Opposition

by matttbastard

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Also, George Bush is still a dickhead, and the surge’s “success” may not be all it’s cracked up to be. Don’t act so shocked.

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On Beavers and Stallions (or Why I’m So Afraid That Erica Jong Has Lost It)

by matttbastard

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Huwhut?

We have two great candidates–one a hard working, never give up eager beaver, and one an inspiring, heart-leapingly brilliant stallion. Both have their merits. Both care for what Democrats are best at caring for–working people, children’s and women’s rights, financial realism.

[…]

The stallion makes heart-stopping speeches. And the beaver just beavers along. remembering how she won over upstate New York when everyone called that impossible. And called her a carpetbagger. And the stallion is drunk on his own rhetoric. Why not? It’s great rhetoric.

We need beavers and we need stallions. Beavers get the work done. Stallions inspire us. And they both have limitations. Stallions have fragile legs (think Barbaro). And beavers are nothing without their teeth.

Jesus. It’s carrot sticks and onion rings all over again, substituted with vagina dentata and mandingo. Much like everybody’s favourite tenured floor-pisser, I think we’d all be better off if, in the future, Erica Jong kept her id zipped up, too.

h/t Zuzu @ Feministe

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Popcorn Sunday: Unrepentant: Kevin Annett and Canada’s Genocide

by matttbastard

“…This documentary reveals Canada’s darkest secret – the deliberate extermination of indigenous (Native American) peoples and the theft of their land under the guise of religion. [A] never before told history as seen through the eyes of this former minister (Kevin Annett) who blew the whistle on his own church, after he learned of thousands of murders in its Indian Residential Schools…”

hiddenfromhistory.org

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John McCain on “Bomb Iran” Controversy: “Get a life.”

by matttbastard

So sad to see that Muckraking Journalist John King is apparently still being forced to lob softballs at the Maverick by the powers-that-be. I feel your pain, brother. Cry freedom!

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Typical Vultures

by matttbastard

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Elle wins the internets:

For all the people holding on to Obama’s “typical white person” comment as if it prize carrion and you are starved vultures… Stop fronting. You are not as much concerned with what that comment meant as you are:
1) glad to have an acceptable excuse for why you can’t possibly vote for him (knowing damned well you weren’t in the first place)
2) peeved (as I read over and over) that neither HRC nor McCain “could make that comment about a person of color.”
In fact, you’re so up in arms over point number two that you fail to realize that saying that reveals what kind of comment you’d like to make; that you do, indeed, have some notions about a “typical person of color.” I mean Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton wouldn’t be as upset as you predict if you said something positive about the “typical black person.”
And though it seems Obama’s comment has been taken out of context, even if he had been saying the typical white person has “racist issues”… Stop fronting. You haven’t been spouting that “I’m colorblind” line so long that even you actually believe it now, have you? You don’t believe that the vast majority of white Americans can have been born in a country founded, in part, on white supremacist ideology (ideology that has been reinforced, perpetuated, upheld, SUSTAINED!) and emerged into adulthood having neither benefited from nor internalized any of that?
Stop!

h/t Melissa

Related: More on The Rules from David Neiwert (Rev. Sun Myung Who?)

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No Torture, No Exceptions

by matttbastard

In the wake of September 11, the United States became a nation that practiced torture. Astonishingly-despite the repudiation of torture by experts and the revelations of Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib-we remain one… . What once was shocking is now ordinary.

Steve Xenakis, Peter Bergen and Carl Ford discuss the essays they wrote for a special issue of The Washington Monthly (PDF here) that calls upon the US to end its current pro-torture policy.

Related: Justine Sharrock has more on the impact ambiguous US interrogation policy had on soldiers who served in Iraq and became unwitting participants in a real life Stanford Prison Experiment.

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“Two Hours of Obama Bashing”

by matttbastard

Hmm–sounds like Mike’s boy might be trying to opt out of his contract. Also, I don’t think Gretchen Carlson really wants to delve into the subject of double standards. She just wants to drop a retaliatory ‘n’-bomb on Obama (“OMG so not fair!!11″)

Yep, this is about as deep as the National Conversation About Race (aka “WTF Obama’s Black?!!1) gets on Fox & Friends.

More from HuffPo and Think Progress.

Update: John Amato isn’t buying Chris Wallace’s newfound journalistic ethics:

[B]eing kind of cynical about FOX, I wonder if Wallace is speaking out because he’s been crying that Obama won’t go on FNS.

Considering the positive reception Wallace’s remarks have received from the Obama campaign, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the junior senator from Illinois show up on Fox News Sunday in the near future.  Let’s just hope he considers the consequences of dealing with the devil. (Ease up, kids–that was a Marlowe reference, not Nation of Islam rhetoric.)

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Unsustainable Mythology

by matttbastard

Anti-racist activist Tim Wise slices through the bullshit re: Jeremiah Wright’s “controversial” sermons with surgical precision:

What Jeremiah Wright knows, and told his flock–though make no mistake, they already knew it–is that 9/11 was neither the first, nor worst act of terrorism on American soil. The history of this nation for folks of color, was for generations, nothing less than an intergenerational hate crime, one in which 9/11s were woven into the fabric of everyday life: hundreds of thousands of the enslaved who died from the conditions of their bondage; thousands more who were lynched (as many as 10,000 in the first few years after the Civil War, according to testimony in the Congressional Record at the time); millions of indigenous persons wiped off the face of the Earth. No, to some, the horror of 9/11 was not new. To some it was not on that day that “everything changed.” To some, everything changed four hundred years ago, when that first ship landed at what would become Jamestown. To some, everything changed when their ancestors were forced into the hulls of slave ships at Goree Island and brought to a strange land as chattel. To some, everything changed when they were run out of Northern Mexico, only to watch it become the Southwest United States, thanks to a war of annihilation initiated by the U.S. government. To some, being on the receiving end of terrorism has been a way of life. Until recently it was absolutely normal in fact.

But white folks have a hard time hearing these simple truths. We find it almost impossible to listen to an alternative version of reality. Indeed, what seems to bother white people more than anything, whether in the recent episode, or at any other time, is being confronted with the recognition that black people do not, by and large, see the world like we do; that black people, by and large, do not view America as white people view it. We are, in fact, shocked that this should be so, having come to believe, apparently, that the falsehoods to which we cling like a kidney patient clings to a dialysis machine, are equally shared by our darker-skinned compatriots.

As they say, read the whole goddamn thing.

h/t Racialicious

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