Revolution and Beer…of the Week Vive la French Aramis IPA de New Belgium Brewing!

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So, Saturday is Bastille Day, and this past week has felt very Revolutionary for us here at Revolution and Beer. A protest against a tax dodging company, a trip to Washington DC just for starters. We’re working hard on two books and gearing up for the second season of our television show here in Chicago. It seems altogether fitting that it should culminate with Bastille Day. It brought to mind my first, unpublished, novel, with a character who believes that all human history and future can be described or predicted using the French Revolution as a template. I thought of beer.20130711_183915

Just out this month is a beer by the always consistently good New Belgium Brewery out of Fort Collins Colorado, one of my favorite small towns. I have some keen memories camping in the Rockies along the Poudre River, but back to the beer, revolution and Bastille Day.

6.7%Alcohol By Volume, ABV, this modestly priced India Pale Ale is really anything other than modest. It poured into a pint glass with a hearty ½ inch snow white head with a beautiful opaque Baltic amber color. Quickly I discovered a rich floral aroma with just a hint of spice and warmed hops. I let that settle in the glass a moment, awaiting my perfect food pairing choice to arrive, which I will get to in a moment.

Interesting that with all that occurred this past week that it should come to be punctuated so perfectly by Bastille Day. The single thread running through all of the events the past week were the power of peaceful protest, which brought to mind some brilliantly appropriate quotes by Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre, or more simply, Robespierre. He opposed the fates that ultimately were bestowed upon the necks of the royal family, opposed an unnecessary war against Austria and believed that violence was not the way to spread the values and ideals of the revolution.

Tout institution qui ne suppose pas le peuple bon et le magistrat corruptible est vicieuse!” Which translates to “Any institution that does not suppose the people good, and the magistrate corruptible, is evil!”

a favorite image of Robespierre

a favorite image of Robespierre

So it was this that I was thinking of as I took the first sip of French Aramis IPA, the summer offering from New Belgium. That first malty impression was rounded out with a subtle orange sweetness, It followed nicely by a lingering hoppiness, which, after sampling several fruit-infused beers this week was a welcome return to tradition.

I really wanted to showcase this beer with something befitting the day as well as the beer. It must be obvious at this point that the perfect food to pair with an IPA with a that hint of orange, on the eve of the anniversary of the French Revolution would absolutely be Thai food! What else? French food? Zut Alors!
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The place we preferred was a little family place in the neighborhood, called Cilantro, http://cilantrothaikitchen.com/, with simple and understated dishes. I chose a basil dish with duck and a light chili sauce with a medium spice. Stir fried with garlic, green beans and red peppers until the basil leaves held the slightest crispiness and the garlic had cooked into the sauce with juices from the duck. The herbalness of the basil, softened by the garlic nicely complimented the hops. The spice of the sauce was balanced sublimely by the sweetness of that hint of orange. Vive la revolution! La vous allez! Bonne fête de la Bastille!
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Siding with the opposition? The arrest of Adam Kokesh and the government’s extreme overreach(Caution Explicit Language)

I’ll start with reports of what happened the night before last in Herndon, Virginia. With light military-style vehicles, helicopters and dozens of police and Federal SWAT-team members, the home of Adam Kokesh, 31, was raided. The door was forcibly opened and flash-bang grenades were used to frighten and subdue a number of young men, including Kokesh who live in the house. The items of a safe, weapons, media, cellphones and other personal items were seized. After 4-5 hours, in which those in the house described as volatile with overly aggressive authorities, Kokesh was arrested. The others were released. Kokesh, and others who live at the residence, it should be said, operate a broadcast studio in the house.

Police raid Kokesh's house and studio

Police raid Kokesh’s house and studio

Kokesh, who refused to leave his cell for the initial arraignment was brought into a second arraignment in a wheelchair Thursday. Kokesh, according to court documents was arrested for allegedly possessing hallucinogenic mushrooms, however, the police were actually searching for a shotgun used by Kokesh in a July 4th video appearing to have been shot on the national mall in downtown Washington DC. Guns are illegal in the city.

