You can read the official firing of me and Diane Valencen at THE PITCHFORK blog along with my diplomatic comments to Cav. Those remarks were true insofar as I´d be happy to continue running the sports contests. It certainly had nothing to do with my writing ability. My style and phraseology was copied by EVERYONE there.
All that really happened was nothing! Diane got angry with me and stupidly challenged me to a physical fight. I don´t hit women. Never have, never will. Silliness.
Furthermore, I believe in non-violence except for self-defense. I grew up in a working class neighborhood into a family which was loving, but Old School. My father used to be very violent as a profession almost when he was a young adult. I was exposed to things that are not really appropriate for a young age. I was mature enough to PASS on doing that shit except in rare cases of self-defense. I pride myself in my belief in non violence to the point that when I noticed a violent streak in my son, I discussed it with him and got him into a boxing program here in Panama so he could learn self-discipline and sportsmanship and forget about violence as a “solution.” (NB: thanks Jay Midnyte for the Bobby Seale lecture you tube. His decription of the image and reality of the Panthers fit very well in an adult way with what I´ve stressed with my son).
People are supposed to have arguments from time to time and then shake hands and forget what happened. If anything, I think my worst crime was to agree with No_slappz on an arcane but significant point with regard to the drift THE PITCHFORK took since Obama got elected.
Three malign strains evolved (1) The blog accepted everything, especially war and exploitation, that the Democrat Party was about. They excused errors and violence. I was the only writer there to damn not cheerlead Israel´s ethnic-cleansing of Gazans in December. Ironically, I was only one of three Jews on the staff. Fred Schwartz came around to my way of thinking. Rebekkah Rubenstein never did
(2) The blog took on and expanded what is sometimes called “WHITE MAN´S BURDEN.” In my understanding of the phrase it means a knee-jerk liberalism which involves useless big government hand-outs and rules which take the position that black Americans are incapable of evil or error and that all fault lies with White Southern Christians among politicians and electorate without ever ASKING both sides what their grievances are. Moreover, THE PITCHFORK neglected entirely such iconoclast pacifists as Rep Dr Ron Paul and Rep Walter Jones, Jr, who have the best anti-war voting record among all Republicans and most Democrats. I mentioned this as a news story. Nothing.
If Cavalor ever bothered to check the Black Agenda Report, his eyes would have been opened to a whole other way of radical African-American thought on the problems in the White Southern community. They expect all White Americans and Black Americans to be somewhat to very racist in their thinking but that doesn´t change the legitimate economic plight that the Town and Tea people were expressing perhaps in undiplomatic language but real nonetheless. Meanwhile, rich liberal Democrats who already had corporate health plans poured praise on Baucus and Obama as they engineered more corporate theft. I don´t know what liberal Democrats even believe in anymore, but it sure wasn´t Conyers and Kucinich´s HR 676 which was tied with Paul/Kucinich´s HR 1207 for being as close to perfect as any American piece of legislatiion in the past 30 years. They claim to be a “news organization”. I mentioned that these were big stories. Nothing.
In fact, other than myself and Schwartz, no writer at the PITCHFORK had anything but silence or opprobrium for some of the stronger voices for peace,freedom and justice like Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich, John Conyers, Jim McGovern, Jared Polis, Alan Grayson (before he got famous), Jim McDermott, Maurice Hinchey, Barbara Lee, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Steve Cohen, Tammy Baldwin, Don Payne, Keith Ellison, Donna Edwards, Bobby Rush, Luis Gutierrez, Raul Grijalva, Nydia Velasquez, Marcy Kaptur, Dianne Watson, Bill Delahunt, pr CYNTHIA McKINNEY,etc…If the name wasn´t Obama, Emanuel, or a retrograde Democrat or Republican “centrist,” nobody there could be bothered.
I´m not sure if my worst crime at the PITCHFORK was agreeing with No_slappz that the PITCHFORK was laughably “knee jerk,” my praise for Cynthia McKinney, Piedad Codoba, Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich, or BarryScheck and Peter Neufeld of THE INNOCENCE PROJECT. In reviewing criminal cases which hung on DNA evidence, Scheck and Neufeld´s record in appeals court was 240-0! The PITCHFORK is now very strict on ¨law and order” because Obama and Holder are.
(3) The PITCHFORK is now a shy neo-conservative and semi-proud neo-liberal blog. They have no criticism of any note for the governments of ISRAEL, COLOMBIA, PERU, COSTA RICA, RWANDA, THE DARFUR REGION, THE SOMALI bloodthirsty RIGHT, NIGERIA, EGYPT, SYRIA, LIBYA, ZIMBABWE, MEXICO, CANADA, PAKISTAN´s MILITARY JUNTA, pre Kevin RUDD AUSTRALIA or of course the neo-liberal governments of SPAIN, ITALY, FRANCE, THE NETHERLANDS, nor of couse the UNITED KINGDMOM.
