Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Daily Bleed Radical Literary History for September 28th

Until lions have their historians,

tales of the hunt

shall always glorify the hunter.

— African proverb

Miles Davis


Saint Cool.

Alternate Saint,

American radical cartoonist, poet, Fugs singer & composer.

Tuli Kupferberg


Huichol, Mexico: FESTIVAL OF WAWTSARI, God of Deer Peyote; Peyote mushroom festival.



VW dragster

Egypt: FEAST OF KHEPERA, The Beetle God.

Rootworm Beetle Dip

2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons skim milk
1/2 cup reduced calorie mayonnaise
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon onion, chopped
1 1/2 tsp. dill weed
1 1/2 tsp. Beau Monde
1 cup dry-roasted rootworm beetles

Blend first 3 ingredients. Add remaining ingredients & chill (out?).


Sociology is the outhouse in the grove of academe — H.L. Mencken

551 -- [B.C.] — Chinese sage Confucius lives.

1573 -- Painter of Italian street life Caravaggio lives.

1618 -- Gilles van Ledenberg, Secretary of Utrecht States (1588-1618), suicide at 68.

1704 -- US: Maryland allows divorce if wife mispleases clergyman/preacher.

1785 -- US: David Walker lives, abolitionist who wrote the famous "Walker's Appeal," lives, Wilmington, N.C. See below, 1829.

1803 -- Prosper Mérimée, whose translations of Russian classics introduce the works in France, lives, Paris. French dramatist & short story master, archaeological & historical dissertations, & travel books. Wrote his first play, Cromwell, at 19.

1810 -- Mme de Staël, writes to Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Napoleon protesting the suppression of her book De l'Allemagne.

1810 -- México: Las tropas de Miguel Hidalgo toman la ciudad de Guanajuato / the troops of Miguel Hidalgo take the city of Guanajuato.


1812 -- US: On the southern front in the War of 1812, Creek & Seminole warriors battle a contingent of 250 Georgia volunteers.

An English agent, Colonel Edward Nicholls, negotiated an alliance with the Seminoles & built a fort on the Apalachicola River, & stocked it with hundreds of gunpowder barrels.

After the war, escaped slaves establish themselves in the compound, & it becomes known as the Negro Fort. Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader General Andy Jackson sends troops to destroy it. During the battle the gunpowder exploded, killing 270 men, women & children.

Jackson's troops summarily execute the black leader & Choctaw chief who survive the blaze.

1820 -- Friedrich Engels lives.

1829 -- David Walker issues, on his birthday (see above) his publication, An Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World, but in Particular & Very Expressly to those of the United States of America.

David Walker's Appeal; source lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/odyssey/archive/01

The south will put a price on his head for such endearments as urging slaves to rise up &,

"Slit their oppressors' throats from ear to ear."


1838 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Charles Darwin reads Thomas Malthus's essay on population; this suggests the idea of natural selection to Darwin.

1840 -- Author Rudolf Baumbach lives.

1840 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Australia: A mass meeting of workers is held in Sydney to protest legislation making conspiring to increase wages or improve working conditions illegal (it passes anyway, on Oct. 20).

1841 -- Roman Catholic priest Blanchet states that Fr. Demers won over entire village of souls from the Methodists, near Willamette Falls, Oregon.

1850 -- US: Navy abolishes flogging on Navy & merchant marine vessels.

1856 -- Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin, author, lives. Wrote Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Timothy's Quest, The Bird's Christmas Carol; organized first free kindergarten in San Francisco, established California Kindergarten Training School.

1864 -- England: Founding of the International Workingman's Association (IWA), the first Communist International, in London.

Bakunin in Flames
1868 -- France: A popular uprising is suppressed in Lyons. The anarchist Michael Bakunin, freshly arrived on the 15th of September, is now forced to flee in the face of an arrest warrant. He hid in Marseilles until October 24, 1870, then sailed from Marseilles back to Locarno (from whence he came on September 9).

1887 -- China: Huang Ho River floods, kills about 1.5 million.

1891 -- American novelist Herman Melville, 72, dies, New York, in obscurity to scanty obituary notices.

1892 -- Elmer Rice, playwright, lives, New York. Street Scene wins him a Pulitzer Prize in 1929.

1893 -- US: Emma Goldman goes on trial in NY City. Found guilty of incitement to riot, sent back to the Tombs until the 18th of October, the day set for sentence, when the judge gave her a new rent-free home for a year at Blackwell's Island Penitentiary.

