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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Looks to me like CNN has changed this headline three times since I saw it last night.
I hate when they do that!
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
At the last minute, Mr. Comrade's new girlfriend, whom I am dubbing Nancy Donovan for the purposes of these boards, convinced Mr. Comrade to go down, so if you're out there looking for rabble-rousers, look for two gingers in matching red commie shirts, bluejeans and sleeve tattoos and tell 'em Doodlebug sent you.
I now regret not including a "virtual" counterpoint.
Otoh, I did invite you to a con a few years back and you snubbed me! Where's Dicey?!? I want someone to smack!
Scott Betts wrote:
I was curious, Citizen Devil, what you were referring to by the polls scandals?
I am, of course, slightly familiar with the wikileaks DNC trove (not that I paid much attention to them, as I pointed out in another thread, I didn't think Bernie had a chance in the Democratic Party before he even decided to run in the Democratic Party) but the only article that I saw specifically referencing polls was this one, from a site emblazoned with a virtual tribute to Andrew Breitbart, which, for obvious ideological reasons, I'm not fond of:
More mainstream accounts:
Thank you very much, Comrade Longears!
I am touched and honored to invest your hard-earned Britishiznoid funny money in the cause of international proletarian socialist revolution.
[Clenched fist salute]
We just recruited a new member there this afternoon. He's an apprentice union pipefitter who served as a marshal at last week's #BLM march in Manch Vegas (yes, that's what they call it).
It is rumored that the same rabble of white supremacists, Oathkeepers with grenade launchers and members of a Manch Vegas street gang known as, I shiznit you not, The Bros, will make their reappearance.
Thank you once again!
Acquaintances of Mine in the News
Up the road from Lowell is the other formerly decrepit mill town turned gentrifier's playground, Lawrence (home of Amy Dube, who seems to like a lot of Mr. Comrade's Facebook posts but none of mine and that makes me feel [La Principessa walks into the room] great, I don't care what that floozy does!)
Professor Forrant spoke at our International Woman's Day forum.
I enjoyed this post.
Props, Citizen Dunkerson, for bringing up the Chinese Exclusion Act, whose predecessors were pushed by the Workingman's Party of California, thus illustrating how important those anarchists in the IWW were a few decades later and their policy of multiracial class solidarity.
Anyway, I only recently, within the past year or so, came across the work of Aviva Chomsky (yes, Noam's daughter).
My good friend and comrade, the Nigerian Princess read, or taught I don't recall, her book, Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal and raved about it for months. I, alas, haven't read it, but I did have the opportunity to see Professor Chomsky on Democracy Now! and was mightily impressed.
As I recall, and I may not, in the 1960s there were large amounts of racially defined second class- or non-citizens in this country. We all know how the Civil Rights Movement made the United States dress up its race relations in term of black and white, but Prof. Chomsky argues that around the same time, the government changed the status of the Mexican migrant workers from racially-barred from citizenship as "Mexicans" (which, of course, isn't a race) to "immigrants" and thus to "illegal immigrants."
I remember it being a fun watch.
Anecdotally, my girlfriend, known to the boards as La Principessa, is married to a previously-undocumented Irishman. They lived in a section of Brooklyn called Windsor Terrace and, apparently, many times, she would run into neighbors going on racist rants against "illegal" Chinese or Latino immigrants. "Well, you know, Joe," she would say getting angry, "Willie was in this country illegally until we got married." To which they would invariably give her a sheepish look and reply, "But that's different!"
Well, they've changed the steering committee, changed the name (twice), put up new pictures, and lowered the fundraiser target, but we're still shy of our goals. Please help bring about goblin revolution near you, well, near you if you live in New England.
Tell 'em the Dood sent ya!
Well, I've never been an anarchist, except for when I'm using the Undead Leon Czolgosz avatar, but there's never been a successful anarchist revolution anywhere on the face of the planet, so we have no idea where it winds up.
IIRC, though, the IWW gave us: industrial unionism, freedom of speech (yes, really) and a labor movement that didn't discriminate on the basis of race, national origin or gender. I believe their plan was to build "one big union" and replace capitalism with "industrial democracy."
Sounds pretty good to me.
Idk, but an article from 2012 making the rounds again:
Also, fun article about the Democrats as the party of individual liberties:
From the Campaign Trail
"With election season drawing nearer, the event drew political attention. Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential candidate, was in the Granite State collecting signatures for her petition. She came out to support the protest and what it represents.
"'I think it’s so beautiful to see this outpouring of support for justice and to end violence and to end racism,' she said. 'And the events of this past week … just made the point how we cannot sit back and let this happen.
"'To see this incredible turnout here of people of all colors and all creeds coming together to say Black Lives Matter – we need this not just in words, but in actions.'"
