October 17, 2014
Republicans finally have something to run on: fear. This week, it’s fear of Ebola. Of course, right-wing fear-mongers always leave out how conservatism made the Ebola crisis possible. Continue Reading →
October 16, 2014
Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for October 16th from 12:40 to 12:45:
October 14, 2014
Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for October 14th from 15:28 to 15:40:
- Gary Younge: The Low, Low Cost of Black Life in America – Is there a price to pay for summarily killing a man?
- Atiya Haynes case: Zero-tolerance, school choice, and one Detroit student’s future. – How a policy meant to protect a school can ruin students’ lives.
- Taking the Columbus Out of Columbus Day – In 1934, Italian community leaders and the Knights of Columbus convinced Congress and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to declare "Columbus Day" a federal holiday. Eighty years later, many are asking, "If we'd known then what we know now, would we still honor a desperately greedy, ruthless, genocidal, slave-trader with a federal holiday?"
- Erick Erickson: “Fat lesbians got all the Ebola dollars” – The conservative commentator excuses the GOP's cuts to research funds by launching another homophobic attack
- Whites are more supportive of voter ID laws when shown photos of black people voting – Sixty-seven percent of white Americans support voter ID laws, according to a new University of Delaware study of 1,436 U.S. adults. But when the voter ID question was accompanied by a photo of black people using a voting machine, white support for voter ID laws jumped to 73 percent.
- Lies My Teacher Told Me About Christopher Columbus: What Your History Books Got Wrong – Every textbook tells that people lived in the Americas before Christopher Columbus landed. However, when authors swing into what they see as their main story— the settlement of the Americas by Europeans—Native Americans pretty much drop out of some books.
- North America is a crime scene: The untold history of America this Columbus Day – The founding myth of the United States is a lie. It is time to re-examine our ruthless past — and present
- Why are we still celebrating Columbus Day? – With Columbus Day upon us once again, we must ask the question: Why, exactly, are we still celebrating Columbus Day?
October 14, 2014
Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for October 14th from 15:18 to 15:28:
- Columbus gets his comeuppance: Why his holiday is in deep jeopardy – Mascot for violent European colonialism has been celebrated for years. These major U.S. cities are saying "no more"
- Gun nuts’ powerful new enemy: How pediatricians are taking on the NRA – As more kids in U.S. die from guns than cancer, NRA is fighting basic safety measures. Now doctors are pushing back
- In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue … and slaughtered the indigenous peoples he found – You told us about the Christopher Columbus that didnt appear in your history books. The lesson: happy Indigenous Peoples Day!
- Editorial: The Big Lie Behind Voter ID Laws – Such statutes, pushed by Republican lawmakers, must be recognized as the discriminatory measures they are.
- Our sons know they could be the next Michael Brown. But they should never surrender | Claudia Rankine | Comment is free | theguardian.com – Two months later, too many young men must still contemplate their mortality in the way of Ferguson
- “When that cop killed Michael Brown, and when George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, they were killing Barack Obama” – Greil Marcus explains why the sick new American racism is only getting worse, and explores his brilliant new book
- ‘Ferguson October’ Brings Hundreds Of Protesters To The Streets – Over a thousand protesters from as far away as Palestine marched in St. Louis on Saturday in support of an 18-year-old killed by a police officer in the nearby suburb of Ferguson and the broader issue of police brutality.
- ‘Black Lives Matter’ Banner Unfurled at NFL Game – A protest banner was unfurled as St. Louis Rams played the San Francisco 49ers Monday, capping a day of civil disobedience.
- #FergusonOctober Comes to Monday Night Football – Ferguson October protesters want football fans to know that "Black lives matter, on and off the field."
- Next Gay Marriage Fight: Religious Exemptions – Alarmed by the broad expansion of same-sex marriage set in motion by the U.S. Supreme Court, religious conservatives are moving their fight to state legislatures — seeking exemptions that would allow some groups, companies and people with religious objections to refuse benefits or service for gay spouses.
October 13, 2014
Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for October 9th through October 13th:
- Young Blacks Question Effectiveness of Peaceful Tactics – Older civil rights leaders hark back to the methods of the civil rights era half a century ago, while some younger people press for more confrontational tactics.
