Monday, May 25, 2020

US- Another look at Memorial Day- "Whom Will We Honor Memorial Day?"

From Zin Education Project:
 
By Howard Zinn
Published on June 2, 1976 in the Boston Globe and republished in The Zinn Reader with the brief introduction below.
Memorial Day will be celebrated … by the usual betrayal of the dead, by the hypocritical patriotism of the politicians and contractors preparing for more wars, more graves to receive more flowers on future Memorial Days. The memory of the dead deserves a different dedication. To peace, to defiance of governments.
In 1974, I was invited by Tom Winship, the editor of the Boston Globe, who had been bold enough in 1971 to print part of the top secret Pentagon Papers on the history of the Vietnam War, to write a bi-weekly column for the op-ed page of the newspaper. I did that for about a year and a half. The column below appeared June 2, 1976, in connection with that year’s Memorial Day. After it appeared, my column was cancelled.
* * * * *
Memorial Day will be celebrated as usual, by high-speed collisions of automobiles and bodies strewn on highways and the sound of ambulance sirens throughout the land.
It will also be celebrated by the display of flags, the sound of bugles and drums, by parades and speeches and unthinking applause.
It will be celebrated by giant corporations, which make guns, bombs, fighter planes, aircraft carriers and an endless assortment of military junk and which await the $100 billion in contracts to be approved soon by Congress and the President.
There was a young woman in New Hampshire who refused to allow her husband, killed in Vietnam, to be given a military burial. She rejected the hollow ceremony ordered by those who sent him and 50,000 others to their deaths. Her courage should be cherished on Memorial Day. There were the B52 pilots who refused to fly those last vicious raids of Nixon’s and Kissinger’s war. Have any of the great universities, so quick to give honorary degrees to God-knows-whom, thought to honor those men at this Commencement time, on this Memorial Day?
No politician who voted funds for war, no business contractor for the military, no general who ordered young men into battle, no FBI man who spied on anti-war activities, should be invited to public ceremonies on this sacred day. Let the dead of past wars be honored. Let those who live pledge themselves never to embark on mass slaughter again.
“The shell had his number on it. The blood ran into the ground…Where his chest ought to have been they pinned the Congressional Medal, the DSC, the Medaille Militaire, the Belgian Croix de Guerre, the Italian gold medal, The Vitutea Militara sent by Queen Marie of Rumania. All the Washingtonians brought flowers .. Woodrow Wilson brought a bouquet of poppies.”
For the rest click here.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Trump: contempt for the working class and over all stupidity

By SJ Otto
When I lived under President “W” Bush, I thought we were living under the most moronic dumbass president of all times (at least in my lifetime). Now we have President Donald Trump. The ignorance and stupidity of this man just amazes me. How can he be so stupid. And how does such a stupid man get to be president. According to The Wichita Eagle “Trump opposes extending jobless benefits” for those who have been hit by the Coronavirus. According to an article in Today’s The Wichita Eagle, he wants to support small businesses instead. He is being true to the business candidate: everything for the business man and nothing for the working man.
Another cruel item for our feelingless prez.; “Trump Admin asks court to halt inmate releases.”
Make no mistake about if folks. If you get put in prison, our Prez. Does not care if you die from that virus. He simply doesn’t give a damn. Working people’s lives mean nothing to him. And let’s bet that there are plenty of working people who still support this idiot.

Trump is moronic and those who support him are even more moronic.




Thursday, May 21, 2020

When dams fail, nature gets revenge!


