Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Comment on today's David Brooks column in the New York Times

Written in response to "The Populist Addiction"
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/26/opinion/26brooks.html

by
Jason Crowson
Texas
January 26th, 2010
7:42 am


Wow. I am continually utterly amazed at Mr. Brooks. If there was ever a writer who spends more time hiding what he truly believes, I have never read him.

Somewhere in Mr. Brooks' past there is a fantastic writing professor, perhaps several, and Mr. Brooks himself no doubt brings his own stroke of genius to the keyboard.

Most writers spend an entire essay proving their point. Mr. Brooks seems to spend the majority of his lulling his readers into a false sense of affinity, as if they too could believe and think the way he believes and thinks.

After luring them in, he then gently sets the hook, nothing more than a flick of the wrist: yes now you can side with the most ultraconservative members of society and feel like you are a moderate. Congratulations.

And among it all, larger than life, looming like some great shadow because a huge unknown object is blocking light that would normally beam upon the subject matter are the topics Mr. Brooks precisely omits.

Make no mistake about it, my friends: if you are black, you would still be enslaved if others had not been willing to fight and die for your freedom; if you are a woman who votes, thank the women who fought and died to get that right to vote; if you're an American child who gets to go to school instead of working 16 hours a day for slave wages, thank the children of history who joined the fight and, yes, died so that you can go to school; if you enjoy weekends off, thank the workers who fought and died for your rights to have weekends off; if you have an over active bladder and urinate 12 times a day while at work, again, thank the workers who fought and died for your right to take bathroom breaks.

This is not some esoteric subject drifting in the ether. It boils down to bodily functions, political rights you are losing, and jobs that allow human beings to earn a living and maintain their dignity and integrity.

It's not a matter of feigning a maneuver into some non-existent middle ground where you can discredit people who are trying to make your life better while just as slyly buttressing the arguments of people who have worked not just for decades but for centuries to make America a country of slaves and wealthy.

Yes. Yes. Yes. Mr. Brooks we all know the history of President Lincoln and Mr. Hamilton. Thank you very much. This has nothing to do with either of them. It has everything to do with Theodore Roosevelt creating national parks while regulating the robber barons whom he berated verbosely and publicly. It has everything to do with the New Deal and Franklin Delano Roosevelt's regulations of the financial industry and establishing the social and economic safety nets that allowed the American middle class to thrive for much of the twentieth century. And it has everything to do with the rise of the robber barons once again, in a different guise, with different leaders, with different economic buzzwords, and how these neo-robber barons have worked incredibly hard to dismantle all of the Roosevelts' legacies and dreams.

The neo-robber barons have succeeded brilliantly. Now it's time for the pendulum to swing in the other direction.

Keep writing, Mr. Brooks. Your skill is astounding, your subtly profound, your subterfuge always astonishing and brilliant.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Open letter to Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravensthal

Steeler Nation
Liberty, NC
September 29, 2009

Mayor Luke Steelerstahl
Deep in a Secure Bunker
Pittsburgh, PA 15xxx

Dear Mayor Steelersthal,

WOW! GREAT JOB, KIDDO! You really helped show the local population that PITTSBURGH IS A WINNER! A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE! Who doesn’t want to stay in a city overrun by NINJA TURTLES! You should sell riot cop action figures – seriously! It’ll be great for revenue!

AW MAN! I liked the part when that BIG ARMY TRUCK came out and that ROBOT VOICE came on and it was "WE REPRESENT THE IMPERIAL FORCE. YOU WILL BE ARRESTED. DON’T FUCK WITH US”. And then the protesters were like “Nah ah. We have a right to stand here. It’s in the Constitution yinz dumb jagoffs.” And then the ninja turles were all, PSHEW! PSHEW!! WOOWOOWOOWOO! And there goes the gas canisters PSSSSHHHSHSHHS! And kids are all coughing and trying to get away, but the ninja turtles were all “NAH AH” and start beating up women with batons and shit. TOTALLY AWESOME!!!

