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 John Canale Drive

CommunityAnonymous writes "In Oswego, we don't name things after ideals.  There is no Peace Street, no Social Justice Drive, no Equality Way.  No, we name things after mediocrities who perform some service for the power structure.  Case in point: John Canale Drive.

Now, somebody said recently he misses the gossip.  Well I have it from many informed sources that the only lobbyist for naming a stretch of road after John Canale was John Canale himself.  Talk about megalomania!  I've been criticized recently for not signing my real name ... but that's exactly the point.  The minute I publish my real name, that's the minute discussion of the content stops and the ad hominem attacks begin.  For people like John Canale, it's all about the Person, the cult of personality.  It's a feature usually associated with totalitarian societies. 

So OswegoCountyToday publishes a typical fawning article complete with Canale's enigmatic quote, "It's not Sullivan's Folly, it's Sullivan's Dolly as far as I'm concerned."  At least Sullivan's Folly makes sense, replacing a picturesque green area with the monstrosity we endure today.  But Sullivan's Dolly?  Sullivan's small doll?  Sullivan's portable anvil?  Sullivan's hand truck?   What the hell is Mr. Canale talking about? 

As if this cringeworthy spectacle wasn't bad enough, we're also told the defenders of power and privilege burst into an impromptu recitation of "God Bless America," reenacting the final scene from The Deer Hunter for all those unlucky enough to have been present.  [and proving once again how much more patriotic our heroic leaders are than the mere mortals comprising the rest of society!]

And isn't it fitting symbolically that John Canale Drive exists between a bank (representing financial power) and the City Hall (political power)?  Would not Corruption Way or Plutocracy Avenue be a more fitting appellation?

As one citizen concerned that 91-year-old Canale is still frequently "teaching" the students here (and apparently filling their heads with "you can be the War Criminal in Chief" too malarkey)  let me say in all sincerity, "Hey!  Teacher!  Leave those kids alone!"



Posted by hostmaster on Thursday, October 23 @ 06:37:38 EDT (13 reads)
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 Never Referred To Myself As A Pundit

CommunityAnonymous writes "I'm a citizen, no more, no less.

Your argument is illogical; what possible impact could it have on the validity of an argument if at the end of the argument a real name is signed or a moniker like "Peace"?  It's not the name that's important, it's the argument.  I'm glad you admit that you are a troll freely accepting all the negative associations that word implies  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_(Internet).  Now go crawl back into your cave Troll, unless you have something substantive to contribute to public discourse.


Posted by hostmaster on Wednesday, October 22 @ 07:29:50 EDT (19 reads)
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 Re: blah blah

CommunityAnonymous writes ""I will get my ... info from authors who have ballz to sign their real name," wrote the guy/gal who didn't sign their name.

Look, there are obviously reasons why people choose to remain anonymous on sites like this, "ballz" having nothing to do with it.  Did Alexander Hamilton and James Madison lack "ballz" when they signed "Publius" as author of the Federalist Papers?  Read the arguments, don't worry about the true identity of the person writing.  I for one am not interested in developing some cult of personality ... I submit ideas and arguments because that's what's important, not my name. 


Posted by hostmaster on Monday, October 20 @ 05:06:12 EDT (23 reads)
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 Local Drug Usage

CommunityAnonymous writes "So the other night i'm at Dunking Donuts with my 13 year old getting a late night snack, Hot coca and a donuts. Were sitting in the parking lot enjoying our treat to find that the girl in the car next to us was shooting Heroin with another filthy individual.  Not wanting my son to witness such a thing i started the car to leave and when my lights came on I noticed that the girl shooting the Heroin was an Employee of DD! I was so disgusted I waited around to get the girls name so I could report this situation to the mgr and health Dept. Her Name was A#@$& and has track marks all over I noticed. How did this girl make it past an interview? Beware your Donuts PPL!!!!!"

Posted by hostmaster on Tuesday, October 14 @ 06:29:37 EDT (84 reads)
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 Response to WTF

CommunityAnonymous writes "We are in fact two different people.  I'm bored but not THAT bored.  Again, I don't understand the logic of people who periodically complain about the site not being "about Oswego."  If you have something to write about Oswego go ahead and write it, no one is stopping you.  I've written entire posts explaining how my commentary pertains to Oswego but if you can't think at that level let me simplify:  one of the tasks of leftist revolutionaries through history has been to shine light where none exists.  Despite your unsubstantiated assertion that "absolutely no one checking out this site" reads my stuff, this is literally one of the only places the average Oswegonian is exposed to serious left-wing thought.  The average Oswegonian is not watching Democracy Now, is not visiting left-wing websites, is not following left-wing scholarship or left-wing commentary.  The average Oswegonian, like the average American, gets "news" and "information" from corporate media sources and paid spokespeople of the corporate culture and corporate state.  The average Oswegonian is "educated" in corporate schools with corporate agendas and is programmed to live a sheeplike existence serving corporate capitalism and to uncritically wave the American flag and root for Wall Street, Lockheed Martin and American state violence abroad.  The average American, due to the extremely narrow body of ideas he/she is exposed to in school, in media, in popular culture is little more than a mindless consumer and exploited worker holding erroneous thoughts about the country and the world.

