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+1, l c., from Local # 5, Pgh., PA.

Rank-and-file. Wife is AFT # 400, her national prez is marching here on Labor Day.

At the Philly labor jamboree a few weeks back, maybe you caught the young woman organizer's speech about intimidation on the job by Human 'Resource' consultants, against union efforts to organize the casino workers up the river?

Hopefully, some Pitt Labor Day marchers will continue walking past the parade route's terminus a few hundred yards to support UNITE hotel workers' action picket of the Hilton Wyndham, by Point State Park. Our Transit Workers, CWA & IBEW telecom workers, Postal Workers, SEIU, Teachers, and Ironworkers, have already had high-profile mass actions all around town.

Happy Labor Day to all. Labor isn't afraid of how weak we are. We're afraid of how strong we are.

Definitely will.

The 1 866 OUR VOTE and 1 866 MY VOTE 1 phone numbers were working for '04 and '08 Presidential elections, to report problems and irregularities. League of Women Voters has a contact button on their Vote411.org web-site.

Bev Harris's Black Box voting, Brad Blog and the Velvet Revolution, Fitrakis and Wasserman's FreePress.org, Mark Crispin Miller. If anyone I know has a problem, I'll encourage them to contact everyone. That way, even if their individual vote doesn't get counted, their attempt to vote will count.

Our county ran out of provisionals in 82 Dem stronghold voting precincts in '04, which backed up the voting lines, for hours in some places, so people who couldn't wait were blocked from voting. Our elections people had printed < 20 % of the ballots Philly supplied for the same population, and Rove's Sproul \ Lincoln Strategies repugs had been merrily re-registering voters to different precincts and party affiliations, using bogus petition drives for 'auto insurance reform' and 'protect battered women' to get the voter's info. Allegheny County ranked # 1 in the nation for reported complaints (6,089) about election problems, surpassing Wayne County Michigan and Broward County Florida.

About half of the 8,000 provisionals cast were later found 'invalid', according to elections officials. But notice there have been zero cases of voter I.D. fraud prosecuted in PA, and you have to sign an affidavit to cast a vote. I think that shows that the 'invalid' ones were invalidated due to repug election fraud activities, or Attorney General Rubble would have prosecuted someone, and Breitbart and O'Keefe would have done a hard-hitting expose of 4,000 'illegal' attempted Dem voters.

Marty Levine from Pgh's City Paper covered one woman's two month effort to see if her provisional ballot 'counted'. After calling and also punching her nine digit number into the county elections web-site many times, she finally on Dec 3 got the message 'Counted because.' . Not a comforting message, but her efforts and media coverage of them means her vote attempt definitely counted for something.

Thanks for the post.

I'm in Pittsburgh IBEW # 5. Int'l Pres Hill is from the local next door. Pres Trumka is from the area, as well.

Labor is actually following in the footsteps of the late June Occupy NatGat in Philly.

Since Occupy Pgh and Spring 99 (We are One & Working America) have already been involved in local actions in support of the AFT, the CWA\IBEW, the ATU, the SEIU, UNITE, and the Postal Workers, it would be nice to get the word out to all of those other AFL-CIO allied trades, and the allied progressive movements that are repped by Occupy and Spring. Your post and the monthly International IBEW paper are the only two mentions I've seen of the action, so far.

Byzantine (Byzantian?) politically, though.

There's the good Lib Theologians who are 'duck and cover'-ing, due to Ratzinger's Latin American slap-down. Then there's the ultra-right wingers that produced an Opus Dei adherent like Clarence Thomas. I personally felt burned by the aftermath of Daniel Sheehan's Iran-Contra 'activism'.

I'd be interested to hear Umberto Eco's thoughts on the transfer of power from General Kolvenbach to Gen. Nicolas. As a piker, I could observe that Avery Dulles, SJ (J.F. Dulles' son) was made a Cardinal by JPII, while Father Tom Reese and Kolvenbach were forced out by JPII and Ratzinger.

You already have a 'second' on your motion that SJ speaks up. I vote in favor, too. +1 to your motion, and the o.p.

What ever is most nazi-like is the repugs' default position.

You may recall the involuntary sterilization scandals at inner city US health clinics, in Puerto Rico, and on reservations through the IHS. And there is a years-long waiting list to adopt healthy white babies, but we have many non-white babies and white non-babies in the foster care system.

