Hellraisers Journal: "To the Rescue of Mother Jones!"

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

Sunday March 29, 1903
From the Denver Post - "C. E. MacNeil, stand up!"

This scathing rebuke of Charles MacNeil was published earlier this month:

Was not [that] telegram of yours endorsed by the other mine managers? Is is it true that it is a subterfuge? Is it not a brazen falsehood from beginning to end? Is it not a carefully worded telegram, prepared to hoodwink the people of Colorado? Is it not intended to make the people believe the mill managers are more sinned against than sinning? Are you not laughing at your own cunning and flattering yourself that you have made a master stroke and have fooled the people?

Hellraisers is happy to learn that at least one of Denver's newspapers is not taken in by the MacNeil when he claims, "There is no trouble between our company and the mill workers employed by us...Our employees don't ask to arbitrate. Our plants are full handed and all our employees and plants require is protection from the violence of outsiders not employed by us..."

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Unlike heaven, West Virginia

We may be making progress at the Supreme Court, but that doesn't imply that progress is happening elsewhere.

 photo skinner221_zps2f1d96d8.jpgThere has been a bill in the West Virginia House of Delegates to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state's anti-discrimination laws. But its sponsor, West Virginia's first openly gay legislator Stephen Skinner (D-Jefferson County) has announced that he has asked the chairman of the committee considering the bill to forget about it ahead of today's procedural deadline. Skinner expressed concerns that the proposed exemption for religious organizations would be amended so broadly as to make the bill meaningless.

I believe that the wisest course of action today is to delay the battle in the House for another day.

--Stephen Skinner

Skinner thanked the hundreds of volunteers who have lobbied for the bill thought phone banks and in person. He also thanked those lawmakers who had co-sponsored and expressed vocal support for the measure.

To those of you who support the (bill) but feel you cannot vote for it, it is not my job to soothe your conscience. I will not give up on you, but I want you to explain to your children, your grandchildren, your brothers, sisters and friends, why you will not do so.

--Skinner

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Hellraisers Journal: Walmart! Prefers Filing Lawsuit to Creating Good Jobs

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

Friday March 28, 1903
U.S. Post Office Continues Campaign against the Appeal to Reason

As the Socialist newspaper, the Appeal to Reason prepares its one million copies of the Populist edition, the Post office has issued a directive that the Appeal can mail out no more extra copies than the number of its subscribers. The circulation of the Appeal has been increasing dramatically, along with a rise in the influence of the Socialist Party of America. The Populist edition is designed to attract ex-People's party supporters to socialism.

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House Committee Votes 31-14 in Favor of Certain Financial Collapse

So, the way I understand it is, six laws have been voted out of committee, all but one with unanimous voice vote, that ensure an epochal financial collapse. The gamblers are being told that they do not have to honestly evaluate their assets, that endless sidebets are allowed, and that the insurers do not need the capital to cover their commitments. In this set-up, those who gamble most riskily and most dishonestly will be those who profit most handsomely. And the only potential check to risk and dishonesty--the inevitable collapse of the system--has become not a check at all, but an actual incentive. Hell, if the whole thing collapses, the gamblers won't open fire on one another--they will be gifted with an infusion of real money, money earned through sweat and blood, through long days and hard nights, money earned driving buses and digging graves and selling actual insurance, if there is such a thing anymore.

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Protecting Social Security from Inaccurate Accounting with an Agenda

I was asked to contribute to the Daily Kos Social Security blogathon today to draw attention to the neoliberal attack on it. I hope you visit and like my contribution.

I have referenced this before, but there hasn't really been enough of a movement on the this issue, and it's an important one. It's specifically important right now when Washington DC is completely stuck on stupid in a self created crisis. This crisis started in 2010 when the debt ceiling was not secured in the Bush tax cut deal with Republicans by President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Many of us predicted it would lead to the debt ceiling debacle in 2011 which in turn led to the fiscal cliff negotiations and the sequester that is now a reality.

However, it could end anytime with House Democratic Representative John Conyer's bill to just repeal the sequester; that is, if he got proper support. I think that needs to be a goal along with forever protecting Social Security from neoliberal economics and the politicians that support it. After all, this sequester was a conscious bipartisan decision on their part to put Social Security in danger now that a 130 billion net cut within the chained(superlative) CPI is now on the White House's website in its proposal to stand in place of the sequester.

What we are hearing to justify it are not only exaggerations and lies about Social Security being unsustainable, those lies are based on inaccurate accounting standards that have pervaded our entire government; the CBO, and yes, even the Social Security Trustees Board itself at times over the years. Let's face it; the Social Security Trustees Board has a broad history of being overly pessimistic.

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Hellraisers Journal: The Most Dangerous Woman in America

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

Friday March 27, 1903
West Virginia - UMWA District 17 Strike Continues against Fairmont Coal Company

Enduring hunger and cold, court injunctions, arrests, assaults, and murder, the miners have not given up the fight against this all-powerful coal company. The strike was called June 7, 1902 and the strike zone was soon covered with injunctions.

Mother Jones was there when Joe Paggiani was beaten. She was arrested not long after and taken before Judge John J. Jackson who advised her to "follow the lines and paths which the Allwise Being intended her sex should pursue.." Mother Jones thanked the judge for his advise but let him know that she had her duty to perform. This is where the prosecutor pointed an accusing finger at her and called her "the most dangerous woman in America!" Mother preferred to go to jail with her boys, but was forced to leave West Virginia.

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All hail the fundies?

Gary Bauer Threatens GOP: ‘Bail Out’ On Marriage And I’ll Form Third Party

    “I’m a Republican — many of you I’m sure are Democrats — I’m a Republican. Let me say to my party: if you bail out on this issue, I will leave the party and I will take as many people with me as I possibly can.”

Would you, Gary? Bring Huck along with you while you're at it? Because if you take today's GOP and subtract the fundies, you have today's Democratic Party. Gary taking his ball and going home could be the start for a much-needed political realignment.

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Support Bradley Manning's Nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize

No individual has done more to push back against what Martin Luther King Jr. called "the madness of militarism" than Bradley Manning. And right now, remaining in prison and facing relentless prosecution by the U.S. government, no one is more in need of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Alfred Nobel's will left funding for a prize to be awarded to "the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."

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