General Labor Preaching The Gutter Gospel: cancelled since ’83, social distancing since ’96! Lee Camp, Russell Brand, Goops, NY Loose, Miniskirt Mob, Junk Monkeys, Convo Couch With Fiorella Isabel, Wendy James, Glorious Bankrobbers, Nights Of Iguana, Princess Pang.

Four Times The US Gov‘t Nearly Killed Us All With Nuclear Armageddon (mintpressnews.com)

U.S.-Backed Ukrainian Officials are Trying to Prosecute Journalists for Spreading True Info (mintpressnews.com)

Liberals Love Liz Cheney | Black Agenda Report

“I think one of the many reasons a certain type of person reflexively defends police brutality is because they were physically abused as kids and/or physically abuse their own kids for being disobedient and haven’t psychologically processed how fucked up that is.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)

“On this day in 1998, Bill Clinton ordered a cruise missile attack on Sudan’s Al Shifa factory, which produced 90% of the country’s pharmaceuticals. The loss of the factory resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands from treatable diseases.” (-Friendly Neighborhood Comrade)

“Until a few years ago, “Russian propaganda” meant media created by the Russian government to facilitate the information interests of the Kremlin. Now it just means any media that criticizes the foreign policy of the most powerful empire that has ever existed.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)

 (RIP) Eve Lee & Martin Truther

“The “left” in the west is entirely co-opted and what’s left are a bunch of egos vying for control of the co-opted orgs. There’s no left in the states or the west for that matter. They use their own against each other to destroy any oppositional organization or movement.” (-Fiorella Isabel)

“Dems have given lip service to M4A for decades, as they caved over & over to big donors. If you EVER want HC as a human right, don’t waste your time on candidates/parties corrupted by HC $$$. Seize the moment with @MatthewPHoh.” (-Dr. Jill Stein)

“While the Daily Beast regularly smears antiwar public figures as Russian puppets and conspiracy theorists, it is running a fawning and apparently paid promotion for the George W. Bush “Authentic Leadership Masterclass” (-Max Blumenthal)

“Democrats when they’re in front of the cameras pandering for your votes: “We need to get money out of politics.” Democrats when nobody’s watching: *Take more dark money than the GOP*” (-Ryan Knight)

“Leftists aren’t Democrats. Democrats cheat leftists. Progressives don’t support mandates or identity politics. Maybe there’s some differences in opinion about how to solve problems, but be honest, or you’re no better than the stupid cancel culture you’re supposedly fighting.” (-John Dissed)

“The other population outside of Black and Latino people murdered and beaten by police every year are poor, working class white people. Black revolutionaries make no distinction in opposing the brutality of the capitalist state.” (-Ajamu Baraka)

“The US police force has more funding than most countries’ militaries and Biden wants to add another 100,000 of these lovely gents to the streets.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)

BNO News on Twitter: “Video captures 3 Arkansas police officers beating a man outside convenience store in Crawford County https://t.co/b9GyBk11Ou” / Twitter

…. ¤¤¤¤ Official Glorious Bankrobbers homepage ¤¤¤¤ ….

MONARCH PROGRAMMED FAKE HEIRESS INFLUENCER CELEBS AND DARK MONEY DEMS STILL SUCK!

   You gotta wonder what’s really up with those ghoulish deep state Cheneys goin’ after Annoying Orange Trump with so much gusto. He was a dutiful servant of his class and of his megadonors, droned that General who fought off Isis proxy armies in Iraq and Syria, he moved the embassy like Addelson and Kushner ordered ‘im to-his latest Qanon targeting thunderstorm (“storm is coming”) commercials have him all ginned up and gung ho for more wars with Russia and China and repeating the Likud narrative about how Iran is the country developing secret nukes-all that seems right on script with the usual corporate rightwing reublikkkan agenda. I gotta think the Lyn Cheney crusading against him has something to do with the extra scrutiny he has brought to corrupt elections, the hackable software and Diebold voting boxes-the war criminal torture gulag Cheneys probably jes mad ’cause that first Bush selection was obviously rigged in Florida, and Ohio and the Qanon maga KKKOp Lives Matter crowds were talking about election rigging in the USA USA. Remember Roger Stone’s Brooks Brothers Rioters and hanging chads, then old spook James Baker shows up and the Supremes neatly cancel any Gore recounts and shitlibs blamed it on RALPH NADER. James Baker’s the dude who signed the promise that USA USA would stop with the Nato expansion into Russian territories. So yeah Republikkkan party divisions are peculiar, but from my perspective, the ruling class are still big picture united, and all the tiresome tv hoopla is designed to keep us little people a feuding while they prepare more pillaging campaigns, gigantic giveaways to big pharma, always inciting wars with China and Russia, and P.R. feathering the path for Davos techcreeps to phase out currency and take us all microchip hostage. These mostly boomer and genx aged shitlib tv believers have all been crowing obediently about how it’s all Ralph Nader or Susan Sarandon or Jill Stein’s fault for years now. Gaslighter Former Secretary Of State, Hillary “He Died Hee Hee Hee Hoo Ha” Clinton even called Tulsi Gabbard, a pro war member of the military, a double secret dirty commie Putin foreign agent and she breezily gets away with all that slander, sells merch gloating about how she has total impunity from the deep state-remember when she called for Assange to be droned? Pepperidge Motherfuckin farms remembers.

