December 5, 2016 at 2:08 am (environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, Indigenous People, issues, journalism, Lakota, life, Native Americans, random, relationships, thinking, Uncategorized)
Tags: #NoDAPL, Bismark, Chase Iron Eyes, energy economy, EtP, First Amendment, fossil fuels, Jordan, Jordan Chariton, journalism, Kelcy Warren, Mainstream Media, North Dakota, permit, Pipeline, police brutality, racism, rant, reporting, Standing Rock, Tara Houska, The New York Times
Who needs mainstream media robot reporters when there’s a passionate Young Turk on the job?
TYT Jordan reporting from Standing Rock:
Jordan goes undercover in Bismark, ND.
Just for fun: Jordan’s Ranting Vent on the New York Times’ FAIL reporting on Standing Rock– Heads up, foul language in profusion. Hey, it’s a RANT! It’s to be expected. If you want nice and polite tune into the PBS News Hour.
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November 26, 2016 at 7:00 am (environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, issues, life, Native Americans, people, politics, random, Standing Rock Reservation, thinking, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: #NoDAPL, Army Corps of Engineers, camp, DAPL, EtP, Kelcy Warren, North Dakota, Obama, Oil, oil industry, Pipeline, police, rant, Standing Rock, video
Warning–Ranting Ahead. Do not proceed to read if you’re easily offended by a lack of patriotic glee as there is NONE forthcoming.
Will someone please flush the toilet full of political bs?
Oh, yes, someone did.
Thanks to the Army Corps of Engineers for even jiggling the handle after flushing the toilet. What relief, now the gas masks can come off.
According to a statement released November 25, The Army Corps of Engineers wants the Water Protectors to evacuate the Oceti Sakowin Camp by December 5–for their own safety of course.
How very considerate. Basically telling people opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline to get the hell out of North Dakota is preferable to putting the brakes on the Militarized Morton County Sheriff’s Department and its Partners in Crimes against Americans of all races, creeds and economic classes. Ooops, excuse me, that’s not quite accurate. Nope, not at all. If your name is Kelcy Warren and you’re a billionaire CEO of a BIG F*&^%ing Huge company (ETP) that specializes in building pipelines in order to move crude oil from one man-made ecological disaster to another, you have absolutely nothing to fear from anyone. If you own or work for an oil company you can do anything you damn well please and get away with it. Ignore the federal government when it ‘asks’ your company to halt construction on a pipeline, you can continue building said pipeline, you can commence drilling even without a permit to drill, and you can get the local law enforcement to provide ‘security’ for your construction crews and said law enforcement can do whatever the hell it wants too. It’s a grand time of freedom of expression by all. Or maybe not.
Damn, don’t we all love razor wire, concussion grenades, water cannons, tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets–all of which Made In America. Howrah!!! Oh yeah. Why bother investing in clean energy in order to deal with 400 ppm CO2 and Climate Change when you can manufacture all kinds of nasty toys to inflict pain, suffering and death on your fellow human beings? Is this what makes America great? Yeah, I think the entire ‘great’ notion needs some serious rethinking across the board after some brutal reality checks from history regarding America’s ugly political-economic meddling in other countries south of that oh sooooo troublesome border and around the globe.
A digression of sorts–this is a rant after all::
Damn it, the migrant and ‘illegal’ crop workers should go on a massive strike so that the fruit and vegetable crops never make it to the grocery stores where my fellow Americans seem to think they appear by magic like rainbows in a skittles commercial. You want your greens and reds then go out to the fields and orchards and pick them yourselves. Then talk about some realistic compassionate immigration reform and a goddamn living wage. Christ, there’s no end to the irony–a nation of immigrants full of people who hate other immigrants. (Yes, I know not everyone is a racist fascist–though the president-elect certainly is based on his own words. Why say them if you don’t mean them? Don’t give me any glib bullshit about unity and coming together. Not happening. One does not collaborate with fascists.) Oh and then there’s the history of land “ownership” by prior long, long-term occupation –and that just stinks to high heaven galore. And regarding that wall, we could talk Mexican-American War and what went down in California with the Spanish and the Native Peoples, then there’s the Navajo and Apache–or not. I’m not up for it. Go look it up if you’re unaware of what your social studies teachers did NOT teach you about because it wasn’t in the corporate written and manufactured textbook they were required to use.
Hey, Army Corps of Engineers, flush the can again!
Thank you! Salute.
