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U of Iowa Socialists and their First World Problems [Apr. 12th, 2011|12:23 pm]
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This headline definitely rubbed me the wrong way. I’m all for small-’s’ socialism where appropriate — health care, education, social security, appropriately modest defense — but I’m having a hard time imagining many people who would receive a University-wide e-mail who could credibly complain of being oppressed. Sure, there’s racism, sexism, and the erosions of personal freedoms in the US, but when I think of oppression, I think of having your home bulldozed, or being kept naked in a cell with a bag over your head and receiving daily beatings.

There’s hardly a more privileged group of people on the planet than the faculty, staff, and students of the University of Iowa. We worry more about cell phone reception & the price of Lattes than we do about actual oppression.

Will the U of I Socialists do anything useful to liberate the oppressed of the world? If they actually do something that in some small way comforts the afflicted or afflicts the comfortable, more power to ‘em. But somehow I don’t imagine they can do much beyond holding weekly meetings.

Originally published at Do My Eyes Look Scary?. You can comment here or there.

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The Cost Of Truth Telling [Mar. 14th, 2011|01:24 pm]
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Assistant secretary of State P.J. Crowley resigned yesterday because he said of Bradley Manning’s mistreatment in military custody “is ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid”

Ron Schiller resigns in disgrace for saying “The Tea Party is fanatically involved in people’s personal lives and very fundamental Christian* — I wouldn’t even call it Christian. It’s this weird evangelical kind of move.” and that they aren’t “just Islamaphobic, but really xenophobic, I mean basically they are, they believe in sort of white, middle-America gun-toting. I mean, it’s scary. They’re seriously racist, racist people.”

In both cases, they were telling the truth. In both cases there was a scandal and they were forced to resign. Now I fully understand why that happened, but it vexes me that we live in world where lying, prevaricating, waffling and misdirecting are rewarded and telling the truth gets you punished.

It’s a world where James O’Keefe gets rewarded for being manifestly, comprehensive dishonest. I could fulminate about this all day but what’s the point? It’s not going to change anyone’s mind. Because the basic, fundamental principle of conservatism is this: Believe what we tell you, and never question our authority.

*I might quibble with Schiller about the ‘Christianity’ of Tea Party People. There might be some crossover between religious conservatives and the Tea Party, but there’s plenty of secular people involved. They’re united in their belief in a bunch of bullshit. Not just differences with Liberals over policy, but “slept through high school civics, never actually read the constitution” errors of fact. They get together and reinforce each other’s misguided bogosity.

Originally published at Do My Eyes Look Scary?. You can comment here or there.

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Anti-Health Care Reform Protesters — Photo-essay [Mar. 26th, 2010|10:40 am]
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Posted this morning to the Little Village Blog
My favorite sign — inexpertly enhanced in The Gimp:

I spoke to them briefly — apparently the man knew me but for the life of me I couldn’t remember who he was — sorry dude! They were responding in character when people asked them about their sign: “Um, he’s sick. My best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it’s pretty serious.”

They said one man asked them about the sign and his response was “my wife has cancer.”

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¡Si Se Puede! [Mar. 22nd, 2010|12:28 am]
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Elon James White’s “13 Black Truths” [Feb. 6th, 2010|10:15 am]
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I’ve been accused of stating the obvious like it’s my own personal revelation. But it’s hard to know sometimes when the blindingly obvious is just blindingly obvious, and when it still needs saying. Elon James White is like Professor Frink: He makes you laugh, he makes you think.

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“Copyright Criminals” debuts on Independent Lens tomorrow night [Jan. 19th, 2010|03:43 pm]
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Produced by my man Kembrew Mcleod who is a fellow contributer to Little Village and University of Iowa Associate Professor, and Benjamin Franzen, U of I graduate.

Check the PBS for your local viewing time here.

And here’s the trailer:

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A Song In His Heart, A Plow In His Rear: The State Seal Of Iowa [Jan. 14th, 2010|09:57 pm]
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A state representative wants to rewrite the legal description of Iowa’s state seal so that it no longer includes a reference of a citizen soldier “with a plow in his rear.”

