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Alan Maki

Alan Maki
Doing research at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

A program for real change...

http://peaceandsocialjustice.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-progressive-program-for-real-change.html


What we need is a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" which would make it a mandatory requirement that the president and Congress attain and maintain full employment.


"Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens"

- Ben Franklin

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Now it's "outside agitators."

Capitalism requires racism and corruption. Police departments across this country are breeding grounds for racism. I don't think there is any other public agency or private organization that breeds and seethes racism like these police departments--- from one end of the country to the other the police departments are all the same. Hate organizations like the KKK and John Birch Society recruit from within the police departments.

Look what happens when a racist cop murders a young black kid... all the cops, the media, the politicians try to make the cop look like the victim.

Every time police departments are accused of being racists they act like they are being victimized.

Then when public anger against this police racism grows to the point where it can't be ignored the U.S. Department of Justice steps in and says they will provide the police with sensitivity and diversity training when the solution is to fire, arrest and jail these racist cops.

Now Obama comes along and feigns ignorance as if he was not aware these police departments full of racists and fascists have been militarized just like any common ordinary army only instead of carrying out Wall Street's wars abroad they are carrying out a war on the American people.

We are dangerously on the road to fascism and racism is an integral part of all of this.

None of this "just happened." This has all been done with intent, a great deal of thought and especially a whole lot of financing. An entire system of racist and anti-working class oppression and repression has been put in place.

All these die-hard Obama supporters and Democrats want the American people to continue to look on in indifference.

The people of Ferguson, Missouri are establishing the kind of fightback model that needs to be undertaken all over this country.

At one time we had powerful anti-racist, anti-repression movements all across this country which understood how to wage court battles that were carried over into the streets.

How pathetic that we have "leaders" of organizations like the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression backing Obama when they should be mobilizing people in opposition to Obama and his support for these racist police departments. This isn't a problem of racist and anti-democratic police departments just here or there... this is a national problem that has been nurtured and financed in a way with the support from the politicians that these racist and brutal cops think they can get away with their dirty deeds--- including outright cold-blooded murder.

One only needs to read the Red Squad files being maintained by the FBI, state and local police over many decades to understand that racism is part of the fascist agenda of these police departments.

There isn't just a "whiff of fascism" emanating from these police departments--- there are outright fascists in control at every level inside of police departments all over this country. We are talking about cops that could easily become just like the Nazi gestapo... this is no exaggeration. Anyone who doesn't believe this has never had an encounter with this fascist apparatus that has been functioning under the guise of "serving and protecting" decked out in blue uniforms until they are told to dress up in their riot gear whether or not there are riots. We saw hundreds of these fascist bastards decked out in their riot gear here in Minnesota during the Republican National Convention even though the only ones advocating riots were a bunch of FBI informants.

I was marching next to Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and his wife blurted out to the Mayor in fright--- "My god; what kind of monsters have you brought here."

"Monsters;" this is just what these racist, fascist bastards are--- "Monsters."

Now these politicians want us to believe the people of Ferguson, Missouri are being
"led afoul of the law" by "outside agitators." Since when are people coming together in solidarity against racism and repression "outside agitators?"

It is sheer racism and a display of fascist arrogance combined with the brutal and barbaric murder by the police still backed by these worthless corrupt politicians without any morals or ethics and taunted on by the media every single step of the way which has "agitated" the people of Ferguson and this entire Nation.

Decent minded people find it unbelievable this cop hasn't been arrested for murder.

Decent minded people loathe the fact that CNN played only a small portion of a video claiming it was a video of Michael Brown carrying out a strong-armed robbery when had the entire video been played anyone could have seen for themselves no robbery had taken place. And they played this carefully edited video over and over and over again... all day and all night long. One more lie in a long string of lies we are subjected to on a daily basis. If it isn't a lie to get us into another war its a goddamn lie to cover-up the cold-blooded racist murder of a young black kid who did nothing wrong except maybe have the courage to "lip-off" to an arrogant racist cop. Everyone is supposed to bend and bow to these fascist bastards.

Anything goes to protect a cold-blooded murderer decked out in blue and to these ends the police have put on the black boots and black gloves fascists the world over are noted for.

The entire situation is sickening and morally repugnant.

Again... we are dealing with "monsters."

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A casino patron lets a few pieces of under-cooked bacon ready to oink skew his thinking on employment issues.