   We used to get by with reselling second hand shit we bought cheap at thrift stores and junk shops and flea markets, until the Covid Clampdowns killed off all the little local businesses and swap meets and now there is only one remaining cheap donations store left, but since two or three different retiree boutique owners have been obnoxiously sourcing it daily for their two day a week tourist trap main drag operations, it’s become almost impossible to find much of any resell value and Ebay’s been gouging an ever bigger piece of the pie, so I’ve hadda sorta return to outdoor laboring and working as a mover. So many gnats swarming around your face post monsoons, I got nothing but dread anytime I walk outside, see the waist high desert weeds I gotta try and cut down with a halfassed broken jerryrigged old weed whacker. All that high price electric bill and grocery store pressure keeps us all in a collective state of anxiety-ya know? As somebody said online recently, you got Donald J. “Hit ‘Em Harder!” Trump and Crime Bill “Fund The Police!” Gropey Joe and Waterboarding and Blackwater regime change private army Mastermind, Dick “Shot His Lawyer In The Face” Cheney, all barking like fucking desert crack dogs about who is the most brutal and tyrannical jackboots gestapo pro kkkop superfunder. 

Stubbornly blind shitlibs love every far right fascist policy s’long as they prop up a couple of token black or gay people behind some podiums politely saying pleasing sounding things like breaking up big tech monopolies, or getting money out of politics, or providing free healthcare for all, but it’s just empty word saying. They all vote with Republikkans ninety percent of the time. I complained about AOC breaking all her campaign promises and refusing to force the vote and helping manufacture consent for the cop state crying about feeling “traumatized”. All these old Clash fans came after me. All her online boyfriends. I used to be one of ’em, I loved that Footloose Dance she did at college and naturally wanted to believe all those photo ops were real, but nope. Just another phony Obama on the take. Shitlibs bitch about Trump’s kids and born into crooked billions Kushner corruption, but when Glenn Greenwald proved that all corporate media platforms including Twitter and Facebook were incorrectly branding any discussion of Hunter Biden corruption as being fake news or Russian propaganda, it was bullshit-the kid really was fuckedup and the story was state censored prior to the election. Some Bannon operatives on the right are making a movie about it called, “My Son Hunter” an expose about the big coverup on behalf of a politician’s fortunate son. If your kid gets busted for crack smoking, he’ll go to jail. Biden’s kid got promoted to vice presidency of Ukraine oil company. The ruling class all fall up.

Motherfuckers say I’m stuck in the eighties, that I never liked anything much in the nineties except for maybe Pillbox, Mother Love Bone, Manic Street Preachers, “Rent Party” and The Humpers. They are not wrong.

40 Artists Who Defined Rock Music in 1982 (ultimateclassicrock.com)

J EDGAR HOOVER IS ALIVE AND WELL BUT MOTHERFUCKIN SHITLIBS THINK THESE JUNIOR G MEN ARE THEIR SPECIAL FRIENDS FOR SCIENCE AND WOKENESS!

“In St. Louis and Florida, members of the African People’s Socialist Party had their homes raided by combat-clad FBI agents using flash grenades and drones. FBI told them they’re under suspicion of conspiring with Russia.” (-Aaron Mate’) FBI Raids St. Louis Black Liberation Group Alleging Russian Ties | St. Louis Metro News | St. Louis | St. Louis Riverfront Times

New Four-Part Documentary “JFK: Destiny Betrayed” Leaves No Doubt That JFK Was Assassinated as Part of CIA Coup – CovertAction Magazine

Shedding Light on Who, Exactly, is Responsible for the War in Ukraine – CovertAction Magazine

Has the Ukraine Conflict Driven U.S. Government Officials Crazy? – CovertAction Magazine

“August 8, 2014, the FBI raided Hale’s home. It was his last day of work for the private contractor. Two FBI agents, one male and one female, shoved their badges in his face when he opened the door. About two dozen agents, pistols drawn, many wearing body armor, followed behind. They photographed and ransacked every room. They confiscated all his electronics, including his phone.

