July 17th, 2010

Murasaki Shikibu

Black Power's Gonna Get You Sucka

Black Power's Gonna Get You Sucka: Right-Wing Paranoia and the Rhetoric of Modern Racism

By Tim Wise
July 10, 2010

Prominent white conservatives are angry about racism.

Forget all that talk about a post-racial society. They know better than to believe in such a thing, and they’re hopping mad.

What is it that woke them up finally, after all these years of denial, during which they insisted that racism was a thing of the past?

Was it the research indicating that job applicants with white sounding names have a 50 percent better chance of being called back for an interview than their counterparts with black-sounding names, even when all qualifications are the same?

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I hadn't been going to post this (it came out early this week), but then I saw this post and OH GOD. And no bolding, because it's broken up well, and because of the way it's broken up, it's hard to pick things out to bold.

I recommend going to the source to read this, since he has links for all the points he brings up.
Wait what?

Pirate Bay and MegaUpload Escape Domain Seizure by US

As part of an initiative to crack down on Internet piracy and counterfeiting, the US Government recently took action against sites making available movies and TV shows. Arrests did not feature in the action, but controversially the authorities seized site domain names instead. TorrentFreak has learned that both The Pirate Bay and MegaUpload domains were also on the target list.

In the final days of last month, US authorities targeted several sites they claimed were connected to the streaming of movies and TV shows. ‘Operation In Our Sites‘ culminated in the apparent shutting down of 9 sites – TVShack.net, Movies-Links.TV, FilesPump.com, Now-Movies.com, PlanetMoviez.com, ThePirateCity.org, ZML.com, NinjaVideo.net and NinjaThis.net – although not in the conventional manner.

Rather than rounding the operators up physically or threatening them with ruinous legal action, the US Government seized at least 7 of the domains instead, and pointed them to their own server which carried an ominous warning.

The action came following recent threats from Vice President Joe Biden and Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel which were directed at those offering unauthorized movies and music. Nevertheless, the domain seizure route came as quite a surprise.

That said, domain seizures are nothing new. In 2008 the Governor of Kentucky grabbed around 140 domains connected with online gambling but we have to go back seven years to find a comparable copyright related case.

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Oh dear.
And now Word Press's server has been hit as well. What the hell man?

America's Nightmare: Oppressive Libural Regime Promises to be More Understanding

No More Racial Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Unwanted Teen Pregnancy, Gay Bashing, and School Bulling!! What is This New Horror?!

Right Wing Apoplectic That Montana School Is Teaching Tolerance, Safe Sex, And Anti-Bullying Measures

Over 500 Helena, MT residents gathered at the Helena School District’s school board meeting Tuesday night to weigh in on a new K-12 health education plan released last week. The 62-page proposal, developed by community members and health officials over two years, promotes a broad health and nutrition education program for each grade. However, there is a small section dealing with sex education that has ignited a firestorm of backlash among conservatives, both locally and nationally.

The curriculum would teach first graders “that human beings can love people of the same gender;” second graders “not to make fun of people by calling them ‘gay’ or ‘queer;’” and fifth and sixth graders that “there are several types of intercourse.” These ideas spurred right-wing pundits Sean Hannity (and guest Fox News contributor Todd Starnes), Bill O’Reilly, and Laura Ingraham into a tail-spin on their shows this week over the curriculum as a weapon to promote the homosexual agenda:

– HANNITY: What right does a school district that can’t even teach kids to read and write — and this is, generally speaking, around the country — have to impose their values on the kids? [7/13/10]

– STARNES: Sean, this is the report right here. Sixty-two pages. I have read every single word. And I’ve got to tell you something, Jack and Jill go up the hill, and they do some really inappropriate things once they get up there. [...] Rub a dub dub, three men in a tub. [7/13/10]

– O’REILLY: This stuff comes from the school boards and the superintendent. They want to indoctrinate the children. The reason is they don’t want bullying. They want tolerance across the board. So you take a 5-year-old who just wants to play and, all of a sudden, it’s Heather has two mommies or Gary has 18 daddies. I don’t know what it is. [7/14/10]

– INGRAHAM: Children will learn that sexual relationships could happen between two men or two women. Why stop there? Why are they stopping at two? I mean that’s very exclusionary, don’t you think? No plant life invoked. [7/15/10]
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' through the storm we reach the shore

2 Jerks 1 Seat

The race between the worst candidates ever

In "Brewster's Millions," a forgettable comedy from 1985, Richard Pryor's eccentric Monty Brewster spends millions of dollars to drive "None of the Above" to victory in the New York City mayor's race, shocking everyone, including Monty himself, and necessitating a new election.

Something tells me that the same NOTA option would fare quite well in Illinois this year, where the two major U.S. Senate candidates, Democrat Alexi Giannoulias and Republican Mark Kirk, continue to find new and ever-more-pitiful ways to distinguish themselves for all the wrong reasons.

Elected as Illinois' state treasurer in 2006 at the age of 30, Giannoulias captured the Democratic Senate nod only after Lisa Madigan, the state's popular attorney general, refused to run and in large part because of his perceived closeness to Barack Obama, with whom he used to regularly play pickup basketball.

From the start, Giannoulias was seen as a shallow, deeply flawed candidate because of controversies surrounding the now-collapsed Broadway Bank that his family owned. Giannoulias was a senior loan officer at the bank from 2002 to 2006 and worked there when the bank gave out millions of dollars in loans to alleged mobsters -- most notably more than $20 million to two convicted felons who were about to serve time for prostitution and bookmaking. Facing massive debt, Broadway Bank closed earlier this year. Recent reports that he paid no income taxes last year have only made Giannoulias more unpalatable.

You might think that a candidate with Giannoulias' baggage would drop out (or be forced out by his party), especially with an unbearable recession stirring populist rage against banks and bankers. But Giannoulias has hung on and the Obama White House, perhaps banking on the state's Democratic bent, has stood by him.

And this calculation may prove correct, but only because Kirk may be an even worse candidate than Giannoulias.

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*betty draper reading

Racists attracted to Arizona border like flies on a big pile of shit

Man with neo-Nazi ties leading border patrols

Local law enforcement officials in Arizona uncomfortable with group's activities.

By Michelle Price


Published: 8:21 p.m. Saturday, July 17, 2010

PHOENIX — A surge in Border Patrol agents and a tough new immigration law aren't enough for a reputed neo-Nazi who's now leading a militia into the Arizona desert near the border.

Jason "J.T." Ready, a 37-year-old ex-Marine, is taking matters into his own hands, declaring war on "narco-terrorists" and keeping an eye out for illegal immigrants. So far, he says, his patrols have found only a few border crossers, who were given water and handed over to the Border Patrol. Once, a patrol found a decaying body in a wash and alerted authorities.

But local law enforcement officials are nervous given that Ready's group is heavily armed and identifies with the National Socialist Movement, an organization proclaiming that only non-Jewish, white heterosexuals should be American citizens and that everyone who isn't white should leave the country peacefully or by force.

Ready said he takes offense at the term "neo-Nazi" but admits he identifies with the National Socialist Movement.

"We're not going to sit around and wait for the government anymore," he said. "This is what our founding fathers did."

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