Saturday Blogwhoring

by matttbastard

47 Days into 2008 and I’ve yet to spread the <3. Mea culpa–shall post a more extensive link farm later this week.

Love always,

mb.

(Shakesville = WINville).

Natalia Antonova: Shorter danaseilhan: “Sexual assault and harrassment are bad things. Unless they happen to a mouthy stripper.”

A Secret Chord: Brazen Sex-Positivity (aka “Not Being an Asshole”)

Jon Swift: RAMs and SHEEP

A Creative Revolution: Honour.

Birth Pangs: “Unborn Victims” + political manipulation = Same Old Sexist Morality

Too Sense: McCain’s “Jew Counter”

A Woman’s Ecdysis: The State of Brownhood

Black Looks: Closing the gates on Black women in Britain

Automatic Preference: I Am Rude

AngryBlackBitch: Supercalafragilistic Fubardemocractus

ThePoliticalCat: Berkeley Protests at Marine Recruiting Center: REFOCUS

La Chola: Links and more

The Gimp Parade: Cop dumps quadriplegic man out of his wheechair

Muslimah Media Watch: Adventures in Muslim Dating

skdadl @ pogge: How to think and talk clearly about the Taliban

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Monday Blogwhoring

by matttbastard

So much for my day off. Somehow ended up agreeing to work the night shift. Sigh–hate going out in this blustery, blizzardy weather; love you all.

(There’s always a fire burning over @ Fuck Mountain.)

Lenin’s Tomb: Sartre’s Godless Philosophy (h/t Jack Stephens)

All About Race: Disney does Dumb

Anti-Choice is Anti-Awesome: Mothering Mary

unrepentant old hippie: What’s the definition of “insanity” again?

Too Sense: Too Sense Sunday: The Jew In Hip-hop and Iowa Is So Far From Over

10 Zen Monkeys: The Open Source Party Proposal and The QuestionAuthority Proposal

Hoyden About Town: Unilever Ad Man Simon Clift Spells Out the “Joke” to Guerilla Cyber Feminists

a k8, a cat, a mission: December Scientiae Carnival!

Black Looks: Quick Links

A Creative Revolution: Hope You’re Sitting Down

The Galloping Beaver: Firefighters being trained as domestic spies

The Vanity Press: One More Crappy Idea

Feminist Peace Network: Guatemalan Shoe Company’s Macabre Ad Campaign

Slant Truth: 16 Days Of Action Against Gender Violence – Day 7

Red Jenny: Greg Palast on the anti-Chavez Hysteria

The Newshoggers: To Divide And Conquer The Unruly Province Of Iraq (h/t IOZ)

the life of pinky bear: Ti(RED): World AIDS Day and the Coporate Profit Machine (h/t misscripchick)

Feministe: What trans means to me (h/t Lisa)

The Cylinder: Taxi to the Dark Side

The Stormy Days of March: Awww! and Awww! Part 2

pogge: Wingnut welfare: Wolfowitz edition

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Tuesday Blogwhoring

by matttbastard

This one goes out to my fellow bastard.logicians. Love.

(Melissa McEwan effin’ owns like Snorlax!)

Designated Protest Zone: Power, Privilege, and “Challenging Ourselves”

Intrapolitics: The Space Between Ethnocentrism and Race Supremacy (h/t Prometheus 6)

POGGE: On blood-drenched metaphors

thwap’s schoolyard: “Don’t Tase Me Bro” – Vancouver International Airport Edition

Shakesville: Killing Your Wife is the Best Gift You Can Give Yourself This Holiday Season

Hatewatch: FBI Releases Hate Crime Statistics

Culture Kitchen: Hate Crimes Rising in America

Birth Pangs: Be careful with my box! and Paternity Blues

Justice is a Woman with a Sword: Finally, an intelligent film with … um… bite?

