Saturday, November 17, 2018

El Paso & Juarez: My tale of two cities

     When you were a kid, did you ever color Easter eggs?  And put the yellow egg into the red die in order to watch it turn orange?  That's pretty much like what has happened here in El Paso in the past 200 years.  Two different cultures have been mixed together here -- and magically turned into an interesting, viable and delightful third one.

     Back in the day, El Paso used to be a Mexican town.  Then it became an American town -- and now it is a happy blend of the best of both.  El Paso is a success because of (not despite of) its cultural diversity.  Please bear this in mind.

     But what about Juarez?  I was about to find out.

     "Don't go there.  It's dangerous!" I was told by a bunch of people who had never been there.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFnxvWgX73Y

     "Piddle-tish," as my father used to say.  Juarez is only a ten-minute walk from where I was staying in downtown El Paso.  I just walked over a bridge, paid a 25-cent bridge toll and Voila!  I was suddenly in Juarez.

     And perfectly safe.

     First I went to Juarez's cathedral, an excellent example of centuries-old colonial architecture.  Then I went to the new, modern and excellent "Frontera" museum.  Then I bought a Juarez T-shirt, visited a curandero, ate an ice cream cone and bought another T-shirt with a picture of Pancho Villa on the front -- and several tiny bottles of tequila to bring home to my friends.  https://lesblank.com/films/chulas-fronteras-1976/

     "What happened here that caused all this change," I asked one of the shopkeepers.  "How come it's not dangerous here any more?" 

     Apparently the Federales finally woke up, got their arses in gear, wiped out a whole serpent's nest full of drug cartels and stopped all that gun-running from America (aka the "War on Drugs").  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbZ3VdYb90o

     And BTW why aren't our own Federal troops also waking up -- and helping to fight the gut-wrenching, heartbreaking and terrible wildfires in California instead of just wasting their time sitting around waiting to torment poor harmless asylum-seekers?  https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/donald-trump-the-migrant-caravan-and-a-manufactured-crisis-at-the-us-border

     "But how do the people of Juarez support themselves?" I asked next.

     "We have about 400 macheadoras -- factories -- here along the border, employing over 5,000 people.  Plus we grow fine-quality cotton here that is picked by hand.  It is in great demand in Saudi Arabia.  We fly it straight there."  Who knew.

     I loved Juarez.  I walked back over there four different times.  And I have the T-shirts to prove it.

     And I loved El Paso as well.  Cultural diversity has really spiced El Paso up.  Too bad that so much of the rest of America is missing out on this treat.

PS:  Bob Dylan wrote a song about Juarez that I can't seem to stop humming.  Marty Robbins wrote a song about El Paso too.  Here they both are, thanks to YouTube:



PPS:  Juarez has all the delightful energy and flavor that we all love to go to Mexico for -- except it only costs 25 cents to get here.  You don't have to drop a bundle of $$$ on air fare to get your hit of Mexican wonderfulness.  Just pay 25 cents and walk across a bridge. 

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Sunday, November 11, 2018


Ted Cruz & election fraud: Leopards don't change their spots

     People may think that I don't like the Republican Party -- but actually I really am quite a big fan.  Why?  Because the GOP changed my whole life!  Have you ever experienced that special "Come to Jesus" moment when suddenly that new path that your life needs to take suddenly becomes crystal clear?  I have.  And I owe my entire "Road to Damascus" experience to Republicans.

     Remember when George W. Bush stole the 2000 presidential election (we coulda had Al Gore, avoided 9-11 and not lost the "war" on Iraq if only more Americans had protested this fraud)?  That is how I became one of the world's first bloggers -- because those dirty election-stealing Repugs actually got me that pissed off.  And I currently have over two thousand blog-post articles to prove it.  Thank you, Repugs!  http://jpstillwater.blogspot.com/2004/12/

     And now, 18 years later, the Republicans are still pissing me off -- and they are still out there stealing our elections as well. 

     So?  What's my point here?  Let's just take a look at the logic involved in the recent Senate race in Texas to see where I'm going with this.  Beto O'Rourke is an honest likable candidate, a third-generation Texan with a proven track record and a fabulous grassroots campaigner.  Ted Cruz looks and acts like Count Chocula, represents the worse interests of Texans, takes millions in Wall Street PAC money, runs a dirty campaign and has a dismal record of being in the pockets of every single lobbyist in DC that you would ever want to hate.  Yet Ted Cruz "won" the election.  What's wrong with this picture?

