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ITEM: One of the things I learned from the very informative alternative history offered by Oliver Stone some months back is the complete superiority of Henry Wallace. He would have continued the legacy of FDR. You almost wish that FDR had died a bit earlier so that this man could have taken power. Truman, according to Oliver Stone -- whose view of history I respect (Seems to come out of the depressing Zinn/Chomsky school which seems to be 99.9999 percent right most of the time...) -- is portrayed as some kind of dim witted rube that Big Money could manipulate at will. It was clear that Wallace was dumped by those same Big Money forces for Truman in 44. But I admire what Wallace was against.
ITEM: I'm going back in time to produce this version of the Matrix featuring Sidney Poitier as Morpheus, Pam Greer as Trinity, Peter Sellers as Agent Smith and Bruce Lee as "Neo".
And: I really think Osama Bin Laden should have just become a successful American businessman. Kind of like that Saudi dude who invests in Fox...yeah, if I didn't like Americans I would invest in Fox news as well.
ITEM: I'm doomed when the Age Appropriate Music Act comes into force, probably right after CISPA passes. I don't think I'm too old or too black to enjoy the "Thee Oh Sees". These cartoons were brought to my attention by way of Boing Boing.
ITEM: I actually think people in the world have legitimate reasons to hate the United States. Not that this would give me solace if I had gotten all blow'd up but still... Ted Rall nails it.
ITEM: I am trying to resurrect my somewhat moribund Progressive Examiner post.
ITEM: The war against Gidas Flowers continues. Next up: the best criminal complaint I can possibly write about false statements.
late nite April 2oth
ITEM: More good images from the Facebook.
late nite April 9
Around the Internets or PHRC investigator Catherine Leete is the Whore of Babylon at least according to the evidentiary model used by Catherine Leete (Some guy said it so it must be true.)
Here are some interesting stories I found or wrote about during the day.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, still trying to kill me by not accepting 17 billion in free medicaid money (See Stephen Colbert on why.) From the PG:
And Tom Corbett: has a second way to kill me (as a working poor person) by closing half of all state funded healthcare clinics. Tom Corbett: he has alleged Christian values.
Answer: They're intelligent?
Russell Simmons wants the war on drugs to end. Good luck with that. We're not even sure he's going to let states legalize marijuana. But hey sometimes he pays attention to rich people.
Long nine minute youtube video about new documentary that tells you about how the corporate media is ruining everything. Probably 99.9 percent true.
Learn about how much fun it is to take your civil rights case to the Pennsylvania Human Rights Coalition. See the summary of flaws inherent in alleged PHRC investigator Catherine Leete's findings. Find out why I refer to Peter Gidas of Gidas Flowers as serial liar Peter Gidas (Hint: its because I can prove it.)
late nite March 31st.
ITEM: I've decided to take my civil rights case against serial liar Peter Gidas public. This will be more fun for me than him and I might get a book or two out of it. So a no brainer. I was actually paid to take down posts in another legal dispute I had because apparently I know how to touch a nerve or two. Who knew.
Around the Internets
ITEM: Art from Juxtapoz. Below. I like how they find what I'm guessing are European surrealists although could be American. You never know. Like their page on Facebook and their website to figure out who the artists are. Reminds me of Heavy Metal and Steranko at the same time.
ITEM: I'm still trying to do some "writing" apparently at my Pittsburgh Progressive Examiner post. This used to generate some income for me. It's been a struggle resurrecting it. And I hate those automatic ads that play when you link on a page. I think that drives traffic away.
ITEM: Something political. Oh, and reminds me: The Christopher Shropshire War Atrocity Page is still going strong.
ITEM: Very good anti war posters that I found on Facebook of all places. Quick succinct arguments against both enlistment and the perpetual American Forever War against small non nuclear countries that have things that we want.
March 8, 2013
Feb. 17, 2013
ITEM: Best Facebook pics and toons.
ITEM: And my vacation is over. Still tired from the election, especially since I'm pretty sure I went 0 for 3 in all the elections I personally worked in. Am reading this. Its being offered online for free.
ITEM: I posted this earlier but it disappeared. But now its back again. My cousin Leonce's new novel looks to be very very commercial. Still sounds like "Deadwood meets Avatar", with Native Americans and African Americans fighting The Man...The title appears to be: "I Dreamt of Heaven--The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang."
Late night March 31st
(Slightly rewritten on the 3rd. Trying to make it better.)
ITEM: My black republican cousin--who shall go nameless because I don't want to out the guy who thought McCain/Palin was better than Obama, disappointing though he may be--is apparently having trouble finding paying work and openly bridged the possibility of crashing with me for awhile. I have mixed feelings about this as you can probably guess. On the one hand, blood trumps everything and that's just how I feel. (I even housed his half brother for awhile even. The same half brother who wrote me a 300 dollar check that bounced.) Yet my slightly more vindictive hand thinks: "You reap what you sow" and "There must be a god of karma". I should point out that my cousin, who's a year older than me, has three strikes against him. He's black, he seems to be slightly overweight--which as someone who's slightly overweight as well I can tell you: this disqualified me from probably as many jobs as being black--and he's pushing 50. These are things that don't help in this particular job economy.
