LUMPENPROLETARIAT—[13 JAN 2021] Let’s stay vigilant, folks. The events of January 6th may begin to fade from the news cycle, but the forces of fascism are still out there plotting their assaults on democracy. Bourgeois politics debate in Congress today, whether or not to defend democracy and the rule of law in America. It seems the brute physical violence of last Wednesday will be translated, today, into legislative violence waged by the Republican Party against democracy. False moral equivalency will be drawn between anti-racist / anti-fascist protests and outright fascist / racist marauding. And Dems will continue to enable the Republican Party by authoring only one single Article of Impeachment, when dozens could be authored. And Dems will likely continue their low-energy-level ‘opposition’ to Republican fascism by equivocating and handling the fascists with kid gloves.
Welcome to my notebook. These are my raw notes… Help tell the people’s history. Take back the narrative from the corporate media. What did you see on January 6th?
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Let’s hear what people are saying on free speech radio about #45’s ongoing attempts to stay in power. Of course, today is all about impeaching Trump. Almost all of the experts featured on Pacifica Radio have urged for immediate impeachment to disempower the would-be dictator. However, a few legal experts pointed out that the 25th Amendment was largely “performative” here. Also, Dems are counting on Mitch “The Grim Reaper” McConnel.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
05:00 – 06:00 PST, KPFA > Rising Up with Sonali Kolhatkar.
“American Abyss“: Fascism Historian Tim Snyder on Trump’s Coup Attempt, Impeachment, and What’s Next” by Democracy Now!, 13 JAN 2021.
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06:00 – 07:00 PST, KPFA > Special Broadcast: Impeachment Proceedings. “Direct from the US House of Representatives, KPFA brings you the proceedings on a vote to impeach President Donald Trump, with hosts Brian Edwards Tiekert and Mitch Jeserich.” BET intro. Mitch Jeserich joins in after a few minutes. Background on 25th Amendment. 06:11 PST, Republicans will likely take issue with 25th Amendment being used, as it was originally designed for medical emergencies when a president may be incapacitated, rather than for political reasons. 06:17 PST, AOC feared for her life, she said. And rightly so, as observers have noted. Had the lynch mob spotted AOC or Pelosi, they would’ve been lynched. Some house members have been infected with COVID-19 after huddling with anti-masker Republicans during the events of January 6th. […] 06:23 PST, live feed of Impeachment Proceedings begins. […] (c. 29:00) Tom Kohl(sp?) (R – OK) Prof. Jonathan Turley cited as being opposed to a “snap impeachment.” ‘Alan Dershowitz, et al think that Trump’s words are not impeachable.’ No? How about his actions? […] Woman argues in favor of impeachment and rails against terrorism. She’s barking up the wrong tree. The threat is fascism, not terrorism.
07:00 > 07:30 PST, WPFW > 07:50 PST, black women’s service sorority history
07:00 – 09:00 PST, KPFA > Special Broadcast: House Impeachment Proceedings. “Direct from the US House of Representatives, KPFA brings you the proceedings on a vote to impeach President Donald Trump, with hosts Brian Edwards Tiekert and Mitch Jeserich.” N.B.: KPFA did not make this broadcast available as an mp3 download.
07:00 PST, WBAI > 07:54 PST, Brent Michael Phillips path to wealth/health pitch fund drive
07:00 PST, KPFK, > [TW] Sojourner Truth.
08:00 PST, KPFK > 08:35 PST, [TW] Prof Timothy Snider (Yale Univ) says this was predictable in NY Times cover story article, “The American Abyss”. 08:44 PST, Next, COVID-19 update from L.A.
08:00 PST, KPFA > UpFront > John Nichols [TW] > 08:45 PST, Mitch Jeserich explained the protocol in Congress for debate and voting on impeachment. ‘No Republicans have voted for impeachment yet,’ said Jeserich.
08:00 PST, KPFK > 08:52, “Indigenous communities”
09:00 PST, WPFW > 09:14, “Black Velvet” by Heart
09:00 PST, KPFK [L.A.] > The Tom Hartmann Show > 09:15 PST, A congressman and listener call-ins
09:00 PST, KPFA > Special Broadcast: House Impeachment Proceedings > 09:18, 0931, live coverage of Congress. 0931, live feed. c. 09:35, Pelosi. 0942, Republican X. BS arguments: no hearings; this is a hearing. too soon; we don’t need more time. Dems are counting on McConnell, and after the 20th. McConnell the grim reaper cannot be trusted. — snip — 10:40, Dem. Maxine Waters: ’45 watched it all from TV!’ [Low energy from Dems; Maxine is the 1st voice of real indignation and concern. Even more than Dissilio(sp?), the author of the only impeachment article introduced.
