Monday, June 13, 2016
Moments of Silence As Abomination
One more horrific time. Again, victims are named, vigils are held, empty speeches are made, a blood-soaked NRA falls silent. After too many grievous candles and too many hollow silences, a sliver of grace from John Oliver - "That terrorist dipshit is vastly outnumbered" - and a call to action from one furious lawmaker: "I will not attend one more "Moment of Silence" on the Floor. Our silence does not honor the victims, it mocks them."
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Thursday, June 9, 2016
The Hard Lesson Of A Little More Force: Where There Is No Vision, the People Cast Off Restraint
Israel's iron-handed punishment meted out to Palestinians after the Tel Aviv attack - revoking entry permits, bulking up troops, eagerly measuring families' homes for quick vengeful demolition - is less than surprising; ruthless collective overreach is what Israel does best. More notable is the rising chorus of Israeli voices newly, stubbornly seeing and citing the source of Palestinian rage: The terror will go on, they insist, as long as the Occupation does.
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Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Thank You Bernie
In the bittersweet aftermath of Clinton's likely victory, Bernie supporters have flooded the hashtag #ThankYouBernie with heartfelt thanks - for taking on the Democratic establishment and fighting like hell, for recognizing black/poor/ Palestinian lives, for inspiring the young and not-so-young, for being tireless and gracious against all odds, for speaking the truth, doing what's right, giving a damn. May he, and we, prevail.
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Tuesday, June 7, 2016
First GOP Rats Are Starting To Jump Sinking Toxic Trump Ship
With the Drumpf reality show getting ever more deranged, moronic and in-your-face racist - moving from trashing a judge whose parents happen to be Mexican to Muslims and maybe women - the GOP is tap-dancing as fast as it can to both deplore and support their candidate, haplessly arguing he may be a racist dick but he's their racist dick. Still, two brave souls have left the fold as it "buckles under the racial bias of a bigot."
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Sunday, June 5, 2016
20 Minutes of Action: A College Rape Culture In Full Vile Flower
How to choose the most odious part of the Stanford rape case, wherein a "once-promising" white boy and star swimmer raped a drunk woman outside a frat house. Is it his pricey lawyers claiming consent from the unconscious victim? His laughable vow to lecture about campus drinking? His father's tone-deaf plaint his "not violent" son doesn't enjoy steaks anymore? Or the six-month sentence? All. Read the victim's stunning statement to see why.
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My Name, Not Yours
A nod to the great Muhammad Ali, a black man who "just wanted to be free," who never knew his place and refused to be afraid when others tried to put him in it, who repudiated a racist unjust war by proclaiming, "The real enemy of my people is here." The final irony on Ali's political heroism: He was truly embraced as an icon in this country only after he lost his powerful, defiant, fearless voice.
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Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Feeling Seen, Feeling Heard: Bernie At the Local Taco Joint
In California - where Clinton once led Sanders by 40 points - the candidates are now statistically, improbably tied, with news outlets reporting slim shifting leads. Bernie's encounters in "the big enchilada" have ranged from impassioned crowds of up to 60,000 in Oakland to a glad chance meet-up at a taco shop in Fresno. Overall, the odds are still against him, for all the wrong reasons. But oh let us not forget what a galvanizing, heart-stirring ride - and, hopefully, legacy.
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Justice For the Gorilla, And Never Mind the Humans
We mourn the death last weekend of Harambe, the Western lowland gorilla shot while entertaining and/or threatening a toddler who fell into his enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. But because we also mourn many other deaths - all the innocent black boys, the Gazans and Iraqis and refugees and that drowned baby - we say to the racist, vicious, sanctimonious, meme-posting, mom-shaming mob that is the Internet: Get a grip, and some perspective.
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Monday, May 30, 2016
As Patriotic As Ever
Monday marks the 15th Memorial Day since "the dawning of the same damn movie (playing) in America since 2001, that revenge-and-war-porn blockbuster," from Iraq to Syria, that is the Era of Endless War. Rather than waving flags, an incisive look at the "unhinged fantasizing" that has led to it, and a warning we don't need more magical thinking or clueless pols - cue Drumpf as "bog monster of the American id" - to perpetuate the carnage.
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Friday, May 27, 2016
The Seeds of Fascism
Blasting a military that still acts with impunity and a judiciary that still serves as "the Occupation's fig leaf," Israel's foremost human rights organization B’Tselem has declared it will stop seeking justice for Palestinians by working with military courts they long hoped would become "a path to accountability." The move is the latest sign - along with a new uber-hawk defense minister - that Israel will continue its grim plunge into right-wing extremism.
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