Thursday, May 31, 2007

Don't Be Polite With Liars

A nice reminder...

Reform, resistance and revolution
Dr. June Scorza Terpstra, Online Journal Contributing Writer
The educational site of struggle is primary. Some of us who have been studying may be wearying of the information about what is happening but repetition and mirroring are critical to the educational process. By telling the truths of the people’s oppression there and connecting these truths to the people’s oppression here, we become a people who resist the lies.

Many accuse me of preaching to the choir, yet the programming here in the USA is so intense that without hearing and being inspired and confirmed by realities of the war and against the lies is a daily site of struggle. We need the choir to inspire and remind us over and again that we are not insane and alone in our understanding of the world. In fact, where are those new resistance songs, arts and letters we need?

Liberals in general have recommended a polite or inviting education about the truth of imperialism to convince the American public that they should not support the war machine. They urge a more inviting educational style than my usual one. Yet, I would defend all educational styles including the "hit em over the head with the truth" style. I know the power of the "frontal attack" educational model and the impact it had on my own thinking and understanding of imperialism and oppression. What I’m saying here is that which offends and is viewed as so "extreme" may be just the thing that moves people. Of course, what people in the USA think is extreme may be that which the rest of the world already knows because they have been invaded and occupied by the imperialists for centuries. They know that the "lifestyle" of the USA and Europe is off the backs and lands of the people. At times the informative voice in the USA may sound extreme because the programming is so dense with lies.

Hey, Dr. Laura! Why So Selective With Scriptural Law Enforcement?

Patriarchal homophobia? Yep.

I suppose Dr. Laura would not suffer a witch to live, either, but this response to her selective law enforcement is enough of a takedown for one day.

Why Can't I Own A Canadian?
Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a radio personality who dispenses advice to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22 and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following is an open letter to Dr. Laura penned by a east coast resident, which was posted on the Internet. It's funny, as well as informative:

Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them:

When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15:19- 24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination - Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?

Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? - Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Your devoted fan,

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SF Chronicle Resigning Editor: Newspaper Business Model Broken

Crack. Boom. Crash. Hah!

SF Chronicle Managing Editor Resigns

Wednesday May 30, 6:54 pm ET

SF Chronicle Managing Editor Resigns, Paper Bracing for Deep Cuts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The San Francisco Chronicle's managing editor is stepping down as the Hearst Corp.-owned newspaper braces for a round of deep editorial job cuts.

Robert Rosenthal, who joined the Chronicle five years ago, said in a note to staff Tuesday that he is leaving the paper "without rancor or acrimony." He does not have another job lined up, but wants to "help another organization grow and another group of talented people find success."

Rosenthal, who leaves his post on Friday, said Wednesday that his departure was not prompted by any personal conflicts, but rather was intended to give Editor Phil Bronstein a freer hand in making the painful restructuring changes to the newsroom.

"I really want to be in a situation where I can build something rather than take it apart," Rosenthal said. "It might be a newspaper or it might be a new kind of news organization. I think it's time where the skills we have as journalists can be applied in a different way. The business model for newspapers is clearly broken."


Rosenthal's departure comes two weeks after the Chronicle announced a 25 percent reduction in newsroom staff, affecting all levels of editorial employees.

Management told the union it plans to eliminate 80 union and 20 management positions, out of a newsroom staff of about 400, unless the cuts could be made through buyouts and retirement incentives within 30 days.

Publisher Frank Vega said the measure was part of "continuing belt-tightening" to stem financial losses at the paper, which like other newspapers across the country is grappling with plunging print readership and the loss of advertising dollars to the Web.
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Apocalyptic Photo of the Day

This is an older story from April, but I found this photograph prophetically haunting in an end-of-the-world (as we know it) sort of way. He looks ready. Are we?

Coyote Captured in Downtown Chicago Shop to be Freed


Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Owl Cam: We Got Wings, Baby

No wonder it's getting so crowded in there!

Owl Cam Link


Little Eichmanns: Colorado's Jeppesen Sued By ACLU For Torture Flights

Little Eichmanns who help air trains to concentration camps run on time should have to face worse than a lawsuit, but it's a start.

ACLU Sues Colorado Company Over Alleged Torture
Lawsuit Alleges Boeing Subsidiary Flew Terror Suspects For CIA
By Pat Milton, AP Writer

(AP) NEW YORK The American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday it is suing Jeppesen Dataplan Inc., a subsidiary of Boeing Co., claiming it secretly flew three of the CIA's terrorism suspects overseas, where they were tortured.

The cases involve allegations of mistreatment of Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian citizen, in July 2002 and January 2004; Elkassim Britel, an Italian citizen, in May 2002; and Ahmed Agiza, an Egyptian citizen, in December 2001.

Mohamed is being held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Britel in Morocco; and Agiza in Egypt, the ACLU said in a news release.

Mike Pound, a spokesman for Englewood, Colo.-based Jeppesen, said company officials had not seen the lawsuit and had no immediate comment. He said Jeppesen, a subsidiary of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, provides support services, rather than the flights themselves.

"We don't know the purpose of the trip for which we do a flight plan," Pound said. "We don't need to know specific details. It's the customer's business, and we do the business that we are contracted for. It's not our practice to ever inquire about the purpose of a trip."

ACLU attorney Ben Wizner said Jeppesen could not have been ignorant of the purpose of CIA flights.

"Either they knew or reasonably should have known that they were facilitating a torture program," he said.

Companies "are not allowed to have their head in the sand and take money from the CIA to fly people, hooded and shackled, to foreign countries to be tortured," Wizner said.
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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Bolder Boulder Timing Results Crash

The Bolder Boulder 10K, that hideously militarized Memorial Day celebration of uber-joggers and all things Ugly Amerikan, tried some new tracking tags this year to score runners' times. Nicely, the system completely crashed, and there is a chance that the scores have been lost for good.

Here's hoping it's hackers that got into the system and not merely the usual RFID fubar.

Video of Fox News' Quaker Chuck running this year's BB with at least twenty-five extra punish-me pounds can be seen on the Final Stretch Cam for 8:10-8:20 at approximately 8:13am. He's the fake blond in the white tank and yellow/black short shorts. A toga would have been more apt.

Sports Fans, you can thank Fire Witch Rising for every unwanted pound Quaker Brennan put on in the last year to soothe his liar's self-loathing (while Yours Truly laced up HER tenny-runners and lost ten). Look, if you chose to be such a servile tool of patriarchy, Charles, you are going to be held to the vicious standards you continually enable. The crime scene photos will be published here as soon as they have been developed by the vendor.

There is I suppose one other remote possibility: you've gone and packed it on because I said I had the hots for the fabulously rotund Alan Rickman. So sorry, luv. The Fire Witch don't do wannabes.

In happier news, the women's pro race was won by Edna Kiplagat of Kenya. Unfortunately, every single news outlet in Colorado led their Bolder Boulder story with the name of the man who won the men's race, further reinforcing for one half of the population who really matters and who does not.


Bolder Boulder Race Results Hit Snags
By John Meyer
Denver Post Sports Writer
Article Last Updated: 05/29/2007 03:49:33 PM MDT

Online Bolder Boulder results have been delayed because of problems reconciling the race's new electronic-tag timing data with results from a backup system using the race's old timing method.

Race director Cliff Bosley said heavy traffic from runners seeking online results has caused the race website to crash as well.

Race officials believed the new tag-timing system by IPICO would allow for faster and more detailed results, and they are reluctant to blame IPICO until they determine who is at fault.

The "smart tags" contain two antennas and utilize radio-frequency identification, recording runners' progress when they pass collection points, including the starting line, mile markers and finish line.

"It looks like (the tags) were very successful in capturing the information," Bosley said. "In terms of manipulating the data, we can't figure out if it's something on our end or something on (IPICO's) end. We certainly don't want to pass the buck if it's us. I don't want to hang them out to dry."
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Inconvenient Accounting Rules Changed to Hide Capitalist Failures

The game is rigged in favor of those willing to commit armed robbery and murder to accumulate ever-bigger piles of dead things. Capitalism (capitalizing on the stolen wealth of dispossessed Others) is a lie and a failure of colossal magnitude.

Rules 'hiding' trillions in debt
Liability $516,348 per U.S. household

By Dennis Cauchon

The federal government recorded a $1.3 trillion loss last year — far more than the official $248 billion deficit — when corporate-style accounting standards are used, a USA TODAY analysis shows.

