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Tennessee Deliverance–1963…

Here’s an ancient incident w/a lesson for today’s budding activists. It happened to me back in ’63 (I was 21). I won’t be around much longer, so pay attention. CountryStore-001

My Nashville bride didn’t like her New York stay. So, as agreed, she and the kids moved back to Tennessee.

I soon followed with a few belongings along with my old family photo album and other memorabilia.

Stopping my tricked-out ’57 Pontiac at a country store just outside Springfield, TN, I got some gas and a used tire at a cost of $11. more…

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Raff Ellis: “The Bishop’s Curse”…

America is a wholly colonial creation of emigrants from all over the world, the American ideal view is one of a Camelot-like shining castle on the hill…if it wasn’t for all those pesky natives, darkies, Asians, Arabs and the clamoring poor washing up upon our shores.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Of course, when the mytho-conservative veneer is penetrated, there’s a base foundation that few are routinely taught. more…

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Amanda Lindhout—Free Spirit…

Small world  It’s been demonstrated that there are 4.74 degrees of separation between everyone on Earth. I can believe it. This is one of those stories that touch upon myself, Marion Delgado, Evo Morales and Amanda Lindhout…albeit, a tenuous one.

Coca Museo, La Paz, Bolivia

Coca Museo, La Paz, Bolivia

   Marion Delgado is a journalist friend of mine from back in the early ‘70s. The name is a nom de guerre. I’d say de plume, but he’s as much an activist as a chronicler of his adventures. A trait we share. more…

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Jim Crow Has an Open Visa in Israel…

A young American woman received an Israeli visa in August of 2012 allowing her to teach English in a Quaker Friend’s School financed by USAID in Ramallah, Occupied Palestine. After spending a short Christmas visit to Amman, Jordan, some 40 road miles away, she was refused reentry.

Nour Joudah, 25

Nour Joudah, 25

   Nour Joudah is an American raised by Palestinian parents in Clarksville, TN. (I used to live there myself when I was a young paratrooper in the 101st Airborne, Ft. Campbell, KY.) more…

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Inverted Totalitarianism & Conservative Reaction…

I imagine that if zombies were real there would probably be a transitional period whereby they could still animate some of their former living characteristics. That could be an apt metaphor for America’s state of politics today.

(Click on image to enlarge)

(Click on image to enlarge)

Former President Jimmy Carter recently declared his support for NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden. He also  said that the revelations show that, “America does not have a functioning democracy at this point in time.” more…

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“Work Will Make You Free…”

The fascist-corporatists of Nazi Germany performed an invaluable service for the corporate elite who rule the planet today. Their motto of “Arbeit Macht Frei” was emblazoned over all of their concentration camps…forever revealing the fundamental nature of capital-corporatism.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

   Perhaps some of you may have noticed that I’ve taken a brief hiatus from this blog as we enter the dog-days of summer. Myself and my co-editor, Boo (pictured here), didn’t really plan this. more…

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“World War Z,” A Commentary…

OK, Brad, you got my attention. “World War Z” isn’t scheduled for release in the US until June 21st, but already given all the hype it promises to be a commercial mega-buster…whatever.PittChopper

I won’t attempt a review since I haven’t seen the film (and probably won’t, at least in the short term), but I think I can venture some coherent commentary.

The movie is based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Max Brooks. more…

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A Brief Appeal to Alien Visitors…

When I was a youth I was curious about UFOs. As I acquired more knowledge, especially related to social history, mythology, religion and science, I came to believe that it’s highly unlikely they’re wasting any time or resources on us. Too bad…Earth Observer

Given the technology it would take for them to reach this far, one could would assume that they’ve achieved a highly advanced social evolution.

Should they be observing, I have a few items I’d like them to consider… more…

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Dateline Detroit: A Photo/Commentary…

I recently ran across a photo-essay publication contest that I came to realize was what I call a “Coffee-Table Scam.” There are a variety of these cons but they all involve submitting photos/essays/poetry for possible publication and a modest award.

Detroit 1967

Detroit 1967

It involves submission, subscription and admin fees, ad varia. Eventually you “win” a spot in their publication, a copy of which you must purchase. Once paying the fees of course, everyone “wins.”

Since I already took the time to select the photos and write a commentary, I decided to present them here…. more…

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Jury Nullification…

It is not only [the juror's] right, but his duty . . . to find the verdict according to his own best understanding, judgment, and conscience, though in direct opposition to the direction of the court.”

President John Adams (emphasis added).

   I recall my counsel telling me back in ’89, when I was facing a drug conspiracy charge, that my only actual hope at trial would be “jury nullification.” Of course, the reality is that the courts forbid informing the jury of their power to decide the law for themselves.

Tim DeChristopher (33)...

Tim DeChristopher (33)…

(Interested readers can find a concise article on that conviction HERE.)

Despite the fact that the Founding Fathers unanimously declared that the sovereign power of the State was “We, the People,” corporatist rulers have since made clear who actually runs the nation…and it ain’t the people. more…