- GOP voter ID law gets crushed: Why Judge Richard Posner’s new opinion is so amazing – Conservative icon/federal judge changes mind on photo ID laws, issues blistering dissent against them. Read it here
- Are We That Gullible? ‘Ebola Zombies’ Panic Spreading Like Wildfire on the Internet – The ebola conspiracy theories and hoaxes are starting to get goofy.
- Columbus Day: How is it Still a Thing? (John Oliver) – “Christopher Columbus did a lot of stuff that was way more terrible than “sailing the ocean blue,” but we don’t learn about that. Columbus Day: How is it still a thing?”
- The inevitable rise of Ebola conspiracy theories – One of the latest comes from Phyllis Schlafly, who in an interview last week said President Obama purposefully allowed Ebola to enter the United States so the country would be more like Africa. "Obama doesn’t want America to believe that we’re exceptional,” Schlafly said. “He wants us to be just like everybody else, and if Africa is suffering from Ebola, we ought to join the group and be suffering from it, too."
- Why the GOP Hates U.S. History: Inconvenient Truths That Freak Out American Conservatives – America's right wing, you see, is terrified of history because it is always sentimentalizing it. Many of its arguments rely on a feeling of nostalgia for "good old days," that appeals almost exclusively to aging whites. That means that a more accurate history, one that considers groups that are traditionally marginalized — women, people of color, Native Americans, immigrants and the poor — don't necessarily sit that well. Their stories, the stories of the downtrodden, crush the false narrative that many conservatives like to imagine — that of a idyllic past marred by the New Deal, women's liberation and civil rights.
- Catholic Bishops Say Gays Have ‘Gifts’ To Offer Church – "This is a stunning change in the way the Catholic church speaks of gay people," said the Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit author. "The Synod is clearly listening to the complex, real-life experiences of Catholics around the world, and seeking to address them with mercy, as Jesus did."
- The Staggering Racial Disparity In Boston’s Police Encounters – Despite making up less than a fourth of Boston's population, African Americans are disproportionately targeted by the city's stop-and-frisk law, according to a new study.
- Same-Sex Marriage vs. Interracial Marriage – A new comic from xkcd compares and contrasts interracial marriage and same-sex marriage, in terms of public approval and legal access:
- Study: For Black Students, Skin Color and Suspensions Linked – Black students, as a group, are more than three times as likely as white students to get suspended (PDF). Racial disparities in school discipline are well-established. But what about differences in rates of discipline among black students?
October 11, 2014
The Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court boosted the number of gay marriage states to somewhere between 30 and 35. Needless to say, the floodgates of wingnuttery opened wide.
On Monday, the Supreme Court let stand lower court rulings striking down same-sex marriage bans in five states, effectively making same-sex marriage legal in 30 states. On Tuesday, the Ninth Circuit Court reaffirmed same-sex couples right to marry in Idaho and Nevada, and cleared the way for same-sex couples to marry in Alaska, Montana, and Arizona. Continue Reading →
October 10, 2014
The GOP is rolling out a list of “principles,” and pretending to have a “positive agenda,” because Republicans can’t tell Americans what they really want to do.
Twenty years after Newt Gringrich launched the “Contract With America,” Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus presented a pablum of 11 vague “principles.” There’s a reason Republicans have gone milquetoast. It’s not that Republican’s aren’t for anything. It’s that Republicans can’t tell Americans what they are for — not if they want to have a shot at governing.
Here are the five worst things Republicans have promised to do. Continue Reading →
October 9, 2014
Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for October 8th through October 9th:
- ‘It’s all changed': Nevada reacts to gay marriage ruling – Same-sex couples in Nevada react to court's decision to strike down gay marriage ban.
- Why Ebola triggers massive right-wing hysteria – Objectively, the disease is a nonpartisan issue. That hasn't stopped Fox News from blaming its spread on Obama
- The Racial Double Standard on Gun Violence – The way we talk about incidents of gun violence in this country — and the solutions we propose to stem future acts of violence — seems to be dramatically different depending on the race of those involved.
- Republicans Hint At Another Government Shutdown Over Obamacare. Seriously. – Less than a year after House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called the 2013 government shutdown over funding for Obamacare a “predictable disaster,” Republicans are hinting they might be willing to do it again in a few months.
