of Penn Magazine is now online!
… Nobody really listens to TV news anymore, just the dumb people. And you are not one of those. Nobody reads newspapers, just the ones with kids in sports. Nobody listens to radio, just the old guy at the post office who has Rush on full blast all afternoon.
Everyone is smarter than that.
’s other stuff to occupy our time. We don’t have to spend all day plowing fields or killing Indians, or discovering washer-dryers and automatic garage-door openers and security systems, that’s all been done.
We really don’t have that much to do. This is our Jetsons time, when we can just whooosh around in the air with no roads and have something like fun.
And It’s not really like that.
So, we imagine. We daydream. We wonder what life would be like

over there or … if only.
I imagine that when we are not sweating we are studying history.
There is more to it than you know: U.S. History. There are lots and lots of Indians slaughtered, the Ludlow Massacre, Haymarket Square, Palmer Raids, lynchings.

There is so much to know and if you don’t know at least some of it, you don’t know anything. You don’t know what’s going on as you watch CNN.
But, surprisingly, CNN does make sense if you know what you are looking at.

Penn Magazine is named in honor of Penn Jones, Jr., one of the very first citizen researchers into the murder of President John F. Kennedy. Jones owned a small weekly newspaper in Texas, and had the audacity to question the official story as told by the likes of national big-name journalists such as Dan Rather and Walter Cronkite.

In the December issue:

JAMES TRACY, on Sandy Hook
“Inconsistencies and anomalies abound when one turns an analytical eye to news of the Newtown school massacre.
“The public’s general acceptance of the event’s validity and faith in resolution suggest a deepened credulousness borne from a world where almost all news and information is electronically mediated and controlled. …”

NICK KOLLERSTROM: “Yes warmongers have always employed deception you may say, but in this 21st century much more subtle levels of digital fabrication are being employed.”
“We are winning, don’t worry!
 “There was an amazing statistic I heard on RT, that of Fox News viewers 47% believed the Sandy hook story we’d been told was bogus. …”

PHIL FARRUGGIO: Don’t want to be just another American idiot

“During these trying times, for any of us with even an ounce of rationale, please go out and get the 1997 Barry Levinson film Wag the Dog.

“This satire (is it really?) was originally based on the sexual scandals around our president at the time, Bill Ignore my smirksClinton. In reality this film is really a testament to many of our presidents and how they use phony foreign threats to raise their poll numbers. …”

FRANK CORDARO, writing from the Douglas County Jail after correcting, with blood, the sign outside the Strategic Air Command Headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Neb.: From “Peace Is Our Profession,” to “War Is Our Profession.”

“… Far from being damaged, we felt it was given a great improvement. What argument can be there to SAC’s true profession? It is war, Nuclear War. But in this Orwellian age we live in, truth if regarded as dangerous and those giving backbone to the Truth are eventually put away.” …

ANDRE VLTCHEK, on the Soviet Revolution: “The system of Western oppression often appears to be almost perfect

” … But there is always one serious obstacle blocking the way of Western imperialism the barrier that prevents it from fully controlling and ruining the Planet. That obstacle, the barrier, is called the Great October Revolution and its legacy. …”


” … I wrote a lot of poems and essays about 9/11, some of which were in The Death of Sardanapalus and three anthologies that were entirely ignored though they had some terrific writing in them by better known folks than myself, but I don’t know that the truthwill come out in our lifetime. …”

“Leonard Peltier & Me”

” … I walked up the steps to the penitentiary that I had walked up just months before as a scared, chained prisoner in the rain at midnight.
“I talked to Leonard, face to face, with the guard standing close by. …”

RICHARD FLAMER, writing from Chiapas, just another massacre in a poor country

” … On the 16th of July the helicopter returned, the soldiers aboard arrested five people who seemed to have been the unofficial leaders of the community including the Deacon of the Catholic Church, Diego Perez. The five were never seen again they joined the ranks of the disappeared.

The blame can be shared with U.S. immigration, with the greed of U.S.
business involved in Central  America, the minions of the U.S. interest who form the 12 families that rule Guatemala. The blame can come equally with the U.S. military and their training facilities at the School of Assassins in Georgia.

A Letter from Dan Berrigan
“Any place (like Harvard, Columbia, or St. Thomas) that is neglecting to give young people a vision of life, faith, a human future, doesn’t deserve to go on. I hope you leave there. I hope you find a community that is not lost in fantasy and immaturity with its mutterings of Communism and cults.
“That’s all so much useless bullshit. It has absolutely nothing to do with Christ or our Church. In fact, it’s like a so-called religious branch of the State Department or the Pentagon, peddling the kind of religion that will allow murder to be legitimized, nukes to be created, the innocent and poor to be wiped out. …”

MICHAEL ANNIS: Howling at the mall

“Wolves at the Mall
whose credit is now restored,  lifelocked, paying for everything with plastic,
culturally adept,   socially savvy,   whose agents, accountants, & lawyers speak
      for them as they roll over & play dead
recognize how it is so utterly passé … UN-American … to not fetch for Mickey Mantle
to be Marxists, poets, or revolutionaries,        to KILL
for ideas rather tha
n sport             to play possum with the facts:
loosening their ties, rolling up the sleeves of their button downs,
and changing into their blue jeans, storm the decadent heavens
to rout(e) the soviet league of the militant godless$ for the benefit of their shareholders
preaching a new heaven and a new earth, one where God watches over Wall Street
in exchange for Wall Street doing God
’s work on earth,    showing the multitudes
that they too shall one day perform greater
more lucrative— miracles
than the loaves & fishes in the liberation theology of the triumph of capitalism

And more, in this edition of Penn Magazine

Mike Palecek, editor
Chuck Gregory, publisher

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