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Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004
6:27 pm
I'm thinking about going back (yet again!!!) to Blog format, in hopes that a Blog will give me some more flexibility and encourage me to possibly raise my level of writing- concentrating on actually WRITING rather than just blabbering about my day and then posting an RW article every other week or so...

Thursday, September 9th, 2004
9:32 am
Our domain, this kingdom come
now godless lands whose ways are lost.
Without the strength to carry on.
All values lost all virtue none.
Did you think you would be saved
by burning flags to cleanse yourselves of shame?
Or are you afraid as you stare back at your face?
are you ashamed, are you afraid,
by destroying what the gods had made?
Did you think you would be saved?

I believe that we'll conceive
to make in hell for us a heaven.
A brave new world,
A promised land,
A fortitude of hearts and minds.
Until I see this kingdom's mine,
I'll turn the darkness into light,
I'll guide the blind,
My will be done, until the day
I see this kingdom has been won.

No more the servants of the weak
devoid of thought or light to seek.
I'll leave no walls, no stone unturned.
Every tower to be razed to the dust from which it came.
None will be spared, no remnant saved.
Are you ashamed, are you afraid,
of the gods and idols you have made?
Did you think you would be saved
by the gods and idols you have made?

And I believe that we'll conceive
to make in hell for us a heaven.
A brave new world,
A promised land,
A fortitude of hearts and minds.
Until I see this kingdom's mine,
I'll turn the darkness into light,
I'll guide the blind,
My will be done until the day
I see this kingdom has been won.

None will be saved...
None will be saved...

-VNV Nation, "Kingdom"

Why does this song always remind me of Chairman Avakian's idea of "looking from the final goal back"?

Current Mood: determined
Tuesday, August 31st, 2004
6:06 pm
A mixed weekend
Well, I'm back from New York City, kids. The demonstration outside the Republican National Convention was utterly phenomenal, with estimates ranging from 500,000 to 1,000,000 people storming the streets of NYC to say NO! to Bush and all that he stands for. Although very very hot (I actually got some heatstroke), and packed with people shoulder-to-shoulder, and about 200 arrests, it was a very fun and phenomenal time in which I enjoyed the company of many kindred souls and was able to stand against the Bush agenda. It was truly a great victory for the people of the world (we got out about 10,000 Revolutionary Worker newspapers on that day alone!!!)... you can check out the coverage at http://www.indymedia.org/ .

Oh yeah, and look out for something about the Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade in the New York Times soon... they'll be doing a story about us!

However, there is still a part of me that hurts after this weekend... I thought I was doing good in moving on with being turned down by someone who I really liked but is currently not at a point in their life where they are into relationships. I really did. I thought I could survive by just being a supportive, affectionate, and helpful friend and colleague. But no... I had to get myself caught up in some stupid emotional bullshit, and now I find myself caught in this grey area of being addicted to this person, unable to move on and feeling so alone and uncertain. I feel guilty because I feel like it's just dragging them down, and I'm frightened that it will destroy our friendship and comraderie.

Why must I be such a pathetic, hopeless romantic? Why do I have to fall head-over-heels despite knowing better? I had never met anyone quite like this, I felt such a strong and powerful connection, a great amount of hope that something could come of this... but now I see that all I ever do is trap myself in this kinda nonsense like a childish schoolboy- things that can never be.

You keep your distance with a system of touch
And gentle persuasion
I'm lost in admiration could I need you this much
Oh, you're wasting my time
You're just wasting time

Something happens and I'm head over heels
I never find out till I'm head over heels
Something happens and I'm head over heels
Ah don't take my heart
Don't break my heart
Don't throw it away

I've made peace with much of myself. I am on the road to being whole and being able to like myself. Why can't I have someone to help me along the way? Why can't I have someone whom I can catch when they fall?

I have something to be dedicated to, and I have a set course in life. Why can't there be someone to march forward with me hand-in-hand, where we can strive together towards the same goal and have the same passion for life?

All I have is a small shard of hope for this new future of mine. However, it doesn't help that this happens so soon after this new future has begun...

I'll find a way. I must... I must keep on going, no matter what.

