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I use to like the queen if only for her colors. No more.

by punkpink

Please your royal highness go and sit down and be quiet. Yes, please do. Giving legitimacy to a evil person such as Donald Trump says to me, you are just as bad as he. You in your pretty colors, you with all your manners. Prim and proper. Your miss manners are showing. Let your children rebel and refuse you and your invitation summoning them to dinner. Maybe they know the old saying, “Birds of a feather flock together.” They have no desire to be one of those birds. Really Queenie do you want to be one of those birds?

You know maybe it is too much for this uncoth Trump to sit down to such a formal setting. He will be asking you all night about what spoon to use and we bet he slurps his soup. Maybe it would be better to serve cold hamberders. But what the heck, let’s confuse the president. No snickering now while he tries to navigate the place setting.

(Donnie this isn’t your seat. Good luck with the cutlery and glasses.)

If Trump gets his way, tens of millions of Americans will lose all protections for pre-existing conditions. Millions more will lose tax subsidies that allow them to afford private coverage. And in a particularly devastating blow, nearly 14 million mostly working Americans will lose access to Medicaid – likely destroying their only option for health coverage. That’s not all your majesty, there are plans in the works to make drastic cuts to Medicaid, Social Security, and Medicare in order to fund tax breaks for the wealthy. Just think more money coming into the coffers of the wealthy. Climate change forget about that let it change, build more pipe lines, drill for oil in the wilderness. Drop more bombs, drone attack innocent people, build up the military the hell with the hungry, they won’t be if we kill them. Our hope is that not one but many are knitting as Madame Defarge did in days gone by. If Trump gets his way LGBTQI+ folks in Amerikkka will become second class citizens with no rights. He is on his way.

If Trump gets his way thousands of migrants will continue to languish in makeshift camps under the bridges. If Trump gets his way the lives of millions of Black and Brown citizens of the U.S will be in danger. He seeks to divide the people of our country, stroking anger and hate, and hate crimes against many of us have increased. He is a danger to the world, yes Your Majesty you have invited a real danger to your table. Got investments in amerikkka Queenie? Yeah you will make more, more, more, at the expense of the poor and the workers. Is this the type of dog you want at your table? I hope he drops his fork, bends down to pick it up and bumps his god damn head on your dining table spilling the soup and creating havoc. Tell your servants to keep an eye on the cutlery as he may think it a joke to steal from your table.

Meanwhile in the street Stop Being Cute, Hop to it,  burn down the banks, break windows and shut down London. Let the demonstrators clog the streets and denounce the right wing fascist pig. This Hitler wanna be, this darling of the wealthy, a lover of the KKK, Neo-Nazis and other scum, clip the wings of the rightest scum and stupid people who follow him. It is not the time, and we don’t have time to be nice, and say it can’t happen here, as it is.

Yes, I use to like the queen if only for her colors, but no more.

We know this but we can’t stop it. I began working against war in 1964 when I joined the War Resisters League in NYC. We spoke out, we were beaten and tear gassed by the police, we were arrested, jailed, came out and did in again and again. Stop the wars we yelled. Been in this fight for 55 years against war and against war makers. Give up, never. When I read something like the above it only makes me want to fight harder and bring others into the fight. What could all that money do? A heck of a lot. Never mind the real tragedy the act of killing innocent people. Let this weight heavily on all of us living in the lap of luxury where such things like this are allowed to exist.  A very wise women once said, We have got to change the system otherwise we will be fighting the same old battles over and over. Getting tired of all that over and over aren’t you?


Students of the Deutsche Studentenschaft, organized by the Nazi party, parade in front of the Institute for Sexual Research in Berlin on May 6, 1933. They later attacked it, looting the archives, and setting afire much of the material.

May 10th Berlin Germany

Bad boys and girls of history past. Where were their mothers and fathers? Throwing in the books right along with the kids. Put nothing past trumps youth. “On April 6, 1933, the right-wing German Students Association called for a celebratory burning of “un-German” literature in cities across the country. Exactly a month later, students in Berlin ransacked Hirschfeld’s Institute for Sexual Science and carted away the contents of its library and archive. Four days later, on May 10, they threw the materials onto bonfires in Berlin’s Opera Square.” Please LGBT folks let us stop this scum while it spreads. This is no time for one issue LGBT organizing. No time at all.

and we know the rest of the story.

Scum trumps youth of today. Mocking and chanting at an Indigenous Elder. Name them!


Is this an excuse for grown boys behavior? Yes we think both parents and kids are equally to blame. But these kids are not 6 year old. And let us add the Catholic Church whose hate is cloaked in respectability. Put nothing past these kids. How old do they have to be before they kill someone?  How old do they have to be before they throw people into the fire? Stop this herd of ignorance.

This is in today from Daily Kos. Want to scream, want to believe us when we say that this system has got to change. Want to believe some of us when we say, “Death to the Capitalist Pigs!” no other way around it. Or is it like, “I don’t need this drug anyway so this is not my problem.”

Take heed when reading this. If it doesn’t make you mad then something is very wrong with you.

