Wednesday, December 31, 2008

DON'T DRINK THE WATER: CENTRAL PARK, DMB

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND SAY GOODBYE-

We could post Dave Vids all night...

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND #41

I consider a great song, #41

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND

Great jams, this is the first band Jakob saw in 2004 in Bonner Springs, Kansas, when he was 18 months old...great show...Kell and Jakob and I. We went back in 2006 at the Gorge when he was 4...it was amazing.

PREVIOUS POST...RE MICHAEL MOORE

Here is a link to a previous post-6.21.08

KATRINA AID ARRIVES IN NEW ORLEANS

Onward, let us effect change...

MICHAEL MOORE

His movies infuriated me during the early 2000's and the 2004 Bush/Kerry campaign. He is an inspiration to me now, I have included several links to wikipedia pages. All of his movies should be studied. Chels, I will send you SICKO, and Momma you need to watch it too. Holler Trent-This is a momentous time to be alive,and if we are vigilant, we can effect change, we must effect change in the United States. Here's a clip from Real Time with Bill Maher:

Links:
Fahrenheit 9/11
Bowling for Columbine
Roger and Me
Sicko
michaelmoore.com

Monday, December 29, 2008

RACHEL MADDOW


FRED HAMPTON, SR




Fred Hampton was murdered by the Chicago Police in cold blood in his bed with his pregnant Lady beside him...He was an activist, a father, a Black Panther, a man. He paid with his life for helping the poor. Although Hampton lived and died in Chicago, Mos Def recounts that, as a child in NYC, it was the Black Panthers that ensured he and thousands of other low-income children had a free breakfast before school...something I want for my own children. Read about the vandalism and the burning of Black Panther medical clinics by the police...it is mindblowing...Peace and much love...

MOS DEF DOLLAR DAYS

From his great work, True Magic...a slammin c.d.



This is in response to the unmitigated disaster that was the Katrina response.

Dr. Ernesto Guevara de la Serna Inspiration Continued

El Che: A Revolutionary, and a rabble rouser. He reminds me of me. Che stood up for people that were powerless, despite his aristocratic background, and he stood up to something far more powerful than himself. Vive Che!

He is at the United Nations, as a Secretary of State(essentially) for the nation of Cuba. No hate 4 Cuba, I can't wait to be able to interact with the people and build a dialogue and history with the great people of the Island of Cuba.

DR. KING "Be True To What You Said On Paper"

I've Been To The Mountaintop. I love the way this man put words together, and the way he delivered...this was the last speech delivered, in Memphis Tennessee, before a cowards rifle silenced his voice. "I'm not fearing any man."


Legacy live on, Dr. King...

INSPIRATION

I'm going to post some videos of people that have shaped, and are shaping my life and outlook. Here is Dr. Michael Eric Dyson with Tavis Smiley hosting the Black State of the Union, 2008. I caught it on C-Span, but here it is courtesy of YouTube:

Professor Dyson has a masterful grasp on the English language, and he is a gentleman that I would love to sit and discuss any damn thing.

MOS DEF ON REAL TIME

Mos Def on Real Time, with the incomparable Dr. Cornell West, Princeton professor. For my Ladies in the Southland, Mos is the Brother with the ball cap, Dr. West has the hair. I don't agree with some of Mos's stances on 9/11, but he is dead on, as is Dr. West. Enjoy, I'm going to post more.


Love y'all...

Thursday, December 25, 2008

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Well it is Christmas Day in Vancouver. So another is here and almost gone. I'm sitting in my living room in our little apartment looking out the back door, and it is so still and white and frozen.



In this Christmas Season and Chanukah season there are still people on the streets begging for money and a place to live. As I ponder the entire reason for Christmas, I can't help but realize the irony of the richest country on the culturally richest day for Christendom the poor are just trying to catch a break. What would Jesus do? He would make sure the poor were taken care of, he would make sure education was a priority, and he would make damn sure people did not go hungry. I am thankful I live in Washington. People here are far more conscious on the poor, far more focused on education, and far more conscious of the need for a social safety net for its most vulnerable citizens.



Far more than the Christian South. I cannot help but rail against the bullshit in the religious south, as it has proven itself to me to be time and again unconcerned with the real tenants of what Jesus taught, it is a region in the country that is poverty stricken, but ironically, hates the poor. Go figure.

Another thought: Regardless of your religious affiliation, or your beliefs regarding God, or Jesus, or any other religious figure, Buddha, Mohammed, etc., one has to admit, when his life is studied, when his teachings are studied, that Jesus had some great ideas regarding society. Whether one chooses to follow Jesus is their own business, and as I grow as a person, and question, question, question, I realize that Jesus' teachings and the church in the United States couldn't be further apart.



We need a systemic change in the US, one that focuses our resources not on hate and war, but on the people, on education, on well-health management rather than the colonizing aspirations that we have focused on in a post empire, post colonial world.



For all of my concerns, I am grateful for several things:



Chelsea and I have been in contact, my beautiful little dark haired baby girl, a woman now, (I remember when she was just three months old, and she contracted a viral pneumonia, with her little bitty self in a croup tent, and her little self when she was a little older and toddling around, with her long hair and beautiful voice and eyes...*sniff*) I've missed her so much, conversations with her are going very well, and her mother and I have lain to rest old animosities, and we are speaking too. We are going to go down there when Chels has the baby, (I am so excited to be a Granpa, Kell is too), and will probably stay with her and Chels and Lace. I never thought I would have April as one of my T-Mobile My Faves, but there you go.



