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Rush The Douche

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on August 6, 2008 by parimon

Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night and just think to yourself, ‘Am I just full of hot gas?'” Dave Letterman to Rush

“A Political war is one in which everyone shoots from the lip.” Raymond Moley

“A silent majority and goverment by the people is incompatible.” Tom Hayden



AIDS
"And one of the things that -- that the -- the
AIDS activists said regularly back then was, oh,
this is only a matter of time before it spreads to
the heterosexual community. It's only a matter of time.

And they used that as -- as one of the weapons to try
to get people like Reagan to start talking about it
from their standpoint. And of course it -- it hasn't.
It -- it didn't, and it hasn't, other than in Africa,
and in Africa it is -- it is being spread not just by
-- it -- it -- it's promiscuity that -- that -- that
spreads this, if you want to know the truth.
It's promiscuity.

But it -- it hasn't made that jump to the heterosexual
community."
Rush Limbaugh
June 9, 2004 broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show

Blacks
"Why should Blacks be heard? They're 12% of the population.
Who the hell cares." -Rush Limbaugh

‘take that bone out of your nose and call me back.’
Rush Limbaugh
Source:Notable Quotables, mrc.org

Choice or Orgasms

"I think this reason why girls don't do well on multiple choice
tests goes all the way back to the Bible, all the way back to Genesis,
Adam and Eve. God said, 'All right, Eve, multiple choice or
multiple orgasms, what's it going to be?'
We all know what was chosen" (TV, Feb. 23, 1994). 

Citizen Service
Citizen service is a repudiation of the principles upon which
our country was based. We are all here for ourselves." -

Condoms

"Condoms only work during the school year."

Drug Abuse
"And we have laws against selling drugs, pushing drugs,
using drugs, importing drugs.  And the laws are good
because we know what happens to people in societies and
neighborhoods which become consumed by them. And so if
people are violating the law by doing drugs, they ought
to be accused and they ought to be convicted and
they ought to be sent up."

"When you strip it all away, Jerry Garcia
(former Grateful Dead guitarist) destroyed his life on
drugs.  And yet he's being honored, like some godlike
figure.  Our priorities are out of whack, folks."

(well ditto heads?  I bet you still love this drug
addicted, law-breaking drug freek.  Ever hear of 'just
say no' or how by buying drugs you are supporting
Osama?) *Rush is Addicted to Painkillers*

Earth

"The Earth's eco-system is not fragile."

Feminism

"Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive
women easier access to the mainstream of society."

Homeless
"One of the things I want to do before I die is conduct the
homeless olympics...the 10-metre shopping cart relay,
the dumpster dig, and the hop, skip, and trip." 

Indians and VD

"I don't give a hoot that [Columbus] gave some Indians a
disease that they didn't have immunity against" (Ought to Be, p. 45). 

Iraqi Prison Abuse
Exactly. Exactly my point! This is no different than what
happens at the Skull and Bones initiation and we're going
to ruin people's lives over it and we're going to hamper
our military effort, and then we are going to really
hammer them because they had a good time. You know, these
people are being fired at every day. I'm talking about
people having a good time, these people, you ever heard
of emotional release? You of heard of need to blow some
steam off?
Rush's Radio Show 5-4-4

Jesse Jackson
‘have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted
criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?
Rush Limbaugh
Source:Notable Quotables, mrc.org

Lindsey Graham
"I may be wrong ... Lindsey Graham is certainly close enough to [McCain] to die of anal poisoning."
Rush Limbaugh
Source:http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2008/02/06/2008-02-06_rush_limbaugh_a_real_bottom_dweller.html

Mexicans
If we are going to start rewarding no skills and stupid people--
I'm serious, let the unskilled jobs that take absolutely
no knowledge whatsoever to do--let the stupid and
unskilled Mexicans do that work." 

Michael J. Fox (Parkinson's disease)
"He is exaggerating the effects of the disease. He's
moving all around and shaking and it's purely an
act. . . . This is really shameless of
Michael J. Fox. Either he didn't take his medication
or he's acting. This is the only time I've ever seen
Michael J. Fox portray any of the symptoms of the
disease he has. He can barely control himself."
Rush Limbaugh
Source: Rush's Radio Show 10-24-06

NAACP

"The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get
a liquor store and practice robberies"
(radio; reported in the Flush Rush Quarterly, January 1993). 

Donovan McNabb
"I think what we've had here is a little social concern in the NFL.
The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well.
There is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit
for the performance of this team that he didn't deserve."

Nuclear Arms Reduction

"The only way to reduce the number of nuclear weapons is to use them." 

