Wednesday, July 13, 2016
On Walls and Guns and Gay Rights: Believing Something Super Hard Doesn't Make It Less Wrong
The proposed GOP platform confirms we truly are two countries, one of them insane and 300 years late. The GOP is against weed, porn, abortion, grey wolves, prairie chickens, magnetic pulse attacks, gay marriage/children/parents and bathrooms of your choice. They are for guns, walls, conversion therapy and institutional racism, which hey their candidate says is just like what he goes through. A stalwart George Saunders and Redneck Liberal try to make sense of the madness.
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Monday, July 11, 2016
The Cake That This Country Baked
A year after Sandra Bland's arrest and death, America's streets are filled with righteous rage. With hundreds of arrests and Baton Rouge threatening to become the new Ferguson/Syria/Tiananmen Square - hordes of jumpy assault-rifle wielding robocops facing off against stately placid protesters - there is growing recognition, at least, at last, that Dallas and all that came before had a sorry historic inevitability.
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Thursday, July 7, 2016
What Kind of Democracy Is That
We're out of words. Two more black men - Alton Sterling, Philando Castile - murdered by police. Two more hashtags, videos, weeping families, outraged cities, barrages of parallel stories: They were good guys, they were doing nothing wrong but being black, their awful deaths prove, one more awful time, that cops are America's terrorists. We've been here so long that Malcom X spoke of it 55 years ago, and he's still right.
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Wednesday, July 6, 2016
For No Positive End: By Their Own Words
After seven years and 2.6 million words, the U.K's blistering Chilcot Report lays the blame for the bloody debacle of the Iraq War where it belongs - on the deceitful, arrogant, morally bankrupt heads of Blair and Bush. As pols and pundits dissect the report's implications, it's illuminating, if infuriating, to revisit the shameless lies of the warmongers, and then hear from only their too-plentiful victims the ungodly truth of what they wrought.
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Tuesday, July 5, 2016
In the Bloodpot of Human Hearts: Standing Up Against Old Man Trump and His Creepy Racist Son Too
Given the latest racist outrage committed in the name of Drumpf - a July 4th Trump float boasting a minstrel-like Obama in a toilet - and all the unhinged abominations that came before, the timing is painfully perfect for the release of a song featuring newly discovered Woody Guthrie lyrics about his racist landlord, Drumpf Sr. With a take-no-prisoners intro by Tom Morello, who likens Trump to "an old-school segregationist," "an old-school napalmist" and "a frat-house rapist."
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Sunday, July 3, 2016
All Those Little Bits, Back and Back
In honor of this Fourth of July - with our own home-grown, short-fingered Führer on the rise and too many confusing love of country with hatred of others - Momondo's very cool DNA Journey video shows we have more in common with the rest of the world than we may think. A safe, thoughtful, welcoming holiday to all.
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Thursday, June 30, 2016
This Person Exists: Transgender People Can Now Fight and Die For the Empire
The Pentagon's decision to end its ban on transgender people serving openly in the military has been widely praised as a move toward equality and their right to serve "without having to lie about who they are." And it is. But given Clinton's record as "a hawk's hawk," the shift came swathed in alarming language and implications about the military's declared need to "avail ourselves of all talent possible" and "have access to 100% of America’s population.” As in, for what?
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London As It Is, Britain As It Should Be
Lest we forget, amidst the post-Brexit chaos and hate crimes there is this: Protests, flashmobs, media campaigns, petitions to revote, widespread assertions of our common humanity, and this fabulous selfie of London Mayor Sadiq Khan breaking Ramadan fast with Christians, Jews, Sikhs, young people all insisting, Yes, we can live like this. One U.K. pol on Brexit: "This isn’t taking our country back, this is turning Britain into a place we have never, ever been."
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
The Boot On Their Necks: We Have To Be Able To Call It What It Is
The mournful, logical conclusion to the selling out of many progressive stands by a Clinton-dominated Democratic platform committee was their dead-of-night refusal to condemn the Israeli Occupation - or even call it that - despite impassioned arguments by Sanders-named, BDS-supporting members. In vital if maddening video, see Cornel West and others insist Democrats can never respect Palestinian rights "unless we can name (the) boot on their necks."
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Monday, June 27, 2016
Standing In Our Own Blood
Bravo to actor and activist Jesse Williams, who lit up the BET awards with a searing speech calling out American racism and white culture for "gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit." The baffled response by Fox News - "He seems so upset" - explains just why Williams was also moved to insist, "The burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander."
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