Oswego is particularly ripe for right-wing Republican domination due to the gullibility, ignorance and mean-spiritedness of so many of its citizens.  Republicans are literally responsible for the environmental death of the planet, the worst economic inequality in American history, the out-of-control police forces terrorizing U.S. citizens, and a culture of violence committed to gun worship at home and ceaselessly violent imperial action abroad. 

People in Oswego don't care that Republican judges and Republican officials cram the prisons full of people who don't belong there.  They'll still put Jim Eby on the bench.  People in Oswego don't care that Republican "ideas" are directly responsible for the sorry economic and cultural condition of Oswego and its environs.  They're still going to vote for Will Barclay and Republican DA's and Republican county legislators and Republican candidates for Congress and the Governor's mansion.  People in Oswego don't think very well; they possess almost know historical knowledge of their country and its atrocities from genocide of Native Americans right through its devastation of the Middle East.  Oswegonians really think the U.S. opposes radical Sunni Islam when in fact the United States has supported it for 80 years and continues to support it.  The CIA incubated the mujahideen forerunners of al Qaeda and ISIS.  The US is still openly allied to the heartland of Sunni extremism in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and so forth.  The so-called coalition against ISIS is a who's who of supporters of ISIS:  Saudi elites, Qatari elites and the American state itself.  US arms manufacturers love this war, this neverending war in the Middle East.  The military-industrial complex and its media (CNN, Fox, makes no difference) scares Americans as they've done since Woodrow Wilson's Red Scare, Truman's Cold War and so forth.  The vicious imperial American state needs to manufacture consent for things average people would never support without intense propaganda beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance in elementary school.

I would love to read the author of "WTF" actually confront the ideas I put forth which he/she claims are "less than informed political blather."  Inform me then.  Provide me with the information I didn't receive through my formal and informal education in my years on this planet.  Tell me why I'm wrong.  Tell me why I should support increasing wealth inequality, increasing environmental crisis, perpetual US war and a government bought by corporate interests.  Please help me understand the error of my ways.

Peace "

Posted by hostmaster on Saturday, October 11 @ 08:48:47 EDT (74 reads)
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 I Am Not A Militia Member, Sorry

CommunityAnonymous writes "There is no militia.  It is a twisted figment in the minds of proto-fascists like Doc Bill and Captain Ed.  The United States has developed a paid professional army since the inception of the country in the 18th century.  I have no responsibility as a citizen to own firearms, train to commit violence against imagined enemies in our midst, or to follow orders from governors or presidents.  I don't see any president, as Commander-In-Chief, grabbing a weapon and marching at the head of a "militia" into battle.  These are outdated 18th century notions that remain relevant only in the undeveloped hopelessly dogmatic minds of the Bills and Eds.

Once again, I oppose jihadists philosophically, morally, politically and in any other way one can imagine.  Jihadists are able to draw on a large reservoir of opposition to Western/Christian imperialist practices going back centuries and the West, with the United States leading the "Crusade," continues its aggressive militaristic policies to keep the people of the Middle East terrorized and tyrannized under the thumb of hideous Arab dictatorships, the Israeli Occupation regime in Palestine, and violent jihadism.  Going back decades, the United States, in concert with its Saudi ally, has supported the growth of religious extremism in the Sunni Muslim world as a counterweight to more progressive ideologies.  The United States actively supported Islamic fundamentalism in Afghanistan in the 1980s, trained jihadis, armed jihadis, spread jihadi propaganda through the Middle East, turned a blind eye to the fact that 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were Saudis, and ignores the fact that ISIS has been funded and enabled by Saudis and other citizens of the Arab dictatorships in the Persian Gulf.  Going back to its support for the Shah of Iran, the Saudi royal family, fundamentalist dictatorships in Pakistan, the mujahideen in Afghanistan, and on and on the United States has been the leading counter-revolutionary imperialist force in the Middle East from the Cold War through today.  Now we are told to support the American Empire and its Arab dictator clients as they battle the Frankenstein monster they themselves created with 50 years of imperialism and active support for jihadism.  I only hope one day the people of the Middle East will throw off the shackles of the American imperium, the Saudi crime family, the military dictatorship in Egypt, the monarchies in Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, etc. and groups like ISIS and al Qaeda which grew out of the Saudi vision of the world and took it to even more extremist directions. 

