Obama Tells Israel : I Am Your Howdy Doody Bitch!!

June 9, 2010

Howdy, President Rahm and the "crew"

Today Israel told Obama to go f*ck himself. Again.

Israel lifts ban on snack foods, spices for Gaza in effort to defuse outcry over flotilla raid

Right in front of Fatah puppet Mahmoud Abbas and the whole world.

Mr. President, why are these items banned?  Is clean drinking water also a threat to Israel’s security?  Did you ask your boss?
Michael Oren, Israeli amBOSSador to the U.S., tolerated Obama’s pitiful effort to save face with the civilized world, requesting Israel to lighten up on the Gaza “blockage” and allow in some humanitarian goods.

Oren agreed to chat with Obama on behalf of the very busy Israeli Prime Minister.  Obama assured Oren that Israel would not be asked to apologize for the nine murders aboard the MV Mavi Marava, or anything else, until the messiah comes.  But he promised to get get tough with Washington reporter, Helen Thomas, for her brazen conduct.

It’s like Mr. Bluster Took Over Doodyville

HOWDY DOODY like when Howdy ran for President of all the Kids in 2008.

Israel attacks Gaza "Operation Cast Lead"

Israel offered some concessions to their Gaza prison population after tough Obama arm twisting.

Israel announced it would allow in potato chips, cookies, spices and other previously banned food items into the Gaza Strip, a step Oren said was meant in a spirit of cooperation.

“Yes, we have allowed some chocolate and other snacks through today, but Hamas has rejected them,” Oren said. “They rejected our chocolate.”

dont forget

soda, juice, jam,  shaving cream, potato chips, cookies and candy were now permitted.

He said Israel rebuffed Palestinian requests for construction goods, raw materials for factories to operate and medical devices.

Couldn’t Obama tell that he was being spoofed?  On international television no less?

Obama and Israeli ambassador

Obama  said the $400 million aid package (mostly already committed) directed to the occupied territories and Gaza, was designed to get things going so Gazans could “open businesses”.

Mr. President, Gazans aren’t Republicans.

Hmmm, what businesses can Gazans open under a total Israeli blockade?  Perhaps a Subway or a Popeye’s chicken restaurant.  He was vague on this point.  The Palestinians need to think outside the box on this.

Gazans will certainly want to join Abbas’ ass-wipe Fatah organization after this performance.

After Obama reiterated that he was Israel’s bitch and offered a BJ, he suggested that maybe Israel could “curb” settlement building and land confiscation which was pretty weird since Netanyahu already called knucklehead Veep Joe Biden to say “nuts to that” before demanding more  U.S.  taxpayer moolah for more settlements and more U.S. rockets to protect them.

What do you bet the concrete on the  seized vessel Mavi Marava went straight to some Beit-Ur-Booty orthodox settlement to build a new Israeli apartment block.  How about all of those computers, cameras, medical supplies, nutritious food stuffs ?  Yup, you got it.

Still Obama wanted to give the appearance like maybe he is the most powerful man in the world so he told Abbas to knock off inciting Israel.

Obama hopes that soon Israel and the Palestinians will begin direct talks.  Right.  What the f*ck will they have to talk about!


What Does Israel Want?

June 6, 2010

“Lord, make me chaste, but not now”.  St. Augustine said that and the saying could be paraphrased to fit the goals of the State of Israel.  Yes, Israel wants peace.  But not now. Right now Israel wants land and resources. No land for peace.  Just peace for peace.

Biology is destiny and so is geography.  One need only look at a map to conclude that the tiny nation of Israel must consume its neighbors territory: within greater Israel, all Palestinian territory except for a few symbolic, ineffectual dots buried within Israeli settlements.  The next best thing after expulsion of the Palestinian population must be internal exile within a walled prison camp where suffering people are blamed for their own suffering.  I think we can fairly call Gaza Israel’s Warsaw Ghetto II.

Where does Israel go from there?

