Inside Man: what Thatcher once said of Blair could still be said about Obama – He was Reaganism’s biggest achievement

The path forward is difficult to envision amid the fog of culture war, political war and the threat of actual, real-life civil war. But it is clear that Biden is at a crossroads, and still unsure which way to go. He can follow his boss, Barack Obama, who pursued bipartisanship, comity and compromise–accommodating corporate power. Or he can break toward the path of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who did battle with oligarchy, stood down fascism and welcomed the hatred of the rich.

One thing he cannot do is try to go in both directions. The lesson of the Obama administration is that you can have appeasement or transformative progress, but you almost certainly cannot have both.

[and, as quoted in the article]:

“We would not have Trump as president if the Democrats had remained the party of the working class,” University of California-Irvine professor Bernard Grofman recently told the New York Times. “[Obama] responded to the housing crisis with bailouts of the lenders and interlinked financial institutions, not of the folks losing their homes. And the stagnation of wages and income for the middle and bottom of the income distribution continued under Obama.”

david sirota

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/22/to-achieve-a-real-legacy-biden-will-have-to-be-more-radical-and-ready-to-fight

let us hope biden rises above obama’s self-imposed sycophancy. he might, because he’s both old and badly complicit in bad shit, experienced and still decent. the morphic symbolism of old white male and youngish, questionable black female prosecutor just might strike the demented US political unconscious imaginary along an effective lay line… and work out for no doubt a very short time, at least until the polar ice caps melt. so, we can all go down together, as laurie anderson has prophesized.

Inside Man: what Thatcher once said of Blair could still be said about Obama – He was Reaganism’s biggest achievement

Deference, re: sycophancy, to Israel: the Guardian’s horror Editorial in response to B’Telem’s report defining Israel as an Apartheid state, which in most circles, has long been a foregone conclusion. Some accuse Israel of being far worse – responsible for genocide. Which is far more accurate.

The Guardian view on Israel and apartheid: prophecy or description?

Editorial

With no roadmap for peace, Israel risks being compared to the old South Africa

‘There is a serious argument about injustices to be had’. An Israeli border guard gestures at a Palestinian protester in July 2020.

‘There is a serious argument about injustices to be had.’ An Israeli border guard gestures at a Palestinian protester in July 2020. Photograph: Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP/Getty ImagesSun 17 Jan 2021 13.42 EST

It was a deliberate provocation by B’Tselem, Israel’s largest human rights group, to describe the Palestinians in the Holy Land as living under an apartheid regime. Many Israelis detest the idea that their country, one they see as a democracy that rose from a genocidal pyre, could be compared to the old racist Afrikaner regime. Yet figures such as Desmond Tutu and Jimmy Carter have done so.

There is a serious argument about injustices to be had. Palestinians – unlike Israeli Jews – live under a fragmented mosaic of laws, often discriminatory, and public authorities which seem indifferent to their plight. Apartheid is a crime against humanity. It is a charge that should not be lightly made, for else it can be shrugged off. Some might agree with the use of such incendiary language, but many will recoil. The crime of apartheid has been defined as “inhumane acts committed in the context of a regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over any other racial group or groups with the intention of maintaining that regime”.

There are nearly 5 million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, all without Israeli citizenship. In the West Bank, Palestinians are bereft of civil rights, while Israelis in the occupied territory enjoy the full support of the state. Hamas won Gaza’s election in 2006, but the blockade that Israel imposes means it is in charge. Egypt has sealed its border, but nothing and nobody can get in or out without Israeli permission. Meeting the needs of Gaza’s growing population, say relief agencies, is at the whim of Israel. About 300,000 Palestinians in the areas formally annexed in 1967 – East Jerusalem and surrounding villages – do not have full citizenship and equal rights. Last year, the Israeli NGO Yesh Din found that Israeli officials were culpable of the crime of apartheid in the West Bank. Such a finding can only be a tragedy for all, including this newspaper, who wish the state of Israel well.

B’Tselem argues that Palestinians are afforded various levels of rights depending on where they live, but always below Jewish people. The group says it is becoming impossible to insulate Israel from its prolonged occupation project, leading it to run an apartheid regime not just outside its sovereign territory but inside it. There are about 2 million Palestinian citizens of Israel, a minority under pressure not to antagonise the Jewish majority. Within Israel, discriminatory policies are not difficult to find. National security is invoked to justify often racist citizenship laws. Jewish-only communities have admission committees that can legally reject Palestinians on the grounds of “cultural incompatibility”. A web of land and planning laws squeeze Palestinians into a shrinking space. There are Israeli Arabs whose prominence in society belies the poverty of the majority.