10:00 PST, KPFA > Letters and Politics Special: House Impeachment Proceedings Live. [TW] “
Direct from the US House of Representatives, KPFA brings you the proceedings on a vote to impeach President Donald Trump, with hosts Brian Edwards Tiekert and Mitch Jeserich. Guest: Ruth Conniff is Editor-in-Chief of the Wisconsin Examiner and Editor-at-Large for The Progressive Magazine.”
10:00 PST, WBAI > Leonard Lopat3 At Large. — snip — 10:52 PST, author of Solving the Climate Problem Is Simple, on climate change. leonardlopate@WBAI.org
10:55 PST, WBAI, News Headlines, “mob attack”. “Several”, “at least five”, including Lynn Chaney. Armed troops surrounded the Capitol Building today, during impeachment hearing. [TW]
11:00 PST, WBAI > health
11:00 PST, KPFA [Berkeley] & KPFK [L.A.] (simulcast) > Special Broadcast: Impeachment Proceedings Live. Host Mitch Jeserich, ongoing live coverage of the U.S. Congress Impeachment Hearing in D.C. — snip — 11:25 PST, [TW] analysis 11:32, what happens if Trump tries to pardon himself? Legal scholars are debating this now. But never, says legal expert woman, has our nation fallen so low that a president is trying to pardon himself.’
1134, wbai pst [TW] Randy. Marty. Assange trial. [TW]
1137, wpfw, “baltimore”, “art”
12:00 PST, WBAI, Black Agenda Radio with Glen Ford and. 1. On the events of January 6th. 2. On black anarchists. 12:25 PST, What’s trans anarchism?
12:00 PST, WPFW > 12:29 PST, “give voice to what people are feeling in constructive ways.” ‘This is a wake up call for a lot of people for a lot of different reasons.’
12:00 PST, KPFA & KPFK (simulcast) > Special Broadcast: House Impeachment Proceedings Live “Direct from the US House of Representatives, KPFA brings you the proceedings on a vote to impeach President Donald Trump, with hosts Brian Edwards Tiekert and Mitch Jeserich.” > 12:32, “opposition to th3 gaslighting” [Yes, Lizzy lady!] — snip — 13:11 PST, Karen Greenberg(sp?) on legal responses to the Events of January 6th. Predictably, bourgeois politics is overreacting, calling for domestic terrorism laws, which are code for anti-1st amendment attitudes. In other words, American liberals’ misguided, or naive, analysis, which views the 6th as a simple political problem stemming from a single malignant politician. Even if humanely, judiciously, and with a view toward containing the misled white supremacists and white nationalists, Greenberg(sp?), et al would have us focus on the individual as the source of the problem, rather than a broader, more complex or systemic explanation of the problem. Not only did she lack a critical ‘race’/ethnic theory. She had no ‘race’/ethnic theory. The system of white supremacy doesn’t even enter her discussion. And, therefore, such bourgeois, liberal types always have a blind-spot, which causes them to underestimate the determination of white supremacists and white nationalists. We saw how that blind spot caught them off guard on the 6th. White liberals said they were surprised. This is not America, said White America. This is America, said black people. This has always been America, said people of color.
Meanwhile, as the Q-Anon narrative falls apart, its adherents are starting to defect. Kyle Kulinski explained on Secular Talk how Alex Jones may only be distancing himself for legal liability reasons. But InfoWars host Alex Jones has renounced Q-Anon.
13:00 PST, KPFA [Berkeley, CA] > Special Broadcast: Impeachment Proceedings Live. N.B.: KPFA has not made this broadcast available as an mp3 download. So, listen now, ‘cos we wouldn’t put it past admin to delete soon. KPFA archive summary:
House Impeachment Proceedings LiveDirect from the US House of Representatives, KPFA brings you the proceedings on a vote to impeach President Donald Trump, with hosts Brian Edwards-Tiekert and Mitch Jeserich.
Karen Greenberg is the Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University School of Law. She is the author of several books and the host of Vital Interests Podcast dedicated to issues of governance, law and policy.
