April 12th, 2010

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Disarmament, made it us feel more safe?

Disarmament shows a great pace towards peace and new phase of relationship between former enemies. However there is no evidence of future stability and peace because the access to the nuclear weapons becomes more common and while two superpowers sing an agreement some extremist country can make a strike for fun to show that nothing is within the competence of those two….

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T Pain a Conservative? Whaaaaaat?


I guess I should have suspected when I saw the references to Wiliam Cooper's "Behold a Pale Horse" in his Freaknic cartoon... Can someone explain the logic to me here? Are kooky conspiracy theories really this effective in turning people to voting against their own best interests?

UPDATE: globalgrind.com/channel/music/content/1514069/My-response-to-the-Hannity-video/

Makes a lot more sense now that we can see Hannity was literally lurking around Pain's bus, blocking the door and begging for a drop.
A black man with a big love of strippers, drugs, and lesbians just doesn't scream "family values" republican to me, not to mention I've never heard him say anything political ever, which was why this was a surprise to me. But I guess Michael Steele over at the RNC could prove me wrong on that first part, he seems to love lesbian strippers as well. Hell, MS might as well BE T Pain at this point. I guess when the values your party runs on can be separated from the actions of the people who make up that party, you can do things like that.

But either way, I don't think I even have to respond to the comments that ask why this is surprising, just look at how much flack he has already taken for this- http://bossip.com/235481/what-the-hell-now-t-pain-is-shuckin-and-jivin-for-conservative-victory/ much of Pain's audience is black, and if most blacks see the conservative movement as racist (Come one, you can't listen to Rush and not hear it. give me a break), then he alienates much of his audience.
Just count how many times he is called an uncle tom or a coon in this article's comment. It's just a ridiculously stupid move for a rapper just for the sake of his own rep in the industry, even if you entirely leave out the fact that he has no personal interest in politics.

But carry on, in all honesty I'm sure there are many more worthy things to be discussing here. Just wanted to see what people thought.

My new favorite politician

Tom Coburn Knocks Fox News, Says Nancy Pelosi is a "Nice Person"

He's not my favorite because he said something bad about Fox News. He's my favorite because he has gone out on a limb with his party just to be a decent and respectful person. His political beliefs are 180 degrees away from mine, but I admire his decorum and his breaking away from the childish rivalry that has been coming from both parties for far too long.

I hope that Dr. Coburn gets a windfall of support from this, and that his display of professionalism catches on with both parties.


Fuck the Poor?

A few months back while visiting my alma mater, one of the SUNY schools, I spoke with a fellow there I knew. Let's call him Dorian.

Dorian was an odd character; when I first got to college and heard bout him from friends, he was living in the substance free dorm, meanwhile he was a heavy drinker. He got his shit together over time (apparently AA meetings helped him) and he stopped using drugs. He obviously still had some issues (probably the underlying cause of his heavy and harmful drinking[heavy and harmful even with the raised drinking standards for college kids]) but he was doing better; when I was visiting we started talking about the healthcare reform that was still up in the air at that time and he said something that shocked me.

"Fuck the poor, they don't deserve healthcare." (this was in response to my support of a single-payer system)

Now, this wasn't a guy I would take life advice from; clearly he had his demons to fight and he was scraping by. But what I couldn't reconcile is that...well...he was kinda a poor person himself. He was a college aged kid and from what I could tell he did not come from money--he wasn't independently wealthy and he wasn't about to get a really high paying job (he was working, but not paid much above min. wage) so why did he feel so little hesitation in saying fuck the poor? Why wasn't there class solidarity?

Cause everybody in America likes to think they are middle class. Even when they aren't. Rich folks term themselves upper middle class (unless they are grossly rich, then they might just recognize themselves as rich) and the poor deem themselves lower-middle class, or sometimes "working class" [tho yes, some will admit to being poor]. Now, I'm not saying upper middle class and lower middle class folks don't exist; same for working class (although just which class that is, I'm unsure)--they do exist. But we have a delusion about class here in America; and much of it is self-delusion.