1895 -- Louis Pasteur, French bacteriologist, dies at 72.

1901 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Philippines: Guerrillas ambush US troops at Balangiga, killing 48 US soldiers.

?Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader General Jake Smith orders his troops to kill everyone on the island.

This butchery earned the goodly "Hell Roaring" Jake promotion to brigadier general & put him in charge of the Samar campaign to pacify our "little brown brothers." In Samar, Smith earned fame with his orders to "kill everyone over the age of ten" & make the island "a howling wilderness." In May of 1902, Smith was court-martialed & was retired with no punishment.


1904 -- NYC: Woman arrested for smoking a cigarette in an open car on 5th Avenue.

1905 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: The directorate of the Mexican Liberal Party is formed, St. Louis, Mo. It is this party in which the Flores Magón brothers (Jesus, Enrique & Ricardo & other anarchists play such a prominent part, staging numerous military battles in an effort to overthrow the Mexican government.

1906 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Cuba: US troops reoccupy the country, & stay until 1909.

1909 -- Poet/critic Stephen Spender lives, London.

1912 -- "Kiche Maru" sinks off Japan, killing 1,000.

1913 -- Author Ellis Peters lives.

1917 -- US: 166 Wobblies (Industrial Workers of the World/IWW union activists) indicted for interfering with the war effort (the war to end all war). The first move in an illegal but successful US government campaign to cripple the radical union movement.

1918 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Canada: The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) union is outlawed.

Baseball dugout painting
1919 -- US: Fastest major league baseball game (51 minutes), Giants beat Phillies 6-1.

1919 -- US: A mob forms outside the Omaha, NE, courthouse. The courthouse is set on fire & Mayor Ed. P. Smith is hanged. (He survives.)

They seize William Brown, a black man, accused of raping a white woman; he has been tossed in jail though crippled with rheumatism. The mob gets him, hang him, shoot him & then drag his body through town. Some reports say the mutilation of his body also includes extensive burns.

After committing these acts of savagery, the good citizens go on a rampage through downtown Omaha, breaking windows & stealing goods from storefronts. Troops are called in on the 30th to put an end to the chaos.

"It's considered one of the most notorious lynchings in the United States; tens of thousands of people were involved." — Laura Partridge, playwright, "Minstrel Show"

1920 -- US: Eight members of the Chicago White Sox indicted by a grand jury on charges of conspiring with gamblers to throw the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds in what became known as the Black Sox Scandal. The players were acquitted at trial, but blackballed from organized baseball for the rest of their lives. (See 9 October.)

"The injustice is clear. It was the city, the system, & the society that was crooked, not the players. . . So, in the end, the owners won & the workers lost..."

— Ricky Durst, "Shoeless Joe & Juris Rudkus"


1920 -- Italy: DURING September a widespread occupation of Italian factories by their work forces is taking place, which originated in the auto factories, steel mills & machine tool plants of the metal sector but spread out into many other industries — cotton mills & hosiery firms, lignite mines, tire factories, breweries & distilleries, & steamships & warehouses in the port towns.

The factory occupations again Northern Italy,as they had in March & April earlier this year. With the mass factory occupations in September 1920 a defining moment is reached...

Further details/ context, click here; anarchico, anarchists, anarchie[Details / context]

Tuli Kupferberg
1923 -- Fug You!! Anarchist songster, author Tuli Kupferberg lives! (Coca Cola Douche, CIA Man, Paint It Red [&Black], Wide, Wide River.) "One of the leading Anarchist theorists of our time," according to "Reader's Digest" (4/87). Author of 1001 Ways to Beat the Draft & 1001 Ways to Live Without Working.
video iconhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2aKE9VL-f0

Lou Gehrig
1930 -- US: Lou Gehrig's errorless streak ends at 885 consecutive baseball games. The winning pitcher is Babe Ruth, beating the Red Sox 9-3.

1936 -- Spain: National plenum of CNT regionals. (Here Horacio Martínez Prieto launches his political collaborationist ("pajaros carpinteros"), efforts which eventually put him outside the anarchist movement.)

Poster: Las Hordas Fascistas
1937 -- Spain: With Augustin Souchy, Emma Goldman leaves Valencia for Barcelona, which comes under bombardment by Franco's fascist forces a few days later.

Souchy asked Emma to work for the foreign-language press office of the Confederación Nacional del Trabajo-Federación Anarquista Ibérica (CNT-FAI).

