Bigots spreading lies to demonize

Conservative media has been spreading a story that apparently first appeared on the badly named Christian Broadcasting Network about a transgender student in Florence, CO who has been accused of harassing girls in the locker room and rest rooms.

My old friend Cristan Williams debunked that story by speaking directly with Superintendent Rhonda Vendetti, who explained that there was indeed no harassment taking place. Indeed there were rather a few parents who were opposed to the fact that a transgender student was being allowed to use the locker room of the gender with which she identifies.

Pacific Justice Institute, which is taking the lead to repeal California's AB 1266, which protects the freedom of transgender students to pursue an equal education with that of their peers, has now basically admitted that they invented the story.

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Hellraisers Journal: "A Woman's Story" by Annie Clemenc, reprinted from the Miners' Bulletin

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

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Saturday October 17, 1903
Cincinnati, Ohio - Mother Jones, "The laboring man is advancing every day."

Mother Jones was in Cincinnati for a few hours yesterday on her way to Chicago. This famous old labor agitator travels alone. While in Cincinnati she made this statement:

To advance the cause of labor and laboring people is my only object. I have for years studied carefully the labor question, and in all my speeches to the miners and others I advocated peace and efficient work as the sure road to success. My idea is that every laborer, man or woman, should be worthy of their hire. They should, out of each week or month's salary, save a few pennies, dimes or dollars. I am in hearty sympathy with the workingman, and in times of strikes or lockouts I make it my duty to go to the scene of trouble and lend my aid to the laborer and his family. They are my personal charges.

I think the day will come when capital will learn to respect laborers enough to pay them in proportion to the services they render. I am at all times an advocate of peace when disagreements arise between employer and employees, for that is the laborer's stronghold. If he can only hold out and remain peaceable the victory is won. It is a rare occurrence that anything is accomplished by the working men who cause strife and bloodshed. They lose the respect sympathy of those who would otherwise be with them in time of need.

I think the laboring man is advancing every day, and it will be my life work to aid in this advancement.

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Go Ahead, Celebrate — You're Celebrating Failure

Not you at Voices on the Square. You know who.

Well it seems this continuing debacle every 3 months has ceased, for now. However, I really can't get over this pathetic celebration over the really low bar involved with regard to avoiding what I call a political default on the public debt. This is the same embarrassing type of celebration that ensued in 2011. We need to get real. Despite the government being opened up again, there's nothing to celebrate. We've already lost. After all, the debt ceiling was a precious gift Obama bestowed onto John Boehner in the 2010 tax deal as he put his full faith in Speaker John Boehner hands, as he took the full faith and credit of the United States hostage.

Of course, it was a deal struck between both of them to put who they called the "extremists" of both their parties in check, for a grand bargain like in 1983 when Tip O'Neil and Ronald Reagan cut social security. President Obama and Speaker Boehner weren't fooling everyone, though. Just those involved in their hyper deluded, hyper partisan, claptrap. To some of us, this was entirely predictable and preventable. Now people are suffering because some people, blinded by their hyper-loyal partisan illusions, couldn't or didn't want to see what was there. Maybe their lack of sight reveals they don't really care? It doesn't matter though. This will continue to be what we go through when some of this crap continues again in 4 months in February, regardless.

This austerity government will reopen at sequester levels of funding; a sequester I predicted would be born out by the stupid Super Committee from the super austerity Budget Control Act of 2011, which I saw was inevitable since the 2010 tax deal led to the first, now ongoing, debt ceiling debacle; a miniature crisis to crisis government with no plans to invest in its citizens' future. Anything else is possible though, from government shutdowns over the false prospect of defunding Obamacare, to any austerian Senator or Congressman using the threat of default for whatever demands they want.

We, the so called professional left as the White House derisively called us, warned about this. Anyone who denied this can either apologize now or forever restrain from speaking about matters regarding politics, civics, political deals, and the debt ceiling. We told all of you back in 2011 around this same time when that debacle was coming to its end — until this one and the next one 4 months down the line — that this was no victory.