Okay, so that is the background, and the posts on Kokesh’s site reflect shock and dismay by the so-called brutality of the police. They invoke the words storm troopers and more. We have no argument with those descriptions. Revolution and Beer is very much on record against the militarism of contemporary civilian police. The armored vehicles proliferating across America for police were not something that was warranted but rather invented in the fear and paranoia employed from the patriot act supported by too many Americans after the September 11th attacks. More and more acts of brutality are documented and lead to an alarming conclusion that police are now becoming more tools for the protection of privilege and perpetuation of power to which government officials are perversely beholden.

The police have proved themselves on the side of statutes and edicts which stand in absolute and clear contrast and violation to the constitution. Last week on the memorial bridge in Washington, a Kokesh supporter, Matt Biechler protested a security search at a police CHECKPOINT, citing the 4th amendment. The officer’s simple refrain was that it was for security reasons http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJ8_YCXyIRs. In that case a general concern was enough for authorities to justify the erasure of a constitutional right. The amendment, in part, reads:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, SHALL NOT BE VIOLATED…”

So, despite all of those givens, what did Kokesh think would happen when he loaded that weapon in Washington while calling for the end of the government by openly describing himself as leader of a violent uprising?

Likely they view him as a militia leader of some sort, and a seasoned combat veteran with weapons in his home. I’m guessing it was a bit too much to expect a couple a polite plain clothes types would knock and ask Adam for a polite chat on the porch, or perhaps over a beer down at the corner tap. Seriously? These guys were going to come in prepared for war, and to my criticism of Mr. Kokesh’s strategy, he’s not cutting a very sympathetic character in the mainstream media, or even with the average citizen. He can’t compete with the predictable government propaganda that justifies hardcore tactics when he wields a weapon. Want to beat the government and media at their game, and have the whole planet on your side, organize A MILLION KITTEN OR PUPPY MARCH, and when some cop stomps, kicks or Tasers a fluffy white kitten or bleary-eyed pup, they’re finished.

kokesh-youtube-1Revolution and Beer believes that the police were far too aggressive and overreaching to storm the house and arrest Kokesh. He should not have been arrested. Believe it or not there is a fair amount of agreement between us and Kokesh, we differ only in tactics and rhetoric.

We have long maintained that his 23 second video taken before dawn on an empty street on a holiday was little more than a college drinking prank rather than a protest http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sAGGoPidEY. But I can tell you, waiting vainly that morning with a number of Kokesh supporters, including Mr. Biechler for Kokesh to arrive, they had that bridge buttoned up tighter than the boarder crossing into North Korea. These people now have to justify their expenditures, just like the Chicago Police for NATO, the FBI with the Cleveland activists, and the federal authorities with Barrett Brown, Bradley Manning and Jeremy Hammond. Adam just handed them that justification on a beautiful plate with his video.

There is a Free Adam cite, that interested parties can find here http://freeadamkokesh.com/. There is also a Facebook page for the event as well https://www.facebook.com/events/269236523215230/.

IMG_0493Kokesh has drawn the vengefulness of a very powerful government, one that has become separate from the people, and one which we must take control of. We need to extinguish the cancerous influence of money to control our public officials. We need uncorrupted people who will begin to dismantle the military-police state that has arisen, and return our police forces to restrained but supported fellow citizens that do indeed “Serve and Protect.”

Rather than dismantle the federal government, as Kokesh advocates, dis-elect every single politician, and elect true representatives of the people, rather than the corpora-war pimps we currently have. But make no mistake, this goes all the way down to the state and local level as well. THE SHIT DOESN’T RESIDE AT THE TOP, IT COVERS EVERYTHING at this point. In the interim, peacefully but resolutely shame these people, at their church, grocery storm, gas station. Let them know your discord with their anti-Americanism. If you really want to help Adam, the nation and the world that is the place to start.

