The Paris Judgment

Paris was a turning point on Friday. Certainly this will affect the economic debate in the US presidential election. As I wrote back in May and June, election predictions too far out are dangerous, as they can turn on a dime. The West and the US will edge a bit closer to fascism paraded as security. Europe’s ultra-right wing will be invigorated, and while the West, particularly NATO and the US will appear to take a more aggressive stance against ISIS and its affiliates, like yesterday’s airstrike by US warplanes in Libya, that is merely a matter of competition now between the US and Russia over oil and gas in the Mideast. The US is simply attempting to keep pace and compete with Russia.

Following the French terrorist incident Friday in which at least 129 were killed France found resolve with Russia, paving a new boost in prestige for Russia. Russia, smarting from an attack on an airliner two weeks ago in Egypt is benefitting from a resurgence of nationalism. It is likely, even predictable that a new more powerful rightwing, anti-immigrant and aggressively violent, will grow to prominence across Europe and Russia. This comes at a time when Europe is struggling to cope with hundreds of thousands of predominantly Syrian refugees. The timing of these attacks is hardly coincidental.

The attacks in Paris by ISIS is a rebuke of a renewed assault, now including Russia, but they are also a calculated political move. Europe is already polarizing in the wake of the attacks. That means two forces are attempting to radicalize immigrants and Muslims in Europe as a resurgent rightwing drives division through hate and opportunism. The refugees lay squarely in the middle of that equation. The attacks will also slow or stop progress in addressing the refugee crisis just as winter begins. That will mean a rise in desperation that will drive more violence potentially.

In this country whatever initiative Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton may have had will evaporate quickly as fears rise, valid or not, of possible terror attacks within the US going into the holiday season. The narrative will be on security and guns, not economy. The attacks immediately undercut the so-called million student march on pressing economic issues here. Rightwing commentators have already begun describing the #BlackLivesMatter effort as terrorism. This weekend would be dictator Donald Trump capitalized ghoulishly by criticizing the French for gun control laws. He is just the first of what will be a gleeful orgy on the right concerning guns. they will point to France as an example against any sort of reasonable gun legislation.

In fact, French citizens are allowed to own guns. In this country there has been a call for screenings based upon mental illness. French law requires competency exams by a doctor annually, along with a regular check up. The weapons used in this weeks attacks are smuggled into the country illegally. French gangs receive many combat style weapons from the former Yugoslavia where in the aftermath of war unregistered guns still proliferate. It is the same issue facing Chicago’s violence with straw purchases from gun stores ringing the south and west borders of Chicago. One of Friday’s gunmen, Omar Ismail Mostefai, born in France, was a petty criminal with access to illegal weapons before becoming radicalized. The suddenness of attacks and the nature of those attacks would have neutralized any would-be pistol packing party-goer in a dark crowded, loud and confused environment. Furthermore, the attackers were already resolved to die.

The truth is, gun laws in France work. There were just 665 murders in 2012 in France, with a per capita rate of 1 compared with 15,000 and a per capita rate of 5 for the US. The United States has FAA rules and licensing for aircraft, but that did not prevent 9-11, so by the gun lobby’s logic we should close the FAA. To drive a car Americans must have a valid license, which doesn’t stop car thieves.

ISIS is calculating and the West is still reacting blindly. More security undermines democracy and civil liberties. They are shrewdly sowing discord in target countries. Attacks and threats of violence driven by FOX and the right in this country from these attacks will increase pressure on American Muslim and immigrant communities, exactly what ISIS hopes to achieve. They want unrest and division in Europe by enlivening radical rightwing groups and politicians and by polarizing normally reasonable communities. In the US, the Paris attacks fit perfectly to the Republican effort to polarize whites by sowing fear from immigrants and Muslims, since they have all but lost Hispanic, and Black voters.

It remains to be seen how this will turn out. Given the level of narrative and its tolerance by the American people, that does not bode well for civil liberties, the election, civility and democracy in America, in Europe and beyond. Put this one in the win column for ISIS. This was an attack on social and community fault lines, which just became wider and more dangerous. Just like Osama bin Laden and September 11, 2001, the attack was on the crumbling vestiges of democracy and civil society.