By SJ Otto
I consider myself an environmentalist. I consider nature to be important. I’m not against people making a living, a home or other necessities. But we have to share this earth with other species of animals and plants. People like to change nature to suit their needs. But by suiting our needs, what about the natural theme of things? We damn streams and we expect that to work just fine. We get hydro electric dams to provide us with electricity. We have flood control. We have lakes that provide us with recreation. But we alter nature and take away the processes that nature relies on. Over the years there have been consequences to such dams. Just recently we have had the failure of two man made dams in Michigan. The results have been catastrophic:

“Around 10,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes in central Michigan after heavy rain prompted what the National Weather Service called "catastrophic failures" at two dams.
The Edenville and Sanford dams collapsed Tuesday night, threatening to drench the town of Midland, Michigan under nine feet of water, Reuters reported. The flooding comes as Michigan suffers one of the nation's worst coronavirus outbreaks, The New York Times pointed out. It currently has 53,009 confirmed cases, according to Johns Hopkins University data as of Thursday morning, the seventh highest total in the U.S.

"It's hard to believe that we're in the middle of a 100-year crisis, a global pandemic, and we're also dealing with a flooding event that looks to be the worst in 500 years," Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said, as the New York Times reported.”

What people need to realize is that this has happened before. According to Wikipedia:

The Teton Dam was an earthen dam on the Teton River in Idaho, United States. It was built by the Bureau of Reclamation, one of eight federal agencies authorized to construct dams.[3] Located in the eastern part of the state, between Fremont and Madison counties, it suffered a catastrophic failure on June 5, 1976, as it was filling for the first time.
The collapse of the dam resulted in the deaths of 11 people[4] and 13,000 cattle. The dam cost about $100 million to build and the federal government paid over $300 million in claims related to its failure. Total damage estimates have ranged up to $2 billion.[5] The dam has not been rebuilt.”
At the time, I made the case that humans had ignored nature to produce something they thought would contribute to the economy. It contributed to death and destruction. I remember as a young teenager watching it on TV and seeing pictures in Time Magazine. I saw those

According to Wikipedia people felt they needed the dam for a number of reasons. At the time, as an environmentalist, I felt that people were being greedy in their use of natural resources. Today, I believe I was right. This was a case of greedy people getting what they deserved.

 The planned dam iwas to be an earthen structure 310 feet (94 m) high and 0.6 miles (1.0 km) long and create a reservoir 17 miles (27 km) in length. The impounded water would be used to generate hydroelectric power. An environmental impact statement was issued for the dam in 1971, but it did not raise the possibility of a collapse.[3] Lack of funding and of site prep work and questions surrounding the required environmental impact statement stalled the project. Barely 14 pages long, the statement quickly drew the ire of opponents of the project.[6]

When this dam went, I remember seeing pictures of the bulldozers trying in vain to plug up the leaks in this dam. Again in Wikipedia:

“Crews with bulldozers were sent to plug the leak, but were unsuccessful. Local media appeared at the site and at 11:15 officials told the county sheriff's office to evacuate downstream residents. Work crews were forced to flee on foot as the widening gap, now larger than a swimming pool, swallowed their equipment. The operators of two bulldozers caught in the eroding embankment were pulled to safety with ropes.”

The dam swallowed up these tractors and it is if nature was getting revenge for the obnoxious arrogance that humans show when they are trying to control nature. We live in a world where people do what brings them comfort and nature be damned. But in the case of these dams, I saw little people trying in vain to control the uncontrollable. I hate to see people lose their homes and/or lives. But there are consequences to trying to control nature. And I delight in seeing nature win at times.





Facebook allows Ron Estes to lie about Trump and the Coronavirus


By SJ Otto
While Facebook has banned me from posting links to my political blogs, Congressman Ron Estes is free to publish blatant lies about President Donald Trump.

President Donald J. Trump and the administration continue to provide relief for Kansans. We’re working together on PPE, Economic Impact Payments, Paycheck Protection Program loans, testing, rural broadband, ag assistance, and more for the Sunflower State. Read more: https://estes.house.gov/…/The-Trump-Administration-Supporti…



He and the rest of the Republicans are doing a lousy job of protecting us from the Coronavirus. Trump has blundered continuously. He as underfund all the necessary efforts to stop the virus. He was late trying to put into effect the stay at home efforts it took to slow down the virus and he has applauded those right-wing people have told us that the economy is more important to them than “few lives” this country will lose.
The link on Estes’ Facebook page is full of out right lies.


