Saturday Blogwhoring

by matttbastard

Dedicated to those who are trying to empty the ocean. Whether with teaspoons, shotglasses, or buckets, it counts.  Much love.

(Shakes deserves a new silverware set.)

Birth Pangs: The Sacred and the Profane and UPDATE: RealityWorld v. Lying Fetus Fetishists

Culture Kitchen: Global Warming: Nukes Are NOT the Answer

Racialicious: The Veil Does Not a Prison Make (h/t Kevin

A Creative Revolution: Throwing stones. and Sisters 

Slant Truth: The (Natural) Psychology of Gender Stereotypes, With no Attention Paid to PoC Whatsoever (Evo-psych makes me wanna smoke crack.  Blame my Nubian ancestry. Or the shape of my jaw. Or something.)

Orcinus: Huckabee’s 120 Days 

Creekside: Afghanistan – We are so-o-o-o-o past 3-D

Politics’n’Poetry: Tar Sands Time Out! and The Uranium-Backed War on Indigenous Peoples or Why Canada Did Not Support the UN Declaration on Indigenous Peoples

Black Looks: It is women who are being raped  

unrepentant old hippie: Fetus Fetishists park Fetusmobile© at contractor’s home

pogge: They don’t really think Harper delegates, do they?

The Francis L. Holland Blog: Color-Aroused Decision Making Is Central to “Obama’s Fate” (Posted at MyDD) (h/t Tom)

AngryBlackBitch: Pander first…govern never… and The take away… 

Fetch me my axe: World AIDS day, belatedly

mnemosyne: rants, musings (& some link love) b4 the end of yr

Women of Color Blog: A small post (h/t b. medusa)

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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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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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Sunday Blogwhoring: Armistice Anxiety

by matttbastard

Desperately need a personal assistant to keep up with my rapidly expanding agenda. Rest assured I’d never be so intemperate an employer as the late Linda Stein, former manager of the Ramones, who was recently bludgeoned to death by her PA (Natavia don’t play that Naomi Campbell diva bullshit, y0!) Obviously, this is all wishful speculation on my part; before hiring anyone to manage my affairs I’d first need to secure an income stable enough to support myself financially, let alone an employee.

Love don’t pay the bills, y0–unless you own the publishing rights to Arthur Lee’s back catalogue.

(Seven and seven is Melissa McEwan.)

April Reign: An Open Letter to Dalton McGuinty

Birth Pangs: Conscience

The Silence of Our Friends: Drowning Maestro and Virgins, Whores, and the Sliding Scale of Our Humanity

Leftist Looney Lunchbox: How “protecting our women” hurts women

Women of Color Blog: Some Questions

mnemosyne: just fuckin’ stop it, ok

Rachel’s Tavern: I’ve Read More Sexist Comments From Black Men This Week Than I Have Read In the Past Year

Slant Truth: Michael Baisden Attacks Color of Change

Tristan’s Corner of the Web: Let’s get down to business

Andrew Padula @ All About Race: The Topsoil: Dog the Bounty Hunter

Jon Swift: Quit Doggin’ Dog the Bounty Hunter (FTW!)

skdadl @ POGGE: Welcome to our inexpensive and easily accessible soapbox

Too Sense: Norman Mailer Dies

Liberal Catnip: Sunday Food for Thought: Remembrance Day

willy be frantic @ A Creative Revolution: The 11th hour of the 11th day ….

Shakesville: The next time…

Questioning Transphobia: ENDA Discussion

nexy’s cocoon: more equal

TransAdvocate: What Next?

Obsidian Wings: ENDA Redux (With Free Gift!) and Oh, And One More Thing…

unrepentant old hippie: “It’s sickening.”

Far and Wide: Have Your Say (h/t 900ft Jesus)

Politics ‘n’ Poetry: Gender Equality : Canada slips from 14th to 18th place

Creekside: British Columbia : Nigeria North?

fetch me my axe: something tells me i shoulda stood in bed

Impolitical: For the independent party’s Schreiber review

Racialicious: Jezebel: Asian women are hot, smart, thin and tell you your skin is bad

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Thursday Blogwhoring: 3.6 Hrs != Enough

by matttbastard

Remind me to stop sacrificing sleep for obsessive late night blogging/research. Candle = burnt. Both ends; no wick nor wax remains.

