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Earth Day, Hour, Minute now Memory. KRCC’s Democracy Now, Then, Was.

Remember Earth Day? It became Earth Hour, then I think Earth Minute. If there was an Earth Second you and I missed it. With every chance for commemorative environmental actions squeezed out by the newest condensed schedule, the Earth Moment became a void. Now for Earth Day we do nothing. We reflect in acquescence. It's become another holiday, minus the time off, which is not ironic. Our uninterrupted industry on Earth Day is fitting. Earth Day is like Valentine's Day. Happy Earth Day! :) Earth Day Who were those assholes who decided a whole day was too much for consumer culture to spare in reflection, potential enlightenment and transcendence? Those reformist subverted all hope of drawing popular support to the movement. They're the same moderates who think people need warm cookies to be attracted to a revolution. They are the same Sunday schoolers who think protest must be made safe for picnic goers and their children. These "innovations" appear well meaning, if naive, but sometimes outside-the-box thinking falls outside of all effectiveness. What passes for unschooled, so consistently, is very likely shepherded by handlers as clever as fox. The function of subversives used to belong to the anti-establishment. The dark side is using them much more effectively. Rooting them out is depicted as fingerpointing by the Left, which initiates the circular firing squads. And we're played for idiots. So let me tell you about my Earth Day. Democracy Now My Earth Day featured a visit by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now. She came to Colorado College to speak on behalf of her program and her most recent book which is a twenty year retrospective about the social movements she's covered. Amy spoke in the tiniest of lecture halls which was full because it was tiny. Because guess what? The public radio station on which the program used to appear didn't promote the event. The community radio station which streams her for now isn't on the air as yet. Word only spread through a student organization on campus. Thus the audience was kept small. Amy's previous appearance filled a venue much larger, and the one before that filled the school's largest. Someone shrunk Democracy Now's local reach by a combination of destructive intent on the part of CC's regents and a lack of vigilence on the part of her local station KRCC and its supporters. Not only did the cretinous traitors at KRCC sabotage the potential of Amy's personal appearance, the event was put into the hands of a strange new student association dedicated to the project of nuturing communication between two Colorado Springs campuses: Colorado College and the Fucking U.S. Air Force Academy. Because apparently the two vocational vectors have things to share with one another. So two students, one from each school, introduced Amy and before they did they spoke about the importance of people going into civil life collaborating with those heading into military leadership. As if. These two insipid dwarf-people introduced DEMOCRACY NOW, the flagship news program of the PACIFICA Radio Network, dedicated to a media

Now Colorado College students have to ask permission if they want to protest

COLORADO COLLEGE- How do you protest having to seek permission to protest? Do it without. But Colorado College students learned on Wednesday that protesters risk arrest for trespassing: trespassing on the private property of a private college ostensibly protecting the non-dissenting students from having to see dissent. It would be interesting to see college administrators have to explain that on their campus, the freedom to speak didn't include the freedom to hear.

Gazette not only blocks story of local fracking protest, but assigns goon to disrupt it

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.- This past Tuesday saw the largest demonstration yet against oil and gas drilling in Colorado Springs and the ugly practice of hydraulic fracturing. Several dozen fractivists allied with Colorado Springs Citizens for Community Rights (CSCCR) and Occupy were joined on the steps of City Hall by Colorado College students who'd marched from their campus with banners and posters denouncing fracking. You didn't hear about it did you? After the rally everyone filled the council chamber to give 3-minute personal testimonials that ran for two hours. That too went unreported, in particular by the Gazette, who had two reporters in the room, one who'd conducted interviews, and both who took notes during the presentations. But neither produced a story -- an odd dereliction of responsibility you might say. Even more odd was the role played by Gazette editorial page writer Wayne Laugesen who ultimately opined on the city council's decision to postpone their vote, as "caving to anti-energy activists", offering no details. Laugesen actually interjected himself into the rally outside as a lone counter-protester, interrupting interviews being filmed for TV stations KRDO and KKTV. When they asked Laugesen to let them do their job, the goon replied that he was doing his. So the Gazette was not satisfied to blackout reports of the community rally, but aimed to sabotage it as well. Whose job was Wayne Laugesen doing exactly? Was he confusing his publisher for the overseers who hold his tether: the pro-industry PR mill Americans For Prosperity? It could be. But the Gazette is now hardly distinguishable from contract stink-tank corporate profiteering advocacy. When conservative mummies Freedom Communications supervised the Gazette, the pretense was tax-cutting, tax-dodging libertarianism. The Gazette's new owner made his billions in corrupt oil, real estate and privatization schemes, so prospects are looking dim for the region's daily paper to offer authentic news. Having their editorial hit-man on the ground as a pretend grass root weed killer is a disturbing development that must not go unchallenged. Contrast the Gazette blackout and the relatively tepid coverage by the weekly Independent, with the monthly African American Voice which gave the previous anti-fracking rally a front-page, full color, two-page article, whose theme accurately accused the city council of being "out of touch with the community." AAV publisher James Tucker has participated in several of the rallies and understands whose interest he represents. On the other hand, Tuesday was the umpteenth time the Gazette has ignored the rising community effort to oppose the oil and gas lobby. For many months of city council meetings, Gazette correspondent Daniel Chacon has dutifully sat at his stenographer's seat and witnessed testimony after testimony from community voices without reporting a single one. On one particularly contentious council meeting in November, Chacon summarized the council's decision without mentioning the overwhelming community presence. This Tueday's voices were joined by EPA-whistleblower Wes Wilson and environmental activist Phil Doe, who'd come from Denver to testify before the Colorado Springs council. Phil Doe made an earnest plea for council to

Democracy How?

