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Krensky wrote:
Just because the Ferguson police are jack-booted asshats does not mean that Dr West isn't an asshat as well.The asshatterey of the involved parties are not mutually exlusive.

And what does Brother West's asshattery consist of in your opinion, Citizen K(e)rensky?


More cursory googling:

Activists Smell Publicity Stunt As State Senator Arrested at Ferguson Protest Monday Night

Although, the page keeps freezing and I've only been able to read half of it.


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No, Rosa just travelled across town with the intent to get arrested in a local protest.


I haven't been able to find the full speech that Brother West gave at the Interfaith meeting, but Mr. Comrade, I guess, watched it somewhere and basically, according to Mr. Comrade:

Church leaders said all the stuff that church leaders say. Young people in the audience were like, "This is bullshiznit!" Brother West took the mic and said "I know, I know. We have failed you. Tomorrow we're going to do some Moral Monday shiznit. I didn't come here to give a speech, I came here to get arrested."

More asshats

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More cursory googling: Cornell West: Q&A on Ferguson Arrest


[Refrains from launching a gun control derail]


[Supposed to go after response about Nasheed]

I guess that's what I was trying to say, Comrade Jeff, just not so directly.

Down with gun control!, btw.


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The reports you saw are at variance with the ones I saw. Any links?

Also, do you think Martin Luther King, Jr. was an asshat?


Heaven knows that I hate the Democrats and gun control, but...

Just Guess What Ferguson Police Found on Missouri Democrat Who Has Sponsored Several ‘Anti-Gun’ Bills…

Those anti-gun bills?

"The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action has dubbed several pieces of legislation sponsored by Nasheed “anti-gun,” including an amendment that would require gun owners to report a firearm stolen within 72 hours.

"Nasheed also reportedly pushed for a bill that would have required any 'parent or guardian of a child who attends a public, private, or charter school shall notify, in writing, the superintendent of the school district, or the governing body of a private school or charter school, that such parent or guardian owns a firearm within thirty calendar days' of enrollment."

I linked to The Blaze because it was one of the few far right websites I could find that didn't refer to Senator Nasheed as "a lynch mob ho" or some other disgusting slur.

One of those websites did, however, have a link to something called Vote Smart which appears to detail her anti-gun voting record. Looks like she voted against school employees being able to carry on school property; stand your ground; prohibiting federal enforcement of firearms regulation; something about state employees being able to keep guns in their cars.

Just the results of some cursory--and, I stress, cursory--googling, and, again, I hate the Dems and gun control, but unless there's something I'm missing, her "anti-gunness" seems a little overblown.


Yes, we also require pickles and [bubble bubble bubble].


From Ferguson: Socialist Alternative: The Whole System is Guilty: How Socialists Fight Systemic Racism

From Minneapolis: Airport Workers Spark Wage Raises

From Seattle: Jess Spear & J. Glenn Evans: Panorama Apartment Evictions

(Comrades, if you live in Washington state, please consider voting for Comrade Spear)

If you're in Boston this Saturday, come meet Comrade Anklebiter and shut down Newbury Street!

If you're in Boston next Tuesday, well you won't meet Comrade Anklebiter because he will be at work, but you can demonstrate with my comrades for abortion rights...in Ireland!


Live...from Ferguson...it's revolutionary socialism!

Socialist Alternative: The Whole System is Guilty: How Socialists Fight Systemic Racism


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Comrade Curtin--'S true; I make a lot of sense. Sorry to hear about that shiznit in the PM. To dust off one of my old slogans, "If you don't hate your boss, you're a stooge of the plutocracy!"

Comrade Dwarf--Thank you for the links.

Citizen Scootalol--Just to let you know that there is a big jump in time in the thread between the post you're responding to (three years ago, I think) and when I relaunched the Red Menace thread (last month).

I'll be back with some shameless socialist self-promotion in a bit...


Pretty Vive le Galt!ish article from Rolling Stone of all places:

Smashy Smashy: Nine Historical Triumphs to Make You Rethink Property Destruction--Flag-burning and property destruction in Ferguson are part of a long, proud history

(although #8 made me bristle* and I'm not quite sure I agree with, or even understand, #5)

(*although it did lead me to this one in Der Spiegel: Homesick for a Dictatorship: Majority of Eastern Germans Feel Life Better under Communism

We've already got the Stasi, might as well get the jobs, health care, and twice the rate of female orgasm!

