Oly Action Alert 12_20_12

Gun Control or People Control?

 

1)  FYI Section:  The Olympia Homeless Wars Resume

2)  Olympia Peace Choir Mini-Concert

3)  Yule Brunch at the Matriarch Academy

4)  37th Annual Olympia FOR Peace Vigil

5)  Bake Sale to Benefit the Prison Doula Project

6)  Food Bank Benefit:  Soulstice with MCTUFF & Eldridge Gravy and the Court Supreme

7)  Bonus Tip of the Day

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Action Alert Calendar

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Tyranny is when the people fear their government.

 

Freedom is when the government fears their people.

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Hey Kids!

 

I hate to shock you but this week Dana is going to go off the reservation and be controversial!

 

Yipppeeee!  This always so much fun!

 

I am about to express views that are probably pretty different from the views of most of the people who read this newsletter so if you are the kind of person who gets upset when someone challenges your views then you probably should not read this.

 

Duly warned.

 

I will start off very un-controversially though:  Shooting a bunch of kids has got to be the most profoundly horrific thing it is possible to do.  I guess I could interject some controversy by maintaining that torturing kids would need to be considered in any competition for the all-time most twisted frigging thing that it is possible to do — but let’s not go there.

 

(Thanks.)

 

So, moving right along, here is an assertion that is slightly more controversial:  I would point out that Obama’s unmanned drones have killed at least dozens and more likely hundreds of children in the Middle East and I have not seen our Dear Leader shedding any tears for them even though he personally ordered those murders and is thus directly responsible for those kid-killings.  The controversy here is in the fact that I may be accused of crassly using a horrific event to make political points on Obama — but I can’t think of a better time to make such a point and I think that this is a point that sorely needs to be made, so at the risk of engaging in crass behaviour I would point out the outrageousness of saying that killing kids because you’re mentally ill is horrific whilst doing it for some dark political agenda is acceptable.

 

To my way of thinking neither is in any way acceptable…

 

…but my way of thinking tends to be a minority opinion.

 

If I were forced to choose which form of kid-killing was the more reprehensible, though, I know which one I would choose…

 

Anyway, now I will make an assertion that should not be controversial but evidently is; I think the Big Question concerning the issue of gun-violence is this:  Why is our culture so spectacularly successful at producing such large numbers of such profoundly twisted psychopaths?

 

That is not the question the Media Machine is asking, though.  Other than a couple of brief token acknowledgments toward the importance of mental health care (or lack of same) the narrative seems to be that this shooting was the fault of the guns rather than of the person who wielded them.

 

And finally, that brings us to the Main Event!  Here, as advertised, is the truly controversial contention that will piss everyone off!

 

Are you ready, Kids?  Just stay calm now, here it is:

 

I am a firm believer in the adage that an armed man is a citizen while an unarmed man is a subject.  I am an avid gun-rights advocate and I would love to see machine-guns and rocket launchers in every home with everyone trained on how to safely and responsibly wield them.

 

Yes, for this to truly work we would need to recognize and treat our lunatics — but I am ready to debate anyone over a cost/benefit analysis concerning having to deal with the occasional kid-killer whose task is made so much easier by easy access to firearms versus our ability to protect our freedom from government kid-killers by having an armed citizenry.

 

Consider:  In Switzerland almost every household is not only armed but many are armed with military-grade weaponry because unless you opt out then every citizen of Switzerland is a member of the militia.  Nearly everyone is professionally trained on how to safely and responsibly handle firearms.  In spite of this (right-wingers would say because of this) there is virtually no violent crime in Switzerland.

 

This seems to be evidence that the guns are not our problem here.

 

A couple of other things about Swiss policy:  Do you think the Swiss government pays attention to the will of their people?  And when was the last time you ever heard of anyone even trying to invade Switzerland?

 

And the true irony to this situation:  The Swiss stole this model from our very own Founding Fathers (whose Will is reverenced by every political wacko on both the left and the right); they absolutely did not want a permanent standing army and the 2nd Amendment was specifically written to provide for local citizen militias that could be called upon in emergencies — and who could provide a check upon federal overreach.  I know this because both Jefferson and Madison among others unequivocally said so.  I could find the quotes but I don’t feel like doing that right now so take my word for it or find them yourself.  I suggest starting with Madison’s contributions to the Federalist Papers.

