Politics

politricksIn the 1960s you could not ignore politics and it would not ignore you. Politics was VERY up close and personal.  We were all the small bits in social revolutions such as Civil Rights and the Sexual Revolution which happened around us as daily life. We had spent our childhood hiding under our desks from nuclear attacks and standardizing the Standardized Test.

Then we were sold The Vietnam War nightly as we watched near real time invasions and killings, some of American young men. Historians are still uncovering the truths about America in the Vietnam War, but other than the bravery of American youth, it was built on a hill of lies the same as most large scale post-Korean War conflicts. We honor our fallen, but not the cause for which they were misled.

If male and turning 18 but not wealthy and well-connected, you felt the hot breath of THE DRAFT following you. Drove many a quick marriage, college sign-up, or trip abroad before it was abolished.  Despite all its bad aspects the draft was an equalizer among all but the wealthiest, best connected young American men who fell to it and found themselves Vietnam bound. Now the military has fewer of the best and brightest from the top tax brackets and is  publicized as the only hope for an education or a future if you are poor. But now it takes women and gays to combat, too.

NIXON’S THE ONE Source: Nixon for President Headquarters 1968 Accession/Catalog: 279463.1 Dimensions:
NIXON’S THE ONE
This was Nixon’s cynical poster when he courted the youth vote as the anti-war hero. The first of his deceptions about his twisted purposes.

  • Mayor Massell Interview

    The Great Speckled Bird Feb 19, 1973
    Vol. 6 #6 pg. 1
    Interview with Sam Massell

    The question most asked about the he Massell interview is why Massell agreed to an interview with the Bird. We have never been very kind in the past, so one would think that he would know we would use whatever ... Read more >>

  • Backstreet

    Backstreet was a dance club off Peachtree. It was a gay club but welcomed those exploring all  freedoms. Remember oral sex in Georgia, even between a married couple,  could land you in jail before 2003!    Backstreet and later  The Limelight both served as battlefields against Georgia’s antiquated laws on sex.

    Backstreet was where the music and ... Read more >>

  • Harrison Tells Why He Supports McGovern2

    PAGE 14A DeKALB NEW ERA  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1972

    Harrison Tells Why He Supports McGovern

    Two, prominent DeKatb County citizens – Clark Harrison and former Congressman James A. Mackay – have publicly endorsed the Presidential candidacy of Sen. George McGovern.

    In last week’s issue of the DeKalb News, Mr. Mackey, a Decatur attorney and former U.S. Congressman, emphasized ... Read more >>

  • Politricks of the Time

    politricksSegregation and Communism were the big scares for the tiny boxes people. Political demagogues wrapped themselves in the flag and their version of The Bible to defend their hatred, much as they have in 2013 with sexual variants. The same Bible quotes against segregation are trotted ... Read more >>

  • Nixon’s The One!

    Remember Nixon started his campaign as the anti-war youth candidate!!!??

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  • Piedmont Park Police Riot

    “The Great Hippie Hunt”

    Time magazine observed in October of 1969 that Atlanta’s power elite had declared

     war on hippies.img780

    The election started for Mayor of Atlanta and candidates tried to outdo each other on describing what they ... Read more >>

  • Lester’s Vigilantes

    Lester was a racist buffoon, but remember Atlanta also had seriously evil and dangerous racists like J. B. Stoner, who ran for governor as the White People’s Party candidate and defended King’s assassin. Hard to laugh at such hatred, but drag queens suckcede on their 70s TV show.image107Read more >>

  • Smack Conspiracy

    The Great Speckled Bird Vol 2 # 19 July 21, 1969 pg. 3

    Smack Conspiracy

    smackart by Ron Ausburn

    DON’T BE FORCED TO BUY-IF HE CAN GET HARD DRUGS HE CAN GET GRASS AND ACID- DEMAND AN ALTERNATIVE-IT’S YOUR LIFE- DON’T BE FORCED TO BUY

     Write it off to paranoid ... Read more >>

  • Atlanta and Environs: a chronicle of its people and events; years of change and challenge,

    Atlanta and Environs: a chronicle of its people and events; years of change and challenge, 1940-1976

    By Harold H. Martin

    Pg 481-483

    1967

    THE year 1966 was characterized by strikes that brought vast Atlanta construction projects to a temporary halt, by crime, by confrontations in the streets between civil rights advocates and defenders of the old patterns of racial ... Read more >>

  • Southern Consciousness

    The Great Speckled Bird vol. 2, #1 pg. 12

    Southern Consciousness

    Tell about the South. What’s it like there. What do they do there. Why do they live there. Why do they live at all?

    You can’t understand it. You would have to be born there.

    -William Faulkner, Absalom,  Absalom

    On Saturday March 15 the executive committee of ... Read more >>

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