So many little things followed me,
So many little things that bothered me... But I found my answer.
From all the chaos that followed me, I have found my answer.
I've told you before don't follow me, because I am not your answer.

I am not alone, I am not afraid, I am not unhappy...
These are the words I say to myself everyday...
I am not alone, I am not afraid, I am not unhappy...
Tell me, what ritual I should have today?
But I'm not alone.... I've resolved so many things and set myself free.

I am not alone, I am not afraid, I am not unhappy...
The words I say to myself every day.
I am not alone, I am not afraid, I am not unhappy...
Such a stupid ritual to have to say to myself everyday.
I'm not alone but I found my answer and set myself free... I'm not unhappy.

I'm not alone and I'm not unhappy.
Not alone and I'm not unhappy.
I'm not afraid and I'm not unhappy.

I'm not afraid... I'm not afraid...
I am not alone... I am not afraid... I am not unhappy...
These are the words I say to myself everyday...
I am not alone... I am not afraid... I am not unhappy...
I am not alone... I am not afraid...
I am not alone... I am not afraid...
I am not alone... I am not afraid... I'M NOT AFRAID!!!

I am not alone, I am not afraid, I'm not unhappy...
The words I say to myself everyday.
I am not alone, I am not afraid, I am not unhappy...
Such a stupid ritual to have to say to myself everyday...
I'm not alone but I found my answer and set myself free... I'm not unhappy.

Current Mood: determined
Sunday, August 15th, 2004
11:06 pm
Dig my new place guys:
The outside of the Georgia State University Village:

A room with a view =):

The kitchen:

The living room:

One of the bedrooms:

One of the bathrooms:

So yeah... there we go... 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 kitchen, and 1 living room... I move in Thursday.

WOOT! See you guys this weekend, when my computer will be hailing from downtown Atlanta ^__^

Current Mood: ecstatic
Thursday, August 5th, 2004
12:42 pm
Democrats' War Party and the Real Way to Say NO to the Bush Agenda
[b]Democrats' War Party and the Real Way to Say NO to the Bush Agenda[/b]

Revolutionary Worker #1248, August 8, 2004, posted at http://rwor.org/

"Mr. Kerry is determined to present himself as a leader of strength, one who would more effectively pursue the same goals Mr. Bush has established for progress in Iraq and the broader anti-terror war."
-Wall Street Journal

The Democratic National Convention had a single-minded message to hammer into all our heads: The war in Iraq and the global "war against terrorism" need to be pursued until victory, and John Kerry is the best man to do it.

There was nothing subtle about any of this.

Kerry opened his July 29 acceptance speech by giving a military salute and declaring that he was "Reporting for duty." He announced that his party and campaign have "one simple purpose: to make America stronger at home and respected in the world."

Kerry pledged himself ready to launch new wars, saying "Let there be no mistake, I will never hesitate to use force when it is required." He called for expanding the U.S. military, expanding spy networks, even more tightly closing the border and aggressively hardening U.S. domestic life.

Day after day, this political circus shamelessly exploited every nauseating symbol of "Faith, Family, Country." The criminal war against Vietnam was put forward as a symbol of "heroism"--and the ugly imperialist medals that veterans once righteously threw away now were treated as Kerry's most important credentials for wielding state power.

At times, the Democratic convention looked like it had been taken over by some military coup--with a parade of military brass at the podium. On Wednesday, 12 retired generals and admirals publicly endorsed Kerry and that night, General John M. Shalikashvili, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke from the podium. The next night General Wesley Clark, the commander of the U.S. attack on Yugoslavia, praised Kerry as a potential "commander in chief."

When his time came to speak, Kerry made an unprecedented promise: saying that in his future administration, the opinions of the military high command would carry more weight than they do today (under the Bush administration).

For days, the Democratic convention had "beaten around the Bush"--enforcing a respectful tone towards the current president. When it came time for Kerry's big speech, his main complaint about the current Bush team was that they have not waged war to victory--and especially, that they did not have a successful plan for pacifying Iraq after invading it.