And lastly, let me know when and where on that MILLION PUPPY/KITTEN MARCH, and I’m there!

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ACTIVISTS AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS: If you have a cause to champion, please let us know. We proudly stand with you in the important work of strengthening the grassroots support network for the city of Chicago.

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Revolution and Beer TV Show, Series 1 prt2

Revolution and Beer Episode 10: Art vs. The Status Quo

Revolution and Beer Episode 9: Evictions and Bad Landlords – How to Handle It

Revolution and Beer Episode 8: Peoples Theatre Part 2


We return to where we left off at Lost Eras for the second part of our discussion on community-centered theatre. We continue to explore the rolls of artists in society. Is it just for entertainment, or is there a higher purpose? Should the arts teach and inspire a vision of the future? We’re joined again by Democracy Burlesque‘s Joseph Fedorko and Erik Parsons, along with Carl Lindberg from Stone Soup Theatre Project.

Special thanks again to all of our guests for this two-part series: Joseph Fedorko, Mallory Green, Erik Parsons, Whitney Jones, and Carl Lindberg.

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Revolution and Beer Episode 7 – Peoples Theatre Part 1

Revolution and Beer Episode 6 – TIFfed Off

Feminism and Beer – Part 2

On episode 5, Feminism and Beer part 2, We continue with our intelligent, creative, and very classy guests, Paula Kamen, Regina Buccola (@TheLittleProf), and Linda Bubon. Please join us as we continue to explore this topic in a very nuanced matter…with good beer in-hand.

Here’s the full schedule for the second part of series 1 on CAN TV. We’re scheduling shoots for series 2 now!

(Ep. 5) Women In the World, Part 2


Tuesday, July 02, 2013 – 07:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

Wednesday, July 03, 2013 – 2:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

Sunday, July 07, 2013 – 10:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

(Ep. 6) TIFs Where Has the Money Gone

Monday, July 08, 2013 – 10:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 – 07:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 -02:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

(Ep. 7) Radical Theater, and Artistic Community Expression Part 1

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 – 07:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 – 2:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

Thursday, July 18 2013 – 10:00 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

(Ep. 8) Radical Theater, and Artistic Community Expression Part 2

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 – 7:30 pm Chicago Cable Channel 19

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 – 2:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

Saturday, July 27, 2013 – 10:00 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

(Ep. 9) Fair Housing vs. Eviction and Foreclosure

Sunday, July 28, 2013 – 10:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 – 07:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 – 02:30pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

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TONIGHT: Democracy Burlesque Shows Us MO LOVE!!

Wanna Do Something Hilarious In Andersonville?

dem-showYou can laugh your ass off, while supporting Revolution and Beer, TONIGHT; in Andersonville. Democracy Burlesque shows us even MORE love than ever before (and they’ve shown a lot). They’ve chosen Revolution and Beer as the “Cause Celeb” for tonight’s comedy performance Schlock & Awe! We’ve been to most of their series this year, and this one is by far our favorite. Nothing is sacred, and “Only the politics are naked.”

Details

Venue: Mary’s Attic
5400 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 784-6969

How Much:

HALF PRICE: Bring a friend and mention Revolution and Beer

$15 admission

$12 for students

Show starts at 7pm ends at 9pm.


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Buy tickets online here:

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Revolution and Beer Expose': Rightwing radio attempting to provoke race riot over Zimmerman trial

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Revolution and beer has been monitoring a number of Rightwing talk shows and media, from FOX to Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, local Chicago programming and more. Google “Zimmerman Trial Riots” and pages of Rightwing blogs, the proving grounds for mainstream Rightwing talk radio and FOX news’ polished and populist messaging, and you’ll find pages filled with racially charged, concocted alarmist rhetoric.