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Dark Horse: Bernie Sanders 2016-Charleston

At just after 8 in the evening on June 17, 2015, 21 year old Dylann Roof walked into the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The sandy-haired Roof, with white supremacists ties and leanings sat quietly among the 12 African American worshippers attending a basement Bible study, including The senior pastor, the Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney who was also a Democratic member of the South Carolina Senate.
Just before 9 Roof stood and pulled a pistol from a fanny pack and announced to the stunned attendees that, “I have to do it. You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.” With that Roof began firing, stopping several times to reload. When he was finished nine were dead.

There were two other attacks against Black churches that night and the next day, one in Tennessee and the other in Virginia. In the weeks to follow, incited and by encouraged by FOX News pundits and Rightwing Talk shows, white hate groups would be suspected in at least 6 church burnings. The Charleston attack was the deadliest church shooting in American history, ranking alongside the 1991 execution-style murders at a Buddhist Temple in Waddell Arizona and the murders of 6 Sikh worshippers at the hands of a white supremacist, Wade Michael Page, at a Wisconsin temple in 2012. Since 2001 some 400 Americans have been killed by white supremacists, including almost 2 dozen law enforcement officers. In 2012 two white supremacists executed 2 Nevada police officers as they ate lunch before storming a nearby Walmart and announcing the start of a white revolution.

The Charleston attack came at a period of heightened racial tension and awareness, amid a national conversation on race which was long overdue. In the weeks and months preceding the attack an alarming trend appeared to be developing after a string of controversial deaths and assaults by police which were caught on video. Just a week earlier a police officer in Texas slammed a 14 year old girl in a swimsuit to the ground and drew his weapon after complaints that Black teen agers had attended a pool party in a predominantly white neighborhood.

After the Charleston gunman, Dylann Roof was seen in photographs with a Confederate flag became the symbol of a racist thread still evident and virulent in the American weave. Republicans quickly countered that Americans, in particular republican and southern white Americans were not racist. While that was partly true, it was obvious that the Republican Party and its Tea Party offshoot had adopted icons and legacies of a more overtly racist and traitorous past.

On the candidate trail the reaction was predictable. While all of the candidates, Republican and Democrat, condemned the shooting itself, they split along seemingly irreconcilable partisan lines. Clinton, Sanders, Chafee and O’Malley all cited America’s legacy of racism. Clinton and Sanders both called for greater gun control. Roof had obtained the gun legally through a loophole in the law which does not require documentation or licensing of person to person private sales. With a pending felony charge he was prohibited from buying the gun in a store. The Republican candidates, in contrast to Democrats, were quick to defend the Confederate flag and guns, even before the victims had been publically identified. Others on the Republican side were silent.

Former Texas governor Rick Perry, who was adamant about calling the Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hassan a terrorist instead dubbed the Charleston shooting an accident. Rand Paul jumped quickly to defend the broadest possible interpretation of the Second amendment. The NRA blamed the victims for not being armed, which included an 83 year old woman and her 7 year old granddaughter. Jeb Bush said that he didn’t know if the attack was racially motivated, then canceled a trip to Charleston. Neither Lindsay Graham nor Rick Santorum could bring themselves to admit the attack was racially motivated, despite Roof telling his surviving victims and the police that his actions were indeed racially motivated!

In fact, none of the candidates on the right could bring themselves to describe the attack in terms of domestic terrorism. The issue, which seems obvious to most on the Left and many on the Right, would indicate a growing crisis in American society that is not being squarely addressed in the media and by too many political figures on the Right, especially among the current crop of presidential candidates. Many of those same pundits demand any act committed by a Muslim to be described as terrorism. Not such demand or outrage was made regarding the Charleston Massacre.

