Or will a certain nutty segment of America, along with our media overlords, begin to lose their Huckaboner, in light of. . .this (from Blue Texan's new man crush): Two former parole board members in Arkansas said yesterday that as governor, Mr. Huckabee[...]
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On ABC’s This Week, host George Stephanopoulos told his audience, “You should know that I invited the CIA director, the director of national intelligence, and President Bush’s national security adviser to join us today. They all declined.”
I'm usually not that good with titles; the one for this post, however, encapsulates perfectly what I feel and what I owe To Ezra, of course, for the opportunity to be associated with one so talented and to write for...[...]
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What a wonderful caption on Cavuto’s show…“Sex with underage Boys: Could it be a Good Thing?”(h/t Brent for sending this in last week)
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Clinton, who said she supports a federal recommendation for shorter sentences for some people caught with crack cocaine, opposed making those shorter sentences retroactive - which could eventually result in the early release of 20,000 people convicted on drug charges.
"In principle I have problems with retroactivity," she said. "It's something a lot of communities will be concerned about as well."
In an interview after the debate, Clinton's pollster, Mark Penn, pointed out that the Republican front-runner has already signaled that he will attack Democrats on releasing people convicted of drug crimes.
Her five rivals present on stage - Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, and Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich - all said they favor making the shorter sentences retroactive.
Peer thru the "crack" and you'll see that Hillary Clinton is nothing but an ambitious neo-con war loving racist. These are people who shouldn't be in jail. And Clinton knows it. Punishing people 100 times worse because their cocaine isn't in powder form is so transparently insane that we really can dispense with the hollow rhetoric about "letting crack cocaine dealers out of jail." The law is so fucked up you don't even have to be a dealer to end up in jail for decades.
America's strongest anti-black policies have long been it's drug laws especially in regards to Cocaine now Hillary Clinton has decided that 20,000 black men who have been rotting away since the 1980's are expendable as she seeks to garner so called moderate white votes. Mrs. Clinton doesn't deserve any loyalty from the African-American community in fact she takes their support for granted. Unfortunately she has proven herself a racist because actions speak louder than words. Since the late 1800's politicians mostly from the south have used cocaine to demonize the African - American community. Hillary Clinton is merely continuing that same ugly historical tradition of racist scapegoating.
The picture below comes from the frontpage of the January 15 , 1905 edition of the Atlanta Constitution Journal
"The Cocaine Nigger Sure is Hard to Kill":
Sex, Medicine, and the Racial Politics of Cocaine,
In 1914, the Harrison Act regulated the sale of certain drugs, including cocaine, for the first time in the United States at the federal level. The passage of this bill was based, in part, on the understanding of white Americans of the black male cocaine user as a crazed, homicidal maniac. This image of the "negro cocaine fiend" stands in stark contrast to that of the white cocaine user as physically and sexually degenerate and enfeebled. This paper will explore the origins of these two images in terms of two major ideological trends of late nineteenth century science: scientific racism and the beginning of the eugenics movement, and the emergence of the disease model of addiction. These two trends intersected in early medical understanding of cocaine addiction, leading to different understandings of black and white habitual cocaine users.
Joseph M Gabriel
University of Massachusetts
NEGRO COCAINE "FIENDS" NEW SOUTHERN MENACE
New York Times,
Sunday February 8, 1914
Murder and Insanity Increasing Among Lower Class Because They Have Taken to "Sniffing" Since Being Deprived of Whisky by Prohibition
Edward Huntington Williams, M.D.
The following day, the Chief exchanged his revolver for one of heavier calibre. Yet, the one with which he shot the negro was a heavy, army model, using a cartridge that Lieutenant Townsend Whelen who is an authority on such matters, recently declared was large enough to "kill any game in America." And many other officers in the South; who appreciate the increased vitality of the cocaine-crazed negroes, have made a similar exchange for guns of greater shocking power for the express purpose of combating the "fiend" when he runs amok.
