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To Be a Good Old Jew, You Must Vote for Sanders

In Uncategorized on February 9, 2016 at 21:16

Rabbi Rabinowitz of Kfar Bar’am synagogue in New Amsterdam has come out in support of fellow Jew, Bernie Sanders:

Us Jews have to stick together. We have to work together to help our community and defend against attacks perpetrated on us. So, I support Bernie Sanders, a good Jewish Boy. Not only would it be a mitzvah to support him, but you’d have to be a real putz to be a Jew and not support Bernie. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7UkGyT5FIA 

Abel Feigenbaum of the National Jewish Museum in New Jersey, also talks about the importance of helping out fellow Jews:

You can’t just be Jewish one day, and then when you enter the voting booth, not be Jewish. The duty of the Jew doesn’t stop at the front door of the synagogue. And part of that duty is to vote for Jews when they are running for office. Bernie will always be there for the Jews, and it is our duty to be there for him. To do otherwise would be extremely Fercockt. 

Smithers Jones of The National Society of Septuagenarians has also come out for Sanders, and he makes it clear that,

Anybody over 65 that votes for Clinton should GET OFF MY LAWN! Old folks should stick with old folks and not whippersnappers like Clinton who has no idea what it’s like to get old. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNF0y1hhjzY

He also claims that Clinton has bias against older folks, “When Clinton said, ‘I’ll be the youngest woman president in the history of the United States”, it was a clear attack on older Americans like Senator Sanders.

Why Clinton hates older Jews, is beyond me. It is clear that septuagenarians and Jews should support Sanders because they are septuagenarians and Jews. That’s reason enough.

Peace,
Tex Shelters

 

Gun Fetishists, Do the Right Thing

In Uncategorized on December 6, 2015 at 17:20

In the South Park episode, “Cash for Gold”, elderly people are ripped off by informercials selling them cheap jewelry they don’t need. The elderly get so angry that by the end of the show they are calling up the thieving infomercial host and telling him, on the air, “Why don’t you just kill yourself.” That’s the level of anger the U.S. citizenry now has for gun fetishists who kill others because they have hurt feelings or can’t get their way. I speak for many angry Americans when I say to the deranged gun fetishists who are planning to kill others in a mass spree-shooting: “Go kill yourselves.”

Yes. I said, “Go kill yourselves.” Do this nation a favor and die. If you are too fucked up to seek help, think killing others is the answer, and have plans to do so, just kill yourself. Now. Don’t think about it. Die at your own hand.

Whether you are gun-nut angry because of your religion, your anti-choice ideology, the loss of a job, bullying in school, post traumatic stress, or a lost relationship, seek help. There is no reason to murder others. Whatever your excuse is, if you plan to murder innocents, do us a favor and swallow your gun.

Most gun owners and people without guns want to stop senseless gun violence. Won’t you kill yourself for them. No, don’t stop to kill your family, your wife or kids, parents or classmates first. Do it NOW! Most of us don’t want you in this nation if all you have is murder in your heart and revenge in you hands. Take your gun, stick it in your mouth, and pull the trigger. And before doing it, dig a pit and lie in it when you shoot off your face. That will save people the trouble of having to dig you a grave.

I know this sounds harsh, but if spree killers would just kill themselves, about 350 lives would have been spared from mass killings this year alone. Since 1982, there have been over 3600 deaths due to mass shootings, shootings of more than 4 people. Those lives would have been spared if spree shooters would just turn that gun on themselves and do the right thing.

Besides lives being lost, there are billions of dollars to be saved if gun fetishists would use a bullet to prevent these spree shootings. That includes hospital costs, time lost at work and other productive activities, emergency response and other costs. Certainly, the cost hasn’t been desegregated to show what it costs for spree shootings alone, but if all gun violence in recent years has cost us $229 billion dollars, and spree shootings are about 1% of all gun deaths, then we can extrapolate that spree shootings cost $2.29 billion dollars in the U.S.   I would estimate that would be higher for spree shootings because of high cost for all the first responders involved in such mass shootings. So, for gun fetishists with the intent to kill, shooting themselves is fiscally responsible. Even responsible, more conservative gun owners can get behind that.

