Katrina’s Lessons Are as Important as 9/11’s

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Katrina’s Lessons Are as Important as 9/11’s

By Casey Gane-McCalla

Assistant Editor for BlackPlanet.com’s NewsOne

Last Friday was the 8th anniversary of 9/11. The previous week was the 4th anniversary of Katrina. While the media covered a lot of the 9/11 memorials, concerts and memories, it seemed as if the legacy of Katrina got very little attention. Both events have had a great impact on our country, but it seems as if politicians and pundits only learned something from 9/11.
I’d like to think that the lessons of 9/11 would be: Be extremely cautious about domestic terrorists, don’t train militant religious fanatics to fight your enemies, because they might come back to bite us and treat all threats against our country seriously.

While people in the media talk about the lessons of 9/11 very often, it is rare to hear pundits and politicians talk about the lessons of Hurricane Katrina…

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George Bush’s Gift To The World: The End of American Imperialism

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Still relevant!

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Published on Friday, January 30, 2009 by CommonDreams.org
George Bush’s Gift To The World: The End of American Imperialism
by David Michael Green

George W. Bush was unquestionably the worst American president in the two and a quarter centuries of the country’s existence.
After all, James Buchanan, the previous aspirant to the title, merely did nothing while the South seceded. Hah! You’ll have to do better than that, Jimmy, if you want to wear this crown!

Bush did far better, of course. It would appear to be the one thing in his entire life he actually worked hard at, and the one challenge he was able to meet successfully. This was an astonishingly destructive presidency, that’s true even despite the fact that we don’t really know much about his administration, because in addition to being the worst, it was also the most secretive ever. (I’m sure that’s just a coincidence…

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This coming April…and beyond!

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Next month should keep me pretty busy…and broke.

I haven’t been paid and I am already $200 in the hole.

Hey, I gotta eat and keep motor oil in the van if I go anywhere.

I need to see my doctor about this pain in my right hand.

I do not know if it is arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome.

But, I have been in constant pain for months and taking tons of painkillers daily.

Some days I can’t even move the sonofabitch.

He needs to refill my meds, too.

My van needs the transmission to be fixed, very badly, and the oil leak has resumed at full hemorrhage.

The first Island of Misfit Noise EP, Stone Soup & Mulligan Stew should be out soon.

I am wrapping up a few details and will be painting a cover for it, soon as I can get the materials.

I want to make up a bunch of buttons, magnets, and stickers to celebrate.

I also want to finally get myself a domain name and make this a legit website.

I want to re-establish my publishing company /label (Van By The River) and get hooked up with BMI and some distributors.

I am gonna record some new Mike Damn Nobody material.

This is my solo noise project.

So, if you enjoy artists like Merzbow, Masonna, Solmania, C.C.C.C., The Haters, etc. then it may be to your liking.

I want to rebuild a new-and-improved “Shitkit”, the “Not-So-ShitKit”

It will still be mostly composed of scrap metal and whatever junk I can find cheap or free.

But, I would like to add a Roland Octopad or Korg Wavedrum, maybe a nice brass piccolo snare, Lucite floor tom or bass drum.

Sometime this summer I would like to contact Mike Koontz, a local Michigan guitar luthier (one of the best in the country), to help me design a custom instrument or two.

I probably won’t have the funds to purchase it all at once.

So, I thought maybe he could help me work out the details in advance, so I don’t make a lot of costly mistakes.

Then, I could farm out each piece to a different manufacturer as I can afford it; a neck here, a body there, some electronics and hardware from this place or that.

After a few months, I should have all the necessary parts that I require.

Then, I could take them to the guy here in Michigan to assemble them and finish it up for me.

My live band, The Riverviews, is kind of in limbo right now.

I dunno what is going on with us.

I am focusing on home recording for the time being.

After I get a couple of songs done I may perform live again, with or without a band.

Maybe I am doomed to always be a solo artist.

I hope to produce more paintings and artwork too.

Maybe I can sell a few pieces and catch-up on my expenses.

Hey I can dream, can’t I?

Transwoman Dares Bible-Quoting Anti-LGBT Councillor To Stone Her To Death

A City Council member of Shreveport, Louisiana has abandoned efforts to remove recently passed legal protections for LGBT people, after public outcry.  During testimony against the plans, a Trans woman dared the Councilman to stone her to death, if he truly believed the scripture he was quoting to support his personal prejudices.
Following a successful campaign by LGBT coalition Be Fair Shreveport, the Councilvoted 6-1 last December to pass ordinance which bans discrimination in housing and employment within city limits on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.  The lone ‘no vote’ came from Councilman Ron Webb, telling KSLA TV station “The Bible tells you homosexuals are an abomination,”
Ten days later, Webb drafted ordinance that would repeal these newly extended legal protections, and when they were brought before the Council chamber last Tuesday – droves of people registered to speak against the Councilman’s regressive proposal.
The most profound of these speakers was trans woman Pamela Raintree, who took just one minute to expose Councilman Webbs professed religiosity as nothing more than a smokescreen for his own personal bigotry.  She addressed the following to Webb before the packed Council house:
“Leviticus 20:13 states, ‘If a man also lie with mankind as he lieth with a woman, they shall surely put him to death,'” Raintree began. “I brought the first stone, Mr. Webb, in case that your Bible talk isn’t just a smoke screen for personal prejudices.”
Webb declined to follow the clear order of scripture and stone Pamela to death.  He also recalled his proposal before it was put to a vote, meaning the hard won protections of Shreveport’s LGBT community remain intact – thanks to the unity and defiance of the local community and campaigners.You can watch the confrontation below:

Transwoman Dares Bible-Quoting Anti-LGBT Councillor To Stone Her To Death

It is timely and easy to dispel the compelling narrative put forward by those opposed to equal rights, that there is some sort of tension between opposing rights.  Social conservatives/bigots would have you believe that their right to freedom of speech or religion is somehow at odds with that of LGBT people to live their lives parallel and equal in law.  This is not true.  LGBT people are not asking for the right to burn bibles, or churches, or dissolve heterosexual marriages or refuse to serve social conservatives.  All LGBT people are asking for is equality.  This argument is hard to refute, so often religion is brought in as a ballast.

‘Look, I am not judging you or your lifestyle,’ says Mr/Ms Social Conservative with a frowny face ‘I have these religious convictions and you are actually preventing me from exercising them by demanding equal rights.  Your inequality is right and proper according to my deeply held religious views, it is written in scripture, and those views are protected by the constitution’.
If this is the case, then the person using such an argument can not pick and choose which bits of scripture are protected under law and which are not.  Why? Because at the point which they make such a personal distinction, it is simply their subjective opinion. Which by their own logic, not mine, is trumped by religious scripture.  By calling on the Councilman to stone her, and enforce the orders of Leviticus, Pamela Raintree made this contradiction clear for all to see.  She may never change Councilman Webb into a progressive character, but she made a stand on behalf of herself and her community that made a profound difference – and that is worthy of acknowledgment and celebration.