Souchy, with Arthur Lehning & Rudolf Rocker, was a founder of the German FAUD in 1919.

Augustin Souchy, German anarchist pacifist, see August 28, 1892


Victor Jara
1938 -- Victor Jara,
singer of freedom, lives, Chile.

Chilean song-writer, activist, martyr of the Pinochet coup.
Long-running alternate Saint on this date

He grew up to be a fighter
Against the people's wrongs
He listened to their grief & joy
& turned them into songs
His hands were gentle, his hands were strong

— "Victor Jara," words by Adrian Mitchell, music by Arlo Guthrie

Murdered by the US-installed puppet government, along with thousands of others, in an American-sponsored overthrow of the democratically elected government.


1941 -- Ted Williams assures his +.400 baseball average on this last day with six hits.

1943 -- Denmark: Underground anti-Nazi activists begin systematic smuggling of Jews to Sweden.

1950 -- US: John Sayles lives. Edgar Award-winning novelist (The Anarchist's Convention, Union Dues, etc.), independent film director (Lone Star, Passion Fish, Eight Men Out, The Secret of Roan Inish, & Matewan), screenwriter who frequently plays small roles in his own & other indie films. Sayles got his start in film working with Roger Corman.

1953 -- Rubble? Edwin P. Hubble astronomer, designer of telescopes, dies at 63.

1953 -- US: Six-year-old Robert Greenlease kidnapped from a Catholic School in Kansas City by Carl Austin Hall & Bonnie Brown Heady. The two collected a $600,000 ransom, but murdered the boy anyway. When captured, nearly half the ransom money mysteriously disappeared. Arresting officers failed to account for the missing funds, & in an ensuing trial, they were convicted of perjury.

1960 -- US: Ted Williams' last baseball at-bat is his 521st homer, off hapless "Fat" Jack Fisher. Almost an exact year from today (the 26th), "Fat Jack" serves up Roger Maris' famed dinger (#60, tying Babe Ruth's record).

Marx Bros.
1964 -- Harpo [Arthur] Marx, comedian, dies at 75.

1964 -- SI dingbatThe Situationist International commemorates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the International Workingmen's Association (IWA) by releasing a postcard bearing a portrait of Marx saying:

"On 28 September 1964, it will be exactly one hundred years since we founded the Situationist International. It's starting to take shape!"

The caption is a line from de Sade, "How can lawful pleasures be compared to those which embody not only much more piquant delights but also the priceless joy of breaking all social taboos & overturning all laws?"

1965 -- Lava flows kill at least 350 (Taal Philippines).

1966 -- French surrealist André Breton dies, Paris, France. One of the founders of the Surrealist movement. Called the Pope of Surrealism (as well as "A Corpse") by his detractors.

Shockwave movie source: http://www.surrealisme.nl/tekst/linksn.htm

1966 -- US: Dozens of anti-war demonstrators disrupt address of Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Vice President ("Dump the Humph!") Humphrey at Olympic Hotel in Seattle.

1966 -- US: National Guard quells riots in Hunter's Point & Fillmore neighborhoods of Frisco, California.

Edgar Leuenroth; source, arquivo.ael.ifch.unicamp.br
1968 -- Brazil: Edgard Leuenroth (1881-1968) dies.

Arquivo Edgard Leuenroth at Brazil’s Universidade Estadual de Campinas is the largest archive of anarchist material in South America, followed by Biblioteca Popular ‘Jose Ingenieros’ in Buenos Aires (founded in 1935).

1969 -- West Germany: First (postwar) Socialists take power (Willy Brandt & Social Democrats in coalition with Free Democrats).

 John Dos Passos
1970 -- John Dos Passos dies. American novelist, developed a fictional style incorporating documentary devices to lend realism to his work. His most notable achievement, the trilogy U.S.A., chronicled the disintegration of American social values as a consequence of 20th-century capitalism. Independent leftist radical in the 20s & 30s, later became a Cold War warrior.

all right we are two nations

America our nation has been beaten by strangers who have bought the laws & fenced off the meadows & cut down the woods & turned our pleasant cities into slums & sweated the wealth out of our people & when they want to hire the executioner to throw the switch

but do they know that the old words of the immigrants are being renewed in blood & agony tonight do they know that the old american speech of the haters of oppression is new tonight in the mouth of an old woman from Pittsburgh of a husky boilermaker from Frisco who hopped freights clear from the Coast to come here...


1970 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Italy: Mick Jagger punches a reporter for "asking stupid questions," Roma.

