Shaming Jesus

We hear all the time from the right how they speak for Jesus when again and again it becomes a do as I say not as I do scenario. At some point you must ask yourself if they are simply invoking the name to keep you under control, that is, shaming you into compliance with crafted and concealed deals and policies, cloaked in religion that are meant simply to provide a few with greater power, privilege and security at the expense of the rest of us. The refugee catastrophe, which Revolution and Beer has chronicled and followed for several years now, is a case in terribly stark and tragic point.

The crisis now in Europe’s heart reached a current peak this week when Hungary closed its border to tens of thousands of refugees(Migrants is an insult to the desperate plight of these people) were driven back with truncheons, water cannons and tear gas as they tried to cross the border. Note, that none of these people have food, water or shelter or any understanding of how they and their families will survive day to day. Hungary was refused barbed-wire by a German anti-capitalist company-Sarcasm Alert here.

Interestingly Serbia, not known over the last two decades for a particular love of Muslims was gloriously receptive and merciful to these poor people. Many thousands flooded across the border into neighboring Croatia where there was an outpouring of support, love and help from average people. In talking with people from the Balkans, many of whom survived the cascade of wars in the breakup of the former Yugoslavia it seems the crisis awakened memories for Croats and Serbs of their own nation’s recent struggles. Where religion once seemed to define untold horrific and barbaric acts there is now a common humanity and the understanding of the necessity, the moral imperative to help someone in need.

Renata Ivosh, mother and grandmother, survivor of the siege of Sarajevo and a refugee from Bosnia went with her daughter to the train station in Zagreb with cookies and juice for Syrian refugees. The family, living in a tiny basement apartment makes less than $10,000 a year for a family of 4. A farmer who survived the destruction of Vukovar in 1991 hoped his farm to hundreds of passing refugees, feeding and sheltering them. Contrast that to former Illinois Representative Joe Walsh, with a net worth estimated at well over a million dollars decried on his radio show that there is no money to help even a few thousand refugees headed to this nation of nearly 400 million. He rebuked the Pope’s suggestions that catholic parishes open their doors, saying it is what Jesus would do. Last week Walsh actually said that in that case “Jesus was wrong!”

So the question is, is it the words or the deeds? Who claims to speak for Jesus and who is actually doing the work he described in help the least of his brethren? The answer may shock you. The answer speaks directly to much of the ills our nation faces. The answer might empower you more than you ever thought possible, to the detriment of frauds and used car salesmen like Walsh, Trump and Hillary.


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. 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

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Punking the Commie Pope

Being a liberal means never having to apologize to the pope. Recall during the election in 2004 and 2008, we were told by the Right that if we didn’t listen to the Pope, the last one who grew up as a Nazi Youth-no se3riously-about abortion and contraception then we weren’t true Catholics. A few even went so far as to label pro-choice Catholics as heretics. Right out of the inquisition. What was that high horse position regarding the violent and deranged Muslims needing a reformation. During Christianity’s so-called Reformation the inquisition was still torturing and imprisoning tens of thousands of innocents, and the Pope in Rome was still presiding over the annual carnival with wonderful events such as the running of the cripples and Jews at the end of sharp pikes. Ah, but who doesn’t love a carnival.

As another aside, by the way, Christianity didn’t reform, even with humanism. Christianity was reassigned to a social position rather than a political and ruling position. Only then were there public and serious thoughts about universal human rights, efforts to end slavery, the vote, secular constitutions and the opportunity for ever dumb ass hick to get on talk radio and regale us with their Duck Dynasty wisdom. For all the Wikipedia historians out there, that wasn’t Humanism. Humanism was still a servent of Christian doctrine.

But what really gets me is the willingness, with all their piety and catholic and Christian flag waving, like Kim Davis, or political self-promoter Mike Huckabee or a caller and thousands of listeners to the Michael Savage show to throw this new Pope under the bus. These holier than thou, every baby’s breath is perfume gold Catholics are so gay married to their own personal hate, bigotry and religious team sports that they’ll happily side with a nationalist Jew like Savage mercilessly attacking the Pope. They are so lost to hate and idiocy that the same pundits, such as Savage, telling Catholics they were going against their religion for not following in lock step with the pope over abortion endure and indeed join in calling the pope a socialist or worse when he dares speak of mercy for Syrian and Libyan refugees or about climate change.