Israel Topo map

Israel needs land, arable land, energy resources, water supplies. And finally, silence from Palestinians  as they are ethnically cleansed from the region; silence from its regional neighbors as it goes about its business of taking what it wants.  A brief overview:

Water. Israel receives 15% of its water supply from the captured Syrian Golan Heights, headwaters of the Jordan River.  Most of this water goes to Israelis.  Israel also occupies most areas that possess aquifers.

Arguably 50% or more of the water that Israel uses is unilaterally appropriated from water that should fairly go to its Arab neighbors. Even the New York Times used the word “theft” when quoting an “Arab” in connection with Israel’s appropriation of regional water resources.

Most Palestinians receive only a tiny portion of available water, Gaza’s water deficit exceeds WHO minimum requirements.Israel also makes claims on water supplies passing through Lebanon.  It indignantly threatens Lebanon for diverting water flowing to Israel but does not follow the rule with Palestinians.

Arable land. Israel has a lack of arable land. More than half of the country is desert (Negev and Judaen). Although Israel is apparently currently self-sufficient in agriculture except for imported grains and beef, it exports fruits and vegetables.  Much (up to 30% )of Palestinian land is employed as a military buffer zone. Orchards and farms have been ground up for the concrete walls that surround Palestinian settlements.  Israeli settlers routinely confiscate Arab land for further settlement development.

Fossil Fuels.  Israel has has insignificant supplies of oil.  Oil is imported under long term contract with various African countries, Mexico, etc.  At the beginning of the Iraq invasion Israel suggested diversion of Iraqi oil from Kirkuk to Haifa and thence through a pipeline to Europe.

The (Israel)Prime Minister’s Office, which views the pipeline to Haifa as a “bonus” the U.S. could give to Israel in return for its unequivocal support for the American-led campaign in Iraq, had asked the Americans for the official telegram.

I must say this burns my toast.  The U.S. taxpayers have spent $ trillions crushing Iraq based on faked Israel-Bush WMD intelligence just to create a joint venture that sends the proceeds to Israel?  Unthinkable!!  What a con on the American public!!! What a cynical con, period!!!!

Natural gas imports have mainly come from Egypt although a large reserve of NG has been discovered off the coast of Israel and Gaza. Needless to say, Gaza and the Palestinians will not be able to benefit by this find.

Other Power Sources.

Israel has solar and hydroelectric power.  It imports coal supplies for electricity generation.

Powerful nations need resources.  They need to support huge military establishments.  If they can’t get resources through cooperation or purchase, they usually obtain them the old fashioned way, through colonization and force of arms.  So, join the imperialist club,” helpless” Israel.

(Below, Israeli settlement)

Israeli settlement in occupied territory Israeli “settlers” are going to live first world lives within a second or third world region. They’re not going to want to live like Bedouins.  They want, and believe they deserve, to live like Europeans or Americans with lawns, swimming pools, (built with American taxpayer funds) schools, universities, and a wage scale that precludes many Israelis from working at the nation’s “dirty” jobs.  For that they import tens of thousands of foreigners (not Palestinians).

The question in my mind is when will Israel declare its borders? When will it stop occupying “buffer zones” and expanding settlements.  I doubt that it will stop expanding until it creates the Biblical “greater Israel”.  Beyond that it will expand and militarily demolish any country in the region that threatens, not its destruction (as that seems impossible with Israel’s vast military superiority and U.S. political commitment), but its economic hegemony.

Israel will continue to absorb territory and wage war until it gets what it wants.  What will it want then?


Obama: Puppet or Pantywaist?

June 5, 2010

Bush hands off to Obama

Sometimes I’m confused about Prez Obama.  Is the Hopey-Changey King merely a wolf-in sheep’s clothing, a “candyman” for crypto-fascist corporations and the military-industrial-complex completing George Bush’s third term? Or is he just an ambitious, spineless, unprincipled opportunist ? Is he simply the Spokesmodel-in-Chief, if you will (Cinie’s World), caught in the headlights of history?

I feel no better knowing both of these descriptions could be spot on.  The BP eco-disaster and Israel’s high seas murder of humanitarian aid workers aboard the Free Gaza Flotilla are just the latest, and arguably most poignant, examples of feckless Obama fiddling, like Nero, while Rome burns.