He spent the next five years in limbo. He struggled to find work, fought off depression and contemplated suicide. In 2019, the Trump administration indicted Hale on four counts of violating the Espionage Act and one count of theft of government property. As part of a plea deal, he pled guilty to one count of violating the Espionage Act.

“I am here to answer for my own crimes and not that of another person,” he said at his sentencing. “And it would appear that I am here today to answer for the crime of stealing papers, for which I expect to spend some portion of my life in prison. But what I am really here for is having stolen something that was never mine to take: precious human life. For which I was well-compensated and given a medal. I couldn’t keep living in a world in which people pretended things weren’t happening that were. My consequential decision to share classified information about the drone program with the public was a gesture not taken lightly, nor one I would have taken at all if I believed such a decision had the possibility of harming anyone but myself. I acted not for the sake of self-aggrandizement but that I might some day humbly ask forgiveness.” 

I know a few Daniel Hales. They made my most important reporting possible. They enabled truths to be told. They held the powerful accountable. They gave a voice to the victims. They informed the public. They called for the rule of law.

I sit across from Hale and wonder if this is the end, if he, and others like him, will be completely silenced. 

Hale’s imprisonment is a microcosm of the vast gulag being constructed for all of us. ” (-Chris Hedges)

WENDY JAMES

When the big 5 mockingbird corporations were first ushering in the propaganda media fixated religion of Gender and misusing identity politricks and p.c. ideaologies for devious divide and conquer purposes, I was really not buying in to much of the grunge/alternative/boybands fake music hoax, and I remember how every entertainment weekly seemed required by law to do an annual cover story about how impossibly hard it was for a girl band to ever, ever, ever get signed or make it big in show biz. I was not into many of the Lillith Fair fake folkies. I did love the record Elvis Costello and wife and friends wrote for Wendy James very, very much. Dynamite performances from Wendy and the band, wonderful songwriting from the Costellos. Get this cd if you don’t have it. Exceptionally well written rocknroll.

FUZZY

Never liked their name cause it reminded me of an old man who hated me in the smalltown Midwest, but I worked with Hilken and Thom Jones from the Hipster Suck podcast and the lads from Boston’s power pop sensations Young Love at Tower Records back in the day. Hilken used to count all the money. Powerman 5000 Spyder made in store displays of Evan Dando and shit. Me n Barrie Hanley steppin’ on Evan’s in store display was a cover of one of my old zeens, sorta parodying Stiv steppin’ on Shaun Cassidy, ya dig? Shaun Cassidy was my first 45 and my first concert, too. 

FLUFFY

NY LOOSE

Here’s one of those little underdog bands I put on the cover of my 20-Nothing glam zeen who became overnight famous with like Madonna threatening to sign ’em and shit. I never got to see ’em when my friend Gary was in the band, but I did see em with Danny Nordahl from The Throbs and Faster Pussycat.

Brijitte West And The Desperate Hopeful “S/T” – Veglam

NY Loose | Brijitte West (brijittewestmusic.com)

THE GOOPS WERE PRETTY KOOL

“Big Pharma wants as many sick people as possible. Big oil wants as much fossil fuel use as possible. Big ag wants as much pesticide use as possible. Big banks want as much individual debt as possible. Our economic system is a death spiral.” (-Lee Camp)

“I covered the Nicaragua election last year. The journalists not allowed in were lying corporate stenographers like this one. The so-called “journalists” fleeing Nicaragua are the ones avoiding jail after spreading misinformation via their NED-funded “news outlets.” (-Julie Varughese)

“I’d much rather live in a society where everyone has healthcare, housing, and food than a society where 3 billionaires own more wealth than half the nation.” (-Ryan Knight)

“I don’t care if I’m called a Russian propagandist & haven’t cared since 2016. False words hold no effect on me. I’m here for truth, while others are here to divide, exploit & deceive. And I’m not about to let them have it easy. But fact is supporting NATO is supporting terrorism.” (-Fiorella Isabel)

jeremy scahill on Twitter: “Chomsky on media who used @wikileaks material: “Are they supporting Assange… who performed the honorable duty of a journalist & is now being tortured? Not that I’ve seen…We’ll use what he did, but then we’ll join the jackals who’re snapping at his feet.” https://t.co/7aFoQgPI73” / Twitter

