This Russian fear mongering has got to stop

By Joseph Ballin 10/11/2017 6:09 PM EST

Over the last year or so now, we have experienced a way of Russophobia, the likes of which we haven’t seen in this country since the 1950s. Now because of both the Democratic and Republican parties we are on the bring of World War III and potential nuclear Armageddon. It feels like a million years ago when Barrack Obama made fun of Mitt Romney at a debate over calling Russia America’s number one political foe.

Since Trump has gotten into office the Russia fear mongering has kicked up in overdrive. Let’s go over some of the stuff Trump has signed that makes him a “puppet” of Putin:

  • USA imposes sanctions against eight Russian companies. Link: https://sputniknews.com/world/201703251051965233-us-russia-sanctions/
  • Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, authorized $100 million dollars for the “Countering Russian Influence Fund”, to counter “Russian influence and aggression” and to “support civil society organizations in Europe and Eurasia.” It also included a measure imposing new restrictions and oversight on Russian diplomats in the United States. The Act also includes provisions that no appropriated funds may be used to support the Russian annexation of Crimea and assist Crimea, if such assistance includes the participation of Russian Government officials, or other Russian owned or controlled financial entities. It also states that no funds may be used to support “the Russian occupation of the Georgian territories of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia” or to assist the central governments of other countries that have recognized the two territories’ independence. Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consolidated_Appropriations_Act,_2017
  • Failure to congratulate Russians on Russia Day, first administration to do this in 25 years. Link: http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/spineless-trump-first-potus-not-congratulate-russian-holiday-25-years/ri20103
  • On July 6, 2017, during a speech in Warsaw, Poland, Trump urged Russia to cease its support for “hostile regimes” in Syria and Iran. Link: http://www.jpost.com/American-Politics/Trump-calls-on-Putin-to-distance-Russia-from-Syria-and-Iran-498972
  • Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (Sanctions on Russia) Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Countering_America%E2%80%99s_Adversaries_Through_Sanctions_Act
  • Two Russian diplomatic annexes (buildings) in Washington D.C. and New York City as well as its Consulate General in San Francisco are shut down and seized by the US government. Link: https://www.rt.com/news/401866-russia-diplomatic-properties-occupation/
  • DOJ wants RT to register as a foreign agent. Link: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/09/13/russian-network-rt-told-to-register-as-foreign-agent-in-us-it-says.html

This all happened under Russian puppet Trump’s presidency. And yet we have these idiots out there claiming Trump is secretly working for Vladimir Putin. The end results of all this Russia fear mongering is not about Trump. This is something I’ve been trying to point out for a while, this has nothing to do with Trump, he’s just a puppet of the elites to further their own agenda. The real achievement of this Russia fear mongering is to turn America back towards Cold War era war mongering.

A recent poll shows most Americans would support sending US troops to Latvia if Russia were to invade. Link: http://www.newsweek.com/us-military-europe-most-americans-want-troops-baltics-if-russia-attacked-648458 We now have so called liberals out there retweeting neocons like David Frum and Evan McMullin. However, not forgetting the Republicans and conservatives, the war state is now targeting them as well. Without any evidence what so ever, we now have people claiming Russia is behind BLM and “racial tensions” in the US, because racial tensions didn’t exist prior to Putin in the US. Previously the US government had claimed the Soviet Union at the time was behind the civil rights movement at the time.

Anytime the mainstream media focuses on something, you should always ignore it. If they focus on Russia or something stupid Trump tweets, you should go out of your way to ignore it and look up actual fucking news. We shouldn’t have to be worrying about a “evil” foreign government rigging our elections when we already have elections are basically rigged and all the exit polling doesn’t even remotely match the results. Keep in mind, the US government used exit polling irregularities as justification for overthrowing the Ukrainian government in 2014.

They don’t know how it feels

They don’t know how it feels (RIP Tom Petty)

E                   A                   E                   A  (x2)

Las vegas news made me cry, and the next day tom petty died

look at trumpie talkin so foul, look at trump throwing paper towels

[Chorus]

E          Bsus4        E            A

So let’s get to the point, let’s roll another joint

E     Bsus4          E           A

trumpie tweets in the night, starts another distracting fight,

E         D           A

Trump don’t know how it feels

E         D           A               E  D  A     E  D  A

Trump don’t know how it feels…to be Puerto rican

 

[Verse 2]

E                A                E               A  (x2)

obama came, now Obama had to go, Obama was young, and Trumpie is old….fox news geezer

Hillary had her fun, but all we can say now is Bernie would have WON!!!!!

