October 20th, 2010

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Can we unite?

Rise like Lions after slumber; In unvanquishable number; Shake your chains to earth like dew; Which in sleep had fallen on you; Ye are many; They are few." -- Percy Bysshe Shelley

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The establishment must do everything it can to suppress unity among the growing herd of angry citizens. However, victory for the people is within our grasp. In a dangerous scenario for the establishment, populists from the left and the right are increasingly finding common ground. A recent Mother Jones article titled "Tea Party or Pot Party?" revealed to progressives that they can actually agree with Tea Party libertarians on issues such as legalizing marijuana. With an honest look at each other's principles we may find that what unites Populists is far more powerful than what divides us.

First, we must be cognizant that the establishment seeks to divide us by using such vile tactics as labeling progressives as "evil communists" and the Tea Party libertarians as "racists." Naturally, old-school civil rights liberals hate racists, and free-market conservative purists hate communists. Can we not see that the establishment knows precisely what buttons to push to keep us from uniting? These false labels are irrelevant in our current struggle with a tyrannical Corporate State.

It is clear that we the people are all suffering in similar ways under the current system. We grasp for someone to blame for this manufactured suffering, and the establishment is all too eager to provide a culprit to misdirect our anger. Progressives have been conditioned to blame big evil corporations, while conservatives have been conditioned to blame big evil government. But now, both are finally realizing that corporate cartels and the government have merged into a most evil monster that cares not for them, or the health of America for that matter. Even Michael Moore is waking up to the fact that Obama is a mere puppet of the corporate masters.

The people have been fooled and divided for long enough. Now, we must go beyond phony labels that the establishment has carefully crafted for us, and join our fellow populists to unite around our common human principles.

Here are five co-dependent principles that unite populist progressives and tea party libertarians:
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Watching Dylan Ratigan and seeing Cenk Uygur debate some Tea Partiers has brought this to my attention. The devil is in the details, but the underlining message is pretty powerful. While I can't co-sign EVERY statement this article makes, but it is useful for fueling debate in a a society where we are increasingly being forced into serfdom, oligarchy, plutocracy: whatever you want to call it, where democracy dies.
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'I Love My Hair': A Father's Tribute To His Daughter

A little Muppet girl has started a sensation. The unnamed puppet with an afro sings a love song to her hair.

"I Love My Hair" debuted on the Oct. 4 episode of Sesame Street. It was posted on the show's YouTube page — and then women began posting the video on their Facebook pages.

African-American bloggers wrote that it brought them to tears because of the message it sends to young black girls.

Joey Mazzarino, the head writer of Sesame Street, is also a Muppeteer who wrote the song for his daughter. Mazzarino is Italian. He and his wife adopted their 5-year-old daughter, Segi, from Ethiopia when she was a year old.

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I'm sure everyone is familiar with the video but this backstory adds an adorable twist! 
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The effin' Constitution, how does that work?!

State lawmakers preparing citizenship legislation

The state senator in Arizona who wrote the nation's toughest law against illegal immigrants said Tuesday he's collecting support across the country from legislators to challenge automatic U.S. citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants.

Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce's target is the 14th Amendment, but it is unclear how the state lawmaker can or will influence a federal statue.

"This is a battle of epic proportions," Pearce said Tuesday during a news conference at the Arizona Capitol. "We've allowed the hijacking of the 14th Amendment."

Pearce declined to say how the legislation will differ from similar measures that have been introduced in each two-year congressional session since 2005. None of them made it out of committee.

He and another Arizona lawmaker did argue that wording in the amendment that guarantees citizenship to people born in the U.S. who are "subject to the jurisdiction" of this country does not apply to the children of illegal immigrants because such families don't owe sole allegiance to the U.S.

The efforts by Pearce and the other lawmakers come amid calls to change the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment. Supporters cite costs to taxpayers for services provided to illegal immigrants and their children.

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I'm too incoherent with rage right now, so I'll let the macro say it for me:


Florida’s SB 1070: All Immigrants Must Carry Papers, Except Canadians and Europeans

Well, folks, it appears we’ve come to the point where it’s not necessary to even feign non-racism any longer. You've seen the ads. Now, witness the draft of an immigration law modeled after Arizona’s SB 1070 “papers, please” law that takes the controversial tied-up-in-court-because-it’s-ridiculous law even further.

Tim Elfrink at Miami New Times (full disclosure: I work for the paper) reports that the law drafted by Florida state representative William Snyder, and supported by GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott, includes a clause that "Even if an officer has 'reasonable suspicions' over a person's immigration status … a person will be ‘presumed to be legally in the United States’ if he or she provides ‘a Canadian passport’ or a passport from any 'visa waiver country.'" Elfrink points out that aside from four Asian countries, all other visa waiver countries are located in Western Europe.

