Tuesday, September 02, 2008

STARHAWK asks for Emergency Calls!

Hey friends, again, thanks for all the calls you’ve been making about our bus, progress is being made, slowly. But I just got word that a young man who was scouting for us yesterday was riding his bike when a police officer tackled him and knocked him off his bike. The stepped on his chest, and he spent the night coughing up blood. When he was seen this morning by a jail medical officer, he was told ‘that was normal’. Please call and demand that he get medical treatment. He’s also reported being harrassed by the jail guards for his perceived sexual orientation—he’s a soft, sweet spiritual youth who came to our magical activism day camp—apparently they think he is gay. By the way he was charged with ‘assault on an officer’. His name is Elliot Hughes—ask that he receive medical treatment and that the harrassment stop. What’s most important is that they know he is not alone and has support. Thanks, Starhawk

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

GOP breaks out the Jackboots for Peace Protesters at the RNC

The Republican convention hasn't even started yet and they've had at least 5 raids against students and protesters in MN/St Paul. A groups at the Convergence Space, including a 5 year old child, were made to lie on the floor face down and were handcuffed. The were only release if they agreed to be photographed.

In another raid, a Democracy Now journalist was held at gunpoint based on an incorrect warrant. The warrants were written so that simple things like nails, spray paint and iPods could be used as proof of criminal intent.

Just a bit ago, an Earth Justice bus, which is used for permaculture demonstrations, was confiscated and the passengers left on the side of the highway. Welcome to Bush's America, where hippie kids are treated like terrorists and Gestapo tactics are SOP.

Seriously, we need to get that son of a bitch out of our White House and restore some sanity to our law enforcement.

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Monday, January 07, 2008

6 Years too Long

via the ACLU.org

January 11, 2008 will mark six years since the first 20 prisoners arrived at Guantánamo Bay Cuba. Since then, 775 prisoners have passed through the gates and no trials have been completed.

As a symbol of freedom and democracy throughout the world, the United States must hold itself to our own high standards. When we resort to the use of torture, abuse, and indefinite detention we lower ourselves to the level of our enemies and defy the basic values that we hold dear. Guantánamo Bay has tarnished the reputation of the United States and makes a mockery of our core values. Six years on, it is time to call once and for all for the United States to CLOSE GUANTÁNAMO!

Stand with us on January 11th and let’s prove that those who would advocate for a lower standard are on the wrong side of the law... the wrong side of core American values... and the wrong side of history. Join me in signing the petition to Close Guantánamo and stand strong in support of justice.

https://secure.aclu.org/site/SPageNavigator/close_guantanamo_11108

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Do I even have to say it?!

from Alternet.org

The picture you see there is the aerial view of the giant Swastika-shaped building cluster at the US Navy's Coronado, California Naval Amphibious Base.

Tell me again why we aren't supposed to call them Nazis? You do realize that we imported a lot of Nazi scientists during and after WWII, right? And W.'s grandfather Prescott Bush was sanctioned for doing business with the Nazis? That our military has recently been infiltrated by white supremecists and fascist Christians? That Karl Rove has followed the Nazi playbook step by step since the attacks on 9/11 - the one's they could have prevented? There are detention camps in Texas right now? American gulags spread about the globe? Do I have to list all the war crimes and human rights violations of the Bush crew?

Just because I'm paranoid, it doesn't mean I'm wrong.

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Monday, May 21, 2007

Gingrich Cites "Opportunity" to "Convert All Of America" To Fundamentalism

Think Progress

In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Source: letter to Horatio G. Spafford, March 17, 1814


True, he was speaking at Liberty University, which was built by the late Jerry Falwell, and he was paying tribute to the old bigot. Never take these people lightly. They're dangerous.

Yes, Gingrich is a hypocrite that cheated on his wife while trying to impeach Bill Clinton over a blow-job, and we on the Left consider him a joke. The danger lies in the fact that too many people who just want to be good Christians end up being "good Germans" because they don't question people who are saying the things they want to hear.

