Hellraisers Journal: $olidarity from the miners of British Columbia for the miners of Michigan

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

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Sunday October 11, 1903
Chicago, Illinois - Colorado Labor Official Warns of Socialism and the W. F. of M.

W. H. McDonald, Colorado commissioner of labor, gave a lecture yesterday in Chicago wherein he warned the good citizens of Chicago about the dangers of the Western Labor Movement. Mr. McDonald claims that the Western Federation of Labor and the American Labor Union exist, not to promote trade unionism, but to advance socialism.

In Colorado and other Western states the labor movement has been diverted from its lawful purpose to the task of pushing the propaganda of Socialism.

We are left to wonder when the Socialist Party of America was made "unlawful." And we would like to point out to the Labor Commissioner that members of unions have the same rights as anyone else in any other organization to vote as they so please.

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DOJ sues Texas RV park for violation of Fair Housing Act (evicting transwoman)

Eric Holder has filed a lawsuit putting the federal government behind the discrimination claim of a transwoman against a Texas RV park.

On October 3 the suit was filed in the Eastern District of Texas (Tyler Division) against George Toone and his company, In Toone Services. In Toone Services owns Texas RV Park in Athens, TX.

Roxanne Joganik filed a complaint with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in June 2012, alleging that Toone discriminated against her on the basis of sex, violating the federal Fair Housing Act. Joganik and her roommate, Darlina Anthony, moved into the park on a month-to-month lease in April of 2011. In Toone Services acquired the property in May of 2012, 5 days after Joganik had paid her rent through the month of June. Joganik informed Toone that she was transgender and asked him if he would have a problem with her wearing female clothing in the common areas of the RV park. Toone said it would be a problem because "there are children around the pool." So Joganik refrained from doing so.

A week later Toone distributed copies of the new park rules, requiring residents to sign them along with their service agreements. The rules said that management "reserved the right to refuse entrance to anyone for any reason other than 'race, religion, handicapped (sic), color or national origin.'" The new rules did not include sex or family status, which are protected classes under the FHA. So Joganik refused to sign the rules.

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Hellraisers Journal: Gunthugs attack Ludlow Tent Colony once again, shoot and kill Mack Powell

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
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Saturday October 10, 1903
Denver, Colorado - Governor Peabody's court-martial board to convene in nine days.

Governor Peabody has appointed a court-martial which is set to convene on October 19th at 10:00 a. m. Many charges against high officers have been brought to the Governor's attention, reaching as high as General Chase, according to some reports. General Chase remains in Denver at this time.

General Bell has released several statements over the last few days. This is an example:

I offer the following moral to the Citizen's Alliance, the Mine Owners' Association, the Western Federation of Miners, and all other organizations: Moral-Attend to your own business affairs and don't in any manner or way interfere or mix in the military operations and conduct of the troops, and, incidentally, with the management and operation of the military affairs in the Cripple Creek district.

Bell further states that the organizations so-named should pin that moral into their hatbands. In other words, the citizens should shut their mouths and open their wallets to foot the bill for Bell's shoddy management of the Colorado National Guard in the Cripple Creek District.

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Hellraisers Journal: Michigan Copper Striker shot by deputy and close to death in Hancock Hospital

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
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Friday October 9, 1903
Cripple Creek District, Colorado - The Women in the Strike Zone Form Auxiliaries

The women of Cripple Creek, Victor and Anaconda are organizing themselves to stand beside their union men. Known as the Women's Auxiliaries to Organized Labor, they will be receiving charters from the Colorado Federation of Labor. Already the women are making their influence felt with the local area business men. Local shop keepers have been quick to sever their ties with the Citizens Alliance when informed that the women will not patronize any business so affiliated. The Auxiliaries are also involved in relief work throughout the strike zone.

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President Obama Gave Speaker Boehner the Debt Ceiling to Play With in 2010

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And here we are again! It started in 2010. The Bush tax cuts were about to expire. There was leverage to negotiate a debt ceiling raise or to just let them expire. How do I know there was leverage? I know Republicans like tax cuts for the rich, and there was a deal for the purpose of extending them with Republican votes. It passed with those Republican votes, which led to this whole thing because there was no debt ceiling raise included.

Maybe others are unaware of this? I don't know. It doesn't matter though; the uninformed shouldn't dictate fantasy as reality in a reality based community. This is the actual reality and why we are worried about a global financial calamity with regard to a possible political default on the public debt, which is a choice and otherwise impossible for a sovereign currency issuer.

Obama on the Debt Limit — December 2010

Q Mr. President, thank you. How do these negotiations affect negotiations or talks with Republicans about raising the debt limit? Because it would seem that they have a significant amount of leverage over the White House now, going in. Was there ever any attempt by the White House to include raising the debt limit as a part of this package?
 

THE PRESIDENT: When you say it would seem they’ll have a significant amount of leverage over the White House, what do you mean?
 

Q Just in the sense that they’ll say essentially we’re not going to raise the — we’re not going to agree to it unless the White House is able to or willing to agree to significant spending cuts across the board that probably go deeper and further than what you’re willing to do. I mean, what leverage would you have –
 

THE PRESIDENT: Look, here’s my expectation — and I’ll take John Boehner at his word — that nobody, Democrat or Republican, is willing to see the full faith and credit of the United States government collapse, that that would not be a good thing to happen. And so I think that there will be significant discussions about the debt limit vote. That’s something that nobody ever likes to vote on. But once John Boehner is sworn in as Speaker, then he’s going to have responsibilities to govern. You can’t just stand on the sidelines and be a bomb thrower.

