September 6th, 2011


Deeply Embarrassed White People Talk Awkwardy About Race

Please Don’t Stop Reading This Story About Race Just Because You’re Not Racist
One day in front of a class of art history students at Cornish College of the Arts, I say, "Raise your hand if you're a racist." I hadn't planned on this.

That class period I was focusing on James Baldwin and Glenn Ligon, both gay men, both African American, and it hit me that because there wasn't a black person in the room, things were getting abstract. This art is valuable and has to be taught—there really is no arguing against Baldwin, and Ligon's painting Black Like Me #2 was one of the first President Obama brought to the White House—but how do you teach someone to have a relationship to it?

So I throw it out there: Raise your hand if you're a racist.

As my students do that thing where they sort of just look at you, perplexed, I raise my own hand. I am deeply embarrassed, but I feel I have to be honest if I am asking them to be.

"You've never had a negative thought based on racial bias?" I ask.

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Source has the rest.

It's a long article but worth reading, and it really gets interesting when the author starts talking about CARW.

And I just bet you can guess what happened next to the author after that class let out.
Pride & Prejudice

EDL 'violently attacked' journalists, claims NUJ

Journalists covering an English Defence League rally in London were subjected to a series of “violent attacks” on Saturday – including sexual assault and a photographer being set on fire, according to the National Union of Journalists.

Members of the far-right group held demonstrations in east London over the weekend which saw 61 arrests including public order offences and assaults on police.

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Maddow and Shultz running for Senate- no? Oh Wait...

Rubio PAC fundraising off Schultz, Maddow segments

Maddow say wut?

September 01, 2011
Categories: Congress, MSNBC

Sen. Marco Rubio’s Aug. 24 speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., prompted two MSNBC hosts to decry his remark that some social programs “weakened” Americans as a people by replacing traditional institutions. Now the senator is using the hosts’ own words to raise money for his new PAC.

Reclaim America, formed in early August, references both Ed Schultz and Rachel Maddow in a fundraising solicitation sent on Wednesday.

After the speech at the Reagan Library, Schultz described Rubio as a “hack” and stated that for Rubio to say “programs like Medicare and Social Security weaken Americans is flat-out psycho talk,” a term that doubles as the name for one of Schultz’s daily segments. Maddow called Rubio “the guy who says Medicare saved his father and his family but it`s also turned you weak and helpless.”

The solicitation, obtained by the Florida Independent, referred directly to the two MSNBC segments and urged donations to fight back the “extreme liberals have no interest in finding common sense solutions to the challenges facing our country”:
Last week, Marco gave a historic speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library that's been called an "important", "powerful", and "thoughtful" step in promoting a conservative path forward.

But not everyone was impressed. The speech drove extreme liberals crazy, and they are on the attack. We need your help to fight back and support limited government candidates who share Marco"s conservative vision for America.

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow chopped up Marco's words and distorted them, even weaving in mentions of Marco's parents to attack him.

Ed Schultz attacked Marco's speech as "psycho talk" and called Marco a "political hack".

As the Huffington Post notes, it’s not the first time the rising Republican star referenced Maddow in an ad; last year a web video said viewers would know his jobs plan was right, because “Rachel Maddow thinks it’s wrong.”

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The slandering of the American conservative movement has begun

The slandering of the American conservative movement has begun

The slandering of the conservative movement has begun. For the past month, American newspapers have been awash with stories about the religion of various Republican presidential candidates. Michele Bachmann was portrayed in the New Yorker as a fanatical wingnut. Like Rick Perry, she has been labelled a follower of Dominionism – the belief that God gave Christians authority over all the Earth. Writing for the Daily Beast, Michelle Golberg compared Dominionism to fundamentalist Islam and warned that the GOP was engaged in an “all-out assault” on the separation of church and state. This Sunday, the liberal economist Paul Krugman’s grand thesis that the Republicans are now the “anti-science” party was republished in The Observer. By questioning evolution and global warming, Krugman says, the GOP has lost its right to rule.