Also: The Democrats are running Laura Lombard against Estes. She will have to overcome an electorate that only vote for Democrats and they prefer an undynamic fool, such as Estes, over an actual Democrat who can do that job.


Monday, May 18, 2020

Are people smarter than cattle?


By SJ Otto
If we were living in a society where animals had to seriously compete with Humans for resources, then we should have figured that we will pretty much always win. We are supposedly smarter than animals. For centuries humans have put cattle and their off spring in cages were they sit around waiting for us to slaughter them at will.
Cattle are supposed to be a lot less smart than humans. They are vegetarians. We eat meat. For many centuries they have had full control over our societies. They don’t east meat. They aren’t very aggressive and humans are.
At times it would appear that they are smart enough that humans can out smart them many times over.
So maybe we can win against people who put their religious faith in web sites that are run by animals and their children.
An example is Cross International.
Help Venezuela/ South American Initiative


Saturday, May 16, 2020

Who are the Native American Indians on our coins, in the US and Mexico



By SJ Otto
There are a number of Native American Indian coins in both Mexico and the US. In Mexico there are several coins with the image of King Cuauhtemotzín, of the Aztecs. People in that country know who he was. He was a hero and he resisted the rulers of Spain.

In the US we had an Indian coin in the early part of the 20th century known as the Buffalo Nickel. The Buffalo on the back had a name and he was named after an actual buffalo in a zoo. The Indian on the front was made from two models and never given a name.
There have been several Indian headed coins in the US, but until the Sacagawea Dollar, none of those Indians were tied to a name.
There was a $10 gold piece (which was just a liberty head coin with an Indian bonnet) .

There was a $5 gold piece.

There was a $2 and a half gold piece.

There was the Buffalo nickel.
There was an Indian head penny, but as with many of these coins they were actual liberty heads with an Indian bonnet on it.

The point to this is that Native American Indians are actual people. They are not a thing. To really honour our Native American Indian heritage, we might do well to find an actual Indian to honour, as we did with Sacagawea. 

She was a real person and played a real part in our history. That is the direction we should be going with our coins.
According to Wikipedia:

“According to Fraser, the animal that appears on the reverse is the American bison Black Diamond. In an interview published in the New York Herald on January 27, 1913, Fraser was quoted as saying that the animal, which he did not name, was a "typical and shaggy specimen" which he found at the Bronx Zoo.[52] Fraser later wrote that the model "was not a plains buffalo, but none other than Black Diamond, the contrariest animal in the Bronx Zoo…”

As to the Indians for the front:

“By 1931, Two Guns White Calf, son of the last Blackfoot tribal chief, was capitalizing off his claim to be the model for the coin. To try to put an end to the claim, Fraser wrote that he had used three Indians for the piece, including "Iron Tail, the best Indian head I can remember. The other one was Two Moons, the other I cannot recall."[49] In 1938, Fraser stated that the three Indians had been "Iron Tail, a Sioux, Big Tree, a Kiowa, and Two Moons, a Cheyenne".[49] Despite the sculptor's efforts, he (and the Mint) continued to receive inquiries about the identity of the Indian model until his 1953 death.[50]
Nevertheless, John Big Tree, a Seneca, claimed to be a model for Fraser's coin, and made many public appearances as the "nickel Indian" until his 1967 death at the age of 90 (though he sometimes alleged he was over 100 years of age). Big Tree was identified as the model for the nickel in wire service reports about his death,[51] and he had appeared in that capacity at the Texas Numismatic Association convention in 1966.[49] After Big Tree's death, the Mint stated that he most likely was not one of the models for the nickel. There have been other claimants: in 1964, Montana Senator Mike Mansfield wrote to Mint Director Eva B. Adams, enquiring if Sam Resurrection, a Choctaw was a model for the nickel. Adams wrote in reply, "According to our records, the portrait is a composite. There have been many claimants for this honor, all of whom are undoubtedly sincere in the belief that theirs is the one that adorns the nickel."


