Just trying to get through the day without too many assholes…

Debating a republican friend of mine. We all have them; decent people who otherwise regurgitate every insipidly dumb thing spewed into the so-called public airwaves by FOX and talk radio idiots. I have thoughts on ISIS and what should be done them. I lean towards military action as part of a spectrum of responses, but the more I see ex-generals who lead our nations soldiers to lunches in the PX or pushing papers in Washington on FOX extolling the need for more war, the less I prefer military options. Especially when everyone of these ex-generals is on the board of weapons industry companies. http://www.thenation.com/article/181601/generals-pundits-tk-tk. When Jack Keane, advisor to Academi(formerly Blackwater) and a board member of weapons contractor General Dynamics and Anthony Zinni, outside Director of the “global dense, aerospace and security company” BAE Systems, turn up on FOX pushing for massive military intervention I feel like I’m being played.

Seal the borders, double security at all airports, watch who comes and goes from all Mosques, says my friend. We might have to reopen the camps again! Ship them all home or force them to convert like Sarah Palin says. They’re here, he says. ISIS is streaming across the border in Mexico. I heard it on FOX! And they all have Ebola!

When I reply he’s being a bit paranoid, and that we risk damaging the trust of Muslim neighbors, and perhaps terrifying them-many who have faced genocide and inter-ethnic or national violence in their previous homes-into believing that America is no different than the rest of the world, he was undeterred. The enemy is here! Religion of peace? Ha! There are 1.6 billion Muslims, and if 10% want to kill us…it took him a while to do the math…that means 160 million Muslims! You Liberals, he froths, just don’t get that we are threatened from without and from within.

I say first of all, no offense, but you’re an idiot. It’s alright, he calls me an idiot sometimes too. He’s just wrong about it though. The 10% is made up. There never have been any poles. That was a number Sean Hannity and other right wingers began repeating as if there had been a study done. Never has been. Never was. No such number. And don’t send me this article or that estimate. they are simply repeating the same falsehood. And if 10% of Muslims do hate us, guaranteed it started after 2003 when Bush and Cheney and the right decided to make all this mess about religion rather than about a broader issue of justice.

Second, I tell him, though he’s sort of still seething from the idiot remark, he wants to look at everything as a chicken little, good cowboy/bad cowboy sort of way: Muslims bad, Americans(and Israel) good. Rather, this is how I view the world. The fat white guy who cut me off in his Hummer with an up-raised middle finger a half hour ago is far more of an immediate threat to me and my day than ISIS. the right wing Tea Party idiot in congress, like Texas republican Jack Carter, who votes to slash food stamps to hungry families but approves of hundreds of billions going to corporations is way more of a threat to me than ISIS. the cop who pepper sprays a young girl for protesting proven illegal foreclosures by bankers who will never see a day in jail and will likely be paid a bonus is an exponentially greater threat to me than ISIS. Likewise, the Senator saying the science isn’t in on the climate crisis, with oil company money in his pocket is, well…

ISIS is a danger, so are white supremacists, fascist vegans, fascist Christians, drunken Cubs fans who piss everywhere in the neighborhood, fascist Jews, bigots, the lady at the grocery store who was a complete bitch last night, the retired white guy who thinks the gas station where I’ve just run in for gas while trying to get to work is his own private lottery casino, people who use Socialist as a pejorative, Liberals who dodge the word liberal, people who call themselves libertarians without knowing what the word really means(hint, it isn’t a republican without religion), the Arab guy racing through traffic ala Baghdad driving rules yesterday, people who don’t pick up after their dogs, anyone in the Tea party, 44.5% of the Democrat party, 69.8% of the Republicans, Black guys who become president and then bend over backwards to be white, anyone left or right who starts an argument with “the founding fathers…” or “Thomas Jefferson once said…”, ex-congressmen who become radio hosts and people who blame women for being hit or sexually assaulted. And, above all I hate, hate, hate, hate, hate BULLIES! Of any kind.

the real threats to my life and existence and the happiness of my wife and family boils down to one simple club. It’s a big club, and I spend my days either doing my damnedest to avoid them or fight against them. I know they exist, but they aren’t just in Iraq and Syria right now, they are everywhere. Hell, I admit to being one from time to time. The world would be so much better if we all realized that simple fact, and stopped subdividing these people down to this group or that group and simply called them out for the collective misery they perpetrate on the rest of us.