Even Nero fiddled with a purpose.  He wanted Rome to burn. He had a grand plan for the renovation of the capital and scape-goats to burn for the destruction, when necessary.

Shame on Obama, shame, shame, shame!

Let’s take a look at Obama’s record, such as it is:

Generally, during the election cycle of 2008, Obama ran to the “left” of Hillary Clinton, giving progressives the impression he represented their core beliefs on civil and women’s rights, the environment, ending the wars, single-payer health-care, diplomatic outreach to Iran, green energy, governmental transparency, an end to the national security state, an end to military commissions and detention without trial, jobs, jobs, jobs, among others.  Based on trust of the Obama agenda, progressives pulled together to form a powerful coalition  which(along with corporate campaign contributions on a monumental scale) proved capable of electing the first “Black” president.  Progressives ignored all of the campaign “meta-data” that contradicted Obama’s stated positions, eg. his sincere admiration for Ronald Reagan, his vote for FISA, his change of position on campaign finance.

I don’t have to reiterate that Obama has not only failed to deliver on any of his major promises, in most cases he has delivered the opposite, aggressively reneging on many pledges.

So, to Obama’s die-hard apologists I say poppycock and more.  He’s not being forced to do what the “white man” wants and he’s not playing eleven dimensional chess.  He doesn’t have “too much on his plate”; did Lincoln, FDR, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson?. He’s the “incredibly intelligent” President of the U.S. A. for Chrissake! He’s selling out!!!!! Big time!!!!  As fast as he can!!!!

Specifically, of Obama’s ferociously loyal Black constituency, I ask: Where is our moral compass? Where is our understanding and compassion for the native and foreign victims of oppression,  colonialism and imperialism that previous generations of  African-American leadership, such as Dr. King and Malcom X were committed to?  Has the cult adoration of Obama led to our moral collapse?

Now comes BP with the biggest ecological mega oil spill ever.  Who can be blamed? BP and it’s Big Oil cohorts, certainly.  Obama fanatic, Spike Lee, wants Obama to “get mad, get loud”.

Spike talks to press about BP

But Obama, deliberately putting the Oil companies in charge of their own regulation and then allowing them to continue drilling without oversight or a disaster plan, bears the brunt of folly and cynicism.  Obama’s actions speak louder than words.  Watch Obama’s disingenuous photo-ops of the massive eco destruction (walking on the beach in dress shoes whilst picking up little balls of tar!)  There are many reports the U.S. Coast Guard is supporting BP’s efforts to keep reporters away from the spill site.  That’s government intervention.

oil-covered pelican in Gulf

Where are the thousands of volunteers to help clean off the devastated, oil-covered wildlife; the one’s present after the Exxon Valdez oil spill?

Now comes arrogant, brutal Israel murdering humanitarian aid workers while enforcing a vicious, illegal military blockade of the 1.5 million prisoners of Gaza. Obama’s mealy-mouthed and purposely inaccurate defense of of Netanyahu’s criminality caused me to shudder.  But then again, we got only crickets from Obama about Israel’s Gaza incursion in December 2008, where Isreal shelled and bombed unarmed civilians, employing illegal white phosphorus and cluster bombs.

Israel attack on Gaza 2008-2009

The domestic agenda will be next.  Obama will aggressively attack social security, fail on a jobs bill, borrow trillion$ for endless war, sell off to private interests the inner city housing stock that poor African Americans depend on.  The double whammy of joblessness, and homelessness will set us back many generations.

Black people and progressives, when will you fight back?