The repugs are doing like Hitler to make the woman's body the property of the state, like a factory that's been nationalized. But they only want the white ones to bear children, and they want our sisters and brothers of color not to reproduce at all.

So they achieve two goals jailing the women you reference. They get to attack all women, to take over white womens' bodies, & they get to attack people of color. Icing on the cake for them that their pig buddies make money from the prison system, via sweetheart contracts and privatization.

Of course, the word of one anonymous individual isn't worth much.

(Reminds me of our Motown discussion.) I never taped D's lectures. Only offering a caveat, an assertion I can't prove. So my grain of salt advice could be taken with a grain of salt.

Szasz marketed himself as a progressive activist when seeking to advise me on Political Sociology thesis material. I still have a pub from him on the corporate industrial - org crime connection in illegal toxic waste disposal, with paid-off gov oversight officials looking the other way. At least we agree he isn't progressive, but everyone isn't on the same page as us:

http://news.ucsc.edu/2011/08/szasz.html

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Andrew_Szasz


The whole U. marketed itself as progressive up 'til the end of the '80's, it functioned as a 'hippy holdover' activist ghetto for the UC system (more than UCB, which was a lot bigger and more diverse, with a nastier crowd-control police force). But the grisly ultra-right underbelly of the institution was provided by Regents appointed by Govs Raygun and Deukmejian. The swinish G. Lease's hit-piece (S.C. Sentinel) on HisCon alum H. P. Newton, immediately after his murder in Oakland, was a good case in point.

By '90 the U had a 'United Colors of Benetton' - looking marketing campaign for prospective new students, they bull dozed elfland, they built Nat Sci #umpteen. It was interesting watching Fusari inveigh against student trail bike riders for the erosion harm they were causing on-campus, while 6 inches of topsoil was washing down into the parking lot of her new Environmental Studies digs at the brand new college 8 site. All three of the night proctors at the old 8 dorm-space in Porter were Birchers, one of whom had a metal arm prosthesis due to a bottle-bomb experiment he had misperformed when younger. Grisly underbelly.

Profs from the E.S. Dept could also be divvied up into good (Pepper, Cooley, Curry, O'Connor) vs misrepresentational (Lease, Farrell, Letourneax, Fusari). I never gave Gliessman's AgroEcology a shot, but the sustainable Ag co-op was good.

Some stellar profs of that time were the Smiths for His Con, King for of World Religion, Rotkin for Mass Media and Comm., Aptheker for Women's Studies, Collett at the Arboretum, half of the Soc. Dept, half of the E.S. Dept. Sluggo's surly hippy staffers were a riot. I'll still spare a coin for the seal statue's nose below nat sci 1.

Updated stats prove that Rand's post #s 72 and 90 are funnier than his #34.

He has 13 out of 92 posts, from the anti-o.p. end. Bop has 16. Those two are 'dynamic' on this o.p.

Sad that rand dropped from 16.7% to 14%, but bop rose to > 17%. Overall, the team went down from 33% to 31.5, but still receive the silver and gold medals for the anti team.

Maybe Dan Briody's 'The Halliburton Agenda'.

Briody reported that:

Johnson's deal with Herman Brown freed the Texas delegation to oppose the virulently anti-union John N. Garner, and back FDR in '40 instead, which gave freshman New Dealer Rep. Johnson leverage to win navy contracts for the Browns from Prez Roosevelt (p. 77).

The break between Brown and Johnson came when Johnson campaigned against Brown's antilabor national right-to-work legislation and also accepted the vp slot, in '60, (pp. 149 -50) after being outmaneuvered by the MA machine.

Halliburton ate Brown and Root (147) and Brown croaked (151) in '62.

Subsidiary B & R joined 3 other construction conglomerates to form a group that called themselves RMK-BRJ, in '65, which did $2 billion worth of work in Vietnam, in cost-plus contracts that B&R got 20% of. 40% of the money was stolen, $5 million was wasted in the first year of work in the country. They did 97% of the construction work in Vietnam during their 7 years of contracts. They built roads, cities, pipelines, hospitals, warehouses, bases, jetways in Da Nang, Chulai, Phangrang. (164-5.) (Seems to me that a stellar way to smuggle drugs is to do a ton of construction work on operating air-fields and their warehouses, but Briody didn't say that.)

George Brown was targeted by anti-Viet war protestors in '71, who handed him a 'special award' at a U of TX alumni honors ceremony held on his behalf -- they 'awarded' him a picture of the infamous tiger cages that were used for prison cells. Foreshadows KBR' s contract 30 years later to build GITMO prison in Cuba (pp. 166-7).