I have been talking to Lacey, which is also a miracle in its own right.



Although he has not been back in contact, dialogue between my oldest son and me have been opened, I cannot wait to discuss varying social philosophies with Trent, as well as religion, health welfare, etc. It appears he and I would have plenty to discuss, quite a bit in common, and if I may be so bold, we'd have a damn good time discussing such issues.



And I am grateful and thankful to April for letting me into her and the kids lives...





I have been in contact with my son Hunter, at least I think it is him, and from the contact back from him via MySpace, I can only assume it is him, as it sounds like me at a very pissed off 13 years old. And I'm not mad about that!



And, of course, I have my beautiful Lady Kelli, my precious son Jakob, a warm place, food to eat, Mosey, Eden and the Cat, and the prospect and possibilities of success before me.

I have missed all of the kids through the years, and this is another motivating factor for me to see reform in the colossal fuck up called Child Support Enforcement. I do hope some people go to jail over this incredible debacle, and you can rest assured that I will do my part to hold individuals accountable for any corruption, theft, or other chicanery that has resulted in harm to my children, to me, and to all the other families that have been used as economic pawns to line the pockets of private collection companies, as well as attorneys, judges and legislators. I wanna see some bodies twisting in the wind. I'm angry, and I have awakened.


I have many things to be thankful for, and they are all duly noted. I do believe, however, that the work in the United States is far from over, the election of Barack Obama is perhaps just the beginning. The trickle down economic theory which has brought this country nearly to ruins, (and ruined other nations) is still being preached as gospel from the meeting rooms of Congress and state legislatures to the corporate boardrooms, to the pulpits. One of the solutions? Tax the shit out of the rich.



I currently do not have but a small voice. However, it is gaining in depth, breadth, and resonance. So listen up corporations! You can bet your ass companies like Wal-Mart, McDonalds, Kaiser Permanente, Pfizer, and ExxonMobil would be paying about 80 percent and they would not be making billions off of the backs of the poor without giving back, and giving till it hurts. I pay an enormous percentage of any disposable income of mine in taxes at the check out line at the store, at the gas pump, and restaurants, etc. As do all of the people in the United States that currently have a low income. Taxes that are not refunded, and I want a fucking return on MY investment. Change must be made in this country, I'm going to see to it. Peace and love, Searchers, blessings in this coming new year, Hasta Siempre-



Mike

Monday, December 22, 2008

HAPPY CHANUKAH TO ALL MY JEWISH BROTHERS AND SISTERS

Many blessings during this festival of lights...May G-D turn his face toward you....and enjoy this!



and smoke your marijuanica!
Peace-
Mike

Sunday, December 21, 2008

AND I'M GOING TO BE A GRANPA

AND WONDER OF WONDERS

Lacey and I have caught up with each other...will wonders never cease? My girls are so beautiful...

And blessings to their Momma. April

I SPOKE WITH MY DAUGHTER

I have been reluctant to discuss my personal life on my blog, outside of expressing my concerns about social issues, although I know I have touched on other things regarding my personal stuff.

But I spoke with my daughter Chelsea for the first time in fifteen years. My mind is blown, my heart is bursting, I am amazed.

Chels is an amazing young woman, stunningly beautiful, full of life, and I couldn't be happier or feel more blessed that this incredible woman would want me in her life.

Peace, much love-
Mike

AXE DOMINATION FROM MY SON

A couple of clips from an amazing young man currently residing in Arkansas, but clearly destined for greater things. His name is Trent and he is my son.




And another-this one is kinda grainy, Searchers, but its slammin all the same. If he doesn't already know about MosDef, they should be introduced...









Very excellent.



Peace-

Mike

Thursday, December 18, 2008

CHENEY ADMITS TO TORTURE, CONDONES WATERBORDING

In an ABC interview, US V.P. Dick Cheney admitted to "getting the process cleared" or authorizing the use of water boarding on prisoners of war. While invoking 9/11 yet again, (which has become the get out of jail free card, and the "do anything you want and get away with it" pass), Cheney was adamant in insisting it was the right thing to do, despite the fact that it is against U.S. and International law.

If Cheney is allowed to admit on television his disregard for the law, without fear of prosecution, it will set a dangerous tone for future administrations to wantonly disregard law, human rights, and liberty, and flaunt their ability to avoid legitimate prosecution for their crimes. Furthermore, administrations will find it increasingly easy to use torture tactics on all people, American citizens included, when they deem necessary.

The blatant disregard for law, ethics and morality in this Conservative Christian administration is appalling. I have voted for this administration twice, I have been duped, I have held the measuring stick to them and they have fallen far short. I am thankful the term is almost finished.

If the President of the United States as well as the Vice President, SecDef, SecState, the Attorney General for God's sake, can violate the letter as well as the spirit of so many laws, why would I expect anyone to respect the legal system in my country, obey the law, and even give a damn that we have laws?

It is a question worth asking, and delving into. I believe we need to hold our elected officials, appointed politicians such as some judges, law enforcement personnel, accountable for their actions and make it extraordinarily painful if they violate the public trust.