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Hellraisers Journal: Baldwin-Felts Gunthugs Use Death Special to March Miners to Trinidad Jail

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

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Friday October 16, 1903
Chicago, Illinois - John Mitchell Speaks at Conference of the National Civic Federation

John Mitchell, National President of the United Mine Workers of America, spoke at yesterday's afternoon session of the Chicago Conference of the National Civic Federation. Mr. Mitchell spoke on the subject of the "union shop:"

By a refusal to work with non-union men labor organizations occasionally excite grave criticism from press and public. To refuse to work with non-union men is to no greater and to no less extent compulsion than for a life or fire insurance company to refuse certain classes of risks, for a church to refuse membership to certain classes of people, or for any association whatsoever to set conditions under which it will have dealings with certain persons. The compulsion exerted by unions whether toward non-unionists or employers must be judged upon its merits and must not be decried merely because it is compulsion.

The majority of non-unionists are not malicious, only at the worst stupid and pathetic. However, there is one group of non-unionists, the professional strike breakers, but little removed from the criminal classes. I do not mean to say that every strike breaker is a criminal.

Some of these professional strike breakers are former unionist, men who have been dishonorably discharged from the union, cashiered for conduct unbecoming a unionist, if not actually dismissed for defalcations or other offenses against the law. Others have never been in a union and have never been contaminated or defiled by work. With the progress of trade unions and their growth in strength there will probably be a lessening in the intensity of feeling against the non-unionist, but no lessening in the policy of exclusion.

In conclusion I believe that trade unions have a legal and moral right to exclude non-unionists, but that this right should be exercised with the utmost care, and only after persuasion has been tried and has failed.

The National Civic Federation is an organization comprised of representatives from both the wage earners and the capitalist. They meet together in an effort to solve industrial conflicts and improve relationships between the two classes. This Federation is much decried as class collaborationist by the Socialist Party of America, and by such unions as the Western Federation of Miners and the American Labor Union.

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Economic Populist: The Gerrymander & Wave Election Floodplains

Last week (8 Oct), Sam Wang at the Princeton Election Consortium Blog reported on some interesting findings on partisan swings in gerrymandered Republican districts:

Representatives who benefited from the great partisan gerrymander of 2010 were given enough of an advantage to get into office narrowly. In a district designed to give Republicans a narrow advantage, Republican loyalists are likely to be spread thinly, with the balance of the needed votes being drawn from independents. Some of these independents might be more prone to anger about the current situation. These polls suggest that Republicans in those states might be particularly ripe targets for pressure.

 
The 12 districts plotted in white are FL-02, FL-10, FL-13, MI-01, MI-07, MI-11, OH-06, OH-14, PA-07, PA-08, VA-02, and WI-07.

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Hellraisers Journal: UMW National Secretary Wilson, "The Negro is always to be given a fair show."

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

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Thursday October 15, 1903
Indianapolis, Indiana - U. M. W. Secretary Wilson speaks out against discrimination.

The Huntington Herald of Indiana printed this article yesterday, reproduced here in full:


Protest of Negroes, Members of the U. M. W.,
That White Miners are Drawing the Color Line.

Indianapolis, Oct. 14-Information has come to the national officers of the United Mine Workers of dissatisfaction among negro miners in the southern part of Indian, who allege that there has been discrimination against them. Three negroes at Linton have begun a movement to seek redress against the alleged disfavor in which they are held, and have presented their case to the officials of their organization at Terre Haute.

Negro Has a Right to a Fair Show

Secretary Wilson, of the United Mine Workers, said in speaking of it: "I do not know what the outcome of their meeting will be, but I know that it is not the purpose of the United Mine Workers to discriminate against the labor of any man in the organization. Our organization expressly prohibits discrimination against any on account of race, color or creed, and the negro is always to be given a fair show with the white man."

