While mainstream media decried a little property destruction during the inauguration (see #disruptj20 for tweets, images, and videos), they simultaneously ignored the unrelenting aggression directed at the protesters in DC and at the water protectors in Standing Rock. The uniformed thugs acting as agents of the oligarchy continue to deploy teargas, pepper spray, water cannons, percussion grenades, rubber bullets, and other “less-lethal” tools in attempts to shut down the people’s voices and to prop up authoritarianism.
It's been raining profusely in my part of the swamp, which is personally pleasing. It also gives DT (delirium tremens) a chance to drain Obama's swamp and restock it with his own. The more things change, etc.
The provocation for today's comment was an email received jointly from Keith Ellison and Social Security Works. I don't know the connection, but I have had my opinion of KE change dramatically with one short debate.
They had their chance and royally blew it.
- Continuing foreign wars.
- A half arsed attempt at universal health care.
- Increasing income inequality.
- Accompanied with the stench of bipartisan selling out when given the chance to change.
Watching the Pussy Grabber's inauguration show with its American Exceptionalism on steroids, I expect the mushy centre [on both sides] to fold as per usual.
I have not been a registered Democrat since 2010, and this morning someone named Robert Cruikshank, whomever that might be and I really don't think I care, is sending me a fundraising letter on behalf four persons he is pleased to designate senate heroes. Warren, Brown, Sanders and Baldwin.
“January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.”
- Donald Trump
One thing Obama taught me was to look at the cabinet choices to see how the Administration will govern. You should simply ignore the inauguration speech, except to use it as contrast.
The new President of the United States, Donald Trump, had this to say in his inaugural speech.
“Today, we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people,” Trump said.
Yesterday Virginia's Del, Robert G. Marshall (Prince William) was livid at members of the Virginia House General Laws subcommittee as his plan to remove transgender people from public life in his state was tabled by the Republican-controlled committee.
I await the opportunity to take my selfie next to the sea of signs saying "keep the sequester," "pass the TPP," "drone more Yemenis," "fight Russia," "prosecute whistleblowers," and "Goldman Sachs doesn't deserve an (R) President" (among other things)...
Yes it is here. You may not be aware yet but we have reached that point. Marx was pretty clear about all this if you realize the time and context of his writings.
Once the system reaches a point where it can no longer sustain itself it will transform spontaneously. The oligarchy will seize power openly and the façade will disappear. So called "public institutions" will be taken over completely and there will be no apology.
A country in which the news media puts more emphasis on the absence or not of a flag pin on a candidate’s lapel than they do on the veracity of his/her statements and the consistency of his/her policy votes, is one that deserves its fate.
Thanks to your victory, The New York Times, on the day before your inauguration, has made climate change its top story on the front page of its print edition. Take a look:
Here's the lead two paragraphs:
The Williams Institute is a think tank on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy located at UCLA School of Law.
To begin, I apologize. This essay will mostly just be a stream of consciousness rant, so any contradictions or irregularities...well they will just be baked into the cake.
The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use them
Philip K. Dick
It has to be said: Progressive is dead.
Yes, it is.
This is big news. We heard yesterday that the official filing for the “Notice of Intent” was being considered, and today Energy Transfer Partners (the owners of the Dakota Access Pipeline) is in court trying to stop the Environmental Impact Statement investigation from proceeding. Among the things ETP wanted was for the Army Corps of Engineers to not officially publish the document in the Federal Register. We don’t know the outcome of the court hearing yet, but the official publication has happened. This is a significant victory in the struggle to stop the DAPL.
The big news this week is apparently that while all the nice liberals were busy planning protests against a President who won't have done anything yet, the nice people whose campaign blunders gave us this President have been very busy keeping the Democratic Party in their own hands.
So for instance we have this piece, from Counterpunch:
h/t I belong to a Facebook group called the Clinton Email Investigation Timeline. It has broadened over time to include thing other than the email furor. Today, it posted several links of interest that I thought you might
enjoy find interesting.
Is this obnoxious or what?
On Martin Luther King Day at Standing Rock, there were actions both at Turtle Island (the small hill where ancestors are buried) and the Highway 1806 bridge, which is a public road that is still illegally blockaded by the forces protecting the pipeline company. In both locations, the cops, mercenaries, and National Guard attacked the water protectors with mace and teargas, and fired rubber bullets at point-blank range directly at people who were only a few yards away from them.
collaborator: someone who secretly helps an enemy or opponent, for example by giving them information