Screw Glenn Beck

Today in 1963 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr gave his “I have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington.  Less than five years later the racists murdered him and this nation started its downward spiral into the hell of ever more racist and more extreme right wing regimes.

Today Crocodile Tears Glenn Beck is desecrating a day that should be set aside to remember the noble goals of civil rights and fairness, of justice for all.

That this ugly puke, this slimy piss poor excuse for a human being has the audacity to call a rally of his neo KKK racist know nothings on this day is an affront to real Americans every where.  It is a desecration of everything I was taught to believe this country stands for.

The Real August 28th, speech, the one you should remember and associate with today.

Friday Night Fun and Culture

Utah Phillips – Folk Singer’s great quotes

“You’ve got to own what you do, rather than work and let somebody else make the profit off of it. And you’ve got to fight in this culture to hang on to your own soul, to hang on to your own creativity. Once I got into this folk music world and understood what I could do and that it belonged to me, I looked back on my years of employment with absolute horror. It was bondage, wage slavery. Sure, if somebody else is making the rules every day, it’s a little bit easier, and you can turn your mind off. But none of my parts — my intellect, my curiosity — was being served by that experience. When I got out in the world as a free man, I found that all of my parts were being used.”

“The earth is not dying, it is being killed, and those who are killing it have names and addresses.”

“You are about to be told one more time that you are America’s most valuable natural resource. Have you seen what they do to valuable natural resources?! Have you seen a strip mine? Have you seen a clear cut in the forest? Have you seen a polluted river? Don’t ever let them call you a valuable natural resource! They’re going to strip mine your soul. They’re going to clear cut your best thoughts for the sake of profit unless you learn to resist.” “The state can’t give you freedom, and the state can’t take it away. Freedom is something you’re born with, and then one day someone tries to deny it. The extent to which you resist is the extent to which you are free.”

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Economic Issues

For many people coming out as either transsexual or transgender also means accepting downward mobility as a reality.

This is a generality. In many ways becoming female is more likely to economically impact one than becoming male. That is reality in a sexist world where economically speaking women with the exception of a few “Lucky Duckies” like the pair running in California, women tend to earn less than men.

Having a trans history doesn’t help.

But then neither does being born a person of color or lower working class since people from these two categories are often disadvantaged from birth.

There is something important for people to realize. LBJ was the last of the really progressive presidents who actually represented the working people and not the corporate interests. When LBJ left office in January 1969 the buzzards were already circling the “War on Poverty”. When Ronnie Reagan entered office in January 1981 The New Deal, Fair Deal and Great Society were already starting to die deaths of a thousand cuts.

Every president since and most of congress have been in the pockets of the rich. They represent their owners and not the people who vote.

Corporations do not give a rat’s ass about us. The brain wash us with constant advertising and then buy political office for the worst Nazis to come down the pike since the Third Reich.

Cut Social security but not the most bloated item in the budget, the War..excuse me “Defense” Budget…

The “Free Market” policies of the neo-cons and neo-libs have been an utter disaster for the working people of the world.

In the US the economy is based on selling cheap crap made else where to each other at the lowest possible price. This means no more manufacturing in the US. It means driving down workers pay to the point where we are paid pretty much the same as the lowest paid workers in the world.

Surplus value is where businesses used to make profits. If the price is as low as possible just to sell the merchandise, how do they make money? They do it with credit card interest. Every thing you buy with a card cost you more than the price you think you are paying for it.

If we go green and buy less the economy crashes. If we start paying off our cards and only buying what we can afford without paying the credit card interest the economy crashes.

The top 20% of people control 85% of the total wealth and 93% of the financial wealth (http://sociology.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/wealth.html)

This means that the bottom 80% of us control next to nothing.  We have become the economic slaves and play things of that top 20%.

This is no longer a democracy, it is an oligarchy.

LGBT/TQ etc folks and the hatred being directed towards us is a way of diverting anger from those who are the real source of economic pain and discomfort in this nation.  The same is true for racism and the anti-immigrant thing.  Then we have the Mosque side show.