Just some thoughts on a snowy Wednesday morning in Vancouver.
Peace-
Mike

Friday, November 7, 2008

GUNS SALES SOAR AFTER OBAMA WIN


Never let the stupidity of provincial rednecks surprise you. From the New York Times:




I'm a little tired of blogging right now, the few weeks before the election kinda burned me out. But I had to post this when I saw it via the HuffPo. People are nuts. I especially liked this quote from the owner of a gun shop in Houston, TX.:



He's a gun-snatcher," said Jim Pruett, owner of Jim Pruett's Guns and Ammo in northwest Houston, which
was packed with shoppers on Thursday.
"He wants to take our guns from us and
create a socialist society policed by his own police force," added Mr. Pruett, a former radio
personality, of President-elect Barack Obama.


Again, never underestimate the power of ignorance, fear, and racism...


An ironic twist to this story is the fact that I told Kell that if McPalin get in, we will have to stock up on ammo to stave off the theocracy police. So much for that! :) Peace-

Mike

Thursday, October 30, 2008

ANOTHER REASON TO DIG OBAMA

From the Hartford Courant:

Obama's Letter Was Answer To A Little Boy's Request


A little more than a month earlier, teacher Joyce Ben-KiKi had Aron and his classmates each send letters to a famous person as part of a language arts lesson. Ben-KiKi wrapped the exercise around well-known children's book character "Flat Stanley," so along with the letters, the children each tucked a Flat Stanley figure they had made into each envelope.
"I told them not to expect a letter back," Ben-KiKi said. "I told them these people are very busy and most likely will not write back."
The list of recipients was impressive: Yankee third basemen Alex Rodriguez; Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Olympic gold medalist Mark Spitz; Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. John McCain.
Obama was the only one to write back. Two other boys, Avshalom Drescher and Zachary Goldberg, both 8, also wrote to him, but Aron was the first to get a reply.
Obama's three-page letter to Aron described Flat Stanley's visit with him and his staff in Washington, D.C. It chronicled their busy day together, which included coffee with constituents, a Senate committee meeting and a trip to the gym. It also had historical facts about the U.S. Capitol, details of Obama's job and a confession from Obama.
"Sometimes I get a little nervous before talking in front of a crowd, but Flat Stanley helped me practice the speech," Obama wrote. "He made me recite it in front of him and then even gave me some advice so the speech would go smoothly. Flat Stanley is really a great coach."


Obama '08

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

ON REAGAN, THE POOR, AND HIJACKING

I wanted to post a comment I made on a website the other day:

I'm supporting Barack as a result of observing the
Church in the United States for 18 years. The Christan Right have completely
abandoned the teachings of Jesus. It says something about a Christian Sect and
political party that is against health care for children and million of others.
That rejects the basic tenant of caring for the poor. The Right has become
extraordinarily arrogant, callous, divisive, and hateful. None of these traits
Jesus displayed or advocated. In McCain and Palin we have proven liars and
frauds. Palin is a complete fraud in the traditional definition, but quite
genuine in the psycho definition. Having voted Republican for 21 years it is
safe to say I will never vote Repub again. The right couldn't care less about my
family and me.Peace! Obama '08
http://www.mikesearches.blogspot.com/


Also, this comment make a beautiful statement courtesy of "J" a blogger that posted a comment on thefieldnegro:

"...This will be the true legacy of Reaganism:
hijacking the Republican party from the Goldwater standard of conservatism and
turning it over to the Christian Right (there's an oxymoron if I've ever heard
one). Somehow they've got socially-conservatives thinking that this election is
about women's rights, and marriage. This has and always will be a matter of
class warfare. To paraphrase GWB because he said it best: his base is the "haves
and the have-mores." Every American should open up their checkbooks and savings
account ledgers and ask themselves if you think he was talking about
you."


Just five days left. I hope we can get the trickle down theory finally put to rest. It does not work.

Peace-
Mike

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

ON EDUCATION, HEALTH AND SOULS, PART 1

Trying to put the anger aside that has motivated me on several of my previous posts, I am exploring how I feel about this country, and its people.

There is something to be said about the soul of a country when that country makes taking care of one another a priority.

It seems to me that priorities of a nation reveals its true nature; its soul.

What does it say about the US that children don't have health coverage and we twice elected a President that doesn't want health care for a certain group of children?

What would Jesus do?

What does it say about the US when young college students enter the workforce thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt, and older college students those that are in their late 20's, early 30's and beyond to have to start sinking themselves into massive debt at a later age?

And from the perspective of a student/worker with his wife still in school and struggling to make ends meet, to have to go begging for help, feeling demeaned, with all of the resources in the US, instead of that help and support already there as a basic right.
I believe healthcare and education are basic rights. And the United Nation agrees:

Article 25 of the United Nation Declaration of Human Rights:

1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control

And from Article 26:

(1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit

Why do I care what the UN has to think? Because the United States signed it.

A single woman in Arkansas shouldn't have to worry about losing her home, working two or three crappy jobs to support herself, all the while wanting to go school (in a state with almost no services, or sympathy) to improve herself any more than a father in Washington should have to worry about milk for his son, or tuition for his wife or himself. To have to choose between groceries and electricity or rent/housepayment and education in the United States of America in 2008 is obscene.


Equally obscene is the tendency of some to label the woman in Arkansas, or the man in Washington as lazy, or dumb, or deserving.

What would Jesus do?

The right wing has done a great job in feeding the nation the idea that the poor are fully responsible for their plight.
Ditto for the brainwashing that cutting social services and education is somehow going to magically force the poor into the middle class.