Day after day the mainstream media reports the death tolls from air raids and suicide bombs in Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan and anywhere else which will effectively create fear and horror in the hearts and minds of millions of Americans. In reality, they don’t have to got so far from home base to scare the panties off a fair number of Americans, those who vote and those that don’t vote alike. They could just camp out at Standing Rock and film while evading arrest for recording what the people with the guns and gas are doing to the people without any weapons. But, well the time is long past for that agenda. After all who can respect the mainstream media after the way they handled the election? Now they play make nice nice to the orange and play ball for the next four plus years. There are no Edward Morrows among them. Hell, there’s not even a Mike Royko understudy loitering among the major newspaper columnists.
People are prepped for fear night after night simply by watching the news followed by prime time television with all the crime and police dramas full of good cops who would NEVER do what the Morton County Sheriff and buddies take such delight in doing to any Water Protector they can get their hands on. Strip searches for everyone!!!! is their mantra. Or should that be, “You will be arrested”? Or—- (fill in the words that have made the most lasting impression on you while watching so-called officers of the peace yell at Water Protectors wherever they find them.). Why isn’t the army recuriting these officers for active duty since they’re so ken on violence and mayhem?
The Army Corps of Engineers didn’t decide on this eviction game plan all alone. Nope. Of course, it had lots of input from Obama and whoever else is interested in having the oil pipes pumping at will. The Fossil Fuel Economy MUST Go On at ALL costs or there will be oil hell to pay. Hmm. Yeah. Okay.Well, now that the Army Corps has made its position very clear everyone can get on the same page regarding what’s what at Standing Rock. ETP/DAPL will get to do whatever it wants while Morton County gets to practice waging war.
I stand corrected: No one in DC is turning a blind eye. On the contrary, they’ve been keeping a very close eye on who is who and where and how many Water Protectors are there in North Dakota- damn can there really be 10,000 people camping outside in North Dakota in the winter time? Why not? The Lakota/Nakota/Dakota did it for thousands of years. And oh yeah, their supporters and allies around the world who go around making banks uneasy and a tad poorer every time someone takes a stand in solidarity and figures out where to move their hard earned cash. If goddamn Wall Street can play with money why can’t the rest of the American people? While we’re at it , why can’t private people purchase land to protect it from the Oil and Gas industry which is allowed to buy it with clear intent to destroy it? What’s with that double standard? People want something to belive in and it’s NOT the oil industry’s bs and it’s not the feds and and it’s not the politicians and it’s not the local law authorities who are offering any real hope and change for future generations. And it sure as hell isn’t the orange. Though, to be fair, the orange does seem to be shaking up more than the fascists. But the jury is still out on that awakening of the American people at large.
How Obama is doing on “this one” = FAIL–again–as he had NO clue at the time about Standing Rock at the time and now that he does–well, what he has NOT done speaks volumes.
Well, now that the water in the toilet is ‘fresh’ we’ll have to see what drops into it Dec. 5.
#WaterIsLife #NoDAPL #Honortheearth
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October 25, 2013 at 4:52 pm (art, creative writing, culture, entertainment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, humor, life, movies, music, photography, poetry, politics, random, satire, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: "Hell-O", 3D, Ah Pook, Ah Pook Is Here, Ah Pook The Destroyer, animation, art, atom, bombs, commentary, control, creative writing, dark, Dead City Radio, entertainment, exploring interconnectedness, film, hiroshima, history, John Cale, John Cale Produced, music, nagasaki, Philip Hunt, poem, poetry, politics, Pook, rant, recordings, vent, video, war, William Burroughs, William S. Burroughs, Writing
I’ve had it
time to exorcise
time to vacate
no pretty pictures
recycling old scripture
time to re-in-car-nate
Heads up, potentially unpleasant, disturbing and harsh content in the following incarnations of “Ah Pook”. If you’re offended by references to the ugly American in a depth beyond the references of Green Day’s “American Idiot,” then this post may not be for you. If you’re turned off by decidedly unattractive visual representations of tiny creatures, then this post may not be for you. If you’re upset by images of the human cost of warfare, then this post may not be for you. There may be other things in this post which may not set well with your cup of coffee or tea or high energy wake up and run fast in the wheel libation. Consider yourself forewarned before viewing. It is your choice to do so — or to cyber surf elsewhere. There are lovely images and music in the Myths and Colors posts which may be more to your liking. You’re cordially invited to visit those blogcasa post rooms. I will not be offended if you exit this particular blogcasa room now or at any other point during your visit. This is a housekeeping blog post–I’m sweeping out a few of the creeping critters which consume the warm fuzzy dust bunnies under the mental bed frame.
If you’re a fan of William S. Burroughs, then Enjoy yourself.
If you are not a fan of William S. Burroughs, then Enjoy yourself elsewhere.
Thank you for coming to this mind show.
Your patronage is much appreciated.