For workers revolution!!!)


More NYT:

Unable to Meet the Deductible or the Doctor

Down with Obamacare!
For free, quality health care for all!
Or at least employer-paid Cadillac plans!


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

A Smoking Gun That
 Actually Smoked

The CIA and the Art of the “Un-Cover-Up”

Synergistic weirdiosity!

Resurrecting a Disgraced Reporter: ‘Kill the Messenger’ Recalls a Reporter Wrongly Disgraced

Or probably not, actually. I'd imagine the editors of Counterpunch dusted that one off because of the movie.

Regardless, they've changed the celebrity leftist asking you to donate to CP from Hedges to Barbara Ehrenreich. "CounterPunch makes me think. It makes me laugh. Above all it tells me things I didn't know."


Note to friends: Facebook apparently doesn't like it when you post about the PKK.

The Commandant of the Scottish Republican Army was trolling his on-line Turkish acquaintances with quotes from the wisdom of Chairman Apo and has been banned for thirty days.

Mr. Comrade put up a post supporting the right of the Kurds to armed self-defense and FB said he had to change his profile name to his real name.

F#%& Mark Zuckerburg; for a united, socialist Kurdistan!

Vive le Galt!


Speaking of Australians, I was skimming through the Marvel white privilege thread in the comic book forum, I have no idea why, when Comrade Dingo made me laugh very hard indeed.

Din-go! Din-go! Din-go!


[Clenched fist salute]


I am sorry for your loss, Comrade Dwarf.

I don't know anything about Australian social-democracy, but a comrade was passing around Whitlam's obit on Facebook:

Gough Whitlam dies at age 98


Knocked Down: Cornel West Arrested During Ferguson Protests

Michael Brown Protesters March to Ferguson Police Department

Apparently, he led a march to the police department and was then knocked down when the protesters tried to break through the police lines.

What a f%$~ing nutter.


Not commie per se, but interesting nonetheless:

The War Nerd: Nobody could have predicted Islamic State’s retreat from Kobane (except me)


More Chairman Bob:

You Have a Chance to See “The Jimi Hendrix of Revolution.” Live.


Caineach wrote:
Irontruth wrote:
Caineach wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Cornel West Arrested in Ferguson
I really don't see how a guy going out to get arrested at a protest getting arrested is news.
I'm kind of curious exactly what about this situation you think isn't news worthy.
You have hundreds or thousands of protesters, most of whom are peaceful and not violating the law. One (or I believe a total of 17 IIRC) guy desides to go out and intentionally violate the law so he gets arrested. The story there isn't the handfull of asshats who don't matter in the grand scheme of things getting themselves arrested, it is in the hundreds of peacefully protesting people. The fact that one of these people is well known for getting arrested doesn't matter.

Cornel West isn't an asshat.


Live free or die!


Powerful Photos Capture the Student Protests Barely Anyone Is Talking About

La lucha continua!
Vive le Galt!


Hadn't been over to Counterpunch in a while, got there and found a frightening picture of Chris Hedges extolling their virtues as "the most fearless, intellectually rigorous and important publication in the United States....Its honesty exposes, week after week, the hollow platitudes of our bankrupt liberal elite."

Hear, hear! although it'd be probably be more convincing if Hedges hadn't gotten into a plagiarism dispute earlier this year.

Anyway, a series of articles/vids I read/watched over the past couple of days had a certain synergistic weirdiose continuity, kinda like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon for pinko journalists, so I thought I'd share:

How Alexander Cockburn’s ancestor torched Washington and freed 6,000 slaves

A Smoking Gun That
 Actually Smoked
The CIA and the Art of the “Un-Cover-Up”

James Risen Prepared to "Pay Any Price" to Report on War on Terror Amid Crackdown on Whistleblowers


Why, hello!

I enjoy flattery as much as the next goblin, but Overlord of Socialism is a bit much. You can just call me Chairman Doodlebug.

Anyway, I am unfamiliar with the game you are playing, but I am afraid the only answer is international proletarian socialist revolution. If that doesn't work for game mechanic reasons, I suggest assassinating your Capitalist Fascist leader.

Yours for the revolution,
Doodlebug Anklebiter


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Live From Death Row, Mumia Abu-Jamal's Goddard College Commencement Address

Ona move!
Free Mumia!