That might point to a deeper and darker problem America faces in confronting homegrown terrorism. Former FBI agent Mike German, who specialized in domestic counterterrorism from 1988 to 2004 told Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman that:

“…you can imagine the different reaction that would have occurred if Dylann Roof was wearing an ISIS flag on his jacket rather than a Rhodesia flag. And for somebody like me who knows a lot about the white supremacist movement and having been undercover in it, seeing those symbols, seeing the target—you know, the Emanuel AME Church, like many AME churches, isn’t just the spiritual center of the black community, it’s the political center, it’s the social center, so the fact that it’s targeted fits the FBI definition, which is an act of violence intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population. And the political purpose is obvious. One of the victims, who was specifically picked out, was a state legislator. So the idea that somehow this wasn’t political, I think, says a lot about the way the FBI views terrorism.”
(http://www.democracynow.org/2015/6/25/does_us_ignore_right_wing_terror)

In 2009 the Department of Homeland Security disbanded a unit tasked with looking at domestic rightwing terror groups. Since then the number of hate groups in America has mushroomed to more than 1000 in 2008, according to the Southern Poverty Law Institute, which tracks white supremacists hate groups, to more than 2100 by 2010. Both Michael Savage and Rush Limbaugh describe SPLI, for its outspoken investigations about white hate groups, as a terror group that should be closed down. Savage, through music choices and guests regularly courts a white extremist agenda paraded as populist.

What that points to is a problem with race that America seems unwilling or unable to come to terms with. Both Clinton and Sanders appeared to be in agreement on the issue of race and guns in America. Clinton forcefully condemned the shootings and was more candid than ever before regarding racism. Sen. Sanders issued a statement saying, “The Charleston church killings are a tragic reminder of the ugly stain of racism that still taints our nation.” Earlier this year, however, according the Huffington Post’s Paul Blumenthal and Ryan Grim (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/31/hillary-clinton-speeches-keystone_n_7463108.html)
Clinton took $1.6 million in speaking fees from the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) and TD Bank, both closely connected to the Keystone XL Pipeline. The pipeline remains a hot button issue with Progressives and Liberals who aggressively oppose the pipeline over environmental, safety and property rights concerns. Grim and Blumenthal write that:

Both banks have financial ties to TransCanada, the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline, and have advocated for a massive increase in pipeline capacity, including construction of Keystone. Further, Gordon Giffin, a CIBC board member and onetime U.S. ambassador to Canada, is a former lobbyist for TransCanada and was a contributions bundler for Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.
It is the belief that Hillary tends to play strongly to the ambiguous, except where it is politically safe and expedient. Her stand on banks is illustrative. While saying she would be tough on Wall Street…

It is arguable that the United States had not had a true statesman or stateswoman in recent history. President Jimmy Carter, John F. Kennedy and Dwight D. Eisenhower are the first examples that come to mind. In 1990 Sanders, running as an independent against Republican Rep. Peter Smith, benefitted from an NRA campaign against Smith who supported a ban on assault weapons. While the NRA money did not go to support Sanders, his silence was enough to allow him to beat Smith and the Democratic challenger. In 1994 Sanders voted in favor of a ban on assault weapons, a vote which some believe nearly cost him his House seat that same year.

Certainly the gun issue in America and the debate in Congress has been a contentious, complex and evolving one. There are, according to one conservative website, roughly 32000 gun deaths in, with close to a 1000 accidental shootings (which the pro-gun site attempts to minimize) and about 11000 homicides. More than half of gun deaths, almost 60% are suicides. With accidental deaths, and since most homicides are committed by acquaintances, spouses and family members, that means that gun owners are far more likely to die by a gun in the home than by a stranger’s hand. What that describes is an effort by the gun lobby to manipulate public opinion for sales, portraying a community as far more dangerous than it actually is. The gun proliferation industry has gone so far as to fictionalize even the Holocaust, pushing historical revisionism to the point of saying the Hitler’s so-called banning and confiscation of guns led to the deaths of millions of Jews.

