Listen to Mario Cuomo, you apathetic fools who could not find your way to the polls this past November, and learn a little about passionate humanism. You didn't bother to vote... and now as you watch the progressive gains of over 100 years circle the drain you should remember these words.
Spend some time studying the issues. Learn a little of what Cuomo saw happening in the 80s and see if you don't find the same corporatist bullshit emanating from the bought and paid for mouths of the GOPers of today. When you start losing the gains progressives fought for in the early part of the last century... maybe in 2016 you can find a way to put down your video games and smart phones long enough to cast a vote.
July of 1950 a bouncing baby boy is born in Tulsa, Oklahoma as the son of an
engineer for Shell Oil Company. The family frequently moved to various oilfield
jobs around the world, finally settling in Louisiana. In the late 1960s young
David met William Luther Pierce, the leader of the white nationalist and anti-Semitic
National Alliance, who so impressed the young Duke that he would call Pierce
his main influence. By his own admission, Pierce remained a lifelong influence
1967: Duke joins
at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge. Formed the White Youth
Alliance as an affiliate of the National Socialist White People's Party. Protest
William Kunstler's appearance at Tulane University. Appeared at a demonstration
wearing a Nazi uniform. Held parties on Hitler's birthday. First came to public
attention at LSU's "Free Speech Alley" when he makes white
the book "African Atto,'' under the pseudonym Mohammad X, encouraging
violence against whites. Later, duke said the book was a satire.
in blackface, disrupts the Legislature which was unveiling a bust of P.B.S.
Pinchback, a black man who served briefly as Governor during reconstruction.
"Finderskeepers," a sex manual, also under a pseudonym.
11,000 votes during an unsuccessful bid for the Louisiana Senate.
a visit to Great Britain, dodges bobbies trying to expel him from the country.
Also that year, he was arrested in Jefferson Parish and charged with inciting a
the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, where he was grand wizard, in a dispute over
the alleged sale of membership rolls. Forms the National Association for the
Advancement of White People.
during a demonstration in Forsyth, GA.
for President. Barred from running as a Democrat, he moved to the Populist
Party and hired ex-American Nazi leader Ralph Forbes as campaign manager. His
name was on 15 state ballots and he received 0.5 percent of the national vote.
found little acceptance and even less success running for office as a Democrat,
so he jumps ship and runs as a Republican. By a 227-vote margin, Duke won a runoff for a Louisiana House Seat in Metairie. He
leaves that office without explanation after a single term in 1992.
1990: Running again as a Republican, Duke loses a primary for the U.S. Senate to Democratic
incumbent J. Bennett Johnston. Even the GOP was getting sick of Duke, so they forced the official GOP candidate,
Ben Bagert, to drop out of the race and avoid a runoff. Duke still gets 43.5 percent of the vote.
1991: Again running as a Republican, Duke runs in the gubernatorial primary, knocking
incumbent Gov. Buddy Roemer out of the race. Loses the primary in a landslide
to Edwards, gets 39 percent of the vote.
presidential bid ends with South Carolina primary.
Mid-1990s: As seems to be a pretty easy thing for haters to do, Duke gets a gig hosting a radio talk show in the New Orleans. Organizes the European-American Unity
and Rights Organization. He manages a computer mailing list and sends out mailings to members claiming to be in financial straits and under harassment by the
IRS. Begs for money.
Grand Jury investigates the $100,000 sale of a list of Duke supporters to gov.
Mike Foster. No charges are returned. Runs for Congress for a New Orleans-area seat but comes in third in the primary.
January 2000: Shortly
after Duke leaves for a speaking tour in Russia, federal agents raid his home
in Mandeville, LA. A search warrant, based on testimony from confidential
informants, alleged that Duke took hundreds of thousands of dollars he
solicited from supporters and gambled the money away at casinos.
spends most of his time out of the United States on speaking tours.
December 16, 2002: Duke returns to the U.S. to work out a
plea bargain with federal prosecutors.
December 18, 2002: Duke
pleads guilty to charges of mail fraud and filing a false tax return in a plea
agreement with a maximum $10,000 fine and 15 months in prison.
April 15, 2003: Duke
reports to federal prison in Big Spring, Texas to begin serving his sentence. January 27, 2014: Louisiana
Republican Congressman Steve Scalise is revealed to have spoken before a 2002 meeting
of David Duke’s European-American Unity and Rights Organization. Scalise claims
to not having any knowledge of who David Duke is or what he stands for.