The Newshoggers: Relative progress in Iraq

Feminist Peace Network: Unilever Ditches Self Esteem as a Marketing Concept in Favor of Good Ol’ Misogyny

Daisy’s Dead Air: Bob Jones and Billy Graham

Creekside: On cowardice

Too Sense: FBI Convicted Thousands On Faulty Evidence…Then Forgot To Tell Them

The Heathlander: Walled In

Feline Formal Shorts: Reactions

Zenpundit: Recommended Reading (update your bookmarks – the new digs look spiffy, Mark!)

Who Is IOZ? Aieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! She explained. (Yeah, that’s pretty much my feelings re: US presidential debates and Wolf Blitzer in a nutshell, too)

Politics ‘n’ Poetry: Nuclear Guardianship: We Need to Know

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Saturday Night Blog Whoring

by matttbastard

Sock it to me one time, brethren–show me what you got. Love for y’all (and respect for teh Shakes).

AngryBlackBitch: Ain’t I a black woman? and This is your brain on privilege…

Birth Pangs: Nicaragua to Decriminalize Gay Sex — WTF?

Marginal Notes: Me, Myself and I

Jack and Jill Politics: Williams: Middle Class Blacks Are A Different Race and
NPR Presents Juan Williams Cherrypicking of Pew Poll Without Counterpoint

Improvisations: When a Woman is Gang Raped in the Happy Kingdom… (h/t brownfemipower)

Questioning Transphobia: Gender Reality Denied by Political Bias

Anti-Choice is Anti-Awesome: A 40th Post Treat

Renegade Evolution: The F Bomb.

Vox ex Machina: Racism and location

misscripchick: faith

Fetch Me My Axe: …and this emphatically does NOT make me giggle.

The Apostate: The Thin Little Brown Girl With Welts On Her Arms

Too Sense: They’re Still Controlling The Discourse

The Galloping Beaver: RCMP Believe Laws Are For Civilians and The RCMP Finally Speak Up

unrepentant old hippie: Tall dark and dead

A Creative Revolution: Control And Compliance: The Next Generation

The Newshoggers: Patriot Act abuse

Designated Protest Zone: Brings New Meaning to the Phrase “Lethal Warning”

Slant Truth: Guest Post from Donna Darko

Leftist Looney Lunchbox: Internalized sexism at least a hundred times more prevalent in women of color than internalized racism

Tiny Cat Pants: In Which I Admit to Giving Up on the Huffington Post

Scruffy Dan: Book publishers sues Staples because they have photocopy machines

Shiraz Socialist: Poseur who could write

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Wednesday Blogwhoring: Reappropriating ‘rEVOLution’

by matttbastard

Keep those letters coming! Love you all; always, muchly.

(Shakes is rEVOL personified)

Women of Color Blog: tee hee, i said beener and farted at the same time!

Too Sense: DHS Puts Julie Myers “On Leave” Over Blackface Costume and
Black Leaders Repeat Call For March On Justice Department, Civil Rights Division Spins Its Record

unrepentant old hippie: Witless in Washington (Part 3,782)

Pop + Politics: Pushing off: a love affair with Homeland Security

elle, phd: Waiting…

atlasien @ Rachel’s Tavern: White Guilt, White Resentment

Chowrangi: Nation-wide Torture Goes On and International Looter

All Things Pakistan: Emergency in Pakistan: What Can You Do?

Zen Pundit: Pakistan’s Real Crisis

The Newshoggers: Give The Dictator’s Money Back, Hillary

at-largely: Pakistan and U.S.: Pots and Kettles and Constitutions

Vox ex Machina: Maybe it’s time for an ‘Inappropriate Use of Tasers’ roundup

Red Jenny: Lib Lit: Progressive Partisan Fiction

April Reign: “Well, you’re not going to solve the problem if you even refuse to say what it is.” (“November is Woman Abuse Prevention Month in Ontario a great reminder to send what you can to those working on women’s behalf or to write letters, or to volunteer at a help phone or shelter. Or maybe just to listen to a neighbour who may be in danger.”)

Politics ‘n’ Poetry: SK Universities Attack Workers’ Rights

Seattle Slim @Racialicious: Vogue India Shows Appreciation For Indian Beauty With Caucasian Model Highlighted…

The Heathlander: The Guardian beats the drums

Shakesville: Breaking News: Fox Viewers are Stoopid (Head. Desk.)

