Tuesday Blogwhoring

by matttbastard

Love is all you need. Well, that and cheese – unless you’re lactose intolerant, in which case you can simply make do with love. Although one could argue that at times love can be just as painful to digest.

(As always, teh bastard bows down to Shakes.)

The Apostate: How to Suppress Women’s Writing

Creekside: SPP : Is it pining for the fjords?

Shakesville: Rape is for Nice Girls (holy fucking fuck)

Plucky Punk: Maybe in ten years I’ll be able to make lots of money for translating secret Russian documents.

Creek Running North: Matthew Nisbet says entire environmental movement should just shut up

Red Tory: Harper’s Super Secret Media Centre

pogge: I blame bad toilet training

The Vanity Press: Human Shield

AngryBlackBitch: By request, It was Sunday so it was Meet the Press…

culturekitchen: The US version of a racist’s comeuppance

Hatewatch: Neo-Confederate Movie Director Takes on New Cause

Rachel’s Tavern: The Modeling World is Unapologetically Racist

Too Sense: Too Sense Sunday: At Columbia, No Hard Questions (absolutely amazing post)

Fetch Me My Axe: Uh, yes, some of us here on Earth have been saying this for YEARS; nice you’re finally catching up, MAYBE?

The Heretik: Washington Wonderland

Property of a Lady: To Prevent Abortions, Prevent Unwanted Pregnancy

PoliTits: Joke Time Because Laughter May Be the Only Medicine We Can Afford Soon (FTW)

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Holiday Blogwhoring: A Bountiful Cornucopia Of Bloggy Goodness

by matttbastard

Who luvs ya, baby? (Once again, all props to Melissa McEwen.)

The Apostate: Hoax

Reclusive Leftist: In which Dr. Socks becomes so disgusted with the casual ineptitude of the ev-psychos that she descends to name-calling and cursing (h/t RenEv)

Publius Endures: A few guidelines for Ron Paul supporters

Hatewatch: Extremist Group Announces Speech by Congressman

Jack And Jill Politics: Brits Pull Troops Out of Iraq — An African-American Translation

The Duck of Minerva: Expert advice

Politics ‘n’ Poetry: Employees Recount Stories of Radiation Exposure

Dymaxion World: Look, insanity in print!

The Angry Black Woman: The anti-immigration movement vs. US soldiers: Round one — FIGHT!!

The Gimp Parade: The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin’s Theory

Tiny Cat Pants: Basic Human Dignity

Shakesville: The World According To Siegel and The Startle Reflex

Rachel’s Tavern: More Nooses, More Blackface-Qui annus est?

Orcinus: My interview with Medved

Leftist Looney Lunchbox: Question to white bloggers II

Shameless Blog: Wes Anderson: the ultimate heartbreaker (via Racialicious)

More Notes From Underground: A particularly bad (but probably not uncommon) reason not to support MMP

Dawg’s Blawg: Government by journalist: MMP vs. the press

They Call Me ‘Mister Sinister’: Deconstructing The Case Against MMP and A Word Of Caution

AngryBlackBitch: God said what?

The Galloping Beaver: His noodly appendage touches Missouri

Girl, Dislocated: It’s called duct tape. Use It.

Rox Populi: Extreme Historical Revisionism: National Columinist with a T.E. Lawrence Complex Edition

PoliTits: Adventures in Real Parenting: Bought and Paid For

Battlepanda: Space Money

T-Equality: Daily ENDA Update from Mara Keisling

TransAvocate: Observations From A Protest

Jena Miscellania (Stay Up Forever Edition)

by matttbastard

x-posted @ Comments From Left Field

Having trouble collecting my thoughts. The sleep deficit I’ve been racking up the past week has rendered me cognitively insolvent. So, just a few quick Jena links, followed by some vids (and then, hopefully, a respite from perpetual somnolence):

As expected, LaSalle Parish District Attorney Reed Walters will allow Mychal Bell to be retried as a juvenile. However:

It remained uncertain when or whether Bell — one of the group known as the Jena Six — might be released from jail.

His case remains in juvenile court and the prosecutor, District Attorney Reed Walters, said he did not know whether a judge would set bail. Pending a decision on bail, Bell would be transferred to a juvenile facility, Walters said.
[update: elle, phd reports that Bell has FINALLY been released on bail. About GODDAMN time. – mb]

[…]

Walters had said he would appeal that decision. On Thursday, he said he still believes there was legal merit to that decision but he decided it was in the best interest of the victim and his family to let the juvenile court handle the case.

“They are on board with what I decided,” Walters said of the Barkers.

Well, that’s certainly mighty white of y’all.

Elsewhere: Carmen D. doesn’t think very much of the Gray Lady’s decision to give Walters prominent space in Wednesdays’s opinion section:

The New York Times and other news outlets of record refused to cover the story of nooses, unequal justice, unequal protection under the law and the beating of a high school student until these events sparked a protest so massive that they simply could not ignore it.

Now, the New York Times has given Jena district attorney Reed Walters a global platform to make his case without the slightest challenge.

Political Affairs (ZOMG Marxists!!!11) interviews People’s Weekly World correspondent Tim Wheeler, who was on the ground at the 09.20 Jena 6 solidarity march:

PA: A lot of Southern people are getting nervous about the focus on the South again, and they are pointing out, I think correctly, that this isn’t just a Southern problem. Do you have a comment on that?

