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Those statues they’re taking down honored REBELS. Let that sink in.

If we’re really aiming to discredit historic personages who faught for slavery we’ve got a lot more statues to take down. The Alamo first responders come to mind. Boone, Crockett, and gang delivered the Texas territories from Mexico which had abolished slavery there. Gringo Texas land grabbers needed slaves for their intended plantations. And we can go back to the colonial declarers of independance, who resented taxation without representation. What was England trying to foist on America without representation? ABOLITION OF SLAVERY. The statues being taken down in New Orleans are no doubt going to rich collectors to decorate vast private gardens. There the statues wil definitely be appreciated for overt racist and segregationist themes. In the historic town centers where those monuments belong, those statues celebrate REBELS. Let that sink in.

Before the victors chose the title “Civil War” for their prerogative to write the history, it was called the War of Rebellion.

When Honest Abe heard the news about your fall,
The folks thought he’d call a great victory ball.
But he asked the band to play the song “Dixie”
For you Johnny Reb and all that you believe.

‘Cause you fought all the way, Johny Reb, Johnny Reb.
Yeah, you fought all the way, Johnny Reb.

That’s what those statues are about, you Freedom-Fries munching knee-jerks!

Whose flag opposes the anti-slavery stipulations in the TPP trade treaty?


We’re demonizing the Civil War era Confederate Battleflag for defending slavery while the victorious DC regime profits by slavery and protects it still. Team Stars and Stripes opposes amendments to the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement that would prohibit signatory nations from exploiting slave labor. The Rebel flag stood for slavery, the US flag stands for it.

The New Slave Ships Have Arrived

The year was 1960, and there was only one men’s prison in Colorado at that time, located at Canon City. There was a women’s prison that sat next to the men’s prison. There were three small satellites off the main prison: the ranch, dairy farm and garden. And there was the young men’s reformatory at Buena Vista, for a total of three prisons. In 1960 the population figures for Colorado was nearly two million people, in 2010 it was a little over five million; In a span of fifty years Colorado gained three million people. In 1960, it took 3 prisons to confine the convicts of two million people living in Colorado. By 2006 there were 30 prisons in Colorado, while adding only three million people to the population. Hold on here a minute; something doesn’t add up: 2 million people needed 3 prisons, now 5 million people need 30 prisons?!

It would be safe to assume that this growth in population were of people about to commit a crime, judging from the growth of new prisons compared to the population growth.

That’s quite a growth from 3 prisons to 30 prisons in 26 years; but then we didn’t have the “Prison Industrial Complex” in those years; Corporation private prisons. Their motto should read “If there are no prisoners; there is no profit”

If you and your family were out on a Sunday drive in 1960 and happen to drive by “Old Max” on Hi-way 50, you would have noticed a sign in front of the prison that advertised “Visitors Welcome” the sign went on to tell you that you could enter the prison for fifty cents on a guided tour at certain hours. This fifty cents was to go into a prisoner burial fund, for indigent convicts who died while imprisoned. They would then be buried in a pauper grave yard and sentence was complete due to death.

A few years later these tours were discontinued for fear that the prisoners might take the tourist hostage, also the Prison Administration had decided that it was better not to let the taxpayer see the condition of the prison they were paying for.

My wife and I decided to take the tour.

I had the feeling of a rat in the trap when the large steel door slammed shut behind us. After taking only a few steps, we left behind a warm sunny day and stepped into a dark gray world. The doom and gloom seemed to lurk at every corner, the guards in their towers, stared down at the tour, rifles at ready. We had the feeling that this tour, was a bad idea.

There was a guard about 70 years old who served as our tour guide, he wore a guard’s uniform and walked backwards as he pointed out the finer attractions of the prison; like the hole or the gas chamber. We were not allowed to go into these building as the old guard explained; we could be taken hostage.
However we were taken to the curio shop where the convicts were allowed to sell their hobby work, and it was here that the old guard gave us some stories on the history of Roy Best an ex-warden who was discovered with state cattle on his personal ranch and convicts were used as ranch hands. The old guard told how Warden Best would tell all newly arrived convicts: “While serving your sentence, you are allowed to make a dollar any way you can, Just make sure it’s not my dollar.” He also told a story of what happen when two convicts were caught in a homosexual act; they would be taken to the curio shop and handcuffed to a steel rail, they both would be made to wear a woman’s dress, for all the tours to see. It didn’t matter who was pitcher and who was catcher, they both had to wear a dress.

There were two yellow lines painted on the concrete about six feet apart, we were warned as tourists of all the harm and mayhem that could befall us if we stepped outside of the yellow lines and it was here that some of the tourist began thinking about what a mistake this was and could they get their fifty cents back. And of course the convicts were well aware of the rule of crossing the yellow line while a tour was in the prison or of talking to any of the tourists; it meant a certain trip to the hole. As the tour progressed through the prison, I noticed that many of the tourist heads kept bobbing down, making sure their feet didn’t touch the yellow line.

As we neared the end of the tour we came to where three convicts were waiting for the tour to pass before crossing the yellow line; There was an older lady with white hair near the front of the tour, when she saw those three convicts, (who were all dressed in white pants and shirts) she whispered to the old guard.

“Who are those men?”

The guard turned to look and then began to name the convicts.

The old woman stopped him and said ” No! I mean are they convicts or are they civilian employees?”

“They are convicts,” the guard replied, “they are allowed to wear white because they all work in the hospital.”

The gray haired lady then exclaimed with the most bewildering look on her face “my goodness! They look like anybody else”.

It’s been over fifty years since that white haired lady spoke those words, but her words are burned into my memory as if she had only spoken them yesterday.
What the white haired lady never realized is those convicts were sons, with mothers and fathers.

As all convicts are; they are the sons and daughters, the brothers and sisters, mother and fathers of us all.

Like that old white haired lady’s words “They looked like anybody else,” society looks at prisoners and sees them all the same, maybe that’s because they are all dressed the same or their mailing address is the same. They eat the same food and spend the long boring days together. It’s true that while you are a prisoner, the rules of a prison or jail apply to all, a sort of “One size fits all.” Yet the crime that sent these men and women to prison are as different as day and night.

Willie “The Actor” Sutton, a bank robber from back in the 40s use to dress up as a policeman when robbing a bank. Willie would never put any bullets in his gun; he wanted to make sure that no one was injured while robbing the banks, you might say Willie was a little different kind of criminal, but when he was in prison, he dressed like all the other convicts.

Back in the 50s the prison at Canon City had a rule: all prisoners shoes must have a “V” shaped notch cut into the heel. This was intended to make it easier for the guards to track escaped convicts. In theory the rule seemed pretty “air tight.” The drawback was that the convicts all knew about the notch, and would simply fill the notch or remove the heel. It took a few year for the guards to figure out why they weren’t finding any tracks of escaped convicts with a “V” notch in the heel.

The old white haired lady was right about one thing; they do look like everyone else. But the underlying problem that sent them to prison are very different.

From the New York Times: U.S. prison population dwarfs that of other nations.

“The United States has less than 5 percent of the world’s population. But it has almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners. Indeed, the United States leads the world in producing prisoners, a reflection of a relatively recent and now entirely distinctive American approach to crime and punishment. Americans are locked up for crimes — from writing bad checks to using drugs — that would rarely produce prison sentences in other countries. And in particular they are kept incarcerated far longer than prisoners in other nations. Criminologists and legal scholars in other industrialized nations say they are mystified and appalled by the number and length of American prison sentences. The United States has, for instance, 2.3 million criminals behind bars, more than any other nation, according to data maintained by the International Center for Prison Studies at King’s College London.”

In reading the above and the complete 1700 word article you will not find the word ‘Corrections” used once.

Webster’s Dictionary: Correction; 1 a correction or being corrected, 2 a change that corrects a mistake; change from wrong to right or from abnormal to normal.

As you are reading this story you may have noticed that I do not use today’s language to describe prisons, convicts, guards and wardens, as “Correctional Facility”, “Correctional Officer”, “Superintendent” or “Inmate”. To call them “Correctional Facility’s or Correctional Officer” is the height of hypocrisy. The truth is the guards can’t correct the problems in their own lives let alone solve the many complex problems of the men and women they guard.

The word correction was introduced by the prison industrial complex to fool the public into thinking they were solving the problems of the people they were warehousing and collecting all of those tax dollars for.

Again! hold on here a minute; If they are correcting all the problems of these errant people? Then why are we building so many new prisons and filling them with men, women and children?

You might be asking yourself “How did America, end up with so many criminals? The truth is “We didn’t.” The American Prison Corporations quite simply found it very profitable to imprison citizens.

The Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) simple minded solution to the problem is to build more prisons and pass new laws which will produce more criminals for their prisons.

Looking to the CCA and their lobbyist is equivalent to hiring the fox to guard the hen house.

This all leads to a greater bottom line profit for the CCA but does little to solve the crime rate, the recidivism rate or help those prisoners who truly need help. And it certainly does not slow the growth of new prisons. “The breeding grounds of crime”.