So I’d like to thank you personally for radicalizing (RADICAL!!!) hundreds and possibly thousands of residents and students in my hometown of Pittsburgh. Those Citizens of Pittsburgh who generally had a vague idea of the G20 being another way for the powers that be to screw us over, now clearly understand that not only does the G20 stand for economic violence on the bottom 99% of the world, but it stands for direct physical violence, NINJA TURTLES!!, theft and imprisonment and a total disregard for the law of the land, the US Constitution, to anyone who speaks out against it, or happens to reside in Pittsburgh and wants to get around their neighborhood or their campus or go to work and earn money. PSHEW! PSHEW!! BOOM!!!

(You see, working people don’t have piles of money they can live on and it means we have to work, like every day, and can’t just take two days off while the mayor shuts down the city to pimp it out to world leaders. But you don’t give a fuck anyway so why try to explain it.)

Direct violence from power in the form of NINJA TURTLES! is not something that a good segment our population here in the United States goes through, including white college kids, like you and me once were. If they only had a vague idea that the Iraq war or the war in Vietnam weren’t such good ideas, that all went out the window and the way the world really works becomes crystal clear when they get beaten on their own campus, hassled by POLICE NINJA TURTLES! wherever they go, or trapped in a stairwell by riot police and gassed. (Watch this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZT3O5m0Eis) GREAT LESSON MAYOR!! YOU SHOULD BAY A TEACHER DAHN CCAC!

In the Post-Gazette, you said ( I know, reading the newspaper is boring, but they have GARFIELD!):

"As a group, the police responded admirably," he said, pledging an internal evaluation of what went right and wrong on the streets during and shortly after the summit.

"We kept our city safe," he said while sending "a message to the out-of-town anarchists that this is our town."

What about the out-of-town police, who were far more violent than a couple of broken windows? Show me one cop with cuts and bruises from the protestors! You knew it was going to happen, that’s why you bought a $10 million insurance policy to protect against policy brutality and unlawful arrest lawsuits, just like the cities that hosted the political conventions. In fact I’m sure you consulted with the same people they did….PSHEW PSHEW!! ACTION! EXPLOSIONS! RIOTS!

And I wonder what that “evaluation” of yours is gonna turn up? I have a little evaluation of you Mayor Steelerstahl: Your goofy ass should be fired and thrown in a federal prison for violating the US Constitution. That won’t happen though because you’re still covered in semen from all the world leaders you fellated at the expense of the city.

GAS CANISTERS!! LAHD NOISES! BATONS!! NINJA FUCKING TURTLES!!!!!!!!

Pittsburghers have never taken shit from power and if you think you have a problem with some young anarchists from out-a-tahn, you’re going to have a bigger problem from residents and students who are pissed off at you and can now see the little machine you run for exactly what it is – a whorehouse that pimps out Pittsburgh to the highest bidder.


Go Steelers,
-Brian Gallagher
Former Pittsburgh Citizen
Now member of Steeler Nation



(you can flood the Pittsburgh Police Tip Form with your complaints about police brutality that you've experienced, read about or seen on Youtube here: http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/police/html/police_tip_form.html

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Letter to Senator Max Baucus (D)-Montana

Letter to Senator Max Baucus (D)-Montana

The following letter was emailed to Senator Max Baucus on the below date via this link http://baucus.senate.gov/contact/emailForm.cfm?subj=issue ...........

7/25/09

Dear Senator Max Baucus,

You kinda look like Peter Fonda. Did anyone ever tell you that?

Peter Fonda was in a movie called Easy Rider. It’s from your era, the hippy/baby boomer era, so you and your fellow senior citizens probably know it well. Anyway, the premise of the movie is Wyatt or “Captain America” (Peter Fonda) and his friend Billy (Dennis Hopper) make a million dollars in the free market by buying cocaine from a bunch of poor Mexicans and selling it to Phil Spector, a wealthy American, who needed so much cocaine because he has such a huge nose, I suppose.

So he and Billy take that money, roll it up, stick it in a tube and insert it into the hole of Peter Fonda’s American Flag teardrop gas tank on his famous chopper, to hide the dirty money. I have the DVD of Easy Rider, and there’s a commetary on there with Dennis Hopper, who said that scene with the tube thrust into the American flag gas tank was deliberately symbolic of the American Dream being fucked with the almighty dollar, obtained from drug money.

Do you enjoy fucking? A man of your stature would never admit to it, because there's some strange status quo that leaders shouldn't have penises. And forget balls too, because to even need balls you must have convictions.

