Reagan pretended to be a Prig, but he was not. It was all an act that he polished on the priggish stage the House on Un-American Activities provided grown-up Boy Scouts who want a Hippie Scalp to complete their righteous collection. My grandfather’s friend, Dashiel Hammett was forced to testify at the Baptist Witch Hunt, as was Lillian Helman. Reagan used the political ambitions of District Attorneys to create a Cop State that went looking for trouble so they can grab the headlines. Their headline always read the enemy doesn’t have God/Allah on their side and therefore you could do what you wanted to do to them without following the laws made for normal folks. Anti-War folks were abnormal people, and satanic demons if they protested against any war in the streets.
Donald Trump is just as bad of an actor as Reagan, and got his script out of ‘The Gippers’ playbook. America’s enemies are coming across our borders. ISIS is coming with them! They are the new Red Scare.
ISIS are world-class prigs, Moral Cops who were stopped cold by women fighters of the PKK who were founded in the 70s as a Communist movement. These women live in utopian communes, and allegedly were/are funded by drug trafficking. ISIS attacks museums and destroys all the art that stands in their way. They treasure the severed heads of the brave PKK warriors. I am founding a Think Tank, and a Lobby, to make sure the 17% tax on marijuana goes for Peaceful Bohemian projects and ideals, such as Nude Pools modeled after Woodstock.
Here is the building were Country Joe McDonald had an apartment across from the Telegraph Avenue Co-Op. We used to stop by and smoke pot with Joe who took part in the demonstration and march down Telegraph by the Vietnam Day Committee.
“In the morning the early demonstrators heard Malvina Reynolds, Joe McDonald, Carvel Bass and other folksingers and that night after the tear gas, the Instant Action Jug Band featuring Paul Armstrong on the jazz kazoo, did world favorites like “Bring It With You When You Come” and songs from the RAG BABY TALKING ISSUE, which was having its world premier at the International Days of Protest. Joe was credited in the Final Program for the International Days of Protest as organizing the folk singers.”
This is the start of the Peace Movement, the Anti-Vietnam Movement. I demonstrated against the Iraq War that Jeb Bush is defending while blaming Obama and Hillary for his brother’s War Crimes. There needs to be a study on how many trillions of dollars the tax payer has spent oppressing Americans who don’t want war. How do you stop a war using Folk Singers and Jug Bands? Has any right-wing think tank considered employing folks smitten by a muse to counter ISIS’s recruiting campaign? Give me a billion dollars and I will create a Hippie Think Tank! But, after we stop ISIS the CIA will have to shoot us in the back of the head because we can’t be trusted to do the right thing.
His brother caused an international catastrophe, and the former governor is outraged by the way in which the Obama administration cleaned up his brother’s mess. That’s the Jeb Bush message in 2016 in a nutshell.”
Dagmar Purvis lived across the street in the famous Acid House where folks tripped around the clock. There were always tripsters curled up on the floor in sleeping bags. Dagmar was the Acid Queen. She was married to Brian Purvis, Keith’s brother, and they born Julie, who Rena Easton carried into the ocean at Pismo Beach. Rena was my muse. I did a painting of her at Peter Shapiro’s house. We were roommates. Peter played with the Loading Zone that got its start with BEAF, located on College Avenue in Rockridge. When my sister saw this painting, she took up art and became famous artist ‘Rosamond’. To see the new restaurant ‘Rosamunde’ in Temescal, is interesting.
Rena and I checked into the Berkeley Hotel, and checked out an hour later. We hated it. We drove to Mount Tamalpias in my 1950 Dodge Coronet. To see the heads turn as we walked down the Ave was a highlight of my Hippie experiences. In her letter I received from her two years ago she wrote;
“I see you are quite left-leaning!”
For Pete’s sake. Rena was at the epicenter – for a little while. People looked at us, and knew it was all true, there was a private cult of Beautiful Hippies, that always got the best drugs, made the best love, and were Light Being of the Divine Brother and Sisterhood. Note the energy around me……The Force! Thomas Pynchon eludes to us.