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I don't know about y'all, but this was the dumbest and douche-iest thing I read all day.

Republicans want to help write the President's Speech

John Boehner, Eric Cantor seek common ground with Obama
By Jake Sherman

The two top House Republicans want President Barack Obama to huddle with congressional leadership before his Thursday jobs speech to discuss potential areas of bipartisan agreement.
In a letter to the president Tuesday, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) laid out several areas of common ground, including passing three long-stalled trade agreements, reducing regulation and funding certain infrastructure projects.

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i like CHOcolate milk.

Chicago bachelor adopts family of six

Chicago bachelor adopts brood of five and their cousin

By Hannah Kohut

In early 2009, LeVan Williams was living the bachelor’s dream. He was a young, successful, pharmaceutical salesman, making a good salary and living in his posh Bronzeville condo. He holds several degrees, including biochemistry, technology and a master’s degree in business administration ­— he was even accepted to medical school.

Life was good, but he felt something was missing. He knew he wanted to help his community. Why not adopt a kid in need?

That was Williams’ plan ­— to take in a young boy who needed positive leadership; someone he could mold and give a good life to, the way he had a good life. He got more than he bargained for — six children.

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Williams, 39, was inspired while campaigning for Barack Obama. He remembered some powerful words from Obama: How are you going to help your community? Taking that question to heart, in early 2009, he made his decision to adopt. Williams knew he wanted a little boy. He completed his classwork to qualify him as a parent, and soon after, he got a call from the agency.

“They said, ‘We have good news, we have you a little boy,’ ” Williams said. “Then they asked me if I ever considered taking more than one child, and I was like, ‘no.’ Not unless they had brothers and sisters, because I wouldn’t want to break up a family.”

Little did he know.

“She said, ‘Well, that’s the case we have,’ ” Williams said.

The young 5-year-old boy, David, had three brothers and one sister. Williams thought long and hard. Then he took the plunge and adopted all five siblings — ages ranging from 5 to 15.

Williams was told the kids were “clean and clear.” But they came from a troubled home.

“They were taken from a home where the mom would drop them off at random people’s houses for days or weeks,” Williams said. “They had no structure, no discipline.”

Two months later, the five children’s teenage cousin came for a visit.

His mother never came back for him. Williams said she moved to Mississippi with his other siblings. He ended up filling out the paperwork to adopt him as well, to keep him with his family. At the time, Williams and all six kids were living out of his three-bedroom condo.

“Like something you’d see in a movie.”

But there were cultural differences, too. Williams found that he and the children came from different worlds. And there was an adjustment period that included bad grades and fighting at school, he said.

“You’d think we’d have a lot in common, since nearly all of them are black boys, and I’m a black man. None. I was raised totally different than they were,” Williams said. “I had to dispel all the regular stereotypical black male things. One of them asked me if I was white, since he said I talked white. They would see all the degrees on the wall and where I lived and what I drove. They didn’t think any of that was possible for a black man.”

Williams was not happy with their education, either. He said their Chicago Public Schools were not meeting their needs. So, Williams bought books for all of their grade levels and tutored them for 30 minutes to an hour each night.

Their grades have improved dramatically.

There was also the struggle of feeding six kids.

“The first year, I lost 20 pounds because I forgot to feed myself,” Williams said.

A surprise of a lifetime

In February, Williams bought a larger home in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood and surprised them.

“The kids didn’t know I was bringing them here. I had told them we were going to a friend’s house,” Williams said.

Williams said he pulled up in front of the house, told the kids to stay in the car, then he went inside to turn on all the lights. He then texted the oldest one to bring in all the kids.

“They came in, looking around at the empty house, and asked if my friend had moved,” Williams said. “And I’m like, ‘Welcome to your new home.’ They all just started crying.”

Challenges toughen up

In December 2010, before he and the kids moved into that new home, Williams was laid off from his pharmaceutical sales job, even though, he says, he was one of the best salesmen in the country.

“I kind of knew it was coming,” Williams said. “I started stashing away money ahead of time, and I own seven other properties, but nothing we could all live in. I just needed to remain positive for the kids.”