And that’s for the best, because thinking about old hippies fucking is disgusting to most people, especially us young people who aren’t from the Hippy Era and are under the age of 60 and enjoy practicing hygiene… But what I’m getting at is, your name reminds me of “Bacchus”, the Roman god of wine and music and partying and orgies. Bacchus was said to engage in three-day-long drunken orgies…..

Speaking of three-day-long orgies, I want to get tickets to come party with you at “Camp Baucus” in Big Sky, Montana on the weekend beginning July 31, but I’m concerned about the activity that will go on there. The invitation says “fly fishing, golf and horseback riding”. Honestly, that sounds boring to me. Are those euphemisms for some weird kind of rich-people fucking that we in the unwashed masses never get to participate in? Oh well. On it’s face, that sounds like the kind of activity rich old men like to engage in with their nagging wives and spoiled children.

What about guns, dope and fucking in the streets? Will that go on at Camp Baucus? If not, you fucking hippies are certainly getting bland in this day and age.

But I know you, Senator Max Baucus from the great state of Montana, are into hardcore fisting. How else would AHIP have gotten that hand so far up your ass when you use their exact rhetoric about finding a “uniquely American solution” to the health care crises. Exactly how much lube did that take? I bet it was $2500 worth of lube. Awww yeah.

We all know “a uniquely American solution” doesn’t mean widespread civil disobedience and revolution and all that kind of kick-ass shit that I like, it means a solution where stupid old rich fucks can continue to get together and engage in their bland, fly fishing, big money, politician-fistin’ orgies, for the purpose of keeping policy in place so they can continue to profit off of denying coverage to sick and dying people.

You sounded like Porky Pig when Great Falls Tribune capitol bureau chief John S. Adams interviewed you (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQDR-oOVFRI) about single payer healthcare and asked what you’ve done to oppose insurance and pharma companies. Your response: “Badee badee badee dip dip pay premiums, badee dip dip don’t like it!”

At the end of Easy Rider, right before the freedom loving pair Wyatt and Billy are shot by rednecks, and right after they engage in a bacchinal LSD and alcohol fueled orgy during Mardi Gras in a New Orleans cemetary (the type of orgies you can relate to- rich men fucking the poor in the ass - are going on there today), Billy is still happy about the money, about their situation living free out on the open road “retired in Florida, mister!”

But Wyatt tells him: “We blew it.”

Wyatt and Billy could have built up new communities with that money, could have taken care of sick rebels, could have helped out struggling farmer-individualists, but instead they just wanted to take their money and party at Camp Bacchus, just like you’re doing now with your millions in health industry contributions, while people who don’t have access to that kind of money get sick and die unneccesarily.

Have your fun, Senator Max Baucus, Democrat from Montana, with fucking the Ameircan dream in the ass with drug money.

You blew it, motherfucker.


Love,
Sloover

Monday, March 30, 2009

Catholic church kicks out a raped 9-year old, but not the rapist

Vatican defends Brazil excommunication


March 8, 2009, 6:40 am


A senior Vatican cleric has defended the excommunication of the
mother and doctors of a nine-year-old girl who had an abortion in
Brazil after being raped.

Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, head of the Catholic church's
Congregation for Bishops, told the daily La Stampa on Saturday that the
twins the girl had been carrying had a right to live.

"It is a sad case but the real problem is that the twins conceived
were two innocent persons, who had the right to live and could not be
eliminated," he said.

Re, who also heads the Pontifical Commission for Latin America,
added: "Life must always be protected, the attack on the Brazilian
church is unjustified."

The row was triggered by the termination on Wednesday of twin
foetuses carried by a nine-year-old allegedly raped by her stepfather
in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco.

The regional archbishop, Jose Cardoso Sobrinho, pronounced
excommunication for the mother for authorising the operation and
doctors who carried it out for fear that the slim girl would not
survive carrying the foetuses to term.

"God's law is above any human law. So when a human law ... is
contrary to God's law, this human law has no value," Cardoso had said.

He also said the accused stepfather would not be expelled from the
church. Although the man allegedly committed "a heinous crime ... the
abortion - the elimination of an innocent life - was more serious".

more here:

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

archaeologists

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

updates

In the last month I've been updating my myspace page only - I'll probably get back to simulcasting (simulblogging) on this here one.

http://blog.myspace.com/sloover