Confronting Confinement, a June 2006 U.S. prison study by the bipartisan Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons, reports than on any given day more than 2 million people are incarcerated in the United States, and that over the course of a year, 13.5 million spend time in prison or jail. African Americans are imprisoned at a rate roughly seven times higher than Whites, and Hispanics at a rate three times higher than Whites. Within three years of their release, 67% of former prisoners are rearrested and 52% are re-incarcerated, a recidivism rate that calls into question the effectiveness of America’s corrections system, which costs taxpayers $60 billion a year. Violence, overcrowding, poor medical and mental health care, and numerous other failings plague America’s 5,000 prisons and jails. The study indicates that even small improvements in medical care could significantly reduce recidivism. “What happens inside jails and prisons does not stay inside jails and prisons,” the commission concludes, since 95% of inmates are eventually released back into society, ill-equipped to lead productive lives. Given the dramatic rise in incarceration over the past decade, public safety is threatened unless the corrections system does in fact “correct” rather than simply punish. For a copy of the complete report and the commission’s recommendations for reform, see

From: U.S. Prisons Overcrowded and Violent, Recidivism High — Infoplease.com

In the words of George Carlin; we add syllables to soften the meaning of words; From the Colorado Central Magazine; (The polite modern terms are inmate, not prisoner or convict as in historical years, and corrections officer instead of guard.)

The Huffington Post published an excellent piece yesterday by reporter Chris Kirkham describing how the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) wants to buy up state prisons, all under the guise of helping state governments deal with their budget shortfalls.

Called the Corrections Investment Initiative (sounds so positive, right?), it’s a sickening display of exploitive behavior — perhaps best underscored by the fact that the CCA stipulates in its “investment” overture that, as part of the deal, the states need to keep the prisons packed. Their language for it:

“An assurance by the agency partner [the state] that the agency has sufficient inmate population to maintain a minimum 90 percent occupancy rate over the term of the contract.”

In reading the above article I did not notice anything pertaining to correcting the prisoner’s problems that sent them to prison. I did read the words “Helping state governments deal with their budget shortfalls” Whenever someone comes to me and tells me they can save me money… But I have to spend money in order to save money, it’s right here I become suspicious of their motive, “Thank You, but, No Thanks'”

“The Corrections Corporation of America” and that white haired lady have something in common with one big difference; the white haired lady saw us all the same looking like anybody else but she had no motive for profit when she looked at us, she can be forgiven for her mistake.

“The Corrections Corporation of America” sees the prisoners also all the same; as a free labor force to manufacture goods in their prison industrial program. For the CCA it’s a win-win proposition, the taxpayer pays for housing their captive work force and then they again made a profit off the manufactured goods. It appears “The Corrections Corporation of America” has found a new way to reconstitute slavery. The only thing missing are the slave ships from Africa; we are already here so there is no need of the ships. However they will need to lobby the congress for new laws to insure the prisons are full of able bodied workers. And of course the lobbyists don’t work cheap; they have a large overhead in the moneys they must contribute to our elected legislator campaign fund.

The money travels from the taxpayer’s pocket to the government coffers, from the government coffers to “The Corrections Corporation of America” and then from their checking account back to the Colorado Legislator reelection fund, a vicious cycle that never ends. They are all so busy stuffing their pockets with the taxpayer’s money they have little left to correct the problems of the prisoners that got them the money in the first place.

In conclusion, with solutions; The unsuspecting, hardworking taxpayers have been taken for a ride for too long. It’s time we told the Prison Industrial Complex; “The Jig is Up.” It’s time for a revolution.

There is an old saying among the convicts; All the convicts in prison combined, never stole more money than one banker or corporation stole with one swipe of their pen. “While the poor man was out stealing a loaf of bread to feed his family, the banker was stealing the poor man’s house”.

One of the very best and clear examples I can give, happened right here in Colorado. For years and years the prisons have been filled with “Pot” smokers, the public was told; These are criminals, depraved drug addicts that will rob, steal and rape your daughter.

When the opposite was more true; ‘Pot” smokers are very relaxed, looking only for some Twinkies to munch on while watching cartoons.

And now that Colorado has de-criminalized marijuana, we are left with a bunch of taxpaying ‘Pot “smokers living normal lives, working and contributing to society. I’m sure that it’s not much consolation to all the men and women who suffered for years in prison, classified as a criminal, not to mention the families that were destroyed. Men and women who were filled with hate in this prison system, then released to commit a real crime.

Back in 1960, I was not taken as a hostage while touring the prison, but in 2015 we are all being held as hostage by the CCA (Private Prison Corp.) for our tax dollars.

You can help change that by contacting one of the local or national groups to end mass incarceration.

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About the author: David Anderson is an ex-convict, who had escaped from “Old Max” twice. He was serving three life sentences for crimes of which he was innocent. It took seven years for these convictions to be reversed. He walked out of the prison on April 29th 1983.

John Kerry tells Africa its greatest resource was & will always be slavery

With the developed empire still wildly exploiting Africa’s vast natural resources and pillaging the wealth of its peoples, US Secretary of State John Kerry had the temerity to pretend that the dark continent’s most precious resource is its untapped labor. Globalization means Western Civ doesn’t have to ship slaves to labor intensive ventures across oceans. Now debt slaves can serve world bank masters in sweatshops and maquiadores and plantations situated in their own prison states.

Fast Food Forward!

A working wage for those working in the fast food industry is a righteous cause to struggle to get! There is now a strike of fast food workers underway being led by Fast Food Forward that is seeking a change to this modern day fast food factory slavery that has come to symbolize all that’s wrong with the US. Support them. See Fast-food workers in NYC flex their muscle for better pay for more about their strike.

Collaborators, rats and pigs

I found this unsigned flier in Denver, a collage of the American eagle, globe in mouth, and Stars & Stripes over US misdeeds, clockwise from top left: race lynching, branding slaves, blindfolded Iraqi detainees, combatant corpse desecration, Hiroshima, torture of Viet Cong, My Lai, Columbus’ mass burning of Taíno Indians, Filipino insurgents executed in trenches, the gruesome trophy pic, etc, framing this succinct condemnation: “The US military, intelligence operatives, and police are traitors to humanity. Those who work with them, those who friend them, and those who sleep with them are collaborators. They are rats and pigs.”

The Puppet-Masters and their pet Turkey, double-dealing.

They condemn those of us in America who rebel against their fascist Corporate leadership and presumption of ownership of every aspect of our lives, calling it “Freedom” while their Pig-Slaves break our heads with clubs and plastic bullets. And in the case of Oscar Grant, lead and copper bullets.
While cheering rebellions in countries which have denied “deprived” the Poor Little Rich Boys like Halliburton, Exxon-Mobil, British Petroleum, Royal Dutch, Shell, “stolen” their claim to have Corporate Control over their ports and their oil. And they actually finance and organize the so-called “spontaneous” rebellions like in Libya and now, Syria. Never mind they’re also paying Other Peoples Money And Lives to put down REAL grass roots movements in Iraq and Afghanistan and Yemen… And Turkey.
Turkey is now paying back their Corporate Overlords for the U.S. and NATO PUBLICLY FUNDED Terror War against the Kurds and Albania. The Slave-Caliph Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemns Syria for responding violently to violent attacks while continuing to suppress, with the help of his Puppet Masters in London and Washington, the Kurdish People actually having a right to life.
Lick them Pentagon Boots, “caliph” Erdogan. They’re your masters and you are their dog. Just like the New Puppet Regime in Libya, and the somewhat more established Puppet Regimes in Tel Aviv, Kabul, and Baghdad.
Be the little whipped hound for racist bastards who call you “ragheads” and “sand-niggers” and “muzzle monkeys”.
You might wear golden chains and a gold collar, but they’re still a collar and chain.
Just like the Oakland, Denver, Colorado Springs and New York Police departments violently suppressing freedom here, in the very homeland of your puppet-masters and, at their bidding.

Cain being charged on sex, but not the Murder and Robbery and Slavery

He’s paid to support War, it’s the base of Capital.
Now they’ve got some sex accusations brought to bring him down. As heinous as rape is, or the statutory rape of an employee or job candidate as a condition of being hired…
There’s the literally countless murders of civilians including children done to support the lavish lifestyle of the Corporate Class. It would pale in comparison to even one such wanton murder. It’s drinking from the same fount, though, War, Slavery, Prostitution, Rape… but so far there’s a thunderous silence booming from the Right over any and all of those issues. To raise the issue that War is equivalent to any of the other crimes, or even a solid foundation to mask and enable them, has been political suicide since the time of the Athenians. The beating of War drums awakens and energizes people who only vote on emotion, and Capital is subsidized by War. It cannot survive without war, it’s not a self-sustaining system as the “Invisible Hand Free Market” proponents claim.

To take away another persons freedoms, rights or properties by force is called Robbery, yet that’s what Capital does by renaming “robbery” as “regime change”, declaring whole nations to be “outlaws” or “rogues” because they don’t allow Corporate ownership of their national holdings. Just how DID “our” oil get under THEIR sand? Capitalists like Cain, and McCain, other persons who are paid to champion and advance the so-called self-supporting “free” market, are collecting welfare on a massive scale.