Roger Waters calls for freeing Julian Assange at DOJ rally – The Grayzone

John Rensenbrink – Americans Who Tell The Truth

Green Party of the United States mourns Founder John Rensenbrink – www.gp.org

“Thank you to Elie Yarden for a generous contribution in memory of Green Party US co-founder John Rensenbrink. John was a fellow Green candidate for Senate and a philosopher who put his values into action. I’m honored and humbled by this gift in his memory.” (-Matthew Hoh For Senate)

JUNK MONKEYS

I always thought this garagey melodic punk band from Detroit were pretty cool in a Replacements, Soul Asylum, early Goo Goo Dolls sorta way. They covered The Mutants song “So American”.

Another cool cat from Detroit: Paul K Wilderness – Paul K and The Weathermen (RIP)

Paul K. & The Weathermen – Another Night On This Earth – Listen on Online Radio Box

“Trump is an amateur whose supporters rioted in the Capitol but George W. Bush actually stole an election. He also killed 1 million Iraqis.” (-Margaret Kimberly on Bush-Cheney admin.)

“if the CDC under Trump were doing what they’re currently doing under Biden, “blue checks” and liberal Twitter would be in resistance mode and screaming at the top of their lungs to follow the science. instead nobody cares at all” (-Brett Redacted)

“The U.S has so far given total of 10.6 BILLION DOLLARS to Nazi factions, black market weapons dealers & the corporate defense industry or what they call, Ukraine.” (-Fiorella Isabel)

Joe Strummer’s 10 Best Non-Clash Songs – SPIN

Davos Elite to “Fundamentally Change the Way Food is Produced and Consumed” – Activist Post

LET’S ALL HAVE A DRINK TO THE MEMORY OF GLAMTASTIC GUITAR GODDESS AMY WICHMANN FROM MINISKIRT MOB! (RIP)

She was one of my first friends in Hollywood and always put me on her guestlist cause she knew I was deadbroke and starving on the Sunset Strip. She was so talented. My friend Anthony sincerely believes she is related to Lisa Marie Presley. I think she may have jammed with some of my former bandmates in Ohio.

“U.S. politics under the duopoly is not about helping the people or planet. It’s about controlling the people and planet. And they control us by dividing us. They split the people into two teams (red vs. blue) while they are on the same team and serve the same corporate interests.” (-Ryan Knight)

“The CIA & operatives have infested every single facet of US/Western politics & orgs-especially the synthetic “left”. They’ve manipulated their own virtues against them, turned them on each other & ingeniously transformed them into the fascists they purport to call everyone else. The intelligence apparatus understood long ago that you don’t beat the enemy by simply hating it, but by studying & emulating it until you fully control it so much that it ceases to exist. Like a virus infecting the host, it becomes that virus  & what’s left is but a carcass. It’s clear the fight against fascism is not only against the obvious neo Nazis like Azov & Bandera supporters, but also those who defend them by denying their existence, wrapping Ukraine in virtues, while vilifying Russia to justify & CHEER for the murder of innocent civilians.” (-Fiorella Isabel)

“The UK could have had Jeremy Corbyn. Instead they’re getting empty refrigerators and frozen homes.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)

Mike Pompeo suggests US could block Jeremy Corbyn from No 10 | News | The Times

While Claiming to Defend Freedom Around the World, the U.S. Has Dozens of Political Prisoners—and the Majority are People of Color – CovertAction Magazine

Chris Hedges: The Greatest Evil is War Tickets, Mon, Sep 26, 2022 at 7:00 PM | Eventbrite

Bill Gates Lavished the Media with $319 Million in Funding – Activist Post

Watch JFK: Destiny Betrayed – Season 01 | Prime Video (amazon.com)

Free The Truth: Free Assange – Documentary on Twitter: “A short clip from our interview with the wonderful John Pilger. He gives a very insightful answer to the question: “What does the retaliation of the U.S. and their persecution of Julian Assange reveal about them?” Support the film: https://t.co/pbzpxsliXK #FreeAssangeNOW https://t.co/pxLxJS9Ujq” / Twitter

NIGHTS OF THE IGUANA

My brother NEEN turned me on to these guys. So kool, I THINK they’re from New Zealand. Check ’em out!