Thursday, May 14, 2020

And the idiot candidate ads begin


By SJ Otto
It is already happening. We are being subjected to political commercials by obnoxious and incredibly stupid people who automatically think we are all “pro-life” and “pro-Trump.”
Some of the yahoos running are already in office, such as Dr. Roger Marshall. When he first ran for office, he had to make sure he got that “Dr” title before his name so we would all know what kind of pompous ass he is. From his web page he has made it clear to us that he is pro-life:

“PRO-LIFE ISN'T JUST A SLOGAN. IT'S HIS LIFE'S WORK.

After 30 years of practicing medicine as an OB/GYN, Doctor Marshall, a lifetime member of the American College of Pro-Life OB/GYNs, is fighting harder than ever for the lives of the unborn.”

And he just assumes there are enough pointy headed pro Donald Trump Republicans that he can brag about supporting him:

“TRUSTED BY TRUMP

Doc came to Capitol Hill at the same time as President Trump. Since then, they've worked together on health care, as well as passing the 2018 Farm Bill. Doc has a 98% voting record with President Trump.”

Many of us consider Trump to be one of the worst people this country has ever produced as a president. He is not only politically ultra-conservative, he is an obnoxious person—a racist, a misogynistic despicable jerk. Roger bragged about supporting Trump on health care. That is another way of saying he doesn’t care of the working poor can afford health care. He and Trump DON’T CARE!
Many of us want to get rid of Trump. The last thing we want to hear is a candidate running for Senate who promises to support Trump.
We have another Trumpite running by the name of Bob Hamilton. He has 12 kids. So when does he have time to do anything political? He brags that he is a plumber and not a professional politician. By his logic, the next time I need a professional plumber I should call a politician instead. On his web site he wrote: “BUT IF YOU WANT TO DRAIN THE SWAMP, HIRE A PLUMBER”—Which doesn’t make sense since Trump has added to the swamp and drained nothing.
Also in his ad:
A successful entrepreneur, a proud family man, and a strong, pro-Trump conservative,…. 

…..Bob hasn’t served a day in office. Instead, he built a thriving business that serves the Kansas City area. From the age of six, when his parents gave him his first toolbox, Bob has been honing his trade as a professional plumber. Bob learned the craft from his father when he started to ride around with him at the age of nine.


And:

“Bob and Teresa are the proud parents of 12 children, and the Hamilton Family calls Miami County home. They worship at the Holy Rosary Wea Catholic Church, where they are members. Bob is adamantly pro-life and walks by faith. As a father of 12 and a grandfather of 11, Bob wants to ensure that all children of Kansas have the opportunity to learn, grow and flourish.

Like our Idiot and Chief, Trump, he brags about his lack of experience. Being stupid and dumb works in a person's favor when they are trying to be a Republican.
I have had to endure almost four years of that idiot Trump, and at times I’ve had to hear from the brain dead idiots that support Trump. With election time coming I can be sure to have to endure many more commercials by “Christian-pro-life, pro-Trump” idiots trying to get our vote. The worst part of this is the brain dead idiots who will actually vote for these morons.  


Sunday, May 10, 2020

A Mother's Day Message from Yoko Ono



By urging us to celebrate the maternal love we experienced as children,
or perhaps much later in life, MY MOMMY IS BEAUTIFUL engages our most personal memories.
Let’s fill FacebookInstagram and Twitter
with thousands of tributes to the love that nurtures us all. -Yoko Ono
Mommy, I’m sorry.How did I know
you were suffering silently?
Your touch, your warm voice and your smile
Will always be with me.
This is a tribute to you and
all mothers of the world
from each of your children.
We love you!
y.o. 2010

Sarah Lopez offers us a progressive choice for Sedgwick County Commissioner

By SJ Otto

While I have been very critical of Joe Biden (Sleepy Joe as Donald Trump called him) we have the time, money and energy to put into some local races where we might actually get something out of all our efforts.