This was from one site, which will go unnamed, but sets the groundwork for the racist subtext pervading the nation from the Right since President Obama was elected:

“Well before the verdict is announced, agitators and provocateurs are already using social-media services to broadcast their intentions to unleash chaos and death. One Facebook page being investigated by authorities, for example, was entitled “RIOT for Trayvon.” In its description, the page read: “They don’t think we will tear this mutha —– [expletive deleted] up! LIKE IF YOU READY TO RIDE! LETS FLEX OUR MUSCLE! WHAT, YOU SCARED?” Other pages brazenly call for murder.”

This is a carefully crafted strategy, with the Right cloaking their intentions by pointing the finger at the innocent, like good mafia lawyers would. They accuse champions and advocates of racial inequality that still is very much alive in the nation of being “race baiters”, or “Race Hustlers.” Sean Hannity, Limbaugh, Beck, Ingraham and others denounce Obama as sowing division in American politics simply for discussing continuing racial inequity in society.

This is the sort of trash parading as humor in the absence of actual thought, and their deficit of humanity and morality

This is the sort of trash parading as humor in the absence of actual thought, and their deficit of humanity and morality

On Wednesday, while I was in Washington DC, Limbaugh said this on his program: “I really thought that one of the reasons that we elected and then reelected Barack Obama was so that there wouldn’t be any more race riots. I thought the election of the first black president would end racial strife, and so did millions of Americans who voted for Obama on that basis. Now we actually have media people agitating for race riots in regard to the George Zimmerman trial because the prosecution in this trial is imploding. We have a media that is totally invested in Zimmerman being found guilty and handing and then electrocuted and then drowned and then shot and then cremated for whatever happened to Trayvon Martin.”

Which is it, Rush, who contradicts himself in just two short sentences, which must be something of a record? Sort of like talking out of one’s ass. So is the media agitating for race riots for a in a Zimmerman acquittal while pressing for a conviction at the same time?

Beck was hysterical today, and not in the tickle and squeeze sort of way. he accused the “media” of setting “the Arab world on fire, and they set this country on fire,” during a formless and, in my informed opinion, racially targeted rant on his radio show.

“This is what will happen,” he said, if he’s (Zimmerman) is acquitted. they will either kill him in the streets or try him for civil rights violations.”

One local rightwing I-just-tell-it-like-it-is racist with a talk show in Chicago suggested that listeners invest in a window replacement company in the Florida town where the trial is taking place. Hilarious!

But at Revolution and Beer we are also always asking the question, what is the end game? There is one very obvious in provoking violence and that is the continued perpetuation of Black stereotypes, as well as the legitimacy of an overbearing and out of control status quo media. Secondary would be to split the African American community within itself, an attempt to sow distrust or fear from outside organizations helping challenged communities and to strengthen white voting constituencies into the 2016 election.

Too conspiratorial for you? As better data has emerged regarding the unprecedented numbers of enfranchised voters in the black community in the 2012 election was one of several factors leading to Obama’s re-election, those revelations have sent shockwaves through the post-Republican party. the right has struggled within itself over courting the Hispanic vote, which went almost entirely to Obama. Both of those turnouts, coupled with a disastrously low white turnout sank the right’s run for the White House. Now, with the party split and no one but possibly Michelle Bachmann and Rick Perry eyeing the adult’s chair, the post-Republicans are getting desperate. But they’ve been desperate, or have you forgotten Obama’s Kenyan past, Half-rican jokes and the birther psychos already?

In the end, it is really about what happened to this young man…trayvons-body-shown1

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Fellow Patriots …errr …Anarcho-WHAT?!