Owls

"If the owl can't adapt to the superiority of humans, screw it"
(Ought to Be, p. 162). 

Sierra Club

"The Sierra Club wants to limit the number of kids you can have
to two. They are into power and controlling peoples lives." 

Sexual Harassement
Sexual harassment at this work station will not be reported.
However...it will be graded!!!

Stuck

"Being stuck is a position few of us like. We want
something new but cannot let go of the old - old ideas,
beliefs, habits, even thoughts. We are out of
contact with our own genius. Sometimes we know
we are stuck; sometimes we don't. In both cases
we have to DO something." 

Trees

"The most beautiful thing about a tree is what you
do after you cut it down."

"We have more trees in this country today than when
the Declaration of Independence was written. The wackos
will tell you that's impossible."

"There are more acres of forestland in America today
than when Columbus discovered the continent in 1492" 

Rush Lies

1) Limbaugh: "Don't let the liberals deceive you into
believing that a decade of sustained growth without inflation
in America (in the '80s) resulted in a bigger gap between the
have and the have-nots. Figures compiled by the
Congressional Budget Office dispel that myth"
(Limbaugh, The Way Things Ought to Be, p. 70).
Reality: CBO numbers for after-tax incomes show that in
1980 the richest fifth of our country had eight times the
income of the poorest fifth. By 1989, the ratio was more
than 20-to-1. 

2)Limbaugh: "The poorest people in America are better off
than the mainstream families of Europe" (radio, 1993).
Reality: The poorest 20 percent of Americans can purchase
an average of $5,433 worth of goods with their income.
Meanwhile, in Germany, the average person can purchase
$20,610 worth of goods; in France, $19,200;
in Britain, $16,730 (World Development Report 1994,
published by the World Bank).

Depleted Uranium

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on July 26, 2008 by parimon

Exploitation

Posted in Uncategorized on July 26, 2008 by parimon

Imperialism drives people from their lands, persecutes and even murders them as they cross the border, and then super-exploits and demonizes them once they are in the imperialist countries. Millions of immigrants are driven to the U.S. from their home countries to be horribly exploited in restaurants, sweatshops, landscaping, and construction. They provide what is almost slave labor for the U.S. economy, an economy that has become so dependent on the super-exploitation of immigrants that it cannot function without it. And the ways in which the fears of millions of native-born people are being manipulated; the divisions that are fanned and enforced between nationalities, even among the oppressed nationalities—all of these are products of capitalism.

This is going on all over the world—over 200 million people have been driven out of the countrysides and forced to seek work in places like the U.S., Europe, and Japan. They, along with the 12 to 20 million undocumented workers estimated to be in the U.S., have been driven from their homes by the heartless workings of capitalism and imperialism. Now every capitalist would explain to you that they are not being greedy or malicious, but that they have no choice—and, in a perverted sense, they would be right. Each is driven by the fear of being wiped out by some other capitalist who is working people at still lower wages for still higher profit.

From the point of view of the people on the bottom, there is not an immigration problem, there is a capitalism problem…

The people have the potential to come together from all different nationalities and not only beat back all the ways they horribly exploit and oppress immigrants but come together as part of a revolutionary struggle for a better world. Yes, the enemy is very powerful. And one lesson we should learn from last year is that there is no good resolution, in the interests of the people, that is going to come from the system’s politicians. But last year also saw the power of the people. And people learned some things. Everyone can learn from the spirit from those protests, the display of defiance and resistance, and join and bring their strengths to bear in a united struggle against a system that is the source of our common misery and suffering.

The imperialist rulers of the U.S. are rampaging through the world, invading and occupying whole countries in the pursuit of empire, torturing and detaining people in secret prisons, and jailing people indefinitely without charges. Within the U.S. itself they are backing a movement that aims to impose a fanatical Christian fascist government in the U.S., they are eliminating a woman’s right to choose, they are stepping up the oppression and discrimination against minorities, and all the rest. There is absolutely no prospect for a better world for immigrants or anyone else in the world as long as this system stays in power. Think about it. It is just not going to happen. Their attacks on immigrants are part of a whole program, a whole package, that has to be resisted and defeated.

But even more importantly, things don’t have to be this way. The world can be changed and all this can be overcome by revolution—a socialist revolution.