As for Doc Bill getting all critical of China and India for their environmental record let's remember that they are simply conforming to the economic system the U.S. imposed on the world since WWII.  They decided to compete with America and Western Europe economically and thus had no choice but to adopt Western practices in complete disregard for the natural world.  China and India have well over 1 billion people compared to the US' 300 or so million.  If you examine the various international environmental conferences, the US has been and remains the nation most responsible for blocking an agreement on climate change and environmental sustainability.

3/5 compromise?  The slaves shouldn't have been counted at all given the fact they had zero human, political or any other rights.  They were counted to give the Southern Slave Regime inflated influence in American governments from 1789-1865.  I would have supported emancipation and democratization in the South with former slaves having full and equal rights with white citizens.  It's called democracy Doc, I know it's hard for you to conceive of such a thing given your obvious bias in favor of white supremacy.

And I'd also like to join Doc's disdain for the Emperor.  I wrote a response to Captain Ed's recent pro-gun screeds and have been denied publication.  If the Emperor is going to allow unlimited Captain Ed commentary, he should allow critical engagement from others instead of censoring open community discussion of such interesting and obviously popular issues.


Posted by hostmaster on Saturday, September 20 @ 06:38:14 EDT (137 reads)
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 Doc Bill, Captain Ed and Dumb Americans Generally

CommunityAnonymous writes "What is it with right-wing worshippers of corporate dictatorship and gun violence like Bill and Ed using titles like "Doc" and "Captain" as if to manufacture some kind of authority to spew their uneducated drivel?  I mean what kind of a conceited Nazi prick would title an opinion piece "The Truth"? 

I am so sick of listening to these slave-owner worshippers talk about the intent of the founders.  Who cares what the slave-owners, militarists, bankers and racists who founded the genocidal expansionist white supremacist world conquering ecosystem-destroying gas and oil-guzzling planet destroying United States intended?  Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia are not the only people with opinions on the Constitution.  Thomas Paine, one of the actual democrats who participated in the revolution, wrote eloquently about not enslaving the living to the commands of generations past.  Even if Doc and Captain's idiotic commentary on the 2nd Amendment was actually what the so-called founders intended, we the living still shouldn't give a s*** unless we wanted to live as abject slaves to people who lived before evolution, before airplanes, before industrial capitalism, before nuclear weapons and before the kinds of "arms" Americans routinely possess in the 21st century.

But they are not correct.  The 2nd Amendment clearly talks about a right to keep and bear arms in the context of a well-regulated militia.  The right was clearly framed in what is now a completely antiquated context.  If they intended for any American at any time to have a right to own any conceivable firearm then they would have written the damn thing that way, and they would have written that the 2nd Amendment should never ever ever ever be questioned by any future generation of Americans.  But they didn't write that.  Anybody who thinks George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and company would oppose restrictions on gun ownership when weapons are so much more lethal and gun terror against civilians and children is such an obvious problem in the United States is so ideologically rigid that it really defies human understanding.  [one should also bear in mind that the amendments were not solely products of the narrow group of "founders" but were passed by Congress theoretically representing the people etc etc.  To try and disentangle some monolithic "original intent" from such a broad constituency of 18th century property-owning white American males is an exercise in futility.  Doc and Captain's lengthy, boring contortions to try and justify the NRA/Republican Party Line is crude barely veiled propaganda and should be dismissed by any thinking American.]

Instead of beating around the bush, why don't Bill and Ed simply come out and explain directly why they support the indiscriminate killing of schoolchildren and 9-year-old girls blowing off gun instructors heads with Uzis.  And don't hide behind 18th century white elites.  Tell us what you really think.


Posted by hostmaster on Sunday, September 14 @ 03:41:06 EDT (207 reads)
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 Re: racisism [sic]

CommunityAnonymous writes "Democrats and Republicans played switcheroo with the whole Party of Southern Racism thing symbolized in the era of Richard Nixon.  Since 1968 or so, with moves away from racism dating back to Franklin Roosevelt [and Eleanor] and the WWII-Cold War Era Democratic presidencies of Truman and Kennedy/Johnson, the Democrats have developed into the theoretical and sometimes substantive vehicle for the advancement of civil rights and all manner of justice for Black Americans in the United States. 

Nixon, the "Southern Strategy," the marriage of the Republican Party to the former Confederacy which has solidly lasted from 1968-2014 despite Obama narrowly picking off a few states Democrats haven't normally won in recent presidential elections.  You''ll notice it is Republicans passing laws in southern states to restrict minority voting.  Republicans have mostly drawn the gerrymandered Congressional districts whereby the Republicans retain control of the House of Representatives despite the fact more voters voted Democratic in the last House election in 2012.  Republicans are leading the push for mass imprisonment of minorities in America which gives us, that wonderful bastion of human rights, the proud distinction of having more of its citizens in prison than any society in the world per capita and in total numbers.  Land of the Free hee hee hee.
The description of the event leading to the racist police murder by a uniformed armed white guy against an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Missouri.  More armed white killing of free black men in the United States.   It's been happening for 400 years in North America. 