Kerry has criticisms about how the Bush crew launched the invasion of Iraq and the reasons they gave for the war. But fundamentally, Kerry and his party promised to "finish the job"--crush any resistance in Iraq, and impose a pro-U.S. government by military force. His main proposal on Iraq? To mend fences with France, Germany and Russia, in order to enlist their help in successfully finishing the U.S. conquest of Iraq. "I know what we have to do in Iraq," Kerry said. "We need a president who has the credibility to bring our allies to our side and share the burden."

On the opening day of the convention, former President Jimmy Carter offered Kerry to the ruling class--as the best man to carry forward their international moves. "With our allies disunited, the world resenting us, and the Middle East ablaze," Carter said, "we need John Kerry to restore life to the global war against terrorism."

At a time when the false justifications for the war on Iraq have been exposed, Kerry's convention and campaign worked to revive and reinforce one of the most poisonous themes of our times: That the people of the United States must give the government a blank check to pursue constant, open-ended global warfare, all supposedly in the name of keeping them "safe." As the war in Iraq becomes an unpopular quagmire, Kerry is working to refocus people's attention on the supposed "terrorist threat" and rebuild support for future wars on that basis.

After Boston, it is even more clear (in case there were any doubts): John Kerry embraces and promotes the global crusade the U.S. government has launched over the last three years. He is not a "peace candidate"-- he is the other candidate for imperialist Commander-in-Chief... continue this article at http://rwor.org/a/1248/dnc_kerry_nomination.htm
Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004
4:59 pm
The Olson-Lindblad Family Reunion 2004
Well, the Swedish-American shindig, celebrating the 100th birthday of the family farm, went very very well.

Wow, it was... quite amazing. All night we were all jammin' to Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Rammstein, Bob Seeger, Metallica, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Ozomatli, Manu Chao... every generation, every night, even the 50+ crowd... was gettin' shitfaced and craaaazy, mothafuckaz. Even the 45-80 crowd was droppin' some rhymez to Snoop, it was gorgeous ;___;. Oh yeah, and singing along to Bob Seeger while totally shitfaced. Wow. I'd have to say the best quote of the whole family vacation was me going "Heeeeey folksh I d-d-d-d-don't think the Northern Lights are ahahahahahahahahahaaHAAAAAAA umm umm I don't think the Northern Lights are supposed to be sp-sp-sp-sp(giggle)-SPINNIN'!!! Um, yeah, th-they aren't... Oh God I'm fucked up..." (the sad thing is that this was caught on tape, supposedly). And of course, the beer run in the star-studded silver van across the Minnesota countryside.

Ahh... Minnesota... the call of the loons, the gorgeous lakes, the boating and swimmin', grandmother's rhubarb pie... yeaaaaah, it was chill. Oh yeah, my great uncle restored all the family cars throughout the generations and we got to go ridin' in a Model T o____o that was fun. And MAN, has my family CHANGED since I last saw them... my family have been, for DECADES, faithful Seventh-Day Adventist Christians and hardcore Republicans... Swedish Bible thumpers to da CORE... now... that is.... uhhhh... entirely untrue, except for about 5 people (out of the 60 who came). Only my 96 year-old great grandmother, my grandparents, and a couple of distant cousins have abandoned the Republican Party and Christianity! o___o All my great uncles and aunts, aunts and uncles, all my cousins... abandoned the Christian religion and now we have a new god...

Frosty, the snowman lawn ornament.

Yes, we took an old Xmas lawn ornament, decorated it, and made him our GOD; and we worshipped him on the beach, and made offerings to him, paraded him around the lake, demanding that other vacationers in other cottages worship him, and... yeah, yeah... the farm and the resort area surrounding it became known as Camp Frosty. It was all good.

Oh yes, one of my cousins has a really cool girlfriend: she's a professional fire-eater and contortionist! XD It was pretty cool to see her performance art. I did one make great mistake though: I informed her that her asscrack was showing a bit, and did she react by pulling up her pants? Oh, no; she decided to react by dropping her pants, bending over, and flipping me the bird. Thankfully, it was a nice ass, so I we made a toast to it.

Oooh! Oooh! Aaaaaand at the flea market, there was stuff from an estate sale of a WWII vet and his Japanese wife, and we were able to swipe some Meiji Era (1867-1914) artwork and photographs, 2 WWII-era kimonos and obis, and some hankerchiefs of undetermined (at latest 1945) age... that's 6 old photographs, 2 paintings, 2 kimonos and obis, and 3 hankies... for $200.00, dude!

