Songs About the Real Meaning of Labor Day

By MIKE SPINDELL

Though Unions have been besmirched in recent years by Billionaires constantly in search of more money, the truth is that the Labor Movement built America’s middle class and its prosperity. Attacked by a failed Actor, who GE had made President, the Union movement has declined. Brought on by the PATCO Strike when he destroyed the Air Controllers Union and showed many cowardly politicians how they could get away with attacking workers and servicing the corporations that owned them. Our Country’s workers were sold out by unpatriotic  American Manufacturers in search of cheap labor and low taxes. As we recreate on this Labor Day, let us spend some moments contemplating the lives, blood and tears sacrificed to build the American labor movement, as told through the songs on one of the greatest Americans of my time. I’ve always been proud to be a Union Man!

 

 

 

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Police Brutality is a Reality if Your Skin is Dark

Submitted By MIKE SPINDELL

Juxtaposing a video of a policeman dealing with an armed White Man jaywalking, with Michael Brown and a statement on Police Brutality by Congressman Alan Grayson .

Watch this video  and read the DailyKos article by Denise Oliver Velez linked: here which shows contrasting videos concerning treatment by police towards people of color. Then examine the clear logic of Congressman Grayson’s statement on the death in Ferguson, Missouri and police brutality in the United States.  Continue reading

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After the Supreme Court Ruling in Town of Greece v. Galloway Ruling: It Appears Atheists, Agnostics, and Some Faiths May Be “Getting the Shaft” with the Town’s New Prayer Policy

praying_hands1By Elaine Magliaro

On May 5, 2014, the Supreme Court ruled in the Town of Greece v. Galloway case “that local governments can, under certain conditions, open their meetings with prayers—even if those supplications to the deity are Christian most of the time.” Rob Boston of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State said that his organization “litigated this case…on behalf of two women who opposed the ‘majority-rules’ prayer practice in Greece, N.Y.” Boston noted at the time of the ruling that Americans United was strongly opposed to the court’s decision. He also noted that the decision “was marked by a familiar 5-4 split.” Sahil Kapur (Talking Points Memo) said that in its 5-4 ruling “along ideological lines, the Court ruled against the Jewish and atheist plaintiffs, who argued that the practice violated the establishment clause of the First Amendment.”

Writing for the dissenters, Justice Kagan said, “In arranging for clergy members to open each meeting, the Town never sought (except briefly when this suit was filed) to involve, accommodate, or in any way reach out to adherents of non-Christian religions. So month in and month out for over a decade, prayers steeped in only one faith, addressed toward members of the public, commenced meetings to discuss local affairs and distribute government benefits. In my view, that practice does not square with the First Amendment’s promise that every citizen, irrespective of her religion, owns an equal share in her government.”

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Second Life

By James Knauer

This is the second of a three-part series dealing with life, its constituency, and some prophesy regarding its future here on Earth. You can read part one here.

DNATreeI am related to a plant pathologist, Dr. Skinner, a geneticist who specializes in grasses. As he precedes me by ten years, my role has ever been his student, and when he began his career, our discussions were of Mendel’s Laws, regressive traits, and these new devices that were handy for analysis and had come down in price so that many more of them could be employed: mass spectrometers. These were used to identify base pairs for later genetic sequencing. We postulated that computers would do more of the heavy lifting, and wondered aloud if something as complex as a single cell could even be represented digitally.

Then came the Human Genome Project. Our language then was of genes and RNA and enzymes. And though much work had been done sequencing the genomes of creatures less complex than mammals, it remained a mystery how such splendid coordination among life’s various traits of movement, balance, shape and hue could possibly arise. There were predictions that as many as 100,000 genes could be involved, with most of that under the general heading of regulation. When the Human Genome Project concluded, and the tape read out, only 21,000 protein-encoding genes were found, barely one thousand more than the humble roundworm. Worse – and you knew trouble was coming from the phraseology – most of what was found was labeled junk.

It was a most untidy result.

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POETRY FRIDAY–“I, Too, Am America”: The Poetry of Langston Hughes

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Langston Hughes
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Submitted by Elaine Magliaro

Back in August of 2013, I did a post about the poetry of Langston Hughes for Res Ipsa Loquitor. The impetus for my doing that was the—at times contentious—discussions we had been having about race, racism, and bigotry in this country on that blog. We had talked about Paula Deen, Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, a rodeo clown impersonating President Obama, voter suppression and Jim Crow laws. Those discussions brought to mind the poetry of Langston Hughes.  I believe the poems of this great American writer make powerful statements about the Black experience in “the land of the free.”