What does it say about a country when you look at a map of the states red/blue, states like Arkansas, Alabama, Texas, these states of the Bible Belt where Obama is getting hammered, yet McCain and Palin have proven themselves to be frauds and liars, and people are still supporting them.
Even if it goes against their personal interests.

Amazing.

We need people in office that have the interests of the people at heart. It is time to bring back our social programs, shore up our infrastructure, and provide education for all. The only way to remain strong as a nation is to invest in the people.

Period.

We need a systemic change in the United States.
Peace-
Mike








Monday, October 27, 2008

BARACK OBAMA'S CLOSING ARGUMENT

A phenomenal speech from the next President.

It's only a couple of minutes, take some time and be inspired.
Peace-


Mike

Sunday, October 26, 2008

THUGS, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE

Here is a video I came across on Current TV. The beginning is a little dry but if you can sit through about five minutes or so, that's when idiocy ensues.

What I am trying to figure out is why McCains numbers are as good as they are. Palin and McCain both have been exposed as liars and frauds, yet people are actually voting for him, and you have people who still claim to be "undecided."

Could it be that as Bill Maher has said, the American people are really this stupid?

We need systemic change in the United States.
Peace-
Mike
LUKJ

Saturday, October 25, 2008

ARKANSAS WOMAN DIES AFTER HOME INVASION

What a nightmare.

Blessings and Peace to this all too young lady and her family...Hey Kell, we coulda been here...

update: The police should be looking at samuel c. flanagin.

SEARCHERS: IT IS TIME TO PAY ATTENTION TO THIS PROFESSOR'S BLOG:

http://www.ridwanlaher.blogspot.com/

This is a scholar that helped enlightened me at Portland State University, and one I hold in extreme regard: Ridwan Laher

Britain's the House of Lords has overturned
a lower court ruling that would have allowed displaced Chagossian people to
return to their homes in the Indian Ocean archipelago.Hengride
Permel, who represents the Chagos Islands Community Association, said the
Britain missed "a chance ... to right a wrong ... it is a shameful day for the
government."The
Chagos Islanders plight to return is hardly covered in the mainstream media. It
is a story of brutal imperialism and war mongering that implicates Britain, and
of course, the United States.In the 1960s and 1970s Britain used force to remove
the Chagossian people from their homes in and around the largest Chagos Island
called Diego Garcia. The move came after Britain leased Diego Garcia to the US.
Britain also allowed the US to build a navy and air base.The vast majority of
displaced Chagossians were settled into slums in Mauritius.In 2007 the British
High Court ruled
that the Chagossian people were wrongfully expelled and
that they should have the right to return.Today's House of Lords decision, the
highest court of appeal in Britain, sets the High Court decision aside.The
decision was in large part based on the British government's argument that the
right of return would bridge security because the US uses Diego Garcia to launch
military operations to Iraq and Afghanistan.The House of Lords decision confirms
that Britain (along with the US) have condemned the Chagossian people to
permanent and inhumane exile.See "Stealing a
Nation
, A Special Report by John Pilger" (2006) for critical background
coverage. Also, you can get more information from the UK Chagos Support
Association
.Onward!Picture Credit
Posted by Ridwan at 7:41 PM 3
comments

Monday,
October 20, 2008

Peace-
Mike

SARAH PALIN GOIN' ROGUE-COURTESY OF THE DAILY KOS

This is a story I have been following the past day or so. With Palin being a right-wing charismatic dominionist nutjob, you, dear reader need always to keep in mind that John McCain, and his not so religious ass, supporting some Democrat policies, one that is loath to call Obama a terrorist, or Arab,(he's more than happy to let the bulldog do it for him), is considered an unbeliever and in the ranks of Satan to someone like Sarah Palin. It only makes sense that she would make a power play for his job. She believes he is the means to her fullfilment.

It is taught ubiquitously in the Evangelical Charismatic churches:

Moses was an Israelite (Jew) that was raised in the Devil's(Pharaoh's) house. God used the Devil to educate His kid and bring him to victory over His (his) enemies.
Just such a doctrine can be applied to modern day situations. Time and again I have sat in Pentecostal services and heard the comparison to the United States government and the Devil.

To think that Sarah Palin might not have any respect for John McCain, and believe that he is an agent of Satan is not to be dismissed. It is a tenet of her core religious beliefs, as with many other adherents to her religious philosophy:

If you're not for us you're against us.

Sound Familiar G.W. Bush?

Two peas in a pod.

Fuck McCain, and fuck Sarah Palin.

It is time for a systemic change in the United States.

I decided to post the entire article for your enjoyment. Listen, get involved. Let us marginalize the Christian Right, put them where they belong. Packing away dusty,useless Science equipment on the way to Chapel at Crowley's Ridge College.


CNN: Palin, McCain Split Goes Public
by SusanG

Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 02:15:04 PM PDT

This
is what implosion looks like:

(CNN) -- With 10 days until Election Day, long-brewing tensions between GOP
vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin and key aides to Sen. John McCain
have become so intense, they are spilling out in public, sources say.
Several
McCain advisers have suggested to CNN that they have become increasingly
frustrated with what one aide described as Palin "going rogue."...

A second McCain source says she appears to be looking out for herself more
than the McCain campaign.

"She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone," said this McCain
adviser. "She does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her
family or anyone else.

"Also, she is playing for her own future and sees herself as the next
leader of the party. Remember: Divas trust only unto themselves, as they see
themselves as the beginning and end of all wisdom."

