DENVER, COLORADO- The Denver Art Museum assembled a panel of Native American artists to build collections of recollections of the Sand Creek Massacre on the occasion of its 150 year anniversary. Question: what do the artists think of resting the onus of remembrance of a crime on its survivors? How convenient for the perpetrators of genocide –by a hair we mightn’t have had to remember it at all, the aim of genocide after all. If Westward Expansion had succeeded in wiping out indigenous peoples entirely, a genocidal program which is ongoing, to repeat the obvious, that the great white tribe wouldn’t have to be bothered to remember Sand Creek at all. Wrestling the narrative from the hands of the white fathers isn’t solved by seeking indigenous voices only, many of those by now have assimilated the colonialist temperment, the burden of remembrance must be taken up by the white supremacist if we are ever expected to atone.
Happening upon a Middle Eastern restaurant advertising itself to be Israeli-owned, I wondered, as a BDS-adherant promoting boycott, divestment and sanctions to pressure the state of Israel to abandon apartheid and illegal occupation, if this business fell under the BDS dragnet. BDS targets Israel and not just products from the Occupied Territories as moderates might prefer. At times BDS also focuses on prominent Zionist enterprises whether they be Israeli or American. Very likely these proprietors evangelize for Israel, but I thought a broader principle suggested itself: LET’S DO SUPPORT ISRAELIS WHO DON’T LIVE IN ISRAEL! Wouldn’t that be precisely the goal?! But a word about other Israelis for whom BDS is asked to make an exception, the oft-celebrated Israeli Left. Are we supposed to be reassured that many Israelis do not support the ethnic cleansing perpetuated by their right wing government? What of the purported majority of Americans who oppose our continued wars and our drone extrajudicial executions? If populations cannot prevent the crimes perpetrated in their name, indeed the responsibility falls to who other but them, does their objection earn any points until they act?
YES, Colorado Springs is so dumb, its local renewable energy fans had to rename themselves green energy advocates after they were called out for promoting NATURAL GAS! UnNatural Gas is not renewable and, guess what, it’s not green either. Of course even the Sierra Club got taken in by the natural gas frackers, and I’m not convinced 350.ORG isn’t equally soft. The upcoming People’s Climate March in New York City features among its speakers President Obama’s faux eco radical Van Jones who tours the country pitching a green jobs revolution equal parts solar panels and fracking rigs. Not only is the gas extraction process more injurious to the atmosphere than coal, on top of the unsustainable contamination of hydraulic fracturing, but “natural gas” is among the fuel reserves which scientists insist must be left untapped if Earth has any hope of mitigating climate change. Eco moderates harp about our economy needing gas as a transition fuel. Ironically the Climate Transition does not need our economy.
It would appear eternal candidate Hillary Clinton has launched her presidential bid into a barrel of ducks. She’s titled her campaign bio HARD CHOICES. Let’s see… Doing the right thing? Not really a hard choice. Favoring human rights? Not a hard choice. Peace? Social Justice? Humanity? Morality? These are not hard choices. For a warmongering sociopath, ok, impossible. Jailing bankers or war criminals? That should be no choice at all. For an informed public, rejecting another oligarch figurehead, even in the guise of electing a woman president, should not be a hard choice.
Yes, yes there are grey areas. Black and white is for the printed page. But publishing is a great example of the decisive expression of intention, whether to write it down or not. So too, taking action requires commitment to a direction. I fail to see how “taking the middle road” serves anyone but those trying to forstall your getting beyond the status quo. My objection to middle roads is that they lead you nowhere. They’re basically medians.
The year 2014 will mark the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre, on November 29, two days after Thanksgiving. But on this day, January 29 of the year before, a Shoshone village suffered an identical fate. The Bear Creek Massacre was also once called the Battle of Bear Creek, but the only grounds which western military history buffs have to argue that such engagements were “battles” not massacres, is that was how the US cavalry waged its fights against the hostiles, its only victories were raids upon unsuspecting villages.
Media propagandists can’t conceal the state of the union address for what it was, a pageant of creeps, a pandering freakshow, and a flaunting of the celebration that the American constituancy is peopled by idiots on both sides of the aisle.
Before Pearl Harbor, there was Remember the Maine (Spain’s sneak attack), before that Americans were admonished to never forget the Alamo (Mexico’s sneak attack). After Pearl Harbor, the sneak attack that conscripted US public opinion into WWII, there was the Gulf of Tonkin (Viet Cong sneaks), among countless false flags calculated to mobilize a peaceful population to support retaliations that would otherwise be acts of aggression. The Third Reich had its Reichstag Fire and fabricated depredations on German minorities in Czechoslovakia and Poland to justify launching war. Whatever happened at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, immediately branded “Nine Eleven”, launched the West’s overt War on Islam. It’s Yellow Journalism 101, but Americans never seem to learn. A Japanese flotilla traversing the Pacific to launch a suprise attack on the US fleet, unbeknownst to US intelligence, is as improbable as the collapse of the steel WTC towers. That our fleet’s capital ships, the aircraft carriers were off on maneuvers, leaving only aging battleships to be bombed, gives December 7th something of the odor of 9/11’s Building 7. Roosevelt’s legacy was haunted by accusations of “conspiracy”, of having sacrificed the unsuspecting servicemen’s lives to protect corporate oil interests extending beyond the Pacific. In view of the lives expended since, both military and innocent, to preserve the reaches of empire, what’s so hard to believe?