 

Anyway, the point here is that the Holy Word of the Founding Fathers can evidently be read just as selectively as the Bible is.

 

Besides my personal distaste for gun control laws there is the practical consideration that I cannot think of any other issue that costs our side more and produces less benefit.  There is the practical consideration that gun control laws don’t work because the thing about laws is that good people don’t need them and bad people ignore them so what’s the point?  Another practical consideration is the opposition:  In addition to me the opponents of gun control are numerous fanatical rich and influential — and they are armed.  If you threaten to take their guns they will simply chamber a round and stop listening to anything else that you may have to say.  Every time the threat of gun control raises its head there is a massive increase in gun and ammo sales as well and a massive increase in large checks to the NRA and a massive increase in recruitment into variously oriented hate groups and survivalist communes.

 

In addition to all that a citizen’s right to be armed is enshrined in the Constitution and backed up by the Supreme Court.

 

One other comment on this issue:  Thom Hartmann constantly harps about the fact that it is useless for Americans to arm themselves for the purpose of protecting ourselves from our own government because the government so seriously outguns us and standing up to them with armed force is utterly useless.

 

If I could speak with Mr. Hartmann I would point out that the insurgents in Vietnam, Iraq,and Afghanistan would be very surprised to hear that as all three groups thoroughly kicked the US military’s ass using predominantly small arms.  Anytime any of Mr. Hartmann’s callers advocated arming to protect ourselves from our own government Mr. Hartmann asked if they had ever seen a Blackhawk helicopter.  Well, I have never seen a Blackhawk helicopter but as was proven so effectively in Somalia, Blackhawk helicopters can be shot down with shoulder-mounted missiles.

 

It should be noted that the defeats in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan were not due to military incompetence; our military is indeed the most efficient people-killing Machine that the planet has ever seen.  I have always considered it ironic that the military represents a lot of the very best kids that our culture produces and that these kids risk their lives/ health/ sanity to defend the interests of the very worst people that our culture produces.  It should be noted that the American Army won every single battle they fought in all three of those wars; it’s just that in all three cases the United States ultimately retreated ignominiously with their tail between their legs.  No, these defeats were not due to military deficiency; they were due to the frigging policy.  They were brought about by the rich chicken-hawks who got deferments from Vietnam but stand ever-ready to send other people’s kids to have their brains fried and their legs blow off in order to protect the interests of Exxon Mobil.

 

Another consideration:  I highly suggest reading The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein wherein Ms. Klein documents how every time there is an emergency the Machine uses the opportunity to tighten the vise.  When someone commits some unthinkable horrific crime the Machine’s invariable reaction is to punish innocent people by passing yet more oppressive and useless laws that apply to everyone rather than dealing specifically with the small minority causing the problem.

 

The idea of healing all the broken people that our culture seems to produce in such profusion is virtually never addressed.

 

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Still on the same theme, Senator Dianne Feinstein plans to introduce an assault weapon ban.  I would note that Dianne Feinstein is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Corporate War Machine, thus I can understand why someone like Ms. Feinstein might be made highly uncomfortable by the thought of citizens with assault weapons.

 

Dianne Feinstein’s Top Ten Contributors:

 

 

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http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?cycle=2012&cid=N00007364&type=I

 

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And speaking of corrupt politicians:  My fans know that I have maintained from the very beginning that Barack Obama was a mass-murdering fascist war criminal and that anyone who voted for him was deluded — yet even I clung to the prayer that he was actually a good guy in disguise and that he was using his first term to set up an infrastructure powerful enough to stand up to the Machine and clean house during his second term.  Older readers may remember I pointed out that the guy is scary smart (one of the most dangerous things about him) and that maybe he was fooling all of us and after the election he would rip off his corporate toady mask and reveal the true Progressive Champion underneath…

 

Right.  Dream on.

 

As you may or may not have heard HSBC Bank just got fined about a month’s income for violating the Trading with the Enemy Act and for laundering Mexican drug money.

 

As is invariably the case with Obama’s Justice Department, while they are filling our prisons with low-level drug offenders and whistle-blowers and while they send me to prison for six years over marijuana and while people who steal pizzas are getting life sentences in California, no one will be prosecuted criminally in the HSBC case and the fine will be paid by shareholders rather than by the people who actually committed the crimes.

