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Tuesday, November 22, 2005 | The current mood of DuctapeFatwa
National Day of Mourning 2005

Since 1970, Native Americans have gathered at noon on Cole's Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the US thanksgiving holiday. Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers. Thanksgiving day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault on Native culture. Participants in National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience.

DAY OF MOURNING Thursday, November 24, 2005
12 Noon
Coles Hill
(the hill above Plymouth Rock)
Plymouth, Massachusetts

Join us as we dedicate the 36th National Day of Mourning to our brother, Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier. Add your voice to the millions worldwide who demand his freedom. Help us in our struggle to create a true awareness of Native people and demonstrate Native unity. Help shatter the untrue glass image of the Pilgrims and the unjust system based on racism, sexism, and homophobia.more

Nobody but Americans celebrates Thanksgiving. It is reserved by history and the intent of “the founders” as the supremely white American holiday, the most ghoulish event on the national calendar. No Halloween of the imagination can rival the exterminationist reality that was the genesis, and remains the legacy, of the American Thanksgiving. It is the most loathsome, humanity-insulting day of the year – a pure glorification of racist barbarity.

Thus begins Black Commentator's superb piece on the reality behind the traditional advent of the American Shopping Season.

But what is the real story? This is not a piece that needs many words from me.

As for the infamous 1621 feast we Americans refer to as `The First Thanksgiving' - the reasons and events are speculative...

The 1621 feast between the Pilgrims and the Indians was not the official first Thanksgiving. That title goes to a 1637 celebration, proclaimed `Thanksgiving' by Governor Winthrop, an event honoring those who participated in the massacre of the 700-800 Pequot Indians in Connecticut....more

...At the point where the Mystic River meets the sea, the combined force of English and allied Indians bypassed the Pequot fort to attack and set ablaze a town full of women, children and old people.

William Bradford, the former Governor of Plymouth and one of the chroniclers of the 1621 feast, was also on hand for the great massacre of 1637:

"Those that escaped the fire were slain with the sword; some hewed to pieces, others run through with their rapiers, so that they were quickly dispatched and very few escaped. It was conceived they thus destroyed about 400 at this time. It was a fearful sight to see them thus frying in the fire...horrible was the stink and scent thereof, but the victory seemed a sweet sacrifice, and they gave the prayers thereof to God, who had wrought so wonderfully for them, thus to enclose their enemies in their hands, and give them so speedy a victory over so proud and insulting an enemy."
The rest of the white folks thought so, too. “This day forth shall be a day of celebration and thanksgiving for subduing the Pequots," read Governor John Winthrop’s proclamation. The authentic Thanksgiving Day was born. more

Since 1970, American Indians and supporters have gathered in Plymouth, Massachusetts on top of a place known as Coles Hill, which overlooks Plymouth Rock, a well-know tourist attraction. It was in 1970 that the National Day of Mourning began. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts had invited Frank James, a Wampanoag Leader to give a speech. When the Commonwealth of Massachusetts learned of the content of Frank James·intended speech that day, they rescinded their invitation and it was that attempt to silence truth, which gave birth to the National Day of Mourning.

It was the 350th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims.

When Frank James, known to his people, as Wampsutta learned his words would be changed by the Pilgrims at the Annual Thanksgiving Feast in Plymouth he left the dinner and went to a hill where a statue of Massasoit, who was the leader of the Wampanoag people when the Pilgrims arrived and he spoke his words before a small group who had gathered. At that spot, overlooking Plymouth Harbor and the replica of the Mayflower, Frank James spoke about the take over of Wampanoag Traditions, Culture, Spirituality and the theft of Ancestral land.

The attempt to censor the words Frank James intended to speak that day to those at the Annual Feast, gave birth to what is known as the National Day of Mourning...

On Thanksgiving Day in 2005, remember as you sit down to dinner with your family and friends that there is real truth to be told. We may not want to hear it; it may conflict with our own apple-pie version of what this day is all about; it may not fit in with the football games you will watch but we must teach our children the truth.

We cannot change the past ·but we can change the present and make a better future for all people. By teaching our children the real truth of the history of how Thanksgiving Day came about and not our apple-pie version, we will ensure truth for the generations to come.

The original inhabitants of this land have not disappeared and will never be conquered. The past and present of the First People clearly demonstrates that. more

posted at 9:08 PM

Sunday, November 06, 2005 | The current mood of DuctapeFatwa

Evildoers Who Hate Greed

Wide gaps between haves and have nots have never been good for the social order, and when these gaps become extreme, unbridgeable chasms of hopelessness and despair, they are fatal.

This occurs independently of religion and culture, even to a large extent, politics, though all of the above have historically been useful tools for both oppressed and oppressor.

Recent events in France are as predictable as indigestion after a McDonald's meal, and the only relation to either culture or religion is that the French underclass happens to be mostly brown, black and Muslim.

If they were blond haired Presbyterians from Estonia, had they been treated the same by the French mainstream populace, there would today be reports of Estonian Presbyterian youngsters torching cars.