One example of a local candidate we can support is Sarah Lopez who is running against Michael O'Donnell, a Sedgwick County Commissioner. I have been told that Lopez is a very progressive Democrat. If she is, it gives us a chance to try and topple a right-wing wanker with someone who might actually support or represent the people of Sedgwick County.
Lopez is just beginning her campaign. This site will support her as long as she holds the promise of replacing a stupid conservative with a more progressive Democrat.

Friday, May 08, 2020

Two political parties—two political approaches—two political failures!



By SJ Otto
For many weeks now the news has been dominated by the Coronavirus. Suddenly it is front page news, almost every day. If World War 3 broke out, it would be back page news. We have a backward president who tries to take credit for anything he does, that works against this modern day plague.
Probably the main important news of the day would be the election that is coming up next November. So far I have seen very few ads on TV and in our own mail. This is a hard core Republican state, so we can’t expect a whole lot of pro-Democrat politicians running for seats in this area.
I haven’t been out much. For one thing I am 65 years old and I have diabetes. So I don’t have many reasons for leaving my tiny home. It is small, but Cam (my wife) and I own it outright. We only have to pay taxes on this place. So we pay no rent, house payments or anything other than taxes.
So when I hear these conservative people going to rallies in front of public buildings, carrying assault weapons and making statements to the press, I realize these people have no feelings for others. According to these conservatives and according to Vox:

Conservatives’ frustration over state stay-at-home orders continued to boil over into the streets with protests in Texas, Indiana, New Hampshire, Nevada, Maryland, Utah, and Wisconsin taking place on Saturday — reflecting simmering tensions about state governments’ responses to the Coronavirus, but not necessarily widespread views, research indicates.
The protests followed other similar events last week in Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Michigan, Minnesota, Idaho, Kentucky, and California. At each of those events — and at the protests Saturday — demonstrators walked around in close contact with one another, carrying signs decrying their governors, as they questioned the threat the Coronavirus poses while demanding to be allowed to go back to work.
“Keep America Free, wake up sheep,” read one Utah protester’s sign Saturday, while a New Hampshire woman’s poster read “Free people make their own risk assessments.” At a gathering in Austin, Texas, protesters cheered on Alex Jones, the founder of right-wing conspiracy theory website Infowars, as he drove by shouting, “Everybody knows we’ve been attacked by biological weapons” on a megaphone.

So for people as I, does my opinion matter to these people at all, or am I just a statistic—where by conservative people get to brush off my life as unimportant. Many of these people just don’t care if people as I live or die. That seems to be the conservative way. It is their way or no other way.
As I look at the mail I have received by those who are actively running a campaign, I have received an ad by Dr. Roger Marshall.  He is openly running his campaign and he is running as a conservative who is running as “Trusted By (Donald) Trump. and Delivering for Kansas.”[1] I’m sure some people are attracted to that add, but I’m not!
I also received some ads for Joe Biden. It is very hard for a progressive, as me, to suggest that people actually give money to his campaign, work for his campaign, or do anything to support him. He and Trump agree on almost all the issues the two of them have had. One of the FEW differences between the two of them is health care. For example Biden has written in his ad:

“They deserve a president who understands that access to affordable, quality health care is a human right...who understands that we cannot rebuild the middle class without universal pre-K, paid sick leave for all Americans, better pay for teachers, and more....and a president who understands that we cannot fight a global crisis if the world no longer trust in American leadership.”