The time for discussing the issue of gun safety is over. Guns don’t kill people, assholes WITH guns kill people. What we need gun maniacs to do is kill themselves as soon as they can. Since many of them enjoy open carry laws for guns, the opportunity is there. And they should NOT take anyone with them or shoot themselves while driving and potential hurt others. Just Do It! Swoosh!

I have written several articles about gun safety and why we don’t need automatic weapons and why we need background checks and regulations and they haven’t done a thing. What we need is a national call for all gun fetishists who take pleasure in killing people to shoot their tiny little brains out of their heads. Now.

I have debunked every illogical excuse gun fetishists use to block sensible gun regulation again and again, and that does not move anyone. Moreover, Congress won’t do anything, for they are being paid by the gun lobbies to remain silent as people get killed by gun violence at an ever increasing rate.

When the government fails to act, do it yourself. I want gun nuts to take that self hatred they have for humanity and focus it on the real problem. In the words of Johnny Rotten, “The problem is YOU! Now what you gonna do?”  Turn that hatred inward, that’s it, do it, pull the trigger, kill yourself.

Let me thank you beforehand for your heroic work in killing a public threat.

You might be a gun fetishists if you:

1. Buy more guns and bullets every time you see Obama on television.

2. You think you need an AK-47 to hunt muskrat.

3. You have more empathy for the spree shooters than the victims of a shooting.

4. You think Obama, while waving a UN flag, will take away your  guns.

5. You think the 2nd Amendment is part of the Bible.

6. You think gun regulations are how the Nazis were able to kill so many Jews.

7. You think that if you had enough guns, you could fight off the U.S. military.

8. If you horde guns and ammunition way beyond your means.

The accomplices of the gun fetishists, heads of the NRA, gun manufacturers, gun lobbyists, gun fetishist Senators and Congressman (you know who you are), need to lead by example and shoot themselves too. Do it for the children, for the people, for apple pie, the flag, and liberty. Shoot yourselves for God and country! I pray that you do the right thing in our time of need.

Peace,
Tex Shelters

Film Review: The Black Panthers and a Brief History of Violence

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2015 at 21:24

‘The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution’ is an informative, high quality movie that explores an important era and movement in U.S. history.

.black panther

Ever since the first slaves were captured in Africa for transport overseas to North America, there has been a history of violence against Black men and women on this continent. The brutality of slavery remained after the institution was banned in 1865. Records show that from 1882-1968, 3,446 Blacks were lynched. That’s slightly over 40 a year. The lynchings were concentrated in the South, with some states having no lynchings of Blacks at all. After 1935, lynching subsided to near zero. (ibid) Remember, these are lynchings that were reported. Who knows how many more hundreds of unreported lynchings occurred.

lynchings

There were thousands of other murders of African Americans after the Civil War; White’s didn’t give up their dominance quietly. As lynchings subsided, race riots against entire Black communities increased. Thousands, mainly Blacks, were killed during these riots that were instigated by White mobs. The summer of 1919 is know as “Red Summer” for the large number of race riots. More than 100 people were killed and thousands were left homeless in over 26 riots across the country that year. (ibid)

There were many causes of these riots. In all but a few cases, Whites instigated them. They occurred during times of economic depression and dislocation, when Whites felt the most threatened by the Black minority. Often, they occurred after trumped up racial charges were made against a Black person. Police also helped instigate these riots. And the riots almost always occurred in the Black majority communities. (ibid)

Slavery, lynching, and races riots are major parts of the history of violence against Blacks in the United States. Is there any wonder that during the Civil Rights Movement there would be communities organizing around Black self-defense?

white riot

Documentaries are as close to a guarantee of good cinema today as we get today, and The Black Panthers proves that dictum once again. There are a several reasons for this. First, the characters don’t have to act or learn their lines; the lines are already spoken. Also, if a director chooses to take on the topic, it is likely that the plot (story) is compelling with some surprises in it. There are fewer filters documentaries have to pass through to get produced such as test screenings and studio executives demanding that the film comes in under budget or that the filmmakers hire multi-million dollar stars and insist on fabulous special effects. Documentaries like The Black Panthers face no such obstacles and the story is already written. The art is in the telling.