All the Abrahamic faith traditions (and the older ones, for that matter) contain generous dollops of fatalism presented as "God's will," which have been used to good advantage over the centuries to persuade the poor that they should accept their fate without protest in hopes of obtaining a benefit in the afterlife.

As a counterbalance, they also contain plenty of justice and righteousness memes, available for use by the oppressed. There is no sacred text worth its salt that does not enable the faithful to cite passages that support diametrically opposed views.

And all contain to one degree or another, support for the supra-religious social control strategy of the oppression of women. Ironically, the one doctrine that diverges most from that particualar norm, Islam, is today painted as the really oppressive one, usually by westerners who are very candid about not having read the Koran, and not having any interest in reading it.

All the tribal rivalry, the futile batting of moth wings against the twin gentle zephyrs of Mendel and Math, as demographics change, in nations, on the planet as a whole, however, only serves to smear itself like cheap makeup on the face of the real issue: poverty.

Not insolvable poverty, not poverty that can't be helped, not I can't afford a big screen TV poverty, but deliberate, conscious, poverty, hopeless and desperate, caused not by failures of crops or weather, disease and unpreventable famine, all those ancient demons have been virtually eliminated by science and technology, and Greed, the One True Devil, now reigns unchallenged by his erstwhile obliging helpers.

Not one human being goes to bed hungry in the world today save for the conscious decision of another human being that it should be so, wealthy nations have the capacity to produce and deliver medicine, food, seeds, to anyone anywhere who lacks them, but prefer not to do so.

The affluent routinely spend more money on adornments and recreational pursuits than the poor earn in a year, in many cases, in their whole lives.

An ever-increasing percentage of the world's resources are held in an ever-decreasing number of hands, with the result that worldwide, about half of the children born on earth are slaves of one kind or another, and in the richest nation on this planet, a child born in poverty has about the same chance of "getting ahead" as he does of winning the lottery.

Obscene wealth and inexcusable poverty living cheek by jowl is not a new phenomenon. It has happened before, in many societies, and eventually, corrections occur.

These corrections seldom result in Utopian paradises, in fact they never do. If such a thing were possible, it would not happen within the context of a resource distribution correction.

Lords, whether of Imperial China or modern day France or the US, do not voluntarily cede their gold and their power to the serfs. On the contrary, in their desperate efforts to stave off the inevitable, they rip the bellies of geese and end up increasing the numbers of the serfs, at the expense of their own.

Their weakness is that their desperation is no match for that of the serf. Their weapons are no match for the weapons of the weak (with props to T.S. Eliot).

In their frenzy to consolidate and secure their gold against the desperate hordes, they give no thought to their lives, or those of their children, while the serf is motivated only by his only chance to secure this benefit.

He has now reached that critical point of certainty that the lords will kill him whether he does what they say or not. He has nothing to lose, everything to gain, and his enemy has voluntarily discarded any negotiating chips he might have had.

His enemy the lord has plenty to lose, but all he sees is the gold, and that is all he tries to save, thus forfeiting both battle and war.

None of that is new. What is new is that the same technology, the same science, that has enabled the lords to consolidate so many resources into so few hands on a global basis, has also enabled the serfs to have a greater awareness of the extent of their plight, and gradually, an awareness of the extent of their power.

As Arthur Gilroy mischievously asks, "What if every non-French menial worker in France went on strike?"

And what if every "undocumented" (and frequently unpaid) worker in the US did?

What inspiration might that be to the people struggling to survive in Saudi-Occupied Arabia? in the Philippines?

Wrap it in any flag, cense it with the smoke of any faith, label it as any ism that your personal beliefs and/or culture dictate.

Evildoers who hate Greed are on the march.

posted at 9:18 PM

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Actions like Sep 11 do not happen in a vaccuum. Long before those hijackers ever stepped foot on the planes the damage had been done. They were brainwashed with the same type of garbage propaganda that is spewed from Fatwa's weblog.
Middle Eastern countries are so much more barbaric today and preAmercia than America can ever hope to be...America has only been around 230 years...who did you blame for everything before that Ductape? I am calling a Fatwa on your bullshit!
IMO - terrorist plain and simple. He is an Al queda operative who should be put in a cage on gitmo
My favorite..."In Defense of Holocaust Deniers"
I always thought that "The Enemy Within" was just a metaphore for liberalism, that is, until I encountered Ductape Fatwa. He should be in an orange jumpsuit for sure.
ductape is either a commie, al queda, or a deep cover mole
Tells you something about this asshole doesn't it. He's really serious.
I believe that DF is nothing but a Republican plant...
Ductape is a commie, a terrorist, and he drinks blood too. He drinks Capitalist blood. He eats unborn babies too
Give me your address and I'll send you $20 and a thank-you note for taking your hatred elsewhere.
A terrorist with a sense of humor!
He ain't nuthin' but shit
Jim Sagle

inadequate, halfway house bullshit
Arthur Gilroy
You are a dumbass. Fuck you and your condescension about us "benighted sheeple."
Untruthful, damaging bullshit
John Locke
no better than the neocons and no different than Timothy McVeigh space
a turd in the punchbowl...if DF were Joe Hill he probably would have killed himself rather than get put to death.
A compost pile of fecundity
despicable and literally mentally ill