Amy Goodman of the program Democracy Now was in Colorado Springs last night (Thursday) speaking to a small group of patrons of KRCC radio crowd which, along with Colorado College the owner of the station, did a royally piss poor job of building the event. Few people were aware of the event taking place and few showed up as a result of that lack of promotion for the show. Corporate pushing KRCC never seemed to have ever wanted to carry Democracy Now in the first place, favoring Mobil-Exon Oil promoted PBS (Corporate Broadcasting System) by far in their huge hours given to push PBS's Democratic Party/ Republican Party ONLY politics nonstop over Colorado airwaves. KRCC is certainly not my idea of what a credible ALTERNATIVE media outlet should be sounding like. How could it be, with Sue Woolsey, wife of the former CIA director and notable Right Winger creep James Woolsey Jr., chairing the board of Colorado College and by extension, KRCC itself? The Woolsey family are big pushers for starting war against Iran. However, all is hardly perfect with Democracy Now itself either. Today's Counterpunch tells the story of another Amy Goodman-Democracy Now visit to another city which was Baltimore, home of the author of this particular Counterpunch published commentary. Read the piece and get a glimpse of how Democracy Now looks to some of us out here in America's Left Wing. We need many more shows like Democracy Now to counter the continuing and constant lies of the corporate run American media, but we need to look at what we have broadcasting for OUR side with open and clear eyes and ears, too. See No Questions for the Questioner Democracy How!?

Colo. Springs content to see Obama, skip chance to put a message TO him

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-- It's so dispiriting to witness the perpetual truancy of the local social justice community. They can attend prayer meeting circle jerks apparently, but when President Obomber comes to town, on the anniversary of the targeted assassination of the City of Nagasaki via atom bomb no less, August 9, those finks are nowhere. We saw teabags, potheads and Paultards with more spirit. You might be satisfied to hear that none of the other sign-bearers divined the motorcade route, but with patience we were able to see and be seen by the president twice, as he left Cutler Hall for the Olympic Training Center and on his return to Peterson AFB via Uintah to I-25. We would have welcomed antiwar colleagues, but what are you going to do? I guess advocating for military intervention in Darfur, Libya and Syria occupies a pacifist dupe full time, not to mention cheerleading for the Army's "sustainability" PR. And you can't speak up for immigrants, prisoners, women, gays, the environment, the poor and oppressed, if you're sucking on Obama supporters' toes for the duration of the election season. Some of the democrats exiting the campaign stop thanked us for our message. One asked: "Are you with the Justice and Peace?" Sadly, no, we said. They don't turn up in public anymore. You might ask them about that, I recommended. I write this after the next day's anti-activist trial, also a no-show by the excuse-making louts.

Colorado College closes doors on public lecture about Northcom, NORAD & the War on Drugs against Mexican people

COLORADO COLLEGE- Today's presentation by Brigadier General Daniel Hokanson, on the role of NORAD and NORTHCOM in the War on Drugs on the US-Mexico border was abruptly closed to the public, for reasons not made clear to community members who might have appeared to offer a critical reception. Was it something we said, or didn't get to say, except through our signs held outside Worner Center? What's wrong with NORTHCOM & PENTAGON OUT OF COLOMBIA & MEXICO? Who can argue with this arithmetic: CRIMINALIZED + MILITARIZED DRUG WAR = DEATH & TYRANNY? Although I suppose neolibs would deny DRUG WAR IS U.S. EXCUSE TO SUPPRESS REBELLION. Popular with students was: WAR ON DRUG IS AS BOGUS AS WAR ON POVERTY. We'd compare it to the so-called Global War on Terror, but at a neoliberal institution like CC, who knows how that would be interpreted. If I'd been able to ask any question at all, it would have been to the Political Science Department. Why hadn't they invited a second speaker to offer a corresponding critique of US Latin American policy? Turnout for the talk was sparse, and the sponsoring faculty member expressed his bemusement at our diligence to protest what he thought had been scheduled under the radar. So we beat NORAD at its own game.

