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Digest for October 20th through October 21st

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for October 20th through October 21st:

  • Progressive Voter Guide to Media and Technology | Media and Technology | AlterNet – This election, voters have a clear choice from the two major presidential candidates on whether the Internet should remain free and available to all, whether huge corporations should be allowed to own even greater concentrations of outlets, the extent to which you have a right to privacy online, and whether government will use technological developments readily available to make government more open.
  • Progressive Voter Guide to Sex and Relationship Issues | Sex and Relationships | AlterNet – Sexuality — including who has the right to have sex with whom, at what age, in what states and even in what ways — has long been a centerpiece of U.S. culture wars. And today, issues from same-sex marriage to sex education are being hashed out in court and at the ballot box.
  • Patrick Kampert: Why Sarah Palin Doesn’t Speak For Me – But the biggest reason I don't have a fish is that my driving is less than ideal. What if I accidentally cut off another car that's in my blind spot? Worse, what if I'm angry and impatient about an unrelated matter and it shows up in my driving? I'm not setting a real good example out there and don't want to drag down God's good name. Which brings me to Sarah Palin, and her all-too-self-assured assertions that she is the embodiment of the average, faith-filled American. I don't know what's more reckless — her statements attempting to link Barack Obama with terrorists or John McCain's hasty, uninformed selection of her in the first place.
  • Paula Goldman: Don’t Move to Canada – Don't assume you can leave for a few years and expect that things will get better when your side is elected to power, because they probably won't. There are too many fires burning to have one individual fireman put them all out. No matter who is elected in a few weeks time, the future of our country is still going to come down to us. Ordinary people working more diligently than ever to make a difference. Now, more than ever, we need everyone to participate in finding solutions. Now, more than ever, we can not afford to sit back and expect others to solve our problems for us.
  • Waiting for the Barbarians – In case you haven't heard, there's a guy running for president named Barack Hussein Osama Nobama. This Nobama was born outside America and secretly schooled in Islamic terrorism at a Wahhabi madrassa. He then moved to the United States to take up the radical '60s teachings of the Weather Underground's Bill Ayers, while also organizing for ACORN, a subprime-lending, voter fraud-committing collective of affirmative-action welfare queens. All this happened before he became an elitist celebrity advocate of socialism, infanticide, the sexual abuse of children and treason.
  • Dowd: After W., le déluge – International Herald Tribune – In this season of darkness, as Charles Dickens described an earlier mob scene, I'm feeling as vengeful and bloodthirsty as Madame Defarge sharpening her knitting needles at the guillotine. I can't wait to see the tumbrels rumble up and down Wall Street picking up the heedless and greedy financial aristocracy that plundered and sundered free-market capitalism. Payback doesn't have to go as far as the French Revolution. The grifters shafting us don't have to shed blood, but they do have to give the money back. As far as these self-serving corporate con men and short-selling traders are concerned, off with their headsets.
  • Omid Memarian: Why This Election is All About Character, Not Real Issues – With it becoming more and more obvious that the United States is experiencing its worst time economically, politically and morally since World War II, running a divisive, polarizing campaign based on fear and hatred is the last thing Americans need. Just a few weeks prior to the elections, it's now clear that John McCain, the war hero and John McCain, the 2008 Presidential candidate are two distinct personalities. He contradicts the essential values and norms that he fought for decades ago.
  • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | Spreading the Wealth – The problem, you see, is not simply that Joe the Plumber does not want to pay taxes, and McCain says he's right. The problem is that Joe the Plumber doesn't want to reconcile two contradictory goods in his mind at the same time (the good of having a few hundred more dollars, the good of having paying customers, roads, etc.) and the media on his lawn says he's a "demographic."
  • Truthdig – A/V Booth – Noam Chomsky: ‘There’s Nothing Wrong With Picking the Lesser of Two Evils’ – The renowned linguist and political philosopher tells The Real News that there is indeed a difference between the two major parties and their candidates, if only a narrow one. While they both serve elites, Chomsky says, the Democrats, over time, help people.
  • Truthdig – A/V Booth – Logic Lessons With Sarah Palin: Gay Marriage Edition – Just to go out on a limb here, doesn’t supporting a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage on the federal level represent a very real form of “judgment” about the people and relationships that are granted the official stamp of legitimacy and those that aren’t? This consideration doesn’t seem to inform Sarah Palin’s stance on the issue, as evidenced by this clip from an interview Palin did over the weekend with the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody. “I’m not going to be out there judging individuals, sitting in a seat of judgment telling what they can and can’t do, should and should not do,” she told Brody during their exchange, which was broadcast on Monday.
  • TPMCafe | Talking Points Memo | Evil Eliciting the Challenge of a Conscious Good – The battle between "intensified 'Americanism'," by which Hartz means the kind of rabid nationalism McCain and Palin are now stoking and McCarthy stoked before them, is not a battle between liberals and conservatives. It is instead a battle between demagogues and rationalists, those who would rule through fear and division and those who believe in an enlightened progress. That's why Colin Powell's direct assault on the McCain campaign was so important. Playing his role as statesman, Powell endorsed Obama and highlighted the valour and sacrifice of a Muslim-American soldier, to push back against the forces of "intensified 'Americanism'."
  • WoodMoor Village: A Call to Republicans – Can you please start communicating to your party leaders, at all levels, that enough is enough? Tell them you just don't want a party that engages and supports the kind of theopolitics of fear and hate that have marked the GOP for a long time. Please convey to them that an intellectually honest, compassionate, ideologically sound, party is worth having. A party that does not rely on fear of homosexuals, fear of minorities, fear of foreigners, fear of intellectuals, fear of non-Christians — one that does not brand opponents un-patriotic, un-American, terrorist sympathizers, "pinkos," communist, socialists, and baby-killers. A party that does not stoke the flames of racial discord, provide aid and comfort to supremacists and racists, assume that Christianism is, or should be, the religion of the realm, or malign dissenters from its own ranks.

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