Umm, I think that's all the stories I can remember for now, or have any relevance. So many good times, so many great stories... Jeez, I love it. Anyways guys, I am back... and I'm ready to kick some ass.

Olson-Lindblad Family Reunion 2004: Good Times At Camp Frosty.

Current Mood: bouncy
Wednesday, July 14th, 2004
12:07 pm
I haven't updated my journal in weeks I've been so busy rockin' out with friends, but... JEEZUS I'M SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!!

Now Available on DVD and VHS!

Revolution: Why It's Necessary - Why It's Possible - What It's All About

a film of a talk by Bob Avakian

In 2003 Chairman Bob Avakian delivered an historic talk in the United States. This 5-VHS or 4-DVD set, with Spanish translation, combines materials from two amazing events.

This talk, followed by questions and answers, is a wide-ranging revolutionary journey, covering many topics. It breaks down the very nature of the society we live in and how humanity has come to a time where a radically different society is possible. It takes us deep into the heart of the horrors we see around us - from the oppression of whole peoples and parts of the world to what underlies brutal wars of domination; why we live in a world where profound poverty, starvation and exploitation co-exists with unprecedented wealth. From the American nightmare to a sweeping vision of a whole new world, he breaks it all down, and shows how and why a radically different world can be brought forward.

If you've ever questioned why Black people and others are oppressed in America, why some people work with their minds while others slave in back-breaking labor all their lives; if you've wondered about the role of religion in society, or whether the problem is human nature; if you've wondered why the spread of America's so-called freedom and democracy comes wrapped in war and deadly destruction; if you've wondered if a better world is possible - you won't want to miss this talk.

This video/DVD is full of heart and soul, humor and seriousness. It will challenge you and set your heart and mind to flight.

Order online: Three Q Video @ http://threeqvideo.com/


Comments after seeing the talk:

"As an avowed anarchist, and a committed anti-capitalist, I try to learn from the lessons of history in order to devise better tactics, and recognize viable strategies for overthrowing capitalism. And while I'm an anarchist, I do recognize that in 1917 a small group of revolutionaries did achieve one of, if not the, greatest anti-capitalist transformations in world history. Indeed the Bolshevik Revolution thrilled millions of anti-capitalist anarchists around the world when it occurred, including Emma Goldman. The October revolution was led by a brilliant geo-political analyst, Vladimir Lenin. Having watched this video, I'd say if Lenin were alive today, he'd sound a lot like Bob Avakian."

-Alan Minsky, Senior Producer at KPFK in Los Angeles
and co-founder of the LA Independent Media Center

"Just like landmark art work or historically seminal music Bob Avakian's delivery and timing is truly inspiring. The only thing more inspiring is the vision and message he presents to us. Avakian is a revolutionary leader whose voice must be heard far and wide today."

-Wil-Dog, Jiro and Uli from Ozomatli

"In times like these, this clear voice for social change is a welcome relief from all the confusion and lies. Listen, and you will truly hear a voice of reason, with sharp analysis and deep understanding, going up against the tide of injustice and oppression. Of crucial importance is the fearless opposition to the rise of the Christian right and its pernicious effect on the political and cultural life in this country. While you might not agree with everything he says, he will challenge you with his insights and a clarion call to what must be done."

-Reverend Earl Kooperkamp, Pastor,
St. Marys Church, Harlem, NYC

"I highly recommend this talk as a starting place for study or an update to review the Marxist Leninist Maoist approach. Bob Avakian hurls an impassioned, articulate challenge to capitalism and US imperialism. Women's liberation cannot be achieved without defeating these forces, therefore Avakian's presentation is an important contribution."

-Carol Downer, Founder, Federation of Feminist Women's Health Centers

"I heard Bob Avakian speak last year on the urgent and timely issue of revolution: why it's necessary, why it's possible, and what must be done to bring revolution about.

"Avakian first gave a history of the oppression, exploitation and devastation of Black people from the enslavement of Africans, through segregation, discrimination and continued racism. Then he enlarged from this to humankind's history, to include all people's trials and tribulations at the hands of capitalism and its greed, arrogance, and abuse of power. He condemned this intolerable, unbearable situation - and then Avakian made very clear that another world is possible. His explanation of the workings of the imperialist system - and how the struggle of the people can get rid of it and replace it with a just and equitable society - was powerful and uplifting.

