Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Gee 20 - can you hear me now.
Very Good Lady
When Amy Goodman attended the 2008 Republican Presidential Convention in St. Paul Minnesota, she was one of the countless protesters that were beaten and arrested by the crazed and violent riot police. Ms. Goodman, a credentialed peace correspondent, was understandably upset, yet her calm and reasoned voice can be heard daily on Democracy Now (if you get it).
For this freedom loving American, it is heartbreaking to see and hear accounts of the heavy handed tactics and abuses of a militarized civilian police on ordinary folk.
Roll Out the Robocops
So it is that we should not be surprised of the conditions on the ground at the recent G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh, PA. Once again, our beloved city was subjected to a show of force that continues to escalate the disparity among the have-nots and the have-this.
While world leaders met in a big circle-jerk of pomp and prosperity, the people of Pittsburgh were treated like the grunts under the thumb of the Grunch of Giants. Why cant they just go meet on some remote island. leave the struggling cities be.
Turn Left on Global Boulevard
This is what Globalization looks like. Obama said it's here to stay. The world is officially crazy.
That's Not Funny
This is the face of police in Europe.
More Than Just a Job
This is the faceless face of riot police in the USA. When there are no terrorist to be had, civilians will do just fine.
This is their new secret weapon. Go see the vid on the LRAD sound cannon. It's like a really bad rock concert. It was used on US soil forthe first time against civilians at the G-20.
It's tough to be heard over the mega-non-lethal sound cannon, rubber bullets, tear gas, water canon, trained dogs, billy clubs and the arsenal for the assault on civilians with legitimate grievances and a deep concern for the planet.
Not Your Grandmas Protest
This is what protesters used to look like.
This is your neighbor practicing to bash your head if you get out of line.
Time to Make the Donuts
This is everybody at work, making an honest killing.
Dressed for Success
This is the new face of peace protesters. Gotta keep up with the Officer Jones.
Did you know that every Israeli civilian gets a free gas mask from their government?
Go Big and Go Green
This is what gets seen by mainstream teevee.
This is a wonderful pic of Woody Guthrie. Sign reads "this machine kills fascists"
Here is an email from our pal Michael Moore.
For Those of You on Your Way to Church This Morning ...a note from Michael Moore
Sunday, October 4th, 2009
I'd like to have a word with those of you who call yourselves Christians (Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Bill Maherists, etc. can read along, too, as much of what I have to say, I'm sure, can be applied to your own spiritual/ethical values).
In my new film I speak for the first time in one of my movies about my own spiritual beliefs. I have always believed that one's religious leanings are deeply personal and should be kept private. After all, we've heard enough yammerin' in the past three decades about how one should "behave," and I have to say I'm pretty burned out on pieties and platitudes considering we are a violent nation who invades other countries and punishes our own for having the audacity to fall on hard times.
I'm also against any proselytizing; I certainly don't want you to join anything I belong to. Also, as a Catholic, I have much to say about the Church as an institution, but I'll leave that for another day (or movie).
Amidst all the Wall Street bad guys and corrupt members of Congress exposed in "Capitalism: A Love Story," I pose a simple question in the movie: "Is capitalism a sin?" I go on to ask, "Would Jesus be a capitalist?" Would he belong to a hedge fund? Would he sell short? Would he approve of a system that has allowed the richest 1% to have more financial wealth than the 95% under them combined?
I have come to believe that there is no getting around the fact that capitalism is opposite everything that Jesus (and Moses and Mohammed and Buddha) taught. All the great religions are clear about one thing: It is evil to take the majority of the pie and leave what's left for everyone to fight over. Jesus said that the rich man would have a very hard time getting into heaven. He told us that we had to be our brother's and sister's keepers and that the riches that did exist were to be divided fairly. He said that if you failed to house the homeless and feed the hungry, you'd have a hard time finding the pin code to the pearly gates.
I guess that's bad news for us Americans. Here's how we define "Blessed Are the Poor": We now have the highest unemployment rate since 1983. There's a foreclosure filing once every 7.5 seconds. 14,000 people every day lose their health insurance.
At the same time, Wall Street bankers ("Blessed Are the Wealthy"?) are amassing more and more loot -- and they do their best to pay little or no income tax (last year Goldman Sachs' tax rate was a mere 1%!). Would Jesus approve of this? If not, why do we let such an evil system continue? It doesn't seem you can call yourself a Capitalist AND a Christian -- because you cannot love your money AND love your neighbor when you are denying your neighbor the ability to see a doctor just so you can have a better bottom line. That's called "immoral" -- and you are committing a sin when you benefit at the expense of others.
When you are in church this morning, please think about this. I am asking you to allow your "better angels" to come forward. And if you are among the millions of Americans who are struggling to make it from week to week, please know that I promise to do what I can to stop this evil -- and I hope you'll join me in not giving up until everyone has a seat at the table.
Thanks for listening. I'm off to Mass in a few hours. I'll be sure to ask the priest if he thinks J.C. deals in derivatives or credit default swaps. I mean, after all, he must've been good at math. How else did he divide up two loaves of bread and five pieces of fish equally amongst 5,000 people? Either he was the first socialist or his disciples were really bad at packing lunch. Or both.