The loss reflects a continued deterioration in the finances of Social Security and government retirement programs for civil servants and military personnel. The loss — equal to $11,434 per household — is more than Americans paid in income taxes in 2006.

"We're on an unsustainable path and doing a great disservice to future generations," says Chris Chocola, a former Republican member of Congress from Indiana and corporate chief executive who is pushing for more accurate federal accounting.

Modern accounting requires that corporations, state governments and local governments count expenses immediately when a transaction occurs, even if the payment will be made later.

The federal government does not follow the rule, so promises for Social Security and Medicare don't show up when the government reports its financial condition.

Bottom line: Taxpayers are now on the hook for a record $59.1 trillion in liabilities, a 2.3% increase from 2006. That amount is equal to $516,348 for every U.S. household. By comparison, U.S. households owe an average of $112,043 for mortgages, car loans, credit cards and all other debt combined.

Unfunded promises made for Medicare, Social Security and federal retirement programs account for 85% of taxpayer liabilities. State and local government retirement plans account for much of the rest.

This hidden debt is the amount taxpayers would have to pay immediately to cover government's financial obligations. Like a mortgage, it will cost more to repay the debt over time. Every U.S. household would have to pay about $31,000 a year to do so in 75 years.

The Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Board, which sets federal accounting standards, is considering requiring the government to adopt accounting rules similar to those for corporations. The change would move Social Security and Medicare onto the government's income statement and balance sheet, instead of keeping them separate.

The White House and the Congressional Budget Office oppose the change, arguing that the programs are not true liabilities because government can cancel or cut them.
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Send A Feminist Blogger to the Allied Media Conference

Folks, if you can, please dig deep and step up with a donation to send these courageous writers to the Allied Media Conference this June. No one who wants to go to this great networking and learning opportunity should be unable to for lack of funds. These women are central to the struggle for justice and a better world, and the blogosphere would not be the same without their talented and crucial voices.
Raising Money for Feminist Action

Posted by brownfemipower on 25 May 2007 at 04:15 pm | Tagged as: radical woc feminism, actions and organizing, AMC 2007

As many of you know, I am helping to organize the WOC track at the Allied Media Conference this year. There are some really amazing women of color bloggers that would really love to attend this conference but are short on funds. So I am posting the following list of bloggers in the hopes that you (yes YOU), will dig a little into your piggy banks, sofas and sock drawers–cash in your pop bottles, pick up pennies off the sidewalk–and donate it to one of the amazing bloggers on this list.

You will be helping to support ground breaking and necessary feminist action–ending violence against women of color and their communities in all it’s manifestations through the use of media technology.

Fabulosa Mujer
Hermana Resist (donations can be made through her pay pal email:
Please Professor Black Woman
Black Amazon
The Primary Contradiction

And on a related note, feel free to hit my own pay pal button–I am raising money to attend the U.S. Social Forum where I plan on doing lots of live blogging for everybody!


Monday, May 28, 2007

Graphic Photos of Dead US Soldiers

By refusing to show combat photos like the ones here and at the link, the race war media tries to convince us that its whitemale gods are not terribly vulnerable and ultimately mortal. Reality, that bane of the megalomaniacal, states otherwise.

Think about how many photos of desecrated bodies of tortured and murdered brown skinned people the media brings us year after year after year, with barely a peep of protest from our apartheid, death culture.

Pictures Purport To Show 2 U.S. Marines Beheaded and Abused

[Ed Note: Each day in Iraq we have watched and tried to count the number of people who have died as a result of our attack on a defenseless nation. We have also witnessed the idealism and of our youth turned into a vast swamp of despair as they become another generation, awakening to the lies that always accompany war.

When we read the headlines that state "xxx killed in Iraq" it has no meaning. These words can not in any way convey the horror that surrounds each event that results in death.

We can not smell the blood or witness the screaming Iraqi parents who try to gather the body parts of their loved ones as a butcher would pick pieces of flesh from his shop floor.

We do not hear the long cries of despair that roar from the souls of the parents of our military who have to attend their children's funeral unsure of what lies within the casket that bears their child's name.

So we speak of war, as if it were something other than savagery. We avert our eyes, for while me may speak of it we will not look upon it's face. We look on those who would kill our soldiers with such ferocity as animals while contributing to a war machine which allows our government to eviscerate the people and culture of Iraq while we shop for bargains in "Memorial Day Sales."
Photos, Page Two.


Sunday, May 27, 2007

WCSN: The Kids Get The Point...

The Kids Get the Point…
May 27, 2007

CU President Hank Brown will soon, no doubt, be announcing his recommendation to fire Ward Churchill, despite the fact that the majority of both the “investigative committee” and the P&T appeal panel voted for lesser sanctions … and despite the many fallacies and misrepresentations in the Investigative Report which continue to surface.

This all goes back, of course, to Ward Churchill’s “controversial” remarks about the 9/11 attacks, and CU’s efforts to find a pretext to fire him without appearing to violate the First Amendment. Those remarks continue to be mischaracterized in the mainstream press.

We’ve recently received a March 2005 interview published in a middle school newspaper. Passing up interviews with folks like Geraldo, Ward Churchill talked with then-12-year-old Stephanie Mathewes, who published what appears to be the most accurate explanation of his remarks to date:

What was it exactly that you said to make people so upset, and when did you write this paper?

“I wrote this paper the evening of 9/11 and what it basically said was when you kill other people’s babies and act like it doesn’t matter people are going to get angry and they are going to get back at you. A way to prevent that is just don’t kill people’s babies or anyone for that matter. Obey the law. It is illegal to kill children and people for no reason, so obey the law.”

Do you feel that people have misunderstood/mistreated you and the issue?

“I think that they have deliberately misrepresented the issue. I think that people have twisted what was said because they refuse to hear what was said. They think it is ok for Americans to kill but not ok for us to be killed.”

. . . He also wanted people to know “it’s not that I don’t care about children on 9/11. I do not care any less than what happened to the Iraqi children.” He does not want this for any children. He wants it to end.

Out of the mouths of babes…

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

What The Earth Rapists Want to Hear From Their Snitches

Rapists sure do need a lot of reassurance that people won't use force to stop them, aye? Good to know what really keeps them up at night (they need non-violence like Ambien).

Your guilty fears are noted, perverts.

For a complete roundup, see Green Anarchy's Operation Backfire: Still Smoldering.

Report from Chelsea Gerlach's Sentencing, 5/25
author: Gumby Cascadia
Today in Eugene federal court, eco-sabotage defendant Chelsea Gerlach was sentenced to nine years in prison. Full notes from the sentencing hearing follow below.

Chelsea read a statement to the court in which she apologized to the people hurt by her actions. She said her beliefs were no excuse "for being so cavalier". She said she took full responsibility for her choices, that she doesn't blame her parents whom she loves very much. Her voice broke when she said her parents had taught her that violence was never a viable choice. She said by way of explanation that for every piece of wilderness saved, so many more were destroyed. She said she was glad to be brought up with such a love of nature, but that she knew she must adopt peaceful means to make change. She spoke about her burgeoning spiritual practice, and her gratitude at being given a chance to redeem herself. She said she has plans to tutor in prison, and believes prison is a place she could make some positive contributions.

Judge Aiken responded by saying she thought Gerlach's statements were insightful and thoughtful. "You are sentencing yourself to a better life." She said that most people will come out of prison bitter, angry and likely to re-commit. She said our obligation as a society is to see that the people coming out of prison are people we can embrace and welcome back into the community. She then read an excerpt from a book (that I didn't catch the name of) whose message was "service is the rent we pay for living". She then berated Chelsea's parents for allowing a sixteen year old to drive to Idaho alone and become prey to the likes of Bill Rogers. She said, "That's not how you raise children." She said she hopes people are listening, that if parents don't stop being so self-absorbed she will be seeing a lot more smart young people going away to prison. About her job, she said, "If we don't believe in people, this job would be nothing more than pushing paper. There can be nothing more important than giving young people a future and hope. You will be given a chance to rejoin the community. However, you must be held accountable for your crimes." She said Gerlach's crimes had caused fear and destroyed people's property. She also said she hoped Gerlach would choose more positive means to affect change in the world. "The legitimate actions of the environmental movement live under a cloud of suspicion in part because of your actions." However, she noted Gerlach's extraordinary cooperation, and said, "Your courage is noted."