"With what the world is going through right now, this moment is crucial - and liberation must be international. We must stop U.S. imperialism! We must create a vision of that just and equitable world, and collectively work to make it a revolutionary reality. This speech needs to be heard by others. It could take many more people onto the path toward that world liberation."

-Yuri Kochiyama

"Whatever your political orientation or religious background, this comes across as a challenge that must be heard and wrestled with. There is great depth and seriousness in Bob Avakian's analysis of a situation which most of us have failed to fully recognize. But he is confident that we can create a viable future for the planet."

-Reverend George W. Webber, President Emeritus,
New York Theological Seminary

"If you care critically about the present state of the world and the world's future you have lived lessons learning why and thought a good while on what needs to be done to change the world. Bob Avakian, an activist and thinker, leads you through a tough course, including beginning lessons and advanced sections, on a critical review and assessment on why the human predicament of today and offers an alternative vision for tomorrow than the one imposed by the system's institution. "
"Bob Avakian, a thinker and activist of remarkable critical insights, sums up the lessons he has learned and the conclusions he has determined during more than thirty years of activism and leadership and guides present and future activists through a tough course which leads to the understanding of the imperatives for a new society."

-Dr. Juan Gómez Quiñonez,
Historian and Writer, UCLA

Check it out now! http://threeqvideo.com/

Current Mood: ecstatic
Friday, July 2nd, 2004
11:38 am
A Tribute to a True Bad-Ass
My friends, I just saw some latebreaking news... this is pretty heavy for me as a person who loves The Godfather Trilogy and A Streetcar Named Desire...

Marlon Brando, possibly the greatest actor of all time, has left this world. Causes are unknown at this time.

Rest In Peace, Brother Marlon. You will always be the Don to the hearts of millions (billions?) of cinema lovers everywhere; you truly were... "a contender".

Current Mood: mournful
9:46 am
The Possum Story.
Today, I fought me a possum.

I was just finishing up my early morning walk, and was walking up my driveway to my front door, when out of the corner of my eye... I see a POSSUM. The possum decided he was gonna get himself from breakfast from our garbage can. Well, I couldn't allow trash to be thrown everywhere, so I decided to shoo the lil' thing off across the yard and back into the woods. Did that little possum run? Oh, how he ran. But did he give up, did he go quietly into those woods? Oh no, he did not... for just as we got to the entrance of the woods, he turned on a dime and he HISSED. Oh, he thought he was a big man!

So there I was, in a mighty stand-off with this little possum, who is QUITE defiant and continuously hissing at me. It last about a minute, I'd say. Finally, after staring at him for a few minutes, I realized this was going nowhere, so I just slowly backed away, turned around, and walked back up to the house... he was still hissin' by the time I was up to the house.

The End.

Current Mood: giggly
Tuesday, June 29th, 2004
9:44 am
Fahrenheit 9/11 Turns Up the Heat
Fahrenheit 9/11 Turns Up the Heat

Revolutionary Worker #1245, July 4, 2004, posted at http://rwor.org/

The RW received the following correspondence.

I went to Fahrenheit 9/11 with a bunch of people who knew each other from work--and there was some real excitement in the air. People had been looking forward to this, talking about it, wondering what they would see, and more: hoping that this film would really help change the direction of things. And when we got to the theater, that feeling was in the long lines waiting to get in. It was a real event.

As I sat down, the guy next to me said, "glad to meet you, glad to see all of us, here, together, on this thing."

"This thing" is exposing the government--and the Bush crew that runs it. Exposing the war in Iraq, the Patriot Act, the stealing of the 2000 election, the worship of the rich, the corruption in high places, and the lies-- above all the LIES, that have now been used to conquer countries, send young men and women to kill and die, and cynically keep millions of people in a manipulated "state of alert."

Fahrenheit 9/11 is hilarious, and savage, and (despite the howls of rightwing attack dogs) overwhelmingly factual. People are sick--to death!--of being muzzled, stifled and gagged. And in this onscreen rush of images and sound, there is a feeling that the cork has been popped. It's like an opening shot to this heated, politicized, dangerous and oh-so-crucial summer.

