Happy Labor Day, here’s Evan Greer’s “Picket Line Song“ for your listening pleasure.

Went to New York City this weekend. Got this souvenir. Who knew drinking in public wasn’t legal? I do it all the time. Oh, well, at least they let you plead guilty and pay the fine by mail. I really don’t need to spend my Halloween at Kings Criminal Court to give the City of New York $25.

The Washington Post on why getting beaten by the police is probably your own fault

So, the Washington Post has an article, “I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me” written by an LAPD officer and professor of homeland security at a for-profit college. And, yeah, it’s pretty much an explanation of why everyone should just shut up and cooperate with the police no matter what. Here’s a bit:

Working the street, I can’t even count how many times I withstood curses, screaming tantrums, aggressive and menacing encroachments on my safety zone, and outright challenges to my authority.

And a little later:

Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me.

My sources indicate that this is an up-to-date picture of the author:



It is a cruel irony that this great promise of democracy is rarely realized in practice. Most of the great political reforms of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries have been accompa­nied by massive episodes of civil disobedience, riot, lawbreak­ing, the disruption of public order, and, at the limit, civil war. Such tumult not only accompanied dramatic political changes but was often absolutely instrumental in bringing them about. Representative institutions and elections by themselves, sadly, seem rarely to bring about major changes in the absence of the force majeure afforded by, say, an economic depression or international war. Owing to the concentration of prop­erty and wealth in liberal democracies and the privileged ac­cess to media, culture, and political influence these positional advantages afford the richest stratum, it is little wonder that, as Gramsci noted, giving the working class the vote did not translate into radical political change. Ordinary parliamen­tary politics is noted more for its immobility than for facilitat­ing major reforms.

James C. Scott, Two Cheers for Anarchism, pp 16–17. (Quoted by Chris Bertram here)

Always worth the reminder that pretty much everything worthwhile our society has ever achieved has involved protesters willing to defy the law.

Oh, shit, apparently race has now been “injected” into the Ferguson, MO situation

The Democrats have been setting up voter registration drives in Ferguson. The executive director of the state Republican Party gives an interview to the website of the dead-but-still-vile Andrew Breitbart:

“If that’s not fanning the political flames, I don’t know what is,” Wills said, “I think it’s not only disgusting but completely inappropriate.”

Wills explained that the shooting death of Michael Brown was a tragedy for everyone.

“This is not just a tragedy for the African American community this is a tragedy for the Missouri community as well as the community of what we call America,” he said. “Injecting race into this conversation and into this tragedy, not only is not helpful, but it doesn’t help a continued conversation of justice and peace.”

(h/t: Simon Maloy at Salon)


The civilized have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately, and do not intend to change the status quo; are responsible for their slaughter and enslavement; rain down bombs on defenseless children whenever and wherever they decide that their ‘vital interests’ are menaced, and think nothing of torturing a [person] to death: these people are not to be taken seriously when they speak of the ‘sanctity’ of human life, or the ‘conscience’ of the civilized world.
James Baldwin, The Devil Finds Work (via theeducatedfieldnegro)
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"The revolution has always been in the hands of the young. The young always inherit the revolution." - Huey P. Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party (02/17/1942 - 08/22/1989)

"Machoism is Boring," Allston, MA, 2014


Protesters stop the few people trying to loot two stores. Friday night in Ferguson, about 1:15-1:35AM.

This is worth passing on so more people know about it.



Dancer Lew Christensen in a 1937 photo by George Platt Lynes. He is in costume for the George Balanchine ballet Apollo

I reblog any of George Platt Lynes photography that I come across.

Wow. They sound just like my friends.

Wow. They sound just like my friends.


A couple weeks ago here in Jamaica Plain was Porchfest, which featured musicians playing on various porches around the neighborhood. Over on the other side of the Charles River, Somerville has been doing it for a few years now, and now JP is getting in on the action. Got to simply walk around the corner to see Evan Greer entertaining the kids  on the front lawn of a local church. Does that happen in whatever less awesome neighborhood you live in? I doubt it.

Just to compare with those last images of Gaza, here’s some news from the Israeli side of the conflict.


Israel-Gaza conflict: UN accuses Israel of possible war crime after shelling of one of its schools kills 19




But fortunately for me, I’m a survivor. I’m not gonna beat myself up for being a woman, I’m not gonna beat myself up for being trans, I’m not gonna beat myself up for defending myself. ‘Cause I am a survivor.
CeCe McDonald, quoted in “The Transgender Crucible,” by  Sabrina Ruben Erdely in Rolling Stone.