She then sentenced Chelsea Gerlach to 9 yrs. The terrorism enhancement was applied for Jefferson Poplar, WEPD, and BPA.

Gerlach's lawyers moved that she be released pending self-surrender, and the government did not object. However, a representative from pre-trial services said that nothing had changed from their perspective. Judge Aiken said she was going to err on the side of caution and not allow it. She said, "Someone needs to set boundaries, so I'm taking the role of a parent and setting boundaries."

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Friday Song: Let's Get Married

This is the second week in a row that the Friday song had something to do with marriage. Must be an almost-June thing.

Grey hair flashback: yes, that's Run DMC.




Thursday, May 24, 2007

Women In Resistance: Rapeuse Keny Arkana

Hat Tip Sketchy Thoughts.

Politicized, fired up, angry, creative, righteous push-back from Marseille rapeuse Keny Arkana and her video "La rage du peuple."

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Thought For The Day

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Marine Recruiter Whines About Truck Vandalism

Oh, poor baby. You think a few scratches on your truck is tough, you should see what happens to front line Marines in Iraq.

God, I hate me some mercenaries who act like we didn't have to pay a national fortune for those so-called "free" speech rights. Get a life, ya tax-hoggin' freeloader, and stop complaining like the whole world owes you something.

Man says vandalism is because he is a Marine

posted by: Jeffrey Wolf , Web Producer
written by: Cheryl Preheim , Anchor/Reporter

Marine says patriotic bumper stickers may have triggered attack on his truck. May 22, 2007. 9 p.m.

DENVER - A Marine says he has been the target of vandals because of his military service. Auraria Campus Police are looking for the person responsible for vandalizing Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Palmer's truck.

Palmer works as a recruiter in the Tivoli building on campus. He parks his truck everyday in the outside parking lot there and it has been vandalized more than once.

"A soda can was shaken up and exploded into my window that was open just a crack. Somebody went around and took a black magic marker and scribbled out some of the words on my bumper stickers and wrote down that I am a pig with that permanent marker," he said.

Palmer said, "We fight for freedom of speech, I figure since that is one of the rights that we are fighting for so those who don't wear a uniform … and I figured I had the luxury of executing that same right."

Most recently, someone used a key to leave deep scratches on both sides of his truck and on the hood.
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Musty, Dusty, Decrepit Pilgrim Vince Carroll Creaks and Moans About White Privilege Conference

"Don’t they realize how damaging it is to indoctrinate young people with the conviction that success in this country is a rigged game?"

You better believe we know how damaging a critique of white privilege is to your Good Ole White Boys' rigged game, Hater. Seen your race war newspaper's bottom line lately? It's gotten quite a much-deserved ass-kicking.

Oh, the bitter white whine of you useless, settler freeloaders...

Carroll: Whitewash
Friday, April 13 at 12:00 AM

If you’re someone who suspects that most middle-aged white guys talk like Don Imus when among friends — spewing venomous jokes about blacks, women, Jews and gays — then don’t miss the chance to reinforce your nightmare fantasy next week with a trip to Colorado Springs.

Yes, it’s time again for the annual White Privilege Conference, which is hosted this year by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and whose sponsors include the University of Denver’s Center for Judaic Studies and the Southern Poverty Law Center, among other groups. No self-respecting progressive will want to miss it.

Fine, you say, but what about would-be participants who are, well, white? Should they be concerned about a possible accusatory tone?

Relax. “This conference is not about beating up on white folks,” its Web site proclaims. Why, perish the thought! No, “this conference is about critically examining the society in which we live and working to dismantle systems of power, prejudice, privilege and oppression.”

Not to mention the systems of “white supremacy and oppression” — yes, that word “oppression” again, just in case you doubted that contemporary America is a plantation-like hellhole.

So much consciousness-raising about grinding oppression could get you down, of course, but never fear. The conference plans to relieve the stress with top-drawer entertainment.

On Saturday, for example, a “youth celebration” will feature several “national acts,” including Boots Riley, “co-founder of hip hop group The Coup,” whose albums include such landmarks as Kill My Landlord and Pick a Bigger Weapon. That latter work has been praised by Rolling Stone, we’re told, as “the rare album that makes revolution sound like hot fun on a Saturday night,” which sounds about right.

You won’t want to miss the keynote speeches, either.

For example, Paula Rothenberg will address the “struggle over victimhood.” More specifically, according to the conference guide, she’ll explore “What is at stake in the struggle over who can claim victim status as we carry out a conversation about white privilege.”

We could continue with our program tour, but enough of the fun. ... Did they say “the struggle over who can claim victim status”? Are these people serious? Don’t they realize how damaging it is to indoctrinate young people with the conviction that success in this country is a rigged game?

Do they really imagine that the greatest obstacle to the overall achievement of any group is “this system of white privilege” — as opposed, say, to broken and dysfunctional families, lousy schools or destructive personal choices reinforced by a localized culture of failure?

Most white guys past their prime don’t talk like Imus and have no desire to, and now Imus himself has been fired. His sole enduring legacy, unfortunately, is to feed the victimhood lobby, in all of its multiplying forms, with more grist for their destructive mills.

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Brown Berets on Immigration

Brown Berets on Immigration
ozelotl May 22nd, 2007

By Ramiro

Human migration is a phenomenon as old as humanity. Throughout the ages humans have been known to migrate extensively all over the world. Indeed, it is migration which created human isolation and is therefore responsible for our current genetic differences and the makeup of the world today. One of the main theories in explaining the populating of Turtle Island is through migration of Asians along a temporary land bridge called the Bering Strait, although this theory is currently under much scrutiny.

Our gente are a historically migrating people. Every time we look at the official Mexican flag, or interchangeably the panquetzalli which is the flag the Aztecs used, we should be reminded of out migrating history, for that is what these symbols represent. The official story tells us the Aztecs (or Mexicah) followed their “god” Huizilopochtli’s orders to migrate south out of their current home, Aztlan, in search of an eagle devouring a serpent, perched on a cactus in the middle of a lake. Although the story is a metaphor, the migration did indeed happen. It took the Aztecs seven generations to reach their destination: Lake Texcoco, where they would build the beautiful Tenochtitlan, which would then become modern-day Mexico City. There should be no confusion as to our migrating nature as it is depicted in our most representative emblems and symbols.
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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Careful With That Camera There, Babe

You'll end up a demented Fox News reporter if you let it go to your head.


Denver City Council to Consider Proclamation Affirming DNC Demonstrators' First Amendment Rights


As part of organizing for the DNC next year, members of the R68 Alliance have worked with members of City Council to introduce the proclamation below (what used to be called resolutions are now proclamations). Because of the restrictions and police repression that have occurred at previous conventions and other national events, it is important to have Denver officially recognize the rights of demonstrators at the DNC.

New York City Council passed a similar resolution in 2004. Although it didn't prevent the New York Police Department from blatantly violating demonstrators� First Amendment rights, that resolution is now being used in lawsuits against the NYPD. Last month, the city of St. Paul passed a similar resolution in anticipation of the RNC in the Twin Cities in 08. This proclamation would not have the force of law, but it would put City Council on record as supporting the First Amendment rights of demonstrators. Kathleen MacKenzie has agreed to introduce this proclamation, and Rick Garcia has agreed to co-sponsor. They both deserve our thanks. If all goes according to plan, the proclamation will be introduced at the Monday, June 11 meeting of City Council, starting at 5:30 on the Fourth Floor of the City and County building, and we would urge everyone who can to attend to show support.

Please call and/or e-mail your City Council representative, as well as at-large members Linkhart and Boigon and urge them to support this proclamation. This will affect every group planning to demonstrate at the DNC, no matter what your particular issue. Names and contact information are below.


