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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Are US criminals redeemable?

By Mao Zedong

"In our society, as I have said, disturbances by the masses are bad, and we do not approve of them. But when disturbances do occur, they enable us to learn lessons, to overcome bureaucracy and to educate the cadres and the masses. In this sense, bad things can be turned into good things. Disturbances thus have a dual character. Every disturbance can be regarded in this way."

"Can Bad people turn into Good people?"

by 史蒂夫 奥多

So why bring this up! In Reading Philip Short's Pol Pot, he makes a distinction between the attitudes of the Chinese Communist Party and the Communist Party of Kampuchea. Having had the influence of Confucius who believed people were basically good, the Chinese believed in trying to reform people or giving them a second chance. In Kampuchea, the Pol Pot government was more influenced by Theravada Buddhism, a somewhat fatalistic religion with the belief that those who are bad are unredeemable.

Even though we are a capitalist society, it is odd that we keep leaning to the idea that people are unredeemable. More and more we here people say that small crimes, if not dealt with harshly, only lead to severe crimes. For example a petty thief will move up to murder and rape if not keep behind bars most of his life.

We have new laws against sex offenders. The restrictions are becoming so great, that some people are beginning to wonder where we will let these people live and where they will work? Also, while some of these people are quite vile, there may be some men who are 18 years old convicted of having sex with a 15 year old. Does it really make sense to lump them with 30 year old men that have sex with 9 year olds and have them carry that type of label the rest of their lives?

The drunk driving laws are stiffer every year. Now there is no way to expunge an earlier DUI charge, even if it is a minor one. It is a life long label.

This is probably the only country that will not allow a person to vote after a felony conviction, even after their time is served. This law actually violates a human rights agreement we signed years ago at the UN.

So the question I raise is --why are we following the examples of a person such as Pol Pot, when so many Americans have condemned him for his causal killing of people who made mistakes or broke minor laws?

Kansas, as with many states now has a carry and conceal law that allows a person who sees a robbery or crime in progress to act as judge, jury and executioner. Isn't this similar to what Pol Pot's cadre actually did? They were left on their own to dish out any punishment they felt fit a crime and that often met execution, even for minor theft.

A common argument for capitol punishment is that the criminal will never kill again. He also will not have a chance at rehabilitation.

I have a friend in prison who is a member of the Ohio 8. He told me the constantly cut back on educational opportunities for inmates and there seems to be a lot less emphasis on rehabilitation and more on punishment.

Another wise observation of Mao was:

"To sum up, we must learn to look at problems from all sides, seeing the reverse as well as the obverse side of things. In given conditions, a bad thing can lead to good results and a good thing to bad results. More than two thousand years ago Lao Tzu said: "Good fortune lieth within bad, bad fortune lurketh within good.''

So in America, we move closer and closer to a society which offers trouble makers no second chance for redemption. There is no longer the belief that people who have gone bad can be rehabilitated. Statistically crime has been going down, yet people, politicians and the news media continue to act as if it is still on the rise. This was pointed out in "Bowling for Columbine." Our politicians, pundits and many educators still call Mao one of the main mass murderers of the 20th century and yet even in his country, he believed in looking at the root causes of a disturbances and without looking at why people cause trouble. According to Short, in China they believed people could be rehabilitated.

In the US we are headed in a different direction. If anything, we are emulating Pol Pot who, along with his party, believed bad people were unredeemable. Some were unredeemable due to their background and upbringing. Is that the direction the US is headed? Will America's leaders be the next Pol Pot of the 21st Century?

Is this really what Americans want for their future?

Pol Pot --- the 20th Century authoritarian leader

George Bush --- the 21st Century authoritarian leader

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Human trash?

"Chavs," "Trailer Trash," "Yobos" or "Bogans," All are a description of a class of people in the US, England and Australia that refers to the lower classes. If they are working full time, they are simply poor proletariats. If they are under-employed or unemployed and living off some type of welfare, they may be members of what we Marxist call the Lumpin Proletariat.

First let me say that I hate the term "human trash" and I've heard it from Marxists. If they are talking about leaders, such a George Bush or Richard Nixon, that's entirely different. But there are many people who have fallen through the cracks in our society, for one reason another and if they are poor and powerless, calling them "human trash" is a trait of the right and I strongly resent when a person on the left makes such generalizations.