Food Jazz

The Colorado College Community Kitchen will be publishing a cookbook! Every Sunday we get a buncha random, mostly organic groceries, Thanks Whole Foods! Thanks Miller Farms!), and magick them together to feed a couple hundred people or so. April will mark the 20th anniversary of the endeavor. We never know what we'll have to work with til we have it. This is a bit of throw-together, after the fact like, made from 100% blind-luck stuff, plus a chicken from the freezer: Steve's Chicken Improv Hack the shit out of some chicken so's it's in manageable, bone-in chunks. Pan sear the chunks and throw 'em in an oven at around 375deg. Bake til it's not quite cooked through. Meanwhile cut up an appropriate amount of onion--about 1 per whole chicken, and some onion-like stuff like scallions or leeks, or whatever. Wild onions are cool, and you can brag about using shit you found lying around outside that way. Put the onions separate from the other shit. You could use some mushrooms, say, or some bell pepper, but I didn't in this bombulous version. Also, peel garlic, (1/2 bulb per chicken), cut up a healthy gob of fresh tarragon, (say, 1/2 onea' those supermarket packages per chk), leaves from a few stalks of fresh oregano, and 1/2 a seeded fresh japa-leno. Heat some olive oil in a deepish pan of appropriate size and press the garlic into the oil. Saute til golden. Add onions, leeks, and 'shrooms if you're using any, and saute til the onions are caramelized. You'll have to figure the timing of any unmentioned items on your own. Add a buncha' good fatty milk, the chicken, tarragon, oregano, a generous gob of decent chicken stock, (don't be skimpy with any of this crap), scallions, jalapenos, salt, (watch don't get carried away if you're using salty stock), ground pepper, Worsterchestershire, a little squirt of Sriracha, a pinch of rich, dark, ground coffee, and whatever I forgot about, or you figger might make it gooder. Cook the shit out of it till the milk reduces and put it on some rice or 'taters, or somethin'. Yum-diddly-iscious! Whoa, whoa, whoa! Forgot the can of organic chopped tomatoes in that chicken thing. It goes in with the milk, &c. (Reprinted from Hipgnosis)

Colo. College guest Donald Gregg: the man who hired the man who killed Che

He administered OPERATION PHOENIX during the Vietnam War, the CIA counterinsurgency operation which sought to pacify Vietnam with the targeted assassination of thousands of potential insurgents. For Vice President George H. W. Bush's office, he coordinated the funding of the illegal US covert war against Central America, aka, the IRAN-CONTRA scandal. Yes, he supervised both Felix Rodriguez and Luis Posada, each of CIA-state-sponsored-terrorism fame. But Colorado College introduced Donald P. Gregg only as former national security adviser and ambassador to Korea. And CC gave Gregg an honorary degree -- with not a peep from the know-nothings they laud as their exemplary students. I attended because I was insulted by the lecture's title: "What do Ho Chi Minh, Saddam Hussein, and Kim Jung Il have in common?" the speaker further slandered the father of modern Vietnam by indulging to associate another villain to the list, that of Muammar al-Gaddafi. But gracefully Gregg acquitted himself by explaining that Ho Chi Minh had been misjudged, and thus perhaps there is call to engage even our most despicable adversaries in dialog, lest we repeat our mistaken policies, as Gregg believes we are doing in Afghanistan. Not much objectionable with that. Actually, you can read Gregg's address, it's virtually word for word the introduction he wrote for a 2009 study of the CIA's unheralded successes in Vietnam. To his credit, Gregg does not echo the ongoing theme that Vietnam was winnable. Relating his more recent expertise about Korea, Gregg offers that Kim Jong Il is more than your common loon. Rather, Il is of unusually high intelligence, underrated by the US, driven despotic by his isolation. Or driven mad by our offense, I'd add. I'm surprised Kim Jong Il tolerates that we name our ambassador in Seoul as the Ambassador to Korea, rather than to South Korea. How dare US-occupied Korea assert to represent the national identity of Korea? As in Vietnam, it's the north doing the heavy lifting toward inevitable unification. Gregg nearly had me convinced he was reformed until he added a forth bogeyman for comparison, Iran. Iran mustn't get nukes, etc, etc, Ahmadinejad unpredictable, can't be trusted, etc. Ho Chi Minh had been demonized Gregg said, based on a wrong-headed anti-Communist domino-theory mindset, yet Gregg is perfectly willing to be stuck to Capitalism's current mindset against Islam. Gregg made such winning arguments for tolerance, respect, diplomacy, and the integrity of the best intelligence officers, but isn't that precisely the neo-liberal spiel? The CC audience lapped it up. Here was the closest most of us will ever get to someone connected to the murder of Che Fucking Guevara, icon of the world struggle against Western oppression. That's explaining the obvious, but I'd add, Che's heroic stature is no more diminished even if only known as a t-shirt image to this crowd. School-of-the-Americas-trained Rodriguez knew the stature of the hero he was cutting down, to this day he brags about wearing Che's watch as a keepsake. Rodriguez returned from this assignment with a piece of notebook paper

Van Jones is Obama in Greenface, what our president did for race, Jones wants for the environment, New Jack Shit