-there is no inherent conflict between the need for public safety and the right of the people to engage in peaceful protest

-while some measure of security is appropriate for the convention, it need not and should not limit the right of demonstrator to bring their concerns to the attention of the elected officials and other delegates

-free and robust discourse on public issues is a civic virtue that must be protected and permitted to the greatest extend possible in a democratic society

-other cities have had their public images tarnished by repressive police tactics aimed at denying demonstrators their First Amendment rights; by making this commitment, Denver has an opportunity to show its commitment to democratic values and principles

-other cities have had to pay large sums in settlement of lawsuits resulting from repressive police tactics at previous conventions; Denver has the opportunity to avoid such costs by making a commitment at the outset to respect demonstrators� rights

-by taking affirmative measured to uphold and protect rights to free speech and assembly, Denver can rid itself of the stigma of the �spy files�

-we know that tens of thousands of people, or more, will be coming to demonstrate at the DNC; Denver needs to recognize this and make a commitment to honor those demonstrators� right so that events can occur in an orderly and peaceful fashion

Proclamation No. ___, Series of 2007
Calling upon government officials to protect and uphold First Amendment rights to Freedom of Speech, Association and Assembly

WHEREAS, the exercise of First Amendment rights of speech, association and assembly is essential to the well being of a democratic society; and peaceful political expression is a fundamental right under the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Colorado State Constitution; and

WHEREAS, the Denver City Council recognizes the Democratic National Convention as central to the national discourse on important public issues; and

WHEREAS, the Denver City Council, recognizing that demonstrators will arrive in our city to engage in a great public conversation between the people and their elected officials, welcomes demonstrators with the same respect and honor accorded to convention delegates; and

WHEREAS, the members of the Council want to ensure that permit applications for public demonstrations related to the Democratic National Convention are acted upon in a timely manner and that such permits are not unreasonably denied or do not place unreasonable constraints upon the location or route and the duration of such activities;


Section 1. That the Council calls upon Mayor John Hickenlooper and other city officials to affirm and uphold the exercise of First Amendment rights in Denver upon the occasion of the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Section 2. That the Council calls upon City officials to take affirmative measures to uphold and protect the rights of speech, expression and association, at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, including the creation and implementation of systems and procedures to ensure that (a) there is reasonable and prompt action on permit applications for public demonstrations, marches and rallies; (b) use of force, including the use of horses, pepper spray or other aggressive means to police public demonstrations, is restricted except to the minimal extent required by legitimate law-enforcement purposes; (c) demonstrations may occur in close proximity to and within sight and sound of the Convention delegates, consistent with reasonable security concerns; (d) restricted use of four-sided enclosures or barricades to confine the movement of people at public demonstrations except in limited circumstances based on legitimate and reasonable security concerns, and in such circumstances ensure that such enclosures have sufficient openings to allow people to exit, return and move freely around the demonstration site.
Kathleen MacKenzie, District 7
Kathleen.Mackenzie@ ci.denver.

Rick Garcia, District 1
rick.garcia@ ci.denver.

Jeanne Faatz, District 2
Jeanne.faatz@ ci.denver.

Peggy Lehman, District 4
peggy.lehmann@ ci.denver.

Marcia Johnson, District 5
Marcia.johnson@ ci.denver.

Charlie Brown, District 6
Charlie.brown@ ci.denver.

Judy Montero, District 9
judyh.montero@ ci.denver.

Jeanne Robb, District 10
Jeanne.robb@ ci.denver.

Michael Hancock, District 11
Michael.hancock@ ci.denver.

Carol Boigon, At Large
carol.boigon@ ci.denver.

Doug Linkhart
doug.linkhart@ ci.denver.

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Intelligent Indigena: Black Agenda Report: How America's Immigrants Became White

Read this one linked from the Angry Indian in light of the previous post on Pat Buchanan's racist, whitemale hysteria over immigration.

How America’s Immigrants Became White
Wednesday, 16 May 2007
by Seth Sandronsky

The United States has historically been, in the actual words of the original quotation, a "melting pot for all the races of Europe...." In reality, the evolving process was aimed at transforming immigrants from various European nationalities into generic "whites" - and to keep the "unmelted" races in their place. A new book by scholar David R. Roediger explores how the American marketplace became "cutthroat" and rigidly racialized, and how "the idea of whiteness developed in the context of white supremacy for the newly arrived and their children."
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Pat Buchanan: Whites On Path to National Suicide

You say that like its a bad thing, Pat!

Whiteness is apartheid. It destroys every Nation it invades, and it destroys the tribal and ethnic origins of the peoples of the West Asian continent, a peoples whose identities were pulverized to better facilitate European world rule by divide-and-conquer. The sooner whiteness and white supremacy end, the better for all the inhabitants of this once-lush planet.

In the very near future most people in this land will be a younger, browner, and more dispossessed mass of the justifiably outraged - a potent combination for exploding armed subjugation by a vicious, white minority. Never doubt it; diversity kills their death cult.

The rally point is from "below and to the left!"

Pass it on.

Path to national suicide
Posted: May 22, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern

"At what point, then, is the approach of danger to be expected?

"I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide."

So said Abe Lincoln to the Young Men's Lyceum in Springfield. Observing the Senate last week, and looking over the latest figures from the Census Bureau, America is now risking national suicide.


"That cultural unity, that sense that we were one people, is gone."

Today's immigrants exceed in number anything any nation has ever known. They now come from cultures and countries whose people have never before been assimilated by any First World country. Not only is the Melting Pot broken, it is rejected by our elites. Minorities are urged to hold onto their own language, customs, traditions. Identity politics is in. And the largest cohort, Mexicans, comes from a country with a historic grievance and a claim on the territory they are entering.

Moreover, since the cultural revolution of the 1960s, we have been fighting one another over issues of race and ethnicity, history, heroes and holidays, morality and religion, right and wrong.

All over the Western world, multiethnic, multicultural countries are coming apart over language, ethnicity, history. The Soviet Union broke into 15 nations, Yugoslavia into half a dozen. Czechs and Slovaks divorced. Scots want separation from England. Catalans and Basques seek independence. Corsicans and Bretons want out of France. Northern Italians want to secede. Only immigrants who prefer Ottawa prevent Quebecois from breaking free of Canada.
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Monday, May 21, 2007

Jesus Statue Smacked By Pagan Lightning: Columbus Statue Said To Be In Hiding

Lightning damages Jesus statue
A bolt broke off an arm and a hand and damaged a foot at the Mother Cabrini Shrine in Golden. The sisters hope the 22-foot piece can be repaired.

By Jennifer Brown
Denver Post Staff Writer
Article Last Updated: 05/21/2007 05:03:43 PM MDT

The statue, damaged Saturday, was sent from Italy in sections in 1954. No one was hurt by the falling pieces. (Post / Brian Brainerd)

Don't look for any religious symbolism here - it was only a freak act of Mother Nature, says Sister Ilaria.

The nuns at Mother Cabrini Shrine in Golden were thanking God on Sunday that no one was hurt when a bolt of lightning shot out of the sky and struck their 33-foot statue of Jesus.

The lightning bolt broke off one of Jesus' arms and a hand and damaged one of his feet, sending marble plummeting to the ground during a Saturday afternoon storm.

Monday Song: When Can I See You Again?

The Friday Song couldn't wait until Friday.

It's almost summer, and all these warm breezes have got me so damn horny... blowing up my short shorts like that...


Police Department Ammo Supply Hurt By War

Cry me a river. And pass me a molotov.

War stretches nation's ammo supply
By MIKE WILSON, Associated Press Writer Mon May 21

DES MOINES, Iowa - Ammunition shipments to local gun shops and police departments are being delayed for months because the Army has more than tripled its demand for small caliber ammunition.

Ammunition plants have dramatically ratcheted up production, but company officials acknowledge delays to police and retailers of up to a year.

"There are millions of rounds backordered because the war has put such a demand on the manufacturers," said Lana Ulner, manager of Rapid City, S.D.-based Ultramax Ammunition, a distributor for several manufacturers. "In some cases, it can take eight to 12 months."

The Army's demand for small caliber ammunition has soared from 426 million rounds in 2001 to 1.5 billion rounds in 2006, according to the Joint Munitions Command at the Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois.

The government spent $688 million on ammunition last year, up from $242 million in 2001, said Gail Smith, a Joint Munitions Command spokeswoman. The most common rounds ordered are 5.56 mm, 7.62 mm and .50 caliber, she said.

Much of the ammunition used by the Defense Department comes from a plant in Lake City, Mo., owned by Alliant Techsystems Inc. The plant's production has increased nearly fourfold, said company spokesman Bryce Hallowell.

"We have ... hired hundreds of people and turned our plants into 24/7 operations where they weren't just a couple of years ago to meet that demand," said Hallowell, whose company also has plants in Anoka, Minn., and Lewiston, Idaho. "We're running full-out."

