You do not seem to have a problem with limericks.;-)  I also love how you said it was your mistake yet blamed it on Cog anyway.LMAO again!  From the looks of things, Mr. Cog is pretty lucky have a intelligent smartass like yourself by his side.  It has been a pleasure reading your posts all day and one day I hope to hear a post from you.  

Mrs. Cog's picture

Rumor has it that Cog is going to bestow a corner of his new website for Mrs. Cog to write. Fingers crossed.

(I let him think I am bad with numbers so HE will balance the checkbook lol. Once upon a time I was actually an accountant in the Matrix.)

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Now now dear. Everyone knows you're absolutely fantastic when creating a spreadsheet, but you can't count past 10 fingers and 10 toes.  :)

<And she's one hell of a webmaster as well.>

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Lucky? I don't think you understand the situation here. I'm being held hostage. :)

Manipuflation's picture

LOL!  I do understand.  She will put you in your place when you need to be put there.  I have one around myself.  I know it is horrible to say but it is the truth because trying to have sex with my wife often turns into a philosophical debate.  Are we having sex or a conversation?  Sound familiar?  I wouldn't trade her for the world.

So you are going to do a website together?  I think that is a great idea.  Who are you planning on using for a host?  I use Ipage and it is kind of slow sometimes.  I use Wordpress as the actual editing program.  Wordpress is not bad if you want to only write but when you want to do graphics or embeds it is not that user friendly.  Setting up comment sections is a real pain in the ass.  I am not 100% on Disqus but I don't think I like Livefyre much either.

I will be curious for opinions from both of you as you progress.  Keep writing, both of you.:-)  

MontgomeryScott's picture

Ah, don't worry.

Excellent article, C.D..

Too bad, though, it is...most sheople who read it still can't quite grasp the naked truths.

In my opinion, it would have been better served had 'they' painted the Reich Ministry, or the Kremlin, or perhaps the Death Star on this tapestry that covers the facade of this third of the totalitarian regime triumvarate.

No spell check. How many did I get wrong?

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

"In my opinion, it would have been better served had 'they' painted the Reich Ministry, or the Kremlin, or perhaps the Death Star on this tapestry that covers the facade of this third of the totalitarian regime triumvarate."

Why give away the secret when most people don't want to hear it to begin with. I suspect that if martial law were declared today the majority of "We the People" would actually believe it when told it would be temporary. People hear and believe what they want to hear and believe, facts and reality be damned.

blindman's picture

Rule from the Shadows - The Psychology of Power - Part 1
passing this along ...not entirely off topic.

chemystical's picture

As you mention the pope (nee Cardinal Ratzinger), another interesting thread in the tapestry is that when Sister Lucy (of the Fatima Miracle) died, Ratzinger (the Cardinal) ordered her cell to be sealed.  ...but not until after he reviewed its contents.  

Had Lucy survived until after he ascended to the papacy she would have revealed to him him (the pope - like the popes before him) in on Our Lady's message.  Guess he couldn't wait. 

"Even in death, Sister Lucy of Fatima remains under lock and key by order of Cardinal Ratzinger - the same Cardinal Ratzinger whose "interpretation" of the vision presented as the entire Third Secret was so clearly aimed at "gently debunking the cult of Fatima," as even the Los Angeles Times could see. "

Rense gets a bad rep for reporting on a wide variety of topics, but this particular news item (and the speculations therein) was widely-reported.

Add Our Lady's message about Russia turning away from communism and back to the church, and the plot thickens

Ms. Erable's picture

I was in Philly on business back in May '11, hotel on the waterfront and just a few miles from Independence Hall. At the time, it was under renovation and had a similar shroud with the image of the building covering its front. I remember thinking at the time something about keeping up the facade of liberty while hiding the reality of corruption and decay.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

It seems to be a trend when renovating Federal buildings. Got to keep up appearances while we rape and pillage the middle class, lest they stop paying taxes and shrug.

Ms. Erable's picture

And all the while using those taxes - along with supertankers full of borrowed fiat - to force the peeps to pay for the tools of their own enslavement AND convince them it's for their own security and comfort.

Thanks for posting this - always enjoy your observations. Since the weather's good here, I think I'll spend some time at the range later today...

disabledvet's picture

I really want to post this YouTube thing of this media outfit in Britain buying a drop dead gorgeous 2000 Lotus twin turbo Esprit for 30,000 grand and "taking on all comers" as it dried to exceed 200 mph. The best was...after numerous breakdowns (the 125,000 pound car had to be towed to the shop only miles down the road after purchase) they wound up being bested by some kid in a soiled up 5000 dollar Toyota Corrola who actually did do 200 mph (incredibly) and....hysterically...with one hand on the wheel, no helmet, no special brakes, "just a suicide mission" while he did it. Summed of the "sin quo non" of Western Civilization to me. "I took my Toyota Corrola beyond even the idea of British State of the Art into submission and all it token was a brief Nd glorious moment of total insanity." Needless to say the Toyota drove home under its own power while the Lotus had to be sold for scrap.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

For the record I just LOVE the BBC's Top Gear show. And since they don't take themselves very seriously you shouldn't as well. ;))

tip e. canoe's picture

did you see the episode with the Finnish rally race?   the rule where anyone can buy another competitor's car for 1,000 euros is classic.   methinks they're on to sumthin...

Dutch's picture

Standard operating procedure in many "cheaper" racing classes. Which introduces a whole new Prisoner's Dilemma among the competitors who may or may not claim another's car and/or get claimed themselves...

tip e. canoe's picture

yeah, that rule is fascinating to me.   not sure if it fits the definition of a "Prisoner's Dilemma" though, maybe closer to a "TIT FOR TAT" scenario?

a grad student in game theory could have a field day in studying how this rule affects & adjusts participant behaviors.   really could have broader implications outside the racing scene.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I did and I thought it was brilliant.

It certainly weeds out those who would dump a truck load of money into their car in order to dominate the competition. It forces you to concentrate on driver skills more than just horsepower and handling.

Uncle Remus's picture

Finesse. You're talking about finesse.

ebworthen's picture

When it is decided that an innocent Fetus can be slaughtered for the convenience of the "mother" you know the nation is on the road to perdition.

Ruling that a pharmaceutical company in collusion with a municipality can confiscate home and property to increase tax revenues is icing on the cake.

Ruling that every citizen must pay a tithe to insurance corporations and/or the government to fund birth control and abortions are the candles.

I realize this rattles many cages but ruminate upon it; where one has a choice two have no choice (the Fetus and the Father). 

Where one has a choice to labor and purchase land and shelter upon which to survive they lose that individual right and choice to the collective.

If we were a swarm of maggots, a hive of bees, or a colony of bacteria I would say "so what?"