A furious, old, self-important reformist poseur stuck in the previous
century versus a young, ambitious, fundamentalist airhead "rogue" "diva" ... who
would have guessed a year-and-a-half ago that the wrestling match for the soul
of a dying and discredited political party would come down to this?
If both of them hadn't proven themselves to be such eager liars, it would
almost be worth pitying them. Almost. But not quite.

Peace- Love Y'all
Mike
LUKJ

Just to jog your memory I am going to repost the video from a few days ago regarding the "Holy Spirit-filled" Sarah Palin and the useless idiots that support her:



Italics, bold and stuff are mine.
Peace-

CHRISTIAN RIGHT CONTINUES TO SHOW ITS ASS & INTOLERANCE




Some excerpts from the HuffPo regarding the Christian Right and fearmongering tactics used by them to drive their willfully ignorant base (I could have posted the entire article and probably should):






Terrorist strikes on four American cities. Russia rolling into Eastern
Europe. Israel hit by a nuclear bomb. Gay marriage in every state. The end of
the Boy Scouts.
All are plausible scenarios if Democrat Barack Obama is
elected president, according to a new addition to the campaign conversation
called "Letter from 2012 in Obama's America," produced by the conservative
Christian group Focus on the Family Action.

Steve Strang, publisher of Charisma magazine, a Pentecostal publication,
titled one of his recent weekly e-mails to readers, "Life As We Know It Will End
If Obama is Elected."
Strang said gay rights and abortion rights would be
strengthened in an Obama administration, taxes would rise and "people who hate
Christianity will be emboldened to attack our freedoms."

Steve Strang is quite influential, and I have in the past received Charisma magazine. This bullshit gets better:






...among the strongest pieces this year is Focus on the Family Action's
letter which has been posted on the group's Web site and making the e-mail
rounds. Signed by "A Christian from 2012," it claims a series of events could
logically happen based on the group's interpretation of Obama's record,
Democratic Party positions, recent court rulings and other trends.
Among the
claims:

_ A 6-3 liberal majority Supreme Court that results in rulings like one
making gay marriage the law of the land and another forcing the Boy Scouts to
"hire homosexual scoutmasters and allow them to sleep in tents with young boys."
(In the imagined scenario, The Boy Scouts choose to disband rather than
obey).

_ A series of domestic and international disasters based on Obama's
"reluctance to send troops overseas." That includes terrorist attacks on U.S.
soil that kill hundreds, Russia occupying the Baltic states and Eastern European
countries including Poland and the Czech Republic, and al-Qaida overwhelming
Iraq.
_ Nationalized health care with long lines for surgery and no access to
hospitals for people over 80.

The reality is this:






Obama favors abortion rights and supports civil unions for same-sex couples, but
says states should make their own decisions about marriage. He said he would
intensify diplomatic pressure on Iran over its nuclear ambitions and add troops
in Afghanistan.
On taxes, Obama has proposed an increase on the 5 percent of
taxpayers who make more than $250,000 a year and advocates cuts for those who
make less. His health care plan calls for the government to subsidize coverage
for millions of Americans who otherwise couldn't afford it.




Obama will make a great pres, the Christian Right will be marginalized.




Jesus never taught fear, hate, and intolerance, yet these three traits as well as complete willful ignorance coupled with a health dose of a lack of intellectual curiosity identify the Christian Right extraordinarily. He must be so proud of the American Church.




We need systemic change in the United States. OfuckingBama '08




Peace-


Mike


LUKJ



KEEP JENNIFER HUDSON IN YOUR THOUGHTS



The incredible Jennifer Hudson's mother and brother were murdered in their home yesterday. Her 7 year old nephew is missing. As a survivor of violence in the home, my heart goes out to her especially...The Chicago Tribune has the story.

Friday, October 24, 2008

DO YOU NEED TO BE REMINDED ABOUT MCCAIN SUPPORTERS?

UPDATE: The commentator related the racist comments and then gave commentary. I'll try to separate the two...

I pulled this from NewsOne. Bear in mind this piece of shit makes millions of dollars a year...

Here’s Our Top 10 Racist Rush Limbaugh Quotes

1. I mean, let’s face it, we didn’t have slavery in this country for over 100 years because it was a bad thing. Quite the opposite: slavery built the South. I’m not saying we should bring it back; I’m just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark.

Okay Rush, slavery was not a good thing for the millions of African Americans who were enslaved, raped and beaten. The streets weren't at all safe for African Americans. Slavery not a bad thing? Someone should put Rush on a plantation for him to see how great it is. Keep on fear and race mongering Rush, you might get to Goebels status.


2. You know who deserves a posthumous Medal of Honor? James Earl Ray [the confessed assassin of Martin Luther King]. We miss you, James. Godspeed.

Martin Luther King is a national hero, not a black hero. Everybody in the United States celebrates his birthday, children are taught to look up to him as a hero in school. He’s earned the respect and admiration of the world and you believe the man who killed him was a hero? This is beyond racist. This is evil, mean spirited, subhuman. Praising the assassin of one of our great American heroes is beyond the scope of regular racism.


3. Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?