TW: Oh definitely. First of all, the last cases in which the attention of the nation and the world was focused on racist injustice in this country in such a dramatic way were Amadou Diallo and Abner Louima in New York City. They were the victims of terrible, genocidal violence, one shot down in a hail of 41 bullets, and the other sodomized in a police station by police officers. So this is not just the South. This is a nationwide problem, and we have to take action to stop it. It is absolutely crucial to turning this country around and turning it in a progressive direction – to fight back and defeat this creeping racist offensive we are seeing against Black youth. Of course, there is also the anti-immigrant movement, all the immigrant bashing, which is another form of this attempt to split and divide us. There were many people I interviewed there in Jena who were calling for unity against racism, and they really need white people to join in this fightback. I think it is our duty to respond to that call.

Wheeler includes some interesting examples that illustrate the diversity of those who felt obligated to answer the call in an article published in this weeks issue of PWW:

Curtis Nelson and 149 other members of a motorcycle club in Moss Point, Miss., joined by 72 bikers from Baton Rouge, roared into Jena on their Harley-Davidsons. “Penitentiary for six teenagers for a fist fight? That’s cruel!” Nelson told the World. “When I was in high school you got suspended for getting in fights. And what about the white student who brought a loaded gun to school? They confiscated his gun and hushed it up. That’s not equal justice.”

Or, as the incomporable Liza Sabater put it last Friday, “justice is not served when we need to ask for permission to be black.” Once again, to quote Rachel:

[A] word of advice to people who are discussing the Jena 6 case, when people try to frame the discussion around only the fight or only Jena, Louisiana, don’t let them. The case itself is much broader, and the issues of our criminal (in)justice system are way bigger than Jena, Louisiana.

Rachel also offers an up close and painfully personal glimpse at her own all-to-familiar (and familial) relationship with bigotry, noting that:

[r]acism is so insidious that it anesthetizes people to suffering of others (even others who they care about). It destroys empathetic reactions to human suffering. The victims of racism are expected to be the “bigger people” while the perpetrators get the “Get Out of Racism Free” card. Even when they know racist behavior is wrong and harmful, many white observers of racism suffer from moral paralysis. Rather than doing what is morally right, they do nothing.

Finally, after the fold, some music (both new and not so new) that has kept me from declaring mental bankruptcy this week. Wish me luck tonight, brethren.

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Jena 6 Update: Exploitation Escalates; More Blog Reactions

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x-posted @ Comments From Left Field

No surprises here: Hatewatch reports that a well-known white supremacist has attempted to exploit Justin Barker, the white teenager who was beaten allegedly by the so-called Jena 6. According to Hatewatch, Richard Barrett of the Nationalist Movement “met with 17-year-old Barker, along with his father David Barker, the night before the rally.” Barrett also says that he obtained a statement from Justin stating “the ones who attacked me are getting money for beating me up” and “express[ing] gratitude” to Justin’s supporters.

However, as Hatewatch points out:

There is no evidence to suggest that Justin or David Barker had any inkling who Barrett was when he apparently showed up at their door. According to Barrett’s own account, he approached the Barkers to offer support for the family and to try to get more media attention for Justin’s injuries and his version of events.

The Clarion-Ledger confirms that Barker’s statement was apparently obtained by Barrett under false pretenses:

He led us to believe he was just down here to find out Justin’s part of the story,“ David Barker said of Barrett. ”He said he was going to the rally just to see what was going on.“

David Barker said Barrett never gave them the impression that he was involved in a white-supremacist organization. Barker said he specifically asked about affiliations with organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan.

”He said, ’No, I’m a lawyer that goes around trying to help families that can’t help themselves,’“ Kelli Barker said.

Elsewhere: – Lambert of Corrente give a broad runs down of some blog coverage, including the belated A-lister response, noting the latter “all seem to link to each other…not to the [smaller/POC] blogs I listed first”. To his credit, Lambert also acknowledges Corrente’s participation in the circular coverage.

– Blackamazon reminds us that, contra what will likely soon become conventional wisdom, this past Thursday’s mobilization was not an exclusively ‘black’ event, nor the culmination of efforts by the mainstream civil rights establishment. Rather, the march on Jena was “a multi pronged multi racial multi front cooperative even if uncoordinated concern. By the time Jesse and Al are involved it’s been in papers and radio stations around the world.” (Case in point: BBC News broadcast a documentary on Jena back in May, long before Al and Jesse started sheddin’ tears for the cameras.)

As they say, read the whole damn thing.

Donna Darko takes Chicago Tribune reporter Howard Witt to task for giving credit to “hip-hop music blogs” and “popular black entertainers such as Mos Def” for bringing attention to Jena, rather than the female bloggers and activists–especially women of colour–who, from the beginning, did most of the heavy lifting. (h/t SassyWho)

– Via Slant Truth, Rachel has some sage advice for those wishing engage the broader white public in Jena-related discussions:

…[W]hen people try to frame the discussion around only the fight or only Jena, Louisiana, don’t let them. The case itself is much broader, and the issues of our criminal (in)justice system are way bigger than Jena, Louisiana.

– And as always, keep checkin’ the Thin Black Duke and his regularly updated Bloggers For Jena post.

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