Scalise is set to take the third seat in Republican leadership when the 114th Congress convenes after the first of the year. Seems the rest of the leadership and the bulk of the right side of the aisle have Scalise's back on this.
I've kept my yap shut about this just waiting for the other shoe to drop. Now that it has I'll point my finger at the hypocritical Dimocrats that ran away from the President and lost their elections anyway... especially the dumbass in Louisiana (is that oxymoronic?).
This is Bill Girling, CEO of that supposed job creator, the Keystone XL Pipeline. Just a few weeks ago this lying liar and primo Foxsucker was promoting 40,000 "enduring" jobs created by the pipeline. Now he admits only about 50. Oh how the mighty do crash and burn. Hope he takes a few score of those money grubbing, lying GOPers in Congress with him... and let's include the remaining few Dims that took the big money to lie.
One thing is certain. You cannot trust the multinationals or the politicians in their pockets. They don't care about you one iota.
Or why the hell do you proselytize when you know the Inn is Full?
Jehovah's Witnesses is a Christian sect that teaches much of
the same afterlife via salvation as all of the hundreds of splinter sects, just
with a few curious differences. They don’t accept that being saved once is a
permanent thing, believing instead that the salvation has to be maintained by
good works. And unlike most of their cousins, JWs aren’t believers in fate or
predestination, believing that God gave man free will.
So far so good for an evangelical cult, but then they go and
jump the rails. Here they come down my driveway knocking on my door, as they did just last week, asking the classic, “Brother, do you have a few minutes
to speak with us about Jesus Christ?”
As I normally do I stepped out on the porch and invited them
to go on with their snake oil pitch. It wasn’t long before they got to the
salvations part and asked, “don’t you want to go to heaven?”
When I responded
that I figured by now that heaven was already full to the gills, both of the
Witnesses first looked at me with a quizzical expression, and then to each
other. Neither understood my reference. This is just another anecdote
indicating that often it is the non-believers who know more about the religion
then do the believers.
The JWs preach that there are varying levels of God’s grace,
basing their beliefs on the biblical verse found in Revelation 14:1-4.
According to their own literature, heaven is a limited playground that is capable
of holding only 144,000 of the faithful. There is no mention of which I am
aware of any criteria differentiating one convert from another, so I’m left to
believe that only the first 144,000 to get in line get a ticket to the show,
and I figure they sold out a long time ago. These lucky few are called, the
So what does God do with the overflow? According to the
sect’s teachings, Revelation 12:17 says the unlucky riff raff will simply
remain alive or be resurrected to reside on the earth, much as we have been doing all along. The difference, according to John 3:3, is that we will be able to “see” heaven. Seems to me that it would be quite the bitch if you happened to be number 144,000 and your spouse was 144,001.
of not-quit-good-enough-for-prime-time-players are called the “other sheep”,
from a term Jesus used in John 10:16. Nobody really know who is anointed or who is a sheep, other than a few of the Witnesses who are convinced that they are anointed. For the most part none of the others pay these egotists much attention.
So I sent my would be saviors packing back down the driveway in the direction from whence they'd come. Given the options and understanding the odds, I think I'd
rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints, the sinners are much
more fun… with apologies to Billy Joel.
“My heart is filled with joy when I see you
here, as the brooks fill with water when the snows melt in the spring; and I
feel glad, as the ponies do when the fresh grass starts in the beginning of the
year. My people have never first drawn a bow or gun against whites. There has
been trouble on the line between us, and my young men have danced the war
dance. But it was not begun by us. It was you who sent out the first soldier
and we who sent out the second. The blue dressed soldiers and the Utes came out
from the night when it was dark and still, and for campfires they lit our
lodges. Instead of hunting game, they killed my braves, and the warriors of the
tribe cut their hair for the dead. So it was in Texas. They made sorrow come in
our camps, and we went out like the buffalo bulls when the cows are attacked.
When we found them we killed them and their scalps hang in our lodges.
The Comanche are not weak and blind, like
pups or a dog when seven sleeps old. They are strong and farsighted, like grown
horses. We took their road and we went on it. The white women cried and our
women laughed. But there are things which you have said which I do not like.