Noam Chomsky: Propaganda Wars Are Raging as Russia’s War on Ukraine Expands http://dlvr.it/SSKVj6

“The CIA answers only to the wealthy ruling class, which is the Real Government of the USA.” (-Gregory Fegal)

“This is funniest thing SNL has done in years. Except it’s not SNL,it’s the actual MasterClass company. Which makes it even funnier. This is happening cuz he hates Trump,which wipes away all sins, & so the Democrats now love this guy, but still hate Ralph Nader. AMERICA FUCK YEAH!” (-Jimmy Dore) – American Exception

American Exception (skyhorsepublishing.com)

“- US gets power from the petrodollar, the fact that most oil is sold in $$ – When the petrodollar ends, US empire’s power goes with it – This means the most powerful empire/military in the world NEEDS everyone to keep using fossil fuels, which = climate breakdown” (-Lee Camp)

“There is not a single video coming out of Xinjiang that is as brutal and violent as the one going viral right now of the Arkansas cops beating a man nearly to death. The United States is the true threat to human rights and peace in the world.” (-Danny Haiphong)

“The bipartisan indifference to the recent FBI raid on a Black liberation organization, @APSPusa

, underscores that both parties are ultimately united in disdain for those outside of the establishment political spectrum.” In FBI vs. Trump, the people lose – by Aaron Maté (substack.com)

“You never talk about the GOOD things America gives the world!” Like what? $400 million superhero movies? (-Caitlin Johnstone)

https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialOliverStone/playlists

“The further right someone is the less they have any clue what’s happening on the left. Past the Trump/Tucker Carlson point they can’t see the difference between Marxists and Democrats and think they’re the same; it’s just one distant, blurry blob to them.” (-Caitlin Johnstone on rightwing Maga kooks who think banker servants like Gropey Joe are leftist or that Bill Gates is somehow progressive)

REAL LOVE

All the cash I made by moving a house full of stuff has gone straight to the electric company, so if any of ya’all are wondering why I have not already acquired your latest book or cd or dvd, or whatever, that’s why. As Iggy Pop sang, “everything is really hard if you aint got that credit card…” Grocery prices have skyrocketed, gas prices, we are kinda struggling in the Biden Economy, so if you ever want me to review your thing, you gotta send me a promo copy. One cool thing about my teenage kid getting into all these appallingly violent tv shows, is he has discovered a lot of cool old music like Tommy James and shit. He is blasting Badfinger‘s “Baby Blue” as I type this on a rainy Monday afternoon and you know, I LOVE Badfinger! My wife is shopping and I know she’s gonna come home bummedout about the high costs of everything. We aint got no fancy stuff, or celebrity status or pay to pretend fame, but we chose Real Love and I am grateful and proud. I thought I’d found it long ago but I was wrong about somebody. I did not imagine I’d ever be able to sortof gradually pick myself back up and soldier forth and Try Again, but my old lady found me and stuck by me and I love her more than any worldly things. We are very blessed and even over twenty years in, it still feels new and exciting. You know that corny lyric, “cause we could never be wrong together”…that’s how it is. Real Love – song and lyrics by Tex Perkins | Spotify

OUR FRIENDS AT PUNK HOSTAGE PRESS:

Pleasant Gehman Shares Rock ‘n’ Roll Witch Tales (Excerpt) – LA Weekly

NEWS, SPORTS, AND WEATHER

Home – CovertAction Magazine

Former CIA Officer Joshua Schulte Faces as Many as 80 Years in Prison After Being Convicted For Providing Information to WikiLeaks – CovertAction Magazine

Ukrainian Regime Led by Media Darling Volodymyr Zelensky Kidnaps Student Dissidents, Bans Opposition Parties, Shuts Down Independent Media, Commits Egregious War Crimes and Imposes Regressive Labor Laws – CovertAction Magazine

What do the New York Times, Kiev Independent, Euromaidan Press, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and TikTok All Have in Common? – CovertAction Magazine

PRINCESS PANG

I knew a couple of these guys, Jay Lewis and Ronnie Roze from the neighborhood in NY in my teens and early twenties. I got some candid photographs of them on the street somewheres. Probably in them two big scrapbooks somebody confiscated during an eviction.  I think the drummer’s name was Brian Keats and he played with Misfits and Sylvain also. Ronnie Roze jammed with Thunders I’m pretty sure and worked at Bleecker Bobs. Jeni Foster played some metal festival recently. Pretty good little commercial hard rock band, I still dig ’em.

Gary Sunshine (is one of Anguish Young’s favorite American artists…)

“It’s a disease. Nobody thinks or feels or cares any more; nobody gets excited or believes in anything except their own comfortable little God damn mediocrity.”