Rachel Carson Had It Right

April 23, 2010

Rachel Carson 1940"s

I didn’t want to leave this Earth Day week, 2010, without remembering  the godmother of the save-the-earth movement: Rachel Louise Carson. Ms. Carson, born in 1907 in Pennsylvania,  began her career as a marine biologist with the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries. She became well-known in the 1950″s with a series of well-received books on the oceans, particularly, The Sea Around Us. Her iconic expose, Silent Spring, describing the destructive capacities of the pesticide DDT on the chain of life within nature, gave rise to a widespread grassroots environmental movement, and a new concept of a government watchdog, The Environmental Protection Agency.

bird's nest with DDT

The chemical industry, often underwritten by the military, vociferously rejected the conclusions of Carson’s careful research, that pesticides could kill outright as well as accumulate within tissues of whole species and eventually lead to the extinction of species. Human Events magazine, a right wing megaphone featuring such columnists as Oliver North, Ann Coulter, and Robert Novak , included Silent Spring ( along with The Origin of Species) on it’s honorable mention list of the “most harmful” books of the 19th and 20th centuries. Ronald Reagan was an avid follower of the ideologies featured in Human Events.  Ronald Reagan gutted much of the infrastructure of regulation and environmentalism.

Ann Coulter corporate maven of "Human Events" magazine

Let’s leap fifty years ahead of Carson’s work to the first decade of the 21st century.  The situation is much the same for proponents of climate instability caused by greenhouse gases, burning of fossil fuels.  Once again, energy and chemical companies, fronted by right wing media platforms and religious charlatans, are waging a full-scale attack on the very idea of scientific method employed to regulate unfettered resource use and extraction.  The same right wingers that blamed hurricane Katrina on homosexuals,the eruption of the Icelandic volcano on the recent health reform legislation and bear an eternal hatred of the theory of evolution, now challenge science to prove the threat of climate instability beyond a doubt.  Activists against mountain-top removal for coal extraction, acidification of the oceans, rain forest destruction, are called atheists, communists and terrorists. Stephanie Hendricks, author of Divine Destruction, says this far right Christian views of nature:

Some of the fundamentalist Christians interpret the Bible to mean that, when God says you have to subdue the earth, it means you have to use up the earth in order for Christ to return. There’s evidence that James Watt, the former Secretary of the Interior under Reagan, believed this.  Gale Norton, who just stepped down as Secretary of the Interior, comes from this school of thought as well. And there’s a parallel in the “Wise Use” movement. Among certain right-wing Christian fundamentalists it is considered heretical to say that God does not provide unlimited abundance. To say that we have a contained ecosystem that’s in danger is to be anti-Christian.

The megaphones have gotten louder and the penalties more dire for taking on the destructive and omnivorous capitalist profit machine.

The right wing response to the environmental movement has been creation of a counter movement, a modern so-called “Wise Use” movement described here:

mountaintop removal coal extractionThe Wise Use movement consists of a range of groups, including industry, grass-roots organizations of loggers, mill workers, ranchers, farmers, miners, off-road vehicle users, and property owners. It also includes libertarians, populists, and religious and political conservatives. The movement became known as “Wise Use” after the 1988 Multiple Use Strategy Conference in Reno, Nevada. The movement includes or is supported by most anti-environmentalist groups, by companies in the resource extraction industry, by land development companies, and by libertarian and minarchist organizations. The movement was most active in the Western United States in the late 1980s and 1990s.

Some environmental activists describe the Wise Use movement this way:

Some critics of the Wise Use movement claim that the strong rhetoric used has deepened divisions between opposing interest groups, and has created a climate that has led to an increase in violence and threats of violence against environmental groups and public employees. “Many observers noted that Wise Use activity in some areas overlapped heavily with the 1990s formation and growth of militias, self-styled volunteer paramilitary organizations presciently committed to their own version of homeland security.

The Wise Use  movement, under the direction of the umbrella group, Alliance for America, has been able to marginalize direct action environmentalists with the charge of anti-Americanism and “eco-terrorism”.  Penalties for a second conviction on eco-terrorism charges can bring as many as twenty years in federal prison even when there is no harm committed against life or property. Since when have the worst polluters and wreckers of the environment spent even one day in jail?

Even in Rachel Carson’s day things didn’t look this bleak.


Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Serve

April 4, 2010

My mother used to tell me to not go where I wasn’t wanted. And back in the day there were plenty of places where people like us weren’t wanted.  This has been good advice in most cases. It saves a lot of humiliation and regret. As a result, I do not crash parties where I have not been invited; do not hang out with people who call me “fat” or “stupid”; do not attend KKK rallies where a cross-burning might break out. These are civilian social events-entirely discretionary. Large doses of of the inevitable disrespect or degradation in these types of uncomfortable social situations are sure to cause self-esteem issues, or even a contusion or two.  The same is true of the U.S. military.