What the…? Yep, that’s right. The Florida law in a nutshell: If you’re a white non-Hispanic, you’re presumed to be in the country legally and don’t need to show any proof. If you belong in the “all others” category, better carry your papers.

Of course, there’s an explanation for such blatant racism, as Snyder told a radio host: "What we're doing there is trying to be sensitive to Canadians. We have an enormous amount of ... Canadians wintering here in Florida … That language is comfort language."

Ah, yes tons of Canadians wintering here in Florida … along with MILLIONS of South Americans. In the biggest tourism destination in the state, Miami, people from South America comprise 52% of the visitors alone. That’s not even counting tourists from Central America and the Caribbean. These are people with plenty of disposable income, and plenty of tourism options. If Florida became a state suspicious of Latinos, they would just take their billions of dollars elsewhere. For a state whose economy relies so heavily on tourism, especially from Latin America, you’d think politicians would be a little bit more worried about making everyone feel comfortable. But that’s what makes it obvious this little clause isn’t about tourism at all. It’s about using every thin veil and pretense possible to try to legalize racial profiling.

Representative Bill Snyder and wannabe governor Rick Scott, you might want to cover up. Your xenophobia is showing.


Flier Calls Gay Florida Man 'Child Predator'

A Port St. Lucie man said someone has been placing fliers in his neighborhood that claim he is a child predator.

Alan Schmidgall told WPBF 25 News that he has lived on Bermel Avenue for almost two years. Schmidgall, who owns a landscaping business, said fliers calling him a child predator were found in mailboxes and on driveways along Bermel Avenue.

"Child predator in your area," the fliers read, warning that Halloween is approaching and Schmidgall has been wooing boys in the neighborhood. The fliers call him a "pervert" and list his address and sexual orientation.

"I'm devastated," Schmidgall said. "How could somebody do this to me?"

Toni McCellum, a neighbor who said she found the flier in her mailbox, called police and learned the claims are false.

Port St. Lucie police spokesman Tom Nichols said Schmidgall has no criminal history and has never been convicted of a sex crime.

In response, McCellum has been distributing her own fliers clearing Schmidgall's name.

"It's hard enough in this life to be gay, OK -- not accepted by a lot of people and to bashed -- and then to have something like this happen to me and nobody do anything about it, it hurts," Schmidgall said.

Schmidgall said he tried to file a police report but was told the fliers are a civil matter and not a criminal one. However, a postal inspector said the U.S. Postal Service is investigating because it is illegal to place fliers inside mailboxes.

Source, found via Change.org.
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President Obama to stop by 'The Daily Show'

Comedy Central has enlisted President Barack Obama to help promote Jon Stewart's upcoming Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on Oct. 30 on the Mall in Washington.

Stewart will be in Washington next week to do episodes of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," Obama is a scheduled guest for Wednesday, Oct. 27.

The President has already endorsed the rally -- kinda. At a roundtable discussion last month, Obama told residents of RIchmond, Va., he was "amused" by the idea of Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity (which has since been merged with Stephen Colbert's March to Keep Fear Alive), adding that it was "really important" for people who expect common sense and courtesy in their daily interactions to have a rally where their voices can be heard, as the AP reported at the time.


And I repeat... Coming in January: Obama to appear on a season of "I'm a Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here!"


Glenn Beck: Evolution Is 'Ridiculous -- I Haven't Seen A Half-Monkey, Half-Person Yet'

Have you ever seen a half-monkey, half-person? No? Well neither has Glenn Beck, which is how he knows evolution doesn't exist.

On his radio show today, Beck wondered how many people in the country believe in evolution, and said he doesn't: "I don't think we came from monkeys. I think that's ridiculous. I haven't seen a half-monkey, half-person yet."

"If I get to the other side and God's like, 'You know what, yep, you were a monkey once,' I'll be shocked, but I'll be cool with it," he said.

"They have to make you care," Beck continued. "They have to force it down your throat. When anybody has to force it -- it's a problem. You didn't have to force that the world was round. Truth is truth."

Et tu Christopher Columbus?


Beck's the one on the right. Right? I can't telllllll.

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Spirit Day: Wear Purple on October 20 to Raise Awareness of Anti-Gay Bullying, Says GLAAD

NEW YORK (CBS) Wednesday Oct. 20 is Spirit Day, the day that the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is asking people to "Go Purple" to call attention to the deaths of six teenagers who committed suicide after reportedly being taunted because they were gay.Collapse )


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Human smuggling threatens Canada support for immigration: PM

Prime Minister Stephen Harper told a group of new citizens that human smuggling risks undermining support for Canada's "generous" refugee program, according to a transcript out Wednesday.