As an atheist, and recovering Catholic, nothing the pope says means any more to me than anyone else.I am just amazed at the hypocrisy. Certainly the pious Catholics only believe that God speaks through the Pope as long as he espouses what they already believe. So, why complicate things? Why not just cut out the middle man and keep your Sundays free for the important things in life, swimming down at the quarry, landscaping around the trailer, betting with the neighbors on which tooth will come out the next time you are fine dining on generic pop tarts, walking the three-legged dog you accidently shot one day while cleaning the shotgun, house painting over the rust on the pickup, watching the kids run naked through a sprinkler while wistfully retorting, “they grow up so fat, I can’t believe they’re 30 already!”
. Your real religion is Nascar and chicken wings. You are wasting energy and allowing someone else to take the credit each time you hide behind religion. Shout it out loud, and shout it proudly…”I AM A DICK!” Then on Monday, you can go back to your job as a county clerk, Kim Davis.


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. 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

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Rape what you Sow

The media calls them migrants. Migrants move about picking fruits and vegetables, and sleeping under the stars, beside a campfire, with a lonesome harmonica tune wafting across the cooling desert scrub. the people flooding in desperation into Europe are not migrants. They are not migrating, as the Pentagon and media describes, they are fleeing. Who flees? Migrants don’t flee. Refugees flee.

Refugees on the other hand are victims, and the end of every victim is a perpetrator. One has to wonder whether out of some latent and subverted sense of guilt if the West is even capable of describing hundreds of thousands of Syrians, Kurds and Africans flooding into Europe for safety and survival as refugees. Migrants make them all seem rather benign, as if they were all out wandering anyways and they all just happened upon Europe and the West. Calling them refugees demands answers. It is in itself an accusation, a charge that requires explaining, and explaining its sins is hardly in the lexicon historically of the so-described Christian West. It begs the question of who is responsible.

Just as an aside, I might have said “so-called” Christian West, as if the concept of Christianity isn’t already steeped and soaked in blood and brutality and genocide, just as its brethren Judaism and Islam and their cousins Buddhism and Hinduism. No favorites here. Religion has been the singular most divisive and destructive and addictive force in human history. But don’t we have pretty buildings? Morality, often confused with religion is a human quality, one all too often confused and convoluted and hijacked by religion.

But the Christian West has bartered its soul in conquests either explicitly for a specific god, in beseeching gods favors in wars and crusades or in condemning the “Un-saved in Christ” as heathens, barbarians, less than human (re: the Constitution regarding indigenous Americans and African slaves as less than a person or not a person at all). It’s precisely the same as when Israel bombs Palestinians for protesting settlements on the West Bank and Gaza-a defacto sort of laizzez faire genocide-or when ISIS tosses gay people off buildings in the name of Islamic piety and purity. So while the culprits of the current crisis span the religious spectrum, it is the West now sowing what it raped.

The West, paid and enjoined by its lust for oil, habited by a conscienceless consumerism has played a divide and conquer game over oil and resources across the Mideast. It has preyed on divisions within Islam, divisions within cultures and good old fashioned bigotry through the eager extortion and bribery of egomaniacal and self-serving regional governments, oligarchs, sovereign and leaders. Arguably Saddam Hussein made the mistake of doing what the West had done for decades when he attacked Iran and then Kuwait for control of oil that would ultimately find its way to Europe and America. The first George Bush took the bait to reassert Western hegemony over oil, a policy Bill Clinton continued and which the second Bush quite purposely accelerated to lock down and undercut OPEC and middle eastern oil producers to the benefit of big oil and market speculators Evidence how the price of a barrel of oil jumped following the invasion in 2004 2013’s record $100 plus benchmarks. ISIS is but a regrettable and terrible eventuality of those policies. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/us-to-revamp-training-program-to-fight-isis/ar-AAe1wd9?ocid=U146DHP

