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Standing Rock and DC: Violence and More Violence from Cops

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.

DNC = Democrats Never Change; the sad story of Keith Ellison

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.

Neo-Liberal Centrists Cant Win This Fight

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.

Because a plutocracy is what America needs

“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.

Trump "Transfers Power to the People", Undemocratically


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.

So where is the nearest "We hate Trump because he's not a (D)"


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)...

Welcome to the revolution

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.

The Death of Progressivism

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.

Standing Rock: Army Corps Files “Notice of Intent” for Environmental Impact Statement

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 folks who currently own the Democratic Party are busy "taking it back"

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:

Standing Rock: Cops and ND Legislature Behaving Badly

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.