Williams decided to follow his dream of owning his own business. He didn’t want to be in the corporate world anymore.

He was introduced to a commercial vent-cleaning franchise, called Hoodz, which is the first franchise of its kind. Williams said he took a franchise consultant’s word on all of it, even though it’s not his line of work.

“We clean commercial hood vents; anything installed over a grill,” Williams said.

Williams said the kids are all now on state aid for medical care, and he receives a small stipend to offset food costs. Still, he said, times are getting tough.

Then and now

Williams said you would not recognize the kids from when he first got them. At first, it was chaos: no discipline, no structure, no respect, failing grades. Now, they’re doing their homework and chores, and their behavior has turned around completely.

“They are so structured now, especially the boys,” Williams said.

“Would I recommend this to anyone? No, absolutely not,” Williams said. “It’s a lot of hard work. You have to put your own life on hold. But then again, this is the best thing to ever happen to these kids.”

Source: Chicago SunTimes

and then my little black heart swelled up 3 more sizes. its now the size of a pea.
FASH. Space dress.

Bachmann: Why is there a Department of Education?

Painting herself as a "constitutional conservative" Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann told Sen. Jim DeMint's forum Monday that if elected president she would look to get rid of the Department of Education, among other things.

"Because the Constitution does not specifically enumerate nor does it give to the federal government the role and duty to superintend over education that historically has been held by the parents and by local communities and by state governments," she said, responding to a question by DeMint, a popular figure among the tea party movement.

Another item on the chopping block: The Affordable Care Act.

People "see that the current government is acting outside the bounds of the Constitution. Probably the most obvious would be this, Obamacare and the individual mandate that is unconstitutional and is currently contained in Obamacare," she said.

Throughout the question and answer, Bachmann highlighted her understanding of the Constitution and the need to return to a limited federal government.

"And when I'm working with the Congress of the United States, my guiding principle will be that the government works best when it acts within the limitations of the Constitution," she said. "The current president of the United States has failed to demonstrate an understanding."

When asked about her jobs program, Bachmann pointed to her past as a tax litigation attorney and small business owner.

"(I) believe in profit and actually believe profit is a good thing and that we should encourage that in this country," she said. Bachmann called for a restructuring of tax rates for businesses – highlighting her experience in that area.

When asked if she would try and overturn Roe v. Wade, which gives women the right to an abortion, Bachmann said she would put forth a human life amendment and do everything in her power to restrict abortions.



Today's class: How to kick people when they're down 101

The following two pieces ran next to each other in the business section of this past Sunday's Chicago Tribune.

1) News Story

On Labor Day weekend, unemployed find their plight is no picnic

By Tony Pugh, McClatchy/Tribune news
September 5, 2011

As the nation celebrates workers this Labor Day, many jobless Americans say they sense a growing indifference to their plight and even a certain level of demonization.

For years, people who lost their jobs were the sympathetic faces of the nation's economic meltdown. But more than two years after the Great Recession officially ended, America's empathy for the unemployed is showing signs of wear.

Many companies shun the long-term unemployed, fearing their skills have eroded or their talents don't measure up.

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2. An opinion piece on this lowdown, dirty practice

'Unemployed need not apply' a disturbing trend

Companies that bar unemployed job candidates are shortsighted – and wrong

September 04, 2011

I recently found an array of online job postings that greet seekers with these encouraging words: "MUST BE CURRENTLY EMPLOYED, NO EXCEPTIONS."

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It's hard to compose any coherent comments right now because I'm so busy fighting off the urge to smash things. But the idea of refusing to even allow someone to APPLY for a job if they're not already employed brings a lot of words to mind. Words like vile, reprehensible, contemptible, and despicable. Also phrases like mean as a snake in the fucking grass.