They made it personal to us by sending our children and spouses off to war, lamenting the heroic sacrifice of the dead and wounded and by regularly reminding us of terrorism and the September 11th attacks. They confused religion, morality and desire. They made it about cheap crap and necessitating that you anguish over the price of gas for that precious and miniscule 5 or 10 days of vacation you get annually. The truth is none of this would ever have happened if not for the short sighted greed economy paraded as capitalism. Capitalism actually is about markets. This was about manipulation all along. Well the face of that greed economy and manipulation is on the faces of the dead children washing up like some Biblical catastrophe and of those desperate to find a corner of the world that holds stability and promise. There is no difference in their circumstance and that of millions of undocumented immigrants, or rather economic refugees in this country, most of them driven by our own policies. That is irony.

And we’ll hear the Right and nationalists across Europe and in this country panicked about terrorism and crimes, worrying about extremists in the midst of these people. Given the genocidal irresponsibility with which the West has comported itself, it might do well to fear anyone who has figured out that greed, politicians, and a public so distracted by endless trips to the mall or to the latest club at the expense of demanding oversight, morality and accountability from their elected officials are to blame. In the meantime, all of us in the West, in America and Europe bear substantial responsibility for the plight of this historic refugee crisis. We can begin making amends, by showing them mercy and hospitality and compassion and urgency or we can continue to sow what we rape.


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. 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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God’s Tomatoes

I’m on this substance kick lately, subscribing fully to the line by the late comic Bill Hicks that marketing people should kill themselves. He was referring, obviously, to the anti-intellectualism infecting our society. For example, I have heard talk show hosts like Michael Savage reading almost word for word on some obscure concept which they parade as evidence to their audience as merely another awesome dimension of their voluminous intellect. Nick Cave said it best in his 20xx album “Dig, Lazerus, Dig.”

Who is this great burdensome slavering dog-thing that mediocres my every thought?
I feel like a vacuum cleaner, a complete sucker, it’s fucked up and he is a fucker
But what an enormous and encyclopaedic brain

http://www.last.fm/music/Nick+Cave+&+The+Bad+Seeds/_/We+Call+Upon+the+Author

It occurred to me this morning, still thinking about an interview between Bill Maher and Rick Santorum. Santorum dug his heels in regarding demonstrably false information on Climate Change. Somehow Santorum believes that solar panels and electric cars directly assaults his Christian faith. Either that or among his biggest contributors are coal companies that he uses to hide behind the very workers his policies will ultimately rob of benefits and living wages.

I was watering my tomatoes. Here at the end of September the Midwest is getting a shot of record warm days. Chicago is about to match in the first week of September the same number of 90 degree days it experienced over the entire summer. That said, I didn’t get out to water the tomatoes yesterday and the leaves were looking a bit droopy. I gave the soil a good soaking and realized that I was in kind of awe of the transfer system that carries water from the roots up to the leaves and the tomatoes themselves. Then it occurred to me that since I didn’t understand that process fully, God must be intervening. Maybe angels, with buckets of water, relieved that I had finally brought the hose over, were carrying little buckets of water up and down the stems, because somewhere in God’s plan is the need for that one plant to survive. I could only wonder if god was waiting for me to fulfill his plan with the hose, or if he would condemn me to hell if I somehow disrupted his universal plan hinging fully upon that tomato plant.

The point is. And Trump and the Republican party of today, and to a nearly equal extent the DNC, through their media partners play upon our ignorance by proliferating ignorance. They are marketing to our shortcomings and tripping us intellectually every time we attempt to inform ourselves and our children. In schools they are cutting right to the chase, having entertained the rest of us away from learning and books, in favor of the information of convenience or of self validation to attack our children through home schooling, vouchers and tax cuts that assail public education by sucking away resources.

Elitists and intellectuals are degraded in favor of Joe the Plumber and Donald Trump, or George Bush. The destination is paramount to the journey. We are encouraged to know what we know, not to seek knowledge and under standing. It is as if we are standing on the end of the Titanic as it rises vertical before sliding beneath the waves and the person beside you says, “How could we be sinking, we are 200 feet in the air?!”

Anyway, that’s what I was, oh, God’s calling, Rick Santorum wants me to water the Geraniums…


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. 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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