 

Gee, so these HSBC people can commit major felonies by conducting business with our enemies and they can launder drug money and then they not only skate completely free from prosecution but they make their investors pay their fines!

 

Nice work if you can get it.

 

One of the Machine’s most powerful weapons is their capacity to astonish:  No one can believe that anyone can be so utterly completely slimy until it is entirely too late and you find yourself covered in their slime as they throw you out of your house and steal your pension fund.

 

So much for Obama being a secret good guy.

 

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On a related note Several HSBC officials in Great Britain were also just indicted for the LIBOR Scandal wherein the Banksters were caught manipulating the entire world’s interest rates for their own personal gain.

 

Gee.  I’m shocked.

 

I’m not shocked by what they did:  I am shocked that they are being prosecuted for it, even if it is only in Britain.  Since all the big banks do all of these things I am thinking that HSBC must have pissed off the wrong people and/or some sort of internecine warfare is happening.

 

Go here for our hero Matt Taibbi’s take on all of this (as well as Taibbi’s very interesting take on Jim DeMint’s departure from the US Senate):

 

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/12/13/matt_taibbi_on_the_unfolding_libor

 

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And here is Peter Coyote speaking on the Leonard Peltier outrage and how Bill Clinton chose to pardon fugitive financier Marc Rich — even though Rich was completely guilty — yet refused to pardon Leonard Peltier even though Peltier is completely innocent.

 

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/12/13/after_rebuff_by_clinton_actor_peter

 

If you are prone to pondering why Clinton would do such a thing you might consider the fact that Marc Rich gave lots of money to both Bill and Hillary Clinton’s campaigns whereas Leonard Peltier didn’t.

 

Evidently the last line of the Pledge of Allegiance should be changed to “with liberty and justice for those who can afford it”.

 

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Relevant History Lesson

 

The last person to be prosecuted under the ‘Trading with the Enemy Act’ was Prescott Bush, father of ex-president George H.W. Bush and grandfather of ex-president George W. Bush.  Prescott Bush had extensive business dealings with Adolph Hitler’s regime and rather than divesting when the war started Mr. Bush Sr. instead hired a lawyer — the infamous future CIA Director Allen Dulles — to help him hide his investments.

 

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=132×581610

 

Keep in mind:  Hitler was greatly admired by the American right and had they been in power at the time rather than Franklin Delano Roosevelt then history might have been significantly altered.

 

Prescott Bush was also named by General Smedley Butler as one of the conspirators in a serious and credible plot to overthrow Roosevelt with a military coup and install a fascist dictatorship a lá Benito Mussolini, who was also much admired by the American right.

 

http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/july2007/240707fascistcoup.htm

 

It is a very long and very sordid and very political story, but in the end Prescott Bush was never successfully prosecuted in either case even though both cases were thoroughly documented.

 

Thousands of Nazis flocked to the United States after the war; Nazis with all kinds of connections in the highest levels of government and finance; Nazis with vast fortunes they had just attained through murdering several million people and stealing all their stuff.  (Side note:  Hitler’s rocket scientists were also prized; at NASA they often joke about Germany’s conquest of the Moon.)

 

Also making the scene in all the coolest fascist circles was Allen Dulles’ brother John Foster Dulles who became Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Secretary of State; both of the Dulles brothers were amongst numerous very goodest buddies with all of these incoming Nazis (along with both the Bush and Kennedy families) and along with J. Edgar Hoover the Dulles brothers did more than anyone to boost the fascist trend of our country.  It was John Foster Dulles and CIA operative Kermit Roosevelt (Kermit being the grandson of Theodore Roosevelt, the cousin of Franklin Roosevelt, but has no known relation to Kermit the Frog) who orchestrated the Iranian Coup in 1953 that toppled a democratically elected and very popular prime minister named Muhammad Mossadeq and installed a brutal police state.  (Most Americans know nothing of this history.  Everyone in the Middle East is intimately familiar with it.)  All of this eventually led to the Iranian Revolution which led to the Hostage Crisis which led to Iran Contra which led to all of the other figoobliations that currently threaten our civilization with fiery apocalypse.

 

Go here for James Corbett’s take on all this:

 

http://www.corbettreport.com/war-with-iran-history-and-consequences/

 

The Nazi ideology and worldview permeate the highest levels of our government and business culture to this day; they are just much more covert about it than they used to be.

