Demonstration in Opposition to Obama’s Barbaric Bombing of Iraq and Syria

[the purpose of which is to destroy Iraq and Syria and provide petroleum multinationals, such as the “invisible corporation,” ExxonMobil ready access to Mideast oil]

The Chicago M19 Anti-War coalition and World Can’t Wait Chicago among others organized a peace gathering Tuesday evening as an emergency protest of the barbarity US foreign policy is again bequeathing upon the world. I found it quite interesting in a mousy sort of way that many of the participants insisted on taking their turn at the microphone; but then, isn’t that what a democracy is all about? Everybody having their say, and through the swirl and mix of opinions, some kind of consensus is derived? These were minority opinions to be sure, but then they had facts on their side; contrasted with the passersby who at most were indifferent. It is astonishing, and that’s too good a word, that at least for the 11th consecutive year their government is bombing yet another country and their gait betrays it no more than as if they were exiting a Cubs game. Let me remind my fellow Americans, and especially that majority that was opposed to Bush, finally, subsequent to their giving the Christian-In-Chief a 90% approval rating, that Bush only lusted after the bombing of Syria subsequent to his plan for the beginning of US imperial domination in Afghanistan, Palestine, Yemen and the rest of the mad plan of the Project for the New American Century. The Republicans propose – see NAFTA, see the razing of Glass-Steagall, see the “ending of welfare as we know it,” see mass incarceration, see the bestowing of $100 billion in digital frequencies to the already filthy rich telecoms – and the Democrats dispose. Obama is worse than Bush, than Bush, yet he remains popular with black people; even street-people friends of mine who haven’t seen a dentist in decades support Obama. It’s as if we’ve forgotten so soon, not to speak of remembering the words that made him a great man, what MLK said: a man should be judge on the content of his character and not the color of his skin. On that scale, Obama gets straight Fs.

Obama, like his predecessor, has propagandized for war. As if the American people haven’t had it up to here with war. Obama’s mantra, hope and change ostensibly meant a dissuasion from Bush’s wars. But in actuality it meant their continuation. How could Obama voters have been so blind? As if it could get any worse than a Chimpanzee-in-Chief. Yet, Obama has not only extended every one of Bush’s wars, and every one of Bush’s infringemenst on civil liberties but he has codified them. As I said, the Republicans propose and the Democrats dispose. Just when You thought it couldn’t possibly get worse than Bush after it couldn’t possibly get worse than Clinton than Bush before him ad nauseam – than the great Black-skinned one appears. Obama describes ISIS as the worst thing to happen to culture since the bubonic plaque. In order to do so, Obama has to excuse himself from the facts; say, that the US invasion of Iraq is estimated to have slaughtered up to a million Iraqis, the vast majority of them, as in any modern war, civilians. Say that the United States in an unprovoked and senseless act of aggression slaughtered 3 million Indochineses in the war the Vietnamese call the American War; compared with the 9/11 attacks, not of 1973 mind you, but of 2011, which killed 3,000. Which crime is the worse? Obviously, the latter. Yet ISIS, which, separate from the hype, it is reliably reported has no capacity to strike the United States. And suppose it could? Just exactly when is karma to become due? The United States again without provocation, and under the shroud of the most mendacious of lies invaded Iraq and tried to occupy the exact areas ISIS now does and failed miserably. How in a rational world is it okay for the United States and not for ISIS? Similarly, why is it perfectly legitimate that Israel possess two to 400 nuclear weapons but not for Iran to have a single one? Not that there is an iota of proof that Iran evens wants to develop one.

The assembled gathered at the Federal Building in downtown Chicago at Dearborn and Adams at 4:30. It is my understanding that there was some kind of prefatory march beginning at 1:00 and marching to the assembly but I didn’t hear anything about that until 4:30. All told I would estimate the total gathered at 100; absolutely less than the dire political climate calls for. And of course not a hint, nor a sniff of the corporate media. The group initiated the proceedings with peace speeches, congregational singalongs with an accoustic guitar and some lead singing. This occurred in the shadow of the Picasso in Fed Plaza, while the flyer distributors passed out flyers spelling out the reason – as if one were needed – for the protest. We got out about 700 flyers. It read:
No Country Left Un-Invaded: No to U.S. Interference in Other Countries

No country left un-invaded. That is the story of the U.S.– Over 800 military bases abroad; invasions of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and interference in countries all over the world.

