June 28, 2020

The Communist and Terrorist Roots of Black Lives Matter

Timothy Birdnow

Today's must read. George Rasley at Conservative HQ chronicles the communist and terrorist origins of Black Lives Matter.

It's too difficult to excerpt and retain accuracy, so I heartily recommend everyone go there and read it for yourself.

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As Ye Sew...

Timothy Birdnow

And Minneapolis wants a bailout!

Minneapolis spending $4,500 a day on security for city council members

They made their beds but now find them lumpy...

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What Happened to "Safe Spaces"?

This from James Doogue:

This article perfectly demonstrates the leftist bias in academic institutions and their double standards.

Tim opines:

We are forever told university students have a right to view academia as "safe spaces" where they can be free of "threatening" ideas (like the U.S. Constitution.) But that only works one way; if you are a leftist you have absolute freedom of speech. The hypocrisy is astounding, and proof there is no freedom of thought on university campuses any longer.

From the article:

When Dr Priyamvada Gopal, a University of Cambridge academic, tweeted ‘White lives don’t matter’ and ‘Abolish whiteness’ in response to a bannerreading ‘White lives matter Burnley’ beingflown over a Premier League match, it certainly provoked a response. Dr Gopal was quickly inundated with horrific personal and racial abuse, but she stuck to her position, arguing that she was appropriately addressing systemic racial inequality.

It wasn’t long before the University of Cambridge weighed in with a strong statementdefending Gopal, without explicitly mentioning her. ‘The University defends the right of its academics to express their own lawful opinions which others might find controversial, and deplores in the strongest terms abuse and personal attacks’ read their statement.

In simple terms, their view was that you may not like what Dr Gopal has to say, you may even be shocked and offended by her, but (particularly in universities) there needs to be an environment that enables uncomfortable and challenging discussion.

 


The problem with Cambridge’s statement is that it rang very hollow in view of their recent track record in defending other academics. Perhaps the most famous example is that of Jordan Peterson, who had a visiting fellowship offer rescindedin 2019 after student pushback. In defence of the withdrawal, a university spokesperson said ‘[Cambridge] is an inclusive environment and we expect all our staff and visitors to uphold our principles. There is no place here for anyone who cannot.’ The Student Union went further, saying: ‘It is a political act to associate the University with an academic’s work through offers which legitimise figures such as Peterson.’

So you can essentially make a threat (saying white lives do not matter) if you are a minority or professor as long as it goes the right people. Not a safe space at all.

The universities have become citadels of Satan, the root of American (and world) evil. Until they are gone or radically reformed (and that isn't going to happen) our world will continue to spiral out of control. Every bad idea has it's start in the universities. All of the insane people are there. I think when America stopped institutionalizing the insane they went to the colleges and are now tenured.

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Ball Game

Timothy Birdnow

Hehehe! Too bad it didn't take 'em both out!

BLM Activist Loses Testicle When Scrotum Hit by Rubber Bullet at Protest

Now the ball is in their court...

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Moanie Moan Moan Moanism

This from Steven Chase:

The purge of senior editors at the major newspapers last week is no cause for cheering. Their resignations are another milestone in the march of identity politics and 'cancel culture'... and American journalism and democracy will be worse for it.
Ostensibly independent opinion sections were ransacked because the social-justice warriors in the newsroom opposed a single article espousing a view that tens of millions of Americans support. The publisher failed to back up his editors.
All of this shows the extent to which journalism is now dominated by the same moral denunciation, "safe space” demands, and identity-politi

cs dogmas that began in the Universities. This politic now dominates nearly all of America’s leading cultural institutions—mu seums, philanthropy, Hollywood, art, music, book publishers, even late-night talk shows. It means that there are ever fewer institutions that will defend free inquiry and the contest of ideas that once defined Classical Liberalism.


This from Tim:

Monism - the idea that everything is a part of everything and so there should be no separation between aspects of life - is at the root of this. Everything is political. It goes back to Rousseau's The Social Contract where he argues precisely that. (He got the idea from Islam where there is no separation of church and state but a single entity.) Mussolini adopted it Read The Doctrine of Fascism. http:// www.worldfuturef und.org/ wffmaster/ Reading/Germany/ mussolini.htm This has been a goal of the Left since the nineteenth century. Now they are achieving it.