(-Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road)
“It is only the outcasts and the rebels who keep truth and intellectual inquiry alive. They alone name the crimes of the state. They alone give a voice to the victims of oppression. They alone ask the difficult questions. Most important, they expose the powerful, along with their liberal apologists, for what they are.”
(-Chris Hedges)
“We have picked a fight with the most powerful economic and political forces on the planet. That’s frightening. And as this movement grows from strength to strength, it will get more frightening. Always be aware that there will be a temptation to shift to smaller targets – like, say, the person sitting next to you at this meeting. After all, that is a battle that’s easier to win.Don’t give in to the temptation. I’m not saying don’t call each other on shit. But this time, let’s treat each other as if we plan to work side by side in struggle for many, many years to come. Because the task before will demand nothing less.Let’s treat this beautiful movement as if it is most important thing in the world. Because it is. It really is.”
 (-Naomi Klein)

“If you want to be a recognized, credible, card-carrying member of the national security community what you have to do is buy into the received truths of the establishment and continue to perpetuate that stuff, This is what I call civilian subjugation to the military. We face it in this administration, we faced it in the Clinton administration…we faced it in the Bush administration.”
(-Gregory D. Foster, a former Army officer and West Point graduate who now teaches national security studies at the National Defense University in Washington)
“The easiest way to gain control of the population is to carry out acts of terror. The public will clamor for such laws if the personal security is threatened.”
 ( – Joseph Stalin)
” ‘The lawyer for the American plaintiffs thinks Homeland Security is gearing up to make lots of arrests of U.S. citizens, in anticipation that Middle East protests will spread to American soil.’

It is not true that Barack Obama single-handedly destroyed the rule of law in the United States. The savaging of the Bill of Rights was, in effect, a tag team effort between Obama and his predecessor, George Bush, two presidents united in a single-minded quest to remove all barriers to the imprisonment, without trial or charge, of persons anywhere in the world, including U.S. citizens. George Bush did the initial groundwork, interpreting the 2001 congressional mandate to strike militarily against al-Qaida as giving the president the power to hold foreign prisoners without charge in Guantanamo, and, in theory, to treat American citizens the same way. But that was a stretch, and only a presidential opinion.

George Bush knew that it would be very difficult to get a preventive detention bill through Congress; Democrats would raise holy hell, and protesters would call for his head. But Barack Obama accomplished what Bush could not: On New Year’s Eve, Obama signed a preventive detention law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. Under a Black Democrat, the rule of law ceased to exist within U.S. borders. Obama had already declared the rest of the planet a killing ground.

Then, back in August, a federal district judge in New York, Katherine Forrest, slapped a temporary restraining order on preventive detention, ruling on behalf of a group of activists and journalists who said the they could be thrown in prison permanently simply for speaking or writing about groups targeted by the United States. What, precisely and under the law, constituted providing “support” for al-Qaida or related groups? Obama’s Justice Department lawyers refused to say, claiming they had not thought the question through. Clearly, President Obama, like President Bush, wanted leeway to interpret the law any way he sees fit, so he can lock up whoever he wants, whenever he wants, for whatever reason, or for no stated reason at all. But Judge Forrest wasn’t having it. On September 12, she made her injunction permanent, ruling that Obama’s preventive detention law was unconstitutional.

Under a Black Democrat, the rule of law ceased to exist within U.S. borders.’

For less than a week, the Bill of Rights returned to U.S. soil. But, this past Monday, a federal appeals court judge put the Constitution back on hold, removing Judge Forrest’s injunction [9] on preventive detention. The entire three-judge appeals court will begin hearing the case on September 28. Obama’s lawyers say the government needs to be allowed to detain certain prisoners without charge or trial in Afghanistan [10]. But Bruce Afran, the lawyer for the American plaintiffs in the case, thinks Homeland Security is gearing up to make lots of arrests of U.S. citizens, in anticipation that Middle East protests will spread to American soil.

