Abolish the police, prisons, military, ICE, CIA and the FBI!

By Joseph Ballin 10:04 PM EST 9/17/2017

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It is time for the Second Emancipation Proclamation. In the same way Abraham Lincoln used this executive order to free the slaves being held by the Confederate rebels, it is time for a future president to issue an executive order abolishing all prisons thought the United States. This may sound radical among Americans, but once they realize that most people are there for nonviolent drug offenses (aka racism and prison slave labor), they would be more sympathetic to the idea. America has the largest prison population on earth and yet we call ourselves the land of the free.

The police are the next government function I would abolish if I was magically president. There is no reason in 2017 to a police force. Here comes the strawman argument “BUT WON’T THERE BE ANARCHY AND CHAOS WITHOUT THE PIGS?” No, there have been anarchist societies and neighborhoods that have manged to police themselves without police. To say we should give all of our authority over to a gang of fascist pigs who can kill you at any time for any reason and get away with it isn’t working very well as illustrated by the daily police murder videos we see now.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), is another legacy of 9/11. It was created in the wake of the attacks with the Homeland Security Act of 2002. So if anyone asks you that abolishing ICE would be against the tradition of this country, just remind them it’s only existed since 2003. ICE are among the biggest scum bag pigs the US federal government. Rounding up, putting brown people in concentration camps, and deporting people is something straight out of Nazi Germany. Ever since Trump became president, these pigs, along with regular police have been on a power trip.

The US military has got to be one of the most evil organizations in world history. Not saying the people in the military are bad per say, some are legit serial killers, but most are just people trying to get education and a pay check. It’s an example of the failure of capitalism in the US to give people good paying jobs that people have to resort to being puppets of the US imperialist capitalist system of the military industrial complex. Having a standing military is historically always a bad idea. Most people don’t know the decline of the Roman Republic was caused because of their standing army with General Julius Caesar disobeying the Roman Senate and starting wars in Gaul. You give the military an inch, they take a mile.

Finally let’s get to the FBI and CIA. You cannot have a free society and a secret police force. Look at the history of the FBI, they have one of the darkest histories of any government organization domestically. FBI infiltrated and broke up radical movements to this very day because their goal is keep the capitalist system in place. FBI even threatened MLK Jr., claiming to reveal his affairs or that he was “homosexual” and he should kill himself. Now the FBI wants to white wash history about that, retweeting MLK Jr. day on twitter. Meanwhile the CIA has been behind dozens of coups and election frauds since World War II. To accuse Russia of hacking our election is hilarious if you know the history of the US rigging other nations elections.

Do you notice a common theme here? Each of these US government organizations are: right wing, authoritarian, anti-freedom, anti-democratic, and propping up the current state capitalist system in the US. Instead of pointing guns at each other, arresting and killing people here and world wide, how about we give everyone free healthcare?

Thank Unions for Labor Day

I have been listening to Karl Marx’s Kapital Volume 1 audiobook through LibriVox recordings (non-profit) and following up with Reading Marx’s Capital with David Harvey lectures (which can be found for free online).

As I listened to the book and the evidence Marx gives of the unrelenting greed of capitalists during his time it causes me to consider our nations attitude toward labor, unions, and regulations. Focusing only on labor and the working conditions of laborers we should have such a great appreciation for those that sacrificed so much, including their lives to progress us to today’s working conditions that we take for granted.

Peter J. McGuire the “father” of Labor Day, May Day, and the founder of United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Peter did more to persuade locally conscious union activists across the nation that a united national labor federation was essential and possible. McGuire wrote for a convention of the national conference of labor unions the that established the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions which in 1886 would reorganize as the American Federation of Labor (AFL) which still exists today as the AFL-CIO.

The first recorded labor strike was 1768 in New York, the journeymen tailors protested wage reductions, it marked the first time in American history that workers joined together in a common labor movement, their motto “United We Stand, Divided We Fall.”

1905 in Chicago, Illinois the IWW, the Industrial Worker of the World, or otherwise known as Wobblies was formed by leaders like William D. “Big Bill” Haywood, Eugene Debs, Mary Harris “Mother” Jones and others. The Wobblies, believed that all workers should organize as a class. They also believed war represented the struggles among capitalists where the working poor die to make the rich richer.

1948 Republicans gained control of both houses of Congress their highest priority was the weakening of organized labor power. Republicans passed the Taft Hartley Act allowing states to enact laws banning union shops that mandated all workers to be a part of the union and pay dues. Southern states immediately passed Right to Work laws, twenty-two states have these laws today and union participation rarely exceeds ten percent.