I'm not saying there are wife no beaters, people who mug old folks for easy money, ect, that do deserve to be labeled "trash." But those people earned the title. Lumping them together with other people who may be dealing with alcoholism, drug addiction of who are mentally unbalanced don't deserve to be lumped together with common thugs under a label such as "human trash." And as far as I'm concerned, lumping such low life criminals with the lumpin proletariat is just as bad.

Prostitutes are often poor women who can't find the kind of job that allows them to feed and care for their children. Many small time drug dealers use their trade to feed their own drug habit or they make about minimum wage.

Sure, there are drug dealers making big money out there, but they are not the people you see on the corner hawking drugs. Getting busted is for the little people and the big time dealers are hidden away out of site and out of the police's (often bribed ) mind.

There are also those on public assistance. After a while they gain a sense of learned helplessness. Sometimes they pass it off to their children. A friend of mine who works with social services for the poor said they learn all about the customs and cultural expectations of minorities, but they leave out "white trash" who also live in ghettos.

After all, where did the term "trailer trash" come from.

For years I read letters to the editor about the "bums on welfare" or the "beer swilling bums that watch TV all day at the taxpayer's expense." Another cliché' "half the countries on welfare and the other half pays for it."

These were comments from the idiot right-wingers who probably never actually met any of these "welfare bums."

There are a lot of reason people fall through the cracks to become part of the Lumpin Proletariat. Some bring it on themselves, many others do not. It is a complex problem as many of these people are uneducated.

One last thing is that I hate judging people solely by their contributions (that usually means money or jobs) to society as a measure of their wealth. Donald Trump is a $multi-millionaire who gives little (about 3%) to charity. He employs a lot of people but Ted Turner, who is also filthy rich gives about half his money to charitable organizations. As far as I'm concerned Trump is the "human trash" and he earned the title. He works for his own selfish interest, is an egomaniac and he's self absorbed. What's he really done for anyone? His workers surely don't make as much as they could.

Maybe it's the corporate assholes who need to justify their existence.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

City, developers don’t give a damn about us

As usual, the council persons for the City of Wichita, the largest city in Kansas, has decided to “move” a wetland area. In fact, what they are actually doing is destroying it for the sake of real state development.
Developer$ have for some time, owned the City and they do what they want. The city council never gets in there way. This protected wild life refuge used to be in the county. Now it’s in city limits and all the councilmen think of is their wallets and they don’t give a damn about wild life, the ecology or those people who appreciate wild life.
Move a wetland? What are they going to do, put up a sign in bird language to tell the birds where their new site is? Frogs and turtles have already disappeared from this site. Even opossums are becoming rare and coyotes have had to come into the city to forage for food. Soon they will be driven out also.

As reported in The Wichita Eagle, Mar. 21, 2007:

City OKs wetland development
Council members vote to allow construction -- if the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approves.
The Wichita Eagle
If the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it's OK to build a Lowe's Home Improvement store on federally protected wetlands, the city will pay half the cost of relocating the wetlands.
That's an estimated $1.7 million worth of designing, digging and developing.
If the Corps denies the development, the city will have to pay for the developers' $65,000 drainage study -- an analysis the city may need someday anyway.
That's the taxpayers' side of an agreement the City Council approved Tuesday.
The 4-2 vote allows developers to build the Lowe's store, several restaurants and other stores on the wetlands east of Maize Road and south of 29th Street North.
The development will also extend to the west side of Maize Road, where there are no federally protected wetlands.

Capitalist "America", Socialist Korea

자본가 "미국", 사회주의자 한국

Monday, March 19, 2007

Peace song nostalgia

Since history just repeats itself, lately, here is a moldy oldie that I just parodied. This one's from wood stock.

Country Joe

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Pix from yesterday’s march

Pix by Susan Schoket and Frank Smith.

My slightly modified:

I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag

By Joe McDonald

Yeah, come on all of you, big strong men,
Uncle Sam needs your help again.
He's got himself in a terrible jam
Way down yonder in Afghanistan
So put down your books and pick up a gun,
We're gonna have a whole lotta fun.

And it's one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
Next stop is Afghanistan;
And it's five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain't no time to wonder why,
Whoopee! we're all gonna die.

Well, come on generals, let's move fast;
Your big chance has come at last.
Gotta go out and get those Islams—
The only good Arab is the one who's dead
And you know that peace can only be won
When we've blown 'em all to kingdom come.