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Facebook Bleeding Money; Zuckerberg Doubles Down on War on Conservatives

This from Anthony Watts:

This is another BLM type protest. The result?

"Reacting to the raft of advertisers boycotting Facebook, Zuckerberg unveiled new measures for countering voter suppression, misinformation and other content deemed harmful."

Translation: war against conservative views

Facebook Market Value Plummets $56 Billion as Advertisers Flee Platform

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Because We're Worthless Too!

This from James Doogue:

A year ago I would have checked to see if it was 1st April:

"The L’Oreal Group has decided to remove the words white/ whitening, fair/fairness, light/ lightening from all its skin evening products,” the company announced on Friday.

Is Teeth Whitening Now Racist Too?

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WaPOO Half Wit

Timothy Birdnow

The Wapo is getting pretty desperate. They seize on this to attack Trump:

Trump Keeps Claiming that the Most Dangerous Cities in America are Run by Democrats; They Aren't

So, instead of the top twenty being run by Democrats it's only sixteen of thirty two (with three independents - likely meaning leftists.)

From the Wapoo article:

The most recent data to that effect is from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reportcovering the first half of 2019. The cities with the most violent crimes are many of the most populous cities in the country, as you might expect. Those with the highest rates of violent crime are from a range of different states.

Most of the current mayors of these cities are Democrats. Two of the mayors of cities with the most reported violent crimes overall, though, are independents and one, the mayor of Jacksonville, Fla., is a Republican. Among the 20 cities with the most violent crime per capita, one isn’t a Democrat: the independent mayor of Springfield, Mo.

Get that!  Trump said twenty and they are going out to thirty two. Now why do you suppose that is?

Their argument is it doesn't matter:

Cities generally have more crime than suburban and rural areas. That’s been true for decades if not centuries and is true across the planet. The connection has been the focus of repeated research. In other words, if it were the case that cities were also more prone to elect members of one party over another, it might seem as though the most crime-riddled places in America were a function of leadership from that party.

Well, reader, I have a surprise for you.

Just kidding, of course. You are certainly aware that cities tend to be heavily Democratic. In the 2018 House elections, Democrats won every district identified by CityLabas being purely urban. They lost only one district identified as an "urban-suburban mix.” In other words, Democrats won 81 of the 82 congressional districts identified as fully or partially urban.

So this writer sees no causal relationship in this correlation?

Since there’s a correlation between size and amount of crime and between size and propensity to vote Democratic, it’s problematic to draw a causal relationship between crime and Democratic leadership. It may be the case that cities with more crime are more likely to have Democratic leaders. Such a comparison, though, is fraught, relying on the validity of reported crime data, the metric used to establish which cities are included in the analysis, the time period under consideration and so on.

In other words, it's just the way things are and has nothing to do with the Democrats, who just happen to run these places.

But that didn't used to be true. Republicans used to run a LOT of cities. The Democrats targeted the cities and imported poor people so they could accomplish that task. They created political machines that were nigh unto impossible to defeat (the last Republican to hold the mayorship in St. Louis was in 1948) and they accomplished this by handing out money. Why would it surprise anyone if theft and robbery are big in a place where people have been bought and paid for? And where the police and courts are weak - as is the case because the Democrats wanted to get this vote?

This is just another attempt at gaslighting America.

Hat tip: Roy Spencer, who observed:

... because only 19 of the 20 cities with the highest per capita rates of violent crime are run by Democrats... not ALL 20.

Jassy May adds:

The

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June 27, 2020

The Truth About Marx and BLM

James Doogue

1. Black Lives Matter Founders Claim To Be Marxists

2. Karl Marx Was A Rampant Racist

3. Ergo BLM Supporters Endorse Racism 😄

Communism is an ideology calling for government control over our lives. It was created by Karl Marx, who—along with his collaborator, Friedrich Engels—wrote a pamphlet called "Manifesto of the Communist Party.”

In 1867, Marx wrote the first volume of "Das Kapital.” The second and third volumes were published posthumously, edited by Engels.