This sounds real good. This is what many of us really need. Health care is a real problem for many of us. But HOW is he going to fix this. He hasn’t said. As to how he will accomplish this:

For many weeks now the news has been dominated by the Coronavirus. Suddenly it is front page news, almost every day. If World War 3 broke out, it would be back page news. We have a backward president who tries to take credit for anything he does, that works against this modern day plague.
Probably the main important news of the day would be the election that is coming up next November. So far I have seen many ads on TV and in our own mail. This is a hard core Republican state, so we can’t expect a whole lot of pro-Democrat politicians running for seats in this area.
I haven’t been out much. For one thing I am 65 years old and I have diabetes. So I don’t have many reasons for leaving my tiny home. It is small, but Cam (my wife) and I own it outright. We only have to pay taxes on this place. So we pay no rent, house payments or anything other than taxes.
So when I hear these conservative people going to rallies in front of public buildings, carrying assault weapons and making statements to the press, I realize these people have no feelings for others. According to these conservatives and according to Vox:

Conservatives’ frustration over state stay-at-home orders continued to boil over into the streets with protests in Texas, Indiana, New Hampshire, Nevada, Maryland, Utah, and Wisconsin taking place on Saturday — reflecting simmering tensions about state governments’ responses to the Coronavirus, but not necessarily widespread views, research indicates.
The protests followed other similar events last week in Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Michigan, Minnesota, Idaho, Kentucky, and California. At each of those events — and at the protests Saturday — demonstrators walked around in close contact with one another, carrying signs decrying their governors, as they questioned the threat the Coronavirus poses while demanding to be allowed to go back to work.
“Keep America Free, wake up sheep,” read one Utah protester’s sign Saturday, while a New Hampshire woman’s poster read “Free people make their own risk assessments.” At a gathering in Austin, Texas, protesters cheered on Alex Jones, the founder of right-wing conspiracy theory website Infowars, as he drove by shouting, “Everybody knows we’ve been attacked by biological weapons” on a megaphone.

So for people as I, does my opinion matter to these people at all, or am I just a statistic—where by conservative people get to brush off my life as unimportant. Many of these people just don’t care if people as I live or die. That seems to be the conservative way. It is their way or no other way.
As I look at the mail I have received by those who are actively running a campaign, I have received an ad by Dr. Roger Marshall.  He is openly running his campaign and he is running as a conservative who is running as “Trusted By Trump. and Delivering for Kansas.”[2] I’m sure some people are attracted to that add, but I’m not!
I also received some ads for Joe Biden. It is very hard for a progressive, as me, to suggest that people actually give money to his campaign, work for his campaign, or do anything to support him. He and Trump agree on almost all the issues the two of them have had. One of the FEW differences between the two of them is health care. For example Biden has written in his ad:

“They deserve a president who understands that access to affordable, quality health care is a human right...who understands that we cannot rebuild the middle class without universal pre-K, paid sick leave for all Americans, better pay for teachers, and more....and a president who understands that we cannot fight a global crisis if the world no longer trust in American leadership.”

This sounds real good. This is what many of us really need. Health care is a real problem for many of us. But HOW is he going to fix this. He hasn’t said. As to how he will accomplish this, in an article by Sahil Kapur:

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden said Monday he still opposes a "Medicare for All" system for health care coverage, arguing that the policy isn't the answer to the growing coronavirus emergency.
"Single payer will not solve that at all," the Democratic presidential front-runner told MSNBC's Yasmin Vossoughian in a TV interview.
"We have a whole number of hospitals that are being stretched, including rural hospitals, that are going to need more financing. That doesn’t come from a single-payer system. That comes from the federal government stepping up and dealing with the concerns that they have," he said from his home in Wilmington, Delaware.
The former vice president's remarks come as the issue remains a Democratic fault line in his battle with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., the leader of the national movement for a single-payer system, who is pressing his presidential campaign even as his odds of winning the nomination shrink. The debate has been heightened as more Americans become infected with the virus and the nation's death toll threatened to surpass 3,000.
Sanders and an army of progressive allies say the pandemic elevates the need for a single-payer plan that covers everyone, as the Federal Reserve estimates that as many as 47 million Americans could lose their job due to the coronavirus.