Until that day I am just trying to get through my day without dealing with assholes. When they pop up and refuse to go away then the world hammers them back into the dark hole they came from…

CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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Take a cue from the Hong Kong protesters on fair elections…and third parties.

Wonder why they are protesting in Hong Kong? If you listen to the US media you may or may not get the full story, or any of the story for that matter. See, protests about freedom and free elections are potentially dangerous to the status quo in this country. The media is the arbiter of the status quo. The media here is framing it as students, but like Occupy and the environmental movement, every generation is represented.

The protest is over their right in Hong Kong to choose their own candidates, rather than have some oligarchical politburo narrow the choices while guaranteeing the “right” person remains in charge. Hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong citizens have rejected that manipulation and perversion of democracy and demand the basic and fundamental right to decide whom represents them best. Think the United States is somehow better? Guess again.

The truth is, the democratic-communist hybrid system in China, for all its corruption and old guard hegemony, is absolutely more transparent and honest than ours. We talk democracy but hardly practice it at all. When was the last time you had a real hand in choosing a presidential, or even a congressional candidate? the media, corporations and government apparatchiks maintain a well-crafted illusion of a democratic process. Talk radio makes you feel like your voice is valuable. The only nominal wild card in the party A or party B, manufactured, marketed and paid for candidates is which of the two banal cookie cutter figureheads will prevail the day after the election. But as we have seen with media attempts to brazenly manipulate turn out, and with republican efforts to disenfranchise millions of American voters, there are evolving efforts to help eliminate even that variable.

But choice, real choice? That has been stolen from you to such an extent that most Americans simply play the two party game without even realizing an alternative. This country must move to a multi-party system or risk sliding into something our founding fathers feared openly. They eschewed national political parties, and feared a two party system would pervert and subvert the constitution, and with that our basic rights and freedoms. But alternative third, fourth, fifth…parties are routinely marginalized, ignored, barred from debates, refused coverage by the media and kept off ballots. If you think we’ve seen too many Bush’ or Clintons already, if you are a free market person then you must admit the lack of competition is stagnating and corrupting the current system.

You wouldn’t tolerate only being able to choose Coke or Pepsi at the market, especially if you knew there were hundreds of other choices out there, but the store refused to let them in the door, and went to far as preventing all other stores from selling them. Why tolerate that purposeful narrowing of choice in something as eternal, historic and life and death as an election? That’s what Occupy was clambering for and that’s why they are in the streets facing a Chinese army and government with a bloody history of reprisals against those who challenge the status quo.

Next time you cheer the authorities here for beating and pepper-spraying protesters, think of China. Those aren’t mindless communist robot soldiers, they are usually kids taken from the poorest regions in the country and thrown into a position in which they have to choose between assailing fellow citizens or losing the only paying job keeping their family alive back home. The US system has done that with police, placing them in the unfair and untenable position of being the blunt force weapon of the oligarchs. We should take a cue from the protesters in Hong Kong who are focused fully on the long term of being an agent in their own futures and fates, rather than simply being the production pool for corporations, and the reactionary tool for government.

CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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ISIS Determined To Strike in US, or was that Bin Ladin?: Obama, ISIS and the truth about GAI

Election Season. You might think, listening to the corporate media that President Obama is suffering from some sort of golfing OCD, and that he just wasn’t interested in ISIS until last week. The truth is no one in the media, especially FOX was interested in ISIS. None of them reported on them until this past spring. Then there is this revelation-supposedly- that Obama only attended a shade over 40% of the Presidential Daily Briefings, according to a scientific and detailed analysis by the Government Accountability Institute, or GAI.

Sounds serious. After all, that is tantamount to dereliction of duty, malfeasance, and maybe even treason. What part of the government is the GAI a part of again? The name sounds terribly officious, and just what this nation needs to keep track of the really important stuff, like presidential vacation days, number of hours golfing and how much food is wasted in school lunch programs for poor kids, just to prove that those kids are getting too much food. That way we can cut food programs for a few billion to have more for the $22 billion we’re spending against ISIS already, and the $1 trillion the government gives in subsidies, credits and tax forgiveness annually to corporations.