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? He's Black AND he's Green, and like his former boss Obama, he's a neo-eco corporatist pushing... Cap-N-Trade! In Al Gore Nobel Prize circles, Van Jones is the environmental darling who was too hot --we're to infer principled-- for Obama's centrist administration. In post-Hope America, Jones turns out to have been the spoonful of Aspartame that helped environmentalists swallow just the next neoliberal pill, another pitchman for the bankers whose "Green Collar" remedy for our climate -and economic woes- is to trust in big business --let free trade and deregulated profits deliver mankind! No surprise then Colorado College is foisting the so-called upstart to dazzle the impressionable on Thursday March 3rd at Shove Chapel, 7:30pm. And the asshole (his word, not mine) compounds his offense by presuming to greenwash the few terms American workers have to grasp the real issue, class struggle. The blue and white collars differentiate who works and who keeps the profit, and by the way, who's made the decisions that led the machine to environmental collapse and who pays the price. Green Collar doesn't describe a shirt, it's a leash. Oh but JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, and the IMF don't want to take you out for walkies. Their collar is a yoke of servitude, painted color of the day.

Film: Maafa 21, Black Genocide in 21st Century America, a white anti-abortion shockumentary of execrable mendacity

Martin Luther King Jr. was an advocate of birth control, it remains a key tool to escape poverty, but that didn't stop organizers of MLK tribute festivities at Colorado College from ending today's program with a screening of MAAFA 21: Black Genocide in 21st Century America, a completely contrived shockumentary attempting to incite African American anger toward reproductive rights activists. Both UCCS and Colorado College fell for the propaganda, even though the pseudo-documentary by Life Dynamics Incorporated, a virulent Christian anti-abortion project, has been thoroughly debunked since its debut in 2009. Add Colorado Springs' higher educators to duped churches nationwide who are diverting the black struggle against the legacy of slavery, economic oppression, racist yahoos like the makers of Maafa, and endemic racism, into animosity for the social workers of Planned Parenthood and their eugenic agenda of genocide via abortion. While the black community, like its indigenous brothers, does face a real genocidal program of forced poverty and violence, these agitators invoke race baiting to divide class war allies, MLK be damned. CC's clueless invitation read: This movie has been called "stunning," "breathtaking," and "jaw-dropping." You have only to watch the opening minutes on Youtube to add --execrable, mendacious and absurd. You can be against legal abortion without conniving to blame the Black Holocaust on those who disagree with you. To argue the "facts" offered up in this "documentary" is to give them credence they don't deserve. And the issue of abortion is so polarizing, there really is no discussing it. Throw in slanderous accusations and you're arguing with fools. Imagine decrying that the abolitionists were racists because they would deprive the slaves their free lunch. Well okay then. My solitary concern here is that this video has escaped the bounds of the dogma-skulled religious extremists unto the screens of higher education campuses. By presenting this video in the context of a celebration of Martin Luther King, reveals the absence of a skeptical eye. Of course academics will recognize the logic-dissonance self-evident in Maafa, but a TV-type audience will eat it up like every other hate-mongering offering. Giving the Maafa screening the appearance of a college endorsement is unforgivable. But Colorado College of course has not been shy about promoting similar quacks, neoclassical economists, climate change deniers, Zionists, pro-war imperialists, and free-trade globalists. That's what you get when you appoint politicians as deans, politicized pro-establishment education. The video begins with a premise almost too corny to believe: once the slaves were emancipated, America's ruling elite needed to get rid of them. This might sound like a plausible motive for a Bond villain, but it ignores the demands juggled by real-life capitalist villains who need a steady workforce to exploit. The slaves were freed, but someone still had to shoulder the work. The fields of the South and the industrial centers of the North still needed its laborers. The obscenity of Maafa's lie is that abusers of labor have always been against birth control because it threatens to shrink their supply of impoverished,

Was Jesus a Muslim (tee-hee)?

Listening to Islamic studies scholar Robert Shedinger taunt the CC audience with whether Jesus may have been a Muslim reminds me of the not-so-old joke about returning the Statue of Liberty to the French, because we're not using her anymore. At his fundamental, Jesus espoused what we are accustomed to consider were basic Christian Values, but who are American Christians to lay claim to those anymore? Islam, on the other hand, is a religion to suit the poor and oppressed, traditionally Jesus' favorites. Unless we're talking Embed Jesus. Shedinger urged "constructive dialog" between Muslims and Christians, that each might learn of our common ideals. But his lesson would seem to be entirely for the Christians. All religions share the Golden Rule, do unto others as you would have them do unto you, although one might doubt Americans have given that much thought for awhile. While many would argue that American religious hypocrisy has been growing fetid over the course of a centuries of imperialist invasions and wars, the Fundamentalist Christian/Moral Majority "WWJD" has taken a turn since 9/11 to mean bomb, maim and torture. Has the American Jesus become Un-Christian, or is this the New World Order Christianity? In spite of what may be pious America's best intentions, Capitalism has relegated its moral cover to doublespeak and subterfuge, American churchgoers to dupes, and US missionaries to unwitting cohorts to the deprivations of our businessmen, soldiers and loan officers. The War on Islam isn't being waged by Christianity Proper, but by the systemic greed of Western Capitalism, secular and godless, unless you count money to be divine. Capitalism may have Xmas, but it has no claim on Jesus.