L'il bush era Halliburton KBR caused the deaths of at least 18 US soldiers and marines, electrocuted in war-zone base showers, by faulty wiring of water heaters in a cost plus contract. (Death toll as of '09, not final.) Like Blackwater-Xe-Academi, Halliburton is involved in a child sex slave trafficking scandal (source Chicago Trib 12-27-05, not blowhard Bircher A. Jones), a real one unlike O'Keefe's ACORN fake.

Tip O'Neill said Johnson was Sam Rayburn's protege, like O'Neill was John McCormack's (Boston-Austin axis), at 'The Board of Education' meetings. Which were held in the first floor of the Capitol, behind the members' dining room. Meetings were a tradition from Speaker Nick Longworth and John Nance Garner. (from O'Neill's 'Man of the House', p. 127.) That's where Johnson got his legislative savvy and connections. Johnson broke against Garner and Brown, for FDR, JFK, and labor. His insider knowledge of the Legislative branch helped him get things done as prez, as much as the Dem leg. majorities did.

MI complex contractors took America to the cleaners on Vietnam, a war which Johnson was forced to prosecute after late Nov. of '63. He used the situation to tell the big money people 'We have to give the American people something, or they'll slit your throats.' This resulted in Civil Rights, Great Society, Medicare, etc. They weren't a bribe and distraction, like Nixon's EPA and Cultural Preservation Act, but done with the same motivating factor.

WWII vet Vonnegut was really p.o. ed that they took Armistice Day,

a memorial to peace, and militarized it. The WWI vets didn't want 'The War to End All Wars' to happen again.

Separate issue: do you remember when Poppy bush was campaigning (9-7-88) and told his audience that September 7 was the anniversary of Pearl Harbor? Strange mistake for a Pacific theater WWII 'hero' to make. Previously, he had twice mislabeled Memorial Day, at the Kennebunkport Memorial Day event (5-30-88), as 'Veterans Day'.

+1 to your post for the correction Sirv, and +1 to the o.p. I just chimed in for the opportunity to bash the oil nazis.

Fire posted a vid from ABC 7, Chi, 2x

Says ~ min 12 sec 45 (14 min vid) that the bb s were travelling west along with dispersing protestors, and were forced back east by the police. They were already blocked to the south, and east. That 'kettling' makes a dispersal order unhelpful.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=710141

Wnd's eyewitness accounts are only good for the part of the field s\he was in. The photo sequence is incomplete, because it starts with the white shirted officer's helmet already off, which doesn't necessarily show an unprovoked attack on that officer. Doesn't show either side before the start of the altercation. When I see an officer with an old-style night stick, instead of the Okinawa-style grain grinder model, I think that officer is harking back to the 'good old days' of police-community relations. My opinion may be wrong, but that officer's bosses created the whole situation with the kettling.

There was no legit reason people couldn't march south in the first place. In Pgh.'s G-20 (the 9-25-09 march), the cops arbitrarily enforced bridge and street closures which clearly contradicted my State Rep.'s official route info, and the official established 'free speech' zone directly E-NE of the Convention center. Nobody was allowed to even approach the area. The cops were Keystone to a Chinese Fire drill degree. The field commanders made up the rules on the fly, to make a moving and constantly enveloping kettle around the legally permitted marchers, with overwhelming manpower on all sides, as they shunted the protest across the river from the G-20 site, tastefully out of the range of the WB and IMF big-shots.

If I saw a protestor launch an unprovoked attack on a cop, I'd do my best to restrain them, before the cops responded to the attack by ravaging the rest of the innocent protestors. All cops aren't bad, but they're bad in large groups, listening to their pin-head bosses. I don't want any physical harm to come to women or men who are on the job. But there isn't a large casualty list on the law enforcement side, and there is one on the protestors' side.

Either cops start the violence, or u.c. cops start the violence, or some agro protestor whose brain is in pawn to the system (so s\he is working for that cop system) starts the violence. So now it's obviously time for all DU hands to call each other cops, and pick which of the 3 flavors of cop they want to back, against other DU people. Sweet mother of mercy, we could screw up a 2 car funeral.

(cross posted as a re to posts 53, 60 in the link you just posted. That's ME screwing up a 2 car funeral. Sorry. Har har.)
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