     I simply don't know how Cruz managed to pull off a win.  But knowing the history of Republican election "wins" like I do, there has to be some sort of hanky-panky going on.  Leopards just don't change their spots.

     Listed below are some of my more popular theories about what happened in Texas on November 6, 2018:

1.  Cruz flat-out flipped the vote.  Easy to do.  We already know that Dallas County was using illegal wi-fi equipment on election premises -- the easier to hack voting machines with.  Plus Dallas County's voting chaos on election day looked like something designed by SNL.  https://truthout.org/articles/new-evidence-shows-texas-senate-race-is-vulnerable-to-manipulation/

2.  ES&S voting machines were involved in this election -- always a bad sign.  They are totally hackable.  So easy that even Sheldon Adelson, some unnamed Saudi prince or a 12-year-old kid with a modem can figure it out.  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/21/magazine/the-myth-of-the-hacker-proof-voting-machine.html

3.  Lies.  Cruz's attack ads were horrendous.  I would be embarrassed to see children watching these ads.  Ugly lies.  And Cruz also lied about himself.  "Tough for Texans"?  Ha.  More like "Tough on Texans -- but easy on Ted's bank account".  The guy used to be a DC lobbyist before he suddenly became a "populist".  You do the math.  https://theintercept.com/2018/10/01/ted-cruz-lobbyist-google/

4.  This one is my favorite -- and you heard it here first.  I think.  Beto had thousands of volunteers working on his campaign.  School teachers, librarians, millennials, retiree, me.  There were thousands of us.  Cruz only had 18 (eighteen) paid staff members working for him.

     "So how did he run his campaign?" you might ask.  He didn't.  Governor Greg Abbott ran it for him.  Wha?

     Did Cruz and Abbott criminally break the law by using Texas state funds, employees, time and money to try to elect Cruz?  Most likely.  We already know that Republicans, like petulant two-year-olds, simply cannot resist temptation when it comes to getting their own way.  But isn't something like that criminally illegal?  And isn't anybody but me gonna ask any questions about that?

5.  Texas presumes to be a Christian state, right?  So no Texan who has ever read (and understood) the Bible and who wants to be a good Christian would ever even think about voting for Cruz -- whose Golden Rule seems to be, "What's mine is mine.  And what's yours is mine too."  So if no true Christians voted for Ted, then who did?  What would Jesus do?  Chase the money-changers out of the voting booth!

6.  How come so many people voted down-ballot for Democrats but still chose to vote up-ballot for Cruz?  It just doesn't make sense unless the voting machines were hacked.  Something Baskerville-ish is going on here, Watson.  The game is afoot.  And apparently the dice are loaded too.  https://jpstillwater.blogspot.com/2018/11/how-come-beto-suddenly-lost-there-we.html

7.  Cruz used to be a professional lobbyist.  His whole freaking job used to be to manipulate the will of the American people to do his own bidding.  Why would he stop now -- now, when he so desperately wants to get his hands into the Senate cookie jar (again)?

      So.  Let's review.  Did Cruz actually steal the 2018 Texas senate election or not?  I think yes. 

     Republicans have proven time and again that they just can't resist the temptation to tamper with our American election process.  Putin is being wrongly accused of hacking our vote.  The Republicans did it!  Again and again and again.  So why would Cruz and his Repug pals change their spots now?  There was just too much to lose.  "Some will rob you with a six-gun, some with a fountain pen...."  http://www.sovereigncanadian.com/music/woody-guthrie-pretty-boy-floyd/

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Wednesday, November 07, 2018


Vote flipping: How come Beto SUDDENLY lost?

      There we all were, all 5,000 of us, gathered together in Chihuahua stadium in El Paso, Texas -- getting ready to celebrate victory for Beto O'Rouke.  It seemed like a sure thing.  "It's neck and neck," the news commentators had just told us, "only with Beto a little bit ahead."