They LIE by renaming conquest as liberation, Servile knee-jerk enforced “patriotism” as Freedom, using the word Nationalism to justify taking away the national sovereignty of everybody else.

They embroil themselves in the Organized Crime that IS Corporate Rule.

But to come out and SAY it, means you’ll never be elected anywhere and you’ll never get the privilege of being one of the Corporate Slaves.

Not a bad trade off.

Niemand ist hoffnungsloser versklavt als jene, die fälschlicherweise glauben, frei zu sein. – Uh, it’s Goethe

You might as well quote Goethe in the original German, so tentatively does his meaning translate to the common conformist. For the lower brow: without the red pill, how can you know it will deliver you? This message was spotted among this weekend’s Wall Street Occupiers: “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”

An 83% Payroll Tax, on the Workers and paid directly to the Corporations

That’s what I paid and, everybody who works for a “Slave Market” minimum wage Labor Contractor Service such as Labor Ready, Apprentice, Manpower, Kelly…
The “tax” is paid to a Non-Governmental Organization, and is paid before the Worker gets his check. I base the 83% figure on the fact that the workers are paid only 1/6th of what the Parasite Corporation gets for his “product”. Under the various manifestations of the “Right To Get Screwed At Work” law, the workers aren’t allowed to negotiate wages, working conditions, pensions or Insurance through the use of Collective Bargaining. We’re supposed, instead, to go hat-in-hand and beg the employer for a slight fraction more of what is actually owed us. On an individual basis and, under the RTW law, the employer can cut your wages just as quickly as he “gives” them to you.
They can take 5 times what we get, producing absolutely NOTHING themselves.
We’re not allowed to do what the Corporate Masters do, insist on a profit for our product. Nor, according to the laws as interpreted by their Tame Supreme Court, are we even allowed to break even. You can’t go to King Soopers or Safeway and buy a $3 loaf of bread for only a dollar, insisting that that’s all you’ll pay them. If you leave the dollar and take the loaf, they’ll call the Korporate Kontrolled Kops on you and have you arrested.

And they call their TeaParty stooges, most of them the Stupid members of the Working Class, to defend their Corporate Masters from the “theft” of paying income tax.
They have the government at every level in their service, coercing workers around the world to accept Slave Wages, at public expense, so every dime in their bark accounts is a Direct Government Subsidy. If the “peasants” rebel, like in Honduras, the U.S. Military will intervene, and ALWAYS on behalf of the Corporate Masters. Like their Death Squadsjust did “Gunmen have shot dead farm workers’ leader Secundino Ruiz in Honduras.”
Gunmen paid and protected by the Pentagonistas.
Whenever a soldier tells me how “lucky” I am to be here in America rather in the Banana Republics he was deployed to, TO MAKE SURE CONDITIONS NEVER CHANGE THERE, AND TO BACK UP THE GOON SQUADS OF HIS AND THEIR CORPORATE MASTERS I think of this.
But, hey, TeaBags, other RepubliKlan sucks, be proud! You’re trying your best to make sure your own families have to live under the same slavery. And it’s only acknowledged as theft when the Corporations are required to pay a fraction of what they’ve stolen back to the people who stole it for them.

The Wondrous Tale of Brer Lamborn, Brer FOX & Obama the Tar Baby. Uncle Remus and Racism in Colorado Springs.

COLORADO SPRINGS- If US Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) remembered one thing from the Uncle Remus stories, it was not to touch that Tar Baby! You know, the one Brer Rabbit mistook for a cute black infant who would not tip his hat to his better. Or was that a Porch-Monkey? Colorado’s 5th District is unclear about the distinction if the local media and Fox News are to be believed. Either term refers to a poor person whose sticky problems become your “quagmire” if you ignore your natural prejudice to their skin color and you let them touch you. Can a representative of bigots be bothered to know if a racial slur is offensive? According to Lamborn, he can’t. More important, the congressman reiterates –as he professes his apology to people taking umbrage at racism he hadn’t intended to express– is: NOT TO TOUCH THAT OBAMA!
 
To be clear, Doug Lamborn hasn’t apologized to his constituents, he’s only claimed to have sent President Obama a letter, assuring all that Obama, the black untouchable, will have the grace to forgive him as “a man of character”.
 
And so this Uncle Remus tale simply goes on…

The story so far
Lamborn calls black US president a Tar-Baby, public outrage ensues, Gazette newspaper lends support to Lamborn’s excuse that Tar-Baby wasn’t used in racist sense. Protests held by NAACP, community groups and local progressives, all which Lamborn refuses to meet. Lamborn office erects sign NO PROTESTS.

ACT II: Lamborn office calls for his supporters to rally, presumably under the “no protest” sign. His office issues a press release: AP, Fox News, national and statewide outlets report before the fact that LAMBORN SUPPORTERS RALLY. Huffpo and Springs activists scramble to get images of said protest sanctioned despite “no protest” sign, find none. Local TV station KOAA which had depicted rally with a photo, hours before it was alleged to happen, omitted to mention photo was from file, conveniently unfocused and likely of a past year election event.

With every shenanigan, the theme resounds: the Colorado Springs establishment supports what Doug Lamborn said about Obama being a Tar Baby.

Racism in Colorado Springs
No one is in denial about the unsavory support behind Doug Lamborn. So does Colorado Springs support his bigotry?

Does the Tea Party shit in Acacia Park? You should see those clan gatherings, you can’t find a parking space for blocks, then it’s a sea of hate-filled white faces, with Doug Lamborn right there up front.

The comment section of every local media blog overflows with indignation that “Tar-Baby” is being construed to be racist. Commentators assert their preference for Freedom of Speech over Political Correctness.

BTW, Colorado Springs is as segregated as Chicago, with black neighborhoods, churches and schools. Many lives never cross the path of another of different ethnicity, so we’re blameless actually when we conclude there’s no racism here.

Except toward Hispanics, grouped conveniently with illegal immigrants, who don’t count, by definition, according to our favorite definition: legality. Same as used to apply to slaves.

The Pikes Peak region was a hotbed of clan activity in the 1930s, and obviously before that. At the turn of the century, the good folks of Limon had to hold up a lynching, make the poor young black boy wait hours in the November cold because hundreds wanted to come on the train from Colorado Springs to see 16-year-old Preston Porter burned alive at the stake.

Lynchings of Native Americans weren’t even recorded, being as they were, sanctioned as vermin control. It was seldom that white men distinguished themselves by speaking out in defense of Indians. Pikes Peak volunteers rode with Colonel Chivington to commit the Sand Creek Massacre.

Today downtown Colorado Springs boasts a lone statue of an African-American, a William Seymour, among the city notables immortalized in bronze. His is the only likeness made to take off his hat, outdoors, I kid you not.

Speaking of which, that was Tar-Baby’s offense.

Brer Rabbit and the Tar-Baby
Brer Rabbit was passing by the little black figure, and called out a friendly hello. But Tar-Baby wouldn’t answer when spoken to. When he wouldn’t even take off his hat, Brer Rabbit figured he’d teach him a lesson. Apparently, it’s not inappropriate to clobber some status of people if they’ve disrespected you.

Of course that was the only way Brer Fox’s plan was going to ensnare the rabbit, to mire him in the tar.

You might ask, how did Brer Fox know that Rabbit was going to mix it up with the Tar Baby? Would Rabbit have laid his hand on the baby if he’d been white? Would it have mattered if a white baby didn’t answer to his greeting?

Put aside that the Tar Baby expression became a racial slur in itself, the original Tar-Baby character impersonated an African-American child who didn’t show the expected deference to a rabbit.

The accompanying images reflect the changing visual representation of Tar-Baby. He makes his first appearance in an early chapter of the Uncle Remus Tales (as collected by Joel Chandler Harris) called “The Wonderful Tar-Baby Story.” Above is one of the original illustrations by artist A.B. Frost. There Brer Fox creates a “baby” made of tar to lure Brer Rabbit into his clutches.

The next images are from Disney versions. First the animated film SONG OF THE SOUTH, then the children’s books which followed.

Disney famously has not released Song Of The South after its theatrical run. The depictions were too ethnic, and Tar-Baby recalled the black-face entertainment that ought not to have so amused white audiences. Black-face is what passes for a negro face to whites. Similarly, a baby made of tar passes for a negro, but only in exaggeration. Oblivious to many, apparently, is that African-Americans are not by any approximation black. If Brer Fox had made a baby out of milk, would white people confuse its color for their flesh tone?

Disney rewrote the tale for its children’s book series, making the tar baby this time out of glue. Not only that, but they gave him ears to resemble a rabbit. This preempted confusing him for a human baby, black or white. Now Brer Rabbit could be seen taking him for his kin, which of course shifts the premise, and might puzzle some children to wonder why Brer Rabbit is so quick to come to blows.

Uncle Remus
Some will probably ask in earnest: are the Uncle Remus tales racist? No, but their context is complicated. The stories emerged from the plantation South, from storytellers who lived in slavery. The lessons imparted are universal, but the particulars were obviously crafted to help slaves come to terms with their unchallengeable fate. Shall I quote a few passages to see if you get the idea?