I would argue that the poor are frequently that way because of an institutionalized and systematic fucking of the poor. My friend was really just parroting the status quo: the poor *are* getting fucked already and I bet many cannot afford healthcare.

So here are my questions to you:

What do you think the cause(s) of poverty are?
What do you think we can do to eliminate poverty?
What class do you think you are a part of?
Where do you draw the lines between the different classes?
Godzilla, default

On class in the United States:

I believe that one of the reasons that the United States has the problem it does is that our class issues intersect deeply with racial/ethnic ones. Effectively the two are one and the same, particularly in the South. It is that reality which underlies so many other issues, such as for instance, contemporary politics in the age of Obama. Black people have been through centuries of economic marginalization & exclusion from a full education. In my own part of my state, we've spent a great deal of money on a magnet school that was once one of the black high schools that got closed, but the new school is currently hemorrhaging money.The more sensible option would have been never to create the boondoggle, but it's been created and that cannot be undone.

Currently my Parish is debating the issue presented here: http://www.sulphurdailynews.com/homepage/x231971286/CPSB-questioned-on-Unitary-Status. Yes, the debate is over whether or not to re-segregate the school system. North Lake Charles, which is predominantly black also has a great many small failing schools, where the schools in the southern part of the town are mostly white and also receive the majority of the money and attention. I believe that this is also a way for the richer citizens to ensure that the poorer ones continue to get an abysmal quality of education, and that this is one reason my part of the state is chock-full of Teabaggers.

This is far from atypical in US history or in the present, either. This was one of the underlying issues behind the illegal arrest of Robert Gates, who acted like a member of the upper class to the lower, but in the USA due to the history of race relations, blacks are considered lower class to a real extent. This is due to blacks originating as a slave caste, and also due to such segregation-era practices as sharecropping, always done on terms that favored the rich white landowners, and this is also one reason that pro-labor movements of any sort have shallow roots here in the United States.

When class issues intersect with ethnic ones, the idea of a common class interest and class consciousness becomes very difficult to create
. It's why people in my Parish are debating and moving forward with a notion that will only benefit a small portion of the population, and why a great many failing schools languish so that one or two schools filled with plenty of children of affluent doctors and lawyers can exist comfortably without  "lesser" people around them. 

Talking Rednecki: Nucular Experience

The princess of Redneckistan recently attacked her president for his lack of "nucular" experience. In its typically biased fashion, the Associated Press reported her speaking American English rather than Rednecki. (BTW, I was fascinated to hear media critic Reese Erlich use the Rednecki word.)

With her own treasure trove of vast nucular experience, Princess Palin proclaimed the Rednecki military policy of nuking nations who use nasty weapons. What she actually said was along the lines that a good Rednecki would never assert restraint in the use of horribly toxic high energy burst weapons of mass destruction on an enemy who used weapons of lesser destructiveness.

For those who doubt the viciousness of the lovely princess, this incident should nail the lid on the coffin. How do you feel about the promise of another Rednecki in the Oval Office with her finger on the nuclear trigger? What is your opinion on the biased reporting of the AP?

(Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to be a class issue, unless one class prefers diplomacy and another class prefers to nuke 'em 'til they glow.)
Trade Justice.

Gender and Poverty.

The last time I looked at the figures, I was stunned.
Did you know that women comprise nearly 50% of the world's population, yet earn just 10% of it's income and own a mere 1% of it's property?  I didn't!

So, it logically follows that empowering women is a way to eliminate poverty and solve many other problems at the same time. The population crisis? Look , nobody brought in legislation in the UK in the 20th century, but look at what happened.
My grandmother had 9 children - one of whom died as a child. yet my mother, and most of her brothers and sisters had 3 children or less.  And this was not unusual.

The difference was that my mother's generation had the education to read, and the access to contraceptives. Given a choice, they took it, and the UK birthrate dropped dramatically as a result.  More women having fewer children will mean less presure on land and other dwindling resources. But  there is another reason that women in developing countries often have many children.