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Pharma chief says 400% increase in cost of essential medicine ‘is a moral requirement to make money’

By Walter Einenkel

Pharmaceutical companies use the weakest, and frequently the laziest, excuses for jacking up the prices of their life-saving drugs. In the end, no matter what they say, it is about money. Their job, as they see it, is to make money. If they keep 100 people alive or 1,000 or 1,000,000,000, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that number on the bottom line on their accounting sheet. If their goal is to make $1,000,000, and they need to sell a pill for $1,000,000 apiece for the only 10 babies who need it in order to achieve that goal, then that is what they will do. Most people, faced with that statement, would say that is immoral. Most people don’t know shit about making that kind of money, baby! Just ask Nostrum Laboratories’ Nirmal Mulye. In an interview published in the Financial Times, he had this to say about everyone making Martin Shkreli out to be a bad guy for raising the cost of one of his own company’s drugs through the roof.

“I agree with Martin Shkreli that when he raised the price of his drug he was within his rights because he had to reward his shareholders […] If he’s the only one selling it then he can make as much money as he can,” said Mr Mulye. “This is a capitalist economy and if you can’t make money you can’t stay in business.”

What is Mulye defending? Well, his “Missouri-based” company, Nostrum Laboratories, just jacked up the price of their drug nitrofurantoin from $474.75 to $2,392. According to the World Health Organization, nitrofurantoin is what they classify as an “essential drug.” It treats bladder and urinary tract infections. Mulye wasn’t done giving a lesson in sociopathy as he continued to defend Martin Shkreli as being within his rights: “We have to make money when we can. The price of iPhones goes up, the price of cars goes up, hotel rooms are very expensive.”
According to Mulye, Nostrum was working the market against Casper Pharma, which makes another version of the same drug and had recently raised its price to $2,800. So you see, Mulye is still offering it up for less! Morality! The guy is a saint!

We are sure as the shit hits the fan over this Mr. Mulye will sleaze his way out or at least try to. Let’s call it like it is. This man is one big Capitalist pig. If you think that one side in this is any better than the other then take a look at who Mr. Mulye pals around with. She’s not the only one.  Bush/Obama/Trump/Clinton. Four cheeks on the same huge ass. These pigs own all of the politicians so go ahead and vote, vote for one of the cheeks, one of the pimples and keep this system going. Well, we aren’t going to be smothered by such puss.

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Activist Any Thayer’s excellent article is a must read. This was published on the Gay Liberation Network of Chicago site recently.

Why The ’68 Convention Matters Today…by Any Thayer

In 1968, Richard M. Nixon was the Donald Trump. How was he stopped?

The events around the 1968 Democratic Convention were a sharp turning point in U.S. politics. In full view of news cameras, Mayor Richard J. Daley let his police crack the heads of anti-war protesters in the streets of Chicago, as well as cameramen, other journalists and passersby. Inside the convention, he showed brazen contempt for the popular will by engineering the selection of a pro-war candidate who hadn’t won a single primary.

Such blatant contempt for democracy alone would be reason enough to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Democratic Convention. But the lessons to be learned from the events surrounding the 1968 convention and its aftermath are far more profound than that.
For those who wanted wholesale change – from a society of greed and violence to one that values human beings – the Democratic Party’s actions were a gut-wrenching teachable moment. For a few years afterwards, the notion that our salvation was to come from the Democratic Party became a laughable proposition among wide layers of people.

Giving up on the major parties, people began looking to their own efforts to win the changes they wanted.
Prior to the Democratic convention, almost no one on the left had any illusions about Richard Nixon, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, a man so widely reviled as a far-right opportunist that he was commonly known as “Tricky Dick.”

But, with the notable exception of Martin Luther King, Jr., the Democrats were embraced by many black activists of his generation following the mid-1960s passage of civil rights legislation. And such were the popular hopes of the largely white anti-war movement that the Democratic Party fielded not one, but three major candidates in the 1968 presidential primaries who claimed to be anti-war, and who between them won 80% of the votes.

But these hopes for peaceful change within the system were rudely dashed by events both within and outside of the Chicago ’68 convention. The result was one of those rare, brief periods in U.S. history when two factors simultaneously converged: 1) large numbers of people were engaged in social/political issues on a day-to-day basis, and 2) they were profoundly alienated from both major political parties. (more…)

To our readers:

Furbirdsqueerly is located in Hartford Connecticut, USA. This essay concerns the police of our city and other cities in amerikkka. This essay certainly smacks of privilege when read by any of our readers in many different parts of the world, by anyone living in a police state or military dictatorship. Our concerns are trivial compared to the many concerns of people around the world. We cringe when we think what it must be like to be a Palestinian living under the fist of the Israeli occupying army. We look out around the world and see so many beaten and killed by the police or by soldiers in their own countries. Each of us no matter where we live must deal with, and correct if we can and in the process make life better for everyone. We will never dismiss the pain and the brutality by the police all around amerikka against people of color. The death of even one person must be our concern. There have been 226 killings of people by the police since the beginning of 2018. This is and must be unacceptable.  Here, Here, Here.  It must be our concern for a life taken, for the victim, for the family and for the community.