And it's one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
Next stop is Afghanistan;
And it's five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain't no time to wonder why
Whoopee! we're all gonna die.


Well, come on Wall Street, don't move slow,
Why man, this is war au-go-go.
There's plenty good money to be made
By supplying the Army with the tools of the trade,
Just hope and pray that if they drop the bomb,
They drop it on the al-Qaeda.

And it's one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
Next stop is Afghanistan.
And it's five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain't no time to wonder why
Whoopee! we're all gonna die.

Well, come on mothers throughout the land,
Pack your boys off to Afghanistan.
Come on fathers, don't hesitate,
Send 'em off before it's too late.
Be the first one on your block
To have your boy come home in a box.

And it's one, two, three
What are we fighting for ?
Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
Next stop is Afghanistan.
And it's five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain't no time to wonder why,
Whoopee! we're all gonna die.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Yes we had a ant-Iraq War march

A march was held this Saturday – March 17, starting at 11:00 a.m. The Wichita Peace Center held a “END THE WAR! NOW!” demonstration. They marched from from Minisa Park (13th and Jeanette), near the Arkansas River to the Peace Center House, were a rally was held.
About 100 attended the march which was staged to correspond to the national War protests in Washington and demonstrations
across U.S.
Our local march got no press at all. Signs demanding the troops be brought home were mixed with drummers from a youth group from the town on Newton, Kansas.
March together one mile from Minisa Park (13th and Jeanette) to the Human Cost of War Memorial at the Peace Center (13th and Topeka ). Then rally at the Peace House to hear keynote speaker Kathy Kelly.
“I learned one thing from this march,” Kelly said. “A new slogan – Nobody messes with the peace machine.”
Picture from the march will come later. -史蒂夫 奥多

Around the country other marches were held:

War anniversary draws protesters to Washington and demonstrations
across U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Denouncing a conflict entering its fifth year,
protesters across the country raised their voices Saturday against
U.S. policy in Iraq and marched by the thousands to the Pentagon in
the footsteps of an epic demonstration four decades ago against
another divisive war.

A counterprotest was staged, too, on a day of dueling signs and
sentiments such as "Illegal Combat" and "Peace Through Strength," and
songs like "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "War (What's It Good

Thousands crossed the Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial to
rally loudly but peacefully near the Pentagon. "We're here in the
shadow of the war machine," said anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, the
mother of a soldier killed in Iraq. "It's like being in the shadow of
the Death Star. They take their death and destruction and they export
it around the world. We need to shut it down."

Smaller protests were held in other U.S. cities, stretching to
Tuesday's four-year anniversary of the Iraq invasion. In Los Angeles,
Vietnam veteran Ed Ellis, 59, hoped the demonstrations would be the
"tipping point" against a war that has killed more than 3,200 U.S.
troops and engulfed Iraq in a deadly cycle of violence.

"It's all moving in our direction, it's happening," he predicted at
the Hollywood rally. "The administration, their get-out-of-jail-free
card, they don't get one anymore."

-Associated Press writers Ann Sanner and Cal Woodward contributed to
this report.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Chavez takes on Bush

It’s a propaganda fight between President Hugo Chavez, Venezuela and President George Bush, USA, to try and influence the voters of Latin America. Clearly Bush has the edge running the only super power left in the world even though. Chavez has provided the strongest opposition to US imperialism in Latin America since Fidel Castro of Cuba. Chavez has outlasted attempted coups, attempts by the middle class to oust him in an election and he has held his own, politically. He is one of the few left leaning reformers to outlast the usual CIA tactics to overthrow even a mild reformer for Latin America’s poor.
So now it’s the propaganda war and if Bush is as stupid there as he is in the US, Chavez has an easy victory ahead of him. This is one fight that proves to be a real match.
-史蒂夫 奥多

According to The Wichita Eagle, Mar. 11,:
In Uruguay, Bush tries to focus on trade talks
McClatchy Newspapers
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - Followed by violent protests and relentless taunting from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, President Bush continued his Latin American tour Saturday by talking trade while ignoring the controversy his visit has kicked up around the region.
Bush met Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez at a bucolic presidential retreat and discussed how this tiny South American country can sell more beef, wool and blueberries to the United States.
Yet even amid the horses and trees, the Chavez challenge threatened to take over Bush's agenda as it has repeatedly on this tour, which began Thursday night in Brazil and will also take the president to Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The Starry Plough

The Irish or known for heavy drinking and fighting. As a person who is about ½ Irish all I can say is that for some of us it is true.