But the GAI? Hmm. Last time I was in Washington I believe when you enter the Capitol Building the auspicious GAI offices are to the left, down a long hallway and up a flight of stairs, just past the…Oh wait, the GAI isn’t part of the government. In fact the GAI, who says their mission is to “investigate and expose crony capitalism, misuse of taxpayer monies, and other governmental corruption or malfeasance,” is a right wing organization headed by good, honest non-partisan friends of the community like the Hoover Institute, Breitbart.com, the Koch Brother’s American legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the American conservative Union and Citizen’s United. All organizations that have helped make America the land of hope, freedom, uncorrupted elections, equality and media diversification that we know today.

So let’s take a quick look at a few of the stalwart purveyors of truth, justice and government accountability. President Peter Franz Schweizer served as the foreign policy advisor to Sarah Palin and is connected through the State Policy Network to ALEC. Schweizer authored such non-partisan advances in literature and critical thought as Reagan’s War: The Epic Story of His Forty Year Struggle and Final Triumph Over Communism, Makers and Takers: Why conservatives work harder, feel happier, have closer families, take fewer drugs, give more generously, value honesty more, are less materialistic and envious, whine less … and even hug their children more than liberals, and of course the modern day classic of investigative journalism, Disney, the Mouse Betrayed. Fellow deep thinker, co-founder and Executive Chairman of GAI Stephen Bannon is an executive at Breitbart.com. Board member Ron Robinson is director and a founding member of Citizens United

But I understand the absolute urgency in getting details of Obama’s failure to attend PDBs. I can also understand the deluge of outrage by the media one month before the mid-term elections. But wait, the supposed analysis by GAI was published on July 24th. And by the way the article, like Hannity, Limbaugh, Savage or any of the true and good patriots on the right made mention back on that date that the ISIS leader threatened our American president directly. No, they were and continue to be more interested in party politics than the nation. It is interesting that they weren’t as apoplectic about Obama’s attendance record back in July. By the way, since this really isn’t about RDBs, or ISIS, it’s a pale effort by the republicans to paint dems as weak on defense going into the election.

Still, we can credit GAI for a deep analytical accounting of the exact number of times Obama attended PDBs, arriving at the 401-43% figure widely quoted throughout the media this week, with attributions to GAI, which almost sounds governmental. But GAI’s analysis was simply going to whitehouse.gov/schedule/ president and the date and counting the phrase “The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing.” It isn’t all that interesting. They are just sketches of the president’s schedule, leaving out more sensitive and classified briefings and meetings, as well as the day to day minutia of running a nation of 370 million people. its rather like describing what a chef does by looking at a page that reads, :opened the restaurant in the morning, cooked some food.” On the White House site there is a next and a back button which makes the epically hard work done by GAI so much easier. Of course, being the fair-minded, America-first folks we know they are, they did a cross comparison with other presidents, like Bush. No? Bush hasn’t made his electronic records available, almost a decade after leaving office?

Obama readily admitted that he and his team under estimated ISIS, and could not have foreseen the virtual collapse of the Iraqi army. That’s called transparency. Now the US is taking action against ISIS, because we are the one nation on the planet with the means and resources to do so, but Obama has also worked to invest regional nations to take part in the effort. Imagine, however that Obama received a PDB reading something like, and I’m just spit-balling here, ISIS Determined To Strike in US, and he ignored it. Then imagine that ISIS struck in, say, New York, maybe using commercial aircraft, and they also attacked the Pent…oh wait, that’s right. On August 6, 2001 the Central Intelligence Agency gave President George W. Bush, who was vacationing at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, a President’s Daily Brief titled Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US. It was ignored and by coincidence the US was hit just 36 days later, at home, with a loss of 3,000 civilians.

The Obama administration has been slow in crafting a proper response to ISIS, but ISIS still remains an issue predominantly in the Middle East and perhaps North Africa. They are certainly on the radar now. As for the PDBs? Aides and officials say that Obama reads the PDBs religiously and comes to meetings prepared with questions and discussion. PDBs were read to George Bush. No, I’m not kidding on that part. He needed someone to tell him a story so he could understand, and then have Dick Cheney make the decisions that led to the possibility of an ISIS in the first place.

