U.S. Government Officials Oaths of Office…

Article VI of the Constitution requires all government officials to take a sworn oath “to support this Constitution;” 5 U.S.C. 3331 specifies the language of the oath for federal government officials.

According to this statute, officials must “solemnly swear (or affirm)” that they “will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic” and that they “will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.”

 

Scott Walker et al should go to PRISON.

STOP MASS INCARCERATION: #RiseUp October 24 NYC

Message from STOP MASS INCARCERATION

We can’t stand by and watch!

No Neutrality! No Bystanders!
Draw the Line!
Drop what you’re doing!
Come to the Kick-off Meeting
for #RiseUpOctober 24 NYC
This Sunday, 2 PM, Oakland

If the brutal execution of Sam Dubose was the only outrage by law enforcement, that would be enough to be out in the streets.

BUT…

Because police STILL kill Black and Brown children for playing with toy guns and choke Black men to death in Staten Island and Mississippi and then curse them at their last dying breath, because cops disappear a young Black woman into a Texas county jail and “somehow” she doesn’t come out alive, because 26 of these mad dogs stomp a young man for riding his bike the wrong way in Philly, because they shoot down and murder Latinos who have their hands in the air in LA or maybe throw a rock in Washington state while backing up… and it’s all on video and NOTHING IS DONE, still NOTHING IS DONE…

While the politicians now promise the moon, their police have killed 669 to date this year, adding to the thousands they have already killed, and the system STILL keeps millions in prisons that bulge like the slave ships, and lock down and pen up whole communities… and there’s STILL one chance in three that the Black baby boy born today will end up in those cages… and talk is cheap but NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE…
We have to either go forward—taking the resistance to another level—
or we will surely go backwards…

Drop what your are doing and
JOIN US!

2501 Harrison St./27th Street, Oakland
Community Youth Fellowship [CYF] Room

Important Notice!
BART trains will not be running across the Bay on Sat. or Sun.
To Carpool from San Francisco,
meet in parking lot behind Wallgreens on Mission/16 St. at 12:30pm

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Berkeley, CA 94702

 

Message from STOP MASS INCARCERATION: Kick-Off Meeting for #RiseUpOctober Sunday, August 2nd, 2 PM OAKLAND

Kick-Off Meeting for #RiseUpOctober
Which Side are You on?

Be There!
Sunday, August 2nd, 2 PM
First Congregational Church, Oakland
27th and Harrison St
(Across from Whole Foods, Harrison Street level Entrance)
Will you be at this Meeting? (click here) and invite others

Why come out ?
Why stop what you are doing and throw into this?
Because police STILL kill Black and Brown children for playing with toy guns and choke Black men to death in Staten Island and Mississippi and then curse them at their last dying breath, because cops disappear a young Black woman into a Texas county jail and “somehow” she doesn’t come out alive, because 26 of these mad dogs stomp a young man for riding his bike the wrong way in Philly, because they shoot down and murder Latinos who have their hands in the air in LA or maybe throw a rock in Washington state while backing up… and it’s all on video and NOTHING IS DONE, still NOTHING IS DONE…

Why October 24? Because politicians now promise the moon while the system STILL keeps millions in prisons that bulge like the slave ships, and lock down and pen up whole communities… and there’s STILL one chance in three that the Black baby boy born today will end up in those cages… and talk is cheap but NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE…

Why October 24? Because you know it now, you’ve seen it, and you can’t be neutral, you can’t sit this out. Because last year people rose up and said NO MORE and that was great, that was fresh air at last. But it was all just a start and now they are trying to snuff this out with more murders and more lies, with jail terms and sweet talk and crumbs and snark—or else they try to change the subject to anything but police terror and the righteous struggle against it. And meanwhile the plague still rages… meanwhile the machinery of genocide grinds on, tearing and chewing up thousands each day, draining or wearing away, or blowing away the lives of tens of millions more over decades.

We have to either go forward—
taking the resistance to another level—
or we will surely go backwards…
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Our mailing address is:
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Berkeley, CA 94702

Chris Hedges: The Whoredom of the Left

Rise Up Times

“We are trying to hang on to what we know about how to care for people, what we know about working democratically, about nonviolence, yet not be subsumed by the state. Yet we have to insist on a woman’s right not to face every man alone. We have to demand the rule of law.” 