The "racisism" author's suggestion that the slain black man was a "dope dealing thug" who had "attacked" a police officer is crafted in order to deceive and to bend people in the direction of supporting the white policeman's action to shoot dead the unarmed person of color.  If I'm a "racisist" I think the author is just a plain old racist.  Wake up to what?  The KKK?  The Confederate Flag?  Auto racing?  Having really harsh views against your black countrymen? 

Go to sleep.  Idiot.  Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha



Posted by hostmaster on Sunday, September 07 @ 09:35:25 EDT (132 reads)
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CommunityAnonymous writes "funny how all  racist laws and segregation come from democrats as factually proven thru hystory of our govt,yet their the ones crying racism every second .funny how blacks get to riot and loot everytime they get upset one of their dope dealing thugs gets shot after attacking a police officer and its ok.they even compare the thug to jesus.then they get to run around playing the knock out game that they came up with and its ok.but when a white man or woman is attacked as is everyday by a black thug,its ok.yet blacks getting what they deserve while committing crimes is terrible racism in the medias and liberals eyes.but blacks killing and attacking whites is ok.wake up you idiots.

Posted by hostmaster on Saturday, September 06 @ 09:39:41 EDT (118 reads)
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 More Peace!

CommunityAnonymous writes "I'm glad the Doc/Peace rhetorical war has softened somewhat in recent posts.  After all, Peace is what we're all after.

Just a few simple remarks in response to some of Doc's assertions in his "Re: Peace" post.  First, it isn't only Hezbollah, Hamas and "terror groups" arguing Israel is occupying Arab land.  The United Nations and all governments in the world, even official Washington, have the same opinion.  Israel is occupying the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.  At the UN, in the language of the International Court of Justice, the world's highest judicial authority, those territories are referred to as Occupied Palestinian Territories.  Israel acquired the territories in the 1967 war.  All the UN resolutions refer to the illegality and illegitimacy of acquiring territory through war.  Israel also illegally occupies the Syrian Golan Heights and the Shebaa Farms in Lebanon.  So Israel is occupying Arab land - nobody disputes that.  Now, to the question of whether Hamas, etc. consider Israel proper to be occupied Palestinian land.  Of course they do.  And they do have a compelling historical argument.  But it doesn't matter.  Israel exists, it is a recognized state at the United Nations and therefore has all the rights accorded any state in the international system [Israel doesn't have any declared borders which is unusual but the world considers Israel to exist within its pre-June 1967 borders].  To hit Doc with another analogy he won't respond to, the Israeli government is comprised of political parties, including Netanyahu's own Likud Party - the most popular Israeli political party, which consider all of Israel and all of the Occupied Palestinian Territories to be the Land of Israel.  So Hamas considers all of Palestine to be Palestinian and Likud and Netanyahu's other right-wing coalition partners consider all of Palestine to be the Land of Israel.  So I ask you, why is Hamas singled out for rejecting the legitimacy of Israel when the leading Israeli parties do not recognize the legitimacy of a Palestinian state and are actively building settlements, annexing territory, and using US protection to carry out the actual wiping of Palestine and its people off the map?

Now if we're going to be serious, the Palestinian Authority accepts a 2-state settlement, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (50-some Muslim nations including Iran) accepts a 2-state settlement, the UN General Assembly votes overwhelmingly every year in support of a 2-state settlement, Hamas has indicated if the Palestinian Authority negotiates a 2-state settlement and a majority of Palestinians support it they will accept a 2-state settlement, Hezbollah has stated if the Palestinians accept a 2-state settlement they will accept it, all the Arab states have offered full recognition of Israel and normalized relations if Israel withdrew from all occupied Arab territories and agreed to a 2-state settlement, and I support a 2-state settlement.  The two countries blocking a 2-state settlement are the United States and Israel.  Israel refuses to give up the territories it illegally occupies, settles and annexes.  So no peace.  [And I was totally serious when I wrote it was cool if a Palestinian flag was flying at the Brooklyn Bridge - I'm in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle and I don't apologize for it.]

As far as Doc's continued assertions that progressives and I support the establishment of an all-powerful government controlling every aspect of people's lives - that just simply isn't true.  I support a small-d democratic government.  I want a government and progressives want a government that functions democratically and performs for the people of the country.  Progressives and I argue that the present government is not democratic.  The present government is corporate.  It is bought by huge corporations, large financial institutions and all sorts of private capitalist concerns.  Members of Congress are bought, presidents raise billions of dollars from corporate institutions to fund their campaigns and government is run of, by and for the corporations.  Progressives would like the corporate state replaced with a democratic state ... and we're baffled that the rest of the citizens, the so-called conservatives, do not want a democratic government.  We can't comprehend why Doc Bill and Republicans generally want oil companies, military-industry, Wall Street and other concentrations of wealth, power and privilege to run the government for their own benefit against the interests of the people of America and the world.

