#JeSuisCharlie I Love Terrorists!

Today the Paris editors of Charlie Hebdo, the target of a brutal massacre last week by terrorists hiding behind the veil of Islam, will publish 3 million copies of the magazine. The cover will depict a cartoon image of the Prophet Muhammad. The day of the attack Revolution and Beer published their cartoon of Muhammad as a statement of support for the freedom of expression. In the face of that crime we felt it critical to editorially oppose the forces of censorship. We are and have been and will continue to be as critical of any person, organization, religion, ideology and system that assails or undermines the imperative necessity of fully and honestly critiquing anything that impedes human progress or contributes to the lack there of.

We also respect our Muslim friends and neighbors and feel it is regressive to add anything more that attempts to make any of this about religion. The Charlie Hebdo cartoon is, in that regard, unproductive in bringing people together so that the species may progress together, rather than in pockets. There is a subversive attempt to pit religions and peoples against one another, not for the benefit of those religions, but for the control of resources, power and control. The media is the selling point, rather like the slick used car salesman that sells you a lemon. We have chronicled that cynical and all too successful assault on civil liberties and the greater aggrandizement of the perversely wealthy.

Here is the image we wish would resonate for today and beyond:

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One way to begin is to begin to understand each other’s humanity. Who starts that? My father always taught me about being the bigger person. He also taught me not to be a jerk. I’m trying. We also need to understand the media manipulation that makes one life more important than another. There was virtually no media coverage of the funerals of Tamir Rice, Michael Brown or Eric Garner, but hour by hour coverage of two slain NYPD officers. There were regular funeral updates and the names of the 4 Jewish victims of the Paris Kosher market but virtually nothing of 50 Muslim civilians killed over the weekend in a US airstrike. The message in all of those is clear; some lives are more important than others. That message never leads to peace, or to progress, but more of the same misery.

Who benefits and profits from that? Who capitalizes on the constant drumbeat of supposed Islamic extremism, of the rising Russian bear, of the hysterical panic to have more guns everywhere despite plummeting crime statistics long before gun proliferation laws took effect? Is it the poor, who cannot find decent jobs, or who must collect food stamps to supplement their low paying service and Chinese-junk choked Walmart job? Is it the middle class, still struggling, and failing as healthcare costs have been shifted more fully to them to the benefit of ever more profitable and predatory corporations? When do we begin to realize that Satan may have come in the form of those smiling and polished salesmen in the media, millionaires stoking our darker fears and those bigotries we once eschewed within ourselves. They seduce the society into surrendering their freedoms and soverienty for the rich and powerful. Are you better for it? Are we better for it as a nation? As a planet? When…?

Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
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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Allahahu Babar! #JeSuisCharlie

Detective Ahmadovich sighed and settled back into his well worn brown leather chair. Outside his little glass-enclosed office, among the sea of desks in the small precinct in central Frankfurt, the fury of the day’s truly historic events swirled in a storm of feverish activity. Ahmadovich’s young brow was irretrievably broken. He ran fingers through his thick black hair. Nothing of this was making any sense, and now, more than 7 hours later it had taken a serious turn for the absurd.

It was a horrible attack, despite the weather. The Press described it as a massacre, the attack, not the weather. Something of all this left both police and survivors thoroughly perplexed. It was that curious expression that made them ubiquitous among the grim-faced first responders and throngs of reporters as they were led from the scene, the survivors not the reporters.

To many investigators and much of the media the case seemed simple enough. Certainly, they’d all concluded, the carnage was the result of reaction to those blasphemous and decidedly provocative cartoons. The editors of the weekly rag, “Frankfurter mit Mustard” had crafted a career of such provocation. Terror groups and so-called lone wolves had levied the obligatory threats, but self-respecting cartoonists were also vocal about the shoddiness and amateurish nature of the cartoons. The International League cartoonists Francais, or ILK French, headquartered in Euro-Disney, had protested vociferously enough to force a rapproachment between Germany and France not seen since the Lager versus Pilsner impasse of the early Nineties.

Lauren LaBlanc was one of those survivors. She’d been closest to the terrorists when they stormed into the conference room of “Frankfurter mit Mustard” during their weakly Frustuck, or breakfast meeting; the cartoonists, that is, not the terrorists.

Lovely and young, with long straight blond hair and piercing blue eyes, Lauren sat in an uncomfortable chair beside Ahamdovich’s desk lamenting how a coworker’s blood stains clashed with the pattern of her skirt. After hours sitting in the police station those stains would definitely set in, she told herself, and would definitely leave a stain. But it was the words she spoke next, seeming to bubble up from her soul that drew the most curious look from Ahmadovich.

“Allahahu Babar,” she said almost mechanically, as if not realizing the words had come from her.

The detective seized upon it instantly. “You mean, Allahahu Ahkbar, God is great, isn’t that right?”

“No. No!” she repeated, as if shaken from a trance, meeting his eyes instantly, “I’m certain. Allahahu Babar,” Ahmadovich sighed. After all she’d been through, the trauma of the attack, the ruin of her skirt…his heart went out to her. So pretty, so innocent and so vulnerable, all of which he figured would make her so much easier to shag. He wouldn’t of course. His wife had a very strict policy.

He could keep her. She’d done nothing wrong. Well, those shoes were all wrong for the outfit and the hair reminded him of Chrissie from that American sitcom, “Three’s Company,” but none of that was illegal. Besides, it was a pleasure to watch her walk away. In fact, he called her back several times just to watch her leave again and again.

“Allahahu Babar,” he said aloud.

