Ed Schultz & Jeremy Scahill debate as the Internet...
Trying to find a reputable place to post a clip from is getting tougher and tougher. I’m not happy about Libya, but damn if I’m going to post a video of Jeremy Scahill taking Ed Schulz to task for his weird support of arming Libyan rebels from a Rand Paul organization hell-bent on scaring Americans about something Paul and his fans call “our sovereignty.” Anyway, go to...
STFU, Homophobes: Ann Coulter's Homo Rainbow... →
stfuhomophobes: We could use your help getting the word out! Thanks, -Meg & Will Ann Coulter’s Homo Rainbow Ann Coulter is coming to speak at the University of Wyoming. Her invitation is because I sucessfully sued UW to bring Bill Ayers after he was banned from campus by the UW administration. The former UW College Republicans president has admitted this is why she is coming. Ayers ...
My guess is that Pawlenty was just repeating some phrases he’s heard from the...– Paul Krugman, “Between the Devil and the Deep Red Idiocy” (NYTimes, 4.30.2011) Most Republicans don’t know the difference between monetary and fiscal policy. Most Americans don’t.
Fact Finding Missions: On Job Creation & Political...
Let’s share facts. President Bush’s job creation policies were so horrid that Obama’s too-small stimulus created more jobs in one year than Bush’s policies created in eight. That’s a fact. When your right wing friends and family members say stupid things about this, give them the facts. Popular media is not educating people, opting instead for reporting on what...
Erase to the Top: Michelle Rhee's Game →
Looks more likely she’s covering, possibly lying about what happened, or just trying very hard to discredit herself in the DC testing scandal. Not good at all.
How Education Reform is Actually Tax Reform →
I’ve claimed it for years: because the wealthy elite (well educated, by the way,) and business owners/investors are unwilling to pay (more) taxes, we have had to find reasons to cut public funding from well-established government programs. You justify the cuts in education by promoting a need for education reform. In other words, reforming public education is actually a complicated,...
Rangers Fan Organizations Shelter Bigots →
Love how Rangers fan organizations draw a false equivalency between rebel songs (Celtic fans sing) and sectarian songs (Rangers fans sing). The comparison shows how inconsiderate and disrespectful they are about people’s right to sing songs about their history as opposed to permitting white, protestant fans the right to sing songs about hating non-whites, non-Protestants, non-citizens...
Sen. Sanders: Ten Companies Avoiding Taxes →
jonathan-cunningham: While hard working Americans fill out their income tax returns this tax season, General Electric and other giant profitable corporations are avoiding U.S. taxes altogether. With Congress returning to Capitol Hill on Monday to debate steep spending cuts, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said the wealthiest Americans and most profitable corporations must do their share to help...
…The biggest number they can come up with is 4,000 people will eventually die.– Glenn Beck, on why radiation leaks in Japan are not a big deal. (via reallyfoxnews) fucking creep.
The Korean Quotidian: Office Routines →
I’m sharing an office with one of those OCD guys every Korean office seems to have. He’s very nice and constantly cleans. When he’s not cleaning, he’s teaching; when he’s neither teaching nor cleaning, he’s hiking. He’s mopped our office floor five times in three days. I think he needs some help. The mopping at my school involves the coldest water and...
zachvaughn asked: I look at this from a state and local level, and I don't pay much attention to what goes on in Washington, unless it effects what I'm doing here, but on the state level, there isn't much catering to the far right, specifically in the terms of the Tea Party - legislation about birth certificates, nullification and harsh immigration legislation are going into the dustbin. As to the...
What can't Rick Santorum blame on Abortion? →
Yes, it’s an absurd argument—Santorum is not much more than a punchline in an urban dictionary joke. But where is the media when conservatives say that social security is broken? It’s not broken. It’s not in trouble. Factually. Really. Actually. Social security is fine and can continue to be fine. With small, easily accomplished tweaks, the worries about its distant future...
Could you be destroying America and not even know... →
Eugenics, anyone?! I’d like to direct everyone to a chapter in Lillian Smith’s Killers of the Dream, “Two Men and a Bargain”. It’s bad enough that white people fall for this hateful ideology and its social processes. That we have citizens who respect people who talk about the extinction of the white race is sad. But eugenics has a more nefarious purpose: to...
majorityreporters: Jeff Bryant of the Campaign for America’s Future talks education “reform” with Sam Seder.
Tea Party Conservatives vs. Conservatives →
Ok, so the polling suggests a split in the conservative discourse community. My response is: SO WHAT? The radicalized right wing is not the biggest problem. The biggest problem is that mainstream conservatives are catering to the far right via legislation in the House and filibustering in the Senate. The far right is and will likely always be a minority in the wider conservative movement. The...
fight4yourrights-deactivated201 asked: Follow for Follow? :)
Academic Ad Absurdum: Satoshi Kanazawa →
I’ve posted about this hater before. Lots of junk in evolutionary psychology, but Kanazawa usually takes the cake. And his brand of scientific hatred is so simplistic and sensational, _Psychology Today_ publishes almost all of it. (h/t Jezebel)
Recent Stanley Fish in the NYTimes →
I’m a sucker for good writing. Fish’s recent essays, especially on supporting teacher’s unions and his latest on religion, have been wonderful. And I’m often not a fan of his rhetoric. Highly recommended.
Obama says testing is boring. →
I love it when he throws the media a curve ball. What will they say about this? Of course, he’s correct. Standardized testing is horrible for the classroom, for both teachers and students.
American Thought Police (Krugman) →
Paul Krugman’s piece in the times is a good one. David Brooks was on Real Time with Bill Maher last weekend defending Conservativism from the right wing antics of the Republican Party. I often hear from my Conservative friends that I shouldn’t confuse Conservatives with Republicans. It’s a bit self-righteous and precious, and hides a more complex truth. The claim is an implicit...
White Power 101: Apologetics →
Two things about this clip from the Chris Matthews show. The first thing I’m quite accustomed to; we all are, in fact. The privileged white man who has a checkered past is given another chance to lead, to succeed, to be all that he can be; he’s given a pass for all past indiscretions. He is mindlessly afforded this pass because he is privileged. In the US, this kind of...
Gallon Drunk "Solitaire" 1992 →
Labor History: Triangle Shirtwaist Fire →
March 25, 1911. Good post about it, the mindset that caused it. You know, the mindset that persists. It’s called “libertarianism,” and it’s dangerous to your health and our national well-being.
Lists: Sociology of Space
Working through a reading list Hovering above it all: Hegel Lefebvre’s Production of Space. that Imagination is involved in producing space, effects the rhythm of space, marked by time, etc has gotten me off course with what appears to be Lefebvre’s most well-read book. Must return to it. Where does Simmel fit here? Thinking of his discussion about time and counting, how it...
Hegelian Triads →
Re-reading Hegel and digging around online for articles and such. Found this. Remember when hypertext was going to be the next big thing. Still, it’s kind of helpful. And the Marxists.org Library is a great resource.