By Chris Hedges  truthdig.com  March 8, 2015

A scene from the Artemis brothel in Berlin in 2009. (AP / Franka Bruns)

VANCOUVER, British Columbia—Prostitution is the quintessential expression of global capitalism. Our corporate masters are pimps. We are all being debased and degraded, rendered impoverished and powerless, to service the cruel and lascivious demands of the corporate elite. And when they tire of us, or when we are no longer of use, we are discarded as human refuse. If we accept prostitution as legal, as Germany has done, as permissible in a civil society, we…

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Shortest Book Ever: Oil Company Ethics

http://www.dailyimpact.net/2015/07/19/shortest-book-ever-oil-company-ethics/
Shortest Book Ever: Oil Company Ethics

Stress reveals character among humans, and the ongoing, slow-motion implosion of the great American shale oil revolution is throwing stark light on the nature of the humans involved in the oil industry. (I refuse, contrary to the shorthand title of this piece, to attribute human characteristics to corporations. They have none. The people who run them sometimes do.) One should not expect much of people who take as their life’s work the wresting of the planet’s last morsels of carbon from the earth so that we can burn it and destroy the ecosystem that nourishes us, but still: they live among us, they raise children, they pretend to share with us at least some fundamental values.

Even knowing, as many of us do, that they lie, that they hire elegant blonde women to stroll across our Sunday TV landscape and lie in their cosmetically enhanced teeth about what oil companies are doing and what the consequences are, it is nevertheless something of a shock to watch their present descent from dishonesty and greed to sheer, don’t-give-a-damn evil.

Cases in point:

Oil companies that find themselves in trouble in Alberta are simply walking away from their rigs, leaving miles of pipe in the ground and acres of polluted ground and water on the surface to be cleaned up by a little-known and under-funded industry organization, the Orphan Wells Association. Last year, the OWA had 164 wells to clean up in Alberta; now that number is up to 704. It’s possible to handle a clean site for $50,000 and two years of work, but oil people are not clean operators, and many sites are costing more than a million dollars and are taking 10 years to fix. The OWA has been completing remediation on 43 sites a year; at that rate its present backlog is 16 years long.
One tar sands operator in Alberta reacted to falling profits by laying off 15 people and refusing to transport them out of the wilderness in which they were working. Air transportation into the tar sands for 20 days of work and back out for eight days off was provided by the company, but the 15 were told that getting back to civilization was their problem. The classy company (Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.) relented only after worldwide outrage at the plight of the dismissed workers.
Oil companies whose wells play out in the Gulf of Mexico are “required” to seal them permanently to prevent leaks of the residual oil, which is still under pressure in pipes subject to severe corrosion. There are 27,000 abandoned wells in the Gulf, of which nearly 4,000 have a figurative cork stuck in them — a temporary seal that the company intends maybe to someday somehow replace with the “required” permanent seal. (Wait, make that “permanent” seal.)
In the eight years since Exxon Mobil promised the world to stop funding climate-change-deniers, it has given them more than $2.3 million to pollute public discourse and hamstring efforts to deal with the oncoming planetary crisis. It took a British newspaper — the Guardian — to figure this out, and oddly enough, CNN did not go wall-to-wall on this story.
Nor did anyone pay much attention to the story — okay, this is old news, but still capable of rendering hair flammable — that the fracking industry in California continues to get rid of its waste fluids — millions and millions of gallons of water so polluted it can never be used for anything related to human consumption — by injecting them into previously untainted underground aquifers that are the state’s last best hope for irrigation and drinking water as their worst drought in history continues.
There’s more, much more. But before this abbreviated review of oil company crimes against humanity becomes the longest book in the world, let’s go turn on the TV and watch the Exxon Lady sing her Siren song.

COUNTERPUNCH ARTICLE JULY 22, 2015 Activism or Political Hackery? The Curious Case of Joan Walsh by TIMOTHY CLARK

COUNTERPUNCH ARTICLE
JULY 22, 2015
Activism or Political Hackery? The Curious Case of Joan Walsh
by TIMOTHY CLARK

Bernie Sanders’ collision with Black Lives Matter activists at last Saturday’s Netroots Nation Conference was nothing short of embarrassing for the populist hero. Rather than engaging the protesters, he attempted to literally talk over them and, following the adjournment of the conference, declined to engage them in an immediate dialogue.

On Twitter, an eruption soon followed. Black Lives Matter Activists rightly castigated Sanders. Sanders’ supporters, either out of ignorance of his remarks or their own tone deafness, attempted to defend him by citing his record on race or, more stupidly, by criticizing the protesters themselves.

Full disclosure, I am a tepid fan of Bernie Sanders. And, prior to my knowledge of his behavior at the Netroots Conference, I came to his defense on Twitter by citing just a small part of his relatively strong record on civil rights issues. I was wrong to do so in that context.

So, Sanders is not a perfect candidate. In this context, his lack of skill at speaking directly about race is one serious weakness. One that he must improve if he is to earn the vote of progressive Black Americans. With that being said, Sanders’ imperfections have been largely brought out to the light by activists. Those who interrupted Sanders on Saturday impressively and boldly spoke on the frontline of Democracy. And, in doing so, forced an old, white man to reconsider (ideally, let’s hope) how he addresses issues that primarily concern young people of color. In short, the lives and well-beings of millions of black and brown citizens should not be presented as an auxiliary issue; rather, racism demands singular and diligent attention.