No but I’ve noticed that all racist bigots think like Rush Limbaugh. Comparing a respected black politician and minister to common criminals is Jim Crow racism. Maybe all black people look alike to him, but I’ve never seen a picture of a wanted criminal that looks like Jesse Jackson. A serial killer that looks like Rush Limbaugh on the other hand.
John Wayne Gacy


4. Right. So you go into Darfur and you go into South Africa, you get rid of the white government there. You put sanctions on them. You stand behind Nelson Mandela — who was bankrolled by communists for a time, had the support of certain communist leaders. You go to Ethiopia. You do the same thing.

The communist connection is an old way of dealing with black leaders. They used it on Martin Luther King, they’re using it on Barack Obama and Limbaugh used it on Nelson Mandela. By siding with the racist apartheid regime over a world-wide symbol of peace and freedom, Limbaugh has shown he’s a global racist.


5. Look, let me put it to you this way: the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it.

Limbaugh is once again fear mongering and race baiting by associating professional black athletes with criminals and gangmembers. He continues the fear mongering association of good, decent, hard working African Americans as criminals.


6. The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies.

Now Limbaugh is saying that an organization with a storied tradition of representing the positive black people for change in their communities are criminals and rioters. An organization that has been represented by intelligent professional African Americans, that has played a part in the Civil Rights movement and continues to be an intelligent, concerned voice for the African American community is degraded to common criminals. There you go Rush. Keep racism alive!!!!


7. They’re 12 percent of the population. Who the hell cares?

Decent human beings care Rush. Someone out of that 12% may just become President of the United States. Not caring about black people? Even George Bush wouldn’t admit to that.


8. Take that bone out of your nose and call me back(to an African American female caller).

Okay Rush that’s classy. The old African bone in the nose stereotype. Wasn’t funny when the racist white school kids called the black kids that and it’s definitely not funny when a grown man with audience of millions of easily influenced dittoheads says it either.


9. I think the media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. They’re interested in black coaches and black quarterbacks doing well. I think there’s a little hope invested in McNabb and he got a lot of credit for the performance of his team that he really didn’t deserve.

I wasn’t super offended by this, the whole black quarterback/coach thing has been going on for years in sports, but the quote was so offensive that Retired General Wesley Clarke said:
There can be no excuse for such statements. Mr. Limbaugh has the right to say whatever he wants, but ABC and ESPN have no obligation to sponsor such hateful and ignorant speech. Mr. Limbaugh should be fired immediately.
When a respected, retired general condemns the statement of a sportscaster, you know he’s gone too far.


10. Limbaugh attacks on Obama. Limbaugh has called Obama a ‘halfrican American’ has said that Obama was not black but Arab because Kenya is an Arab region, even though Arabs are less than one percent of Kenya. Since mainstream America has become more accepting of African-Americans, Limbaugh has decided to play against its new racial fears, Arabs and Muslims. Despite the fact Obama graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law school, Limbaugh has called him an ‘affirmative action candidate.’ Limbaugh even has repeatedly played a song on his radio show ‘Barack the Magic Negro’ using an antiquated Jim Crow era term for black a man who many Americans are supporting for president. Way to go Rush.

So Rush Limbaugh has managed to make racist attacks on four of the most admired and respected people of African descent in the past one hundred years, in Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Colin Powell and Barack Obama.

He has called for the assassin of Martin Luther King to be given a medal, and said slavery was a good thing.

He has claimed that Joe the Plumber, who isn’t even a plumber is more important in this election than Colin Powell, a decorated military veteran who has served honorably in three administrations. How can the Republican party stand by this man and let their candidates appear on his show?

Rush Limbaugh’s comments are so racist, they’re funny, in a Borat, Archie Bunker kind of way. What is not funny is the millions of dittoheads who listen to him, who take in and re-spout all the racist rhetoric that he spits. Limbaugh’s statements are echoed in the racist, angry Palin/McCain supporters who shout ‘kill him,’ ‘terrorist,’ ‘communist,’ ‘traitor,’ ’socialist’ and ‘off with his head.’

Now it's me:

This is the epitome of the Right wing redneck Republicans. I'll bet if ya ask him, he'll tell you he's a Christian. This piece of shit, if memory serves, is from Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

And I'm not going to mention the lame ass female (okay, I guess I mentioned her) that blamed a Black man for assault at an ATM a la Susan Smith, only to later admit it was bullshit.

I will say this about the girl, she is clearly in need of mental health care, but she's going to be prosecuted by the police for lying, and she probably won't get the help she needs, especially if McPalin is elected, because they do not believe in social programs.

We need systemic change in the United States.

Peace,
Mike
LUKJ

Thursday, October 23, 2008

SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE COCK IN HAND SYNDROME

I caught this vid on FunnyOrDie:

See more Adam "Ghost Panther" McKay videos at Funny or Die







We need systemic change in the United States...
Peace-

Mike
LUKJ

UPDATE: The video isn't working, so here is the link...
UPDATE2: I redid it so maybe it'll work now.

"RATFUCKERY"

This is from a great article I read on the Huffington Post during an insomniac episode...

Toss in Senator McCain's $8,500-a-month Hollywood makeup artist, and the
fake "man of the people" maverick scam totally disintegrates. Underneath we find
a spasmodic, filthy rich, Mr. Magoo -- a typical Bush Republican who embraces
the same kind of divisive
ratfuckery we've
endured for too many years from the likes of Karl Rove, Lee Atwater, Richard Nixon
(McCain has shamefully resurrected the Southern Strategy) and, most
disturbingly, the politics of Joe McCarthy.


