Tempest in a Teapot: The Story of Neoliberal Kristen McQueary and Longing for a Katrina in Chicago

by Scott Creighton

Sometimes the neoliberal apologists for the neoliberal Free-Marketeers go too far.

Sometimes their editors have to erase the little peek they give us inside the minds of the sociopaths who make up the Milton Friedman True Believer class.

Sometimes they have to write unapologetic apologies when civil society reacts with horror at the shear selfishness and cruelty these Ayn Randians harbor deep down inside.

“Envy isn’t a rational response to the upcoming 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

But with Aug. 29 fast approaching and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu making media rounds, including at the Tribune Editorial Board, I find myself wishing for a storm in Chicago — an unpredictable, haughty, devastating swirl of fury. A dramatic levee break. Geysers bursting through manhole covers. A sleeping city, forced onto the rooftops.

That’s what it took to hit the reset button in New Orleans. Chaos. Tragedy. Heartbreak

An underperforming public school system saw a complete makeover. A new schools chief, Paul Vallas, designed a school system with the flexibility of an entrepreneur (privatized). No restrictive mandates from the city (deregulated) or the state. No demands from teacher unions to abide (no labor protections). Instead, he created the nation’s first free-market education system

That’s why I find myself praying for a real storm. That’s why I can relate, metaphorically, to the residents of New Orleans climbing onto their rooftops and begging for help and waving their arms and lurching toward rescue helicopters” original version of Kristen McQueary’s libertarian/neoliberal screed

not so cute sometimes I guess

That’s what happened when cute little libertarian Kristen McQueary penned her latest OpEd for the Chicago Tribune in which she pined away wishing for a Hurricane Katrina to come to Chicago and wash away all that liberal excess so the neoliberal economic hit-men could remake the city into Galt’s Gulch like they did in New Orleans.

It’s called “disaster capitalism” and in the case of New Orleans, it only cost about 1,800 lives and countless people being made homeless. That’s to say nothing of the corrupt, fascist, privatized public education system (the kind promoted by Rahm Emanuel, Jeb Bush and Ron Paul alike) they installed in the wake of the storm which has cost countless futures for countless kids of the poor and working classes of that once great city.

Just for shits and giggles, you guys do understand that the father of modern day charter school ideology was Augusto Pinochet under his Milton Friedman inspired dictatorship, right?

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BDS the Global Corporate Coup!

by Scott Creighton

Putting forward a simple idea: BDS the global corporate coup.

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In 2005, Palestinian civil society put out a call for a truly global movement of people opposed to Israel’s illegal and immoral treatment of Palestinian people living in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. It is called the BDS movement (boycott, divest and sanction) and though it has not yet ended the brutal and inhumane treatment, it’s influence is building across the globe with minor victories over the last few years and certainly a major victory for the Palestinian cause in the “hearts and minds” campaign targeting young, college-aged people all over the world.

Similar BDS-type movements have met with a great deal of success in the past most notably in apartheid South Africa.

The BDS movement is having a profound effect on Israeli businesses and therefore on Israeli policy. Fascist nations and their Vichy politicians are wholly owned subsidiaries of their Big Business backers. You haven’t got to look past our own borders here in the states to realize that simple truth about American “democracy” and our “friends in the region”.  And to that end, they are both equally vulnerable to the will of the wallet as long as it is well organized and just.

The effect is so great, Israel’s predominant lobbying effort here in the states, AIPAC, has put forward a rider ( U.S-Israel Trade and Commercial Enhancement Act ) for a corporatist “trade” bill, the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), which seeks to counter the crippling effects of the growing BDS movement.

“The U.S-Israel Trade and Commercial Enhancement Act will ensure that American free trade partners never engage in this harmful and illegitimate political protest against Israel, while also protecting U.S. companies from foreign lawsuits targeting their associations with Israel.” Feb. 2015

Clearly, powerful lobbying groups and think-tanks don’t take the time to write legislation to thwart a movement if they don’t perceive that movement as a serious problem and ultimately a threat to their established power structure. Therefore, BDS is working and AIPAC is telling us it is.

Today I would like to put forward another idea, one borrowing from the Palestinian BDS movement. Borrowing from it and hopefully adding to it.

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Protests grow in Baltimore in defiance of police-military siege

(“Authorities and the media are seeking to condition the population to accept routine police state measures and the suspension of democratic rights.” Yep. That’s the ticket)

by Jerry White, WSWS

Thousands of workers and students demonstrated in Baltimore Wednesday, defying the military-police crackdown in the city of 622,000.

Solidarity protests, including those demanding the removal of the National Guard from Baltimore, spread to other cities, including New York City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Washington, DC.

While the police murder of 25-year-old Freddie Gray was the trigger of social opposition, the outpouring of protests is driven by deeper social causes.