Riding the coattails of legitimate activists, we find ardent Sanders critic and Salon Editor Joan Walsh. The difference, though, between Walsh and any serious activist is Walsh’s rhetorical refusal to apply the same standards of evaluation to politicians she likes. Namely, Hillary Clinton. In an impressive display of favoritism, Joan Walsh managed to write two think pieces in as many months on Bernie Sanders’ race problem (as well as one piece disparaging his political legitimacy) without providing even a sliver of criticism towards Clinton, whose record and rhetoric on race is highly problematic. Indeed, Walsh essentially endorses Clinton’s race resume, praising her as follows:

Hillary Clinton could be the unlikely beneficiary of white progressives’ stumbles on race. The woman who herself stumbled facing Barack Obama in 2008 [1] seems to have learned from her political mistakes. She’s taken stands on mass incarceration and immigration reform [2] that put her nominally to the left of de Blasio’s Progressive Agenda on those issues, as well as the president’s. Clinton proves that these racial blind spots can be corrected. And American politics today requires that they be corrected: no Democrat can win the presidency without consolidating the Obama coalition, particularly the African American vote.

In a piece titled “Progressive’s Racial Myopia”, the irony of Walsh’s pronouncement that Clinton “has learned from her mistakes” because of two vague, unchallenged, and unexplained campaign proposals is as ludicrous as it is intellectually embarrassing. Moreover, Walsh asserts that Clinton has “corrected” her “blind spots” [3] on racial issues. This assertion only bears out if one believes Walsh’s claim that nebulous and perpetually unquestioned campaign promises can atone for decades of catastrophic policy and unimpressive racial rhetoric.
If that is what passes the Joan Walsh litmus test for seriously engaging Black Voters, then her bar is comically low.

Walsh’s second think piece is decidedly nastier. Employing her apparent powers of psychoanalysis and telepathy, Walsh—without any linking or citing of any sources [4]—calls Sanders an “old socialist inured to being told he’s wrong…who’s developed an ironclad hold on the conviction that he’s right.” Walsh saves her true ire for whom she calls “Sanders fans,” who “have learned to take refuge in the knowledge of their righteousness, which eases the sting of being perpetually in the political minority.” Sanders’ positions are of course widely popular with the general American public, which can only mean that Walsh is either surprisingly ignorant to the pulse of the American people, or is simply naïve to the undisputed fact that the American political system frequently disregards what the political majority actually wants.

Moreover, not only does Walsh fail to criticize Clinton’s own qualifications and record (not a hard task), but she refrains from even mentioning Clinton’s name once in her most recent piece. While she rightly excoriates Sanders’ disappointing response to the protesters, she glosses over the fact that Hillary Clinton did not even attend the conference. Such seemingly serial omission would be more excusable for someone who did not claim to be an authority on race and American politics. It is therefore inexcusable for Walsh.

Clinton’s absence from the conference, and her general tendency in this campaign to thus far avoid non-scripted public appearances speaks volumes. As the frontrunner, she can allow Sanders and others to campaign more openly and test the waters for her. A Sanders’ gaffe serves Clinton well. On the one hand, it allows the Clinton campaign to test talking points and focus group politics by observation rather than by the far more risky act of first hand engagement with real humans in a public space. On the other hand, as Sanders errs, it affords Clinton the opportunity to swoop in and make canned and predictably polished rebuttals.

It is difficult to interpret Walsh’s repeated disregard of Clinton’s convenient absence, problematic policy history concerning human rights, and tone deaf rhetoric as anything short of hackery. In this era of internet polemics, Walsh would better serve her readers by abandoning any veneer of a journalistic objectivity. As that is unlikely to occur, her readers would be well served to understand Walsh as an unwavering Clinton apologist, whose refusal to issue disapproval or reproach of Clinton borders on the absurd.

And yet, if Sanders is to become a truly viable candidate, he must address race and the concern of Black Lives Matter Activists head on and with humility, as Walsh suggests. At some point though, the undisputed front runner must entertain some limited impression of a democratic process. So, unfortunately for her most fervent supporters, Clinton cannot sit on the sidelines, or speak at staged events with total control, for the entire campaign. She will likely face similar challenges from activists that Sanders bumbled on Saturday. And, if history is much of an indicator, Clinton will either stumble in much the same way as Sanders, or entirely avoid an honest discussion of her past record. If so, activists will surely hold Clinton accountable. Tellingly, we cannot assume that Walsh will do the same.

Notes
[1] Walsh’s characterization of Clinton’s stumbling is basically restricted to Clinton’s marketing strategy not, say, her policy and statements.
[2] As has Sanders, Walsh omits. Walsh also omits Clinton’s integral role in creating the system of mass incarceration.
[3] Implying that Clinton is simply ignorant to racial issues, not stubbornly apathetic like Sanders.
[4] Either out of laziness or arrogance, Walsh feels entitled to engage in character assassination without providing any corroborating evidence.
Timothy Clark is a teacher, writer, researcher, and student, working towards a PhD in Sociology.