Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Like a Handshake

This is a great read and sums up most of my thoughts on the matter. However, I am of the school that progressives and liberals need to play even dirtier.

Playing nice will get us killed. Literally.

But, yes, your modern conservative movement is seditious.

None Dare Call It Sedition | OurFuture.org:
"These two events are a wake-up call for progressives. They're telling us that it's time to openly confront the fact that conservatives have spent the past 40 years systematically delegitimizing the very idea of constitutional democracy in America. When they're in power, they mismanage it and defund it. When they're out of power, they refuse to participate in running the country at all -- indeed, they throw all their energy into thwarting the democratic process any way they can. When they need to win an election, they use violent, polarizing, eliminationist language against their opponents to motivate their base. This is sedition in slow motion, a gradual corrosive undermining of the government's authority and capacity to run the country. And it's been at the core of their politics going all the way back to Goldwater."

Moderates and liberals are responding to this rising threat with feckless calls for "a return to civility," as if all that's needed to put things right again is a stern talking-to from Miss Manners. Though that couldn't hurt, the sad fact is that we're well past the point where it's just a matter of conservatives behaving like tantrum-throwing spoiled brats (which they are). When a mob is surrounding your house with torches and telling you they intend to burn it down, "civility" really isn't the issue any more.

At that point -- and we're there -- criminal intent and action become the real issues. Progressives need to realize that the right began defiantly dancing back and forth over the legal line, daring us to do something about it, quite some time ago. And it's high time we called it out -- and, where appropriate, start prosecuting it -- for exactly what it is.

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Yes, let's let Big Business run our country instead of a government for, of and by the people.

The ‘mind-blowing’ surge of wealth inequality in America - Sahil Kapur - AntiPartisan - True/Slant:
"One of the most understated issues in American political discourse is the surging inequality of income and wealth. The Nation has a chart that sheds light on what’s going on."

Thus the importance of....

Unions To Out-Tea-Party The Tea Party With March On Wall Street:
"A host of union groups and community activists are planning to one-up the anti-Wall Street sentiment commonly associated with the Tea Party movement by actually organizing a massive protest on the streets of downtown Manhattan.

The AFL-CIO is set to orchestrate a 10,000-person 'march on Wall Street' on April 29, designed to push for several broad and specific actions on the financial regulatory reform front."

It’s War: SEIU Starting Third Party In North Carolina | The Plum Line:
"In a shot across the bow of Dems, the labor powerhouse SEIU is starting a new third party in North Carolina that hopes to field its own slate of candidates, part of an effort to make the Democratic Party more reliable on issues important to labor, I’m told.

SEIU officials setting up the new party, called North Carolina First, are currently on the ground collecting signatures to qualify as a state party, SEIU officials tell me, adding that there are around 100 canvassers on the ground right now. The goal: To have the party up and running so candidates can run in this fall’s elections.

It won’t be lost on political observers that three House Dems who voted No on reform are from the state: Heath Shuler, Mike McIntyre, and Larry Kissell."
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Of course he joined in. They have a little color problem.

Mississippi gov joins in: No need to cite slavery when cheering confederacy | Raw Story

Think Progress � Ohio Tea Party Organizer And Father Of Part-Latino Son Threatens To Shoot Latino Immigrants

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Weird group of people. This is what counts as 'funny'?

Christian ‘comedian’ accidentally exposes evils of indoctrination - Stephen C. Webster - Brave New Hooks - True/Slant:
"I was raised very, very Christian. So Christian, in fact, my family wouldn’t even identify their denomination — which is to say, they were in the anti-denomination denomination. They preferred the term “nondenominational.”

Even as a child, I carried an ever-present suspicion that everyone I knew was completely Fucking insane."
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Kinda like a hand shake.... or a pat on the back.

'Clinton-Lewinsky Effect': Study Shows Students' Changing Views Of Oral Sex:
"Sex researchers point to former President Bill Clinton, former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, a notorious blue dress -- and perhaps a cigar -- for a recent study that shows college students are growing more hesitant to call oral sex actual sex.

According to the University of Kentucky study of sexual definitions, only 20 percent of students considered oral-genital contact to be 'sex.' That's about half the number who responded that way in similar 'sex' classification studies in 1991 and 1999-2001."
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50 Hilarious TV Screenshots and Freeze Frames - Urlesque

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2 comments:

Jez said...

Man, that "Christian Comic" link led me to a whole bunch of Zombie Jesus photos on Christwire. What an awesome collection!

Okay. Gotta go finish reading the original article now...

JPW said...

I thought 'Christwire' was going to be satire. Not. Nice collection, though.