In addition to police violence, angry youth on the streets of Baltimore spoke out against deteriorating schools, impoverished neighborhoods, poverty level jobs and the vast social chasm that has produced “two Baltimores”—one for the rich and powerful, the other for the poor. They complained of the indifference of the political establishment in the city, which has long been dominated by a corrupt layer of African American Democratic Party politicians.

As the immense class tensions that characterize American society are beginning to rise to the surface, the ruling class is responding with violence and repression…

Much of the media coverage Wednesday was characterized by a self-congratulatory tone over the success of the military-police crackdown and the supposed popular support for the dispatch of armed troops

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Various BS from POTUS During the State of the Union

by Scott Creighton

President Obama gave his State of the Union speech last night and like many did during the recent election, I chose to abstain. I Hulued old X-Files episodes instead and from the looks of it, it was time better spent.

(The truth is out there folks. You just have to look for it and put up with people calling you “Spooky” while you do it. That’s all.)

As is often the case in politics, now as it was in the beginning, the bovine excrement was flying fast and furious (oops)

Below are a few samples of what I caught in the face (like one of his “collateral victims” on Terror Tuesday) while reading the transcript of his cynically populist Rainmaker routine.

So put on your boots and grab a snorkel cus the shite is deep in Obamaland and it takes a real lefty to guide you safely through the muck and back again.

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Neoliberal Silverspooner Gina Rinehart Want’s a Northern Australia “Economic Zone” Where they Can Pay Workers < $2.00 a Day

by Scott Creighton

Africans want to work for less than two dollars per day because if they don’t we call them “extremists” and we shoot them in the face. We need Australians like that. A lot of them. I make 2 million dollars an hour. Suck on that. I’m rich cus I was smart and was born to a wealthy daddy who molested me when he got drunk. So let’s get the little darkies up north and make ’em work for peanuts while we hold Roman orgies and build pyramids to our greatness” and artist’s impression of Gina Rinehart’s humanitarian video

Oh yeah. The billionaires are ready to bring the pain baby. We gotta compete on that all important Global Market! It’s globalization my friends and billionaires just can’t get enough of it. Race to the bottom for the useless eaters class!

Here is a video mash-up of a few of the highlights of her little discussion which I also put below. You can see from it, she is all upset that the fortune she inherited being the only  child of a billionaire Ayn Rand caricature is about to stop growing at the growth rate she sees as potentially just waiting in Northern Australia… once their government gets off their lazy asses and makes slave labor legal again.

“Africans will work for less than $2 a day!? You hear that? We gotta get us some of that shit! We need like a trade zone or something. You know, like they got in Haiti?!”

“Just think of all those savages sitting around in the north getting drunk and cashing dole checks. Think of each one as a little, hairy, foul-smelling, thick-lipped ATM machine and we got the only cash cards!”

“We can do it! We just have to learn from our apartheid and zionist brothers!”

“Get rid of those regulations! Get rid of all that environmental protection crap! Get rid of those taxes! Kill off the bleeding heart “ebil leftists” with drones and let’s make some damn money! and oh yeah, small business blah blah blah… liberty… blah blah blah… death tax… blah blah blah.” Gina Rinehart (sorta)

She wants to turn the Indigenous Australians living in the northern parts of the country into slaves! yippie! Hell, her daddy once talked about “rounding ’em up” and sterilizing them by putting stuff in their water supply while another guy talked about “civilizing the savages” on national television

Kinda makes Little Orphan Gina look like Mother Teresa by comparison, don’t it?

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Obama Meets his Prestitute Megaphonies to Prep “Fiscal Cliff” Compromise Propaganda

by Scott Creighton

Barack Obama has every intention of betraying his base… once again, this time on the subject of crippling “austerity” measures (read as “IMF structural reform package”) that will be “needed” to avoid the ever looming mythical fiscal cliff. So he called a special meeting with some of the left-wing propaganda peddlers to have a little off-the-record meeting at the White House. The idea is to get the talking points directly to the megaphonies so there’s no communication divide while at the same time expressing to them their personal importance to the administration, capitalizing on their feelings of entitlement in order to ensure they will strive their hardest to convince their audiences that something that is in their worst interest is actually in their best interests. To lie to their fans for the president and his neoliberal agenda in other words.

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Charter Schools Save Money? Think Again – $500,000 Bonus to a Failed Charter Principal

by Scott Creighton

student at Young’s Motel 6 High School

School didn’t have computers, a library or even cafeteria services and the money the for-profit school saved by cheating 181 kids out of a decent education, they apparently divided up among themselves when the gig was finally up in Orlando. Christ, according to their recent evaluation, they couldn’t even teach English!

When you think about charter schools, you think about someone trying to sell the “public/private partnership” in terms of saving taxpayers some money. It’s simply not true. It costs more per student to educate through a charter school system and most studies show the education they receive is rather substandard at best. No accountability, no morals.. the WalMartization of Education is at hand.

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