Rent Is Too Damn High!

Remember that guy back a few election cycles ago?

That dude with the wild sideburns and ‘stash….remember now?

Good for that has nothing to do with this post.

My regulars know that I like history and try to find unusual evets that your history teacher never had time or inclination to tell you about.

Today it is the “anti-rent movement”……..

In 1839, around the time of the Dorr Rebellion in Rhode Island, the Anti-Renter movement started in New York. It was a protest against the patroonship system, which went back to the l600s when the Dutch ruled New York, a system where a few families, intricately intermarried, controlled the destinies of three hundred thousand people and ruled in almost kingly splendour near two million acres of land while the tenants paid taxes and rents.

By the summer of 1839, the tenants were holding their first mass meeting. The economic crisis of 1837 had filled the area with unemployed seeking land, on top of the layoffs accompanying the completion of the Erie Canal, after the first wave of railroad building ended. That summer the tenants resolved: “We will take up the ball of the Revolution where our fathers stopped it and roll it to the final consummation of freedom and independence of the masses.” Thus, thousands of farmers in Rensselaer country were organised into Anti-Rent associations to prevent the landlords from evicting. They agreed on calico Indian costumes, symbol of the Boston Tea Party and recalling original ownership of the soil. The tin horn represented an Indian call to arms. Soon 10,000 men were trained and ready.  Sheriffs and deputy sheriffs trying to serve writs on farmers were surrounded by calico-clad riders who had been summoned by tin horns sounding in the countryside—then tarred and feathered.

Petitions for an anti-rent bill, signed by 25,000 tenants, were put before the legislature in 1845. The bill was defeated. A kind of guerrilla war resumed in the country, between bands of “Indians” and sheriffs’ posses. Boughton was kept in jail seven months, four and a half months of that in heavy irons, before being released on bail. Fourth of July meetings in 1845 attended by thousands of farmers pledged continued resistance.

The power of the law thus crushed the Anti-Rent Movement. It was intended to make clear that farmers could not win by fighting—that they most confine their efforts to voting, to acceptable methods of reform. In 1845, the Anti-Renters elected fourteen members to the state legislature. Governor Silas Wright asked the legislature to give relief to the tenants and end the feudal system in the Hudson Valley. Proposals to break up the huge estates on the death of the owners were defeated, but the legislature voted to make illegal the selling of tenant property for non-payment of rent. A constitutional convention that year outlawed new feudal leases.

The next governor, elected in 1846 with Anti-Rent support, had promised to pardon the Anti-Rent prisoners, and he did. Throngs of farmers greeted them on their release. Court decisions in the 1850s began to limit the worst features of the manorial system, without changing the fundamentals of landlord-tenant relations.

Howard Zinn has taken a better look into this “movement”……

Howard Zinn’s short history of the Anti-Renter movement against the patroonship system, created in the 1660s when the Dutch ruled New York.

The rich had vast land holdings and the tenants paid taxes and rents. The movement grew to 10,000 men and was finally put down by a cavalry unit of 3,000 who came up from New York City.

In 1839, around the time of the Dorr Rebellion in Rhode Island, when a deputy arrived in the farming area of in the Hudson Valley near Albany, New York, with writs demanding the rent, farmers suddenly appeared, assembled by the blowing of tin horns. They seized his writs and burned them. you have a more better look into 19th century America….do you feel smarter?

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One Step Closer To War

This post could be about any country in the 21st century… seems that everybody is more than willing to go to war……but for this post it is the tensions between India and Pakistan…….

The usual tensions are over the Kashmir region which both countries have claimed and have fought several conflicts over the region……I wrote about the most recent clash of the two rivals…….

After I wrote that piece the tensions got more tense……Pakistan claims that it has shot down two Indian planes……

Pakistan’s military says it has two Indian pilots in custody, captured after the Pakistani air force shot down their aircraft Wednesday on its side of the disputed region of Kashmir. The military’s spokesman, Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, says one of the pilots is injured and is being treated in a military hospital. He did not elaborate on the pilot’s injuries. Ghafoor says the other pilot is in custody. The military says the Indian Air Force plane was downed on the Pakistani side of the Line of Control in Kashmir—a boundary separating the disputed Himalayan region between the nuclear armed neighbors, the AP reports.