If you saw Bowling for Columbine you know Michael Moore's scattergun film-making technique--the video snips, the ambush interviews with powerful people, the heart-to-heart with working people in Flint, the sudden comic animation, and the raw satirical juxtaposition of words and images--it is all here. And it is refreshing to see.
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I can't wait to see it myself tomorrow- it should be a great experience =D
Thursday, June 17th, 2004
8:27 am
Resurgent America: The Crimes and Times of Ronald Reagan

Revolutionary Worker #1244, June 20, 2004, posted at http://rwor.org/

Ronald Reagan--the U.S. president from 1981 to 1989--relentlessly drove this planet to the very brink of nuclear world war--while preaching, with a fundamentalist fervor, that a nuclear Armageddon was "winnable."

He rallied vicious legions of fascists, killers, and mindless religious patriots to his cause--and had them trained, funded and promoted in an unprecedented way.

Everything that opposed the domination by U.S. capitalism, anything that was progressive (or even just vaguely enlightened) became a target. Christian crusaders, bigots and rightwing death squads were unleashed on the people in countless ways, both open and secret.

Now Reagan has finally died. And this empire, its leaders and its utterly shameless media are all honoring this monster. This myth-making, this utter reversal of right and wrong, says a lot about them and their system. And it says a lot about this moment in history--when American is in a midst of a new aggressive global offensive.

The Rise of a Rightwing Hatchet Man

Ronald Reagan was active in the anti-communist witch hunts after World War 2. Reagan, a hack actor in Grade B westerns, introduced a "loyalty oath" for actors and for the officials of the union he headed, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). He testified before the "House Un-American Activities Committee" and privately snitched to the FBI to help them purge Hollywood of "disloyal" artists.

Anti-communism soon became his career. Reagan toured the U.S. for General Electric, giving speeches that promoted "free enterprise" capitalism and rightwing politics. Prominent ruling class forces saw Reagan could put a slick "aw shucks" face on rightwing politics. With their backing, he became governor in California in 1966, running as a rabid opponent of "unwashed kooks, campus malcontents and filthy speech advocates." He announced, "I would have voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964."

And once in office, he launched a high-level vendetta against the rising radical currents--like the Black Panther Party and the youth movement in Berkeley.

In May 1969, police moved against the communal Peoples' Park in Berkeley that symbolized a rejection of capitalist property. Street fighting erupted. One man, James Rector, died of gunshot wounds as squads of police opened fire in the streets. Reagan sent his National Guard troops marching through the Berkeley campus with fixed bayonets as state helicopters gassed the crowds. Reagan personally defended the police decision to shoot people.

In 1974 Governor Reagan bitterly denounced huge crowds of poor people who excitedly showed up to get free food that the Hearst Corporation had been forced to distribute by the SLA kidnapping of Patty Hearst. Reagan said: "It's just too bad we can't have an epidemic of botulism."

Reagan was an arrogant opponent of Black Liberation, a supporter of U.S. escalation in Vietnam, a law-and- order counter-revolutionary, and a sneering enemy of the radical youth culture. He was a hated symbol of everything the '60s radical upsurge wanted to overthrow.

AmeriKKKa is Back

"We have so many people who can't see a fat man standing beside a thin one without coming to the conclusion that the fat man got that way by taking advantage of the thin one!"
-Ronald Reagan, 1964

"Why should we subsidize intellectual curiosity?"
-Ronald Reagan campaign speech, 1980

"Beginning with Reagan in particular, when he became President in 1981, there was a massive ideological assault to undo what people had learned, to make them `stupid' and to promote another view, a reactionary viewpoint."
-Bob Avakian, "We Want State Power--and We Should Want It," Revolutionary Worker, May 4, 2003

"Reversing correct verdicts goes against the will of the people."
-Mao Tsetung

The dreams of an "American Century" were punctured by the 1960s. The U.S. invasion of Vietnam was defeated. The U.S. was widely exposed as a global oppressor whose roots lay deep in slavery, genocide and aggressive expansion. Mindless patriotism, conservatism, conformity, traditional sexual roles, support for the military, "get rich" manias--all were put on the defensive.