And I'm not going to apologize for the length of my recent posts.  Doc is pretty prolific and sometimes words are necessary.  But as I said at the outset I'm glad to see Doc finally acknowledging some of America's past crimes.  If he's a religious fellow and I'm not that shouldn't be all that divisive.  I'm highlighting America's Christianity and violence to try and show Americans that we should be more self-critical and see ourselves as part of a human race that isn't all that different in its devotion to violence and fanaticism.  Vilifying Muslims is just a recipe for perpetual war ... do conservatives really want that?  We should be humble, we should recognize our own responsibility for fueling the conflict and we should take steps towards peace, love and understanding.  Thank you.


Posted by hostmaster on Tuesday, August 26 @ 05:18:34 EDT (116 reads)
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 Christian Bastards, If You Will

CommunityAnonymous writes "The United States military is an organization of paid killers.  For most of its history, maybe all of its history, American soldiers, Christian soldiers, the deep Christian faith of American politicians and military personnel,  White Christian Terror organizations like the KKK [I apologize to all the black members of the KKK], the deep religious conviction of damn near everyone ... I didn't feel like finishing that sentence - thoughts are conveyed, f*** grammar.  All the Christian fanaticism in the U.S. Air Force for example - mass killing and mass Christianity ... but the Muslims! the Muslims are ... kinda the same as us ... ya know human and violent and "faithful" to a Middle Eastern monotheistic religion [although some Muslims and others look at Christianity as sort of polytheistic with the whole Trinity thing and the worship of saints and stuff ... the whole Jesus was the Son of God thing seems kinda weird to Muslims who believe their Prophet Muhammad was a human being and nothing more.  But they both suck.  Christianity should wither away as should Islam.  Religious belief is incompatible with rational thought no matter the specifics of the religion. 

Words like "Jihad" and all that Islamophobic horse****:  they are violent killers, Americans are violent killers.  For the past hundred years the United States achieved hegemony over the people of planet Earth and has employed an overtly Christian rhetoric to justify and rationalize and bend the public mind into accepting non-stop warring, bombing, invading, occupying, torturing ... we call this activity "democratizing" or "spreading democracy" or "liberating tyrannies" or "defending ourselves" or "promoting freedom and democracy" ... the rest of the world just sees it as brutally aggressive violence.  They're more convinced by the pictures of bloodied and dismembered dead people, mostly civilians, wherever the Muslim population happens to be that is enduring either direct US attack or some US-backed state's attack like Israel or Egypt or the various dictatorships and their "security forces" which have been busy keeping the Arab populations of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Bahrain, Iraq under Saddam (whom the U.S. supported from 1968-1990 and tacitly after by strangling the Iraqi civilian population with "genocidal" U.N. sanctions according to two white Western gentlemen who directed the most brutal sanctions regime in human history because Bill Clinton and Madeleine Albright "thought the price was worth it." [what's a few hundred thousand dead Iraqi children?  We're "containing Saddam!"] ... and so on and so forth ... keeping those Arab populations decidedly unfree and undemocratic.