FRIDAY 9/17: See Jim Hightower, then rally to save Social Security, sort of

This Friday evening, September 17, Colorado Springs activists can have their cake and eat it too. The Jim Hightower event and the Colorado Senate race debate are back to back. So it's sheet cake. Jim Hightower is still plugging his populist pun, The People Are Revolting, which may be true of the hoi polloi in the whimsical sense, but hardly describes their political momentum --unless you count the Tea Party and its pretend rebellion, if anything, a conservative counter-revolution to reinstate the tea tax. Though Hightower's tales are getting as long in the tooth as his common super-citizens meant to serve as examples for us all, he's still worth lots of laughs, and his material angers, even if it fraudulently attempts to raise hope. That's at 4:45PM, at the Cornerstone Arts Building, the southern-most encroachment of the Colorado College campus. At 6:30PM there's a rally planned for outside Centennial Hall, where Michael Bennet will be debating Ken Buck for the US Senate seat. Democrats have organized to protest Buck's campaign promise to privatize Social Security. A progressive group is supplying the placards which read "HANDS OFF MY SOCIAL SECURITY." It's a worthy message, but like all slogans pre-printed by the SEIU, it tempers the more appropriate syntax. "Hands off" should be "Do not steal." The bid to swipe the public monies is more like pillage than misguided tinkering. And will those attending the rally be directing their outrage at only the Republican nominee? What about Bennet, the Democratic incumbent, who's already been doing Wall Street's bidding without fail? Thorough activists might want to bring ther own signage, for example: TELL BOTH CORPORATE PARTIES: DON'T STEAL SOCIAL SECURITY or perhaps: PRIVATIZATION IS CLASS WARFARE. Otherwise, both events are exercises in placating public unrest. This Friday evening you can pretend your voice is being heard by the senate candidates, while Hightower comforts you with stories of others who think they're making a difference too.

Healthcare reformist TR Reid visits COS to say universal coverage not possible

COLORADO SPRINGS-- [UPDATED] My question to TR Reid, who speaks tonight at CC's Palmer Hall, is how can voices for health care rights get past the corporate media editors? As Washington Post Denver bureau chief and NPR reporter, Reid's answer will reveal his earnestness, because most clearly his editors have kept the upper hand. The Independent, which is sponsoring tonight's event, has invited two respondents to offer rebuttals, but both represent the health care status quo, there is no one advocating for socialized medicine, automatically framing Reid's centrism as the people's best hope. I remember a TR Reid interview on NPR, which left me with the distinct impression of a hobbled argument. Look at the subtitle of his Frontline documentary: Sick Around the World: Can the U.S. learn anything from the rest of the world about how to run a health care system? They don't say "what can the US learn" but can it. That's the same false question the corporate media use to approach Global Warming. Though the answer is a multiplicity of affirmatives, the headline posed as a question leaves the viewer with the impression the conclusion is his to decide. The moon: is it there? A follow-up Sick Around America was famously, in alternative media circles at least, altered to endorse insurance mandates. Reid broke away from the final product when PBS refused to mention his conclusion that health insurance should not be for profit. Reid chalked it up to a disagreement, not specifically a motive. The book Mr. Reid will be signing is titled The Healing of America: a global quest for better, cheaper, and fairer health care. His own disjointed title reflects why he returned empty-handed. Can you imagine if it had read simply: a global quest for health care? Better, cheaper and fairer are redundant qualifiers and load the theme with false perspective. "Better" assumes American care can be ranked on a scale, this book is obviously only for those getting care. "Cheaper" assumes health care must have a price -- Universal health care is free. "Fairer" again assumes that our current equilibrium is in some measurable aspect fair, besides which, the concept is a fallacy. There's unfair and fair. Moving from one toward the other, fairness is unfair until it is fair. Besides which, every schoolchild knows "fairer" is expressed as "more fair." If Reid had been honest, he would have phrased it "less unfair." TR Reid applauds the health care available in other developed countries, but notes the other systems are not without their flaws. Is this some sort of psychological inducement to feed the American ego, that US reform can aim higher than the health care as a right provided elsewhere? I think it's a loophole with which to scuttle his proposal. It seems TR Reid is ignoring the chief obstacle to health care. It's not reason, it's not taxes. The chief obstacle is capitalist greed, it's class warfare, and the social systems of our like nations are under attack as well. The shortcomings which

