The end of the semester is on me and I am jammed and have out-of-towners coming in this weekend for the Labor notes conference. So here are a couple of quick notes:
The Tigers have a 0-7 start, inconceivable considering their line up. They’ve already lost 10% of the games they can afford to lose this season and still go on to the post-season. Ughhh.
Mugabe decides it’s too dangerous to let the people know how they voted. Of course they know how they’ve voted. The danger is to Mugabe. one hopes this is the end of the road for the 84 year old, but he has shown no such awareness in the past. I don’t think Mugabe is cynical, he is delusional like all self-obsessed people. He really does believe the people love him and it is all an imperialist conspiracy. Of course there is an imperialist conspiracy but that doesn’t mean we have to defend the wretched old man’s rule (there are a few left groups here that do). And who wears a Hitler mustache?
Bertie Ahern, Ireland’s “Teflon Taoiseach” is stepping down under clouds of corruption. The southern Irish political class is notoriously corrupt. Ahern’s leadership has lasted nearly 12 tears. Good riddance; but the Irish political scene is in desperate need of a real shake-up.
Paetreus and Crocker come to Washington to calm nerves and press for the occupation of Iraq to be open ended. Basra proves that the Iraqi government is impotent without the US military. All three of the potential Presidents being Senators received live, free campaign commercials. None proposed an immediate withdrawal. Obama was particularly lame. All of that soaring rhetoric is just bullshit; he was out to prove that he would be a perfectly sober guardian of the Empire.
Detroit: The American Axle strikers are soldiering on as is, with entirely different motivations, Kwame Kilpatrick. I don’t mind the sex, we’re pro-sex here at the Rustbelt Radical, I mind the 8 million dollars of badly needed city funds going to payoff Kwame’s opponents as hush money over the affair. We had sun this week for the first time in months, the snow has melted and the Labor Notes conference begins this weekend.
The Tibetan campaign around the Olympic torch has reset the agenda on Tibet. It has been an expert campaign at getting attention for the cause. I’m all for Tibetan freedom; from China and the local elites. All of the calls for boycott are duplicitous. How many Olympics were held in the US that weren’t boycotted? If I were to list all of the places the US has invaded, bombed, subverted and exploited during Olympic season it would be too long for this blog. It would require several volumes in fact.
I am glad folks from the imperialist world are outraged at China’s treatment of Tibet. It helps for liberals that it is not their own government doing the crime. Free Tibet? Absolutely. How about Free Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Kurdistan, etc, etc. I promise not to watch any Americans compete in the Olympics until these occupations, perpetrated by a government that claims to speak for me, are ended.
The new Levon Helm CD “Dirt Farmer” hasn’t left the player in days. I could name a dozen other artists who have tried this album, Levon delivers. Off to class…………