So as this week comes to a close and we find ourselves with two villains who claim to have all the answers and neither have what it takes to solve the medical problems of the Coronavirus. This is just a break in the Coronavirus news week. As we go along, it will be time to look at all the possibilities in what will or can happen in the up coming Coronavirus week. A tiny sub-life form is commanding our politics for both Democrats and Republicans. The two parties at this time have failed us. Without major changes these parties have failed us and failed us miserably.






[1] The Otto Household, PO Box 1588, Great Ben, KS 67530.
[2] The Otto Household, PO Box 1588, Great Ben, KS 67530.

Sunday, May 03, 2020

These videos sorta go along with May Day—maybe!


It's hard to say how much if anything, these videos have to do with May 1 or—May Day!

3 Stooges (I'm labor day).vob



Something in the air / Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers



Fuck All The Perfect People - Chip Taylor & The New Ukrainians

Friday, May 01, 2020

The Local Democrats, along with Joe Biden and his friends, plan to stab us in the back!


By SJ Otto
A lot of us would like to believe the Democrats are our friends. After all, we need an alternative to the constantly moving right-word Republican Party. Just when we think the Republicans have moved as far to the right as they can, they move farther to the right. Every few years they want to see just how far to the right they can go.
And Kansas is especially far to the right. Republicans can easily win every election. But if there is one thing worse than a far-far-far-far-far- to the right politician it is an opposition party that just takes it for granted that we will vote for them because—after all, they are THE OTHER PARTY.
We are supposed to see them as the party of the working class—the party of the common man. They are supposed to be the party that stands up for the little guy. It is because of this misconception that the local Democratic Party—a corporate party—barely different from the Republicans at times, they can do what ever they want. If we don’t like what they do—tough shit!
The way they have handled the Democratic Primary, this year, is a good example of just how elitist they are. They mailed out ballots for the primary election “a while ago.” According to Facebook:

Kathi Corbett-Otto Well, they already know your vote is for Biden so...
Leslie Kinder If he were voting for Trump, or Bernie or a rock, it's his right to vote, and he needs to do it.
Kathi Corbett-Otto Leslie Kinder oh, I agree, 100%! But the primaries are being rigged in favor of Biden, and part of that process includes making it harder to vote absentee.
Leslie Kinder No they are NOT.
The Democrats are saying who they want.

The DNC has not told any of us how to vote. EVER

The DNC has never rigged a vote and claims they have are not even close to proven. In fact, that was DEBUNKED in the Mueller repor

Leslie Kinder It is NOT hard to vote absentee.

You have to request a ballot. There is a deadline. The deadline has been in place for decades.

Take of your tin foil hat and learn how this works

Steve Otto Kathi Corbett-Otto you are totally right. They are ass holes.
Of course by now I can’t vote at all because I didn’t realize the ballot I got in the mail was my only chance to vote. I have voted in almost every election since I was 18 and I have to skip this election because I didn’t catch on to their elitist tricks.

The term “your tin foil hat” is the real tip off. These centrist Democrats show nothing more than contempt for the rest of us. We want changes in the health care system and the centrist have just laughed at us. We spend large parts of our income on diabetes medicine and Joe Biden and his ilk have just laughed at us. I guess if you have the income Sleepy Joe has, of course you can laugh at those who are having problems with the health care system. But my guess is that the same people who voted against Hillary, in the last election will vote the same way this year. That means four more years of Trump, after November.


The Coronavirus has put a cramp on May Day 2020


By SJ Otto
Each year I do something to celebrate May Day, the international day of working people. Some years we have a pot luck dinner. Some years we have a march or parade. This year a lot has been changed due to the Coronavirus and the lockdown of our people and businesses in Kansas. There have been protests against the lock down by irrespsonsible right-wing people who care only about themselves. I am 65 years old and I have diabetes. That puts me in a category where I can easily die from the virus. So I have a good reason not to expose myself to that virus. When I go out in public I wear my bandana that I got when I visited El Salvador. It is red with a white star and it says “fmln” (Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front).