The fact is , they know that they will need someone to care for them when they are old. If many children in your village are going to die young of vaccine preventable diseases and other causes, you need to have a fair number and hop that some will grow up to look after you in your old age. After all, your government may not have a pension programme. so, poverty does not keep population down , it pushes it up.Collapse )

By ensuring that children get vaccinated against childhood illnesses like measles, we can give mothers the assurance that they don't need to have many children in the hope that some survive, and that will also positively impact the care they can give a smaller family.Collapse )

Economic inequality and the lack of a (real) progressive party in the United States

Last Friday, Chris Rock was interviewed on Bill Maher's show Real Time, and the subject of health care reform came up.

When Maher asked if he saw health care reform the prism of race and as a civil rights issue, Rock said no. He sees health reform as a “people rights issue.” Rock also recounted his family’s experience with the health care system – first when he was poor compared to when he was rich. “I had my father get sick when I was 22. And I was poor, alright. And my father had an ulcer, and it exploded and you know all these toxins get in your blood. And basically, my father died, whatever, 50 days after his ulcer. So I had a father get sick while I was poor,” the comedian recalled.

“My mother got sick when I was rich. And my mother, you know… I don’t really want to get into it, but my mother was sicker than my father. And my mother’s alive. My mother’s fine, OK? I remember going to the hospital to see my mother and wondering, ‘Was I in the right place?’ Like, this was a hotel, like it had a concierge, man. “… if the average person really knew the discrepancy in the health care system, there would be riots in the streets, OK? They would burn this motherf**ker down!”

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Definition of "terrorist": whoever Roland Martin calls a terrorist.

Were Confederate soldiers terrorists?
By Roland S. Martin, CNN Political Analyst

(CNN) -- Based on the hundreds of e-mails, Facebook comments and Tweets I've read in response to my denunciation of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's decision to honor Confederates for their involvement in the Civil War -- which was based on the desire to continue slavery -- the one consistent thing that supporters of the proclamation offer up as a defense is that these individuals were fighting for what they believed in and defending their homeland.

In criticizing me for saying that celebrating the Confederates was akin to honoring Nazi soldiers for killing of Jews during the Holocaust, Rob Wagner said, "I am simply defending the honor and dignity of men who were given no choice other than to fight, some as young as thirteen."

Sherry Callahan said that supporting the Confederacy is "our history. Not hate; it's about heritage and history."

Realskirkland sent me a Tweet saying, "Slavery is appalling, but was not the only reason for the CW [Civil War]. Those men, while misguided on some fronts stood up for what they felt was right. They embodied that American ideal that the states have a right to govern themselves. THAT is what a confederate soldier stood for."
If you take all of these comments, don't they sound eerily similar to what we hear today from Muslim extremists who have pledged their lives to defend the honor of Allah and to defeat the infidels in the West?

Even if you're a relative of one of the 9/11 hijackers, that man was an out-and-out terrorist, and nothing you can say will change that. And if your great-great-great-granddaddy was a Confederate who stood up for Southern ideals, he too was a terrorist. They are the same.


Well, no, not really. Let me preface my remarks by saying I had a great-granddaddy on each side, so I'm in the middle on this one.

Point 1: The United States at the time of the Civil War were not 'united' like they are now - and no - it wasn't ALL about slavery. A large part of it was about 'state's rights' (which I was taught in grade school to think was SETTLED by said war).

Point 2: While the term 'terrorist' has a multitude of definitions, it does not include men who wear uniforms, and are members of an army duly constituted by a government. Traitors? Maybe. Terrorists? No. The same cannot be said for groups such as Quantrill's Raiders or northern Redlegs, both of which would qualify as terrorist organizations.

Point 3: Mr. Martin's comparing Confederate soldiers to Nazis trips Godwin's Law, and the comparison to the 9/11 highjackers is just absurd on the face of it.