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Marine Corps Public Affairs Director Upset by Avatar? Please! [Jan. 12th, 2010|10:54 am]
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Marine Corps Director of Public Affairs Upset about portrayal of Marines

I’m sure the USMC has their better moments, and attracts some truly dedicated, courageous young people to the profession of protecting our country. On the other hand they also take a lot of confused young people looking for a purpose in life and turn them into remorseless killers.

I had a friend years ago whose brother enlisted in the Marines, who I’d known as a rather aimless sad sack. I hung out with him when he was on leave after being in for a year, and he’d gone from pudgy to ripped, but after he got outside a few drinks all he wanted to talk about is how he and his buddies would go on leave in Virginia Beach and look for fights. Their favorite thing to do was beat up Navy sailors.

The Marines put a lot of energy into their ideas of Duty and Honor. But make no mistake — it is the military, and arguably the most hardcore of the US Military services. Their highest value in real world is to create a fighting force that kills enthusiastically on command with no qualms whatsoever.

If anything, Avatar presents a version of the USMC that’s better than the reality — it has a Marine with actual moral qualms about immoral orders. That’s exactly the sort of thing the USMC fears most in their soldiers.

Originally published at Do My Eyes Look Scary?. You can comment here or there.

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The Republican Party’s War On America, and the Quisling Who Wants To Become One [Dec. 22nd, 2009|09:13 pm]
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Rep. Parker Griffith of Alabama leaves the Democratic Party.

To whom I say “good riddance, fucknuts!”

I honestly don’t know what the Republican Party is for, for either meaning of ‘for.’ Its only purpose is obstruction of the will of the majority of Americans, and the only thing it really seems to stand for is a cartoonish sort of know-nothing atatavistic backlash against reality.

While the Health Care Reform Bill(s) that have been passed, and whatever will be eventually signed in to law is a Sausage of Biblical Proportions, you have to be a moron to oppose it, for a few what should be blindingly obvious reasons.

  • Universal Health Care works.  Look at the rest of the Industrialized world.  Moreover they manage to afford it and still compete with our economy successfully.  Furthermore that Sci- Fi- Keerazy, Insane Communist idea, the Single Payer System,  works better than our system, as near as our neighbor to the north.
  • If it isn’t perfect, it’s not like a contract with the Devil for your soul.  It can — and will be — changed as many times as enough of a consensus large enough to move the whole congress exists.  So you won’t probably won’t be able to kill it any time soon, or probably ever.  Face it, our system of government is designed to keep people from doing outlandish things impulsively.

Honestly I’d love to debate an intelligent, open-minded Conservative about this, and many other topics.   But where am I going to find one of those? As I’ve said before, American Conservatism is a coalition of the cynical and the deluded.  An example of cynical? John Boehner, who only stops sucking Corporate cock long enough to talk complete bullshit. An example of deluded? Anyone who is a fan of Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin.

Those are people that can’t participate in any sort of meaningful debate, because I don’t have even consensus reality as common ground.

Originally published at Do My Eyes Look Scary?. You can comment here or there.

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Obama Justice Dept. Should Proscecute the Shit Out Of the Bush Administration [Dec. 10th, 2009|08:48 pm]
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When Obama was inaugurated, there was a general consensus both in his administration and with the country at large, that it would be, at best, a distraction to investigate and possibly proscecute the previous administration. A lot of people just wanted to move on, and focus on solving the problems at hand.

But I am beginning to think that was a mistake, for one very large reason: Those same lying, corrupt shitheads who were fucking us for eight long years are now spending their time trying to derail any positive changes the new Administration and Congress are attempting to put in place. Dick Cheney pops up every couple weeks to snipe at the Obama administration.

See, if he was held accountable for all the evil things he did as Vice President, he wouldn’t have any time to criticize the President — he’d have his hands full trying to avoid ass rape from his cell mate.

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