The Domestic Culture?  Gun-crazed lunatics whose first instinct is to shout "My 2nd Amendment Rights come from the Greatest Constitution Ever written by the slaveowners, lawyers, bankers, militarists and imperialists inspired by Jesus Himself who Founded America thereby prolonging Slavery of Blacks and Genocide of Indians!"  George Washington never told a lie and all that bull****.  Carlin did a skit on that, American Bull****.  Anyway, the point I'm making, whenever a bunch of kids at school are shot dead because somebody was just taking advantage of his 1791-written 2nd Amendment "right to bear arms," even if it means the proper political response is to do nothing when these gun massacres of innocent American civilians, including children, take place repeatedly, the first reaction of much of the American population is to instantly forget about the dead children and get on with the important business of making sure people have guns easily, as many as they want, whatever kind they want, for any reason because it is their Christian-God Given American Right to have them.  We applaud when other societies slaughter defenseless children -  just take a look at the U.S. Congress' reaction to Israel's devastation of Gaza (3rd time in 6 years Israel has massacred men, women and children, bombed hospitals, bombed schools, destroyed thousands of family homes, bombed United Nations facilities, just commits the most horrible atrocities against a population that can do nothing but fire primitive projectiles [dramatically termed "rockets" by the corporate state and the corporate media] which might injure a couple people a month and occasionally kill 1 person once in a great while.  Meanwhile Israel is reducing entire Palestinian neighborhoods, towns even, to complete rubble ... this is what "Israel" has been doing to Palestinian Arabs, Muslims, Christians, Palestinians as a nation of people deprived of their right to self-determination in their historic homeland ... Israel has been using superior Western-supplied military equipment and weapons to systematically cleanse what they call the Land of Israel of its Palestinian inhabitants.  Right up to the present, the United States role is to block Israel from any international sanction or punishment of its clearly criminal activity in violation of the Geneva Conventions, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, U.N. Security Council Resolutions.  The United States, while allowing Israel to massacre innocents with complete impunity, simultaneously supplies much of the weaponry and cash for the Israeli Ethnic Cleansing Project.  The project got underway in earnest in 1947-48 when "Israel" evicted 700,000 Palestinians and destroyed hundreds of Palestinian villages with its regular army the Haganah and two terrorist organizations [the Stern Gang and the Irgun] led by future Israeli Prime Ministers Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir.  Since its 1967 occupation of the rest of Palestine left to the Palestinians [the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem are 22% of Palestine meaning Israel Without The Settlements is already 78% of the land ... this in a country that was 90-95% Arab in the first decades of the 20th Century ... by 1948 "Israel" had taken about 50 years to conquer 78% of the place ... by 1967, the Israeli leadership was like "let's go grab the rest, the Arabs will stay and suffer or leave, it'll be ours eventually."  Everybody who "supports Israel" is supporting its ethnic cleansing/occupation/annexation/collective punishment/property destruction/house demolition ... we're close to genocide ... we have Israeli politicians in the Netanyahu government, some in his own Likud Party, and in privileged positions in the Knesset, openly calling for genocide in Gaza].  ...

America is violent with guns and weapons both home and abroad.  "That's who we are," to quote the Orator in Chief Barack Obama.  Oh right, and America is VERY CHRISTIAN CULTURALLY, ALWAYS HAS BEEN.  What is the difference between a crusade and a jihad?  Ok, so now we call it "Humanitarian Intervention" and some over there still call it by the religious label.  Words are just labels for things.  George W. Bush might as well have called it the Great American [and we're mostly Christians!] Crusade Against Evil Islamic Terror!!!  That was the level of government/media propaganda efforts to demand the American people passively accept the fact that "we" will be "torturing some folks," invading some countries, killing some children, dropping some bombs, shooting some drones, intentionally targeting some Iraqi civilians like that video of the helicopter in Iraq with U.S. Christian Crusaders, oh I mean American soldiers spreading democracy, just murdering defenseless Iraqi civilians ... and we're going to do that for decades into the 21st Century!  It's going to be bloody and terrible just like the 20th Century and the American-made Weapons Just Keep Getting Deadlier and More Destructive!!!!!!

The United States and many of its people --- oh yeah Christian and racist, that's America too, can't leave out the racism ... America has been killing "Redskins" and "Niggers" and "Spics" and "Japs" and "Gooks" and "Towel Heads" and "Islamofascist Bastards" all its history.  But we're a "peaceloving people."  Don't we all just laugh when we hear a George W. Bush or a Barack Obama wax poetic almost tearfully about how much the American state and the American culture loves peace.  Can't you tell how much we love peace!  Look at the wars abroad and the gun violence at home!  We are sooooooo peaceloving!

From the point of view of some of the victims of American or American-backed violence, like most of the people of Latin America, most of the people of the Middle East, and assorted other global beneficiaries of imposed at gun-point "American freedom," they tend to look at us as fanatical Christians using horrible violence on a global scale to promote almost mythically revered things like "Democracy," "Freedom," "Peace," "Security," "Stability," "Free Enterprise," "Free Trade," Free Market Capitalism."  We Christian Crusaders will fight to the death to remake the world in our image.  People who aren't Americans tend to resist that.  They just can't really get past the killing and the torture and the psychological impact of watching friends or family or just fellow countrymen/women killed or maimed.  That does have an impact.  The people tend to latch onto that rather than the rhetorical speeches American "leaders" give talking about democracy, freedom and the rest of the bull****. 

We can get more into this later, it's time for 11-11-73 Eyes of the World after that historic Dark Star. 


Posted by hostmaster on Sunday, August 24 @ 04:17:40 EDT (152 reads)
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 Torturing some folks, Beheading some folks, invasions, occupations and terror

CommunityAnonymous writes "To the author asking me to apologize to black police officers I'm going to need a bit more from you on why exactly I should do that? 