He said the war, depleted ammunition reserves and the lack of foreign competition have all contributed to the surging demand.
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Video of Copwatcher Evan Herzoff's Arrest for Cop Card Request

An anonymous commenter was kind enough to leave a link to a video of Evan Herzoff being arrested by a punitive Denver Police Department cop, whose card Mr. Herzoff had requested:

Press Release: ACLU Announces Settlement with Denver on behalf of student jailed for requesting police officer’s business card

The Westword also has the story on the arrogant cop's abuse of power:

Evan Herzoff and the ACLU Score a Win Against the Denver Cops

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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Brown Claims Plan To Pull Troops Out of Iraq

Mortars on headquarters! Ah, there's the rub. Apparently, some dull asses WILL mend their pace with beating.

Brown to pull troops out of Iraq

05/20/07 "The Scotsman" -- -- GORDON Brown will remove all British forces from Iraq before the next election under a plan to rebuild support among disillusioned Labour voters.

Scotland on Sunday can reveal the Prime Minister elect is working on a withdrawal plan that could see troop numbers slashed from 7,000 to as few as 2,000 within 12 months.

If implemented, the strategy would culminate in total withdrawal no later than spring 2010, the date by which Brown must go to the country to seek his own mandate.

Policy under Tony Blair involved keeping a small force in Iraq for many years to come. But it emerged last night that President George Bush has been briefed by White House officials to expect an announcement from Downing Street within Brown's first 100 days in power.

The accelerated 'troops out' plan will prove unpopular in Washington, and leaves Brown open to accusations that after supporting the Iraq war he is now leaving its people to an increasingly uncertain future.

Yesterday, as Blair made his seventh and last visit as Prime Minister to Iraq, the security crisis was all too obvious. Mortars hit the British army HQ while he was there and Baghdad's Green Zone was also hit around the time of his visit.
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Joint Statement From the San Francisco Eight

Learn from this history. These men are Elders.

Photo from the Committee for the Defense of Human Rights

Joint Statement from the San Francisco 8
We, the San Francisco 8, would like to send this joint statement extending our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to all our friends and supporters. As many of you know, this COINTELPRO persecution has been on-going for nearly 36 years. However, in the last few years, in accord with the implementation of the Patriot Act, state and federal authorities initiated plans to stifle political dissent, particularly targeting young activists. Similarly, COINTELPRO's objective was to “… expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize the activities of Black nationalist, hate type organizations and groupings, their leadership, spokesmen, membership, and supporters, and to counter their propensity for violence and civil disorder …” (COINTELPRO memo of August 25, 1967).

The FBI not only targeted the Black Panther Party, but according to this COINTELPRO memo: “Intensified attention under this program should be afforded to the activities of such groups as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Revolutionary Action Movement, the Deacons for Defense and Justice, Congress of Racial Equality, and the Nation of Islam. Particular emphasis should be given to extremists who direct the activities and policies of revolutionary or militant groups such as Stokely Carmichael, H. “Rap” Brown, Elijah Muhammad, and Maxwell Stanford.” By March 4, 1968, COINTELPRO was in full operation leading to directing its full attention to the Black Panther Party when it came into existence in October 1968, to prohibit the BPP from developing durable long-term political and organizational relationships with various segments of the Black community.

This case represents the continuation of that COINTELPRO objective, to further indicate how the government will persecute today's activists. The government is seeking to rewrite the history of struggle as exemplified by the BPP, venomously trying to define that legacy of struggle as a “terrorist” movement. We vehemently reject that labeling, as the government attempts to characterize the San Francisco 8 as “terrorists,” “criminals,” and “wanton killers.” They will never say the SF8 were political activists and progressive civil/human rights organizers. They will never say they sought to relieve the community of all forms of state sponsored terrorism that is often found in Black, Asian and Latino communities today. They will never admit to the unconstitutional practices of the FBI COINTELPRO activities, despite the 1974 Senate Church Committee findings condemning those practices. Furthermore, they will never seek to establish remedies for those who are victims of the illegal FBI and local police actions under COINTELPRO, and now under the Patriot Act, if we don't demand they do so.

It is with this understanding the SF8 are issuing this joint statement, calling for friends and supporters to organize a national determination to ensure our victory. Ours will be a victory against fear and state terrorism; it will be a defeat against state torture tactics, threats and coercion. This case and our call for action will teach today's activists what to expect from the state in its efforts to suppress dissent and protest of government repression. Indeed, this task will forward a broader understanding of what happened in the Movement of the 60s and 70s, and how COINTELPRO disrupted and destroyed the most viable Black political party that emerged out of the civil rights movement.
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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Owl Family Values

Quite frankly, I'm just glad the siblings did not eat each other.

Owl Cam Link


Friday, May 18, 2007

Chavez Demands Pope Apologize For Denial of Indian Genocide

Hitler Youth Pope Ratzinger (Nazi Ratzi) still a white supremacist.

Chavez demands Pope apologize for Indian comments
Sat May 19, 2007 12:07AM EDT

Chavez demands Pope apologize for Indian comments

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez demanded Pope Benedict apologize to Indians in Latin America for saying this month in Brazil that the Roman Catholic Church purified them.

Chavez, who regularly clashes with the Catholic Church in Venezuela but had not directly criticized the Pope before, accused the Pontiff on Friday of ignoring the "holocaust" that followed Christopher Columbus's 1492 landing in the Americas.

"With all due respect your Holiness, apologize because there was a real genocide here and, if we were to deny it, we would be denying our very selves," Chavez said at an event on freedom of expression.

In a speech to Latin American and Caribbean bishops at the end of a visit to Venezuela's neighbor Brazil, the Pope said the Church had not imposed itself on the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

Indian leaders in the region were outraged by the comments.

Millions of tribal Indians are believed to have died as a result of European colonization backed by the Church, through slaughter, disease or enslavement.

Chavez, who has expanded the rights of indigenous peoples from the Amazon rainforest to the Caribbean, said he felt he was Indian because Venezuelans are a mix of the European race and indigenous peoples.
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Latino Soldiers Who Refused Iraq Speak Out

"It's hard to overlook," Paredes told IPS. "The evidence is pretty clear that there's a lot of Latino resistance. Part of it is that we're disproportionately targeted for jobs that are high risk -- combat roles, infantry roles. We make up a very small percentage of elite jobs like officers and Blue Angels [a naval aviation show squadron]. We make up only four percent of the officer corps but when the invasion started we were 20 percent of the infantry."

Latino Soldiers Who Refused Iraq Speak Out

Aaron Glantz, IPS

SAN FRANCISCO, May 18 (IPS) - A U.S. Army medic who refused to load his gun in Iraq and then escaped through a base window in Germany rather than be deployed a second time returned home to Los Angeles this week after serving six months in a U.S. military prison.

Augustin Aguayo, 31, was born in Mexico and grew up in Southern California. After graduating from high school, he married and had twin daughters, but never got a college degree.

Aguayo told IPS he joined the military in November 2002 while he was working the night shift at a bank to support his wife and daughters, while he attended community college during the day.

"I'm working at night and I hear a radio announcement for the National Guard and that planted the first seed in my head: Work two weeks a year, one weekend a month, make some extra money, serve your country. That's exactly what I needed," he said.

So Aguayo went to a local Army recruiting office. The U.S. military had already toppled the Taliban in Afghanistan and President George W. Bush was talking about war with Iraq.

Aguayo said the recruiter downplayed the dangers of deployment.

"He was a veteran of the first Gulf War and he shared his experience with me," Aguayo said. "He said he was only there for four months, and that it wasn't bad. He said he mostly read books."

Aguayo's excitement started to wane, however, once he entered basic training. He said he was disturbed by boot camp chants like "left, right, left, right, KILL" and, although he had enlisted as an Army medic, he realised that he would still have to carry a weapon and fire it at other human beings when necessary.

That feeling of unease intensified after his unit received orders to deploy to Iraq. Before leaving for Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, they ran training exercises in Germany.

"We would drive around in convoys in the woods in Germany in a training area and constantly targets would pop up and we would fire out the window," he said. "We did this day after day [and] at nighttime. I was part of an infantry battalion. At that point it became clear to me that in today's army a medic isn't just someone who helps people. In all fairness, it's an infrantryman, a rifleman, that has some medical skills."
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Friday Song: No One Needs to Know

Two-steppin' into the weekend, ya'll...