In school we teach children about the discovery of America by Europeans. The “taming” of America through war. The revolution of America as an independent nation through war. The civil unrest and eventual re-unification of the U.S. through civil war. The triumph of the U.S. over deteriorating European relations not once but twice. The continuing influence The U.S. has had on other nation all across the globe through war. All against governments yet, we never teach the conflicts of the United States citizens have had over their own governments inability to empathize with the laborer in relation to the capitalist. Monuments in every state can be found to a general or some other military leader but very few labor leaders that influence our every day working conditions.

Children are the future, what we teach them will determine how they treat the generations before them, after them, and each other. If they are not taught that a person that works to the best of their own abilities deserves respect no matter what job they perform or how many hours they perform it, they are destined to be at the influence of the few and divided from the many. In 1916 a ferry of Wobblies attempted to dock in Everett, Washington, the local sheriff, backed by armed deputies and guards hired by businesses, asked “Who are your leaders?” A unified shout answered “We are all leaders!”

For us to keep and improve our standards we need to teach of the bravery, determination, and sacrifice that those leaders carried and inspired in others to fight for the dignity and humanity of all.

CoolCatM

Twitter: @CoolCat0001    Guerrilla Communication Tactics

Trump, son of Hitler

By Joseph Ballin 8/25/2017 7:22 AM EST

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Fascism is the merging of corporations and religions with the state. This definition, coined by Jesse Ventura, applies directly to the current regime in the White House. The fascist Trump regime is the most fascist regime we’ve ever seen in the US since GWB. GWB, unlike Trump, could never rally the kind of white nationalist and Evangelical fascist elements that have always existed in America. Previously these groups were apolitical, but Trump is turning them into voting blocs as the GOP continues to move to far to the right that they need to get the votes of some of the most extreme elements of America.

Trump is opening up a very dangerous can of worms. After fascist GOP legislatures had introduced and voted on bills that would protect drives RUNNING OVER protesters, we are seeing ISIS style car attacks like in Charlottesville and St. Louis. White nationalists and fundamentalist Christians in the US are all domestic terrorists. Anyone who holds genocidal and murderous beliefs should not be granted the right to “free speech.” Freedom of speech has become so bastardized to the point where it has no meaning. Freedoms are always subjective. Freedom to what? Freedom for the boss to exploit you? Freedom to protest, but not freedom to overthrow a fascist government? Yes I would advocate banning hate speech in the same way other countries do.

It is time for us to accept the fact that under this regime the government is our enemy. We will not have any justice from this government as long as someone as Jeff Sessions is AG. Alot of people call Trump the next Hitler, but maybe you should start acting like it? Start housing undocumented immigrants the way people sheltered Jews during the Holocaust. Start stocking up on guns, especially if you are black or LGBT. I am not a pacifist, people and countries have a right to defend themselves from the threat of violence. We almost must understand that violence applies not just to guns and pepper spray, foreign policy and environmental violence is just as bad.

Antifa are simply acting in self defense from people who advocate genocide of them. The reason Republicans are so focused on antifa is because they know it’s not part of the corrupt Democratic party, aka a real threat to them. And I’m not just talking about just self defense, I’m talking about a TOTAL WAR on fascism thought the US. I want to cut off any support for any organization that promotes this kind of shit. Total boycott. For example, I REFUSE to watch CNN, Fox News, or MSNBC after 2016. I haven’t turned them on since. You should do the same if you want to save your brain cells.

Donald Trump, George W. Bush’s third term

By Joseph Ballin 8/9/2017 12:46 AM EST

One thing that really drives me up a wall is when people say “Trump makes me wish we had Bush as president again.” When Gore Vidal said we are the United States of Amnesia, he wasn’t fucking joke. Bush was the second worst president (second only to the current asshole) in US history and nearly destroyed the country and the world. Growing up under Bush for me was like someone growing up under Hitler or Franco, it’s a dark time in your history to remember. I simply refer to it as “The Dark Times”. In fact Trump has brought back a lot of memories that I tried to suppress from the Bush administration.

Not to mention the fact it was Bush’s stupidity that helped create Trump in the first place. If Bush was never president, we never get McCain picking Sarah Palin, and if we never got her, we never got Trump. For all the MAGA chuds out there who said Trump would be different from from Bush, where are they now? In fact Trump has become Bush’s third term. Here’s some stuff Bush and Trump both did as president:

1. Bush killed the nuclear deal Bill Clinton established with North Korea, Trump just killed the nuclear deal with Iran that was established by Obama.
2. Both bombed an Arab Baathist country in the middle east for no reason at all.
3. Both came in trying to be friendly with Putin, only to have relations deteriorate dramatically over their presidency.
4. Both expanded NATO.
5. Both ran on an anti-interventionist foreign policy during their respective elections, only to turn into full blown neocon war mongers the second they get into the white house.