 

It’s time to get to work…

http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?cycle=2012&cid=N00007364&type=I

 

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And speaking of corrupt politicians:  My fans know that I have maintained from the very beginning that Barack Obama was a mass-murdering fascist war criminal and that anyone who voted for him was deluded — yet even I clung to the prayer that he was actually a good guy in disguise and that he was using his first term to set up an infrastructure powerful enough to stand up to the Machine and clean house during his second term.  Older readers may remember I pointed out that the guy is scary smart (one of the most dangerous things about him) and that maybe he was fooling all of us and after the election he would rip off his corporate toady mask and reveal the true Progressive Champion underneath…

 

Right.  Dream on.

 

As you may or may not have heard HSBC Bank just got fined about a month’s income for violating the Trading with the Enemy Act and for laundering Mexican drug money.

 

As is invariably the case with Obama’s Justice Department, while they are filling our prisons with low-level drug offenders and whistle-blowers and while they send me to prison for six years over marijuana and while people who steal pizzas are getting life sentences in California, no one will be prosecuted criminally in the HSBC case and the fine will be paid by shareholders rather than by the people who actually committed the crimes.

 

Gee, so these HSBC people can commit major felonies by conducting business with our enemies and they can launder drug money and then they not only skate completely free from prosecution but they make their investors pay their fines!

 

Nice work if you can get it.

 

One of the Machine’s most powerful weapons is their capacity to astonish:  No one can believe that anyone can be so utterly completely slimy until it is entirely too late and you find yourself covered in their slime as they throw you out of your house and steal your pension fund.

 

So much for Obama being a secret good guy.

 

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On a related note Several HSBC officials in Great Britain were also just indicted for the LIBOR Scandal wherein the Banksters were caught manipulating the entire world’s interest rates for their own personal gain.

 

Gee.  I’m shocked.

 

I’m not shocked by what they did:  I am shocked that they are being prosecuted for it, even if it is only in Britain.  Since all the big banks do all of these things I am thinking that HSBC must have pissed off the wrong people and/or some sort of internecine warfare is happening.

 

Go here for our hero Matt Taibbi’s take on all of this (as well as Taibbi’s very interesting take on Jim DeMint’s departure from the US Senate):

 

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/12/13/matt_taibbi_on_the_unfolding_libor

 

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And here is Peter Coyote speaking on the Leonard Peltier outrage and how Bill Clinton chose to pardon fugitive financier Marc Rich — even though Rich was completely guilty — yet refused to pardon Leonard Peltier even though Peltier is completely innocent.

 

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/12/13/after_rebuff_by_clinton_actor_peter

 

If you are prone to pondering why Clinton would do such a thing you might consider the fact that Marc Rich gave lots of money to both Bill and Hillary Clinton’s campaigns whereas Leonard Peltier didn’t.

 

Evidently the last line of the Pledge of Allegiance should be changed to “with liberty and justice for those who can afford it”.

 

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Relevant History Lesson

 

The last person to be prosecuted under the ‘Trading with the Enemy Act’ was Prescott Bush, father of ex-president George H.W. Bush and grandfather of ex-president George W. Bush.  Prescott Bush had extensive business dealings with Adolph Hitler’s regime and rather than divesting when the war started Mr. Bush Sr. instead hired a lawyer — the infamous future CIA Director Allen Dulles — to help him hide his investments.

 

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=132×581610

 

Keep in mind:  Hitler was greatly admired by the American right and had they been in power at the time rather than Franklin Delano Roosevelt then history might have been significantly altered.

 

Prescott Bush was also named by General Smedley Butler as one of the conspirators in a serious and credible plot to overthrow Roosevelt with a military coup and install a fascist dictatorship a lá Benito Mussolini, who was also much admired by the American right.

 

http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/july2007/240707fascistcoup.htm

 

It is a very long and very sordid and very political story, but in the end Prescott Bush was never successfully prosecuted in either case even though both cases were thoroughly documented.

 

Thousands of Nazis flocked to the United States after the war; Nazis with all kinds of connections in the highest levels of government and finance; Nazis with vast fortunes they had just attained through murdering several million people and stealing all their stuff.  (Side note:  Hitler’s rocket scientists were also prized; at NASA they often joke about Germany’s conquest of the Moon.)