The same people who never think to question the religion they grew up within also rarely question leaders who espouse that religion. They don't dig deeper, they just bask in the glow their own self-righteousness, thinking they are good people and people who think differently are not. People like Gingrich make a lot of money and wield a lot of power by manipulating the uneducated and well-intentioned. He's no more a Christian than Osama bin Laden, no matter what church he attends. His real "god" is money and he'll do anything to make it and to keep it. He'll tell lie after lie, with a straight face and conviction in his voice.

Yes, Newt would LOVE to turn this country into a theocracy. People would be much easier to control. It would be much easier to oppress the voices of dissent, or anyone who doesn't match his W.A.S.P-y ideal of an American citizen. He could make sure you never see anything on TV or read anything in a paper or on the internet that wasn't approved by Karl Rove - we barely do now. The more control these Christo-fascists get, the tighter the control they'll exercise over the media. Look what they did to PBS in the short time they controlled it. They got rid of Bill Moyers, one of the finest journalists in the world, and hired the odious Tucker Carlson. Tucker's another well-paid Republican liar, and spouted his nonsense weekly in spite of all evidence contradicting his lies.

The Bush administration has used their cloak of piety to loot the United States treasury and undermine the Constitution. I have no doubt that much of the 8 Billion (!) dollars that disappeared under the auspices of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq - a group consisting of young, poorly qualified true believers hand-picked for their loyalty to Bush - found its way into Republican pockets. Bush has wasted a Trillion dollars and nearly a million lives on his Christian Crusade, and he has violated not only the Constitution but international law as well.

The people who support him don't look past the facade of faith. They think he's a good Christian. He defends rape, torture and murder of people guilty of nothing but being in the wrong place at the wrong time, including women and children. He has imprisoned thousands, some for nearly 4 years, without due process. He spies illegally on your mail, your phone, your library and the internet, and is taxing the working public rapidly into abject poverty, but his followers still think he's listening to "god" so they let him create a new feudal state by voting against their own interests.

In the new Christian army, the solders might be believers, but the leaders are motivated by greed. Unfortunately, those soldiers will torture or kill anyone who isn't one of them, and feel like a good soldier for doing it. I'm not exaggerating - these people are dangerous.

Keep in mind that Bush expects Armageddon any minute now and he has the nukes to make it happen.

Learn your American history and keep it handy. When you hear the fundamentalists spouting their revisionist bullshit, stop them. They get away with too much. They'll continue to repeat the party line no matter what you do, but it you challenge them you might be able to reach others who are listening. The more you know, the more you have to fight with, and have no doubt that this is a fight - nothing less than your freedom as an American citizen is at stake.

Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Source: letter to Dr. Thomas Cooper, February 10, 1814

Where the preamble declares, that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed by inserting “Jesus Christ,” so that it would read “A departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion;” the insertion was rejected by the great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mohammedan, the Hindoo and Infidel of every denomination.
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Source: Autobiography, in reference to the Virginia Act for Religious Freedom

I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent.
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Source: letter to Francis Hopkinson, March 13, 1789

History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Source: to Alexander von Humboldt, Dec. 6, 1813.

Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.
Author: Thomas Jefferson

They [the clergy] believe that any portion of power confided to me, will be exerted in opposition to their schemes. And they believe rightly; for I have sworn upon the altar of god, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. But this is all they have to fear from me: and enough, too, in their opinion.
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Source: to Dr. Benjamin Rush, Sept. 23, 1800

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between church and State.
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Source: letter to Danbury Baptist Association, CT., Jan. 1, 1802

God is an essence that we know nothing of. Until this awful blasphemy is got rid of, there never will be any liberal science in the world.
-- John Adams, "this awful blashpemy" that he refers to is the myth of the Incarnation of Christ, from Ira D Cardiff, What Great Men Think of Religion, quoted from James A Haught, ed., 2000 Years of Disbelief

"The founders of our nation were nearly all Infidels, and that of the presidents who had thus far been elected [Washington; Adams; Jefferson; Madison; Monroe; Adams; Jackson] not a one had professed a belief in Christianity....
"Among all our presidents from Washington downward, not one was a professor of religion, at least not of more than Unitarianism."
-- The Reverend Doctor Bird Wilson, an Episcopal minister in Albany, New York, in a sermon preached in October, 1831.