From the Headlines:

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Approve Prisoner Censorship After Speech by Mumia Abu-Jamal

In a new case of political retribution involving Mumia Abu-Jamal and constitutional rights, Pennsylvania lawmakers have approved a measure that critics say tramples free speech. The measure authorizes censoring the public addresses of prisoners or former offenders should judges agree that allowing them to speak would cause "mental anguish" to the victim. The measure was approved after Abu-Jamal delivered a pretaped commencement address for graduating students at Vermont’s Goddard College earlier this month. Abu-Jamal’s speech was opposed by Pennsylvania state officials as well as the widow of Daniel Faulkner, the police officer whom Abu-Jamal was convicted of killing. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is expected to sign the measure into law. The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania has criticized the measure, calling it "overbroad and vague," and unable to "pass constitutional muster under the First Amendment."


Couple of bits from Comrades Amy, et. al., that I felt like linking:

Iraq Veterans Against the War: Decade-Old Group Grapples with New War, PTSD Epidemic, VA Failures


Anything for a comrade.

In other news, FairPoint Workers in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont On Strike

Vive le Galt!


Terquem wrote:
I think the premise of the Matrix is stupid because you can't seem to find a way to make all the electricity you need so you tap into human bodies, however, you seem to have a few thousand gravity defying super strong robots, any one of which lashed to a treadmill would replace your entire human battery population, so wha...?

"Whether you suffer from glacoma or have just rented The Matrix, everyone needs medical marijuana."

--Homer Simpson (I think; also a paraphrase)


I'm not sure I'd go so far as to say justice was done (one of the dudes died in prison, and they're pinning the frame-up on a since deceased officer), but, yes, it's good he finally got out. I hope he's awarded billions.


Also, I'll re-plug Comrade John Reed's Ten Days That Shook the World, a sympathetic American journalist's eye-witness account of the seizure of power by the Russian proletariat led by Lenin and Trotsky's Bolsheviks that was one of the first commie books that the comrades made me read when I was a wee goblin militant and I am now happy to turn around and make kids who are the same age I was when I first became a commie read it, too. It's great.

"With the greatest interest and with never slackening attention I read John Reed’s book, Ten Days that Shook the World. Unreservedly do I recommend it to the workers of the world. Here is a book which I should like to see published in millions of copies and translated into all languages. It gives a truthful and most vivid exposition of the events so significant to the comprehension of what really is the Proletarian Revolution and the Dictatorship of the Proletariat. These problems are widely discussed, but before one can accept or reject these ideas, he must understand the full significance of his decision. John Reed’s book will undoubtedly help to clear this question, which is the fundamental problem of the international labor movement.

N. LENIN.
End of 1919."


Educate Yourself!

Well, that was easy.

This is the Socialist Alternative Publications page that has a lot of online pamphlets. Man, I didn't even know this page was here!


Yuugasa wrote:

Dear Comrade Anklebiter, is there a place online where I can learn about Socialism that explains it in a way someone of limited education can understand? I should like to be able to form my own opinions and contribute an at least semi-coherent spiel to my new SA friends. They are good teachers but their generous alcohol buying nature works against my education when I am with them.

Your fan and perhaps Comrade in waiting, Yuugasa.

Dear Comrade Yuugasa,

The best way to learn about socialism is to join a reader's circle of like-minded comrades, or, anyway, comrades-to-be. You should ask your wife if there is anything like that going on around you.

If not, there are various websites with pedagogical or historical articles that I could recommend, but I don't know about any that have self-tutorials.

Lemme go web-surf for a bit...after I yell at Comrade Longears....


Krensky wrote:
mechaPoet wrote:

Pot: stirred. I didn't expect it to boil over so quickly--silly me.

All I'm saying is that it would be cool to see what effects the steampunk setting would have on, for instance, Indian resistance to the British East India Company. It doesn't all have to be in a whitewashed London.

* Hands you a copy of Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Sterling's The Peshawar Lancers.

I loved how that one started with the hero banging his Indian mistress, who, conveniently enough, is offed somewhere in the beginning so he can settle down with his white girlfriend.

And, IIRC, you have to read The Mysterious Island, or, at least, LXG, to find out that Nemo is Indian.