Rain-hating whiners need not even try.


Campus Shuttered to Block Hate Speech Professor

Denying or trivializing any holocaust is an act of genocide, as it creates a permissive atmosphere in which crimes against humanity can flourish.

University shut in Holocaust row
An Italian university has closed down one of its campuses to prevent a planned lecture by a controversial French professor and Holocaust denier.

Robert Faurisson has been convicted five times in France for denying crimes against humanity.

He was due to speak at the University of Teramo in central Italy as part of a Masters course in Middle East studies.

But the university decided to close part of the campus to prevent him addressing students.

It said the "climate of tension" might endanger the safety of its students.


Faurisson says that Nazi gas chambers are a fiction and that most of the Jews who were killed at the Auschwitz concentration camp died of natural causes.
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LA Indymedia: AJLPP / CDIR Rejects New Immigration Proposals as Anti-Immigrant, Anti- Family

AJLPP / CDIR Rejects New Immigration Proposals as Anti-Immigrant, Anti- Family
by Coalition In Defense of Immigrant Rights Thursday, May. 17, 2007 at 4:12 PM 213-241-0906 337 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles,CA 90026

The Alliance Philippines (AJLPP) and the Coalition in Defense of Immigrant Rights (CDIR) vehemently oppose the US Senate proposals that will turn 12 million immigrants into “guest workers” and scrap the family reunification laws that should unite and not separate families. The new US senate taunted proposals that constitutes a far-reaching change in the immigration system that would admit future arrivals seeking to put down roots in the U.S. based on their skills, education levels and job experience, limiting the importance of family ties.

CDIR Update No. 3
May 17, 2007

AJLPP / CDIR Rejects New Immigration Proposals as Anti-Immigrant, Anti- Family Reunification and Inhumane

Los Angeles—The Alliance Philippines (AJLPP) and the Coalition in Defense of Immigrant Rights (CDIR) vehemently oppose the US Senate proposals that will turn 12 million immigrants into “guest workers” and scrap the family reunification laws that should unite and not separate families.

The new US senate taunted proposals that constitutes a far-reaching change in the immigration system that would admit future arrivals seeking to put down roots in the U.S. based on their skills, education levels and job experience, limiting the importance of family ties.

The AJLPP and the CDIR exclaimed that a new class of guest workers would be allowed in temporarily, but only after borders were fortified and measures were in place to ensure the rules were followed.

The CDIR opposes the proposal not only because it is racist, exploitative and inhuman but also fosters anti-immigrant bias and separates families and individuals and fleece profits from exploited worker immigrants.
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Gunny Bob Hate Speech Causes Ad Cancelations

Now if businesses would just stop having Columbus Day sales and advertising them on TV and radio, we'd really be making some progress.

3 firms pull ads on KOA program
An advocacy group urges companies to act after a talk-show host's remarks about Muslims last week.

By Will Shanley Denver Post Staff Writer
Article Last Updated: 05/17/2007 08:39:20 AM MDT

WHAT HE SAID "I want every Muslim immigrant to America who holds a green card, a visa, or who is a naturalized citizen to be required by law to wear a GPS tracking bracelet at all times." "Gunny Bob" Newman, KOA-850 AM radio host (The Denver Post)

At least three metro-area businesses have asked radio station KOA-850 AM to pull their advertisements from the "Gunny Bob" Newman show following remarks about Muslims made last week by the conservative talk-show host.

The companies, Excel Roofing, Ralph Schomp Automotive and Three Tomatoes Catering, asked that the ads run in different time slots on KOA after being petitioned by ProgressNowAction, an advocacy group in Denver.

At least one other advertiser with the radio station is also considering asking that its spots be removed from Newman's show, said Michael Huttner, the group's executive director.

"We are turning up the volume," Huttner said. "We are going to increase it until (the radio station)feels the heat and understands that this type of hate- mongering will not be tolerated."

Huttner said the group has sent thousands of e-mails to Colorado residents on its subscriber list, urging them to ask local companies that advertise with KOA to join a boycott.

The three companies that have asked that their ads not run on the show did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.

ProgressNowAction has taken issue with comments Newman made regarding Muslims. During a broadcast last week, he said: "I want every Muslim immigrant to America who holds a green card, a visa, or who is a naturalized citizen to be required by law to wear a GPS tracking bracelet at all times."

He also proposed that the government "bug their places of work and their residences."
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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Chad Eberhart of Catholic Currents is Banned for Holocaust Denial

Chad Eberhart of the blog Catholic Currents is banned from Fire Witch Rising for denying both the American Indian Holocaust and the Witches' Holocaust.

His racist, woman-hating remarks can be found in the comments section of the post Hitler Youth Pope Lies About Catholic Church's Genocide of Indigenous Peoples. His last attempt to post more of his twisted spew was deleted, but copies are available on request.

I have not seen such a shining turd of an example of whitemale supremacy in my comments section in quite awhile.

We will not be seeing anything further from Mr. Eberhart in this website's comments section ever again. Hate speech will not be tolerated.

No wonder your church has become such a craven haven for pedophiles, Chad, with Ugly Amerikans like you giving intellectual shelter to Holocaust deniers like Pope Benedict. Denouncement, not excuses, is what is morally required of you.

Later hater.

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10 Blackhawks Down in Iraq

Helicopters hit by mortar rounds at U.S. base in Iraq, police say
HAMID AHMED, Associated Press Writer
May 17, 2007 7:08 AM

BAGHDAD (AP) - Mortar rounds hit a U.S. Air Force base north of Baghdad on Thursday, destroying one helicopter and damaging nine others, police said.

The attack at Taji, a major Air Force on the northern outskirts of Baghdad, occurred about 2 a.m., the police said.

''There was an indirect fire attack on the base at Taji which resulted in damage to some aircraft,'' the military said. Indirect fire is a term the military generally uses to describe rocket or mortar attacks.

The attack destroyed one helicopter and damaged nine others, the police said.

An Iraqi civilian who works at the base said he saw about 16 damaged helicopters, some of them set on fire by the attack. The worker spoke on condition of anonymity, because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

City to pay $8,500 to man jailed after asking officer for business card

File Photo: White cop racial profiling youth of color at pro-migrant march in Denver on May 1, 2007. Cop Watch was on the scene in less than two minutes to record the subsequent arrest.

DPD pig's smartass mouth just cost the city of Denver $8500. Good. It's about time the hardworking volunteers of Cop Watch got a little compensation.

Well done, Evan, you brave soul.

City to pay $8,500 to man jailed after asking officer for business card

By Sue Lindsay, Rocky Mountain News
May 16, 2007

A Denver man who was arrested after he asked to see a police officer’s business card has settled his lawsuit against the city.

Evan Herzoff, a University of Colorado at Denver student and local CopWatch volunteer, was arrested April 8.

Herzoff had been videotaping the arrest of another individual in a parking lot as part of his CopWatch work. Police asked for his identification, which Herzoff produced, and then told him he was free to go.

But when Herzoff asked for Officer Jeffrey Morgan’s business card, the officer told him, "Let’s take you to jail instead." Herzoff was handcuffed and spent the night in jail.
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Prince Harry Done Playing Soldier

"Mountbatten, Mountbatten, Mountbatten," she said, clicking her heels three times.

The Royal's puppetmasters heard. Prince Harry is not going to Iraq.

He sure looked all chest-beater frat in his little soldier costume, though.

General: Prince Harry won't go to Iraq
LONDON - Britain's Prince Harry will not be sent with his unit to
Iraq, Britain's top general said Wednesday, citing specific threats to the third in line to the throne.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Sir Richard Dannatt said the changing situation on the ground exposed the prince to too much danger.

"There have been a number of specific threats, some reported and some not reported, that relate directly to Prince Harry as an individual," Dannatt said. "These threats exposed him and those around him to a degree of risk I considered unacceptable."


Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Now This Is How To Take Apart a Phony Journalist

A breathtaking demolition piece on the empire-enabling pundit Kathleen Parker written by a man who masterfully calls so much by its right name.

Bloody necropolitan ghouls, the lot of 'em, Mr. Miller!