They are not sweet like sugar, but bitter like gourds. You said that you wanted
to put us upon a reservation, to build us houses and make us medicine lodges. I
do not want them. I was born upon the prairie, where the wind blew free and
there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I lived like my fathers before
me, and like them I lived happily.”
These words were spoken in 1867 by the Chief Paruasemena (Young Bear) of
the Yamparikas Comanche at the Medicine Lodge Treaty negotiations. There were
three treaties signed at Medicine Lodge, Kansas, and all were abysmal failures.
United States military and the tribes all failed to honor a number of articles
in the treaties. The agreements were caught up in a bitter dispute between the
House of Representatives and the Senate over which body had control of treaty
making with the Nations. Then as now, politics was the fly in the ointment.
Unresolved acrimony and political posturing spelled an end to treaty attempts
after 1870. It also disrupted promised appropriations and rations for
reservations. This made a bad situation worse as the rations were wholly
inadequate in the first place. The result was famine and sickness for the
natives on the reservations. Discontented young men left the reservation with
their families, returning to the old way of raiding settlements, both out of
anger for the dishonesty of the government’s agents, and to alleviate their
starving conditions. It wasn’t long before the wars reached fevered pitch.
brief history describes the beginning of the end of the story. The origin of
the story harkens from prehistoric times. Abundant evidence has been unearthed
suggesting that primitive human society existed on the American continents for
some 12 millennia, but with their origins remaining somewhat a mystery. [ii]
Evidence of these
peoples has been found in scattered locations across the North American Great
Plains. For several years we called these natives the Clovis people. The first
and most abundant evidence was discovered near that New Mexico city. We have
since determined that there were three separate and unrelated DNA lines that
appeared on these continents within a few thousand years of each other. They
were of different bloodlines, but all were foot nomads. It was the Clovis
bloodline that was ancestor to the Shoshonean nations, from which the Comanche
The early nomads
were hunters who ventured onto the plains in search of large game. They hunted
mammoth, musk ox, reindeer, elk, bear and primitive horses. After about 3,000
years the focus shifted to the early bison; predecessor of the buffalo. The
people migrated in search of game, but returned every year to traditional, high
ground locations to prepare for the coming winter. These traditional camps and
the artifacts found there are where much of our knowledge originates.
continued in one form or another for centuries, but then along came the
It started with
the Spanish, followed soon afterwards with the French, Dutch and English. The
western march of settlements brought strangers with strange customs into
regular contact with native tribes. Many of the tribes and bands were friendly
to the newcomers, receiving the new settlers with good grace and offering
trade. Other resisted contact and simply moved further west. The Euro-Christian
concept of Manifest Destiny and the Homestead Act of 1862 provided false
justification for settlers to push further west, creating more competition for
a finite lands and hunting, creating tension between the settlers and the
were signed in futile efforts to assuage conflict, promising land, rations and
peace, but the treaties were almost never honored. The Christian concept of
manifest destiny manifested as bigotry in these situations, and the natives
were treated as savages. The natives responded in kind.
tribe provided one of the main sources of resistance. The Comanche were famous
for their horsemanship and ferocity. The roving bands became notorious for
raids on homesteads and towns, and for kidnapping settler women and children,
the most famous of whom was Cynthia Parker; mother of Quanah Parker. This
resistance served only to heighten tensions between the settlers and the
outbreak of the Civil War, some Indian tribes attempted to align themselves
with what they believed would be the winning side. In the case of the Comanche,
that side was the Confederacy. When the war ended with the Greycoats losers,
the Comanche were brought to Fort Smith in Arkansas and made to swear loyalty to
the United States government.
did not long last and soon came a resurgence of the Comanche as rulers of the
plain. They spread out over large expanses of the southern plains, took what
they had learned from the white man and began to expand both militarily and
economically. They fought both diplomatically and violently to maintain power
in their areas of control. In the Treaty of Little Arkansas in 1865, the tribe
was awarded a large piece of land spanning parts of Oklahoma and Texas. Some
parts of this region, known as Comancheria, later became part of the
continued their raids and soon the United States government took action. The
Comanche Campaign is a term used by the government to describe the organized effort
to drive the Comanche off their land. The Comanche redoubled their resistance
in a series of violent clashes with the settlers between 1867 and 1875.