This Israel public relations jig is up

COLORADO COLLEGE- The news from the ISRAEL TODAY lecture is all good. If you'd been there, you might wonder how my takeaway from such a bilious gathering could be upbeat. I'll tell you. The Palestinian voice was well represented, Israel's presentation was Old Testament, and the writing on the wall grows ever more clear. And I got a few nice pics. The Audience To begin, I would certainly have preferred everyone had acted with more decorum. That is, if there had been impressionable attendees there. As it was, the seats were only half occupied. Except for the young men with "JEW CREW" on their backs, or girls with Hebrew script across their pullovers, there were almost no CC students. The audience was one third voices for Palestine, and two thirds vitriolic Jew, amazingly indignant to disruption of their world view. No one was there to listen, except to cheer for what they already believed. But I'm certain it was an eye opener for all. My friends and I were sure to supplement the speaker's pauses with color to augment his heavily loaded statements. For example, when Gil Artzyeli described the objective and feat of Israel's 2006 incursion into Lebanon "to silence them," and did that not prove effective? Who could refrain from adding "you killed them." The 2/3 supporters grew more and more angry. But the speaker had an inopportune manner of posing rhetorical questions, which we couldn't resist answering. It almost got us kicked out. I spent the duration with security guards poised right behind me, ready to escort me out of the room. I learned it would be more prudent to avoid the back row at opportunities like this, because you can be pulled out of your chair, or distracted into involuntary conversation with security personnel more readily than if you were well ensconced among the other attendees. Those voicing support for Palestinians were made to wait until question and answer portion to voice their objections. Even then, the pro-Israel audience would cut them off. It became impossible to ask a complex question without interruptions of "What is your question? State your question!" They hounded everyone who wasn't setting the speaker up for a softy. It was a ruthless crowd with the civility of Tea Partiers. When the pro-Israel attendees took their turn posing questions, no one interrupted. When it was a detractor, their time suddenly became too valuable to entrust to us. Even a CC student from Gaza, who hasn't been permitted to visit his family in two years, was not given a hearing. I'm positive that as these rude people think on how the event transpired, they will not be able to help feeling ashamed. Our interactions were spirited and engaging, addressed to a speaker with the hubris to take us on. We interrupted the speaker, but never tried to drown him out. Our adversaries on the other hand tried to flat out shut their fellow audience members up. That crowd is immovable. I've no optimism for influencing their resolve. On the

Israel sends deputy consul general to CC

The Israel Today event changed the speakers on us, instead of the Israeli Consul General to Los Angeles, it's the Deputy Consul Gil Artzyeli. But the act's still on. Get to Gaylord hall sometime before noon, it's the conference room at the Southeast corner of the Worner Center building. We'll stand outside with our repudiation of Mr. Artzyeli's message, then go inside to assure the discussion steers toward being honest. I found this quote by Artzyeli, addressing the Denver Jewish community earlier this year about the Gaza incursion: "This is not a war for territory ... The first war is to protect the citizens of Israel, the second war is against Iran and the third war is against lies and disinformation." Any takers? My first question, if I'm given the chance: Mr. Artzyeli, are you here only to speak, or will you listen? Cyndy Kulp put together a handout for the occasion: Human Rights Issues in “Israel Today” Israel is a pariah nation condemned by the UN and much of the international community for its multiple violations of international human rights law, including: • Continuing the occupation of the Palestinian people • Building housing settlements on confiscated land • Seizing additional land and property from Palestinians to build “The Wall”, highways for the exclusive use of Israelis, and military areas, etc. • Using extremely disproportionate and indiscriminate force in the invasion of the Gaza Strip during “Operation Cast Lead” in Dec. 2008 • Inflicting heavy casualties on Palestinians, many civilians and children with no way to escape the bombing • Refusing to compensate the 5.8 million Palestinian refugees and their descendants who were displaced from their homes and properties during 1948 Israeli Diplomats, like our speaker today, should not be given a public platform from which to promote their views as long as they refuse to recognize and cooperate with international laws. HERE ARE FURTHER DETAILS: ? In June 1967, the Israeli military invaded the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. These areas of historic Palestine under military control are the "Occupied Territories," comprising some 3.5 million Palestinians, and they are systematically being incorporated into the state of Israel in violation of international law. ? Life under occupation is very harsh. The Palestinians have virtually no human or civil rights. Unemployment is rampant. In order to go about their daily lives, the people in the Occupied Territories must line up and go through multiple checkpoints manned by the Israeli army. Proper paperwork, including Palestinian ID’s, and permits are required to pass through, and many people are denied entry, even into East Jerusalem which is Palestinian territory and home to many hospitals, schools, and employers. ? Israel has built 200+ settlements in the West Bank, and over 400,000 Israelis have moved onto Palestinian land. Many of the settlers are armed and aggressive extremists, and their actions are regularly protected by Israeli Defense Forces. ? Israel has seized a majority of the West Bank land as military bases, settlements, security areas, "land reserves," by-pass roads linking settlements with Israel, and other areas forbidden to Palestinians.