I should also note that jobs in the private sector really aren't unionized. By not unionized, I mean its kind of hard to keep a job even if you get one. "At will" means you don't really have any rights on the job. Ever lose your temper at the job? Ever lose your temper at the job justifiably? Did you keep that job? Ever organized a union and been fired a week later? Ever had a white co worker tell you on his last day that he was working relentlessly to get you, the only black employee, fired? Ever feel that you weren't given the best leads by a boss who you were certain was playing favorites? Ever feel any real job security at an at will job? I never have. But that's for another essay titled "Why I Didn't Mind Being a 99er." And that was before the downturn. If you browse through the Craigslist listings you can see the return of just straight out rip off jobs. Jobs where you lose money by doing the work. Jobs that are clearly pyramid schemes or feature psychotic bosses or just plain bad deals. Or that offer of 7.25 an hour. How do you live on that? I feel like strangling people when I get a request to check my credit history. (Hope the EEOC does something about that...)
So I know what my cousin is up against. Yet, to return to my vindictive hand, this is the world that the Republican Party has created. It should be clear that the GOP is the party of class stratification and third world wages. Their tactics, plain to anyone who can fuckin' read, has been to sabotage the economy in the hopes that they'll make electoral gains. It worked in the midterms and it might work in 2012. Frankly, I blame the national dems for not fighting like the Wisconsin 14. That's leadership. Even if those guys lose I know they've got my back. But here's the thing: I know who my enemies are.
I've always thought that my cousin was the kind of black guy who would fight for the Confederacy and then be surprised to feel the lash upon his back. I think he's genuinely surprised that he's having a hard time finding work. But, beyond all that, beyond the God of Karma, can I forgive a guy for openly rooting for what Ted Rall once described as the most successful fascist party on the planet?
I mean, if a foreign agent did what the republicans routinely do you would consider it an act of war. Osama Bin Laden wants to cut 1 billion dollars from state public education. The fiend. Jihadists want to undercut the EPA and allow industry to pump carcinogens into your air, water and food supplies. The bastards. (They also want to cut funding for cancer research. Now that's evil...) Old fashioned commies are giving away our natural resources, subsidizing oil industries and allowing BP to drill for oil in the Gulf. O that darned red menace. Sissified French atheist abortionists want to lower your wages so that you can be paid like Mexicans (Actually, this is a bi partisan effort but you get the point...) and give all your money to corporate executives. Predictable really. A radical anarchist thinks public teachers, who work like dogs and I know because my mother was one, shouldn't get paid decently or have any say in their class sizes, (probably so they can safely declare public education a failure.). Somebody send in the troops.
Would you want this guy, who endorses all these things--if he does so knowingly he's evil and if he does so unknowingly he's stupid-- as a roommate? Would you want him to get back on his feet so he can quote Rush Limbaugh to you? I have to be honest I'm just not sure...Perhaps there are limits to even blood. Or as I told him: "If you need a job, you're an idiot to vote Republican."
Jan. 1, 2011
ITEM: I'm still here. Who knew. More writing on the way this year. I might even publish something.
Tuesday April 15, 2008
Bloom County character Oliver Wendell Jones and NPR Senior Producer Walter Ray Watson: Separated at birth? Actually, it was a closer resemblance before Walt got the dreds...
Morrissey was right. We hate it when our friends become successful. My former New Pittsburgh Courier colleague Walter Ray Watson is the recipient of a Nieman Fellowship. I think that means he gets to teach and write for a year or a summer and he still gets to go back to his job at NPR when he's done. One of the great crimes of this world would be if Walter was unable to finish a book--I mean, any book--before he leaves this plane. One of the most gifted natural stylists I've ever seen, let alone worked with. Congrats. I should note that this gives me another opportunity to take a shot at my old union busting Courier boss Rod Doss. Keep in mind that not only did Rod not hire Tony Norman, arguably the most interesting essayist in the local corporate media, he wouldn't give Walter a recommendation. True, that's because he sort of supported the union I organized down there. I guess that's the kind of thing that angers a pro life republican. But, and I do so hate giving Rod any credit at all, perhaps its best to have had a bad father than no father at all. Rod at least hired you when the white papers in this town wouldn't. I have to also confess I'm also interested in the topic he's studying which is: "will study how the new media will affect communities that lack access to the changing way news and information are delivered." Welp, as Walt used to write, I think the answer is that the new media will probably supplant and replace most of what now constitutes the mainstream media or at least that's my sincere hope. I do hope that NPR is the last to fall, however, in that they do represent excellence. One snarky point: shouldn't someone who's writing about the New Media actually have a blog or two? Then again, I suppose you could talk about my Morrissey impression among other embarrassing hijinks that we had at the Courier, which we once joked about turning into a sitcom proposal...
Keep checking out her work. Someone stole her bike recently. Goodwills and second hand shops have great cheap bikes.
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