 

Also making the scene in all the coolest fascist circles was Allen Dulles’ brother John Foster Dulles who became Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Secretary of State; both of the Dulles brothers were amongst numerous very goodest buddies with all of these incoming Nazis (along with both the Bush and Kennedy families) and along with J. Edgar Hoover the Dulles brothers did more than anyone to boost the fascist trend of our country.  It was John Foster Dulles and CIA operative Kermit Roosevelt (Kermit being the grandson of Theodore Roosevelt, the cousin of Franklin Roosevelt, but has no known relation to Kermit the Frog) who orchestrated the Iranian Coup in 1953 that toppled a democratically elected and very popular prime minister named Muhammad Mossadeq and installed a brutal police state.  (Most Americans know nothing of this history.  Everyone in the Middle East is intimately familiar with it.)  All of this eventually led to the Iranian Revolution which led to the Hostage Crisis which led to Iran Contra which led to all of the other figoobliations that currently threaten our civilization with fiery apocalypse.

 

Go here for James Corbett’s take on all this:

 

http://www.corbettreport.com/war-with-iran-history-and-consequences/

 

The Nazi ideology and worldview permeate the highest levels of our government and business culture to this day; they are just much more covert about it than they used to be.

 

It’s time to get to work…

http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?cycle=2012&cid=N00007364&type=I

 

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And speaking of corrupt politicians:  My fans know that I have maintained from the very beginning that Barack Obama was a mass-murdering fascist war criminal and that anyone who voted for him was deluded — yet even I clung to the prayer that he was actually a good guy in disguise and that he was using his first term to set up an infrastructure powerful enough to stand up to the Machine and clean house during his second term.  Older readers may remember I pointed out that the guy is scary smart (one of the most dangerous things about him) and that maybe he was fooling all of us and after the election he would rip off his corporate toady mask and reveal the true Progressive Champion underneath…

 

Right.  Dream on.

 

As you may or may not have heard HSBC Bank just got fined about a month’s income for violating the Trading with the Enemy Act and for laundering Mexican drug money.

 

As is invariably the case with Obama’s Justice Department, while they are filling our prisons with low-level drug offenders and whistle-blowers and while they send me to prison for six years over marijuana and while people who steal pizzas are getting life sentences in California, no one will be prosecuted criminally in the HSBC case and the fine will be paid by shareholders rather than by the people who actually committed the crimes.

 

Gee, so these HSBC people can commit major felonies by conducting business with our enemies and they can launder drug money and then they not only skate completely free from prosecution but they make their investors pay their fines!

 

Nice work if you can get it.

 

One of the Machine’s most powerful weapons is their capacity to astonish:  No one can believe that anyone can be so utterly completely slimy until it is entirely too late and you find yourself covered in their slime as they throw you out of your house and steal your pension fund.

 

So much for Obama being a secret good guy.

 

*****************************************

 

On a related note Several HSBC officials in Great Britain were also just indicted for the LIBOR Scandal wherein the Banksters were caught manipulating the entire world’s interest rates for their own personal gain.

 

Gee.  I’m shocked.

 

I’m not shocked by what they did:  I am shocked that they are being prosecuted for it, even if it is only in Britain.  Since all the big banks do all of these things I am thinking that HSBC must have pissed off the wrong people and/or some sort of internecine warfare is happening.

 

Go here for our hero Matt Taibbi’s take on all of this (as well as Taibbi’s very interesting take on Jim DeMint’s departure from the US Senate):

 

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/12/13/matt_taibbi_on_the_unfolding_libor

 

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And here is Peter Coyote speaking on the Leonard Peltier outrage and how Bill Clinton chose to pardon fugitive financier Marc Rich — even though Rich was completely guilty — yet refused to pardon Leonard Peltier even though Peltier is completely innocent.

 

http://www.democracynow.org/2012/12/13/after_rebuff_by_clinton_actor_peter

 

If you are prone to pondering why Clinton would do such a thing you might consider the fact that Marc Rich gave lots of money to both Bill and Hillary Clinton’s campaigns whereas Leonard Peltier didn’t.

 

Evidently the last line of the Pledge of Allegiance should be changed to “with liberty and justice for those who can afford it”.