By the way, if you are obsessed about the President’s golfing and vacation time as proof he isn’t engaged or interested in the job-probably because he’s just one of those lazy coloreds on welfare, he’s taken 140 days of vacation, compared to Bush’s 533 days, Reagan’s 390 and Clinton’s 174…

CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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The Case Against an Oil-based Economy

Sean Hannity in his propaganda screed the other day was unequivocal. He has, in the past few months been involved in “getting America back to work,” on his radio show and FOX News network. In reality it has been a commercial for tar sands and fracking. Revolution and Beer in a series of shows with environmental activist Dr Lora Chamberlain, and in an earlier blog showed that the promise of high paying jobs in North Dakota’s Bakken Oil fields was a dangerous illusion.

We brought to you the voices of people currently working there on the lack of housing, and what was available was going for confiscatory prices. Hannity’s Shangri-oil in North Dakota had made life dangerous for women, bred crime, caused significant pollution and left many stranded and destitute in the winter-harsh climes of the North West. Still Hannity and others claimed there was a near endless supply of jobs in excess of $100 thousand per year salaries. On his show this week, despite his industry guests saying that most jobs started at $30-40,000, he kept quoting jobs at $90,000 or more, in a pitch that would make a school-yard crack dealer blush. Then he said something even more obscene, but true: That the US is an oil-driven economy.

I couldn’t argue, because, sadly it is true, and that is not a good thing. In fact for our economy, for stability and for our future it is more than just potentially disastrous, it is disaster in which the clock is already ticking. The economics are simple, and there are glaring and recent examples that prove that eventuality.

Recently the Dutch Safety Board released preliminary findings on the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 over Ukraine in July. The report fell far short, and left more questions than answers. It also did not provide a backdrop to the disaster and the significant geopolitical and economic issues that contributed to the shooting down of a commercial airliner and the loss of all 298 on board. But those factors are significant and involve a superpower land grab for oil and gas concerns in eastern Ukraine-site of the bitterest fighting- and the Crimea. In a previous piece Revolution and Beer detailed much of that oil and gas rush, and named names. See “Obama’s missteps as tension mounts between NATO and Moscow. An excerpt from the upcoming book, “A TRAGIC FATE: Politics, Oil, the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17and the Looming Threats to Civil Aviation” by Revolution and Beer’s WC Turck.”

The Russian economy is almost solely based on oil and gas, by most estimates around 70%, which is an astounding and frightening number. Their budget depends on a barrel price of around $114. The current price, as of this writing for a barrel of Brent Crude is about $97/barrel. A tactic of the Obama administration’s sanctions against Russia- targeting primarily oil and gas concerns, has been to force down the cost of oil in order to strangle the Russian economy. Putin has replied by stoking military action as the one card he has to play in order to shock the market, maintain a modicum of insecurity and keep the prices as high as possible. In the short term the big oil and gas concerns in the West will suffer, but in the long term they will reap untold rewards. Russian firms and banks, and the whole of the Russian economy is on a long slow slide to insolvency because of the state of its infrastructure, a lack of technical capability and reliance on oil and gas.

But to a lesser extent the US economy is far too dependent on oil and gas as well. That dependency, as reserves and supplies mature, peak and decline will drag the US economy down as well. It also leaves us vulnerable to manipulation from foreign threats. No rational industry analyst believes that the US could ever supply its entire domestic and oil needs at current usage. Everyone agrees that oil and gas are finite resources that eventually will run out, or at the very least become cost prohibitive as research and extraction costs far outpace profits. It is also true that, at current technology, green energy alone could not support the US energy and transportation needs fully. Of course the argument to that is that in 1987 current technology could not support modern cellphone technology.

Green tech, most especially electric vehicles, and solar and wind power could currently offset a significant portion of the country’s needs at current technology. The effort must be, for all of those who believe that the country faces significant threats from abroad, must acknowledge that a preeminent reliance on oil is a virtual gun to the head of the nation. Reliance on renewable sources of energy, and in research to expand the availability and reliability of renewable is the only thing that will ultimately protect us from being blackmailed, or having our economy collapsed. The benefits resonate far beyond the growing threats to the nation, and include a boom in green jobs and a benefit to our environment. One is a short-sighted view by those simply interested in profits and those looking for long term viable solutions.