Here in amerikkka we are trying along with countless others to stop the developing police state and the alt-right, neo-Nazis, KKK, and other assorted fascists. People are being killed by these dirt bags as they wage war against us. In a way we are “making hay while the sun shines,” doing what we can while we are still able to stop the spread of these dangerous ideologies. One way is to stop and hold our police departments in our cities and towns from becoming more militarized. Our progressive people and movements in this state work hard to keep the police in line making sure that they are upfront and ethical in all of their dealings. Is it a losing battle? Are we wining this war?

Below you can find a statement by the Deputy Chief of Police in Hartford the capital city of Connecticut. Some of us will believe him and some of us will not. Some will dismiss him and some will add to this discussion by research. All in all there is a great battle going on in this country and we at this blog are proud to be a part of that battle. We thank all of our friends both young and old in this battle. We are proud of you and your contributions to this long fight. No need to name you as each one of you know that we love and respect the work you do.

This is a collage gleaned from many sources brought to life in the service of the people.

We´ve seen it everywhere people are rising up: governments are militarizing police, attacking their own people, criminalizing protest, and engaging in coordinated surveillance and disruption of social movements. The 1% and their puppets in government and on the street are waging a war on dissent. In 2009 when friends returned from the G20 Summit in Pittsburg they told me about a device that was called a Long Range Acoustic Device. Of course it is claimed that the device is not a weapon, but a “directed-sound communication device.” Just one of the weapons that a police department has to stop peaceful dissent and to alarm the neighborhoods. Telling it like it is, telling the truth is better than telling a lie isn’t that what your Momma told you? This is a weapon, a weapon in use against people. A weapon in use by a police department against the people. A weapon is a weapon is a weapon.

 

We learn this from The Marshall Project:

For more than 20 years, the Pentagon program that distributes surplus weapons, aircraft and vehicles to police departments nationwide received little attention or scrutiny. Defense Department officials closely guarded the details of which agencies across the country received which items.
Then, events in Ferguson propelled the 1033 program, as the surplus distribution is called, into the public eye.
Flooded with calls for greater transparency, in late November, the Pentagon quietly released data that details the tactical equipment it tracks through the program, and for the first time identified the agencies that received items. The data is a national gift list of high-caliber weapons, armored vehicles, aircraft and similar military equipment, all delivered for the price of shipping and often with little civilian oversight. The program has doled out $5 billion in equipment since 1990. Want to read a very interesting and informative article from The Marshall Project go to HERE.

One can also scroll down and click on your state to find out how much each city and towns police departments received from the Feds.

Here is a chart:

The Department of Defense Gift Guide. and A Partridge In A Pear Tree.

Shopping for holiday gifts for your local police department, park ranger or campus security team? How about an “interim fast attack vehicle”? Or a nice grenade launcher? These are just a few of the $5 billion dollars worth of surplus items that the Defense Department has distributed to law enforcement agencies and others in its Excess Property Program, also called the 1033 program. Below is a list of gifts culled from records that the department quietly made public last month. The values are based on what the Pentagon paid when it acquired the equipment. The recipients paid only shipping.
For more on what gifts local police can receive from the Pentagon go to: A Department of Defense Gift Guide HERE. 

On the lighter side of all of these weapons we read at the Marshall Project what some departments ask for from Big Santa and received:

The armored vehicles and M-16s get all the attention, but the 1033 program has its lighter side. The non-tactical transfers include games and toys, musical instruments, personal electronics, and exercise equipment.
In addition to two dump trucks and two sedans, the go-getters at the New Lothrop, Michigan, police department scored enough instruments to start a band – two snare drums, a bass drum, an electric guitar, a bass guitar and accessories – in addition to four treadmills and a VCR to watch while exercising.

Other goodies from the five-sided big-box store:
6 French horns
3 saxophones
372 televisions (designated “for personal/home use”)
387 sets of dumbbells
58 softballs
121 treadmills
Oh, and more than 3,700 boxes of ready-to-eat meals, 2,800 of them to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Here is another chart of interest.

First read over this article: Connecticut Police Have $12.9 Million Worth of Military Equipment.

This is a MRAP. HPD has removed the Machine Gun Turrets from the roof. Did they scrape them or save them?

Photo and from original posting Roberto Tollis.

On to Our Town Hartford Ct. USA

A posting and photos on Dwelling in Downtown caught a lot of folks interest. Opening a can of worms and a call for the Deputy Chief of Police what Military Equipment Hartford Police Department had obtained from the pentagon and if he was willing to make a full disclosure. This question was asked in 2014 when over 100 people marched on Hartford Police Station against the assault by Hartford detective Shawn Ware made against Luis Anglero. I asked Brian Foley twice what HPD had as far as military weapons and finally he answered. I had also asked in another question Why should we believe that HPD is any different than other police departments? (more…)

or of course we could take a lesson from the French back in the day and send them all to the Guillotine. Their day will come as things can not remain top heavy for to long.  When that day comes and the top tumbles over what a celebration we will have. In the meantime let us not fall for the tools of the ruling class, let us not fall for mere reform those crumbs they shake from their table cloths. Let us educate the people so they know that the little they get, the soothing, is not all that we expect them to have.