Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ferguson, MO: Another day in the history of the Police State's Iron Boot on the necks of the People

Police advance through smoke Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,"

George Santayana, The Life of Reason

Recent events in Ferguson, MO, should bring us all to question why it is that when the people confront injustice, they are met with brute force and despotic militarism in an attempt to quash that very confrontation of injustice, especially in a nation that claims that its very basis for existence is that ability to be free from tyranny.

A Police State by any other name...

It isn't just in Ferguson today. It has been a solid part of the 230 years of our existence as the United States of America.

Farmers Tar & Feathering an Excise Officer
Whiskey Rebellion

From the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794; to Gabriel Prosser’s slave insurrection in 1800; to Haymarket Riot in 1886 - all pushing forward in the streets bloodied with beatings and murders.  All rolling hard towards the Civil Rights Movement of the 1940's, 1950's and 1960's...

A 17-year-old Civil Rights demonstrator is attacked by a police dog in
Birmingham, Ala.,on May 3, 1963. This image led the front page of the next day's
New York Times. Photo courtesy of Bill Hudson/ASSOCIATED PRESS

... to the anti-war protests of the 1960's and 1970's (and again from 2003 to 2012)...

March on the Pentagon, 1967

...to the women's rights movement of the 20th century carrying into 1960's and 1970's...

Women's Suffrage protest 1918

1966 the National Organization for Women

...... to the environmental movement of 1980's, 1990's and into the 21st century...

AP Photo/Susan Walsh - Several hundred students and youth who marched from
Georgetown University to the White House to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline
are arrested outside the White House in Washington, Sunday, March 2, 2014.

... to the WTO, 1999...

WTO protests in Seattle, November 30, 1999 Pepper spray is applied to the crowd.

.... to Occupy 2011-2012 moving towards Worker's Rights of 2013 and 2014..

May, 2014, Oak Brook, IL, McDonald's Campus. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The anti-war movement, labor movement, women's rights movement, environmental movement and the culmination of all into Occupy and the Day of Rage  - these warriors for the people have all have seen their members bloodied and beaten by police acting at the behest of a government threatened with a call for freedom, liberty and equality....

Ferguson isn't just about "race", though the promoted racism and inequality play a huge part in the events leading up to the explosion taking place there right now - a community made up of a majority of black families and citizens under the thumb of  Ferguson's nearly all white police force, white school board, white power structure; a community that finds an overwhelmingly hostile attitude by its public servants towards its citizenry.

Ferguson is another example of a government's fear of its own citizenry - a fear expressed through an excessive need to control to the point of domination enforced by an overly hostile, overly armed and overly militarized police force choosing might over right and violence over reason.

And the Ferguson Police, like other police departments around the country given access to military grade weaponry, is more than happy to oblige by answering the call to brute force - what little boy can't wait to play with that brand new Transformer Technology given to them for free by a bloated Pentagon with way too much surplus weaponry - M-Raps, camo, nightvision goggles, M-16s and grenades?

Ferguson is just the latest in a long line of Police State acts against the people:

Police Riots in Chicago, 1968 - Mayor Daley armed his police to the teeth and sent them out to crack heads...any heads.

Kent State, 1970:

The WTO, Seattle, 1999:

The Redwood Forest, 2008...

Occupy, 2011...

Oakland, CA:

and NYC:

and Denver:

and Seattle:

And anywhere they are confronted with their own fear of truth and the people's right to be heard...

Ferguson is not a "one off"; It is not simply a racial issue though the use of "race" and the perpetuation of that form of bigotry is part of the manipulation to keep us divided (just like class, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, culture, and anything else one can use to keep us balkanized);  And, it is not a unique situation.

Ferguson is the example that proves the rule - the US is a nation balkanized by a government so afraid of its people and the people's basic human rights, that it will do anything to quash the people's voice; deflate their resolve; destroy their independence; and dismantle their power (and their ain't no power like the power of the people and the power of the people won't stop).

It isn't a Right vs Left thing; It isn't a White vs Black thing; It isn't even a Republican vs Democrat thing.  It is a power and control thing.  When those placed in that tiny off-headed, out of touch ivory tower of power are threatened, they will always unleash all the fire-power at their disposal.

Ferguson, you have threatened the power structure of America and they have unleashed hell to rain down upon the streets - first with tear gas and rubber bullets, next with curfews and National Guard.

We cannot expect the police to resolve this crisis, we cannot expect state troopers to resolve this crisis; We cannot expect the governor or the national guard to resolve this crisis; We cannot expect Obama or the DOJ or the FBI to resolve this crisis; And, we definitely cannot expect Congress to resolve this crisis.