     No problem.  The only votes left to be counted came from El Paso, a Democrat stronghold and Beto's home town.  "We got this," everyone said.  Well.  Everyone was wrong.

     Suddenly, from out of nowhere, Ted Cruz had won!  "Fool me once, shame on me.  Fool me twice, shame on you."  How could Texas voters possibly be foolish enough to RE-elect Ted Cruz!  It just didn't make sense.

     And Beto is too nice a guy not to concede.  

     And here's me, in the crowd, screaming "DEMAND A RECOUNT!!!!"  But no one was listening.  Everyone was crying too hard.  Even me.

Image result for jane stillwater     And now I'm completely heartbroken.  Six more years of that Addams Family wannabe?  The O.G. himself?  We're doomed.  Texas is doomed.  America is doomed.

     If Cruz had lost, he would have shrugged his shoulders and said, "Fine.  I'll just go live in the Caymans and count all those millions I scored from all those lobbyists.  Fine."  

     But this is never to be.  And now myself and all of El Paso are heartbroken.  Goodbye cruel world.  I'm giving up politics forever.  It's just too painful to watch evil people win and good people lose -- again and again and again.

     So here's my next question.  Why do Americans allow their elections to be stolen again and again and again?  Are they just stoopid -- or merely brainwashed?  Or don't they even care?

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Monday, November 05, 2018


My report from El Paso: Beto's grassroots campaign is AMAZING!

     Yesterday I probably walked at least ten freaking miles, all over freaking El Paso, arguably the friendliest city in America.  Here's me, out campaigning for Beto O'Rourke for U.S. Senate, all looking as chic as a Kardashian in my new "Beto for Texas" T-shirt.  But what impressed me most here is the height, width and depth of this campaign.  Beto's volunteers must have knocked on every single door and talked with every single voter in Texas.  At least twice.

       Good grief, I surely do hope that Beto wins this election.  Why?  Because the alternative is just too ghastly to even contemplate -- six more years of Ted Cruz in the Senate.  The O.G. himself, wheeling and dealing his little heart out to make sure that our grandchildren will become extinct.  Yikes!

    Old Gangsta Cruz is running a dirty campaign here.  You should see his commercials!  "Tough for Texas!"  Yeah, right.  At one point Cruz even actually accuses Beto of liking Bernie Sanders!  Heaven forbid.  And, like Trump, Cruz happily dog-whistles to his base -- which apparently consists of old fossils, old dinosaurs and his fellow OGs who don't seem to realize that the world as we think we know it has already come to an end and that all we can do now is evolve or die.  

       That's serious stuff, Ted.

      Arse-kissing billionaires just isn't enough any more, Ted.

     Time for Texas to get off the dinosaur train and vote for Beto O'Rourke!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=30&v=9GRt9GYKuZ0

PS:  Here are some possible campaign slogans for Beto that I thought up all by my self.

     "Ted Cruz is tough on Texans -- but easy on billionaires in New York and DC."

     "Beto O'Rourke stands up for the hard-working men and women of Texas.  Ted Cruz only stands up for billionaires on Wall Street and war profiteers in DC."

PPS:  Now if only Beto would actually man up and buck the horrifying riptide of Israeli neo-con AIPAC influence on our elections, he'd be just about  perfect in my eyes.  But, hey, no American politician ever does that.  Sigh.

PPPS:  I walked over to Juarez yesterday -- and have the T-shirt to prove it!

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018


Pittsburgh & Gaza vs. the Holocaust industry

     Author's note:  I started writing this article on the Nazi Holocaust industry over a month ago, long before the tragic horror of the Pittsburgh synagogue hate crime stunned our nation.  I'm not sure where to take it from here.  From Auschwitz to Gaza to Pittsburgh, I just keep getting more and more horrified by man's inhumanity to man.

       There's a very famous Nazi Holocaust museum in Washington DC right now.  There's an excellent Nazi Holocaust museum in Terre Haute, Indiana, of all places.  There's one in St. Petersburg, Florida.  There's a Nazi Holocaust center and a Nazi Holocaust memorial in San Francisco too. 

      There's also a Nazi Holocaust museum in New York City, El Paso, Tucson, Atlanta, New Orleans, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Miami, Ann Arbor, Boston, Maine, Mississippi, St. Louis, Albuquerque, Nebraska, Cincinnati, Portland, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Milwaukee and Virginia.  There's even one here in my own home town.