Boycott Israeli propaganda lecture at CC

Since the damning UN Goldstone Report about Gaza, Israel has intensified its US PR speaking engagements, but social justice activists have risen to the challenge: in London, the Israeli Ambassador had to flee a citizens arrest, the ambassador to Turkey was pelted with eggs, while another minister met similar trouble at a university in Holland. No wonder last week's appearances by Uzi Landau at CU-Denver and Nir Barkat at DU were conducted behind rows of policemen. This week Colorado Springs gets a chance to confront an Israeli lecture circuit propagandist. On Thursday November 12 at noon, Israel Consul General Jacob Dayan visits Colorado College Gaylord Hall, to speak on "Israel Today." I do not know enough about Jacob Dayan to accuse him of war crimes, although before his current appointment he served as Chief of Staff for Tzipi Livni, who does stand accused of crimes against humanity. By his own words, Dayan is a genocide denier and an advocate of illegal acts. Being Consul General to Los Angeles is no small assignment; the city's population represents the largest Jewish community outside of Tel Aviv. Jacob Dayan is responsible for shoring up vital US support for Israel's unpopular actions. While the subject of Thursday's presentation sounds bucolic --you might think CC schedules periodic "(Countryname) Today" updates for all its homesick students-- a survey of Mr Dayan's current campus addresses points to an agenda much less agreeable. First of all, Jacob Dayan's appearance is sponsored by the same organizations which hosted Landau and Barkat in Denver, both of whom are actively engaged in violations of international law. The underwriters are the Institute for the Study of Israel in the Middle East, the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, the University of Denver, and Hillel. (Last week, DU's Hillel members serenaded Pro-Palestinian demonstrators with an endless stream of songs in Hebrew, while holding signs which read REMEMBER 9/11 and AMERICANS AGAINST TERRORISM.) According to Jacob Dayan's bio, his main themes stress the significance of the Israel Christian friendship. He most recently collected American rabbis from all extremes of the Jewish community, to send them as a delegation to Israel, so that they will stand in the front lines of their communities and will strongly tell the true story of the state of Israel and of a democracy that is defending itself ... And by standing on the front lines in the fight against extremism, they are defending the entire enlightened world and showing what a strong ally the state of Israel has with the U.S." Dayan's current talking points are more focused: Iran is greatest threat to Western Civilization, All terrorists believe in fundamentalist Islam, and, paraphrased at UCLA: The recent conflict in Gaza wasn't a war between Israelis and Palestinians, nor between Israelis and Arabs, but a clash of civilizations pitting Israel against Iran and extremist groups supported by the Islamic state. COME THURSDAY, AT NOON OR BEFORE, to give this Jacob Dayan a war propagandist reception. Colorado Springs needn't always be counted on for stupidly following

8 yrs in Afghanistan, still boot-counting

How is Colorado Springs marking the 8th year of war in Afghanistan? Couple choices. Visiting priest-activist Louie Vitale will speak at Colorado College on the THE MORAL DIMENSION OF DRONE WARFARE. CC students were dissuaded from hosting a peace rally on campus which might have interfered with the week's homecoming activities. Instead, beginning at 1PM Wednesday, the CC students will chalk the sidewalks of Acacia Park with the names of the 869 US soldiers killed in the Afghan campaign. Coloradans For Peace will join the boot- counting but will commemorate Afghan deaths, whose number is "n/a."

George McGovern, 5pm, Colo. College

QUESTION: WHY an antiwar protest at elder statesman George McGovern's appearance at Colorado College? (Cornerstone Arts Center, South Theater, 5PM) He supports unions, health care, progressive causes; he has been against US interventions in the Middle East, Africa and Central America, and he's very outspoken against the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. ANSWER: YES, but what about YOU?

Staging Homer for Generation Simpson

THE ODYSSEY, A STAGE VERSION- Greek myth would be no more complicated than JK Rowling, JRR Tolkien, or GRG Lucas, but I suspect that to impress Homer unto modern audiences might have the disagreeable consequence of educating them. This weekend Colorado College students staged Derek Walcott's 1992 The Odyssey in the South Theater of the Cornerstone Arts Building. And performed it brilliantly. Every role, every effect, executed with vitality and aplomb. Except for the Jamaican nursemaid and Aussie shepherd, the CC actors dropped Walcott's New World islander accents, but their production honored his post imperialism critique. My favorite sequence depicted Cyclops as an all-seeing 1984 distillation of mortal man's inclination toward totalitarianism. The Circe episode is nagging me for further reflection, if I'm to imagine that Walcott would not succumb to the traditional Siren/Mermaid/Nymph misogyny. If you can't shake the admonition that rational man's chief torment is woman, you need look for no literary antecedent before Homer. Obviously, not all that is Greek is instructional, but wouldn't it serve our education nicely if, instead of the insipid nuances of fictional worlds imagined by scribes steeped in the decay of Western Civilization, our children could commit to their memories the literary plots --no less compelling-- which form the building blocks to a greater appreciation of all art? We told the kids that the Odyssey was Western Civilization's first sequel. Of course, the Iliad was a lot to have to recap. Not surprisingly, their experience was "the most random ever." But while I lamented my missed advance opportunity to have brought them up to speed on the gods and heroes of antiquity, our eleven year old noted, of the lines spoken by the mysterious personages: "Everything they said was always about something else!" Poetry! OF FURTHER INTEREST: Creolizing Homer for the stage: Walcott's The Odyssey, by Robert D. Hamner, Twentieth Century Literature, Fall, 2001 Playing With Europe: Derek Walcott's Retelling of Homer's Odyssey, by Irene Martyniuk, Callaloo 28.1, 2005