It is all rather like the squirrel in autumn who collects nuts without building an adequate nest through the winter, and the squirrel who collects enough nuts while also building an adequate nest that will protect it and its offspring from a harsh winter. It is really a rather simple lesson

CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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No time for solemn memorials on September 11th. How about a few trials instead: A new rant from the FILTHY PUNDIT(He ought to have his mouth washed out with soap) Politics, way over the %$#@ing top!………………..

I have no time or patience for the politician’s national weep fest in their fake commemorations of the September 11 attacks. I grieve for the innocent dead, but that also includes the 600,000 dead Iraqi civilians, 100 thousand innocent Afghanis, dead Yemenis and Pakistanis killed by drones, millions of foreclosure victims in the United States, Michael Brown and all those killed by a militarized police. And I weep for our lost freedoms. How are all of those connected?

There are still too many unanswered questions about the attacks, but this is not about conspiracy. More and more, however, I am of the opinion that my government allowed the attacks to happen. Even if that wasn’t the case, they took advantage of the attacks, along with the media and corporations to further really greedy and cynical ends.

The attacks that Tuesday stunned the average American. I was on a flight line at O’Hare, walking from plane to plane with a wrench in my hand prepared to do battle with terrorists who had just calming commandeered 4 commercial aircraft and flown them into buildings. What the hell was I thinking? The chain of events from that day ultimately led me to get injured on the job and be forced to leave a job, until that day, that I truly loved. The second tower hadn’t come down yet when a Black friend and coworker simply shook his head and said “this country is going to use this as an excuse to go after brown people.”

I wasn’t buying it, but I am still waiting to see us fight the so-called war on terror against a single Caucasian country. I am still waiting for us to go to war against a country of brown people that also doesn’t shockingly NOT HAVE OIL. Funny how all that worked out. It was almost as if the Project for a New American Century group, whose ranks became much of the Bush team, like Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld and Kristol, had planned the whole thing. A year before the attacks they released a paper outlining the future course for the US designed to keep the country as the preeminent world power and to gain strategic control over resources around the planet, ya know, like oil. They just said that to achieve that goal the American people would have to be galvanized in a “Pearl Harbor type event.” Imagine the luck when those crazy Arabs took over our good Christian planes and flew them into two American symbols of power; the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

America went to war around the planet-against brown people who live on oil rich lands-for 10 years. All total we are looking at around a million dead. But that includes foreigners, and today you won’t hear a word about them. We’ll only hear about the important ones; 5000 soldiers killed with 100 thousand wounded and crippled, and 3000 killed in the Towers and the Pentagon. But wait there is more! The banks and corporations used the cover of the attacks to merge with government in this cancer-like symbiosis. They used that relationship to reconstitute law, to write and rewrite laws that led to millions of Americans being foreclosed on, losing their jobs and more. We saw a police once tasked to “Protect and Serve” become the enforcement mechanism for corporations and banks, and the control arm of the government.

Before 9-11 the “government is us” was the refrain, now unless you are a millionaire or billionaire and backed by a corporate interest, you have no chance of getting into any meaningful government position. It is simply assumed now that a man or woman gets into politics to further their own ambitions. Once there ALEC, run by the Koch brothers, the American Legislative Exchange Council, will write the laws and their cronies in congress will put them into law which the police will enforce. There is no first or fourth amendment anymore. There is no fifth or 14th amendment anymore, but there is the 2nd amendment for white people. They will be the neighborhood enforcement militias if the coloreds get uppity.

And that IS where the revolution will start, because the minority communities in this nation really have nothing to lose. They’ll be joined by the immigrant community who came here really believing in freedom. White folks? They’re so terrified after 9-11, it is all WE can do to cling to our empty 401ks, what remains of our middleclass at the expense of the rest of the world dream and a gun.