There are numerous credible sources regarding Hitler and guns. The Nazis did not impose any gun registration or restriction laws. In fact, the Weimar government plagued with rampant violence and near insurrection between communist organizations and Nazis imposed restrictions targeting both groups. Those laws remained in place and were merely tightened in 1938 against Jews. At less than 1.5%, or about 500,000 people, the Jewish population would have merely escalated and hastened their destruction with a token insurrection, that is if enough could have foreseen the Holocaust, which to most Jews in Europe, despite the growing hate speech and isolated violence against Jews still remained unfathomable in 1938. (http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1791/did-hitler-ban-gun-ownership)

For Bernie Sanders the issue resonates strongly. Sanders, the youngest of two sons, was born toPolish parents fleeing the Nazis. The war would end before the family would learn that almost the entire family in Poland had been wiped out in the Holocaust. Through the Nuremburg trials of Nazi war criminals the world and America would weigh the difference between vengeance and justice through the rule of law. Sanders father was paint salesman. Life in Brooklyn in the 1940s and 50s was defined in the hard-scrabble culture of poor and working class families. There were lessons to be learned there, Sanders, looking back at those formative years is candid about those lessons.

“I saw unfairness,” He told the Guardian newspaper, “That was the major inspiration in my politics.”


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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. His new book “A Tragic Fate: is 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


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers. .

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Race Baiting and Ferguson. All about gun sales?

Sadly, they are getting too easy to predict, but that still doesn’t seem to mitigate the danger the NRA poses to American democracy. By all appearances the media and NRA are eagerly stoking the flames of racial animosity, and even violence as a means of reversing flagging gun sales in 2014. Earlier this year in a Revolution and Beer exclusive, Rand Paul’s effort to pass legislation requiring every licensed commercial pilot in America to carry a weapon was exposed as a naked scheme to boost gun sales. In Paul, the NRA has bought and paid for a ready and willing political ally.

Prior to Newtown the NRA invested $294 thousand dollars in purchasing members of Congress, or more than $21 million since 1990. http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/guns/how-much-did-nra-pay-senators-who-killed-gun-background-checks Both then Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul benefitted greatly from the NRA’s abundant, string’s attached generosity. That does not include tens of millions in political advertisements which were often conveniently placed to support specific candidates. In fact, all of those Senators which appeared on FOX and on rightwing media decrying any reasonable gun control legislation, like Ted Cruz, James Inhofe, Roy Blunt, Jim Risch, Chuck Grassly and Saxby Chambliss, to name a few, received thousands in donations from the NRA.

After reading and re-reading the Ferguson Grand Jury testimony and evidence, I was perplexed at the blatant misrepresentation by talk show hosts on the right, like Sean Hannity, Michael Savage and Rush Limbaugh. Revolution and Beer has remained very close to the Brown case, and was first to question the initial reports that Officer Darren Wilson suffered serious injuries during the altercation with Brown. Then in a CNN article following this years Black Friday sales, this line jumped out:

“Traditionally, Black Friday is one of our busiest days for transaction volume,” Fischer said.
Indeed, Friday saw the highest number of background checks ever for a Black Friday, and second in history. The highest day on record was December 21, 2012, with more than 177,000 background checks.”
http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/28/us/black-friday-gun-sales/index.html

Recognize that date, December 21st, 2012? Just 7 days earlier Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown Connecticut and fatally shot 20 children and 6 adults. Recall that the rightwing media reacted swiftly against gun control proponents, and rumors circulated allegedly by the NRA or its surrogates of gun grabs and bans.

In August, Businessweek reported on steeply slumping guns sales. Gunmaker Smith and Wesson had seen 2nd quarter sales dropping 23%, with profits suffering at 45% Other gunmakers suffered similarly. More and more the politically motivated industry has looked to the NRA, once a sportsman’s organization, to act instead as the marketing wing for the industry. For the NRA, whose best marketing tool is FOX News and rightwing talk radio that effort is manifest in manipulating the aftermaths of America’s darkest and bloodiest moments. Although I reject the word, that has to about as close to evil as one can get.