The U.S. Armed Forces Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy has made military service for gays and lesbians a profession where they are not wanted.  Thirteen thousand qualified members of the armed forces have been given the boot for being “outed” as homosexual regardless of otherwise stellar conduct. Many expelled soldiers have previously risked life, limb and psyche in combat situations.

The gay and lesbian response to this monumental and singular snub by the U.S. military and political establishment should be an easy call: stop begging-if you’re not wanted, don’t serve. Currently, service in military is voluntary. Let the recruiters fill their quotas with people they appreciate.

The fact that discharges for “telling” someone you’re gay have declined since 2006 indicates the hypocritical military can look the other way when it wants to, when there’s a need for more boots on the ground in some foreign hellhole or an expendable body to take a round for god and country.

African-American lesbians enter the service a 11 times the rate of heterosexual white women and are discharged under DADT at three times that rate. Why is this true?  Do African-American lesbians “out” themselves at these astonishing rates or are they just more expendable.  A person discharged under DADT is not eligible for pension or other benefits.

Enlisting in the military to prove one’s equality or good character by signing up to slaughter some third party currently on a national  enemies list, leads nowhere.  Black people sought to give proof of their worth by taking up arms on behalf of the nation for nearly one hundred years, from the civil war through WWII. They helped a Negro-hating government, with the aid of African-American “Buffalo Soldiers”, corral Native Americans onto reservations, fought Filipinos, Mexicans, Germans and Italians in segregated ranks and returned home to sometimes face lynching while still in uniform,

When Wilbur Little, an African American soldier, returned to Blakely, Georgia from service in World War I, a group of white men met him at the train station and forced him to strip off his uniform. A few days later he defied their warning not to wear the uniform again in public, and a mob lynched him (Dray 248). His lynching sent the message to all African American soldiers returning from the war that their sacrifices for the cause of liberty in Europe would not lead to racial equality in America. A number of literary texts by African American writers published between 1919 and the 1930s, however, inverted that message by invoking the trope of the lynched soldier to make the case for civil rights. Carrie Williams Clifford’s poem “The Black Draftee from Georgia” (1922), for example, alludes to the lynching of Wilbur Little:

What though the hero-warrior was black?
His heart was white and loyal to the core;
And when to his loved Dixie he came back,
Maimed, in the duty done on foreign shore,
Where from the hell of war he never flinched,
Because he cried, “Democracy,” was lynched. (219)

In South Carolina, another veteran complaining about Jim Crow
transportation had his eyes gouged out
with the butt of the sheriff’s billy club.

In Louisiana, a black veteran who defiantly
refused to give a white man a war memento was
dismembered, castrated, and blow-torched.

all to demonstrate a fitness and worthiness that they shouldn’t have had to prove.  Then, as now, a tough and discriminatory civilian job market was the real driver of African-Americans and other minorities and poor whites into the ranks of the military.

Nowadays, the only good reasons for a gay or lesbian to volunteer for the armed forces is poverty or protest.  Fighting as a second class citizen to support the nations imperial wars doesn’t make sense.

Barack Obama, who claims to be a “fierce defender” of gay rights, (but a good friend of homophobic Pastor Rick Warren) proposed, once again, in his 2010 state-of-the-union address that congress should abolish DADT. Obama says he wants a one year military review of the policy.  John McHugh,  Secretary of the Army said on Wednesday (March 31, 2010):

he was essentially ignoring the controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy because he is against discharging active-duty service members who have candidly told him that they are gay. He has been discussing the sensitive issue with enlisted soldiers as part of the Pentagon’s review of DADT.

But wait just a fat minute,

By Thursday, McHugh was apologizing for his comments:

“Yesterday, in response to a series of questions from reporters regarding ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,’ I made several statements that require further comment.