Canuck Attitude: Fiscal Vertigo

Poliblogger: A Question for Discussion: The Significance of the Robertson Endorsement of Rudy

Automatic Preference: Identity Politics and Identity Politics 2 (Guest Post from Kai)

Creekside: Win the Nobel and lose your funding

Rolling Back The Tide Of Extremism, One Post At A Time: China Roars, America Reels, the Loonie Soars

PoliTits: All About Qualifying Language

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Thursday Blogwhoring

by matttbastard

And the whole world dragged us down
Not a sonnet not a sound
And the whole world turned aside
The cruelest hand just turned an eye”

(Turn all eyes towards tha one Melissa McEwan, y0. But save the cruelty for someone less awesome.)

The Gimp Parade: Mail with Mom and The next Ashley X

Kill Bigotry!: 18th Erase Racism Carnival (h/t belledame)

Blue Gal: Something is wrong…

Birth Pangs: Religion, Science, and the Law

Red Jenny: Interesting maps of income and voting patterns in the USA and Tories say “nanner nanner” to Scary Veiled Women

AngryBlackBitch: Just jokes? – A dream-based exploration… (Money quote: “[C]alling a woman the N-Word six times in a rant about how she may expose your frequent use of the N-Word is the verbal equivalent of taking out a I’M A FUCKING RACIST ad on the A&E television web site.”)

Oh No a WoC PhD: What is Violence against WOC?

Jack and Jill Politics: The Right Discovers The Jena Six

Tiny Cat Pants: The Bitchass Tyrant Addresses Her Critics

The Galloping Beaver: Harper’s Conservatives and the Death Penalty (Pierre Trudeau’s corpse must be glowing by now from the rotational friction)

A Creative Revolution: Myths. A Rant.

The Newshoggers: Bush’s Derangement Syndrome

Sly Civilian: Concern

William K. Wolfrum: WSJ: Murder of two female sailors proves media’s anti-war bias

PoliTits: Cherish Is the Word (I shore do loves me sum DCup)

The Heathlander: Losing the fight on Iran

Who Is IOZ?: It’s All Just a Little Bit of History Repeating (Wow. Must read IOZ more often.)

M.LeBlanc @ Bitch Ph.D.: Baby, You Sexy: Equal Opportunity Edition (boom, you really need to read this one)

The Republic of T.: The Evolution & Diffusion of Gay Culture (Coulda sworn Terrance was on the ‘roll already. An unfortunate but easily remedied oversight.)

Cosellout: It’s Not Steve Nash’s Fault!: A Study in White Privilege and It’s STILL Not Steve Nash’s Fault: A Response to Jack McCallum

Lock The Bedroom Door: Come On, Boys. I Think We’ll Go to the Little Donkey’s Room. (h/t Bitch Ph.D.)

Orcinus: The spiral tightens and The Two Evangelical Futures

The Vanity Press: The 2007 Right-Wing Awards

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Sunday Blogwhoring: Gotta Have Friends

by matttbastard

To all the folks @ Bread & Roses (Debra, Godammitkitty, fern, skdadl, berlynn, deBeauxOs etc etc etc); to JJ, Prole and pale; to boomgate, Isabel, and sassywho (best cobloggers EVAR) : thank you. For everything.

Love, muchly.

(big ups da one Shakespeare’s Sistah!)

Alas, a blog: Feminism is not your expectation. (thanks for the acknowledgment, Mandolin)

Kiko’s House: Why Is Gay Hating James Dobson Still Licensed As a Therapist in Colorado? (MUST read – who sez bloggers can’t do quality journalism?)

The Heathlander: Unworthy victims (h/t The Cylinder)

elle, phd: Really, This Is Not Wholly a Post to Gain Your Sympathy

Dawg’s Blawg: US activist “not welcome in Canada”

nexy’s cocoon: statistics

TransAdvocate: Methodist Judicial Council To Rule On The Sin of Transgenderism

Trans Group Blog: Call for Transsexual Narratives (h/t nexyjo)

misscripchick: here’s your cookie

Feline Formal Shorts: NPR on Nooses (Oh, hell no they didn’t go there? Yup, they did.)