Ah Pook The Destroyer
Computer animation of William S Burroughs reading “Ah Pook The Destroyer” from the album “Dead City Radio” © Island Records
Made with Blender 3D
Ah Pook is Here
AH POOK IS HERE – This 1994 stop-frame interpretation of recordings by the late William S. Burroughs, was crafted around a selection of tracks from the album “Dead City Radio” produced by Hal Willner & Nelson Lyon – and featuring music by John Cale.
AH POOK received Ten international film awards, was archived in the Goethe institute, and was part of the Burroughs retrospective PORTS OF ENTRY. AH POOK was also voted ‘BEST OF THE BEST’ at the 2010 Stuttgart International Trickfilm festival.
The Guardian review:
“Phillip Hunt’s gorgeous, grisly animation mates William Burroughs’s gravelly narration of Ah Pook The Destroyer’s death-dealing parable with music by John Cale at his creepiest. Hunt’s deliberate and disgusting illustrations of Burrough’s monsters of the mind are a revelation; delicately articulated puppets riddled with revolting detail. Turn down the lights, get out the headphones, and give yourself over to The Master’s ghastly visions and sonorous warnings (“The world cannot be controlled, except by accident”) for six gut-churning minutes.”
-Kate Stables / The Guardian
Director Philip Hunt
Producer Eddel Beck
Music Hal Wilner & John Cale
Produced at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg
Distributor BFI & The British Council
Ah Pook The Destroyer
This is a tribute to both William Burroughs and Hiroshima. It’s a video I have been wanting to put together for some time now and release on the day of concern.
61 Years ago to-day Hiroshima felt the atom split in anger. Today lets remember both Hiroshima Nagasaki which followed on the 9th August 1945.
Lets hope the lion never rages again.
October 10, 2013 at 2:38 pm (creative writing, culture, entertainment, exploring interconnectedness, food, humor, life, nature, play, poetry, Poland, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: bike, brulionman, butter, cheese, cow, cream, creative, entertainment, food, fun, humor, milk, milking, play, poem, poetry, Poland, rant, vent, words, Writing
cream? get real, brulionman
brulionman get a cow.
tie it to your bicycle
hand school teats
seriously, get some finger action going
community uprising cream dream
cow eats sun
din din until day done
treat those teats right
milk, cream, butter, cheese
comes one happy cow
squeeze, squirt, squish
get a Guernsey with a babe
fill a bucket
set set set
cream rises, oh hell, yeah
no, no, no to piggy fat!
real cream needs none of that!
flour? does not compute
send that shit down the garbage chute
just the cream if you please
sweet talk some butter
tease the thick from the top
sip sip sip, can’t resist
drop it in a jar
get some bike dance mojo goin’
thirty tic tocs butter glowin’
pushing creamy envelopes
cheesecloth action play
guess what you got coming days
cheese, glorious cheese
get a cow, brulionman, no bull
you want real cream
fingers gonna need some teat pull school
No, I don’t know to get a cow to ride a bike!
You’re on your own with that, brulionman!
October 10, 2013 at 5:21 am (creative writing, culture, entertainment, exploring interconnectedness, food, humor, life, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: bakery, bread, brulionman, buttered, corporations, crime, crisis, crisis bread, culture, entertainment, food, humor, life, photograph, poem, poetry, random, rant, vent, Writing, Yi-Ching
“no money for a bread, we call that “crisis” ~ brulionman
world wide tragedy
state of bread = bitch fest
gimme some goddamn real pita,
hell, some hemp too
a boatload of naan and a frying pan, please!
a plate of roti
crisp, crunchy Italian
I’ll even take a loaf of stinky sourdough
anything but this damn white mish mash hash gumshoe shit
cornbread? really? wtf are you trying to pull on me?
bring on the challah,brioche, lavash
toss some tortillas and frybread drill team style
I’ll sell my soul for a true French baguette
a full-bodied Polish rye with some style
German pumpernickel with pump not pap
throw a roll at the wall and watch the plaster fall
a crust you peel
bathe in butter love
gimme some goddamned real bread
Another corporate crime against humanity
holsom and all the rest of the plastic bag labels
guilty as charged
baking loaves with out heart
bakery murder in the first degree
Some bread and butter from Yi-Ching
August 14, 2013 at 6:52 pm (culture, entertainment, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, humor, life, nature, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: Arbor Day Foundation, culture, environment, Enya, humor, life, music, nature, neighbors, personal, random, rant, The Memory of Trees, tree cutters, trees, urban forest, values, vent, Writing
Any long-term visitors to my blogcasa know I seldom write about my daily life concerns. Well, yes, there have been posts about food items like the chocolate banana tortillas –btw, at 3:17 am I discovered these are great with flaked coconut too instead of the fresh sliced fruit–and pumpkin cakes. But I generally steer far away from my mundane immediate context unless it inspires some humor that might tickle someone else’s fancy — besides my own funny bones. Today there will be a deviation from that norm. I desire a venue to vent. A full-blown rant to be honest is what I’d really like to indulge in–complete with much foot stomping and turning on the garden hose full blast. The birds and squirrels won’t mind the latter, but the neighbors might when it drowns their weird expensive ‘grass’ which needs more attention than a newborn baby with a bad case of whooping-cough. If I had a newborn to prod into whooping, I would, all night long. While wearing earplugs, of course. Get where this is going yet? Hmm? What am I miffed about? The trees. ‘My’ trees. The trees that are currently mature enough to provide enough shade that they’re cooling about a quarter acre of land so nicely that it’s ten to twenty degrees cooler in the extensive shade than it is in the direct sun on a hot day. That’s sweet relief when the temperature kicks up to 100+ degrees farenheit with humidity chugging up the oxygen. When nature is cooling your home for nothing but having the space to exist instead of the electric company, what’s the downside? Oh, well, yes, there are leaves and dead branches that fall to the ground when their time comes. In my mind this is nothing to ‘pay’ for all the benefits.