Love, etc.

(Blah blah blah Melissa McEwan = teh r0x0r)

Feministe: What Color Are the Holes in Your Parachute? (La Lubu is a national treasure [h/t myca – so much for teh link embargo])

The Angry Black Woman: The Grass is Always Greener

The Silence of Our Friends: Bitter Laughter (h/t Donna Darko)

Creekside: Harper chooses gay superhero to be new symbol of Canada

Impolitical: Must…repeat…North…Star…:)

Shakesville: Shocking: Hate Peddlers Also Lying Douchebags

A Creative Revolution: Reality has a well known liberal bias……

Bene Diction Blogs On: Elections Canada – opps. 1 million voters not eligible (h/t April Reign)

AverageBro: The Gubb’ment Doesn’t Care About Your Nana’s Right To Vote

unrepentant old hippie: Code Pink activists detained

Women of Color Blog: “Hopelessly Deadlocked”

Cubically Challenged: Women, Belonging, Ownership

Slant Truth: The Blackface Files Return (oh for fucks sake)

Anti-Choice is Anti-Awesome: Meet Beard-o

AngryBlackBitch: Bad Boy vodka?

Dymaxion World: Trying to lose

Birth Pangs: Girls and Women, Girls and Women, Girls and Women

April Reign: Anger, Resentment & Politics (PREACH!)

ex-lion tamer: why i like science fiction

Girl, Dislocated: As uneventful as it gets, part 1 and part 2

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Quote of the Day: Cul-de-sacs and Three Way Intersections

by matttbastard

To sit back and ignore this crisis because “it’s not happening here” does a grave injustice to the cause of anti-oppression work. If we allow the U.S. government and ourselves to sit back and ignore this crisis, we might as well sit back and ignore the crises that happen here as well. As long as oppression and hate and genocide are allowed anywhere in the world, it will be allowed and justified at home.

But on the other hand, I feel that I also must remind that it is often easier to stand against oppression that isn’t happening in your own back yard. It’s a two-way street, with a cul-de-sac up the road and one of those three-way intersections a half a mile away where you have to take a left exit to go where you want. It ain’t always easy. Stand up against world-wide oppression, but don’t think that gives you a pass to ignore what is going on in your own neighborhood. You will be tired. You might also find yourself confused at times. But you won’t be nearly as tired and confused as those slaves were after an 18-hour day in the fields.

– The Thin Black Duke, Blogging Against Genocide

Besides the links included in Kevin’s post, make sure to check out Eric Reeves’ invaluable site (though I don’t agree with all of Reeves’ conclusions/solutions):

Eric Reeves is Professor of English Language and Literature at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. He has spent the past eight years working full-time as a Sudan researcher and analyst, publishing extensively both in the US and internationally. He has testified several times before the Congress, has lectured widely in academic settings, and has served as a consultant to a number of human rights and humanitarian organizations operating in Sudan. Working independently, he has written on all aspects of Sudan’s recent history. His book about Darfur (“A Long Day’s Dying: Critical Moments in the Darfur Genocide”) was published in May 2007 (available here). He is also at work on a longer-range project surveying the international response to ongoing war and human destruction in Sudan over the past 18 years (“Sudan — Suffering a Long Way Off”).

OTOH, Ken Silverstein contends that some Darfur advocacy campaigns like Save Darfur render an extremely convoluted and chaotic situation to a simplistic battle between good and evil, victim and oppressor. Silverstein points to a recent op-ed by David Rieff:

To communicate a more complicated message may be more accurate but it is inevitably less compelling, and according to the conventional wisdom, campaigns need to be compelling if they are to have a hope of success.

In the case of Darfur, there is in fact considerable controversy about whether the government of Sudan and the janjaweed have committed genocide. Save Darfur, the Holocaust Museum and the U.S. Congress say they have; the European Union and many of the most important relief groups working on the ground in western Sudan say they have not. There is also a heated debate among statisticians, demographers and activists about how many people have been killed or displaced. Understandably, those who are campaigning for an international intervention to rescue the Darfuris tend to accept the higher figures; indeed, for many it is the brute number of dead that drew them to activism in the first place.