Brenda Wineapple is the author of several books including The impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation.
Alan Hirsch Chair of Justice and Law Studies at Williams College and author of the book Impeaching the President: Past, Present and Future.
14:00 PST, KPFA > Voices of the Middle East. On the Kurdish people’s struggle for self-determination. [TW]
14:00 PST, KPFK > 14:16 PST, Lawyer’s Guild Show. “There were no marshalls.” 14:19 PST, speaker suggested there was no permit. This contradicts what another expert said earlier this week on Pacifica Radio, who said that the wife of a Republican politician got a permit. That same Republican woman also reported that she said it would be a woman’s group, who would be demonstrating. So, Capitol Police were expecting a woman’s group, not arm3d men. Granted, that analyst was FBI.
14:00 PST, WBAI > 14:50 PST, local politics (NYC); Brad Lander.
15:00 PST, KPFK [L.A.] > Covid, Race, & Democracy with Ann Garrison. Audio of protesters on the ground at January 6th, actually rings true. But they’re misguided placing their working class hopes on #45. 15:10 PST, Dr. Gerald Horn [TW]. 15:38 PST, [TW] “the seditious conspirators are still there. They are still in power.” […] And clearly the speech […] was an incitement to insurrection.” […] “So, this is very serious.” […] “This was a coup de tat.” ‘The liberal, or bourgeois media is not owning up to this. They’re not admitting it. Also, it is clear that there was a stand-down order. And the Dems are completely feckless.’ […] ‘It was a coup de tat in plain sight.’ […] The Democrats have lulled us into a false sense of security.’ 15:43 PST, “We need people taking to the streets now!” ‘We haven’t seen the end of this.’ We have Cruz, Holly, and 137 members… ‘He now controls the 6,000 national guard out in DC’ — snip — Musical break: Steel Pulse – “Ku Klux Klan
15:00 > KPFK > Covid, Race, & Democracy. 15:46 PST, Ann Garrison > Heather Gray(sp?) on H. Rapp Brown, political prisoner.
15:00 PST, WPFW > 15:59 PST, “My Umi Said” by Mos Def
15:00 PST, KPFA > Rising Up with Sonali Kolhatkar > On the 6th
16:00 PST, WPFW > The Uncle Devin Show > “family-friendly global beats” plus topical talk with an emphasis on underrepresented perspectives.
16:00 PST, WBAI > [TW] topical discussion on the events of January 6th. “the insurrection” “the attempted coup” [What else did America expect when MAGA hats, Trump flags, and “thin blue line” flags everywhere bolstered by years of incessant hate speech and draconian treatment of immigrants and ethnic minorities.] Right-wing social media, Parlor(sp?). […] 16:17 PST, On the presidential use and abuse of Twitter for official government purposes; the consequences of socially conditioning the public to get used to having to literally becoming a “follower” of Trump on Twitter just to stay informed. […] 16:48 PST, on ‘tracking and monitoring right-wing extremist groups’.
16:00 PST, KPFK > Rising Up with Sonali Kolhatkar > on the 6th > 16:24 PST, Republicans are saying, Well, I’d love to vote to impeach Trump; but I’m afraid of the death threats from his ‘base’. The Republicans don’t want Trump anymore, but they want to keep his voters. So, they’re trying to figure out how to get to that position. Now, mind you, that’s basically a desire to get a bunch of voters, who support the same toxic, racist, chauvinist, and fascist ideologies, which Trump pursues. So, it’s not saying much about the Republican Party that they want to rid themselves of Trump, but not of his ideologies. Guest was Derek Jeter (?), of The Nation. 16:30 PST, next topic… […] 16:43 PST, SK: ‘9/11 is the closest thing to this we can recall. Do we really need more domestic terror laws? [No.] Guest: First, we need to investigate and address all the unanswered questions before we start moving to criminalize and punish dissent. Well, that’s exactly what the Impeachment debate sounded like, fr both Dems and Repubs. Alan Nairn pointed this out early on. Warnings against cancel culture also warn against feeding into anti-First Amendment traps.