Few people who call themselves Marxists have ever even bothered to read "Das Kapital.” If one did read it, he would see that people who call themselves Marxists have little in common with Marx.

Marx had a racial vision that might be interesting to his modern-day black supporters in particular the founders of Black Lives Matters and BLM supporters. In a newly resurfaced video from 2015, Black Lives Matter Global Network co-founder Patrisse Cullors reveals that she and her fellow BLM creators are "trained Marxists."

"Myself and Alicia in particular are trained organizers. We are trained Marxists," Cullors said in the 2015 interview. "We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories."

Last week Cullors revealed that "our goal is to get Trump out." During an appearance on CNN's "The Lead," Cullors demanded that President Donald Trump should resign from office immediately.

In the past, Cullors has compared President Trump to Adolf Hitler on multiple occasions. For Cullors and others who see Marx as their hero, there are a few historical facts they might find interesting. Nathaniel Weyl, himself a former communist, dug them up for his 1979 book, "Karl Marx: Racist.”

In a letter to Engels, in reference to his socialist political competitor Ferdinand Lassalle, Marx wrote:

'It is now completely clear to me that he, as is proved by his cranial formation and his hair, descends from the Negroes who had joined Moses’ exodus from Egypt, assuming that his mother or grandmother on the paternal side had not interbred with a n—–. Now this union of Judaism and Germanism with a basic Negro substance must produce a peculiar product.'

Engels shared Marx’s racial philosophy. In 1887, Paul Lafargue, who was Marx’s son-in-law, was a candidate for a council seat in a Paris district that contained a zoo. Engels claimed that Lafargue had "one-eighth or one-twelfth n—– blood.”

In a letter to Lafargue’s wife, Engels wrote, "Being in his quality as a n—–, a degree nearer to the rest of the animal kingdom than the rest of us, he is undoubtedly the most appropriate representative of that district.”

Marx was also an anti-Semite, as seen in his essay titled "On the Jewish Question,” which was published in 1844. Marx asked:

'What is the worldly religion of the Jew? Huckstering. What is his worldly God? Money. … Money is the jealous god of Israel, in face of which no other god may exist. Money degrades all the gods of man—and turns them into commodities. … The bill of exchange is the real god of the Jew. His god is only an illusory bill of exchange. … The chimerical nationality of the Jew is the nationality of the merchant, of the man of money in general.'

Marx also managed to combine racism with support for American colonialism which Marxist supporters should be aware of.

When the United States annexed California after the Mexican War, Marx sarcastically asked, "Is it a misfortune that magnificent California was seized from the lazy Mexicans who did not know what to do with it?”

Engels shared Marx’s contempt for Mexicans, explaining: "In America we have witnessed the conquest of Mexico and have rejoiced at it. It is to the interest of its own development that Mexico will be placed under the tutelage of the United States.”

For anyone suggesting we ought to de-fund the police, destroy all references to historical foundations, and dismantle our society to rebuild in a better, fairer, more equal society, that's been tried before with disasterous results.

In the 20th century alone Marxist/ Socialist ideals were responsible for more than 120 million deaths from executions, exterminations, wars, and preventable starvation and illness in Russia and it's satellite States, in China, Europe, Central and South Asia, Africa and Central America.

It's high time our academic institutions and mainstream media ceased providing excuses, support or credibility to leftist ideals and started highlighting their failures of the past. Otherwise we will be condemned to have history repeat.

We Are Surrounded By Morons!

Note: The facts stated here are easily searched on the net. I didn't provide hyperlinks because Facebook then makes the linked item the subject matter to be shared. Similarly I didn't provide the link to the 2017 article, 'The Ugly Racism of Karl Marx' by Walter E. Williams from which I liberally plagiarised.

A word from Tim:

Marx based his theory on Darwinian natural selection, and even tried to dedicate Das Kapital to Darwin (who wisely declined). Darwin admitted he developed his theories from the work of Thomas Malthus. In the end, the idea was that different races evolved more than others and that the "degenerate" races didn't really deserve to survive. Whether Darwin understood this was what he was saying or not (and whether his theory is correct or not) doesn't matter so much as the effect and the roots. Marx was as racist as they come. And, interestingly enough, it was his very vision of societal and racial evolution that would have come back to bite him had he lived in the Third Reich. These things all tie together; Nazism, Marxism, Darwinism, and generic socialism.