Psychedelic Air Force Academy Show and KRCC, Pentagon Kool Aid Stand

I told myself I just wasn't going to comment anymore about the local Colorado Springs private radio station, KRCC. Yeah, I know they bill themselves as being 'public radio', but have you ever heard so many commercials in your life? I haven't and this station could give PBS, the Petroleum Broadcasting System, a run for its money in the competition for 'public' that just isn't. But there they were yesterday broadcasting with a program that tried so hard to remake the Air Force Academy image into that of a hip, psychedelic, sort of Acid Kool Aid institute of Beatnik being! I kid you not! Oh, KRCC! You are just so hip! NOT.... Yes, according to their program that highlighted Ken Babbs and his hip, psychedelic LSD influenced vision of the Air Force Academy, KRCC was trying to get its public to swallow some sort of Pentagon image building promotion Kool Aid. This radio station just puts me into a daze most of the time and this program was no exception. It might have been 'Jeff' and his program, and the program did not have that NPR style of holding the nose while whistling off the what-ever? Like most of the time at KRCC, I turned the thing off after a sec or two, and still do not know exactly what the Hell I was actually listening to? Some sort of Orwellian nightmare, perhaps? Score par for KRCC. But I think it was some sort of report about Ken Babbs visiting the Air Force Academy? How did it go? ...sort of thing??? Anyway, leave it to Colorado College, owners of KRCC, and the Air Force Academy to come up with using Ken Kesey to make themselves out to be ever so hip! Them a hip set of Cadets out there to invite a speaker onto campus to talk Ken Kesey up! Psychedelic, Man! Now let's go drop some bombs on civilians, why don't we? Got a joint? Apparently this is Psychedelic Ken Babb's most often used quote line... 'Most people don't realize how many of the "hippies" actually served in the military. Ken states his position as, " (I was in the) NROTC in college, took the marine option and was commissioned a second lieutenant". He was a helicopter pilot when his squadron got orders to go to Vietnam. When asked his opinion of the Vietnam war, Mr. Babbs states" I had no perceptions of right or wrong before I went to Vietnam, but (it) took about six weeks to realize we were wasting our time there".' WOW! Profound! They were wasting time... Magic mushrooms anybody? What a prankster! If I was still young, I'd be ready to get into that hip, Psychedelic

Life as a ten year old boy at the podium

COLORADO SPRINGS- The voice of Bart Simpson spoke at Colorado College last night. What began as a the memoir My Life as a Ten Year Old Boy, and debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival four years ago as a "one woman play" reached CC's Armstrong Hall looking like 52 card pickup with that too many index cards. There might once have been a day when Simpsons fans raved like Trekkies, but the show's longevity has lapped this generation. It didn't help that Nancy Cartwright dissed South Park and Family Guy as uninteresting. I don't think The Simpsons has lost any of its vitality, but its audience has certainly evolved an appetite for alternately focused irreverence. I'd think too, a tip celebrities shouldn't ignore from their publicists is to refrain from telling their fans that the stars themselves don't watch television. We know you are too busy, all of us ought to have better things to do. Would Fox pay you $80,000/hour if more viewers wised up to whose resources and energy are really being consumed by the half-hour financial exchange? My best question for "Bart" Cartwright might have been how Fox, network of illest repute, manages Matt Groening's subversive message. Cartwright's only questions came from middle school children because the college students had begun pulling out, pretty embarrassed for voice-of-Bart's unselfconscious star tripping. The lecturer was prepared to detail the minutia of Simpsons lore, and to say she enjoyed the plots which carried a social message, but was unprepared to explain any, and even lacked for a favorite episode. No one was unsurprised or unimpressed with the breadth of Cartwright's animation voice experience. She'd worked from My Little Pony to Pound Puppies to Kim Possible, and had been the uncredited gurgle of Maggie Simpson, among others. But those in the audience who left early, whom I came so close to envying, missed the absolute highlight of the evening, when practically as an afterthought, Cartwright revealed that her most challenging character was Chuckie Finster of the Rugrats. A hushed swoon enveloped the crowd at the mere mention. There was Cartwright's real impact in the waning Simpsons era. Today's Simpsons viewers only recognize Ralph Wiggum's voice as they bump him off in the Simpsons video game.

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