The made up, false persona's we as Americans swallow is indicative of the shallowness, lack of thought, and intellectual curiosity that has come to embody the very fiber of America.

Just make sure my fucking Ipod works, and I'll be alright...Ya know, Mussolini just made sure the trains ran on time cause he understood the sheep mentality.

Peace-

Mike
LUKJ

Monday, October 20, 2008

TWO GREAT VIDS: OBAMA ENERGY, THIRD REICH BACKS MCCAIN/PALIN

I post video on my blog cause some are just fantastic, and need to be spread. However, I know all of you come to this blog to catch the mind expanding points of view so expertly articulated. And I feel that just posting a video sans commentary is cheating.

They're both YouTube via the
Daily Kos. The first vid outlines some of Obama's energy plans, and the second is from last nights Family Guy. Classic...Enjoy-











I watched the interview yesterday on Meet the Press when Colin Powell endorsed Obama, and I watched a clip from a subsequent interview with John McCain. (I can't find the video for that specific soundbite.



At any rate, McCain talks about how he has been endorsed by four Sec. States, Kissinger, 85, Haig, 83, Eagleburger, 78, and Baker, 78. All Republican, all old as hell, and more importantly, all "COLD WARRIORS." Their policies, and the subsequent policies of John McCain, are formed with policies that go back 50 years or more. Can you say dated?



The importance of Colin Powell is two-fold if not more:

1. Colin Powell is a Republican endorsing a Democrat for President. It's not much of a stretch that four Repub Sec States have endorsed a Repub candidate.



2. Colin Powell cut his teeth in the Vietnam War, not WW2 or WW1 or the Crimean War or whatever. He is young, articulate, and he understands the way the world is now. I feel that McCain is stuck in Cold War, and although he was in 'Nam as well, he just doesn't get it. Things are different now. Powell gets it, McCain doesn't.



Get out and vote cause we need a systemic change in the United States.



Peace-

Mike

Thursday, October 16, 2008

MUST SEE TV! JESUS LOVES BIGOTS, HATES BLACKS

Caught this on HuffPo, the mixture of religion and bigotry is very dangerous indeed...this flows together with my other posts on the Christian Right...





I am adding some quotes from the video courtesy of
crooksandliars:



It was kind of strange, dintcha think, that John McCain came to the defense of his supporters last night after Barack Obama pointed out that people at McCain/Palin rallies were shouting out "terrorist" and "kill him!" in reference to Obama.




Now an Al Jazeera camera crew caught the honest sentiments of McCain/Palin supporters at an Ohio rally:


“I’m afraid if he wins, the blacks will take over. He’s not a Christian! This is a Christian nation! What is our country gonna end up like?”




“When you got a Negra running for president, you need a first stringer. He’s definitely a second stringer.”


“He seems like a sheep - or a wolf in sheep’s clothing to be honest with you. And I believe Palin - she’s filled with the Holy Spirit, and I believe she’s gonna bring honesty and integrity to the White House.”




“He’s related to a known terrorist, for one.”


“He is friends with a terrorist of this country!”




“He must support terrorists! You know, uh, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck. And that to me is Obama.”


“Just the whole, Muslim thing, and everything, and everybody’s still kinda - a lot of people have forgotten about 9/11, but… I dunno, it’s just kinda… a little unnerving.”




“Obama and his wife, I’m concerned that they could be anti-white. That he might hide that.”


“I don’t like the fact that he thinks us white people are trash… because we’re not!”




Yep, McCain must be so proud.


The rest of us, well ... let's just say those polls should tell the story.


[H/t to Ta-Nehisi Coates, via Spencer Ackerman. Transcript via Prose Before Hos.]





This is from the heartland of America, Ohio.

We need to marginalize, at the very least, the Christian Right, we need systemic change in the US and we for damn sure do not need McCain or Sarah fucking Palin in office. If they do get in, we are in for real trouble.

Peace-

Mike

LUKJK


GOTTA LOVE THOSE REPUBLICANS

While combing through various blogs today, and thinking about trickle-down economics and the utter failure of it, I came across this quote that I believe came from the daily kos:






"All economic theories revolve around the redistribution of
wealth. Supply side economics, (Reaganomics, Bushonomics, McCainonomics),
believe in redistributing it upwards in the hope it will trickle down. To
paraphrase Warren Buffet-Class warfare already exists, and the wealthy side is
winning."





Trickle down economics does not work. I find it very telling that the United States, with it's total embrace of unregulated capitalism, when faced with the complete failure of its financial system and the potential turning out into the streets millions of the poor and middle class, jumps in and pumps billions of dollars into the economy to keep it from crashing: something that the US, in collusion with the World Bank and IMF, did not allow other nations to do when it became necessary to rescue their populace when they obtained loans with these organizations with odius strings attached.

And these nations saw the complete collapse of their economies.

Check out the history of Chile, Argentina, and others.

Here is something else I found today:










Special to The Press-Enterprise
An Inland Republican women’s
group sent
out a newsletter showing this fake $10 “food stamp” with Barack
Obama’s face
on
it.
She said she doesn't think in racist terms,
pointing out she once
supported Republican Alan Keyes, an African-American
who previously ran for
president.

So supporting Alan Keyes doesn't make you racist?

I cannot believe in this day and age that someone in the United States, especially a white woman presumably well off financially, doesn't know the racial over tones that are implied when fried chicken, kool aid, ribs and fucking food stamps are associated with people in the US of African descent.