About those benefits. Hmm. Me, the human gets a nice cool abode from the tree shade. The birds seem to enjoy nesting, roosting and courting among the trees. The robins eat a lot of bugs. We’ve had owls, woodpeckers, and squirrels make their homes in the trees as they’ve grown over the years. Most of the trees are volunteers. Like the Mulberry tree that first appeared compliments of some bird or other critter’s digestive tract. Noticing the leaves and realizing it was indeed a fruit bearing tree, I managed to fence it off from the lawn (not) mowing junkie among my legal relatives. Some habits never die–bah. The same for the Black Walnut trees, the Maple trees, and the Elms. The two Poplars I planted were small ‘gifts.’ A Weeping Willow was a cutting present from an old fellow down the street. A small Pine tree came from some odd fast food place’s Arbor Day alliance. Over time the fescue has been replaced by a variety of local native plants including wild strawberries, dandelions (you can eat all of this plant except for the seeds–it’s packed with nutrition to the max), lamb’s quarter and clover that the bees adored, when there were bees around to adore it. Bees are scare this summer.
Take note that this abode was chosen in part for the quarter acre space it provided for a rescued puppy with grew to be considerably LARGER than anyone expected–part bird dog and part St. Bernard (vet’s best guess)-. She needed room to run and she got it. There were only four trees on the property when we arrived. They provided little relief from the summer sun. Now there are over thirty trees which allow the squirrels nesting in them to traverse upstairs from this yard to several others via the upstairs tree branch highway.
Now, while all this shade is not conducive to growing veggies or lovely flowers that thrive in sunshine–it has plenty to offer in its own way. I rather like the tiny forest around this silly little house. So does the local wildlife. Most of the humans nearby have no issues with it.
But–apparently my extremely neat minded neighbors do not appreciate the shade that cools part of their home for nada effort on their part. The other morning I awoke to the sound of chainsaws gleefully working their way upwards on the south side of one of the large Elms. Tree cutters don’t come cheap here. Take note that the city tree trimmers had just last week worked their way up and down the street dealing with any limbs that might prove dangerous to the electrical wires. They left the Elms in the front yard ALONE because they posed no hazards to wires or passing vehicles. There were no dead limbs lurking in wait to assault passersby. No one parks on this street. Yet, my neighbors apparently live in dire fear of said limbs clobbering their car –which is usually parked inside a garage. Hence the reason they hired some tree-cutters to do a little trimming. Hmm. Interesting monetary output from people who complained bitterly when the yearly education tax was increased to the point of adding an extra one hundred dollars to their bill. Supporting schools pisses them off, but cutting trees for much more than one hundred dollars is something they’ll willingly dish out cash for. I’m at a loss to comprehend this logic.
Now, I would understand this outlay IF the trees were posing any sort of hazard to anyone’s health and well-being, if they were diseased, dead, rotting, or head hazards when walking under them. But we’re talking head clearance, healthy and tree rot free trees here, folks.
So when aforementioned chainsaws disrupted my morning, the tree cutters and I had a little meet and greet. They were oddly sheepish for hired hands. They were extremely subdued for guys who’d been told it was all a-okay to chop away as they pleased by the folks who’d paid them. They ceased and desisted when I pointed out that they were now cutting branches well above any height required for even the trash trucks to clear while they made their way down the street. We did not argue. No, not the tree-cutters and I. Nor did my neighbor when I greeted him. He just glared. Oops, did I catch you red-handed at something naughty? I must have because the chainsaws went away pretty damn fast with just me and my cup of green tea putting in an unwanted appearance in my dandelion farm under the Elms.