 

******************************************

 

Relevant History Lesson

 

The last person to be prosecuted under the ‘Trading with the Enemy Act’ was Prescott Bush, father of ex-president George H.W. Bush and grandfather of ex-president George W. Bush.  Prescott Bush had extensive business dealings with Adolph Hitler’s regime and rather than divesting when the war started Mr. Bush Sr. instead hired a lawyer — the infamous future CIA Director Allen Dulles — to help him hide his investments.

 

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=132×581610

 

Keep in mind:  Hitler was greatly admired by the American right and had they been in power at the time rather than Franklin Delano Roosevelt then history might have been significantly altered.

 

Prescott Bush was also named by General Smedley Butler as one of the conspirators in a serious and credible plot to overthrow Roosevelt with a military coup and install a fascist dictatorship a lá Benito Mussolini, who was also much admired by the American right.

 

http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/july2007/240707fascistcoup.htm

 

It is a very long and very sordid and very political story, but in the end Prescott Bush was never successfully prosecuted in either case even though both cases were thoroughly documented.

 

Thousands of Nazis flocked to the United States after the war; Nazis with all kinds of connections in the highest levels of government and finance; Nazis with vast fortunes they had just attained through murdering several million people and stealing all their stuff.  (Side note:  Hitler’s rocket scientists were also prized; at NASA they often joke about Germany’s conquest of the Moon.)

 

Also making the scene in all the coolest fascist circles was Allen Dulles’ brother John Foster Dulles who became Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Secretary of State; both of the Dulles brothers were amongst numerous very goodest buddies with all of these incoming Nazis (along with both the Bush and Kennedy families) and along with J. Edgar Hoover the Dulles brothers did more than anyone to boost the fascist trend of our country.  It was John Foster Dulles and CIA operative Kermit Roosevelt (Kermit being the grandson of Theodore Roosevelt, the cousin of Franklin Roosevelt, but has no known relation to Kermit the Frog) who orchestrated the Iranian Coup in 1953 that toppled a democratically elected and very popular prime minister named Muhammad Mossadeq and installed a brutal police state.  (Most Americans know nothing of this history.  Everyone in the Middle East is intimately familiar with it.)  All of this eventually led to the Iranian Revolution which led to the Hostage Crisis which led to Iran Contra which led to all of the other figoobliations that currently threaten our civilization with fiery apocalypse.

 

Go here for James Corbett’s take on all this:

 

http://www.corbettreport.com/war-with-iran-history-and-consequences/

 

The Nazi ideology and worldview permeate the highest levels of our government and business culture to this day; they are just much more covert about it than they used to be.

 

It’s time to get to work…

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1)  FYI Section:  The Olympia Homeless Wars Resume

The Oppressors of the Helpless are back!  Boo!

The Olympia City Council just made being homeless in Olympia illegal.

I was personally involved in the previous incarnation of this battle.  I helped form Citizens in Violation of Illegal Laws [CIVIL] and I helped organize two Busker Parades wherein we marched down 4th Ave during rush hour playing music and then surrounded the city hall playing illegal music to greet the arriving city council members.

In a move that suspiciously resembles the city council flipping CIVIL a bird, they rescinded the busking laws as part of the new sidewalk law.

Evidently the brave knights of CIVIL need to once again mount their horses and draw their swords.

Action is imminent.  Stay tuned.

https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/222844007745192/?fref=ts

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 2)  Olympia Peace Choir Mini-Concert

Saturday December 22nd from 10 to 10:30 am @ the Olympia Farmer’s Market

A mini-concert to start the new season.  This would be a great prelim for the Yule Brunch at the Matriarch Academy.

http://www.huntcal.com/cgi/eventview.cgi/tcpronet/tcpronet?vm=-h&yr=2012&cs=c&tw=983&id=355118061&d=22&m=12

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3)  Yule Brunch at the Matriarch Academy

Saturday December 22nd from 11 am to 3 pm @ the Matriarch Academy, 121 Foote St

Come eat magnificent food and hang out with the awesomific mothers of the Matriarch Academy.

This from Dani:

The morning after Solstice we will celebrate the rebirth of the sun as the days begin to grow long.  Our seeds are germinating in this period of darkness and we are all anticipating their growth.  For now the days are short, cold and wet, so let’s get cozy together!  Join us for brunch, ceremony and celebration as we welcome the light.