Officials say another Indian Air Force plane crashed in an Indian-controlled sector of Kashmir. Tensions between the two countries started to escalate Tuesday following a pre-dawn airstrike by India that New Delhi said targeted a terrorist training camp in northwest Pakistan. Pakistan says Indian warplanes dropped bombs near the town of Balakot but that there were no casualties. India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swara said the objective of the strike was to act decisively against the Jaish-e-Mohammed group, which claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a convoy of India’s paramilitary forces in the Indian portion of Kashmir on Feb. 14 that killed 40 troops. (Read more India-Pakistan relations stories.)

This situation deteriorates and the US has troops in the region….just how will that effect those troops?

The US does not need another conflict to manage……and without the proper diplomats in place a conflict to manage is what we shall get.

It is sad that this news gets no response…..our troops…..our sons, daughters, Moms, Dads and others could be at risk and NO one can take the time to acquaint themselves with this situation… is pathetic…..and to say they support the troops is a goddamn LIE!

Coups, Regime Change, Oh My

I have tried to point out that Venezuela is NOT our first rodeo with regime change or military coups…..we can look at Iran, Chile as examples….but it did not stop with those two…..

The US has been involved in the practice of “regime change” in over 81 countries since 1946…..that is 81 countries……

The U.S. has a long history of attempting to influence presidential elections in other countries – it’s done so as many as 81 times between 1946 and 2000, according to a database amassed by political scientist Dov Levin of Carnegie Mellon University.

That number doesn’t include military coups and regime change efforts following the election of candidates the U.S. didn’t like, notably those in Iran, Guatemala and Chile. Nor does it include general assistance with the electoral process, such as election monitoring.

Levin defines intervention as “a costly act which is designed to determine the election results [in favor of] one of the two sides.”

These acts, carried out in secret two-thirds of the time, include funding the election campaigns of specific parties, disseminating misinformation or propaganda, training locals of only one side in various campaigning or get-out-the-vote techniques, helping one side design their campaign materials, making public pronouncements or threats in favor of or against a candidate, and providing or withdrawing foreign aid.

In 59% of these cases, the side that received assistance came to power, although Levin estimates the average effect of “partisan electoral interventions” to be only about a 3% increase in vote share

As pointed out in the report….the US is not alone…..

Russia attempted to sway 36 foreign elections from the end of World War II to the turn of the century – meaning that, in total, at least one of the two great powers of the 20th century intervened in about 1 of every 9 competitive, national-level executive elections in that time period.

For the MSM and the US to be outraged by the Russian interference in the 2016 elections is just hypocritical….the US has a long history of not accepting the outcome of some elections and has worked to overthrow duly elected leaders.

My grandfather use to tell me….”When you point remember that there are three other fingers pointing at you”……a smart man  my grandfather.

Sweet Home Hanoi

Finally! The draft dodging president goes to Vietnam….about 40 years too late…but at least he is going.

The Trump/Kim Summit……the Junket to the Jungle……

As I type this our beloved Supreme Leader is rekindling his “bromance” with the North Korean dictator, Kim.

The best we can do is speculate of what will be said or accomplished…..our beloved Supreme Leader will allow checks and balances into the room…..

So what can we expect from this notorious meeting?

The “Dotard” and the “Rocket Man” are ready for their second pas de deux.

The world will be watching when President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sit down next week for their second summit in less than a year.

The meeting, which will take place Feb. 27 and 28 in Vietnam, follows their first round of face-to-face talks last summer in Singapore and will give the two leaders a chance to flesh out some of the details of a history-making denuclearization agreement that emerged from their initial dialogue.

Here’s a look back at what happened during the first summit and what we can expect during the second:

Trump will beat his chest and claim a win and Kim will snicker and go home with some assurances and continue doing what he has been doing.