Presidents toppled. First Lyndon Johnson, then Richard Nixon left office in disgrace.

By the late '70s, the U.S. ruling class was looking for a way out of this "malaise." In 1979, they were hit hard. Vicious U.S. puppets were overthrown in Nicaragua and Iran. And their social-imperialist rivals, the Soviet Union, invaded Afghanistan. The U.S. ruling class decided to mount an aggressive global comeback challenge. To spearhead this, they tapped Ronald Reagan, a man from the extreme right fringe of U.S. politics, and made him president in 1980.

He set out to mobilize every reactionary and backward force in a crusade for U.S. supremacy.

Reagan's political work was packed with chilling racist symbolism. After getting the nomination--he praised "states rights" in his first speech--made in Philadelphia, Mississippi, known for the 1964 Klan murder of three young civil rights workers. Reagan ranted about "welfare queens" supposedly riding around in Cadillacs. He even said people were homeless "by choice."

Reagan mobilized the so-called "Moral Majority"--and demanded a return to "traditional moral values," which meant banning abortion, imposing prayer on kids, and enshrining conservative Christianity as an official religion in public life.

He mocked environmental concerns saying most air pollution was caused by plants: "So let's not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough emission standards from man-made sources." His press secretary pointed out a window and shouted: "Look, killer trees!"

Within months of his inauguration, Reagan crushed the Patco strike of air traffic controllers--and set a pattern of union busting that has continued until today.

When Reagan's administrators cut money for school lunches, they classified ketchup and relish as vegetables to hide the drop in nutrition.

For six years after the first cases of AIDS appeared, Reagan refused to sound the alarm, or mobilize social resources. By the time Reagan even mentioned the word "AIDS" in 1985, 30,000 people had died, and the epidemic was in full swing.
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Sunday, June 13th, 2004
1:01 pm
Friday, June 4th, 2004
9:20 pm
Away for the next week
Well folks, I'll be off next week at the G8 Summit in Savannah, GA... so keep things cool while I'm gone, aight?


Current Mood: excited
Monday, May 31st, 2004
6:18 pm
The Courage of Michael Berg
This guy's dad has guts, standin' up like this!

The Courage of Michael Berg
Revolutionary Worker #1242, May 30, 2004, posted at http://rwor.org

"Nicholas Berg died for the sins of George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld. The al-Qaida people are probably just as bad as they are, but this administration did this."
-Michael Berg, father of Nicholas Berg, outside his house, May 13

On May 11, a video was released on the internet showing four masked men beheading 26-year-old American Nick Berg, who had been missing in Iraq since early April. Immediately the U.S. media began using this horrific incident to justify further horrors by the U.S. against the Iraqi people. In recent weeks, the U.S. government has been stung by revelations of torture of prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison. But now, after the killing of Nick Berg, prominent supporters of the war claimed that his death justifies the actions of the U.S. and that it showed that nothing the U.S. has done can compare with the actions of its enemies.

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said, "The image of these murderers is a shocking reminder of the people we're up against. They are not soldiers. They're monsters, they're terrorists, and we will not rest until every last one of them is in a cell or a cemetery."

Sen. John Kerry said, "The terrorists who committed this atrocity will not prevail, and America stands together against them."

However, the facts are that the U.S. war machine has now killed over 10,000 Iraqi civilians, and the U.S. army has admitted that at least 37 prisoners died under suspicious circumstances in their custody. By what twisted logic does the execution of one American now justify all that?

Since his son Nick was killed, Michael Berg has courageously spoken out against these twisted claims by war supporters, and he has put the blame for Nick's death squarely on the U.S. government's war in Iraq.

Michael Berg has repeatedly said that the war and occupation carried out by the Bush administration was ultimately the reason for his son's death.

Berg said: "Donald Rumsfeld said that he took responsibility for the sexual abuse of Iraqi prisoners. How could he take that responsibility when there was no consequence? Nick took the consequences."