But this was all by design. This was all to the advantage of a class of people who have gotten richer and freer while the rest of the nation has atrophied. Forgive me if I don’t kneel before the flag, because it is an obscene symbol on a day in which we should be mourning the dead and exalting a nation that rose from the ashes to become something better and brighter and stronger. Instead, we took the opposite road…

do I hate America? No, but we went off down a seedy trail, and I hate the way we ended up. I grew up in a country wanting to be better, and better is an eternal process. Instead we got a country greedily grasping for more, and more is a never ending word.

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CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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The facts on minimum wage and the Economic rapists of the Illinois Policy Institute

. A new rant from the FILTHY PUNDIT(He ought to have his mouth washed out with soap) Politics, way over the %$#@ing top!………………..Too harsh? Think about the death grip on our culture, the way workers, families and communities have been literally economically raped by perversely powerful, and obsessively greedy interests of extremist capitalism. I have been warned that calling out the powerful too honestly and too vociferously would get me branded as a pariah and someone who didn’t know how to “play the game.” I refuse to be a part of a media that allows the people to be tricked by groups like the Illinois Policy Institute, a nebulous group whose funding tentacles reach to the Koch brothers, according to a new report by Progress Illinois. Their agenda: to roll back civil liberties by seeming to support civil liberties. The proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing, the IPI made some statements on a local morning rightwing show about minimum wage. The IPI prefers eliminating the minimum wage in favor of a market based wage. In other wards, they favor predatory wages, as in the case of Walmart in which that national cancer destroyed the generations old job base in favor of low wage jobs and the resulting addiction to cheap Chinese and third-world made goods. The IPI says the raise in minimum wage would only benefit 5% of the workforce, but neglect to add that that represents about 11 million people, given, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics national workforce Figure, adjusted from 2005 numbers of about 160 million workers. 11 million heads of households! Remember in the 1990s economists were telling us to prepare for the service economy? Well fuck me with a dictionary! It’s here! As they told us that their crony capitalist pals were moving all the manufacturing jobs overseas, Romney’s Bain capital was carving up profitable companies and the banks were plotting ways to fuck millions of homeowners in a housing scheme. But here’s the real benefit, by the numbers, of raising the minimum wage.  Even at a paltry $10.10 an hour, the net gain to the  economy over the current in tax revenues alone would be around $20 billion, and would add around %30 billion additional in consumer spending, which I’m guess would spur a few jobs. It’s simple, multiple the wage amount by 40 hours average, time 4 weeks in a month, 12 months in a year…hardly rocker science. The raising of the minimum wage has always led to an upturn in the economy on the consumer side, but IPI represents predatory corporations and business interests who hope you remain clueless. I’m guessing that those who dismiss me as liberal can’t work  a calculator or really love sucking dick. I can’t help you. There’s no cure for stupid.

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CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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The ISIS Overreaction. No strategy may be part of the strategy. A new rant from the FILTHY PUNDIT(He ought to have his mouth washed out with soap) Politics, way over the %$#@ing top!………………..

Do something! Why doesn’t Obama have a strategy? Just go bomb ISIS back to the stone-a…okay, pre-stone-age. I am not an Obama apologist, and I advocate a robust reaction to ISIS, but people, PLEEAASSEE! The just-do-something syndrome is as dangerous in this instance as the don’t-do-nothing paralysis. For all of the experts who either can compel us that war is never the answer and we should just ignore ISIS like a petulant child until they realize their erroneous ways to the war pornographers who want to ride, or ride someone’s kid over the hill in some Yee-ha, cheap beer swillin,’ flag waving sporting event, where are the real questions for all these self-infatuated experts? Jumping in with both feet on this one just cuz ya gotta have a strategy to satisfy most people in this country who would struggle to find Syria on a map, let alone bomb it is dangerous.

But FOX and the Republicans are hysterical over Muslims, Muslims, Muslims everywhere! So we jump in hard. Does that become a giant lightening rod for Jihadists, a tipping point for moderates, a call to arms out of sympathy? And then what? A bombing campaign must be backed up with a longer term strategy on the ground and internationally. What does the US-led bombing of Sunnis in Iraq mean for the ethnic divisions strained to the breaking point in Iraq? Those opposing ISIS on the ground are fractured, factionalized and often beleaguered.