You know, we on the left knew what this would lead to. You don't trust John Boehner with the full faith in credit of the United States unless one is completely clueless or an economic nihilist. The resulting signs we are starting to see of a financial panic in response to the prospects of a default on top of the ongoing depression, the jobs crisis, the continuing climate and ecological crisis all converging into one huge Epochal crisis, point to a special kind of disdain for the public that all our elected leaders have for us. I mean, we have enough problems without adding to them through a self induced global financial then economic crisis caused by the President's pursuit of a deficit terrorist grand bargain whether through incompetence or outright corruption.

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Economic Populist: Will the White House Accept A Government Default, When It Doesn't Have To?

Over at Wonkblog Ezra Klein, one of MSNBC;s favorites neoliberals, writes:

The problem with President Obama’s shutdown strategy
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The political theory here is clear: Obama is trying to marshal public opinion against the GOP. If enough Republicans are getting angry calls from their constituents and seeing polls that look disastrous for their party, they'll find a way to back down.

 
But it can backfire badly. Every second Obama stood at that podium made it a bit harder for the Republican Party to retreat. The more he repeats that this is their shutdown and they need to end it, the more their party suffers if they can't find a way to prove the president wrong. Obama's efforts to move public opinion toward him also moves Republican opinion against him.
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... the White House is still pursuing a strategy that makes it harder for Boehner and the Republicans to back down. Their gamble is that the power of public opinion will overwhelm the power of presidential polarization. And if the Republican Party loses totally -- loses in a way where they can't tell themselves it was a win -- that'll be the end of these tactics.

The problem with this kind of brinksmanship tactics is that they may lead to an economic collapse ~ and given Europe's ongoing problems with the scourge of harsh austerity policies in the context of a monetary system built broken, that might be a worldwide economic collapse.

Now, the threat of the economic collapse does not come from the Government Shutdown, it comes from the risk of default on the government debt, due to the US Treasury running out of juggling options before it needs to sell a new issue of Treasury bonds to avoid a default on payment of government obligations.

And the puzzling point is that the Administration insists that the risk of default is real, even though the Administration itself can take the threat of default off the table.

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Hellraisers Journal: Gunthugs open fire on Ludlow Tent Colony; Miners rally to defend the camp.

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
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Thursday October 8, 1903
Denver, Colorado - Governor Peabody Orders Court-Martial to Investigate Charges

With persistent rumors of a widespread scandal within the Colorado state militia related to the Cripple Creek campaign, Governor Peabody released the following statement:

Charges and specifications against certain men and officers of the Colorado National Guard have been filed with me which will be immediately inquired into.

They are charges of a most serious nature, and I shall order a court-martial to investigate them thoroughly...

Gen. Chase has not been removed, but he will remain in Denver for present.

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Hellraisers Journal: Big Annie leads parade of 500 children in Calumet, "PAPA IS STRIKING FOR US"

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
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Wednesday October 7, 1903
From the Victor Daily Record: "To Hell With The Constitution," Maj. McClelland.

To Hell with the constitution. We are going by the governor's orders.

Thus, spoke Major Tom McClelland of the Colorado state militia according to a statement made by Attorney John M. Glover. McClelland is the acting judge advocate and counsel for the military authorities of state of Colorado. Attorney Glover's statement was printed in the October 4th issue of the Victor Daily Record:

I was in the office of district Attorney Trowbridge when Tom McClelland and Willis V. Elliott were preparing information against Editor Kyner for libel. Referring to the seizure of the office of the Victor Record, I said to McClelland, "Your people apparently have not much respect for the constitution. That was a blow at the freedom to the press," to which McClelland replied: "To h-- with the constitution. We are going by the governor's orders." To which I replied: "We will have some of you fellows pleading for your liberty before a jury where the governor's orders don't go." McClelland replied: "We will take care of that when we come to it." Elliot was present and heard this conversation."

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Hellraisers Journal: Louis Tikas Moves into the Ludlow Tent Colony as Leader of the Camp

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
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Tuesday October 6, 1903
From The International Socialist Review: S. P. of A. Organizing Work Progressing

In the current issue of the Review, William Mailly, National Secretary of the Socialist Party of America, discusses plans to increase the Party's national organizing work:

The contribution of one thousand dollars by Comrade J. A. Wayland of the Appeal to Reason to the National Organizing Fund comes in good season. It comes at a time when most needed and when it can be put to the best uses for the Socialist Party, which is the concrete expression of the Socialist movement in America. While it is no exaggeration to say that the organizing work carried on by the National Socialist Party during the past eight months has exceeded that performed in any similar length of time before, yet even this was not all that was needed or desired to be done. It is simple enough to inaugurate a work of this kind; the great difficulty comes in continuing it after it has begun. It was quite impossible to satisfy all sections requiring or asking for organizers at once and the same time. The number of organizers employed was not sufficient to go around, the territory to be covered too large, and the resources of the national office too limited....

Comrade Mailly describes specific organizers to be hired and territories to be covered. Several state organizers will be hired as national organizers, thereby giving the more experienced national organizers smaller territories to cover. A plan is being developed to cover most of the country:

A study of these plans will show that within the next six months every state and territory will have received visits from national organizers or will be supporting organizers of their own. Comrades must bear in mind that every place cannot be visited AT ONCE. The national office cannot assume financial responsibility for any more organizers than it can afford to support. It is most important that the party be kept out of debt. But every place will finally be visited, if the comrades will but realize the immensity of the task we have undertaken and be patient with us.

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