At first it made no sense, but then all at once it struck him like a bolt. Slamming a hand on his cluttered desk, Ahmadovich rushed across the squad room and stormed breathlessly into the commander’s office. The commander was a tall slender Algerian, with white hair and West African features. Ahmadovich startled him so that he spilled a cup of tepid coffee into his lap; his own not the detectives. It wasn’t as unpleasant as he might have imagined.

“Chief,” the detective exclaimed breathless with excitement. “We’re going after the wrong group. We’ve got to go to Disneyland!”

“Are you insane, man?” replied the commander. “Although I would love to go with you sometime, and I’ve secretly wished all these years that you might ask, this is hardly the time!”

“No,” replied Ahmadovich, “And we’ll discuss that last remark later, but the witnesses all describe the terrorists saying exactly the same thing: Allahahu Babar!”

“It’s nonsense!”

“No, they weren’t who we think. I accuse The International League cartoonists Francais, or ILicK French! God is Babar!” Ahmadovich, leaned on the desk close to the commander. Histoire de Babar, le petit elephant.”

The commander was incredulous. “You mean the story of a young elephant you following the death of his mother by a hunter escapes to the city after being chased by the hunter, returns to the jungle when the king dies from eating bad mushrooms and Babar, with his white man’s civilization and education is appointed king, marries his cousin then teaches their children valuable lessons about everything except incest? That loveable children’s story?”

“It’s the French! It was always those damned French cartoonists, snooty and elitist, striking a blow for competent and good cartoonists everywhere.”

The commander considered the words carefully. He could see the diplomatic clashes, the protests, the closing of embassies, the European Union imperiled, perhaps even war. He looked up at the young detective and shook his head,; his own not the detectives.

“We’re closing the file on this. Continue the investigation for the usual suspects. This is bigger than us, bigger than poorly drawn cartoons which are way more important now than they were before the attack, where they might simply have been forgotten like the drawings by my 9 year old nephew on the wall of my flat with permanent marker. Permanent! Now bring me another cup of coffee, just a bit warmer than room temperature”

The young detective straightened, thoroughly disillusioned. He nodded dutifully and knew this was just the beginning. Let artists and cartoonists have a little freedom and they’ll take over the whole world with their elitists points of view and their outrageous takes on comedy, politics and life. No, Ahmadovich knew, this wasn’t over, not by a long shot.

Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
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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#JeSuisCharlie: The Paris Attack

mohYou will hear a great deal of spin, propaganda and lies, particularly from the gun pornographers in the NRA. They will tell you French police do not carry weapons and that gun ownership in France is banned. The responding police to the Charlie Hedbo attack were not the Gendarmerie Nationale, but civilian Police nationale, or Surete (Sur-ay-tay), like our civilian police here in the US. All Surete are issued and carry a Swiss SIG Saurer Pro-series semi-automatic pistol 9mm pistol, and many carry rifles and/or shotguns in their vehicles like US domestic police.

By domestic standards, crime is violent rare in Paris and France as a whole. Terrorism and extremist attacks are rare as well. The Surete has excellent SWAT, anti-terrorism and rapid response units. Communication and coordination between Surete and the Gendarmerie is excellent as well. The first police responded in Paris within 3 minutes. Video from today’s attack show that the police were surprised while responding, facing combat hardened gunmen with assault weapons and possibly body armor before they could even draw their weapons.

Two officers were killed. One was hit in a hail of bullets and wounded. The attackers then finished the officer off moments later. Will FOX News televise their funeral hour by hour as well, or will they forget this story when Michelle Obama makes a remark about bacon or vegetables or school lunches in a few days? imagesYOXYKALI

Gun ownership in France is permitted, but is licensed. Stock piling bullets for pistols is not permitted. Owners of small arms may keep 20 rounds at any one time. Hunters, sportsmen and rifle owners are permitted to maintain 1000 rounds. Guns can be owned legally with appropriate and reasonable permits. Ownership of guns in France is common and easier than in many other European countries. However, with the EU, there are no border customs control. Buying guns legally or illegally in Eastern and Southern Europe, or Turkey and transporting them throughout Europe is as simple as buying guns at an Indian gun fair and driving them to the south side of Chicago.

As for reaction by Muslims to the attack, apparently for Charlie Hedbo’s cartoon depictions of the prophet Muhammad, The Arab league in Cairo and Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam’s most prestigious, organizations, Canadian Muslim leaders, Saudi Arabia and British Muslim leaders immediately and strongly condemned the attack. It is the same for ISIS as well, with many Muslim leaders and nations condemning the group.imagesSIRRUYDA

Finally, a leading Muslim cleric in Britain remarked on the BBC that “Journalists are free to produce those cartoons in a free society, and we as Muslims are free to peacefully oppose them…We Jews, Muslims and Christians must come together and unify against this threat.” The journalist responsible for the cartoon is Stephanie Charbonnier. He was killed in the attack.

While respect and sensitivity to diverse perspectives in the community, freedom of expression must be paramount throughout society. Charlie Hebdo clearly carried that to an extreme, but in their defense the magazine was an equal opportunity offender. That is why we have published a cross-section of those offending covers, with apologies to all of our friends who might take offense. The freedom of expression and of journalism, however is much larger that individual sensitivities. We will likely never post them again, but out of duty in defense of expression and freedom, and to honor the memories of the dead, not only in Paris, but for those oppressed by any censorship, including American corporatist censorship and self-censorship, Revolution and Beer will not waver from its responsibility. Charia-Hebdo-couverture-Charlie-Hebdo

Rest in peace truth warriors. Rest assured that others shall carry that torch against all extremism, fascism and forces of control who would oppress, conceal or attack the real truths in this world.

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Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
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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