The list of dangerous effects produced by cocaine just described-hallucinations and delusions, increased courage, homicidal tendencies, resistance to shock is certainly long; enough. But there is still another, and a most important one. This is a temporary steadying of the nervous and muscular system, so as to increase, rather than interfere with, good marksmanship.
Makes Better Marksmen
Many of the wholesale killings in the South may be cited as indicating that accuracy in shooting is not interfered with--is, indeed, probably improved-by cocaine. For a large proportion of such shootings have been the result of drug taking. But I believe the record of the "cocaine nigger" near Asheville who dropped five men dead in their tracks using only one cartridge for each, offers evidence that is sufficiently convincing. I doubt if this shooting record has been equaled in recent years: certainly not by a man under the influence of any other form of intoxicant. For the bad marksmanship of the drunken man is proverbial; while the deadly accuracy of the cocaine user has become axiomatic in Southern police circles.
The War on Drugs is racist and she knows that. It's racist in its origins and in its willingness to sacrifice black and brown communities. Historically, drug laws served as instruments for oppressing minorities, from the anti-Chinese opium smoking ban in California, to the hysterical racist propagand accompanying the criminalization campaigns of the 1910s and 1930s. Government officials plied an acquiescent mass media with vile propganda of the "dope-crazed niggers are raping our white women"
Hillary should realize that these 20,000 mostly African - American men all have mothers who love and miss them if she wants to run to the right she should have stayed in the GOP. Hillary is playing the Drug War Shills with what's left of these men's lives while the truth is Hillary Clinton has a lot of Drug War Skeletons hiding in her own closet.
Bubbanomics issued a challenge this weekend - he'll match all contributions up to a total of $1000 through today. So, if you donate right now it counts double!
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ccamp made a comment over at Native American Netroots that I want to share and focus on. I then want to share a personal story of how much I think this fundraiser being successful will save lives by giving hope, and conclude with what betsyny has already told us.
One of the things ccamp mentions at Native American Netroots is "an epidemic of child suicides and other social ills all of which can be traced to the grinding poverty and its lack of a solution."
(Bold & underline mine)
From "I Want Olbermann to Cover PBWH" at NAN
each rez has one
I've read about the help being given to PBWH and I also think Olbermann would be a good reporter if you can get him. The sad thing is that each and every rez in South Dakota has an under funded, desperate woman's house that is struggling to survive on pitiful funds. Some on larger reservations where the needs are even greater, at least in numbers, than Cheyenne River.
Here where I live on Rosebud, the "White Buffalo Calf Pipe Woman's Society" is doing the same hard job on very limited resources. Tribes are doing what they can but with winter coming on they'll be spending their discretionary funds on heating needs. Private and foundation funding is hard to get and even harder to maintain for the long run, yet the needs are increasing with the population.
Welfare reform has been a disaster on the rez because the poverty is endemic in a population where 75% of the population is unemployed. We're seeing an epidemic of child suicides and other social ills all of which can be traced to the grinding poverty and its lack of a solution.
I hope someone like Olberman can use the PBWH to highlight the whole problem.
Next, I want to share a personal story, because I think this fundraiser being successful will save lives by giving hope. How many, I don't know. I wouldn't share it unless I thought it would be helpful to others. Suffice it to say, hope through someone to talk to would've been the difference between a 20 gauge shotgun to my head or not at 17.
I was 17 years old and my codependence combined with normal adolescent neurosis and feelings of abandonment left me feeling absolutely hopeless. I was raised in a good family and we had a good house, but New Years Eve of '87 found me calling suicide hotlines - but nobody answered.
I further spiraled into hopelessness thinking, "New Years Eve, they know it's a night of higher suicide rates, that's it." I made the decision to end my life.
It was really a strange feeling going into my parent's room, putting a shell in a 20 gauge shotgun with tears streaming down my face, and pointing it to my head. I had taken the safety off. I just wanted someone to help me and talk to me. Nonetheless, I put enough pressure on the trigger for it to go off, but I saw something out of the right corner of my right eye. The gun didn't fire and I was amazed that it didn't. I put it to my head again and these thoughts seemed to be streamed into my mind, "If you do this, you're one selfish bastard."