Ottawa is "concerned" about the "growing problem of mass arrivals through human smuggling," Harper said at a citizenship ceremony held late Tuesday.

In many cases, asylum seekers such as the hundreds who have arrived in the past year on Canada's Pacific coast aboard rickety cargo ships, are seeking to "jump the queue and work around the system," Harper said.

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China denies reports on halting export of rare earth

China denies reports on halting export of rare earth

China vehemently denied Wednesday that it has halted export of rare earth materials amid news reports that Beijing started blocking shipments of the crucial minerals to the United States and Europe following similar measures against Japan.

"China will continue to provide rare earth to the rest of the world," the ministry of commerce said in a statement faxed to CNN. "At the same time, to protect exhaustible resources and achieve sustainable development, China will also continue to implement restrictive measures on the mining, production and export of rare earth."

The New York Times, citing anonymous industry sources, earlier reported that Chinese customs officials had imposed broader export restrictions Monday morning.

China Daily, the country's official English-language newspaper, quoted an unnamed official as saying the government would cut export quotas by as much as 30 percent in 2011.

"Reports by some media outlets that China will continue to reduce export quotas of rare earth next year are completely baseless and wrong," the commerce ministry said. "The Chinese government will set reasonable export quotas for 2011, taking into consideration the production output, domestic and international demands, and the need for sustainable development."

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I can understand wanting to cut back so they have these for domestic use and to stop depletion, but negl, the timing of it all does make me raise an eyebrow.
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The truth about George Osborne's social security reforms

Most of the new measures unveiled by George Osborne today fall not on higher-rate taxpayers or others with broad shoulders, but on the workless, the infirm and the poor

It was a speech of nearly 10,000 words, but the real news came in a brief passage of just 291, which George Osborne spluttered out in machine-gun fashion. It covered the "reform" of social security.

Before the big day, the pre-briefing was all about terrifying cuts for public services. In the event, Osborne raided the welfare budget in order to make a crowd-pleasing claim that he would cut public services by "only" 19%, which he claimed were rather more mild cuts than those Labour would have imposed.

There had, of course, been a measure of sabre-rattling on welfare in advance of the speech, but this was chiefly connected with the withdrawal of child benefit from higher-rate taxpayers, a move to save a mere £1bn out of the total £7bn of new savings that he was bent on making today.

Coming on top of £11bn of social security cuts already announced in the budget in June, the great bulk of the new measures fall not on higher-rate taxpayers or others with broad shoulders, but on the workless, the infirm and the poor.

Taking the measures one at a time, the first – and the biggest – was to "time limit contributory employment and support allowance" for one year, that is the benefit formerly known as incapacity benefit. What this means is that a disabled or seriously sick person who has a working spouse, however low-paid their job may be, will lose their personal entitlement to benefits after a year.
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This is such a cluster-fuck. Social Housing at rates 80% of market rent rates; Housing Benefit cut to the bare minimum until you're fucking 35; anyone sick for more than a year denied any payment at all if possible. Gideon Osbourne, you're a cretin.

We don't have fuck the poor or harassing sick people tags.

Virginia Beach GOP Sending Around Racist Emails


Virginia Beach is the biggest city in Virginia, and the hometown of the state's current Republican Governor, Bob McDonnell. Now it's also home to the latest example of a racist email forward destroying a prominent conservative's political credibility and possibly career.

As the progressive Blue Virgina blog reported Monday -- and I independently confirmed from one of the recipients Tuesday -- Virginia Beach Republican Party chair Dave Bartholomew forwarded a racist email comparing African Americans to dogs. The email, subject line "my, dog," consists of a racist parable about African Americans and welfare. In the first 24 hours since the email came to light, Democrats condemned Bartholomew and he resigned his position with the Republican Party.

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Basically my party is failing at life, what else is new? I'll be in the corner, singing emo rockabilly songs while y'all tear this guy to pieces.
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Tea Party's racist Christian supremicist ties documented

via Tim Wise

"For those who still refuse to believe that the Tea Party movement is thoroughly infested with racists, white nationalists, Christian supremacists and assorted extremists — and who cleave to the lie that they are only protesting “big government,” taxes and deficits – this report completely demolishes any legitimacy to the latter, sanguine view. Put together for the NAACP by veteran researchers and experts on the far-right (full disclosure: I know both authors and consider them friends), it demonstrates the connections to overt bigots clearly. Even if most hangers-on and followers of the movement are not motivated by racism, the movement’s core is about white nationalism, and it is this core that determines the direction of the movement, not some elderly grandma from Scottsdale."

The report is actually pretty long and detailed but the gist is that the founders and leaders of the Tea Party movement are bigots, Holocaust deniers and Christian dominionists  (big shock, I know).