Other than that, every thing else is standard stuff presidents do in terms of foreign policy, which is basically war mongering and war crimes, along with breaking international and US law. One key difference between Bush and Trump foreign policy, Bush talked alot about freedom and democracy, Trump has the foreign policy of the Golden Horde, rape and pillage.

1. Both reenacted the Mexico City policy that was previously resided by president Clinton and Obama.
2. The civil rights department of the US government has been largely rendered defunct under both GWB and Trump.
3. The Bush administration abandons ratification Kyoto Protocol, while the Trump administration leaves Paris Deal.

On LGBT issues, I would say Trump is actually WORSE for LGBT Americans than Bush. Trump may not have ran an openly anti-LGBT campaign, but if you had looked at the 2016 GOP platform, it looked like something out of Nazi Germany on LGBT rights. The following things Trump has done on LGBT rights over the last 200 days: removed any referenced to LGBT people or civil rights on white house website, rescind Obama’s guidelines on transgender students bathroom access, rescinded Obama’s federal contractors executive order covering sexual orientation and gender identity, appointed a bunch of batshit insane Christian fucktards to various government departments and courts, gender identity not covered in US census, argued sexual orientation isn’t covered under civil rights laws, banned transgender service members from the US military, and a bunch of other awful shit.

Trump hasn’t been able (thank the gods) to get a lot of bills signed into place, outside of the recent sanctions bill he signed on Iran, North Korea, and Russia. No deathcare bill passed, not tax cuts passed, no federal right to work bullshit, etc. Outside of alot of deregulation and taking healthcare away from women, he’s been a failure for the most part in terms of the oligarchic Christian fascist movement in the US. Let’s hope the next 100 days have Trump signing stupid shit like the Fred Thompson courthouse and not stuff like privatizing social security.

No Sell Outs-HA Goodman Tim Black Theme

No Sell Outs

Even though this was done on my iphone, I have to say I am pretty pleased with how it came out. Authentic, just like HA Goodman and Tim Black. some say these guys don’t have credibility, and that’s what the song “The Credibility Hypocrisy Blues” was all about.

Here it is, and I am planning a special celebration for when HA Goodman hits 100,000 subs. When that happens, I will produce a fully electric version of the song, and you will hear the legendary Mrs. Reefercake on drums once again and that means a Jimmy Reefercake funky blues lead for sure!

Best of luck to Tim and HA! Don’t let anybody take your Reefercake!

American Participation in Political Labeling

Mort Sahl would start his stand-up by showing a chart of Left, Right, and Center of the political spectrum saying that we needed the correct nomenclature to describe the politics of people. The U.S. has always seen its politics through this lens and as Mort Sahl fractured each column into more nuanced columns he admitted that you could continue to do this on-and-on.

With access to the World Wide-Web developers of political commentary are flooding and saturating the internet with blogs, videos, podcasts, and etc. That’s a good thing (as I explained in my last post). With all these broadcasts there seems to continue to be a distinction that we as voters must continue to perceive our politics as Left and Right, that self-determined individuals cannot unite on issues that interest them without the favor or endorsement of one of the two parties that represent the whole country is inconceivable or, to put it kindly; ignorant (naive at best).

There are bloggers that have seen through the veneer of restrictive sectarian labels and to the humanity that unites us all, they write with the hope that our humanity will coalesce us together over common rivals and issues that threaten us all. However, decades have divided us and these labels have entrenched into our culture, society, politics, education, and our minds; an analogous minefield.

When a blogger, vlogger or any developer ventures into politics they need to beware that other pundits will look to criticize and scrutinize what they write, and the way they write it. Pick your battles. Think about the outcome of your writing, will it be misinterpreted? Will there be a fallout? Mort Sahl understood his audience and spoke to it effectively, although I think his commentary was a bit shallow and was a response to the narrative of the time (i.e. Stalin was a “leftist”), he was less concerned about the consequence of such comments, because they were already wildly promoted.

No matter what extreme or radicalization of Left or Right, or Center we identify ourselves with, we all share our humanity. Maybe not all the same priorities.

I don’t wait for people to agree or promote my views, values, or beliefs, there are some people you can’t get through to, but, those issues and problems I’m concerned with I know will strike at the humanity and the things that those people value and that they may eventually come around (like some have with the ACA). As an individual I would not deny those people I disagree with the positive or gainful dividends of the things I promote or value. I do hope that through education that we can teach or demonstrate the thinking that results in benefits to them, their families, the community, and effectively the world.

