Saturday, December 30, 2006

Thuggery Begats Thuggery

The muderous tyrant Saddam Hussein is dead. Good ridence to this thug of biblical proportions. Look at the picture for why this is a bad idea. Annonymous goons stringing up the former potentate in a dungeon of undisclosed place. Giving the state this kind of authority only encourages them. Down with the death penalty.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Dirty War Witness Gone Missing

A second witness has "disappeared" in Argentina during a trial dealing with military officers involved in the "dirty war" that sent thousands to brutal deaths in the late 70's and early 80's. The Argentine military was particularly cruel in their suppression of trade union, liberation theologists, student radicals and other assorted leftoids of the 70's. With US support in earnest.

Friday, December 22, 2006

A Gift Fom Smooth B

Just somthin for the ladies a this time of holiday merriment.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Burleigh: The Roughest Street in Milwaukee

They have to grow up fast in my hood!

UAE Bans PJ's at Work

As of the first of the year Civil Servants will be banned from wearing pyjamas to work. Here at the plant PJ's have also been deemed socially acceptable atire. The levelling impulse run amok?

Virgin Birth

Komodo dragons don't need to do it to pro-create.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

And the Answer Is

The pundits were unanimous. Honesty about the real world was forthcoming. Mistakes were made, lessons learned. The loyal opposition loud and clear. The President canned the architect of the war plan. A panel was convened to consult on a plan of action to save face in defeat. A new path and chief at defense who would right the wrongs. The electorate spoke clearly. So what does Rove/Cheney/Bush answer with? Full speed ahead with war, no actually an increase in the size of the military so that the war can continue at an increased pace.

One has to admire the gumption with this crowd. Offense, offense, offend is certainly their motto. They see an issue is going against them and they tack in the opposite direction. They know this can polarize but they see it as bold and so do their minions. The last Democrat to have such skills was James Polk!

Monday, December 18, 2006

The War to End All Wars

A Miracle in No-Man's Land. Powerful play about Brits during WWI on BBC radio.

Friday, December 15, 2006


Jeb Bush will be President of the United States one day.

The Communist Manifesto

In cartoons. Dull reader but great editing.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Crimes of Pino

1973 and on.

Wahabi Death Ritual

Interesting story on the burial rights of the Wahabi sect of Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia. Even the King is buried in an unmarked grave and public mourning is kept to a minimum.

The Plot Thickens

The Saudis make noise about supporting the Sunni in Iraq if the US leaves. The Neo-Con blunder looks more blunderous by the day as events spiral in directions that were predicted by half the under-graduate class of Bergen Community College. The wider conflict is now unfolding with Washington now, as they did in Afghanistan in the 80's, and in Iran in the 70's acting as catalyst for the most retrograde forces in the region. And they wonder why there is a Holocaust denier con-fab in Tehran.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The Socialism of Fools

Anti-semites of the world unite in Tehran to try and pedal the most outrageous lie of the the last 60 years. This is a despicable conference that should be denounced in no uncertain terms.

Sure there is a Holocaust industry and Zionists and their supporters use it for unsavory ends but this is no excuse to hobnob with known NAZI's, Klansman and crackpots. This is a scary group of mass murderer wanabees.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Head Scarf Debate

How it plays in Turkey.

And across Europe.

APPO Leader Arrested

One of the leaders of the recent movement in Oaxaca that called for the overthrow of the states Governor has been arrested on trumped up charges. The struggle emerged out of a teachers' strike and quickly mushroomed into an anti-corruption campaign in one of Mexico's poorest states. Death squads and other nasties were used in the suppression of the movement. Dirty War tactics are nothing new as a Truth Commission is today working to unearth and document the crimes of the last few decades.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The Rush to Stay

The media concensus says stay in Iraq. Normon Solomon as usual gets it right.

The Good Die Young

Fascist globetrotter Pino lingers on into his 91st year. Could this be the end or does he have some Dorian Gray in him?

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Global Inequality

The staggering stats. The richest 2% control half of the worlds wealth and the richest 10% own 85%. The poorest 50% own 1%. This is what Uncle Milty was working for with smashing success. In the past although people were poor they controled land and thus some access to sustinance. The last 200 years has help eliminate this problem. Not that I advocating going back but expropriation.

Saturday, December 02, 2006


Story of an artist who painted portraits for Joseph Mengele. She is now trying to retrieve her work which is housed at the Auschwitz museum.

To Put It Mildly

Milton Friedman's legacy. Or as we call him at the Red and th Black, MF.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

A 5 Day What?

5 day birthday celebration and holiday will not be attended by the great leader. Why exactly does a communist state celebrate the birthday of its leader? And power is handed off to a blood relative? The SWP always told us there was no cult of personality in Cuba.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Civil War?