1971 -- The NY Times reports on the growing interest among white youths in black gospel music.

Chilean support poster
1971 -- Chile: Following years of corporate plunder, the government expropriates Anaconda & Kennecott copper mines.

...The man in the river

wears a white shirt, dark pants & sprawls
as if sleeping while water riffles his hair.
This is a photograph from the coup or golpe,

meaning also hit or shock — just one death
from thirty thousand...

— Stephen Dobyns, "Paco"


1972 -- US: The Secretary of the Army repeals the dishonorable discharges of 167 Brownsville (Texass) Raid soldiers. The soldiers, members of the 25th Infantry who were involved in a riot with the city's police & merchants, were dishonorably discharged by Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Theodore Roosevelt without a trial.

Heads of State collage
1973 -- US: A bomb devastates part of the Latin American section of the ITT building in New York City, in retaliation for ITT's involvement (along with CIA) in the bloody overthrow of Chile's Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader President Allende one week ago.
Poster of Chile being ripped down the middle with an American knife

John Lennon
1974 -- John Lennon appears as guest dj on WNEW-FM, New York City.

1978 -- John Paul I, [Albino Luciano], Pope, dies after 33 days as pope — under suspicious circumstances. (Dies quietly in his sleep of exhaustion; too pooped to pope?)

1981 -- US: Director & assistant of research lab in Maryland convicted on 15 counts of cruelty to animals.

1990 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Iran: Millions shouting "Death to America!" demonstrate. Actually they were shouting "Love America," but the interpreter was having a bad day.

1990 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Beloved & Respected Comrade Leader Acting President Ronnie Reagan says "We have never interfered in the internal government of a country." Not merely elected president, Americans loved to be regaled by his fairy tales. (You may recall it is Ronnie who, on November 23, 1981, authorizes CIA to form paramilitary squads of exiles to overthrow the Sandinista government of Nicaragua.) Yup.

1991 -- American jazz great Miles Davis, 65, dies from pneumonia, Santa Monica, California.
Miles Davishttp://www.stlouiswalkoffame.org/inductees/miles-davis.html

1992 -- Source=Robert Braunwart US: Revolt of the gorillas: one gorilla at the Bronx Zoo & two at the Miami Zoo temporarily escape. Three keepers are bitten.

1992 --
Source=Robert Braunwart US: "Hammering Man" sculpture in front of the Seattle Art Museum keels over. Scuttlebutt has him out sucking up suds earlier, at the Blue Moon Tavern, where he got seriously hammered (home of the famed "Hammered Man").

"Gimme a pigfoot & a bottle of beer..."

"Gimme a reefer & a gang of gin..."


1994 -- México: Top PRI political leader Ruiz Massieu assassinated.

Stop FTAA, Nafta
1994 -- Bolivia: Indigenous people from around the globe meet to discuss bio-piracy, the theft of local botanical resources (such as medicines) by international corporations.

Reclaim the Streets; source rts.gn.apc.org/rtsimage/leaflets
1996 -- England: The anarchist "Reclaim the Future" alliance throws its weight alongside sacked dockers & their trade union & socialist supporters. A massive anniversary demo triggered a 24 hour strike by tugme.


1997 -- Source=Robert Braunwart México: Zapatista rebels found an autonomous county in southern Chiapas.

2000 -- Czech Republic: 'Battle of Prague' continues . . .
Arm Your Desires

2001 -- US: Frisco Critical Mass bike ride.

2001 -- Source=Robert Braunwart UN Security Council unanimously adopts a US antiterrorism resolution. Grab your seatbelts ... the US is obviously about to go on another tear of terror.

2001 -- Source=Robert Braunwart Iraq: Government says UN sanctions have killed 1.2 million for lack of medicine.

2002 -- Source=Robert Braunwart England: 250,000 protest the Bush-Blair war on Iraq, London.

3000 --

BURROUGHS: I'm always asking rock 'n' roll people if they know who Petrillo is, & none of them do. Well, they wouldn't have a dime if it weren't for Petrillo because he organized the Musicians' Union way back at the end of the 30s. & that is why they make money on their records. There wouldn't be any white Rolls Royces or anything like that...

MORGAN: Did Jimmy Page know who Petrillo was when you talked to him?

BURROUGHS: (laughs) No. I'll tell you one who would know is Mick Jagger. He's a businessman, he went to the London School of Economics.

— William S. Burroughs

Guitar player illustration

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