It can only be resolved with the power of the people and that power of the people must be realized....  Standing together, throwing off the shackles of balkanization, we have embraced to feed our anger and keep us divided, and demanding change - real change - as we dismantle the false paradigm created to keep us chattel.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A day away from Politics - An afternoon with Dale Chihuly Glass Art

The art of Dale Chihuly
The art of Dale Chihuly

“The process is so wonderfully simple, yet so mystifying.”

 ~ Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly - America's Art Glass Master - was born during WW II (1941) in Tacoma, Washington.

Dale Chihuly
Dale Chuhily

In 1961, he learned to melt and fuse glass...and has been creating beautiful art glass ever since...

On June 14, 2014, Denver's Botanic Gardens became the temporary home for a collection of Chihuly's exquisite art glass sculpture....

Forms set in the natural beauty of the gardens ....

No better way to spend this Sunday  - my walk through the art.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

From GlobalPost: VietNam 4 decades later - Hmong still hunted for their support of the US

BANGKOK, Thailand — For 24-year-old Pa Kou Vang, home is a shared room in the heaving alleys of Bangkok where she shields herself with silence so locals don’t hear her accent and call the police. Selling fried chicken on the streets for about $4 a day, she does her best to care for and protect her…

The Vietnam War might seem like ancient history, but thousands still risk arrest and torture for helping the US

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Why does John Brennan still have a job? I still wonder how this Cheney wanna-be even got one!

"John Brennan" by DonkeyHotey

Jim Hightower, one of the few things coming out of Texas in the last 6 decades worthwhile, writes, "Why does John Brennan still have a job?"

From his post:
So the guy who's in charge of America's deepest secrets had to trek up to Capitol Hill and apologize to Sen. Feinstein, admitting that he didn't know what was going on in the spy agency that's meant to spy on foreign terrorists, not US senate committees. Of course, Brennan might've known and was simply lying back in March when denying the CIA would do such a thing. After all, this is the same John Brennan who flagrantly lied in 2011, ridiculously claiming that dozens of US drone strikes had not caused "a single collateral death." So who in the world would trust anything Brennan says?
Well, Barack Obama would. After the Feinstein fiasco, the President expressed full confidence in the Liar of Langley – the town outside of Washington where the CIA is headquartered. After all, said Obama, Brennan did man-up and apologize to the Chairlady. That's sweet, but she's hardly the only one offended by the CIA's arrogant, autocratic overreach. How about us – the people who pay the tab for Brennan's out-of-control operatives?

I can go off on the hypocrisy of a Senate that is only "now" taking offense at this war criminal's behavior - and only because he had the audacity to spy on the Senate.  Who give's a dying rat's ass that he stood by Cheney, Rumsfeld, et al, in their abuse of everything sacrosanct by sanctifying torture and slaughter for bloody oil and hubris?

John Brennan—Obama’s Eminently Qualified Cold-blooded Imperialist Assassin
February 17, 2013 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us

Or his channeling of Curtis LeMay ("There are no innocent civilians." U.S. General, Curtis LeMay, 1945)
 in an unholy, single man cheerleading squad for the use of drones for everything from murder of American citizens (who give's a crap about the Constitution and the idea of "due process") to..well, mass murder of innocents on the ground in foreign lands - more unjustified attacks on sovereign nations.

So why was he even confirmed to be the head of America's favorite Spook agency?

Scheveningse gevangenis 001.jpg
"Scheveningen" by Michiel1972. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

And why the hell was he even considered for anything other than fitting for an orange jumpsuit and a suite the ICC Detention Centre in Scheveningen?

Especially by the current self proclaiming "transparent and accountable" president ,who refused to even look at the crimes against humanity committed in OUR name by him and his predecessor and his predecessor and his predecessor and his predecessor?

Oh, right - we can do better; we can be better - we must move forward and not look behind...

That is what the talking point has been since Obama was elected in 2008 - When he forgot all of his promises of transparency, accountability and "habeas corpus" rights, and that pesky little torture crap he stood against but now, well, not so much.

John "Little Cheney" Brennan lied to Congress, lied to the SSCI and lied to the people - why is it that he sits in posh offices making decisions that threaten the peace and the people of the planet?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Anonymous - #OpFerguson: People of Ferguson, you are not alone; Justice for Michael Brown

From my friend, Anomaly100: #OpFerguson: Anonymous Responds To Mike Brown's Shooting Death By Police

#OpFerguson: Anonymous Responds To Mike Brown's Shooting Death By Police