As for fighting, we’ve been slaves for centuries and we’ve fought back many times. The IRA may have been universally hated by the British, but they couldn’t really defeat them.
When we came to New York, Americans treated us like shit. So within the unions Irish people formed the Irish Dead Rabbits. They went after union bosses and anyone that didn’t pay the Irish their fair share. Violence was a great part of the action.
One thing American’s can always count on--- Europeans often kill people for ideological reasons, but here in the USA, we usually kill for cash. I guess that’s just a cultural thing.

Today being Irish is not so bad. People where those buttons that say “Kiss me I’m Irish.”
Some people who wore those have no Irish in them at all. But if a cute woman kisses me and she isn’t Irish--- what do I care. It’s all in good fun. I prefer a Stout to a green beer, but to each his or her own.
While some may sport a shamrock--- I prefer the Starry Plough, a symbol of our struggle.

Today in Ireland there is also the Irish National Liberation Army, founded in December 1974 during a meeting in the Spa Hotel, County Dublin.
They were formed to fight for the goals of a thirty two county Irish Workers' Republic. The founding leader of the INLA was Seamus Costello. He had been active in various IRA campaigns before leaving to set up both the IRSP and INLA. He saw that the Official IRA ceasefire of the time was leading to reformism within the movement. After arguing his point of view within that organisation for some time he failed to convince the leadership of the folly of their direction. He was then expelled. The INLA, the army of Ireland's working class, was then formed to fight for National Liberation and Socialism. The INLA have been on ceasefire since September 1998 but have stayed active in defence of working class communities, particularly in Belfast interface areas where loyalist gangsters are repeatedly launching various pogroms against innocent communities.
Presently the INLA are currently active in defence of vulnerable nationalist communities in so called interface areas of Belfast.

While some may sport a shamrock--- I prefer the Starry Plough, a symbol of our struggle.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Violence spills into Afghanistan

With George Bush's bungling of the war in Iraq, we forget that he still has a mess I Afghanistan. Whoever designed the invasion had a much smarter plan, because we've lost fewer US soldiers there. However, the war is intensifying and possibly spilling over into Pakistan.
A lot of Afghans, both civilian and combatants are being killed in that country. Also the pretense for the invasion was to get al-Qaida, which the US hasn't done well at. We replaced the Talaban, now we have a puppet democracy that is hated by a large section of the population. That's especially true of people who guessed all along that this would not end when the US captured or destroyed the leaders of al-Qaida. Instead we have a puppet government that needs protection from its own people.
Many of us knew this was one more occupation spot in the Middle East, so the increase in violence and support for opposition is not a big surprise. Yesterday The Wichita Eagle had this to say:

Afghans: U.S. soldiers shot, killed civilians
Marines whose convoy was hit by a car bomb are accused by Afghans of recklessly returning fire.
Eagle news services
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - At least eight Afghan civilians were killed Sunday in eastern Afghanistan when U.S. Marines traveling in a convoy were hit by a car bomb and responded by firing in a way that some witnesses alleged was reckless.
The incident, which the U.S. military said resulted from a "complex ambush," was followed by angry demonstrations in which hundreds of Afghans took to the streets, many chanting anti-government and anti-American slogans.
According to Afghan and U.S. accounts, the Marine convoy was struck by a van packed with explosives as it traveled along a roadway connecting the eastern city of Jalalabad to the Pakistani border. The portion of the road where the explosion occurred is flanked by shops and was crowded at the time of the blast.
Immediately afterward, the convoy was attacked by "small-arms fire from several directions," said Lt. Col. David Accetta, a U.S. military spokesman. "The coalition forces returned fire in self-defense. It's unclear whether the casualties were from the car bomb blast or from the small-arms fire."
U.S. officials said militant gunfire may have killed or injured civilians, but Afghanistan's Interior Ministry and wounded Afghans said most of the bullets were American.
As the Americans fled, they treated every car and person along the busy, tree-lined highway as a potential attacker, said Mohammad Khan Katawazi, the district chief of Shinwar in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province.
"I saw them turning and firing in this direction, then turning and firing in that direction," Ahmed Najib, a 23-year-old hit by a bullet in his right shoulder, said of the U.S. forces. "I even saw a farmer shot by the Americans."
Accetta said that allegations that the Marines fired indiscriminately would be investigated but that "at this point we don't have any information that there was any wrongdoing by the coalition forces."
The accusation that U.S. forces killed or wounded so many Afghans was likely to cause an uproar in a country that has seen an untold number of civilians killed by international forces since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001. A high-level delegation was appointed to investigate.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has pleaded repeatedly for Western troops to take care not to harm civilians, and in December wept during a speech lamenting civilian deaths at the hands of foreign forces."