The Palace is a dive. Jesus, not only is the building trashed and completely unplanned but half of the staff are horrible and miserable. Half a dozen fifteen year old security guards talking about tits in the main doors. A dozen wait staff and one cook on break in the restaurant. The snack bar cashier didn't say a single word gave us a dirty look for disturbing her with her head on the edge of the employee buffet haha. Check out the bacon. Any lighter and it would oink.
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  • Beverly Jordan I wouldnt have eaten it !
  • Patrice Jones Yah I am stunned how the place is, I seldom go there anymore. Sucks when its so close but I'm sure it saves me money. That bacon tho, ewww.
  • Kenn Mitchell and the price of their food at the red cedar grill is outragous.
  • Delmar Jones III We didn't eat the bacon. If we clumped it back together we could have revived it haha. It's just sad. Don't even get me started on bingo.
  • John Herrera Smells like musty smoke hardly ever go there.
  • Delmar Jones III When I was 18 I worked security for the summer at the palace before college. The gift shop was right in the front, that old round thing Archie kicked when they robbed the palace. They had, bingo, blackjack, poker, a functioning restaurant, the hotel didn't have bulletproof glass at the front desk. They had more than six keno machines, they had nickel machines now only pennies. The machines paid coins and I could slip into a bathroom and sit on the bowl and smoke a cigarette in peace. Now the toilets don't work, the floors are sticky and stained yellow, the lights are burnt out and every sink has nothing but burn marks on it. People carrying out one gallon milk jugs full of pepsi. It is terrible.
  • Patrice Jones Bob Larson would be stunned that the palace looks like this.
  • Delmar Jones III He would vomit. He would walk in the front door, take ten steps and throw up all over the floor and rightfully so. They should take half the salary from a Michaud and hire him back at twice his original salary.
  • Alan Maki Casino workers should be paid real living wages and provided with decent benefits. The way in which the bacon is cooked is the least of the problems... to begin with, the meat used isn't even subjected to federal inspection which should be of greater concern from a health standpoint.

    What companies are supplying the meats for Leech Lake's three casinos?


    Why don't the tribes form a co-op to raise and process meats?
  • Delmar Jones III With the service and attitude of about half of the employees at the Palace I wouldn't pay them a nickel. Most gaming employees have better benefits than real world workers, more time off accumulation, overtime opportunities, steady work, cheap health insurance, everything. That is why 90% of the janitors and security guys are the big casino NLC are chimooks just smiling as they slowly walk around making $14 bucks an hour plus social security.
  • Alan Maki Other than management, from pay checks I see, I don't see any $14.00 an hour jobs. Plus, workers routinely get sent home for "lack of work" which makes many of the jobs nothing but part-time jobs.

    As far as security guards, what is it you expect them
    to do if not walk around "doing nothing?" Whether casino cop or tribal cop or any other kind of cop what do these workers do most of the time except demonstrate a presence in order to deter crime? So they are doing their jobs.

    Management could easily prove me wrong by producing what it pays for each and every job.

    Working in a loud, noisy, smoke-filled casino isn't exactly what anyone would call a "health benefit." And, as you know, Leech Lake has a policy that demands any employee developing a prolonged cough be fired.

    How many casino workers do you see sitting down, Delmar? Just having to stand up on a job day in and day out takes a toll on the human body.

    Maybe Leech Lake shouldn't be in the gaming business if the health and welfare of its employees is too much of a burden on the tribe?

    As for the "chimooks" hired by the casino management, why isn't the Indian first employment policy strictly enforced? With all the unemployment and poverty on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation it would seem to me every single employee of Leech Lake's gaming industry would, and should, be Native American--- from top management down to the casino floor. Why isn't this the case, Delmar?

    And what about other job opportunities that should be forthcoming but aren't because T.E.R.O. isn't being effectively applied and enforced?

    And what about Native American craft persons whose work should be on sale in the casino gift shops instead of fake "Native American" crafts manufactured by cheap labor over seas?

    And, tell us WHO owns the slot machines and table games and WHO profits from the interest being paid on the never-ending huge loans to build and then expand these casino operations?

    But, you still haven't answered the questions of:

    Who supplies (and profits from) the meats?

    And why these meats are not government inspected?

    You are worried about wages and foods not properly prepared to your liking when you might want to consider all the other problems.

    You have raised the issue of "At-Will Employment" in the past but you seem to have stopped being concerned about this issue which is one of the primary problems facing casino workers, all tribal employees and all other workers in Minnesota and the rest of the country.

    How many good cooks have been fired from their jobs with Leech Lake gaming simply because these casino management or tribal politicians wanted them gone?

    Don't let a few pieces of undercooked bacon skew your thinking on employment issues.