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Well indeed I remember my grandmother puttering about her Gilchrist garden humming snippets of IWW Wobblie songs of her and m’Gda’s hell-raising days.
Oregon homeboy Erik Loomis over at Lawyers Guns and Money has an interest in the history of labor relations, the timber industry, and political-based poetry of American history, of New Deal Agency Poetry. Here is one of the most famous (infamous?) of IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) ditties.
You’re either with us, or against us.
It’s not a question.
You want me to call it “radical Islam?” “Islamic extremism, Islamic terrorism?”
No problem: it’s radical Islam. Islamic extremism, Islamic terrorism. ‘K?
Now, when I see radical Christianity, when you ram your the world is six thousand years old science is bullshit and Jesus is going to float down out of the heavens on a white horse with a thousand angels to carry the faithful away to paradise a generation after the establishment and subsequent destruction of Israel (and the rest of us) bullshit down our throats that’s what I’m going to call it, what it is: “radical Christianity.” When you preach hatred and intolerance from the pundits and the pulpits, when you turn your backs on the orphans of a war you are responsible for because they’re not white and not “Christian” I’m going to call it what it is: “Christian extremism.” And when you bomb medical providers, as you gun down congregationalists at an African American church, when you send money to Israel to finance a genocide of an indigenous population I’m going to call it what it is: “Christian terrorism”.
Likewise, when I see radical Judaism, this notion the Jews are “God’s Chosen People” and the rest of us are naught but cattle bred to service their ends, I’m going to call it what it is: “radical Judaism.” When a Zionist movement can invest an hundred and fifty years perfecting the propaganda to justify the invasion and occupation of an innocent and unwitting country I’m going to call it what it is: “Jewish extremism.” And when the Zionist invader and occupier perpetrates a genocide upon the indigenous population, forcing them into open air concentration camps where they are routinely bombed and their children gunned down in the streets I’m going to call it what it is: “Jewish terrorism.”
You want me to call it “radical Islamism?” Not a problem.
You all bow down to the same damned dog.
Flying a Confederate battle flag is no different than flying a NAZI swastika. If you fly a Confederate battle flag or a NAZI swastika you are a traitor, an enemy of the American People, enemy of the American Way of Life, and should be shot on sight. No hesitation, no questions asked. No quarter.
So too the Israeli battle star.
You are a clear and present danger to my grandchildren’s future.
Forty-five years ago today the Ohio National Guard gunned down thirteen students on the campus of Kent State University. Four dead. Two were simply walking between classes. I turned fifteen, and stopped being a “hippie”.
We do not forgive. We do not forget. We are here. Now.
Fuck you, “America”.
Check out this pertinent amendment being offered by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) in response to the Cotton Letter to Iran (per TPM’s Caitlin MacNeal):
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) would like to prevent Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) from sending any more letters to Iranian leaders about the nuclear deal, prompting her to file an amendment to block just that.
She introduced an amendment on Wednesday that would defund “the purchase of stationary or electronic devices for the purpose of members of Congress or congressional staff communicating with foreign governments and undermining the role of the President as Head of State in international nuclear negotiations on behalf of the United States,” according to the Huffington Post.
This won’t stop gestures like Cotton’s, but will at least make it clear it’s an abuse of taxpayers’ dollars.
Digby: I have written for years that the right wing was so terrified of Muslim terrorists that they had literally confused them with invading space aliens. But maybe they aren’t the only ones.
Emptywheel noted this strange passage in the recently released FBI report on post 9/11 changes:
The Review Commission recognizes that national security threats to the United States have multiplied, and become increasingly complex and more globally dispersed in the past decade. Hostile states and transnational networks—including cyber hackers and organized syndicates, space-system intruders, WMD proliferators, narcotics and human traffickers, and other organized criminals—are operating against American interests across national borders, and within the United States. [my emphasis]
My God, it’s bad enough that all these people are out there operating against our interests. Now, we find out that “space-system intruders” hate America too.
Me: This notion that some bastard is going to come back and rescue us… that as the blood of our adolescent squabbles over whose imaginary dog has the bigger dick rises to the horses’ bridle will come floating down out of the sky on a white horse with a thousand angels to carry away the chosen few, the faithful… Who are these “Chosen People”, these “faithful”? The genetically purest cattle (or pigs, as it is)? More accurately: just who do they think they are? Get this straight, these “Chosen People”, these “faithful”, can destroy the world – burn the forests, chop down the mountains, turn the air we breath into toxic gas and waters we drink into vast garbage reservoirs… can
drop their fucking bombs and burn the screaming babies
and at the last moment, the moment the world is utterly destroyed, after the bloodbath, some spectral being with whom they’ve entered into some kind of “special” contractual obligation is going to float down out of the sky and carry them away.
Uh-huh. To what?
Far the more likely thousands upon thousands of cavernous spacecraft, vast slaughter-houses piloted by ravenous vaguely reptilian creatures, replete with horns and folked tail, intent not as benevolent overseers of the demise of this world and our current iteration in human evolution and our children’s evolution onto the next iteration of humanity but as ravenous reptilian creatures… you know, hungry lizards.
We did, afterall, invite them to “Come Eat!”
Scott C. Johnson writes: Beginning in the early 1960s, investigators from the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), the agency that regulated U.S. nuclear facilities at the time, began to question how large amounts of highly enriched, weapons-grade uranium had gone missing from NUMEC [the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation in Apollo, Pennsylvania]. Any nuclear site had a certain amount of loss, from seepage into walls and floors, for instance. In fact, between 1952 and 1968, lax standards at 20 of the country’s commercial nuclear sites resulted in an apparent loss of 995 kilograms (2,194 pounds) of uranium-235. But investigators found that at NUMEC, hundreds of pounds went missing, more than at any other plant.
NUMEC’s founder, Zalman Shapiro, an accomplished American chemist, addressed the concern in 1978, telling Arizona Congressman Morris Udall that the uranium simply escaped through the facility’s air ducts, cement, and wastewater. Others, such as the late Glenn Seaborg, the AEC’s chairman in the 1960s — who had previously helped discover plutonium and made key contributions to the Manhattan Project — have suggested that the sloppy accounting and government regulations of the mid-20th century meant that keeping track of losses in America’s newborn nuclear industry was well near impossible. Today, some people in Apollo think that at least a portion of the uranium might be buried in Parks [Township], contaminating the earth and, ultimately, human beings.
But a number of nuclear experts and intelligence officials propose another theory straight out of an espionage thriller: that the uranium was diverted — stolen by spies working for the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency. In the 1960s, to secure nuclear technology and materials, Israel mounted covert operations around the world, including at least one alleged open-ocean transfer of hundreds of pounds of uranium. Some experts have also raised questions about Shapiro himself. He had contacts deep within Israel’s defense and intelligence establishments when he ran NUMEC; several of them even turned up at his facility over time and concealed their professional identities while there.
In that same time frame Israel tried to sink the USS Liberty, a converted World War II Victory ship refitted by the NSA for use as a signals intelligence (SIGINT) “platform” – a floating listening post – engaged in intelligence operations.
“Young Turks Cenk Uygur and John Iadaola discuss a recent report on Israeli spying activities used to aide traitor senators against Iran/U.S. nuclear talks.
Israel intelligence was funneled to Republican Congresspeople in order to ruin support for Iran/U.S. nuclear negotiations, a recent report has found. The cables being used to send and receive information to and from the U.S. had been breached by the Israeli spies easily allowing them to steal then send back to members of Congress and is being seen as a direct sabotage attempt.
When asked about the breach in security Israeli officials denied everything, claiming they found the intelligence from other places.”