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-08-27/gun-sales-are-down

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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


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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Revolution and Beer…Reactionary of The Week: Bloomberg’s Passive Gulag

First a few statistics, and then some sarcasm and then let’s talk reality.

bloomberg-lrgNew York’s Stop and Frisk has removed guns from the streets, particularly in challenged neighborhoods. That has undoubtedly saved lives. Mayor Bloomberg’s figure of thousands saved is bullshit, because, for one, we don’t know how good of a shot those potential future shooters would be. Oops, sorry, mixed a bit of sarcasm and reality there prematurely. It is an easy mistake when our elected leaders think and communicate in cartoonish terms. Maybe that is the caliber of people with the capacity to purchase so-called elected positions, or maybe it is a culture of condescension by those same pseudo-elected autocrats who feel they must pander and “sell” issues to constituents. Damn, more reality. Apologies, it just keeps slipping out. Back to the numbers.

Rudi Giuliani is responsible for the law, not the current Bloomberg. Curiously, it came at a time when crime was down during the spastic reactionary foolishness in the days after September 11th. That also coincides with the start of the age of police militarism. Giuliani simply suffered from a racially-informed fundamental lack of imagination on dealing with crime. Bloomberg suffers from taking full advantage in growing and supporting that failure of imagination.

From 2002 until 2012, the use of Stop and Frisk, an abuse of the so-called Terry v. Ohio law regarding reasonable suspicion-sort of like rape when he reasonably suspects she wanted it (Damned Sarcasm again!)- the use of this tactic by police went up more than 500%, or from 97,000 to more than 650,000. Without exception in those years between 86 and 91% were innocent. How about we allow cavity searches for 90% of white kids in, say, Park Forest, Barrington, Wilmette or Naperville for the few who might have some sort of contraband? No, that wasn’t sarcasm, that would be a reality.

More than 85% were people of color, mostly Black, were the targets of Stop and Frisk. Between 9-11% were white, except in 2003 when apparently white people ran amok at 12% (That’s just funny) Nearly 9 of 10 stopped and frisked by police were completely innocent of any wrong doing. Also, if you say the police must stop and frisk Blacks and Hispanics because they are the ones causing most of the crime-knowing full well 90% are innocent-statistics show you are 100% more likely to be an asshole.

So those are the numbers, and I suppose now I owe you a bit of sarcasm. Except that this issue writes its own sarcasm, and not a small amount of outrage, as this decidedly racist policy creates something of a passive gulag, and is endemic of a governmental and law enforcement attitude that you are innocent until we can find something you are guilty of. I am never one to advocate violence, but the situation now with police no longer serving and protecting citizens equally and a government that is a facilitator of greed interests looting the nation enough has got to be enough! Reality!

The media and politicians like to play partisan charades, but what the parade of civil rights perversion perpetrated and grown from the Republican Giuliani regime into the behemoth of oppression under Bloomberg shows us is that it isn’t the civil rights amendments that need revision, it is a narrowing of the criteria for getting into office.

If you make or have made more than $100,000 a year in your life, you are banned from ever holding office. If campaigns are funded by the people, across multiple parties, and you take a glass of lemonade from a corporation, bank, money troll or foreign entity, you go to jail and your mansion turned into a retreat for the poor and homeless. More than that, if you leave office richer than when you went in, and it wasn’t for an inheritance, a great book, song or painting you created, off to jail, because you didn’t come by that wealth serving the people. And if you are a cop and you clobber or arrest a protester exercising their rights of grievance against someone actually damaging the nation, we can replace all those incarcerated for smoking a joint with police officers who have forgotten their oath and their duty to serve and protect.

And just to really boot whip this dead horse, the Nazis learned how to stop crime in Jewish neighborhoods, and under Pol Pot crime virtually ceased in Cambodia, except at the top, which is where the worst crime in America is currently concentrated. If a Black kid on the south side of Chicago shoots another kid, the kids their neighborhood and families are the ones who suffer most. If a mayor shuts down 50 schools under very suspicious circumstances amid a confusion of numbers, that devastates thousands and destroys whole communities. If you pander to industrialists and buy their bottom line argument on everything, and place those arguments above the lives of people and communities, closing a factory in America for one that collapses in Bangladesh killing hundreds, that’s called Detroit.