The U.S. is adventurist and reckless, blind to the catastrophic aftermath of the interventions, such as political, humanitarian, economic and environmental disasters, and expansion of violent, extremist groups.

The U.S. has “Have gun, will travel” policies under the guise of “humanitarian intervention” or “promotion of democracy.” In reality, the aim is to pursue positions of power and natural resources in the world for U.S. corporations at the expense of competitors, and financial and military corporate profits. This has led to U.S. interference in every corner of the world, and expansion of violence and chaos, and massive deaths and destruction. This is all paid by the working people of the United States.

At the same time, the corporations are imposing austerity measures here at home, which are cutting the most necessary funds for education, health, housing, retirement, maintenance and improvement of our decaying infrastructure, food and other services that are basic human rights. The aim of the U.S. corporations everywhere is domination, profits, grabbing raw materials and markets and having loyal puppets of the U.S. corporations and their government.

We must expose and oppose what the U.S. is doing. Here are examples:

In Palestine— Israel’s government, with backing from the U.S. government, has been conducting criminal brutal collective punishment of Palestinians—mass arrests, indefinite detentions, and massive bombing raids in Gaza. This has been an unsuccessful attempt to block development of the recently announced Palestinian unity government bringing Gaza and the West Bank together. And it was also to punish Palestinians for their widespread resistance, in jails and outside, and their fight to Free Palestine. Since the U.S. government backs and funds the Israeli military and police with over $3 billion a year in our taxpayer money, and has defended the bombing raids on civilians and other atrocities, we need to take up the call for No U.S. Aid to Israel, End All Attacks on Palestinians and Collective Punishment Now, End the Israeli Occupation Now, Support the Struggle of the Palestinians For Human Rights.

In Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria– The chaos and anarchy, death and destruction, that the U.S. has unleashed in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria, including by forces first armed and trained by the U.S., must be opposed by all of us. We must demand U.S. reparations for damage done and an end to all continuing threats of bombing or other forms of interference. To contribute to peace and stability, we must demand All U.S. Troops Home Now! Stop All U.S. Interference!

In Ukraine– We have seen the serious results of the bloody regime change fomented in February by the U.S. government with the overthrow of an elected government. Anyone who relies on the corporate media and its dis-information can’t make sense out of the tragedy that has been unfolding in Ukraine.

In brief, intercepted phone calls in February of U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Nuland show the U.S. backed-coup, and we know the U.S. has supported the new government and its openly neo-Nazi Svoboda party and the Right Sector collaborators. The U.S. has been providing them with funds and other support, and urging massacres of opponents in eastern Ukraine. The tragedy of the downed Malaysian Airlines plane would never have happened if a war zone had not been created by the U.S. It is still not clear who hit the plane, tho the U.S. has used the occasion to further blame Russia.

We, as Americans, must oppose meddling by the U.S. in Ukraine as well as the dangerous U.S. mobilization of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Eastern Europe.

In Venezuela– The U.S. government, representing U.S. corporations, has continued its interference in Venezuela– it is still not recognizing the election victory of President Maduro in April 2013, even though international observers declared the election well run. The U.S. government has continued to send millions to opposition parties, who have used street violence to try to destabilize the government. It has even had the Chicago City Council pass a resolution supporting interference in Venezuela.

These sorts of actions by the corporate U.S. government come in the context of a crisis in the economic system, with the big corporations trying to maximize their profits in any way they can. This means that we the people must do much more than only insist that the U.S. government keep its hands off other countries. We must demand reparations for damages, and that the war criminals be brought to international courts.