The present situation in Iraq. Yikes! And the full scale war has yet to begin....


Yet Another Blow To Private School Voucher Movement, Says Americans United
High Court Refuses Maine Case That Sought To Force Private School Aid
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today applauded the Supreme Court's refusal to hear an appeal of a case from Maine that sought to force local education officials to provide tax support for private religious schools.
Without comment, the high court today declined to hear the case Anderson v. Durham School Department.
"This is yet another sign that the Supreme Court is not interested in forcing any state or jurisdiction to adopt voucher programs," said Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. "It is time for the groups that have pursued this misguided legal strategy to give up."
Maine law allows some parents living in rural areas that lack public high schools to send their children to private, non-sectarian institutions at state expense. Citing church-state separation concerns, Maine lawmakers have excluded private religious schools from the plan.
A handful of Maine parents, backed by the pro-voucher group the Institute for Justice, challenged the law, asserting that it discriminated against religion.
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court disagreed, ruling in April that state officials had a valid interest in protecting the separation of church and state. The U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to hear the case today ends the controversy.
Lynn noted that although the high court upheld voucher plans in 2002, the justices have shown little sympathy for arguments that failure to provide tax subsidies for private sectarian education is a form of religious discrimination.
"Some Maine parents wanted to pass their parochial school tuition bills to the taxpayers," Lynn observed. "The courts are making it clear there is no 'right' to force someone else to pay for your religion."
Americans United and allied groups intervened in the case in the Maine courts, representing taxpayers in the state who oppose government funding of religion.
Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Grind

Prose about combat in Vietnam.

Altman: Dead!

Robert Altman dead at 81.

Favorites here are The Long Goodbye and Nashville.


Improv Everywhere. They make scenes.

Meet Anton Chekov, no, really meet Anton Chekov.

Viewing History

The book I have talked about writing. How we view history through high school text books.


Neo-Con plan to unite arab nationalists and a band of Shia muslims from Lebanon through Iraq to Tehran is moving full speed ahead. Tehran now holds lots more cards and the Saudis are even more upset now that the Shia are in the ascendency.

At least the Israeli's are happy!

Monday, November 20, 2006


Here's why I think the gay marriage amendments in the states are unconstitutional:

Amendment IX: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Are the gay rights folk challengeing them on these grounds?

Russia Denies Poisoning Ex-KGB in London Sushi Bar

Rough crowd!

The War and the War Parties

So the stakes are very high, and the party of permanent war ­ represented at its purest distillation in the form of senators like Joe Biden and congressmen like Rahm Emanuel are regrouping for a counter-attack, their numbers refreshed by a phalanx of incoming blue dogs, ranged against the 60-80 "out now" Democrats. You think pro-war Tom Lantos ­ one of the most rabid Zionists in Congress -- will be an improvement on antiwar Jim Leach as chair of the House International Relations Committee? The Democratic foreign policy establishment cannot and will not tolerate the notion of Cut and Run in Iraq. Expect the Israel lobby to say, post November 7, "We're back, stronger than ever!" Expect reassertions of the essential nobility of the attack that ousted Saddam Hussein, a deprecation of the destruction of Iraq as a society, a minimization of the outrages committed by US forces.

Cockburn on terra firma. How politics looks from the anti-imperialist left.

The Latino Vote

With the Catholic baggage I think in the end the Latino vote will eventually move right but for the meantime I think Neumann-Ortiz is correct, the Republicans are in trouble if they keep trying to tap the xenophobic vote.

The power of Latino turnout
The Latino community demonstrated its capacity to not only turn out in great numbers to recent marches but in its participation in the 2006 elections.

Though it is not getting play on English-language news stations, immigration politics motivated Latinos to vote and give the Democratic Party the majority in Congress.

The Republican Party delivered this victory to the Democrats through its commitment to a political platform that was seen by the Latino community as extremist, anti-immigrant and racist.

In the debate over immigration, the Democratic Party distinguished itself by having a majority in the party that supported comprehensive immigration reform that was pro-family, supported civil and worker rights and provided a path to citizenship instead of a path to criminalization.

In the 2004 elections, Republicans got 44% of the Latino vote and Democrats got 53%. Latinos had voted for Democrats by margins of 63%, 62% and 65% in the 1998, 2000 and 2002 elections, respectively.

This year, according to exit poll figures reported by CNN's Spanish-language network, the Republican vote among Latinos crashed to 26% and the Democrats got 73%, a full 20-point improvement from 2004.

This could represent a seismic shift in ethnic electoral politics for 2008 and beyond.