     And it seems like approximately every tenth film made in Hollywood involves a Nazi Holocaust story.  And PBS seems to feature at least one Nazi Holocaust-themed program a week.

    However, members of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh never needed a memorial to the grim Nazi Holocaust to remind them of what it is like to be a refugee, a victim of persecution, a stranger in a strange land.  They only had to remember what happened to their own parents or grandparents back in Nazi Germany -- or what happened in their very own synagogue last week. 

     Members of the Tree of Life Synagogue have created their very own Nazi Holocaust memorial -- in their hearts.

     These observant Jews weren't just satisfied with honoring past Nazi Holocaust victims.  They also wanted to help people who are currently trapped in their own modern-day Holocausts as well.  "Never forget."  And they haven't. 

     By helping living refugees from today's modern Holocausts find a better, safer way of life, they have memorialized the past by honoring the present and the future.  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/28/us/hias-pittsburgh-robert-bowers.html

      And for their humane and compassionate perspective regarding the plight of victims of the world's many new Holocausts, some neo-Nazi madman gunned 11 of them down in cold blood.

     But over in Israel, things are quite different.  The whole idea of compassion and of holding out a helping hand to victims of mass murder and genocide?  That idea apparently came to a total dead stop back in 1946.  Far too many Israelis today seem to have totally forgotten what it was like during the Nazi Holocaust -- even despite all the museums, books, movies and hype.  Israelis, even though they have become the top CEOs of the current Holocaust industry, seem to be the ones who have forgotten the Nazi Holocaust most.

     "Never forget."  Never forget what it was like to be hunted, slaughtered, worked to death, starved to death, thrown into concentration camps, gassed and buried in mass unmarked graves.  Yet in Israel, all that stuff has already been completely forgotten.  And the American military-industrial complex also supports building and maintaining as many Nazi Holocaust museums as possible over here too -- but never, ever supports the true spirit of preventing rabid Holocausts in the future

     Let's take the current bloody and inhuman Holocaust in Gaza for example.  The only real difference between the past chilling Nazi Holocaust at Auschwitz and the current chilling Israeli Holocaust at Gaza is that the Nazis who murdered Jews by the thousands did it with gas chambers -- and then hauled their victims' dead bodies off to mass unmarked graves.

     Victims of the Gaza Holocaust, however, are mostly slaughtered by bombs dropped from 10,000 feet in the air.  Israelis don't even have to get their hands dirty with burying the dead.

     How easily it appears to be for so many Americans and Israelis these days to forget what it was like to be actual victims of the horrors of mass extermination -- even despite all their Nazi Holocaust films and museums.  The people of Gaza, however, are never being allowed to forget.

     So.  Now let's get philosophical here for a moment, okay?  What exactly is the point of having governments anyway?  To constantly create even more and better genocidal Holocausts and to turn its citizens into madmen and killing machines?  I think not. 

     The philosopher Aristotle once stated that the purpose of government is to create broad opportunities that allow every one of its citizens to have every chance to live up to their fullest potential. 

     At this point in time, however, both America and Israel seem to be creating more than their fair share of opportunities to create even bigger and more horrid Holocausts like the ones in Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Libya, Afghanistan, Congo, Chile and Yemen -- and also to breed more and more violent bigots. 

     In Israel, its citizens are strongly encouraged to become violent bigots -- while Palestinians are being offered only two choices.  Either they can become obsequious slaves to the state until they die alone and afraid -- or else be forced to rebel.

     And here in America as well, the fine art of creating fully-realized human beings appears to be the very least of our corporate-owned government's goals.  Instead, America's goal right now seems to be the enthusiastic creation of even more haters, greedy bastards with no souls, ruthless imperialists, pipe bombers, mass shooters and fascists.

     And what is even worse is that both Israel's and America's Holocaust industries are somehow managing to claim that the Pittsburgh tragedy and the Gaza Holocaust are all about the minor inconveniences suffered by the actual creators of these horrors -- and not about its true victims. 