CoolCatM

Twitter: @CoolCat0001    Guerrilla Communication Tactics

 

Why I can no longer support Tulsi Gabbard

By Joseph Ballin 7/25/2017 8:12 PM EST

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As many of my readers know, I’ve been a staunch defender of Tulsi Gabbard in the past. I defended her from endless attacks from neocons attacking her for visiting Syria to try to bring peace to there. No politician is perfect of course, not even Tulsi or Bernie prior to this vote. However I am staunchly principled in my ideological beliefs. I will not carry water, There are a few issues that I view as unforgivable and pushing war with Iran, Russia, and North Korea. And Tulsi did the unforgivable. She voted for H.R. 3364: Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. She was not the only person to vote for it, every Democrat and every Republican, minus three, voted for the bill. 419-3 Funny how we always hear that bipartisanship in Congress is dead, but bills that matter like this pass with by veto proof votes. A similar bill to this (excluding North Korea sanctions) passed the US Senate, with only Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul voting against it.

When Trump signs this bill into law this week, and he will because it is veto proof, we could be looking at the unraveling of the world order the likes of which. It brings heavy sanctions on Iran, basically killing the Iran deal. Russia is getting hit hard, and so will the EU because they rely on Russian oil. North Korea is already sanctioned into oblivion, but this will hurt the peace talks South Korea is doing with North Korea. Sanctions are an act of war, that is a fact. The oil embargo FDR enacted on the Japanese over the invasion of French Indochina lead directly to Pearl Harbor.

The fact the DemoRAT Party voted in full support, without a single Democrat voting against it, shows their #resistance to Trump is nothing more than a show. After all they had approved his cabinet members. The Republicans and Democrats of the Congress are not opposing Trump, if they really opposed Trump they would have arrested him under charges of war crimes, corruption, the emolument clause, etc. Trump is simply the American empire taking the mask off, that’s why the so called “deep state” “hates” Trump. I expect the #resistance will soon make Jeff Sessions their new champion because Trump will probably fire him for not covering up his crimes well enough. Yet Democrats will ignore all of the awful stuff Sessions did as AG, from police to cannabis policies.

Readers note: I would still vote for Gabbard over MOST Democratic candidates in a presidential primary, but I don’t know if I could vote for her in the general after this vote.

Links:

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A podcast in review: The Jimmy Dore Show

By Joseph Ballin 7/20/2017 4:50 PM EST

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This is a new segment I’m gonna be working on for a bit. I’m gonna review ALL of the podcasts I’m currently listening to. And I’m gonna start with The Jimmy Dore Show.

The Jimmy Dore Show podcast

The Jimmy Dore Show is a podcast started and hosted by political comedian and commentator Jimmy Dore. The podcast was created in 2009 and has exploded in listeners since the creation of this podcast. The show is a blend of comedy, news, and interviews. The podcast lasts one hour and comes out every week on Friday. Jimmy hosts the show with co-hosts Ron Placone and the miserable liberal Stefane Zamorano.

As opposed to many podcasts, The Jimmy Dore Show covers topics that no other podcast will cover. For example, Jimmy interviewed war journalist Eva Bartlett, who has BEEN to Syria and has covered exclusively what’s really going on in Syria, the propaganda being spewed by US imperialists, the al-Qaeda white helmets, etc. Jimmy isn’t exclusively anti-Trump/anti-Republican. While, Jimmy will attack them when it’s appropriate, he will not focus all his time on them, because he says the world is already bashing Trump and the Republicans.

Jimmy tends to focus on attacking the Democratic party and the mainstream media. Jimmy openly states that both parties are shit and we need to create a third party that will take on the Democratic and Republican parties. So a lot of people criticize him because he only focuses on the Democratic Party. People complain that he’s still talking about Hillary. First of all, if you don’t like his podcast you can always not listen. Secondly, Hillary is still running the Democratic Party. She still has massive influence. For example, she started a super pac this year and Obama picked a Clinton friendly DNC chairman.

Jimmy has made a lot of enemies because of his critic of the mainstream Democratic party establishment. He’s gotten into two debates with Sam Seder of the Majority Report over the issue of voting for Hillary Clinton in 2016. In 2017, the Washington Post, owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos and has hundred of millions of dollars in contracts with the CIA, has smeared him as a “conspiracy theorist”, a term created by the CIA.