Brer Tarrypin, he lay back up dar, he did, des es proud ez a nigger wid a cook possum.
–chapter 10

He scrape it clean en lick it dry, en den he go back ter wuk lookin’ mo’ samer dan a nigger w’at de patter-rollers bin had holt un.
–chapter 17

Dey er mighty biggity, dem house niggers is, but I notices dat dey don’t let nuthin’ pass. Dey goes ‘long wid der han’s en der mouf open, en w’at one don’t ketch de tother one do.
-chapter 27

How about this wrenching bit from A Story of War?

Nigger dat knows he’s gwineter git thumped kin sorter fix hisse’f, en I tuck’n fix up like de war wuz gwineter come right in at de front gate.

From chapter 33: Why the Negro is Black:

ONE night, while the little boy was watching Uncle Remus twisting and waxing some shoe-thread, he made what appeared to him to be a very curious discovery. He discovered that the palms of the old man’s hands were as white as his own, and the fact was such a source of wonder that he at last made it the subject of remark. The response of Uncle Remus led to the earnest recital of a piece of unwritten history that must prove interesting to ethnologists.

“Tooby sho de pa’m er my han’s w’ite, honey,” he quietly remarked, “en, w’en it come ter dat, dey wuz a time w’en all de w’ite folks ‘uz black—blacker dan me, kaze I done bin yer so long dat I bin sorter bleach out.”

The little boy laughed. He thought Uncle Remus was making him the victim of one of his jokes; but the youngster was never more mistaken. The old man was serious. Nevertheless, he failed to rebuke the ill-timed mirth of the child, appearing to be altogether engrossed in his work. After a while, he resumed:

“Yasser. Fokes dunner w’at bin yit, let ‘lone w’at gwinter be. Niggers is niggers now, but de time wuz w’en we ‘uz all niggers tergedder.”

“When was that, Uncle Remus?”

“Way back yander. In dem times we ‘uz all un us black; we ‘uz all niggers tergedder, en ‘cordin’ ter all de ‘counts w’at I years fokes ‘uz gittin’ ‘long ’bout ez well in dem days ez dey is now.

But atter ‘w’ile de news come dat dere wuz a pon’ er water some’rs in de naberhood, w’ich ef dey’d git inter dey’d be wash off nice en w’ite,

en den one un um, he fine de place en make er splunge inter de pon’, en come out w’ite ez a town gal.

En den, bless grashus! w’en de fokes seed it, dey make a break fer de pon’,

en dem w’at wuz de soopless, dey got in fus’ en dey come out w’ite;

en dem w’at wuz de nex’ soopless, dey got in nex’, en dey come out merlatters;

en dey wuz sech a crowd un um dat dey mighty nigh use de water up, w’ich w’en dem yuthers come long, de morest dey could do wuz ter paddle about wid der foots en dabble in it wid der han’s.

Dem wuz de niggers, en down ter dis day dey ain’t no w’ite ’bout a nigger ‘ceppin de pa’ms er der han’s en de soles er der foot.”

And my favorite passage, called Turnip Salad:

“How many er you boys,” said he, as he put his basket down, “is done a han’s turn dis day? En yit de week’s done commence. I year talk er niggers dat’s got money in de bank, but I lay hit ain’t none er you fellers. Whar you speck you gwineter git yo’ dinner, en how you speck you gwineter git ‘long?”

“Oh, we sorter knocks ‘roun’ an’ picks up a livin’,” responded one.

“Dat’s w’at make I say w’at I duz,” said Uncle Remus. “Fokes go ’bout in de day-time an’ makes a livin’, an’ you come ‘long w’en dey er res’in’ der bones an’ picks it up. I ain’t no han’ at figgers, but I lay I k’n count up right yer in de san’ en number up how menny days hit’ll be ‘fo’ you ‘er cuppled on ter de chain-gang.”

“De ole man’s holler’n now sho’,” said one of the listeners, gazing with admiration on the venerable old darkey.

“I ain’t takin’ no chances ’bout vittles. Hit’s proned inter me fum de fus dat I got ter eat, en I knows dat I got fer ter grub for w’at I gits. Hit’s agin de mor’l law fer niggers fer ter eat w’en dey don’t wuk, an’ w’en you see um ‘pariently fattenin’ on a’r, you k’n des bet dat ruinashun’s gwine on some’rs.”

What about “nigger”?
When Russel Means writes of today’s economic and anti-democratic troubles, and addresses America’s newly impoverished middle class by saying Welcome to the Reservation, this is the wisdom I think he’s looking to impart. Welcome to niggerdom, Nigger.

With that word now struck from Huckleberry Finn, the concept of “nigger” becomes harder to grasp and can’t teach us its lesson.

Listen to Uncle Remus talk about what it means to be a lowest class being, beneath the interest of humanity, untouchable, as government functionaries like Doug Lamborn would prefer the underclass laborer remain.

It’s against the moral law for niggers to eat when they don’t work. AND
I ain’t handy with figures, but I lay I can count on one hand how many days it’ll be before [“knocking around” will land you niggers] in the chain-gang.

I suggest you reread that last passage of Uncle Remus in its original. Now I’ll try my hand at the last half of that phrase:

It’s against the moral law for niggers to eat when they don’t work, and when you see them apparently fattening on air, you can just bet that ruination is going on somewhere.

Jim Bowie’s Noble Gesture of freeing his servant Sam

At the Alamo during the Texas Land Grab Disguised As A Revolution while he was waiting to be overrun and killed.
 
Mighty “white” of him but, hey, the manumission papers were a useless formality. One of the excuses used for stirring up the revolution was “deprivation of property rights” meaning that General Antonio Jose y Maria Lopez de Santa Ana had, through the enforcement of the Guerrero Proclamation, emancipation papers for anybody in Mexico (including, legally, San Antonio) who was held as a slave. This wasn’t done as a slap in the face for the white Anglo colonists, who hadn’t (yet) become quite the pestilence they would later be.

Instead it freed up the Indian and Mestizo slaves owned by the Spanish overlords.

The Mexican Emancipation Proclamation predated the U.S. one by about 4 decades. Not exactly a “backwards and ignorant” nation.

So Sam was already technically free.

Three slaves were known to be at the Battle of the Alamo; a boy named John was killed, while William B. Travis’s slave Joe and James Bowie’s slave Sam survived to be freed by the Mexican Army (from wikipedia)

What got me thinking about it is Rick GoodHair Perry announcing his candidacy. Not just any Jackass Retardican, he’s one of those currently celebrating the 150th (sesquicentennial) anniversary of the founding of the Confederacy and the start of a four year campaign in which a half million Americans were murdered by other Americans over the States’ “right” to systematically deprive Americans of their liberty.

But of course to hear the various Confederate Heritage groups lie through their bloodstained teeth, it wasn’t actually about Slavery… just the states’ “rights” to maintain slavery, and also they smoothly lie that it wasn’t about Racial Hatred, even though the Americans they were holding as slaves happened to be of a much darker skin color. Slavery, in the Rick Perry-Republican-TeaBag DoubleSpeak, is an act of love.

And, it’s not like Perry actually believes the lies he tells. His FOLLOWERS, however, are exactly that STUPID that they do.
Massive underfunding of Public Education shown in all it’s glorious wonder. Look for the Texas Ignorance Campaign to spread across AmeriKKKa oh, wait, it already has, never mind!

The RepubliKlan Party hates public education because Public Ignorance is their one power base.

Just look at the Morons in Iowa and the Racist Lunatic they just selected in their straw poll.

Corporate Supreme Court backed Mall-Wart in Anti-Worker decision

Again. How much did it cost the Walton Empire to have the Supremes sing for them? I should shut up about that, I guess, I could be theoretically held in Contempt of Corporation. WalMart could sue ME for definition of character.

Their pet monkeys at the Supreme Court would back them up on it. Nothing new there.

Get back to work, Slave! Slaves have no rights that the WalMart Empire or the Supreme Court have to acknowledge!
If you’re not a Billion Dollar Corporation the U.S. Senate, House of “representatives”, President and especially not the Police, Courts, or Military don’t represent your broke ass.

Tote that barge, lift that bale or however the song goes.

Don’t forget to say thank you to your Prison Work Gang Overseers errr I mean, Police and Military as you head away from the work area and toward your sleeping quarters at Gulag Walmart. Use that 2 1/2% employee discount that will be given to you in the next “fair and impartial” Court Decision to purchase a cheap flag and cheaper Magnetic Yellow Ribbon at $1.88 apiece instead of $1.93, plus tax, cause you’ll pay taxes but your Owners “employers” don’t.

Remember, they gave you the freedom to be exploited by the Rich Bitches.

Freedom is defined by your Slave Owners.