Some think that an announcement will be made……

President Trump departed on Air Force One Monday for Vietnam and his second face-to-face summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. The meetings take place in Hanoi Wednesday and Thursday, and expectations are low in terms of major breakthroughs on the big issue of denuclearization. However, most of the advance coverage emphasizes that both leaders are known for their unpredictability. Details:

  • End to war? South Korea is floating the possibility that Trump and Kim will agree to a formal end to the Korean War, reports the New York Times. “We still don’t know exactly what format the end-of-war declaration will take,” says a spokesperson for South Korean President Moon Jae-in, “but there is an ample possibility of North Korea and the United States agreeing to such a declaration.”
  • No fun: Vietnam has deported a Kim lookalike, reports AFP. The Hong Kong man known as Howard X has been making the rounds of Hanoi this week with a Trump lookalike from Canada named Russell White. White can stay, but he has to stop making public appearances as Trump.
  • Personal touch: A Washington Post analysis notes that Trump has made much of his personal rapport with Kim, and that’s a big reason for the face-to-face summit. From the story: “Since their historic first meeting in Singapore last June, the two leaders have each adopted a strategy of playing to the other’s ego with gushing and gratuitous adoration in pursuit of their aims: For Trump, North Korea’s denuclearization; for Kim, its economic revival and respect on the world stage.”
  • Diplomats’ fear: NBC News runs through some of the incentives Trump could offer Kim: low-level diplomatic relations, the aforementioned end to the war, or even the withdrawal of US troops, though the latter is seen as unlikely. “One of the worst possible outcomes is (Trump) makes some crazy deal pledging to withdraw US troops for a vague promise of denuclearization,” says a former senior US official. More likely are incremental agreements toward denuclearization.
  • A big question: Satellite photos suggest North Korea’s main nuclear reactor at Yongbyon is operating as usual, reports NPR. That might seem to fly in the face of the North’s stated commitment after the first summit to move toward “complete denuclearization,” though Kim has kept any promises on the subject vague. The Yongbyon reactor can make weapons-grade plutonium, and only ground inspections would be able verify what’s happening there. That’s another area of possible compromise in the talks.

In other words…..this will be nothing more than a photo op…..both guys can claim a victory and nothing will get done…..

However to end on a up note…..Trump finally did the right thing and went to Vietnam….40 years too late!  Hopefully those “bone spurs” will not get in the way of a good photo op….as it did in the service of your country in the 70s.

Just Another Example

Closing Thought–26Feb19

For most Americans we know that the people elected a d/bag for president…..from sexual exploits to Russia to the corrupt regime he has around him……

This is just another example of how far he will go in his pursuit of an ego boost……

Nearly three years after hacked materials upended the 2016 presidential campaign, every Democratic candidate running for the White House has pledged not to knowingly use such material should they end up being published during the current election cycle.

Only one 2020 campaign declined to make such a commitment: President Donald Trump’s.

The Daily Beast asked each presidential campaign either up-and-running or in its exploratory phase whether they would commit to not knowingly using or referencing hacked material that appears online on grounds that it may have been obtained illegally.

Yet another boost to Trump’s fragile ego……he had Japan’s Abe write a letter to the Nobel….then another boost was floated…….

Then the conservative news outlet Sinclair has floated an idea on all its stations……Trump on Rushmore?

Sinclair Broadcast Group ran a segment across more than 50 stations in 28 states saying President Donald Trump’s performance could earn him a place on Mount Rushmore, MediaMatters reported

The segment, which ran on Presidents Day, featured former Trump aide and Sinclair’s Chief Political Analyst Boris Epshteyn touting the commander-in-chief.

“Presidents Day is an important holiday for us to reflect upon those who we have elected to the highest office in our land. We are lucky to currently have a leader in President Trump, whose term so far has been, I would argue, one of the most successful in our nation’s history,” Epshteyn, who worked for the Trump White House and campaign, said in the segment. 

“In just over two years of the Trump administration, we have seen great progress benefiting Americans. If this keeps up, much to the chagrin of many Democrats, the presidents on Mount Rushmore may have to make room for a new addition,” he continued.

Then there is the dictator thing that some are throwing out in the web…….