“First, while President Obama has asked Congress to repeal ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,’ it is and remains the law of the land …

“Second, I was incorrect when I stated that Secretary Gates had placed a moratorium on discharges of homosexual service members. There is no moratorium of the law and neither Secretary Gates nor I would support one.”

“Third, with regard to the three soldiers who shared their views and thoughts with me on ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,’ I might better have counseled them that statements about their sexual orientation could not be treated as confidential and could result in their separation under the law.”

At the same time, the Defense Department has suddenly discovered a major snag in its DADT study. Officials came to realize that talking to gay and lesbian soldiers about their experiences and opinions breaks the first rule of the existing policy: Don’t ask.

In other words, the Defense Department broke the rule, asked the questions, the service members answered the questions, and now those who said they were gay or lesbian can be drummed out of the service.

Sorry to say this, but it looks like Barry O is playing three card-Monte with the LGBT community. Again.  By the end of 2010 when the DADT review is presented to congress for possible repeal, many more conservative Republicraps will have been installed, and voila! Obama will have to make a serious compromise of justice to get the legislation passed.  It will be deja vu of the Insurance Reform bill and coastal drilling allowance giveaways, all over again.

Just like all of BO’s other constituencies, Blacks, teachers, industrial workers, pro-choice women, single-payer advocates, environmentalists, Obama will say about them, “let them eat cake!”

Until Obama, congress and the military establishment repeal the disgusting and humiliating DADT law it should be an honor and perhaps a duty to  just say  hell “no”.


Kopassus: Obama’s “Reformed” Indonesian Killers

March 26, 2010

General Suharto-fascist killer and enslaver of millions

The U.S. supported, backed and armed takeover of Indonesia in the mid 1960’s by the fascist regime of General Suharto was always about the vast resources in the region including, petroleum, natural gas, copper, zinc, bauxite, etc, even gold.  Here’s what The New Statesman reports about Papua (New Guinea’s) gold reserves:

Hidden at 4,000 metres in the blue-black ranges of its interior, West Papua possesses the largest reserve of gold on the planet. In the 1998 annual report of the British mining company Rio Tinto plc, gold stocks in New Guinea are given as just over 19 million ounces. Rio Tinto has a 12.5 per cent shareholding in Papua’s Grasberg mine, plus a further 40 per cent share in its expansion. The mine is owned by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, based in New Orleans, whose gold reserves at Grasberg stand at 85 million ounces. Grasberg’s gold is worth $21.5bn. The mine is also the third-largest source of copper, with reserves of 32 million tonnes.

To this wilderness came Freeport-McMoRan in 1967, with the blessing of the Indonesian government. No mine on earth moves as much rock each day as Grasberg.

Kopassus Troops

Freeport’s first contract was signed with Indonesia in April 1967. Lolo Soetoro returned to Indonesia in 1966. The massacres of communists in Java began in earnest in 1966 continuing into 1967.

From Human Rights Watch’s facts about Indonesia:

Fact No. 3: Indonesia’s (current) president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, also has a close connection to Papua. Indonesia’s military commander in Papua in the late 1960s was Brig. Gen. Sarwo Edhie Wibowo, who had previously led a bloody military campaign against Indonesian communists in Java (See “Building An Elite For Indonesia”). He would later become the father-in-law of a young Army captain named Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Obama, in his first of two autobiographies, Dreams from My Father, didn’t have much truth to tell about his Indonesian stepfather Lolo Soetoro.  He never put Lolo or his mother, Ann Dunham, in context in fascist Indonesia. There was a reason for that.

Here, via the political editor of the Chicago Sun Times, the glossy but nebulous snapshot of Lolo that Obama wants us to believe:

Lolo Soetoro’s first name meant “crazy” in Hawaiian.

“But the meaning didn’t suit the man, for Lolo possessed the good manners and easy grace of his people,” Barack Obama wrote of his Indonesian stepfather in Dreams From My Father.

Obama wrote that Soetoro’s “tennis game was good, his smile uncommonly even, and his temperament imperturbable.”

Hmmm.  Aren”t these important details?  The same lovely things might be said of Obama himself. This sounds like a fairy tale. It Continues….