The Unapologetic Mexican: Racism in a time of Need (h/t Tom)

Slap Upside The Head: The Editorialist’s Wacky Perspective

pogge: A solution in search of a problem

A Creative Revolution: Eat all your ethanol, there’s children starving in Africa!

Shakesville: Women are not prey. Oh, and by the way, they’re not toilets, either.

Staged Awareness: (untitled)

Objectify This: Showdown: Chauvinist Humor vs. Racist Rhetoric

Politics’n’Poetry: Navajos seek funds to clear uranium contamination

April Reign: Fighting Back or Prince hates Babies

Girl, Dislocated: Foreign dislocation

Too Sense: Jockey Syndrome And The Dream Act

Le Revue Gauche: Contracting Out Harpers War, Hidden Costs of Harper’s War and Fight or Else

Impolitical: Afghanistan out of control

The Galloping Beaver: As the Bush administration scrambles for a legacy…

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Monday Blogwhoring

by matttbastard

Love endures forever, like a candy apple grey cockroach waiting for the end of a nuclear winter.

(Bow down to the Queen Cunt of Fuck Mountain, brethren.)

Baghdad Burning: Bloggers Without Borders… (h/t Michael van der Galiën)

Shiraz Socialist: Biji Kurdistan

All About Race: Faith in Color: Kneejerk Interpretations

Zuky: Guest Post — M’s Roundup on Health, Law, Cosby (goddamn, but nobody link farms like TBFKAS)

My Private Casbah: Jugend Dient Dem Führers (of the USA government) and More on Martin Lee Anderson: The Disability Aspect

Idealistic Pragmatist: What makes for an effective opposition in a minority parliament?

Birth Pangs: Misogyny and State Murder

The Fifth Column: Why We Need FPTP

They Call Me “Mister Sinister”: Harper’s Little Buddy

Politique Vert: How The NDP Can Win The Next Election and Harper and Layton: Too Close For Comfort

Shakesville: Huckabee is a Disingenuous Coward (preach!)

Abandoned Stuff: Killing us Softly 3

misscripchick’s weblog: this makes me tired

Marginal Notes: 2010: The Year of the Sex Olympics

Comment is free: Blowing the whistle on the Iraq war

The Belgravia Dispatch: “Serious Consequences”

Too Sense: Giuliani Campaign Staffer A Big Fan Of The “N-Word”

the field negro: Nas And the “N” word (h/t dNA)

a k8, a cat, a mission: All new LOLsomething: the LOLfetus (h/t Lilith Attack)

Blue Gal: It’s a woman/man thing. We wouldn’t understand

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Thursday Blogwhoring: The Chairman Of The Bored

by matttbastard

Even when mired in the depths of illness and ennui, love reign o’er me! (Once again, Melissa McEwen gets the lion’s share of props. Rawr, etc.)

First Draft: ‘Not My Job’ and Those darn hurricanes are never there when you need them!

AngryBlackBitch: Lies beget lies beget lies beget drama…

Lenin’s Tomb: Which ones are the Nazis again?

Rox Populi: Attention MSM

at-Largely: This is what passes for journalism at the JPost these days…

Arms and influence: O captains, our captains

Dawg’s Blawg: The anthropology of blogging (1)

Montreal Simon: The Throne Speech: Is it Time to Leave Canada?

Renegade Evolution: Why we love Amber & Trinity, entitlement, and other assorted tales…

Nexy’s Cocoon: on mutilation & provocation

Daisy’s Dead Air: October 16, 1859

The Galloping Beaver: “What would be their specific need to see?”

Anti-Choice is Anti-Awesome: Some Days it’s Hard to Think of a Title

Leftist Looney Lunchbox: DNA pioneer’s lecture cancelled after comments on race (“Me thinks they ought to revoke his nobel…” Ditto.)