War-Pimping with a Smile: Of American Exceptionalism, Apple Pie, and Moral Rot
By Jason Miller


Biography of Kathleen Parker excerpted from The Washington Post Writers Group page:

Now one of America's most popular opinion columnists, appearing in more than 350 newspapers, Parker is at home both inside and outside the Washington Beltway. But she came to column-writing the old-fashioned way, working her way up journalism’s ladder from smaller papers to larger ones. "I never set out to become a commentator – and do continue to resist the label 'pundit' – but I found that keeping my opinion out of my writing was impossible," says Parker. "One can only stand watching from the sidelines for so long without finally having to say, 'Um, excuse me, but you people are nuts.'"

Despite myriad signs of the waning power and impending collapse of the abomination known as the American Empire or Pax Americana, there are those among us who insist on perpetuating history’s greatest and deadliest charade. While our nation inflicts tremendous misery and suffering upon the Earth and its sentient inhabitants, our opulent class and their sycophantic apologists dress the United States in a cloak of moral rectitude so pious that one who sees the truth finds it difficult to refrain from vomiting. History will afford us generous praise for our military prowess, economic might, but most of all, for our capacity to project a false image, both to ourselves and others.

Greedy, hubristic, gluttonous, bellicose, and reactionary almost beyond belief, those who wield the bulk of wealth and power in the United States maintain a phenomenal illusion of America’s decency. Hollow pillars of noble ideals merely serve as storage silos for the manure the cynical de facto aristocracy perpetually feeds the masses to ensure that there are enough true believers to man the bulwarks of a system riddled with contradictions and corruption.

Machiavellian moneyed elites infest and dominate nearly every node of power in our maleficent socioeconomic and political infrastructure, including Wall Street, the Pentagon, Congress, the White House, and the Fourth Estate. America’s persistent efforts to dominate the rest of the world serve their interests while significantly diminishing the quality of life for the rest of us. Spending close to a trillion dollars a year on "defense" and committing war crimes with the casual ease of a man brushing his teeth enrich the military industrial complex, financially starve initiatives that would benefit humanity, and fuel a vicious cycle US military aggression, hatred, blowback, and US retaliation.

While the crony capitalist criminals have a multitude of means at their disposal with which to beguile the masses into complicity in their egregious crimes against humanity, their principal weapon is their army of propagandists. Possessing "all-American" looks, exhibiting unwavering patriotism, and fulfilling her self-designated role as spokesperson for "sane adults," Kathleen Parker is one of the establishment’s chief proponents in the corporate media. As such, she provides relentless cover for a class of criminals who manifest virtually all the perversities of the human soul.

Consider a dissection of some of her work as it appeared on Jewish World

In her 4/11/07, "Don Imus’s Via Dolorosa", Ms. Parker opined:

"What Imus said was not hateful, but it was thoughtlessly unkind to young women who are not, in fact, 'hos’…. Black hip-hop artists have been denigrating the women of their families and neighborhoods for years with terminology that reduces all women to receptacles for men's pleasure."

As she often does, Kathleen slyly buttresses the white patriarchal power structure which continues to dominate the United States, despite having suffered some significant erosion. Note how she assures us that Imus’s remark was not "hateful" and quickly identifies hip hop artists as the true villains.

While misogynistic song lyrics are morally repugnant, they do not alleviate Imus of culpability for his remark. When a dominant media figure, who happens to be a white male in a society which is only several generations removed from chattel slavery and Jim Crow, calls gifted black female athletes and scholars "hos" from a platform which enables him to reach an audience of millions, it is time for him to go.

Kathleen’s piece diverts our attention from another important issue. Why did his corporate chieftains fire Imus? Were they acting on the "moral duty" with which Ms. Parker professes to be so enamored? No. Imus got the axe because major advertising sponsors did not want to risk losing customers and withdrew their monetary support of Imus’s show.

Which leads to another significant point. Parker’s revulsion with hip-hop lyrics which denigrate women is fully justified. Yet she fails to acknowledge the fact that the bourgeoisie masters of the recording universe could end such abject immorality tomorrow if they wished. But even hip-hop with degrading lyrics sells. And profits rule, don’t they Kathleen? Did you forget to whom you sold your soul?

Writing in "The Mother of All Blunders" on 4/6/07, Parker gave us this gem:

"On any given day, one isn't likely to find common cause with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He's a dangerous, lying, Holocaust-denying, Jew-hating cutthroat thug — not to put too fine a point on it."

This presents an excellent example of the rabid belligerence and paranoia our corporate-controlled media works so hard to engender in the hoi polloi. While his government certainly has exhibited a tendency towards internal repression, to whom is Ahmadinejad a danger outside of Iraq? To the world’s lone superpower, which is equipped with the most lethal killing machine in the history of humanity? To Israel, a nation with a potent military, a nuclear arsenal and the unconditional support of the US? Whom has Iran invaded lately? What is it that Ahmadinejad has lied about? Is Holocaust denial now a violation of international law? What of the world’s denial of the genocide Israel is perpetrating against the Palestinians?

Thankfully, in March of this year, Ms. Parker was there to remind us of "America’s Clear and Present Danger":

"Simply put, the present danger is a worldwide threat from radical Islamist terrorism that has a strong state sponsorship component, an overt and covert military component, and an 'insidious peaceful component’ that is now present in the United States.

That is to say, peacefully and without much notice, Islamists are trying to use our laws of tolerance against us to carve out exceptions for themselves. The radical Islamist faction that has infiltrated and intimidated Europe has found a home in our polite denial."

To justify its outrageous military spending and perpetual wars, the United States needs enemies. When the Soviet Union disbanded and the US became the world’s only hegemon, policy makers needed a replacement for Communism to justify their "Realpolitik" interventions around the globe. Capitalism’s imperative is to expand or die.

How convenient for them that the "Islamofascists" have emerged. Former US allies like Saddam Hussein, CIA-trained guerilla fighters in Afghanistan, and millions of justifiably enraged victims of direct or indirect US oppression represent the ideal foe. Violently resistant to our exploitation, numbering over a billion, nearly ubiquitous, often dark-skinned (meaning they are easily dehumanized by our exquisite propagandists like Ms. Parker), and (by virtue of geographic good fortune) in possession of much of "our oil," Islamic people are readily portrayed to US Americans as "a worldwide threat" which has now reached our shores as an 'insidious peaceful component.’

If so many of our fellow citizens were not so easily persuaded to believe Kathleen’s absurd perversion of reality, it would be comical. We are the threat. Islamic violence is a reaction to years of invasion, genocide, theft of resources, toppling of governments, support of despots, and destruction of infrastructure. Imagine what we would do if we were in their place. But then again, empathizing with the "other" is akin to providing comfort to the enemy, isn’t it, Ms. Parker?

Musing about the state-sponsored murder of Saddam with "We Are All Executioners Now," in January of this year Ms. Parker penned:

"Where we've seen it before was in the horror movies Islamist terrorists staged when they butchered hostages such as Nick Berg and Daniel Pearl, knowing that the world would watch.

The differences are obvious, of course. Berg and Pearl were innocents, and Saddam was a lawless monster indicted, tried and convicted under a civilized code of jurisprudence. If anyone deserved ultimate justice for crimes against humanity, Saddam did. In death, he joins that foul fraternity of other torturers and murderers for whom death was tardy."

Again Kathleen presents us with an emotionally charged intellectual hand-job intended to create sympathy for "our people", demonize the "other", and legitimize the United States’ utter disregard for the law, let alone justice.

While the gruesome deaths of Berg and Pearl were tragic, where is her concern for the millions upon millions of victims of our imperial wars and occupations since the end of World War II?

Kathleen also conveniently "memory-holed" the fact that the 'lawless monster,’ Saddam, was our ally when he was at war with Iran during the Reagan era.

Amnesty International characterized Hussein’s trial and conviction as 'deeply flawed and unfair,’ despite Parker’s assurance that it was conducted 'under a civilized code of jurisprudence.’

And if 'in death’ Saddam joined 'that foul fraternity of other torturers and murderers for whom death was tardy,’ when do we schedule the executions of Kissinger, Bush 41 and Bush 43, Clinton, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and a host of other US leaders? Their crimes are as well-documented as Saddam’s and are of equal or greater magnitude.