But Obama’s mother’s second husband did have his exotic side, which he shared with the young Obama during the years they lived in Indonesia.

“With Lolo, I learned how to eat small green chili peppers raw with dinner (plenty of rice), and away from the dinner table, I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted grasshopper (crunchy),” Obama wrote. “LIke many Indonesians, Lolo followed a brand of Islam that could make room for the remnants of more ancient animist and Hindu faiths. He explained that a man took on the powers of whatever he ate: One day soon, he promised, he would bring home a piece of tiger meat for us to share.”

Sheesh! Tell me more, especially the part about the tiger meat. I suppose a political editor for the Chicago Sun Times wasn’t interested in digging any deeper, either. There is little useful information in Obama’s accounts.

Soetoro worked for the Indonesian government and later a U.S. oil company before he and Obama’s mother divorced in the late 1970s. Soetoro died of a liver ailment in 1987 at age 51.

Is that it?  Time magazine also “covered” Lolo Soetoro and offered these tidbits in “The Story Of Barack Obama”:

He was easygoing, happily devoting hours to playing chess with Ann’s father and wrestling with her young son. Lolo proposed in 1967.

Lolo was a teddy bear.  Apparently, end of story.  But wait.  Wasn’t Obama writing about the period 1966-1971? Time Magazine says only that “The country was transitioning to the rule of General Suharto.” By “transitioning” the article must be euphemistically referring  to the aftermath of the overthrow of leftist General Sukharno and the massacre of perhaps a million communists and peasants by the army and militant Islamist jihadists. Bodies clogged the rivers and blood ran in the streets. Wasn’t Lolo Soetoro a colonel in the dictator Suharto’s genocidal military? Weren’t these the years that Kopassus, the Indonesian army’s brutal “Red Berets” invaded Papua on a mission to expropriate the vast wealth of the province and subjugate the indigenous population? Time Magazine describes Lolo Soetoro as “conscripted” into the Indonesian military.  I didn’t know colonels with important connections to the U.S. Embassy would be “conscripted”.
Obama’s drama alludes to his stepfather’s participation in the invasion of Papua this way:
In Jakarta in the late 1960s, a young Barack Obama noticed his stepfather’s great unease and silence about his one-year military service (how do we know this?) in New Guinea.
Obama, apparently, was aware that his stepfather was engaged in something dangerous.  From Human Rights Watch:

In his book “Dreams From My Father,” Obama asked Lolo, “Have you ever seen a man killed?”

Lolo was surprised by the question.

“Have you?” Obama asked again.

“Yes.”

“Was it bloody?”

“Yes.”

Obama thought for a moment. “Why was the man killed?”

Lolo answered, “Because he was weak. That’s usually enough. Men take advantage of weakness in other men. They’re just like countries in that way. The strong man takes the weak man’s land. He makes the weak man work in his field. If the weak man’s woman is pretty, the strong man will take her.” Lolo paused, then asked his young stepson, “Which would you rather be?”

Obama didn’t answer the question.

Lolo finally remarked, “Better to be strong.”

(Why do people accept this drivel from Obama?  Wouldn’t a child ask if he (Lolo) had killed someone? What were the circumstances of this conversation?)

East Timor Invasion

Obama, in his anticipated June  trip to Indonesia, will attempt to re-establish military cooperation, arms shipments and training to Kopassus.  This upgrade in relations will certainly please both the Indonesian generals and the  American Military Industrial Complex.This resumption of relations is based on the assumption that Indonesia’s military has not committed any recent atrocities, has changed its ways over the last few years.  Obama claims the Kopassus tiger has changed its spots. Kopassus has not changed its spots. Democracy Now! has spoken to journalist Allen Nain who has been under imminent threat of arrest for reporting on Kopassus’ latest acts of violence.

I’ve just come out with a piece that shows that the Indonesian army and Kopassus have been involved in a series of recent assassinations of civilian political activists. The piece names the names of the officers involved, including a Kopassus general named Sunarko. These assassinations were carried out in the region of Aceh in late 2009.