That isn’t reality, folks, it is fucking reality!

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Revolution and Beer…of the week: Spiteful Brewing’s Double ESB and the meaning of reward

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The sound of a heavy sigh, and me draped over the back of a chair. Before me the nearly smoking hot keys of the keyboard, and those magic words that every writer alternately prays for and dreads-“The End.”

It is the end of this road. The cats and laundry have been neglected. Dishes have piled up in the sink, and the wife kind of, sort of recalls the last time we actually had a substantive conversation. For the last several weeks the predominance of our communication consisted almost entirely of a befuddling series of gestures and waves. But it is done, and after all of that, the late nights and up-before-dawn writing binges, I can rejoice-albeit alone.

No, no, it isn’t like that. The wife didn’t leave me for someone who communicates verbally. She was at work when I finished the Play, “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden,” a humorous swipe at the security state. So I fed the cats, which, as excited as they were for food, gave the place a party atmosphere. As for me, I was saving something special for this moment.

I’d been coveting a bottle of Spiteful’s P.A.C. Forever, Double ESB. I grabbed a couple of stout tulip glasses to focus the aroma a bit and headed over to Brian’s for a taste. We’d both had a tough year, and beer really has made the difference in keeping us both from falling to deeply into those challenges. Beer, good beer, and the community we brought to it, carried perspective. I caught him at home alone, waiting for the family to return. The house was quite, golden late afternoon sunlight bleeding through the blinds in the front room of his red-brick Chicago bungalow.20130803_181337

The beer poured to a cloudy copper color with a bit of an ochre hue. The light cream head was full and airy, settling gently, and lingering upon the glass in an intricate lacing. The aroma was light and nutty with a slight fruity character with notes of grapefruit and cherry. Brian and I raised our glasses together. Radio, TV, nearly a hundred protests this year, a new book and a play, on top of all that has happened this year-so far- and the first taste of Spiteful’s P.A.C. Forever charged through us like a shot of joyously cold electricity. The 7.6% ABV didn’t hurt either!

The nutty character of lightly toasted malts hinted at in the aroma carried over richly in that first taste. It was laced with fruitiness underlying that bordered on the tart side without being disagreeable. Extra Special Bitters, or ESBs are a bit of a misnomer. They are, in fact, characterized by balance. The double ESB, I surmise, referred to an enjoyable hoppy bitterness at the end.

It had come up cool that evening, the sun nearly set behind the two flats across the street. Brian and I finished the last of our beer. The family was just getting home, so I made my departure. The fever and rush of the last several months seemed paused for a moment, the memory of Spiteful’s P.A.C. Forever Double ESB and the peace of the evening returning perspectives to their rightful place. I took a cleansing breath and started down the shadowed block. Sometimes even revolutions need a moment…

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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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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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Reactionary of The Week: Ed Schultz and Edward Snowden’s Media Lynch Mob

edMy grandfather was a gruff old city laborer in a small town in Northwest Iowa. I recall John Turck sitting at the end of the old Oak dining room table beneath a Depression Era portrait of Jesus on the wall above his head, usually half obscured in wispy-gray clouds of cigar smoke. He’d remained married to my grandmother better than 50 years, until she passed away in 1978. Together they raised 17 children, most born during or just after the Great Depression, all of them jostling and finding their own place in that tiny two bedroom farm house. I recall doing something rather clumsy or dumb once in front of him. Nothing altogether destructive, mind you, just one of those dopey things kids do as a matter of course. Never one to mince words, he shifted the wet end of the well-nursed cigar from one side of his mouth to the other, and retorted with a notable grin, “ain’t no cure for stupid.”