Already the revolutionary left is planning a people's war and it seems they have a good chance at it, since the Talaban have made a strong comeback and the US is already streatched thin. In one of their statements they said:

Afghanistan: Protest against US occupiers in Jalalabad

15 January 2007. A World to Win News Service.
Communist (Maoist) Party of Afghanistan
As the year 2006 was drawing to a close, a large number of angry people poured into the streets of Jalalabad, the capital of the province of Nangarhar in eastern Afghanistan. In the early morning hours of 31 December, US-led soldiers had raided a home in a village south of the city, killing two people and detaining three more. The demonstrators said that that those killed were ordinary civilians. They were protesting the brutality of US-led forces and demanding the end of these atrocities
While the American military authorities refused to confirm the killings and arrests, Nangarhar province governor Gul Agha Shirazi confirmed the incident. He also told reporters, "The raid took place without consulting with us."
This is not the first time that Jalalabad has been the scene of angry mass protests. The brutality of US-led forces has been the highest in the area. The Taleban has been active and particularly strong in that area too. The US has been unable to defeat the Taleban, and has suffered losses at the hands of these reactionaries. In retaliation, the US-led troops have targeted ordinary civilians, wreaking vengeance on them for American losses and inability to succeed in their aims.
The occupation force of some 40,000 foreign soldiers and the troops of their puppet regime have been continuously raiding the people's home in the villages, especially in the south and east of Afghanistan. This has taken place in various kinds of circumstances, including searching for Taleban soldiers. Likewise, American aircraft have often bombed ordinary people in different areas since the occupation began, killing and injuring many children and elderly people as well as others.
The criminal actions and brutality of the US-led occupation forces and the soldiers of the puppet regime have turned the Jalalabad to one of the most tense areas of Afghanistan and the scene of many anti-US, anti-regime and anti-war lord demonstrations. Students in Jalalabad were very active in the series of violent anti-US demonstrations that shook Afghanistan in May 2005, during which 17 students were killed. Also in Nangarhar province, when the occupation forces arrested a whole family, including two women, about a year ago, thousands of people poured into the streets and blocked the railway until those arrested were all freed.
Despite the initial promises for a better life for Afghanistan's people, now after five years of occupation by the US and other Western imperialists and the establishment of a puppet regime, the results are plain for all to see: The occupiers bring humiliation, insults, jailing and sometimes death to masses of ordinary people. The economic situation, if not worse, is at least as bad as before – the impoverishment of the nation and unemployment persists. The so-called reconstruction is mostly a myth. Women, who were supposed to be "liberated" by the occupiers, have had to bear the main burden of the bad economic situation, insecurity and continuing religious rule. The UN organization UNICEF recently reported that widows, who are under severe economic and social pressures, are increasingly resorting to suicide as the only way out of their difficulties. Gang rape of women and especially teenage girls has turned into a serious problem for the people. This situation has made returning to Afghanistan an unattractive option for the four million refugees still living in Iran and Pakistan. Just over 1,000 of the 900,000 Afghan refugees in Iran have returned this year, and only 25,000 have come home from Pakistan, many of them forced out when the Pakistani government closed some of the refugee camps on its border with Afghanistan.
In spite of the puppet government's initial big boasts about reducing poppy growing, this past year registered record opium production, with a large increase as compared to 2005.
As a result of all these political, economic and social issues, many in Afghanistan have raised their voices and protested against the atrocities of the puppet regime, the warlords and the occupiers who have continued the oppression the people suffered previous to the 2001 invasion.
In late May of last year, Kabul saw a violent youth riot directed against the US army after an American military truck ploughed into traffic at a crossroads and then the soldiers began shooting at the people. Chants of "Death to America" filled the air of the capital as the rioters stoned the U.S. convoy involved in the accident, then headed to the centre of town, targeting imperialist facilities and governmental establishments, including the headquarters of international aid organizations and police stations, to display their rising resentment of the occupiers. At least 22 people were killed by security forces in this violent protest.
Not long after, in early July 2006, residents of Chonghar village in Paghman district near Kabul protested the grabbing of five thousand acres of land by commanders of the powerful warlord Abdul Rasul Sayyaf. Land grabs by gangs within the puppet government are a new phenomenon in occupied Afghanistan.