Wikileaks- US State Dept ties Haitian aid to acceptance of wage slavery

When the outgoing Haitian Govt insisted on the whopping huge $5 a DAY minimum wage instead of the three dollars a day being offered by the Corporate-owned U.S.A.I.D., their pet sellouts at State Dept, which has been trying to put a stranglehold on who does or does not do business with Haiti since, like, Forever, endorsed a U.S.A.I.D. report that Haiti wasn’t as badly harmed by the earthquake and thus, the Haitian people owe the aid money back.
Welcome to the Global Plantation.
I wonders, yes I does, how much Gov Scott Walker, Rep Paul Ryan, Gov LePage of Maine, Rick GoodHair of Texas, The Chambers of Commerce, and their Local Anti-worker ToolsTrained Monkeys like Paige, Patchsi, Janis Heuberger, Jeff Crank, Malkin, Tancredo, and the entire City Council, the Mayor and County Commissioners have in their own personal stock portfolios on this?
Slavery by low wage and high debt IS their main way of doing business.
How about it, anti-Union anti-Working Class PUNKS? Sound off on how morally superior and righteous you are in defense of Slavery.

Shit I learned in school

…because, really, I DO believe there’s a deliberate sabotage of Public Education being done simply by handing a “liberal” program over to be administered by “conservatives”.
In 7th grade in Texas you’re taught Texas History. Some of it would be almost unrecognizable from a Yankee point of view.
For instance, we were taught that the Civil War wasn’t about slavery, it was about State’s Rights.
State’s Rights to spend civic money and exercise military and police powers to enforce slavery.
We were also told, and I have reason to believe that it’s gotten worse, we were told that the Slaves were well treated, given decent food and housing, and Medical Care. Happy Days on de ol’ Plantation wif all de Darkies singin’ and happy and de Massa jes’ lubbin all of dem!
O, de sun shines bright
on my old Kentucky home
it’s summer and the darkies are gay…
You smile and laugh and sing because the Massah would beat you and maybe have you killed if you indicated any dissatisfaction with the arrangement. It’s that simple.
The Slaves were all Happy and Content and Well Treated… so why do the Corporate Slaveholders of the Modern Plantation, the ones who advance this bald-face lie about how good slaves had it, refuse to provide health care and good nutrition and housing for their Debt-slaves?
Is it only profitable to provide a decent standard of living if you outright OWN the workers?

They don’t make too much comment about how these Happy, Contented Slaves all smilin’ and singin’ and the Good Massah lubbin’ every one of dem… why they would be forbidden to take any outside employment in their spare time, to perhaps earn enough money to buy their freedom?
The Prison System uses a similar tactic to keep its slaves from escaping, if you’re caught with money you’re punished.
Likewise the Slaves were forbidden Education, even so much as to teach a slave to read was punishable by death. And to BE that slave?
Thus are the scions of the Debt Slaves treated now, public education being snatched away from our kids and allocated only to the children of the Merchant master class.
And health care and nutrition… look to the TeaTards with their anger and hatred toward people who actually receive health care, which the TeaTard Hate Freak leaders say only the Wealthy deserve.

Of course they will LIE and say they’re only looking out for States Rights…. Corporate State rights to hold people in slavery.
And threatening a new Civil War in which they’ll kill a lot of Americans to keep things that way.
Them Corporate Slaveowners sho’ does love them the idea of Killing Americans.
Why I believe the Texas History Textbooks are being slanted more to the right… Rick “GoodHair” Perry, fascist dictator of Texas, said the older textbooks were too Liberal WTF?
And in Texas the Governor determines the curriculum for the schools in the entire state. So look for even MORE brainwashed morons who will grow up thinking that keeping human beings in bondage and Killing PEOPLE who object is actually a good thing.

Ms Czeladtko, temper temper…

Threatening people with police action for making fun of you? That’s not the actions of somebody who isn’t Fascist. Especially when the most pointed barbs were about your sneering condemnation of people you consider inferior because of their economic status. Apparently, making the arbitrary decision that people who are so desperately poor that they’re actually not able to find housing… are “insane”.. That’s a little over the top, don’t you see? Saying further that anybody who even LOOKS homeless should be banned from parks and other publicly funded places and services, “to protect the children” was really just God-damned stupid. Also hateful. Vicious. And displays the attitude that PikesPeakOcean and JCP1800 lampooned so thoroughly.

You’ve sent out a clear message that you’re intending to represent the Rich more “equally” than the Poor. And that was before you pulled the Typical Colorado Springs Establishment stunt of threatening dissidents with police actions.

Publicly. Shoot, even the cops are usually smarter than that, announcing publicly beforehand that they intend to violently repress dissidents. Does your paid boyfriend Chacon of the Gazette have the power to spin this? Sorry, Chacon, but don’t you wish, ever, that you worked as a REAL journalist for a REAL newspaper that has things like Ethical Standards? No wonder their parent corporation is in bankruptcy.

It’s almost superfluous to point out that the “leaders” of the Colorado Springs Establishment are morally challenged. Unfortunately there are some people in town who Just Don’t Get It. They get the Gazette instead.

Being openly in favor of the “Give More Money to the Rich and everything will work better for everybody” Politico-economic structure, the one which has consistently tanked, time after time after time, leaving more people in poverty each time, pretty much seals the deal.

Why not just work as a Paid Lobbyist for the Very Rich? Oh, that’s right, you’re running for office HERE. My bad.

Tripoli and the Original Intent of the Founding Great White Fathers.

You know the first line of the Marine Corps Hymn, ends with “to the shores of Tripoli” So, why, exactly, was Tripoli so important? Well, since American Capitalism was and still is heavily dependent on goods and services produced by Slavery, an important slave-shipping region like the Barbary Coast (North Africa from western Egypt to the Gibraltar Straits) was the “Raw Material” source for American, British and French Capitalism. Slaves. Human cargo. The Bush family and the Harvard trust and the Yale trust got simultaneously Fantastically Wealthy through the ‘necessary evil’.
 
Capital can only work if the Richest make other HUMAN BEINGS poorer. The “rising tide lifts all boats” bullshit is simply that. In a system of finite resources, and there is no resource which isn’t… the Rich can only gain and maintain their wealth at the expense of everybody else.

Just as with Roman Capitalism, the foundation of that wealth has to come from conquest. The “free” market = the Slave Market.

The Barbary Pirates as they’re usually called in American History also made huge amounts of money selling captive Africans to White European-stock Americans like Washington, Hamilton, Jefferson. Those who didn’t own slaves, benefited by transporting, selling and providing the “seed money” Capital to the Slave Industry. They rode the whip-shredded backs of African slaves to “freedom” and wealth.

For a short while the Barbary Coast slave traders worked it in both directions. Not that the American and British and French “christian” Slavers were averse to white people being enslaved, heck no. They had plenty of white slaves themselves, just held in bond through chains of debt. Get the Suckers to believe that if they work really hard for really low wages and then turn around and re-invest part of their meager fortune into the Corporations of Their Masters, like a 401-k plan, and they too might become wealthy. It was a lie then and a lie now.

But the “pirates” perhaps by mistake sold some of the Aristocrats into slavery. OOPS.

So, the Marines were sent in.

Actually, the Marines lost. It would be considered humiliating, if they couldn’t spin it somehow.

While they were busily trying to arrange a coup-d’etat, which failed, The “pirates” renegotiated their supply contract with the American envoys, with a clause that they should refrain from taking White Aristocrats as slaves.

So the Marines, to save face, have to say that their machinations, which failed, and cost Marine lives, must have frightened the “pirates” into compliance.

When instead it was just (slave) business as usual. A miscommunication between divisions of essentially the Same Corporate Entity. Nothing to see here, SLAVE Citizen, keep moving, get the Hell back to work, nothing to see…

To the so called “Conservatives”: Merry God-Damn Free Market!

You know how the Adam Smith/Reagan/Ayn Rand brainwashed disciples preach that “A rising tide lifts all boats”.
What they don’t mention is the Rich have it rigged so their Wage Slaves can’t afford a God-Damn boat. They’ll also get some Really Stupid Morons like the TeaBags and any other non-wealthy person Retarded enough to do their bidding, tell the rest of the working class that there actually IS opportunity if only we save enough money from our slave-wage jobs to invest, we’ll get a whole $50 a week from our 401k if we work ourselves to death putting millions of times that much in the pockets of the Rich Bitches.
All y’all who say otherwise, boy Howdy! The professional liars who work for the Filthy Rich Pigs sure got YOU!
Problem is you bastards are too God-Damn DUMB to know it.
You’ll even voluntarily go to other countries and kill other working class people so your Rich Masters can rob them the same way they rob YOUR dumb asses. They’ll even tell you you’re fighting for “freedom” and that you’re giving the people you’re slaughtering an “opportunity” and “civilization”
Yeah, you’re giving them the opportunity and freedom to be good little Civilized Slaves who don’t talk back.just like your retarded slave ass, and your children who you’re selling into the same slavery.Or if they don’t accept that “opportunity” you’ll kill them. In a “civilized” manner of course. And their kids. What’s up with the babykilling, you realize that once you slaughter some kids’ families right in front of them they’ll hate you forever? Worried that once they get big enough to pick up a gun they’ll blow your Slave-Soldier sons and daughters to Hell, to join you?
That’s what your Leaders say. There’s a quote that’s attributed to Custer, and Chivington, and Sherman, “Nits make lice”.
The reason it’s attributed to so many is your Leaders echo each other. A LOT.

That’s another point with you Stupid so-called “conservatives”. You’re too damned retarded to come up with your own sayings, so you repeat shit your leaders tell you to chant. Support the troops, back the badge, My country right or wrong, love or leave it, Four legs good, two legs baaaaaaaaddddd….