It was refreshing to read a post from Doc Bill which actually included some historical perspective, some acknowledgement of Christianity's "dark past" and Islam's past achievements.  I do have to disagree, however, with his basic position that Christianity=good and Islam=bad is more or less 100% true in this day and age.  See, most Americans, especially conservative Americans, are so eager to either ignore or justify American imperial violence [which is, after all, carried out predominantly by Christian politicians, Christian soldiers and a mostly Christian culture] that such sentiments are actually believed and respected.  Obviously the beheading of Foley is a horrific atrocity and is rightly condemned.  But let's not forget which society is still responsible for most of the violence, including violence against civilians.  If Americans actually saw what a U.S. drone does to human beings attending a wedding in Yemen for example they might not be so quick with the Christianity=good, Islam=bad conclusions.  U.S. terror in the form of drones and huge operations like the invasion of Iraq which set all of this horror in motion and included the "torturing of some folks" as the Christian George W. Bush ordered and the Christian Barack Obama so cavalierly acknowledged, is so much larger in scale and human victims than the Islamist terror that we are rightly appalled by.  Would it be appropriate for some ISIS official to announce "we beheaded some folks"?  Obviously beheading is terrible, but the Saudi state does it as a form of corporal punishment ... and the United States is closely allied to the Islamic fundamentalist Saudi absolute monarchy providing it with tens of billions of dollars in military equipment and doing business with it in the oil sector for decades.  Do Saudi state beheadings instill outrage and loud condemnation from the same American officials and citizens so eager to single out ISIS?  [And again, I'm not in anyway justifying, supporting, mitigating ISIS' crimes ... but if we're going to be serious, if we're going to be intellectually consistent, we have to explore the broader context within which ISIS is operating].

The fact is that the United States has done so much more violence against Muslim civilians than Muslim terror groups have done against American or Western European civilians.  The U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.S. drone campaign in Yemen, Pakistan, and throughout the region, the U.S. arming of Israel to massacre Palestinians, and on and on and on.  Americans have this peculiar propensity to ignore the larger historical and contemporary context and only focus on the violence "they" do against "us."  How does that do anything but ensure a perpetual cycle of violence?  Shouldn't we be trying to find solutions, peaceful solutions to these global problems? 

As far as the Palestinian flag being flown on the Brooklyn Bridge that's cool, an act of solidarity with the victims of injustice, I liken it to antiwar demonstrators in the 1960's flying the flag of the National Liberation Front in solidarity with the Vietnamese.  The struggle for Palestinian rights is global and it's a nice thing to see solidarity with the Palestinian cause in New York City [I lived there for 2 years, there's plenty of demonstrations in support of Israel and Israeli flags there too].  It's wrong for Benjamin Netanyahu and Doc Bill to try to blur the distinction between the righteous struggle of the Palestinians for human and political rights with groups like ISIS.  Remember, a sizeable minority of Palestinians are Christians or secular.  Just like not all Americans are Republican evangelicals, not all Palestinians are Hamas.  After the Cold War and the US policy to obliterate progressive Muslim organizations, socialist Muslim organizations, secular Muslim organizations, it is an unfortunate historical development that much of the Muslim resistance to Western imperial domination, to Arab dictatorships, to Israeli occupation takes the form of religious zealotry.  But there are non-violent forms of Palestinian civil disobedience and other movements in predominantly Islamic countries that just are not widely reported in the American corporate media, the sources from which most Americans get their so-called information.   
Again, Doc just throws around these labels like "Islamofascist" with such a broad stroke.  Where did Hamas come from?  Israel occupied the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem from 1967-1987 with no Hamas.  Hamas organized only in 1987 during the first Intifada and was supported by Israel as a counterweight to the secular nationalist PLO.  All the same rhetoric Israel applies now to Hamas was applied to the PLO then.  If it isn't clear that Israel simply doesn't want a Palestinian state, that Israel wants the West Bank, wants the whole of Jerusalem, wants to keep Gaza imprisoned then you're just not being honest.  What about Hezbollah?  Hezbollah formed in 1982 as a response to the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon.  Hezbollah is a Lebanese organization representing the Shiites who suffered under Israeli occupation from 1982-2006.  If Israel would simply be reasonable with the Palestinians and the rest of the region, accept the basic terms of the 2002 Saudi Peace Initiative and the 2-state settlement the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly votes for every year, exchange the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem for peaceful relations with all the Arab states and Iran, agree to compensate the Palestinian refugees, then we could move towards demilitarization and reduced tensions and peace in the Middle East.  But Israel and the United States have to make that choice, have to give up the Greater Israel settlement agenda and give up U.S. domination of that part of the world.  A lot of this is on us.  If we don't change then we're only going to know war, terror, and never-ending violence.