[tl:dr apology: I know this is long, but I wanted to include both articles, because of the way I think they support and enhance each other. I'm hoping the lj-cuts I put in will help ease the pain. =D]
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How Chief Atahm Elementary School Became a Success Story

[Editor's note: Canada's fastest-growing demographic, youngsters of First Nations, Metis, or Inuit heritage, face the bleakest outlook for employment, addiction and the risk of incarceration. Better education is key to changing that, experts agree. But the history of efforts to "educate" Aboriginals on Euro-Caucasian lines runs a grim litany from cultural repression and worse at residential schools, to the ineffectual present. Barely 50 per cent of Aboriginal students graduate from high school, compared to 80 per cent of other British Columbians. This graduation gap lies behind countless stories of individual disappointment and misery. Taken collectively, it's costing Canadian society billions of dollars a year in lost productivity, healthcare, social assistance, policing and incarceration.]

Chief Atahm isn't your typical elementary school. The teachers won't instruct in English until Grade 4. Curriculum is created by teachers and parents instead of the Ministry of Education. Here, hands-on learning means skinning a deer, collecting medicinal plants, or cleaning and smoking fish. It's one of the few Aboriginal immersion school programs in B.C. and -- celebrating its 20th anniversary this year -- the oldest.

Chief Atahm Immersion School is a one-storey building situated on top of the grassy plateau that is the Adams Lake reserve. Connected to the community of Chase by a bridge across Little Shuswap Lake, it's a 60 kilometre drive north-east of Kamloops. For a Kindergarten-to-Grade 7 school, Chief Atahm is rather small: only five classrooms for eight grades. But the grounds are vast. Like most schoolyards they include a fenced-in play area and a jungle gym. Unlike most, there's also a smokehouse out front for preserving deer meat and fish.

More than all of those however, Chief Atahm's teachers and parents say the school's most important element is its full immersion in Secwepemctsin. They say it produces students who not only have a good academic foundation but, equally importantly, are well grounded in their own culture. Entirely Aboriginal and parent-run, Chief Atahm offers hope to other Aboriginal communities struggling to prepare youth for 21st century life within the values and learning of their own culture.

"We think that if we offer a quality education here, [our graduates] will be prepared to go anywhere," says Robert Matthew, the principal at Chief Atahm for the past 16 years. "And history has proven it's true. Our students here are well prepared for the public school Grade 11 and 12, and many have gone to university or colleges."
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The people who started this were brave to jump into the unknown but parents will try anything to save their kids.

Bank of America Unveils Evil Plan to kick Puppies and Steal Candy from Babies.

On Their Defense, BoA Needs that Money to Pay Off Their Lawyers for Their Evil Misdeeds. Grieving Widow Just Doesnt Understand BoA's Pain and Suffering.

Deborah Crabtree, Widow, Sues BofA After Being Overwhelmed With Automated Payment Requests

Robo-signing practices have wreaked havoc across the housing market for some time now, allegedly even leading to wrongful foreclosures.

In Hawaii, though, a recent bank-related incident could best be described as robo-dialing.

Bank of America reportedly pestered a grieving widow with up to 48 calls per day over a missed mortgage payment after her husband died, according to the Daily Mail.

Deborah Crabtree of Honolulu, Hawaii, is now suing Bank of America for what she says were computer-generated calls from the bank as often as every 15 minutes, including during her husband's wake, according to the report. That despite her explaining that she would make the payment once she received her husband's life insurance pay out, according to paperwork filed in the lawsuit.
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Romney Lays Out His Economic Plan

Romney Lays Out His Economic Plan
Source - NYTimes
Published: September 6, 2011

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Mitt Romney unveiled his plan to rejuvenate the American economy here Tuesday, offering a detailed outline that includes repealing President Obama’s health care law, cutting the corporate tax rate, placing sanctions on China as a currency manipulator and immediately reducing taxes on savings and investment by the middle class — and promised to push many of these policies on his first day in the Oval Office.

With his business background, Mr. Romney has portrayed himself as the presidential candidate best prepared to steer the nation at this time of economic distress, and his economic plan is a classic Republican blueprint that relies on tax cuts and reduced regulation — not stimulus — to jump-start the economy.

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