What a fucking joke.

The appalling stupidity of the Republican party continues to astound me...



It is time for a systemic change in the United States.



Peace-

Mike

LUKJ















Saturday, October 11, 2008

CRAZY CHRISTIANITY AND FASCISM (CHRISTOFASCISM) IN THE UNITED STATES

It's not just for breakfast anymore-

I have written quite a bit regarding Christianity in the US, and it would seem that I am especially concerned about Right Wing ChristoFascism. As well I should be. So should you.

I came across this video, one that features a speaker ministering in Alaska about Spiritual Warfare.

Let me emphasize this: I have sat in nearly identical sermons as the one recorded here. The Evangelical Charismatic church in the United States completely believes the material put forth in the sermon, and they are deadly serious about seeing it come to pass. These are people that believe not one more generation will pass after the re-creation of Israel before Jesus comes back. They believe that, and they will do what they believe in their hearts to be true, and right, to facilitate His return.

These people believe they are hearing from God. I do not deny that perhaps He speaks to people today. However, an increasing majority of movements in the US and North America are built upon "Words of Knowledge" visions" "dreams" and other things that cannot be proven by scripture, science, logic or fact.

I want you to pay attention to the time in the video from 3:14-3:51. In case you don't sit through it, or perhaps in order to pique your curiosity here is a sample from what the speaker, Mary Glazer, said:




"God is preparing a people to displace the ones whose sin is rising so that
then they tip over and the church goes in-one is removed and the church goes in
and takes the territory."

The "Church" is the evangelical charismatic Christians, the Klan, etc. The "territory" is YOUR stuff, YOUR property, YOUR home, YOUR state, YOUR nation. There is hope, though, as Mary Glazer goes on:




"Now that does not mean that the people are removed, because God removes
them from the Kingdom of Darkness to the Kingdom of Light.
They are
given an opportunity to change allegiances."

(Italics mine.)

Now, what do you suppose will happen if one decides not to change allegiances? This is Dominion Theology, it is dangerous and completely without Scriptural basis.


Please remember, when people believe they are hearing from God, there is generally nothing that will stop them, or convince them otherwise; even when confronted by proof in the Bible. In fact, I know from experience that people will search the Bible until they begin to cull various passages that back up their doctrine. Here is the video:


Did you know that Alaska is a "Northern Gateway?"

What a load of horseshit. I heard the same bullshit about Arkansas, about Missouri, Kansas, you get the picture. Everywhere you go in the US, "God" is telling people that your state is special, it has been selected for some sort of special something, and the rest of the world is going to hell in a handbasket, and the "Church", (that is the evancgelical church of the US, and to a lesser degree, North America) is ready to inherit the world.

The US church is hardly meek, which I believe is a requirement one must have if one is going to inherit the world. See Book of Matthew, 5:5.

I'm telling you, these people are crazy, culty, and completely deceived. And Sarah Palin is one of them. But she is just one of millions.

We are in for some serious shit if McPalin get in.

Something to think about also, if Obama gets elected, there are going to be millions of backward thinkin' bible totin' gun ownin' people out there that are going to be really pissed off.

I'll keep my firearms close and add a bar on the door, thank you.

Christian Fascism in the United States must be stamped out.
Peace-
Mike


LUKJ



Friday, October 10, 2008

SUMMARY OF THE RIGHT WING

Culled from the Chicago Tribune:

Garrison
Keillor
:
Some Republicans adore her because they are pranksters at heart
and love the consternation of grown-ups. The ne'er-do-well son of the old
Republican family as president, the idea that you increase government revenue by
cutting taxes, the idea that you cut social services and thereby drive the needy
into the middle class,
the idea that you overthrow a dictator with a show of
force and achieve democracy at no cost to yourself—one stink bomb after another,
and now Gov. Sarah Palin

Bold is mine. Politicians have been cramming that particular tidbit of bullshit down our throats since Reagan came into office, and has been espoused by members of both parties accross the nation, including that worthless pile of crap pat flanagin of arkansas.

I've written about it several times, this notion that if you take away all services, people will take that extra job or two or three, and "pull themselves up by their bootstraps." When the reality of the situation is this: That type of economic policy creates a servant/master society, where the haves have and the have nots cut their grass, cook their food wash their clothes, wash their cars. You see, when you take away the ability of people climb out of poverty through education, and you destroy the support structure to succeed(and cutting education and social programs is a priority of the right wing nutjobs, as well as the corporate oligarchy), you create a society that breeds two classes: poor and rich.



The pick of Palin has to be the most disrespectful action by a political party in my lifetime.
The current nonsense spouted by the right wing campaign regarding Bill Ayers is also being whipped up into a frenzy by the Jesus loving Evangelical sarah palin. These people are crazy, and they well use their bibles as clubs if McPalin get in. Things will be bad.

The economic policies that have been in place since Reagan has done incredible harm to the United States. We are facing a situation like I haven't seen in my lifetime, the only thing I can equate it to is the gas crisis and inflation issues of the 1970's.

We have got to get the right wing out of power; a Theocracy is not what we need.

It's time for a systemic change in the United States.

Peace-



LUKJ



Thursday, October 9, 2008

ERNESTO GUEVARA de la SERNA

In Memoriam to Che Guevara 6-14-1928/10-09-1967














Who knows, Che? We may be witnessing the demise of Capitalism...


We need a systemic change in the United States.


LUKJ