I put the gun up.
I sponsored someone 13 years later, and when he committed suicide via an overdose I understood why. However, many were at his funeral and I still remember thinking, "I wish you could have seen then how many people care now."
As I stated in the beginning, I think this fundraiser being successful will save lives by giving hope. I really believe that. Caroline Myss talked about a man on a bridge who thought, "If one person isn't kind to me, I'm jumping (paraphrasing)," and how giving hope and kindness can literally save someone's life. That's precisely what I see PBWH doing, giving hope that will save lives. Furthermore, I don't ever want to have to think "I wish you could have seen then how many people care now" again.
Rape survivors are also 13 times more likely to attempt suicide than not crime victims and 6 times more likely than victims of other crimes.
Violence against women prompts many Rosebud Reservation suicides
Some of them have also been raped and contemplated suicide, she said.
Please donate,read what betsyny has to say about it,
Pretty Bird Woman House Update: YOU are buying THIS house!
If you haven't donated yet, you can make a huge difference right now because they're at a crucial point in the house purchase process, and things are still a little shaky. Go here to donate and get all the info you could possibly want on the shelter if you have missed the story up until now.
There will be needs after the house purchase, which is why I am keeping the goal at $70,000 despite the fact that of the 2 houses available, they're bidding on the lower-priced one.
and as ccamp says, let's "use the PBWH to highlight the whole problem."
A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Newsweek has a feature article on Mike Huckabee's wife, Janet. If he gets the Republican nomination, she may add some spice to the race. Two snippets, the first is how she's remembered in Arkansas:
There, Janet Huckabee, 52, has long been known as a straight-talking, independent-minded good ole gal with a daredevil streak and a passion for the outdoors. Dubbed the "First Tomboy" when her husband was governor, she tracked bears, hunted rattlesnakes, fired a grenade launcher and jumped out of an airplane. To promote a conservation sales tax, she jet-skied down the length of the Arkansas River— a stunt that helped earn her a spot in the state's Outdoor Hall of Fame. She often charmed local residents with her exploits, though she could also alienate them when her plain-spoken style veered into irascibility and crassness. "Janet is going to tell you what she thinks," says longtime friend Anita McCauley Murrell. "She is a what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of person."
The second is less favorable, concerning her 2002 failed run for Arkansas Secretary of State: [More...]
Janet's low point: her run for secretary of State in 2002, in which she was "perceived as thin-skinned, even mean-spirited," says Janine Parry, a political-science professor at the University of Arkansas. Huckabee attacked her opponent over a past DWI conviction and suggested, without verification, that he still had a drinking problem. Responding to critics who questioned her use of state vehicles and troopers to campaign, she told The New York Times, "If it wasn't for the grace of God, I'd have shot a few people already." She got trounced in her race—voters saw her run as an unseemly power play by the couple—and nearly dragged down her husband in his re-election bid that year.
Mike Huckabee is on the cover of Newsweek but the article, A New American Holy War is as much about Mitt Romney.
The country went insane from 2001-2003.In September 2002, four members of Congress met in secret[...]
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There was an objection to my using a name below. For the record...I would be honored if any started their own essays brought about by the ideas in this one. It should be an ongoing dialogue.
This is an attempt at starting a dialogue,
one started by [redacted], about the fabric of what our human existence entails at present, and what it should strive to be.
Sometimes the universe is best examined through a microcosm. I am completely unconvinced that the way I will attempt this will be in any way better than the framing I vehemently objected to, but it will be my own attempt at a beginning. A stepping stone.
I am going to start small. I was 6 years old when my 18 year old sister was killed in a car accident. I remember how devastated my Mother was to lose her first born, and wishing it had been me instead. Not being morose at all, my 6 year old logic told me that it would be easier on my Mom, because she had not had as much time to get attached to me. Ok, leave that thought in the back of your mind and lets move forward.