We’ll open our doors at 11a, with brunch beginning shortly thereafter.  We look forward to preparing a nourishing and abundant meal, including Cecile’s famous crepes!  If you like, bring a dish to share, though it is not an obligation.  Musical instruments are also welcome.

At 1p, we will hold a ceremony to honor the return of the sun and share our visions of the coming season.  Afterward we’ll continue the celebration with food, merriment and music.

https://www.facebook.com/events/186388531502630/

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4)  37th Annual Olympia FOR Peace Vigil

Saturday December 22nd from Noon to 1 pm @ Percival Landing, 4th and Water St

It’s the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s annual peace vigil at Percival Landing.  Come help spread the message of peace.

This from Olympia FOR:

37th Annual Holiday Peace Vigil

SATURDAY DECEMBER 22, 12 noon to 1 p.m.

Along West 4th Avenue at Percival Landing, Olympia

The public is invited to participate in Olympia’s 37th Annual Holiday Peace Vigil on Saturday December 22 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. along West Fourth Avenue, along the south side of Percival Landing and in front of Heritage Fountain.

The annual vigil is an Olympia tradition.  Signs are provided, but participants may bring their own.  Children are welcome.  Members of the Artesian Rumble Arkestra will perform.  Participants may enjoy free refreshments nearby after the vigil.

“During this holiday season of joy and good will, let us set aside all violence and militarism, which are the opposites of joy and good will,” said Glen Anderson, vigil organizer.  “The vigil gives participants and passersby an opportunity to pause and consider choosing peace instead of violence.  Peace is so much more consistent with the holiday spirit.”

The vigil is sponsored by the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR).  The Olympia FOR has worked nonviolently since 1976 on a variety of peace and social justice issues.  It is the local affiliate of a very broadly interfaith, international pacifist organization founded in 1914.

The Olympia FOR has also sponsored a weekly peace vigil in Sylvester Park at the corner of Legion and Capitol Way, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday since March 5, 1980, and another vigil at the south end of Percival Landing from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. every Friday since November 1998.

The vigil is free, but the Olympia FOR will gratefully accept donations to support its persistent work for nonviolence, social justice and peace.

Olympia FOR’s website, www.olympiafor.org

Glen Anderson

(360) 491-9093

glen@olympiafor.org

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5)  Bake Sale to Benefit the Prison Doula Project

Friday December 22nd from 1 to 4 pm outside of Psychic Sister, 109 SE 5th Ave

The Prison Doula Project is dedicated to the radical notions that women are people and that delivering a baby isn’t a crime.

Come meet cool people and donate to this worthy cause.

This from the organizers:

Plan on being in downtown Olympia for some last minute holiday shopping?  Come check out and treat yourself to some of the tasty goodies that will be sold at this bake-sale to benefit the Prison Doula Project.
All proceeds will go directly to helping our program function, mainly rent for our office space, and gas money and tolls for doulas going to births and making weekly visits to the Washington Women’s Correctional Center in Gig Harbor, WA.  We have a very modest operational budget and all of our doulas donate their time and energy to this very important project on an unpaid volunteer basis.
Hope to see you there!
We will hopefully have gluten-free and vegan options.

https://www.facebook.com/events/423163187756032/

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6)  Food Bank Benefit:  Soulstice with MCTUFF & Eldridge Gravy and the Court Supreme

Friday December 22nd from 9 pm to 1 am @ the Olympia Ballroom, 116 Legion Way SE

Come boogie for a good cause!

This from the organizers:

Lee Brooks Presents and Andyinoly productions bring you:

SOULSTICE!

MCTUFF: With Joe Doria, Andy Coe and SKERIK

& Eldridge Gravy and the Court Supreme

All Ages with booze garden!
Amazing light show with active visual back drop (as you may have seen with the band High Ceiling)

Help make it a better holiday for those in need.  Bring a non-perishable food item and get $3 off.  All donations go to the Thurston County Food Bank.

$13 without donation $10 with donation.

You don’t want to miss this.  We are going to funk you right in the earballs!!!

http://www.mctuffmusic.com/

http://www.eldridgegravy.com/

https://www.facebook.com/leecbrooks

https://www.facebook.com/AndyinolyProductions

https://www.facebook.com/events/311954712251862/

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7)  Bonus Tip of the Day:

Gun nuts need love too.

Peace.

Dana

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