Jeanine Pirro opens mouth, talks racist trash. Again.

Jeanine Pirro

Judge Jeanine Pirro is a former TV & county judge & district attorney, now a Fox news commentator. She thinks the title gives her cachet but she blows it every time she opens her big mouth–even when her audience is the likes of fellow xenophobes & Fox commentators Geraldo Rivera & Elizabeth Hasselbeck. The three trash-mouths give Trump & Ben Carson a run for their money.
Yesterday she said “There are jihadists out there… who want to kill all of us because of our way of life… We have to understand that we can no longer be politically correct.” She wants to restrict immigration & “be able to call Muslims terrorists” & inexplicably denounced Obama for standing in the way of this.
It was almost exactly a year ago that Pirro made news for her comments when a Staten Island cop using excessive force was not indicted for killing Eric Garner by holding him in a chokehold (in July 2014). On her TV show, Pirro defended the excessive force saying the public needs to be trained to show more sensitivity & obedience to cops. Curious advice from Pirro because she & her gangster ex-husband rose to high social status in New York by flouting tax, real estate, election, & criminal laws.
She’s a social climber from Westchester County (north of NYC), married for nearly 40 years to Albert Pirro (divorced in 2013), a hustler & once Westchester’s most influential real-estate lawyer who made his fortune working as the legal muscle for real estate developers, including some with mob connections. Donald Trump kept him on retainer for development projects & politicians like Governor Goerge Pataki used him to rake in clients’ money for campaign donations.
In 2000, Albert got bagged for 66 counts of federal tax evasion & fraud on their personal wealth, including stashing over $1 million from the IRS. He was never prosecuted for his mob connections or for buying her elective offices in Westchester because of his fundraising skills & because they invited all the highest officials in the state, including the governor, to their mansion for parties. She was never prosecuted for sharing in the income tax fraud but was investigated for illegal wire tapping Albert for two-timing her. That milieu is where Pirro got her sensitivity training.
After his release from prison, Albert had more run-ins with the law including fisticuffs against restaurant staff & girl friends–people he considers his inferiors. He was prosecuted for disorderly conduct & unlawful restraint after roughing up his girl friend & not allowing her to leave a restaurant.
Some call it irony that Pirro, a tough-talking former judge & three-term district attorney who wrote a book titled “To Punish & Protect: One DA’s Fight Against a System that Coddles Criminals” would herself be living on the edge of crime. That’s where those mob connections & friends in high places came in handy–& the fact that she’s so practiced in the art of kissing ass.
Pirro once made People magazine’s Most Beautiful People List. That’s better than having her mug shot on the walls of the post office. If there’s one thing she’s good at, it’s feathering her own nest, kissing ass to those she considers superior, & a nasty racism, including toward people of the same political genre like Barack Obama.
She once ran for US Senate as a Republican against Hillary Clinton & lost. The only difference between them is the color of lipstick. Voters must have thought her more corrupt than Clinton. And wow, is that a damnation.
(Photo is Jeanine Pirro)

Media obscurantism & the struggle against Indian occupation of Kashmir

Kashmir protest 12:4:15  (EPA:FAROOQ KHAN) Dec 5 2015

There appears to be a slight change in media editorial policy where the struggle in Kashmir actually gets mentioned occasionally–though there was some coverage of the massive floods last year, the possible regeneration of the country as a tourist destination, & beef smuggling since India banned eating beef–ostensibly because cows are sacred to Hindus but really as a way to impose restrictions on & persecute Muslims & other religions who do eat beef. (This post is not about the merits of vegetarianism but about democratic rights.)

The problem is that just like media coverage of the conflict between Israel & Palestinians, every attempt is made to confuse or keep people stupid about the source of conflict between Kashmiris & the Indian government. It wouldn’t be exaggeration to say it’s rendered obscurantist to make Muslims appear irrational & belligerent–an image that feeds the neoliberal gestalt of Islamophobia running rampant since 9/11.

An example would be the caption to this photo about protests yesterday in Srinagar, Kashmir. It read “Kashmiri Muslim protesters shout slogans amid exploding smoke canisters fired by the Indian security forces during a protest in downtown of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, December 4, 2015. Police fired dozens of tear gas canisters & rubber bullets to disperse protesters staging a demonstration after Friday prayers outside Kashmir’s main Mosque, Jamia Masjid, against the Indian government.”

So based on this caption, with no accompanying articles, are we to believe the cause has something to do with religion? It was after all Muslims protesting after prayers outside a mosque. Or does it have to do with what is unstated here but should be a necessary part of any explanation–i.e., the brutal occupation by 700,000 Indian troops & thuggish paramilitary forces who engage in violence against stone-throwing youth, summarily execute activists, disappear, rape, torture, incarcerate, & murder thousands?

India now apparently has a troubling arrangement with FB–just like Israel is suing FB so it will censor the truth of Israeli apartheid & ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. India also closes down the internet in Kashmir so the truth of their occupation cannot be exposed before the world. This makes clear that the democratic rights of free speech & association are jeopardized for all of us when the oppressed stand up & defy tyranny. That is why their struggle is our struggle.

Our fullest solidarity with their struggle to end the occupation & achieve self-determination.

Free Kashmir.

(Photo by Farooq Khan/EPA)

Refugee families being prevented from moving past Greece to northern Europe

Iranian child refugee on Mac:Grk border (AP Photo:Petros Giannakouris)  Dec 5 2015

We’re led to believe that refugees from Pakistan, Iran, Morocco & other places in north Africa, who are being stopped at the Macedonia/Greece border & prevented from moving north are mostly young men. Not that this should make a shred of difference to their rights of asylum, because historically immigration has always had such gender imbalances–for the obvious reason that it’s dangerous for women to travel anywhere in this world unarmed or without male protection.

One exception to this was the large numbers of unaccompanied Irish women & girl immigrants traveling to the US at the turn of the 20th century. Another one is the massive numbers of young Central American women with children now crossing the US/Mexico border to find asylum.

In fact there are many women & children among those refugees being prevented from moving north from Greece & now living in extremely dangerous conditions. It’s winter, it’s raining, they have no shelter, food, healthcare. One young Moroccan man was electrocuted to death trying to mount a train carriage & there was no place to put his body or bury him with respect.

This will not change until an international solidarity movement is built demanding international refugee & immigrant law be applied & asylum be granted for whatever reason–political or economic.

This little girl is an Iranian child warming near a fire as she waits with others not allowed to cross the border–many who are protesting their debarment.

Immigration is a human right. Open the borders. It’s an issue of child welfare.

(Photo by Petros Giannakouris/AP)

Rush to judgement in San Bernardino? Or another big fat lie?

Twenty-four hours ago the FBI said they had no clue what motivated the San Bernardino shootings & it would be a lengthy process to comb through social media & other evidence to learn. Now, on the basis of a single pro-ISIS posting on Facebook by the woman shooter, they’re zeroing in on terrorism as the motive. Is that the scientific method?

Anybody else get the impression that a narrative is being constructed to fit a purpose? Because when the FBI has investigated crimes like the murder of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, & other victims in the Black community, it took months & sometimes years. Is this not a rush to judgement but rather a deception? Because to be persuasive it will take a lot more than a Facebook post.