At the local level, Voces de la Frontera noticed even before the elections a new level of increased participation. The No. 1 reason: immigration.

The Milwaukee Election Commission reported that in the 10 wards with high Latino population in which Voces de la Frontera organized a non-partisan get-out-the-vote campaign, there was an average of 48% increased participation compared to the 2002 elections.

According to Marilyn Figueroa of Voces de la Frontera, "This was the most historic campaign I have seen compared to other elections because of the level of unity and motivation on the part of the Latino community. It crossed all kinds of lines: age, class, national origin such as naturalized citizens from Mexico, Puerto Ricans, Colombians, Cubans, Panamanians, Peruvians and other countries from Central and South America."

There was an inspiring show of participation on the part of these naturalized citizens to stand up for the rights of other immigrant families.

There was a great participation of young people who voted for the first time and helped assist others as well. Eleazar Lopez, Antonia Lara and Eddie Perez of Citizen Action, three young adults who led the local campaign on Milwaukee's south side, noted how important the contribution of young people was to this effort.

Lopez said, "We were able to educate the community about the importance of participating in the political process so that they would have the confidence and knowledge to vote and have their voice heard by politicians, both Democrat and Republican."

The election results represent a more favorable opportunity for comprehensive immigration reform, but they do not represent a final victory. There are powerful corporate interests that profit from denying immigrant workers full rights and that stand to profit from the increased detention and militarization of the border.

The Latino community does not want a return to the Bracero program that was dismantled for its labor abuses. We do not want a guest worker program that would only legalize the super-exploitation of immigrant labor for the employer.

It will be the efforts of the Latino community to continue educating, organizing and mobilizing to demand justice that will result in a comprehensive reform that reflects compassion, humanity and democratic values.

The Latino community expects our political leaders who were voted into power to deliver now that they are in a position to move a comprehensive immigration reform forward.

Just as other ethnic and racial minorities have organized to claim representation and equal rights in this country, voter turnout is a recognition of the vitality of the growing Latino civil rights movement that is not just capable of marching but of mobilizing for elections and is determining its future.

Christine Neumann-Ortiz is director of Voces de la Frontera.

Friday, November 17, 2006


Play today!


BBC7 is running a short play on Paul Gauguin and his life in Tahiti. His relationships with the local missionary and the locals are explored. Back to the garden for the Westerner.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Uncle Milty Dead!

Purveyor of the invisible hand, and the invisible lunch for millions, Milton Friedman, dead at 94.

We Will Serve No Wine

Top 10 Slogans for Wal-Mart Wine

10. "When Kmart Wine Just Won't Do"

9. "I Can't Believe It's Not Wine"

8. "Show Your Friends How Little You Care"

7. "Kills Germs on Contact"

6. "Recommended by 4 Out of 5 Drifters!"

5. "Crack Open a Can Today!"

4. "Fresh From the Vineyards of Aisle 6"

3. "Here's to Making Bail!"

2. "Feeling Down After Being Thrown Out by Britney?"

1. "Goes Great With a 20-Dollar Hooker"

Labor Value

Guess who's quote?

“Labour was the first price, the original purchase - money that was paid for all things. It was not by gold or by silver, but by labour, that all wealth of the world was originally purchased.”

Not Karl
Ricardo's Friend

More hints. Added after cranky comment:
No friend of Mercantilism
Once kidnapped by Gypsies


Harley profits increase 18% in 3rd quarter. Exports soar as rich get richer internationally and China and India's economies expand particularly at the high end. This creates conditions very favorable for a massive expansion of the market for Harley's top sellers.

Harley workers accept massive cuts in wages and benefits for new workers with no garuntee of anything.

Roll freedom roll!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Friday, November 10, 2006

JP Dead

Vladimir Palahnuik dead! I never thought this cat would pass.

The Wreck of the E

Why we are fascinated by this is beyond me? but here on the anniversary of the wreck of the E and friends of mine are named Ed and Fitzgerald, we need to recognize this in some way. Here are the workers that went to a watery grave in Lake Michigan in 1975.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

The War as Catalyst

The election shows that even though the anti-war movement is anemic and the Democrats ran away from the issue both parties have to address the issue head on if they want to do well in 08.' This is evidenced by the firing of Rummy and Nancy Pelosi's comments that the #1 issue for the country is now the war. This talk will fade as Rove and Bush trot out new tactics with the Baker/Hamilton Commission with their new man at the Pentagon at the point. The Democrats hope for a calming because they are split on the issue-some Dems in liberal districts in cities have hard core Out Now constituencies and other suburban/rural Dems have a more hawkish/nationalist pose.