And if you don’t go overseas to murder civilians to keep the others from questioning the so-called “authority” of your Rich Bitch Masters, you can get a similar job as a Police Officer right here.

Lick them Rich Folks boots, BOY! Slurrrrrp slurrrrppp slurrrpppppppppp!
You stupid bastards sho’ does love you some bootlickin’.

I know because you keep insisting that I join you for a feast of Rich Folks’ shoe polish. Sometimes threatening or even on occasion committing acts of violence in order to try to get me to join you in your slavery.

Jokes on you, your Rich Bitch masters aren’t going to allow YOU to be anything more than their servants. Your kids and grandkids too.

So-called Free Market Capitalism doesn’t pay its bills

It instead leeches off Tax-supported Publicly paid enterprises like the Army and Police agencies, not coincidentally the only agencies they want to be continued to have Public Funding…Allow the wealthiest to not pay taxes on money they obtained through blatantly aggressive Government Interventions in the so-called “free” markets by using publicly funded Soldiers to take over any of the competing trade partnerships aka “Sovereign Nations” by extreme violence or the threat thereof.

The Ayn Rand worshipers wouldn’t be able to obtain the agricultural and mineral riches of MesoAmerica by their own machinations, even were they willing (unlike the huge majority of their favorite Mouthpieces like Reagan, Bush, John Wayne, Limbaugh, Coulter, Malkin, O’Reilly, Beck etc … chickenhawks on parade) to use their OWN physical presence and risk their OWN worthless parasitic lives to do so. Their “superior” Invisible Hand of the “free” market wasn’t in any way capable to take over even ONE nation, even the Stone-age technology nations they much more than decimated (decimated means taking only ten percent off, and the slaughter left alive more like 7%, more than NINE TIMES mere decimation) first through disease and then through violence using “superior” technologies against, again, Stone Age peoples.

The Pilgrims and Puritans they worship as being Godlike Beings had Publicly Funded armies and navies behind them when they conquered the Northeastern U.S., not exactly Daniel Boone Striding Alone Into The Wilderness… (he was slightly more than a century later and even he, brave though he might have been, had the British Army backing him up. Even if they weren’t sharing his camp)

All that Publicly funded conquest is the basis for American Wealth but even the Rich White-boy so-called “Founding Fathers” weren’t willing to pay the rent on the Soldiers and Equipment used to gain their financial base.

They’re not willing to pay the workers and even their own Corporate Partners who provide the construction and maintenance of the infrastructure, dams, water treatment, roads, that they would need to continue gaining their wealth.

With “no new taxes” but plenty of new construction, at Public Expense and the most immediate benefit from that construction going to the “no taxes” manipulators and their mouthpieces like Doug Bruce and Tom Tancredo they say, literally,

“We want you to sell us your labor, and your materiel, for a minuscule fraction of what it costs you to produce it, and if you don’t give us what we want we’ll have the Publicly Paid tax-supported Army and Police force you to comply, just like they did and still do in all the other Conquered Territories which pay THEIR tributes into our ‘free’ Market system”

They’re treating American workers the way they’ve treated the forced-labor of every “lesser” economy in the World, again, using the Fascist “freedom fighters” in the Police and Military, private and public to force us to comply the same way the “Operation Iraqi Freedom” PIGS force the Iraqi people to comply with their Corporate Whore-lords.

Again, just like the Tea-Bag and other Right Wing Terrorist Extremists, threatening violence to bring us their interpretation of “Liberty”. Meaning, the freedom to obey Their Masters. They’re even using money “donated” by Foreign Governments, some of them ROYALTY to buy our votes in the upcoming election, which would place a theoretical Rubber Stamp of approval on their machinations.

Imagine that, the “Tea Party Patriots” and the “Minutemen”, recreating the days when the Landed Aristocracy like Washington and Adams and Paine gulled the Stupid Peasants to fight for them against other landed aristocracy from the mother country of England who in turn, using public tax resources, relied on the Working Class to fight the battles their Prissy ChickenHawk “Elite” noblemen wouldn’t fight for themselves.

History repeating itself to the extreme of Tea Party candidates being funded by the Royal Family…

Of GODDAMN ENGLAND and the Royal Houses of Europe, inbred from the times of their first establishments at the time of the Crusades, thoroughly useless Social and Economic PARASITES, and Kings they set in power like the UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the “democracies” Israel and Egypt and Turkey, worshipers of the Tsar (the last one of whom was the grandson of Queen Victoria of Guess Which British Empire) in Russia, all of them bankrolling Tea Bag candidates like Ken Buck and Dan Maes, across the country, candidates who say they represent the Working Class. Some of them pretend to be Working Class themselves.

Lying cowardly sellout Corporate Whores is what they truly are. They’re hoping that we’ll be stupid enough to give them a poorly informed, badly misinformed Carte Blanche (French: Blank Warrant, Blank Check) to steal what’s left of the wealth of America.

They’re barely pretending to be Capitalists anymore, they’re not wanting to invest in building a base for “their” industries.

When they say on one side of their face that they want to Build Jobs and create wealth (but the Jobs and Wealth are separate, guess which part of the pair goes to the Elitist Pricks like Buck and Tancredo?) and then say blatantly that the Rich aren’t going to have to pay for the roads, hospitals, clean water etc that “their” (ahem) “Workforce” (notice, they don’t even distinguish us as humans) need to accomplish the tasks they’re setting for us.

If they’re actually going to have “their” (ahem) Workforce produce anything it will be like the story in Exodus of the Pharaoh demanding a higher quota of brick production and demanding that the workers themselves obtain the materials at their own expense to meet the quota.

The Census and Original Intent of the Founding Aristocrats

Since we have a lot of loudmouth Know-it-all know-nothings running their collective head, in chorus, paid by the richest men in America to cement the notion of an American Aristocracy based on personal wealth,
Who tell us every hour of every day that they, and ONLY They, know the original intent of a group of arbitrarily assigned White Aristocrats they call the “Founding Fathers”, a group which includes up to … actually less than, 100 of the richest men in America.
Out of the 3,929,326 MEN and only MEN counted in the first census in 1790. Never mind that even the very tiny INSIGNIFICANT representative sample they define as the “Founding Fathers” never unanimously agreed on any single issue, and that John Adams, one of the Richest of the bunch, granted himself arbitrary powers in a definition of the Sedition Acts to jail people who disagreed with his personal agenda. Or that there wasn’t a Majority Consensus on the Bill of Rights, which wasn’t included in the Original Constitution. Or that of those 3,929,326 MEN more than half weren’t allowed to VOTE for who got to represent them… No Taxation without representation? How about “No REPRESENTATIVE DICTATORSHIP without Representation”?
Their “original intent” is considered irrelevant by the Pompous Ass Pseudo-Intellectuals who are trying to force their Elitist (just not actually “elite”) agenda on the rest of us.

What of the OTHERS who had to bear the burdens of the conflicted and contradictory mandates from the Tiny Minority Even Of The Landed Aristocracy who are arbitrarily assigned the title “Founding Fathers” but not only weren’t given the Vote, they weren’t even COUNTED. Women, Children, Bonded (slavery through debt) and people Born Slaves weren’t counted. Nor were the Native Americans in the territories claimed by the White Aristocratic Tiny Minority. Actually, slaves were counted as “Property” not as human population.

Wonderful group of Role Models you Right Wing Extremists have there. In 1860 American Indians were counted, but only those who had “renounced” tribal affiliations, and of course, the sovereignty CONSTITUTIONALLY defined by Treaty (Article VI) which was recognized on paper but virtually never at gunpoint.

Nor were these Americans who had given up their tribal rights accorded any citizenship rights until 1911, more than a half century later.
The United States in 1790 consisted of the 13 original states and the territories that later became the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Maine, Vermont, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama.

Notice that save for Maine and Vermont, (two French words actually) the other territories have American Indian names. There’s a reason for that. Actually “Indiana” was designated as an entirely Indian territory, hence the name.

Then number of American Indians IN WHAT WAS THE UNITED STATES at the time was far greater than the number of those Americans counted as “citizens” and a HUGE difference between their population and the fewer than 100 Rich Bitches who are said to be the Last and Only deciders of American Law.

So, are we to join their Rush to turn Beck the clock to those carefree days of yore, when only the knights and other Lords had any political say or sway, even though their numbers Palin comparison with those of the actual people, the ones whose labor feeds the Overprivileged Ones but who receive less than a tenth of the money generated by OUR Labor?

Are we to bow to the mandates by two clownish Puppets of that government, whose own ancestors weren’t allowed full participation in the government and the electoral process until 1964, years after Michael Steele (Steal?) and Clarence “Uncle” Thomas were BORN? The mandates that only the Rich, in the form of Corporate Rule, are allowed to govern Americans?

And they call Liberals “Elitists”. The Faux-“Elite” Elitists at Fox News who tell us this crap would never soil their own hands with real honest Work. Rush and Bill O’Reilly have gained over a BILLION dollars apiece being the Paid Lying Actors who promote the words their even wealthier Masters tell them to spew.