خط دیورند دعوای از سابق در بستر جدید

از مدتی به اینطرف حلقات معینی از رژیم دست نشانده ، موضوع خط دیورند را دوباره به میان کشیده و بصورت های مختلف و به مناسبت های گوناگون مطرح می نمایند . برای اینچنین رژیم بحران زده و بی ثبات که بحران و بی ثباتی سراسر وجودش را فرا گرفته و از صد ها منفذ نمایش بیرونی می یابد ، مطرح کردن " دعوا ی " خط دیورند با پاکستان و دامن زدن به تشنج میان دو کشور ، عجیب به نظر می رسد . تا آنجائیکه براه انداخته شدن این " دعوا " از جانب بخشی از مشمولین خود رژیم ، " منتهای بی خردی سیاسی " و نتیجه " فقدان یک استراتژی سیاسی منسجم منطقوی " محسوب می گردد
[ ادامه...]

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

International Women's Day

"Break the Chains!
Unleash the furry of women as a mighty force for Revolution!" – Chiang Ching/江青


Rosalind Elsie Franklin (25 July 1920 – 16 April 1958) was an English-born physical chemist and crystallographer who made important contributions to the understanding of the fine structures of DNA, viruses, coal and graphite. Franklin is best known for her work on the X-ray Diffraction images of DNA which formed a basis of Watson and Crick's hypothesis of the double helical structure of DNA in their 1953 publication,[1] and when published constituted critical evidence of the hypothesis.[2] In the years following, she led pioneering work on the tobacco mosaic and polio viruses. She died in 1958 of cancer of the ovary.

Patti Smith Frida Kahlo


Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Wetlands lost to developers in Kansas

In Wichita Kansas the people have allowed developers to run the city and do what ever they want. If they build homes in a flood plain, no problem, city council members, voted in by idiots, will simply spend millions to devise an expensive plan to alleviate the problem a the taxpayers expense.

Here from The Wichita Eagle is the latest fiasco. A protected wetland area, invaluable to rare species of birds, is too close to homes that were irresponsibly built there in the first place. Now the people around this wetland area want it removed so their home’s won’t flood.
史蒂夫 奥多

Bo Rader/The Wichita Eagle

“Developers offer wetland deal
Alleviating west Wichita floods with little cost to taxpayers has city leaders weighing a plan to fill in and relocate a protected wetland.
The Wichita Eagle
Bo Rader/The Wichita Eagle
An area east of Maize Road, once part of the Pracht wetlands, could be a retail development, if the Army Corps of Engineers approves.
PDF: Cadillac Lake flooding study
PDF: US Army Corps of Engineers synopsis of the Cadillac Lake project
Wichita may spend $1.7 million to relocate a wetland to allow private developers to fill in part of Cadillac Lake, a major wetland in western Sedgwick County once known for bird watching.
The project, developers say, will reduce the potential for flooding in some northwest Wichita neighborhoods and make way for $31million in commercial development.
The city and the developers must get permission from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to fill in 18.5 acres of federally-protected wetlands.
Developers, who will also spend more than $1million on the wetlands project, say it's probably the cheapest option for the city to reduce flooding hazards.”

Cheap? It would have been a lot cheaper to disallow development along a wetland area in the first place. The $1.7 million is absolutely unnecessary and a waist of our tax money, not to mention it destroys the scenic beauty of the area.

史蒂夫 奥多

According to the article some people are concerned about the wildlife:

“Where will it all end?
The project, near 29th North and Maize Road, is in an area known as one of the best bird-watching areas in Sedgwick County.
Pete Janzen, author of the recently-released "The Birds of Sedgwick County," said before all the development along Maize Road, birders could spot many species of birds that live in the wetlands.
"There's no way the public can appreciate it now," he said.
It's on private land and traffic has increased so much that you can't stop on the road and observe, he said.
"As they start chipping away at it, where are they going to stop?" he asked. "I'd like to see the land reserved."
He welcomes the idea of making the area public, which is part of the plan. But, he said, he's become pessimistic about the whole area now that it is becoming so developed.
"It kills me a little bit every time I drive past it, to be honest with you," he said.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Long live communism (MLR) or Iraq

