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Happy 30th Anniversary, Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms

According to Louise Arbour, Canada’s internationally renowned & universally lauded Charter of Rights & Freedoms (HBD, eh?) “has transformed a country obsessed with the federal-provincial division of powers and enabled it to address its diversity in a substantive, principled way.” … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day: Bartlett 1, Libertarianism 0.

by matttbastard As we know from history, the free market did not lead to a breakdown of segregation. Indeed, it got much worse, not just because it was enforced by law but because it was mandated by self-reinforcing societal pressure. … Continue reading

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Van Jones Gets Lani Guiniered by the Racist Right

by matttbastard Geez. Not five minutes after I had gone to bed, besieged White House green jobs adviser (and radical communist-anarchist!!1one) Van Jones finally became a martyr in the GOP’s increasingly ugly race war against the uppity Usurper-in-Chief: I am … Continue reading

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Dream a Little Dream Redux

by matttbastard A dream fulfilled? Perhaps that’s just a bit presumptuous, as Rev. Dr. Leslie D. Callahan observes, noting that today, as in Dr. King’s era, “black people [in America] have statistically twice the bad and half of the good … Continue reading

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Petition to defer any bill on prostitution until after the next general election

by Caroline Shepherd (Originally posted at Shiraz Socialist) There’s a petition up to defer any bill on prostitution until after the next general election on Number10.gov.uk – The right of people in this country to decide by mutual agreement whether … Continue reading

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Re: the passage of Prop H8: “resist racist media schemes”

by matttbastard Via belle: Dear Friends, I am writing because I am disturbed by the string of articles, blog entries, and list serve threads that have come out in the last few days suggesting that the high turnout of African … Continue reading

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‘No’ on Prop 8 — and ‘No’ on Race-Baiting UPDATE: TAKE ACTION!

by matttbastard I would like to sign on to the following statement from Truth Wins Out: Truth Wins Out today expressed its grave disappointment in those in the LGBT community who have emulated our bigoted opponents by scapegoating minorities. It … Continue reading

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Pausing for History

by matttbastard Photo: Barack Obama, Flickr, used under a Creative Commons licence. “It’s times like these we learn to live again.” – Foo Fighters (Sorry for the recent lack of updates — have been furiously livetweeting the DNC on Twitter. … Continue reading

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Jena 6 Update: On Good Samaritans And What Happens Next

by matttbastard x-posted @ Comments From Left Field Was wondering who actually posted the bond to get Mychal Bell out of jail; figured it would have been Al or Jesse finally taking heed of Earl Ofari Hutchinson’s words of wisdom … Continue reading

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Jena 6 Update: Memo To Alanis – THIS Is Ironic (I Really Do Think)

by matttbastard x-posted @ Comments From Left Field Jena, LA Mayor Murphy McMillin: not the sharpest fishhook in the tacklebox: McMillin has insisted that his town is being unfairly portrayed as racist—an assertion the mayor repeated in an interview with … Continue reading

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