African American Coal Miners

These are fine words from the National Secretary of the miners' union, William B. Wilson, and we are sure that he means them sincerely. We will also point out that the United Mine Workers of America is a leader among unions in attempting to end discrimination across the color line. But we would hope that these words will lead to positive and long lasting action to end the shameful practice of white miners drawing the color line against their brothers within this great union. Real and lasting Solidarity is what is needed if the United Mine Workers expects to have the strength needed to take on the powerful coal companies.

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Hellraisers Journal: Coeur D' Alene scabs arrive in Victor, Colorado, on morning train.

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

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Wednesday October 14, 1903
Victor, Colorado -Scabs arrive on morning train from Coeur D' Alene, Idaho


Ed Boyce
First President of the
Western Federation of Miners

Scabs shipped in from Coeur D' Alene arrived on the morning train today, and were met at the station by a large crowd. We feel justified in calling them scabs since, no doubt, word of the strike has reached Coeur D' Alene by this time. These scabs betray the memory of their two brothers who were shot down by mine guards on June 11, 1892 during the strike of that year. No miner from Coeur D' Alene could be so ill informed as not to know that it was that strike which led directly to founding of the Western Federation of Miners.

Over 600 suffered arrest and confinement in the filthy bullpen. Thirteen, including Ed Boyce, former W. F. of M. President, were imprisoned in the Ada County Jail in Boise. It was there that this great industrial union was conceived. The W. F. of M. was founded in Butte, Montana, in May of 1893. Every western miner knows this history. Therefore, we will say it again, these new arrivals are scabs of the worst sort. Traitors plain and simple.

In other news from Denver, Governor Peabody has ordered the reduction of the military force in the Cripple Creek District. There are at present 775 officers and men on duty in the strike zone, and that number will soon be reduced to 500.

Brigadier General Chase has been formally charged and placed under arrest in Denver. His court-martial is pending. The Governor is expected to release the General soon while he awaits the trial. Several others have also been charged and placed under arrest.

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Gender Prison: Colorado transsexual woman denied breast cancer screening by Planned Parenthood

It has been more than a decade since Jennifer Blair underwent gender confirmation surgery. Like most transsexual women Jennifer takes a daily maintenance dose of estradiol, a synthetic estrogen drug.

That dose also does put me at an elevated risk for a variety of tumors, including breast cancer.

--Blair

Blair began to notice an unusual breast growth, so she went to Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains in Denver for a mammogram paid for by the Women's Wellness Connection. That's a state-run program which offers free cancer screenings for women living on low incomes.

I don't have any health insurance.

--Blair

Jennifer seemed to meet all the requirements, but she was still denied a screening…because she was born male.

I was shocked. I was hurt.

--Blair

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Economic Populist: Nuts & Bolts for Premium Notes

I recently discussed an alternative to Consol Bonds

Now, I was addressing a proposal by Matt Lavine at Bloomberg, and as a result, the explanation was not necessarily the simplest possible explanation. So here, I'm looking at just my proposed 10 year 100% coupon note, and going through the nuts and bolts.

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Hellraisers Journal: Mother Jones Remembers Virden Martyrs at Union Miners' Cemetery in Mt Olive

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

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Tuesday October 13, 1903
Mt Olive, Illinois - Mother Jones speaks at at Union Miners' Cemetery

Mother Jones gave a speech yesterday at the Union Miners' Cemetery in Mt. Olive, Illinois. She was one of the featured speakers along with Ben Hanford, of the Typographical union, at a memorial service for miners massacred at Virden on October 12, 1898. Mother spoke in support of the Union Miner's Cemetery which was established in 1899. Four of the fourteen Virden Martyrs were from the town of Mt. Olive. Those four were originally buried in the town cemetery, but the owner of that land disliked the mass ceremonies held there each year. Therefore, the bodies of our fallen brothers were moved to the Union Miners' Cemetery in 1899 when an acre of land was purchased for that purpose. More land was acquired in 1902.

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