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Danny Trejo: Prisoner–Actor…

Editor Paul Wright of the Prison Legal News (a remarkable story in itself) sat down over luncheon with the actor Danny Trejo for a free-wheeling interview. The discussion was interrupted only by Danny’s cheerfully signing autographs for fans, mostly kids.

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If actor Danny Trejo was in the American gulag today, as a 4-time loser he’d be a lifer. Would that be justice? His is an example well worth considering.

Unlike snitches like Charlie Sheen, who gave up Heidi Fleiss whom he used to rent girls from, or Tim Allen who gave up other coke dealers to save his own ass, Danny Trejo did his own time.

And it wasn’t acting that saved Trejo; he did that himself before he achieved professional fame. more…

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Morality & Pathology…

On it’s current course, conservative hypocrisy may well become America’s most lasting legacy. Ironically, if they did nothing, perhaps that would be their greatest good.

FBI Director and "Partner" 1939...

A mature personality is one that has attained consciousness of the basic rights and integrity of others.

An adult that has become pathologically fixated at an earlier developmental stage, is at best relegated to perception in technical terms—not having the real capacity to consider and judge others empathetically. more…

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Reality Check…

When my Slovakian Aunt Anna in the South Bronx prepared my breakfast, she would first spread the cereal out on a newspaper in order to pick out the rat shit.

Corporatism...

I grew up believing that everyone picked the hovno out of their food before they ate it, but apparently that’s not true. There’s some folks doing their damndest to stop others from sorting out the hovno in their lives. more…

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The Yellow Stripes of Texas…

We’re not gonna win by their letting us play nice.  They’re cowards and hypocrites and have no honor.  There just seems to be something over-sized about Texas that breeds deceit and ignorance in such abundance.

As a former prisoner of the American gulag, I recognize of course that Texas has the third largest prison system in the US, after California and the feds. But it ain’t for lack of trying.

I don’t know why they bother saddling their horses facing forward…they don’t ride that way.

(I’m not speaking of the normal, rational folks of Texas. Lord knows how they put up with having to deal with the Bush’s, Perry’s, DeLay’s and other reactive, conservative morons.) more…

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Gods, Ghouls & Goblins…

A writer friend, Sidney Gendin, published a story entitled “To Whom Does God Speak” yesterday.  It reminded me that I actually recall when I was a believer. Since I also remember ships shot all to hell limping up Narragansett Bay, I guess I was 3 or 4 years old and it was the end of the Good War (WW-II) circa 1945-46.

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I was digging a hole in my sandy front yard with my toy beach shovel when my father came home in his old Model T and asked what I thought I was doing.

I proudly exclaimed that I was digging for the devil to kill him and end all the bad in the world. He whipped my ass, and then beat my mother for not watching me. I’ve been an atheist ever since. more…

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“Two Condoms & a Pack of Gum…”

One afternoon while assigned working a kitchen detail at FCI Jesup, a Georgia federal prison, the guard-supervisor ordered me to take the fork-lift across the compound to the warehouse to pick up a couple of pallets of frozen chickens for the next day’s meal.

Corporate surplus labor...

(Jesup was appropriately named after the general who captured the Seminole leader, Osceola, by treachery.)

He assigned a group of sick-call inmates to unpack them into a couple of large vats with water to thaw. It’s routine practice—at least in federal prisons—to assign inmates who report to sick-call to a day’s especially punitive labor as a deterrent to shirkers and malingerers. more…

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Predators & Prisoners…

WARNING: Graphic Photos

When we first saw the news regarding the torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, we had to cough a few ironic laughs. Like, “That’s news?” We were only surprised it took the corporate media so long to catch on to what some US prison guards and military police do with their time.  Who do they think is attracted to those “professions”?

Graner & England, enjoying themselves...

As prisoners in the American gulag, now over 2.4 million souls, we knew exactly where they got their training…right here, in American prisons. Here, of course, they just gotta be sneakier about it… more…

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The Voyage of Spacecraft Earth…

One thing I’ve noticed in my 69 yrs on Spaceship Earth is that the premier-class passengers will not tolerate any perceived threat to their privileged status, nor any independent actions by the mass of steerage passengers.

Spacecraft Earth...

As a minor crew member, I’ve learned that the designated captain for any given part of the journey and all of the ship’s officers take their orders from this tiny percentage of passengers (far less than 1%). more…

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Cowboys & Indians…

Maybe it started with Cowboys & Indians. In the children’s game I always found myself playing the Indian side and rooting for the underdog. In some respects, I guess I just never “grew up.”

Bill Fletcher Jr., of the Black Commentator.com, published an interesting article of his recent trip with a labor delegation to North Africa and Palestine.

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It brought back some poignant memories of my own time in the Middle East and East Africa back in 1969-74.

As a photog-journalist, I was credentialed with both Yassir Arafat’s Al Fatah armed-struggle organization in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, and the Jewish Agency in Israel-Palestine, 1969. more…

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The New Look of the Klan: The Tea Party…

Writer Michael Lind helps prove that there are more than mindless, racist idiots in Texas. Lind accurately describes the Tea Party as the new face of the Old South.

The South has risen...

My own take is that instead of white robes, hoods, and a flaming cross, they now wear suits, ties, and carry a Bible.  Lind explains that the corporate media has simply mislabeled the “movement” as ideological, when in fact they are the same ol’ regional racism from the antebellum South. more…