Nick Berg had been detained without charges by U.S forces in Iraq prior to his death, causing him to miss his scheduled flight out of Iraq. Michael Berg told Boston radio station WBUR: "What cost my son his life was the fact the U.S. government saw fit to keep him in custody for 13 days without any of his due process or civil rights and released him when they were good and ready. It goes further than Donald Rumsfeld. It's the whole Patriot Act, it's the whole feeling in this country that rights don't matter any more because there are terrorists about. Well, in my opinion `terrorist' is just another word like `communist' or `witch' and it's a witchhunt and this whole administration is just representing something that is not America."

Even before the murder of his son, Michael Berg was put on a list of traitors and enemies on the right wing freerepublic.com website because of his support for the anti-war movement and his public endorsement of the ANSWER anti-war coalition. There is speculation that this may have been the reason that Nick Berg was held for so long by the U.S. and allied forces in Iraq.

Speaking about his involvement in the anti-war movement, Michael Berg said, "It is something that I am not ashamed of. I am proud of it. I think stopping the war and ending racism are extremely important things that this world has to do right now. I am proud to be a member of ANSWER and I plan to be at the march on June 5. I know it is considered a radical group. But I want to ask: Radical as compared to what? The Bush administration? I'll be radical."

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Current Mood: proud
Sunday, May 30th, 2004
12:02 pm
Yes, kids, I am updating this journal after a long week of rockin' it out. I have finally graduated, and I am out of high school! ^_^ Let's do a very very quick recap of this past week (I'm not gonna even try and go into detail):

Tuesday- I graduated. W00T! 2 hours sitting in the muggy humid early evening in a dorky costume, waiting to finally get outta that place. It was fun dancing around the stadium to Joan Jett afterwards though. That night we partied all night and had a grand ol' time.

Wednesday- I slept most of the day, sipped on coffee that afternoon and evening. And then I slept some more!

Thursday- The Johnsons concert! Ahhh, what a kick-ass night. Words cannot describe how wonderful it was, however, I do wish I could have had the chance to apologize to Shelly for being knocked into her and, instead of confronting the person who slammed into me unexpectedly, irrationally took my anger out on her. Shelly, if you see this, can we please speak? I would like apologize for my behavior that night. There was no excuse for that and I deeply apologize.

*sighs, takes a deep breath* Anyways...

Friday- What happened that day?... Oh yeah, grandparents came down and opened me up an account and put an undisclosed amount of money in... heeheehee. That's going toward a car in the future though... Yay ^_^

Saturday- Party! Party party party party party- yay. Nikolai, where were you? >=/

Whew. What a week. It still hasn't sunk in that I'm a high school graduate... oh man, it feels so surreal. What am I gonna do until I get to GSU? I guess summer will unveil itself within the next few days... and it will be interesting

Current Mood: indescribable
Saturday, May 22nd, 2004
10:57 pm
In Memory of Little Rawan Mohammed Abu Zaed, Age 3

My keffiyeh is now dedicated to the Memory of Rawan Mohammed Abu Zaed, the 3 year-old girl murdered by the Israeli Defence Force today. May it remind us ALL of who the REAL terrorists are in this world!!!

Current Mood: infuriated & crying
3:19 pm

If there is one person you can't stop thinking about, post this same exact sentence in your journal.

Current Mood: contemplative
Friday, May 21st, 2004
12:40 pm
My new keffiyeh came today, along with $50.00 more graduation money. $350.00 now... THANK YOOOOOU, RELATIVES!

*hops off to twirl around looking like a lil' freedom fighter in the middle of Gaza*

Current Mood: bouncy
Wednesday, May 19th, 2004
3:24 pm
Ha ha, exempting from 2 finals is gooooood X3 *shakes around* W00T!

Now what am I gonna do with myself tonight? o_o!

Current Mood: bouncy
Tuesday, May 18th, 2004
4:28 pm
Yes, I am alive
Due to AP tests, political work, and finals, I've been going through some heavy crap and my journal hasn't been my highest priority lately, but thankfully I am back in black.

I think I did good today on my Math test. Nothing happened today, otherwise X_X. And now I sit here, wishing I could get some hot chai... mmm... chai.

God, I can't get this feelin' outta me... heart pounding, ears burning, my head all fuzzy yet blissful... I don't know what to do with myself. *gushes*

Current Mood: indescribable
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