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On a Scale of Nathan Bedford Forrest to Superman

Tim McNabb

First thing…whatever we decide to do with any given statue, we need to stop the vandalism and destruction of property, and those self-indulgent rioters should be charged with property crimes at a bare minimum. We cannot have a functioning society where we allow vandals to run amok. This is already a weapon being used for political purposes, and it will only get worse if it is not stopped.

That said, what we display in public is an expression of what we value. Statues of figures from our past are there because we once perceived virtues in that person that the people putting up the monument thought, at the time, was a virtue worth rewarding, a life worth emulating.

They were expressions of gratitude. I am grateful for the sacrifices of George Washington. I am grateful for the foresight of Alexander Hamilton. I am humbled by the quietly inexorable grace of Martin Luther King. Where monuments to these men stand are places where we can pause and ask questions. "Who was that guy? What did she do? Why is there a monument like this?” All these are valuable civic expressions that ground us to the best of things of our past.

It is fitting and proper to review these monuments from time to time to ask ourselves if these figures are truly worthy of being part of that civic reflection. On a scale of Nathan Bedford Forrest to Superman, at where on the scale does a figure no longer represent virtues worth remembering?

Forrest, whose statue was removed in 2017, was a villain by most accounts, having fought for the Confederacy, and given his founding of the Klu Klux Klan, it is likely he was not simply fighting for the right of states to self-determinat

ion. Superman, a strange visitor from another planet, fights for truth, justice and the American Way (at least he used to). Superman’s visage inspires visitors to Metropolis, Illinois. I have no idea if Superman’s execution of General Zod and his henchmen sufficiently tarnish his place in our society to make him "problematic”, but I can look past this rare lapse.

Having those memorialized figures who are on the Nathan Bedford Forrest side of the equation moved to private property or museums seems like a good idea, especially if they make room for those who are truly worthy and under-represent ed. I am not a fan of Andrew Jackson, and would love to see statues of him replaced with sculptures of Harriet Tubman.

Marion Sims had his statue removed in 2018, not by a mob, but after New York City leaders voted to have it removed. The man experimented on black women, allegedly without anesthesia. Removing it seems the right thing, though putting it in a museum along with Nazi monster Josef Mengele and figures sculpted of dung of the vermin who ran the Tuskegee syphilis experiment, telling the whole truth about what these men did and why it was an atrocity is a much better approach than simply acting like these things never happened. How are we to learn from history if history is erased?

Even so, I think it is a mistake to recall people only for the worst thing they ever did. While many signatories of the Declaration of Independence owned slaves, many more did not. They further affixed their names to a document that would eventually provide the logic and impulse for emancipation and then equality. While we have work to do still yet, these flawed men set all that in motion many years ago.

Men and women not yet born will be judging us for our deeds. Given social media, they’ll have a much more detailed look into our states of mind. Let’s be thoughtful about how we judge our fathers and mothers. As the good book warns "for by whatever measure you judge, you will be judged by that measure”.

Once authority has calmed things down (it will not calm down on its own – vandals have to be disincentivized to vandalize) I think my city of St. Louis should have a periodic referendum whereby citizens can decide what they want to hold up as worthy of emulation.

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Minnesota Oil Smear

This from Joseph Bast commenting on Russell Cook's article:

More careful research and journalism by Russell Cook on the Greenpeace/Al Gore smear that global warming skeptics are paid to lie by the fossil fuel industry. Keep an eye on these lawsuits if Joe Biden becomes President ... the entire weight of the federal government will land on anyone who dared/dares to criticize Al Gore’s alarmism. Objective science and free speech will be a thing of the past...

State of Minnesota v American Petroleum Institute, ExxonMobil Corp, Koch Industries, Flint Hills Resources

From the article:

If the Minnesota AG’s office had undertaken the most basic kind of due diligenceto find out if the ‘leaked memos evidence’ actually proves the existence of disinformation campaigns, it might not have wasted any taxpayer money filing the lawsuit. Without that ‘evidence,’ the lawsuit would struggle to disprove hugely detailed assessments from skeptic climate scientists, while also trying to prove API and the other defendants ever actually accepted the ‘science’ of the IPCC / Al Gore side of the issue.