I read 30 Seconds Over Tokyo when I was still a war-playing kid, before I would understand the mischievous consequences of the Doolittle Raiders B-25 bombers deploying without their bombsights. This was to prevent US war-making advantages falling into enemy hands but it also precluded dropping bombs with accuracy. I’m pretty certain the account for young readers also didn’t explain why over a quarter of the squadron’s bombs were of the incidiary cluster variety. Readers today know what those are for. Doolittle claimed to be targeting military sites in Japan’s capitol, but “invariably” hit civilian areas including four schools and a hospital. Of the American fliers captured, three were tried and executed by the despicable “Japs”, who considered the straffing of civilians to be war crimes. After the war, the US judged the Japanese officers responsible, as if their verdict was a greater injustice against our aviators’ “honest errors”. Today we rationalize our systemic overshoot policy as “collateral damage”.
I attended Occupy Denver’s forum “What Does Democracy Look Like?” this weekend to hear activist scholars of considerable repute throw in their two cents. The first day was a splendid gathering, except where a curated discussion of intentional community lapsed into theology. Yes, a distillation of mostly white reform literature (Fanon was dismissed as wayward) yielded three steps for The Way Forward: Egypt, Exodus and the Promised Land. Yep.
Mother Jones Magazine sent me an email the other morning, subject: “BREAKING”, first line: “URGENT” so I opened it wondering if it was possibly about more than asking for money, how silly of me. Apparently, Stephen Colbert’s sister stands a chance to beat Republican Sanford in a senate race somewhere, as if that mattered to Mother Jones! Has a Democrat yet delivered anything to cheer about? Like President Obama, they are worse than Republicans because we pretend they are kinder gentler rapists and they’re not even that, they’re doublespeaking rapists whispering sweet nothings, this latest has the last name “Busch.”
Here it is in a nutshell… It’s All About Resistance- Without Unions the Bullies Will Win.
How about some positive thinking here!!!! Sing along with us now! Oye!
The gun fetishists are never at a loss, it seems, to come up with bad ideas when it comes to their sick love of guns. This one is guaranteed to cause more harm than good… FLASHBANG (BRA) HOLSTER: An Overview.
What else can we really say here? This woman loved the military and hated the poor and she and Ronnie in the US as ruling class elite are responsible for making the mess the entire world still faces today. Thatcher’s policies have led us into a world where misery is proliferating non stop and her legacy is nothing more than riches for the super rich and poverty and austerity for the poor. What an evil witch!
Barbaric USA- our society is in love with Pentagon child abuse and the use of military terrorism- Fly the Flag!
Afghan Children Reported Among Dead in U.S. Strike… Do any of your neighbors really even care? Sure, they like to pretend that they ‘support life’ and such, and that they are Christians… but do they really oppose the use of their government’s terrorism abroad? Very few really do oppose it we know.
A court ruling has overturned the US Obama Adminstrations’s, the Pope’s, and all the other Right Wing Christian groups’ legal restrictions blocking the increased use of the morning after pill inside the US. It will now be sold over the counter in the US and made more easily available to young teen women as well as older women.
Next trip out of the US to more restrictive countries, we urge you to take along several thousand of these pills with you and distribute them liberally to those that might need them. You might most probably help save a young woman’s life if you were to do so. And too bad the Democratic Party will go on and probably continue to try to sabotage better family planning rules with their friends, the religious Far Right. The Obama Administration is turning out to be the worst set of ‘Republicans’ we have had in the White House in the last decades. Egads… (See Obama Faces Choice on Morning-After Pill Limits)
How many times did Bill Clinton pose himself as wanting to save the US made impoverished Haiti? I lost count. Well now a study shows it was all a big fraud, with most of the so called US aid to Haiti going to US companies, and only 1% of it to Haitians themselves! Yes, that’s right. …just 1%! And the study also found that the biggest recipient of U.S. aid after the earthquake was Chemonics International, a for-profit international development company based in Washington, D.C., that has more than 4,800 employees. These are US corporate creeps posing as international saviours alongside their co-partners, The Pentagon. See Study Finds Haiti Aid Largely Went to US Groups
___ Today in Wonderland USA, President Obama apologized to a woman for earlier calling her ‘hot’. However, she was then warned that if she continued to get upset about his male chauvinist sexism that he would have to send a drone to her house and take appropriate CIC action.
~~~ We could see this a long time coming… Obama ‘offering to cut US pensions’ for deficit deal …Time to kick both parties to the side and stop that ‘Kiss me I’m a liberal (Democrat) bullshit. In fact, it’s way past the time to have done so. Neither Democrat nor Republican come the next round of corporate ruling class (s)elections! Voting for these people is like putting a bullet to your head. This country can hardly be called a democracy at all.
Obama continues to occupy Korea with Pentagon troops as one part of multiple US proxy wars against Russia and China
WW1 and WW2 began because various (mainly European) capitalist powers began to battle each other over ownership and control over their multiple world wide colonies. Today, the US corporate world has their US government battling the newest capitalist powers, Russia and China, over who will control the world’s scattered and now rapidly dwindling natural resources.
~~~~~~~~~~~ Magic Johnson and family. See Magic Johnson Opens up About Gay Son: ‘I’m Behind Him One Million Percent’
~~~~~~ My favorite question for America’s hordes of Right Wingers is simply to ask them just what exactly are they defending so hard? They never ever come up with anything much coherent when asked this question and I have become to ask myself if they are so alienated from others and themselves to the point of not even being aware of it? Interestingly, today the alternet website published a great introspection of our generalized societal unhappiness which asked a similar question of us all. Why Are We All Ignoring Our Loneliness?
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