ISIS has drawn thousands to their ranks amid porous borders that would make the Mexican/American border look like the Berlin Wall by comparison. What happens to those people? Who polices them up? Who restores order without turning genocidal or vengeful against otherwise peaceful and victimized Sunnis caught in the middle of the Sunni fanatics of ISIS? What is they scatter and export violence in an ill-conceived war? What stabilizes the region in the longer term that prevents this from flaring again? Because those answers are difficult doesn’t mean we do nothing, by the way.

As for Syria, Assad is not suddenly our pal, but there is a semblance of stability across extremist Sunni and Shia lines, but there is also legitimacy to the original rebellion which was co-opted, and from which sprang this extremism. Here’s the deal. The world isn’t a cartoon. It is complex, which is not a call for inaction, but rather caution, planning, perspective and wisdom. After the major fuck ups of foreign policy the past 40 years by this country, we ought to be wise as old owls! If you absolutely have to stick something into the wall socket, you’d better damn well turn off the breakers feeding the current, or at the very least make sure you are grounded. Jamming something in the wall, otherwise, will likely bring a world of unexpected surprises…and none of them are good.

CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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The obvious Burger King joke in the whole corporate tax dodge thing

Everyone missed the obvious Burger King joke in the whole corporate tax dodge thing. A new rant from the FILTHY PUNDIT(He ought to have his mouth washed out with soap) Politics, way over the %$#@ing top!………………..I’ll get to that in a minute, but first a shout out to economist Stephen Moore at the Rightwing propaganda mill, Heritage Foundation. In their fevered perversion of truth about corporate tax rates in the United States Moore once again proved that his economics degree must have come wrapped in a whopper. Burger King is buying Canadian Donut chain Tim Horton’s and may take its HQ to Canada to lessen their tax burden but not have to pay for the privilege of getting wealthy in America or contributing to the financial health of the nation. The corporate tax rate is just a few % above Canada’s, but the effective AVERAGE tax rate is up North is about 20%. Burger King essentially gets to lay off half most of their accountants. Most US Corporations pay little or no tax directly, costing about 17 billion to taxpayers. We pissed away $60 billion in Russian trade sanctions, but the tax inversion scam is a quickening trend in a backdoor attack against the average working class and poor people. It’s a drain to keep rich fucks even fucking richer. In fact, subsidies, gifts and tax forgiveness in 2014 alone, nationwide will amount to more than ONE TRILLION DOLLARS. Walgreens, much to Moore’s chagrin, rethought a move to Switzerland in a tax inversion scheme to save $4 billion. When Sen. Dick Durbin reminded Walgreens that they were free to move to save $4 billion on the tax side, they’d lose $15.7 billion in Medicaid and Medicare subsidies. For the brilliant Mr. Moore, that’s called math. Truth is, the pressure is building strongly against corporate giveaways by the public. FOX news says it’s all about the marketplace and profits, and the market should decide, then why the fuck are they getting government money or help or credit in any fucking way? Sink or swim, bitches! That’s the marketplace, right? Instead the US bought and paid for gov. gives money to profitable companies? Right! As for Burger King? Here’s the joke. The downside of Burger King buying Canadian donut giant Tim Horton’s means that nobody will be able to find a Tim Horton’s either!

CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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White as snow and dumb as bricks in Edwardsville. A new rant from the FILTHY PUNDIT(He ought to have his mouth washed out with soap)