Here are some of the other issues we must be sure to deal with: government spying, authorization for the U.S. government to arrest and indefinitely detain anyone (under the National Defense Authorization Act); lack of jobs, livable wages and housing for many people; the increased attack on public education by corporations such as through the national Common Core program; privatization of schools, health care and all key public services; immigrant rights; as well as money for illegal and unjust U.S. interventions and wars and not for people’s needs.

After about 45 minutes the group disassembled in an effort to more widely flood the streets of Chicago, and the teeming throngs leaving work and going home for the day, with our message of peace, not war, although no peace with war, and moved to corners further afield from assembly. We also marched down Jackson to State, where we rallied in front of DePaul University downtown. We marched back to the assembly point and dispersed around 6:00. There was a heavy police presence although whether consequent on the march or just coincident with being near the buildings of state downtown is, by this reporter at least, unknown.Speed Star 1.1457378  00 Speed Star 1.1452381  00 Speed Star 1.1451382  00 Speed Star 1.1453377  00 Speed Star 1.1457372  00 Speed Star 1.1461372  00 Speed Star 1.1457375  00 Speed Star 1.1460377  00 Speed Star 1.1458375  00 Speed Star 1.1457377  00 Speed Star 1.1464370  00 Speed Star 1.1467369  00 Speed Star 1.1467370  00 Speed Star 1.1446389  00 Speed Star 1.1468377  00

 

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My Banker, My Lover

My Banker, My Lover

You have a itch, Veronica
That only I can scratch
I have a tongue You foxy one
And it belongs on your snatch

You’re a bleeding ball of desire
All bank reticence and finery
I’m the corruscating purifying fire
With the dream of you merely absent.

You’re all lace and refinery, Veronica,
Nothing but. All shapely bottoms,
Voluptuous breasts upon which you
Stack what is more precious

Your fine mind. I can smell
Your intoxicating aroma from a mile away
With windows shut tight
Against the impinging wind and sunlight

Do you cheat, I’ve heard
Only loose girls are worth anything
The looser the better, wind chimes
notches on lipstick cases, gangling rings

You’re drop dead gorgeous
What’s a poor boy to do?
From your hand springs heaven
That and the morning dew.

A burning ball of light you are
A brief but eternal spark in eternity
A blessing to all you touch and all
Who know something of your purview.

What say we have a threesome?
Me, Thu, and your husband.
He cums on your mouth and I lick it off
And swallow it or your divine triangle.

More importantly, my finger, my tongue
On your brush, your perineum
As we embrace ever so briefly, tell me,
It means nothing.

Meet me in the gutter
The confluence of all humanity
And much that isn’t
Meet me in the sacred street.

August 21

August 21

An incredible summer we’ve had here in Chicago. Not too hot. I think we’ve had two ninety degree days, although a day like today, which I saw clocked at 81, felt like 95. I’m not trying to gloat, rather to be grateful; no doubt someday, dead. And humid. It’s been humid every single day this summer. The only complaint really a Chicagoan could have. It must be the gigantic bathtub nearby. Moreover, despite the chaos all around, and even the very real threat of WW3, Chicago has been much a cup of calm in the chaos; for me at least. I’m white and live on the North side. Not the same for those on the South and West sides who have suffered another vicious round of gun violence. Vicious firestorms in the west and southwest? Don’t affect Chicago. Typhoons in Japan, and another major earthquake? Didn’t even feel it in Chicago? It’s only the politics that threaten Chicago. And what a threat. A war-threat; for as is only right in this great empire, we in Chicago are blessed with a warmonger mayor, Emanuele by name. You ought to know his history and that he was Obama’s chief of staff. There is a garbage can I saw stuffed with garbage on Labor Day (sic). As I write on Thursday morning it is still stuffed. At the same time Emanuele doles out his Tax Increment Financing slush fund to his mutual and trust fund rulers of the roost.