That’s the evil beauty of these Bush-Obama laws: they cut across international borders and render all the people’s of the world equal in one important respect: President Obama claims the right to kill each and every one of them, or lock them up forever, on his own say so. In that sense, Obama recognizes no legal difference between U.S. anti-war protestors and anonymous targets in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, or Somalia. All of our lives and freedom are subject to the whims of an American president.
(-Glen Ford; www.BlackAgendaReport.com)

“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.”
(-Charles Bukowski)

“ME AND THE MOONLIT GHOST”…GARY SUNSHINE (is one of Anguish Young’s favorite American artists…)

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Well it ain’t gonna be easy to write that much about Mister Gary Sunshine, he ain’t what you call a real go getter when it comes to publicity and audacious self-promotion. He writes these songs, records ’em, throws ’em up on-line, and then it’s up to those of you who know how to burn C.D.s, or purchase downloads, or who have decent speakers on your computers, to figure out how to listen to ’em. Seldom have I seen a guitarist of Gary Sunshine’s stature become such a strong lyricist and singer/storyteller. His newer originals are reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Neil Young, and Shane MacGowan. I saw Circus Of Power less than a dozen times, but they always blew our young minds with their swampy, blue collar motor rock, a greasy hybrid of MC5 dueling guitars, sixties blues, punk and hardcore, and Stonesy honky-tonk. They had one of the top ten singers of the hair-metal era, a Morrisonesque cosmic crooner by the name of Alex Mitchell, who was a soulful, baritoned poet-warrior, and two utterly badass guitar heroes, Gary Sunshine and Ricky Beck Mahler. My favorite line-up also included Ryan on drums and Zowie on bass. Their first album is better than the Cult’s “Sonic Temple” approximately as good as “Electric”, not quite as good as “Love”.

Only the Four Horsemen really rivaled Circus Of Power in their hell defying heyday. Yeah, Zodiac Mindwarp were fun, but they never had the humanity or soul of Circus Of Power. After a few solid major label albums and a live e.p., Circus broke up in L.A., and Gary went on to work with glam goddess, Brigitte West in NY Loose, he also did time with the Silos, managed an adult gift shop for Larry Flynt, and even worked with Axl Rose in Guns N Roses. I can’t tell you much about why they broke up, or what Gary’s been doing ever since then, because well. he’s just not a big chatty Cathy media whore, he’s a mystery man, a lone wolf, the enigma, but I can assure you he is not only one of the top guns of sleazy rocknroll, but he’s steadily evolved into a talented and prolific, cinematic songwriter at a breathtaking level. He’s an under-rated, detail oriented, yarn spinning artist like a John Fogerty, or Steve Earle, quietly crafting a wide body of songs, that leave corporate rock wankers and nostalgia circuit headbangers, in the dust. And he’s a Dad. You never hear his tunes and connect them to “Beavis & Butthead” or the Aqua Net era. His songs resonate with a world weary defeatism and sly charm like Charles Bukowski and Tom Waits.

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He’s definitely got a Mexican beer suppin’ beat-poet thing goin’ on. You ain’t the only one with the blues, kid. He’s cool like a Long Island ice tea. Circus Of Power have one of those extremely passionate, hardcore cult followings, with an unshakable devotion to that band, and I know many who were disappointed when Gary chose not to join the old gang for an anniversary reunion show some years back. You don’t have to abandon the dream of experiencing a genuine Circus Of Power reunion, to enjoy the contemporary works of wonder being constructed by the Circus alumni, for your listening pleasure, wolf brothers and moon sisters. If you’re familiar with Circus Of Power vocalist, Alex Mitchell’s sensational more recent works, with his various bands, Fat Nancy and Captain Zapped, and you hear Gary Sunshine’s solo music, you will inevitably be somewhat awed that these guys were so successful at merging their combined talents, for as long as they did. They’re both truly GREATS, in their own right. Yeah, Alex is my favorite hard rock vocalist besides oh, maybe Frank C. Starr (R.I.P.), Billy Idol, or Tex Perkins, as I have trouble fully connecting to whatever Ian Astbury sings about these days, but Captain Zapped provide all the crunchy kickass comicbook metal you’ve been missing since Iggy was screamin’ for “Power & Freedom”, and their freakolicious psychedelic biker punk is easily purchased online, and highly reccomended, but Mister Gary Sunshine’s moody music is equally as valid, it’s just coming from a less extroverted place. Gary’s like the quiet older cat you wanna be friends with at the bar, who rolls his eyes when you’re being loud in your pink shirt, cause he’s just not up for that much frat-boy buffoonery anymore; who is more serious and soft-spoken than you and your belligerent crew, and talks about old timey music and jazz and film and poetry and shit. Definitely a finger-poppin’ hepcat jazzbo bohemian dude but he ain’t no poseur beret, he’s one of those old-school NY downtown people. Only downtown ain’t downtown no more. So ya gotta go lookin’ for him on-line.