PS:  On a lighter note, here's link to a video showing a U.S. Army general about to cream his jeans at the mere thought of finally being allowed to play with all his war toys here on American soil.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpMFmiK-zgo

     Not since the Civil War have so many armed men been set loose to run berserk through the American countryside.  With this level of craziness afoot, things are bound to turn ugly.  And pond-scum like the Pittsburgh shooter are just gonna love it. 

PPS:  I'm actually going to be in El Paso when all this stupid shite actually goes down.  Should make for some hecka interesting sight-seeing.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018


Commuter nightmare: Three (3) torturous hours stuck in gridlock!

     "Someone just gave me two free tickets to a photography class at one of those huge computer mega-campuses in Silicon Valley tomorrow," said a friend.  "Wanna come along and be my plus-one?"

     At Google?  Apple?  FaceBook?  Sounds intriguing.  "Sure!"

     The campus was huge and beautiful and chic.  I got some great photography advice.  End of story?  I wish.  I still had to drive back home to Berkeley in rush-hour traffic. 

     It took me three (3) freaking hours to drive merely 40 miles -- all that distance and yet never getting out of second gear even once?  Hell, I hardly ever got out of first gear.  Three (3) nightmare hours of my life that I will never get back.  My knees still ache from all that clutch and brake activity, and my poor sweet 1990 Toyota Tercel may never be the same. 

     A nice cop in San Francisco even let me cut into line at the Bay Bridge entrance ramp because I was crying so hard.

     I will never ever ever get stuck in urban rush-hour traffic ever again! 

     And yet for far-too-many of my fellow Americans, being stuck in three (3) horrid hours of gridlock urban rush-hour traffic twice a day, day in and day out, has become an actual way of life for them.  All these thousands of cars on the road at rush-hour every weekday don't come from nowhere.

     And what is even worse is that Big Oil has screwed our environment for life and slaughtered over a million civilians in the Middle East just so American commuters can continue to have the phony privilege of wasting six hours of their lives five days a week -- six hours a day that they will never get back.  Really?  Can't anybody out there think up a better way to spend our time and money?  Apparently not.

      Right now, the U.S. stock market is rocketing downward at the rate of 500 points a day -- but perhaps the one good thing that might come out of this looming disaster might be that urban Americans would no long be able to afford so many freaking cars.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPk9HSLagVg

     But still.

     You won't ever again catch me anywhere near any kind of urban freeway between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm on a weekday.  Never ever again.  Once was more than enough.  Thank goodness for public transit!

     Halloween comes only once a year for most of us -- but apparently urban commuters are being forced by economic reality to re-live this singular Halloween commuter trick (with no treat) at least twice a day, five days a week.  What kind of a life is that?

PS:  I almost didn't get home in time to watch "Survivor" -- a program that, after my recent nightmarish experience with gridlock, almost makes living on a primitive (car-less) tropical island start to look good.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018


An election reminder: Bad things happen on the Republicans' watch...

     Holy sheep dookie!  8000 angry Hondurans are currently marching toward America's borders with torches and pitchforks!  This is something that could only happen on the Republicans' watch.  The White House, Congress and the Supreme Court are all currently dominated by Republicans -- and yet DC is gonna blame these marching Hondurans on Bernie Sanders or perhaps even the ghost of FDR?  Yeah right.

     9-11 happened on the Republicans' watch.  We are currently 21 trillion dollars in debt due to the bloody and insane Repub "wars" on Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, etc.  And even the Great Depression of 1929 occurred with Republicans in charge -- not to mention that 2008 housing-bubble disaster that sent so many of us Americans off to the poorhouse.

     No one in the Green Party is currently trying to steal our civil rights, our MediCare, our voting rights and our Social Security.  That's a Republican thing. 
https://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/52973-rsn-rampant-racist-voter-suppression-in-georgia-goes-to-federal-court

    The nuclear Doomsday Clock is currently getting scary-close to Midnight.  Reagan's trickle-down theory refused to trickle down -- and his policies in Central America only created death squads and unhappy campers who are now trying to camp out up here instead of down there.  And as for the climate catastrophe coming our way?  The whole human race may be eliminated on the Republicans' watch -- could be their biggest triumph yet!  http://www.pndnsw.org.au/component/content/article/48-pnd-newsflash/394-doomsday-clock-hands-running-out-of-minutes-as-inf-treaty-ditched.html?fbclid=IwAR2_JLn7LfiYAlPAG6y4UFLsFaonwc69YF6A52acVxXiN-L39HQf1LYgXJg

     Plus we have had to put up with Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Mitch McConnell, Richard "I'm not a crook" Nixon and Stormy Daniels too.  Yuck!