was intent on taking the Comanche land. In 1871 Col. Ranald “Bad Hand”
Mackenzie was given command of the Fourth Cavalry Regiment and sent to Texas to
force the Comanche onto the reservation. Over the next few years, using large
bodies of troops, Mackenzie engaged in dozens skirmishes with the Comanche in
the area known as the Llano Estacado. Mackenzie was determined to force the
tribe off its land. [iii]
In the early morning
hours of Monday, September 28, 1874, in a deep Red River canyon in the Texas
Panhandle, 400 troops led by Mackenzie attacked a still sleeping camp of Kiowa,
Comanche and Cheyenne. The women and children not killed in the initial attack
retreated up the canyon while the men engaged the soldiers allowing their
families to escape. The engagement lasted hours, and by noon the surviving
natives had escaped. They left lodges, horses and supplies gathered for the
coming winter behind. Mackenzie ordered the lodges burned and the supplies
destroyed. Next he slaughtered 1,048 horses and mules leaving the natives afoot.
Without horses, shelter or food, the natives faced a killing winter. [iv]
The Palo Duro
Canyon fight was the largest engagement in the Red River Wars. It marked the
end of the Southern Plains Indians' military resistance. The once proud
Comanche surrendered and were forcibly resettled onto the reservation. A proud
people was dispossessed of land that had been their ancestral birthright for
over 12,000 years. To this day locals visit the Palo Duro to collect meal from
the decomposed bones of the horses, many of them oblivious to the history upon
which they stand.
Jacki Thompson Rand, “Medicine Lodge
Treaty (1867),” Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, <http://digital.library.okstate.edu/encyclopedia/entries/M/ME005.html>
W. Fitzhugh, I. Goddard, S. Ousley, D. Owsley, D. Stanford. "Paleoamerican
Origins." Encyclopedia Smithsonian, Science and Technology. Anthropology
Outreach Office, Smithsonian Institution, 1999. <http://www.si.edu/Encyclopedia_SI/nmnh/origin.htm>
[iii]Ernest Wallace, "MACKENZIE, RANALD SLIDELL," Handbook of Texas Online
<http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fma07> (accessed 2014.04.27),
Uploaded on 2010.06.15, Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
T. R. Fehrenbach, Comanches: The
Destruction of a People”, 1974, LCCN 73-20761. Republished in 2003 as Comanches: The History of a People, ISBN
1-4000-3049-8, LCCN 2003-267713
The Internet machine lit up last
week when a Pennsylvania youth pulled a boner (pun intended) by posting a
Facebook photo of himself in a rather tasteless pose with a praying jesus
statue. This got our hapless 14-year-old miscreant charged with the crime of
blasphemy and threatened with a two-year stretch in the Juvie pokey.
This law, which appears to be the
product of somebody’s poop chute isn’t actually titled “blasphemy”, but the
effect is the same. Our teenage Bozo is being charged with “desecration, theft
or sale of a venerated object”, a second-degree misdemeanor from a statute
enacted in 1972. The “venerated object” in question is that jesus statue. Jesus
is on private property owned by a group named “Love in the Name of Christ”.
So the local constabulary wants
to charge the boy with “desecration”, which Pennsylvania law describes as
“defacing, damaging, polluting or otherwise physically mistreating” an object
“in a way that the actor knows will outrage the sensibilities” of anyone who
learns about it. Out hapless fool’s Facebook photo provides ample evidence that
the child mounted the statue, striking a pose that most folks would find
tasteless, but does it “outrage”, and even if so, did the boy “know” this? That
one is going to be tough to prosecute, I think. A more sensible charge might be
trespassing, but jesus was not vandalized or damaged. He is still kneeling in
prayer with eyes fixed skyward, so there is no theft. I’m not sure how one
might pollute a statue but jesus appears sober to me so I don’t think that
But apparently there are plenty
of people in Pennsylvania wearing shorts that are twisted or maybe a few sizes too small, because
they think jesus was desecrated. Ask Webster what that word means and try to
apply it to these circumstances. Only in the mind of a dogmatist could it be
stretched that far.
Now I would agree the boy’s
behavior was crude and certainly immature… he is 14… how mature were you at age
14? On the surface this law appears designed to defend religious objects from ridicule…
which is the textbook definition of blasphemy. Any way it is applied this law violates the free speech rights
of this boy, and tramples all over the establishment clause to boot. I call foul,
and I truly hope the township is silly enough to press it because even the
wingnut Roberts Court would find the law out of bounds on First Amendment