philippos42: Sarigar (blue)
Oh, wow, sounds like Captain America writer Nick Spencer is alienating the left now. Clintonism or nothing, is it? Well, not in the ages of the comic, yet.

In this post, he is quoted thus:
'I will get flack for this but I think Sanders deserves more blame than he's getting. He went with some attacks that really hobbled her because they made her permanently unacceptable to some on the left, while also echoing the SAME claims as the right was making. Sanders gave a bipartisan credibility to the "corruption" thing that made it stick and made media fall in love with it even more. She was clearly badly hobbled coming out of that primary, and everyone kept pretending it was a good thing.' - Nick Spencer

This kind of blew up and the mod shut it down. Then I came in not seeing the mod note, and responding to this comment by another s_d member, I commented:

I think Bernie and Hillary tried very hard not to bloody each other in the primaries. The war in the Democratic Party was less between them than between existing pro-Clinton and anti-Clinton factions. There was going to be an Anyone But Clinton vote, as there was in 2008. Bernie largely gave them someone to rally around, and maybe better it was him than Chafee, O'Malley, Webb, or someone like Larry Lessig.

So I don't really blame Bernie. He did need to hit the South six months earlier, though, and writing it off at the end was a pity.

Nick Spencer's understanding of what happened to the Democratic Party this year isn't entirely wrong, but it may be a bit shallow. Many Democrats feel the Clintons betrayed them back in the 1990's, and they want other leaders for the party.
I read Ferrett Steinmetz's LJ sometimes. He posted something about how he just doesn't know that much about the Palestine conflict, and, hey, I don't know a lot either, really, but that apparently doesn't stop me from having opinions, which I posted, probably stupidly.

So yeah.

I get where Israelis are coming from, I think. And I think Hamas is creating more problems for itself. But I do think the way the Israeli state was set up made one giant mistake:

If you're going to displace people and confiscate their land, make sure they have a place to go, and compensate them for their loss. That was not done.

There's a very high likelihood the fallout from that mistake will lead to Israel's end.

As a Yank, that means my country, as Israel's sponsor, gets involved in some way or another, I suppose.

Heh. I'm imagining something like Twelve-Step sponsors now. Actually, Twelve-Stepping might help in this case.

My name is Likud, and I'm a nationalist.

Hi, Likud!

You know, I think calling the money we get from the government for the safety net 'benefits' is unhelpful, maybe misleading. Does that say 'bare minimum to live on' to you? Because that's all it's meant to be, enough to survive on. If they called it 'minimum survival money' and then talked about cutting it by a third to pay criminal fines, there'd be a whole different debate.

I know a lot of people who object to paying anyone "bare minimum to live on" unless they are one's employee and it's meant to be an "incentive" to keep coming in to work. I recently learned this is the stuff of the extinct "Whig" political theory, from a party that died when the franchise expanded. Apparently I'm surrounded by crypto-Whigs.

Me, I think we should co-opt that American right-wing line about running the government like a business. Let's run the state like a business in which we are all partners. Elect a board that'll pay higher dividends!
Subject: Want a Real Economic Stimulus and Jobs Plan? Forgive Student Loan Debt!


I signed a petition to The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate and President Barack Obama, which says:

"Forgiving the student loan debt of all Americans will have an immediate stimulative effect on our economy. With the stroke of the President's pen, millions of Americans would suddenly have hundreds, or in some cases, thousands of extra dollars in their pockets each and every month with which to spend on ailing sectors of the economy. As consumer spending increases, businesses will begin to hire, jobs will be created and a new era of innovation, entrepreneurship and prosperity will be ushered in for all.

Therefore, we, the undersigned, strongly encourage Congress and the President to support H. Res 365, introduced by Rep. Hansen Clarke (D-MI), seeking student loan forgiveness as a means of economic stimulus."

Will you sign this petition? Click here:

 You have until the close of business today (July 15) to make a submission regarding the revision of the Australian classification system. While this is generally pertinant to the introduction of an Adult classification for games, it also includes such matters as the depiction of sexuality via suggesting changes to what is classified as Restricted Content.

If anyone knows they have an Australian follower, please reblog. So far, the majority of public submissions are from the repressive rightwingers.

philippos42: Miss Tyra funny face (funny face)
A bill introduced last month by Sen. Amy Klobuchar could make it a felony criminal act to stream copyrighted “performances” online without permission. The bill — “To amend the criminal penalty provision for criminal infringement of a copyright, and for other purposes,” or S. 978 — assigns a maximum 5-year prison term for those convicted of streaming “10 or more public performances by electronic means, during any 180-day period, of 1 or more copyrighted works” and in cases where the “total retail value” of those performances to its owner exceeds $2,500 or the value of licensing of the works exceeds $5,000.