- NYPD cop takes $1,300 from man, pepper-sprays him in the face when he complains – A brief cell phone video shows a New York City police officer use pepper spray on a man and his sister after they complained the cop had taken more than $1,000 during a stop-and-frisk search.
- White off-duty policeman kills black teen in St Louis, triggering fresh protests – A white off-duty policeman shot and killed a black teenager in St Louis on Wednesday, officers said, triggering a night of protests just miles from the site of another police shooting of another black youth in the suburb of Ferguson.
- White Couple’s Fears Over Raising Black Child Great Teaching Moment For How To Discuss Race – The couple's white privilege is glaring, but some of the criticism is unfair.
- Science Shows Sex is Better for Your Happiness Than Money – Researchers put an estimated dollar amount on the happiness level sex generates.
- The bigots finally go down: How anti-gay haters officially lost the marriage fight – Once upon a time, homophobia was a powerful political force. Now its adherents have lost the era's defining battle
- Republicans Are Trying to Make Sure Minorities and Young People Don’t Vote This November – As candidates across the country are kicking their get-out-the-vote efforts into high gear, many states are feverishly litigating to defend newly implemented voting restrictions that could prevent many voters from casting a ballot. The outcomes of those cases could shape critical races—and even influence which party wins control of the US Senate.
October 8, 2014
Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for October 1st through October 8th:
- The Crazy Things Gun Nuts Say Behind Closed Doors – A day spent at the Gun Rights Policy Conference exposed a fundamentalist mindset.
- Why the Right Is So Freaked Out about the Inconvenient Truths of Actual U.S. History – Conservatives are going bonkers over "unpatriotic" history tests. Time for a little tutorial.
- On equality, Cruz and GOP pick the fringe over the mainstream – So Republicans are arguing that America will collapse if the gays can marry, because love is apparently very corrosive to the economy, the military, and society in general. What does America think?
- Its game over for gay marriage opponents. These dodos need to find a new obsession – There will soon be 30 US states with full marriage equality. Time to stop worrying whether or not nice lesbians get to hold the hand of their dying life partners
- How Gay Marriage Could Cause the GOP Major Headaches In 2016 – Even though the GOP's discomfort with this issue has been evident for a while, with the unofficial start of the 2016 presidential campaign just a month away (after the midterm elections are done), the issue of marriage equality is going to become positively excruciating for them.
- Cops Pepper Spray Black Teen In His Own Living Room After Mistaking Him For Burglar – Here for your daily dose of blatant racism is a story of police officers in North Carolina pepper-spraying a black teenager after a neighbor mistook him for a burglar.
- Caught on hidden camera, NYPD officers beat surrendered, unarmed teenager with gun and fists – In the video below you are witnessing 16-year-old Kahreem Tribble of Brooklyn, New York, fully non-violent and surrendered, being brutally beaten with the fists of New York City Police Department Officer Tyrane Isaac, then smashed in the face with the loaded gun of NYPD Officer David Afanador.
- Gay Rights Advocates Hail ‘Extraordinary’ Victory After Scotus Refuses to Hear Appeals – In the end, the last word on the legalization of gay marriage in all 50 US states and the District of Columbia may not come with a sweeping and historic ruling from the supreme court. In fact, the last word may already have bee written with Monday’s terse denial from the justices to hear any of the pending appeals from the states still defending their constitutional bans.
- To Raise, Love, and Lose a Black Child – Black people are a minority in the country they built. The legacy of that building has remanded them to the basement of America. There are only two conscious ways to escape the basement: (1) Appeal to the magnanimity of white people. (2) Become super-human.