from the Marxist-Leninist-Revolutionaries (MLR) of IRAQ

غدا سترفع البروليتاريا راية الشيوعية العلميةTomorrow will raise the banner of the proletariat communism Scientific عاليا على العالم رغم ضجيج اعداء الشيوعيــةHigh on the world, although the noise of the enemies of communism اولائك الذين يناهضون الشيوعية العلمية يتمنون لنا عالم متقاعسFearing those opposing communism scientific world wish us inertia مدجج بالارهاب والمشاكل ، عالم متخلف غارق بالبؤس والماسات ، عالــمHeavily terrorism and problems, benighted world steeped in misery, diamonds, a world المظالم والشر والتميز وقهر الانسان لاخيه الانسان .Ombudsman and evil and dry and oppression of man by man. من يقف في خندق االبروليتاريا ويدافع عن البروليتاريا بالسلاح الايديولوجي الشيوعيStanding in a ditch Aalberolitaria defend the proletariat communist ideological weapons هو ارقى وانبل انسان وهو يجيد السبيل الافضلIs nobler and nobler man is good at the best way للدفاع عن الحق والحقيقة وكيفية صيانتها وهو المعبر الحقيقيFor the defense of truth and righteousness and how to maintain a real Crossing والصادق عن الشيوعية العلمية .Sadeq on scientific communism. لما الايديولوجية الماركسية اللينينية الماوية ومقاومة الشيوعيينWhat ideology of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism and resistance to the Communists الثوريين والنضال الشيوعي الثوري لحطمت الراسمالية البشريةRevolutionary Struggle and the Communist Revolutionary shattered human capital باسرها .Whole. لما المبادىء الشيوعية تنموا وتترعرع في المجتمعات البشرية لافترست الراسماليـــةWhat principles of communism grow and thrive in human societies of the capital Aftrst الطبقة العاملة والفلاحين الفقراء والكادحين والتهمت عظامهم .The working class and poor peasants, and laborers and consumed their bones. لما بريق الشيوعية العلمية لغزى الجهل والتخلف الاجتماعي والسياسي العالـــــمThe glitter of the Strip communism scientific ignorance and backwardness social and political world باسره .Whole. لما بزغت شمس الشيوعية العلمية على العالم لانقلب العالم الى غابة للافتراس .What emerged Shams scientific communism on the world to the world has turned into a jungle of devouring. لما بزوغ شمس الشيوعية العلمية على العالم لغيم الظلام على حياة البشريةThe dawning of scientific communism on the world to suggest darkness on human life باسرها .Whole. لما الشيوعية لقراء الراسماليون القداس الجنائزي على قوانين الحياة واقلبوا مجملAs readers of the Communist capitalists funeral mass on the laws of life and overall Agbola الحقائق على عقب وذلك وفق نظرياتهم المتعفنة الضيقة الافق وذات المعايير المزدوجةThe facts on the following, according to theory and narrow matter of double standards الشيوعية سد منيع امام نموا الفاشية والامبريالية ليس بمقدورهم التنفسCommunist bridge impervious to the growth of fascism and imperialism is not able to breathe بحرية .Free. لما النظال الشيوعي الثوري ومقاومة الشيوعيين الثوريين لاستعادة الراسمالية شرائعAs the struggle and resistance of the Revolutionary Communist Revolutionary Communists to restore capitalism legislation القرون الوسطى والقوانين الميدانية على حياة الناس باسرها , لاكل الانسان لحم اخيهMedieval field and the laws on the lives of a whole people, to eat the flesh of his brother's rights الانسان .Rights. من يتمنى دوامة الانظمة الراسمالية وبقائها لايريد للبشرية والعالم الا الحروبWhirlpool hopes of capital regulations and survival does not want to mankind and the world wars الظالمة والخراب والدمار وانتشار البطالة و الفقر والرعب والجوع والاوبئة والموت المحتم .The unjust and devastation and widespread unemployment and poverty, fear and hunger, epidemics and inevitable death. من ينتخب التيارات والاحزاب الراسمالية في السلطة ينتخب الموت لابناء مجتمعهThe elected trends and parties in the capital elected to the combined death فالليبراليين الراسماليين هم بمثابة تجار وعسكر .Vallibraliin capitalists are as dealers and