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Sunday, 7 October 2018

Crazy Horse’s Last Stand

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In the early 1940s, Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear, wrote to Polish-American architect Korczak Ziolkowski and asked if he’d be willing to build a monument to commemorate Native American history. The letter ended:

My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know the red man has great heroes, too.

However, who was it they proposed to embody the epic history of their people? It wasn’t Sacagawea. Although she was a formidable woman, she personified cooperation with white America at a moment when Native leaders wanted to express resistance. The recent completion of Mt Rushmore enraged Native America. It was a monument to white presidents in the Black Hills of South Dakota… land sacred to the Natives of the region. Henry Standing Bear and his fellow chiefs wanted their counter-sculpture to represent someone who fought against the American empire. The choice was easy… Crazy Horse (killed by American soldiers on this day in 1877).

An Oglala Lakota (one of the many sub-branches of the Sioux people), Crazy Horse was born in 1840 at a time when the United States’ thirst for land was driving a bloody expansion into what remained of Native land in North America. Crazy Horse grew up with his younger brother, Little Hawk, in a Lakota camp in modern-day Wyoming. He had his first experience of US brutality there in 1854 that when Federal forces stormed the camp in search of a supposed cattle thief, murdering the camp’s chief, Conquering Bear, in the process. After this, Crazy Horse committed himself to a life of resistance against the USA and its growing empire.

He was well-suited to the task as a fearless warrior and shrewd tactician. By the mid-1860s, his band named him Ogle Tanka Un (“Shirt Wearer”… the war chief) for his successes in battle against US forces. Soon after, in December 1866, Crazy Horse led a decoy manoeuvre which enabled a combined force of Lakota and Cheyenne to defeat a US force ranging out of Fort Phil Kearny in northeast Wyoming. A lull followed, until the Natives of the north had their final showdown with the US empire… the Great Sioux War of 1876-77.

It began with an astonishing Native victory in the river lands of Montana. On 17 June 1876, at the Battle of the Rosebud, Crazy Horse led 1,500 soldiers in an attack against 1,000 US troops under George Crook. The action delayed Crook, who was trying to link up with the 7 Cavalry Regiment of Colonel George A Custer. The rest is well-known. On 25 June, beside the Little Bighorn River, Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse led a large Native force to a dramatic victory against Custer. Crazy Horse’s earlier action at Rosebud Creek made this possible, and his bravery on the field was a defining feature of both battles. One eyewitness recalled of Crazy Horse at the Little Bighorn:

He was the bravest man I ever saw. He rode closest to the soldiers, yelling to his warriors. All the soldiers were shooting at him, but he was never hit.

The Battle of the Little Bighorn was the last great war-cry of Native America against its conquest. Alarmed by Custer’s defeat, the federal government poured more and more troops into the region. After a harsh winter in 1876-77, Crazy Horse surrendered to save his people from starvation and death. Later, on 5 September 1877, an American soldier bayoneted Crazy Horse whilst he was in US Army custody.

It goes without saying that no commemoration, whatever its scale, can redress the historical injustice done to the Native American people… an injustice upon which the modern USA was built. Three centuries of colonisation, genocide, and ethnic cleansing can’t be undone with a statue of Crazy Horse. However, such tributes can, at the very least, prevent the dispossession of Native Americans from being written out of the American story just because it’s an uncomfortable truth for those who rule. What’s more, the story of Crazy Horse and his resistance gives hope, not just to Native Americans, but to all who confront the forces of colonialism. To borrow the words of American journalist Chris Hedges:

There are few resistance figures in American history as noble as Crazy Horse. His ferocity of spirit remains a guiding light for all who seek lives of defiance.

By the way… the Crazy Horse Memorial is still under construction in the Black Hills of South Dakota!

5 September 2018

Pete Morgan

Radical Tea Towel

https://www.radicalteatowel.com/blog/crazy-horses-last-stand/

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If You Support Kavanaugh, You Support Torture as an Ordinary Means of Policy

Yes… greed walks openly in our streets and “Christians” like Franklin Graham bow down before it. None dare call it evil…

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Brett Kavanaugh is an American Wilhelm Frick.

Frick was a bureaucrat, a lawyer. He never hurt anyone personally. He never got his hands dirty, he never kicked anyone in the face, and he never even raised his voice. He was a consummate apparatchik… he filed papers, he wrote out draft legislation, and he saw to it that everything was according to the laws extant at that time. He was a respectable man. He was a pillar of society.

Frick died on the gallows in 1946 as a war criminal.

Brett Kavanaugh’s decisions in favour of torture are exactly the same as Frick’s legal apologia for the Holocaust. Exactly identical. That is, “conservatives” praise Kavanaugh for the very behaviour that led decent people to reject Wilhelm Frick as a monster outside normal society. This says much about so-called “movement conservatives”, about the Republican Party, about neoliberalism in general (which includes rightwing Dems such as the Clintons and those who voted for Kavanaugh), and what America has become.