The others, Beck, Palin, North, Hannity, Dobbs, Levin, Michael the “Savage” Weiner, Karl Rove, Bill Kristol, “Scooter” Libby… None of them would put their Dainty Hands to the mill shovel, put their overly privileged lives in jeopardy in a mine or a factory where the “excessive safety regulations” they carp and complain about like the whiny-ass effete BITCHES they truly are… are consistently ignored and cut further back in every session of the Rich Bitch controlled congress.

Certainly their Corporate Whoremasters never would. Yet they claim to be the spokesmen of “Real Americans” and claim the power and right to say who “Real Americans” are.
They pretend to be Working Class yet never work. They’re no more Working Class than their sorry Chickenshit Chickenhawk asses were ever Real Soldiers.

Celebrity Leaders of the Anti-Peasant Crusade

Why is Lou Dobbs considered an “expert” on Immigration, but not Colbert? Now they’re barking because Colbert testified in Congress as an “expert witness”. And say that his only expertise was that he’s a “Celebrity” Say whut? The problem they’re having with his expertise isn’t the shock to the senses that your first day of Field Labor is to ANYBODY. (It’s why the Founding Fathers “hired” slaves to do it for them, because let’s face it, if George Washington or Madison or Jefferson had to go out and cut their own damn tobacco and sugar cane (cotton wasn’t a cash crop until later) they would have starved. Labor built the fortunes of the “Founding Fathers” the same way Labor builds the fortunes of the Capitalists today.) But they’re claiming that his “expert” status was somehow due to his status as a Celebrity. So, what now, do they stop listening to that stupid John Wayne Record about how honorable it is to join the Army, travel to exotic places, meet interesting people, and Kill Them?

Since John Wayne’s only expertise on war and military was that he portrayed Soldiers in some of his movies. Same with Ronald Reagan, George W, Romney, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Ted Nugent, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Tom Tancredo, Bill O’Reilly, Rudi Giuliani, Lou Dobbs…

The only experiences they had as “warriors” is that they dodged the draft and sent other people to kill and die in their stead. And they have an equivalent level of expertise in Immigration, Constitutional Law, Religion, Terrorism, or any of the other “Celebrity Expertise” they tout, and yes, even instruct the Right Wing Lunatic members of Congress on those subjects.

Ted Nugent boasted that he “beat the draft” by shitting on himself then not bathing for a month before his Draft Board examination. Convinced the doctors he was crazy. Instead of just being a chickenshit. Now he supports all Wars and dares people to disagree with him.

Kind of the same way Sarah Palin told people not to sit down or shut up, unless they “heckled” her, then she had Government police paid by Tax Money to enforce for her and violently remove anybody who dared to speak against her.

Ted Nugent would do that same thing if you tried to take up his challenge at one of HIS hate rallies. Even though he’s prancing around the stage, like the silly bitch he truly is, with an allegedly fully loaded machine gun. He’d still have somebody else do his fighting for him.

But not a whimper from the Right Wing Noise Factory about HIS use of a “celebrity status” to tout their bullshit for them.

Rudi Giuliani is a typical Pig, former prosecutor, like local Celebrities Ken Buck and Doug Bruce, meaning they stood in court, hiding behind their PIG comrades to make sure nobody gets “uppity” with them, and talk like they’re “Tough Guys”. Chickenshits and Pigs, Chickenhawks all.

Giuliani is touted as an “Expert” in Terrorism because he got skunked, allegedly by the same group, twice… in exactly the same place.
That and he led a Fearless Campaign against the poorest of the poor in New York City. Real “heroic expert” there.

Not a single one of the Right Wing Lunatic Fringe ever objects when Il Rudi testifies before Congress.

Lou Dobbs is touted as an “Expert” in immigration HOW?

His family immigrated much earlier and they most certainly didn’t have the permission of (at the time) Most Americans. Most Americans at the time being Non-White and definitely opposed to the Heavily Armed European Illegal Immigrant Wave. Called the police to his house and said “Mexicans” had shot at his house while he wasn’t there. When asked WHICH “mexicans” and how did he know they actually were “mexicans” since NOBODY SAW IT HAPPEN and there are No Suspects he’ll get all huffy and call you a Commie Pinko Nigger Loving Fag
Jewboy Liberal. Nice deflect there, Mr Dobbs! Get caught in a lie and sling racist rhetoric as a shield as you back away from the question!

No objections from the Far Right Zombie Squad about HIS expertise either.

But I guess being a “celebrity” isn’t so much a handicap in being declared an “expert”… as long as you’re a Right Wing Parrot, and read your script exactly as it’s written.

The hypocrisy smells worse than last week’s tuna salad.

Ron Kovic, Private Nation and the mystique of the Token Cripple

Because I get the same kind of crap in lower doses than Kovic and Max Cleland did and still do. When you become disabled at work you’re supposed to be grateful for any crust of bread thrown your way, and condemned as a whiner if you point out the guilt of the parties who brought you to that state. With war veterans it’s worse.
Ron Kovic and Max Cleland were “just fine” in the eyes of the Pentagon, until they started opposing the war, then they were and still are demonized. The Pentagoons, while Cleland was fighting to survive, leaving 3 of his limbs on the cutting room floor, (mixed metaphor there, cutting room is about films) his commanders were filling out paperwork exonerating themselves from any blame for what they had done to him. Like Kovic, and Private Nation, and John Kerry, and Flight Lt Joseph “Country” MacDonald, he was treated with the military equivalent of Honor as long as he consented to be the Token. The Warrior returning and still supporting a lost war. Touching, Heartwarming, (heartburn) but once they chose to speak out, save for Private Nation, they were the darlings of every parade, supporting sending even MORE young people off to kill other people in other lands, other mother’s sons… except for Private Nation. Who was Private Nation, you ask?

He was one of my ancestors. He, too, fought for the losing side, a hundred years earlier. Late in the war, the Civil one… hence, he wasn’t fighting to kill and die in Foreign Lands… he took a Minie ball upside his temple, tore off a chunk of his skull. Surgeon told him, “Private, that’s going to kill you eventually” and sure enough, 80 years later, it did. But he was a Confederate. He was fighting for the “states’ rights” cause. You know the one, the States’ Right to deny Liberty or even the definition of Humanity to HUMAN BEINGS based solely on the shade of their skins, and to deny them that Liberty before they were even born. And to use State Funds and State Police Powers to ensure that they remained in Slavery. In short, he was fighting not for States’ Rights, but for States’ WRONGS.

In VietNam, and now Iraq and Afghanistan, the Slave Owners live off premises, but it’s still the same concept. Still sending in the Private Nation and the Ron Kovic of the modern age. And if you get pieces of you blown off, you’re supposed to accept it, be rolled around in the parades like a Good Little Cripple, patted on the head and sternly warned not to say anything at all against the regime.

If Gunnery Sgt Nick Popavitch, proudly supporting the military that cost his eye and, really, their honor and his… If he ever stands up and says it’s wrong he won’t be their Tame Token Cripple anymore, and can expect His Comrades will turn on him like a pack of starving wolves on a pork chop. That’s the “freedom” they’re fighting. For. Against.

Private Nation never repented of his service to the cause of Slavery. Many people in the South feel that his “sacrifice” should be honored, but, you’ll notice, only those American Southerners whose ancestors were the Slave Owners, not those who have the slaves for ancestors.

Does the magnitude of the loss of limb or capacity or eye make the Cause of Slavery RIGHT? Turn it around and look at it from the perspective of the arbitrarily chosen “enemy”.

Does a Taliban soldier with pieces blown off of him, make the cause of the Taliban right, or wrong? What about an Afghan or Iraqi Civilian with pieces blown off him/her?

Is the measure of the human suffering of the human being, from whichever side, the True Measure of righteousness? For the ones who exploit the Token Cripple mystique, even using the wounds and disabilities of the wounded as Recruitment.. (that’s the nature of Military Parades, by the way, not to honor the dead and wounded, but to get more kids sucked into “serving”) According to the assmunches with that philosophy, yeah.

But, gentle reader, you decide. Private Nation was paraded every Confederate Memorial Day. Yeah, they actually did that. There wasn’t an Official Confederate Army into which they were trying to recruit the younguns. But there was always the Klan.

I can’t be ashamed of that heritage. Because I didn’t do the crimes nor do I support them. God-Damn if I’ll be proud of it either.

One final thought. Hopefully to tie it together. You know how some Veterans who are still in Denial (Pvt Nation until he died) say that only those who went to the wars can criticize? Kind of like “Only Mafia Hitmen can sit on a jury in a murder trial” but… what of those who DID go to the wars and criticize? Why the sudden dumping of them into the trash bin of history? Especially when their former Masters told them and still tell us that they fought for “freedom” especially of speech. “Them Soldiers fought for YOUR freedom of speech, how DARE you use that freedom?”

What about George Bush, no, the OLDER one, GHW… who was simultaneously tearing down the names and reputations of Ellsberg, Kovic, Cleland, Kerry, Country Joe (and the Fish) MacDonald, every man-jack of the VVAW, while using his influence to keep his own Junior out of the war from which both were profiteering?