Askar. الراسمالية الحديثة اشد تكنيكا ووحشية واشد فتكا بالشغيلة وهي تتنفس منModern capitalism Technica and most brutal and most deadly Balschgelh It breathes from the عدة منافذ حتى تنتعش وتحافظ على بقائها وديمومتها .Several outlets to recover and preserve the survival and continuity. المنفذ الاول ( المنفذ الديمقراطي )Executor (performing democratic) المنفذ الثاني ( المنفذ الليبرالي )Performing II (performing Liberal) المنفذ الثالث ( الانتخابات )Performing III (elections) 4 ــ الاحزاب والتيارات القومية الشوفينية والدينية التخلفيةFour parties and currents national chauvinism and religious hysteresis 5 ــ الشركات والاسهم .Five companies and shareholders. 6 ــ الاجهزة البوليسية القمعية والمخابراتية .Six bodies repressive police and intelligence. 7 ــ وسائل الدعاية والاعلام الكاذبة .7, the means of propaganda and false information. 8 ــ ضغوطات العملة الصعبة والتهامها لعملة دول العالم الثالث .8 hard currency pressures and allows for his third world countries. لو اتم الاطاحة بتلك المعادلات بغية دحرها لاختنقت الراسمالية وفطست للنهايةIf completed overthrow those equations in order to defeat suffocating capitalism and the end of Ftst .. ــــــــــ تحيـا الشيوعيــةLong live Communism تحيا الماركسية اللينينية الماويةLong live Marxism-Leninism-Maoism ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,بزوغ شمس التيار الشيوعي الحقيقي هي خطوة تلوه الاخرى نحو تحقيقDawning of the Communist real trend is a step towards achieving the other praised اهداف البروليتارية في الثورة .The objectives of the proletarian revolution. اذا ظهر حزب شيوعي حقيقي في أي بقعة من بقاع العالم هنالك تندلعIf a real communist party in any part of the world there erupt شرارة الثورة البروليتارية .Spark proletarian revolution. اذا غابت الثورة البروليتارية في أي بقعة من بقاع العالم هو دليل قاطعIf absent proletarian revolution in any part of the world is proof على غياب الحركة الشيوعية الحقيقية عن المسرح في تلك البقعة .The absence of the Communist movement of the real scene on the spot. اذا حمل أي حزب اخر في تلك البقعة لقب التيار الشيوعي على حزبهIf carrying any other party in the title of the current spot on the Communist Party في غياب استراتيجية الثورة البروليتارية لتهيئة المناخ الملائم لاندلاعهاIn the absence of a proletarian revolution to create the proper climate for breakout ليس الا حزبا تحريفيا برجوازيا ليبراليا بكل ما يعنيه ويمارسه لابد منOnly parties Thrivia Brjoazia liberal and all that it means to be exercised تعريته ومن ثم دحره دحرا تاما وبلا تريض وبلا هواده , لتهيئة الارضيةStripped and then defeat Dhara fully and without exercise area, unabated, for preparing the ground الملائمة امام نهضة الشيوعيين الثوريين .Appropriate to the renaissance of the Revolutionary Communists. التحريفية مطية الراسمالية وحليفتها الوفية يربطهم المصير المشترك.Revisionism ride capitalism and its ally, loyal devotion of common destiny. الراسمالية والتحريفية وجهان لعملة واحدة .Capitalism and revisionism are two sides of one coin. التحريفية صورة اخرى ووجه اخر لانظمة القطاع الخاص ، العامليين ضمنRevisionism another picture, another facet of the regulations of the private sector, within Alamelein تيارات واحزاب تحريفية ليبرالية عراقية امتهنوا الصفة الانتهازية فتخرجواTrends and parties negationist liberal Iraqi made systematic character opportunistic Ftekhrjoa انتهازيين ومرتزقة ماهرين .Skilled opportunists and mercenaries. الكوادر التي تربت في خظم تلك التيارات الانتهازية اختصرت الطريق نحوNoah cadres in Khim those trends opportunistic way to shortcut الانتهازية وسياسة الارتزاق ، اصبح لديهم خبرة عن كيفية ممارستها ومداولتها .The opportunistic policy mercenary, now have experience on how to exercise and manipulation. تحيا الشيوعيةLong live Communism تحيا الماركسية اللينينية الماويةLong live Marxism-Leninism-Maoism تحيا حركة الثورة البروليتارية العالميةLong live the world proletarian revolution