I lived at the Durant Hotel on ‘The Ave’ for four months, and in a water tower on 47th. St. near where Shattuck and Telegraph merge. The famous Doggie Diner was three blocks away. I was adopted by a crack gang who promised to protect me when gang warfare broke out. That’s when I got on a train and came to Eugene. I got sober at Serneity Lane where my moniker was ‘Oakland Jonny’.
Jerry Rubin led the march down Telegraph, and the VDC ran into a ISIS force of Armed Do-Gooders who did not want people to own ideas and ideals outside their prescribed idealogy. There were fifty Hell’s Angels there, they itching to kick Hippie butt. They were backed by the Minutemen Militia, 650 Oakland Cops, 400 Highway Patrolmen, and 25 Alameda Couty Sheriffs.
“I see you are quite left-leaning.”
Rena’s late husband, Ian Easton, was the head of British Defense Staff in Washington.
Here is where un-armed musicians came up against the armed Crusader Army.
15 October 1965: Lower Sproul Hall Plaza, University of Berkeley Campus, Berkeley, CA [Morning – 09:00 to 11:30] Joe McDonald with Malvina Reynolds, Carvel Bass, and others [International Day of Protest and Vietnam Day Committee Teach-In]. The Teach-In took place in the grass field that is now Zellerbach Hall. Anecdote from Joe: It was there that I sold the first EP and was put in charge of a small stage in “Lower Sproul Plaza” It had a microphone and I sang songs to the crowd that passed by going to the field where the speakers spoke, among them I. F. Stone and Ken Kesey. Malvina Reynolds came by with her guitar and asked if she could sing and I said yes and she sang a bit. My memory is that no one paid much attention to either of us. The “Random Notes” in Issue 3 of Rag Baby reported that Folk Music on the Peace March was Omnipresent. Spontaneous choruses of the well known Freedom songs and older gospel (“We Shall Overcome”, “This Little Light of Mine”, “Down by the Riverside””) seemed to break out along the mile plus length of the demonstration. From the sound truck folksingers tried with varying degrees of success to get the crowd singing, but only the first thousand or so could hear. Attempts at singing Phil Ochs’ “I’m Not Marching Anymore” (sic) (odd thing to sing while marching) and the liberal song were more or less soli, but the whole crowd knew “Help”. In the morning the early demonstrators heard Malvina Reynolds, Joe McDonald, Carvel Bass and other folksingers and that night after the tear gas, the Instant Action Jug Band featuring Paul Armstrong on the jazz kazoo, did world favorites like “Bring It With You When You Come” and songs from the RAG BABY TALKING ISSUE, which was having its world premier at the International Days of Protest. Joe was credited in the Final Program for the International Days of Protest as organizing the folk singers.
15 October 1965: Lower Sproul Hall Plaza, University of Berkeley Campus, Berkeley, CA [Afternoon – 11:30 to 12:00] Joe McDonald with Lou Gottlieb.
15 October 1965: Peace March, Berkeley, CA [Night – Lower Sproul Plaza] Instant Action Jug Band and Malvina Reynolds. The line up of the Jug Band at this event most closely resembled what was to become “Country Joe and the Fish” – the band. In attendance were Joe McDonald, Barry Melton, Bruce Barthol, Paul Armstrong and Carvel Bass amongst others. It is unclear if John Francis Gunning was present. At UC Berkeley, a Teach-In on campus is followed by a march on the Oakland Army induction center. “That evening, some 15,000 demonstrators left the campus marching toward Oakland. Marchers include children, grandmothers, and a busload of Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters along with college and high school students. The Oakland and Berkeley authorities had refused a parade permit. As the marchers approached the Oakland city limit they could see about 400 Oakland police wearing riot helmets, brandishing special riot weapons, blocking the way. The march stopped less than a hundred yards from the police line. As spectators and a group of about 100 right-wing counterdemonstrators filled the gap between the march and the police, a previously agreed-to subcommittee held a swirling, confused discussion on what to do.” … [After negotiation, the march proceeded to Oakland Civic Center Park , where the teach-in was continued and another march called for the next day.” [Halstead, p. 87; Rorabaugh, pp. 96-97]