Comments? Questions? Funny Stories? All are welcome.
I feel so much better. Time for a chocolate-coconut whole wheat tortilla taco and maybe some fresh black coffee. Hmm. Yep. I think so. I’ll going to enjoy them outside in the shade while watching the resident sparrows take their afternoon baths in between sunflower seed snacks.
Arbor Day Foundation http://www.arborday.org/
May 14, 2013 at 8:15 pm (culture, ethics, history, Independent film, life, movies, politics, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: blogs, crime, culture, documentary, film, Indpendent film, men, random, rant, rape, society, The Invisible War, US Military, values, vent, violence, women
Okay, I surrender to the ghost in this machine and refuse to fight the edit blog post battle any further today. While I’ve narrowed down the search for causes of earlier frustrations in blogland to this specific computer at my end, the reasons for such remain elusive. So instead of trying to force the program to do its editing duty properly, I’m just going to yap in this post instead.
Yes, it’s been very quiet in my blogcasa since round one of “Breakfast Special.” I confess that I’ve been wondering if further courses of “Breakfast Special” might be of interest to anyone wandering by. Would anyone care to put in an order?
Frankly I think I’ve ranted, vented and held forth over time on most items broiling in my brainpan. Yet when Dirk Kirby’s documentary “The Invisible War” aired on my local PBS station via Independent Lens last night it supplied some motivational electro-shock therapy which prompted my earlier attempt at a blog post regarding the rape epidemic in the U.S. Military. I’d been aware of this issue for several years, but had no idea of the current ongoing scope and depth of the issue until viewing Kirby’s film. While I’m aware that the violent crime of rape is widespread, under-reported and under prosecuted in America, I’d had not any idea just how callous the entire U.S. Military’s attitude is towards the crime in its own ranks. Is this a logical consequence of the innate nature of the military itself as a vehicle for training people for combat that requires the death and destruction of other humans? Perhaps it is.
If so, why would any parent who puts forth the effort to raise children to be decent, caring, intelligent adults ever encourage their children to enlist in any military force? Why would parents want to have their children destroyed by a system which does not value human life?
I am at a loss for any rational answers to those questions and the host of others I have in regard to the specific issue of rape in the military and the institution in general. It appears that being an “officer and a gentleman” is nothing more than illusion created by smart uniformed propaganda images.
Rape outrages many people when news of it surfaces in the media. The rapes of women in India have garnered world-wide attention. People are appalled by rapes of children. Rape is recognized as a war crime. No one seems to condone rape. Yet it is a widespread violent crime which knows no social, political, economic nor religious boundaries.
Does the U.S. Military view the victims of rape within its ranks as simple collateral damage that is an acceptable byproduct of their own culture of acceptable violence?
Is this just a military problem or is it a human nature problem? If it’s human nature working out its dark side then what does it say about US?
Considering the recent issues regarding the Violence Against Women Act I wonder if we live in a culture which somehow deviously nurtures the act of rape.
Such is the current state of my brainpan stew. This is more or less the gist of the content which inexplicably vanished from my earlier post when I hit the “Publish” earlier today.
Anyone have any answers?
June 6, 2012 at 6:52 pm (culture, entertainment, ethics, history, humor, life, politics, random)
Tags: Barrett, ethics, fraud, guest, history, humor, Koch, Madison, money, news, opinion, politics, random, rant, Recall, vice president, voter intimidation, Walker, Wisconsin, Writing
Well I could rant on about whatever the hell happened in Wisconsin yesterday regading the Recall Gov. Scott Walker effort. But I won’t. I think it’s much more appropriate to guest post the thoughts of a friend who resides in the state and worked hard for the effort. Without further ado:
A Madison Resident steams in Mad-City:
Short answer: Walker held on by outspending Barrett on tv ads by a margin of between seven and ten to one. The ads were either a) the indisputable fact–and not campaign hyperbole–is that we saved Wisconsin by balancing the budget or b) Tom Barrett has turned Milwaukee into a hell on earth, as evidenced by this photo of a dead baby that Barrett is responsible for in some vague, non-actionable way. Walker also got some cushioning from people who don’t personally like him but who are offended by the concept of the recall. And finally, I think, despite the demonstrably crappy job he’s done as governor, Walker is still powered by an undercurrent of up-state envy, people who hate Madison liberals for being more affluent and educated and therefore more smug than they are.