No joke, this 84 page Minnesota lawsuit could be boiled down to a single massively dubious authoritative statement, with a giant arrow pointing to where the central pillar of it collapses:

Minnesota has harmfully warmed due to Defendants’ actions, Defendants knew of this harm, but their own internal memos stating ‘victory will be achieved when we reposition global warming as theory rather than fact’ were used to create disinformation campaigns designed to purposefully downplay the role that the consumption of their products played in causing this warming, and since they profiteered from avoiding the costs of dealing with global warming, Defendants — not Minnesota taxpayers — should bear the costs of those impacts.

Read the rest; it's from Russell Cook, a friend and brilliant thinker.

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Fauci Admitted Masks are Talismans

Timothy Birdnow

Anthony Fauci and the New England Journal of Medicine admitted that masks are virtue signaling and symbolic.

According to the May 2 Journal:

We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection. Public health authorities define a significant exposure to Covid-19 as face-to-face contact within 6 feet with a patient with symptomatic Covid-19 that is sustained for at least a few minutes (and some say more than 10 minutes or even 30 minutes). The chance of catching Covid-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal. In many cases, the desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic.

[...]

It is also clear that masks serve symbolic roles. Masks are not only tools, they are also talismans that may help increase health care workers’ perceived sense of safety, well-being, and trust in their hospitals.

I've been saying this all along. Now we have confirmation that even Fauci knows the masks are horse manure.

Hat tip; Bill Hennessey.

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A Fish Tale

Timothy Birdnow

Kinda gives a whole new meaning to "fishfinger"!

How a 380,000 Million Year Old Fish Gave Us Fingers

(BTW Fishfinger is a condition caused by cleaning fish with sharp teeth. It leads to cuts which lead to infected fingers.)

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Mueller's Pedophile Witness

Warner Todd Huston

Mueller’s Key Witness in ‘Russia Probe’ Now Going to Jail for Child Sex Offenses

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U.N. Calls for World Government

Timothy Birdnow

Now we're getting to the point of the last decade of events culminating with the virus and rioting worldwide. It was the point of Global Warming, of the eternal warfare, of the effort to empower China, to the racial strife. Our enemy has revealed his true face...

U.N. Chief Calls for ‘Global Government’ to Wipe Out ‘National Interests’

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After Allowing Riots to Burn Minneapolis Mayor Wants Bailout

Timothy Birdnow

Astonishing Chutzpah!  But we knew it was coming...

Minneapolis mayor begs for bailout after allowing rioters to burn and loot city for days

This while attempting to eliminate the police. Yeah; everyone really wants to lend a helping hand in rebuilding a city with no means of security!

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Eenie Meenie Miney Moe

Jack Kemp

In regards to the Bubba Wallace hoax, you may remember this story told by ABC News in 2006. The case, brought by two black women against Southwest Airlines, was later thrown out of court. I myself didn't here the racist version of the rhyme until I was over 50 years of age and often used the "clean" version as a child. As Freud said, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

https://abcnews.go.com/2020/GiveMeABreak/story?id=123728&page=1

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June 26, 2020

Solar Sailing

Timothy Birdnow

Solar Sails could reach speeds of 186 miles per second!

See here.

Extreme metamaterial solar sails as proposed here have the potential to shift the paradigm of space exploration enabling numerous low cost and high-speed missions to be launched anytime and anywhere. Such sails could gain accelerations over 60AU/yr when coupled to low mass spacecraft and dive to extreme proximity to the sun (just 2-5 solar radii). This velocity is 20 times more than Voyager 1. This NIAC challenges the limits of materials, paving the way for the development of high endurance ultrathin film architectures that can handle extreme environments manifested by solar radiation and plasma in addition to providing spacecraft control. Our technology enables reaching Jupiter in 5 months, Neptune in 10, surpassing Voyager 1 in 2.5 years and getting to the solar gravity lens location in just 8.5 years.

Artur Davoyan has a NASA NIAC grant and presented at TVIW.

In 2018, Artur also co-wrote on the materials for laser pushed Starshot missions.