PS:  Sometimes the Democrats suck eggs as well.  Remember Pearl Harbor?  Hiroshima?  Libya, Syria, Korea and Vietnam?  Hell, both of these money-grubbing parties are all in bed together -- and yet we're the ones who end up getting bedbugs.  When both Republicans and Democrats turn out their lights at night, they both seem to dream only of "war" profiteering -- and how to get us gullible peons to pay for it.

     And even worse is when we think that we are voting for Democratic candidates who will protect and support the interests of America's salt-of-the-earth working class -- and then Boom!  We get stuck with Repub wannabes like Johnson, Clinton and Obama.  Jokers and Penguins cleverly disguised as Batman.  Humph.

     For instance, right here in my own California assembly district?  Buffy Wicks is running on a platform of affordable housing and all that liberal stuff -- but is actually funded by a Republican PAC looking for another Brett Kavanaugh.  http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2018-10-19/article/47095?headline=Who-s-Behind-the-Wicks-Mail-Deluge-Who-s-Endorsed-Her-and-More--Becky-O-Malley

     And then there are all those neo-con Israelis and dictatorial Saudis.  No one, either Democrat or Republican, ever goes to Washington these days without Bibi Netanyahu or Prince What's His Name packed away in his or her suitcase.

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Saturday, October 20, 2018


Money Money Money: Only rich people can afford to report on America's "wars"

     Thank goodness for FaceBook.  If it weren't for Mr. Zukerman's reluctant invention, we would never have any idea at all regarding what is actually going on in the world right now, even in "war" zones.  Thanks to FB, however, we have easy access to over a billion on-the-scene eye witnesses located in almost every nook and cranny on the globe. 

     Or at least we used to.

     But please be aware that things are run a hecka lot differently in the mainstream media.  There's never any local citizens on FB covering the news for the MSM in all those trumped-up war zones that Washington and Lockheed-Martin seem to love so much.  Only reporters hired by rich people can afford to report stuff on mainstream media news feeds from there.  And because only rich people can afford to hire MSM war correspondents, we only get rich people's accounts of what's going on in these so-called "wars".  Nobody else can afford it.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXE_n2q08Yw

      Take me for example.  I would immediately run off to such hot-spots and/or hell-holes as Libya, Afghanistan, Honduras or Yemen and report nothing but the truth back to you -- but to do that, I would have to win the lottery first.

     And not just any lottery either.  It's got to be the mega-million-dollar PowerBall SuperLotto jackpot if I am ever gonna have even a tiny chance of reporting back to you from Benghazi or Gaza.  You simply can't get an accurate news-feed from Aleppo or Kabul for free these days.

     For instance, when I was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2007, I was totally stuck in the so-called Green Zone of Baghdad -- where absolutely nothing was going on and there weren't even any Iraqis to talk to.  "But I want to go out and report on the rest of Baghdad too," I complained to my official US Army minder there. http://jpstillwater.blogspot.com/2007/04/sadr-city-my-fall-back-date-to-prom.html

     "Of course you can go out into the Red Zone," my babysitter replied, "but you'll be dead within 15 minutes of crossing that bridge over the Tigris -- unless you can afford eight thousands dollars to hire a platoon of mercenaries and a tank."  Er, no.

     Being a "war" correspondent is simply too expensive for me.

     And another thing that I would just love to report on?  What the freak is going on with the Saudis?  Why have they suddenly dropped their alliance with America and ISIS and become BFFs with the Russians instead?  Could it possibly be that they are starting to think that America might be planning to do unto them what America has already done to Libya, Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Indonesia and Afghanistan?  To most of the world's oil-bearing nations?  And is hoping to do to Iran, Russia and Venezuela too?  Is there a pattern here or what?

     And it's not too hard to imagine that, at this rate, Big Oil will eventually gain a monopoly on every single drop of oil currently left in the world.  But then what happens?  Do you honestly think that the price of gas in America will suddenly start to drop after that?  With a Big Oil monopoly firmly in place?  Yeah right. 