15 October 1965: Army Terminal, Oakland, CA [Night 11:00 to 11:45] Joe McDonald.
The following day (October 16), the marchers return. (About 100 had remained in the park overnight). When the two to five thousand protesters reach the Oakland City line, they are stopped by police. The police ask the protestors to sit down in the street to avoid violent confrontations. Poet Allen Ginsberg chants “Hare Krishna” at the front of the march. The Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang appears, rips down banners, and attacks protestors, yelling, “Go back to Russia you fucking communists!” The police attack the Angels. When the Angels threaten to attack the next peace march, Ginsberg, Kesey, and Pranksters subsequently visit the home of Angels president Sonny Barger to discuss the situation and share some LSD with Barger and his friends. By dawn the two groups had chanted together. [Barlow. Intrepid Trips: “Allen”; LAT, 10/17/65]
16 October 1965: Lower Sproul Hall Plaza, University of Berkeley Campus, Berkeley, CA [Morning – 08:30 to 09:00] Joe McDonald
16 October 1965: Lower Sproul Hall Plaza, University of Berkeley Campus, Berkeley, CA [Afternoon – 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm] Joe McDonald, Tom Paxton, Mark Spoelstra
From 1984 to 2013, the PKK waged an armed struggle against the Turkish state for cultural and political rights and self-determination for the Kurds in Turkey, who comprise between 10% and 25% of the population and have been subjected to repression for decades. The group was founded in 1978 in the village of Fis (near Lice) by a group of Kurdish students led by Abdullah Öcalan. The PKK’s ideology was originally a fusion of revolutionary socialism and Kurdish nationalism, seeking the foundation of an independent, Marxist–Leninist state in the region, which was to be known as Kurdistan.
However, since his capture and imprisonment in 1999, the leader of the PKK, Abdullah Öcalan, has abandoned Marxism-Leninism, leading the party to adopt his new political platform of “Democratic Confederalism” (influenced strongly by the libertarian socialist philosophy of Communalism) while ceasing its official calls for the establishment of a fully independent country. In May 2007, former members of the PKK helped form the KCK, an umbrella organisation of Kurds from Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria. On 20 March 2005, Öcalan described the need for a democratic confederalism and went on to say
According to research conducted by journalist Aliza Marcus, the PKK did rely substantially on support from Kurdish smugglers in the region to fund themselves. A number of these were tacitly known to have been participating in international drug trafficking even before the 1980s, and some did indeed end up contributing money to the PKK throughout the course of the conflict, whether for ideological or economic reasons. In Europe, a few PKK supporters reportedly used their influence and connections to sell drugs on the side, and ended up contributing some of the money made back to the organization, and party activists short on funds were often not hesitant to seek donations from Kurds known to be involved in the narcotics trade. But though it was true that the PKK may not have been very concerned with the sources of donations (given the much more pressing need to buy supplies), “it does not seem that the PKK, as an organisation, directly produced or traded in narcotics.”
In the wake of the downfall of McCarthy (who never served in the House, nor HUAC), the prestige of HUAC began a gradual decline beginning in the late 1950s. By 1959, the committee was being denounced by former President Harry S. Truman as the “most un-American thing in the country today.”
In May 1960, the committee held hearings in San Francisco City Hall that led to the infamous “riot” on May 13, when city police officers fire-hosed protesting students from UC Berkeley, Stanford, and other local colleges and dragged them down the marble steps beneath the rotunda, leaving some seriously injured. Soviet affairs expert William Mandel, who had been subpoenaed to testify, angrily denounced the committee and the police in a blistering statement which was aired repeatedly for years thereafter on Pacifica Radio station KPFA in Berkeley. An anti-communist propaganda film, Operation Abolition, was produced by the committee from subpoenaed local news reports, and shown around the country during 1960 and 1961. In response, the Northern California ACLU produced a film called Operation Correction, which discussed falsehoods in the first film. Scenes from the hearings and protest were later featured in the Academy Award nominated 1990 documentary Berkeley in the Sixties.