Murder Panther

The full title of the film shows us the communist leanings of the group: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of a Revolution. Vanguard is the term used by communists to describe the organized leadership of a revolution. Yes, that is how highly the Panthers thought of themselves; they called themselves the ‘Vanguard of a Revolution.’ After seeing the film, it is hard to dispute this depiction.

The main characters were members and leaders of the Black Panther Party, including Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, Eldridge Clever, with an important supporting role played by Fred Hampton. Hampton was pivotal because as a focal point, the “vanguard of the vanguard”, he scared FBI director Hoover as a potential “black messiah.” Hampton, more than any other Panther, is portrayed as the man who could unify not only blacks but poor people of all races. Suffice to say, the film documents his rise, his charisma, his power and his life in his brief time on screen.

Hoover targeted activists of all kinds with the FBI’s counter intelligence program (COINTELPRO). However, over 80% of their actions targeted the Panthers. Suffice to say, the rise of Black power frightened the White establishment and much of the movie is about the quick rise of the Panther Party and how police and the FBI targeted them with surveillance, arrests, murder, raids and other tactics.

The film suggests that the reasons for the Panther Party being targeted was their power and their consciousness raising of the populous. Moreover, the film suggests that the rhetoric of the party around self defense and ‘killing pigs’ made them a target more than they already were. The police used this rhetoric to get people to support illegal police raids and violent actions against the Panthers.

PBS is one of the major funders of the film. After the movie was well received by at the Sun Dance Film Festival, PBS Distribution decided to release it in movie theaters this fall. That was a great decision. It is timely and historic as are many of the best documentaries.

Blacks with Guns

The current issues around Black Lives Matter and the Black men and women being killed with impunity in this nation is a repeat of the murder of Blacks in the Panther Party five decades earlier. The issue of gun rights is an important backdrop of the movie when the Panthers insisted on using the open carry laws of California at the time to bring their guns to arrests of Black drivers and eventually into the capital building in Sacramento, CA. They were there to protest a bill that would end open carry in the state. This was clearly not what the NRA had in mind; Blacks using the gun rights the Association touted.

The Panther Party was not just about self defense for African Americans or Black Power, the Party wanted to “dismantle capitalism.” Their 10 point party platform states, “We Want An End To The Robbery By The Capitalists Of Our Black Community.” Moreover, it proclaims, “We Want Land, Bread, Housing, Education, Clothing, Justice And Peace.” The Party did not call itself Marxist or Maoist, but it called for an end to capitalist exploitation, especially of African Americans.

The archival footage of the movement and party is well used, dramatic and informative. The footage not only documents the history, it documents the characters’ relative positions in the movement. The use of photos and interviews to show us the political and cultural context in which the panthers emerged as a movement is brilliant. The film is more than a history lesson, it is a lesson about race and power.

And if you think the film is an homage to the Party, think again. Not only were there several interviews with police, government agents and others critical of the Panthers in the film, the film itself questions some of the Party’s tactics. It shows the inner conflicts, the split between the Cleaver and Newton factions, the failures of some parts of its program as a movement and its successes. In fact, the trajectory of the Black Panthers as a movement is very much like that of other social movements of the 60s and 70s, whether it was civil rights, peace, free speech or other movements that challenged and were fought by the power of the state.

Certainly, in the end, the film puts the overall goals of the Panthers in a good light, even while questioning some of its actions. The film hints at the sexism within the movement in the film, having women do the cooking and cleaning, i.e. ‘women’s work’ and the men carrying the guns. It could have done more of that for my taste. There was also the suggestion that some of the Panthers were commodifying the revolution, making cash off the movement. Some even questioned the Party’s successful food program: “Is free food enough.”

BLM March

Rating: Pay Full Price

The ending lags and gets a bit overly sentimental. That is a minor flaw. I like the film a lot, but there is no need to see it more than once. What I plan to do is read more about the history of the movement and the characters from the film.

Here’s a place to start.

Peace,
Tex Shelters

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