crap/not crap, pt 70

  • jacques chirac
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    c’mon, people

    from an upbeat tale of excellent anti-war, pro-labor action:

    The Union Ferry’s Steamin’ Up
    For the 55 union ferry workers fired
    from the Alcatraz touring lines. And
    the solidarity of the San Francisco
    Anti-War movement with them:
    January 27, 2007.

    As far out as you wanna travel,
    on legs, in the saddle, by car or in the air,
    just remember: down here
    where privatizing snakes slither,
    we all ride the Union ferry
    to the Rock and back,
    to the Rock and back and forth
    with keel sharp enough to lop
    them sumabitchin’ vipers.

    Their tongues are tied to the war-bone,
    to the murderous shock-and-oil bone,
    to the profits-at-any-price bone.
    Their fangs are honed in the global apple
    where their venom lies.

    C’mon, mates, the union ferry’s steamin’ up
    to split their army so that putrescent
    serpents’ nest that has little left but unwilling guns
    falls powerless at last. And you get back
    what they ordered stolen. And we can all
    go to work on the constructions
    of a Rock to jail those
    Big House and White House
    slimy reptiles for ages.

    —Jack Hirschman

    ultimately, it’s shit like this that gives us all nervous diarrhea when we hear tell of “political art,” right? it’s also indicative of an icky, put-on tendency within labor’s political culture – I abbreviate it in the caricature of Old Left Johnson – that makes me think of nothing so much as the most collegiate players on the “folk revival” scene.

    ‘completely shallow/bourgeois of me to mention, i know.

    chasepack’s back, sucka

    joe effing biden, people! this shit’s serious now.

    meanwhile, john edwards is the only dem candidate even paying lip service to substantive, dramatic change in our iraq policy (let alone redistribution at home). dave’s wise-assed and stirring call for some spine from the congressional dems has to my mind only been dignified by edwards. of course, edwards’ isn’t in the position to make the votes he’s demanding; thus he’s bought the moral high ground at a rebate.

    the other thing is that edwards’ campaign is about “more than just the presidency.” labor’s firm behind him because they know that, win or lose, he’ll be bringing issues of healthcare, poverty and the politics of work to a national audience in a way that no other credible dem could. if i’m supposed to accept the assertions that ralph nader has organized a political movement despite never winning the presidency, i want people to consider similar prospects when they dig on the tenor of what the ex-senator’s doing. whether or not he gets to tackle john mccain or whoever, edwards’ every success helps build momentum for what could be called his party’s “economic justice” faction. that faction’s battling on a nasty, neoliberal front in 2007, and it needs all the help it can get.

    lost sailor

    oh shellfish, doodoo and tino… how have we never found a recording from that night at bogart’s?

    ooh, news

    “my idea of fun” (the first new stooges’ track) is coming at you on the myspacey.

    the stooges, you will remember, feature ron asheton on gtr.

    holy god… is that my new guitar he’s holding?

    let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me

    “…and it takes a whole lot of medicine/for me to pretend that i’m somebody else.”

    twang, youth

    detailed twang has long been among the hippest of the music blogs, so much so that i gladly withstand the author’s occasional libertarian musings. well, now the site hosts mp3s, so look alive.

    meanwhile, wobblie is showing sonic youth!  “making the nature scene” has never been easier.