There was a lesson in that remark, dispensed with all of the brevity and efficiency and exhaustion of a man who’d raised all those kids. I never forgot those words. John Turck was a bear of a man, taking life like a cowhand might wrestle a stubborn calf to the ground; with a combination of reverence and determination. I’ll leave it there for a moment, but we’ll get back to that universal wisdom.

I tell you that to tell you this. Today the media torches and pitchforks came out, universally condemning NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden. Nearly everyone echoed the same knee jerk, status quo, sheepish refrain, that Snowden is a coward and a traitor.

Wow, no trial, no debate, no equivocation or second guessing. From FOX news to so-called Progressive hosts like Ed Schultz, Snowden was roundly condemned. Glenn Beck, the purveyor of rightwing political pornography, who had initially supported Snowden was aghast that he would take to flight via “anti-American” countries like China, Russia, Cuba, and the vehemently anti-American pariah-state Ecuador? Geez, that didn’t take long.

The news and talking heads were replete with Snowden’s travel itinerary, missed flights, his ex-blond girlfriend in Hawaii, the worry of his parents and theories about where in the world was Eddy? There was no shortage of acerbic adjectives to describe Edward Snowden, and plenty of unsubstantiated remarks about how he in fact is an agent for the imminent destruction of the American way of life, and that soon, because of Ed Snowden we’ll all shortly be speaking Russia or Chinese, or, heavens forbid…Ecuadoran! The media mob has even taken to assailing Glenn Greenwald, the reporter that broke the story. But take note, there is one thing glaringly absent from this media lynch mob.

What was missing from all media illuminati was, first, why Edward Snowden released the information and ,second, why he took to flight as he did. Ed Schultz, the Progressive talk show host, who generally I like, came out of the blocks on his show today to describe Snowden as a “coward and a traitor.” There was no true discussion of what compelled Snowden to whistle blow or to run. Several callers tried, but Mr. Schultz retreated to that fake talk show line, when they have closed themselves to the core issue in order to promulgate that status quo, pro-authoritarian agenda, “We’ll have to agree to disagree,” he told one caller with several particularly cogent points.

The caller was reminding all of us what this is actually about, and that we must keep our eye on the ball, despite all the rhetorical dust the media attempts to throw in our eyes. I’ll give you a hint, this really isn’t at all about Edward Snowden. This isn’t about the law either. This is about the ultimate enemies list by this or some future president, and what one or all of them might do with that information. We’ve talked in previous pieces that facts are not truth, and that facts can be arranged at the purview of the wicked. The calls, emails, associations you make can be skewed to create the impression of guilt for all sorts of manufactured indiscretions by a corruptible government. Dissent and patriotism are interchangeable. Your support for one administration becomes dissent to the next.

It should also be obvious to anyone who has paid even a small amount of attention to what this nation does to whistle blowers. Jeremy Hammond, whose exposure of the corporate firm STRATFOR helped set the stage for Snowden’s revelations about the extent of the government’s spying on us. Hammond spent more than a year in jail without a trial, and was refused a new judge despite that the presiding Judge’s husband was a client of STRATFOR. She went so far as to liken him to a pedophile, before trial began in some third world kangaroo court pre-trial bias. Exhausted, and perhaps understanding he was hopelessly persecuted, Hammond plead guilty and is awaiting sentencing. Bradley Manning exposed atrocities and duplicity by the government, and was tortured in prison, again before going to trial. Little wonder these men-and women must bounce around the globe for safe harbor.

As autonomous and free persons, each of us is entitled to privacy. We are entitled not to feel burdened by spiritual, ideological and intellectual censorship or worse, self-censorship. Bear in mind that the information is being stored-stored-stored and archived. If it is about stopping a terrorist attack, that happens in the present. Why the need to store emails, phone records and other e-data imperpetuity (That means forever to the Tea Party readers). And what of the thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of government employees and private contractors with access to all of your personal data? True enough we blindly relinquish that to all manner of private companies, from banks to data back up companies and more, but there is at least an opportunity of redress if that data is compromised or misused. There is no such opportunity with Patriot Act-protected government data farming on the average citizen. We’ll have to defer the geo-political, diplomatic and economic impacts of intruding globally upon other nations for now.