I'm going to have to make a video about this, then have someone else upload it to YouTube so the final tagline can be, "And now, for watching my copyrighted work uploaded by someone else, you're going to jail!!!!"
philippos42: zat's bunny (dung)
Help the Cheerleader!
A Silsbee High School cheerleader took her school to court when they kicked her off the squad for refusing to cheer her own rapist.

The week of May 5, 2011 the Supreme Court refused to hear the case citing it as “frivolous” and is requiring her family pay the school $45,000 in legal fees.

We want to help – and we want to give you the opportunity to help too.

This girl was raped at the age of 16. When she spoke out against the star athlete, she had to deal with constant harassment from her fellow students. The administration’s way of coping with this treatment was to suggest she avoid the cafeteria and not go to Homecoming. Her rape counselor encouraged her to continue all the activities she did before the rape, so she stayed on the squad, an activity she loved.

She went to the games and cheered for the entire team, but when it came time to cheer her rapist’s name individually as he shot a free throw, she simply crossed her arms and stayed silent. She was summarily, and publicly, kicked off the squad. Her family went to court.
philippos42: Sarigar (blue)
I was kind of meh on Missouri Proposition B, --what little I knew of it I didn't disagree with, but I wasn't that sure about it. Tonight I went to a presentation on it.

Presently in Missouri, puppy mills are overseen by the Department of Agriculture, & local law enforcement can't seize animals. Proposition B would allow law enforcement--sheriffs & city police--to step in & remove animals. It also mandates at least yearly veterinary visits & mandates exercise areas, whereas present law does not require these things. But it's the fact that violations would become misdemeanors, & that puppy mill operators could no longer automatically keep out police or the ASPCA, that really persuades me.

I'm voting for it. Furthermore, if you live in Missouri, you're voting for it. If you live in Chicago & have already voted absentee, you may well be driving to St Louis to vote illegally for it. Don't believe me? Check out the linked text. Understand that right now there is no limit on number of breeding bitches kept, no requirement for veterinary care, & no authority granted to local law enforcement to stop reported abuses. Prop B changes all that.

This is still not my political blog.
"I'm gonna buy a machine gun to kill all of these mosquitoes in my back yard."

"Um... It doesn't seem like shooting mosquitoes with a machine gun would actually get rid of mosquitoes. And it would be dangerous for - "


This is pretty much every political debate in America right now. Sadly.

Kind of reminds me of the Afghan war debate.

On one side we have the peaceniks who are against the war 'cos it's a war.

On another side we have those who want to do something to keep Afghanistan civilized & not under the rule of woman-oppressing religious extremists.

On yet another side (overlapping & similar) we have those who want to keep Afghanistan civilized so that no one from al-Qaeda can use it as a base for attacks against the West.

On yet another side we have a fear of cutting & running.

On yet another side we have those who are (or would be if they had a shot) looking for a way to profit from USA involvement in Afghanistan.

And then there are those who worry that we're backing the wrong people. I hear that women are being killed for being feminist now, & not just in territory held by our enemies.

If we could agree on what we wanted to do, we could plan for how to do it. But we don't really agree, so the great elephant of the operation proceeds forward while the men on its back shrug.

More & more I see why previous generations thought democracy too stupid too pursue.
philippos42: "Dark Vengeance!" (flip)

How much money Dorothy Gambrell makes & how.

I suppose a mainstream, responsible (Anglo-Saxon) political opinion would be that Ms. Gambrell is a crap artist who should find more productive work. Me, I think we should subsidize the general public so more of us can be artists. We already overproduce basic consumer goods while not employing most persons in their manufacture.
philippos42: heather (red)
This is so infuriating.
luckily marc wasn't physically beaten. he WAS put in a cold cell for many hours without a jacket. he WAS denied legal help. he WAS called all sorts of names, accused of all sorts of crimes, and generally treated like scum.

we still don't know why.

calling the american embassy over here was useless. they 1) have no record of him being detained in the first place, much less why and 2) were the ones who told me that after a year of being married i could take him home with me.

when he got deported again.

we were treated like scum again, BOTH of us, again for nothing. when i told them what i was told by the embassy they scoffed and suggested i get it in writing next time.

Xenophobia against Canadians is a sign of not only ignorance, but stupidity. No, the 9.11 hijackers did not come through Canada, but through student visas into the US. And no, that doesn't mean we should have banned foreign students either. We have to have security at the points that matter. The border is not that point.

Now, here, I can tell what provoked the attack. The driver got out of the car at the checkpoint. Seriously, I got out of a car on a traffic stop once, got tackled & arrested. OK, I was in a bad emotional state that time, but I think it's procedure for cops in my hometown to arrest any stopped driver who exits the vehicle & refuses to get back in. And it's probably worse at a border. They probably arrested the man so they could have bomb squad check the car.

Not that this is OK, exactly.



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