22 Oct 2010

Howie Hawkins Money Bloom Today: Support a Green New Deal for NY!

Grassroots supporters of Howie Hawkins’ Green Party campaign for Governor of New York are holding an online “money bloom” today, Friday 22 October, with the goal of raising $10,000 for voter outreach.

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22 Oct 2010

Judge Denies Guantánamo Prisoner’s Habeas Petition, Ignores Torture in Secret CIA Prisons

On September 22, in the District Court in Washington D.C., Judge Reggie B. Walton denied the habeas corpus petition of Tawfiq al-Bihani, consigning him to indefinite detention in Guantánamo, on an apparently legal basis, despite the fact that there is no evidence that he ever took up arms against anyone, or had any contact with anyone involved in preparing, facilitating or supporting acts of international terrorism. Judge Walton also ignored that despite being, at most, a lowly foot soldier, al-Bihani was held in a variety of secret CIA prisons in Afghanistan before his transfer to Guantánamo, where he was subjected to torture.

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22 Oct 2010

Weekly Mulch: Local Food—Where Sustainability Meets Self-Reliance

Weekly Mulch: Local Food—Where Sustainability Meets Self-Reliance

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22 Oct 2010

Calling All Activists: The Pledge Needs You!

The final push for a midterm wake-up call.

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22 Oct 2010

Why Is a Perjurer on the Supreme Court?

In leaving an early-morning voicemail for Professor Anita Hill, insisting that she apologize to Clarence Thomas for “what you did with my husband“, Ginni Thomas has re-ignited scrutiny into Thomas’ testimony at his confirmation hearing. That scrutiny does not leave the Supreme Court justice in a flattering light. In fact, yet another credible witness has come forward today, adding one more person relating a nearly identical description of Thomas’ outrageous behavior toward women (pdf) and his obsession with pornography. With multiple victims of Thomas’ inappropriate behavior coming forward, the question now must be asked why we allow a Supreme Court justice to remain on the bench when it is clear that he committed perjury in his confirmation hearing by categorically denying confirmed events.

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22 Oct 2010

Juan Williams is a Sexist Pig. Discuss.

From the WaPo, 11/2/1991: “Jo Ellen Murphy, art director of the Weekend section, said that ‘[Juan Williams] was obsessed with my sex life and that’s all he wanted to talk to me about . . . . I raised my voice at him and said, “Just don’t talk to me again.” ‘ ”

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22 Oct 2010

New Coverage + GOP Response to Free Press Lawsuit: “He Left Voluntarily”

To Ayotte Campaign manager Jeff Grappone: Let’s see just how far you and a reprimanded Judge who thinks KingCast is “nonsense” will go to set back the First Amendment, and to show the World just what’s it’s like to practice journalism in the “Live Free or Die” State….. I’m just here to expose each and every step of our journey to the World Public. See you in Court.]

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22 Oct 2010

The Bigotry Shuffle – NPR To Fox

Sometimes it worthwhile to examine the language we use and what it really means. English, as it is spoken in the United States, is wonderfully malleable and thus common words can be open to interpretation. However there are some words that should be clear in their meaning, bigotry being one.

My parents were Liberals with a capital L. They both came from places and times when the N word could be used and nothing would be thought of it. This was anathema to them, and they were not going to pass this kind of thing down to their children. The rule in our house was that you could hate someone, but you could only do it if you knew them personally and they had done you wrong. There would be no painting with a broad brush, no assumptions put on one person because of the actions of another person like them.

Bigotry is doing exactly that, assuming that there is a monolithic set of actions or attribute to a large group of people. It does not matter if the set is wrapped around sexuality or religion or ethnicity, if you assume that all of group X does action Y because one or some of them does action Y then you are bigoted in your opinion.

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22 Oct 2010

LiveBlog Of Harlan County U.S.A. Documentary

On a whim, I picked up a documentary DVD. Like all good documentaries, Harlan County USA gives a new perspective on everything.

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22 Oct 2010

Governor Deval Patrick Politely Declines to Open for my Rock Opera at UMass – That’s Cool – Jill Still Will

Governor Deval Patrick Politely Declines to Open for my Rock Opera at UMass – That’s Cool – Jill Still Will — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

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