Honestly, I don’t know who the hell Walker’s supporters are. I really can’t fathom this. He is as close to a mustache twirling villain as I’ve ever seen in Wisconsin politics, a demagogic bully who is willing to do anything to further his political aspirations, and who doesn’t care who he stomps on to do it. As near as I can figure, I guess, is that his supporters are people, suburbanists especially, who are afraid of losing their stuff and who are willing to let budget cuts fall on everyone else in order for them to maintain the subsidized lifestyle they somehow deserve. And Walker understands that, and promises he’s the only one standing between them and the special interests, the bogeyman union bosses, who want to make them pay for incompetent, indoctrinating teachers they can’t fire and make them sit next to other people on crowded non-high speed trains, trolleys really, because they want to put the earth’s needs above people’s.
So, shorter answer: Walker won because we live in uncertain times and he shows no uncertainty.
The worst part now is how smug Walker is going to be as he rolls out his next legislative session using the failed recall as a cudgel. Of course, before that, we will be treated to Walker lapping up national attention as the new-flavor-of-the-month frontrunner in the VP sweepstakes, coyly declining consideration, finally, in the interests of running the state. Which is to say that VP consideration for Walker will continue up to the point the Romney team does its background check and discovers just how dirty Walker is. Walker’s lawyers spent the past six weeks before the election trying to get letters from both the Feds and the Milwaukee County DA’s office declaring that Walker wasn’t the target of an investigation–either when he was Milwaukee County Exec or sitting as governor–and they couldn’t get them. Thirteen people around Walker have now been given immunity, so something’s coming down the pike.
Which points to what I hate most about Walker: this may sound quaint but what I really can’t stomach is that he has no sense of fair play. The whole John Doe investigation centers around his using his office for campaigning, for using the levers of power to help himself. Ever since he got elected he has been working tirelessly to tilt the playing field for his own benefit. He’s called special sessions to get around legislative rules and when that wasn’t enough he broke laws to muscle his bill through. His legislators on redistricting met in secret and then passed a bill so gerrymandered that the courts struck parts of it down. he passed a voter ID law to disenfranchise as many Democrats as possible. And, of course, his whole emergency budget bill was less about a budget crisis and more about cutting off political opponents at the knees. And all the while he crows hypocritically and piously (I can’t count the number of times he’s mentioned that he’s the son of a minister) about how hard he is working for Wisconsin, again, standing up against the special interests. Every time he parrots that line I want to throw something at him, because how much more special an interest can you get than the Koch Brothers.
In other words, this one really hurt. I put in a lot of get out the vote work, and I started letting myself get hopeful. And now I don’t know anything anymore.
But thanks for letting me vent. That actually made me feel better.
A Mad-City Parent
April 18, 2012 at 6:07 pm (art, creative writing, culture, entertainment, environment, food, history, humor, Indigenous People, journalism, life, Native Americans, photography, politics, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: "Water", Anne Minard, AZ, Black Mesa Water Coalition, change.org, creative writing, culture, food, history, Hopi, Indian Country Today Media Network, Issues, Jihan Gearon, journalism, Kyl, life, Little Colorado River, McCain, Native News Network, Navajo, news, people, Petition, photography, politics, quote, random, rant, rights, SB 2109, Senate Bill, text, vent, Writing
RANT ALERT! Forewarning–feel free to skip the first paragraph vent if you’re easily offended by ranting that does not bother with being politically correct. Thank you for your patience, forbearance and understanding.
Ever find your patience dramatically challenged by the inability to read or comprehend the written text? Sometimes this is the result of a language barrier. Sometimes it’s the result of fatigue. Sometimes it’s the result of a cultural divide. Sometimes it’s the result of misunderstanding a word or phrase. Sometimes it’s just plain poor reading comprehension skills. Sometimes it results from psychological triggers unexpectedly being set off by a word or phrase. Sometimes it’s just plain ignorance. Sometimes it’s the result of stupidity–yes stupidity for lack of a more accurate politically correct word. Sometimes it’s the result of a mental or physical illness (I suspect my brother’s inability to comprehend simple rational concepts in English is the result of the former rather than the later impairment as he seems to be functioning on the physical level. But I could be wrong about this conclusion. A coin flip could decide the issue better than I. But it won’t stop me from sending him a visit from a straightjacket brigade when I have the funds to do so.) Sometimes it’s the result of a cunning plan to mislead and dissuade folks from realizing one’s intentions. Sometimes it’s just the nature of legal documents. I could go on with these “Sometimes” but I will spare you such speculations. But do feel free to share your own insights and expand my perspective by doing so.
Oh and let me attempt to make one thing very clear— I do NOT support passage of SB 2109. Second clarification: Links are to petitions to STOP SB 2109– NOT in support of it. Are we all chill now? If this is in any way still unclear– polite and civil requests for clarification will be politely and civilly answered to the best of my ability to do so.