We are in a crisis and the time may be coming when we have to pull together as real communities fighting for our lives.  The economic warfare/class warfare directed towards working people has so far been one sided.

Perhaps it is time for a little class warfare from our side.

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Yippie, We’re Seeing Sheryl Crow Tonight

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Today Is Women’s Equality Day in the US

Ninety years ago today the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified giving women the right to vote.  The US was not the first nation to recognize women’s right to vote but it was ahead of many if not most

When I went to school in the 1950s I had teachers who had marched in support of the Suffrage Movement.

When I was growing up girls were still being taught to lose to boys in sports and games because boys were supposed to be superior to girls in every way.

That is called misogyny.  Blame it on the patriarchy, the social construct of gender or whatever.  It is still sexist bullshit and it still sucks.

From Women’s History Resource Center

What is Women’s Equality Day?

At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.”

The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York.

The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women’s Equality Day programs, displays, video showings, or other activities.

Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971
Designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26, the anniversary date of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and

WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as Women’s Equality Day, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women’s rights took place.

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A Forgotten Fight for Suffrage

From The New York Time Op-Ed: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/25/opinion/25stansell.html?ref=opinion

By CHRISTINE STANSELL
Published: August 24, 2010

LOOKING back on the adoption of the 19th Amendment 90 years ago Thursday — the largest act of enfranchisement in our history — it can be hard to see what the fuss was about. We’re inclined to assume that the passage of women’s suffrage (even the term is old-fashioned) was inevitable, a change whose time had come. After all, voting is now business as usual for women. And although women are still poorly represented in Congress, there are influential female senators and representatives, and prominent women occupy governors’ and mayors’ offices and legislative seats in every part of the United States.

Yet entrenched opposition nationwide sidelined the suffrage movement for decades in the 19th century. By 1920, antagonism remained in the South, and was strong enough to come close to blocking ratification.

Proposals for giving women the vote had been around since the first convention for women’s rights in Seneca Falls, N.Y., in 1848. At the end of the Civil War, eager abolitionists urged Congress to enfranchise both the former slaves and women, black and white. The 14th Amendment opened the possibility, with its generous language about citizenship, equal protection and due process.

But, at that time, women’s suffrage was still unthinkable to anyone but radical abolitionists. Since the nation’s founding, Americans considered women to be, by nature, creatures of the home, under the care and authority of men. They had no need for the vote; their husbands represented them to the state and voted for them. So, in the 14th Amendment’s second section, Republicans inserted the word “male,” prohibiting the denial of voting rights to “any of the male inhabitants” of the states.

Continue reading at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/25/opinion/25stansell.html?ref=opinion

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We are Experiencing a 1930s Style Depression

From Alternet: http://blogs.alternet.org/grantlawrence/2010/08/24/we-are-experiencing-a-1930s-style-depression/

By Grant Lawrence

Bodhi Thunder

I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. I will keep telling you so in hopes it sinks in with somebody. Over the last couple of years we have been through ‘green shoots’ and a supposedly slow recovery. Well as I said often, there wasn’t any green shoots and their was never a recovery. Unless you want to call bail outs for bankers and corporations a recovery.

So the news out now is the housing market just dropped 27% in July. It probably dropped more. We know, or should know, we can’t trust government numbers.

Now many economists are beginning to rethink their double dip recessions and call the economic disaster what it is–a Depression.

The US economy is in a 1930s-style Depression, Gluskin Sheff economist David Rosenberg said Tuesday….The 1929-33 recession saw six quarterly bounces in GDP with an average gain of 8 percent, sending the stock market to a 50 percent rally in early 1930 as investors thought the worst had passed….(source: cnbc)

The economy is in a depression and the government has used all of its resources bailing out the big banks which means there is little for the people.

Continue reading at: http://blogs.alternet.org/grantlawrence/2010/08/24/we-are-experiencing-a-1930s-style-depression/

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