To suggest that things may be more complicated is in no sense to deprecate their commitment. But it is to say that if, proverbially, the first casualty of war is truth, then the first casualty of activism is complexity. If Save Darfur had said, “Look, the situation in Darfur is very convoluted and, while the government of Sudan deserves the lion’s share of the blame, the rebels are no prize either,” how many contributions would the group have received, and how many volunteers would they have inspired?

Precious few, most likely. And yet — although it probably was the case that in 2004, the conflict in Darfur could accurately be described as a campaign of terror and murder against Darfuri civilians orchestrated by the Khartoum government — in 2007, the conflict has degenerated into one in which rebel factions are fighting one another while factions within the janjaweed are doing the same. In other words, it’s a war of all against all.

[…]
None of this is to say that the crisis in Darfur is manufactured. It is all too real. But a crisis that involves innocent victims and evil victimizers is different from one in which there is evil enough to go around — which, as the headlines demonstrate, is what is actually going on in Darfur.

Also see Lenin’s classic Sudan and lurid morality tales for young imperialists*:

The current crusading about Sudan reminds me of the old saying from the pan-African movement: nothing about us, without us. That it is also a slogan of the disability rights movement is somehow appropriate, since oppressed or marginalised groups tend to suffer from a great deal of imperious generosity by philanthropists and charitable overseers who think of them as children.

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*And here’s where my anti-imperialist/interventionist leanings come into play, which is why, after much thought, I ultimately chose not to directly participate in the Blog Against Genocide campaign. A difficult decision, one that will likely breed much inner turmoil and second-guessing (which neatly sums up my overall relationship over the years with the situation in Darfur; confusion, cul-de-sacs and three way intersections, indeed.)

Sunday Blogwhoring: Slowly Catching Up Edition

by matttbastard

Close out the weekend properly with this fresh batch of primo posts (as always, props to the Bard’s female sibling):

Too Sense: White Cops Refer To Mostly Black Unit As “The Slave Ship” (h/t Racialicious)

All About Race: Judge Mauffray’s odious revenge: jailing Mychal Bell and Jailing Mychal Bell: Governor Kathleen Blanco assures business as usual

Blackamazon: By hook by crook (h/t Tom @ Automatic Preference)

Impolitical: Harper exploiting Canadians’ privacy rights to his electoral advantage?

The Galloping Beaver: Why listen to experts when you can get politicians to promote the big lie

Le Revue Gauche: Mr. Dithers Accidental War

Pharyngula: FFRF recap: heroes of the revolution, Hitchens screws the pooch, and the unbearable stodginess of atheists (h/t Andrew Sullivan)

Slant Truth: Hip Hop Blogging (many thanks for the props, Kevin!)

Pam’s House Blend: WND fundies fleecing faithful with ‘personal Christmas-defense kit’

Slap Upside The Head: Calgary Mayor Doesn’t “Condone” Gays

TransAdvocate: ENDA The Status Quo and Hero Worship

William K. Wolfrum: How about we stop drugging deportees and drug citizens instead?

Thinking Girl: individual responsibility in a culture of domination

Dawg’s Blawg: Al Gore’s crimes

A Creative Revolution: Well well…look who’s behind the UK Gore attack.

Birth Pangs: Save Lives! Support Ron Paul for Prez! (geez, Fern almost has me reconsidering my decided lack of enthusiasm for Paul — almost) and Fetus Coalition Party: Disinterest in the Ranks

Shakesville: Explainer: What’s an MRA? (h/t Thinking Girl – as advised, be sure to check out the 400+ comments — but take caution whilst sipping a beverage, else you inhale up the shnoz/do a Danny Kaye spit-take/choke with laughter)

Kai Chang: The White Liberal Conundrum (h/t Donna & Kevin)

Intrapolitics: An open letter to white progressives about Jena (h/t Donna)

Canuck Attitude: The Queen Of Denial Doesn’t Live In Egypt

Idealistic Pragmatist: Yankees = Liberals

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