Orfamay Quest wrote:
mechaPoet wrote:


I think that a steampunk setting that ignores the effects of colonization and imperialism isn't as worth constructing as one that includes those things.

Except "the effects of colonialism and imperialism" aren't actually relevant to a large fraction, perhaps even the majority, of steampunk settings, because colonialism and imperialism are largely affecting The Other.

As a non-steampunk example, colonialism and imperialism were really only relevant to one Sherlock Holmes story (albeit an important one, The Sign of Four).

Of course, almost every other story also mentions Watson's wound from serving in Afghanistan...


Look for the bare necessities?

Last Kipling I read was Captains Courageous when I was wee, but last time we spoke of ol' Ruddy I think I mentioned this comic to you.

Pertinent bit:

Spoiler:
The scope of this issue is bigger than simply Kipling as Carey provides numerous hints about the larger world of “The Unwritten” and the group that is seemingly moving against Tom Taylor. A young Kipling is approached by a man named Locke while in India with the promise that he could be made a well known, successful writer with Locke’s group’s help. They admire Kipling’s belief in the British Empire and wish for him to champion the Empire in his writing. While reluctant, Kipling doesn’t exactly turn Locke away and, quickly, he is the voice of British imperialism -— soon, detractors like Oscar Wilde are disgraced and Kipling sees the sort of men he’s been dealing with. The plot unfolds in starts and stops, skipping years to focus on moments, an effective way to tell this story since its focus isn’t so much Kipling’s life but how his life fits into “The Unwritten.” The culminating scene between Kipling and Locke is powerful, full of harsh truths, and is almost uncomfortable to read.

If you thought “The Unwritten” was an English lit major’s dream comic before, this focus on Rudyard Kipling -- partly a celebration of his writing, partly a damning critique -- solidifies that sentiment. Thankfully, this comic is so much more than just an illustrated essay or biography, it’s a story first and foremost. And it’s a very good one at that.


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Was off to check out some of the seedier sections of the internet before shower and work and my homepage spat this at me:

2 men cleared in 1985 NYC kidnapping, killing

"Huh", I thought to myself as I read the headline, "I wonder if Louis Scarcella features in this story?", but he doesn't. Before his time, I guess.

But then I saw another familiar name, Rubin Carter, and thought, "Yeah, I'll link that."


Thank you, Citizen K(e)rensky. It reminds me that I should dust off my story of when Comrade Bragg told me to "shut up" as part of my running series "Celebrity Leftists Who Have Told Comrade Anklebiter to 'Shut Up'." Maybe after work.


Hee hee! First time I've ever seen playing rpgs considered "get[ting] a life."


I've probably already linked this in this thread, but Comrade Kate said her first lead-off on the Russian Revolution will focus on the 1903 split in the Russian Social-Democratic Labor Party, and, like all good teachers, she recommended the class watch a video:

Bolshevism on the Beeb; or Jean-Luc Picard as Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov

Also, Great Lenin's Ghost!


Vive le Galt!

(I wonder if we can hook the Final Blades up to steampower?...)


I dont know what it is, but, apparently, in my posts, steampunk goes with The Kinks.


Krensky wrote:
mechaPoet wrote:
Just remember kids, when it comes to steampunk, there's nothing less punk than British imperialism and colonialism.
Except for whinging self flagellation over it.

I don't know what records you kids have been listening to but both whining self-flagellation AND wallowing in the heritage of Britishiznoid imperialism are both wicked punk.

No future for you, indeed.


Army of Darkness

Of Love and Shadows

Didn't make it very far on the latter. Read the book two years ago, looked for it on Netflix (snobby anti-Netflix cineaste article, btw) found it on hold, put it on my queue, two years later it pops up, I jump it to #1, start watching it, and even the prospect of watching Jennifer Connelly (speaking with a bad Spanish accent) and Antonio Banderas doing it while fighting the Pinochet regime couldn't keep me interested. Not that it was terrible; it was just a pale reflection of the book. (Snobby litterateurs are pretty down on Isabel Allende, but I like her.)


While watching Comrade Russell, I was amused to see that among the videos on the right recommended by youtube, is The Kinks' Arthur; or The Decline and Fall of the Britishiznoid Empire


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Despite the pretty narrow focus of the title and accompanying article, Comrade Russell delivers a pretty good version of the Commonwealth Party of Galt (M-L) "Voting is for ninnies!" position.

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