After losing his battle against Congress to secure funding for his wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, President Trump is declaring that that the congressional rebuff is irrelevant anyway. The reason? Trump is declaring an “emergency” under the “National Emergencies Act,” which, he says, authorizes him to spend U.S. taxpayer money on the wall without congressional authorization. He’s going to have the U.S. military, which will dutifully follow his orders, construct his Berlin Wall.

Trump’s action is the very essence of dictatorship. Check out other dictators around the world — Maduro in Venezuela, Ortega in Nicaragua, Diaz-Canel in Cuba, Kim Jong-Un in North Korea, el-Sisi in Egypt, and Zi in China. They don’t have to jack around with congresses. They have the authority to just act or order. That’s what makes them dictators.

Just a few thoughts to end my posting day……please if you have something to say my comment section is a good place to start.

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Where Did We Put That?

I like history and I detest nuclear weapons so anytime I can put the two together I shall take it.

I have written in the past about the US and its lost A-Bombs… went missing off the coast of Spain but that is as scary as it gets but not as scary as the thought that the US has lost or misplaced about 50 warheads…..that’s right I wrote…50……

It was a little early to be swimming in the Mediterranean that year. But in early March 1966, Manuel Fraga Iribarne, the Spanish information minister at the time, and Biddle Duke, the American ambassador in Madrid, together with their respective families, plunged into the chilly waters off the Costa Cálida. Journalists from around the world had gathered on the beach of the small village of Palomares to report on the two families’ spring bathing outing. Their interest would have been surprising, if it hadn’t been for the hydrogen bomb lying on the ocean floor only a few kilometers away, a bomb with more than 1,000 times the explosive force of the one that flattened Hiroshima.

Only a few weeks earlier, on Jan. 17, 1966, the worst nuclear weapons incident of the entire Cold War had taken place off Spain’s southeastern coast. During an aerial tanking maneuver, an American B-52 bomber and a KC-135 tanking aircraft collided in mid-air at 9,000 meters (29,000 feet), and both planes exploded in a giant fireball over Palomares. There were four hydrogen bombs in the hold of the B-52. One landed, unharmed, in tomato fields near the village. The non-nuclear fuse detonated in two others causing bomb fragments and plutonium dust to rain down on the impact site. The fourth bomb fell into the water somewhere off the coast, burying itself in several meters of silt. But where exactly did it fall?

The more we know about the Cold War days the scary it all comes to be.

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The Golden Age Of Free Speech

We all know about the First Amendment ….the right to freedom of speech…..just how does that equate in this age of information with the access to the internet and all that goes with it?

For most of modern history, the easiest way to block the spread of an idea was to keep it from being mechanically disseminated. Shutter the news­paper, pressure the broad­cast chief, install an official censor at the publishing house. Or, if push came to shove, hold a loaded gun to the announcer’s head.


This actually happened once in Turkey. It was the spring of 1960, and a group of military officers had just seized control of the government and the national media, imposing an information blackout to suppress the coordination of any threats to their coup. But inconveniently for the conspirators, a highly anticipated soccer game between Turkey and Scotland was scheduled to take place in the capital two weeks after their takeover. Matches like this were broadcast live on national radio, with an announcer calling the game, play by play. People all across Turkey would huddle around their sets, cheering on the national team.

The prevalence of “fake news” accusations have expanded in recent years once it was shown just how influential the “news” could be.

Now just the hint of “fake news” can send any conversation off the course and onto the rocks of stupid.

Since we have been thumping our chests about “fake News” I have written about this on several occasions…..

“Fake News” is just a modern use of Goebbels’s theory of propaganda and as usual I had thoughts on this as well…..

Calling something “Fake News” does not make it so……and wrapping around the First Amendment does not make it a “true” statement…..and because something fits your limited view of the issue does not make it a factual statement nor does it make it a false statement.

The individual needs to the work to find the truth…….I wish I could state that I have ever confidence that the American people will search for the truth……but as usual I would be deluding myself for most Americans are too lazy to look beyond their little limited view.

And the beat goes on!

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