I was in a bar this evening; when the perfect blond. Where’s a blond joke when you need one? announced to me, admittedly in response to my query as to what she thought about “the president”…Initially she asked which one. As always, not sensitive to the estrogen-spirit, I snapped at her, President Ju Hintao, who do you think I’m talking about? I blame myself, because I’m one who likes to endure the guilt of a situation, but not the punishment. But she had the unmitigated gall, and I called her on her lying, to tell me, and I quote, “I love President Obama.” I was crestfallen. This is President Obama now, the second coming of George Bush fils, only with black skin, and infinitely more eloquent. I said, “no, it couldn’t be,” in all seriousness. She just as seriously told me it was true. She loves President Obama. And I’m thinking at this moment, just as I told her, but that jackass is on the brink of starting WW3. And she would have none of it. Simply wasn’t true. I asked, “You didn’t vote for him, did you?” She smiled, and asked me “what” as if in jest. I said “You didn’t vote for him, did you?” She smiled as if there were no more an affirmative needed, but she added, “Of course.” I was not crestfallen this time but dumbfounded. Because she’s working a bar which is hosting the Chicago First Tuesday gala with Ben and Mick. “Not twice?” I protested. She just as gaily announced, “Yes.” And I protested for the last time, “But fool me once and all that.” To which she announced with the sternness of a middle-aged judge, “Hey listen, I don’t want to talk politics. I want to tend bar.”

This is the thing about Obama. Oh, and by the way, this bartendress has kids; which is to say a future I don’t, of ten and fourteen I think she said. The policy remains the same; only the color of the skin has changed. And that, only to protect the innocent. How could she? I wouldn’t be so presumptuous as to call her a blond bimbo, although she was blond; for I’m the bimbo. Unlike his predecessor, attempt to start WW3 in Ukraine, check. Jailed not a single Wall Street banker after the most brazen financial heist in the history of financial heists, check. Turned the open air prison of Gaza into a free-fire zone, check. It’s all negative for Obama, except for the color of the skin. But have we so soon forgotten what Martin Luther King advised? That a man should be judged by the content of his character, and not the color of his skin? As Alexander Cockburn pointed out, George W. Bush was the best thing that ever happened to US Empire for it was so patently obvious what the ruling elite’s modus operandus and agenda were. Obama’s quashed all that with the slick tongue. Even the peace movement is moribund under Obama. Cockburn also suggested that so long as the United States had nuclear weapons so should every country; which is a tough rock to swallow. But it’s true and I agree with him, although I didn’t when I first read his thesis. But the more I thought about it, the more it made sense.

How people go on with their days as if it’s as nightmarish as it can get say in the winter occasionally – but not always because Chicago deserves renown too as a place where winters can be as mild as this summer – in the same mundane ways, especially as WW3 threatens, are as inexplicable as some of my own character defects. In the midst of the war and madness, almost all of it the responsibility of the United States, take the coup against the democratically elected government of Ukraine for example fomented by the same agent as that which murdered President Allende in 1973. Still the season in Chicago is to die for. It’s survivor’s guilt then; non-sufferers guilt. It’s like a cup of calm in the midst of absolute madness, war, and chaos. It defies karma.

With the exception of perhaps two 90 degree days it’s been perfect sunshine and 80s all summer. The humidity has often been unbearable, but that seems a small price to pay compared to so many people who suffer the anguishes of the multitudes in Haiti, Palestine or the greater Middle East – Eretz Israel to a Zionist; places that have almost uniformly been fucked up by US politics. Voices like David Brooks, Dick Cheney, Charles Krauthammer, war criminals is a more apt description, are critiquing President Obama’s approach to foreign policy as if they weren’t completely wrong about Iraq circa 2003. Completely utterly wrong; and not only wrong, but outright deceitful. Anybody who was paying the slightest attention knew Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction, the whole pretext for the invasion of 2003. Indeed, weapons inspectors were in Iraq until they were withdrawn by the warmongers in the Bush regime, antecedent to the invasion. I’m not suggesting Obama’s Iraq policies are qualitatively different than his predecessor’s; they’re not. Issue for issue, Obama, setting aside the more egregiousness of it, has continued and codified the worst excesses of his predecessor. Unlike the oaf and intellectual midget, Obama is slicked-tongued. You’d hardly know he was black if you couldn’t witness it in the flesh. But the first step to solving a problem is identifying it in the first place, and that the corporate media trots out War Criminal #2, Dick Cheney, to illustrate the failures of the Obama regime in Iraq surpasses chutzpah.

