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Hellraisers Journal: In the Military Bastille of West Virginia

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

Tuesday May 5, 1903
From the International Socialist Review: Warning to the A.F. of L.

To sum up his reporting on the recent N.A.M. convention, Comrade Max S. Hayes delivers these words of advice to the American Federation of Labor:

The trade unionists of the country may as well understand at once that they are going to confront a powerful organization of employers in the future, for the N. A. of M. [National Association of Manufacturers] has experienced wonderful growth during the past year and dozens of organizations in close sympathy with that body have also been formed in different Industrial centers which may be merged gradually. It is absurd to belittle this movement of the capitalists. Nothing can be gained by imitating the ostrich and sticking one's head in the sand. What the unionists should do is give serious consideration to the dangers that confront them by reason of capitalistic unification, put an end to their suicidal jurisdiction controversies, federate more closely all along the line and be prepared for trouble.

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Sunday May 5, 2013: Up with Steve Kornacki Tweets

Hello. Today's #Uppers was also pretty disappointing. You get the feeling Steve Kornacki still thinks this is 2008 and elections have hope. But we don't have a functioning legislature and it's either going to be about filibuster reform or nothing. Not the baseball card stats of 2014 and specifically not 2016 which always pisses me off talking about it because it's so sensational. It was also about the Syrian civil war and that Israeli bombing in Syria, and for some reason Anthony Weiner.

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Looking for Racism Everywhere? Sometimes it's Best to Look in the Mirror

Oh boy, have you guys seen this? I know many of us are well-versed in the anti-racism, victimhood tactics, mainly from our time at certain other websites. And we know how hurtful it can be. But I don't think I've ever seen a better example of just how much damage false accusations of racism can cause.

Here's a city council meeting where some kids from a special program at an area school were presenting a gift to the city. Their project involved spending a couple days in the town of Martinsville, VA, after which they were going to write reports and stuff about their experience and what they learned about the history of the town. Somewhere along the way, they decided it would be nice to make a quilt with each of the kids designing their own patch showing how they felt about the experience and to show their appreciation for the history of the town. In this city council meeting, the kids and their teacher were showing the quilt that they were about to present as a gift to the city.
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Hellraisers Journal: Socialists to Governor, "Gun thugs must go!"

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

Monday May 4, 1903
From the International Socialist Review: World of Labor

More by Max S Hayes on recent N.A.M. Convention in New Orleans where war was declared against the A.F. of L.

[The delegates] adopted a platform that declares against strikes, boycotts, etc., and favors "open shops" and wage rates and pay days to suit themselves; they endorsed the so- called Independent "unions" that are springing up in different parts of the country, declared in favor of "regulating the bad in unions," and patted themselves on the back for defeating the eight-hour and anti-injunction bills in Congress. Finally the manufacturers decided to organize the employing class by trades and federating them on lines similar to those followed by the unions, and for the purpose of resisting the demands of the latter. To clinch matters and to prove that they heartily endorse their president's policy, the convention re-elected Parry unanimously.

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Saturday May 4, 2013: Up with Steve Kornacki Tweets

Today was about gun control and the power of the presidency and a lot of BS about how Obama is the knight in shining armor held down by the evil opposing army in the Senate. Pretending that any mention of the bully pulpit or real legislative history is having liberal fantasies like on the West Wing. Same crap I have debunked forever. I am going to be a thorn in Steve Kornacki's side if this keeps up. Also there was marriage equality and Jason Collins coming out in the NBA.

Now #Uppers.

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President Obama's Austerity Does Not Make Him a Keynesian

It's really sad it has come to this. There are many people that have jumped to branding President Obama as the second coming of famed economist John Maynard Keynes in what has become a rather sad attempt to deflect his austerity along with the deficit hysteria he preaches on a daily basis. Some people pretend the sequester he and Gene Sperling wrote along with putting chained CPI on the table(cutting seniors income) in order to get out it somehow "makes Obama a textbook Keynesian." Nope.

It doesn't take a lot of effort to know this is false.

“The boom, not the slump, is the right time for austerity at the Treasury.”

- John Maynard Keynes (1937) Collected Writings

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