What of Junior, and the Other ChickenHawks? If we call the ChickenHawks by their proper title of ChickenHawk, highly paid Billionaire Professional Liars like Rush Limbaugh accuse us of Hate Speech. Just applying the same logic but with a better twist is all.
If only those who fought can criticize, then only those who fought can START wars, or support them for that matter.

Better yet, none of them should start or support the wars either.
Sherman said “War is Hell” but he was wrong. War is Murder. Pure and simple, and making war is a crime against everybody.
Protesting against it isn’t even Officially a crime, but they sure as Hell punish people for it. Even if the people they’re punishing actually fought in those wars. “Double Standard” doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Between Iraq and a Hard Place, Slave Labor + Corporate Welfare = Warfare

Since all available national resources are being called in to fight what’s the worst unnatural disaster and getting worse, to smite us in a long while, it pays to recognize one huge fact. The equally Corporate Welfare To The Oil Industry wars against Afghan and Iraqi people (for Corporate Profit-not “freedom”) and the beneficiaries of this hastily pulled in Public Largesse, an Oil Corporation, BP, which presumably has more corporate money available than the entire U.S. Government does, is “big-assing” us on the subject of actually having to eventually repay the U.S. and State governments…

Like Exxon-Valdez being blamed on the actions of one employee, who was imprisoned, and saddled further with a debt that’s in the hundred billion dollar range, leaving the Creditors to twist in the wind (Exxon to fishermen: don’t blame us, we ain’t paying you a thing, F.O.A.D.)

It pays, however little, to realize that the main reason for the lack of Federal Funding is the Corporate Welfare given to several of the Largest and Wealthiest entities in THE FRACKIN’ WORLD, MON!!! including the very expensive for actual taxpaying citizens, as opposed to Tax-Dodging Corporate “citizens”, Wars of Conquest which benefit exactly Whom? Why, the same Oil Companies, like BP, who are expecting the underfunded Federal Government to clean up their little oopsie. And are already filing briefs countering the expected bill coming their way.

How very DARE those Peasants demand that we pay for the damage we do?

They’re also deploying Texas and Louisiana Inmate Unpaid Slave Laborers to fight the damage. Sweet, eh? The ultimate use of Slavery for the benefit of the Ultimate Slave Corporations. If there’s any payment made to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, or the Louisiana counterparts, the Slaves ain’t gonna get any of it, not an extra bean on their plates. Same as always.

Obama breaks truth to widows: Miners died as Corporate Slaves, get used to it

Not really. He said they died in pursuit of a better life. But since the Coal Companies and other Corporate owners of West Virginia aren’t going to actually invest anything in developing some other way for the people who live there to survive, and the people have not nearly enough opportunity to build their own enterprises, it IS a cycle of corporate slavery.

The Horatio Alger and Ragged Dick rags-to-riches stories were Bullshit when they were first published, and still are today. The Mine Workers union song popularized by “Tennessee” Ernie Ford, 16 Tons, says it more realistically.

“you load 16 tons
what do ya get?
Another day older
and deeper in debt
St Peter don’cha call me
cause I can’t go
I owe my soul
to the Company Store.”

The same people who lobby hard against Unions and fair wages, lobby for “Tort Reform” meaning a Landlord’s Lien not only on your possessions, should you default on your lease, but a period of bond-service, debt slavery, should you default.

The Mining corporations, in particular, used this as a way of keeping the workers docile.

The Company Store, just that, the only way you could get groceries or clothing or any other necessities of life was to purchase them from a commissary owned by the Company. Your lodgings were also owned by the Company. A rigged system where you always owed the Boss for the privilege of working for him.

Paid less than you’re forced to spend to survive. Try to leave and you get a warrant for your arrest under the Fugitive Laws, have the equivalent of Dog the Bounty Hunter chasing you down, putting you into the County Prison to work out your debt. In a county that’s owned by, you guessed it, your Loving Employer.

America is sliding backward into that quagmire of Corporate Dictatorship. The saddest part, many of the miners and their families actually eat that crap up with a spoon, the Corporate Lies that they’re working for a better future and for their freedom, and that of their children.

It’s a shameful thing for ONE political party to pay homage to that Blatant Lie. For ALL of the three largest political parties in America, Democratic, Republican, and Tea Parties, to pander to that meaningless CRAP is beyond shameful.

Maybe he simply misspoke, and was off by one letter, they were working for a bItter life.

Hysterical Revisionist Virginia Tea Party attempts another test of Anti-Smart Bomb Strategy, EPIC FAIL!

As we approach the Sesquicentennial (150 years) of the Civil War (massive contradiction in terms) the Commonwealth of Virginia attempted to pass off a “Confederate History Month” with no mention whatsodamnever of slavery. Even with decades of attempting to show that display of the Confederate Southern Cross battle flag (not an official confederate national flag, incidentally) is somehow not a symbol of Racism.
 
(These colors don’t run… A God-Damn thing.)

The slogan “Not Hate – Heritage!!” is on posters, tee-shirts, bumper stickers, pasted onto Bibles, whatever and wherever. Pure Chumba-Wumba.
“Sure, we don’t hate us no Nigras, we just feel y’all are so inferior to us that we can deprive you of liberty directly from birth, just on account of the color of your skin”
Due to the institutionalized “right” for the slave “owners” to RAPE any one of the slaves they wished at any time, unless a Black American is a recent immigrant from Africa, he’s got Confederate heritage too.
They’ve been teaching, for generations, that the Confederacy wasn’t about Slavery, that it was “States’ Rights”… Meaning, the state has the right to spend Public Money, and use State police and court powers, to the direct benefit of Private Corporations who systematically denied Liberty to Human Beings, based on the color of their skin.

And they’re STILL trying to push off this Racist Lie as being real. It has a double edge to it, first the Rich Bastards who would profit from another civil war, or think they would, believe that Black and Hispanic and Indian Southerners will be STUPID enough to ignore the history, much of it very recent, of Racism openly displayed alongside the Confederate battle flag.
They also believe that WHITE Southerners will be retarded enough to believe it, so, y’all rednecks, guess what? The slavery cartel think YOU are stupid too.

Now, here’s the fun part. The Governor of Virginia, and the Governor of Texas, both have loudly threatened to secede over the pure Arrogance of a Black man bucking THEIR system and actually being elected President. They deny it, but then, they deny that Slavery was the reason for secession and for the Confederacy and for the Civil War.

To use a Jewish saying, they’re pissing on our collective leg and saying that it’s rain.

But the Citizens of the Commonwealth, a HUGE bloc of voters, who voted in the 70 MILLION voter bloc who rejected the Racist Regime of Bush and his annointed replacement Sarah Failin’ and John McInsane… forced the newly elected governor (the one who is supposedly a rejection of the Black President by the same voters) to concede on this.

So, will Texas, and Virginia, and Tennessee, etc.. actually Secede? Fat Chance.

The last time Texas seceded the black and hispanic and Native American Indians didn’t have the vote, were forbidden by law to own firearms, and the Blacks were forbidden under pain of well, PAIN to learn to read, and the death penalty for anybody who TAUGHT slaves to read.
They continued this “Not Hate” tradition all the way into the 1960s, Teachers were the primary targets of the “Not Hate, Heritage” Flag waving Ku Klux Klan.
Feed the rednecks the Chumba-Wumba about how proud and noble their ancestors were for being STUPID enough to buy into that Lie the first time around, and then forbid the Blacks to become educated. Didn’t work, did it? The Plan, since the Nixon Regime, was to cut public Education as far as they could, accelerated greatly by the Reagan/Bush/Bush Jr Regime.

And after Generations of MASSIVE indoctrination of the Whites and equally massive attempts to suppress educational opportunities for “the others” they failed to slip that “no mention of slavery” bit past The People of Virginia. They’re failing to slip it past the people of Texas.

The only way Secession would work is with an overwhelming Majority of Texans or residents of other states backing it up. They don’t even have an overwhelming Majority of WHITE Texans, what are they going to do? Secede anyway and force the dissenters to leave their homes, families, businesses, communities? “Love it or Leave It”?

Actually, the easiest way would be, if you can’t deal with Democracy, can’t deal with a rejection of your Racist Values, oh Mighty Whitey Secessionists, YOU leave. There’s a colony of U.S. Imperialists in Costa Rica, they even forced the natives to abandon their own language and adopt English names and the English language for the privilege of being their Servants.

The dialog goes something like this “What’s yo name, boy?”
“Miguel”
WHIPLASH Whip whip whip…
“No, Yo name TOBY…”

This would work until the “peasants” have had quite enough of it, storm the gated communities of their “masters” and drag them out and kill them.

The U.S. Army, which already has a huge percentage of the soldiers being Black and Hispanic (because the whites just ain’t turning out in droves to fight for their own profits and Black and Hispanic children are the new favorite target of the recruiters) will refuse to fight for the New Confederacy. They would also refuse to fight for a New Confederacy in Texas and Virginia.

Shit, people ain’t as stupid as Governors Rick GoodHair Perry and Bob McDonnell think they are.
The Anti-Smart Bomb is proving to be a Dud.