I’d suggest that we’ve devolved… that we’ve turned into amoral grasping hedonists who worship money and power, who hate any mention of objective right and morals. Ponder this… most of those who worship Mammon loudly profess “Christianity”. Do recall what Our Lord said on this. I’d say that we have a great deal of repentance and recompense to do. We could start with not commodifying everything and stopping rewarding filth like Wall Street scum, real estate “developers”, and healthcare industry thieves… Kavanaugh approves of their actions and of the ideology that underpins their rapine… another point to ponder.

Shall we get up? That remains to be seen…

BMD

Sunday, 16 September 2018

16 September 2018. CIA and Galician Uniate Nationalist Terrorists Murder A V Zakharchenko, DNR Head of State

The Galician Uniate nationalists are cowards who do poorly in a standup fight, but, by God, they sure can murder and backstab! Don’t forget… their idol Bandura was a convicted murderer who was in the Polish slam and released by the German fascists. They even killed Galicians! That’s why the people in Galicia turned against them and helped the gaybisti* to root them out. They sure haven’t changed, have they?

  • Gaybist: Russian slang for security officers/forces. It comes from the Russian pronunciation of “GB”, the first two letters of “State Security” in Russian.

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Investigators in the DNR determined that a Western intelligence agency helped Galician Uniate nationalist terrorists to murder DNR Head of State A V Zakharchenko. The explosive device used was beyond the technical abilities of the Galicians to make and use without assistance. The SK RF concurred with the conclusion of the DNR investigation. That is, both the DNR and the Russian Federation consider this a criminal act of international terrorism. It’s no surprise that the CIA had its dirty hands in this crime. DNR authorities believe that the same group who carried out this murder also carried out the murders of Motorola and Givi (and probably Mozgovoi as well). The USA has a track record of low behaviour, starting with its scorched-earth tactics against Native peoples in the American Revolution to the Trail of Tears to the A-bombing of Japan to the black sites of the torture-happy CIA. Don’t forget that all of Russia believes that the CIA and its Galician running-dogs sabotaged the airliner with the Aleksandrov Ensemble aboard… a belief that I concur in.

The Galician Uniate nationalists are bullies and cowards. In the VOV, the SS raised a division amongst Galician Uniates (Iosif Slipy blessed them… that’s why he was in the GULag… he was an active fascist collaborator). It was such a bad unit that it folded during its very first battle, becoming ineffective on its very first day of operations. These are the kind of people who murdered A V Zakharchenko. The DNR handled this as any other real state would… the succession passed to D V Pushilin, another patriot leader, with no fuss and no untoward actions. The Uniate junta tried to decapitate the DNR. They failed. They failed because it wasn’t a movement of one man… one personality. It was a movement of the people. The people are much harder to defeat. Don’t forget the words of A V Zakaharchenko:

We believed, believe, and will always believe ourselves to be Soviet.

That should answer all those who call him an “imperialist lackey”… indeed, some clueless armchair leftists talk like that. Aleksandr Vladimirovich fought the American aggressors, which is good enough for me. Aleksandr Vladimirovich was an Orthodox believer. He believed that Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism (but not Uniatism), Islam, and Judaism were all traditional religions worthy of respect:

I’m Orthodox; I go to church. For myself, I think that the only church for one who believes in God is the Moscow Patriarchate. I recognise four main confessions… Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, Islam, and Judaism. These religions were from time immemorial; many of us are Muslims, many are Jews, and many are Roman Catholics. These four confessions, I believe, should be in our country; in no case should we oppress their believers. On the other hand, I’ll deal strictly with sectarianism. I won’t allow it. Unfortunately, all sorts of sects and all kinds of pseudo-religions flooded our country. I don’t want these pseudo-religions and sectarianism to affect the thoughts, minds, and education of our youth and of our people. Therefore, we’ll adopt decrees [to address this].

A hero is gone. However, the people of the DNR continue to stand tall. I can only repeat the words of Admiral Yamamoto:

I fear all we have done today is to awaken a great sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.

The Galician Uniate nationalists will regret this in the end as they sit in exile in Washington and Saskatoon. In the meanwhile, I bow before the memory of a brave man brought down by cowards and terrorists.

Вечная ему память

BMD

16 September 2018. We Bid Farewell to a Real Mensch…

I D Kobzon with DNR Head of State A V Zakharchenko, murdered by the CIA and its Galician nationalist goons one day after Iosif Davydovich’s death

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I D Kobzon with two of his granddaughters at his 80th birthday concert in 2017

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One of the lights in our musical firmament went out with the death of I D Kobzon. Iosif Davydovich wasn’t only a great musician, he was a patriot, a man who never forgot where he came from… in other words, a mensch. He was a Donetsk homeboy and he always remembered his hometown and his homies. He went back often and supported the patriot resistance to the Galician Uniate nationalist trash. He knew the depth of the antisemitic hatred that animated most of the nationalists in the American-installed junta (ironic, isn’t it, that the Americans who support the junta most vociferously are Jews). The lying Anglos put him on their “sanctions list” for that. Iosif Davydovich couldn’t visit relatives in the USA. Great people, the Anglos, aren’t they? The depth of their evil and greed never ceases to amaze me.

Iosif Davydovich stood for what he believed in. Ponder this… the Anglos adulate John McCain and hate I D Kobzon. You show the world your true character with whom you honour.  That speaks volumes of the Anglos… none of it good…

Вечная ему память

BMD

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