"As the government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen [Muslims] ... it is declared ... that no pretext arising from religious opinion shall ever product an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries....
"The United States is not a Christian nation any more than it is a Jewish or a Mohammedan nation."
-- Treaty of Tripoli (1797), carried unanimously by the Senate and signed into law by John Adams (the original language is by Joel Barlow, US Consul)

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Europe is laughing at us. AGAIN. (Warning - bad language coming up here)

BBC NEWS | Americas | US DJ criticised over Obama song

Why are they laughing? Well, just in case Hurricane Katrina didn't convince the rest of the world that Americans are the most racist mother fuckers on the planet, now they're watching us tolerate Rush Limbaugh sing "Barack the magic negro." This is not a question of rights. It's a matter of taste and judgement. When are we going to demand that our media behave like adults?

Continuing with this week's theme of White Supremacy, Americablog reports that James Dobson's crew at the American Family Association and some of the other radical Right Wing groups are quoting Paul Cameron. In case you're not familiar with his work, Cameron advocates the extermination of homosexuals and tattooing HIV patients on their faces. Cameron's group, the Family Research Institute, is monitored by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an ACTIVE HATE GROUP!

Cameron made his remarks about exterminating gays at CPAC, where Ann Coulter called John Edwards a "faggot."

What scares me is that the people in a position to stop these hate mongers don't really understand how dangerous they are.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

MAY DAY in GWB's AmeriKKKa~

Where police in riot gear assail peaceful protesters with rubber bullets for no reason and without warning. I can't wait to hear the official story on this one - there were members of the MSM out in the crowd, and the Archbishop for the area had just been on stage. There was no trigger for this, and no warning - People simply found themselves in a hail of rubber bullets, even if they were trying to get their things together and leave.

One would almost think the police were trying to provoke the crowd of immigrants to riot. I wonder what they had in mind if they had succeeded?

Happy Beltane, y'all. Goddess, help us.

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Friday, March 02, 2007

My response to: Is the feminist sisterhood more sorority than social justice?

Alternet

Jessica Valenti has a post up on Alternet. Here's my comment.

I don't think the issues are related at all.

I've never been sure whether I'm Second Wave, in which I'm too young to have participated, or Third Wave, considering that I'm now middle aged. Let's not make the mistake of underplaying the impact of what this sorority has done.

The Sorority is expressing the new wave of fascism in America. In Bush country, it's ok to be racist, elitist, and superior. It's all the rage in the Ivy Leagues to make fun of immigrants and minorities. "KKK" is derived from the Greek, too, a joke started by well-educated, middle class men. Paul Campos covered the racist implications of weight prejudice in his book, The Obesity Myth (2004). Women are becoming obsessed with the values of the Anglo elite, to the detriment of their own comfort and health. Getting women to worry about their weight is a great way to get their minds off making 74 cents or less on the dollar.

It's as absurd to exclude someone from a panel for being too young as it is for being too old. If you have something relevant to say, that's all that should matter. The feminist institutions are populated primarily by upper class, well-educated women. They function academically, have to put an emphasis on grants and fundraising to stay in business and they want desperately to be taken "seriously." That last point is the key.

