On this day…

On this day…

Photo of black protesters taking a knee in the street and holding signs that read Black Lives Matter Always,
George Floyd protests in Uptown Charlotte, 5/30/2020 (IG: @clay.banks) Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash (https://unsplash.com/photos/ak0F3mwgr0c)

In the eddy of time, some events rise to the surface and stay there. Continue reading “On this day…”

Suspicion, Confirmation, Consequences

Suspicion, Confirmation, Consequences

Sometimes the articles I write come straight from gut instinct. This isn’t one of those posts. Continue reading “Suspicion, Confirmation, Consequences”

Perspective…

Perspective…

Until today, If you looked up the word “Holocaust” on The Cassie Times, you only found the following posts, in reverse date order. I wrote these articles based on discoveries I made in the news, as they related to me or my views of current events. Continue reading “Perspective…”

Connecting the Dots, Part 8…

Connecting the Dots, Part 8…

When you were a kid, did you ever read Dr. Seuss’ book The Sneetches and Other Stories? You know the one I’m talking about. Continue reading “Connecting the Dots, Part 8…”

Achilles’ Heel…

Achilles’ Heel…

Achilles’ heel

  • n.
    A seemingly small but actually crucial weakness.

Continue reading “Achilles’ Heel…”

A possible view of the future, thanks to the past…

A possible view of the future, thanks to the past…

Let’s start with the obvious: There is no question in my mind that Trump is at the top of the chain of indictments Mueller is building in his ongoing investigation.

There. Now that’s out of the way, here’s something to ponder, while you’re popping that popcorn awaiting the next big thing in Reality White House.

The following is going to appear as a massive digression, but it’s vitally important to understand this portion of European history to put today’s events in context, so bear with me while I share a brief history lesson with you.

Around the middle of last year, I wrote this post. I was trying to put some of my own history, including my ability to see historical patterns, in context.

In the class, we built a contextual timeline that eventually led to World War II. The timeline included a thorough discussion of the slow build-up of antisemitism that resulted in six million Jewish deaths.

Along the way, we talked about the Dreyfus Affair, (L’affaire Dreyfus). Feel free to skip the following if you already know where this is leading, but I encourage you to check out the links below anyway. You might learn something.

In 1899, Georges Méliès (best known for his silent Les Voyage Dans La Lune/A Trip to the Moon and highlighted in the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, on which the movie Hugo is based), released a silent film, which was promptly censored in France. The fragment shown below is all that remains of the original film.

The Dreyfus Affair – The Censored Film by Georges Méliès (1899)

If you’re a cinema buff, you might already know how sensitive and damaging the original film proved to be, or you can read about it here, on Open Culture, which provides another link to what remains of the original:

Watch Georges Méliès’ The Dreyfus Affair, the Controversial Film Censored by the French Government for 50 Years (1899)

Done?

We continue.

In hindsight, there is no question regarding the anti-Semitism reflected in the incident. The phrase J’accuse! became, for a time, a common generic expression of outrage and accusation, but started with Zola’s article on Dreyfus. Dramatic treatments include (most famously) I Accuse!, a 1958 film with José Ferrer in the Dreyfus role, and Prisoner of Honor, with Richard Dreyfuss (ultimately no relation) as Alfred Dreyfus.

Why is this important?

Well, let’s see.

At the moment, there’s a prominent Jew in the White House. In truth, there are two, but only one of them, Jared Kushner, was born that way. His father, Charles Kushner is the son of Jewish Belarusian immigrants. Dad served prison time for unauthorized use of funds.

There’s a lot of questions now concerning Jared’s own role in RussiaGate.

Why do I find this disturbing?

There’s no question that this appears on the surface to be shady dealing, but if you want my opinion (which you do if you’re reading these words, nu?), I think that this won’t just be Trump throwing his son-in-law under a well-deserved bus. It could be the start of a raging witch hunt that could lead to our own holocaust.

Hyperbolic? Maybe.

With white supremacists in the highest offices, is it really a stretch to think that maybe this is the ultimate goal? After all, we’ve already seen how fragile white egos treat the Black Lives Matter movement. And it’s certainly true that we came pretty darn close to witnessing what a Jewish candidate might have absorbed in the way of hateful propaganda. (If only Sanders had won the nomination, you’d already know what I was talking about here.)

I find it deeply troubling that it appears Trump is willing to sell out his daughter’s husband, especially in light of all the support his campaign received from rich Jewish contributors.

