Politics

MAGA

 

“But ever since the Founding Fathers
of our nation dreamed this dream,
America has been something of a schizophrenic personality,
tragically divided against herself.”

 

~ Martin Luther King ~

 

Digitally enhanced image (the hat colour has been changed and the text added) created from an original photo of street art taken in Paris in September 2017.


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GEE TWENTY

 

“The sin of silence when they should protest
makes cowards of men.”

 

~ Abraham Lincoln ~

 

Digitally enhanced image created from an original photo of street art taken on the Rue Broca in Paris in May 2017.


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RESIST

 

“The strength and power of despotism
consists wholly in the fear of resistance.”

 

~ Thomas Paine ~

 

Original photo of street art by an anonymous artist taken in the Marais Quarter of Paris in June 2017.


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DONNIE DANGLES

 

“Terrorism will never cease in a country
where the so-called leaders are
criminals and terrorists in disguise.”

 

~ Michael Bassey Johnson ~

 

 

Digitally enhanced image created from an original photo of taken at the Trocadéro in Paris in May 2017.


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A TIME OF MOURNING


“Fascism is Capitalism in decay.”

 

~ Vladimir Lenin ~

 

Digitally enhanced image created from an original photo taken in Orléans, France in April 2017.


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THE NEXT THING

 

“Dort wo man Bücher verbrennt,
verbrennt man auch am Ende Menschen.”
“Where they burn books,
in the end they will also burn people.”

 

~ Heinrich Heine ~

 

Digitally enhanced image created from an original photo taken in Paris in May 2016.


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MAID OF ORLÉANS

 

“I fear nothing but treachery.”

 

~ Jeanne d’Arc ~

 

Photo of Jeanne d’Arc’s statue and the moon taken in Orléans, France In April 2017.


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HURLING ITSELF AT THE CUNT

 

“…a whole society hurling itself at the cunt…”

 

~ Émil Zola ~

 

Digital image “Chatte” created in April 2017.


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RAMPARTS

 

“What is politics, after all,
but the compulsion to preside over property
and make other people’s decisions for them?”

 

~ Tom Robbins ~

 

Digitally enhanced image created from a crop of an original photo taken at the Bishop’s Palace in Wells, England in June 2007.


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NIGHTMARE

 

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

 

~ George Orwell ~

 

000-nightmareDigitally enhanced image of street art created from an original photo taken in Paris in August 2015.


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SHIP OF STATE

 

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible
will make violent revolution inevitable.”

 

~ John F. Kennedy ~

 

000-ship-of-stateDigitally enhanced image created from an original photo of the S.S. United States taken in April 1990.


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EVERMORE FOREVER

 

“We will either find a way or make one.”

 

~ Hannibal ~

 

000-evermore-foreverDigitally enhanced image created from an original photo taken in March 2015.


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MOLD ON DOGSHIT, THE STATE OF THE UNION

 

“He knows nothing;
and he thinks he knows everything.
That points clearly to a political career.”

 

~ George Bernard Shaw ~

 

000-mold-on-dogshit-the-state-of-the-unionDigitally enhanced image created from an original photo taken in the Bavarian Alps in September 2016.


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KILLING FIELDS

 

“There is no moral difference between
a Stealth bomber and a suicide bomber.
They both kill innocent people for political reasons.”

 

~ Tony Benn ~

 

000 killing fieldsDigitally enhanced image created from an original photo of repositioned bones in a 1350 year old grave taken in Heidesheim, Germany in 1989.


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REVOLUTION

 

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible
will make violent revolution inevitable.”

 

~ John F. Kennedy ~

 

000 revolutionPhoto taken by the author today, May 17th 2016, at the Place Vavin during the Trade Union Protests in Paris as the police shoot tear gas canisters into the protesters. To the left is the Le Dome Café, to the right, not visible, the La Rotonde. The author got a good gassing.


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THE THRONE

 

“Off with her head!”

 

~ The Queen Of Hearts ~

 

000 the thronePhoto taken in the Marche aux Puces de St-Quen de Clignancourt in Paris in May 2014.


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BRAINWASHED

 

“If she were my daughter I’d…”

~ Frank Zappa ~

 

I have been a staunch supporter of women’s liberation since the 1960’s. When I see images like the one beneath my poem, my blood boils. Sure, go ahead and ask these women if they are happy, and you will get yes for an answer. Why? Because they have been brainwashed and subjugated since birth, they have been trained and indoctrinated to believe that this is their place in society, that they can be nothing more than subservient in life. The patriarchal cultures that impose this kind of gender slavery reek of and drip with male dominated fascism. Total control over what people can believe, what they can think, what they can wear and how they are supposed to behave. And most of that control is forced upon women. I don’t give a shit what you choose to believe, what you want to wear or how you see your role as a member of society, but everyone has a basic human right to make those decisions of their own free will. A country, a society or a religion that forces people to comply with limits on their freedom, and then goes so far as to kill those individuals who refuse to adhere to such absurdity, is simply not civilized and has no place in the modern world. There is no political system, no religion, no philosophy that has the right to violate basic human dignity. It is simply not acceptable. Women living under these repressive societies need to liberate themselves, need to rise up against male domination and forced subjugation. But if you have never tasted the fruits of liberation, how can you know what you have been denied? The struggle will continue to be long and hard. It has been going on for centuries. And it will always need the support of those of us who have the freedom and motivation to speak out against the repression, those of us who have tasted of the fruits and see the need for all people to have that same opportunity, without the threat of repression, bodily harm or extermination. If we do not stand up against the oppression, then what value will our lives ever have…?

 

000 brainwashedPhoto taken in August 2015.