But Ed Schultz and the rest in the media are not having those difficult and long reaching conversations. They prefer the lazy soap opera. But here is the key, argument, spirited debate, and the debate lost is the surest marker of where your-or my ignorance lays, and where the argument falls short. The antithesis, when a member of the media eschews the argument they might lose points to an agenda, laziness or something far more fundamental. As my grandfather would say, there ain’t no cure for stupid…No cigar, Ed, but I am grinning!

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Reactionary of the Week: Be Afraid, be very…but of whom exactly?

ROW_050913_wayneHere’s a fact you won’t here in the mainstream press; NRA members were responsible for killing more Americans in 2013 here at home than radical Jihadists! So far, radical Jihadists have killed 3 Americans in the United States, all of them in Boston on the same day. Suicides, murders, abetting murders through straw purchases and accidents have already killed thousands since the beginning of the year, a number of them by NRA members.

Talk-for-hire radio host Steve Cochran in Chicago today, while on his tired Obama-attack-rant said that the threat of being killed by terrorists is real, but that the crime in Cleveland regarding the three captive women is an illusion. The truth is, you are far likelier to be murdered by White anti-government militias or Neo-Nazis in America than by some wild-eyed Muslim terrorist. Within the past two months, white supremacists murdered a warden in Colorado, a public official and his wife in Texas, and injured at least on policeman. And the truth is, women in this country are endangered far more by their white boyfriends, fathers and spouses than they would ever be by Al Qaida, or even his brother Joe.

Get it? Al Qaida and Joe Qaida, the Qaida brothers? Okay, bad joke.

Don’t believe me. Believe the approximately 3 million women abused annually, according to the US Justice Department. How about the 12-1300 women murdered by a MALE partner annually? If you could care less about the women, how about $5.8 billion annually in medical costs and lost productivity? Come on capitalists, that one has to tug at the old heartstring, eh?

This week’s arrest of a white militia member reportedly about to inflict a mass casualty attack in Minnesota went largely unnoticed. It was hardly mentioned and disappeared within 24 hours. We can only imagine how the rightwing and mainstream media would have erupted with around the clock coverage if it had been a Muslim. Most of you will never have heard that story, and there is a reason for that. It is the same reason that street crime on the south side of Chicago is called an epidemic of violence, but institutionalized fraud by banks resulting in millions losing their homes seems almost genteel by comparison. Which is the greater crime? Okay, which is the lesser crime?

The point is, and these are just a small sample of stories conveniently lost to our national discourse, but the point is that the media in this country is not accidentally missing important stories that provide us proper and true perspectives on issues. Even if it could be explained away as a mistake, when mistakes happen this often they are habit at best, and worst, tantamount to dangerous incompetence. But I maintain it is not by accident, but strategies to make you afraid. And then they can sell you anything.

Personally, given the evidence, we ought to be really afraid of white people, and in particular white men. Virtually all of the genocides in history were committed by white men. Nearly all oil company and carbon-emitting corporations are run by white men. Almost all serial killers are white men. Virtually every bank is owned or run by white men. We are told to profile young Muslim men, because they fit the “terrorist” profile, because, we are told over and over, that Muslim men are responsible for most terrorism. Of course-recalling a woman on the north side of Chicago who is about to have her home foreclosed on due to a “computer glitch” even though she never missed a payment-terrorist is a relative term. All neo-Nazi and KKK members are white men. Should we also profile all young white males?

Listen, I don’t fear all white men. Truthfully, I fear no man. What we should be concerned-never fearful-of- is a media out of the control of the citizenry. Not that it can be whipped by the populace wind of the moment, but that it serves humanity with truth and useable knowledge, and which uncovers real injustice BIG injustice, SYSTEMIC injustice, and helps to feed a wiser, progressive healthy community.

Author’s note: Neither Al or Joe Qaida had any hand in contributing to this story…

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