"When various “gun rights” groups, with predominantly pro-Republican agendas and predominantly Caucasian members said they planned to show up, there was still no call from the police. Suddenly, as more and more African American armed protesters began checking in on the streets of Cleveland, the police made the call to the governor."
Hmm. That doesn't remind me of everything I've ever said about gun control or nothing.
Mr. Comrade's Facebook report back:
Multiple types of armed racists descended on the march. It really felt it was gonna be the Jill Stein massacre.
The BLM organizer teenagers seemed to hate us.
When we firt joined they sent over someone to tell us not to fly the SA flad cuz it was too militant. Then they asked why we were not holding more BLM signs. I showed them all the ones we brought. Our black and yellow ones.
Then we notice the biker gangs, armed Oath Keepers, and random white supremists, all lining up on the other side of the street. Some oath keepers were creeping near the rally, [Occupy NH Alum] and [Comrade Who Was Published n Jacobin] kept them back. They said they werre there to "protect the police and the rally" but kept saying all lives matter.
So we march. Keeping the racists from the rally. And they were walking into the march trying to say s@$%. Walking behind us intimidating people yelling all lives matter. There were a lot of kids there.
So we get back and the ones across the street start creeping up to the park. We set up a line to keep them from the rest of the rally and s*&@ got intense. They were trying to provoke an incident. The police refused to get inbetween so we had to.
eventually we got them to back down and leave. But it was f%~%ing scary man! After most people were thanking us for keeping them safe. I mean we had to keep going from spot to spot putting out fires. And we were way out numbered and gunned to fight them. The pigs wanted something to happen so bad.
ooooo super hot ACLU lawyers were thanking me and telling me i did a good job. lol.
so after that, the BLM teens send an organizer over and instead of saying thatnk you, they start complaining about [Young, New Gay Comrade]'s jacket, it scared them cuz it was too militant. At first I thought they just scared, but after the 2nd interaction it sounded like they read an article on how to do identity politics BLM work, and be an ally, and any deviation needed to be scolded. lol whatever. We f&*#n killed it. Made another 12 bucks or so, and at least 1 serious contacts who wants to join.
Speech at #BLM Solidarity Vigil in Lowell went down alright. I thought it was a C+, Mr. Comrade rated it much higher and we compromised and decided that it was a "B+, for Lowell." Best parts, for me, were: when Mr. Comrade, another comrade and I first arrived and I overheard the organizers (two young black women students who were home for the summer) comment "That's CAJE; they've been doing this way longer than us"; when one of the fiery black speakers clasped my shoulder on my way down the city hall steps and said "Great speech!"; when the Nigerian Princess was trying to tease me in front of her sister and the latter defended my right, despite my skin color and age, to use the phrase "stay woke"; when La Principessa showed me how proud she was by [redacted redacted redacted].
Yesterday was a bummer. Turned out it wasn't a memorial service--that will be in a few months around Boston in a UE hall--just friends, family and comrades. Got quite a few Leftist Bingo points, actually, and I had to confess to one of his Philly Solidarity comrades that he only ever joined my group because "Socialist Alternative has the hottest chicks on the left."
Saw some folks I hadn't seen in a decade or more. Turned out Omar and I had the same size feet and his brother Tarek made me take two sets of boots and a pair of shoes. If the reader may recall from an above post, Omar was a bit of a clotheshorse so I now have more expensive footwear than I have ever had. His family also graciously allowed me to claim his red keffiyeh. Cheesesteaks, Goo Goo clusters and Omar's last bottle of Jim Bean. Lot of crying (mostly me) and pulling out of smartphones to share Comrade Omar the Internet Troll's greatest hits. For example, one of his old HERE staffer buddies from the attempt to organize Foxwoods campaign read a "report" that Omar had written after going to the former's home for Pesach entitled "First Born Egyptian Survives Passover Seder."
Haven't checked in with the NH comrades yet, but if Facebook is any indication, the Jill Stein/Black Lives Matter rally in Manchester went well, despite the presence of armed Oathkeeper counterprotesters. Haven't heard yet if Mr. Comrade got to dance with Jill Stein or not.
Right now, I'm in Brooklyn and still want to go to the Eric Garner march, but La Principessa and I haven't gotten much sleep in the last 48 hours and I don't know if I'll be able to wake her up in time. She sleeps a lot during the summer.
Yeah, I shudder to think what would happen if they automated my hub. Luckily, it was built with state-of-the-art 1988 technology (carousels of cages that go round and round) and I've heard management talking about how many tens, if not hundreds, of millions it would take to retrofit the building. But if they did, yeah, they could probably get rid of half of us.
Vive le General Ludd!