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Maddow: Shameless, Craven, Unprincipled, Partisan Hackery…


These guys are the height of unprincipled…except when it comes to undercutting the President…
They have blocked policies that they themselves have initiated or co-sponsored or supported, as far back as ’08, as soon as the President says he agrees with it. Too often this sort of context is missed by the mainstream media and the Repugs continue this unpatriotic behaviour and get off scot-free. This portion of the political debate needs more light given to it and the American people need to make these hacks pay…

: Shameless, craven, unprincipled, partisan hackery.


Mark Halperin: The point of it all…


I just can’t say or write it any better than this!! Race, racism, white privilege & entitlement, and supremacy is written all over this incident. The implications are long and deep. Hopefully, not just those who are victimized by this type of behavior and thought will speak on it. For it is those with the power that must work to change themselves and their effects on those they victimize.

Racism = Prejudice + Power… Do the Math!

If you understand nothing else, know this. To be Black in America means “we can’t do what they do.” A dear friend spoke those words to me over 20 years ago and I have never forgotten them. Forget making derisive remarks about others in the public square, the fact is we aren’t allowed to get angry or show disappointment openly. To be labeled “difficult” or “angry” is to be marginalized. For African American men and women the vicious stereotypes around what is deemed “aggressive” for us but standard behavior for others is often the difference between a paycheck and the soup line.

“Who do you think you are?” I’ve been asked. “You think a lot of yourself,” the same boss said. I collected myself and quietly left his office that day. I ain’t nobody’s saint but, like Obama, there was nothing I could say without getting frog-marched out of the building.

So Obama will say nothing. He will never address the malicious attacks on his character by respected journalists or side-show carnival barkers. He can’t. He cannot say a nary word about how utterly indecent it all is.

There is something to be said about what we’re becoming. Or maybe it’s about what we’ve always been. A nation with two sets of rules. Mark Halperin may as well have called the president an “uppity Negro.” We’ve been here before. – Goldie Taylor

Mark Halperin: The point of it all… « The Goldie Taylor Project.


Democracy Now!: Wed. Jan. 26, 2011 | An Interview with Harry Belafonte…


Listen to Harry Belafonte’s critique of President Obama and the lack of an earnest effort to help the poor and ravaged ethnic communities…
Is he a “hater” too?? Is he jealous of the President?

The Belafonte interview starts at 43:55…
Your thoughts??

[blip.tv http://blip.tv/play/AYKfhgAC%5D

Democracy Now!: Wed. Jan. 26, 2011 | Free Speech TV.


The Media Has Abandoned Covering The Nation’s Massive Unemployment Crisis


This article mirrors my own opinion… The unemployed have become a pawn in the game of politics. The people have got to take their power back…

“…the focus on the deficit is, in part, a measure of “how effective conservatives have been at changing the narrative of economic policy from one dominated by talk of fiscal stimulus to one now in lockstep with notions of fiscal austerity.” Mother Jones’ Kevin Drum concurs that this is “neither surprising nor, in a sense unwarranted.” However, he says, “What is unwarranted…is the yellow line in the chart, the one that shows mentions of unemployment: it’s down to about 50, which means about two mentions per week in each newspaper.” – Jason Linkins

The Media Has Abandoned Covering The Nation’s Massive Unemployment Crisis.


In Prison Reform, Money Trumps Civil Rights


The portion of this piece that really struck me was the notion that the injustice alone is not enough for change. Only in the presence of “white interests” is there room for policy changes. This quote said it all:

“Given this political reality (the political reality being White middle class tax hikes that would be necessary to continue state funded mass incarceration), it is hardly a surprise to read a headline that says, “N.A.A.C.P. Joins With Gingrich in Urging Prison Reform,” rather than the other way around. If there were ever an illustration of Professor Bell’s theory that whites will support racial justice only to the extent that it is in their interests, this would seem to be it.”

Even with my political leanings and racial consciousness, this article focused and expanded the extent of white supremacy, for me ,in this country and, I hate to admit, left me a bit nonplussed, frankly. I always say, “race and racism is everywhere” but this really proves the point. Martin Luther King Jr’s quotes below continue to make the point…

In 1963, in his “Letter From a Birmingham Jail,” he chastised white ministers for their indifference to black suffering: “I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizens Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to “order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says, “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can’t agree with your methods of direct action’; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.’ ”

He continued: “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.” Such language would not have tested well in a focus group. Yet it helped to change the course of history.

Those who believe that righteous indignation and protest politics were appropriate in the struggle to end Jim Crow, but that something less will do as we seek to dismantle mass incarceration, fail to appreciate the magnitude of the challenge. If our nation were to return to the rates of incarceration we had in the 1970s, we would have to release 4 out of 5 people behind bars. A million people employed by the criminal justice system could lose their jobs. Private prison companies would see their profits vanish. This system is now so deeply rooted in our social, political and economic structures that it is not going to fade away without a major shift in public consciousness. – Michelle Alexander

It’s not enough to be against racism. Without actively pursuing it’s end and offering shared power and responsibility, you are only propagating the negativity that is racism…

In Prison Reform, Money Trumps Civil Rights – NYTimes.com.


Why a Michigan High School is Ground Zero for US Politics


When everything boils down to monetary policies and the affects of those policies are ignored when it comes to and the impact on poor and disadvantaged people…
Even while you continue to reward those with means with even more wealth…
Even from the party that champions “Christianity” in the abstract but ignores it when it comes to their economic policies…

Is this a “Christ-like” or Christian policy?

You can’t separate your politics from your Christianity…

: Why a Michigan high school is ground zero for US politics.


Why Isn’t the Progressive Budget Plan on the Table?


So much for the notion of “the liberal media”. If the media was really slanted left, wouldn’t this plan be getting considerable coverage and discussion…? Isn’t this the plan that is supported by the majority of the American people as viewed through recent polling. Is the Medicaid & Medicare destroying, tax cut for the wealthy and corporate elites, budget plan put forth by Paul Ryan and the Republicans a true reflection of American priorities? I think not…

Watch the clip and let me know what you think…

: Why isn’t the progressive budget plan on the table?.