Politics, way over the %$#@ing top!………………..Population, 24,600. Race: 86.7% white, and apparently one Asian guy representing the .01% demographic. Median household income: $73 grand. Number of siblings sired at family reunions between cousins: Undetermined. Wikipedia gives the population of Edwardsville Illinois at 24, 293. The 2010 census says 24,663. The population, I suspect moves up and down depending upon the local giardia bacteria and fracking chemicals seeping into the water supply on a given day, or the number of late term abortions rescued by the local evangelical congregation from sorority pledges impregnated by Frat house parties at nearby Southern Illinois University. On Friday, August 15, 2014, and Monday, August 18, 2014, Dennis Cramsey, EHS Principal groused to students and faculty that parents were bereaved by mention of events of Ferguson and Michael Brown in classroom discussions. Obviously deferring to the parental politburo, Comrade Cramsey banned discussions of a critical conversation in the current American social and political landscape. The 26 or so black students at EHS, all of which are on the basketball team have super singing voices and could totally do background for Beyonce could not be reached for comment. Great lesson to teach, confront complex and difficult issues by ignoring them, but then what did we expect after decades of this Oprah-esque protect the innocence of my precious babies until their 40 and the trust fund kicks in banality. And the republican and faux-Christian assholes boot-licking for corporatists who used them to fuck with teachers unions by coddling a generation of weasily little brats who run home with their surreptitious videos to inform on teacher’s liberal blasphemy, or dare I say, the teacher’s supposed 1st amendment rights like some neo-Soviet urchins, or Hitler-fucking-youth. Buy a gun a big truck and work a suck dick job off your Walmart salary. Knowin’ shit is for pussies and liberals who believe in all that global warming, type-diabetes is bad unwhite world. Oo, I hate that Obama Kenyan guy! In a perfect world we’d fire this asshole Cramsey and then make him walk up and down in front of the school for a week with a sign reading: “Principal wanted. Assholes, Fascists and Dipshits need not apply. If you do, we’ve got a sign for you too.” But I’ll bet that Edwardsville like’s their American Taliban principal and will find some lawyerly way of making stupid seem like part of the American way.

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CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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You had to make it a war against a religion, now look what you’ve done!!!

A new rant from the FILTHY PUNDIT(He ought to have his mouth washed out with soap) Politics, way over the %$#@ing top!………………..been reading quite a bit on ISIS, those shitheads in Iraq created by This country. I won’t even say Righties, because all Americans really are to blame for this one by being fat, stupid and lazy…and worst of all ignorant of what our Muslim friends and neighbors, the vast majority good and decent Muslims were trying to tell us after September 11th…Don’t make it about religion. And it wasn’t. It was about fucking criminals who hid behind religion, sort of like George Fucking Bush who called Iraq a “crusade” and infused all the jerk –off militarism and self-fellating nationalism with Christian evangelical garbage. Same fucking animals in my book. And we are fucking schizophrenic-apologies to a few of my actual, lucid, intelligent and coherent, clinically diagnosed schizophrenic friends- but have you heard our media and Republicans talk about George Bush and the Iraq invasion as if they weren’t fucking cheerleading and economically gang-raping the Dixie chicks through that whole “with us er against us shit? Righties who couldn’t cum hard enough at the thought of fucking up Iraq, and who, like Shaun Hannity still claim there are WMDs hidden there? But unlike the original Iraqis, these ISIS fucks fight and cut off heads, so all the righties are pussing out. And by the way, I just watched a video about ISIS capturing SCUD Missiles but first had to sit through a Bank of America commercial showing fat rednecks and a Chevy truck going to a BBQ/bypass operation. How’s that for fucking disconnection and foreshadowing? And for the eternal hand-ringers for perpetual peace, we created this mess, and it is a mess. We don’t get to walk away from it. You make a mess, you clean it up! Which doesn’t absolve the neighbors there either. Those assholes had better pony up too. It’s like we are all sitting nice and quite in a bar and two guys named George and Dick come in and stir up a mess of trouble, riling up folks otherwise under control, throwing the bartender into the alley and chasing off the bouncer, then leaves you with the tab. Some weird guy in the corner starts fucking shit up, threatening the girls in the bar, stabs a guy and lights a table on fire. You hate the thought of a fight, but you’re the only guy big enough to take this fuck on and straighten the bar back out so you can get back to your quiet beer and the game. What do you do? Pussie out, say you don’t give a shit about the bully and the victims. Maybe you’ll find another bar, rotting inside because you knew you’d pussed when someone really needed a hero. Then again, maybe that weird asshole follows you to the new bar and the one after that. That’s sort of what ISIS is. They’re a little prick, turned bully and now they’ve turned it on full force against the small and the weak, and there ain’t a mirror in the universe that hides the shame of letting it happen when you could stop it cold. There ain’t a grave deep enough to bury all that shame in, but that’s just me…I fucking hate bullies, and these guys are the bullies pulled straight from hell’s rotted asshole. Send ‘em back and do it hard. They’re in a desert for christ’s sake. Ain’t like we’re gonna wreck much else.

CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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