Israel has a problem of historic discrimination. But under Benjamin Netanyahu’s government there has been the enactment of the nation state law that constitutionally enshrines Jewish supremacy and a plan to formally annex parts of the West Bank. Some prominent Jewish intellectuals, such as the writer Peter Beinart, have given up on the idea of a Jewish state. No government formed after the forthcoming election will support genuine Palestinian statehood or have a viable peace plan.

This begs B’Tselem’s heretical question: what if there is only, in reality, one regime between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, rather than one political power that controls the territory in which there are distinct regimes? A system of separate and unequal law and systemic discrimination against Palestinians has been justified because it was meant to be temporary. But decades have passed and the situation worsens. If this is a twilight for democracy and equality in the Holy Land, one can only hope that the night will be short.

Deference, re: sycophancy, to Israel: the Guardian’s horror Editorial in response to B’Telem’s report defining Israel as an Apartheid state, which in most circles, has long been a foregone conclusion. Some accuse Israel of being far worse – responsible for genocide. Which is far more accurate.

Zappa For and Against the Presidency

the best and only premonitional responses to the systemic enablement to trump’s treason and seditious fomenting of the mob attack on capital hill…

Keep it Greasey

Frank zappa (lead guitar, vocals)
Warren cucurullo (rhythm guitar, vocals)
Denny walley (slide guitar, vocals)
Ike willis (lead vocals)
Peter wolf (keyboards)
Arthur barrow (bass, vocals)
Ed mann (percussion)
Vinnie colaiuta (drums)

Eventually father riley b. jones gets around to joe with his little case of pre-blessed unguents…

Central scrutinizer:
This is the central scrutinizer… poor joe. he’s getting tired from bending over… but we tried to warn him… didn’t we? okay, joe… you asked for it… here comes the big one…

Joe: (anointing himself as he sings)
Keep it greasey
So it’ll go down easy
Keep it greasey
So it’ll go down easy
Keep it greasey
So it’ll go down easy

Manx:
Roll it over ‘n
Grease it down
I’ll drive you through
The heart of town

Joe:
Keep it greasey
So it’ll go down easy
Keep it greasey
So it’ll go down easy
Keep it greasey
So it’ll go down easy

Manx:
Roll it over ‘n
Grease it down
I’ll drive you through
The heart of town

Joe (who is still wearing his housewife costume from when he first picked up sy borg in the closet) adjusts his little apron to a more advantageous position and sings…

Joe:
Hey, the good women,
They sure has it tough
The good men, well
There ain’t enough
All the good girls are
Lookin’ all the time
Good men is
Something that
They can’t find
’cause if they
Find one miraculously
They try to be lovin’
As they can be
If they find
One and let him go
Chances are they
Might not never find
One no mo’

Keep it greasey
So it’ll go down easy
Keep it greasey
So it’ll go down easy
Keep it greasey
So it’ll go down easy

Manx:
Roll it over ‘n
Grease it down
I’ll drive you through
The heart of town

Joe:
A good lovin’ man
Is hardest to find
A good woman needs
To ease her mind
And I know a few that
Need to ease it behind
All y’gotta do is
Grease it down
‘n everything is fine

Keep it greasey
So it’ll go down easy
Keep it greasey
So it’ll go down easy
Keep it greasey
So it’ll go down easy

Manx:
Roll it over ‘n grease
It down
I’ll drive you through
The heart of town

Joe:
A girl don’t need
No fancy grease
To get herself
Some rump release
Any kind
Of lube’ll do
Maybe from another
Part of you
Lube from the north
Lube from the south
Take a little slobber
From the side of
Your mouth
From your mouth
From your mouth
From your mouth
From your mouth
Roll it over
Grease it down
Here come that crazy
Screamin’ sound…

Keep it greasey
So it’ll go down easy
Keep it greasey
So it’ll go down easy
Keep it greasey
So it’ll go down easy
Roll it over ‘n grease it
Down, down, down
Grease it down…
Oh no! here comes
That screamin’ sound
Again…

And sure enough the walls of the prison did rever- berate with all sorts of screamin’ sounds as lawyers and execs and promo per- sonages all decide to jump on joe for a spectacular high speed ga
Ng leading to…

Zappa For and Against the Presidency