The following is basically a list of some items of interest regarding the continuing saga of SB 2109 which involves a deviously ambiguously constructed senate bill introduced by Senator Jon Kyl and Senator John McCain of Arizona. Reading the full text of the bill might drive you over the edge with its definitions and legalese language. Have your favorite painkiller/food comfort readily available as you explore the contents. I needed two rounds of ibuprofen, more coffee than normally consumed and a quantity of dark chocolate that I will not divulge in order to wade through the damn thing. Yes, I do believe it was written to be confusing and hard to understand–deliberately. That’s right deliberately written for difficult reading. And that makes the easily comprehensible sections even more suspect in my paranoid brainpan. Gee, there’s a reason for writing that way–usually it’s to hide things in plain sight. O yes, asses need to be covered legally and writing such as this is great for covering asses like McCain and Kyl. I am so glad I am NOT a journalist with aspirations of total objectivity. I’d fail utterly as I am well aware of my limitations in this regard. But I’m not a reporter or journalist—soooooo ON with this blog show!
Virtual comfort food compliments of Yi-Ching Lin photography at http://yichinglin.com/2012/04/12/sweet-potato-pie/ Beware– Yi-Ching has a flare for food photos.
Follow whatever catches your interest. Thank you for visiting my blogcasa.
Following excerpt from Anne Minard’s article at Indian Country Today Media Network. In depth piece complete with decent map and some very wishy-washy verbal moves by the likes of Stanley Pollack. Gee, I wonder what motivates folks to write hard to comprehend legislature? Could it be in order to make it harder for people to comprehend and therefore oppose such legislation? OO never! (sarcasm).
Senator Kyl acknowledges in a public video about the bill that, “Legally, the Navajo Nation and Hopi tribe may assert claims to larger quantities of water [than are outlined in the settlement] but … they do not have the means to make use of those supplies in a safe and productive manner. “
Becenti disputes that. “In reality we do have a lot of water projects that we were talking about 30 years ago,” he said. “But every time we approach the United States government to approve them, they won’t.”
And Jihan Gearon, executive director of the Black Mesa Water Coalition, says the provisions that help shore up the future of the Navajo Generating Station are a direct affront to her group’s efforts to build renewable energy capacity across the reservation.
“As an organization, our goal is to shut down the Navajo Generating Station and transition to renewable energy development,” she said. The settlement, on the other hand, appears to be “part of this big strategy to keep the Navajo Generating Station going at the lowest possible cost. These things that they’re stipulating have nothing to do with who should be offered which water. Instead, they support unsustainable development that’s happening in northern Arizona
Read more:http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/04/14/little-colorado-water-rights-bill-met-with-protests-from-navajo-and-hopi-communities-108320 http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/04/14/little-colorado-water-rights-bill-met-with-protests-from-navajo-and-hopi-communities-108320#ixzz1sPGN2xcx
Link to petition at change.org U.S. Senate Remove S 2109 from consideration. This petition currently has 7,794 signatures of 10,000 goal.
Link to full text of SB 2109 Navajo-Hope Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2012 http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/s2109/text
Link to the Native News Network http://www.nativenewsnetwork.com/ and link to Senate Bill 2109 Seeks to Extinguish Navajo Hopi Water Rigths by Ed Beccenti http://www.nativenewsnetwork.com/senate-bill-2109-seeks-to-extinguish-navajo-and-hopi-water-rights.html
Link to Native News Network on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/navajotruth/posts/388536937846648#!/nativenewsnetwork
Via Native News Network: People being turned away from meeting at Tuba City Charter Hall due to room for only 200 inside. Speakers were set up outside for those not able to enter. Click photo to visit Native News Network site. Apparently people were told to ask questions only in Navajo and some were not allowed to ask questions.
From National Native News:
The following is the schedule of public forums on the Little Colorado River Water Rights. All meetings are scheduled at 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the respective location indicated.
- April 17 Greyhills High School Auditorium, Tuba City
- April 18 Pinon High School Auditorium, Pinon
- April 19 Ganado Chapter House, Ganado
- April 20 Oak Springs Chapter House, Oak Springs
- April 24 Leupp Chapter House, Leupp
- April 25 Teesto Chapter House, Teesto
- April 26 Fort Defiance Chapter House, Fort Defiance
Take note that there are 110 Navajo communities–not just these 7 picked for meetings.
If you click on the colored sections of the map at the right of the page it will pull up the communities in each area — http://www.nndcd.org/
Navajo Nation link for Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navajo_Nation
Navajo Nation Government site link http://www.navajo-nsn.gov/ Go on visit and put faces with some names.
Climate Connections’ link to KPFK Earth segment with Jihn Gearon, Director of Black Mesa Water Coalition http://climate-connections.org/2012/04/12/kpfk-earth-segment-jihan-gearon-director-of-black-mesa-water-coalition-on-proposed-arizona-legislation-that-will-have-drastic-effects-on-native-lands-and-the-region/
Beyond the Mesas link for Hopi statements http://beyondthemesas.com/tag/hopi/
O I am so sorry if we’re NOT having fun yet. Some days just don’t cooperate. Virtual self face slap is in order as I am now annoying myself…….
