Hellraisers Journel: Big Bill Is Warned!

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

Sunday, March 15, 1903
Denver, Colorado-At 3 AM this morning the Western Federation of Miners reached an agreement with two of three mill managers in the Colorado City smeltermens strike. The Telluride and Portland mills have agreed to an eight-hour day and to rehire the men who were fired. Negotiations on wages will continue.

The third manger, Charles MacNeill of the Standard Mill, stormed out of the meeting. He vows that he will not accept this agreement nor any other agreement with the Western Federation of Miners.

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Hellraisers Journal: 2012 Hell-Raiser of the Year Award goes to....

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

Saturday, March 14, 1903
Denver, Colorado-Governor Peabody has convened a meeting between the Western Federation of Miners and the mangers of the three Colorado City mills where the smeltermen are now on strike. The meeting began at 2 PM and negotiations may last well into the night. Representing the smeltermen are Charles Moyer and William D Haywood. The Standard Mill is represented by Charles MacNeill. HJ has not yet been able to learn the names of the men representing the Telluride and Portland mills, but an unnamed sources states that these two mills may be close to reaching a settlement with the WFM.

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Under the Radar: The Movement to End Corporate Personhood

Three years ago, the Supreme Court, in what Keith Olbermann correctly called "Our Dred Scott," ruled that corporations had all of the rights of human beings and, more importantly, that  any attempt to limit their campaign contributions violated their First Amendment right to free speech in the infamous 5-4 Citizens United v. FEC decision. 

Since then, there has been a growing movement to overturn that decision. Today, on Democracy Now!, thanks to a college NPR station on my way home from work, I heard the following exchange:

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There's a New Sheriff in Town......New Pope Chosen

          After hours and hours of deliberation, the Catholic Church has a new Pope. In the Catholic Church's mystical version of 'Survivor', the Argentine born Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been elected as the Church's next Pope. His election is a surprise in that it was generally believed the next Pope would be younger and European. He is 76 and a Jesuit.

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Hellraisers Journal: The Western Federation of Miners

Friday, March 13, 1903
Colorado City, Colorado-With the strike of the smeltermen of this town holding firm, we will now turn our attention to the Union which stands behind them and to the two leaders of that Union: the mighty Western Federation of Miners, the intrepid Charles Moyer, and one-eyed Big Bill Haywood.

The Western Federation of Miners was born in the Ada County Jail in Boise, Idaho. When the thirteen strike leaders, including Ed Boyce got out of jail, they called for a convention in Butte, Montana to unite the western miners. That convention was held in May of 1893 with Miner Ed Boyce elected as the first President.

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Processing the President's Disdain for Due Process

This piece is my most viral piece to date and appeared on Daily Kos on December 15, 2011. It's an ironic diary coming from myself given all the economic pieces I write but I do have range on other issues, too. It's about the NDAA and is still relevant because the US can still indefinitely detain American citizens, and the White House has never been able to properly define the terms "associated forces" among others things with regard to Al Qaeda. Section 1021 can still be used to indefinitely detain American citizens.

You may recognize my illustration about the NDAA as well which is also still relevant.

Not that it should only be a worry if it happens to American citizens. This war on terror George W. Bush league crap that the Obama administration is still peddling, even with its signing statement claiming it won't matter while they are in the White House, assuming, of course, no Republican will ever win an election again. That is ridiculous, insulting, and a major assault on the Bill of Rights. This is further compounded with the White Paper and the Rand Paul filibuster in which he didn't get an answer to his simple question really on how they define the term "engaged in combat" when it comes to whether they can order a drone strike on an American citizen on American soil. This one is still relevant so enjoy.

Processing the President's Disdain for Due Process

That’s right. You know what’s going on.

This administration never threatened to veto the NDAA because of civil liberties concerns. This administration is using the same fear mongering that the Bush administration has used concerning Al Qaeda to codify the unchecked executive power it has claimed erroneously for itself in the exact same way.

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Hellraisers Journal: Strike of Colorado City Smeltermen Continues

Thursday, March 12, 1903
Colorado City, Colorado-The strike of the smeltermen has shut down all three of Colorado City's mills for the past three weeks. The smelter owners have rejected all the demands of the Western Federation of Miners: an eight-hour day, union recognition, and the rehiring of the fired men. It was the firing of twenty-three men for union organizing by J. D. Hawkins which caused the walk out. The WFM is an industrial union and therefore, Union President, Charles Moyer and Secretary-Treasurer, Bill Haywood, believe that the smeltermen belong in the same union with the metal miners. These leaders also believe that the smeltermen deserve the same rate of pay. Currently, the miners make about $3.00 for an eight hour day, while the smeltermen make about $1.80 for a twelve hour day, leaving them so impoverished that many must live in tents even through the Colorado winter.

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Chronic Tonic at VOTS-The Doctor Appointment

So, I go to the doctor yesterday and towards the end of the visit I mention--hey, I've been watching every single thing I put in my mouth for a good six weeks now and that damn scale hasn't moved. I do not understand it! I'm doing the same exact thing that has always, always worked for me before and nothing! Is this because I'm fifty now? I mean, wtf?

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Gender Prison: Winning in the Four-letter States

Name the states with four letters.

Iowa, Ohio, Utah. These states don't exactly inspire transpeople with confidence about the prospect for progress. Iowa has done the best of the three, of course, but Ohio has mostly been known by us as one of the states that refuses to issue changed birth certificates. And Utah is…well…Utah.

But we have indeed had some progress in these places.

Those stories and more on the inside.

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