Adam Kokesh is a former marine, and an Iraq war veteran, who fought in the battle of Fellujah, in 2004. Since serving, he’s moved on to engage in several campaigns and stunts that have landed him on the edge of losing his honorable discharge classification from the military. In 2007, along with two other reservists, he participated in an anti-war march in his marine fatigues. This drew a harsh dressing-down from higher ups in the Corps. However it also lead to Kokesh getting a strong declaration of support from Gary Kurpius, the national commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars, who issued a very stern critique of the at the Marine Corps for downgrading the discharge status of Adam and his two colleagues:

“I may disagree with the message . . . but I and my organization will always defend their right to say it.”

“VFW to Corps: Don’t stifle freedom of speech.”

Open Carry March on Washington, and “The Final American Revolution”

In late April of this year, Adam called for a spectacle that he deemed the Open Carry March on Washington. The purpose: to “put the government on notice that we will not be intimidated & cower in submission to tyranny.

“The time to sit idly by has passed. To remain neutral is to be complicit, just doing your job is not an excuse, and the line in the sand has been drawn between the people, and the criminals in Washington, D.C. While some timid souls will say that it is too early, that we can solve this problem through democratic means provided by government, that current levels of taxation are reasonable for the services provided, and that the crimes of this government are merely a tolerable nuisance, it may already be too late.”

This all seemed a little hard to believe. He was telling folks to expect thousands. He even had Alex Jones call the Info Wars bullhorn for him. Is this really the first shot of a new “American Revolution?” They’ve been threatening to do this for a loooong time. As of yesterday, July 3rd, the Facebook page for the event had over 6,000 people declaring their plans to support and attend the Washington, DC march.

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So Turck decides to go:

On May 11th, WC Turck stated:

“This is not about gun banning, a fear of guns or an infringement on the Second Amendment, which very clearly describes a “well regulated militia.” The “regulated” word is critical to mature, rational and moral discussions about the place and importance of guns in contemporary American civil society. That discussion is important in stemming the bloodshed on America’s streets, but also important to people who wish to protect their families. However, the NRA and “gun pornographers,” as Turck describes them, have chosen to raise the rhetoric to a level of hysteria and paranoia. Rather than treating weapons as a tool, the NRA has promulgated them to a near religious fervor, and is forcing gun proliferation upon Americans everywhere in civil society.”

But then things got tricky:

“KOKESH: Please don’t come to Washington, D.C., this now an appeal to the state level and I think it’s much more appropriate given the gravity of the situation. We shouldn’t be begging the federal government to change, we shouldn’t be hoping that they respect our rights because it’s clear that they don’t.”

“And I can’t even, as the organizer of this event, be able to say that I’m going to be there. We can’t have this depend on any one person or even any central event.”

WE SPRUNG FOR A PLANE TICKET!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?

Flying these days just never pays-off.

So Who Made It?

Well, we’ve got a damn fine story, but here’s a sneak peak for now:

Sun-burnt to hell, and looking like a raccoon, Turck set out on a mile and a half walk through the capitol of “the freest country in the world.” However, this morning it came off more like a military lock-down after a forced evacuation. It hit well over 90 degrees there today, and it wasn’t like he was just able to stroll down a sidewalk. Arriving at the planned location of the Washington D.C. (leg?) march at around 8:30 am.

He walked around the area for about an hour, spoke with some cops, and filmed some commentary. Around 9:30 or so, he returned to the Big stone bridge where it was meant to kick-off from. Then, guys began to trickle over the bridge a couple at a time to amass a crowd of… 5.

They greeted each other, and introduced themselves. Turck asked: “Are you guys here for the march?” “Yeah,” they replied. Then one of them asked “What are you here for?” To which Turck honestly replied: “I’m here in opposition to it.” They got into some banter on issues, arguing a bit before the conversation turned to the obvious question: “WTF?!?!”

Turck proposed, in honor of what Adam started, and what these guys believe in and endured to get there; that they walk across the bridge together as planned. In addition, after the “march,” he would record their views and post them unedited, and without editorial from us, on our page. They all decided to go for it. After the interviews, they walked and continued the conversation with him almost all the way back to the hotel.

TO BE CONTINUED…

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