150971_10151313523122968_1336095605_nThe first song you’ll wanna dig into is about the Ramones and Sex Pistols. It’s called, “The Sex Pistols And The Ramones”. It’s so, so good. It’s subtitled “A Love Story”. It will remind you instantly of your punk rock past and the golden Converse wearin’ romance that never faded away. His music is real gutbucket, washboard, kitchen sink oriented and brimming over with beautiful losers and recidivists and drinkers and divorcees, Gary Sunshine’s tellin’ OUR stories, and the music is equal parts Lefty Frizell, Lightnin’ Hopkins, the Pogues, and Woody Guthrie. I mean you know how there’s that bigarsed Americana scene, supposedly? Rich guys who’s NPR listening ex girlfriend hipped them to Chris Isaak and Royal Crown Review And Wilco and now they think they’re countrified downhome cowpokes? How the “NO DEPRESSION” bunch has missed Gary Sunshine is startling to me. If you like shit like the Jayhawks and Creek Dippers and Lucinda Williams and all those Replacements and Uncle Tupelo influenced, “insurgent country” bands, Gary Sunshine eats most of those bands best stuff for breakfast, ya know I can imagine Sunshine up with the cockadoodle doo, on first watch, listening to Mingus and Monk on low, slicing home fries, brewing coffee, spreadin butter on stacks of salt risen toast. Stoppin’ now and then to write something down, or honk on a harmonica. Gary is one of the tens of thousands of artists and intellectuals sadly pushed out of Lower Manhattan by the ruthless forces of po-lice state, real-estate, and billionaire gentrification, but you can put him in the Delta, down on the farm, in some dumbfuck Monsanto cornfed Midwestern football town, and all his front porch narratives are still gonna flicker with that seventies Martin Scorsese vibe. Rain wet alleyways and steam from gutters, and shifty lookin’ fellas with ducktails and porkpies and and Donnie Brascoe jackets makin’ big plans in 70’s coffeeshops. There’s just something very NY about the guy. Even when he grows a Skid Roper beard, his dignified geezer music still throbs with a Shaft pulsebeat. He was there the day the Stones made their “Waitin’ On A Friend video”. He waited on Woody Allen, who was searchin’ for cool jazz at an old Manhattan record store. He thrilled rabid heavy metal audiences all through the late eighties and early nineties, with the best band around. He’s been around. He’s definitely kept his D.I.Y. sensibility, crankin’ out song after song, long after the music machine is gone, he’s doing it all himself, just for you and you and me. “Be Careful What You Are Whispering” could be a Guy Clarke or Steve Earle out-take.
554275_296219997118342_1051216709_n“Listening To Heavy Metal (Day After Day) reminds me of Paul K. & The Weathermen, or David Olney, or Chick Graning from Scarce, it’s effin’ genius, makes me wonder about my own mulleted, ole Gary Moore wannabe, stonewashed metal bro from way back, who joined the Marines and disappeared. It’s probably the best thing Sunshine could have done for his art-vanish into the flyover states and make Peter Laughner and Robert Johnson influenced punk rock in a squalid basement room with his two kids playin’ on the swingset in the backyard and a one eared bloodhound named Muddy, ’cause you know how every suck shit perm from the spandex era who was ever, ever on MTV in the middle of the night still gets to strut around like he’s Jimmy Page? Sunshine just cast off all that pretentious major label metal dude celebrity with a shrug, sure, he could be sittin’ on a barstool with Chris Holmes and Riki Rachtman right now, hittin’ on Bambi eyed strippers from Des Moines at the Rainbow Bar & Grill, but instead, he’s got a spiral notebook and he’s gonna use it, he’s puttin’ it down, like Dylan, and Townes Van Zandt. He’s writin’ about “Cheap Champagne & Angry Names” and “Gettin’ Used To The Finer Things”, and really stirrin’ up the beatnik ghosts. You remember that jazzy college radio band from the grunge era, Morphine? He’s got summa that in here, too. “You Made Me A Criminal”, “Did You Move To New Orleans Or Texas”, etc., etc., are the keenly observant musings of a deeply sensitive American songwriter who’s been payin’ attention, who’s gotten older with the scars to prove it, and who still likes the Clash. Here and there, summa that old risqué voodoo and brimstone from the Circus Of Power years, naturally, leaks into his acute folk songs. If you loved his old band, this is the sound of his bruised soul in middle age, and it’s not as energetic as the raging punkmetal of twenty-five years ago, but it’s full of insight and awareness, and still has all that emotional impact, it’s just the grownup side of life, like Kristofferson, Gary’s feelin’ mortal, and thinkin’ ’bout what’s most precious in his time. I love it. If ya see ‘im at the donut shop, tell him I said hi.

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