The cynic in me thinks this is a perfect excuse to free Trump’s family from Jewish influence. The question is how far he will go to protect himself, who he will toss under the bus along with Kushner, and where we will be a year from now, come Election Day 2018.

Aftermath (Part 3): People will NOT SEE this coming…

Aftermath (Part 3): People will NOT SEE this coming…

So, just last week, Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Trump himself admitted it was because of Comey’s investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 US Presidential election. Continue reading “Aftermath (Part 3): People will NOT SEE this coming…”

Asking for a friend…

Asking for a friend…

I keep seeing variations on a theme on my FB wall and elsewhere regarding protesters being late to the party and that we should stop blaming the people who voted third party and heal ourselves through compassion. This is the response I wrote to the direct question on my wall, to answer a question from a friend.

There is no way I can write a response to her question without taking on the people who read my writing, so let me preface this statement with the following: I am GLAD people are finally waking up and doing something. It’s about damn time.
 

That said, in realigning my personal and political blogs, I’ve had ample opportunity to look back at my writing. I lived through the Reagan era and I spent a lot of time reading articles about our history, about abortion, toxic waste, energy, and a host of other issues most kids my age barely acknowledged.

I guarantee you the writing was on the wall, even back then, especially as the USA Patriot Act was fresh and new.

People were complacent when the GOP put the mechanisms in place that control our lives today, but they were just as complacent when Reagan started to strip our rights, when Bush took office as VP and pushed the GOP to the Right, when Gingrich put out his contract on America.
 
Decades of erosion, blame, hate…they’ve all been there. NOW people have finally started noticing, and suddenly they’re paying attention because all along they thought it couldn’t happen here. The problem is, there is nothing T will do about it, nothing Pence will do about it, short of an actual war. And the mechanisms are already in place to prosecute with prejudice ANY individual who takes on the government.
 
About midway through last year, I asked a friend who I later unfriended (and then recently added back because he asked) what he would be prepared to do to keep his guns. Would he go out and shoot people who threatened to disarm him?
 
I never got a response. I won’t call him out now. It’s theoretically possible he’s reading this post right now. He might finally reply, or he might unfriend me.
 
I’m telling you this, right now: If you are not ready to kill to protect your family, if you are not prepared to run somewhere else to protect your family, if you are not reading every propaganda item that attempts to suggest this is normal, acceptable, or in any way false panic, you won’t see what’s coming next.
 
People are STILL telling me this isn’t Weimar, Germany, that we are not where we are today, that it can’t happen here.
 
The gunman who shot those Muslims in Quebec was immediately misidentified as one of the people INSIDE the mosque, instead of the white supremacist he is.
 
The seething hate has been building for a century and a half, but back then, we didn’t have nuclear weapons, and there wasn’t a flood of refugees coming in from areas WE fucked up first. It was our own people rising up to fight and die for what was right, to end slavery.
 
In the early part of the century we did NOTHING until Europe attacked US. We would have sat out WWII if Roosevelt could have arranged it. We turned Jews away because we were afraid. We locked up our own Japanese citizens (and others as well) because we were afraid.
 
We’re about to do it all again, because people who thought it couldn’t be that bad allowed these dangerous assholes into the highest office of the country, and when they finally take over the Supreme Court, there will be no checks or balances left.
 
And the Soviets won’t come to our rescue this time. Oh, no. Not unless they think they’ll win control, as with East Berlin. Red Dawn was just fiction, after all.
 
No, I’m not crazy, and I’m not going to apologize. I wrote about this stuff then and people blew me off. Many of them still haven’t apologized. I’ve noticed.
 
I want you to get active. Protest. Call your senators and representatives. Take that trip to the local office, SHOW UP and FIGHT. And be ready to fight in the real sense, because we’re past fuzzy pink hats and high fives.
 
This isn’t a feel-good movement. It’s the fight of our lives.

ETA:

The people who ought to be reading this are no longer part of my page for a reason. If you think I’m wrong, fine. Bring them back. I’m done talking to them.
But let’s be clear here: Bernie wasn’t going to win. Not once the white supremacists made their presence known. He had zero chance, because he is a socialist Jew.

I supported him. I did not and DO NOT support those people who thought he should win, picked up their toys and went to vote for Johnson or Stein instead.

I listened to Stein continue the dialogue, and to Nader as well, on Election night. They *STILL* have not walked back one thing they said that night. Until I see THEM apologize, turn THEIR supporters back into the fold, this whole discussion is meaningless.

Where the fuck are THEY now?

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