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Academic Lynchings

Timothy Birdnow

is  a story about an academic lynching.

Under Transference of Skills: "The training and mentoring of new generations of professionals must be attended to by proper relationships of ‘masters and apprentices’ without dilution of standards. Hudlicky described two conditions which must be met if the successful transfer of skills is to occur: first, the knowledge in question must be transferred within three generations, or risk being lost forever; second, there must be ‘an unconditional submission of the apprentice to his/her master.’ This applies not only in the sciences but also in art, music, and martial arts…. Submission to one’s mentor is rarely attainable today. Many students are unwilling to submit to any level of hard work demanded by professors. The university does not support professors in this endeavour as it views students as financial assets and hence protects them from any undue hardships that may be demanded by the ‘masters.’ This situation, coupled with the fact that professors have less and less time to mentor students in the laboratory, cannot provide for a productive transfer of skills, especially the maintenance of standards and integrity of research.”



Apparently you cannot even hint at the notion that people should be judged not on the color of their skin but on the content of their work.

From the article:

Research prowess is no longer as important as willingness to mouth the appalling commonplaces of political correctness

Acquisition of this knowledge, according to Polanyi, required precisely the unfreedom recommended by Hudlicky — followed (with the acquisition of the aptly named Master’s degree) by autonomy in thought and action increased beyond what would have been capable in the absence of the devoted apprenticeship in question. Such a process can only be undertaken by a pupil capable of regarding his or her teacher as a true mentor, and by a mentor bent on the eventual production of a pupil more capable than him or herself.

None of that, according to Hudlicky (and this is a not unreasonable hypothesis in this day and age) is possible in the university as currently constituted, even in the hard sciences. Not only is it not possible, he implies, but it is no longer posited even as an acceptable aim. In a properly functioning institute of training, however, it might be argued that disciplined and contractually-mediated temporary subjugation to higher authority is eminently desirable, despite the limited sacrifice of casual autonomy that might require, if the person or persons to whom the subjugation is made are true experts. It is the willingness to undertake this apprenticeship, as well as the capability of superseding it, that makes up the master in "Master’s degree”—a designation that Brock still grants, despite potentially colonial overtones at least as damning as those that characterized Hudlicky’s writing.


That is the sum total of Hudlicky’s academic crimes. He has faced severe retaliation on no less than six separate fronts for his hypothetically unforgivable thoughts — the two we have already discussed, and four more, including, third, the cancellation of an entire issue of the journal Synthesis (published by Thieme), which was to be dedicated to his 70th birthday and for which invitations had already been sent to more than forty prominent scientists; fourth, the elimination of any mention of his work in yet another journal, Highlights in Chemistry; fifth, a statement by a European chemical society (not as yet made public) hypothetically critiquing his ongoing collaborations with researchers from that continent; and sixth, his transformation into whipping boy by his own faithless professional colleagues at the administrative level at Brock University.

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Star Spangled Banner Dumped for Woody's Little Red Wagon

Timothy Birdnow

A semi-professional soccer team has banned the Star Spangled Banner replacing it with Woodie Guthrie's Communist anthem "This Land is Your Land".

Guthrie was a Communist, make no mistake about that.

From the article:

"After carefully reviewing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner' lyrics and meaning, including the third verse which mentions ‘No refuge could save the hireling and slave / From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave…,’ Tulsa Athletic came to the decision that the song does not align with the club’s core values. While this verse is rarely sung, Tulsa Athletic does not believe ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ represents or unites their diverse players, fansand community,” the team said in a press release.

Tulsa Athletic co-owner Sonny Dalesandro also commented on the change.

"From our beginning, we have developed a culture of inclusion and acceptance at Tulsa Athletic,” he said in the press release. "We live in a country that allows us to freely speak our voice. We utilize this right as a club to continually try and improve our team and community. We believe ‘This Land Is Your Land’ not only captures a powerful patriotic sentiment, but that it does so in a far more inclusive way. The song speaks to this country being built and shared by every person of every race, ethnicity, religionand sexual orientation. It represents a future Tulsa Athletic is committed to striving for.”

Read more on Woody's politics here.
Ri-ight. Maybe they should replace it with the Internationale?

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