Bernie would have WON!!!!! (repeat)

[Chorus]

E          Bsus4        E            A

So let’s get to the point, let’s roll another joint

E     Bsus4          E           A

The republicans are talking loud, the NRA is still proud

E         D           A

They don’t know how it feels

E         D           A               E  D  A  – E  D  A

They don’t know how it feels…to be you or me or anybody

22,000 good guys with guns

By Joseph Ballin 10/3/2017 4:20 AM EST

The Republican Party, which formally was a parliamentary center-right wing party, has long ceased to function as a reality based political party. The current “Republican” Party that exists in the US is called the Democratic Party. As Chomsky pointed out in 2010, the GOP has moved so far to the right that they need to mobilize sections on America that wasn’t formally political before like evangelicals, conspiracy nuts, anti-vaxers, gun nuts, etc.

By right wing I don’t mean “conservative” or “libertarian” in the Americanized understanding of these terms. The Republican Party is a corporatist anti-life party. Anything that is good for their donors they support. Anything that causes death and suffering of innocent people they support. That’s why they support police, the military industrial complex, prisons, ICE, cutting healthcare, Puerto Rico relief, CHIP, oil, etc.

The reason they love guns is because their donors give them millions of dollars to shill for more guns. It is as simple as that. There could be 1,000,000 Americans killed by guns tomorrow and the Republicans won’t do anything about it. We have long ceased to exist as a functioning democracy when SCOTUS in 2008 delivered the Heller decision, giving a “right” to own a fire arm and when we allowed dozens of innocent kids to die in Sandy Hook.

The chickens you could say are coming home to roast. In the past, Americans genocided Native Americans at the barrel of a gun. In the present, the US is sending millions of guns and bullets around the world to various evil fascist regimes to persecute innocent people. “The tyranny Athens imposed on others, it finally imposed on itself.” – Chris Hedges. Now the tyranny is coming back to America.

If I had it my way, I would take all the guns in the US, melt them all down, and make a statue for peace, but I’m sure the alt-right would protest to tear it down of course. We can’t do anything about guns, but we will take away your healthcare so you die from the gun wounds. I wonder how much money it will cost to take care of the 500 survivors of Las Vegas. I’m sure the Republicans will go back to trying to repeal Obamacare and ensure all those people die. Again it is a party of death, not life.

The NRA’s bullshit propaganda runs hollow when you realize that those 22,000 people all probably had guns, and none of them “became a good guy with a gun.” This isn’t Die Hard, you cannot go around acting like Rambo shooting people you “suspect” of being the shooter. If all 22,000 people at the concert took out their guns and fired at the Mandalay hotel, we won’t be calling this a massacre, we would be calling this a genocide.

Trump isn’t just our only problem, he’s just the pure fucking evil of the Republican Party manifesting itself in it’s true form. In the same way Hitler was the manifestation of Germany’s rage for the Treaty of Versailles, the Trump voter is the finale columniation of 40 years of a slow moving coup by far right wing ideologies who have been going on a full blown propaganda brainwashing campaign, carried out by forces such as Fox News, right wing hate radio, Brietbart, and other reactionary forces.

Edit: I put 200,000 attended the Route 91 Harvest concert, it’s actually 22,000, but the point remains.

A podcast in review: Moderate Rebels

By Joseph Ballin 9/29/2017 9:44 AM ES

A new podcast I recently discovered, Moderate Rebels. The name comes from the mythical “moderate rebels” the Obama and Trump admiration have supported in Syria, which are nothing more than ISIS and other terrorist organizations. It is a podcasted created by Ben Norton and Max Blumenthal, both reporters for AlterNet’s Grayzone Project. it is a new podcast created in 2017, so you better check it out if you haven’t. The podcast is almost exclusively about foreign policy. The music in the podcast is alike NPR, but more jazzy. I agree pretty much with 99.99% of the foreign policy positions of Ben Norton and Max Blumenthal. Like example, you go on other progressive podcasts you will find almost everyone advocating for YPG/Kurds. If you listen to the Moderate Rebels, you will realize that no side in the Syrian conflict is good per say, including the Kurds, who have committed horrific genocides and ethnic cleansing of Yazidis and Arabs in order to create a Greater Kurdistan. If you are anti-imperialist you cannot in good faith be against the stability of the state of Syria.

Another thing you will notice in this podcast is no carrying water for Democrats. This is not a Democratic or Republican podcast. Moderate Rebels will attack the Democrats for their hypocritical attacks on Russia for the fake Russiagate bullshit, when in 2012 Obama told Mitt Romney that it was ridiculous to say Russia is our number one enemy. You will learn a lot from this podcast, like for example I didn’t learn that in South Korea it is pretty much a military police state over there. You can be arrested at any time for anti-war or environmental protests by claiming you are “pro-North Korean”. It is a highly patriarchal society, and yet we demonize North Korea all the time, but hold up South Korea as a “bastion of democracy” when it’s anything but.

I would give this podcast a 10/10 because I am very knowledgeable about other countries and it is very rare for a podcast to teach me new things about other countries. Check out Moderate Rebels on iTunes or their patreon. Give it 5 stars and a review.

Links:

https://www.patreon.com/ModerateRebels/posts

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!