Sunday, October 30, 2011

How To Speak Republican

(Note: Jonathan Bines, a writer for the late night talk show hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Kinmmel Live, contributed this article to Huffington Post.)

Talking to a Republican can be frustrating. Often, it seems like they are speaking an entirely different language -- and in many cases, they are! For this reason, in the hopes of facilitating cross-party dialogue and mutual understanding, I have compiled what I believe to be the first comprehensive Republican-to-English dictionary, featuring words commonly used by Republicans, and their English translations, alphabetized for your convenience:

    •    America (United States of): A country located in the N. Western Hemisphere that is #1.
    •    Bible: A sacred text that provides incontestable answers when thumped.
    •    Birth Certificate: An official birth record required of all US Presidents, regardless of race, since 2008.

A You Tube message purporting to be from the group Anonymous, the group of social justice activists credited with hacking into the most secure computer systems in the world and which is in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement. When a New York City police officer walked up to a group of women who were already being restrained by police and pepper sprayed them in the face, Anonymous hacked into the city's computers, found the officers personal information -- address, children's names, and so on -- and posted it on the internet.

The message, posted in August, is a statement about the group's raison d' etre.

Below is a message posted yesterday about how you can get involved in the Occupy movement, even if you can't go down and camp out and get arrested and have sex with college students.

See also

Class War, Continued
A double standard for we and they

An added note to the last post, which talked about how the power structure is playing it's violence card in an attempt to put an end to the Occupy Wall Street movement, sending out its police forces in many locales around the nation to try to quell the movement and intimidate anyone who is thinking about joining it. The "authorities" are contriving all manner of excuses to evict the protesters from public places, places owned by we the people. Fire safety, sanitation, crowd capacity, and so on.

Recall that at the same point in the history of the tea bagger movement, which slavishly supports the one percent at the top and cheers them on as they rob the rest of us blind, never had any problem congregating anywhere to freely exercise their first amendment rights. In fact, in many places tea baggers showed up with guns strapped to their hips, and the police and the authorities made excuses to the news media, on the tea baggers behalf, for why such behavior was OK.

Also, I want to mention a column about Occupy Wall Street by New York Times columnist Frank Rich, in which he makes parallels between it and mass protests in Washington, DC in 1932 at the height of the depression, and also makes links between the anger of the tea baggers and Occupy Wall Street. The common thread Rich brings out is peoples' anger, right and left, then and now.

Rich makes a number of interesting points, but he makes the strange assertion that this anger is being felt and expressed by a suddenly class conscious working class, and is happeneing here in our "classless" US of A only because of inattention by our corporate and governmental rulers, not because they have been raping and pillaging the country and robbing all of us of our standard of living and our futures with out and out criminal behavior that in every instance has gone uninvestigated and unpunished.

Please don't fall for such a framing of the current state of affairs. There is nothing new about the idea that a class war is waging, but the very class conscious ruling class has been waging it, non stop. Under Ronald Reagan the intensity of their warfare upon us increased and has been increasing ever since. Neoliberalism, called Reaganomics when it was introduced by the congenial Reagan, was and continues to be out and out class warfare, seen from the beginning as a way to redistribute wealth upward, at which it has been mightily successful

Only when the working class stands up and says "enough" is it class war in the eyes of Frank Rich, Rush Limbaugh, the ruling class, and its handmaidens in government and the media.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Capitalism Escalates Its Class War

This is a little section of video from of the Oakland police assault on Occupy Oakland Tuesday night showing the grenade being lobbed by an Oakland cop that left Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen in critical condition with a skull fracture and brain swelling.

In a classic case of unintended consequences, the incident has added high octane fuel to the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The Establishment is panicky at the moment. It has neither been able to stop the still growing, nationally popular Occupy movement or to co-opt it by sending Progressive Democrats to the Occupy encampments, and in a number of places has already pushed the panic button and sent in it's coercive, armed wing, the police, to violently put down the movement.

Notably, in Albany, New York, police have refused orders by the mayor and Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to attack protestors.

(Update: A later article, in Politico, gives a slightly different account, i.e. that Albany's mayor sided with the police chief in refusing Cuomo's requests that the protesters be evicted. I don't know the reason for the discrepancy or which is the more accurate account, but the fact that Cuomo, a Democrat, wanted the protests shut down is in both, and is significant.)

If the Capitalist elite lose control of the police, they are done for in a hurry. If the movement keeps growing at its current pace, they are done for anyway.

Look at what's happening in Syria, one of the most oppressive and corrupt Middle East regimes hit by Arab Spring protests. Bashar al-Assad's regime has killed 3,000 Syrians in trying to put down protests that have gone on every day for more than six months. Because the US and Israel want Assad to remain in place for the sake of "stability," and because of a total news blackout imposed by the regime, that situation has remained largely under the radar. Finally, world opinion is beginning to bear down on Assad, and he looks more precarious now than at any time since the protests began.

Every poll shows broad support for the Occupy Wall Street movement. Depending on how questions are asked, 35 to 70 percent of Americans back the movement. Americans are finally waking up to the fact that they have been under assault, the object of class warfare, since the advent of Neoliberalism under Ronald Reagan.

They are beginning to understand, too, that the Democrats who have occupied the White House and congress during this time frame have been nothing but a different face in that class war, of the rich against the rest of us.


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Journal Interruptus

A writer for one of my Left leaning periodicals once opined that the difference between those college students of the 60s and 70s who went on to become Democrats and those who went on to become Republicans, that what caused those who emerged from that sexually liberated, peace and love, anti Vietnam War era to go down two remarkably different paths, is that the ones who went on to become Republicans were the ones who never got laid.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Two Big Blondes In A Buick 
 Women, Sex, and the Double Standard

Two big blondes, one with a pony tail and one with big hair, both wearing jeans and T-shirts, were smoking and joking when I pulled up behind them at the stop light. They were in a big, dark green Buick that was covered with dust and I couldn't tell how new or how fancy a car it was. It was a Buick, and it was big, but I just don't keep up with the new cars now.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Please Fool Me

I was driving through the flats when I saw a hand made sign saying Vote Here, so I turned around and went back.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Live Stream of Occupy Wall Street (New York)

For other cities see

Rio Rising

I don't know if the Albuquerque Journal has jumped on this story, but Latino families have been rocked hard by the current war on working Americans by the wealthy -- who aren't in recession but are doing wonderfully as more and more wealth is redistributed upward.

I've written numerous posts on the declining standard of living and declining wages of working Americans. I've explained how our current economic paradigm, Neoliberalism, the academic term for Reaganomics, was always intended to achieve this end, and that the current recession is being used to speed up the process. Slashing government spending during a recession, unheard of until now, is part of the plan. Not even mainstream economists recommend cutting spending during a recession, but government is not about getting the economy going any more, it's about carrying out the wishes of the wealthy proponents of Neoliberalism, even government under Democrats, now.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

An Artist And A Poet

She was an artist, and a poet, but she didn't talk about her art or poetry. I guess she was content to let it speak for itself, and I guess it did. Yes. It did.