Filep Karma Papuan activist serving 15 years for raising the Papuan flag

Obama has given enough intriguing hints in his biographies and comments that we should realize Obama knows better than most, perhaps even more than Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Director of National Security, Dennis Blair, (accused of covering up a massacre at Dili, East Timor, to further a military training schedule) that the regimes in Indonesia are vicious, genocidal, corrupt.

Obama  is a neo-liberal globalist with fascist tendencies.  At this point he parades  in sheep’s clothing. Therefore, he has characterized the transfer of war material and training for Kopassus as U.S. assistance in the war against “worldwide Islamic terrorism” and a bulwark against Indonesia’s enemies in the region..  America’s Right Wing elements will cheer this decision.  But don’t be fooled.  Indonesia has no enemies in the region.  The “terrorists” are the military elite enlisting the aid of Islamic anti-communists to crush peasants, indigenous peoples so they can help themselves to the vast resources of the islands.


Are Teabaggers Really Radicals?

March 19, 2010

President Barack Obama’s hand wringing and pathetic surrender to  Right Wing Republicans (aren’t they all Right Wing?) and Tea Party demonstrators might suggest that the Tea Bagger political astro-turf movement is a force to be reckoned with.  Maybe they are, but it’s sheer absurdity that anyone would believe these Glenn Beck and Faux News groupies are radicals.  Sure, they throw around fighting words like fascist, communist, socialist, and always confuse or conflate their meanings until the words become meaningless.

At Tea Bagger gatherings some of the protest signage suggests  Baggers want to take back -read overthrow- by any means necessary, (sorry Malcom X) the  current “Marxist” administration (the previous one was fine woth them) and its allegedly Islamo-fascist, Stalin wanna-be dictator, Obama.  Dumping Obama side-kick, “Madame Mao” House Speaker Pelosi, would be gravy on the potatoes.  What ruffians!! What patriots!!  Heaven forbid anyone should pay taxes.

Baggers have adopted some of the street theater of the 1960s, but the resemblance to that era ends there.  They are a two issue “movement”: more guns, less taxes. Period.

I came upon this article in AlterNet by Alexander Zaitchik.  He posits:

Where Did David Brooks Get the Bizarre Idea That the Tea Party Crowd Resembles ’60s Movements?

He points out:

The Tea Partiers, it is becoming fashionable to argue, are the heirs not just of the John Birch Society and the young Barry Goldwater, but also of Students for a Democratic Society and the young Abbie Hoffman.

Zaitchik easily debunks the notion, finding no factual basis for such a claim.

A real test of the Tea Bagger’s threat to the “system”,  as opposed to those of the actual 1960’s radicals changing  the American values, can be visualized in this comparative photo diary.

Let’s take a look at actual history:

Anti-Viet Nam War Protest

Black civil rights protest

police dog attacks civil rights demonstrator

A nice day on the Mall.  Not a bayonet in sight, unless the 2nd amendment crowd is carrying arms. Where are the police dogs and water hoses?

Tea Party Protests Obama administration "socialism"

How about these protests?

anti-Dick Cheney protest


protest at Chicago Democratic convention 1968

Tea Party protest

Where are the police?  The national guard troops? Where are the jack booted administration thugs? I don’t think I see any.  Where are the arrests at the Tea Bagger rally?  These people are obviously suffering, deprived of opportunities and well-earned comforts!

Kent State Massacre after war protest

Plenty of police here, bullets, billy clubs, dead protesters.

Orangeburg Black student massacre after civil rights protest

"Single payer" health care protester dragged away

Single payer" protester arrested

Baggers exercise 1st amendment right to compare Obama to fascists and communists

Gay protesters at "Stonewall" New York

suffragists arrested demanding the vote

I’m seeing a pattern here.

Surely, the evil government and the “system” want this Bagger radicalism stopped! Not!! Not even close.

Tea Bag Radicals?????  Any time protesters for single payer health care are hauled off and Tea Baggers can come to a protest with unconcealed weapons and threaten the life of a sitting president without police push-back, that must tell you something. Viva la protest!

Tea Baggers taking back America one tea bag at a time.