Here is a comment that someone left at my Langston Hughes post:

Well, I don’t think Old Langston needs to worry much about “Dixie” lynching him. It’s a lot more likely he will get mugged and killed on his way home from a poetry reading by another little Trayvon. And, I bet Old Langston could have figured out how to register and vote all by himself, even if it required a Voter ID, and it wouldn’t have taken a whole village of crying Democrats to carry to him to the polls.

I think we have a long way to go before our country becomes “post racial” America.

Here is an excerpt from Hughes’s poem Will V-Day Be Me-Day Too?

 So this is what I want to know:

When we see Victory’s glow,

Will you still let old Jim Crow

Hold me back?

When all those foreign folks who’ve waited—

Italians, Chinese, Danes—are liberated.

Will I still be ill-fated

Because I’m black?

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The Killings of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and John Crawford III: It’s Not about Race…It’s Never about Race!

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John Crawford III

By Elaine Magliaro

Back in March of 2012, Charles Pierce wrote a post for his Esquire Politics Blog about the death of Trayvon Martin and the people who came out in support of his killer, George Zimmerman. In his piece titled The ‘Color-Blind’ Delusions of the Trayvon Backlash, Pierce said that following Martin’s murder, the defenders of George Zimmerman were “circling their wagons down in Sanford.”

 

Pierce:

…The defenders of George Zimmerman, the trigger-happy wannabe who clipped Trayvon Martin for the crime of being a black kid in a hoodie with snack foods in the wrong neighborhood, is now being cocooned by his lawyer — who scarpered on an appearence on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show last night — by some alleged friends, and by the local police department, which has screwed this case up to a faretheewell since the night the shooting happened, but which is now leaking like a sieve. Ask yourself how we suddenly know that the dead kid had been suspended from high school because he got caught with a bag that might once have contained marijuana. Ask yourself why we know that. We know that because this case is Not About Race.

It is Not About Race because It Is Never About Race. Race is the past. Black people can vote. One of them is president. Nothing Is About Race anymore. Just ask Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum — and have I mentioned recently what a colossal dick that guy is? — and they’ll tell you that the president “injected” race into the tragedy. It wasn’t there before the president — who is (shhh!) black, you know — put it there. Ask Joe Oliver, this “friend” of the gunman who insists that Zimmerman might have said “fucking goons” and not “fucking coons,” because the latter is an obsolete racial slur and the former is a “term of endearment,” according to Oliver’s daughter. This is enormously believable because, if you’re an armed 28-year old gunslinger in pursuit of what you believe is a dangerous burglar, the first descriptive that would leap to anyone’s mind is a term of endearment used by high-school girls. Yeah, sure. Whatever. As if. And it is enormously believable because This Is Not About Race.

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The Peabody Coal Company – Destructive – Same As It Ever Was

Submitted By MIKE SPINDELL

A favorite song of mine is “Paradise” written by John Prine . It is about the destruction of a scenic Kentucky town called Paradise by the Peabody Coal Company . I’ll put the YouTube version of the song at the end of this piece. I’m writing about it today because I ran across a short article this morning at HuffPost which relates a new story about the Peabody Coal Company, which I’ll present here, it is written by Jeff Biggers and deserves our attention:

“UPDATED: Decorated War Veteran/Resident Arrested: Peabody Coal Overruns Rocky Branch, Despite Appeal Pending: Gov. Quinn and AG Madigan on Enviro Justice, Civil Rights?

UPDATED: 10:30am CST

Rocky Branch residents are reporting that decorated Vietnam War-veteran Glenn Kellen, a Rocky Branch resident, has been arrested this morning, as he attempted to move his cross and protest sign closer to the public road. Shawnee Hills and Hollers posted this photo of the arrest to Facebook:

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Despite an appeal over the controversial Rocky Branch strip mine permit still pending with an Illinois Department of Natural Resources administrative judge, Peabody Energy defiantly crossed closed public roads and moved massive mining equipment in Saline County yesterday, in preparation to carry out its already violation-ridden and state-subsidized mine operation.

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