We are genetically programmed, as a survival of the species instinct to protect our progeny. Procreation and care giving for those offspring is necessary to keep the species alive. Many religious types use this primal instinct in order to value fetuses over mothers.
At 8, I had such a fit, crying and arguing in a religion class, they called the Dreaded Parish Priest to talk to me. I looked him in the eye, and said "If a little girl is born a Buddhist, obeys her parents, prays and is good and never even heard of Jesus, you are telling me she can never go to heaven and see God? When its not her fault where she was born? If God's that mean, I don't want any part of him!!!" To his credit, this old staunch Polish priest softened, hugged me, and said "Truth be told, we just don't know, dear. I hope God thinks more like you."
I remember too, reading about Viet Nam, watching on TV when people became crazed about the killing of children in those villages, and thinking it odd. At 10-12, I heard "There were innocent children killed!" and saw the fuzzy images on our black and white Zenith of a village destroyed.
I wondered why the Moms and Dads weren't an atrocity too. Did humans devalue with age, because living took away their innocence? I got that kids didn't really have a choice in the making of a war, but I also already figured out that regular people didn't either. For most of my short life people were protesting Viet Nam, none of us wanted to be there, and there we still were. I already was cynical about people in power and government.
By 15, there was a rash of OD's by heroine in Detroit, and the slanted news seemed to use it more to scare the white people to stay out of Detroit rather than really care about the dying Black people. "Crazed addicts in the streets." they said, carefully omitting the word black, while showing pictures of young dead black people.
The school system was still making a half-hearted attempt to justify dropping the bombs in Japan, although somewhat admitting it was an atrocity. I argued with my asshat history teacher about that one. "Had we not made a strong crippling move to stop them, you would be speaking Japanese young lady, or German!" he screamed in my face. "So killing of innocents is wrong when our enemies do it but justified when we do it?" I countered.
My only "C" in my straight "A" High School career. I contested it to the Principal, having all my tests in hand, and got it changed to a "B". Having an opinion was not reason enough to have my permanent record fucked up for life, I thought. I also wanted them aware that this teacher was making value judgments about other nations, and then forcing them on us.
Back to my 6 year old self. I valued myself less then for being younger, as having less experience and attachments, yet found as I grew society valued young over old, white over black and "us" over "them."
By the time I was in my teens, I decided the whole set up was wrong.
By the time I was in my 20's, a study of many cultures, Native American in particular confirmed to me, that we are all related. Mitakye Oyasin.
Humanity needed to see that innocence was not the measure of worth.
"Potential" is not the measure of worth.
Conformity is not the measure of worth.
The nation you are by chance born into is not the measure of worth.
Race is not the measure of worth.
Religion is not the measure of worth.
Wealth is not the measure of worth.
Gender is not the measure of worth.
Age is not the measure of worth.
I have been screaming this from rooftops all my life.
I wonder why no one else seems to really get what is obvious to me, has always been obvious to me.
The quips exist saying some get it. "War is late term abortion." No doubt, many value a fetus over a 20 year old man. No doubt many do not value illegal immigrants as much as a white suburbanite. Check the headlines when a white girl is kidnapped.
Some object when I anger over any abuse, tasering and such, when far more heinous things are happening.
The thing is, I don't value Iraqi suffering more than American, more than any other suffering.
All human suffering happens to me. No, I don't suffer their actual pain, but in my heart, they are all my own. They are all wrong. They are all acts of devaluation.
Still, it is hard to quell that flinch factor I as a mother get when I see a child abused. But I cannot see where any human dying should be "prioritized" by age. It doesn't add up for me.
This is one microcosmic snapshot of what humans should be thinking about in order to reach a more enlightened state. But I think it is truly the basis of all other leaps.
Why is any human life more valuable than any other?
How can we possibly become the types of beings that value each others' very lives equally?
Do we need to "lose" our self-identifying factors to find this, or is there any way to learn to value diversity and embrace it as equal without that loss?
Do we need to become homogenous, or can we still enjoy Mexican Food, French wines, Kielbasa, Fry Bread and Baklava while embracing the people not just the culture from whence they came?
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