Shortly after Hugo Chavez spoke at the UN in September of 2006, Parker fired off, "The Axis of Oil and Nuts":

"Chavez would be a hoot if he weren't so dangerous. As the leader of America's fourth-largest foreign oil supplier, he has undeserved power, both in the world and over the U.S. When he's feeling grumpy, he threatens to cut us off. Wouldn't we love not to have to entertain his mood shifts?"

Ms. Parker has a knack for defying reason while appearing to inundate us with irrefutable folksy wisdom. Admittedly, Chavez is over the top with his rhetoric and tends to make a caricature of himself. However, as with Ahmadinejad, to whom is Chavez a danger? Venezuela has not initiated a war or invasion under his leadership. There is no documented evidence that Chavez has killed (or ordered the killing) of a soul.

Chavez’s power to damage the US economically is far more limited than Kathleen implies. Venezuela accounts for about 15% of US oil imports. While it would certainly render a blow to the United States if Chavez stopped selling us his petroleum, we would manage.

In reality, the danger that Chavez poses is to US hegemony. As a shameless apologist for the US ruling elite, Ms. Parker is duty-bound to attack leaders like Chavez, who assert what "undeserved power" they have to protect their nation’s sovereignty and to challenge US global dominance.

Displaying rare form in April of 2006, Kathleen scribbled, "The Christianists are Coming, the Christianists are Coming":

"For those who do not spend their days pulling imaginary bugs out of their eye sockets, 'Christianist’ is a relatively new term that roughly refers to a virulent strain of right-wing political Christianity that, supposedly, parallels Islamist lunacy.

Although both groups may be 'true believers,’ those who try to connect the dots of Christian belief, specifically evangelical Christianity, to Islamism seem willing to overlook the fact that Islamists praise Allah and fly airplanes into buildings while Christianists praise Jesus and pass the mustard."

Thank you, Kathleen, for again reminding those who pull "imaginary bugs out of their eye sockets" that you are their Virgil in this mad, Hellish world.

Ms. Parker commits several sins of omission in her sweeping portrayal of Western religious fanatics as innocuous picnickers relative to the "monsters" who have the audacity to worship Allah.

Aside from passing the mustard, "Christianists" provide undying political, social, financial, and moral support for the genocidal acts of both the US and Israeli governments in the Holy Land. They don’t need to commit acts of terrorism abroad; they have the US military, the CIA, the IDF, and Mossad to do that for them. Therefore, they can focus their efforts on domestic terrorism as they bomb abortion clinics, gay night clubs, and Olympic events.

In "Hezbollah’s Twilight Zone" (2/06), Ms. Parker wove a tale that would have left Rod Serling green with envy:

"Why some residents of Qana didn't leave given fair warning is a point of speculation, but Hezbollah reportedly has blocked residents from evacuating other areas. Proportionality is a trickier question, but let's be clear on the issue of moral equivalence. There is none. Hezbollah aims to kill civilians; Israel aims not to. But by firing rockets from civilian areas, Hezbollah forces Israel to return fire, thus inciting the condemnation of civilized nations and fueling the reliable outrage of the Arab street.

The fog of war may prevent absolute clarity, but this much seems certain: Those dead women and children are casualties of Hezbollah, not Israel. As in the case of Susan Smith, we mourn the deaths of the children, but have no sympathy for the responsible party."

Let’s pause for a moment to applaud Kathleen for a nearly superhuman feat of mental gymnastics. If we are to accept her cleverly constructed argument, we must blame the defenders of the victims of Israel’s invasion of Lebanon while embracing the idiotic conclusion that Western shells, cluster bombs, and missiles are manufactured in such a way that they only kill the "bad guys", and when civilians die, it is an aberration for which we are immediately forgiven.

Incidentally, Israel killed 1200 Lebanese civilians while Hezbollah claimed 43 Israeli civilian victims. If, as Ms. Parker claims, "Hezbollah aims to kill civilians; Israel aims not to," both sides need to engage in some serious re-training of their forces.

Rewinding to 2004, let’s consider some of Kathleen’s "wisdom" from "You Say Fallujah, I Say Rambo!":

"I suppose it would be considered lacking in nuance to nuke the Sunni Triangle….

…But so goes the unanimous vote around my household - and I'm betting millions of others - in the aftermath of what forevermore will be remembered simply as 'Fallujah.’

Wouldn't it be lovely were justice so available and so simple? If we were but creatures like those zoo animals we witnessed gleefully jumping up and down after stomping, dragging, dismembering and hanging the charred remains of American civilians whose only crime was to try to help them.

These are the times that try Americans' souls….

...It is hard at such times to keep one's head, to remain calm, to rise above the impulse to exact immediate revenge. Or to cut and run, as we did under similar circumstances in Somalia not so long ago. But keep our heads we must. Calmly we must transcend the primitive lust that compels ignorant others to mug idiotically for cameras.

Our revenge will be in facing down enemies who, though unworthy adversaries, impede the worthy goal of stabilizing a country whose future may predict our own….

….Americans have the appealing if self-defeating habit of projecting their values onto others who haven't enjoyed centuries of self-enlightenment. But we learn and mean well.

What we know, and what we tell the rest of the world by our steadfastness, is that we will help even the unworthy; we will not back down from a just cause even when appalled and afraid; we mean what we say. "

What an artful display of war-pimping! In response to the death of four Blackwater mercenaries, at the hands of people whose nation WE invaded, she writes of nuking the Sunni Triangle and laments that "justice" against "zoo animals" is not so "available and so simple."

Invoking the spirit of the American Revolution with her reference to Thomas Paine and the times trying our souls, she reminds us of our "moral superiority" and the need to "rise above the impulse to exact immediate revenge." (Ultimately, we did indeed demonstrate our "civility and restraint" by allowing some time to pass before avenging the deaths of four guns-for-hire by leveling the city of Fallujah—we were so fortunate to have Kathleen as a moral compass).

Proudly waving the banner of American Exceptionalism, she reminds us that those attempting to end our occupation of their country are "unworthy", yet tempered as we are by "centuries of self-enlightenment", we will continue to "help" them.

Let’s hope that our "unworthy adversaries" who are maimed, dying, or who have lost family members realize that we US Americans "learn and mean well."

Some place their faith in a deity, but as evidenced by Ms. Parker’s June 2006 column, "In Marines We Trust," that trend may be changing:

"Not only do we not know what happened in Haditha, but we've failed to communicate effectively to the rest of the world what we do know: that our Marines always deserve the benefit of the doubt. And that if something did go terribly wrong in Haditha, it was a rare exception to the rule.

Instead of launching an aggressive PR campaign to debunk the growing impression that such incidents, if true, are par for American forces, we get a presumption of guilt and an ethics course to fix a problem that isn't a problem. The failure to communicate responsibly and strategically in this case, coupled with the rush to judgment in the international court of public opinion, has hurt not only the Marines under investigation, but also all our military men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan."

Here Ms. Parker implies that the vanguard forces of a morally reprehensible imperialistic superpower that slaughtered three million in Vietnam and has annihilated hundreds of thousands in Iraq since the Gulf War do their killing "innocently" and "ethically." While there is certainly a distinction between individual soldiers killing unarmed civilians and a group of service personnel taking lives in the course of carrying out a military objective, one can also successfully argue that each death the US military causes in Iraq is a war crime because the United States launched a war of aggression, an offense for which several principals of the Third Reich were hanged. Besides, the evidence against the Marines in Haditha is quite damning and the Haditha’s and My Lai’s are not as isolated as the corporate media would have us believe.

Recruiting young people who are economically susceptible to their bribes and psychologically vulnerable to their brain-washing while mobilizing public support for unprovoked invasions and "interventions," the tangled web of corporate entities, war profiteers, "elected officials", plutocrats, upper echelon military careerists, and their handsomely rewarded propagandists, like Ms. Parker, ultimately bears the responsibility for a deepening sea of blood and a growing mound of dismembered corpses.

Kathleen Parker may project an "apple pie" image, but her ardent moral and intellectual defense of the wholesale liquidation of human beings, her dehumanization of Islamic people to fuel the fraudulent "War on Terror", and her pathological nationalism reveal that she is morally rotten to the core.

Jason Miller is a wage slave of the American Empire who has freed himself intellectually and spiritually. He is Cyrano's Journal Online's associate editor ( and publishes Thomas Paine's Corner within Cyrano's at He welcomes constructive correspondence at