On years I have had no planned activities, I go to Kirby’s are a different bar and hoist a few beers just to honour this day. This year I can’t go anywhere. The lockdown for Kansas may be over this Monday, which is May 4. According to Denver’s Channel 7:

“According to The Hill, Kansas' "Stay At Home" order expires on May 3. Gov. Laura Kelly says she plans to extend that order through May 14.

So far I have not planned anything this year. I have not heard from either the Peace and Social Justice Center of South Central Kansas or the local Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). We can only hope that we get more accomplished next year at this time.


About 135 years ago, thousands of workers, mostly immigrants, took to the streets of Chicago in the United States, unfurling the claim of an eight-hour work day in protest against the overexploitation and oppression they were subjected to. They fought the forces of repression and several shed their blood in the combative struggles for the labor claim and the liberation of the class. On May 1, 1886, the trade union organizations agreed that the workers should impose the eight-hour day and close the doors of any factory that did not join. The eight-hour demand would turn, from an economic claim of the workers against their immediate bosses, into a political claim from one class against another. 
The leaflet that circulated in Chicago in 1885 already called for:
"A day of rebellion, not a day of rest! One day not ordered by the arrogant mouthpieces of the institutions that have handcuffed the workers! A day when the worker makes his own laws and has the power to execute them! All without the consent or approval of those who oppress and rule. One day, with tremendous strength, the united army of workers will mobilize against those who today dominate the destiny of the peoples of all nations. A day of protest against oppression and tyranny, against ignorance and wars of all kinds. One day to start enjoying eight hours of work, eight hours of rest and eight hours for whatever we please. "

The Brief Origins of May Day (From IWW)

By Eric Chase - 1993.
Most people living in the United States know little about the International Workers' Day of May Day. For many others there is an assumption that it is a holiday celebrated in state communist countries like Cuba or the former Soviet Union. Most Americans don't realize that May Day has its origins here in this country and is as "American" as baseball and apple pie, and stemmed from the pre-Christian holiday of Beltane, a celebration of rebirth and fertility.
In the late nineteenth century, the working class was in constant struggle to gain the 8-hour work day. Working conditions were severe and it was quite common to work 10 to 16 hour days in unsafe conditions. Death and injury were commonplace at many work places and inspired such books as Upton Sinclair's The Jungle and Jack London's The Iron Heel. As early as the 1860's, working people agitated to shorten the workday without a cut in pay, but it wasn't until the late 1880's that organized labor was able to garner enough strength to declare the 8-hour workday. This proclamation was without consent of employers, yet demanded by many of the working class.
At this time, socialism was a new and attractive idea to working people, many of whom were drawn to its ideology of working class control over the production and distribution of all goods and services. Workers had seen first-hand that Capitalism benefited only their bosses, trading workers' lives for profit. Thousands of men, women and children were dying needlessly every year in the workplace, with life expectancy as low as their early twenties in some industries, and little hope but death of rising out of their destitution. Socialism offered another option.
A variety of socialist organizations sprung up throughout the later half of the 19th century, ranging from political parties to choir groups. In fact, many socialists were elected into governmental office by their constituency. But again, many of these socialists were ham-strung by the political process which was so evidently controlled by big business and the bi-partisan political machine. Tens of thousands of socialists broke ranks from their parties, rebuffed the entire political process, which was seen as nothing more than protection for the wealthy, and created anarchist groups throughout the country. Literally thousands of working people embraced the ideals of anarchism, which sought to put an end to all hierarchical structures (including government), emphasized worker controlled industry, and valued direct action over the bureaucratic political process. It is inaccurate to say that labor unions were "taken over" by anarchists and socialists, but rather anarchists and socialist made up the labor unions.
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