16:00 PST, KPFA [Berkeley, CA] > Hard Knock Radio > 16:33 PST, Host Anita Johnson talks to guest (a ranting “political science professor”, Dr. Taylor) on the phone about the events of January 6th; impeachment. “The only value that the 25th Amendment could have had is […]”. 16:36 PST, AJ: “Is this political theater?” Prof: ‘The 25th Amendment was a tactic to run out the clock.’ [TW] ‘Black Congressional Caucus was trying to impeach 45 from day one. But white liberals looked at them, as if they were being black and radical, or hyperbolic. The prof said they were dismissed. Well, but then why didn’t the Black Congressional Caucus come to the people, rally their base, if they weren’t getting bipartisan support? I don’t buy that, Prof. He sounds like a Dem apologist there. […] “Bernie bro racism.” […] AJ: Why has Pence been so silent. Dr. Taylor: ‘I think he was rattled.’
17:00 PST, WPFW > 17:23 PST, R&B/Soul music
17:00 PST, WBAI > Explorations with Dr. Michio Kaku > 17:24 PST, on illegally copying other people’s genome to copy other people’s facial features. What about a black market for movie star faces? What about mental abilities?
17:00 PST, KPFK > Background Briefing with Ian Masters > [TW] On the events of January 6th. On the complicity of congress and reports of reconnaissance assistance to loyalists by congress members. 17:28 PST, on impeachment, and what about the trials of the arrestees? Meanwhile, there will be 400,000 dead Americans due to COVID-19. What will Biden do?
17:00 PST, KPFA > Flashpoints “Today on the Show: 24 million Yemenis at catastrophic humanitarian risk following new U.S. terrorist designations of Ansar Allah, according to The International Rescue Committee. Also Donald Trump impeached for the second time in thirteen months. We’ll speak to Harvey Wasserman Who just published the piece, “Hey MAGA Marchers: Where Was Trump As You Died?” And we will also open the phones to get your thoughts on the days historic events.” > 17:32 PST, ‘This is another argument for DC statehood.’ [TW] Greg Palast reporting ‘Ali Alexander is now in hiding. And authorities seem to want to know what he knows about congress complicity. If that mob would’ve happened on AOC or Pelosi, that mob would’ve killed them. No question. Trump must go to prison. You can see the pictures of the gallows… Harvey Wasserman.
18:00 PST, KPFA & KPFK (simulcast) > Pacifica Evening News. [TW] Trump impeachment. Weaponizing the U.S. Census. Death penalty. 18:10 PST, ’10 Republicans joined Dems in voting for impeachment.’ — snip — 18:43 PST, ‘rent relief is helpful, but not enough. Corporate landlords have been bragging how much richer they’ve gotten since the pandemic. ‘ AB71 and the houselessness problem. $23.4B for California economy and construction jobs, for projects to benefit houseless people 18:52 PST, Prop 22 & AB5. Labor protection for ‘gig’ workers. 18:55 PST, Google joins Alphabet Union. But it’s affiliated with the CWA, which sold out the UnPaid Workers Organization (UPSO) at KPFA.
18:00 PST, WPFW > 18:05 PST, “Here I Go Again” by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
18:00 PST, WBAI > talk, lady explains why she joined “DSA” and became an activist…
19:00 – 20:00 PST, KPFA > Bay Native Circle. Bill Means, latest on Leonard Peltier, and the 6th. “white privilege”. 19:05 PST, listening to Bill Means, it occurs to me that the events of January 6th were an example of police harassment and brutality of Congress. snip — 19:22 PST, Lenny Foster with the latest on Leonard Peltier.
19:00 PST, WPFW > 19:10 PST, jazz
19:00 PST, WBAI > 19:11 PST, “Street Life” by Rose Royce
19:00 PST, KPFK > Covid, Race, & Democracy. 19:14 PST, Ann Garrison. Max Blumenthal.
20:00 PST, KPFK > news/noticias (español), anchor Fernando Velazquez. — snip — 20:12 PST, good point: despite the antisemitic narrative being peddled via ‘Q-Anon’, US has a special alliance with Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine. Oh, the irony. 20:20 PST, Iran officials blasted the US. Look, they said, the U.S. was trying to push us around. And now they have fallen so low. 20:25 PST, China.
20:00 PST, KPFA > Dead to the World. Grateful Dead music.
20:00 PST, WPFW > music
20:00 PST, WBAI > music
20:30 PST, KPFK > culture & politics (español)
[These are my raw notes, which will be edited, revised, and expanded as time constraints allow.]
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[13 JAN 2021]
[Last modified on 23 JAN 2021 at 20:05 PST]