Jack and Jill Politics: Tis the Season to Claim Black Inferiority and Dr. James Watson — Racist

Feministe: Why diversity is important, Why not illegalize it?, OMG Teh Hysterical Feminists Again! and Questionable statistics

Idolator: Is Indie Rock Black Enough? Presenting The Sasha Frere-Jones Score and The Sasha Frere-Jones Score: Emo Swings More Than Acoustic Guitars Do (via Racialicious)

Tiny Cat Pants: Who Does Kay Brooks Hate More–Men or Women? (via Feline Formal Shorts)

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A Renewed Icon

by matttbastard

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“I raised my head. The offing was barred by a black bank of clouds, and the tranquil waterway leading to the uttermost ends of the earth flowed somber under an overcast sky–seemed to lead into the heart of an immense darkness.”

– Joseph Conrad, Heart Of Darkness

Several weeks ago I predicted that, post-Jena, the noose would experience a revival as a powerful image of intolerance. Wasn’t exactly going out on a limb with that one; the lowest common denominator will almost always live up to inch-high expectations.

Still would have been a pleasant surprise to have been wrong:

At least 10 cases have been reported in recent weeks of nooses being found in public buildings in chilling reminders of the country’s deep-seated racial tensions. In one case a noose was left dangling from the door of a black professor at Columbia University’s teachers’ college in New York.The professor, Madonna Constantine, a specialist in psychology and education, has written a book on race equality called Addressing Racism. Officers from the New York police hate crimes task force are investigating.

[…]

Among other incidents recently: a noose was found hanging from a store being built in Chicago; a student drove into his high school in Chicago with a noose hanging from his rearview mirror; a noose was found in a police locker room in Long Island, New York; and a woman was arrested in Queens, New York, for flashing a noose at her black neighbours and threatening to kill their children.

brklyngrl @ Open Left and Jack Turner of Jack and Jill Politics have both compiled extensive round-ups of recent noose-related activity. Turner makes the point that even though a lot of these events “are copycats “inspired” by the Jena 6 story”, he cautions us to remember “that George Allen kept one in his law office long before that famous “schoolyard fight” in Louisiana.” In other words: same old shit, brand new yr retro.

Bottom line:

Hanging a noose, like burning a cross or blowing up school children (whether on a city bus or in a church) is an act of terrorism. It forces people to change their habits, quit their jobs and live in fear. It is a threat on one’s life. Black folks in America have been living with some form of terrorism since we arrived here, but somehow, I don’t expect the government will be sending the troops to Hempstead and Louisville and Pittsburgh anytime soon.

Just remember: these incidents are occurring nationwide; I wouldn’t be surprised to soon see it cross the border to Canada. So don’t break out the classist bullshit and shrug it off as a problem endemic to the Southern United States. Racial animosity transcends borders, rural/urban-North/South demographics; we in North America are all still subject to the ongoing hangover of slavery. Shit, that’s what happens when, instead of acknowledging the existence of a problem, one chooses the ostrich route to avoid the stench of corrupting hatred.

South Africa had it right after apartheid when it convened a truth commission “to enable South Africans to come to terms with their past on a morally accepted basis and to advance the cause of reconciliation.”  The scars from slavery are deep, and reopen easily. And when you have an open wound, you gotta clean it ASAP, even if cauterization hurts like a motherfucker. Otherwise that wound will fester, become gangrenous, and eventually spread, as we see in this endless feedback loop of denial followed by wide-eyed revelation.

I’m sick to fucking death of all this ZOMG racism still exists?!?!!?1 bullshit. Yes, it does. Yes, it will continue to manifest in all-too-familiar form unless we all stop breathing sand and face the ugly truth, “‘The horror! The horror!'”

Related: More on the Columbia University noose incident from dnA, also @ Jack And Jill Politics , who highlights the following quote taken from a NYDaily News article covering the latest visceral reminder that lynching–and racism in general–is far from ancient history:

“I’m upset, but I’m not surprised,” said Shawn Maxam, 26, a master’s degree student who is black. “I think it’s just a reflection of what’s going on in America as a whole.

“We got tricked into thinking that race is not an issue because we’re in 2007 and Barack Obama is running for President. That’s not the case.”

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