The Jimmy Dore Show premium podcast

Also if you want more of the Jimmy Dore show, he’s got a premium podcast as well, which you have to pay for and you can get on The Jimmy Dore Show app. Sometimes these premium episodes are less about politics and more about behind the scenes from his comedy career. Sometimes it will cover politics, but mostly you learn stuff about Jimmy that you won’t learn in the regular podcast. For example, I didn’t know Jimmy Dore was an atheist and formally a fan of Sam Harris, but later turned against Sam Harris for his hawkish foreign policy.

Overall rating

I would give the Jimmy Dore podcast a 9.5/10. It isn’t corporate media, it tells you stuff no other podcasts covers, it has comedy and serious news segments, and doesn’t censor opinion. Some will complain he doesn’t take calls, but I’m glad I don’t have to listen to Jimmy take calls about building state banks as the most important issue facing the country. I highly recommend The Jimmy Dore Podcast.

Why Freedom of Speech is Important

In this era of Trump and right-wing extremism those that feel empowered to stand for their values seek to affect a positive change in the world. We all have a definition of what that is and, some of us agree and some of don’t. In their wisdom the founding fathers established the first amendment to enshrine free speech and the freedom of the press as the vanguard of liberty and justice. Though George Washington had issues with the press and, Thomas Jefferson encouraged James Madison to “…take up your pen, select the most striking heresies , and cut him to pieces in the face of the public.” against Alexander Hamilton and his Federalist; the founding fathers were not as amiable as we were led to believe. As early as 1797 John Adams and the Federalists controlled Congress, they believed they were the government and that no one should publicly criticize them (sound familiar?), and so, events led them in 1798 to pass a series of laws one of them being the Sedition Act; it’s provisions directly aimed at those who spoke out against the Federalist. Washington would go on to say (and I like this quote) “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”

Fredrick Douglas said “Power concedes nothing without a struggle.” and as John Lewis said “The press is supposed to serve as a check on the government.” Right now we are seeing an attack on the public’s access to broadcasting forums such as, Net Neutrality, communities lack print access for individual opinions, and with 51% of Americans claiming the television as their primary source for news and information the attack on local public access television continues. Whatever the role looks like, writer, singer, director, blogger, or vlogger, free speech is the material to a social-evolution.

Some developers of alternative media beg the question ‘Should critics cause discourse or only comment and inform us of it?’ I don’t think it matters. Artists have challenged our social norms, and this continues to today. Leo Tolstoy said “Art is a human activity consisting in this, that one man consciously by means of certain external signs, hands on to others feelings he has lived through…”. Developers wether they are bloggers, bloggers, and etc. are communicating their human experiences, in the times we are living in we should learn to listen and find merits that can lift us all to greater plateaus.

Whistle-blower Julian Assange is quoted “What annoys me the most is when people abuse their power and abuse innocents.” his goal, bring down the firewall between the Neo-liberal power and ordinary people. He currently has asylum at Ecuadorian embassy in London, self-imprisonment without being able to explore the city. President John F. Kennedy would defend this struggle by saying “Our press was protected by the First Amendment…to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.”

Developers should not have to adhere to a sense of commercialism, industrialism, activism or advocacy. The purpose of communication is to represent thoughts, feelings, opinions. We may not always like what people have to say or how they say it but, at the end of the day, we should appreciate that those things can be said. In a different parts of the world, and in different time periods the right of freedom of speech was a luxury given to the few. Today tolerance (and patience) will get us much further to attaining that “more perfect union” the founding fathers wrote of.

CoolCatM

Twitter: @CoolCat0001    Guerrilla Communication Tactics

The Credibility Hypocrisy Blues

Although many people are saying it, Sammy, I don’t think you are a total corporate democrat hack,
But you didn’t represent that well in your debate with my friend Tim Black,
I gotta say I agree with Tim, Sammy, you have no right to bitch,
About youtubers getting clicks covering the murder mystery of Seth Rich,
Just repeating the Seth Rich fake news hit piece is such a bore to me,
Having more discussion with Tim about this beef would mean so much more to me!
Why not politely invite Tim Black to return on the Majority Report show?
that would prove you got more credibility that your girl Rachel Maddow.
That lucky lady Rachel Maddow is Getting 30 K a Day,
she’s peddling that Russia Russia Russia in that same old arrogant way.
Personally I question Rachel Maddows credibility a whole lot more
Than I do youtube stars like Tim black, ha goodman and jimmy DORE!
Credibility Hypocrisy
are you trapped in a bubble where you want to be?
Is that core brand proposition getting to your head?
Maybe you should focus on your own credibility instead?’
Credibility Hypocrisy…am I doing it?
am I trapped in a bubble where I want to be?
Maybe that core brand proposition getting to my head?
Maybe I should focus on my own credibility hypocrisy instead?