Such a revolution must be led by the proletariat—the class of people who own only their ability to work and have nothing to lose but their chains—and it must unite millions and millions more who are not from the proletariat, but yearn for a better, more just world. Such a revolution must be the conscious act of millions. It must result in a whole new state power that builds on the achievements of past proletarian revolutions, and goes further in unleashing a vibrant and lively socialist society. This state power in turn must and will serve new social and economic relations aimed at getting rid of exploitation and all the oppressive institutions and ideas that exist now, between people and between countries. It must be very firm in dealing with those who would destroy it, both from without and the overthrown and new exploiters from within…while “going to the brink of being drawn and quartered” in order to ensure the fullest possible flourishing of critical thinking and democracy among the people. A whole different—and far, far better—world is possible. And not only is a better world possible but we have a leader, Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, who has developed a revolutionary plan and vision for getting to that better world, one that builds on the achievements of the past while critically summing up the shortcomings, and on that basis envisioning a new “model” of socialist society and the transition to a truly communist world

Fascist Immigration Raid And Kangaroo Trials

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on July 26, 2008 by parimon

From May 19 to May 22, nearly 300 immigrant workers were railroaded through a makeshift federal criminal court set up at the National Cattle Congress fairgrounds in Waterloo, Iowa—given five-month prison sentences, after which they will be deported out of the U.S. These immigrants were caught in a massive round-up on Monday, May 12, when armed agents swooped down on the Agriprocessors meatpacking plant in the town of Postville with arrest warrants for almost 700 out of the 968 workers there. Officials said that the raid—involving Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE, part of the Department of Homeland Security) along with more than a dozen other federal, state, and local agencies—was the largest immigration raid at a single workplace in U.S. history.

The agents took away 389 immigrant workers from the meatpacking plant that day. This is part of the intensifying fascist offensive targeting immigrants in this country—including raids at workplaces and neighborhoods, mobilization of right-wing vigilantes, draconian anti-immigrant laws passed by cities and states, building of walls and other stepped-up military measures at the border, etc. On May 23, ICE announced that their agents had made more than 900 arrests in California in a three-week “sting” operation to catch people under deportation orders. Last year alone, ICE deported 275,000 immigrants.

According to the government, the immigrants arrested at Agriprocessors are “guilty” of fraud—of using fake Social Security numbers and other documents. These workers—mostly from Guatemala—are among the millions of people from Central America, Mexico, and other parts of the world who could no longer feed themselves and their families in their home countries where the economies and whole societies have been devastated because of imperialist domination and plunder. They traveled north, often risking their lives to cross the deserts at the U.S./Mexico border, and came to work at the meatpacking plant in rural Iowa, forced to endure extremely dangerous conditions for low pay. In order to get these jobs, the immigrants had to get IDs through whatever means available. And now they are branded as “criminals” for this.

The huge raid at Agriprocessors—which suddenly put more than 10 percent of Postville’s 2,500 residents in prison—has devastated and terrorized the immigrants and the whole town (and has sent tremors through immigrant communities across the U.S.). The day after, half of the local school system’s 600 students were absent because their parents were arrested or were in hiding. The school superintendent said that the situation “is like a natural disaster—only this one is manmade.” Hundreds of immigrants took refuge in a local church. Dozens of local businesses shut down. One business owner told the British paper Globe and Mail, “We got raped and we got plundered and we got pillaged Monday. Everybody in this town ought to be angry.” (“Hardening the line on illegal workers,” May 23, 2008)

Criminalizing Immigrant Workers

But the size of the raid is not the only thing that is very alarming about what has been happening here. In the past, immigrants caught without “proper documents” have usually been brought before immigration hearings and charged with visa violation, which is a civil law matter. But in an unprecedented move, the government hit the hundreds of workers arrested in the Agriprocessors raid with criminal charges—for simply working without “proper” legal documents. This is a clear and dangerous escalation in the government’s move to criminalize undocumented immigrants—and to drive them even deeper into a caste-like status where they are brutally exploited with the constant threat of jail and deportation over their heads. Juliet Stumpf, an immigration law professor at Lewis & Clark Law School, told the New York Times, “To my knowledge, the magnitude of these indictments is completely unprecedented. It’s the reliance on criminal process here as part of an immigration enforcement action that takes this out of the ordinary, a startling intensification of the criminalization of immigration law.” (“270 Illegal Immigrant Workers Sent to Prison in Federal Push,” May 24, 2008)

For the four days of the mass trials at the fairgrounds, the immigrant prisoners were held in a concentration camp-like setup behind barbed wire fences patrolled by armed guards. The immigrants—hands cuffed and with shackles on their legs—were brought into the temporary courtrooms in groups to enter their plea, and then moved to another room for sentencing.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union and others, the federal prosecutors forced the immigrants to accept plea bargains—by threatening that if the immigrants did not plead guilty to a “lesser” charge and go along with this “deal,” they would be hit with more serious criminal charges of identity theft. The heavier charges would have carried a mandatory sentence of at least 2 years, along with large fines.

