Monday, February 28, 2011

A Crack In The Facade

I last wrote, in the context of the protests in Wisconsin and Republican efforts to crush unions, about whether the American working class might be about to wake up from its stupor and begin resisting the Neoliberal, Reaganomics assault it has been subject to for 30 years now. I said that the main impediment to this happening is that the American working class does not see that it is in the struggle together. There is not a "working class consciousness," to put it in Marxist terms.

That could be changing, according to a new poll released today showing broad support for public sector workers struggling to retain their collective bargaining rights against a group of Republican governors who are giddily doing everything they can to help their rich masters turn the American working class into serfs.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sundial Bridge, Redding, California

The Sleeping Giant

Protests against the Neoliberal/Reaganomics union busting policies of Wisconsin's Republican governor continue to grow and are now spreading to other states, and after more than a week of news accounts of this controversy I still hear repeated  the lie being told that the Wisconsin governor, that shameless, boot-licking servant of the rich, is only doing what he promised to do, that this is what the people elected him to do.

No, Scott Walker never said anything about eliminating public sector unions' collective bargaining rights during the election campaign, as John Nichols, long time writer for The Nation magazine and a Wisconsin resident and native told Amy Goodman Friday on Democracy Now. (Scan down a little for the transcript.)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

The New Smiling Face Of Capitalist Imperialism

The real story behind CIA agent Raymond Davis, who was arrested in Lahore, Pakistan on January 27 and charged with two murders, continues to unfold, including why the US government can't force Pakistan, one of its client states, to release Davis.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

When They Come For You

More than 65,000 rallied in Wisconsin today -- twice as many as the day before -- as Democratic state legislators stayed away from the state to prevent a vote on the Republican governor's union busting budget, and a small number of key Republican legislators were wavering.

Will it take hold elsewhere, as the Tunisian uprising is doing in the Middle East? Or will Americans continue in their apathy? Some of the demonstrators in Wisconsin are working class folk who agree with the governor, who just can't see that his attack on public sector unions is an attack on them, too. That it's an attack on all of us. That it's part of a long range plan to reduce our living standards -- that is, what the ruling class has to pay us to go to work every day and produce wealth for them -- to something more like the rest of the world suffers under, and that plan is called Neoliberalism.

And just what is Neoliberalism? I have referred to it before. In a way it's an unfortunate term, because it suggests Liberalism, so I also use the term Reaganomics, or Thatcherism.

Friday, February 18, 2011

 The Class War Heats Up

The past three days I've caught part of the Randi Rhodes radio talk show and all three days she was talking about Labor. Labor issues. She recognizes that the ruling class, through its recently rejuvenated Republican handmaidens, has stepped up the pace of the class war. They may well be going in for the kill.

Thursday, February 17, 2011


The New Mexico Democrats lining up behind Susana Martinez' scheme to give grades from A to F to public schools apparently have no idea what they're doing. The reporters who are filing stories for the Albuquerque and Santa Fe papers about this stupid, idiotic, lamebrain grading scheme seem to know even less about it.

One thing that should have occurred to them is that Susana Martinez, until recently a Democrat, who is already is being touted as Republican vice presidential material and will surely be paraded in front of the nation at the 2012 Republican convention in the hope Latinos will be fooled into thinking Republicans give a hoot about them, needs to put forth policies like this one to establish her conservative credentials.

Saturday, February 12, 2011


You did it! You sure did. You did it!

Power - Zionism's Murky Future

"Egypt moves to reassure allies," reads the lead headline today on the BBC's web site. Clever headline, because it doesn't come right out and say what the story is about, while making it clear, to anyone who halfway follows the Middle East, what the story is about -- namely, that Zionists can breathe easy.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Bill Clinton; With Red Or Green Sauce?

NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, for which we can thank former President Bill Clinton, was, of course, the scheme to force the Neoliberal model, that massive, prolonged, multi-front counterattack on the working class launched by Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, onto Mexico and Canada. Clinton, who along with Al Gore founded the Democratic Leadership Council to try to strip any influences out of the Democratic Party that big business might object to, was essentially a moderate (by today's terms) Republican who was too cunning to switch parties. Clinton used his influence with Democrats and today's corrupt top union leadership to get NATA through a reluctant congress.

One of its many distrous consequences has been the decimation of small scale farming in Mexico, as cheap US corn flooded the Mexican market, which led directly to the explosion of immigration to the US of former Mexican farm workers and small land holders looking for a way to survive. (It did not, incidentally, result in lower prices for Mexican consumers, as was always promised. Indeed, the price of corn based tortillas, a Mexican staple food, has skyrocketed. But this -- getting us coming and going -- is exactly what Neoliberalism is all about.)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

                             photo credit Center for Constitutional Rights (

Chickenhawks To Remain On The Roost

More information about the pending criminal case against George W Bush for torture that caused him to cancel a trip to Switzerland is published here in Uruknet.

"When Bush canceled his trip to avoid prosecution, the human rights groups who prepared the complaints made it public and announced that the Bush Torture Indictment would be waiting wherever he travels next."

The story also points out that current President Barak Obama is in violation of the law for failing to investigate charges of torture against Bush and members of his administration.

Obama, who made it clear in his memoir that he is obsessed with not appearing to be an "angry black man," in showing no interest in investigating crimes committed by the Bush administration, continues to place himself and his perceptions of how people see him ahead of the rights of the victims of Bush administration torture, ahead of the constitution, ahead of his duties as chief executive, ahead of his country, and ahead of democracy, which depends for its surival on adherence to the rule of law and accountability when the law is broken.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

A Flickering Of Justice

George W Bush just canceled a trip to Switzerland because he was afraid he might get arrested there for the torture he ordered committed. As Reuters reports, the world just got a little smaller for George W Bush. The number of places on this earth he can travel about in freely is getting smaller.

Likewise the Israeli officials who unleashed the savage attack on the people of Gaza two years ago have had to cancel trips. They do not go to certain countries. Former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni had to cancel a trip to England. There are places Henry Kissinger and Dick Cheney can't go to for the same reasons.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Dirty Money -- From the US to Egypt and Back

US defense contractors not only get filthy rich supplying weapons of mass destruction to our own bloated military (which now swills up roughly half the US budget, to the tune of more than a trillion dollars per year, which sum the rabidly tax cutting tea bagger/Republicans propose to cut by zero dollars) but they fill their own bloated pockets further by getting back much of the money our government gives to the dictatorial, torturing Egpytian regime of Hosni Mubarak.

The list of US companies that take the dirty money from Mubarak includes all the usual warmongers, like Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Raytheon, but also some you may not have heard of, or suspect of being in that kind of business. These companies are rife with lobbyists, of course, and of course they kick back substantial chunks of the dirty money they receive from Mubarak, in the form of campaign contributions, free trips and other gifts, to the senators and congress members who willingly approve the president's requests for dirty money.

Friday, February 4, 2011


Egyptians have withstood the counterattack and are out in greater numbers than ever;  the likely US planned counterattack proceeds.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

 The Empire Strikes Back

The Zionists take to the media, worrying about the effect the uprising in Egypt will have on Israel. US President Barak Obama has demonstrated his obedience to the Zionist lobby before. We remember US and CIA involvement in the past, and what forms it took. Tehran in 1954, Chile in 1972, and in many other instances. A US delegation arrives in Egypt. Egyptian police and security forces return to the streets. The next day, just before his defiant speech to the nation, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak spends a half hour on the phone with Obama. Hours later a violent, organized counter attack against the protesters begins. As the toll of dead and injured mounts, the Egyptian army, recipient of $1.5 billion a year from the US, refuses to intervene to protect the protesters.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

They Said It Couldn't Happen In Egypt

All efforts to quell the Egyptian uprising have failed. The revolution continues.