Cockburn points to the losers in the election-Neo-cons and liberal free traders.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

To the Gallows?

Maybe he can join his old buddy?

Election 2006

Democrats win despite running away from the major issue in the campaign: the war. The other major issue was corruption. Schizophrenic voters in Arizona became the first voters in the US to vote down a ban on gay marriage and civil unions while at the same time deciding to punish immigrant workers by denying them another set of benefits not banned previously and making them speaks god's language, English! I say god's language following a former Texas governor who once quipped, "if English is good enough for Jesus and the bible, it's good enough for me." South Dakotans joined Arizonans in rejecting some very reactionary legislation by voting down a Draconian abortion bill passed by the legislature that would have banned all abortions.

A major dissapointment here in Wisconsin as gay haters everywhere united to say yes to changing our constitution so that the sodomites, I guess the yes voters are not having any kind of sex besides that which is holy?, cannot have the right to patriarchy's crowning achievemnt, marriage. Across the country it is amazing that we now have in the documents that are supposed to define our equality and limit the power of government over the individual-at least in theory-language that creates second class citizens. The gay rights movement needs to now re-think their electoral strategy and take a page from the civil rights movement and take to the streets. Equality now for all!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The Legacy of 1979 and the FSLN

As someone who felt personally crushed with the defeat of the FSLN in the Nicaraguan elections of 1990 yesterday's presidential results come as bitter sweet.
Given the FSLN's shift to the right the legacy of the party now seems to be the ending of the US backed Somoza family dictatorship and the implementation of a liberal democracy. Certainly a far cry from the revolutionary goals of Carlos Fonseca and the other heroes of the revolution that died in the struggle but a significant gain nonetheless.
Given the functioning democracy in Nicaragua as a result of the FSLN, which the US opposed by the way, if you hadn't noticed, it is even more appalling that the US now wants to punish the Nicaraguan people by threatening to cut off aid as a result of the election. Particularly given that the US has punished this tiny country for at least 150 years for trying to maintain its independence and dignity, which has led to war and sanctions that now rank Nicaraguans as poor as the average Haitian.

Viva Sandino! Patria Libre O Morir!

Sunday, November 05, 2006


Bruno talks to a Gay converter from Arkansas.

Bruno asks club owner, "if techno music was invented in the 1930's would Hitler have come to power?" He also asks, "the 1980's: the rise of techno and the fall of Apartheid, a coincidence? Watch the answer here.

Hunting Deer and Jews? With Borat

On the ranch with Borat.

A True Daughter of the Revolution

Some easy listening from the DKRP!

And have you seen the Metro?

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Gillo Pontecorvo

Pontecorvo: dead. Long live the work of Gillo Pontecorvo!Obit for THE master radical film maker.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Dictat Ad Nasuem Erum Sanctamonius!

Madison Bishop orders churches to play a pre-recorded sermon this Sunday, or Saturday night for the late risers?, deriding the opponents of a mean spirited change to the Wisconsin contitution that would change nothing given that it is already illegal for gays to get married and for civil unions to be recognized. Why exactly does this sect of Christianity get tax free status?

Fox and a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

Fox re-arranges schedule to air hysterical islamophobic docudrama just in time for the election.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Freedom's Daughter

I have never been the greatest fan of Indira Gandhi but always have had a soft spot for her dad. Sonia Gandhi has edited the letters between her mother-in-law Indira and her grandfather-in-law Jawaharlal. Quite a story of family love and politics of the struggle. Listen to them on BBC7.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Sir No Sir

The anti-war movement in the Army. Check it out!

Westerners Are More Promiscuous

Counter to common opinion a world wide study finds that westerners are fooling around more than other parts of the world.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Cheney Says Iraqi Violence Linked to US Mid-Term Election

Doubtful. It is not that the Iraqi resistance is not sophisticated but other developments seem to explain the high level of death including Bush Administration concerns about the mid-term elections.
For the Bushies the key to Iraq is Baghdad. In the last few months as the election loomed and events in the capitol city continued to decline the Pentagon put forward a plan called Operation Forward Together launched in June. This plan along with an effort to retake the city of Ramadi in Anbar Province has led to US soldiers leaveing the "comfort" of the Green Zone and showing a very heavy presence in Baghdad in particular. Recently a US soldier was captured, they say kidnapped in the media-not sure why?, and this had led to even more dangerous missions for US troops as they now need to go door to door in areas previously off limits.
Cheney is trying to give excuses to the flac catchers at Fox News so that they can spin the carnage before the election. Don't buy it. The US is losing in Iraq and they will eventually withdraw with a military dictatorship in place. The future is very bleak for the Iraqi people for sure.
Mission Accomplished!