      And as for that Washington Post journalist who just got hacked to death by the Saudis?  Face it, guys.  It's been decades since America has ever given a shite about freedom of speech or even the lives of any journalists -- or even about Saudi terrorism in Yemen or at the World Trade Center either.  You can just bet that Money Money Money is somehow involved here too.  


PS:  There are also lots of places closer to home, right here in the belly of the Beast itself, that I can afford to go report on.  For instance, there's that never-ending "war on drugs" zone in El Paso/Juarez.  Or I could report on that war zone in Washington DC where Congress is fighting like crazy to steal our Social Security.  Or the war zone in Georgia where Black people, even after 400 years, are still fighting for their right to vote.  Or the war zone in South Dakota where Native Americans are fighting for the right to have drinkable water.  Or ditto that war zone in Flint.

     Or I could even report on that war zone right here in Berkeley where we are desperately fighting for affordable housing and the prevention of climate catastrophe -- and also fighting for our right to not have the corporate-owned White House, Congress and Supreme Court continuously stomp on our dreams.

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Saturday, October 13, 2018


Immigrants: Indians are finally taking back America?

     Well, what do you know?  The buffalo are gone from the Great Plains, 100 million Native Americans are dead, Lakota lands are now being stolen by oil companies, most A.I.M. leaders are either murdered or wrongfully in jail, and Chief Joseph will fight no more forever.  The Indian Wars are truly over.  https://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/

     Or are they?

     There appears to be a new breed of Native American that has started the Indian Wars all over again -- reluctant warriors.

     Was it Sitting Bull who traveled to Washington DC, saw how many White men there were back there and said, "Holy cow!  These white-eyes are everywhere!  We're never going to get our lands back!"  And although Sitting Bull defended his Lakota family with all his heart and soul, it was no use.  There were just too many White men grabbing up his homeland.

     But now the tide appears to have turned -- as a whole new group of Native Americans are currently pouring into the USA in great numbers, thousands a day, coming up from the south to reclaim Native lands.  https://mashable.com/article/indigenous-map-america/#flOBYke1WaqX

     "Who me?" say the immigrants.  "I'm only just looking for a job here.  Whatda ya got?"  Stoop labor?  Meat packing?  Trench diggers and roofers?  Nannies and maids?  "Count me in."

     Who knew that our red-skinned brothers from the south would come here to right a great wrong, to take back stolen lands?

     "Not me," say the immigrants.  And yet the thing speaks for itself.  So what's the story here?  Do unto others as you would have others do unto you?  Nope.  "What goes around comes around."

     But it really doesn't have to be like this -- all this "us versus them" bull dookie, yet another unnecessary repeat of America's infamous genocidal policy modeled after George Armstrong Custer and Hitler's rantings in Mein Kampf.  https://www.truthdig.com/articles/america-has-become-a-functionally-fascist-state/

     There is a better way.

     We can all learn from each other.

          It has been scientifically proven that wherever cultures and races interact nicely, we can always see new talents, insights, solutions and ideas being born.  To quote one of America's greatest philosophers, "Please won't you be my neighbor...."  http://jpstillwater.blogspot.com/2011/03/blog-post.html

PS:  I'll be going to El Paso in early November to work on the Beto O'Rourke campaign (who in their right mind would even consider voting for sleazy Ted Cruz?)  And does anyone know the location of any I.C.E. slave-labor camps down there that I can picket while I'm in El Paso?  In the spirit of Crazy Horse?  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/08/us/migrant-children-family-separation-court.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur

      I know that there is a grossly-huge tent-city concentration camp for young Native American children at Tormillo but don't know how to get down there.  Would Uber give me a Lyft?  These camps are truly horrid -- but the good news is that all those useless white tents that were left over surplus from the "war" on Iraq can now be happily sold to us gullible taxpayers (again). https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/oct/02/texas-detention-camp-swells-fivefold-with-migrant-children?CMP=share_btn_fb

     I also plan to visit Juarez while I'm down there.  Any hot tips on the best taco places to visit in Juarez?  And does Juarez have a Yelp site these days?

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