And the immigrants were blatantly stripped of their rights to legal counsel and due process of law—which supposedly apply to anyone in this country, regardless of their status. A May 21 ACLU statement described the totally unjust proceedings that have been taking place in Iowa: “Groups of more than 20 meatpacking workers are typically represented by a single defense lawyer who for each group must decide complex immigration issues, assess criminal liability and counsel clients who do not speak English. The lawyers, who do not specialize in immigration law, must complete this task under the pressure of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s arbitrary plea bargain deadline of seven days. Within this deadline every lawyer and client must make a potentially irrevocable decision to plead guilty and go to jail and lose any immigration rights or fight the criminal charges and face up to two or more years in prison for allegedly engaging in ‘identity theft’ in order to work.

“The groups of immigrants are rushed through mass hearings that last only minutes and during the hearings are required to waive their right to an immigration hearing in exchange for better criminal plea agreements. Workers with legitimate claims to remain in the country legally—including immigrants with family members who are U.S. citizens or with legitimate claims of asylum or political persecution—are ostensibly barred from pursuing those claims under the criminal plea agreements.”

In a May 22 letter to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) expressed “grave concern” for “the apparent disregard of the rights to meaningful assistance of counsel and due process” for those caught up in the Agriprocessors raid. The AILA pointed out what they called a “most striking” point: The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa issued a press release on May 12—the very day of the raid at Agriprocessors—announcing the temporary assignment of federal judges and court personnel to Waterloo “in response to the…prosecution of numerous illegal aliens…” As the AILA notes, this press release was issued “before any of those arrested and charged had been found to be an ‘illegal alien.’”

In other words, the U.S. government has been openly operating in this case on the outrageous principle that the immigrants are presumed guilty of what they are charged with even before any kind of trial.

The Fascist Clampdown—And the Need
for Resistance

Agriprocessors—the biggest kosher meatpacking plant in this country—opened on the edge of Postville in 1987. At first, the company hired mostly workers from the former Soviet bloc countries of Eastern Europe. The Globe & Mail noted, “As Stephen Bloom, the author of Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America, puts it, the Eastern Europeans didn’t work at Agriprocessors a day longer than was absolutely necessary. As soon as they were established, they moved on to better paying, less dangerous jobs.”

Through the 1990s, the workforce at Agriprocessors became mainly Latino—first from Mexico, and then later mainly from Guatemala. A 2006 exposé in the Jewish Daily Forward revealed the kind of conditions that the workers face at the plant: “One of those workers—a woman who agreed to be identified by the pseudonym Juana—came to this rural corner of Iowa a year ago from Guatemala. Since then, she has worked 10-to-12-hour night shifts, six nights a week. Her cutting hand is swollen and deformed, but she has no health insurance to have it checked. She works for wages, starting at $6.25 an hour and stopping at $7, that several industry experts described as the lowest of any slaughterhouse in the nation. Juana and other employees at Agriprocessors…receive virtually no safety training. This is an anomaly in an industry in which the tools are designed to cut and grind through flesh and bones. In just one month last summer, two young men required amputations; workers say there have been others since. The chickens and cattle fly by at a steady clip on metal hooks, and employees said they are berated for not working fast enough.”

Juana said, “Being here, you see a lot of injustice. But it’s a small town. It’s the only factory here. We have no choice.” (“In Iowa Meat Plant, Kosher ‘Jungle’ Breeds Fear, Injury, Short Pay,” May 26, 2006)

Such super-exploitation has made undocumented immigrant workers indispensable to the capitalist rulers. They need these immigrants to keep the U.S. economy profitable—and the money that the workers send back home has also helped to maintain stability in those countries in the interests of imperialism. But at the same time, there is an intense contradiction for the rulers, who face the necessity of strengthening the whole “cohering glue” of society—to “keep it all together” from the standpoint of their interests. In this light, the presence of millions of people in this country who are living “outside the law” presents serious problems for the rulers, and they are moving viciously to terrorize and clamp down on immigrants, as well as those who come to their aid. And the kind of blatant violation of basic rights going on through this—as seen in the mass trials of the Agriprocessors workers—is part of the overall ramping up of repression and fascistic “norms” in this country.

What is happening to immigrants in this country today is like the rounding up of Jews and others in Nazi Germany. The urgent question is: Will these horrors be allowed to go on, with only a few voices raised by people of conscience…or will there be a huge uproar and determined resistance throughout society to bring these crimes to a stop?