- George Zimmerman, Darren Wilson and the kickstarted defense: you call this justice? | Amanda Robb – Is crowd-sourced funding the new public defender? Just ask the killers of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown or the secret conservatives who pay their legal fees
October 7, 2014
Yesterday, the Supreme Court made history, by deciding not to make history. The Court rejected appeals in the marriage equality cases set to appear before it, and left intact appeals court rulings striking down same-sex marriage bans in Virginia, Utah, Wisconsin, and Indiana — effectively legalizing same-sex marriage in those states. The same goes for North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Kansas, and Colorado, which are under the jurisdiction of the same circuit courts. Continue Reading →
October 3, 2014
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt made news on Monday when he told NPR’s Diane Rheem that Google was dropping its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), because of the organization’s environmental policies — especially its climate denialism:
“Everyone understands climate change is occurring. And the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place. And so we should not be aligned with such people. They’re just literally lying” Continue Reading →
October 3, 2014
Given their longstanding loathing for him, it was touching to see so many right-wingers express concern for President Obama’s safety this week. Continue Reading →
October 1, 2014
Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for September 30th through October 1st:
- The American family is a myth: Why our national moral panic must stop – As a kid, I thought I'd be married with three kids by now. But now I see "family" as something totally different
- Mexican women pay high price for countrys rigid abortion laws – Mexico has some of the strictest abortion laws in the world, and women can find themselves criminalised even after miscarriage
- Congress Cut $8.7 Billion in Food Stamps in the Same Year We’ll Spend $22 Bn to Fight Islamic State – The GOP Congress’s assault on the American working class has been waged with the pretext that the Federal government has no money (what with being in debt and all).
- For Women, Gun Violence Often Linked to Domestic Violence – On the first day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, here is a disturbing statistic: Of women murdered by men, 93 percent are killed by someone they know — and the majority are intimate partners of their killers.
- Standing Up for Lessons of Dissent – There is a general belief that Americans don’t care much about history, preferring to bask in self-reverential “exceptionalism” with U.S. behavior beyond criticism. But students outside Denver are taking to the streets to protest right-wing efforts to strip dissent from the history curriculum, writes Peter Dreier.
- “This guy might be an a**hole, but he’s not alone”: Woman who penned epic open letter about sexual harassment speaks out – The bartender who caused a sensation by calling out the bro who groped her has a reminder: It's not just one bro
- Why Police Can’t Get Rid of Their Military Equipment Even When They Want To` – Yet another reason police militarization is so hard to reverse.
- Invisible art: the gallery hoax that shows how much we hate the rich – People love to lampoon a credulous art world, but the reaction to the fake invisible work of Lana Newstrom shows just how repelled we are by its marketplace
- Hold on, Tiger Mom – Less supportive and punitive parenting techniques used by some Chinese parents might lead to the development of low self-esteem and school adjustment difficulties in their children and leave them vulnerable to depression and problem behaviors, according to a paper recently published by a University of California, Riverside assistant professor and other researchers.
September 30, 2014
Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for September 30th from 12:09 to 13:57:
September 29, 2014
Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for September 29th from 10:51 to 11:37:
September 26, 2014
The announcement of Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation brought out the nuttiest of wingnuts. Obama saluted with a latte, setting off the usual calls for impeachment. Meanwhile, Kansas raised funds and generated buzz. Continue Reading →
September 26, 2014
What passes for justice in police shootings, and extra-legal shootings, of young black men neither satisfies nor inspires us to “trust the system.”
In response to the epidemic of police violence that’s taken the lives of Michael Brown, John Crawford, and countless others, a coalition including Join Hands Up United, Organization for Black Struggle, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment plan a “Weekend of Resistance” in Ferguson, Missouri, October 10 – 13, to build momentum for a nationwide movement against police violence. News in three cases this week underscores the urgent need for such a movement. Continue Reading →
September 25, 2014
Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for September 25th from 15:18 to 15:23:
September 24, 2014
The New York Times caught hell for an article characterizing television producer Shonda Rhimes as an “angry black woman,” but anger is still privileged in “post-racial” America.
The only thing more shocking than Alessandra Stanley’s New York Times article that called Shonda Rhimes — creator of hit television shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” — an “angry black woman,” is that the piece made it into print without anyone at the New York Times realizing how offensive it would be. Stanley even described Viola Davis, star of Rhimes’ latest show “How To Get Away With Murder,” as “less classically beautiful” than lighter-skinned actresses like Kerry Washington or Halle Berry. Still, nothing raised red flags for Times editors? Not even after the “no angel” controversy?
It’s shocking, but not surprising. Much has changed in “post-racial” America, but just as much hasn’t changed. Continue Reading →
September 23, 2014
Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for September 23rd from 11:51 to 16:43: