Saturday, June 23, 2018

'Iraq doesn't exist'

Compassion.  Empathy.  Real feelings for many but for politicians -- and their wives -- just poses they try on to score political points.

Ralph Nader didn't fall for the con.

Would be nice if Laura Bush and Michelle Obama had expressed similar heartfelt concern for the tens of thousands of children killed or seriously maimed by the wars of their husbands in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. -R

All the children dead in Iraq for the war Bully Boy Bush started, for the war Barack Obama promised to end but never did.

Iraq is what?  A land of widows and orphans.

But Laura Bush doesn't give a s**t and Michelle Obama doesn't give a f**k.

But both suddenly care about children -- provided they can embarrass Donald Trump.  Certainly Michelle didn't care about separating Latino children from their parents when her own husband did it and put them in cages.

But now we're supposed to believe she cares. 


We're supposed to be that stupid. 

Maybe even stupid enough to waste on her 'book' when it comes out.  You're seeing her husband being paid millions by his corporate masters for what he did for the wealthy in his eight year presidency.  But that's enough for Michelle or Barack.  The two hustlers need even more money.

  1. Republicans & Democrats voted for the Iraq war. Republicans & Democrats both went along in creating ICE & have created a deportation machine under Obama & Bush admin. Both parties voted more war spending. So when a Dem does it it’s ok. When a Rep does it it’s not. WTF?! 🤦🏻‍♂️

TIME magazine encourages Barack and Michelle to believe they can lie and get away with it.  While the stupid and hyper-partisan will go along with it, the larger public will not.

But politicians love to lie and when they think someone else is getting away with lying, they push their way to the front of the line so they can have a go at it.

  1. Children should not be sanctioned to death in their hundreds of thousands either like you did in Iraq Bill. So save us the crocodile tears.

No, it's not that easy, Bill Clinton.

In Iraq, the living don't just have to endure the losses of loved ones, they're often prevented from even returning to their homes.

Iraq: Displaced Families Blocked from Returning

Where are Laura Bush and Michelle Obama's crocodile tears over that?

Oh, right, click your heels three times and repeat "Iraq doesn't, Iraq doesn't exist, Iraq doesn't exist."  Right?  That's how it works?

The following community sites -- plus Jody Watley and the ACLU -- updated:



    David Bacon Fotografias y Historias
    Photoessay by David Bacon

    A couple of months before the eruption of the Kilauea volcano it was raining in Puna.  At the Saturday farmers’ market children pulled at their parents’ hands, asking for papayas or bananas, still wet from the downpour. In the bustle among the stalls, who was thinking of what was to come?

    Within a few weeks we were mesmerized by images of fountains of glowing lava.  Video shot by drones showed rivers of molten rock heading implacably toward the ocean.  They've both provided us a visual language for understanding the destruction and awful price of the eruption.  So many homes burned out and now under the lava flow.  Hundreds of people displaced.

    The people of Puna lived in a beautiful part of the Big Island, a district of many small farms.  People grow papayas and mangos.  Some produce in the stalls, like the taro, have local origins, while others, like Hawai’i’s giant avocados, came originally from the mainland. Orchids are sold in the stalls too, yet seem omnipresent throughout Puna's subtropical landscape. 

    The people here are very diverse.  Many are poor - this is one of the least expensive places to live on the islands.  Native Hawai’ians live beside African-Americans, immigrants from Asian countries across the Pacific, and white retirees from the mainland.

    In the Maku'u farmers’ market every Saturday you can see them all.  It’s not far from Pahoa and the edge of the eruption, just a few miles up highway 130.  The market must be having some hard times now, though.  Some of the farms have been overtaken by the lava.  Who knows whether displaced people can afford to buy fruit at the stalls of those farmers still able to come and sell what they’re growing?

    These images were taken a few months before the eruption started.  They’re just a way of looking at who lives in Puna, a community living on the side of a volcano.

    Los Angeles Times reviews In the Fields of the North / En los Campos del Norte - clickhere

    "Documenting the Farm Worker Rebellion"
    "The Radical Resistance to Immigration Enforcement"
    Havens Center lectures, University of Wisconsin, click here

    San Francisco Commonweallth Club presentation by David Bacon and Jose Padilla, clickhere


    Exhibition / Exhibicion
    In the Fields of the North /
    En los Campos del Norte

    Photographs and text panels by David Bacon
    documenting the lives of farm workers
    Fotografias y paneles de texto por David Bacon
    documentando las vidas de los que trabajan en el campo

    Arbuckle Gallery / Pacific Hotel
    History Park of San Jose, 1650 Senter Rd., San Jose, CA
    10/26/2017 - 6/3/2018,
    11A-4.30P, Tues/Martes - Sun/Domingo

    Video of the presentation at the opening of the exhibition, click here


    In the Fields of the North / En los Campos del Norte
    Photographs and text by David Bacon
    University of California Press / Colegio de la Frontera Norte

    302 photographs, 450pp, 9”x9”
    paperback, $34.95
    order the book on the UC Press website:
    use source code  16M4197  at checkoutreceive a 30% discount

    En Mexico se puede pedir el libro en el sitio de COLEF:

    En los campos del Norte documenta la vida de trabajadores agrícolas en Estados Unidos -
    Entrevista con el Instituto Nacional de la Antropologia y Historia

    Entrevista en la television de UNAM

    David Bacon comparte su mirada del trabajo agrícola de migrantes mexicanos en el Museo Archivo de la Fotografia

    Trabajo agrícola, migración y resistencia cultural: el mosaico de los “Campos del Norte”
    Entrevista de David Bacon por Iván Gutiérrez / A los 4 Vientos

    "Los fotógrafos tomamos partido"
    Entrevista por Melina Balcázar Moreno - Laberinto


    EN LOS CAMPOS DEL NORTE:  Farm worker photographs on the U.S./Mexico border wall
    Entrevista sobre la exhibicion con Alfonso Caraveo (Español) REALITY CHECK - David Bacon blog

    Cat Brooks interview on KPFA about In the Fields of the North  - Advance the time to 33:15

    Book TV: A presentation of the ideas in The Right to Stay Home at the CUNY Graduate Center

    Die Kunst der Grenze für "eine andere Welt"

    Die Apfel-Pflücker aus dem Yakima-Tal

    Other Books by David Bacon

    The Right to Stay Home:  How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration  (Beacon Press, 2013)
    Illegal People -- How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants  (Beacon Press, 2008)
    Recipient: C.L.R. James Award, best book of 2007-2008

    Communities Without Borders (Cornell University/ILR Press, 2006)

    The Children of NAFTA, Labor Wars on the U.S./Mexico Border (University of California, 2004)

    En Español:

    EL DERECHO A QUEDARSE EN CASA  (Critica - Planeta de Libros)


    For more articles and images, see and

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