They lend no support to new democracies like VENEZUELA, ECUADOR, BOLIVIA, PARAGUAY, URUGUAY, ARGENTINA, CHILE, BRAZIL EL SALVADOR or LIBERIA. They jumped on a “sexy” issue like HONDURAS but got off quick when t became clear the coup was authored by OBAMA, CLINTON, KISSINGER, BRZESINSKI, NEGROPONTE, COLIN POWELL, OSCAR ARIAS and OTTO REICH. When BlackwaterXe and Colombian Army and paramilitary forces crossed the Venezuela border and a battle ensued, I was the only one to report it there and was fired not long after. THE PITCHFORK has a PIEDAD CORDOBA link but support the Uribe/Bermudez governmnent because OBAMA does and because an honorable Conservative, ATTORNEY GENERAL MARIO IRGURAN would have enough evidence to indict ERIC HOLDER for conspiracy to commit murder as well as aiding and abbetting in the CHIQUITA massacre, should IRGURAN introduce the DELAHUNT SUB-COMMITTEE MINUTES. OR 60 MINUTES, if W and O´s William Brownfield didn´t have a gun to Irguran´s head!
It´s all a seamless fake pro-blackism web as HOLDER, like OBAMA, is the kind of Negro Whites like: compliant and all about neo-liberal IMF theft. THE PITCHFORK´s record on LGBTQ issues is equally pathetic even from erstwhile EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, Diane Valencen. I presume that they continue to take their cues from Obama and the DEMOCRAT MAINSTREAM ON THAT CRIME.
In the end, it was the RON PAUL THIRD PARTY CONFERENCE youtube and an amazing truth which was out there but missed by all of us in SEPTEMBER of 2008. Paul explains at one point that Green Party nominee Cythnia McKinney had contacted Ron Paul and gave Paul a great case for why he should endorse JOHN McCAIN instead of her, Nader, Barr and Baldwin. She said that she firmly believed that McCAIN would never be as violent, Zionist, and expansionist as Barack Obama would be. Ron Paul and Cynthia McKinney are beyond THE PITCHFORK´s understanding because of Paul and McKinney´s anti-Zionism anti-War anti-American Black Holocaust/Privatized concentration camp policies. I was furious with she said that she was only interested in “winners” and that Paul, Kucinich, McKinney, McGovern, and even Pope John Paul II would be more corrupt than Obama in the office of the presidency. I offered the opinion that I was friendly with a number of McKinney supportes in Buckhead and had Diane given a shit, I would have explained that they believed McKinney best BECAUSE OF HER PEACEABLE ANTI-ZIONISM AND THAT THEY WERE SICK OF HAVING ISRAEL´S ATROCITIES IN THEIR NAMES. FURTHERMORE, MS McKINNEY´S FATHER WAS A GOOD MAN AND ALWAYS GOOD TO GEORGIA´s JEWISH COMMUNITY.
The most revealing aspect of THE PITCHFORK´s indifferent attitude to news and change, was when they were off on Joe Wilson´s “mean name” for Obama being the greatest sin against humanity even and at the same time were all overthemselves for giving Jay Midnyte a link. I asked editor why this business of Wilson he had acually become something of a Black Power cult figure and the censure vote featured “nays” by pacfists Delahunt and Kucinich, but missed WHY giving Jay a big link was important. The color of Jay´s skin is relevant to those who focus on such stuff, but Jay´s having a link was important because HE´S AN ECONOMICS AND FINANCE PRODIGY! I am known as one of the better emerging markets quants around, but Im embarassed to say that once Jay has prob/stat, calculus, and operation research down, he´ll be better than me at the game.
If I didn´t believe that I would not have written Dr Faber a personalized letter on FB on Jay´s behalf and I would not have offered him a part-time job analyzing Brazilian and Venezuelan corporate debt for me. The latter offer was postponed and scratched by Obama´s PLAN COLOMBIA. As the BLACK AGENDA REPORT said of Van Jones and David Paterson: “Is that anyway to treat a brother?” I don´t know about any of that, but I know Obama fucked real lives up and a chance for Jay and I to make some money.
Yes, I am furious with Barack Obama having put me in a series of interlocking problems having to do with my partner´s adolscent children´s safety and education, with my money, and with my own safety for the rest of my life. The pre-cursor of all of this: the 1-party system´s fascist insistence on seeing groups not individuals.
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