Posted by hostmaster on Saturday, August 23 @ 05:45:14 EDT (107 reads)
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 Wow, angry irrational Oswegonians

CommunityAnonymous writes "It's fascinating to read these people attempt ... what? humor? irony? criticism?  Yesterday we get two incredibly silly posts "peace the racist" and "ISIS" caricaturing me based on ...?  Yeah, I'm a racist ye who writes "this is a country ruled by white men, always has been and always will be, thank god for that."  Not only do we get white supremacy from this dizzying intellect but a little misogyny as well.  Was your labelling me a "racist" meant as a joke?  It's probably not the wisest thing to submit a racist post while trying to accuse somebody else of racism, especially when your accusation is self-evidently preposterous.  Congratulations for having no compassion whatsoever for the suffering of black people in America for the past 400 years.  You probably call yourself a Christian also given the obvious conservative tone of your trashy post.  Furthermore you "know" I have taken the side of ISIS.  How exactly do you know that?  Was it from the post where I denounced ISIS?  No you see it is possible to vehemently oppose U.S. imperial action in the Middle East since the 1940's while simultaneously opposing brutal, heinous, horrible organizations like ISIS.  I support democracy in the Middle East and everywhere else, freedom for the people, freedom from foreign domination and freedom from domestic tyranny (e.g. ISIS, the Saudi royal family, the Egyptian military dictatorship, the Jordanian monarchy and so on ... you'll notice that aside from ISIS, the others I mentioned are close U.S. friends and allies).

And just a note on race, racism, etc.  I struggle to understand what the author means by calling me a racist?  Apparently he doesn't know that racism entails an historical component of domination or supremacy.  White people in America can be racist, black people cannot.  There is no historical relationship of black people dominating white people in the United States so the term 'racism' does not apply.  There might be black people who viscerally don't like white people because of historical experience and resentment but 'racism' would not be the word/term/idea to apply to that circ-umstance. 

As far as the other post whose tone seems vaguely familiar again I wonder where this idea came from that I would somehow approve of a heinous inhuman act like the beheading of a journalist?  What white mob has been killing blacks?  Really?  I don't know have you ever heard of slavery?  Lynching?  The Ku Klux Klan?  Police brutality?  You ever hear of those things as historical and contemporary features of American society and the experience of African Americans within that society?  I was making a comparison between the obvious forms of domestic terrorism from whites against blacks through the past centuries (slavery, KKK, etc.) and the more subtle form by which armed whites continue to terrorize and kill black people, usually black men (e.g. the white police officer killing the unarmed black kid in Ferguson, Missouri).  But I guess my commentary really gets under the white skin of people like the "peace the racist" and "ISIS" authors.  Why don't I mention blacks killing blacks?  What relevance does it have?  Did African elites participate in the slave trade?  Yes.  Does that somehow exonerate white people from their participation in the trade?  The Middle Passage?  The brutality of American slavery?  The whippings, hangings, burnings, torture of black people?  Centuries of racism, white supremacy, discrimination, mass incarceration, the criminalization of black life in America?

As far as blacks "committing the vast majority of crimes in America," first of all it isn't true, second of all which dominant groups decide what the crimes are and where the police and prosecutorial resources go in combating certain types of crime?  You realize the land of the free, home of the brave imprisons more of its citizens than any other society in the history of the world?  You realize that people of color since the formal end of slavery and Jim Crow have been imprisoned en masse?  You realize that the police might focus a bit more on the activities of blacks and other minorities (and economically disadvantaged groups in general) than say white-collar crime, corporate crime, Wall Street crime, American state crimes and so forth. 

I thank the "peace the racist" author for promising not to submit anymore racist and stupid comments.  Apparently one poorly thought out paragraph is all he/she could muster from that fascinating mind of his/hers.  Cheers everyone!


Posted by hostmaster on Friday, August 22 @ 08:14:51 EDT (116 reads)
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 Oh, So I'm Here to Amuse You ...

CommunityAnonymous writes "Funny how?

Professor Peace

Posted by hostmaster on Thursday, August 21 @ 06:39:29 EDT (112 reads)
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 Thin Skin

CommunityAnonymous writes "I think I'm the one getting under your skin; I enjoy responding to idiotic comments.  Japan is/was an "island full of a$$holes."  Wow, that's really astute analysis, please continue bestowing your wisdom upon us.  My implication was that Japan became industrial and imperial because that's what you needed to do if you wanted to be a world power ... the West did it first ... I provided plenty of examples demonstrating Japan was consciously modeling itself after Western powers.  But I know it's difficult for people who divide the world into good and evil to understand nuance and consider the possibility that maybe all imperialism and violent conquest is bad whether it's the Japanese empire, the American empire, The British empire, the Russian empire or the Schnozberry empire doing the conquering and killing.  Keep on wavin' that flag buddy [and nice try but you ain't gettin' any personal info from me unless I offer it voluntarily, you sound like you know who I am anyways, the question is 'who are youuuuuuuuu???!!!'



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Should the county give another PILOT agreement to the nuke plants to tax payers detriment?


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