please. voters. DO NOT ELECT RUDY GHOULANI FOR PRESIDENT!
i am so scared right now, because i know history goes 12 republican years to 8 democrat. and since everyone NOT in nyc (and a bunch of misguided souls NOW living in the rotten apple) may not have some of this information, i'm posting it here, in the haze of my nyquill hangover....
johnny heff, guitarist for the working class punk band the bullys, was a firefighter. to be fully accurate, a part time firefighter. well, reguardless of your assesment of how 9-11 was mishandled and the subesquent effect it had on both domestic and international policy, you should know this. johnny was in one of the first firehouses to respond to the world trade center site. johnny ran into a building that was about to fall down TO SAVE PEOPLE'S FUCKING LIVES! he DIED HORRIBLY. and when other response/rescue teams were allowed to sift through the wreckage, his fellow firefighter brother discovered johnny's body in the mass of smoldering rubble.
rudy ghoulani and his administration, despite all the public lipservice, DENIED JOHNNY'S WIDOW AND THEIR TWO DAUGHTERS WHO HAD NO MEANS OF SUPPORT SAVE JOHNNY, BENIFITS. and they were not the only ones, though a few friends' businesses were given a pittance for their proximity to a toxic zone and the affect the tragedy had on their business revenue. back to johnny... benifits to widow and children DENIED. reason cited? he was only a part-time firefighter. as if his sacrifice was any less noble. you know who helped johnny's family??? all us piece of shit punk rockers that ghoulani's "quality of life campaign" tried to drive out of the city. yes, that's right. they put on benifits to raise proceeds for his family.
george tabb, from a few local punk bands, lived in one of the more toxic zones, and was told, as were all the relief workers ghoulani publiclly commended and privately condemned, that the fallout was not enough to be concerned about, no long term health ramifications. cut to now, over 3 feet of intestines removed and he's STILL dying.
the "quality of life" campaign, to which we retorted, "WHOSE quality of life?". also known to denizens as gentrifuckation. gentrifying is the cute little euphemism thrown around by mouthpieces and unapologetic vultures to denote a caste and class-specific instutionalized civil war campaign. have you heard of this? it was a contrived and controlled effort to clear out the "scum" so higher income real estate, affluent colllege kids, and business chains could set up shop in the lower east side. homelessness "disappeared" not because people were no longer homeless, but because they were "cleared away" to make the city more tourist friendly. and also, for example, cutting millions in funding to aids relief and research programs and taking the money (part of it, anyway) to build ice sculptures in the upper west side for the rich folks to enjoy. the "disney-fication" of times square, a war on women, sex workers, single moms trying to earn a decent living. i could go on, there's much more...
but in terms of culture... punk clubs, strip clubs and dyke bars were raided as frequently as a biweekly basis and harassed and ticketed into being forcibly shut down. this was done in semi-legal loopholes, and businesses were padlocked (a practice revisited in the impending gentrificacation of coney island) and other unethical means were employed to effectively run the rats out so the big money could come in. rents raised to astronomical proportions, no more cool clubs, indepedant art galleries...
an interesting note, relevant to both state and nation... there were more civil rights violations and shootings of unarmed minority men right before 9-11 then there had been in a loooong time. cop rapists, abuses, unjustifiable homicides... i mean, the nation was divided, a man dragged to his death, it was national and state turmoil and unrest and divisiveness that was gonna boil over into something nasty but ultimately necessary. though you may not remember in all the knee-jerk patriotic hoopla that folllowed in the wake of more sensational events. then, all these social problems went on the back-burner, because *gasp* a ready-made media boogeyman was brought to the forefront of national consciousness. a foreign threat to assuage the national concerns, don't worry that the man is still standing on your neck, because those towelheads, yeah, those guys over there, it's them, it's their fault, they are a greater threat though they are living in abject poverty and far, far away. and if you are my age or older and did not learn in elementry shcool and beyond that the arabs pray every night for american children to die, you are either a liar or went to a fuck of a liberal school.
so forget about racial profiling, let's all do it ourselves! i witnessed in horror black high school girls beating the shit out of muslim and hindu indian girls with total impunity, some of whom were also black, on a regular basis, as i was taking the train to work. why differentiate, little darlings, they're all brown, right? let's forget about that excuse being used to lynch and torture and enslave your foremothers and forefathers, right? then, even moderate fence sitters enlisted to "kill the sandniggers". so let's commend the dumbest president in the past 100 years. let's unite the nation... in blind seething hatred. and who gets to go on the front lines to die while rich white boys come home alive? hmm??? hmmm!?!?
it is interesting to note how social movements and strife coincide with the beginning or end of international conflict. also how the rise of the rate of violent rapes are in direct correlation to bringing the boys back home. and how whenever the nation is in dire straits insofar as civil unrest, an international threat pops up to "destroy the american way of life" and all our eggs go into that basket. let's forget that bush cut veteran's benifits as soon as this shit started, spent the entire budget in the first few months, or the methamphetamines being given to soldiers, mostly male, right fucking now as "supplements" to "keep them going". not to warp them or make them delusional, angry and violent as a gorilla on pcp. look at the domestic social events immediately preceeding any international war, or even following it. crime and drug abuse on the rise, flood the inner-cities with foul shit, blame it all on al-queda. it's not conspiracy theory bullshit, the information is out there! but i won't do all the homework, nor can i...
i'll come right out and say it at the risk of discrediting all i've written above...
we did not engineer 9-11. we simply allowed it to happen because it was deemed necessary by the powers that be to quell any other kind of uprising, it was a diversionary tactic and politicians don't give a shit about any of us, not just black people (but thanks kanye west!) we're all expendable for the greater good, or in this case greater evil.
i am going to update more on this topic, how can i not?
in closing, please spread the word, or at least think about the negative impact ghoulani will have on national and international policy, don't let the spin nor the whitewash get to you, this man is dispicable, a villan, not a hero, despite his status as syampthetic media darling. with all commerical/mainstream media being shifted into the sources of 3-4 conglomerates, how can the whole truth get out there? i am so scared. i am so worried. i am so FURIOUS!