Not taking someone "seriously" is a form of oppression. To dismiss someone's concern about issues of economics or politics for an arbitrary reason like gender or age is a way to avoid the content of their complaint. The feminist movement should be the most inclusive group of all. It should cut across barriers of age, race, class, ethnicity and gender. Among reasonable people, it would also cut across political lines. The idea that it is somehow radical to consider women to be human and therefore endowed with natural rights is absurd. That women should be paid less than men, or that they should be denied access to any institution or profession solely because of their gender, or should be subject to sexual coercion are equally absurd ideas. Our media paints our common sense positions as extremist and we let them.

The feminist blogosphere, like any other group, has its exclusionary ways as well. I've gotten to the point that I refer to myself as a matriarchist to make it easier for the "proper" feminists to distance themselves from me, and I'm sure there are others who feel the same way. One of the iconic feminist blogs recently invited "young women" to apply to write for it, apparently excluding older feminists from consideration.

Like it or not, there's an arrogance that exists only in the young. I had it. I grew out of it. Older feminists often lack patience with younger women not because they're threatened, but because they've fought this fight before. The opinions you fight for at 25 are often the ones you look back at when you're 40 and wish you'd known then what you do now because you'd do it all differently. It can be just as frustrating for younger, more-technologically savvy women to deal with older women who aren't making the most of new media. We're all going to have to get along. If we can take hard-won wisdom from those who have it and combine it with the energy and intensity of younger sisters, and make an effort to include all voices instead of just the cool or popular ones, we can successfully address the needs of old and young, male and female and everything in between, which is the point.

It's a struggle, to be sure, but let's not associate that struggle to the rampant bigotry of some spoiled rich girls. If we were doing our job, they'd be ashamed to behave this way publically. That's what we need to focus on. Fascism is being passed off as simple exclusivity and that is an attitude too dangerous to go unchallenged.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Killers in the Classroom

By Dr. June Scorza Terpstra

02/15/07 "ICH " -- -- During a heated debate in a class I teach on social justice, several US Marines who had done tours in Iraq told me that they had "sacrificed" by “serving” in Iraq so that I could enjoy the freedom to teach in the USA. Parroting their master’s slogan about “fighting over there so we don’t have to fight over here”, these students proudly proclaimed that they terrorized and killed defenseless Iraqis. They intimated that their Arab victims are nothing more to them than collateral damage, incidental to their receipt of some money and an education.

A room full of students listened as a US Marine told of the invasion of Baghdad and Falluja and how he killed innocent Iraqis at a check point. He called them “collateral damage” and said he had followed the “rules”. A Muslim-American student in front of him said “I could slap you but then you would kill me”. A young female Muslim student gasped “I am a freshman; I never thought to hear of this in a class. I feel sick, like I will pass out.”

I knew in that moment that this was what the future of teaching about justice would include: teaching war criminals who sit glaring at me with hatred for daring to speak the truth of their atrocities and who, if paid to, would disappear, torture and kill me. I wondered that night how long I really have in this so called “free” country to teach my students and to be with my children and grandchildren.[emphasis mine]


Read the whole, chilling thing. Apparently, American youth will do ANYTHING, no matter how vile, for money. We've got a new generation of killers ready to violate the Posse Commitatus Act on Shrub's signal. They'll either remain the fascists they've become, or they'll realize that they've committed war crimes. We may not be able to live with the first; they may not be able to live with the latter.

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Friday, January 05, 2007

American Children in Concentration Camps

Orcinus

I kid you not. David Neiwert explains it more clearly than I can, but suffice it to say that when Homeland Security pulled that big raid that supposedly rounded up thousands of illegal immigrants and criminals cast a much wider net than they admitted to. There are families in concentration camps in this country right now. Some of them were in the country legally and many have children who are American citizens.

The children who are big enough wear prison clothes. They are divided into groups under 12 and over 12 for their one hour of education a day, which is an English language class. They are permitted 1 hour of recreation a day, usually inside.

People are getting sick from the food. They're surrounded by barbed wire and guards with guns. In America. Right now.

Most Germans didn't really pay attention when the Jews were rounded up, either.

The best place to learn more is Latina Lista. She's in Texas where this is happening and she's all over it.

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