Please do let me know if any links are broken or not working. Thank you.
Now I need one of those sweet potato yum yums. I don’t deserve it. Just want one.
January 19, 2012 at 8:04 pm (creative writing, culture, education, ethics, history, humor, Indigenous People, journalism, life, Native Americans, politics, publishing, random, Writing)
Tags: Americans, AZ, ban, books, culture, Democracy Now, education, history, Huppenthal, Issues, life, Martinez, Mexican, news, opinion, politics, publishing, random, rant, Tucson, Writing
By now you’ve probably heard something about the action by John Huppenthal, the superintendent of Public Instruction in Arizona to shut down the Mexican American Studies Program in the Tucson School District. If not, there’s plenty of coverage online for getting up to speed fast, including a ‘debate’ on Democracy Now! http://www.democracynow.org/2012/1/18/debating_tucson_school_districts_book_ban between Huppenthal and Richard Martinez, the lawyer for students and teachers who wish to retain the Mexican Studies Program. You’ll probably want to supplement this coverage but it is good for seeing and hearing John Huppenthal speak for himself ‘live.’ Make sure whatever you toss at his mug on your computer monitor is easily cleaned off the screen and keyboard. Dry spit balls might be a good choice. O damn, my bias is showing, isn’t it? Well, I’m not a supposedly neutral reporter so who gives a spit.
Let’s kickoff with a quote by John Huppenthal (source: Democracy Now! link):
“If all you’re teaching these students is one viewpoint, one dimension, we can readily see that it’s not an accurate history, it’s not an education at all. It’s not teaching these kids to think critically,” Huppenthal says, “but instead it’s an indoctrination.”
Well, excuse me, but is this not precisely what has been done in American schools across the country with every corporate produced history textbook imposed upon every teacher and student in America ever since the school textbook industry got its biased fingers into the realm of education? Now the Mexican American Studies Program in Tucson challenges that corporate textbook industry indoctrination and guess what, the oppressors act with more oppression to impose their perspective again. Is that not what this action in Tucson amounts to? It it not more oppression? It this not totalitarianism in action? John Huppenthal wants his brand of indoctrination in full force in Tucson–and he’s not alone. Apparently he’d got buds who write laws to suit his ends. Yeah, a new law is what Huppenthal is using to get rid of the Mexican American Studies Program that has been running for 13 years. Isn’t that nifty? Don’t like something so write a ‘law’ against it. What a way to USE the system, Mr Huppenthanl. Oh and Huppenthal also employed blackmail to get the school district to comply–do what The Huppenthal demands or lose millions. Wow, what incredible lessons the Mexican American students are learning with every move The Huppenthal makes. Seriously, this is priceless instruction in how oppressors operate. Who needs a textbook when there’s The Huppenthal making headlines around the world with his assault on the Mexican America Studies Program? As for instruction in Oppression–well, when books are removed from school courses and school libraries because they’re deemed ‘illegal’ what more could you ask for regarding direct instruction in how the oppressors attempt to control information? Guess where I’m going with this next? Yeah, forbidden fruits are the sweetest are they not?
Chicano! The History of the Mexican Civil Right Movement by Arturo Rosales
Critical Race Theory by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic
500 Hundred Years of Chicano History in Pictures by Elizabeth Martinez
Occupied America: A History of Chicanos by Dr. Rodolfo Acuna
Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years ed by Bill Bigelow
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
The Tempest by William Shakespeare
Read these books and discover what John Huppenthanl fears, besides Karl Marx. I was a tad baffled by The Tempest at first, but then it came to me–exile, dissent, oppression etc. Yeah, can’t have that play giving anyone IDEAS now can we? O Will, what sensitive fingers you had on the pulse of the people . . .. If real freedom of the mind is important then we need to find ways to support the students and teachers of the Tucson School District and their Mexican American Studies Program. One way would be to donate the funds that they’d be penalized by NOT suspending the program. Hence taking the ‘teeth’ out of The Huppenthal’s blackmail. Alas I do not have millions to make such a gift. Nor, I suspect does anyone reading this spit ball counter-attack. What we can do is READ the books being denied the students of the Tucson School District and thereby educate ourselves about their history. By doing so we stand in solidarity against The Huppenthals everywhere. Today its Mexican Americans. Yesterday the Japanese were sent to interment camps in the USA. In 1492 Columbus began the rape of the New World. The perspective of the oppressed is not pleasant to step into–but it’s part of the reality of America and should not be denied.
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