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BREAKFAST ON THE BLOG – THE DALAI LAMA

 

Breakfasy July 11 2015

 

 

Good morning and, after a hiatus of one week, welcome back to another edition of Breakfast On The Blog. Today we have a visitor…

 

 

THE CELEBRATION HIS 80th BIRTHDAY IN GERMANY

 

The city I live in apparently has a special relationship with the Dalai Lama. He celebrated his 70th birthday here ten years ago, and now, as a part of his extended 80th birthday celebrations (he was just in New York City on Thursday and Friday), he came here to visit today. Actually born on July 6th 1935, the 14th Dali Lama, whose religious name is Tenzin Gyatso, shortened from Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso, born Lhamo Dondrub, brought his message of peaceful resistance and inner sanctity to a Sunday afternoon crowd of well over 10,000 people.

Local and national politicians, conservative, socialist and green, offered their good wishes and walked that always delicate line between support for him, his cause and his nation and not wanting to ruffle the occupying aggressor, China. In the end result, isn’t it always about money? The West, with its trillions of dollars of economic capitalistic greed is afraid to draw the line on the Chinese overlords for their atrocious, despicable and illegal subjugation and occupation of Tibet. Nations, whose moral compass should deem different behavior, dare not upset the Chinese fascists by doing more than just calling out their human rights abuses and aggression in Tibet. The West meekly condemns Chinese policy in Tibet, but does nothing concrete, like strict and comprehensive economic boycotts, to work towards freeing Tibet from Chinese domination. And that is simply pathetic. Nonetheless, he was well received by an enthusiastic crowd of well-wishers today, who heard his enduring message of brotherhood, peace and love with the hope of seeing him again, not only in the near future, but for his 90th birthday too…

 

 

Dalai Lama 1The Dalai Lama speaking to a large crowd today in Germany.


Dalai Lama 2His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama certainly looks much younger than his 80 years.


Dalai Lama 3Just part of the crowd of over 10,000 people who came to listen to the Dalai Lama speak.


Dalai Lama 4I waited until his appearance was over and got this nice shot of him looking at me and waving through the window as he sped off to his hotel.


All photos taken in July 2015.


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IT IS SO ORDERED

 

Today was a remarkable day in the history of the United States, a day when the rights of millions of gay and lesbian citizens were granted an equal footing with those of all other American citizens. Those rights were and always will be inherent in the Constitution. It is now as it should be. It is so ordered…

 

000 History Was Made Today


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CHRISTIAN TERRORISM’S FINEST HOUR

 

GIORDANO BRUNO – POET, PHILOSOPHER AND FREE THINKER

 

Recently Republicans, Conservative Christians and other pusillanimous propagandists, snake oil sellers and believers in myths, lies and sundry bullshit vehemently criticized President Obama for citing a few Christian acts of terrorism in a speech. It’s as if these preposterous pundits would like to put a KKK coat of whitewash over historical fact. Of course, rewriting history is one of the fortes of the Republican Party and Conservative Christians, who conveniently ignore the fact that the Communists and Hitler’s fascists employed the same bait and switch methodology. That’s a fine tradition to uphold.

Well, they aren’t going to rewrite this historical fact. On this day in 1500 Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake for his audacity to challenge the established Catholic dogma. He was an Italian Dominican friar, philosopher, poet, mathematician and astrologer and a considerable thorn in the side of the Catholic Church. His cosmological theories, which went even further than the heretical Copernican model, proposed that the stars were distant suns surrounded by their own planets, and that it was possible that these planets could even host life of their own. This proposal of this theory, known as cosmic pluralism, but even more so other radical ideas he had about the very foundation of Catholic religious beliefs led to his having to flee Italy in 1576. He spent time in France, Switzerland, Germany and England before returning to Italy where he was eventually arrested and imprisoned in 1592, and sent to Rome for trial the following year. Bruno’s trial lasted seven years during which time he was kept in various prisons. He was tried for heresy by the Roman Inquisition on charges which included his denial of several of the core Catholic doctrines, including belief in the Trinity, the divinity of Christ, the virginity of Mary, and Transubstantiation. That alone was like waving a red flag in front of the Catholic Church’s obstinate and almighty bull. His cosmological views were just another cord of wood to throw on the fire. Of course, the Inquisition found him guilty on all counts, and in 1600 he was burned alive at the stake in Rome’s Campo de’ Fiori. So much for freedom of speech, free thinking and challenging the established dogma of the religious bigots in power. Sound familiar?

In the more open and supposedly tolerant times of the modern world, Bruno is regarded as a martyr for science, though it should be emphasized that his astronomical views were at most a minor component of the theological and philosophical beliefs that led to his trial. He had written and said enough other unacceptable things as to seal his fate when viewed from the intolerant and ignorant Christian dogma of his world. Bruno’s case though is still considered to be a landmark in the history of free thought and the future of the emerging sciences. More simply put, the morons of the Catholic Church were completely wrong and Bruno was right. It makes you wonder who the real heretics were.

And that idea that Christians have committed acts of terrorism, as President Obama pointed out in his speech, in the light of today’s historical event 515 years ago, is an undeniable fact, and sadly one that seems to go way over the heads of those bobble brained Republican critics. Bruno’s fate is little different than the fate of the Jordanian pilot, or any of the other headless unbelievers perversely executed by the Islamic State. History makes for strange bedfellows when you move beyond trying to rewrite it for an ever ignorant, pandering and gullible Conservative drove of pigs just waiting to slop up the bullshit…

000 BrunoThe scene of the execution of Giordano Bruno in Piazza Campo dè Fiori, Rome. He is in front of the soldier and wearing the white robe at the left of the painting.


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