In much the same way, to exemplify the celebrated American value of partisanship: Clinton presided over two thirds of the twelve year US-led, UN sanction regime in Iraq that killed 1.5 million Iraqis half of them children, and also bombed it every other day for Clintonian good measure. His Secretary of State Madeline Albright was quizzed by Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes and announced to all the world for sheer cold-blooded terror, that the price of killing 200,000 Iraqis via sanctions, more than were killed in the atomic blasts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was “worth it.” The fact ignored by US imperialists, by the likes of Madeline Albright, or more likely recognized by themselves as a virtue, is that no means justifies the end of killing a single child. Thomas Friedman, war criminals such as George Will, there’s a whole list of just journalists from the Bush regime that ought to be at the gallows. Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Bully, John Stossel. David Brooks. They’re like Nietzsche’s Flies in the Marketplace. They become too tiresome to swat. Charles Krauthammer is another fly. He got Iraq completely wrong. Whether his was a lie, a conspiracy of omission or commission, only he knows. And the Chicago Tribune still publishes his syndicated column as if Krauthammer’s is a voice that should be taken seriously. And people fret that institutions, if such they may be called, such as the Tribune are succumbing to technology. Why? David Brooks is still published in the New York Slimes. Nietzsche again: They vomit their gall and call it a newspaper.

It’s true it would be insanity to hope for a different result of Obama’s same policies. Unfortunately for everyone, one has to wonder for all his intellectual brilliance is Obama really that obtuse. He purports to enact change by means of the self-same policies as his pale-skinned predecessor. The policies remain the same, only the color of the skin has changed.

Open Letter to Samantha Powers

Dear Ms. Powers

You are nearly as wrong-headed as Senator Kirk, if that’s possible and it’s not but there you have it. You call your foreign policy strategy “humanitarian intervention” and “muscular intervention,” because you are so mendacious and cowardly; not to speak of dishonest. For the only degree of difference between such an abhorrent arrogance, and the “containing of communism,” but not of the far more sinister capitalism, and the so-called war on terror, is the name. Now I’m the one not being honest for the fact is there is a further degree of difference. Humanitarian intervention is much more violent and rapacious. Let’s call humanitarian intervention what is, shall we? A mere continuation of the savagery exhibited by this country from the day it started stealing Native land. I’ve heard it often said that President Obama deserves a break because of the Augustean Stable he inherited from Bush the Stupider. But I have to ask You Ms. Powers, if that’s the standard of value, sure Bushie stole the election, can you blame him, who wouldn’t, but why shouldn’t he be afforded the same pass as Obama? He had his own Augustean Stables to cleanse the filth of, didn’t he?

I ike to jabber to myself, just when you thought it couldn’t get worse than Clinton, Bill, the Slick One, comes along. It couldn’t possibly get worse than the Intellectual Midget, could. But wait. It can. And not only that, but a prime case of black exceptionalism to remind blacks of their rightful place: in the gutter, filthy, hungry, homeless and friendless. The unpeople we ought to call them. I’ll bet even they’re tired of the black label. And just when you thought there was no conceivable way it could get worse, worser, as we say in the ghetto, it couldn’t conceivably be worse than the chimpanzee, along comes Obama. You must be terribly narcississtic about your boy, no?

Obama, his legacy: you know as well as me, no, Ms. Powers? An alum of George W. Bush, and not even an embarrassment. No, why should it? Why shouldn’t Georgie, despite the fact he stole the election, and Gore rolled over like a dead dog, be a narcissist? Who else would be? I think you get the gist. Let me, as I did Senator Kirk this afternoon, instruct You as to how best to serve your constituents: No war on Syria or Iraq! No more US wars period. We, the American people, have had it up to here with war. Bring all US troops home, now! Shutter every last one of the foreign US military bases, and bring those resources home to feed the hungry here, and to house the homeless.